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True Blue: I Love You

 


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LISTEN...🎼 I've had all the "lines"....I've displayed them many times, but I never knew love before 'till Feedsacks: True Blue arrived on the floor...🎼

What can I say? I'm a child of the 80's and I'm guilty as charged when it comes to favoring some of the 80's most memorable pop-tarts!

But what you really came here for was this....💙

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Moda has a new designer. Her name is Linzee McCray, she loves feedsacks and her new collection Feedsacks: True Blue is featured in this gorgeous quilt called Lulee's Garden by May Chappell (above). The collection is also available in the Shoppe now and on our website. Imagine that? 

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Linzee has had a long love-affair with feedsack prints and has written a book about them: Feed Sacks: A Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric. She selected blue for her first collection with Moda because - as she shared with Moda's Carrie Nelson last fall, “I selected blue for my first collection because I grew up in a house of blue – as a child, I ate off blue dishes, walked on a blue carpet, and was frequently dressed in blue clothing sewn by my blue-loving mother. Blue is comforting, classic and modern all at the same time."

Of course we absolutely agree on the comforting, classic and modern thing!
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It just seeew happens that while looking at this True Blue Fat Quarter Bundle (this one has 19 cotton Fat Quarters P.S.), I thought "Ya know...these blues work amazingly well with Sweetwater's Harmony!" Seeew I did what comes natural to me and I added 9 more blue Fat Quarters to create this....
 
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This right here....this is the Out of The Blue Fat Quarter Bundle which I have named after another 80's pop sensation - Debbie Gibson's 1987 mega hit album, "Out of The Blue!"
 
Contrary to popular belief, she was not a one-hit-wonder. You haven't lived until you have crammed your foot into a pair of rollerskates to couple skate to "Only In My Dreams" or "Shake Your Love!" Of course I was a true "10"😂 in the skating rink - decked out in my multiple SWATCH watches and jelly bracelets. The best part was always skating to the lights of the disco ball!
 
Anyway...this bundle includes 28 Fat Quarters and blends traditional with a touch of modern!
 
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Someone even mixed some Project Red in with this. Of course, I don't know what they are planning to make with all of this but the red, white and blue definitely works together!
 
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The Feedsacks collection is still seeew new that we haven't had time to make anything from it, but here is another beautiful quilt that we have been considering especially since we love Dresden's. It's called the "Bloomin' Dresden" by May Chappell. It looks huge but it's only 56" x 56". Look at all that space for some fab quilting!
 
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If you want to add in more color to the blue and white bundles that I showed you above, you may want to get yourself one of these....
 
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Since we like to provide a few options when ordering from our website, I created the prints only FQ bundle seeew that you can add these into whatever-it-is you're going to end up making.
 
I will let you in on a little secret: We've already sold out of the Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes seeew something tells me the Charm Packs and Mini Charm Packs won't last much longer.
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The canister set of 3 is just a little extra somethin' special and it has a fantastic price point. It's one of those "Gotta Have It" even if you don't know exactly what you will use them for at the time. It never hurts to cute up your creative space!
Oh I almost forgot...there is one more quilt we should consider! I always like it when we mix up traditional fabrics with a contemporary pattern. It's always a WOW! I believe this is Metro Rings. We've done Metro Hoops before, but we may want to experiment with "Rings". What do you think? Just an FYI: You will need the Quick Curve Ruler to complete this quilt.
 
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Of course there's always more where this came from and I'm very happy to report that there are two more upcoming collections that will have a gorgeous selections of blues. The collections are...
 
 
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Look for these collections coming to the Shoppe this August/September! As some of you know, we will be celebrating the release of Clover Hollow with a 2 Day Workshop Retreat with Moda designers, Sherri McConnell and Chelsi Stratton September 21 & 22! You can learn all about it and register here on our website. Seats are now beginning to fill up and we have seven spots left. Don't wait!
 
🎼Seeew....if you should ever doubt, wonder what your next quilt will be all about.....just think back and remember dears...these things I share with you here.🎼 
 
That's it for today! Stay in tune for more and ....
 
Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian 

After Market Preview Party Is Tomorrow Night!

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It has been one event after another and I have a Sh...quilt-load of stuff to share with you, but the challenge is finding the time to do it! Between our Instagram, Facebook, Newsletter (on the website) and our daily email...I can honestly only type seeew much.

Balance is key.

Besides, it's better to see you in-person anyway.

Which brings me to our After Market Preview Party! As you can see from the image "hint" above we have some fantastic prizes and things to share with you! The "Mothership" will be sharing some of the many things coming to the Shoppe over the next 6 months including fabrics and programs! The night will be filled with some fabulous prize opportunities, wine & cheese and special discounts on preorders! You can register here or you can call us at 503-694-8052.

Before we move onto the next thing though...."There's something I want you to have..."

 

Someone has to get excited around here...might as well be me! In my own special way of course...

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As I shared at the beginning, I have TONS to discuss and share with you, but since most of you are now reading my blog on a mobile device, I'm keeping it simple. I personally prefer to read blogs on desktops because you don't have to keep scrolling just to read. Anyway, we've been creating many new samples such as the table runner pictured above. It's just a close-up for now until it is quilted and ready for display!

The fabrics however are a combination of Leonie Bateman's Sorbet collection and Lori Holt's Bee Backgrounds.

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About two months ago I shared several of the new Mini Quilt projects we had been working on from the Moda All-Stars Mini Charm Quilts book. I think at the time that I posted we had about five, well we just added one more to the mix and I'm in love! I don't know how much spare time you get, but after putting this together you might not have any?

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I love how the "Mothership" took Sweetwater's Authentic Etc. and created a contemporary feel to this project.

Finally, we are prepping for this year's Row by Row Experience which begins June 21, 2018. More than likely we will reveal our project near or on that date seeew we do appreciate your patience. This year's theme just happens to be....

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Hmmm....for some reason this theme fits me to a tee!

Anyway....

Stay in tune and stay seeew-cial ~ Brian

 


It's Looking A Bit Wooly

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Quilt Market is here in Portland this week and we've already started the day off with a bus tour! Most of those on the bus are other shop owners or "industry folks" seeew there is definitely an energy that is much appreciated! Of course I always love the people from Australia, New Zealand and Norway! They are positive, full of excitement, and just amazed! Love that! It's ironic that we have folks travel from around the country and world, but our local community thinks Wilsonville is too far away from places like Tigard, Beaverton, Oregon City and Clackamas. Those are all within 15-25 minutes. LOL.

Since we've been busy here at the Shoppe with several things including our upcoming Lori Holt Workshops, I thought I would try to get a quick update in before I get too far behind!

What happened to blogging many times last week? I seriously have no idea...LOL.

The most important take-away from this post is this week we are closed on Friday, May 18 to attend Quilt Market (this is for retailers only and is not open to the public). We are closed on Sunday as we have the Lori Holt Workshops to prepare for seeew there is no way we can give you an extra day that day. However, if you're still in town on Monday, May 21 we are adding 11am-4pm. This is normally a closed day seeew be sure to come out and see us if you're a Monday kind of guy/gal! New-Wool

First, the "Mothership" has brought in some new hand-dyed wool packs which I am completely in love with! I'm smitten for blue in nearly any shade seeew you can see which ones I'm going to gravitate towards. Our packs of Wool are available here in our on-line Shoppe and here in-store! We make a limited quantity at a time....seeew the longer you wait, the more of a risk there is the best selection will be gone before the time you arrive!

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Hmmm...what would we make with all of that? Well if you don't know by now we love the sophisticated, nature inspired designs of The Cottage at Cardiff Farms. Kathy's small projects are elegant and are perfect for working on during those summer road trips. You can find patterns for all of these small projects right here on our website! The patterns for many of these smaller items are just $2.00 ea. Keep in mind shipping with USPS (we use the USPS Flat Rate Priority Mail Envelope) is $6.70 seeew order more than one pattern to make your shipping worth it!

