Thursday, 16 April 2015

A little of this and that!

So two different times today I had someone refer to my blog! Which makes me chuckle a little cause I am such a terrible blogger!! But it did make me think I had better come up with something to tell you!!!
So...here it is, in no particular order!

I cut my hair off short!


Yep, I sure did!! I had been thinking about it for some time and finally took the plunge a few weeks ago! I am enjoying it so far and feel all sassy and such!

We are finished our next manuscript for Martingale!


The projects were sent to Seattle last week for photography, and we've already begun working with the tech editor! So far her questions have been easy! This book doesn't have a name yet, but will be Spring themed and will come out in February of 2016!

We have been soooooo busy around here getting ready for next weekend - the Moose Jaw Quilt Show and the Quilt Patch Party! We are having so many amazing specials! I can hardly keep them all straight!! But the weekend specials will start Friday the 24th at 9:30am! And the selection of fabrics we will have at 60% off is amazing!! No, like I mean AMAZING!!!Seriously - if you need backing for a quilt, or just want to stock up....you need to check these fabrics out! We will be moving our sale area to the second floor of The Quilt Patch to accommodate all the sale fabrics we will have. And remember - the early bird gets the best selection! There will also be other fabulous weekend specials and the Quilt Patch Party specials that will happen for 2 hours on Saturday, April 25th.....again....AMAZING!! These deals are TOP SECRET...but, if you all promise not to rat me out to Jeanne...I will give you a small hint....are you ready? Promise.......no tattling.....
OK.......there may be some fabulous deals on Wonderfil thread....like AMAZING. And if you like French General fabrics by Moda....you might want to be here - just saying.....and polka dots....oh my! Ok, one more hint....specially selected books....less than the price of one pattern!!! Or three for less than the price of two patterns!!!! OK...thats it - no more hints, and if I catch any of you telling Jeanne I spilled any beans....!! Shhhh.......

My cats are fabulous! They make me laugh and adore me, and thats always fun to come home to!





They each have there own distinctive personalities, and you can really see that when you have more than one!

Oh and don't forget - FREE hotdogs outside The Quilt Patch before the doors open to the Quilt Patch party. There will be giveaways and fun while you wait for the doors to open!!

Until next time!!
S

























Thursday, 5 March 2015

Dropping a bombshell!!!

So GUESS WHAT???!!!
I know you just absolutely will not believe this when I tell you!! Some of you will be sad, some angry, some resigned....and please know we didn't make this decision lightly....
Are you ready?
Really really ready for this bombshell?
Sit down.
Don't say I didn't warn you.
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You won't be seeing our booth at shows anymore......



Sigh....Ok. There. We said it. Out loud. And now that makes it real. 
So here's the deal. We're tired. It's not that we didn't love doing the shows. We did. And seeing all the people we only got to see if we travelled to different locations. But it is a lot of work. The booths don't magically appear, and the stock doesn't magically wrap itself and just show up looking pretty.
And when we do a show, it's usually, one full day to drive, one full day to set up, two to three days on our feet working the show, pack up, one more full day to drive home, then unload. And sometimes we were doing that many many many times a season. Which when added up, meant we were away from home a lot. And so, we have decided to just slow down a wee bit. 

We are currently writing our 5th book, which you will see released in February of 2016. 
It will have a Spring them! See the sneak peek below!!



We will of course continue to have a booth at Quilt Market, and will continue to work on new designs, Blocks of the Month and books. The only real change is that you will have to check in with our website, and on 
Facebook  to see what's new and what kits are available!

I know, I know, you won't see our smiling faces.....so here.....hows this? 
Go ahead..tape it to your fridge. heeheehee! No don't, that would be creepy!




Ok, so the first show we won't be attending is the Red Deer show, held April 3 and 4th. But check our website and our Facebook page to keep in touch and stay connected with what's upcoming and new and exciting!!

Until next time....xo
S





















Tuesday, 10 February 2015

New!!

