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Westminster Fibers and Free Spirit Booth

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I am so honored to have been asked to contribute to the booth for Spring Market 2016. They contacted me to create some things for their booth using fabric that no one has seen yet. It will be for ordering this spring. I can’t wait to get started. It’s a surprise, and I can’t show it to anyone, but the box arrived yesterday at the shop. This will be a new endeavor. Here’s the box. Looks ordinary, and it’s anything but...

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Garment Sewing with Warmer Days in Mind

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Garment Sewing with Warmer Days in Mind

I think everyone is ready for spring. It’s here but we just had a lot of snow dumped on us. They say that farmers like these late winter/early spring snows. The moisture can soak into the ground without being erosive. I’m not a farmer, that’s just me repeating what I hear but it sounds good to me. The best kind of projects are ones that turn out really cute but don’t take a lot of effort. Isn’t that what we’re all looking for? Yes, there are some pretty great ones that are for special occasions where there are a lot of different pieces and take months to complete. It was a snowy day and a friend and I set out to sew something that would lift our spirits. Here it was the end of March and we were faced with a lot of heavy wet snow falling from the low clouds that should have moved just a hair north of us so that we would have only gotten rain instead of snow. But, as the saying goes, if it’s cloudy outside we have to make the sun shine inside. And we did! My friend always says that she can’t sew. She’s a wonderful knitter, and she can sew too, but she has the most hilarious mishaps each time she sews. Once, her foot pedal was shocking her so she had to put a rubber soled shoe on so she could sew. Another time she made a garment that had a one-way print and the animals were going the wrong way when she put it on. She’s such a good sport and loves to laugh, so she doesn’t mind when we reminisce about those things. She does sew a lot of things the turn out well. This time she really made some cute outfits for her grand-niece. The pattern is by Sew Baby. It is just adorable. There’s only one pattern piece for the top and one for the panties. It is lined, so you have to cut two. I love things that are lined. They just turn out so much better. Here’s the first one she did. The fabric is from Iron Orchid Designs for Clothworks. It’s lined with Moda fabric, and the fabric for the panties is the same as the lining. This was before she added the buttons. We decided that the buttons needed to be something flat so that the baby wouldn’t be bothered by them if they took a nap with the little dress on. Here’s the second one that she made. The second one is just as cute as the first. I don’t remember who the fabric manufacturer was for the brown floral print, but the lining and the panties are by Windham. I just love the vintage feel to this fabric. It looks like something from the early 1960s. Just love it. She did such a good job. This little dress is so cute and easy you could make one for every day of the week. It would also be cute with a little t-shirt underneath if it were a little cooler of a...

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Umbrella Class

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I love to teach enthusiastic sewists to make these umbrellas. I was asked to teach this class at our local technical college this past week. I could only teach about 8 at a time, so if you tried to sign up and didn’t get to take the class, please try again next year. Or, you can come to the shop and take the class too. The women that I taught this year were such a variety. They came with different skill levels, and each one was a delight. There was one woman who was a very accomplished seamstress, and she was so helpful. I wanted to take her home with me and have her teach me all of her secrets. That’s what I love about this business. There are many, many women that contribute so much, and men too! I would love to have a man take some of these classes. Today I contacted someone about getting children’s umbrellas. Prior to this point I wasn’t impressed with the construction of the children’s umbrellas. They were considerably lower quality than the adults. It seems to me that they should be all the more sturdy for those busy little hands. We’ll see what comes of that. Of course, in making all of these umbrellas I am accumulating even more scraps than ever. So, you can look forward to yet another book in my future of scrap quilting. Here are all eight women with their umbrellas. They all finished. It was such a good...

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Next Book Deadline

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I haven’t been blogging in a long time. The thing is, when you’re writing a book, you can’t blog about it because everything is in secret. You can’t plaster your creations over the internet, and so it may give the illusion that you aren’t working on anything new. Arrgh! Well, I have been working my tail off to meet my deadlines. I will have a second book turned in and then by this time next year there should be 12 or 13 new patterns to use with my Fast-2-Cut templates. These designs are really awesome. The last ones were wonderful too, but these are really amazing and you will find that you can’t wait to get to your scrap tubs. So, all of those fat quarters and scraps–keep them. Don’t sort through them just yet. By all means, sort through according to color, but don’t rid yourselves of them yet. There are so many opinions on what to do with all of those scraps. I say, separate them into tubs according to color. Only when you are tired of revisiting them, and only then, do you need to get rid of them. You loved them once, you will love them again. As soon as you get a hold of my Fast-2-Cut templates, you will zip through them in no time. I’m not kidding. You will use them with a rotary cutter as if they were a cookie cutter. Cut the squares in those sizes and you’re ready to make any of the quilts in the book. Start...

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Another Lamp this one from a Jelly Roll

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Another Lamp this one from a Jelly Roll

I think I may have talked a little about the lamps that I have been making. I decided to get rings made so that you could make lamps using your favorite fabrics. There are so many uses for fabric. People seem to forget that there is a whole world of things that you can make besides quilts. Yes, quilting may be our favorite, but in the same realm is home dec. Sometimes you love a fabric so much but you don’t know what to do with it. Think home dec. There are many wonderful projects out there for showcasing beautiful fabrics. Throw pillows are expensive when purchased. Think about putting colorful throw pillows around the house. It makes a big difference. These lamps really serve a wonderful purpose. They let the light shine through your favorite fabrics, and you don’t need an electrician to put them up. They are plugged right in to the outlet. All you need are a couple of hooks in the ceiling–one to hang it from and one to swag it from. The instructions are included in the framework, and so is the cord. I am selling these at Quilt Con this month, and at several of the shows that I will be traveling to. Everyone has a corner of their house where they like to sit and read. Or, everyone has a corner of their house where they like to sit and sew! Think about adding one in a baby room, right over the rocking chair where you read to your precious little ones. Here are some examples, with the most recent ones that I have...

