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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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8 + 2 + 1 = ?

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T-Shirt Quilts, Teacup Spinning, and Team Work

Do you ever feel like you are cramming a week’s worth of living into one weekend. It is the end of the week, but everything starts spinning in fast forward motion.

I feel like I am on the teacup ride at Disney World with my husband and a family friend crammed into this little tea cup and they are spinning it so fast I cannot see anything outside the cup. You focus on the inside, and the only thing you can clearly see. The door is locked and you are stuck spinning away. That is my weekend, but I completely love it.

I am truly living every second of every weekend. I’m not sleeping it away or waiting for time to pass. I’m living in the moment, and enjoying it wholeheartedly. However, I’m a little tired. Many weeks and weekends with little sleep are causing my batteries to run low. Tonight, I am going to sleep early and I have announced this to my family. Hopefully these storms don’t get too nasty….

This weekend was our second sewing class- a full t-shirt class. This has been our most requested class, and it turned out to be such an exciting and all-around great class. Several people even finished their quilts!


We are almost certain two machines had smoke flying out of them as their owners earned several speeding tickets throughout the weekend, but we let them fly and loved their finished products.

My goal with every class is that each participant makes the quilt they truly want, not what is required. We have few requirements in our classes. There are so many different ways to sew, and we understand that. Things work for one person that do not work for someone else. We recognize this. My mom sews one way, and I sew a different way. Laugh if you will, but I was taught to cut by a left-hander (mom), so that is just a hilarious process unto itself. 


 There is no right or wrong- putting a needle through fabric is sewing. We will teach what we know and tricks and tips we have learned along the way. Most importantly, we will all have fun.

 
After a brief chat, everyone got to work. Baseball shirts, anniversary shirts, soccer, football, OSU, tie-dye, and fraternity—we saw so many different shirts and each quilt is incredible and different. 


As class progressed, I was even able to play on Millie a bit. I stayed late and came early to prepare quilts so it wouldn’t disrupt class. 

Two cute, matching KU quilts were finished, and we even took in a K-State quilt. We do not choose teams when it comes to quilting. 🙂 

A small table runner or wall-hanging also made its way across the machine. This one was incredibly pieced and I loved getting to add the quilting.

Our most popular thread this month has been Sand, and we quilted with it again this weekend. A fabulously, fun quilt with a flower pattern was screaming for gold thread. Sand has a way of looking like the perfect gold for quilting, and that is just what it looked like on this one. 

Two of the quilts this weekend used a fun color thread on a solid backing, which allowed the quilting to really pop. It creates a truly reversible quilt. 

I have yet another unfinished project since I couldn’t fully finish my OSU T-shirt quilt, but this is the first full week of the month, and that means it is WIP Week! I have two quilts that I will be working on and hopefully you will get to see finished pictures soon…
One last project that happened this weekend–my batting wall. Friday night I walked my amazing husband into the quilt intake room and pointed at the massive pile of batting and said I wanted something to fix it. Then I left the room. The result was this awesome wall that works perfectly! 

Our next class will be a Log Cabin quilt using the Creative Grids trim tool. I love the traditional log cabin block, so I cannot wait for this!

See you at the machine,

•Care

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Traveling through Hyperspace… Or Just a Weekend

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A Long Overdue Update

Well, I jumped off the deep end for a moment and forgot to clue you all in. It’s been a little while since my last post. 

 On top of the quilt shop, I am still working a full time job. This week I had a business trip, so I did what every quilter would do and I loaded up my sewing machine in hopes of setting aside a few hours for sewing. Although my evenings were pretty full, I was able to start a new project. I like to think I needed a new project because I was in a new place. I’ll take any excuse to start something new.

  It isn’t WIP Week, so I cannot get in trouble. Remember, one of the goals about WIP Week is no new projects, though I often break that rule too. 

 

Anyways, right before I left I cut, and cut, and cut my fabric. Now all my pieces are cut and all I have to do is sew. This quilt is an old paper piecing pattern. I’m playing and learning, but mostly playing. 

