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JUL

23

2014

Sunday ~ Monday ~ The Quilt Show!

The Quilt Show must go on!!

This past Sunday started off with a bang! Mary and I scheduled an appointment with The Quilt Show to tape a segment for the show.
At 1am I woke to overflowing toilets and ankle deep water! Since the film crew was to arrive at 8am we had to work fast, turned off the water and began bailing water into the tubs. By 5 am the floor appeared dry.

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I was able to wet my hair and try to get presentable for the show and the plumber was called.

We had a good time setting up and filming …

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The camera crew was great and things were going well other than if anyone needed the restroom they had to drive to the nearest McDonalds.

The plumber arrived at 9:30 and got to work. Whatever had overflowed the toilets had “passed”, the drains were all snaked and the plumber camera man was scheduled to come out at 7am Monday to film the plumbing. Mary kept doing her demonstration through the whole thing like a pro!

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Now the real fun begins … My beautiful all wood floors start to swell. Doors won’t open and walking down my hallway becomes a roller coaster ride. But the show must go on and filming continues …

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The AC guy arrives per the plumbers advice to make sure that the giant swell in my bedroom is not being caused by leaking condensation. In the meantime all crews are fighting for control over my one and only step stool.

We now have 2 sisters, 2 dogs, 2 tree stump grinders (yes I have tree damage from a recent storm and lost 2 trees) 4 quilt show video photographers, 1 plumber and 1 AC guy in the house … enter the Dry Team! They tent the rooms in plastic and start rolling in 5 large dehumidifiers.

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Everyone starts to trickle out as I hand them a check and at 9pm the power goes out in half the house. The dehumidifiers have tripped the circuit breakers. The Dry Team happily comes back and they re position the dehumidifiers onto different circuits. Mind you my husband is away on his man-cation.

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Monday 7am the plumbing camera crew arrives, a problem with the main sewer line is discovered and digging begins.
Then the power line for the street lights is cut and the power company arrives. More checks are written.

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Enter the asbestos check team! The floor demolition team wants to start this afternoon, the floor re builders are measuring and then the packing up the house estimate guys arrive. The dry team shows up to re check the dehumidifiers again.

Bella now has a crush on Jake the humidity guy! Seems she thrives on chaos and pluming issues!

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My husband drove all the way home cutting the man-cation short and Tuesday begins! The estimate is that we may be in a hotel for 4-6 weeks!

With all this I start to wonder … Where is my sewing machine going to be??

Barb

 

JUL

18

2014

Pillowcases Gone Wild!

Well it’s that time of year again!

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Every year my husband and his biker gang take a “man-cation”. They leave the families behind and take a 3 week adventure into the unknown on their motorcycles. They’ve been to Sturgis a few times and all the way north into Canada until they couldn’t go any further. My biker guy is the third from the left.

But every year these burly biker guys look forward to the …

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Pillowcases! That’s right wild pillowcases! This year I really like the skull version. I collect motorcycle and skull fabrics whenever I see them and put these together from my stash.

Some of the pillowcases from years past …

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I get a photo or two everyday from the road or the hot tub!

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Looks like everyone is happy this year and I get some serious late night sewing done. I stay up past 10 some nights!

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Have fun guys and travel safe you “Wild Hogs”.

Barb

 

JUL

14

2014

Makin’ It Cute ~ Blog Tour!

Welcome!

We have invited some friends to help us celebrate the release of our new product called “Makin’ it Cute”!

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It’s something I’ve been making for years and we decided to do something about it. We teamed up with Sew Emma and the Fat Quarter Shop to produce, sell and distribute Petal Pack. We showed the product for the first time at Quilt Market in Pittsburgh with our new “LOL” fabric group.

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Each “Makin’ it Cute” Petal Pack contains templates and instructions for makin’ some cute fabric flowers. You can also make them out of paper, felt or wool … use your imagination!

The easy to follow instructions are on the inside cover . First … make your fabric sandwich. Then trace the templates.

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Sew, cut, layer and embellish!

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I like to use pinking shears to cut out my flower centers.

It’s that simple and you can use these cute flowers to decorate EVERYTHING! I’ve made hundreds!

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Nothings safe from being decorated with flowers around here!

Shoes …

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Pillowcases …

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Quilts …

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Baskets and gift bags for your quilty friends …

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Well maybe not this …

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But you get the idea!

Please visit these other blogs on the tour today … I can’t wait to see what they’ve made.