Well well well, its been awhile hasn't it?!!
I'MMMMMM BAAAACKKK!

Today I wanted to show you the latest new flannels to arrive!!!
25 new bolts of deliciousness! Primitive Gatherings flannel for Moda.
We will be doing bundles of $25 for $106.25. Thats one fat quarter (20" x 21") of each color.



Aren't they just enough to drop dead gorgeous? If you love flannel - you really will need to add these to your collection!

Also new is the latest hot item to come out of Missouri Star Quilt Co! MOD BLOCK magazine!! If you have been enjoying the BLOCK magazine - you will love MOD BLOCK! It features many hot modern designers with fabulous projects! We have it in stock now! $9.95.


Saturday, 23 August 2014

In love with this new magazine!!

It's not often a magazine catches my eye. As a matter of fact - I hardly ever buy quilting magazines. For a few reasons....mostly I just don't have the time to read them. But this new magazine we started carrying at the shop....WOW! And almost everyone who look at it....walks out with at least one!!!





These are the first three editions. From what I can see, they will be publishing them every 2 months. So soon they should have a new one out!! So many great ideas on how to use pre cuts and rulers!
Both Jeanne and I made this one:


We used 4 Fig Tree charm packs - 4 different charm packs actually!! It turned out amazing!! Just off being quilted as we speak! And it made a very large quilt, 78" x 93". It was so easy and fun to put together that I am making another one out of some other charm packs that I have kicking around at home!

I guess I should tell you that the magazines (we think they are more like BOOKS! There are NO ADS!!) are $9.95 each and have a great variety of projects in them. We have another shipment of each edition arriving very soon - so if you happened to miss the first shipment - no problem!! We also have some of the rulers coming in that are used in some of the projects!









Tuesday, 15 July 2014

This and That



Ahhhhhh....summer! FINALLY!
And just when we are finally having HOT weather, our Christmas in July even is rolling out - to remind us that there is exactly 6 more months until Christmas!!! Sad but true!!
Mark your calendars - July 25 and 26! It will be a very event with some enormous savings throughout the weekend - but the best savings will be found during the Friday evening Christmas party event from 6 - 9 pm. You should try and make it out - it will be very fun weekend - and we can absolutely promise.....there will be no snow!

Have you heard??  Jeanne and I are Calendar Girls!!! Woo Hoo! Thats right! Martigale's new 2015 calendar is on its way to the store and we are featured in two of the twelve months!! (ok - well....our quilts - not actually us!)



Stop by and pick one up - they are an amazingly great price at just $16.95.

Now I am really attracted to trims. Lots of trims! And Its not often I actually use them! But I did this past week and thought you all might like to see what I did with them!!



I used scraps to make an interesting background, then I quilted it in an allover stippled design. I then laid random trims diagonally. I pinned them down then either straight stitched or zigzagged using an invisible thread, depending on what the particular trim required.



I made two of these pillows as you can see! One for each of two of my nieces. And quilts to go with. Which is a secret....unless of course they read this blog. Heehehe! I don't think they will!
So there you have it - a great way to use those fun trims we collect!

So speaking of Christmas - have you seen the new Believe Bag we are offering as a class during the Christmas in July weekend? Its super cute and the entire kit is only $26.95!!




Now most of you will remember back when I made the ginormous decision to get a kitten......


This is Oli, helping me hold the fabric down in my sewing room! He just turned 8 months old. I got him in March.

And some of you may know that I thought long and hard about it - and I did go and get Oli a playmate.


This is Molly. Molly is a tortoiseshell sweet soft snuggly little beauty. And she tolerate Oli who loves her dearly! I got her in June.
But what most of you don't know....is that Molly had a sister. And I split the sisters up when I took Molly from the Humane Society. And it ate it me. And I couldn't stop thinking that if her sister was as sweet as Molly....well then someone was in for a real treat. However, as the Humane Society became more full of kittens....less people looked at Molly's sister. And she was now 6 months old....not exactly a tiny kitty anymore. And well....you know what happens when cats stay too long at the shelters....so....after a few weeks, I went and got her too!!




