With winter approaching it may be too early to be thinking about paradise, but there are those who take to the beach when the weather gets frigid. New this week is the Tropicana collection by Lewis & Irene. Love those flamingos, palms and pineapple! BTW, if you haven't checked out our Lewis & Irene collections, their hand on the fabric is phenomenal! Every. Single.Time.
I thought it would be the perfect collection to dream up something fabulous along with the new theme song, "How Far I'll Go" (radio version) from Disney's new "Moana" in theaters this Thanksgiving (see below)! You know those Disney heroines...they always have a power anthem! This one (see below) just happens to be about rethinking those goals and dreams. Gotta have goals and dreams folks! Since this song is the radio version, I can't wait to hear the version she sings in the film!
Remember when I was outta-control about Frozen in 2013?
We have Fat Quarter Bundles available of the Tropicana collection in our on-line store here. Each bundle contains just 15 Fat Quarters. Individual Fat Quarters are $3.25 ea. To view the entire Tropicana collection, click here.
Now...I enjoy sharing music, but make sure you go out and buy the song or purchase the soundtrack! I already did:-) I bought the deluxe edition:-)
Never underestimate how far your creativity can go when you stay seeew-cial! ~ Brian
It's FALL!!! Aren't you excited out there???? I love, love, love FALL! The colors, the weather, the smells...and my "day of arrival" (a.k.a. Birthday) is in November. Anyhoo...October has already proven to be a very busy month! Seeew many things happening in addition to everything we had going on before! I don't think there is ever a day that the "Mothership", Christine and I leave before 11pm. Regardless, there is much to be "thankful" for...we woke up today, still have our health, our family....and all of you!
When I think of Autumn, I think of the gorgeous Oregon countryside which then leads me to the genre of Country music and well....here we go! Who has seen the "Forever Country" video? When Dolly appears....chills. Love this...seriously. It's amazing. Not only do country roads take you home...but they also take you to your favorite quilt shop!
At the beginning of the month we hosted our 2nd Annual Wool N' Harvest Retreat Workshop with designer, Kathy Cardiff of the Cottage at Cardiff Farms! Where does one even begin? Can I repeat myself? We love Autumn! My biggest reason for moving out of Florida was I missed the seasons and geography of Oregon. At Disney, the first time that temperatures dropped below 75, every VIP Guide was dawning the VIP Blazer. I know...Oooooooooh. Awwwwwww. Seeew it's seeew refreshing to be able to live in the PNW and experience the glory and majesty of fall!
Kathy is truly amazing. For our workshop she designed an exclusive three-block Harvest themed project that could be made into a wall hanging that celebrates the beauty of the season. The best part is, she designed it exclusively for our workshop! Have you tried creating wool projects on textured backgrounds from Diamond Textiles? The end result is stunning and sophisticated! I will add that wool projects made with quality hand-dyed wools are not cheap. I'm always surprised when someone thinks wool is the cost of fabric or felt. Uh...no.
Seeew, now we get to the good part! I could sit here and type how amazing everything is, but see all of these lovely people in the photos? Well, I wanted to get their take on the workshop! I send a big thank you to those who shared their experience!
Lisa Moore a local Oregonian wrote: "Hi there! I had a wonderful time @ the Wool n Harvest workshop! I took the class because I've always wanted to make something with wool & Autumn is my very favorite time of year. It was fun to meet new people, work alongside other ladies, & try something new! I loved the projects, & the designer too-she was very friendly. The meal/table setting was lovely! All of it was great-glad I went & look forward to next years event! And your BEAUTIFULLY decorated shoppe always inspires me! You are all awesome-great job on all of it-Thank you seeeewwww much😉👏👏👏 sincerely, Lisa Moore"
Pat Godkin came up from California to attend. I remember Pat from last year's Homespun & Holly so it was nice to see her come for a different event! She wrote a lot but here are some of the things she had to say! BTW, Pat recommends her local shop In Between Stitches if you're ever in Livermore, California!
"I traveled from Livermore, CA for Wool and Harvest workshop this year because I like wool appliqué, I like Kathy Cardiff's designs, the catering is outstanding and my husband gets to hike on the fabulous trails nearby. I loved these three blocks, each one had very different autumn elements and complimented each other. You could add buttons or charms, borders for pillows or design a quilt. Everyone was extremely friendly, helpful and the customer service excellent."
Setting the table for lunch is our favorite thing to do! Priscilla made a Pumpkin Truffle that was obscene on my tastebuds.
Longtime customer Jayne Cohen had a lot to say too! During the workshop the "Mothership", Christine and I had to do some intricate cutting of the third block kit (the pumpkin) seeew Jayne missed us being on the floor. Awww...super sweet. We love seeew-cializing but sometimes we end up being the "Father of The Bride" if ya know what I mean. Running around freaking out about hot dog buns and swans. Think about the movie...and then you'll understand what I'm saying.
Anyway, here's what Jayne had to say!
"I love coming to your workshops because it's FUN! The projects are creative and useful for the specific season plus I learn something new each time I step into your shop. You make everyone feel special each and every time we walk into your shop. The samples, the kits, the people and the beautiful environment welcomes me home each time I walk thru the door. Additionally, you offer us discounts that are irresistible! I wasn't going to buy anything...but how could I not? Thank you so much for everything you do to keep my creative juices flowing 💜"
I always love it when we see new faces mingling with the familiar. This truly is the best part. The fact that five strangers can sit together, create, share stories and more....is exciting to me. I don't know why. Doesn't it feel good to look up from the phone and engage????
