Friday, September 27, 2013

Our Little Shop!

We don't even know where to begin to thank everyone who helped make our open house a success! It is a long list, but thanks Jasmine, Janeale, Julie, Debbie, Barbara, Trevor and Austin.  We had help with sewing, baking, hanging vinyl and wire, collecting chairs and even some cleaning.  You are all appreciated so very much! 

We are filling up and converted the laundry/back porch into use for displays and it will be storing some fabric soon as well.  We hung a bed frame to use to hang quilts from and added some vinyl lettering to the wall -- it's a welcoming view when you walk in the entrance ;o)

Shelves, dressers, crates, ladders, doors, and baskets line the walls with fabric, precuts and quilts! 

Antique Recreation (love her stuff) converted an old dresser into storage for precuts, quilts and bolts of fabric.  Olie made the darling banner that is on one of the walls -- love it!!  It just speaks HAPPY!

We have displays for upcoming classes and demonstrations.  This block was made using a Quick Curve Ruler -- hope to have this quilt completed and a couple more sample blocks made up prior to the demonstration in November.  I cannot even begin to explain how much fun this is to do curves -- no trimming required!!!  Easy peazy ...

Quick Curve Ruler Demonstration
to be held in November

And here is the pillowcase we will be sewing at the Pre-Teen class.  The class is almost full so get signed up now.  The students get to pick their own fabric for their pillowcase from the shop and it promises to be informative and fun! 


These are just a few pics from the shop -- there is lots more to see and enjoy, so stop by soon.  Our hours are Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  We are located a 3472 East 400 North in Lewisville, Idaho between the Lewisville Highway and Highway 48.  And if the photos aren't enough to entice you to stop by -- look for our coupon in The Jefferson Star ;o) (good for now through October 20th)


String Quilt Completed

At our last Quilt Therapy Day I demonstrated a couple of methods for making string quilts.  It is so much easier than it looks and promises beautiful results.  I finished the center and inside border and turned it over to my mom to finish the scrappy inner border and outside border so I could get the top finished before our open house.  It was beautiful!  I loaded it on the quilting machine, worked until 4:00 a.m. (yes you heard me -- I just couldn't stop) and had it completed in time.  I LOVE this quilt and plan on starting another one very soon.  

String Quilt using lots and lots of scraps . . .
It's my fav!
I used a solid piece of fabric for the backing as the front was busy enough.  I am so pleased with how the quilting turned out ... I freehanded it all!

And if you want to try one ... we have scrap bags for sale to get you started.  Come by and take a look at it personally.  It did sell at the Open House but it will be displayed for a while longer! 


Tuesday, September 17, 2013

The latest craze!

I try and read several quilter's blogs so I can follow what is going on in the quilting world.  They inspire me, teach me new things and help me reach outside of the box myself as we all get stuck in a rut sometimes of not feeling creative enough! 

I noticed this week that the latest craze is called "Jelly Roll Jam" which is a pattern put out by Fat Quarter Shop -- and it's free!  We will have some copies available at our open house on Saturday ;o)  We have many of the fabrics pictured below in our shop -- or similar designs.  Or, reach outside of your box and use something you love!  A Moda jelly roll will make 2 baby quilts ... which means a Riley Blake rolie polie would make 1 baby quilt -- my head is spinning with the ideas! 

Photo taken from diary of a quilter
Fabric - Baby Jane

Photo taken from a quilting life
Fabric - Giggles

Photo taken from latimer lane
Photo taken from p.s. i quilt
Fabric - BoHo
 We may even have one of our own made up for our Open House on Saturday -- hmmm, 4 more days and counting -- what about a cute table topper from Kate Spain's In From the Cold or Posh Pumpkin for the upcoming holidays? Camp A Lot, Gracie Girl or Too Cute to Spook?  Oh my goodness!!!  BRAIN PLEASE STOP THINKING AND FOCUS -- WOULD YOGA HELP?

Tell you what -- come on Saturday and see if there is a surprise made out of this pattern in our shop!!!


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Jelly Roll Quilts

Recently Olie taught a demonstrating on a quick method for sewing jelly rolls.  The results are amazing and it looks like you spent hours (or months and years) putting the blocks together.  I have had the opportunity to quilt a few of these and wanted to share some photos. Rather than do overall quilting I wanted to "define" the blocks so I tried to do something unique in each one.  The Posh Pumpkin by Moda had a double square so I did a different design in each one -- the customer said it reminded her of turkey feathers so for being a fall quilt that works ....
Posh Pumpkin (front)

Posh Pumpkin (back)
I got to piece this one together -- we all know how much I love a pieced back!

This runner was made from Avignon by Riley Blake.  I did something very similar but it had a totally different look with the fabric, I spiraled the center to make the feathered wreath look like more of a flower and can I just say I am in love with how the back looks now that it's finished!

