What makes a quilt shop fun?

I recently started a new job as a regional sales manager for Quilting Treasures. It’s all about the fabric, baby! I get to go to quilt shops every day and talk about fabric. Yep, I’m a kid in a candy store.

I’ve been very fortunate to edit sewing and quilting books the last 6 years. I’ve also been blessed to be able to design my own patterns over the last 2 years. Now I have yet another great way to express my love of all quilts. I’m one lucky dog.

My territory is the northern half of California, Nevada (except for Las Vegas), Idaho and the western 2/3 of Montana.

About half of the shops I visit are in California and I live in the Bay Area, so that’s nice. Most of the Nevada shops are in the Reno/Tahoe area, which isn’t far for me. I have family in Idaho and lived in Missoula, MT as a kid, so I have a deep affection for this gorgeous part of our country.

I spent the past week in southern Idaho. It was snowy and windy, reminding me of my hometown in Washington state. I visited some very cosmopolitan quilt shops, some independent one-stop sewing/crafting stores and a few thriving quilt shops in homes and outbuildings.

I have a fresh appreciation for the ingenious, endearing, intelligent and persevering nature of the independent quilt shop owner.

Owning a successful quilt shop must be like running a night club, a hair salon, a school, AND a store. It’s all about creating a welcoming community for your customers. What a talented group of women (and a few men) I am meeting.

Do you know an impressive quilt shop owner?

What do you like about the shops you patronize?

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Giveaway – Tidal Lace fat quarters

Leave a comment to win this entire gorgeous group of fat quarters from the Tidal Lace collection by Kim Andersson for Windham Fabrics. Share your favorite quick sewing project in your post.

Leave a comment to win this entire gorgeous group of fat quarters from the Tidal Lace collection by Kim Andersson for Windham Fabrics. Share your favorite quick sewing project in your post.

 

The Tidal Lace Blog Hop continues!

See my previous post for a quick pillow project tutorial.

Tidal Lace Pillow

Check out the rest of the AMAZING projects created with this gorgeous fabric.

Sept. 15-23rd.

Sept. 15-23rd.

 

Here are the links for all the participating sites:

Mon 15th Sept:
Windham Fabrics
Kim Andersson : I Adore Pattern
Tues 16th Sept:
Erin Harris : House on Hill Road
Amy Gunson : Badskirt
Cath Mosley on Instagram
Wed 17th Sept:
Anne Sullivan : Play Crafts
Stacey Day : Stacey In Stitches
Thurs 18th Sept:
Adrianne Ove : Little Bluebell
Terri Carpenter : The Quilted Fox
Friday 19th Sept:
See How We Sew
Amanda Hohnstreiter : My Sewcial Hour
Sat 20th Sept:
Ann Haley : Sew Messy
Madeleine Roberg : Domestic Strata
Sunday 21st Sept:
Cal Patch : Hodge Podge Farm
Rebecca Ringquist : Drop Cloth
Monday 22nd Sept:
Alicia Wietholter : Swoon Patterns
Stacey Sharman : Peppermint Pinwheels
Tuesday 23rd Sept:
Jen Carlton Bailly : Bettycrockerass
Miriam Blaich : The Berlin Quilter
Sew on – – – – – – – – – –
Ann

 

Modern pillow pattern

Quick modern pillow – pattern available

 

This fab pillow is made using 5 fat quarters of Terra Australis 2 fabric from Ella Blue (due in stores in September). Of course you can use any fabric you like. But seriously, don’t you this fabric is amazing?

The pillow pattern available. It’s a great project for a beginning quilter or home sewist. The cutting and piecing is very basic. It’s a slip-cover, so no zippers or buttonholes required!

The pillow top is quilted in straight lines – easy peasy!

I’m setting up my Etsy store, so for now, just shoot me an email if you want a hard copy or downloadable PDF.

For those of you in the Bay Area, I’ll be teaching this class at Intrepid Thread in Milpitas, CA , October 3rd.

If you haven’t discovered Intrepid Thread yet, I promise that you will LOVE it! Julie carries modern quilt fabrics at great prices. All of the inventory is online, so you don’t need to be in the Bay Area to indulge yourself.

Don’t you love projects that give you instant gratification?

Midnight in the City quilt

Midnight in the City quilt

My skyline quilt “Midnight in the City” was displayed at Stitch Modern in Piedmont, CA. It all started with my Skyline quilt block and a great group of friends on the Flickr bee, Simply Solids. Click on the photo to go to the free tutorial for the basic block I used to make this quilt.

Quilt binding dispenser

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This is a follow up to my previous post about wrapping quilt binding around a cardboard tube. If you recall, I concluded in my last post that any old cardboard tube (from wrapping paper, paper towels or even toilet paper) works just fine for storing quilt binding.

I discovered that placing the tube on my sewing machine’s second spool made it easy to pull out just the amount I need. What an awesome way to keep the binding from getting tangled and mangled.

If you don’t have an extra thread spindle on your machine, use a vertical paper towel holder.

Since I had wrapped my binding on a large wrapping paper tube left over from the holidays, I placed a large spool of thread on the spindle then slid the cardboard over the spool. The big spool of thread kept the tube steady.

Give it a try, you will use this tip again and again.

Stitch on – – – –
Ann