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 Linda K. 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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Project Red & Upcoming B.O.M. Sneak Peak

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It sounds like a top secret mission, doesn't it?

Project Red.  (This is where I should tell you that my Project Red Fat Quarter Bundle is available here and contains 15 Fat Quarters.) 

It's actually the new Sweetwater collection and it is perfection for your next Redwork project or lots of cute little Valentine's projects. And hey...if those don't jam with your butter than you always can use more red and white fabrics in your stash. They are classic, timeless - never going out of style.

Like...ever.

In fact I can remember back to when we opened in 2005 Alex Anderson had a red and white collection with P&B Textiles almost every year. That was 13 years ago and this color combination continues to be very popular.

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I'm not sure we can pick a favorite but those text prints are always popular! We love how they have taken some of Sweetwater's most popular prints to date and included them in this color palette. You may even recognize some of your favorites!

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While Project Red is available now, January is also the time for two things!

The first...planning a few B.O.M.'S! The only thing I can tell you with this picture is...the "Mothership" is pulling fabrics for a fresh update to one of our Shoppe favorites! As she plans out the details for this B.O.M. including start date, online vs. in-store options, cost, etc. I will be the first to inform you. And you all know we have several ways to stay in touch with us...right? I literally tell you everything if you're willing to spend the time.

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January is also the time when we start looking at Christmas fabrics for 2018.

Here are just some of the projects that we will be looking at this month.

Now don't get confused. These patterns and fabrics are not available until Summer I'm simply showing you a PREVIEW.

 

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I'll keep you posted on which collections we decide to order, but as I've always said...if you want to see it in the Shoppe, make sure you let us know!

Stay Seeew-cial! ~ Brian


New Beginning Class February 21 & New Quilting Life Weekend Workshops March 16 & 17! Sign Up Now

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It's a new year and I'm going to post new posts. I say this every time and every day I still get people who are looking on Pintrest of pictures from years ago wanting me to identify it. Folks, my focus is on current product and current workshops. At this point I don't know what else to tell you about Pinterest. It's not a reliable source for current product that we carry, but our website...is. If you're here on my blog, items in current dated posts are what you'll find on our website. If you're looking at a post from 2012...not gonna have it.

New designs, new fabrics, new...new...new!

But first...a little heavy-in-thought-dancin' at my desk...

I'm going to get it out of you people yet! 

In the last post I shared that I had a feeling a Beginning Quilt class was on the horizon. Well...yes indeed it is. In fact, this session will start Wednesday, February 21 with the follow up class on Wednesday, March 21. Yes, it is a two part class with some homework in between! The "Mothership" believes in getting you set up with only the best quilting habits to begin with; accurate cutting, proper use of a ruler and rotary cutter, sewing with a 1/4" seam and good pressing techniques are all emphasized during this class.

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The pattern for the class is called Dreamin' and it uses one (1) Jelly Roll, which is a roll of 42 pre-cut 2.5" strips.

Yes, one Jelly Roll will make this 70" x 84" quilt!

This is why I love Jelly Rolls! Do not dismiss them because at $39 they are a very affordable way to create a coordinated quilt. Personally I like a quilt whose color story has been well thought out. Why anyone would want to spend time making something that isn't coordinated is beyond me. Make it beautiful!

For our sample we used Moda's Creekside but it would look fantastic in many of our favorite designer fabrics. Here it is pictured below made up in some classic Fig Tree!

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If you are already hooked on quilting, we are happy to announce that Moda designer Sherri McConnell will be returning to the Shoppe for another Quilting Life Weekend, March 16 & March 17! She will be teaching two new workshops with designs based around her new fabric collection Front Porch which arrives in the Shoppe late February, early March.

The new designs are perfect for Confident Beginner quilters! Each class will introduce you to new techniques and Saturday's class will introduce students to working with Moda's Cake Mix Recipes.

Here's the project for Friday, March 16 2018....

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And then here is the project for the workshop on Saturday, March 17 2018! In this workshop Sherri will be teaching you tips and techniques using those popular Moda Cake Mix Recipes. We have them in the Shoppe now seeew don't miss out!

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And here's a second color way! What an absolutely adorable collection for Spring! Can't wait for it to arrive in the Shoppe!

