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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
That's all I have for you today! Thanks for stopping by and remember kids...stay seeew-cial! ~ Brian
Oh yes...he's back with more of TheGreatest 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!
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."
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!
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.
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 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
Before I even begin this entry...you must do me a favor and view it on your desktop. An iPhone or any phone will not do this "post" justice as it is laid out to the music. I'm never about just posting pictures for the sake of pictures. There is a story here...and that story is you.
"I saw the sun begin to dim and felt the winter wind blow cold..."
It was one year ago when the "Mothership" made the decision to leave our previous location. I have never shown the above pictures until now and I have never discussed the decision. I will not discuss nor give the time of day to that kind of greed. All that I will say is... it was our home for 8 years and we love our new location seeew much more! As the snow was falling on the ramps of our moving trucks, I know neither one of us knew where we would show up next. It was not the way anyone would want to ring in the New Year.
"A man learns who was there for him...when the glitter fades and the walls won't hold..."
I didn't want to look at email or Social Media after we notified everyone of the decision and I definitely didn't want my mom reading them at all. Unless it was productive, I didn't want to rob her of the energy she had left. I do remember some emails from people that said things like, "I won't shop your store if you're on-line only." Whatever makes one feel better I guess???
Um...anyone else hear crickets?
Looking back, it's similar to when someone dies and people send you messages. Some are welcome and others are just...not. They probably have good intentions, but it just ends up making you feel worse.
The good news is that there were many of you who brought your light and offered us words of encouragement! Whether it was in person or through positive uplifting emails, you mean more to us than you know! In fact, there were several customers who even called us to offer this simple message in their own special way....
"Just know that wherever you go we will follow."
They were right.
We re-opened in the charming village district of Charbonneau earlier this year with our Grand Opening on July 15, 2017. Since that day, we have received tremendous support from so many people.
New faces and familiar...the beautiful people you see throughout this blog...they don't care if we have chandeliers or not. They don't care about the size of our Shoppe no matter which version they visited. They don't care how many bolts we have, that our classroom is across the parking lot or other such silly things in the bigger picture.
These are the faces of the people who have encouraged us each step of the way and they simply love that our spirit of creating lives on "like an anthem in our hearts.."
They are supportive.
They are fiercely protective to anyone who messes with their quilt shop...but most of all...
They are family.
They have come back home....and that's all we could ever ask for.
I have nothing more to say...I will let the song do the rest.
"When we stop and see you here, we remember who all this was for...."
If you get a chance this Christmas...take those you love and see The Greatest Showman! It is pure magic from the colors, to the music to the lessons! I could see it five more times just for all the detail.
Thank you to all of you who have "come back home" this year.
I haven't felt this much passion for a movie since Idina Menzel treated D23 audiences to the first performance of "Let It Go" in August 2013...three months before Frozen's release in November of that same year. If you follow us on Instagram or Facebook, between every product share, I've been sharing every new musical discovery for the new movie...The Greatest Showman. I'll admit it...I'm obsessed! Seeew much seeew that last night when this song "A Million Dreams" dropped in my iTunes, my eyes were swelling with puddles as memories of the past looked on...
Every quilt shop, however big or small....each one begins with a dream.
I can't speak for every quilt shop, however... I know of one quilt shop from personal experience (*wink) where a million dreams do keep them awake. I wish more people understood that.
I haven't seen the movie yet (December 20!) but something tells me it includes a message for the creative spirit in every creator.
"There's a house we can build, every room inside is filled with things from far away...
The special things I compile, each one there to make you smile....on a rainy day..."
Those orchestrations are everything. Do you hear it????
The world of quilting has continually evolved and it requires vision to navigate it successfully. Vision brings joys but it also brings new challenges. Trust me, we've definitely had our share of ups and downs in 13 years! But you know what? Even when I feel like I'm losing my mind, if I focus on the world "Iclose my eyes to see", I always find the joy. It's easy to be negative and critical but creativity and accomplishment require effort. Whether it's the "Mothership" pulling fabrics for new samples and building kits, or me putting together a blog post, those million dreams that keep us awake....they keep us creating.
I must head home for the evening, but this will not be the last of The Greatest Showman on my blog. The entire soundtrack is pure magic!
If there is anything I know for sure today....'tis this...
Every night I lie in bed...the brightest colors fill my head, a million dreams are keeping me awake.
If you haven't figured it out yet, I love music seeew therefore you will always find a lot of it on our blog. Everytime the "Mothership" (aka Jan...for the newbies) starts to pull fabrics for a new quilt sample, I start hearing a song. It doesn't matter to me who the artist is or the type of music...if it makes me sway to the rhythm and brings me joy, I'm sharing it.
