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January 2018

Project Red & Upcoming B.O.M. Sneak Peak

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It sounds like a top secret mission, doesn't it?

Project Red.  (This is where I should tell you that my Project Red Fat Quarter Bundle is available here and contains 15 Fat Quarters.) 

It's actually the new Sweetwater collection and it is perfection for your next Redwork project or lots of cute little Valentine's projects. And hey...if those don't jam with your butter than you always can use more red and white fabrics in your stash. They are classic, timeless - never going out of style.

Like...ever.

In fact I can remember back to when we opened in 2005 Alex Anderson had a red and white collection with P&B Textiles almost every year. That was 13 years ago and this color combination continues to be very popular.

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I'm not sure we can pick a favorite but those text prints are always popular! We love how they have taken some of Sweetwater's most popular prints to date and included them in this color palette. You may even recognize some of your favorites!

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While Project Red is available now, January is also the time for two things!

The first...planning a few B.O.M.'S! The only thing I can tell you with this picture is...the "Mothership" is pulling fabrics for a fresh update to one of our Shoppe favorites! As she plans out the details for this B.O.M. including start date, online vs. in-store options, cost, etc. I will be the first to inform you. And you all know we have several ways to stay in touch with us...right? I literally tell you everything if you're willing to spend the time.

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January is also the time when we start looking at Christmas fabrics for 2018.

Here are just some of the projects that we will be looking at this month.

Now don't get confused. These patterns and fabrics are not available until Summer I'm simply showing you a PREVIEW.

 

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I'll keep you posted on which collections we decide to order, but as I've always said...if you want to see it in the Shoppe, make sure you let us know!

Stay Seeew-cial! ~ Brian


New Beginning Class February 21 & New Quilting Life Weekend Workshops March 16 & 17! Sign Up Now

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It's a new year and I'm going to post new posts. I say this every time and every day I still get people who are looking on Pintrest of pictures from years ago wanting me to identify it. Folks, my focus is on current product and current workshops. At this point I don't know what else to tell you about Pinterest. It's not a reliable source for current product that we carry, but our website...is. If you're here on my blog, items in current dated posts are what you'll find on our website. If you're looking at a post from 2012...not gonna have it.

New designs, new fabrics, new...new...new!

But first...a little heavy-in-thought-dancin' at my desk...

I'm going to get it out of you people yet! 

In the last post I shared that I had a feeling a Beginning Quilt class was on the horizon. Well...yes indeed it is. In fact, this session will start Wednesday, February 21 with the follow up class on Wednesday, March 21. Yes, it is a two part class with some homework in between! The "Mothership" believes in getting you set up with only the best quilting habits to begin with; accurate cutting, proper use of a ruler and rotary cutter, sewing with a 1/4" seam and good pressing techniques are all emphasized during this class.

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The pattern for the class is called Dreamin' and it uses one (1) Jelly Roll, which is a roll of 42 pre-cut 2.5" strips.

Yes, one Jelly Roll will make this 70" x 84" quilt!

This is why I love Jelly Rolls! Do not dismiss them because at $39 they are a very affordable way to create a coordinated quilt. Personally I like a quilt whose color story has been well thought out. Why anyone would want to spend time making something that isn't coordinated is beyond me. Make it beautiful!

For our sample we used Moda's Creekside but it would look fantastic in many of our favorite designer fabrics. Here it is pictured below made up in some classic Fig Tree!

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If you are already hooked on quilting, we are happy to announce that Moda designer Sherri McConnell will be returning to the Shoppe for another Quilting Life Weekend, March 16 & March 17! She will be teaching two new workshops with designs based around her new fabric collection Front Porch which arrives in the Shoppe late February, early March.

The new designs are perfect for Confident Beginner quilters! Each class will introduce you to new techniques and Saturday's class will introduce students to working with Moda's Cake Mix Recipes.

Here's the project for Friday, March 16 2018....

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And then here is the project for the workshop on Saturday, March 17 2018! In this workshop Sherri will be teaching you tips and techniques using those popular Moda Cake Mix Recipes. We have them in the Shoppe now seeew don't miss out!

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And here's a second color way! What an absolutely adorable collection for Spring! Can't wait for it to arrive in the Shoppe!

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As always, our workshop fee includes instruction by Sherri and a catered lunch. Students also receive 20% off class supplies when purchased from our Shoppe seven days prior to the workshop! It's our way of thanking you for supporting our brick & mortar! Register now as the first half of the fee is due at sign up with the remainder due 30 days before the workshop. You can certainly pay in full if you'd like, but we do offer a half deposit option at registration to help anyone who needs to do more than one payment. Click here for more information and to register.

That's all for today. Stay seeew-cial! ~ Brian

 


Come Alive in 2018

 

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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 goes...now 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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 her....my 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

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