Can I get ya anything? Pineapple? LOL.

 

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Everyone that comes in tends to love on A Single Stem (that unique pillow), Bleeding Heart and Flour. I don't know how you could pick just one? I don't know about you all, but something tells me Kathy loves to garden!

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Oh by the way....the fabrics on top of the table here are those linen textured backgrounds I showed to you a few posts back.

At least...I think I did??? If I didn't...here's a little reminder with my Neutral Fat Quarter Bundle. I know this might come as a shocker...but I like to sell things.

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Now hold onto your woolen wares because this next picture are the blocks from our recent Wooly Barn B.O.M. which used Kathy's B.O.M. "Where the Cows Come Home." The "Mothership" and Christine spent the last year preparing these blocks each month on top of countless other projects....and well, they finally finished our blocks for our sample!

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Next they will have to apply the borders and sashing. Last I heard we had
one kit left here seeew don't wait! Knowing how this blog works for me, when all of the kits are gone, and it's 2021, someone will find this on Pinterest and message me for a kit.

Trust me, I still get people coming to the blog from a Pinterest picture that was posted in 2012 from my blog! This is my one challenge with Pinterest that drives me to a cube of cheese. 

Sprung-Workshop-2Here is a group photo of some of the participants who stayed behind after our S.p.R.u.N.g. Workshop a few weeks ago! They joined us and Kathy Cardiff to work on Kathy's "For The Bees" project which is in her new book, "A Cottage Garden." In fact, all of those projects behind these talented gems....they are all from that book!

This quilt is flippin' fantastic! Absolutely gorgeous!

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It wouldn't be a blog post from me if I didn't include food! As always during any of our designer workshops we load you up with lots of food!

Contrary to folklore, I did not lock myself in a closet and make love to this gem of a carrot cake! Perfect for a workshop called, S.p.R.u.N.g don't ya think?

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Finally for today, I leave you with this....our new sign pictured below!

You know you're a permanent resident of the Charbonneau District when the "official" sign is mounted above your Shoppe! It was a long year of transition from our move and I sincerely thank those who had an active part in making our first year successful! We still are creating and trying to figure out how to bring more charm into our quaint location...seeeww stay in tune! ~ Brian

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Give The Gift of Creativity for Mother's Day!

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It's been a much busier week than I expected seeew I'll keep this post fairly short.

There are only a handful of seats left for our 4th annual Mother's Celebration Brunch. Pictured is the secret project from last year on the left while on the right hand side are some of the selected Tilda fabrics the "Mothership" will be using in this year's secret project.

I cover all the details here on our website. It makes my day when people read what I spend time writing. However, if you are not able to for a myriad of reasons, I go the extra mile to provide you reminders on Instagram (as I have done here for our Lori Holt Workshop participants)....

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Are you a "Bag Lady?" If you are...the May "Extra Special" has been announced! Throughout the month of May, "Bag Ladies" receive 10% off all regular priced kits throughout the Shoppe. You must present your bag at the time of purchase. Of course, this is in addition to your regular Bag Lady special.

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Also, today and tomorrow save 50% off our Finished Quilts for Sale! If you want something amazing, I highly suggest you grab one of these quilts up! 2 days only! These four quilts are just a few of our most popular quilts that we are always being asked about...but, it's time to say good-bye as we make new quilts!

Before I head out of here, a programming note: The Shoppe will be closed Friday, May 18 for a Special Event. I've had this posted on our website for over a month now...seeew hopefully people have made a note of it.

Thanks for visiting today! I'll be back with more!

Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian

 


Join Us For A 2 Day Retreat Weekend September 21 & September 22 2018!

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We have been having seeew much fun getting ourselves involved with seeew many things that I almost forgot to share this new upcoming event!

Go here, check it all out...and maybe we will see you this September! 2 Days! 2 projects to select from and lots of quilty fun!

I'll be back with all the new arriving in the Shoppe,  and our S.p.R.u.N.g Workshop Re-Cap!

How am I going to do all of that you ask??? Well, I'll be blogging frequently over the next week!

Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian