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Greeting 2013

   

I love pillowcases.  I don’t think I ever met a fabric that I didn’t think would make a good pillowcase!  LOL

Here are two sets of pillowcases I made just before Christmas.  We put together and you can still buy kits for these.  It is pretty efficient to make a 12 x 16 inch Tidy Travel pillow case if you are going to make a full size one.  You just need a bit more fabric!

The Mahalo girls arrived just a week before Christmas!  And I needed something for my 20 year old nephew! :)

Getting Christmas gifts made & mailed is always a challenge for me.  I got things done and in the mail the last possible day, Dec. 19th, and the adrenaline rush was great!  Then the deflated feeling, “what do I do now?”, which was temporary!  Isn’t that a funny feeling?  Kinda like when someone puts resistance on your arms while you try to raise them, and then when they stop your arms seem to “float” effortlessly!  Oh well, that lasted only a few hours. :)

Anyway, Fluffy was so happy to find the box of Cuddle Fur Scraps!  I mean HAPPY!  When Meiko challenged, she stood her ground, I mean box!  LOL

Can you find Fluffy in the box above?  She is on her back, with her head to the right of her body. 

Those are the scraps from the neatest Tidy Travel Pillow for my sister out of that Cuddle.   It is like a stuffed animal for an adult.  Only without personality!  I forgot to take a picture of it!  I also made one for the store, so I’ll have to photograph that and include it here later.

In addition to the usual Christmas decoration, I decided to put a quilt on the dining room table.  I loved it!  When a quilt is on the bed, you don’t get to study the quilting.  And this quilting is fabulous.  Jan Hutchison quilted it back in 2007 for me for the Central Kansas Quilt Shop Hop.  I have really enjoyed studying it up close!

 

 

 

 

 

Since Christmas, I’ve written 12 email newsletter!  I usually joke that I send out my weekly newsletter once a month!  But since I got the brilliant idea to offer a gift a day for the Twelve Days of Christmas, I had my work cut out for me!  It went over well and now I’ve got some more ideas perculating, so 2013 looks promising!

Our group of Central Kansas quilt shop owners met in mid-December.  That’s me far back to the left of center.  We’ve already started working on the 2013 Central Kansas Quilt Shop Hop.  This October there will be 12 shops, and the group is having fun working on a theme, custom fabric & prizes!  Stay posted, but mark October 4, 5 & 6 and plan to bring some friends!  Check the website:  http://www.centralkansasquiltshophop.4t.com and Marie, left front, is blogging about it, which should be interesting, since she’s our newest member!  http://kesslerkreations.wordpress.com/

 

I have been working on a new quilt, CONTESSA, by the Kansas design team, Toni & Jenny of Wing and A Prayer Designs.  It seemed to be going well, til I shot this photo, and noticed that I had turned two squares.  I’ve already ripped and re-stitched.  Better to catch it before it is quilted!  You do have to look pretty close to see it!

This class will probably start in April.  It looks like CONTESSA is going to meet evenings, the 2nd Thursday of the month.  We’re exploring the possibilities of meeting from 6:30 to 7:30.  Let me know if you’re interested. 

Oh yea!  Just remembered we’re also participating in VISIT YOUR LOCAL QUILT SHOP DAY.  That is coming up in just a couple of weeks. 

All day Thursday January 24th we’re going to be showing & demonstrating all different types of fusible products.  Touching & feeling is something you just can’t do here on the internet!  We’ll demo & discuss paper-backed fusible web, batting, stabilizers for t-shirts, purses, bowls, vinyl Slicker Glossy & more!  The demonstrations will go on all day, so stop in anytime, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. January 24th. 

There is currently a PHOTO CONTEST being sponsored by FabShopHop.  For details on how you might win $500, go to https://www.facebook.com/QuiltShopDay#!/QuiltShopDay and then come take your picture at Charlotte’s Sew Natural in Historic Downtown Newton!!

Anyway, 2013 will be another busy & fun year.  We’re off to a great start.  Hope you are too!

 

Shop Hop Quilt ready to hang.

I’m so happy!  My Quilt Shop Hop quilt is done and ready to hang!  It is big!  94 inches square.  You could make it smaller by changing a few dimensions if you didn’t want it to fit a queen-size bed.  And of course, it would be easy to make it larger!

Lily & I ran up to the Carriage Factory Gallery’s second floor for enough light and space to get a good image. 

Now, when it stops raining, we’ll run it up to the store and start climbing ladders! Yea!

I’m calling this quilt FRIDA’S SUNFLOWER DREAM.  If you search quotes by Frida Kahlo, this one comes up quickly: “I never paint dreams or nightmares.  I paint my own reality.”   So call it “my dream”. :)

The quilt which inspired me and the original pattern are by Deb Madir.  The pattern will be for sale in the store complete with my alternative measurements for cutting, with Deb’s permissioin. 

The quilting was done by Kay Clark of Wichita.

 

Flower & quilting detail. Frida’s Garden fabric by Alexander Henry and the exclusive sunflower BATIK, available from SewNatural.net and in the downtown store.

 

Exclusive BATIK for Quilt Shop Hop

This is the 14th year that we have had a Central Kansas Quilt Shop Hop.  Each year we “tweek” it a bit.  In addition to the fabric for the 12″ quilt block, this year’s kits will include a silver plated CHARM.  Visit all 11 shops & collect all 11 quilt related charms!

And, again, we’ve got a custom BATIK fabric from Hoffman, which can only be purchased from participating shops, as it was designed exclusively for the 11 member quilt shops!

At the downtown store, you can now pre-order 2012 Central Kansas Exclusive Shop Hop Custom Sunflower Batik Fabric, 100% cotton, 45″ wide.
This year there is more limited availability, so we won’t be taking as many pre-orders.  We also have T-shirts & Shop Hop collectible pins available now too.

You may pick up the fabric in the store, any time after the start of the Hop or we will mail your fabric to you.

This fabric is hand painted and every yard is slightly different. The image here contains a collage of pieces cut from different bolts & sections of the bolt. Intensity of colors change from multi-color to primarily red. The background is ‘blacklight’, and matches Hoffman’s 1895-537 hand-dyed watercolor fabric.

The large sunflower is approx. 4″ in diameter.  The large leaf is approx. 3″ long.   Click here for more details and to order. 

http://www.sewnatural.net/nli.asp?iid=33057

Starting in early September, each of the 11 shops will reveal their unique quilt featuring this exclusive fabric. 

During the Quilt Shop Hop, for 3 days only, you’ll be able to visit each store and purchase their unique sampler block kit, which includes the pattern & fabric for a 12″ finished block, plus a silver-plated QUILT CHARM.  Visit all 11 shops and you’ll be rewarded with a special “Thank You” gift too!

In late September, but before the Hop, you’ll be able to see photographs of all of the quilts at the web site:

http://www.centralkansasquiltshophop.4t.com

I am very excited about my quilt, and am looking forward to seeing what the long-arm quilter adds to it with the quilting.  Patterns and kits will be available in limited numbers.  Hope you like it!

Random Sewing

“Random” sewing is harder than it seems, at least for some of us!  In addition to loosening up with a glass of wine, or in this case, a pitcher of margaritas, here’s a more often used “crutch” – put all the fabrics in brown paper bags, draw from them in no particular order, and stitch whatever comes out unless it is the same as one of the last 2 previous pieces.

My quilt has actually come along pretty well. It is still supposed to be a “secret”, but I am really pleased with how it has turned out, and will be unveiling the completed quilt soon. :)

When the machine quilter came to pick it up, she made me look at lots of quilt pattern options! Oh my! I think we’ve picked some good stuff though, so stay tuned!

Fluffy gave her big fluffy stamp of approval by spending the past two days curled up in my Shop Hop Quilt project box! LOL

Salsa & Shop Hop


Okey dokey!  The summer is flying by and Fall is zooming towards us at an alarming rate! 

The Central Kansas Quilt Shop Hop is the first weekend in October, the 5th, 6th & 7th to be exact.

I have to make a unique quilt, using all 11 of the different quilt shop’s blocks, plus our exclusive, custom designed, sunflower batik (notice the block’s center).

Took one look at my block and thought, “Break out the salsa, chips & margaritas!”  I am ready to get creative! LOL

For more information on the CKQSH, go to www.centralkansasquiltshophop.4t.com

A new beginning!

I am very excited to get started blogging!  Right up ’til this moment, I had lots to say!  LOL 

I am actually rather distracted by my need to pull together the newest list of classes to be offered at Charlotte’s Sew Natural, downtown, and so had better head back to that task. 

But yea!  I have started blogging! 

BTW – if you want to see the classes we’re offering in the store, you see those by clicking here:  www.sewnatural.net/nl.asp?p=0&c=34