Brooke Quilt-Along – Week 2

It’s time for our first blocks in the Brooke Quilt A-Long!

Aren’t you excited about the bright colors & large-scale patterns in Brooke? The fabrics are going to do much of the talking in our quilt, which lets us use big blocks for a fast finish.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes I like to have a quick project.  On those projects, I like to add a little extra touch of something unexpected and we’ll do that with our applique in our last step.

If you missed the introduction post, click here.  Get all the details, gather your Brooke fabrics, then join in as we make this fun lap quilt together.

Brooke Quilt_A_Long_digitalimage


Before we begin, here are a few terms/guidelines we’ll follow throughout the Quilt-Along.

A few terms/guidelines we’ll follow throughout the Quilt Along:

  • WOF – Width of Fabric. This is a cut made Selvage to Selvage.
  • LOF – Length of Fabric. This is a cut made parallel/along to the Selvage.

TIP:   Ever wondered why you’d cut this way? LOF is commonly used for borders so that they will not have to be pieced, matching patterns, also length of fabric also has less stretch.

  • RST – Right Sides of the fabric Together (facing each other)
  • WST – Wrong Sides of the fabric Together
  • HST – Half Square Triangle
  • Accurate ¼” seam allowances will insure your blocks finish to the correct size.
  • Press all fabrics before cutting

Let’s sew!  We’ll start with the chain blocks.  These are simple blocks and we will use a strip piecing shortcut, making 8 of them.

chainblock1

 

Cutting – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

Yellow/Orange Floral Scroll, 26320-SO

(3) WOF Strips, 2.5” wide, sub cut (1) strip on the fold (creating 2.5” x approximately 21”)


Black/White Dots, 26321-JZ 

(2) WOF Strips, 2.5” wide, sub cut (1) strip on the fold (creating 2.5” x approximately 21”)

(3) WOF Strips, 4.5” wide, sub cut (8) 4.5” squares & (8) 4.5” x 8.5” rectangles


Multi Dots, 26321-ZX

(2) WOF Strips, 2.5” wide, cut (1) strip on the fold (creating 2.5” x approximately 21”)

(3) WOF Strips, 4.5” wide, sub cut (8) 4.5” squares & (8) 4.5” x 8.5” rectangles


cutting

 

Four Patch Blocks- – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 

Pair one Yellow/Orange Floral Scroll 2.5” WOF strip with one Black/White Dot WOF strip RST.  Stitch the long side, selvage to selvage.  Press strips toward scroll fabric.

fourpatchblocks1

Repeat for half WOF strips.

fourpatchblocks2

 

Repeat stitching as above, with Multi colored Dots.

fourpatchblocks3

Sub-cut these pieced strips into 24 Multi/Orange and 24 Black/Orange 2.5” sections.  Unit should measure 4.5” x 2.5”.

fourpatchblocks4

Pair one multi dot unit with one black/white dot unit from above.  Butt seams for a good point.

fourpatchblocks5

Stitch pair.  Repeat, making 24 Four Patches.

TIP:  Chain stitching units will save time & thread.  To chain stitch, take a few “empty stitches” after you finish the current seam.  With your needle in the down position, lift presser foot & insert next unit to stitch.  Lower presser foot and stitch seam.  Repeat until all units are sewn.

Press Four Patch blocks to either side or open, as desired.  Block should measure 4.5” x 4.5”

4patchblocks.png

Complete Chain Block – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – 

Lay out the components of your block near the machine.  I like to make stacks (8 deep since we are making 8 blocks), this allows me to chain piece the blocks for a faster finish.

complete chain block1

Sew each row, pressing toward the rectangle or square (away from the four patch) for a flatter block.  See arrows in diagram.

Stitch rows together, butting seams, just like we did with the four patches.

complete-chain-block21.jpg

Tah-dahhhh!  Your Chain block is completed!  Make 8 total and come back next week!

