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June 2018

Rama Lama Lama Ka Dinga Dinga Da Dong! Check Out Our We Go Together 2018 Row By Row Experience Block




Can you believe it is officially Summer??? Half the year has gone by already!  But let's not dwell...instead lets focus on the possibilities of our creative streaks and celebrate that the 2018 Row By Row Experience has officially begun! That's right, you can now visit the Shoppe to pick up a pattern or purchase a kit for our 2018 project...appropriately titled, "We Go Together." If you're not familiar with this yearly event, here's a brief description...visit participating shops throughout the country, Canada and Europe between now and September 4, collect a variety of rows, and complete a quilt using at least 8 different rows from 8 different 2018 participating shops. Be the first to bring it into a shop and you win a stash of 25 fat quarters! Win a bonus prize for using that storeโ€™s row in your quilt! That's kind of the basics...but for more details refer to my link at the end of this post.


If you can't visit the Shoppe, you can pre-order our kit here on our website for November delivery. Yes...due to the rules of the Row By Row Experience, kits cannot be "shipped" until November because the point of the entire event is to visit your local quilt shops. This year's theme is "Sew Musical" so shops were encouraged to incorporate a little musicality into their rows.


The "Mothership" had many requests to continue our vintage "Glamper" theme we began in 2016 so this year in honor of the "Pink Ladies" we added a fancy pink "glamper" complete with picnic table and radio. They of course are listening to "We Go Together." Because??? Why wouldn't you? The 36 pinwheels make this project extra sweet! While they look like a lot of work, if you use the 1.5" x 1.5" Bloc Loc they go together quickly and perfectly.


This year's row will compliment our 2016 (top right) and 2017 (bottom) perfectly. I think we were doing vintage trailers long before they started popping up everywhere. The Row By Row Experience did offer some new sizes to work with seeew we chose the 18" x 18" Foxy Boxy Block. We are glad they did this because it will bring interest to your projects! Kits for all rows are available here.

The "Mothership" and Christine will be sewing all of our rows together with some new additions later on and I'll be sure to share it with you.

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Oh here's a little something from the "archives." LOL. My brother and I did "Grease" our Senior year of high school in 1993! I was Roger "The Mooning Champ of Rydell High" and he was Doody. He's not pictured so I'm guessing this was probably backstage - but from left to right we have Rizzo, Twinkie Jan and Marty! If you know anything about the musical (not the movie) Twinkie Jan and Roger have a "thing."

Seeew...if you love our project, and you will not be visiting the Shoppe between June 21 and September 4, 2018 you will have to pre-order the kit here on our website ( kits cannot ship until November but at least you will have it pre-ordered. There is absolutely no guarantee we will have kits left after the event is over so get your preorder in to ensure you get one!

For all other information about the Row by Row Experience, click here.

That's it for today! Thank you for joining us and see you at the Shoppe! ~ Brian

True Blue: I Love You



LISTEN...๐ŸŽผ I've had all the "lines"....I've displayed them many times, but I never knew love before 'till Feedsacks: True Blue arrived on the floor...๐ŸŽผ

What can I say? I'm a child of the 80's and I'm guilty as charged when it comes to favoring some of the 80's most memorable pop-tarts!

But what you really came here for was this....๐Ÿ’™


Moda has a new designer. Her name is Linzee McCray, she loves feedsacks and her new collection Feedsacks: True Blue is featured in this gorgeous quilt called Lulee's Garden by May Chappell (above). The collection is also available in the Shoppe now and on our website. Imagine that? 


Linzee has had a long love-affair with feedsack prints and has written a book about them: Feed Sacks: A Colourful History of a Frugal Fabric. She selected blue for her first collection with Moda because - as she shared with Moda's Carrie Nelson last fall, โ€œI selected blue for my first collection because I grew up in a house of blue โ€“ as a child, I ate off blue dishes, walked on a blue carpet, and was frequently dressed in blue clothing sewn by my blue-loving mother. Blue is comforting, classic and modern all at the same time."

Of course we absolutely agree on the comforting, classic and modern thing!
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It just seeew happens that while looking at this True Blue Fat Quarter Bundle (this one has 19 cotton Fat Quarters P.S.), I thought "Ya know...these blues work amazingly well with Sweetwater's Harmony!" Seeew I did what comes natural to me and I added 9 more blue Fat Quarters to create this....
This right here....this is the Out of The Blue Fat Quarter Bundle which I have named after another 80's pop sensation - Debbie Gibson's 1987 mega hit album, "Out of The Blue!"
Contrary to popular belief, she was not a one-hit-wonder. You haven't lived until you have crammed your foot into a pair of rollerskates to couple skate to "Only In My Dreams" or "Shake Your Love!" Of course I was a true "10"๐Ÿ˜‚ in the skating rink - decked out in my multiple SWATCH watches and jelly bracelets. The best part was always skating to the lights of the disco ball!
Anyway...this bundle includes 28 Fat Quarters and blends traditional with a touch of modern!
Someone even mixed some Project Red in with this. Of course, I don't know what they are planning to make with all of this but the red, white and blue definitely works together!
The Feedsacks collection is still seeew new that we haven't had time to make anything from it, but here is another beautiful quilt that we have been considering especially since we love Dresden's. It's called the "Bloomin' Dresden" by May Chappell. It looks huge but it's only 56" x 56". Look at all that space for some fab quilting!
If you want to add in more color to the blue and white bundles that I showed you above, you may want to get yourself one of these....
Since we like to provide a few options when ordering from our website, I created the prints only FQ bundle seeew that you can add these into whatever-it-is you're going to end up making.
I will let you in on a little secret: We've already sold out of the Jelly Rolls and Layer Cakes seeew something tells me the Charm Packs and Mini Charm Packs won't last much longer.
The canister set of 3 is just a little extra somethin' special and it has a fantastic price point. It's one of those "Gotta Have It" even if you don't know exactly what you will use them for at the time. It never hurts to cute up your creative space!
Oh I almost forgot...there is one more quilt we should consider! I always like it when we mix up traditional fabrics with a contemporary pattern. It's always a WOW! I believe this is Metro Rings. We've done Metro Hoops before, but we may want to experiment with "Rings". What do you think? Just an FYI: You will need the Quick Curve Ruler to complete this quilt.
Of course there's always more where this came from and I'm very happy to report that there are two more upcoming collections that will have a gorgeous selections of blues. The collections are...
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Look for these collections coming to the Shoppe this August/September! As some of you know, we will be celebrating the release of Clover Hollow with a 2 Day Workshop Retreat with Moda designers, Sherri McConnell and Chelsi Stratton September 21 & 22! You can learn all about it and register here on our website. Seats are now beginning to fill up and we have seven spots left. Don't wait!
๐ŸŽผSeeew....if you should ever doubt, wonder what your next quilt will be all about.....just think back and remember dears...these things I share with you here.๐ŸŽผ 
That's it for today! Stay in tune for more and ....
Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian