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I Cannot Sew Without ___.

What can you not sew without?
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You can sew the guided quarter inch foot in this picture.
Gosh, my list is long but here are a few things I truly cannot live without (or maybe, things that I just really like!).
A seam guide. I use several different methods depending on what machine I’m sewing on. Recently, I purchased a guided quarter inch foot for my Featherweight. To be honest, it’s taking some getting used to. I think I like it….?
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This is a close-up of the Guided Quarter Inch Foot that I have been using on my featherweight. I purchased it here
On other machines I use my “purple bumper”. Think back to the last time you went bowling and had to beg your husband to let you put up the bumpers. It kept you out of the gutters then, and it’ll keep you on the straight and narrow in your sewing as well.
If I can’t find my trusty “purple bumper” I’ll reach for painters tape. I stack several layers so it creates a lip that my fabric can push against. It’s cheap, works great, and you probably have some around your house.
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These are my “purple bumpers.” They come 5 to a package, and one lasts quite awhile. I’m actually not sure that I have ever replaced my first one. They are available for purchase here.
The key to each of these guides is that you have an accurate way to check your quarter inch, or scant quarter inch, seam. After all, the guide will only work correctly if it is placed in the correct spot. My favorite tool for this is the guide that has a spot for your needle to slide into. If that is not an option you could carefully use a ruler.
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This is an example of a seam guide with a needle slot. It is available here.
Another thing I cannot seem to sew without are small snips, or scissors. Again, it depends on where I’m sewing for what I reach for. I’ll share pictures of my top three choices. I like snips that are small, easy to use, and super sharp!
To be honest, I’m pretty set as long as I have good snips and a true quarter inch guide. Of course, I could get into the fact that I’m a ruler snob and I only like Creative Grid rulers or that Aurifil Thread in any light grey shade is always on my machine.  Technically I could get by with other options but my complaining might be a little ridiculous.  This post is about what I cannot live without, so I’m trying to keep it narrowed down to the absolute necessities.
The last thing that I cannot, will not, without a doubt won’t do is quilt without taking my right shoe off. I can leave the left shoe on— that one isn’t a problem— but there is no possibility of me sewing with my right shoe still attached to my foot.
If you have ever been in Quilter’s Hideaway, our quilt shop, you have probably heard “Where is my shoe?”, “Just a second, I’m looking for my shoe.” or some version of this more than once. Anyone else? I cannot be the only single-shoed quilter.
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Customer quilt quilted using Flowing Water pattern.
Anyways, I would love to hear what you cannot quilt without.
See you at the machine,
Care
… Have you found my shoe yet?
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The Fastest Moda Trip

At the start of this week we went on a road trip.  Cindy (mom), Tracy, Misty and myself piled in a Honda Pilot and set off towards Dallas.  We drove late Sunday night after the shop closed. We laughed more than humanly possible, ate yummy food, and arrived at the hotel without any limbs lost. There were moments when we were all too tired. By moments, I really mean 4 solid hours of laughter, yawns, and too many snacks. Shhh! If you ask me how much snack food I consumed in the car, I will not give a straight answer.

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Nevertheless, we made it to Dallas late Sunday night, just to wake up EARLY Monday morning to drive to the Moda Warehouse.  Hello sweet mother-load of fabric! The amount of fabric shoved into this warehouse is incredible!

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Customer’s quilt quilted with Sweet Shoppe.

Once we arrived at Moda, we grabbed our cart, and stormed off.  Okay we didn’t really storm; it was more like we all scattered, each going in a different direction.  I had control of the cart.  Someone had to monitor everything we were going to buy. 😉

 

 

This wasn’t our first rodeo, so we had learned the layout and what a trip to Moda Warehouse looked like. We knew we wanted the big cart and how they had the fabric organized.

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Customer’s quilt quilted with Broken Glass.

I wanted Grunge. I focused there and just started grabbing off the shelf. It looked unorganized, but I knew the colors we had (thanks to pictures on our phones) and I was trying to fill in colors we needed plus restock our low inventory. Everything else we looked at was for restock or something we had seen and had an interest in. Many aisles I avoided, skipped, and just couldn’t focus long enough to walk down.

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Moda Warehouse can be overwhelming. It is extremely tempting to grab one of each fabric and walk out with a Semi Truck FULL of fabric.  Remember, we only had a Honda Pilot to fill.  A Honda Pilot that also had four ladies and was making a trip to IKEA after Moda… Our space was limited.

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Customer’s quilt quilted with Gems.

We have added precuts, Grunge, Christmas and Halloween fabric. We also added patterns, notions, and much more! You will have to stop by the shop, or jump online to see what is new.

