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This Is How My World Gets Made...

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Before I take you on a journey of new fabrics arriving this Spring & Summer, I want to thank those of you who actively support our Shoppe whether through purchases online or in-store. My time is worth something (I would hope) and it's how this blog is brought to you.

I also wanted to introduce you to how my world gets made here on the blog!

And it all starts with these two creative gems pictured below and a super sweet song from the Broadway musical, Amelie!

"I've saved up everything I know"

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Pictured above is Christine (on the left) and my mom, Jan (aka the Mothership) on the right.

I wanted to introduce you because I have noticed that as Social Media has taken over, sometimes it's easy to forget that there are people behind your favorite quilt shop. People ....who work day and night to inspire you and share their creativity. Without these ladies, I would not have content to share! It doesn't just magically happen and it's never as "instant" as the internet makes everything seem.

They finally got some time to work on each of their Vintage Barn Girl Quilts from the BOM they did last year! Since Lori Holt is coming to the Shoppe in May for a brand new workshop, I guess they figured they'd better get them done!

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I love everything about this quilt, from the colors to the Farm Girl Vintage blocks they chose to incorporate into their barns. ❤️ May-Breakfast-Club-Project-3

When they are not sewing samples they are making other cute things for our popular monthly What's For Breakfast? Club. Have you attended one yet? If not, we'd love to see you! This adorable Aqua Garden Vintage Pincushion was one of the featured projects and is now available to order on our website or over the phone. I will note that since the Mothership paints each pitcher by hand, they do require more time to mail due to drying.

It's a full fledged production but again...it's how my world gets made!

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Oh I almost forgot...we are also starting to make some Laura Heine samples and they insist it's something I could easily do! Maybe I'll give it a whirl???

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Of course, "World Making" gets even better around here when new fabrics arrive! This bundle of colorful realness is called, "Mama's Cottage!" The collection is by April Rosenthal of Prairie Grass Patterns and is available in our Shoppe now.

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How would you like to rub your hands all over that stack?

I'm sure you would.

And you can...when you purchase our new Welcome Pineapple Quilt Kit - Fruit Punch Edition! I love this quilt because it is seeew unique. The multi colors give this quilt a dash of whimsy and I love that it isn't literal.

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Remember, you save 15% off your selected backing when purchased with your kit. I've never understood why people don't get backings with their kits? I've had to help those who waited to get their backings many, many times and they are often frustrated they can't find a backing to coordinate. I share this advice because I don't want you to be that person and I want you to enjoy a little somethin' somethin' in terms of savings! 

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I also contribute to how our world gets made in my own little special way! 

New Fat Quarter Bundles!

This one pictured above just happens to be our Mama's Cottage Fat Quarter Bundle. With just 14 Fat Quarters, these smaller sized bundles are proving to be very popular! Did you know you can also order individual FQs on our website? 

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There's one more key player that helps my world get made out here in Charbonneau and that's...our neighbor.

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While I have to make sure I exercise regularly, they are a photographer's dream and I'm super evil for doing this to you!

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You'll get over it.

Before I head out, thank you seeew much for leaving comments on the previous post! I love that you are seeew dedicated. I also want to thank those who actively support the shop! We appreciate that as that's what makes this blog possible!

I've got a busy weekend with the February What's For Breakfast? Club on Saturday and then meeting with a certain choreographer friend of mine to discuss summer events. ✨🎩🎪🎼 Seeew I hope to show you Part 2 of our new fabric arrivals ...maybe tomorrow?

Stay Seeew-cial! ~ Brian✨

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A Look At New Fabric Including Zen Chic, Sweetwater, Fig Tree's Christmas Figs & 3 Sisters!

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Let me first begin with: I have many pictures to show you seeew I'm going to try and be brief. Also...I'll bring back the tunes for my next post. Today is just super important because....

The "Mothership" and I ordered more new fabrics today! It's definitely worthy of pulling a Patrick...and jumping off a stage! This could be love...ya'll! Quilting should be the time of your life and these fabrics will ensure that!

The collections that I'm about to show you are scheduled for May-July release, which means the majority of what was shown is for Christmas 2018!

Of course...my favorite (which is a complete departure for me) is Zen Chic's White Christmas!

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As you can see, White Christmas is contemporary yet elegant and sophisticated. I'm not even a fan of metallic, but I don't mind the subtle hint of it found in this collection! Wait until you see the projects!

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Next on the list...Overnight Delivery by Sweetwater.