So this is Molly and Maggie together!  Yep. and guess what? She's even sweeter and more cuddly then her sister!! So yes...that escalated quickly! From, no way, I'm not getting any more pets...to three!

Until next time!!
S






Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Fun Guild Engagement!!

I know - by now all of you who really and truly do ready my blog, are wondering who I am and what have they done with Shelley who usually procrastinates writing this blog?!!! Im trying!!!

A couple of things to chat about today!!
Jeanne and i just returned from a very very fun engagement with the Bonnyville, Alberta quilters guild. They had us down to set up a shopping area:






 do a trunk show, and teach the very first class / workshop out of our new Here Comes Winter book!!!








We had a fabulous time with these ladies!! And there was a potluck lunch!! Woo Hoo! Doesn't get much better then that!!!

Next thing I HAVE to show you......Yvonne's quilt!! Wowsers!! Yvonne works here at the shop - and her dirty little secret is...she loves to make something out of nothing!! We all routinely give Yvonne our fabric scraps - and sometimes she even picks them out of the garbage can here at work! Most people would throw out scraps that Yvonne uses!!
So check out this stunner she recently completed!!!






She's amazing!!! There are over 12,000 pieces in this quilt. (i say probably more, but whose counting??!)

And I know you are all curious about my new lover....the one who keeps me up at night with all his affections. He's hairy chested, he brings toys to bed and likes to snuggle in very close.....




Yep....Mr Oli. Growing like a weed. Little snuggle muffin. I however don't enjoy playing 'throw the squeaky mouse' at 3am like he does!!!

And one more item on my agenda today.... do you buy Trends quilting magazine? If so...you are going to see this ad for Here Comes Winter in it this month!!!




Until next time!!!
S

















Monday, 2 June 2014

Spring Quilt Market debriefing - Number 6!!!

I am just rocking out these blog post aren't i??!!! For those of you who usually tell me i don't blog very often.....Im making up for lost time!!

The Market floor opens on the Friday - and it's hard to explain how large it is. The scope of it is overwhelming if you have never been there before.
I will show you some pics - but it certainly doesn't do it justice.









Now you realize that each photo is just a small portion of the show floor right?! I read a statistic once, that I am inclined to believe is true. It said that if you walked up and down every single aisle from beginning to end - you will have covered 4 miles!! 

Walking the show floor, seeing new fabric, patterns, notions, etc. is all very fun and exciting, but my favourite part of quilt market is seeing all our old friends and making new ones!!



John Q Adams aka Quilt Dad with Karen Burns from Martingale

Check out John's book Beyond Neutral! 
John was a real inspiration to me. I know what it takes to write a book - but Jeanne and I do it together. John is a single Dad raising 3 young kids, works full time, makes quilts, and still managed to squeeze out an amazing book! Check him out! http://www.quiltdad.com/
Terri from Whimsicals in her booth!

Terri having her picture taken with Colleen for Jo!

Taking selfies with Karen's camera!
A little surprise for the morning after!
Conner, Ramona and Colleen

Working so closely with the Martingale people is always so very fun! The opportunity to make new friends and meet other authors is always amazing!
Gail Pan and her crew were a ton of fun! These ladies flew over from Australia for Quilt Market. Gail's friends, Sandra and Ramona helped her work her booth while Gail was busy with book signings! Gail's book Patchwork Loves Embroidery, has been a huge hit! And thats no surprise - it's a lovely book and Gails handwork is impeccable!



Gail, Shelley, Jeanne, Sandra, Colleen, Ramona and Wendy!
Last meal in Pittsburgh!
And just so you know, I am always on my utmost best behaviour at Quilt Market........


Unless Karen is around....then all bets are off!! Hehehehee!
Until next time my friends!!
xox
S