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OCT

06

2016

Favorite Thread Color!

When people ask us what our favorite thread color is … We immediately think WHITE!

Both Mary and I use it more that any other color for piecing. Many of our quilts have white backgrounds so that’s our logical everyday choice.

But then I got to thinking … the question is not the most often used … it’s “favorite”. So that changes everything!

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Mary’s favorite color has always been pink and I think I caught the pink bug through osmosis!

So pink it is!!

Pink looks great with everything, like green …

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And it’s perfect with brown!

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I especially love the variegated pink. I get lots of shades in a single spool.
So our favorite thread color is officially pink. And since there are two of us I figure we get to pick two spools.

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Funny thing … When Mary’s daughter’s were young she sewed most of their clothes and everything she made them was pink. To this day neither wear any pink at all. I’ve even seen her oldest daughter shiver at the sight of a pink top. They’re really missing out!!

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Mary makes me wear pink all the time and it’s not so bad!

Have a very PINK day!

Barb

 

OCT

04

2016

Loop!

No .. I’m not loopy … at least not most of the time BUT … I am in the Loop!
Today on Instagram 15 designers are participating in a Loop!

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This is my first time and I’m so excited.

Here’s the scoop on the loop …
You could win a $300 shopping Spree at Pink Door Fabrics!
It’s an Instagram event only.
It starts this afternoon … Tuesday 2PM MST and runs for 48 hours.

To enter to win, follow these steps:
1 -Follow me @meandmysisterdesigns
2 -Like my post
3 -Follow @thesewingloft

When you get back to my account, you have completed the loop!

The winner will be announced within 48 hours of ending. Winners must have a public account at the time of drawing so we can verify you are following everyone in the loop. The winner will have 48 hours to claim their prize.
Host: @amyscreativeside
Photo credit: @pinkdoorfabrics

Note:: this loop is in no way sponsored, administered or endorsed by Instagram. Inc. By entering you are confirming that you are 18+ years of age that you release Instagram of any/all responsibility and that you agree to Instagram’s term of use. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. #fabricfriends #giveaway

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Get in the Loop on Instagram!

Barb

 

OCT

03

2016

Cute Tins!

I don’t know about you BUT I have this thing for cute tins!!

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I’ve been seeing these all over social media and decided that I needed some.

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Too cute!! And this one had some surprise stationary inside.

I can’t wait to put some stray photos in this one.

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I’ll have no problem filling these up and they’re going to look so pretty in my sewing room.

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I got mine from the Fat Quarter Shop and you can too!

Happy Monday!
Barb

SEP

08

2016

Teaching Local!

We’ll be teaching soon in the valley of the sun!
It’s been many years since we’ve done this … probably 10 or more years … but it’s finally happening and we’re teaching in our own backyard!

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Mary and I will be at 35th Ave Fabric World on Friday and Saturday September 23rd and 24th. Northern location (602)-841-5427.

We’ll be teaching two of our newest patterns.

Double Wide Dresden the first day …

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And Chain Links the second day.

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Both quilts are super fun and easy!

Sign up for one class or both! They’ll be lots of prizes, bonus projects and lunch is included in the class fee!

They’ve also got a great supply of our new “Brighten Up ” fabrics to help with all your supply needs.

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So come join us for a day or two of sewing and FUN!
Space is limited so contact the store to sign up and for all the details.

Don’t wait another 10 years to sew with us!

See you soon!
Barb

 

SEP

05

2016

Pattern Of The Month!

Our newest pattern of the month is …

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Twinkle Twinkle!
It’s one of our best selling patterns and continues to be one of our favorites.

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We filmed a short tutorial that you might want to watch …

I hope that you enjoy our newest pattern of the month.

It’s 25 percent off for a limited time. That makes it only $7.50! Downloads only.

Happy Quilting!
Barb

 

AUG

17

2016

100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along!

Welcome to another day of the 100 Blocks Sampler Sew Along!

This sew along features a collection of quilt blocks taken from different issues of “Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks” magazines. The blocks have all been reduced to 6 inches and are perfect for making a Sampler Quilt!