With today's song...I figured I would provide a romantic touch to my blog. Two words...Carlos Rivera.
Uh...don't know but I'm going to go out on a limb and claim his voice is like your favorite dessert. Quilting can be sexy ladies and gents.
But before we get to Lloyd or Lola....have you seen Pixar's Coco yet? I hear it has an A+ review and while the story surrounds dia de los Muertos (the day of the dead), there is a powerful message about the importance of family.
Since I obsess over everything Disney or Broadway, I couldn't help but notice that the Paracas fabric which we used for this new version of Lloyd or Lola, had a print focused on dia de los Muertos! I kept telling the "Mothership" we need a new version of L&L!
She began to pull the fabrics she would use...and BAM! La-La-Llama!
See how it all comes together??? I even noticed that Carlos Rivera is wearing a yellow jacket in the vid! Does the "Mothership" know how to put colors together or what???
Let me jog your memory a bit...picture it....this blog...last February. We made the entire Lloyd & Lola quilt with both of them on it. The fabulous thing about Elizabeth Hartman patterns is she often includes several sizes! For this new version, we made kits for the single Llama version....thus why I refer to it as Lloyd or Lola.
We figured you could decide who you wanted yours to be.
If you haven't discovered Grunge basics yet....they really are the basic that just keep on giving! Available in a variety of colors, we love the textured background in the print as it gives every project depth. Grunge also gives every project a current and updated look.
Any guesses as to whose fabric we used for the Llama body? It is perfect!
BTW...do you know how many pictures I had to take to get the quilting to show? I now have 45 pictures of Llamas across my desktop. LOL.
Anyway, the quilting was done by the lovely Trish Hevern. Trish lives in Merrill, Oregon but she will happily meet you here at the Shoppe when she's in town. I love how she made it look like little Llama tails are all over the quilt!
My blog post wouldn't be complete without a trip to the bakery next door! I love these people. They are fun, spunky, creative...and everything they make is delish! Did you see the Apple Pie I bought for Thanksgiving? Did I forget to show that? Don't worry...I will! Anyway, they have a cute selection of gift mugs and towels! I happened to notice that they too....have a Llama! If you want to contact them...click here for information.
Seeew...what's next? Well, I have a TON of things to share and discuss with you, I just have to get some downtime to type it all out! For example, did you notice we have a new website? It has the look of our recent website, but the Search Engine is far better and I like that you don't have to do so much scrolling when viewing on a phone! I'll also share with you our recent Homespun & Holly Christmas Workshop! I've got a recap full of pictures seeew be looking out for that too!
Then of course...we have to talk about the Greatest Showman and why I am completely obsessed. Don't know what that is? Oh...you will. LOL.
That's it for now kids...stay seeew-cial and always support your local brick and mortars! ~ Brian
These sunny beautiful days are perfect days for a visit to us in Charbonneau! We moved in here this past February seeew if you haven't been following in at least a year....well, now you know where we are! Oh and just seeew you know, we are unloading the last of our storage units from the move earlier this year and will be having our last UnPacking Sale this Saturday, December 2! This is where we unpack boxes and price lots of stuff 30%, 50% off! This last unit just happens to have lots of Christmas goodies!
The "Mothership" and I are preparing for our annual Homespun & Holly Christmas Workshop in just a few days! This is the 9th year and I'm totally looking forward to it! Our invited guest designer, Kathy Cardiff of The Cottage at Cardiff Farms has designed something so gorgeous that I am in just in awe of her talent! We have two (2) seats left if you want to join, but you need to sign up before Priscilla Queen of the Dessert begins her cooking by tomorrow morning!
I am also looking forward to our December 16 "What's For Breakfast?" Club! For the month of November, the "Mothership" and Christine created this adorable tree skirt using our vintage camper from our two Row By Row Experience projects. They still have some stitching to do, but I wanted to take a picture before I forgot!
Each month is something completely new and it's always a surprise! Seeew get signed up for December's because I have a feeling it will be super cute too!
What is "What's For Breakfast?" Well, I go into complete detail on our website here. New faces are always welcome seeew don't be shy!
BTW, I got to work on our tree in the Shoppe this weekend! Are you following us on Instagram? If not, you should! I like it a lot better than Facebook.
This probably should be two posts, but I'm going to inundate you anyway.
I must confess...I'm in love with that wool project pictured above! Kathy Cardiff of The Cottage at Cardiff Farms designed this adorable wool project exclusively for our Wool N' Harvest Workshop which was held here at the Shoppe on Saturday.
