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Come Alive in 2018



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 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.


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.


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.


And then of course we have this beauty with complete kits coming soon to a quilt shop near you....OURS.


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.


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.


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.


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 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