Thursday, July 2, 2020

Woodland Wonderland: Month 1

Wow can you believe it is July already? We re halfway through 2020, I wonder what the next half will bring?
With it being the beginning of July, it means that our Woodland Wonderland Block of the Month has now started. 
If you have joined in and chose the pickup option, your kit is ready and waiting for you. If you chose to have it shipped, they are all packaged up and will be going out in the mail tomorrow morning. 
If you did not sign up there is just 1 spot left so act quickly. You can sign up here, even if you are not local, just choose the pickup option and we will get in touch with you to figure out all the details. 

I have made the blocks for this month already and they are really cute. We are making a total of 6 little blocks this month, 2 mini mushrooms, 1 larger mushroom and 3 Sawtooth Stars. 
The blocks are not difficult though they do contain some pretty tiny pieces. But there is lots of pictures to follow and the instructions are great. 

In this kit only the background needed for this month is included, it doesn't look like a big piece but it is enough if you cut carefully. Save all your uncut pieces for use later on as described in the pattern booklet.


I suggest using a scant 1/4" seam allowance when sewing to be sure your blocks come out to the correct size.
I used the Diagonal Seam Tape from Cluck Cluck Sew for the stitch and flip corners and it worked really well. 
Because the pieces are quite small, I suggest you start cutting with a fresh blade, this will give you a nice crisp clean edge on your pieces. 

Have fun sewing!
Kayla

Monday, June 29, 2020

Current Projects

The July Newsletter for the shop went out today so be sure to check your inbox to read it. 
Today I just want to share with you some of the things that we have been working on in the past few weeks. 
Esther has a lot on the go!
She has two projects from Gypsy Soul in the works, one is a quilt the other a fun bag!
She finished up this Canadian themed quilt this weekend, just in time for Canada Day. The fabrics are from True North by Kate and Birdie, which is available in the shop if you ask for it. 
These fun blocks are the start of a Hunter Star quilt using Ballerina and a few blues from various Art Gallery collections. 
This popsicle quilt using Canning Day is going to be the perfect summer quilt!
And she is also going to whip up this fun baby quilt.
Carrie has a few projects on the go too. She is starting a new Homecoming Quilt using Solid red and white, perfect for Canada Day and Christmas.

She is also working on a Scrappy Happy Village Quilt using Canning Day.
And her Heart Quilt using Foresta is finished and looks as amazing as I imagined it would!




I made this Poppyseed quilt this past weekend, using Sugarcreek Wovens. I was nervous to work with them, but there was no difficulty at all, and I really enjoyed sewing the blocks. 
I also finished up my Fresh as a Daisy quilt using Canning Day Fabrics. 
I also have a couple sampler quilts in progress, I am working on the At The Seashore Sampler from Moda Bakeshop, and the Easy Piecing 2020 Summer Sampler. 

I am super excited to start my Cathedral Quilt using Bloomington by Lella Boutique. 

I will also be starting my Woodland Wonderland Quilt this week, and there are just a couple kits left if you want to join me in making it. Just check out this link here to register, the first kit is available for pickup on Thursday. 


Are you working on any new projects right now?

Also please note that we will be closed on Wednesday, July 1 for Canada Day.
Have a great week.
Kayla

Thursday, June 25, 2020

New Block Of The Month: Woodland Wonderland

We have a new block of the month starting up next week. 

It is called Woodland Wonderland by Fig Tree and Co.
The fabrics used in the kits is Christmas Figs 2 also by Fig Tree. 

The program runs for 7 months. 
It will start July 2, (since we are closed July 1) and packages will be available for pickup on the first of each month, (unless we are closed for a Sunday or a holiday, than they will be available the next day) Shipping is an option if you are not local. Shipping will be $4 per block package. 
It is $5 to sign up and than each month is $35. The $5 sign up fee will be applied as a credit to your first month making block 1 $30. 
Link to sign up is at the bottom
When you sign up we will contact you to take down your Credit Card information, and you will be auto charged each month for your kit.  



The first month you will receive the pattern booklet plus the fabrics needed for the Chapter 1 blocks. 
Months 2-6 you will receive the new fabric needed for the blocks in each chapter. 
In the final month you will receive the fabrics needed to make the final blocks as well as extra background fabric to assemble the quilt top, and binding fabric to finish it off. 
The backing is not included. 
Each month you need to make just a couple blocks, than save the remaining pieces of fabric to use later in the quilt. For example, during month 5 you may need some fabrics left from chapter 1 or 2 to complete the block. 

There is limited kits available so sign up soon!

You can sign up for this program by clicking on the link below

If you are too impatient to wait for your blocks each month and want the kit to make the full quilt, contact us and we can get you all 7 packages at once. 

I cannot wait to get started on mine, I just love the little hedgehog, gnome and mushroom blocks!
Kayla 

Monday, June 22, 2020

Trendtex Partnership Program

Wow, the weather today was amazing. I spent my day at my parent's lake and it was wonderful to swim, ski and read a book in the sunshine. 
Last week on Social Media I kept seeing blocks from the  At The Seashore Quilt that Moda Bakeshop released patterns for last summer, it inspired me to pull mine out and work on it some again. I only got three blocks done last year, but I have doubled that now and would like to get it finished up, so I will be working on that this evening. Do you ever get inspired to work on an old project and get it finished? 