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As always, our workshop fee includes instruction by Sherri and a catered lunch. Students also receive 20% off class supplies when purchased from our Shoppe seven days prior to the workshop! It's our way of thanking you for supporting our brick & mortar! Register now as the first half of the fee is due at sign up with the remainder due 30 days before the workshop. You can certainly pay in full if you'd like, but we do offer a half deposit option at registration to help anyone who needs to do more than one payment. Click here for more information and to register.

That's all for today. Stay seeew-cial! ~ Brian

 


Come Alive in 2018

 

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Come alive in 2018 ya'll!

Oh yes...he's back with more of The Greatest Showman! It's number #1 on iTunes! Just listen to those lyrics and then get up and shake it down! For anyone who is searching for a way to break free when it comes to creativity...go see it and do your soul some good!

Would you believe that I'm about to watch it for the third time???? The first time I won tickets from 20th Century Fox seeew I feel a little guilty. Gotta help that box office number! At this point, I should get a "cut" of the advertising! Hee hee. Maybe I'll go to the theater wearing this...

Anyway, we've all had those days where the sky is a shade of gray, especially in January! A new year should be filled with promise and gratitude! You're alive to see another year...and (this is very important) you "can flip the switch and brighten up your darkest day!"

As quilters you have the unique gift of brightening up someone else's day when you bestow upon someone the gift of a quilt. 

OMG...I just re-read that.

Bestow??? WHO AM I? LOL.

Here's how we are coming alive as we look forward to 2018! We have been BUSY!

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The "Mothership" has been playing with Moda's new Tuppence. And as it always goes...now people are noticing. It's a delightful collection and reminds us of an English cottage.

P.S. She's loving on the Mini's. I told her I wanted a wall full of Mini's.

Will I get it?

I don't know. She may plop my little butt in front of a sewing machine and say "get busy you bossy little thing."

Anyway, pictured above is just one version of our Mini Swoon Kits. This one above is our Tuppence Mini Swoon Kit.

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Now this project above is very special.

Participants in our in-store Mystery Club program using Sweetwater's Authentic Etc. received this extra pattern. Each month the "Mothership" holds a drawing for those who do their homework and one lucky winner won an entire kit to make it!

Participation in-store is key with the Mystery Club so if we offer any in the future they will be kept to in-store activities. Love that idea! If you participate in the in-store Mystery Club our next meeting date is January 25.

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When you're "dreamin' with your eyes wide open" there are indeed a lot of good people who surround you. Michelle Kunigisky of Busy Bee Quilt Designs dropped in the Shoppe a month ago and offered to make us a new version of her #1 apron pattern, French Flea Market Apron. Wasn't that nice of her? Completely unexpected! Retro-Christmas-Bundle

Just before Christmas week I finally got some down time and put together three different bundles of red and green delights! These bundles were seeew popular I felt like Lucy and Ethel on the conveyor belt.

The bundles were inspired of course by the "Mothership's" Christmas version of Mini Swoon.

We were so busy before the holiday (remind me to share the story of the Merry, Merry Snowmen Craze in another post) I just didn't have time to focus too much on this version of Mini Swoon....but here it is below.

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And then of course we have this beauty with complete kits coming soon to a quilt shop near you....OURS.

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In between the craziness known as Merry, Merry Snowmen (like I said above I'll explain later), we had Farm Girl Preparations for Month 5!

This time, I got to experience first hand packaging all four blocks. 

All I'm going to say is....I have seeew much respect for the "Mothership" and Christine. If people wonder why it takes a bit to mail it's because these two ladies have to cut the fabrics for the blocks, package those blocks individually, process the credit card information (and track down those with declines) followed by processing mail labels.

It is a major monthly production.

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Of course...I then sit here with my camera and take photos. LOL. "What's taking him so long?"

Oh...he's taking more pictures.

This is where I need TypePad to come up with ways to insert emojis.

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In addition to all of this we have been working on our updated website. Have you even noticed that?

Let's see what else? We have been ordering lots of new collections to fill the Shoppe in 2018 and then we are already planning our seasonal workshops and other classes for the year seeew stay tuned for that.

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While I would love to keep "chatting", I'll end this post with our new Beginning Quilt project above. The Mothership hasn't given me a date yet, but if you're looking to take her Beginning Class in which you'll learn the proper and best skills to get you set on your quilting journey....stay tuned!

If I know her as well as I think I know her....my guess would be at the beginning of February.

Seeew keep your eyes peeled!