I am excited to see your progress each week!  Be sure to tag any social media posts with #QTBrookeQAL and #QTfabrics so we can see your blocks and share in your stitching fun!

Come back to the QT blog next Wednesday for the next block in our quilt.   If you have any questions, just comment or email me directly @ shannon@fabricsnquilts.com.

HAPPY STITCHING – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –

 

 

Welcome – Brooke Quilt-Along! Week 1

Brooke is a bright, whimsical new collection designed by QT Fabrics.   I’m Shannon Ownby, owner of Fabrics N Quilts quilt shop in Jamestown, Tennessee.  I have designed a  lap quilt to share here on the QT blog; we will have fun making this together! This is my 7th design for QT Fabrics and I am excited to see your progress each week!  Be sure to tag any social media posts with #QTBrookeQAL and #QTFabrics so we can see your blocks and progress.  There is also a Facebook event for this where you can post photos and comments!

Facebook Brooke Quilt-Along – Click here to join in the fun!

Each week you’ll find one section of the quilt right here on the QT blog.  The tutorials will walk you through each block with lots of pictures.   If you have any questions, or comments just email me directly @ shannon@fabricsnquilts.com

Brooke Quilt_A_Long_digitalimage

Finished quilt size is 60 1/2″ x 60 1/2″

It’s time to gather your supplies from your favorite Quilt Shop!

You will need basic sewing and rotary cutting supplies.  Everything you need, fusible web, fusible fleece, and the Brooke fabrics with quantities, are outlined below in a handy shopping list! Click on the image to download and print!

Supplies

Keep in mind… this quilt-along is for fun!  If you don’t have time to shop or finish a block in any given week, you can always refer back to the previous blogs and follow along!

We will have a big giveaway the last week of the quilt-along! Prize package will be announced next week…

There are multiple ways to enter the giveaway:

  • Upload a photo using the hashtags (#QTBrookeQAL and #QTFabrics) on Instagram
  • Comment on this blog
  • Comment on the Facebook event with photos!

We’re excited to see you next week to start the quilt and showcase the first block! 

Shout out – The Carriage Quilt Shop

bizcardThe wonderful thing about quilt shops is there are no two alike.  In my Northeast jaunt, I discovered so many wonderful shops, and found that The Carriage Quilt Shop is like a second home.  Prepare to be welcomed with open arms and smiling faces.. and candy!   I think their business card says it all… Fabric, books, custom designs, machine quilting, giggles and more…  

Sue and Linda, with their bright and shining personalities and passion for fabric, have an infectious spirit that make you want to hang out and “giggle” until your heart smiles!

I was fortunate enough to hang out for a few hours with Kevin, our Sales Manager and these lovely ladies.  We were showing them the latest fabrics and were joined by their entourage of spirited friends and family.  Samantha, Sue’s daughter, is a new quilter.  Finally catching the quilting bug after years of hopeful persuasion by her mom!  Now, she is unstoppable – check out her quilt below – amazing for a new designer, no?

IMG_1195.jpg

Samantha showing us her beautiful work… and that’s Kevin, one of our many talented and dedicated Sales Managers!

It was wonderful to see the group’s reactions to the new designs; it reinforces why we do what we do!  We love sharing our passion for fabrics with shop customers and their customers!!!

IMG_1186.jpg

My Minion friend…

IMG_1202

In addition to my new human friends, I have a new Minion pal here!  This is a clever use of a panel!  Using a 36″ x 45″ panel, some coordinating fabrics and lots of stuffing… this  great standing pillow came to life!  Mr. Minion is super popular in the shop.  I wasn’t sure if I would be able to say goodbye… he’s so squeezable!

IMG_1200

The Carriage Quilt Shoppe has a wonderful variety of fabrics.  We were so excited to see our Sew & Go Santa Claus Apron panel on display!

Another great display was using our ArtWorks digital print – is that a HD TV?  No, it’s s digital print panel!  🙂  IMG_1204.jpg

IMG_1199

I spy some Desiree Designs!  Great infant/toddler section of their shop!

