Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Follow Your Heart: Springfield

Hey everyone, how is your week going? We have been dealing with the flu and renos in our house for the last little while. Our flu session started at the beginning of the month and is slowly making its way through each of us one by one. The renos began last week as we remove a wall on our main floor to make it a more open and family friendly place to be, the reno is going quickly and smoothly so far, now if only the flu would hurry up and exit.
This week for our Follow Your Heart Quilt we are working on the block called Springfield, which is on pages 14 and 15 of your book.
 This block came together quite quick for me, even though I did have to start over halfway through step D because I cut my little squares an inch to big, leaving me with some very skinny arrows, whoops!
The pressing is quite important in this block. If you press how the instructions tell you to, the block will go together with nice nesting seams, if not you will have some bulk on each of those points, which can cause your fabric to slip or bunch and leave you with not so nice points.
Don't forget to add the border strips as mentioned on page 15, adding these now will ensure your block is ready to go when we assemble the quilt. The borders are a little oversized so be sure to trim when you are finished adding them.

I chose to go with 5 different colors of fabrics for my block, and stuck with the same dark grey for my background.

Carrie also did hers in 5 colors, and chose to lay them out with an ombre effect from dark red to white. She also used an assortment of background fabrics.
Have fun making this weeks block!
As a heads up, for the next block you will need a 60 degree triangle ruler.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

New Fabric

It has been quite awhile since I have shared some of the new fabrics that have come into our shop.
We have had several new Moda collections come in over the past few weeks.
I am so in love with Harvest Road by Lella Boutique, this collection is made up of blues, greens, browns and creams. I
have made a quilt for my sister out of it already, but I am thinking I may need to make one more yet as I feel I haven't played with it enough yet. There is also a throw size panel available with this collection, that would be great simply quilted and bound, or add some borders and make it larger.

Sugar Creek by Corey Yoder also is here. It is so fresh and airy looking and has me longing for warmer days full of sunshine.

Gingiber's latest collection Bramble has also arrived, and she once again has put together a great collection with some super cute forest critters, and prints in red, white, black and grey. I have a quilt made up, and as soon as I get the pattern written, kits will be available.

If you like the ombre fabrics you will need to check out the latest from VandCo, this time around she has a full set of colors that go dark to light and back to dark again and there is little blooms printed on the fabric for some added fun.

From Primitive Gatherings we have a collection called Urban Farmhouse Gatherings. This group is made up of greys, whites and blacks, and there is also a book of patterns to accompany the collection, and it has some really nice patterns in it.

We have two new collections of Batiks in as well.

Oasis by McKenna Ryan is pretty amazing and has 20 prints that all coordinate beautifully.
We also have a collection of Christmas Batiks called Northwoods, some of these bolts are already empty or getting quite low, so if you like it you better come in soon to get some.

We also have a really cool Cat Fabric Line in, and I am referring to the heavy machinery not the animal. It comes with 2 panels (a Dump Truck, and an Excavator) as well as coordinating prints. This collection has been quite popular already too!

One last collection that I just adore is this one called Bear Hug. It is made up of black, white, pink, lavender and mint. I took it home today to make up a sample.

 Come in store to see what else is new. This week Friday (November 22) we will be open until 7pm, Christmas Yardage will be 20% off, and we will have felt ornament making from 4:30 until 7pm in our classroom.

Have a great week,

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Follow Your Heart: London Roads

How was the long weekend for everyone? I was at the hockey rink for most of it, and yesterday I spent some time working on a new quilt.
This week we are working on the third block in our Follow Your Heart QAL. It is called London Roads and after the border is added will be 12.5" by 14" unfinished. The instructions are on pages 12 and 13 of your book.
Now for the cutting it says to use the Companion Angle Ruler and the Easy Angle ruler. If you don't have these there are a couple options.
I used the Non-Slip Multi Size 6" Flying Geese & 45/90 Degree Triangle Ruler, that is one ruler it just has a very long name, and is oddly shaped, but is cuts 45 degree triangles and 90 degree triangles which is what we need. I followed the cutting instructions as in the book, just used this ruler instead.

Carrie's way is probably the easiest.
From the dark and the bright prints she cut a 5.5" square and made Half Square Triangles. Than she cut a 5" square of her background print and layered it right sides together with the one of the previous HST and sewed another half square triangle set (make sure you sew across the previous stitch line). This leaves you with some extra half square triangle blocks but is probably the easiest method, and involves the fewest bias edges.

Whichever method you choose you will want to be sure to make sure the dark print is always on the same side or your arrows will not follow each other.
For the cutting and piecing of the rectangle strip I followed the books instructions.
Don't forget to add the border strip on the bottom, so that when we got to assemble it will all fit together properly.

I used the same dark background as the previous blocks, one coral print for the bright fabric, and 4 assorted greens for the darks.

Carrie used assorted blacks for her background, a white print for her bright fabric and 4 different taupes for the dark.
I can't wait to see all your blocks!

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Sew Sweet Treat Nights

Hey everyone, this is Jenn and I’m taking over Chicken Feed Quilts blog tonight to share with you a new quilt a row-along. I’m SO excited about this, and I hope you are too! I’ve been wanting to make up one of Lori Holts quilts for awhile now, we’ve had some Lori Holt Fabrics in our fabric vault downstairs just waiting for me to get my hands on, so when I saw this pattern book I knew immediately it was the quilt I wanted to make! I asked Esther if this sew a row-along would be a good idea, and she decided to participate too! (or I volunteered her-I can’t remember HA!). I am sewing up this quilt in Lori Holt’s fabrics, and Esther is sewing up the same version in Kansas Trouble fabrics – I think both versions are going to turn out beautifully and we want you to join along! I am making up kits (in both fabric ways) – I’m doing all the quilty math for you in these kits, so you are getting the fabric requirements and aren’t stuck with a bunch of fabric at the end. To make it even better, I’ve decided that the kit for the month will be ready on the 3rd Thursday of each month-come in the evening (drop in between 7-8:30pm), take a look at the row, ask questions, or I might show you a product that will help you construct these rows with ease, pick up your row kit & have a dessert! That’s right, you get a yummy dessert as well! It will be such a fun evening out. We decided to call this sew along ‘Sew Sweet Treats Night’.

Now I’m guessing you’d like some details. You will need the ‘Sew By Row’ Lori Holt book. These are $25.00 and are available at the shop, and then EACH kit will cost $25.00 per month. We will be running this Sew Sweet Treats Night for 7 months starting in just a couple weeks on November 21st ,and then December 19th, January 16th, February 20th, March 19th, April 16th, May 21st. (The last months kit will include a finishing kit that will include all your sashing, borders & binding). 
You can sign up here or in store, sign up is free, and than there will be a monthly fee of $25 for the kits.

Who’s looking forward to this fun Sweet Treats Night? We can’t wait to see you all on November 21st!
 Here is a sneak peek at this months kit!