I did not get far, however  I do have one fully finished block to share. 

I know I have several other things to update you on, but I always forget or jump around while writing. 

We had another warehouse trip this week, so watch for new inventory!! If you come to Open Sew Night tonight you might get a sneak peek as I input everything into our inventory system. Make sure you stop by. 🙂 

Boxes and car loads of fabric are a few of my favorite things. Of course, Millie tops this list, but they are both pretty fabulous.

Last week I ventured more into custom quilting with several wall hangings. They turned out really well, and I had a blast learning even more. 



I also finished a spectacular customer quilt in purples. There are even more quilts making it onto my need-to-make list, but I know I will never quite be able to finish that list. Instead, I will fall in love with each quilt that passes and enjoy getting to work with them for the moment.

A funny story; we looked high and low for a quilting pattern for the Kitty Cat quilt. The customer asked for paws or balls of yarn. The only paws I could find were obviously puppy dog paws or a tiger/bear type of paw. I couldn’t find any balls of yarn either. Finally, I found cricket balls. They really looked like balls of yarn, especially on a kitty cat quilt. I sent a picture to the customer and we agreed this was perfect! You never know what we will find, but I will keep looking until we can capture the look you are hoping for on your quilt.

Another update is that our first quilt class is this Saturday! The class is a disappearing nine patch quilt and we cannot wait. I have worked up several different sizes and the class is aimed at beginner level and up. Anyone can take this class and be successful. 

 I have finished the layer cake friendly version and I am working on the throw quilt/charm pack friendly version. I am using Ellen Medlock fabrics and I LOVE how it is turning out. Such a perfect spring quilt.

I think that brings you up-to-date. Don’t forget Open Sew Night TONIGHT! (It’s free!) 

See you at the machine (tonight at Open Sew!),

Care

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WIP Week Wrap Up

{WIP= Work In Progress}

Wow! The week flew past, yet somehow I was able to finish a few things. I sure hope you were able to as well. 

First, I worked on a class sample. Our first class is February 25th and it is a beginner quilt class on making a Disappearing Nine Patch; although, any skill level could join. I have set up three different sizes: a queen layer cake friendly version, a charm pack friendly throw size, and a charm pack friendly crib/toddler version. 

This is such a fun, versatile pattern. I used a Moda Grunge layer cake and grey complementary fabric to whip up this sample. I actually really like it and cannot wait for it to be my new couch quilt. I am using Ellen Medlock’s fabric line to make the throw quilt size. It will be an excellent quilt for the spring with all the bright colors. I just started this one, though, so it is not making the leap to the finished quilt pile just yet.

In addition to the Disappearing Nine Patch quilts, Millie was a go getter. This weekend we quilted about 10 quilts. It was such a great weekend spent getting to see different quilts and how the quilting pattern changed the quilt for the better. Everyone has such a unique style that I just love.

We still have a few spots open for the Disappearing Nine Patch Class and Thursday is Open Sew Night at Quilter’s Hideaway! Last week we stayed sewing until after 9pm.

See you at the machine,

Care

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Quilter’s Hideaway is Open!

I do not even know how to begin telling you about this past weekend. I’ve talked to several people about how to start this post, what to write, how to translate what is in my head out into words. I guess I should start with a deep breath. 

*breathe in*   *breathe out* 

I’m somewhere lost in the clouds. I wasn’t sure what to expect this weekend, but OH MY GOODNESS it was more than I ever could have dreamed. Friday night as we worked through last minute details everyone started guessing at how Saturday, the Grand Opening for Quilter’s Hideaway, would go. Some thought we would have quite a few people show up, others thought a handful, and my favorite saying was that no one would show up and we would all just eat the cake ourselves. 


