First of all...Happy Friday! I'll get to the all-new Barn Girl Vintage in a minute, but I wanted to invite you to join us for the Kitchen Mixer Class on Saturday, June 11 2016 from 9:30am-3:30pm. I cannot wait for this class! It will be a day full of color, fun and imagination as the "Mothership" and Christine share tips and teach techniques for successful piecing of this adorable wall hanging. They have adapted the pattern from a full size quilt because when we would ask people, "Would you put a quilt on your bed full of mixers?" the answer was always "ummm...not really?" A wall hanging just seemed to make more sense. As for moi, yours truly etc. I'll be licking the beaters.
Don't forget Class Discount Evening for this class will be Wednesday, June 1 2016 from 5:30pm-7:30pm. If you'd like to learn more about Class Discount Evening read here.
It really is amazing how fast the week goes by when you are trying to get stuff done! The "Mothership" and I have been staying late nights moving furniture around as we re-set the Shoppe floor. With the new classroom addition, we want to make sure we have light coming at us from every angle. We've moved large cabinets back to back and removed obstacles from windows. It's making a huge difference, but I must admit...I miss some of my little nooks and crannies. I'm sure we'll make more eventually. This entire remodel has been a TON of work. Who knew we had seeew much stuff?
My only remodel news this week is we are changing the type of barn door we put on the entrance to the new workshop space (pictured above). Originally they were going to be sliding, but for our Shoppe....that just didn't have enough charm. Seeew...instead we will be getting a pair of whitewashed barn doors that open outward complete with a vintage transom window above. We love this idea as when the barn doors are open or closed, we can still create a display for visual interest. The poor guy designing the doors is probably pulling his hair out as we both insisted there be absolutely no brown showing in these barn doors. I'm not kidding. NO BROWN. I mean it. LOL. We still have minor details to finish including base cove molding, bring in the tables, etc. I'm telling you...never remodel a business. This is seriously like the never-ending story, but if there is an "end"...it will be worth it!
The real BIG news of the week is our Barn Girl Vintage B.O.M. (Block-of-The-Month) which begins May 12 & May 14, 2016. Sign ups have begun seeew keep reading to make sure you get registered! The "Mothership" and Christine have been busy planning out eight barn blocks for the program. I am in love with this orange barn! It amazes me how fabrics from a variety of collections can create such bright and happy barns! Repeat after me...every fabric is an opportunity! I see fabric around our Shoppe every day and ask, "Why is this still here?" We then start using it and suddenly everyone wants it. There is definitely fabric karma.
If you haven't registered yet, there is still time to do seeew. We offer this program both on-line and in-store. The in-store meetings will be one Thursday evening a month from 6:30pm-7:30pm or one Saturday morning a month from 9am-10am. You pick the day you want to commit to. The meetings are super important as Jan discusses each block and the importance of using those Bloc Loc tools! Registration and information for our on-line friends can be found here.
Here are a couple more of the barns as works in progress. Some have been modified since I originally posted the photo, especially since I unknowingly ironed off the Sheep's feet when I went to photograph. Oops.
Each month during the Barn Girl Block-of-The-Month you will receive one 14" x 14" block kit each month for 9 months along with cutting diagrams, piecing tips, fabric identification list and cutting instructions. In month 10 the participants receive sashing, border and binding fabrics to complete the quilt. The quilt will measure approximately 68 x 68.
Participants are required to have the Farm Girl Vintage Book by Lori Holt, and BLOC LOC rulers as directed. The cutting diagrams, fabric quantities and instructions will be written for BLOC LOC rulers.
Here's a little more work in progress of the Americana barn! This one definitely makes my heart soar. LOVE.
Seeew as you can see...the quilt is on course for bright and happy! I think in times when people are uncertain, they turn to the brighter, happier colors to be creative with. I don't blame them...the fabrics are definitely brightening up the Shoppe! In fact, two new Moda collections are on the way shortly including Sweetwater's Cookie Exchange and Summerfest by April Rosenthal. Remember, I told you there would be changes! As for our traditionalists, don't you fret because we've got you covered with a fabulous collection by Holly Taylor and Laundry Basket Quilts coming in June/July.
Quilty steps towards progress!
Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian