I have a lot on my mind after what was a rough start to the week. Let's just say more people out there need this lesson in their childhood. When I was growing up one of the lessons my parents taught me was "the world doesn't revolve around you." At the young age of 9 or 10 all I could picture was a planet swirling around me. I don't think I comprehended what it meant entirely but as I got older, it was simply common sense! Seeew thankful!
I don't know what's going on in today's Social Media obsessed world....but it's scary. It makes you wonder if it's in the water.
No, that's not "Holly." That's the "Mothership"...her name btw is Jan.
About five years ago I adopted the name "Mothership" because I had some woman harrassing me through email and comments about how I referred to her as "my mom" and tried to mock the fact that we are a mother/son team. It was getting seeew bad that I started to not want to post. Well, unbeknownst to me our loyal blog readers enjoyed the nickname seeew much that it just took hold and the "Mothership" was born. The moral of the story...take someone's negative and turn it upside down.
As far as "Holly" is concerned, we always know when a solicitor is calling the Shoppe because they ask for "Holly." Nice try but uh...that's not her name. You'd think that if they wanted us to buy from them or listen to their spiel, they'd maybe do their research to find out the owner's name? Another give away I always know it's a solicitor...our actual customers don't call us from a noisy call center. LOL. Truth be told Holly is the name of a very ugly cat that belongs to one of my brothers. I suppose I can't be too harsh because it was her name that has made us who we are today, right? I should try and get a photo. I'll get on that stat.
The purpose of this blog post however is to let you know we are now open until 8pm on Thursdays here in the Charbonneau District of Wilsonville, Oregon. We sent a survey last month asking our followers what night they would like to see the Shoppe open late, and the result was Thursday night! Friday was in second place but I have a hard time with giving up my Friday night for someone to maybe show up. I'm still young...I've got dance floors to burn up! LOL.
No seriously, Thursday nights are a great night to come out as the traffic isn't bad at all and it's gorgeous out here! The best part about it is that it was selected by YOU! We are excited to see what happens!
We do have an English Paper Piecing Club on Thursday night once a month from 6:30pm-8:30pm seeew be sure to check out the schedule located here. Seats are limited to 8 and each month the "Mothership" will be introducing new projects and techniques! The first date is June 15, 2017.
This Saturday is our neighbor's first birthday! Lux Sucre Desserts turns one! That's a huge milestone! To celebrate we are adding a complimentary Kid's Craft Table from 12pm-4pm. The Mothership will be teaching these adorable popsicle garlands which is what she has been working on in the photo above! She's created a variety of styles so bring your favorite little one and watch them be creative!
Alright everyone...we are looking forward to seeing the result of your survey! Are Thursday nights your best night to visit? I guess we will find out!
Happy Hump Day! Two days down...and two days to go!
Sometimes I just have to sit back and marvel at all of the cuteness around the Shoppe lately! It certainly helps that we have such a delicious bakery next door as I tend to borrow (well...ok, I actually make a few purchases) a few props!
I am loving...LOVING...our Sunny Sunday Supper Table Runner right now. Those yellows, aquas and greens just give this block seeew much more whimsy! The "Mothership" even packed each individual block in our kits to help with fabric placement! If I had to choose just one table runner kit to make...this would be it!
It just says SUMMER!
Cute bowl too.
If you haven't been to our Shoppe in a few years, let's just say we've been staying consistently bright since 2014. You can't help but smile when you see all of the bright colors.
Oh...I know what I was going to show you!
This cute Project Bag pictured below is an upcoming class on August 3, 2017. We hope you like to make bags because this is a fun one! In this class you will learn how to work with vinyl, zippers and applying the binding. You'll also learn how to quilt on the Soft & Stable. The "Mothership" and Christine have a thing for bags that you can see into because it makes it much easier to find supplies!
Isn't it cute? Love their fabric selection but then I always gravitate to coordinated styles.
Now here's a little sneak peak at something that makes my heart soar!
As you all may remember...below is our exclusive pattern for the Row by Row Experience from last year.
The "Mothership" and Christine had some great vision when they designed this one last year, because it turns out that the theme for 2017 is "On The Go!"
Seeew, it only made sense to continue our theme from last year! I took the sneak peak picture below showing a part of the new 2017 row!
The two of them are as giddy as can be because they are now creating a project that uses both rows!
The Row by Row Experience kicks off on June 21, 2017 and continues through September 5, 2017. You must visit shops in person to receive a complimentary pattern. The entire experience was created to show support for your local brick and mortar quilt shops. The patterns are designed by the local shop owners so it's nice when people come and support the stores for their efforts! Kits will be available to purchase as well.