With finishing projects in mind I want to share with you a new program that started today. 
Trendtex is our distribution company for over half the fabrics we have in our shop. To help out Canadian Shops they have opened their online warehouse to the public. Yep, you read that right you can now shop from our distributor!
It is meant to be a partnership, so if you are looking for some fabric that we do not carry you can head on over to the Trendtex website (link at the bottom) and see if they have it for you. You need to put it in a quilt shops special code in order to check out and we hope that you choose ours (also provided at the bottom) Than when you checkout we get half the proceeds of the sale :) It is a way for you to support our shop, and keep your shopping in Canada rather than buying from the USA. 
Fabrics are not added to the Trendtex Website until 3 months after they are sent out to Quilt Shops, so there won't be any brand new releases listed. However if you are looking for fabrics to finish off a quilt it can be really helpful. Also if you are interested in a fabric collection that we did not order, you can get it and still support our shop. 
The minimum cut for fabric from Trendtex is 1meter. 
Some Precuts are also available. 
Shipping is $15 on orders 0-149 and free on orders over $150
You can ship to our shop or directly to your home. I did ask and was told they do ship to post office boxes. 
The link to the website is here https://shop.trendtexfabrics.com/
Our Shop Code is CHI004, though you can enter our shop name, Chicken Feed Quilts, and that will work as well.

Have fun checking it out!
Kayla

Monday, June 15, 2020

Needles

It's a new week. We were supposed to be leaving for Edmonton on Wednesday to be a vendor in Quilt Canada. While I was excited to attend this show, I am not too sad that it was cancelled, as it means I will be home with my family on my Birthday later this week.
Instead of being in Edmonton for a show, we are going to do our own mini market here in Coaldale. This takes place Thursday and Friday. Thursday is nearly sold out but Friday still has some spots available if you wanted to attend. 

Today I want to share with you the importance of changing your needle. Your needle may be the cause of breaking threads and skipped or uneven stitches. They can also damage your fabrics, so it is important to change them often.
 
Take a second and think back to the last time you changed the needle in your sewing machine. Was it so long ago you can't remember, last time you started a new project, just the other day? 
So how often should you be changing your needle?
The rule of thumb that I always heard was new project new needle. However if you tend to work on more than one project at once, it can be a difficult rule to follow. 
The other rule I have heard often is after 8 hours of sewing. 
I change my needle every time my bobbin runs out, I do have really large bobbins in my sewing machine, but it is a rule that works well for me. I have to unthread my needle to wind a new bobbin anyways, so I just change out the needle quick, and clean and oil my machine while the bobbin winds. This works well for me because it is consistent and there is no forgetting or guessing about it. No keeping track of which project I was on when I last changed my needle, or how many hours I have sewn with it. 
Now there are a wide variety of needle types and sizes to choose from so which one should you be using. 
If you click on the Needle Guide below it will take to you a chart from Schmetz listing the different types of needles and what they are used for. We carry Schmetz needles in the shop and have always had very good results in quality with them in all our various brands of machines. 
 

NEEDLE GUIDE

I use a Chrome Microtex Needle in 80/12 for almost all my sewing, if I am sewing with Batiks or Art Gallery Fabrics I use the same needle but in a 70/10 size. 
The 70/10 has a smaller blade and so is ale to puncture through the tighter weaves even easier. 
If you are curious about anything else concerning needles, I encourage you to check out the link to Schmetz below as it is very informative. 

Have a great week, there will be no blog post Thursday.
Kayla


Thursday, June 11, 2020

Bag Making: Patterns

Happy Thursday, how has your week been? Our Annuversary Sale is still happening and so it has been quite busy at the shop. If you haven;t heard, all the yardage in the front room is 30% off for our in store shoppers. There is a minimum 0.3 meter cut to get the discount and if you finish the bolt you get 40% off that piece. This sale continues until June 24th so there is still time to come in and get some new fabric at a great discount. 
Quilt Coaldale our little Market is taking place next week Thursday and Friday and Thursday is nearly sold out but there is still some spaces available on Friday. You can sign up for that here.

