Holiday Gift Project #3

Fabric covered pins and buttons…can you say CUTE?! Joyce and I discovered this cool new tool called the “i-top” by Imaginisce at quilt market. It allows you to cover buttons, pins, and all kinds of cool accessories with fabric. Cover some pins, glue on some bling and ribbons, and you’ve got yourself a cute little gift to give to all of your friends! The possibilities are endless…we’ve been having fun playing with this tool. Check out our video demo to see how it works…

Office closed: We're snowed in!

Attention quilt shops! We’d like to let you all know that we’re pretty well snowed in over here in the Northwest. This photo was taken at my home in Coeur d’Alene, ID where we have about a foot or so of snow, but I hear from my coworkers that there’s about six inches over in Seattle. That pretty much brings the whole city to a stand-still.
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If you are a customer and need assistance, just send us an email or leave a message and we’ll get back to as soon as we can.

Who else has snow? Are you snowed in? Are you staying in all cozy and sewing up a storm?

Holiday Gift Project #1

As the holidays approach, we’d like to share some fabulous projects you can make for the people on your gift list. After all, is there any better gift than a handmade gift? No way! So check back often for more project ideas, and feel free to suggest ideas of your own! We’d love to hear from you.

Both of these projects were made by Lynne Nostrant in Hayden, ID. Talented Miss Lynne is a soon-to-be grandmother of twins, so she’s been sewing up all kinds of goodies for those little babies. If you have any little ones on your holiday gift list, then this is just the project for you! It’s a little sleep sack to keep baby cozy at night. The fabric is Farmgirl’s Garden by Joined at the Hip, and the pattern is called Hushabye Baby by Favorite Things.
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Lynne also made a sleep sack in the Milly collection by Erin Ries. Behind it is a quilt she made that I’ll show you in a later blog post.
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Lynne says this a quick and easy project to make, taking about two hours to complete. You can find the pattern on the Favorite Things website or simply click here.

Do you have any babies to make gifts for? If so, what are you making for them? More projects to follow soon…

March 2011 Collections Preview!

Feast your eyes on the latest batch of new collections scheduled to deliver to a quilt shop near you this coming March 2011…

Paintbrush Gardens by Sue Zipkin. Don’t you love the watercolor look and yummy colors?
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Isabella by Skipping Stone Studio…oh SO sweet!
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Staples III by Marsha McCloskey. Time to add these delicate lovelies to your stash!
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Paige by Erin Ries. Fresh…fun…I am getting excited about the projects I’ll do with this one–some more skirts perhaps?!
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American Valor Fabrics by Diane Knott. More on this one later in a special blog post. We are one of nine companies participating in a special program called Under Our Wings in support of Quilts of Valor. More details soon!
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American Hero Backings by Karen Roti. These 108″ wide backings will coordinate with all American Valor Fabrics–very cool!
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So…what do you think? What’s your favorite? Let us know by commenting below and we’ll pick one lucky winner at random this Friday at 4pm and send them free fat quarters of their favorite collection in March!

Quilts for Kids: Celebration Quilt

Besides being simply lovely, this is a quilt destined to bring joy to a child in need of comfort. The quilt was made and quilted by Quilts for Kids quiltmaker and supporter, Lettis Hooten in Deary, Idaho. If you are not familiar with Quilts for Kids, it is a non-profit organization which makes and gives quilts to comfort children with life-threatening illnesses and children of abuse.

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I know that this quilt will bring a smile to a child’s face…beautiful colors, dancing ladies–what a cheerful quilt! Lettis is donating this quilt to Quilts for Kids in honor of her dentist, Dr. Jeff Kline and staff, for their kindness and generosity. How fabulous! Now if you would like to make and donate a quilt to Quilts for Kids, simply click here to download the pattern now. It’s simple, quick, and easy–so get going on one now! For more information, visit Quilts for Kids at www.quiltsforkids.org.

Thanks for stopping by, and Happy Quilting!

Time for Celebration!

The lovely Celebration collection by Masha D’yans is now in stores! Check out all of the great projects we have to show you in this gorgeous and unique fabric! First of all, you must try the free pattern…click here to download.
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…and if bags are your thing, then check out our featured pattern by Lazy Girl Designs, the Miranda Bag.
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…and this awesome Be Green Market Bag by Paradiso Designs, and made by the ever-so-talented Jean Seamster! Jean makes such lovely projects and always helps us out with our quilt market projects–THANKS JEAN!
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I have more Celebration projects to show you, including a fun skirt I made for quilt market. Unfortunately the only photo I remembered to take of me in the skirt at market involves me holding a cocktail and looking pretty goofy…so I’m doing a photo reshoot tonight minus the cocktail!

Until then, Happy Quilting!

Fall ‘10 Quilt Market: Part 4

We were lucky this year to have our booths situated across from our Japanese distributor Kinkame, and two of our newest fabric designers! Next to Kinkame was the Penguin & Fish booth, and the Beach Garden Quilts booth. Yes, that’s right–we have TWO fabulous new designers, and they are so new that I don’t even have any sneak peeks to show you yet. Their collections will be debuting at the next quilt market…very fun!

Here are some snapshots of the Beach Garden Quilts booth. In this first picture you can see Lynette and Laura holding up their famous floormats…so cool!
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The Beach Garden gals used almost exclusively Clothworks fabrics, including Farmgirl’s Garden, Hydrangeas, Urban Landscapes, and European Taupe IV.
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Click here to visit the Beach Garden Quilts website and order any of these patterns.

Here is the lovely Penguin & Fish booth! I didn’t get as many pictures as I would have liked of this beautiful booth, so visit the Penguin & Fish blog here to see more…
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I am loving these precious embroideries…they are so much fun to sit down and relax with in the evenings after a long day. I am working on doing the entire alphabet to make a quilt for my little one. I’m also using them for embroidering flour sack towels for Christmas gifts! You can check out the complete line of embroideries and even order online here.
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Here are some photos of the Kinkame booth…
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…and check out one of the KwikSew gals wearing a jacket she made in the European Taupe IV fabrics!
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Out and about the show I also spotted our fabrics in other booths. Here is our Hey Diddle Diddle fabric at the Karie Patch Designs booth in a super adorable new pattern called Playtime.
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There are these fun little twisted bowties on the quilt that you can attach toys to which make it pretty cool…
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Well that’s it! I hope you’ve enjoyed a little sneak peek into the goings-on at quilt market. Happy Sewing!