Don’t Get Pinched

Get your green on before St. Patrick’s Day!

Here’s some inspiration and links:

 

FABRIC!

green fabric

Free floor cushion pattern here!

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Free quilt pattern HERE

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Lilly Dress Pattern by Green Bee Designs:

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Green thread!

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Have fun and Erin Go Bragh!

Quiltcon 2016 Mini-Recap

This was the first time we did a vendor booth at Quiltcon.  We’ve always been sponsors, but this was a first and we were a little bit nervous!

There was so much prep to be done but we finally got the camper all packed up to go!IMG_0125

Our bestie Liz @stitchplease came to help!  It felt like old times! (SNIFF!)

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Set-up was hard, as you can see.  I got a little too into the power tools.

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Lisa @lisaalexakis and Liz putting together shelves to hold some Kona Cottons!
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Hmmm…an omen on the bathroom door.

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Set up done!

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Look at that cool Michelle Engel Bencsko from Cloud 9 fabrics in her barkcloth jacket! Gimme!

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We were so wonderfully busy that we barely got to leave the booth! I got out for minute and saw SO MANY AMAZING QUILTS! Check out all the category winners HERE.

This one is by Casey York and it’s called Shards.

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This pastel beauty is by Chawne Kimber.

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This mini is called Bzzzzzz and it’s by Sheri Cifaldi-Morrill, and you can buy the pattern HERE!

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Dig the hand quilted binding on DripnSplash by Katherine Jones!

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This one is called F*ck The Quilt Police by  Nancy Purvis.

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Cocktails in the camper to end the great affair!  Thanks MQG!

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SPRING CLEANING SALE and some Fun Links!

Woo hoo!  It’s spring and we are cleaning out, making room, and bringing in the new.
Our Spring Cleaning sale is on now through April 4th with 20% off all fabric yardage including SALE items!
Stash away, spring chickens!

Online use code CLEAN20.

Here are some fun links from around the web:

I don’t know how she does it, but the Refashionista always blows my mind!

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6 Weeks of Love for Softies on Sew Mama Sew.

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Pretty table runner tutorial using Maker fabrics.

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New favorite non-fabric IG account: @hotdudeswithdogs

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I think I need these quilted kicks:

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Hope you’re having a wonderful week!

A Peek at Quilt Market

On Friday, there were Schoolhouses all day.  What’s a Schoolhouse?
It’s 1/4  to  1/2 hour sessions that introduce you to new books, products, fabric lines, etc.
It’s kind of like Speed Dating.

Elizabeth Hartman showing off her beauties from Patchwork City.  Look how she matches her quilt!  She’s adorbs.

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Melissa Lunden, whose patterns we’ve loved for years, has a beautiful book coming out!

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Carolyn Friedlander with her tribute quilt to Kona Cotton.

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 Alison Glass has some gorgeous things going on.  Her new fabric, Handcrafted will arrive soon.
Her new book about applique is stunning and inspiring.

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On Saturday we got to go in to the quilt show and market!
The Ruby Jubilee quilt show on the show floor.  Have you ever seen a more gorgeous way to display quilts?

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 Time to start shopping!
Lizzy House has Mini Pearl Bracelets coming out!  See the scale next to my finger?  Cute!

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I knew you wanted to see dashing Dennis from Andover eating a banana.  Who wouldn’t?IMG_5156

In love with Ellen Luckett Baker‘s new line, Charms, for Kokka.  Canvases and double gauze!
I scored a whole bundle at Sample Spree!

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Oh, Carolyn.  Just look at that couch!
You guys are going to flip over Doe, which is coming in November!
See that little mini quilt on the wall behind me?  Called Outhouse. LOVE!

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Anna Maria is always fun to hang out with.  Gorgeous booth, beautiful woman.

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We tried taking a pic together…
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…then we tried again…
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 …not too bad…

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…but this is the money shot!

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We went a little nuts at the Birch booth this time!
Besides the awesome Charley Harper prints you see here, there was so much more goodness!

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The double gauze collection from Cotton and Steel is going to knock your socks off!
That quilt at the bottom? I almost stole it, it’s so soft!

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 So much more Cotton and Steel goodness:

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Cloud 9 barkcloth collection called Time Warp, coming in NOVEMBER and we can’t wait!  It’s amazing!
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Always fun at the end of a day to hang out in the bar at the Hilton.  Ahhhh.  A good day’s work has been done!IMG_5132

A Quickie/Quirky Overview of Longarm Quilting!

Hi everyone!  Many of you know about the awe-to-the-some Glam Clam Quilt pattern by Latifah Saafir.  I am lucky enough to be able to call her my friend and when she taught the class in my shop, I took it.  After much time and adjusting ( I just kept going and made it 10ft long so had to remove 2 rows!) I am ready to quilt this baby.

When prepping for a day of long arming, I take comfort into consideration.
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Comfortable shoes are a necessity (and it doesn’t hurt my mood at all if they’re cute too!):

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I need a good, solid breakfast (notice I said GOOD, not necessarily healthy):

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Now it’s time to fold into fourths and square up the quilt back.  This is especially important because if your back isn’t square, it wont roll onto the quilt rack evenly.  It also needs to be at least 4 inches bigger that your quilt top, all around.

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Now pin baste your zippers onto the top and bottom of your quilt back.  It helps to have minions who will help you!
Thanks, minion Lisa

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Now zip that back onto the rack and roll it on!

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Lay out your batting on top of your back…

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…and baste a row of stitched across the top of it with the horizontal lock on.

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Line up your quilt top with that basting line and baste the top on.

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Choose a thread color!  I chose the super neutral one on the left, Isacord in Straw.

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Wind a bunch o bobbins and thread up!

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We like to use gauges to check tension before we start.

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Do a little practice doodling and decide on your quilting design.  I’m a terrible doodler so don’t judge me!

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I decided to go with organic smaller scallops.

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Get a minion to bring you coffee! Thanks, minion Julia!

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Get your booty stitchin’!

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About midway through, get more of this:

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Stitch a lot more…

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…and few hours later, you’re done!  Unzip your quilt, trim it, take pics,

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And do a happy dance!

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Happy quilting!

xoxo,

Lauren

Scenes From Quilt Market, Part 3

TULA! So young and so talented. Ms. Pink had this panel made up for the back of her Prince Charming quilts. We've got the entire gorgeous line in the store!

(Sorry for the not-so-awesome iphone photos)

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