Friday, December 21, 2018

January Classes

January is right around the corner, and with it a new class list. Many of these classes we have held before, but there have been several requests to run them again.
On Saturday January 12, Esther will be teaching a Tuffet class, we have not done this class in quite some time, but several people have asked u to teach it again. The Tuffet is a cute little stool, and we use a 15 degree ruler to cut the wedges. Layout of color and the fabrics chosen make each tuffet truly unique. The class will run from 10am-2pm. The fee is $125, which also includes the hardware kit (foam, legs, wood base). The fabric, ruler and pattern are an additional cost. 
We are also doing the Jelly Roll Rug Class again. This time around we will do it over two evenings with some homework in between, rather than one long day of sewing. The dates are January 15 and 29 from 7-9pm. The class fee is $40, and the pattern, fabric and batting are extra. We just received the Colossal Round Rug Pattern which uses two jelly rolls, and measures 54" in diameter. You may use this pattern instead of the Original Jelly Roll Rug, but you may not finish it in the allotted class time. 
Laura has fallen in love with English Paper Piecing (EPP) and will be teaching a class so you cn learn to love it as well. She will be teaching the Sunflower Pattern by Violet Craft. The project finishes at 40" square, and would be a great for the coming spring. The class fee is $60 an we will have kits available for $115. The class will include 3 sessions of instruction and sewing which will take place from 7-9pm on January 22, February 5, and February 19.
Esther will also be teaching two Foundation Paper Piecing (FPP) classes. The class fee of $50 includes the pattern and fabrics to make either a Valentine or Spring Table Topper. This is a great beginner class for those that have never done FPP but would like to give it a try, or a great refresher course for those wanting to get back into it. She will teach one evening class, which will take place over two sessions, January 17 and 24 from 7-9pm, and a day course that runs 10am-2pm on January 24. 
If any of these classes interest you, sign up in store, or by email or phone. 
Our Holiday Hours for the next two weeks are listed below:
December 24: 10am-1pm
December 25 and 26: Closed
December 27 and 28: 10am-5pm
December 29: 10am-4pm
December 30: Closed
December 31: 10am-1pm
January 1 and 2: Closed
January 3: Regular Hours Resume
This will be the last blog post until January 4th as my family will be going to Mexico for a Christmas Vacation.
On the behalf of all the Chicken Feed Quilts Staff I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year.
Thank you again for your continued support in all our endeavors and I look forward to seeing you all again in 2019.

Friday, December 14, 2018

Sew Hometown: Introduction

Sew Hometown is the 2019 Block Of The Month put together by Amy Ellis and Heather Valentine from Inspiring Stitches. It is a fun quilt made up of whimsical blocks. I will be doing this quilt through the bog, posting tips or motivation each month as will as a link to the blog posts by Amy and Heather who will also be doing some videos for instruction as well.
During this BOM we will be making a new block each month, each block occurs 3-6 times in the quilt so some months will be busier than others. This quilt also features some improv piecing which is great for those small scraps, and a fun way to learn some new skills. 
The designers suggest choosing either one favorite print and using that as a starting point to choosing fabrics or to pick 3 focal colors that work well together and choosing colors that will coordinate well thinking about the size of print, the color saturation (deep jewel tones versus pastels) and color family. They also suggest sorting the fabric choices into like colors to make them easy to select while piecing. They did a great little write up in the beginning of the pattern to help you out in your choices whether you are shopping from our store or from your stash. 
I have decided to use a fat quarter bundle that was designed by Amy Ellis. It is called Wanderlust and is mainly green, yellow and a fun coral color, with some dark brown, and lots of white prints. Because the white prints make up a large portion of the bundle and there is only a little of the brown, I am going to use the brown as my background. Now if you know me, you will know that I almost never use brown or green, so I am going to be stepping out of my box on this project.
There is no real fabric requirement for the main fabrics as it is written for scraps but you will need at least 25 fat quarters though fat eighths will also work well. You do need a total of 4.5 yards of background fabric which can be all one fabric or several. This measurement also includes the border. 
The quilt finishes at 67"x79", which is a great size.
This Block of the Month will begin on January 4th which is 3 weeks away. We have the pattern available in store. The pattern is actually put together in the form of a desk calendar so it would also make a great gift. 
Speaking of gifts and January being only 3 weeks away, do you have many Christmas and yer end parties to attend this year? Have they already started? We have our first one tomorrow evening at Esther's house. 


Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Be My Neighbor: Reveal Party

Tonight we hosted the long awaited reveal party for our Be My Neighbor Quilt Along. We started our first block on March 13, the final block was posted on October 16, with some finishing instructions posted two weeks later, and tonight 6 weeks later we got together and showed the results of 9 months of work.S
We seen 10 finished quilts this evening and two that are works in progress, but they have challenged themselves to get them finished and not leave them in a box hiding away. (Next time you see Carrie, ask how her Be My Neighbor Quilt is coming along, because she is one of the ones not yet finished)
Many of the ladies were able to make the quilt from their scrap bins, buying a small piece here or there to add a color, or to do the borders. 
Every quilt looked so different, even though they are all the same patterns, but they all are absolutely beautiful!
Aside from doing a show and share of our quilts and handing out some prizes, we played a few games, and had some snacks, and those that attended got some sneak peaks of what was inside the 30 boxes that were delivered over the past few days. The rest of you will have to wait until Carrie sorts through the boxes to see what came. S
I would like to thank everyone that participated in this quilt along, I had so much fun, learned a lot, and it was great to make a quilt with a group of others and the encouragement along the way was amazing.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Gypsy Wife: Fabric Requirements

The Gypsy Wife Quilt Along will begin on January 8. This is only a month away, so tonight I will share the fabric requirements with you as well as my fabric pull, a coloring page, and some inspiration.
If you do not have your pattern yet, you can get one at our shop, you will need it to sew along. It is called The Gypsy Wife, and is written by Jen Kingwell.
For fabric the blocks require 2 meters total of assorted fabrics. These fabrics should vary in color and pattern, and you will be able to use smaller pieces from your scraps. We also need full wof strips for the vertical ribbons that make up the background of the quilt, the pattern states that we need 60 strips.
I will be using Sherri and Chelsi Fabrics, they design for Moda, and I absolutely love their fabrics. I will be using their last 4 collections, and adding in the newest one, Walkabout, when it arrives in our shop.
Here is a link to a coloring page if you would like to plan your quilt out a little bit. If you are nervous about choosing colors, or are not sure where to start, follow this link to watch Jen Kingwell in action as she starts a fabric pull and shares her process for how to choose colors. 
I find that looking at what others have done for their Gypsy Quilt as helped me come up with a plan for my quilt. I have created a Gypsy Wife Board on our Pinterest Page, and have posted pictures of different ways that people have sewn up the quilt. There are some that use a wide variety of shades of just a few colors, and some that use every color of the rainbow, some planned the ribbon strips out and went light to dark across the quilt or made a pattern using 2 colors. The quilts done in pastels look vastly different than those done in the rich emerald tones. Looking through these may help you come up with a place to start, start with what appeals to you and work from there.
As with the Be My Neighbor QAL, I have also made a Facebook Group for those sewing along. Here we can share pictures of our progress, and encourage each other on this adventure. Click here to join the group. 
As we go through the blocks I will share different tools and tricks that I found helpful in my construction. 
I am so excited to start on this quilt, it's been on my Bucket List for some time now, and I am glad to have you join me on this Quilt Along.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Zen Chic Game Night: Recap

SWe hosted our Zen Chic Themed Game Night this evening and as hosts we had a blast, thank you again to everyone that came out and joined us.There were snacks to munch on and hot apple cider and egg nog to drink. Once everyone had a plate of food and something to drink we started on the games. Our first game involved some trivia and was inspired by Jeopardy. We had three categories, Moda, Germany and Zen Chic, each with 4 questions. Each question was worth a prize and points. The two players with the highest number of points went to the final round, to compete for a White Christmas Layer Cake. There was a lot of laughter going on during this game, and we may have to do it again with new categories and questions in the New Year. 
We also played a Scavenger Hunt game in the shop. Earlier in the day we had mixed 12 Zen Chic bolts into lines from either designers and the challenge was to find as many of these bolts as possible. In addition to the mixed up bolts, there were also 8 notions hidden around the shop to find. This may sound easy but it turned out to be quite difficult, and no one was able to find all 20 items, although a few ladies came quite close. They all said that the other fabrics on the shelves were too distracting, and they started shopping and than would remember they were supposed to be searching. 
All the ladies that attended were given some shopping time and received a discount off their purchase of the night and some bonus goodies from our Trend Tex reps, Rob and Marqui, who were at our shop helping us out for the evening.  
Aside from helping us out with our Game Night, our Trend Tex reps also showed us a couple suitcases worth of new fabric lines. Needless to say we have some pretty fun new lines and Moda Kits coming next spring!
Carrie also received 18 boxes today, so there will be plenty of new fabrics coming out onto the shelves in the next little while. 
Our Zen Chic Trunk Show is on for the remainder of the week, and there are still some coupons hidden in some of the bolts. The brand new Backgrounds line from Zen Chic just came in, and not only is it good for backgrounds, they also make amazing quilt backings, so come on out and check out the new lines.