Western Washington Shop Hop: Project Preview

3ba3623cb7fe0668dbf360f306c5813a_kz53Not only does end of June signal the official start of Summer, but it’s also the time when a frenzy of quilters and fabric lovers travel up & down the I-5 Corridor here in western Washington state to visit all of the LQS’s (local quilt shops) participating in the Western Washington Shop Hop.  Clothworks, as well as another wholesale fabric company based in Seattle, In The Beginning Fabrics, team up to design and produce the official fabrics used in the Western Washington Shop Hop each year.  Each of the participating LQS’s contribute a quilt block featuring their own design using these official Shop Hop fabrics.  As you can see in the picture above- all of the quilt blocks from each shop piece together to create a beautiful quilt!  Shop Hop attendees carry their ‘passports’ to each shop they want to visit, have them stamped, and pick up a quilt block kit as their ‘souvenir’.  Kicking off tomorrow– Wednesday, June 24th through Sunday June, 28th, the Western Washington Shop Hop is a fantastic way for the local quilt shops to promote themselves, build a sense of community, and have lots of fun!  It might be a mad dash to visit all the shops- but each store runs a different special to entice Shop Hop attendees to visit them.

One such local shop, Quiltworks Northwest, based in Bellevue, WA, will be featuring the designs of talented local Seattle designer, Cheryl Kuczek of Paradiso Designs.  Cheryl is the queen of making beautiful bags, purses, clutches, as well as gorgeous clothing patterns!  You’ll often find her around town at the local quilt shops or in her studio in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle, teaching her sewing classes to adults and children alike.  With her spunky attitude and inventive sewing techniques, she has won herself a following of devoted sewists.  Quiltworks Northwest is proud to showcase 3 bag designs by Paradiso Designs– exclusive to 2015 Western Washington Shop Hop.

3 Bags picIntroducing the Paradiso Pouch Trio!

A collaboration of Paradiso Designs with Quiltworks Northwest

Paradiso Pouch Trio True Facts:

-This Paradiso Pattern will be available exclusively through Quiltworks Northwest for Shop Hop 2015.

The Pouch Trio comes in three sizes Bigen, Midlen, & Little.

Bigen is convertible as a cross-body handbag, wristlet clutch,  or a belt pouch.

Bigen Bag

The Bigen Bag

Midlen & Little can be wristlets on their own or attached together on the cross-body or wristlet strap.

Midlen Bag Collage

The Midlen Bag- notice the pleather strap and hardware!

Little Bag

The Little Bag

-By the way…….the Trio looks dandy in the Western Washington Shop Hop Fabric for 2015.  The fabric will be available starting tomorrow- Wednesday June 24th at Quiltworks Northwest!

Fabrics & Zippers

Western Washington Shop Hop Fabrics with coordinating zippers for the bags!

-The Paradiso Pouch Trio looks great as pictured or use scraps to create your very own unique fabric for our very own Paradiso Pouch!!

scrappy bag

The Bigen Bag shown here in scrappy patchwork fabrics gives it an eclectic look!

For more information about Western Washington Shop Hop- visit this link!

To keep current with and see other beautiful patterns and designs by Cheryl Kuczek of Paradiso Designs- visit this link!

For more info on Quiltworks Northwest- visit this link!

Have a safe and fun Western Washington Shop Hop to all!

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