IMG_1196

SNEAK PEEK – Carnivale by Debi Payne is arriving in shops in December!  We were playing with the mirror to see how it would look as a stack and whack!  

Another clever idea…  They took our Ink & Arrow Cat’s Meow fabric and used fabric markers to color in the cats… how fun!  Customize your own tote bag like this!

IMG_1191.jpg

IMG_1201.jpg

IMG_1197

Lots of great patterns!!!!

We had a wonderful time with everyone here.  This shop is in a wonderful town – lots of quaint shops and wonderful restaurants.  I am excited to see what they have in store for the next 18 years!  Make sure you stop in and tell them we said hello!

IMG_1211

Lovely mom and daughter with the kitty mermaid Samantha made… so cute!!!

Until next time – SHOP your local fabric shop and have fun meeting new friends!!!

Shout out – Quilt Farm in Boston, NY

I had grandeur plans thinking I would blog every night about my adventures on the road with our Sales Manager, Kevin.  That being said, I had an awesome week-long adventure and I am back in the office ready to share!

Another great shop along on our road trip adventure was Quilt Farm.  This big barn of a shop has been in business since 1989 and features tons of space filled with fabulous fabrics.  Everything you need to get inspired for your next project is here, plus warm and friendly people to advise you!

Isabelle Schmitt, the owner, had just finished canning fruit when we arrived and gave me a tour. I was in awe as the space was never-ending.  There is a Christmas room and a charity quilt section, a large kitchen upstairs as well as a wonderful classroom space.  I was truly impressed with the layout and flow of this converted dairy barn.   If you are ever in the area, you must visit, not only for the fabric and the quilts and the wonderful company… look at this gorgeous road-side vista.   It was breathtaking!

IMG_1169

Upon arrival, I knew this shop was going to be a treasure.  The atmosphere is so friendly and there are so many delightful places to turn!  I appreciated the section organized by color (color-geek that I am) but every nook had a purpose.  It was such fun to explore!

IMG_1172.jpg

The upstairs has vaulted ceilings allowing for full displays of larger quilts!

IMG_1178.jpg

IMG_1176.jpg

Impressive section of the shop organized by color… a rainbow of possibilities!

Isabella_QuitlFarm

Here is Isabelle in her spacious upstairs classroom.  So much room to create!

IMG_1175

Another color section…. ❤

IMG_1180

I will be back to this shop!  I intend to take a lovely road trip with my husband and explore this part of upstate New York some more.  It was great to stop and visit but I wasn’t able to linger as long as I wanted.  The homey feeling, the extensive amounts of fabrics and patterns and quilts, definitely tugged on my heart-strings to return!

 

 

 

Blog Shout Out! Old Creamery Fabrics!

We have the best sales managers and we are always so excited to hear about their experiences on the road.   Meeting up with our shop customers and learning more about the different shop offerings is one of the best parts of this industry.   Our Sales Manager, Kevin, sent us some photos and let us get to know this great shop in his territory – The  Old Creamery Fabrics!!!

OldCreamery_Eblast_1

This great shop, run by Diane and Greg Lake, has over 3,000 bolts of fabric including a large assortment of wide backing fabrics! We love that so many of our shops are family run businesses… pictured above is Diane, her grandson Robbie, and their dog, Lady! Everyone’s joining in the fabric fun!

OldCreamery_Eblast_2

In addition to their great fabric selection, The Old Creamery has turned the apartment above their shop into a retreat center! As the brochure states, isn’t it every quilter’s dream to wake up in a fabric shop? How true is that?!  Think about this next time you need a girl’s getaway – Friends, fun, fabric… all in beautiful Ellisburgh, NY.

Head over to their Facebook to see more great photos!   If you head over there, tell them QT Fabrics sent you!

Until next time, our sales team will be traveling the country, meeting with as many shops as possible to share our passion for fabric!  Head to your local quilt shop today!!!