Our “Summer Fun” block #169 was originally featured in the first issue!

I’ve re-made it today in one of our newer fabric groups. In fact these fabrics are so new, the shop owners are just getting them in the shops now!

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The group is called “Brighten Up”. I have to admit I haven’t sewn quarter square triangle in awhile and had to check the internet for instructions!

There will be a new block every week. So make sure to join in on the fun! For more information visit the Quilty Pleasures Blog or to catch up on any of the blocks you might have missed click here.

Happy Quilting!

Barb

 

AUG

09

2016

PinniePalooza!

Join the Moda Designers today to celebrate pincushions!

Those cute little things we couldn’t live without!

They keep all our pins in one place, organized and in some cases add a bit of style to our sewing spaces.

I have a few pincushions but this one is my absolute favorite and the one that I actually USE everyday.

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It’s wool and brightly colored as you might expect.

I’ve had it for about 16 years and and I know exactly where I got it … it was stolen from our Quilt Shop. It was one of those things that never made it onto the sales floor and quickly ended up in my personal tote bag!

I keep my pins in those “clumps” along one edge. I’ve arranged my pins like this forever! Just ask some of my oldest friends and they’ll tell you how pin obsessed I can be.

During a project they get all messed up.

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So after every sewing session I put them back into clumps again and remove all the stray threads and bent pins.

There are always at least 2 safety pins along the edge just in case I need them.
The small deformed white pin has been there at least 10 years. I just liked it for some reason and kept it. I also never use it.

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The other larger pin was left in a quilt by the quilter and I saved it. No reason I just saved it and that one has been there about 15 years.

Who knows why I have those 3 “T” pins ??  But they are also arranged into a “clump” if you haven’t already noticed.

So that’s my pincushion!

Be sure to visit the other Moda Designers Blogs and Instagram accounts today and see if they’re as weird as I am about pins!

Barb

 

AUG

08

2016

Memory Lane!

Recently I had the chance to go down Memory Lane. I had a chance to visit the childhood me!

A mini family re union of sorts brought some of us back to Johnstown, Pennsylvania … my birthplace.

A visit to my first school was a must!

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Too funny … I thought this building was huge when I went to first grade.

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I didn’t get a picture of the side basement entrance but it’s now a Senior Center. Somehow appropriate! I sure don’t remember this building looking so old.

This is the first house I remember living in …

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It also seemed so much larger then. We used to ride our bikes around the basement all winter long.

My Grandfather’s house on my Mothers side of the family … over 100 years old!

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And all the family we could round up for the day.

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I remember sitting on this swing with my Grandpa!

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That’s my Mom sitting with her brother and 3 of the 5 sisters. Boy those nose’s all look the same!

A trip out to the nearby 9/11 Flight 93 National Memorial.

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And a trip to the Johnstown Incline.

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Beautiful view of the city!

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We had a chance to visit a special grave site.

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The five sisters once had a brother.

The grand kids got to see where their Great Great Grandparents rest on my father’s side of the family.

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A wonderful trip and so much fun to have the chance to see parts of my old life.
Barb

 

AUG

04

2016

Pattern Of The Month!

The newest pattern of the month is …

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Chain Links!
It’s a super fun quilt to make using a “Brighten Up” jelly roll!

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I know because I actually made this quilt. I can usually talk Mary into making our samples but she was too busy?

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Our “Brighten Up” fabrics are shipping to the shops NOW so you should have no difficulties finding all the supplies you need.

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Hope you enjoy our newest pattern of the month.

It’s 25 percent off for a limited time. That makes it only $7.50! Downloads only.

Happy Quilting!
Barb

 

AUG

02

2016

July Sew Sampler Box!

My newest Sew Sampler Box is here!

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I’ve been away from the office for a few days so it’s been sitting on a pile of mail for about a week, but it’s always fun to come home to HAPPY mail!

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My Sew Sampler Box is filled with fun stuff again and how did they know I needed a new rotary cutter!?

It’s like Christmas getting these beautiful boxes in the mail every month. I must have been a very good girl!

I love my sewing stuff … But the sticker always belongs to Bella.

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Happy Quilting!
Barb

 

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