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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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A Charmed Baby Quilt

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A Magic Ruler and My Favorite Block

 

Hey there!

The past several days we have been working with The Magic Triangle Ruler by Cindy Casciato to make different blocks using a Charm Pack. Today I will share the last block I used to make my charm pack quilt, but this is not the last block the ruler can make. It can make many, many different blocks- the possibilities are endless.

I hope by sharing the last few blocks you have gotten a taste of how fun this find is.

 


If you think you might want to make these blocks, hop on over to Cindy Casciato’s shop and take a look. You will not be disappointed.

Now, I challenge you to come up with a quilt using a charm pack- or two. I always love picking out charm packs, but I rarely use them in a quilt. Occasionally I have taken one or two blocks for applique work. Now I am hoping I will use them more frequently. After all, my stash wouldn’t notice a few missing. What is your favorite quilt that uses a charm pack?

 

See you at the machine,

Care

 

{Disclaimer: I am not affiliated with any products shown or used in this blog. I am just sharing what I love.}

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The Magic Ruler Strikes Again

Hello! Hello! How was your weekend?

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We have been working through different blocks a ruler I was shown recently can make. I decided to use a charm pack and make a quilt using these blocks.

 

 

As you can see, this ruler really is magic.  Cindy Casciato is the master mind behind it and you can purchase it here in her shop.

I just love how this block comes together.  The squares always have a great point and making it with a stripe pattern really show it off.

 

To see the other blocks we have been creating, you can visit them here and here.

We almost have an entire quilt pieced.  Tomorrow I will share the last block and then how I put them together.  Check back soon to see a fun quilt using a charm pack and this magic ruler. It is pretty cute if I do say so myself. 🙂

 

See you at the machine,

Care

 

 

 

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The Geese are Flying with this Magic Ruler

Earlier this week I introduced you all to this magical ruler, and today I’m going to show you another block it can create. 

 Cindy Casciato- the creator of this ruler- is amazing! She came up with this wonderful tool and has exceptional instruction pages to guide you on exactly what size square you need to start with and has reference sheets available for purchase in her shop


 

Since she has done such a great job creating these, I will not share what size block you need to start with in order to obtain a certain finished block. I am merely showing you the fabulous blocks that can be created using The Magic Triangle Tool. 

 In my opinion, anything that allows me to make blocks with properly, pointed points and keeps me from having to fight with 1/8” (or really, anything under a half inch) is a game changer! This tool is completely worth it. 
 

How about a few Flying Geese to start the day?   

See you at the machine,

•Care

 

 

 

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Fabulous, Fun Find (A Magic Ruler)

The first block you can create using this fabulous tool is a half square triangle.

And of course, since I love pinwheels, I made a handy-dandy pinwheel using today’s blocks.

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Check back tomorrow to see what other fantastic blocks this magic tool can create.

See you at the machine,

Care

{Disclaimer: I am in no way affiliated with any products shown or mentioned in this post. I am just sharing what I love.}