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Proud Day!

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Proud Day!

It’s a proud day for a quilting mom. My daughter decided to make a quilt for her in-laws for their 40th anniversary. So, we picked out a bunch of fabric at the shop and she went about her business making them a quilt. The pattern that she used was also from the shop, by “Night Owl Quilting”. And, it didn’t look like much on the front of the pattern, but we knew it would be beginner friendly. Here it is. It sure is amazing how you can look at a pattern and not have it look like much until you make it your own. Some of...

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Butterfly and Chrysalis

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So I have been knitting from a book that I love. We carry it in the shop, and it’s all about making an animal and it’s corollary. For example, you knit a dog, and then there’s a doghouse. The dog folds up inside the doghouse, and then you can flip it out of the doghouse and the doghouse folds up inside the dog. It’s like those toys we had when we were little. Remember the wolf and granny toys? You have the granny with a skirt on and when you flip it over, the wolf is under her skirt. Well, this is an awesome book...

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Sherry Loves Green

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Sherry Loves Green

Sherry Purtell loves green. Sure, she makes quilts with lots of other colors. There’s the quilt she made for her daughter who graduated from University of Minnesota. That was, of course, maroon and gold. But for the most part, she loves green. She made this when taking a class from Jackie Gehring. I love how bright this is. By the way, she was at Group Swoop the other night. She made a great stash even greater. If you see that we’re having a sale, don’t ignore it! It is a great thing when we have a sale. The prices really...

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Clamshell Class

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Clamshell Class

I really enjoyed teaching the clamshell class. Since I have a “Go” cutter with a clamshell die, I decided to let everyone use it to cut out their clamshells. The thing about a clamshell quilt is that there is not a single seam in the quilt that is straight. They are all curved. One of my favorite customers, and good friend is Cathy Campbell. She made this clamshell quilt. The reason it’s special is that she used chambray for the background. That has become so popular. All these great new textures that are entering the...

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Ellie’s Blue Ribbon Hat

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I can’t be more proud of this little girl that I taught to knit. She knitted this hat and entered it into the Fond du Lac County Fair. She’s in 4-H, and her parents called me for help. It so happened that she was taught how to knit by her grandmother. She had the concepts, but was holding the needles incorrectly, and twisting the stitches. I give her grandmother tons of credit for introducing the art to this motivated young girl. But, she needed to get a project done for the fair, so they brought her to me. Teaching someone to...

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More Umbrellas

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More Umbrellas

I can’t get enough of seeing the creations of others. You know how I am always saying that my customers are my inspiration…well, they are. But I have some pretty creative ladies that work for me once in a while…here’s Cindy. She created this umbrella. I love it. I really love this fabric line from Moda. These umbrellas really are waterproof. When you spray them with waterproofing spray, they become waterproof. Cindy’s husband has a company that he is in charge of that makes all kinds of paint related products. He...

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Row by Row in Full Swing!

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Row by Row in Full Swing!

Well, Row By Row is in full swing. If you have questions about what Row by Row is, you should visit the website, “Row by Row Experience”. In a nutshell, it’s a “Not Shop Hop”. In other words, shop hops are too much work. They are a lot of work for the shop owners, they are expensive, and quite frankly, they need to be spiced up. So, Row by Row is an opportunity to do something fun while you’re traveling during the summer. Instead of traveling for the shop hop, you are traveling because it’s summer and...

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Umbrellas!

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Umbrellas!

The umbrellas continue to be immensely popular. We are being published in the September issue of AQS magazine! You can purchase an umbrella and pattern from the Bungalow and make it your own by adding any of our beautiful, high quality fabrics. Just waterproof and go! In the past I had advised customers not to use laminated fabric. Not all laminated fabrics are created equally. But, the Robert Kaufman company wanted me to see if their laminates would work for the umbrellas, and they do. So, I am advocating for regular cottons with...

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Alternative Textures and Quilts

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What I love about quilting is the freedom to do what you want. I guess you could say that about any art form. There really are no quilt police, although some people think that there are. Well, there is always going to be someone with a critical eye, but you have to take ownership and love your quilt. What is old is new again. Right? Well, as I have said before, my mother was the queen of using things up. She could use the most unusual fabrics in the most incredible ways. Modern quilting has embraced using alternative textures. 10 years ago,...

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Clamshell Class

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There are some quilts that tug at your heart but you are afraid to try them. I hear that a lot about the clamshell quilt. I have a beautiful clamshell quilt that I made hanging in the shop. We successfully ran 5 people through the creation of this simple one patch quilt. It is a one patch, after all. But there is not a single seam in this quilt that is a straight seam. There are tricks to doing curved piecing, to be sure, but it’s really no big deal once you learn how. You will find that people who were garment sewists before doing...

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