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Here’s one of my Favorite Customers

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Here’s one of my Favorite Customers

I love all my customers, but there are some that just click. Peggy Jensen is one of those. She comes in with her husband, who is also a terrific guy. Well, they’re becoming grandparents so this is a very exciting time for them. Then, Peggy made a quilt for her son. All the fabrics are from the Bungalow. I had a great time picking them out with her. She has a really good eye, and when you see this I think that you will agree. She used a pattern from one of the “Living Large” books. It is a really great book that both Barb, (Barb who works here Barb) and I have used. We have made many a quilt from this book. Here’s Peggy’s quilt for her son. Here’s her husband peering over the top of it! And, for the baby she made this little zip up bag. I love to call babies “Bag ‘o Baby” in these. It is turning out beautifully. She used Cascade 220 Superwash. She’s been very...

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Monthly Challenge

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Monthly Challenge

We are having a monthly challenge. It is described in a previous post. The fabric is an olive fabric that is tons of fun. Debbie Laffin entered the challenge. If you enter you can win a great fat quarter pack. There’s still time to come in and enter. She entered this sweet little mini. It only has to be something small. You have until March to get it done. It hangs in the shop over all of March and gets voted on by our customers. You can make whatever you want. There’s no cost to doing it, so come on in and try! Here’s Debbie with her entry. Then, Kim joined the fun. She’s from Milwaukee and they are moving here. Here she is holding up her fabric. Come and join the...

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What a Difference Value (Intensity) Makes!

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What a Difference Value (Intensity) Makes!

I was throwing together fabric combinations for an ad. I wanted to show the great fabrics that we will have for the Fabric Fashion Show in March. This is a really fun event. It is a sold out event every year. What we do is we put groupings of fabric together. I usually choose the customers that really wow me when they come in to the shop. They are the ones that can pick out combinations that I never would have thought possible. They just have a very unique perspective and it always works beautifully. They are my experts. They put together combinations and we cut them into half yards. Then, the customers at the show can purchase these combinations. It’s also very educational. We discuss why certain combinations work, and what to avoid when you are putting things together. We have refreshments, and share a lot of good company. Last night I was creating some combinations. I kept looking at this combination and thinking that the colors were right, but it just didn’t look good. See what you think. I know why it didn’t work. See if you can tell. The colors are right, they all go together with the feather print, but it just doesn’t work. With the exception of the brown, they are all to similar in intensity. This is a common mistake that people make. Even if the colors are right, it won’t look good if there isn’t enough variation on the gray scale. I will often take my camera and turn it to black and white so that I can see if I am right. Everyone has a cell phone. Try it yourself. Turn you camera to black and white when you’re in a quilt shop. Have you ever seen a quilt that looks great but he colors are not ones that you would think might go together? It probably works because of intensity. Yes, that’s exactly right. Color is less of a factor than intensity is. Now look at this combination. Much better right? Come to the Fabric Fashion Show in March. It is March 6th at 2:00 p.m. You will be...

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In Shop Mini Swap

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In Shop Mini Swap

How many of you have done mini-swaps on Instagram? Quite a few, I bet. I just finished one and it was really fun. I haven’t received my mini quilt yet, but I have sent mine off. In this one, you could choose to send internationally or stay in the states. I figured that since I am older and more established, I should be generous and choose an international partner. I know that some of the younger girls or men probably are saving their every last penny for fabric, and so would choose to ship only in the states. Well, I got a swap partner from Australia! I don’t know who my swap person is that is sending to me, but I can’t wait to find out. I can’t wait to see the mini quilt! Well, I got to thinking. I should do an “In Shop Mini Swap”. It would be a great idea to have us share locally. So, here’s how it goes. Here’s how it works. 1. Come in and sign up and get a free piece of fabric to use in your mini quilt. You must come in to the shop, it can’t be mailed. 2. Sign up time ends January 31st, and you can call in to sign up. 3. You will be notified of who your swap partner is after January 31st by email. You must provide your name, address phone      number and email when signing up. 4. Make a mini quilt, 24″ x 24″ that includes the fabric for your swap partner. This is kept secret. Don’t tell who you’re giving your quilt to. However, you can share many pictures of your project on instagram, facebook or emailed to me for the website. 5. You have until April 15th to finish your mini quilt. You will remember this because it’s tax day! 6. Join in the party for the swap meet! We will do a wine and cheese party and swap our mini quilts. If you can’t make it, you can always mail your mini quilt to your partner. Party will be April 17th, Sunday at 2:00 p.m. 7. Post your progress on the Bungalow Facebook page or Instagram using the #inshopminiswap and you can also post ideas for others to do. 8. If you sign up to do this, you must follow through. There will be a swap partner on the other side who is counting on a mini quilt from you. But remember, you will also receive and awesome quilt, and make a new friend in the process. Here’s the fabric for the mini swap. It’s a piece of Cotton and Steel from Kimberly Kight from the Cookie Book Collection. It’s a great piece. Not too hard for anyone to...

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