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They Will Come Back Home....And They Did

 

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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.

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"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.
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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."

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! ~ Brian


A Million Dreams Keep Us Creating!

 

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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????

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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 "I close 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.

Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian

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Poco Loco por Llama

 

 

 

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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.

Um...who 'dat?

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.

Plus...I  needed to brush up on my Espanol!

Me allmo Brian y este es Lloyd o Lola.

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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???

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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


A Peak At Our Wool N' Harvest Workshop with Kathy Cardiff & Joanna Figueroa

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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."

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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.

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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!

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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!

~ Brian

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'Tis Autumn...

 

 

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!
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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.

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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.

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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...

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And then enjoy a warm and delicious Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffin from our neighbor, Lux Sucre Desserts! How can I say no???

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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!

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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!

Stay Seeew-cial!

~ Brian

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Listen...She's Calling to You

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When it comes to the name of our latest Moda collection which arrived last week, I can only think about...feeding the birds. Which then makes me think of Mary Poppins, which then makes me think of the new movie continuing the story..."Mary Poppins Returns." No, no...it's not a remake, take a look:

 

The new collection is of course the beautiful Tuppence by one of Moda's newest designers, Shannon Gillman Orr.

But let's back up to Mary for a minute. How can anyone not love Mary? Practically perfect in every way she is. Who wouldn't want to be tucked in by this woman??? BTW scroll to the end to see Emily Blunt as the new Mary Poppins for "Mary Poppins Returns."

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The gorgeous colors of Tuppence however, will keep you wide awake!

When we moved out of our previous location last December, we missed collections that arrived between January and April. Now that we've been in our new location of Charbonneau for 8 months, new fabric collections and other new items are arriving almost weekly!

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By the way, Tuppence is inspired by an afternoon sipping tea in a garden. Just looking at my Fat Quarter Bundle above has visions of cobbled paths, moss covered walls and flower beds filled with Tulips swirling in my mind. We are not fully into Autumn and yet I'm already thinking Spring 2018.

Christmas? What's that????

That was seeew two months ago! LOL. In Quilt World...we plan ahead!

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If you haven't been into our new Shoppe, one thing is perfectly clear....we are brighter and our new space is like our very first location. We didn't do primitive when we started and we aren't doing primitive now except for wool projects. At one point we had so much primitive, all I saw was brown, brown, brown, brown. Everything started to look the same. We decided to go back to our roots in this new location and that's how we like it.


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The "Mothership" loves color and thus...has fallen in love with Tilda fabrics! In fact, the first collection we will be carrying is the new "Cottage." Until that arrives, we have bundles of "Harvest."

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Just look at those colors! Tilda is entirely another world when it comes to quilting.

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Here's a block of an upcoming project! I'm sure I'll feature more of it when it's fully quilted.

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Have I told you that everything I am showing you right now is all on just one table in the Shoppe? Seeew much inspiration...on ONE table!

I always try to include plenty of patterns and books to inspire you with. A little advice: don't get caught up on the one or two finished models we may have in any particular location. I challenge and encourage everyone to find that pattern we haven't made and create something you love. Pictured below are two of my absolute favorites....

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P.S. Rummage Sale is made with a Layer Cake!

 

 

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That's all I have room for today....except for some tasty English Bread Pudding I'm about to eat from Lux Sucre Desserts!

I'll take a bite and be sure to leave it on a plate for the next person. LOL. 

Coming up I've got Moda pre-cuts galore, Corey Yoder's new Flower Mill & Joanna's new Hazel & Plum on the horizon plus our Seasonal Workshop, Homespun & Holly update (December 1 & December 2 if you want to join us), and 2018 Designer Workshop Announcements!

Stay Seeew-cial! ~ Brian

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Feel the Thunder of Swoon!

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I asked my niece the other day "What's your favorite song? What's the jam that rocks your world right now?" She says..."Imagine Dragons." For the first time in my four decades I felt out of touch. "Um...who?" She's like, "Uncle Brian....Thunder." Again I had to say, "Huh? Who?" And here we are...

Completely... Swoonworthy!

I think we definitely have some of the same love of music...her and I.

Not a yes-sir, not a follower
Fit the box, fit the mold
Have a seat in the foyer, take a number
I was lightning before the thunder

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I get it. Being a dreamer requires vision...the lightning....before the thunder. For most dreamers, all we want to do is create experiences and things that hundreds, if not thousands...can enjoy. Of course there is always some little Negative Nelly somewhere...that loves to steal your "thunder." Don't let them. Ever.