Another Oregonian, Natalie Weninger wanted to attend Wool N' Harvest to expand her embroidery skills and learn new tools. This was her first time attending one of our workshops and she "felt spoiled." She loved the warm colors of the projects but since she loves Sunflowers...that block was her favorite! Here's what else she had to say!
" It was so much fun! I learned new things, met really great people, shared ideas and exchanged social media sites so we can stay in touch. I have to add that lunch was over the top! Both food and presentation were fantabulous! I love being spoiled. Thank you ~ I will come again!"
For Karen Kraus of Portland, this was her second time attending Wool N' Harvest. Karen attends our seasonal workshops to "learn new ideas and tips to improve my own work. I also come to meet and collaborate with others that are as interested as I am in creating something beautiful." In regard to this year's project, Karen wrote: "I will say I really loved the project this year, the food was exceptional, and I enjoyed the day overall."
A favorite part of any designer workshop is when they bring their samples to share! Why do samples always look better in person? We carry all of Kathy's patterns in-store and in our on-line store.
I hope you have enjoyed this little peak into our Wool N' Harvest Workshop! Hopefully you'll be able to join us for one of our workshops or classes in the future! As for those of you who attend, thank you seeew much for spending the day with us. Your support is completely appreciated!
The Harvest & Stitches Shop Hop has begun! Before I get into the details, I want to stress the importance of these Shop Hops. We've participated in shop hops since 2005 and I have to say Deb at Quilters Corner Store does an excellent job with putting the "Stitches" hops together. It takes a lot of work to coordinate a shop hop! Seeew kudos to her! In addition to Deb, every shop owner invests time in planning a FREE block just for you - but it isn't "free" to the stores. They purchase the fabrics, invest money in labor to prepare and more seeew it's always nice to see people enjoying the efforts of each store and supporting them during these hops, and throughout the year!
During this Shop Hop each shop creates a 6" block and a small project using their block. For our project, the "Mothership" created a little mug mat and wine bag using the themed fabric.
The themed fabric is from Maywood Studio's new Songbird Christmas collection. It's a traditional collection but we enjoyed it because it had a brightness to it that got us in the mood for Christmas!
As a bonus during this Shop Hop, collect all 14 blocks to create a beautiful Christmas table runner just in time for the holidays!
This Shop Hop is also LOADED with prizes! Not only are there the Grand, 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th prizes to win, but there is an in-store drawing for each of the 14 stores and extra prizes for posting your selfie to the Stitches Shop Hop Facebook page!
Seeew come on ladies and gentlemen, let's get into the creative spirit and #shoplocal by supporting your favorite local brick and mortar quilt shops! The Shop Hop concludes on Saturday, October 22! For this occasion, we will be open on Sunday October 16 12pm-4pm. We've been open on selected Sundays only for ten years seeew make a note of it!
Breakfast Club projects for May, June, July & August! Get in on the fun at the Autumn November Breakfast Club November 13 12pm-2pm
BTW...In November, we will be open on Sunday, November 13 from 12pm-4pm which is also our November Autumn Breakfast Club! If you love all of those cute projects we post on Instagram (pictured above), then you'll want to make sure you sign up for this one because it will be a brunch style Breakfast Club! YAY! This always means more food!
In between all of this, I have been busy trying to get some downtime to rearrange the Shoppe to set up for Christmas. As in year's past we are once again a Christmas fabric destination! I've got two more walls to paint and then I will be done with the painting phase of the remodel (I have never said we were done). This quilt is our gorgeous new Sparkle Christmas Quilt Kit using the fabulous Juniper Berry by Basic Grey. There is a lot of fabric in this one and I love our unique background choice. A word of note from our piecer, Lisa Goodloe....you will need a design wall to put this one together! Our complete quilt kits are available for purchase here.
That's it for today! I've got to get the recap of the Wool N' Harvest Workshop up next! ~ Brian
I thought I'd check in on our Barn Girl Vintage B.O.M. using Lori Holt's Farm Girl blocks which began in May. The program is FULL, but it doesn't mean I can't share the progress! Right? If you're in the program, I guess just chalk this up to one more visual you can refer to instead of hunting down our email!
I may be a little bias, but I love that the "Mothership" is not taking these blocks seeew literal and making "black sheep". Nobody wants a "black sheep" in the family! Baaaaaaaaa.
I love pie seeew of course I would love our version of the Pie Cherries block. In fact, over on our Instagram a lot of you did too! Thank you!
I've got a re-cap of our 2nd annual Wool N' Harvest Workshop to share with you next! Would you believe the barn doors did not arrive???? I know! Right! They've been delayed three times. The guy says he will be here this week and even gave the time of 9:30am. He hasn't given a time before, seeew maybe this time it's serious. Anyway, I've been adjusting the layout of the Shoppe floor to make sure they fit. Until those doors are on I cannot finish resetting the Shoppe floor. I have to know the logistics...the space I am going to end up with. It will be worth it in the end!
That's all today. Stay Seeew-cial and #shoplocal! ~ Brian