Congratulations to Sarah, who is the lucky winner of the Ft. Worth Fabric Studio bundle. I sent you an e-mail. When you receive it, please send me your snail mail address, so we can mail that out to you. Enjoy!!
Congratulations to Sarah, who is the lucky winner of the Ft. Worth Fabric Studio bundle. I sent you an e-mail. When you receive it, please send me your snail mail address, so we can mail that out to you. Enjoy!!
Tomorrow is Cyber Monday!! Ft. Worth Fabric Studio is offering a fabulous give-a-way. See the incredible deals they are offering for Cyber Monday
To win this holiday batik bundle, please leave a comment in my comment box, telling us what your favorite bundle is on the Ft. Worth Fabric Studio web site.
This is a great way to kick off your holiday season. Thanks to Jodie and her wonderful staff.
I am a big proponent of small business. And Ft. Worth Fabric Studio, owned by Jodie Heinold. It is a fabulous online store that offers great deals all year around, as well as special sales. They are actually celebrating with a Black Friday Sale, A Small Business Saturday Sale, and a Cyber Monday Sale.
I am happy to introduce, Jodie Heinold.
4. How big is your staff? And what do the other staffers do at Ft. Worth Fabric Studio? We have a staff of 6 in addition to myself. It truly is a family business!
Jodie, thank you so much for sharing some pre-Thanksgiving time with us. It was a pleasure getting to know you better, and Ft. Worth Fabric Studio.
Jodie has generously offered a holiday fabric bundle, as a give-a-way.
To enter, please leave a comment in my comment box. Tell us the name of your is favorite bundle in the Bundle Section.
Or click on this link http://www.fortworthfabricstudio.com/shop/category/bundles.
I will announce the winner on this blog on Monday, December1st, at 9:00 PM, EST. Please make sure to leave your e-mail address.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving, and enjoy this big sale weekend!!
Happy Quilting!! And safe travels.
Thank you to everyone who sent Happy Blogaversary wishes. It means a lot to me, because I enjoy sharing with readers what I am discovering in the quilt industry, as well as my WIP’s and tutorials.
The lucky winner of the $25 Fort Worth Fabric Studio gift certificate is ScottyLover.
Please e-mail me at (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your snail mail address so Fort Worth Fabric Studio can send you the gift certificate. Congratulations and happy shopping!!
On Fridays, Fort Worth Fabric Studio offers some great bundle deals. And a special thank you to Jodie for offering this gift certificate.
And The New Blogger’s Blog Hop will be hopping to the next group of new quilt bloggers. Click on Plum and June’s button to check them out. I’m looking forward to visiting these new blogs too. And a special thanks to Beth for coordinating this great blog hop.
Happy Reading and Happy Quilting!!
This past week has been so busy. A lot has happened.
My monthly quilting goal is to finish the Lighthouse quilt. http://www.freshlemonsquilts.com/?p=3149. It’s basted and I’ve finished stitching in the ditch. I will be doing free motion in each of the light areas below.
This quilt is for our newest cousin who was born this week on Wednesday, March 12, in Chicago. Each of the four triangles are lighthouses. But one of my friends in my quilting clinic said it reminded her more of beach umbrellas. Either way it is representing Lake Michigan.
On the back I used a strip of scraps in between 1/3 and 2/3rd’s of the green and white checkered fabric. In my last post, http://www.hudsonvalleyquilts.com/2014/03/quilting-blogging-and-taxes.html, I showed part of that strip. In the end, that strip is going to take on some embellishments. I will keep that a surprise for now. But I will tell you that it has do with Andrew’s new family.
I had a birthday too. Tuesday, March 11. And my husband and I had a great day. It started with a long walk together outside. The temperature was in the upper 50’s. Finally!! This was followed by a long massage at a new spa in Briarcliff, New York, http://www.bellamaiyadayspa.com/ I highly recommend it to those of you who live in the area, or may visit Westchester County, New York someday.
Later we had a cupcake decorating lesson and learned how to decorate with fondant and pipe icing through plastic bags at, http://www.sweetoothkatonah.com/.
This was our journey;
We added special food coloring into the plain white fondant. Not to appetizing yet. But it will be!
A bee. Looks more appetizing now!!
We’re in progress at this point.
Our finished cupcakes; iced, decorated and ready to take home!! We only ate one each so far. They are yummy!! The others we put in the freezer for another day.
This is us, showing off our cupcakes.
And this week we have a great give-a-way from Cuts of Cotton.
There are 12 fat quarters in this bundle in a variety of colors. All you need to do in order to win is “like” us both on facebook; https://www.facebook.com/HudsonValleyQuiltsInc, https://www.facebook.com/cutsofcotton. Sign up for Cuts of Cottons, newsletter, http://www.cutsofcotton.com/ and sign up to receive the Hudson Valley Quilts blog, http://www.hudsonvalleyquilts.com/. Let me know that you did by leaving a comment in my comment box. And Cuts of Cotton is running some great specials; http://us7.campaign-archive1.com/?u=1908c26e5c89688c7abbaa2bc&id=ecf1d11799&e=6f9f717793
This give-a-way ends at 12:01 AM on Thurday. Please leave me your e-mail address, so I can contact you if you are the winner. I will announce the winner later in the day on Thursday. Good luck!!
Happy St. Patrick’s Day, and Happy Quilting!!
Congratulations to Iris the winner of the THINK SPRING bundle from Cuts of Cotton. Please e-mail your mailing mailing address to email@example.com, so we can send it out to you. We are experiencing stechnical issues and trying to resolve them and post the book I wanted to share during National Library Week.