Well, I didn’t get a single piece of cake, and I am beyond okay with that. You all showed up. It wasn’t in waves or even a trickle. We were packed constantly. I really hope everyone felt welcomed, though, as we tried our best to greet everyone as if they were our focus.  Each person who walked through those doors meant something to us. It was a shared dream. So many people wanted a quilt shop to visit and our dream was coming true with each passing minute.

We had many friends visit. My sweet Bible Study friends did not disappoint with doughnuts, flowers, and lemon cookies (my favorite!) other friends brought flowers, smiles, and hugs. A lady my mom swims with even brought each of us handmade leis. They smelled and looked incredible! 

Although we were busy I was still able to catch glimpses of friends running into each other, people seeing one another after many years apart, and people meeting potential new friends. This is exactly what we were hoping for. A community of people coming together and enjoying the same thing. So many prayers were answered this weekend and our dreams came true before our eyes. 

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We could not have made it without our incredible friends who helped us tremendously! My mother in law and her bestie helped cut fabric and kept fabric put up, another sweet lady helped take care of the snacks and punch, yet another helped cut fabric and greet visitors, someone made a lunch run for us, others helped with random things that came up, and my husband rolled his sleeves up and jumped in to help enter fabric and take care of whatever needed done (so thankful for him!).  

When we started this journey we really only planned on having one room for our shop and one room for the classroom. Now, we have spilled into four rooms for the shop.  And don’t tell anyone, but I have more fabric being delivered this week.

I think my biggest worry about opening was how our point of sale system would work. I wanted a way to track inventory so when we open our online shop, the QH shop and the online shop could run simultaneously. I didn’t want to have to update the online inventory every time we sold something in the store. This took quite a bit of preplanning, research, and time spent inputting every item. The other component of it was that we wanted a way to open a ticket at the cutting table and let it feed over to the checkout… some way.

After reading and reading, we found a way! The Square offered an open ticket component that allows us to start a ticket and save it for later use. If you came into our shop this weekend, you were asked for your name at the cutting table. Well, you were asked your name unless you came back again later in the day and my husband remembered what your name was. I have no idea how he did that, but there were a couple times he remembered and I was in shock. I guess I better step it up.

We asked your name to start your ticket.  Then, when you were ready to check out, you could head over and add your remaining goodies without having to carry everything around the whole time. It actually worked really well! I was pleasantly surprised and hope you enjoyed that quality as well.

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Fabric line designed by Tulsa, OK designer, Ellen Medlock!

There was one giant hiccup where I managed to miss inputting the barcodes for a few bolts of backing. I had to give my husband a crash course in the middle of everything so those could be updated.  It all managed to work itself out. Now I just look back and giggle over it. I also might have forgotten to order more business cards but Quick Prints saved the day and we had plenty just in time.

There were a couple activities we had going on during Grand Opening as well.  One of the activities was our giveaways.  Every hour we had a drawing.  There were a couple gift certificates to QH, a QH T-shirt, thread, free classes, and a couple free fabric items.  These were so fun, and I have emailed the winners who were not present when their name was drawn.  Our first winner was actually checking out when her name was drawn, and she won a gift certificate. It worked out perfectly!

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Another activity we had going was to pick a quilt for our March 25th sewing class.  There were three teams: Team Blue (Log Cabin), Team White (Turning 20), and Team Green (Half Square Triangle).  Many people participated by placing a button of their favorite team into a jar. At the end of the day the totals were 12 Team White, 43 Team Green, and 57 Team Blue.  It looks like we will be having a Log Cabin class in March! Many classes have already started filling, so make sure you sign up soon.  We do not have our online sign up set up at this time, so you will need to sign up in the shop.

We cannot thank you enough for supporting Quilter’s Hideaway! We have many fun things planned for the year and cannot wait to share them with you.


On a completely different note, it is WIP Week! The first full week of every month is WIP (Work in Progress) Week.  Find a project and try to tackle it.  I have a few projects in mind that I will hopefully be finishing up this week.  Stay tuned. 