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The "Mothership" delivers when it comes to having a vision either with the Shoppe space or with the quilts we create. In fact,  I have this vintage grey sofa that I had wanted a quilt to compliment. She took Camille Roskelley's Swoon and created her own "thunder" with this stunning version which we have dubbed, " Shades of Grey Swoon." No, it doesn't have 50 shades. LOL

Kitting this one is a process seeew if you'd like one please pre-order the kit here. We are only making enough to fulfill all pre-ordered kits seeew don't wait. They are limited to the quantity we make. I say it every time, and every time someone wants one a month after we've moved on and I have to say, "I'm sorry....but I can't make anymore."

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And by the way...those aren't just any grey fabrics. They are woven textured greys and blacks that will lay up beautifully next to our gorgeous solid background. As for backing I would advise either a flannel or one of the wovens that are in the blocks. This really is not a quilt you would select a feminine backing.

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If you haven't been out to the Shoppe in a while, now is the time to pay a visit. New collections have been arriving over the last several weeks, new projects and kits have been created and of course Mother Nature is doing her thing!

I'm out of room for today seeew don't forget you can subscribe to our daily email or follow us on Instagram!

Stay Seew-cial and enjoy the thunder! ~ Brian

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Good-Bye Is Not Forever...

 

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If you grew up in the 1980's, there is a possibility you were forever moved by the moment Widow Tweed is forced to say goodbye to Todd in The Fox & The Hound. If you weren't...well...you have no soul. LOL. From the moment she wakes him up from his little basket I start to...melt! Then...when she says these words, "Goodbye may seem forever, farewell is like the end, but in my heart's the memory...."

I just die.

By the time she removes the collar....just....don't even look at me. 

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Look at some gorgeous Autumn leaves instead. LOL.

Sigh I still can remember my eyes swelling with puddles as a youngster in my theater seat in 1981. What do you do when you're 6???

Do I wipe my eyes? Will someone notice?

I should have just stuck to the Read-Along....

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"You'll know it is time to turn the page when you hear the chimes ring like this...."

Anyway, we love being out here in Charbonneau especially now that Mother Nature's canopy will begin to change color. I seriously can't wait for all of this to change...

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Come to think of it, it's very "Story Book." Isn't it? Small, quaint....just like our very first location! It only makes sense that the "Mothership" would choose to stock it with adorable fabrics like this....

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As soon as she brought in Lewis & Irene's new Autumn In Bluebell Wood, it took me back to that classic The Fox & The Hound scene! I also couldn't help but notice how this collection fits in perfectly among the majestic Autumn show here in Charbonneau! Why...I even picked up a leaf and photographed it...JUST FOR YOU! Don't you feel special???

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Autumn In Bluebell Wood is unique for a Autumn collection. It's not the typical fall leaves etched in metallic that I feel like has been worn into the ground. The collection has vast appeal from the swirling leaves, to the silhouette of the deer jumping through a forest...to that adorable hedgehog print! What's not to love? It's absolutely adorable!

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Do you know what else is adorable? When my Squirrel friends pose for me! I need to give this little buddy a name but all I keep coming up with is...."Earl."

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P.S. I love the print below too! It comes in three colorways which you can purchase here!

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A couple of posts ago I promised I would share with you the "Mothership's" What's For Breakfast? Club project for the month of September. If you don't know about our What's For Breakfast? Club and you are local...you definitely should join us!

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For the month of September she featured this adorable collection of fabric in a fall table runner designed by our friend, Sherri K.Falls of This & That. You can find this pattern in her very popular Sew This & That book.

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Who likes mushrooms? Confession Session: It's the one vegetable I just...can't eat. I don't know what it is, but it's something about the texture and the fact that it's a fungus! Seriously...I just can't.

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The Autum inspiration continues! Jan & Christine each wanted to make an Autumn bag for carrying their belongings from our Classroom building to the Shoppe, seeew of course they chose to feature that favorite print from earlier in this Fiji Tote Bag. What a great way to feature that print! The pattern is available to purchase here.

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Even our neighbor, Lux Sucre Desserts is into the Autumn theme with this recent cake they designed for a baby shower!

Precious Alert!

