"Switch on the sky and the stars glow for you..." It's Sunday and I just have to ask, "When will I see you again?" Tuesday at 11am? Today I thought I'd share with you some of the bright fabrics and projects from Me & My Sister Designs. Did you know they really are sisters? Yep, Barbara Groves and Mary Jacobsen. I love these ladies. They've been out here to the Shoppe a few times teaching various workshops including Homespun & Holly, and they are hilarious. They always make you feel good!
Right now, they literally have an entire section in the Shoppe. Their pattern called Starlett is the quilt featured at the top of this post. The "Mothership" had to have this one for my niece seeew yes, we have complete kits available. There is a lot of fabric in this kit, including Fat Quarters and a Fat 8th Bundle. This is of course in addition to your background and binding. When we kit, we kit complete!
Just look at all of this color from their Bandana collection. It reminds me of paint. Very whimsical and enchanting if you ask me.
Pre-cuts, pre-cuts, pre-cuts! Our Shoppe has a lot of them! The Jelly Roll and Layer Cake are still my favorite and Me & My Sister do a great job of designing a multitude of patterns that use the pre-cut. Ya wanna see our all-time biggest seller (some of you probably already know it or have it)? It's called Happy Dance and it uses two (2) Layer Cakes! We sell this pattern over-and-over-and-over again. Rightfully seeew of course....LOL.
Sometimes the collections of Me & My Sister are filled with seeew much color, that it can be intimidating to know where to begin. I tend to break the collection down by focusing on one or two colorways. In fact, as soon as I posted the purple and green fabrics below, a customer came up with the LOL Charm Pack and coordinating fabrics above. I wonder what she's going to make with those? Inquiring minds wanna know!
I told you their section was big...didn't I? Someone on Instagram posted that I needed to teach quilt shops across the country how to set up a display. I had to think about it, but nah...I like that we do our own thing. The best part about independent quilt shops is that they are all different and it would be weird to me if people copied everything we do. Plus, I'm sure they enjoy their sanity.
We've made seeew many quilts from Barb & Mary's Simple Quilts that we guarantee you'll love it too! Simple quilts have such appeal because sometimes you just want that feeling of accomplishment! I don't know about you, but for me it's a huge DISLIKE to have things unfinished or abandoned.
As I mention anytime I cover books, the greatest of books are those in which you can find at least three to five projects that you love. In Simple Quilts there are 12! You read that correctly...12! It's another one of those books that I wish if we had the time, we'd make a sample for every quilt featured. It's a great book and one you will refer to over and over again when those lovely friends ask you..."Can you make me a quilt for my daughter-in-law? She's expecting." One of these days you'll work up the courage to suggest they take a class at their local Quilt shop, but until then...keep Simple Quilts on your bookcase.
Now you see why the Mothership keeps me around. I'm always going to tell you "straight up" like Paula Abdul. P.S. It was a song in the 90's. "Straight up...now tell me..."
Anyway, our Seven Monkey Tales Kit is the perfect example of a quilt that came from Simple Quilts! It's seeew stinkin' cute! The Mothership made this quilt using a variety of fabrics, but most of them are from Monkey Tales. She backed it with delicious minke which makes every quilt super soft and cuddly.
Alright, that's a look around the back corner of our Shoppe. There of course is far more, but I think this post would get too long!
In the meantime, when can we do this again? Tomorrow? The day after? You'd like one everyday?
Until next time, keep it seeew-cial out there! ~ Brian