Make sure you share your WIPs using #QHWIPWeek on Facebook and Instagram so we can see what you are up to!

See you at the machine,

Care

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How to Sew Using a PlayStation and TV

I promise I haven’t lost my mind… yet. But I did recently borrow my husband’s PS4 for a sewing project. Don’t run away, yet. You can too!

As long as there is a gaming system with internet or even a smart TV in your house, this post will apply to you. Are you ready? It has to do with our favorite “A” word… applique.

I do not have a light box, and they are quite pricy since they are only something that would serve a small purpose in my world. I cannot justify the price for the amount of time I would be using it, but I still wanted to get away with appliqueing specific images using a similar technique. That is when I realized my TV could be my light box. Once I realized that, I just needed to figure out a way to pull my image up on the TV.

Forewarning—Your husband might get home from work after you have been working on said project and ask what you have done to the TV.  After all, a huge duck on the screen might be a little strange. I warned you…

Now, let’s get down to it. If you have an internet-ready gaming system or smart TV, you can access the internet-I used google- to search for your desired image. I’ve always wanted a rubber duck bathroom, and it is happening now, so I needed a rubber duck quilt to hang on the wall (This might be the point I let you know that I have lost my mind…).

I found the place to search for a website through the PS4, I went to Google, and then typed in “Rubber Duck image.” Once I found the image, I needed to zoom in to get the right size for my quilt. This is where a larger TV might be needed depending on how large you’re wanting your applique piece. If you have a smaller-than-desired TV, you could continue in sections and move your fabric around. Although I was on a larger TV, my image was still not the size I wanted. I had to search, but to zoom in using a PS4, you click R3 (The right toggle button; press it down).

Once your image is ready, I carefully taped my fabric onto the TV, preferably the frame and not the actual screen, but I did need to lightly place a couple pieces of tape onto the screen. I am not reliable for any harmed TV’s while attempting this. Next, trace your image and continue with your desired applique method. You can trace the image onto freezer paper if you would rather not trace on your actual fabric. Also, keep in mind whether you need to attach your fusible interfacing first or if you are going to use that at all.

I was in a hurry, so I traced directly onto my fabric, cut the image out, and pinned like crazy until I knew my fabric wouldn’t move while I sewed it down.

I left the image on the TV until I had traced each piece of fabric. To clarify, I traced the entire outline in a yellow, feathered fabric. Then I put orange on the screen and traced the beak. Lastly, I placed a light yellow on the screen to trace the wing pieces. I also traced the different eye pieces.

This process worked well for my large applique piece. It might be more difficult to make it work for smaller pieces, though I think it would still be possible.

Now game systems aren’t just for the guys in our life (They never were, but we have more uses for them now!)


{For those of you who were guessing circles or bubbles from Instagram/Facebook, this duck has a bubbly personality!}

See you at the machine (or tracing at the TV),

Care



9 DAYS UNTIL OPENING!! 


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The Little Engine That Could

19 days! There are only NINETEEN days until our grand opening.  Between picking up fabric, ordering notions, planning greatness, and so much more, I have barely had any time to sit at my machine and have a sew date.  “Soon” I keep telling myself… soon.  

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Soon the shop opens. Soon I will be able to sit and sew with many fabulous quilters.  Soon Quilter’s Hideaway will be an actual, real life shop and all of the hard work will have been worth it.  Soon seems all too soon.

I have tried to enjoy each moment.  Looking back it has all happened at warp speed, but each moment seemed to take years.  File this then wait, sign this then wait, order here wait for a delivery, the doing and the waiting have gone hand in hand.  

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There was a period of time when everyone kept asking how things were going.  I knew it was the calm before the storm, so I wasn’t quite sure how to articulate my response.  Normally “things are going well, we just keep chugging” was my answer.  It is even truer today.  We just keep chugging.  Something comes up, we find a solution, and chug along.  Inventory seems like this daunting, never-ending pile but we just keep chugging.  We are exhausted but beyond exciting.  We chug along, pause for lunch, chug some more and then collapse in bed at night.  The Quilter’s Hideaway helpers are like The Little Engines That Could. 

