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Crossing The Line & Learning to Quilt

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I finally did it! I took a bold step and I crossed the line into the world of Quilting! But first...we MUST have music because I'm headed to the mat to bring it on! Probably one of the worst musicals in Broadway history, but whatever...I ❤️ this song! 

🎼"How do we know who we are unless we cross the line?" 🎼

 

The "Mothership" and Christine have been my dedicated cheerleaders... teaching me to sew my first quilt! Even when I get frustrated and have to rip my seams out they remind me in their own special way not to be a "Cheer-tator Tor..." ✨Learning-To-Quilt-4

This is how it all went down: we were flipping through Sherri McConnell's "Fresh Family Traditions" last week and I said, "Hey, we need to make Sassy with Hi-De-Ho! It would be seeew happy and cheerful!" I was met with, "Well, there's the sewing machine."

With that single sentence...I lost my quilting virginity.

And I lost it to Maywood Studios!!!

I was sure it would have been Moda.

Regardless, I am hooked which only makes everything about this blog that much better because I can now relate to some of the things I hear every day in the Shoppe!✨My favorite part seeew far is picking the fabrics for each block!

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I honestly don't think I will ever be one of those people who just doesn't care about wonky blocks. I will care...every day of my quilted life! I have a seam ripper and I know how to use it! I'm also a fan of pinning! Let's just say I'm willing to have the required notions to ensure I have a positive outcome. That whole "It doesn't have to be perfect" stuff I read out there reminds me of "everyone gets a trophy."😜 Nada.  If I'm going to invest the time, I want to learn to do it correctly. That's how I'm wired.

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As I mentioned above, I'm using this happy fabric known as Hi-De-Ho. I'll link it here for you as we do sell it here in the Shoppe! I should point out... throughout the month of March we have FREE SHIPPING on all fabric orders (including pre-cuts and kits) of $50 or more (U.S. Orders Only, Regular Priced Items).  All you have to do is select Pick-Up In-Store at the check-out process. Yes, even if you don't live in Oregon!

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I keep telling the "Mothership" that larger print on blue (top of the bundle) would make a great bag for Summer! I know just the pattern...but the question is, will they ever get time to make it? Even as I finish typing this sentence I can already hear, "Make it yourself, Brian." We know eachother seeew well!

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If you haven't been into the Shoppe in awhile we have a series of these pre-cut kits such as the one above.... perfect for any beginner or anyone who wants to get right to sewing! Literally...all of the fabric has been cut for you seeew all you have to do is unwrap and sew.

Read the directions first...of course.✨

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 It looks like one of our newest customers enjoyed her pre-cut kit seeew much she went home, sewed and was back within a couple of days! Becky has definitely "crossed the line" and is now on her way to getting back into quilting! Great job Becky!

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Before I head out, I thought I'd share these two gems...Foster & Emily!

Not only were they well-behaved (props to their parents) but they were eager and attentive. Emily told us she likes to sew clothes for her dolls. When the "Mothership" asked if Emily would like to sew on her machine, the answer was an absolute YES! Seeew, the "Mothership" let both of them choose some fabrics to make a sweet little pillow...or bag. Foster watched closely and when it was his turn he knew exactly what to do!

Remember when we were young and unfraid? These kids were not afraid! They were champs as they let that sewing machine go! Me? I'm like 80 years old with a walker the way I sew!

It was just refreshing because it reminded me how much our children WANT to be engaged with activities! Many people today just hand their kids a digital device. Seeew sad!

When I shared the experience on our Social Media it was met with a comment..."You can't get that on-line."

No....no, you definitely cannot. But if people aren't careful that will be the future. As I have said 1,000 times if you want to shop on-line, shop from on-line sources that have brick and mortars you can visit like ours.

Anyway, it was the essence of being seeew-cial and we look forward to seeing them again!

You of course will see me again sooner than later as I still have tons to show you!

Stay Seeew-cial and "Cross The Line!"✨🎼🎩🎪 - Brian 


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! It all starts with this sweet song from Broadway's Amelie....

And these two gems pictured below....the "Mothership" and Christine!

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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. ❤️

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

New Fat Quarter Bundles!

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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.

Lux Sucre Desserts.🎂🍰🍪

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


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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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


Learn Great Quilting Habits In Our Beginning Quilt Class! Next Class Starts February 21!

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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!

That's all I have for you today! Thanks for stopping by and remember kids...stay seeew-cial! ~ Brian

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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 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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