Monday, January 30, 2012

Valentine Tree Carving Quilt

We are now offering custom Tree Carving quilts in our etsy shop. We will have baby to king sizes available with the heart customized for you.

Today we are starting a series on Valentine Projects.
Pinterest never ceases to provide wonderful inspiration. I saw this quilt (the link will take you to the pinterest picture) and put it on my Valentine 'make' list.

I should have stuck with quilting from the middle out like I usually do but I jumped around a bit and got a few more puckers than I would have liked but overall I am quite pleased with the results.
Here is the link to the original picture on happylifedesigns flickr page.

Thanks for everyone who has visited here via Pinterest and left your lovely feedback. For those of you asking if we can make a quilt for you we are looking in to having custom Tree Carving Quilts offered in our etsy store in the new year (2013).  You can like us on facebook so you can be the first to hear about it when we do list them.

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Friday, January 27, 2012

Simply Charming Mini Quilt Class

Heather is teaching  Simply Charming Mini Quilts classes from the book of the same name.
Classes will be the last Thursday of the month 6-8 PM, 12 quilts in 12 months.
You can use up your scraps or use a fat eighth pack like Heather did (several mini quilts can be made from one pack).
Each class is 5$ with the purchase of the book, Simply Charming Mini Quilts.
The fabrics shown are from the Walk in the Park line

 Amy is teaching an apron class Tuesday April 10, 1-3 PM.
 Fee will be 10$ plus supplies. The Amy apron pattern is being used.
Amy used Urban Cowgirls fabrics for this apron.

Lori is teaching an apron class as well.
This class is Saturday February 4, 11-12:30 PM.
Fee is 10$ plus supplies.
Lori will be using the Lori Apron pattern (How do I get a Tara apron pattern?).

Space is limited in these classes so pop in and sign up.
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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Kaleidoscope Quilt

Its done! Its done. The Cluck Cluck Sew Kaleidoscope quilt is all quilted up.

I used Sandi Henderson's Secret Garden.

I am thinking this lovely needs some pillowcases to go with it.
Its here at The Quilt Barn so you can check it out.
Amy is making a quilt with this fabric too (but used white as the background). It is so cute and looks so different than this one. I love seeing the same fabric used in different patterns. It gives it a whole other perspective.

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Paper Airplane Quilt

I saw this picture on Pinterest (it led me here as the source) and I fell in love. I was making a Sara Jane, Children at Play, Pinwheel Quilt and I knew I was going to have left overs so on the 'to do list' it went.
I used City Weekend by Oliver and S for the paper plane. I just eyeballed a fat quarter and used a pencil to sketch right on the fabric. I cut it out, spray basted it on the background white and blanket edge stitched it with my sewing machine.
I have some light blue perle cotton and I am going to sew on the loopy dashes behind the plane like in the inspiration photo.
Thanks to Jenele for free motion quilting it for me on the long arm! Such perfect little loops.
Its here at The Quilt Barn if you want to take a peek.

Sarah Jane's fabric line, Children at Play, is one of my favorites from last year. You can visit her lovely blog here.

Sarah Jane designed the quilt and Amy of Diary of a Quilter made it.
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Friday, January 20, 2012

Oliver + S Pumpkin Seed Quilt

 I never tire of Oliver + S' City Weekend. The colors all work together so well.

We used a cotton batting (to give it a crinkly vintage feel after being washed), a small stipple, and I used a Pumpkin Seed pattern.
I really like how, depending on how you look at the pattern, you can see either a four leaf flower or a circle. Now to pick the binding. Blue?
Thanks Amy for a great long arm stipple!

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Beginning Quilting Class

Beginning Quilting Class- The 2 Charm Pack Quilt

who: ages 8-13 with an adult or 14+ solo
when: February 20+27 and March 5: 6:00-8:00
where: The Quilt Barn classroom
fee: 30$, includes the pattern

Space is limited to 5 sewers so come in and sign up early. At sign up you will receive a supplies list. You can pick your own fabrics for this project and will need to have the 2 charm packs for the first class

We will be making a crib size quilt top and learning how to quilt it on our sewing machines and bind it. Some homework may be required.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Boss is Gone Sale

The Quilt Barn is having a "Boss is Gone Sale". While the boss is on a secret Quilt Barn mission all quilt kits are half off!!
Just say "boss is gone" to get your discount. The kits are on our webstore as well and 50% off too.
Sale ends Saturday. Be sure to spread the word.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Nap Sack Class

Nap Sack Class
Little ones can snuggle up for sweet dreams in this cozy Nap Sack. Choose to make a simple patchwork design or use one fabric such as a colorful child's print. Add a fun applique shape or name to personalize.
You can dream up all kinds of ideas! Nap Sack is approximately 25"X51".

Class Time: Thursday February 16, 6:00-9:00
Saturday 18, 10:00-12:00

Location: The Quilt Barn Classroom
Cost: 10$ plus supplies (fee includes the pattern)

Sign up before the class time to receive the supply list

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Sewing Class

Did you get a new sewing machine for Christmas? Or have had one for a while but would like to learn how to use all its features?
The Quilt Barn's first class off 2012 is  'Get to Know Your New Machine'.
Bring your machine, the manual, and all the attachments and learn all the basics plus what all those feet and stitches are about.

Class Time: Saturday January 28, 1:00-3:00
Location: The Quilt Barn Classroom.
Sign up before the class, space is limited
Cost: 10$

If you bought a Janome from us then the class is free.