Well..don't really peel your eyes that would be kind of sick, but you know what I mean.

Stay Seeewcial everyone but most importantly....COME ALIVE! ~ Brian

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They Will Come Back Home....And They Did

 

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Before I even begin this entry...you must do me a favor and view it on your desktop. An iPhone or any phone will not do this "post" justice as it is laid out to the music. I'm never about just posting pictures for the sake of pictures. There is a story here...and that story is you.

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"I saw the sun begin to dim and felt the winter wind blow cold..."

It was one year ago when the "Mothership" made the decision to leave our previous location. I have never shown the above pictures until now and I have never discussed the decision. I will not discuss nor give the time of day to that kind of greed. All that I will say is... it was our home for 8 years and we love our new location seeew much more! As the snow was falling on the ramps of our moving trucks, I know neither one of us knew where we would show up next. It was not the way anyone would want to ring in the New Year.

"A man learns who was there for him...when the glitter fades and the walls won't hold..."

I didn't want to look at email or Social Media after we notified everyone of the decision and I definitely didn't want my mom reading them at all. Unless it was productive, I didn't want to rob her of the energy she had left. I do remember some emails from people that said things like, "I won't shop your store if you're on-line only." Whatever makes one feel better I guess???

Um...anyone else hear crickets?

Looking back, it's similar to when someone dies and people send you messages. Some are welcome and others are just...not. They probably have good intentions, but it just ends up making you feel worse.
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The good news is that there were many of you who brought your light and offered us words of encouragement! Whether it was in person or through positive uplifting emails, you mean more to us than you know! In fact, there were several customers who even called us to offer this simple message in their own special way....

"Just know that wherever you go we will follow."

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They were right.

We re-opened in the charming village district of Charbonneau earlier this year on March 18, 2017 with our Grand Opening on July 15, 2017. Since that day, we have received tremendous support from so many people.

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New faces and familiar...the beautiful people you see throughout this blog...they don't care if we have chandeliers or not. They don't care about the size of our Shoppe no matter which version they visited. They don't care how many bolts we have, that our classroom is across the parking lot or other such silly things in the bigger picture.

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These are the faces of the people who have encouraged us each step of the way and they simply love that our spirit of creating lives on "like an anthem in our hearts.."

They are supportive.

They are fiercely protective to anyone who messes with their quilt shop...but most of all...

They are family.

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They have come back home....and that's all we could ever ask for.

I have nothing more to say...I will let the song do the rest. 

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If you get a chance this Christmas...take those you love and see The Greatest Showman! It is pure magic from the colors, to the music to the lessons! I could see it five more times just for all the detail.

Thank you to all of you who have "come back home" this year.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! ~ Brian


A Million Dreams Keep Us Creating!

 

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I haven't felt this much passion for a movie since Idina Menzel treated D23 audiences to the first performance of "Let It Go" in August 2013...three months before Frozen's release in November of that same year. If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, between every product share, I've been sharing every new musical discovery for the new movie...The Greatest Showman.  I'll admit it...I'm obsessed! Seeew much seeew that last night when this song "A Million Dreams" dropped in my iTunes, my eyes were swelling with puddles as memories of the past looked on...

Every quilt shop, however big or small....each one begins with a dream.

I can't speak for every quilt shop, however... I know of one quilt shop from personal experience (*wink) where a million dreams do keep them awake. I wish more people understood that. 

I haven't seen the movie yet (December 20!) but something tells me it includes a message for the creative spirit in every creator.

"There's a house we can build, every room inside is filled with things from far away...

The special things I compile, each one there to make you smile....on a rainy day..."  

Those orchestrations are everything. Do you hear it????

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The world of quilting has continually evolved and it requires vision to navigate it successfully. Vision brings joys but it also brings new challenges. Trust me, we've definitely had our share of ups and downs in 13 years! But you know what? Even when I feel like I'm losing my mind, if I focus on the world "I close my eyes to see", I always find the joy. It's easy to be negative and critical but creativity and accomplishment require effort. Whether it's the "Mothership" pulling fabrics for new samples and building kits, or me putting together a blog post, those million dreams that keep us awake....they keep us creating.

I must head home for the evening, but this will not be the last of The Greatest Showman on my blog. The entire soundtrack is pure magic!

If there is anything I know for sure today....'tis this...

Every night I lie in bed...the brightest colors fill my head, a million dreams are keeping me awake.

Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian

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