Tuesday we did another Facebook live and talked about some of our favorite bag makers and why they are our favorites.  Esther, Carrie and I love making bags, and swap between that and quilting often. All the bags we make are sewn on domestic machines. 
Pattern designers all have different ways of writing patterns, both in quilting and in bag making, and I am sure any other craft as well. Some of them are very wordy, some use lots of pictures, some have very few pictures. Some over explain things and some don't explain it enough. 
Classic Carryall Andrie 
Roadtrip Wallet Emmaline

I am going to list some of the ones Esther mentioned in her video and provide you with a link to their website. Many of them have a free pattern or two available for download, and most of them are quite simple to make. 
If you are new to making bags this is a great place to start, as it will give you a peek into how that pattern designer writes her patterns and constructs her bags. Most bag patterns are labelled with a difficulty level, so you can gauge whether or not you will be able to make the bag. Many of the designers also have a tips and tricks section on their website to help you with various techniques. Most also have a tutorial page with more tips and hacks on some of their patterns to add zippers, change the straps, use different closures and more. 
We have many of these designers patterns in our shop available to purchase, and are willing to offer classes on them as well in the fall. 
We are also planning on doing some virtual classes with the free downloadable patterns and if you are interested in any of those please send us an email to chickenfeedquilts@gmail.com 

Andrie Designs is one of our favorites, she writes great patterns, has lots of pictures, and the pieces always fit together so well. She is also in the process of creating lots of free video tutorials on various techniques related to making bags, which is super helpful if you are at all nervous about anything, and several of her patterns also come with the option to purchase a video class where she walks you through walking the whole bag. Here is a link to her website. Andrie Designs
Adventure Time Backpack Andrie

Chris W has fantastic patterns. We do not carry them in the shop, but we have taught several classes with her patterns, and what we have done is buy enough copies of the pattern for everyone in the class from Chris W and than get the patterns printed and coil bound for you at Minute Man Press. Chris W
Penny Inn Wallet Chris W

Mrs H is another one of our favourites. She has some fun bags, and her instuctions are really good. 
Sallie Tomato designs bag patterns and produces hardware, and we carry both. Her bags are quite easy to make and her hardware is great. Carrie has taught several of her patterns in our young adults bag class and our Bag Club 1. 
Emmaline is another one that designs patterns and produces hardware, we really like her hardware and have nearly all of it in our shop. I find her patterns a lit difficult to understand when I read them, but if I follow the instructions I end up with a great bag. Emmaline has several free patterns on her site to check out. Emmaline Bags
Noodlehead has great patterns, and we teach many of them in our beginner bag making classes. My 6 year old son just made a tote bag for himself using her wax and wool tote, and Taylor and Shay both made a Range Backpack for themselves, and neither of them had sewn very much before making it. 
She has a couple free downloads, and tutorials. Noodlehead

Wax and Wool Tote Noodlehead


By Annie is a designer that we do have in the shop but I don't really care for her bags, mostly because they are quilted and so they require a lot of fabric, and they also call for you to bind the bag, and I just prefer to flip mine. That being said I have made several of her patterns and the patterns are written very well. 

Next week Tuesday at 10:30am on Facebook Live we will be talking about stabilizers for your bags, tune in too learn more. 

Have a great weekend,
Kayla


Monday, June 8, 2020

New Fabric Collections

Happy Monday, it has been awhile since I have shared new fabric here, so that is the plan for today. Even though a lot of things were shut down, we still received a lot of shipments from our fabric companies so we have lots of new Art Gallery, Moda and Riley Blake Collections that have come into the shop in the last month or so. 
First up the Art Gallery Releases
Maarakesh Fusion just arrived and the coloring in this one is quite different than any of the others we currently have. 
 
Marrakesh Fusion

Foresta Fusion is full of rich colors and Carrie has a quilt top all finished out of it, and will have it quilted and bound for our Quilt Show next week. 
Hello Sunshine is a bright and summery line that I am in love with. I have a project planned for it and as soon as our shipment of white arrives I will be getting to work on that. 
Hello Sunshine 

Rosewood Fusion arrived last week and is gorgeous. It is made up of coral pinks, teal and denim blues and some more darker pinks. 
Her and History is a collection inspired by stories from our grandmothers. 
Her and History

From Moda 
We have Bloomington by Lella Boutique, which arrived this morning so it may not even be unboxed at yet at the time you are reading this. 
Gypsy Soul by Basic Grey arrived during the shut down, and it has been quite popular since we opened our doors back up. Esther is working on a project called Cobblestones with it and it is looking do cute!
Cultivate Kindness also came while our doors were closed, and is actually nearly gone, most of the bolts are pretty short and several of them are sold out already, so if you have been on the fence make sure you get some before it is too late. 
From Riley Blake
Homestead Life is quite new and is really pretty, is has a couple gingham prints, wheat print tonals,  some small florals and my favourite is the print that says "Farmers work in Acres not Hours" all in greys, yellows greens, blacks and creams. 

In the Forest is such an adorable line with little fox faces, trees, a multi animal print and a couple great panels. The colors in this one are rich navy, green, orange and light blue. Nearly everyone that walks by it in the shop stops and comments on it. 

As always there is more fabric in the shop. Come in and visit us, we sure love seeing you in person, and remember our Anniversary Sale runs until the 24th and our Quilt Show is next week Thursday and Friday. If interested in the Quilt Show sign up soon, several time slots are already sold out, and preregistration is required to attend. (it is free)
You can shop and sign up for the Quilt Show at the links below. 
We still offer curbside pickup and shipping. 
Have a great week, I have several projects to finish up before the show, so I will be spending a lot of time in my sewing room.
Kayla