 

After Moda Warehouse we jumped in the car and drove off to IKEA.  We can’t ever make a trip to Dallas without a quick stop at IKEA.  Many of the shelves at the shop are from IKEA, along with quite a few repurposed items.  For example, a TV cabinet holds our Minky, “trash cans” are spotted throughout the shop full of fabric, large planters, tables, garden trellises, and floating shelves are also stuffed with fabric around the shop.  I love walking through IKEA trying to figure out new uses for different items.

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Customer’s quilt quilted with Ocean Froth.

After reorganizing our car to fit everything we found, we were off.  Take two seconds to imagine four ladies pulling too many bolts to count out of the car, just to fill it FULL… again!  I’m sure it was a sight to see… hopefully no one videoed that mess.

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We made it back safely, and the new fabric is out on the floor.  It was a quick 24 hour round trip, but worth every minute.

 

See you at the machine (with new fabric),

Care

 

 

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ONE DAY AWAY

It is Tuesday! We are ONE DAY AWAY from our biggest challenge, change, project QH has ever tried to tackle.  There will be mistakes, we will still be crawling along, learning as we go, but the end result should be amazing.

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Customer Quilt quilted with Deer Hooves and Antlers.

Tomorrow, you will have to check out our NEW website!

The class calendar, in my opinion, is much easier to operate, and you can even sign up for classes. You might just have to give us a few moments to get everything set up.

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Customer quilt quilted with Meandering Circles. 

We are still working to get everything set up: every bolt of fabric, notion, ruler, etc had to be re-input.  That part has been gross!

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Customer quilt quilted with Modernish.

I miss my sewing machine. Millie, our longarm quilting machine, has been putting in long hours, but that is the only machine that has really seen any operating time.  I miss it.

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Customer quilt quilted with Americana Rounded Stars.

I’ve received two spectacular machines recently, and they are begging to be used. Soon.  I keep telling myself that it will happen soon. When it does, you bet I’ll be sharing with you.  TWO MACHINES! You will be meeting them soon.

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Customer quilt quilted with Nested R&R.

Until then, I’ll be looking through photos on my phone and trying to share some of our older quilts that we have quilted.

 

See you at the machine,

-Care

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Moving, Changing, Growing

It has been awhile since a blog made a presence. I blame… life.  Every time you think things are about to level out, something else comes up. I think there will just always be something. Recently, I was in a good friends wedding the weekend before we were supposed to be selling our house and buying another house which all was happening about a week before a huge program change at Quilter’s Hideaway. I’ve always said I would rather be busy than bored… 🙂

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Customer quilt quilted with Fireworks.

A couple Friday’s ago, when we were about to leave for my friend’s Rehearsal Dinner, Dalton and I received word that our seller was still lacking some paperwork and our move was postponed. I think it probably worked out for the better looking back. I was able to spend more time at Quilter’s Hideaway working on Millie and preparing for our biggest challenge yet—changing to a new point of sale system.  We were also able to rest up more following the wedding before moving.

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Customer quilt quilted with Damask.

Our move ended up being postponed one week, two weeks before we are/were to go live with our new system. The move happened fairly uneventfully and we are now full focus on our new system.


 

Side note: This move symbolized so much! We were sad to leave behind certain things at our old house—a shed my brother-in-laws, father-in-law, and husband built, our “first” house as a married couple, the place we introduced our youngest puppy to our family.  However, this move meant that QH was successful! (AMAZING) It meant that it was time to move closer to the shop and shorten my over-an-hour drive to work every day.  All our hard work was paying off, and I could not be more thankful for YOUR support.

 


 

If you have entered the shop in the last week, you noticed it was a little chaotic.

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Customer quilt quilted with Rapunzel. 

When we opened the shop our goal was to merely open. The details were all slightly foggy. We were learning as we went and the Point Of Sale system we started with wasn’t handling our growth well. There were components of it that I loved, but mostly it was a pain. We have been blessed with incredible growth, and with that, we are going through a few growing pains.

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Customer quilt quilted with Fireworks.

We made the decision to change our Point of Sale system, which also means we are changing our website, newsletter process, and so much more. It is exciting. It is nerve-wracking. It is a learning experience. It might be a little stressful.

 

I have had more than one bowl of ice cream this past week; whatever it takes, right?

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Customer quilt quilted with Meandering.

To say I am excited for this new system is an understatement.  Do I like this conversion process? Absolutely not. Is the timing a little iffy? You bet.  But I can see a light at the end of the tunnel.  I also feel like it is time to make a change now, while we are still young. We just celebrated our 1.5 birthday, after all.

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Customer quilt quilted with Meandering Circles.

Stick around.  The next few weeks are going to be pretty awesome. I might have an ice cream party at my new house if we all make it through this.

 

See you at the machine,

Care

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What’s In a Name?

Happy 2018! It is a new year, and we have so many things on the agenda for the shop. I’m not a huge New Years Resolution person, but I am really hoping to find time to blog more this year.

