A Peak At Our Wool N' Harvest Workshop with Kathy Cardiff & Joanna Figueroa

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This probably should be two posts, but I'm going to inundate you anyway.

I must confess...I'm in love with that wool project pictured above! Kathy Cardiff of The Cottage at Cardiff Farms designed this adorable wool project exclusively for our Wool N' Harvest Workshop which was held here at the Shoppe on Saturday.

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Kathy follows our Shoppe on Instagram and when designing this year's project she wanted to pay tribute to our "squirrel friends." As the end of the season approaches, these little critters are clearly stepping up their game in the gathering department! Squirrels are everywhere!

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Kathy incorporated her design into this darling decorative pillow and placed it in a gorgeous primitive Autumn basket full of her favorite projects. Kathy's designs always incorporate an element of nature which in my opinion, adds a touch of sophistication. In fact, she has a brand new book full of this "wooly sophistication" coming out in the Spring called "A Cottage Garden." Look for it here in the Shoppe Spring 2018!

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Kathy will be back as the featured designer at our 9th Annual Homespun & Holly Christmas Workshop December 1 & December 2 and she just shared with me an image and name of her Christmas themed project.

It's called....are you ready for this?

"The First Day of Christmas."

It...is...stunning! Since the project cannot be unwrapped until the magical day, (just like a present folks!), I cannot show it to you. Why would I ruin the surprise for the many who signed up? That's just...poor "Christmas Manners" and I would seriously get banned from the North Pole. If you've already signed up....be prepared for some serious stitching!

If you haven't signed up yet, there are six (6) seats left for Saturday, December 2 2017. You can learn more about it and register here.

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It wasn't just Kathy that kept us busy this weekend!

We also had Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts here to teach her cute Acorn Dance quilt on Friday, and then her beautiful wool project for Wool N' Harvest on Saturday.

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Since Fig Tree's newest collection Hazel & Plum does not have our favorite Fig Tree oranges, those beautiful harvest gold colors of Sheri & Chelsi's Creekside create a fabulous splash of Autumn! I love that the "Mothership" is giving our "green" acorns some depth with those gorgeous prints pictured above.

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If you have followed Fig Tree Quilts for as long as we have, you know her Autumn color palette is anything but traditional. With Hazel & Plum Joanna brought back some of her favorite prints with new colors. I personally look at this collection and I see Christmas projects with the reds and greens, autumn projects with the greens, yellows and browns, spring projects with the yellows, greens and aquas. But that's just how my mind works. 

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P.S. I can still remember the very first collection we had in our original location was called Cornucopia and it featured a unique shade of purple. At the time Joanna said her palette was known as the "forgotten colors."

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Pictured above is her wool project she designed for Wool N' Harvest. The colors are straight out of the Fig Tree autumn playbook! Enchanting.

Side Note: If it were up to me, I think that our participants should learn how to trace their designs and iron the fusible onto the wool but the Mothership insisted we do all of the tracing for our attendees.

That was fun. And I mean that from the bottom of my heart....I totally learned something new! I was given the Buttternut Squash but that was too basic seeew I went for the leaves!

Had we not done that, I don't think many would have finished this project. She saved you from the one who cracks the whip. LOL.

Seeew major kudos to the "Mothership" as most places would not have done that for you.

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The thing I love about quilting is...there are no rules when it comes to creativity. Wool projects do not have to be dark and primitive as you can see by these patterns we sell here in the Shoppe called, Figs & Woolies. Aren't they cute? Every sewing space needs a dash of cute appeal and I think these seal the deal. Smaller projects like this also give us all a sense of accomplishment when looking at our day-to-day grind!

Think outside of that box kids!

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Awww....I love seeing creativity and friendships happen in real-time. Don't you?

I say it often and I say it loud and proud.... you'll never get these interactions via a YouTube tutorial! Trust me, I tried to follow one recently and all I had to do was scroll to the comments to realize...yeah, not my jam.  I have anywhere from 10-40 years left on this Earth and I'm not going to live it staring into a screen in my hand.

Alright, I'm already obsessing over what I show you next (there's seeew much)! Music will be back in the next post (it's getting to be the season!) seeew until next time...stay seeew-cial!

~ Brian

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Lori Holt Workshop Announcement & Other News

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This week we opened registration for our first-ever Lori Holt Workshop! Get ready for a load of Farm-Girl-Quilty-fun, May 21 or May 22, 2018! This is a very special treat for us Oregonian quilters as in most cases you have to travel to see Lori! It will be a day full of inspiration unlike no other! I have covered all details here on our website seeew don't wait too long to register. I do know that Monday is almost full and Tuesday is not far behind!