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Oh I almost forgot! We brought in this adorable Old World Christmas fox ornament to compliment those cute fabrics. I love ornaments that you can use even outside of Christmas and this one certainly can be used in our Autumn decorating!

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That's all I've got for today! Hopefully it put some of you in the mood for Autumn! It truly is my favorite time of the year and I can't wait to watch the beauty of the season happen out here at our new location in Charbonneau! Don't forget to register for the October What's For Breakfast? Club on Saturday, October 14 while there are still seats. We have just six more seats left and it's only October 1!

Seeew while I now have to say good-bye, my farewell is not the end as long as you...

Stay Seeew-cial  ~ Brian

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Are You Down For A Good Time?

 

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I woke up on the right side of the bed this morning and I couldn't help but think about the good time we had during our A Quilting Life Weekend Workshops with Moda designer, Sherri McConnell! Sherri designs fabrics for Moda with her daughter Chelsi and also writes her popular A Quilting Life blog. I know I said I would share September's "What's For Breakfast?" Club project but if you promise me to always be down for a good time....I'll get to that in the next post!

For now I'll let the pictures tell the story, but one thing is clear...these ladies all know how to have a good time!

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If you needed proof...just follow Brenda's lead! She loaded up on Cinnamon Rolls from our neighbor, Lux Sucre Desserts and purchased one of Sherri's newest patterns!

That's definitely how to have...a good time!

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Debby, Freda, Kim and Jayne also know how to have a good time when the Quilt-A-Razzi ask them to pose for a photo with Sherri! The Happy Days Quilt was the featured project for day one.

P.S. Look at her bag, isn't it cute???

Of course, Sherri brought along many other samples to ensure everyone had....a what?

That's right...a good time!

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Pictured below, Jan T. knows how to have a good time! She spent some of her time shopping for these beautiful new Tilda bundles which the "Mothership" has decided to carry. Do you know about the Tilda brand of fabrics? Well if you don't, stay tuned....

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Is it just me, or are bag patterns getting cuter and cuter? Did you know the Aubri Tote Bag pictured below is made with two charm packs??? The possibilities are endless and ya know....with a bag like this, you're guaranteed to....what????

That's right...always have a good time...while SHOPPING!

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Pictured below are Linda, Donna and Cathy....who also know how to have a...good time!

Look at their smiles as they learn to work with the all-new Stripology Ruler! It's definitely bringing a smile to Cathy's face as she cuts her strips!

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I should tell you that the "Mothership" insists on good cutting space in the workshops. She's been to a few events where she had to cut while bending over or at her sewing machine. We will always try to keep our workshops to a reasonable size in which we can provide good cutting space!

It ensures that you will definitely....what?

You got it honey...have a good time!

Get the picture?

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Janell and Susanna stuck around on day one because they were determined to get ahead with their Happy Days project! Susanna drives up once a year from California to attend our workshops because she knows....she will.....take a guess?

That's right!

Have a good time!

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Even when you're in the Shoppe, I merchandise seeew that you will ....duh....have a good time!

This here is Sherri's newest collection, Creekside!

Oh and here's  a little secret, I'm not a female. LOL.

Over the past summer I can't tell you how many times someone said something like, "Well...so there's no one here to help me? Do you know anything about color?" -or- "why is a man in a quilt shop anyway?" and my favorite said to Christine, "a young man just took something from the counter behind you."

Clearly they don't follow the blog....like ever. But that's ok...because all I care about is that they have a....

You got it sweet cakes...

....have a good time!

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Loooooove these blues. The Creekside collection is also chalk full of some fantastic low volume prints and great basic prints that everyone can use in their stash!

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Look at Joyce and Janelle (not be confused with the other Janell) doing what quilty people do! Having a GOOD TIME!

Love me some of these two ladies! Joyce comes to many of the events and workshops we do and Janelle has been coming since we were in that very first original location! She was thrilled when she learned we moved into her neighborhood of Charbonneau!

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Both Janelle and Joyce were sewing their Patchwork Garden Quilt that will look just like this!

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What would you make with these Navy Blues? As you can see in many of the quilts around the room, Sherri uses it as her pop of color to make the quilts stand out.

P.S. Navy is the color that disappears quickly around our Shoppe. Seeew when we've got it, come on in and get some!

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Oh Joyce! There's always one in every group that defies the laws of gravity and gives the Quilt-A-Razzi that money shot!

Even the Squirrels took notice!