One thing I know for sure...you just can't go wrong with a Sweetwater collection at Christmas. Karla (along with her daughters) are becoming masters of the Christmas collections at Moda! This one is chalk full of great Christmas basics that have hints of Chip & Joanna Gaines of HGTV fame. While ordering this collection we also decided to add in some of Deb Strain's new Hearthside Holiday (not pictured) as the two collections play very well with each other. Seeew much seeew that I already know what we are going to do with the variety of checks and plaids! I guess you'll have to hang in there with me through the Summer!

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One thing we are looking for more and more as a Shoppe, are fabrics that can be used throughout the year.

Fig Tree's collections have always incorporated a unique color palette when it comes to the various seasons. In fact, a long time ago I remember Joanna referring to them as the "forgotten colors." Each time Joanna would come teach a workshop my mom would always ask, "When will Moda give you another Christmas collection?" Well it looks like that wish has been granted....

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With this new collection, appropriately titled "Christmas Figs" Joanna has created a variety of prints that do not necessarily "scream" Christmas, but will provide warmth and joy to your Christmas projects! There are also several prints that can crossover and play well with her other collections.

And this is where I have exciting news!

We will be offering the Christmas Figs Block of The Month that will begin this Summer and continue through 2019! I'll have more details once the "Mothership" gets her details in place...but I'm giving you all the heads up now! It's a stunning quilt and you're going to want to join us! Especially for you local in-store folks!

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It's not Christmas without a little bit of whimsy, seeew we just had to have Stacy Iest Hsu's "The North Pole." Seeew, seeew cute!

Look at these little penguins sliding in the snow (below)....

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And then in a surprising move from the "Mothership" she fell in love with Holly Woods by those famous 3 Sisters (pictured below) I have to agree, it’s a gorgeous collection. We will soon be seeing their Victoria collection arriving in the Shoppe in a few weeks - which has softer shades of blues and reds. Holly Woods delights with a new palette of vibrant (yet subtle) shades of reds and blues. 

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You can never have too many tone-on-tone neutral prints. Oh who am I kidding...you can never have too much fabric! Trust me, I've been around the "Mothership" when I've sold off a print she needed for a BOM or kit. It goes a little something like this: @#$&^%!!!!!

Mmmhmmm. That's code for we better have a back-up supply.

P.S. Even though this is a 3 Sisters collection, can I just tell you....these reds and blues would blend perfectly in your next Minick & Simpson project? Can I tell ya that???  In fact...shout out to Laurie Simpson & Polly Minick! Keeping our fingers crossed their  next collections have some red and blue combined! 

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Look at these! Take out the holly prints and you have fabulous reds and blues for any patriotic project! The word on the street is these will arrive sometime in June.

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Here are the blues. You can never go wrong with a stunning two-color blue and neutral quilt. 

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Alright...that's it for my recap but I have a couple of things to say before I let you fine people go.

1.) Leave me a comment in the comments below letting me know which collection looks inspiring to you! And...are you excited for a Fig Tree BOM??? 

2.) Thank you for actually reading my blog. As instant Social Media increases...I worry about the trend to skim. Blogs are for stories and a in-more depth look at things - seeew as long as you’re reading, I’ll keep producing! 

3.) This is only the fabrics from Moda and is not even half of it. I still have the Spring/Summer prints to show you, seeew be looking for another post or two this week! 

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4.) Be watching our blog and our other Social Media for details of a new event that we are bringing to the Shoppe this Summer. It's all in the planning stages seeew I can't give it away yet, but it's something for the whole family and we are going to have a blast doing it! ✨🎩🎪🎼 I have always believed that you have to take the "typical...and make it colorful" but until a certain "Showman" introduced me to the lyric...I didn't know those were the words I needed to put my ideas in the spin cycle.! Once the details are finalized, I will share information on the event and how you too...can be a part of it.

The magic of quilt shops is the ability to create a united community...

and the magic of quilting...is the joy of creating.

If you're not feeling the joy...what's the point? Let's see some activity out here especially to all those who were "so sad" when we moved. We are only 15 minutes away from our previous location folks!

That's it for today....as always stay seeew-cial and stay "tuned!" ~ Brian


Merry Merry Snowmen Block Of The Month Begins March 10, 2018 With An All-New Colorway!

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Check out this all-new version of one of our absolute favorite applique quilt patterns! The "Mothership" wanted a new colorway of this Shoppe classic for our new location here in Charbonneau! I can't blame her...one block already down and I'm hooked! I'm super excited for this project as I know she has a fabulous sense of color arrangement and this will be finished by November just in time for Christmas!

If you've always wanted to learn applique techniques, this is a great block of the month for you! You can participate in-store by attending the in-store meetings (which are highly beneficial) or you can participate through the mail by signing up on-line. The "drop dead" date to register is February 28 seeew you'll want to get signed up now!