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As we make way for new fabrics, new quilt samples and more, we have much to clean out seeew we have an Autumn Finished Quilt Sale going on now through the month of November! There's only one of each seeew choose wisely.

Our finished quilts are made by women who love to sew. They truly are made in the USA! Their piecing is precise and the custom quilting exquisite. Anybody who knows the cost of detailed custom quilting knows it comes with a cost however, the "Mothership" is offering a discount and in some cases that discount can be $300 to $800!  Take advantage of that while you can!

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Now before I begin talking about our Homespun & Holly Christmas workshop, I want to take the time to thank the people who support our Shoppe. While I'm thankful for anyone who travels here to see us,  there is a core group of folks who consistently have supported us over the years. I know their faces. I know their names. I see them in our workshops, I see them walk through the door....I could go on and on and on. They make the time to say hello and they realize that behind everything that I show you whether it's here on the blog, in our daily email, Instagram, Facebook...you name it....they know there is a human being behind it. None of this just magically happens and we are not a corporation. We are three people with an occasional fourth helping us on weekends.

It was something that crossed my mind today and gave me an aha-moment.

That said, we have a handful of seats left for Saturday's Homespun & Holly Christmas Workshop on Saturday, December 2! Click here to register. This year we are happy to feature one specific designer and that is....the amazing and very talented Kathy Cardiff of the Cottage at Cardiff Farms. Kathy is designing a gorgeous larger Christmas themed wool project that you can use for the holiday season! I've included a few of her smaller designs in the collage but none of those are your project. Her designs often reflect nature seeew I have a feeling that will be in the theme. She told me she'll be sending me some teases soon but you won't see the entire project until it's revealed on that magical day!

To learn more about Homespun & Holly click here.

Stay Seew-cial and stay tuned for more announcements! ~ Brian

 

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'Tis Autumn...

 

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It's official! Our first Autumn here in Charbonneau has arrived! If you haven't been out here to our new location, you're missing out on Mother Nature's incredible show.

But don't worry, I've been capturing all of the magic every day!

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I absolutely love this picture. All roads lead home and this one lead us directly to ours here at the Shoppe!

When I was a teen I would join the "Mothership" as she set out on roads like these to visit her favorite little shops. She would avoid taking friends as they would be either too opinionated or try to talk her out of a purchase. Sometimes....you just want to concentrate while shopping!

Seeew....she'd take me. LOL.

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I don't think I've ever looked at leaves as much as I have over the last month. Every day I would look for changes and every day I photographed those changes.

It's a reminder to me that nothing....stays the same.

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I love small villages and hidden, unexpected places.

Whether it is a resting squirrel or a single Autumn leaf swirling toward the ground, there is a magic and charm here in Charbonneau that our previous location never had. Not to mention ample parking...always a plus! Especially for tour buses!

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Speaking of magic and charm, the "Mothership" recently made these exclusive Autumn In Bluebell Wood Charm Packs....to make something sweet with. Each pack contains 30 5" x 5" pre-cut squares. Since the collection does not have 30 prints, the prints are doubled up. You will receive two (2) of each print.

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While I'm thinking about it, magic could also come from the fact that just like our Squirrel friends, you each show up with your smiles to gather your stash during this enchanting time of year!

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If memory serves me correctly this is Lisa, Rebecca and Janie. I always know that Autumn has officially arrived when I see this trio. They stop by the Shoppe on their way to their Autumn retreat with Crabapple Hill. Always good to see you ladies!
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Autumn is also Pumpkin season and a time to collect and gather your favorite oranges. I had created a limited number of these bundles to inspire the "Mothership" to make some cute Autumn projects but somehow it ended up inspiring everyone else!

That's ok though because we have another project that's in the works. Maybe you recognize him.

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Friday, November 10 & Saturday, November 11 is our Fig Tree Quilt Workshop and Wool N' Harvest event with both Kathy Cardiff of the Cottage at Cardiff Farms and Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts.

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For the quilt portion of the workshop, Joanna designed this beautiful scrappy acorn quilt which captures the beauty of not just her collections but the season as well. An email will be sent to all quilt workshop attendees later today with information. *Please note Joanna created this pattern digitally and the colors/fabrics used do not reflect current available collections.

Fig Tree's new collection, Hazel & Plum will be arriving in a few days!

Looks like we've got our work cut out for us! But first....I've got to play in the leaves with my niece...

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And then enjoy a warm and delicious Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin from our neighbor, Lux Sucre Desserts! How can I say no???

