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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 Meidl joined the fun. She’s from Milwaukee and they are moving here to Princeton. 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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Monthly Challenge

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Monthly Challenge

We are doing a monthly challenge at the Bungalow. Each month we will select a fabric. Then, you can come into the shop and receive a piece of this fabric–for free. Take it home and do something fun with it. Bring it back at the end of the month. We will display them the following month. You could win a sweet fat quarter bundle worth $25.00. We will have in shop voting for the best challenge piece. You can make whatever you want with the fabric, but keep it small. Here are the rules: Once a month, come in toward the beginning of the month and pick up your free piece of challenge fabric. Make something small with it such as a mini quilt, a kitchen item, a small garment or an embellishment. Use your creativity. It doesn’t have to be one of those things but come up with a great idea. Bring your finished work in to the shop by the end of that month. It will be hung for display. The following month people coming in to the shop will vote on the items. Example: January’s work will be voted on in February, etc. When a winner is picked, you will receive a fat quarter bundle worth $25.00. You must be able to pick up your prize. Prizes will not be mailed. Work will be photographed throughout the process and posted on Instagram, Facebook and in our newsletters so don’t be shy! The winners will also be posted on Instagram, Facebook and in our newsletters and on www.bungalowquilting.com ******We are closed the entire month of February so January’s work will be judged in March. There will be no challenge fabric for the month of February. You can get a head start!******* You have nothing to lose! Come in and join the fun. Here’s this month’s challenge...

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Bulky Hat

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Bulky Hat

Well, this weather has not been the most conducive to wearing all these cute bulky things that we knit up. It’s too warm. When did I ever think that we would say this in Wisconsin? I made this adorable hat for Peter’s girlfriend. Peter is my 19 year old son. He has been dating this lovely girl for a while. I know. I try not to get attached. They’re very young. I almost never give or make gifts for girlfriends or boyfriends. It’s a recipe for heartbreak. Once I made a quilt for my daughter’s boyfriend. That worked out. They’re married now with a baby. So, that one wasn’t so bad. But, when they’re this young it’s a bad idea to get really invested. So I broke my own rule and made this hat for Kate. She doesn’t go on my blog. I’m sure she has better things to do with her time. She won’t be seeing this. I put it on and I really like it. I am going to make one for myself. It’s a perfect fit. I got the pattern off of Ravelry for free. I changed up the decreases at the end, but otherwise I made no deviations. Oh, and I made it a little shorter. Didn’t want it to be slouchy. I know people like the slouch hats but to me they look messy. Personal preference. The yarn was something from the shop that is on sale. It is a little pricey, so now that it’s on sale people have been buying it and it works up great. It’s washable. So here it is. I should not look at myself in pictures. It makes me realize how old I...

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And More Lampshades

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And More Lampshades

Here’s the second lamp shade that I have made using the new kits. The kits are ready to sell. I will be taking them to Quilt Con out in Pasadena. I think that they are a wonderful way to use your favorite fabrics. What could be better than letting the light shine through your favorite print! I think that they would work up well using collegiate fabrics. They would be great in a room where you watch television and do hand sewing or knitting under them. They would be great in a dorm room or apartment, or over your side of the bed. No electrician needed. All you need is a couple of hooks in the ceiling so that the cord drapes. Then plug it in to the wall. What a great idea. Here’s the latest one. I used fabric by Zen Chic for Moda Fabrics. It’s fun because it has little retro TV shapes on...

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Something New and Exciting…Lampshade kits!

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Something New and Exciting…Lampshade kits!

So do you want to let your light shine through your favorite fabric? Well have we got something for you! You can purchase these from our Etsy shop. What you need is the kit and your favorite fabric. Then you’ll need a lining. The instructions are included so you’re good to go. I had these specially made according to what I thought would be the perfect hanging lamp to showcase your favorite fabric. It’s easy enough for a beginning sewist. The kit includes the top hoop with the spokes and center washer that sits down over the bulb. There is a lower ring for the bottom. Then you need the hanging cord. No need for an electrician. It hangs from a hook in the ceiling, and the switch is in the cord. Voila. They sky’s the limit! You can make one to support your favorite team. You can make one from patchwork. You can embroider the outside or couch it with yarn. We all have that one fabric that we love so much–well, one? Not really. Lots! But sometimes there’s one that is so beautiful that you don’t want to cut it. Wouldn’t this be perfect? You can make it as long or as short as you want it to be. This one in the photo below started at 18 inches. By the time it’s sewn together and sewn to the ring it’s about 16 inches long. All the frames are the same diameter, 14 inches. There is no sticky shade to apply it to. You simply sew the shade and sew it to the frame. Beautiful. So visit the Etsy shop or our shop in...

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