Kathy follows our Shoppe on Instagram and when designing this year's project she wanted to pay tribute to our "squirrel friends." As the end of the season approaches, these little critters are clearly stepping up their game in the gathering department! Squirrels are everywhere!
Kathy incorporated her design into this darling decorative pillow and placed it in a gorgeous primitive Autumn basket full of her favorite projects. Kathy's designs always incorporate an element of nature which in my opinion, adds a touch of sophistication. In fact, she has a brand new book full of this "wooly sophistication" coming out in the Spring called "A Cottage Garden." Look for it here in the Shoppe Spring 2018!
Kathy will be back as the featured designer at our 9th Annual Homespun & Holly Christmas Workshop December 1 & December 2 and she just shared with me an image and name of her Christmas themed project.
It's called....are you ready for this?
"The First Day of Christmas."
It...is...stunning! Since the project cannot be unwrapped until the magical day, (just like a present folks!), I cannot show it to you. Why would I ruin the surprise for the many who signed up? That's just...poor "Christmas Manners" and I would seriously get banned from the North Pole. If you've already signed up....be prepared for some serious stitching!
If you haven't signed up yet, there are six (6) seats left for Saturday, December 2 2017. You can learn more about it and register here.
It wasn't just Kathy that kept us busy this weekend!
We also had Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts here to teach her cute Acorn Dance quilt on Friday, and then her beautiful wool project for Wool N' Harvest on Saturday.
Since Fig Tree's newest collection Hazel & Plum does not have our favorite Fig Tree oranges, those beautiful harvest gold colors of Sheri & Chelsi's Creekside create a fabulous splash of Autumn! I love that the "Mothership" is giving our "green" acorns some depth with those gorgeous prints pictured above.
If you have followed Fig Tree Quilts for as long as we have, you know her Autumn color palette is anything but traditional. With Hazel & Plum Joanna brought back some of her favorite prints with new colors. I personally look at this collection and I see Christmas projects with the reds and greens, autumn projects with the greens, yellows and browns, spring projects with the yellows, greens and aquas. But that's just how my mind works.
Seeew many options!
P.S. I can still remember the very first collection we had in our original location was called Cornucopia and it featured a unique shade of purple. At the time Joanna said her palette was known as the "forgotten colors."
Pictured above is her wool project she designed for Wool N' Harvest. The colors are straight out of the Fig Tree autumn playbook! Enchanting.
Side Note: If it were up to me, I think that our participants should learn how to trace their designs and iron the fusible onto the wool but the Mothership insisted we do all of the tracing for our attendees.
That was fun. And I mean that from the bottom of my heart....I totally learned something new! I was given the Buttternut Squash but that was too basic seeew I went for the leaves!
Had we not done that, I don't think many would have finished this project. She saved you from the one who cracks the whip. LOL.
Seeew major kudos to the "Mothership" as most places would not have done that for you.
The thing I love about quilting is...there are no rules when it comes to creativity. Wool projects do not have to be dark and primitive as you can see by these patterns we sell here in the Shoppe called, Figs & Woolies. Aren't they cute? Every sewing space needs a dash of cute appeal and I think these seal the deal. Smaller projects like this also give us all a sense of accomplishment when looking at our day-to-day grind!
Think outside of that box kids!
Awww....I love seeing creativity and friendships happen in real-time. Don't you?
I say it often and I say it loud and proud.... you'll never get these interactions via a YouTube tutorial! Trust me, I tried to follow one recently and all I had to do was scroll to the comments to realize...yeah, not my jam. I have anywhere from 10-40 years left on this Earth and I'm not going to live it staring into a screen in my hand.
Alright, I'm already obsessing over what I show you next (there's seeew much)! Music will be back in the next post (it's getting to be the season!) seeew until next time...stay seeew-cial!
This week we opened registration for our first-ever Lori Holt Workshop! Get ready for a load of Farm-Girl-Quilty-fun, May 21 or May 22, 2018! This is a very special treat for us Oregonian quilters as in most cases you have to travel to see Lori! It will be a day full of inspiration unlike no other! I have covered all details here on our websiteseeew don't wait too long to register. I do know that Monday is almost full and Tuesday is not far behind!
As we make way for new fabrics, new quilt samples and more, we have much to clean out seeew we have an Autumn Finished Quilt Sale going on now through the month of November! There's only one of each seeew choose wisely.