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We seriously have the nicest neighbors on the planet! They are seeew nice they are offering our customers 10% off their Thanksgiving Pre-Order Menu! Orders are due by November 18 and I can already tell you I am getting an Apple Lattice Pie and a Pumpkin Pie! Be sure to tell them you saw it on our blog! It's seeew important that you do that!

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Now if you don't mind, the birds and I need to chirp about the weather and other things of importance. I'll be back with more including our Lori Holt Workshop with the Queen of Vintage herself in May 2018! Have you registered yet? You might want to check it out here as seats are filling quickly!

Stay Seeew-cial!

~ Brian

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Listen...She's Calling to You

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When it comes to the name of our latest Moda collection which arrived last week, I can only think about...feeding the birds. I just need to find the steps of St. Paul around here...

 

The new collection is of course the beautiful Tuppence by one of Moda's newest designers, Shannon Gillman Orr.

But let's back up to Mary for a minute. How can anyone not love Mary? Practically perfect in every way she is. Who wouldn't want to be tucked in by this woman??? BTW scroll to the end to see Emily Blunt as the new Mary Poppins for "Mary Poppins Returns."

The best moment of the song for me is at 2:25 when the orchestra begins. That's really where I get all the "feels" otherwise much like Jane & Michael Banks....I'm ready for bed. LOL.

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The gorgeous colors of Tuppence however, will keep you wide awake!

When we moved out of our previous location last December, we missed collections that arrived between January and April. Now that we've been in our new location of Charbonneau for 8 months, new fabric collections and other new items are arriving almost weekly!

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By the way, Tuppence is inspired by an afternoon sipping tea in a garden. Just looking at my Fat Quarter Bundle above has visions of cobbled paths, moss covered walls and flower beds filled with Tulips swirling in my mind. We are not fully into Autumn and yet I'm already thinking Spring 2018.

Christmas? What's that????

That was seeew two months ago! LOL. In Quilt World...we plan ahead!

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If you haven't been into our new Shoppe, one thing is perfectly clear....we are brighter and our new space is like our very first location. We didn't do primitive when we started and we aren't doing primitive now except for wool projects. At one point we had so much primitive, all I saw was brown, brown, brown, brown. Everything started to look the same. We decided to go back to our roots in this new location and that's how we like it.


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The "Mothership" loves color and thus...has fallen in love with Tilda fabrics! In fact, the first collection we will be carrying is the new "Cottage." Until that arrives, we have bundles of "Harvest."

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Just look at those colors! Tilda is entirely another world when it comes to quilting.

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Here's a block of an upcoming project! I'm sure I'll feature more of it when it's fully quilted.

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Have I told you that everything I am showing you right now is all on just one table in the Shoppe? Seeew much inspiration...on ONE table!

I always try to include plenty of patterns and books to inspire you with. A little advice: don't get caught up on the one or two finished models we may have in any particular location. I challenge and encourage everyone to find that pattern we haven't made and create something you love. Pictured below are two of my absolute favorites....

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P.S. Rummage Sale is made with a Layer Cake!

 

 

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That's all I have room for today....except for some tasty English Bread Pudding I'm about to eat from Lux Sucre Desserts!

I'll take a bite and be sure to leave it on a plate for the next person. LOL. 

Coming up I've got Moda pre-cuts galore, Corey Yoder's new Flower Mill & Joanna's new Hazel & Plum on the horizon plus our Seasonal Workshop, Homespun & Holly update (December 1 & December 2 if you want to join us), and 2018 Designer Workshop Announcements!

Stay Seeew-cial! ~ Brian

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Feel the Thunder of Swoon!

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I asked my niece the other day "What's your favorite song? What's the jam that rocks your world right now?" She says..."Imagine Dragons." For the first time in my four decades I felt out of touch. "Um...who?" She's like, "Uncle Brian....Thunder." Again I had to say, "Huh? Who?" And here we are...

Completely... Swoonworthy!

I think we definitely have some of the same love of music...her and I.

Not a yes-sir, not a follower
Fit the box, fit the mold
Have a seat in the foyer, take a number
I was lightning before the thunder

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I get it. Being a dreamer requires vision...the lightning....before the thunder. For most dreamers, all we want to do is create experiences and things that hundreds, if not thousands...can enjoy. Of course there is always some little Negative Nelly somewhere...that loves to steal your "thunder." Don't let them. Ever.