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But there's always that one Squirrel - who with his "Squirrel Cam" - knows how to capture everyone having a good time!
This squirrel is also very knowledgeable and will let you in on a little secret....Sherri will be back at the Shoppe March 16 & 17 2018 just in time for her next collection, Front Porch!

Until next time Squirrel Friends....Good Morning & Good Night!

Stay Seeew-cial and have a GOOD TIME! ~ Brian

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We Got Something They Don't....YOU!


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Last week I shared a post about the importance of supporting your local brick and mortar quilt shops. This shouldn't be a controversial subject, but whenever I bring it up, it rattles a few feathers. To me...it's simply common sense. Shopping your brick and mortars combined with staying seeew-cial helps to create a local quilting community. Better put on them "No Excuses" Jeans because I'm feisty on this subject. If you can't shop a local brick and mortar, then make sure if you're ordering on-line that you are ordering from a website that has a brick and mortar you can visit! The phone is also an option. Remember that? Oh wait...it's in most of our hands!

 

In searching for a song this month, I was reminded of the "Mothership's" monthly "What's For Breakfast?" Club which will celebrate its 3rd year this October! With my recent obsession for Shania Twain's first new album in almost a decade, I felt "We Have Something They Don't" sums up the last year perfectly! If anyone stays strong and carries on...it's the M.T.H.S.P.!

Speaking of the M.T.H.S.P. here she is below sharing the two projects Sherri McConnell will be teaching here this weekend for A Quilting Life Weekend (Sep. 22 & 23).

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As I took pictures of the various women around the room, something else became clear. When it comes to the brick and mortar experience vs those on-line only gigs, we do "have something they don't" and that is...

YOU!

Your presence, your spirit, your enthusiasm, your creativity, your smiles and your stories...you can never get all of that from on-line.

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Pictured here is Bev. Bev was one of those who were thrilled with our move to Charbonneau because she lives around the corner. Part of the W.F.B.C. is "sharing" seeew Bev brought this beautiful dresden quilt called Muffet's Tuffet from American Jane.

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This was a kit we offered last year and it sold out so fast we didn't even have time to get our sample made. It was such a treat to see a customer bring in something from the Shoppe...that we didn't make! Great job Bev!

I should add that I am working with a new camera seeew if you don't see your picture here...it was blurry. I'll get better!

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This is Christine (no, not the one that works here) and I first remember Christine from our first session of Farm Girl Vintage. Every time she attends "What's For Breakfast?" she brings something bright and happy! This month she brought this adorable paper piecing project made from the Sew It By Number book by Kimberbell Designs.

BTW...Look at that ant fabric! Perfect theme for a project featuring watermelons! A total 10!

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I always forget that a blog post can only handle seeew many pictures before the post gets entirely too long. Seeew I created the collage above with some of the highlights from Saturday's event! As you can see from Rebecca  pictured up in the top left with her bear, you don't have to bring just quilts to "What's For Breakfast?" We celebrate all creativity and love to see what showcases your talents! We even had someone bring a violin that they made. Talk about skill set!

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BTW...when you win the fabulous prizes the "Mothership" gives out...it really does become a blur!!! LOL.

Best...Moment. Ever.


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Besides sharing your own projects and WINNING....there is one other aspect of this gathering that makes it oh-seeew-much fun! That other aspect is..the Mothership's Featured Project which is always (at least in my opinion) super cute! Just like the projects you bring, the featured project is not always something quilted, but it's always something to get the creative wheels spinning of any crafty enthusiast! 

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In celebration of Autumn, the "Mothership"used this very cute collection for the featured project. We do sell the collection here in the Shoppe and on our website. I will of course share the featured project with you in my next post, but look at this bundle...is it not the cutest? 12 Fat Quarters for $39 plus shipping. It can be on its way to you this week!

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There is however somebody who has already seen the project....and that's this little dude.

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He's got his Squirrel Cam in place and only he knows what squirrel-y shenanigans happen in that room!

Did you attend this month's What's For Breakfast? Have you attended others? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Alright, like I said...I'll be back to share the featured project in the next post! In the meantime, registration is now open for the October 14 What's For Breakfast? Club! This one is special because it will be the 3rd Anniversary of our monthly event seeew be sure to get signed up now. You can register by clicking here to our website or you can call us during Shoppe hours 10am-4pm Tuesday- Saturday at 503-694-8052!

 Don't it taste good to be together????

 Stay Seeew-cial ~ Brian

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