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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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Packing Away Christmas

My husband started taking Christmas down yesterday. I on the other hand retreated to the sewing machine and pretended that he wasn’t taking it down. I sure love Christmas and all the Christmas lights and Christmas trees, but I’m ready for what’s next. 

In 38 days our doors open, and we celebrate our grand opening. I am ecstatic… And a little nervous. There’s so much to do, so much stuff to finish, so many new things to learn, and I’m sure there are items that haven’t even made it on the list yet.  I’m ready to tackle it all.

Yesterday while at the machine I finished three more quilts. They were all customer quilts and they were gorgeous. I thoroughly enjoy looking at each customer’s quilt and the different techniques  they use and styles that they have. There’s an endless possibility for every quilt made, and I love seeing what different people bring to the table.

The first quilt one of my sisters made. We settled on a damask pattern and it looks lovely.

The other two quilts for a sweet lady. They were each panel quilts with cute borders for babies. We quilted a meandering, stipple pattern on both of them and it’s just subtle enough that it doesn’t take away from the panel. I love the bright colors of the fun animals and cars on each of these. 

With every quilt we quilt, my to-make list grows. I think I’m set for a lifetime with quilts to make, and I’m sure that list will just keep on growing.  I sure hope I’m not the only one with this problem. How do you keep up with making the quilts you want to make and getting them all done?
I’ve been off work for a long weekend and I have another long weekend coming up, so the quilt shop is high priority. We had another quick trip to IKEA to pick up a few last minute things and will be building those soon. 

We have lists and phone calls to make this week and fabric is almost on its way which is very very exciting. I’ll be sure to share when the first box comes in. 

Our website guy keeps asking me if I’ve done any YouTube videos or live videos on Facebook, but I’m so nervous and I don’t know where to begin with that. I might be adventurous and try some type of video when we unboxed our first box of fabric. Would you be interested in seeing a sneak peek of what we will be offering? 

We love, love all of your ideas and we cannot wait to get our doors open and welcome you into our place. We hope that you’ll share your likes, dislikes, and wants so that we can fully become everything you all are expecting. This is a new path for us and we are beyond thankful to be walking it with such sweet friends. 

We hope you each had a magnificent Christmas, and we look forward to celebrating the New Year soon! 

Now, I guess I better re-focus and help repack some of our Christmas decorations. Here is one last Christmas picture-a quilt I made years ago. I’m sure dragging my feet on getting everything packed away. 

Sew you at the machine, 

Care




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A Quilter’s Stocking Stuffer Guide

 Christmas is FOUR days away! 

Have you finished your shopping? What about wrapping?

Our shopping is almost finished, but I haven’t even started wrapping anything. I did, however, make it to the post office today to send a few things. 

This year has flown by and I kept thinking we had more time. Now, Christmas is here and I am frantically trying to wrap things up at work, for the shop, gifts… pretty much everything.


 

Growing up my mom always had cookie decorating parties, and this was my first year to host a party. I gathered a group of the sweetest ladies, made over 100 cookies, and even cleaned the house a little.

 

We had a blast. 
 

As I was thinking over the past few days, I thought I would share my last minute, go-to quilter’s gifts. These are tried and true, things I love, and things I have even used for Christmas gifts in the past. Although this list could be miles long, I am going to focus on my top five favorite stocking stuffer gifts.

 

  • First on my list are these scissors.  They are perfect for cutting little threads that always appear out of nowhere. I have several pairs and I never sew without them. 

  • Secondly, these clips are life savers. Okay, they might not be able to save a life but they are great at saving your fingers from holding the binding down as you sew your binding on. 

 

  • Another great go-to gift are these seam allowance bumpers. I always need bumpers when I go bowling, and sewing is no exception. Ever since I put one on each of my machines, I have been able to hold a true scant-quarter inch seam and my points finally turn out perfectly pointed.  I also use this seam allowance guide to make sure my bumpers get placed in just the right spot. 

 

  • This seam ripper is another one of my favorite things. I’ve mentioned it in the past, but I have many dates with my seam ripper so I want it to be durable, sharp, and easy to use. 

 

  • Best Press is another must have. I like the unscented option the most. If I had to pick another scent it would be the lavender, the other options are just too strong for my liking. This product is extremely helpful when pressing blocks and helps them to hold their shape. It is a great starch alternative for quilting. 

 

If I were to continue sharing, quilt rulers, a great iron, an extension table for your machine, and quilt patterns would follow. Some of these are larger/more expensive items, but also make sewing more pleasant in my opinion. 

 
Knick-knacks are not required for sewing. I know friends who only have a machine and a pair of scissors and are able to create masterpieces. I also know friends who have every ruler and magic tool ever created and they make the same level products. As long as you enjoy whatever you use, that is all that matters. You do not need the next fancy thing on the market, sometimes it just provides a shortcut or a more enjoyable way to make something. 

 

I hope you enjoy your holidays. I need this little one to wake up and get to wrapping… 


 

See you at the machine,

Care
 
 


44 days until our Grand Opening.

{I am not affiliated with any product or link mentioned above. I am just sharing what I like to use.}