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The "Mothership" delivers when it comes to having a vision either with the Shoppe space or with the quilts we create. In fact,  I have this vintage grey sofa that I had wanted a quilt to compliment. She took Camille Roskelley's Swoon and created her own "thunder" with this stunning version which we have dubbed, " Shades of Grey Swoon." No, it doesn't have 50 shades. LOL

Kitting this one is a process seeew if you'd like one please pre-order the kit here. We are only making enough to fulfill all pre-ordered kits seeew don't wait. They are limited to the quantity we make. I say it every time, and every time someone wants one a month after we've moved on and I have to say, "I'm sorry....but I can't make anymore."

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And by the way...those aren't just any grey fabrics. They are woven textured greys and blacks that will lay up beautifully next to our gorgeous solid background. As for backing I would advise either a flannel or one of the wovens that are in the blocks. This really is not a quilt you would select a feminine backing.

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If you haven't been out to the Shoppe in a while, now is the time to pay a visit. New collections have been arriving over the last several weeks, new projects and kits have been created and of course Mother Nature is doing her thing!

I'm out of room for today seeew don't forget you can subscribe to our daily email or follow us on Instagram!

Stay Seew-cial and enjoy the thunder! ~ Brian

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Good-Bye Is Not Forever...

 

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If you grew up in the 1980's, there is a possibility you were forever moved by the moment Widow Tweed is forced to say goodbye to Todd in The Fox & The Hound. If you weren't...well...you have no soul. LOL. From the moment she wakes him up from his little basket I start to...melt! Then...when she says these words, "Goodbye may seem forever, farewell is like the end, but in my heart's the memory...."

I just die.

By the time she removes the collar....just....don't even look at me. 

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Look at some gorgeous Autumn leaves instead. LOL.

Sigh I still can remember my eyes swelling with puddles as a youngster in my theater seat in 1981. What do you do when you're 6???

Do I wipe my eyes? Will someone notice?

I should have just stuck to the Read-Along....

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"You'll know it is time to turn the page when you hear the chimes ring like this...."

Anyway, we love being out here in Charbonneau especially now that Mother Nature's canopy will begin to change color. I seriously can't wait for all of this to change...

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Come to think of it, it's very "Story Book." Isn't it? Small, quaint....just like our very first location! It only makes sense that the "Mothership" would choose to stock it with adorable fabrics like this....

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As soon as she brought in Lewis & Irene's new Autumn In Bluebell Wood, it took me back to that classic The Fox & The Hound scene! I also couldn't help but notice how this collection fits in perfectly among the majestic Autumn show here in Charbonneau! Why...I even picked up a leaf and photographed it...JUST FOR YOU! Don't you feel special???

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Autumn In Bluebell Wood is unique for a Autumn collection. It's not the typical fall leaves etched in metallic that I feel like has been worn into the ground. The collection has vast appeal from the swirling leaves, to the silhouette of the deer jumping through a forest...to that adorable hedgehog print! What's not to love? It's absolutely adorable!

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Do you know what else is adorable? When my Squirrel friends pose for me! I need to give this little buddy a name but all I keep coming up with is...."Earl."

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P.S. I love the print below too! It comes in three colorways which you can purchase here!

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A couple of posts ago I promised I would share with you the "Mothership's" What's For Breakfast? Club project for the month of September. If you don't know about our What's For Breakfast? Club and you are local...you definitely should join us!

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For the month of September she featured this adorable collection of fabric in a fall table runner designed by our friend, Sherri K.Falls of This & That. You can find this pattern in her very popular Sew This & That book.

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Who likes mushrooms? Confession Session: It's the one vegetable I just...can't eat. I don't know what it is, but it's something about the texture and the fact that it's a fungus! Seriously...I just can't.

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The Autum inspiration continues! Jan & Christine each wanted to make an Autumn bag for carrying their belongings from our Classroom building to the Shoppe, seeew of course they chose to feature that favorite print from earlier in this Fiji Tote Bag. What a great way to feature that print! The pattern is available to purchase here.

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Even our neighbor, Lux Sucre Desserts is into the Autumn theme with this recent cake they designed for a baby shower!

Precious Alert!

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Oh I almost forgot! We brought in this adorable Old World Christmas fox ornament to compliment those cute fabrics. I love ornaments that you can use even outside of Christmas and this one certainly can be used in our Autumn decorating!

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That's all I've got for today! Hopefully it put some of you in the mood for Autumn! It truly is my favorite time of the year and I can't wait to watch the beauty of the season happen out here at our new location in Charbonneau! Don't forget to register for the October What's For Breakfast? Club on Saturday, October 14 while there are still seats. We have just six more seats left and it's only October 1!

Seeew while I now have to say good-bye, my farewell is not the end as long as you...

Stay Seeew-cial  ~ Brian

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