You can find us at our new address in the Charbonneau District of Wilsonville, Oregon. Our address is 31840 SW Charbonneau, Dr. Wilsonville, Oregon 97070. Our hours will be extending starting June 21 but currently hours are Thursdays 10am-8pm and 10am-4pm on Tues. Wed. Fri. and Saturday.
Alright, be good out there...always making something cute and stay seeew-cial! ~ Brian
We'll be sharing new class information here on the blog over the course of the next weeks. If you don't want to wait for me to show them off here on the blog, all you have to do is hop over to our website here! Yes...I make it that easy.
Pictured above is the project for our Foundation Paper Piecing Class with local designer, Jennifer Ball. The class will be offered Saturday, July 29 from 10am-4pm. You can use this versatile 12" x 12" block to make a full quilt, a mini quilt, a pillow, or a table runner. We chose to go with the table topper using Sunday Supper from Sweetwater which is available here in the Shoppe.
The pattern is one of Jennifer's own designs so it is only available with class registration. She's excited to share her skills with all of you and you will leave Jennifer's class with basic foundation paper piecing techniques.
Once you've mastered the basic techniques, you might start feeling the creative urge to tackle something like this giraffe quilt by Violet Craft that Jennifer recently finished and showed us at one of our "What's For Breakfast?" Events.
For our Beginning Table Runner Class (pictured below), the "Mothership" felt it was time to go simple to get right to the basics! She will be teaching this super cute table runner on Saturday, August 12 from 10:30am-3:30pm. Register here.
In our Beginning class you will definitely learn the importance of good basic quilting habits that you will take with you on your creative journey. How to use a rotary cutter, how to piece accurately when it comes to blocks and borders, how to press, etc. It sounds like a lot and for some like myself it could be intimidating, but she's going to make you feel like you've known how to do it all along!
We just love that spoon, fork and knives print from Sweetwater's Sunday Supper collection! How many of you have a patio table? I said from the day this collection arrived that it was the perfect collection for Summer table tops, table runners, pillows and even patio chair cushions to spruce up your outdoor dining!
I should add that the class is for the "true" beginner...meaning has never quilted in their life...kind of like me!
Alright, that's it from yours truly. We are cleaning out even more items for yet another UnPacking Sale this week in addition to our fabric sale! You have to follow us in our daily email to find out about sales ladies and gentlemen so be sure to subscribe here!
I have often thought of the Shoppe as one giant story. We have had many chapters over the last 12 years, but out of all of them...I think this new location is the most charming. Every great story includes a peaceful setting, a cast of characters, a theme and of course, a...happily ever after. Is this not gorgeous?
I appreciate how things come to life with all of the behind-the-scenes work. Whether it's a theme park production, a quilt store or even a bakery...there is always much work that goes into creating an imaginative space. BTW....when that choir chimes in at 2:52 seconds, I melt. Pixie dust galore!
If you follow us on Instagram, you may have seen some of the clips I posted recently. The show is Disney's all new "Happily Ever After" fireworks show that premiered in the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort just last week! It is only the third show in the park's 46 year history! Word on the street is that it's more than just projections...they have made every window on Cindy's castle come to life. It's crazy!
And speaking of fireworks....
The blooms of this new Applique Flower quilt remind me of a firework as it bursts in the sky!
Of course only I would think that way.
The "Mothership" and Christine have been working on this latest project by Jason Yenter over the last week. I absolutely love the gray background they are using! Sophisticated and classy! These beautiful floral prints remind us of Liberty of London or London Lawn fabrics.
Jan and Christine figure if they work on ten of these petals a day they will have the over 100 needed for this quilt...finished in no time! I know they can do it because I BELIEVE! The amount of work in this quilt is another reason why I believe that finished quilts should never be undervalued when being sold. For those who under price their quilts for the sake of being "nice"...you are undervaluing your work and the art of others....stop. LOL. I'll say it if nobody else will.
The pattern for the Applique Flower can be found in Jason Yenter's new book, Garden Delights which is available by clicking here to order. Yes we ship and yes, there is even a pick up option for local customers.
All of the projects in this book are made with the new Garden Delights collection by Gray Sky Studio for In The Beginning. The collection of fabric will arrive in late June but we've got these gorgeous 2.5" Strip Rolls from In The Beginning right now! Two of the patterns in the book, Strippy Weave and Four Patch, use the 2.5" strip roll...seeew get them now before they are gone!