I've covered all the details right here on our website. Seeew...click that link!

I will add a little bit of helpful advice: This is planned out based on the number of people who sign up. Everytime we offer something like this I get a handful of folks who want to join later as if they didn't believe me it would be fabulous when finished. We won't be making complete kits when it's all finished, seeew get signed up now.

 P.S. There's far more to the story of how this has come about, but I'll have to save that for my next post about Merry Merry Snowmen. It involves a blogger who shared my picture of our original sample from 2012 to her 5 million followers on Facebook. Oy. It was intense and whether you ordered it from us or the designer, shipping is delayed.  But like I said, that's a story for another time. I've got even more stuff to show you coming right up!

Stay Seeew-cial, get signed up and I'll see you in class!!! ~ Brian

 


Look What Baking Can Do! Bake Shop 2 Is Here! New Quilty Fun Row Block Of The Month!

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For just a moment, let's take in the sweetness of Lori Holt's new Bake Shop 2 to the sounds of the broadway hit, "Waitress!" Come on and join me while I show you, "What Baking Can Do..."

Make it work...make it easy, make it clever, craft it into pieces..."

Sounds familiar doesn't it?

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"I'll place it on display..."

We think Bake Sale 2 is one of Lori's best collections. It's full of sugar, butter and flour - absolutely delicious!

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With this collection, the "Mothership" stocked up on literally everything.  Pre-cuts including 5" Stackers, 10" Stackers and 2.5" Rollie Pollie Strip Rolls are all here in the Shoppe! 

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The Sunflower Table Runner was made with the Sunny Sunflower block from Farm Girl Vintage! It’s one of our favorite projects because it shows folks what else can be done with a little creativity!

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Here’s a different view of the 2.5” Rollie Pollie Strip Roll. Only when it’s from Moda can it be called a Jelly Roll. Did ya know that? Well...now ya do! 😂

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"Make It Up & Surprise Them..." 

If you've been in the Shoppe over the last week, you may have noticed this sweet little quilt. We used Sew Cherry 2 and the end result was adorable. But it was this picture that took us completely by surprise with how stinkin' cute it is! It's called Hopscotch and we sell the pattern here on our website.

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With Bake Shop 2, Lori has once again given us these beautiful Fat 8th prints. Each Fat 8th panel is 1yd and includes eight different prints. They also come in three color combinations which I have included here

The "Mothership" used one of these Fat 8th Panels (including two FQ's) from one of Lori's previous collections and used the pieced blocks from Farm Girl Vintage to make this small project pictured below.

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I'm thinking we should bake another one of these samples using the new panels!

Memo to me: "Make it work..."

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Speaking of making it clever...Lori's Sew Simple Shapes are a clever addition to the world of quilting!

It really is amazing what baking...err...quilting can do!

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 Finally, last but not least..."make it easy!" 

Our Quilty Fun Row Block of The Month (pictured above) will begin March 31 with registration available here. We have an in-store option and an option to partcipate on-line (through the mail) as well. You will need a purchased copy of Quilty Fun by Lori Holt which we sell here in the Shoppe.
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Don't forget, even though our session of Farm Girl Vintage started in August, we now sell block kits individually here on our website. As we continue through this session the "Mothership" adds more to order until we have all 48 available!

Make it sweet and she did!

Let's see the next amazing thing baking...errr quilting... does next time!

Stay seeew-cial ✨ and thanks for coming in! ~ Brian


Have You Discovered Farm Girl Vintage?

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Farm Girl Vintage continues to be very popular out here at the Shoppe. It is a fabulous skill builder and will perfect your piecing skills. We strongly suggest using the Bloc Loc Rulers for the best outcome. We have a complete Farm Girl Vintage Tool Set here. Trust me, it will be your best friend.

If you haven't been into the Shoppe, we have a clothesline in which we made one set of the blocks to hang on. The other two sets of 48 blocks will be going into the Mothership and Christine's quilts. But my point is --- everyone who sees the blocks on the clothesline thinks they are pot holders. LOL. I guess you could use them as that if that's your thing.

Anyway, since we have already began our second session of our Farm Girl Vintage B.O.M. this past August, we have added individual block kits to our website for purchase. There is no timeline for when these block kits are added. The "Mothership" adds more as she creates kits for the B.O.M. - and whatever she can do in her free time. My best advice...check back often because today she just added six more!

You can find them all here on our website! I'll leave you a picture of Farm Girl "Cindy" who participated in our first Farm Girl Vintage BOM session 2015-2016. The Mothership's color selection is amazing and spot on with this quilt! Everytime I see one I seeew much appreciate her talents!

Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian

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