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June 2016

Summer Memories, Stars, Stripes & Cherry Pie!



Our Farm Girl Pie Cherries Block Kit is available for purchase up on our website If you've been collecting our blocks, you'll want to add this one to your collection. You will need the book, Farm Girl Vintage to complete the block.

In the past I've talked about my time working for Disney at the Walt Disney World Resort. They were some of the best moments of my life especially during the summer!  During my time as a VIP Tour Guide I was able to fulfill dreams, meet and be in the presence of Betty White, Roy E. Disney (Walt's nephew), Dick Van Dyke, Sean Hayes, Rosa Parks, etc. Every event was exciting. Every moment a dream come true. There's one thing though that many people don't always grasp right away and that is...when you leave, you realize how special the people are with whom you worked with. For me, they were my second family and we all still keep in touch to this day.


Two of my favorites blessed my life with their presence this week when one of them, Miss Nancy Parkes...sent me this old picture (above) from when Disney had us doing photo shoots for Disney parks VIP Services. She sent me a message asking, " you remember this?"  Well as soon as I saw it I immediately said, "Of course!" Disney had her family pose as my guests. She retired a few years ago and much to her surprise Disney presented her with this photo but she wanted to share it with me. Seeew sweet. Unfortunately she shared news that her husband had passed away so that makes me sad but I know she's a trooper. Nancy is there in the photo below with her platinum silver hair - I don't know why they had her looking away from the camera. LOL. I'll always remember that was fabulous. You knew that was Nancy Parkes on Main Street U.S.A.!  I wish I had a picture of her in full VIP...always crisp and polished. Everything I loved and aspired to be while wearing the "Plaid." Believe me, when you are on tour with a celebrity for 15 hours a day, in the heat of Orlando wearing a Plaid vest, dress shoes and learn how to stay polished. Maybe I should start sharing more stories about this era of my life?!

Seeew Nancy was the first person who came back into my life this week. The second is my former Disney colleague, Brian Huff! We literally have almost the same name - it's kind of a riot. When we would finish a long day of tours, all of the VIP Guides would make our way to a local eatery/bar to listen to Brian play guitar and sing his country songs. Anyway, Brian recently moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue his dream of becoming a country recording artist. His first single, "Gettin' Over You" just dropped on iTunes! It's only .99 cents folks! I can't get a coffee for .99 cents! Because I believe in spreading the good work and talents of others without using rigged singing competitions (The Voice, American Idol), I'm posting his YouTube channel here. If you love good ole' country music, this song has a catchy beat and is perfect for those summer road trips! You know you've made it when I post your song on this blog! I mean heck...look what I've done for Madonna! Head over to iTunes, purchase it and help make a dream come true!  


As I showed you yesterday, our kits for the Stars & Stripes Quilt are now ready to be shipped directly to your door. We only made eight (8) kits seeew don't wait on this one! I can see this hanging on the front porch of the Shoppe throughout the summer! I love that subtle aqua background the Mothership used in our kits. It's going to provide a nice contrast for those blocks. LOVE IT.

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They are finally here! Our Kitchen Mixers are now available as kits! Each kit includes the pattern by Lori Holt, however...we have modified the pattern for our blocks seeew Jan has included these changes along with the Lori Holt pattern. Seeew, the only way you will be able to make the mixers like ours is with our kit. Click here to order our Kitchen Mixer Kits. As you can see below they are available in six different color styles!


I just think those mixers are adorable and perfect for any kitchen! Summer is definitely upon us! As I said yesterday, we are already in the 90's! That usually doesn't happen until mid-July/August! Since many of our loyal blog readers will be traveling through this Summer, our Shoppe hours are changing to accommodate all of you! Woo-hoo! Our Shoppe will open daily 9am-5pm Tuesday - Friday and 10am-5pm on Saturdays. Starting June 26 we will be open on selected Sundays from 12pm-4pm, this obviously excludes July 3 as July 4th is my niece's birthday and our family time.


Finally, if you follow us regularly you know that I am a big supporter of the #shoplocal movement. I mentioned yesterday on Instagram that every little cute town will benefit from a brick and mortar quilt shop.  If it weren't for our Shoppe, our little town would be nothing but bars, plastic surgery and nail salons. How sterile! You definitely won't see quilts hanging from buildings! Thank you to everyone who continue to #shoplocal. I can't imagine a world that is only on-line. Can you? It's much more exciting to hear your voice, see your expressions (much of communication is the non-verbal), hear about your interests, laugh with you and watch your eyes light up when you make "quilt love" to a fabric! I promise you that when you support your local brick and mortar quilt shops, that LQS will continue to bring in fabric, notions, classes and more! Not to mention we will splash your towns with life and color!

Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian


Patriotic Bundles Celebrating The Red, White & Blue



Summer is upon us ladies and gentlemen! In fact, today it's sizzling here in Oregon! 90 degrees! Hopefully you are all out supporting your local quilt shops...we are open even when it's hot. Come in and get a blast of a/c. LOL. Personally, I'm not a fan of over 75. I start getting hot flashes and I'm a guy! As I was saying...Summer is upon us. It is the season of sparklers, the red, white and blue along with lots of picnics! You bring the baked beans and I'll bring the slaw. We have put together two different takes on the spirit of America with two new coordinated Fat Quarter Bundles. Each of these bundles contain 12 Fat Quarters and are just $39 plus shipping. Individual Fat Quarters are $3.25. These bundles are great for your next project or if you're stash building...they are chalk full of good basic prints! Both bundles can be purchased by clicking here along with the other bundles we've been showing this week.

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Pay close attention because I think what I'm about to show you nearly shut down Instagram the other day! It's Camille Roskelley's Stars & Stripes Quilt. Complete kits are available here!