Please bring:
Your machine and its manual.
All attachments to your sewing machine
Basic Sewing Kit (scissors, thread, seam ripper, etc)
Scraps of fabric to sew on

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Friday, January 13, 2012

New Favorite

Jenele picked out, kited  and sewed up the latest table runner from the Calendar Table Runners pattern (12 runners in one pattern).

She brought in the cutest pillowcase to display until she gives it and other goodies to their new owner. I am loving the polka dots. So bright and cheery.

And now for something a little self indulgent. My newest favorite fabric (and Lori's), Urban Cowgirl.

I am thinking of using this pattern

or this one.

What do you think?
And now for it just Kimberly, Idaho or is anyone else not getting winter? Seriously, my fruit trees are going to blossom.
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Fabric Just In

We got some new cut goods in this week. First is A Stitch in Color. The top piece of the stack is a whole cloth and I am envisioning this settee I have recovered in this and in The Quilt Barn window.I  just have to wait for the bolts to arrive.

Next is Urban Cowgirl by Urban Chicks. I am loving the muted colors of this line. A layer cake is coming home with me. I cant wait to see what yardage Heather ordered.
Both of these lines have free patterns up at Moda and I am printing them out. Love Fabric Friday!!

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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

One Down, Kaleidoscope Quilt

I came to realize that I have many more unfinished items that I thought. Monday I decided to really put my nose to the grind stone and get some things done.
One Cluck Cluck Sew Kaleidoscope quilt top in Secret Garden, done. Now to add it to the be quilted pile.
I almost don't want to show you a picture of the quilt top. Quilts look so much nicer all quilted up and bound. Once it is all done up pretty I will have it here at The Quilt Barn for you to take a peek at.

I also have picked out another of her patterns for my new favorite fabric lines. Cause what I need is a new project. All sarcasm aside, I will be sharing this new fabric love (and one of Lori's too) on Friday.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Moda Rep Visit

 One of the many perks in working at at fabric store is visiting with the Sales reps. I was lucky to sit with Heather and our Moda Rep on Friday. She brings out great big brochures and fabric samples and Heather puts little tiny clothes pegs on the ones she want to order. We also try and think of store samples ideas while we are at it and makes lots of notes.
Bonnie and Camille's latest line, Metro caught our eye. Those pinks really appeal to me (being, I suppose, the mother of 3 little girls). These got clothes pegged.

We also got to peek at Aneela Hoey's Christmas line, Cherry Christmas, out next summer.

 Some of these are coming our way plus layer cakes.
I am putting together a beginning quilting classes and using her Little Apples fabric as my sample. I still cant get enough Aneela.
Details on upcoming classes will be posted soon.

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Monday, January 9, 2012

Monday Projects

 The first thing I do when I come to work is walk out front to say hello to Jenele and see what new projects have been brought in.
Now that Christmas is over and we can go back to making store samples. Above is a bag Lori made from one of our most popular patterns, My Favorite Bag. She used Grand Bazaar by Michael Miller.

Lori also made this adorable table topper. The pattern is Town House and the fabric is Hometown, both by Sweetwater.
I got my sewing machine back from the repair and I am ready to get sewing again! Hopefully I will have something to share this week.

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Friday, January 6, 2012

Friday Favorites

Have I mentioned that I love opening the big boxes when UPS comes? Maybe? Today I found this book, Zakka Style. One copy. One. I didnt think it fair that I snipe this before it even makes it to the front so I am going to wait.
The projects in here are so stinkin cute. Look at those fabric boxes!
We got in a few other books too so come in and check them out and I promise to give you a chance at the Zakka book and then its mine!

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Sewing Resolutions

I have been reading a lot of 2011 Blog Recaps the last few days and seeing what other quilters and sewers made last year. I would love to mock up some photos of what I have worked on but it may not happen for a few weeks. Four days into 2012 and I am already behind.
Right before Christmas Day my sewing machine decided it had had enough. I have been machine-less since. It is in the shop and I am feeling itchy. Itchy to sew! If the damage is really big I will buy a Janome from The Quilt Barn. This girl has got to sew!
What are your sewing resolutions? I have a pile of UFO's (unfinished Objects) that I would love to finish up and Jenele, Lori and I have the 'wool bug' and are looking into wool hand projects. Do you wool applique and what companies do you like for patterns?
Several of my UFO's are going to be store samples so I need to really get those ones finished. I am using these patterns:
Cluck Cluck Sew's Kaleidoscope
Tula Pink's Love Quilt and Crown Jewels with her Prince Charming Line
I have also cut into my Walk in the Woods fat eighths stack. I am using Lecien's free pattern, A Dash of Sugar

 Fingers crossed I get my lovely sewing machine back soon.
And please share your sewing resolutions with us.

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Monday, January 2, 2012

Christmas and Halloween Sale

When I came to work today Heather said, "Lets Have a Sale!" And so we are. All this week Christmas and Halloween fabrics and cut goods are on sale. Even in the etsy store. Dont see what you are looking for in the etsy store? Convo us and if we have it will will set up a custom listing for you.
Monday and Tuesday 40% off
Wednesday and Thursday 30% off
Friday and Saturday 20% off

We will be listing a bunch of seasonal fabrics and cut goods today on etsy today at the discounted price.
I am so excited to be in a new year!! Its going to be a great year. Happy New Years everyone!!

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