Our finished quilts are made by women who love to sew. They truly are made in the USA! Their piecing is precise and the custom quilting exquisite. Anybody who knows the cost of detailed custom quilting knows it comes with a cost however, the "Mothership" is offering a discount and in some cases that discount can be $300 to $800! Take advantage of that while you can!
Now before I begin talking about our Homespun & Holly Christmas workshop, I want to take the time to thank the people who support our Shoppe. While I'm thankful for anyone who travels here to see us, there is a core group of folks who consistently have supported us over the years. I know their faces. I know their names. I see them in our workshops, I see them walk through the door....I could go on and on and on. They make the time to say hello and they realize that behind everything that I show you whether it's here on the blog, in our daily email, Instagram, Facebook...you name it....they know there is a human being behind it. None of this just magically happens and we are not a corporation. We are three people with an occasional fourth helping us on weekends.
It was something that crossed my mind today and gave me an aha-moment.
That said, we have a handful of seats left for Saturday'sHomespun & Holly Christmas Workshop on Saturday, December 2! Click here to register. This year we are happy to feature one specific designer and that is....the amazing and very talented Kathy Cardiff of the Cottage at Cardiff Farms. Kathy is designing a gorgeous larger Christmas themed wool project that you can use for the holiday season! I've included a few of her smaller designs in the collage but none of those are your project. Her designs often reflect nature seeew I have a feeling that will be in the theme. She told me she'll be sending me some teases soon but you won't see the entire project until it's revealed on that magical day!
It's official! Our first Autumn here in Charbonneau has arrived! If you haven't been out here to our new location, you're missing out on Mother Nature's incredible show.
But don't worry, I've been capturing all of the magic every day!
I absolutely love this picture. All roads lead home and this one lead us directly to ours here at the Shoppe!
When I was a teen I would join the "Mothership" as she set out on roads like these to visit her favorite little shops. She would avoid taking friends as they would be either too opinionated or try to talk her out of a purchase. Sometimes....you just want to concentrate while shopping!
Seeew....she'd take me. LOL.
I don't think I've ever looked at leaves as much as I have over the last month. Every day I would look for changes and every day I photographed those changes.
It's a reminder to me that nothing....stays the same.
I love small villages and hidden, unexpected places.
Whether it is a resting squirrel or a single Autumn leaf swirling toward the ground, there is a magic and charm here in Charbonneau that our previous location never had. Not to mention ample parking...always a plus! Especially for tour buses!
Speaking of magic and charm, the "Mothership" recently made these exclusive Autumn In Bluebell Wood Charm Packs....to make something sweet with. Each pack contains 30 5" x 5" pre-cut squares. Since the collection does not have 30 prints, the prints are doubled up. You will receive two (2) of each print.
While I'm thinking about it, magic could also come from the fact that just like our Squirrel friends, you each show up with your smiles to gather your stash during this enchanting time of year!
If memory serves me correctly this is Lisa, Rebecca and Janie. I always know that Autumn has officially arrived when I see this trio. They stop by the Shoppe on their way to their Autumn retreat with Crabapple Hill. Always good to see you ladies! Autumn is also Pumpkin season and a time to collect and gather your favorite oranges. I had created a limited number of these bundles to inspire the "Mothership" to make some cute Autumn projects but somehow it ended up inspiring everyone else!
That's ok though because we have another project that's in the works. Maybe you recognize him.
Friday, November 10 & Saturday, November 11 is our Fig Tree Quilt Workshop and Wool N' Harvest event with both Kathy Cardiff of the Cottage at Cardiff Farms and Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts.
For the quilt portion of the workshop, Joanna designed this beautiful scrappy acorn quilt which captures the beauty of not just her collections but the season as well. An email will be sent to all quilt workshop attendees later today with information. *Please note Joanna created this pattern digitally and the colors/fabrics used do not reflect current available collections.
Fig Tree's new collection, Hazel & Plum will be arriving in a few days!
Looks like we've got our work cut out for us! But first....I've got to play in the leaves with my niece...
And then enjoy a warm and delicious Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin from our neighbor, Lux Sucre Desserts! How can I say no???
We seriously have the nicest neighbors on the planet! They are seeew nice they are offering our customers 10% off their Thanksgiving Pre-Order Menu! Orders are due by November 18 and I can already tell you I am getting an Apple Lattice Pie and a Pumpkin Pie! Be sure to tell them you saw it on our blog! It's seeew important that you do that!
Now if you don't mind, the birds and I need to chirp about the weather and other things of importance. I'll be back with more including our Lori Holt Workshop with the Queen of Vintage herself in May 2018! Have you registered yet? You might want to check it out here as seats are filling quickly!