Vermont Quilt Festival 2017

We’re back from the 41st annual Vermont Quilt Festival!  It is a pleasure to attend and vend at this wonderful quilt show.  The spirited quilt enthusiasts are warm, friendly and we enjoy sharing our passion for fabric!

For those of you who were unable to attend, we wanted to bring our booth to you!  Of course, there are many vendors and even more quilts!  One of the most remarkable things about this (and many quilt shows) are the volunteers.  Here is a photo of Melissa, who has been volunteering for the VQF for many years.  Look at her great hat with memorabilia from all the shows!

vqf volunteer 5.JPGvqf volunteer 1.JPG

Wow!   🙂  The festival would not be possible without dedicated volunteers like Melissa!

booth 1.JPG

Here’s our booth – we wanted to showcase some of our most popular quilt patterns.  Look at these beauties!   Harmony Bargello, designed by Shannon Ownby, features our Harmony brights strip rolls…talk about stunning!  To get the pattern and some bonus tips about how to make this quilt, click on her name above.

Also, pictured above, is our Quilts of Valor friendly pattern designed by Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring.  This features our Monroe fabric from our Antiquities brand.  Visit Wendy’s blog (link above) to view her post on this gorgeous quilt!  To find out more about Quilts of Valor and the wonderful work they do, click here.

booth 9.JPG

But wait, there is more from our friend Wendy.    Her Harmony Butterfly quilt is shown above.  She uses our Harmony brights strip rolls in a completely different kind of pattern. Don’t you love how that happens?  Two people, the same fabrics and totally different points of view; so much creativity and inspiration!

Spring on Bleecker Street 3.JPG

The last quilt highlighted is another beauty by Wendy Sheppard.   It is Spring on Bleecker Street and includes our Bleecker Street fabrics.  There is a Sew-Along on Wendy’s blog for this quilt. How fun!  The colors and whimsical styling of this quilt is so cheerful.  We collaborated with Wendy and Aurifil for her Marmalade Meadows embroidery floss which is incorporated throughout the Spring on Bleecker Street pattern design.

Pg2_Swirly-Bird

Yay for embroidery accents and awesome quilting!

We don’t want to forget to mention our newest style of fabrics.  Junebee for Ink & Arrow Fabrics is here!  Our newest collection, Zola, is full of color, print and brings fashionable flair and fun to our fabrics!

Zola-dress-2

This fashion statement dress is the Monique by Sew Serendipity.  ❤  this pattern.  The great thing about her patterns are how customizable they are.  Different lengths, bodice types, belts or ties – anything is possible.  This is one of our favorite versions of this dress and we use this pattern all-the-time!!!

And then, there is the Road Trip bag by Sew Many Creations.  *Swoon*  This is the go-to bag when you are jetting away for the weekend!  It’s seriously roomy but so pretty and practical at the same time!  Love the handles / shoulder strap as well as the awesome hardware.

Zola-bag-4

Of course, the Vermont Quilt Festival is just that, a place to show off gorgeous quilts. Here are two examples of the many beautiful entries for this show.  To see more, make sure you like the VQF on Facebook and also check out their website for more photos to come.

show-quilts-9_best-in-show.jpg

show-quilts-10_best-in-show

The above “Threads of Friendship” (Carol’s Gift) was best in show!  The intricate detail of the quilting and treatment of the fabrics are incredible.  Well done, Barbara K. of Maryland!

It is inspiring how the Vermont Quilt Festival embraces quilters of all experience levels and abilities.  Seasoned quilters can show off their latest challenging project and up-and-coming young quilters can share their triumphant first quilt.  The quilt below,  “Bad Kitties” by Emily D. of Vermont won the Young Quilter Award.  This is her first attempt at sewing!  How marvelous to see and this is exactly what we love to see, a new generation bringing their enthusiasm and point of view to sewing, quilting and creating!

show-quilts-12_tale-of-two-kitties.jpg

Extra bonus, this quilt features our collection a Tail of Two Kitties by Dan Morris for QT!

show-quilts-14_tale-of-two-kitties.jpg

Another year of camaraderie, laughter, learning, sharing and inspiration!  We look forward to the next Vermont Quilt Festival.  We are so thankful to have been a part of this awesome event and to committee and volunteers who make this festival come to life!