Avignon (front)

Avignon (back)
I absolutely love how the design looks on the solid fabric and it created so much texture

Too Cute to Spook (front)
Notice the funky designs

Too Cute To Spook (back)

Too Cute To Spook by Riley Blake needed something funky on it, I quilted spider webs, lines and zig zags and Olie loved it.  She sewed this one up to use for a shop sample.  When I asked her if she wanted to sell it she was quick to respond "NO"!  Sorry ladies she will be keeping it and you will have to make one of your own -- and yes in case you are wondering we do sell some of our samples ;o) 

We still have some of these jelly rolls available in our shop if you would like, and many more, if you would like to give this method a try.  Who doesn't want a new table runner/topper or even a bed runner made from something fun?  Halloween is around the corner and I can feel fall in the air -- thinking I should be doing some decorating!

Happy Sewing ...


Announcement - Open House

Ten reasons you should come to our open house --
in no particular order:

1. You need some "me" time
2.  The days are getting shorter
3.  Your husband is gone hunting -- he won't ask where you've been
4.  Your husband is watching football -- he won't notice you're gone
5.  Evie's sister, Julie, is making her famous caramels and we will have some there to sample and buy
6.  We have a darling shop that you must see
7.  You won't want to miss out on the free demonstrations because they are so cool
8.  We have great customer service
9.  We have great prices
10.  We will have drawings for free stuff

Olie and I are working on our demos and love them -- they are fun, fun, fun!!!  Olie is demonstrating a french braid quilt using a jelly roll -- it is amazing.  I am demonstrating how to use the Half Hexie Ruler and am in love with this method!  It's my new favorite ;o) 

We will have sign ups for our upcoming classes which include beginning quilting, a sewing class for pre-teens an intermediate quilting class and more! Our shop is small, but we have great prices, lots of ideas and superb customer service, so come check us out!


Friday, September 6, 2013

Scrumptious and Pot Luck

So excited to announce the arrival of  Scrumptious by Bonnie and Camille and Pot Luck by American Jane. Bonnie and Camille's fabric lines are so beautiful.  This particular line has gorgeous aqua, orange, green, red and pink.  Their fabrics always please and since they are local to us Idaho folk it is even more exciting! 

You can see why it's called Scrumptious!

American Jane is an all time favorite as well.  I think I am particular fond of them because they often have little farm prints or flowers that remind me of growing up.  We are so fast paced and technological today, they remind me of simpler times. 

Daisies, baby chicks and numbers -- so reminds me of being a little girl on the farm again!
The arrival of new precuts from Moda means the yardage won't be far behind.  Our shop is getting more and more colorful each time the UPS truck arrives -- we love that man -- can't talk him into sewing with us though ;o) but we'll keep trying!


Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Camp A Lot

For most people summer is over and camping has ended, but Riley Bake just released their new line of Fabric "Camp A Lot" by Bo Bunny Designs and we have precuts available in 10" squares and 2 1/2" Rolie Polies, as well as yardage.  Colors are brown, green, yellow and creams with designs of camp tracks, fireflies, cut wood, and of course the overall print which is my favorite! 

Camp Green Print - Adorable!

Chocolate Chevron - what a great companion piece!

Makes me want to go camping myself!  Well, on second thought maybe I will just make something out of it ;o)



Sunday, September 1, 2013

Strings .... and more

We're back ... my genius son looked at the blog, hit a button and I'm back in business.  I am so computer illiterate it's not funny.  But I can sew ... which brings me to my September post.  We have so many exciting things going on in September!!!!  September 7th (which is less than a week away now is our QUILT THERAPY DAY.  These projects are so fun and turn out amazing.  All you need to be able to do is sew a straight line!!!  Come learn stash management skills that will seriously change your life.  I wish I would have learned this method years ago -- I would have sooo much more room in my house and wouldn't have had to spend hundreds of dollars on bins to store scraps. Well maybe I am exaggerating a bit but seriously this is so cool.  I will be demonstrating two different methods and I love them both.  And for a little sneak peek and something to tempt you with ....

Spider Web String Quilt
I am feeling the "crunch" to get this one completed.
Diamond/Squares String Quilt
Completed, quilted and even bound!

Contact us via e-mail at, comment here, or call or text me at 801-828-8928 if you want to join us or have any questions about this fun filled day!

Saturday, September 21st is our open house.  Olie and I have been working on our demonstration projects and you will love them.  We will have DRAWINGS, DISCOUNTS, AND TREATS. 
We have made lots of samples from the fabrics we have in the shop, and we have lots of patterns and ideas to share with you -- not to mention there are lots of new fabrics arriving this month.  We have a really fun little shop and hope you stop by to see it. 

Wednesday, September 25th is the start of a new beginning quilting class.  The last one was so fun we can't wait to have our second one. We will be teaching two projects, one is a quick and easy table runner and the other is a lap quilt.  You will be able to complete BOTH projects in this class (with a little homework that is).    

And Friday, September 27th is our Friday Frenzy.  Ladies, this gives you so many opportunities to learn and to complete projects which is what we are here for.  We aren't just in the business of selling fabric to you; we want you to feel comfortable with what you are sewing and know that we will answer any questions and offer assistance to help you complete you goals. 

Please join us and spread the word . . . thank you.  Happy Sewing!

Olie & Evie