Quilt Jane

Pam Kitty Morning

Bunny Hill

Sweetwater

A Quilting Life

Smashed Peas and Carrots

I’m a Ginger Monkey

Quarter Incher

The Modern Sewciety

Callaloo Soup Designs

Pat Sloan

Also visit the Fat Quarter Shop for a chance to win a Petal Pack!

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They’ll be giving away a “Makin’ it Cute” Petal Pack to 20 lucky winners.

You can order your Petal Pack here.

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What a great Summer project for the kids (Headbands!) or for yourself! I think you’ll discover lots of uses!

Happy Sewing!

Barb

 

JUL

13

2014

Our Newest Patterns!

I just realized that I haven’t shown you our newest quilt patterns from Quilt Market in Pittsburgh!

We have 2!

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These patterns will coordinate with our new LOL fabrics for Moda, but you can also use them with all your favorite stash fabrics.

The first is “Reply All” …

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This quilt is made with 40 coordinating fat eights.

The second is “Text Me”…

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To make this quilt you’ll need 36 coordinating fat quarters.

Both patterns are available at your favorite local or online quilt shop. They’re also available for download on our website.

Since all the prints in our new collection were named after text terms, we decided to follow that idea and name the patterns the same way.

Here’s what the quilts looked like in our market booth …

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That’s “Text Me” on the right. “Reply All” is on the left and folded on the back wall ladder. There’s another one folded on the bottom of the table in the middle of this photo.

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Can’t wait to see what you create with these new patterns!
Barb

 

JUL

09

2014

Pattern Of The Month ~ Sale!

Mary and I had a board meeting earlier today and with a unanimous vote, decided to put a pattern on sale every month!

These “sale” patterns will be available for download only and will only cost $7.50!

The very first is … Simply Cakes 1 2 3!

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You’ll get 3 great quilt patterns in this one download!

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All 3 quilts are made using Layer Cake pre cuts. So if your looking for something to make with a layer cake, this pattern is for you!

This downloadable pattern is available at this special price for one month only! To order visit “shop our store” in the upper left of this screen. We’ve created a special section at the bottom of the menu for this monthly sale.

Hurry … Before the chairman of the board changes her mind!

Barb

 

JUL

08

2014

Cover Girls ~ Simple Quilts!

I got this copy of the newest Fab Shop Network magazine in the mail yesterday!

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I love what you’ve done with our book cover!

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Thanks for the “Must-Have” mention of our book!

If you don’t have a copy yet order yours today on our website or at Martingale.

LOVE you Andi!

Barb

 

JUL

07

2014

Binding!

Have you ever wondered about different ways to apply binding? Have you ever struggled and thought there must be a better way?

Well today is the day you might get some tricks and tips to make your quilt binding easier.

It’s binding video day and we have 4 different binding videos!!

The first one is ours and about how to join binding strips. I’ve been doing it this way for years and it’s one of my favorites.

The next is how to machine bind your quilts.

The third will show you how to use the binding tool.

The forth is from Laundry Basket Quilts.

Hope you pick up a tip or two to make you next binding go a little easier!

My #1 tip …

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Make all your binding when you finish your quilt top. Then store them in tied bundles until the quilt comes back from the quilter.  It lets me know how many quilts I have being quilted and also saves me from running around trying to find that binding fabric!

I love hand sewing my binding onto my finished quilt top. It’s one of my favorite things!

Happy Binding!
Barb

 

JUN

30

2014

Sew Practical!

There’s a new book from Patchwork Place and we have a project in it!

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It’s called “Sew Practical’ and it’s full of 13 fun projects for you and your home.

This is our curling iron cozy …

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A great project for yourself or for gifting!

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The book is available at Martingale or your favorite local quilt shop.

Have fun!

Barb

 

JUN

27

2014

And The Winner is …

Thanks for all the great comments!
I think a bunch of you like making half square triangles!

So without further delay, the winner is …

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Rita Brown! I like star blocks – almost any kind. I like to see points in my blocks. Hoping to win your books. Thanks for the opportunity.

Congratulations!
I’ll be contacting the winner by email shortly.
Barb

 

JUN

26

2014

Make A Fabric Greeting Card!

Have you ever wondered what to do with those pesky leftovers?
Well how about making a fabric greeting card!
You can personalize it for your friends and family!

We helped make a few during our recent trip to Austin and the Fat Quarter Shop.

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Add another project to your list!

Barb

 

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