All of the fabrics featured in our booth are in shops now!  We hope you are inspired to head to your local quilt shop and check them out – what will you create?

 

 

Blog Shout Out – Austin Sewing Machines & Quilting

Hey Y’all!!!  We’re excited to share with you the winner of our Blog Shout Out from our National Quilting Day Event on Facebook!   Abby Brooks (shown below) won an 84 piece fat quarter bundle of Harmony!    Per the giveaway, Abby tagged her local quilt shop, Austin Sewing Machines & Quilting and so it is… our Blog Shout Out winner!

blog_abby

National Quilt Day is once a year, but we eat, sleep, and breathe fabric and quilting every day!  🙂  We were thrilled to see the photos of consumers enjoying their time spent in their local quilt shop!  There is so much of a spirit of camaraderie when shopping local;  we love to encourage people to go to their local quilt/fabric shops!  You’ll find you can get guidance on a project or technique, inspiration, and of course, FABRIC!!!!! 🙂

I reached out to Austin Sewing Machines and Quilting to find out their story.  Another perk of being in this industry is learning about our new friends and their experiences!

QT:  Tell us about you and your shop:

Austin Sewing Machine (ASM):  ASM has been owned by my parents, Bob and Ruth Clark since 1984.  My name is Robyn Smith and I have worked in the sewing industry for most of my life.  Sewing is a love inherited from my mother and I created my first garment in 4H in the 7th grade.  ASM started out as a sewing machine business and we currently sell five brands of machines:  Pfaff, Viking, Brother, Janome and Juki (including Juki’s long arm).

machines

Impressive offering of machines… care for a test drive?

In 2001, premium quilting fabric, patterns, designs and notions were added to our inventory.  I soon was addicted to quilting.  In addition to teaching new owners’ classes to those who purchase machines from us, we also have a monthly Sewing and Embroidery Club meetings to encourage our club members with new techniques and designs as well as recognizing their own creativity and patronage.

patterns

That’s a whole lotta patterns 🙂

QT:  Are you more motivated by color or pattern?

Currently, with approximately 3,000 bolts from various manufacturers, I’m motivated by color rather than pattern.  I especially love bright colors and since I am the fabric buyer for the store, ASM has a lot of color!  Batiks, stripes, dots and metallic finished fabrics provide our customers with a selection towards the modern look rather than the traditional or civil war style.

color

I spy our Sunkissed fabric (Spring wallhanging) beautiful sample! 

color2

Another beauty!  The fabric used here is  Kaleidoscope by Desiree Designs  ❤

QT:  If you had to make only one type of project going forward, what would it be?

Quilts, hands down.  Though I sewed garments for many years, fitting is not a strong point for me – if it didn’t fit, it never got finished!  Fortunately, quilts do not have to “fit”.

I especially love machine embroidery which plays very well with quilting.  We sell Anita Goodesign embroidery collections as well as various other companies’ designs.  We just completed an event with Anita Goodesign with over 50 participants which was a lot of fun.

QT:  Finish this statement:  To me, success is…

In connecting with our customers, of course face to face is the best.  We use email a lot and we do have a Facebook page.  We are exploring using Instagram.  To me, success is creating the most positive experience for each customer that makes a contact in our store.

QT:  What are your future goals?

Our goals for the future would be:  to continue to greet each individual who contacts our store with the genuine intention to get to know him or her and meet their specific needs; to provide customers with the best service possible; and to keep our “brick and mortar” business going well into the future.


 

A wonderful story and legacy for this family-owned and operated business.  So often, in this digital age, we forget the friendly smile and welcoming spirit when walking into a brick and mortar shop.   We love to learn from our shop customers and see the positive impact they have on their community.

