Thursday, June 30, 2011

Lot's and Lot's of "Kaffe"

After blogging about my "Flower Pots" quilt, everyone wanted to know if we had a kit.  Well, not exactly.   This particular quilt takes so many different "Kaffe" Fabrics.  it's really hard to have all of them on hand.  Lot's of them were from my collection of his fabrics that I have been hording for many years.  Sooooo here is a great example of why our stash is so important.  Fabrics come and go so fast!  Many times I get a fabric in the shop and it's gone before I even have a chance to get some.  This happened just before Shop Hop started.  We got in anew one.  It was the most beautiful sea shells, in teals and magenta's.  The bolt came in and was sold before I got any.  I will of coarse try to reorder it, but there is No guarantee that I will get it.  That's just the way it works.  Fabric is fleeting!  Get it while you can! 
We still have lots of "Kaffe" Fabric.  in all the different cuts.  Fat quarters, Fat quarter packs, Half Yard Cuts and even Fat eights.  So get collecting!
This is a new one that came in.  It's got the prettiest colors!  They almost look real.  I have been thinking about what we could make with it.  Stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Sun Shine, On My Sholder, Makes Me Happy!!!

In all this Shop Hoping Madness we almost overlooked the first Day of SUMMER! Believe it or not, Summer is here!  OK! I know,The sun has been just a little shy this year, So here is my answer. I made my own Sunshine!!! Isn't he cute? It's the center of a really fun "folk arty" pattern that we have in the shop. "Celestial Dream" By Susan Powell.  this big block is all surrounded by animals and flowers and all  kinds of fun things to applique. I couldn't resist it.  I think he has a little "Mona Lisa smile. Maybe he's just not sure it's summer time?

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Renagade Hoppers!! Keep an Eye Out!

Well!  I made it through four days!!!  We have sure had some fun hoppers here having fun.  ( I hope they are having fun!  I AM)  this is a group of the funnest!  I always look forward to seeing them. I wish I could go with them.  The sign on their door is an official banner from the tiny country of Swederland.  I love their strategy - Get together - get out on the road and let's see what happens!!!! They always bring a good time to Aunt Mary's.  The first year I met them, there was an incident at Olive Garden...... Hmm....  I hope they didn't get into too much trouble this time.  I told them if they are north of Seattle and get into trouble, to give me a call and I will put up bail.  Happy Hopping Girls!!!!!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Two Day's Down - Three to go!!

 Well, here we are two days of Shop Hop are in the history books.  It's been a lot of fun seeing everyone.  I think the shop still looks relatively in shape. I haven't run out of many patterns or books. So I guess we are doing quite well. 
Here are the girls from Q.A, Quilt Guild with their raffle quilt.  Isn't it pretty!? It's been fun having the girls here.  Well I better get back to the mobs!  Just wanted to get a post in!  You still have two more days so get out on the road!!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Here's My Lattest and Greatest!

Ta Dah!!!!  I just got finished hanging this quilt.  I just love the moment when you can stand back and take it all in.  This was truly a FUN quilt to make.  It uses all Kaffe Fasset fabrics.  I started out thinking they were kind of tricky to use.  All the big prints and all, but that turned out to be the fun part.  You get to find just the right little bit to go into your flowers and butterflies.   
So, now I am even more obsessed with his fabrics.  I had lots in my stash, but now, every one I see, I see potential.  This is a Kim  McLean pattern called "Flower Pots."   I have the patterns and lots of fabric to choose from here in the shop. 
I think my next project will be also one hers called "Lolly Pop Trees"  Can't wait!  I wish I had more hands!  I will be working on my Crabapple Hill, "Calendula Petterdrip's Cottage" for a bit.  Isn't life wonderful to give you so much to look forward to?

Friday, June 17, 2011

Calendula Pederdrips Cottage!

Ok!  so, I just finished two applique quilts to have up for Shop Hop.  They are both at the quilters for their beautiful. stitches.  I am so lucky to have such wonderful quilters around me.   I can hardly wait to see them all finished and hanging.  I will post them when they arrive.  But in the mean time....... NOW WHAT DO I DO WITH MY HANDS?  Well, this new pattern by the wonderful and creative Meg Hawkey,  just came in and I am having so much fun working on it.  It's a fantastically spooky witches cottage and all the furnishing that would go into it.  I love it!  I would like to live in it! 
This block is all tinted and ready to start put the stitching into it.  Check back!  I will show you how it looks soon!

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Getting Ready For Shop Hop

It's that time of year!  Time to get the shop all ready for the big event.  I think all of us shop owners try to get the shops in the best shape of the year.  That means cleaning, hanging new quilts, making new samples, and of course cutting and getting our block kits ready.  Not to mention sooo much more.  So that's were I am this week.  I'm surprised I even stopped to do a blog at all.  I have a list as long as my arm with things to get done.  My tummy is in knots!  The Hop starts just one week from today!!! It's worse than Christmas!!  Can't wait to see everyone.  I am really looking forward to opening the doors on June 22nd.  That means everything will be done, and if it's not........ oh well!  I hope you are all ready to get out on the road.  I am looking forward to seeing you faces.
So back at it!!!!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

A New Adition Of The Tuffit Club

 Today was the "Tuffit"  class.  These girls really made some wonderul creations.  This has gotten to be a VERY popular class.  The wonderful and amazing Krista Moser teaches this one.  She makes it Soooo easy.
 Here's Karen with her fun Tuffit.  They always remind me of birthday cakes.  Happy Happy Happy!!!  This is the first time we did the class in a one full day class.  In the past we did it in two sessions.  I thisnk it went well.  The girls just had to really keep their heads down and sew like the wind!  Krista did let them stop for lunch though.
Here's Krista helping put Jan's Tuffit together.  I'm sure we will be doing this class again.  Probably not till the fall though.  Keep an eye out and get singed up!  These Tuffits would make a really wonderful Christmas gift!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

New Crabapple Hill Patterns Just Arrived!

 I was so excited to get a box loaded with all the new patterns from Meg Hawkey - "Crabapple HIll" into the shop, yesterday.  I just LOVE her patterns.  She is undoubtedly the very BEST stitchery designer in the business.  Sometimes I wish someone else would step up and design like she does.  I look at my shelf of stitchery patterns and it's mostly "Crabapple Hill."  But her designs are really so well done. 
Here is my "summer" project.  I can't wait to start it.  I just have to put the final stitches into an applique project that I want to have done for "Shop Hop."  It's "Calendula Petterdrips Cottage."  Sooooo Cute!  If you stop in you really have to check this one out.  Word just don't describe it.  Fun!!!  There are also pillows, pillow cases, tea towels and so much more.  Can't wait!!

Friday, June 3, 2011

Aunt Mary's Saturday Sampler. Yea!!!

A new addition of Saturday Sampler started here at the shop last month.  But it's not to late to join us!  Here is our block from last month.  We started with really basic piecing, using strata , talking about accurate quarter inch seams, we used magic corners for fast easy star points and came up with this cute block.  Each month my goal is to show some different piecing techniques.  Through the year we will touch on curved piecing,  paper piecing, even a little applique,( I know! It's just one block!) I hope we can help you learn new, fun skills. 
Tomorrow, (The first Saturday of June) will be our next session.  If you think you might be interested in joining us, call the shop and we will fill you in on the details.  Or just come tomorrow at 10:30 or 2:00.  We will get you going!