Of course, you can't think of Summer without thinking about luscious and delicious watermelon. We have been gathering these gorgeous greens and reds from around the Shoppe for a fun-filled Summer quilt that I can't wait to show you! It's going to be super cute! Seeew keep tuning into our blog for updates or get on our email list! I'm telling you...when we release anything I send it out via email first!

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Finally for today, don't forget we have our Festival of Quilt Sale going on now! All of our Finished Quilts are 25% off the cost it costs us to create these gorgeous quilts. Keep in mind, these quilts are those you obsess over in your journey to the shop. They are in excellent condition and feature excellent piecing and more often than not....exquisite custom quilting that you can treasure for generations. Today we added this gorgeous quilt which can be purchased here for 25% off. You will never find anything like this in Target, Pottery Barn, etc. The best part of all is all of our quilts are made right here in the U.S.A. by four lovely women who love to sew! You won't find this many designer inspired quilts with excellent color placement, quality custom quilting at these prices anywhere else.  All quilts $500 or more receive FREE SHIPPING. You can't beat that! Quilts featured in the Finished Quilt section here without a price have sold.


That's it for today. Stay Seeew-cial and see you next time! ~ Brian





There are lots of men in quilt world so I have never felt out of place. I always tell the "Mothership" that eventually I would like to sit down and take her Beginning Quilting class. After ten years of setting up displays and this blog, I think it's time. If it turns out that she'd have to run the floor seeew that I could learn, I would want to next learn from one of our piecers like...Dorene Kemp or Lisa Goodloe. I then imagine if I were to make quilts strictly for myself, what style and color theme would I select? I love Americana, I love Christmas, but for everyday...I love grey. Of course, I'm learning the brilliance of color the more and more color my mom brings into the Shoppe.

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Seeew I started gathering 12 of my favorite greys and created yet another Fat Quarter bundle which is available for purchase here. I'm always amazed at how many pre-cut Fat Quarters we have around the Shoppe. Creativity is literally at your fingertips!

Grey has always been popular but it seems like lately we are seeing it combined with lots of different colors. In-house here at the Shoppe one of our most popular quilts is the Greysun Patchwork Quilt, which combines yellow and grey. This color combination seems to be a hit with the "gender neutral" crowd. I can't tell you how many "grandmas-to-be" are out there dying to make a quilt with color yet the baby's future parents want nothing to do with that. LOL.  I showed you this one a few weeks ago and it has been very popular (only two left ladies and gents).


We noticed that various shades of blue could also read gender neutral when combined with grey seeew below is the beginning of our next project. It also helps that the prints can go either female or male as bicycle prints have universal appeal. If you follow us on Instagram you may already know what this is. I personally am looking forward to this quilt. Kits will be available and anyone who loves a bicyclist or is a bicyclist themselves...will probably want. Just a hunch. I'll keep you posted on its progress.

Unnamed-71's a thought. In your defense, I get to spend an extra amount of time in the Shoppe. I mean...the time I spend in here is equivalent to Quasimodo in the Bell Tower. Mmmk. Seeew naturally I'm going to see things you never never knew.

Oh wait...that's from Pochahontas.

Whatev. My point is, don't feel bad if you didn't notice these fabrics before because I am here to guide you. There are seeew many shades of grey in the Shoppe right now. In fact the fabrics below have a bit of a "blue" base to them. I consider these to be perfect for some of those winter projects. We group our fabrics by designer collections. While it's nice to see the designer's group together, it can be overwhelming when you're looking at 42 skus. I honestly believe people start thinking they have to use every print. It's sometimes helpful to pull out the color palette you want to work with...and go from there. Would you believe these greys were in a collection full of bright green and red?

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We then have greys that seem to read more "taupe." I actually called them "muddy" but the Mothership was quick to correct me that they were "taupe." Seeew pardon me while I learn correct nomenclature.

I am salivating over these "taupes" pictured below. I'll totally show you why I'm obsessing in a minute. BTW I seriously doubt that will be a shop that groups our fabrics by color only. I find that seeew....sterile and predictable. I like to see people manuevering through the Shoppe and having those "a-ha" discovery moments. As a potential beginner myself, my advice to other beginners - or people intimidated by color - is to figure out the colors you like, take a walk through the Shoppe and then gather those colors from the various collections. It really is the best part of the entire experience!


I liked these colors seeew much that I put together an exclusive Fat Quarter Bundle available in our on-line Shoppe here. I LOVE THESE!


Alright...seeew remember how I just said I was obsessing and I would show you why??? Well, check out some of the new market collections from Spring Quilt Market that the "Mothership" and I are debating. The pictures come from Carrie Nelson's blog over at Moda which has some great coverage of what collections Moda will be releasing this fall. From what I can see, it looks like greys and taupes are still hot colors going into the fall season! They appear to be pairing them with pinks, corals, pumpkin and aqua.  Below are pictures of Sundrops by Corey Yoder, Lella Boutique's Olive's Flower Market, Handmade by Bonnie & Camille, and Chestnut Street by Fig Tree & Co. Again these are just four of the SEVERAL we will be looking at. There is a very large variety this year, seeew if you want to see more of it in the Shoppe, come in and #shoplocal! When you support the Shoppe in-store and on-line, we continue to bring you more fabulous things. That's how it works. It's simple economics. LOL.

That's it for today kids.Tell me what you love in the comments! I mean it! Stay Seeew-cial!~ Brian

Picture by Carrie Nelson for Moda.


Picture by Carrie Nelson for Moda


Picture by Carrie Nelson for Moda


Photo by Carrie Nelson for Moda