I can’t wait to head over to my local shop tomorrow to see what types of events they have going on!   Maybe, just maybe, my friends there will be able to help me figure out a technique to keep my stitching within the seam allowance for once!  If crooked sewing/stitching was an Olympic sport, I’d tie for 1st, 2nd and 3rd 🙂

 

 

Fabric Addicts Unite – Not Your Garden Variety!

Hello friends!  It’s a rainy day here at my office but I have no worries!  Our newest collection hitting shops now, is just the thing to keep me smiling and thinking of springtime flowers!  After all, “April showers, bring May flowers” right?

Not Your Garden Variety by Cindy Sepp for Studio 8… you must add to your stash! 🙂

_Not Your Garden Variety_stack 2

Don’t you just love the swirly style?!?

cindy-sepp_1.jpg

Cindy is one of our employee-owner,  in-house designers who has been with QT for over 4 years.  We are thrilled to introduce her inaugural collection for Studio 8… Not only because she is incredibly talented, but also, because Cindy is a delightfully darling person!  The bold contrast of black & white with bright & vivid color is so fabulous and fresh!  Think of the many different creative applications for this  beautiful fabric.. we’re excited to see what you all create!

_Not Your Garden Variety_fanned 1

Spring has sprung!  Contemporary chic in gorgeous colors… this is Not Your Garden Variety floral collection!

IJ-Betsy-Apron_on-mannequinnygv.jpg

How about this “Betsy” Apron from Indygo Junction featuring Not Your Garden Variety?

_Not Your Garden Variety_3.jpg

ig-lg-ruffle-nygv

 

This Indygo Junction Lg. Bag from “Ruffle Trio” is so flirty and swirly for spring!

Head to your local fabric shop and ask them about this fun collection!  There are lots of possibilities, enjoy sewing|quilting |crafting with “Not Your Garden Variety”

We’ll be back with more fabrics you just have to “add to your stash!”

🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Springtime fabrics arriving in shops!!!

We are excited to share two of our newest collections shipping to your local fabric shop this month!  Our wide variety of fabrics allow us to offer something for everyone!  As evident by these two groups that are quite different!

Mariposa is up first, a beautiful collection by Kate Follows for QT.  These fabrics offer dazzling butterflies and dragonflies fluttering along with jewel tone medallions and beaded details.   Just gorgeous… fresh and bold at the same time, this collection is unique!

Mariposatitle

_Mariposa detail 1

Exquisite details in vivid color…

_Mariposa 4

Imagine the projects you could create? 

We have a beautiful project for this collection designed by Sue Harvey & Sandy Boobar of Pine Tree Country Quilts.  Click the Quilt to download the project!

mariposa quilt.jpg

Do you have a Mariposa project in mind?   What will you create?



Next up, we have So Many Fish, So Little Time it’s true!  For the fishing enthusiasts in our lives, you know they can get “lost” for hours by the pond waiting for the catch of the day!

Somanyfish

This collection features artwork by Jon Q. Wright for QT.

_So Many Fish 3

Grab your tackle box, fishing pole and sewing machine! 🙂

_So Many Fish_detail brown

These fabrics have a lot of detail and capture the artwork beautifully!  The Fishing Advertisement print would be a terrific “Camp Shirt”

_So Many Fish_detail 3

This group presents a great opportunity to create a quilt for your favorite fisherman or woman!  We have a great project available for download designed by Theresa Romeo.

fishquilt

Click on the Quilt to download the free pattern at our website!

These are quite the “catch” and we hope you head over to your local quilt shop and create a project!  Spring is almost here!  We hope you enjoyed our latest collections!

 

We love to see what you create!   You can always send a photo of your Quilting Treasures projects to us at qtsocialmedia@cpw.com!  Tell us a little about your inspiration, and we may feature you on our Facebook page!  Be sure to like us and keep up with all the great things that are happening!

 

 

 

Blog Shout out – Sunny Laurel Sisters!