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The ginormous pile of inventory might seem daunting right now, but it means that there are so many options for you. We kept hearing, “make sure you get things that are out of your normal taste”, or “don’t only shop for you [when picking stock].”  We took this to heart and found ourselves picking our extreme opposites.  My mom who doesn’t care for flowers and loves earthy tones kept picking up flowers, while I kept picking up earthy tones and historic type fabric even though I like bright colors.  We would laugh each time we saw one another putting another bolt into a cart that wasn’t anything like what we would normally pick.  We did manage to get past this after quite the giggle.  Having other sets of eyes shop with us also meant that many different tastes were able to help us pick fabric and choose a wide variety.  I just can’t wait. 

Boxes are being delivered every day. We had two trips-one to Arkansas and one to Tennessee, and then my mom and mother-in-law had a little road trip to Dallas.  I had to work and was beyond jealous, but they did a great job picking things and even remembered to send me several pictures so I could share with you.

They were gob smacked when they entered Moda.  It was set up a little differently than the other two warehouses that we had visited and, of course, it was much larger than the others.  Had I gone, I don’t think we would have stayed on budget, but they did a fantastic job! I was impressed with what they collected and they even left a little room in the budget for me to “play” online. I’m expecting a few more boxes this week. 🙂

This weekend flew past but we were able to cross items off our to-do list. We might have added a few more, too. Let’s not focus n that.

We now have quilts hanging on the wall, fabric in shelves, and ironing stations finished. The boys even made a notions station that I love! Thank goodness for an amazing husband and father-in-law who turn my jumbled thoughts into actual things and make them so much better than I first imagined. They are the best!

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I even quilted a couple quilts this weekend.  The first was one of the craigslist quilt tops I found a few weeks ago.  They were in rough shape, but I wanted to practice a couple new patterns so it was perfect.  This pattern is called “Raindrops on the Pond” and it is possibly my favorite so far.

The other quilt was for a customer.  The fabric had flowers on it and she chose “Spring Flowers” as the pantograph pattern. I LOVE how it turned out.  The pattern matches the fabric so well and the combination was fabulous

Tomorrow starts another week with more fabulous things to come.

See you at the machine,

Care

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Moving, Quilting, & Sew Much More

2017 is the year we unlock the doors to Quilter’s Hideaway.  Every day we are one step closer and yesterday was no exception.

 

Millie moved into her new and final home at the shop yesterday.

 

Before we moved her I wanted to play with quilting a quilt using a custom design instead of edge-to-edge or a pantograph.  I still needed to quilt Playtime in the Past, so I decided it was the perfect starting point.

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I knew what I wanted in the solid squares, but I wasn’t sure what to do in the pinwheel blocks.  I really liked the secondary circle created by the design I quilted first, so I decided to play off that with a circular design over the pinwheels.  The result was perfect for this fun, playtime quilt.

Once Millie was set up in the shop, I was able to finish two more quilts.  It felt amazing to be working in our quilt shop and imagining what is to come.

This quilt is a customer’s baby quilt for a little girl.  It will be washed quite a bit, so a dense pattern-meandering circles, was chosen.  I love how it adds to the playfulness of this quilt.

 

The second quilt was a Disappearing Hourglass Quilt done in blue and cream.  It was a gorgeous customer quilt.  I quilted this with a damask pattern.  It was the perfect, subtle touch to finish off the quilt. Look at those points!

Aside from quilting and moving Millie, we were able to finish this 20 foot design wall for use in the classroom. Who wants to be first to have their blocks hanging here?

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This was a full and busy weekend: moving Millie, building design walls, quilting, and so much more.  We only have 32 days until our grand opening, and many surprises along the way! Make sure you are following us on Facebook and Instagram to be the first to know!

 

See you at the machine,

Care

 

 

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