 

With that said, I am also helping to continue learning more on Millie, and I started early learning new things this year. On Christmas Eve/Day, I quilted a custom quilt for my Brother-in-Law. Somehow, my two brother-in-laws have been able to convince me to only quilt custom for them. It has always been a large learning curve. Each time, I have learned new things, and thankfully the quilts always turn out great!

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This particular quilt was a gift for the man officiating his wedding. The family’s last name starts with a G and they have three kids: Ellyn Beth, Jax Joseph, and Jones Dean. I promise we checked the spelling multiple times during this process, but it still made me nervous.

Devin, my brother-in-law, had the idea to quilt all of the childrens’ names into the quilt. It sounds easy, doesn’t it? Well… I couldn’t find an easy way to do it without a ton of jumps between every letter (A jump is when Millie stops sewing in one spot and moves to another spot. It leaves a stretch of loose thread that needs trimmed.), so I improvised. I spent quite a lot of time in PatternCad, a program in QuiltPath that allows a pattern to be “drawn”.

I grumbled quite often while “drawing” this pattern, but I love how it turned out. Now I want to do a similar quilt for my grandmother with all of the grandchildren’s names, but the idea of creating patterns for all of those names makes me worried.

 

See you at the machine,

Care

 

 

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September-Quilt Among Friends

September. It was a month we knew would be filled with working late and waking early, deadlines around every bend, and more celebrations than we could count. We participated in our first shop hop. It was spectacular, but I will have to write again to fill you in on those details, because right now I cannot contain myself from sharing about an event that happened the day after the shop hop ended. On September 10th Quilter’s Hideaway hosted our first charter bus. We greeted almost 60 quilters from Arlington, TX.

We had a blast. Preparations were made months earlier. We worked with The Rolling Pin to serve for lunch. We wanted to offer them a little taste of Bartlesville and stay local. We also served Tracy’s famous pasta salad. At the end of the day only three sandwiches remained, so I would say it was a hit. Thank you, thank you to The Rolling Pin!
Knowing how many quilters we were going to have walk through the door and knowing their schedule we had to call in backup. We were blessed with great help and, thankfully, we were able to keep everyone on schedule. It was amazing! Thank you to all of the ladies who stepped up to help us out, and also to Dalton!
Arlington quilters/Quilt Among Friends, you are welcome anytime! We thoroughly enjoyed helping you, and getting to share laughs with each of you. Sew on my friends, hope to see you again!
See you at the machine,
Care
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Ramblings From Our First Show

Alright. I’m fully aware that it has been a few months since I’ve been able to write anything. This is both good and bad. Good, because we’ve been busy at the shop.  I have fully enjoyed meeting each of our customers and working on so many quilts. Bad, because I love writing and I miss you terribly. So, with that said, I’m going to try to do better but I make no promises.
This past weekend (actually, it was two weekends ago), Quilter’s Hideaway went to its first show. We spent weeks cutting fabric, making quilts, trying to be prepared. We had all sorts of helpers helping and sweet friends making sample quilts at the last minute. I think it turned into a great show. Jubilee Quilt Guild of Bartlesville did a wonderful job. 

This is our almost-finished booth.

Somewhere in that process I also committed to providing a demo of my choice. I’m so thankful that I did not think twice when I made this decision, because my second thought was “absolutely not”. I was quieter than quiet in high school, college wasn’t much different, and I DREADED every speech in my Public Speaking class. (I’m also very thankful for that class. I now realize every “Umm” that I say… and it’s a popular word in my vocabulary). However, I was committed and not backing down from this challenge. 

Sprinkles by JAYBIRD QUILTS. {This is where my Sidekick journey began}

I had recently helped a lady complete a quilt using the JAYBIRD QUILTS Sidekick ruler. I was in love. I’m not a knickknack sewer. I try to use different things around my house instead of buying a new gadget, but I was sold on this ruler. Timing was everything, because this gave me a direction for the demo. 

Trail Mix by JAYBIRD QUILTS. {unfinished}

Finally, with a plan in mind I was able to prepare. I watched videos on the Sidekick ruler, videos on how to avoid saying “Umm” and made several quilts using the ruler. I thought, “If the demo goes downhill, I will just show pretty quilts.” 🙂 

Seashore by JAYBIRD QUILTS

My most favorite part about the Sidekick, Super Sidekick, and the Hex N More is that there are no Y seams. I’ll repeat that just in case…. THERE ARE NO Y SEAMS!! It is amazing, and brilliant. 

Night Sky by JAYBIRD QUILTS {My Favorite}

I could not recommend a ruler or Jaybird Quilts more. Her patterns are spectacular too. Detailed, colored pictures are shown at each step and each cut. Then, she breaks down exactly how to assemble the rows to avoid Y seams. 

Cinnamon Bun by JAYBIRD QUILTS

I’m not saying my demo was perfect. It was actually far from that. Mistakes were made, but the first demo and show are both done and I’m ready for the next. 
See you at the machine, 

•Care