Last month, I was fortunate enough to visit Sunny Laurel Sisters in Colchester, VT.  What a wonderful weekend I had!

There is something to be said for a long, picturesque drive up to Vermont.  I cranked up the Christmas music (readily available on many stations at this time of year) and enjoyed my long and peaceful ride on a Friday afternoon.  My destination was Sunny Laurel Sisters quilt shop.  The purpose of this trip was to discuss the inspiration and design of our QT fabrics.  It is my favorite subject to chat about and I was thrilled to have a fresh audience as I have exhausted my family and friends on the topic!  🙂    Oh, to be able to talk about layout and color, technique and styling…what a great opportunity to share my passion for fabric!

To further the Vermont experience, I stayed in a bed and breakfast, “The Sinclair Inn” ; it was wonderful!   I just happened to be their only guest that weekend and I felt like Queen for a Day (or two).   This “business” trip was turning into a nice re-set, a mini-retreat, which I didn’t realize I needed until I finished my delicious breakfast.  *For the foodies in our midst, a photo of said delicious breakfast*  I know… so yummy!

I  was invigorated to approach a day of meeting new people and reconnecting with my love of our wonderful industry and the reason I do what I do!

I arrived at Sunny Laurel Sisters and found it to be a beautifully appointed, creative space with wonderful samples and displays.  I was impressed, not only with the visual impact of the shop but, the warm and friendly welcome I received.  One of the many reasons I absolutely adore my job,  is knowing that our fabrics are ultimately used by quilters, sewists and crafters to create something…  Regardless of the end use, these fabrics are the creative medium used to deliver a message of love, caring, creativity and sharing!

Here are some photos of this wonderful shop, I hope if you are in the neighborhood, you stop in and say hello!   They celebrated their 3rd birthday on the day I was there…I was thrilled to be part of their celebration events.  Happy Birthday to you in your new location!

sunny9

Light & bright, with plenty of room to browse…

sunny10

Lots of patterns to choose from!!! Not only in this section but throughout the shop!

sunny8

Great overview shot from the front corner – I couldn’t wait to walk around and explore!

sunny3

Wonderful layout by color with great quilt projects for inspiration!

sunny2

Loved the holiday section 🙂

sunny5

A nice big selection of Halloween & Harvest as well…

Just a couple of the many projects made from our fabrics!  A lovely “Bunny Love Quilt”, “Thimble Pleasures” Pop Up Bin and a “Shine Bright Quilt” were beautifully featured!

nicole

Nicole is the owner of this beautiful shop!  I was able to walk around and chat with a few people prior to the presentation.  As many quilters and crafters know, there is wonderful camaraderie when you head to a quilt/fabric shop.   It was so nice to be able to find out what people were making, their next projects and what kind of fabrics they were purchasing!

I spoke with a group of about 20 or so ladies who were part of the birthday celebration!  I explained how we develop our fabric collections, from inspiration to final fabrics. We have different approaches to different types of collections whether it be licensed or developed by our in-house studio artists.  There was so much to discuss and I had a great time reviewing everything with the group.   I brought samples of different projects made with new fabrics and we reviewed some of the newest lines (before they are in shops!)  I am always happy to share my love of textiles and design!  Of course, we always bring goodies for the new friends we make and I felt like Santa handing out our QT bags to everyone!

presentation2.jpg

Nicole helping me by picking names for one of the prize winners!!!

presentation1

That’s me showing off our Antiquities quilt, Essex… the group really loved the color and design of this quilt!

As I said, this was more than a business trip. It was a great reminder of the love I have for  my work, an idyllic retreat (Vermont during the holiday season) and a heartwarming experience to see the people who create with our fabrics as they come together to share and learn.

P.S.,  I almost forgot to mention the loads of goodies I was able to buy for holiday gifting and for myself 🙂 at various little shops and antique stores on my way home…

Thank you to Sunny Laurel Sisters for hosting this On the Go with QT presentation!