Isn't it a vision? Good job Jason and crew!
Oh look....here are my cast of characters now! While my dad and I got a new cabinet into place for an upcoming Christmas display behind them (gasp...I know, we are already making changes) Jan and Christine are busy as bees working nightly on this stunning quilt!
For the record, I promised them some cinnamon roll dough from the bakery next door if they helped me make the story come to life with a photo op.
Since they cooperated seeew well, I merrily headed over to our neighbors, Lux Sucre Desserts and surprised Brandon & Chanelle with my request!
Don't you love it when your neighbors just pop their head in your back window???
Clearly I don't have any boundaries.
They are smiling of course.
BTW...they make these delicious Cinnamon Rolls every Saturday morning and they are usually gone by 12pm. Just sayin' get here early if you want one or call them to place an order for pick up! I found this picture below on their Instagram! You should follow them @luxsucredesserts!
Now that I have you drooling and hungry, I'm going to remind you to join us all out here for our Grand Opening Festival on Saturday, June 24, 2017! We are still finalizing all of the plans, but I'm in the mood to celebrate! Everyone was posting how sad they were when we closed our previous location seeew let's see you all get excited! I can't be the only one getting excited in this relationship!
That's all I have for today...but I want to thank you for helping us to create a new chapter out here in Charbonneau. It takes people to make any dream a reality and you all definitely have your part in the cast! Remember to always reach out for your own "Happily Ever After" and stay seeew-cial! ~ Brian
Today we're happy to share Jan's featured project for our "What's For Breakfast?Mother's Celebration Brunch"which was held this past weekend here at the Shoppe!
But first...in celebration of Mother's Day....
Um...what am I trying to say here exactly? LOL.
As you might know by now, we offer our "What's For Breakfast?" event each month and each month, Jan comes up with something cute as her featured project. Enter this cutie...
For our Mother's Celebration Brunch, she wanted to feature something that would not just be cute, but practical for our guests who joined us. Something they could use immediately once they got home! Thus, this super cute pincushion - pictured above - was a hit!
For most of our "What's For Breakfast?" events Jan provides a kit for her featured project and then attendees take it home and complete it. However, for this event she went the extra mile (literally there was a road trip involved) to do all of the prep-work so that our guests could finish this project while they were here.
Our next "What's For Breakfast?" will be Saturday, June 10 2017 from 9am-11am. Click here to register. We reveal her selected project at the event, so be sure to register now! We'd love to have you join us as new faces are welcome all the time! You can sign up for just one, or you can come to them all...it's always up to you! Just know...these projects are available to attendees only unless otherwise noted.
As you can see a few people were excited to get started and Jan is always happy to help!
A few folks were mesmerized by the intricate embellishments they were about to create! You'd think they were studying an organism.
Others appeared to be distracted at what was under the table....
I sure hope it wasn't this little dude......
Relax. It wasn't. LOL. But he does come by the huge windows of our classroom to see what's happening!
See Jayne with her pincushion.
Be like Jayne and finish your project! LOL.
Side Note: Jayne seems to surround herself with winners because three of the day's winners...were from her table.
The moral of this story? Always...sit with Jayne.
After the projects were completed it was time for a "Sharing Is Caring" session.
I'm kidding. It's not really called that....but it could be! LOL.
It was the day of Jan's Farm Girl Vintage B.O.M. shares! These ladies (pictured above) all participated in either the Farm Girl Vintage or Barn Girl Vintage program Jan offered last year. We appreciate them taking the time to share their creations and we look forward to seeing them again during our Wrap Up Party which we will announce soon!
It's also always nice to see what projects each of you have been working on and this month we had quite a few people bring in their favorite projects! Pictured above are a few that I was able to capture!
Now...for the moment many of you are probably waiting for on this post! The winner announcement of the Guernsey Charm Pack! With the help of the Random Number Generator, the winner is: Roberta Fosterman! Roberta wrote:
"I love your videos in your blog. They make me smile. Agree with Jayne's comment. There is nothing like living in Long Beach, WA. Blue skies, breezes and the sound of the surf. The best of times for creating treasures."
Be sure to tune in often as you never know when we will host another give-away!
Finally, I want to wish my own Mom a Happy Mother's Day! Without her creativity none of this would even happen! She continues to persevere and create and I am very thankful for all that she does!
Thank you to all of the women who joined us this weekend and Happy Mother's Day to all of you too! Leave a comment below and tell us what you thought!