As you know, many of us have been hit hard by snowstorms, severe cold, and ice this year. It’s been a long, hard winter. So it’s time to get positive and THINK SPRING with this months fabric give-a-way from Cuts of Cotton.
This is such a happy bundle. In order to win, please subscribe to The Cuts of Cotton blog, http://www.cutsofcotton.com/blogs/blog, my blog and like Hudson Valley Quilts on facebook at, https://www.facebook.com/HudsonValleyQuiltsInc
Let me know that you did all three in the comments box below. I will announce the winner on Friday. This give-a-way ends on Friday, February 21, at 6:00 AM, EST.
On another note, this is National Library Week. I will be posting a short review of my favorite quilting book, which happens to be a children’s picture book I came across many years ago. It’s very sweet and special, and I’m excited to share it with everyone.
I came across this book a few months ago, and I really wanted to familiarize myself with it, before I wrote this review. I have to admit, I don’t know a lot about different fabrics when it comes to sewing. Really just the basics, particularly when it comes to quilting. But now, I am no longer afraid to experiment with other fabrics and try sewing projects outside of quilting.
Dana Willard, author of Fabrics From A to Z; The Essential Guide to Choosing and Using Fabrics for Sewing,has written a sewist’s reference gem. And her encouraging and enthusiastic introduction, has made me want to try Minky, (and other fabrics), which I have always been afraid would wreck the timing on my machine because of it’s thickness. Several months ago someone gave me a large piece of it.
Back then I had a older Bernina, and now have the 750, but I think I still would have shied away from it. I donated the Minky to the local SPCA to keep the dogs, cats, puppies of kittens soft and warm while waiting to be adopted. I never regret helping animals in need.
Now I think I’m going to buy some Minky and use it for the back side of a baby quilt I’m planning. My cousin and her husband are expecting their third; a new baby who’s arrival we are all excited about, due this Spring.
This must-have guide/reference book is sooo well organized. The first section is about “Selecting Fabrics,” and that is divided into five parts; Woven Fabrics, Knit Fabrics, Speciality Fabrics, Blended Fabrics and Patterned Fabrics. Within those categories over 100 fabrics are covered.
Section Two covers “Notions and Tools.” That is divided into four sections; Reading Sewing Patterns, Glossary, Index and acknowledgements.
Each half page spread covers a fabric. For example, see Lawn below. (Never knew there was even a fabric with that name, just thought it was something green outside our home. covered for the last few months with snow and ice. lol).
At the top left, check out the handy key with the icons. The dress means it’s a good fabric for fashion. The curtains indicate that the fabric means it’s good for home furnishing, and the hexagon shape tells the reader the fabric is good for crafts and miscellaneous projects.
At the bottom of each half page spread, is a very clear photo of the fabric, better than shown above. I can actually see the nubs and weaves in these photos, that’s how sharp they are.
There is a description of the fabric and a recommendation of what it is best used for in detail. For example, lawn is “…,plain-weave cotton….,” that is best used in “….blouses, dresses, shirts, curtain, nightgowns, baby clothing and quilting.”
Next the authors writes a bulleted list of the fabrics characteristics. The following paragraph is list that describes how to best work with the fabric. Lastly, comes a list of how to care for the fabric. Some pages include, “Handy Hint,” “Tip,” or “Did You Know.”
Part Two covers Notions and Tools. This is fabulous, because each category within those topics are plentiful, with short, precise descriptions, and have simple line art drawings, that provide a novice sewer with a guide that makes identification easy, peasy.
Notions covers everything from all different kinds of threads, which is something I always need to question ,or have something to refer to, and wonderfully helpful. Pages depict different types of buckles, appliques, fastners, trims, zippers and more.
Tools is equally as excellent and complete. It covers tools for measuring, cutting, pressing, machine presser feet and more. I love the machine presser feet section.
I’m grateful to have found this comprehensive and well-written reference book, which is so perfectly executed. Spot on for all interested in sewing.
Back cover….The end.
If you haven’t read Monday’s post of an interview with Amy Gibson from Stitchery Dickory Dock, please check it out. It includes a fabulous give-a-way, which ends on Saturday, February, 16 at 12:01 PM.
Happy reading and sewing. And stay safe and warm, especially if you too being effected by this huge Nor’ easter.
I have been reading Amy Gibson’s blog since I started blogging this past summer. What intrigued me was the name; Stitchery Dickory Dock; Cuckoo for Quilting, www.stitcherydickorydock.com/, my curiosity about the Sugar Block Club, which immediately made me think Amy lived or lives in Texas, probably near my relatives, (wrong), and the cheerful spirit coming from the “Woman behind the blog.”
With that, I am happy Amy agreed to an interview. It was so much fun for me to research and develop questions for her. I think her answers will not only make you smile, but inspire you, to be even more creative, as they did me.
Interview with Amy Gibson from Stitchery Dickory Dock
Tell us how you began quilting? Were there other quilters/sewers in your family? I love those photos on your blog of you when you were sewing with your Great Grandma, and the one of you in the front of the 4H banner.
Hi Anne! First off, thanks so much for having me! What a treat to be featured! I learned to sew when I was 6 or 7 years old in 4-H. My mother and grandmother were both 4-H club leaders, and great sewers, so I learned from them, starting with a gathered skirt and moving on to other garments and home dec projects. When I was 12 years old, I decided to take the “Patchwork Arts” unit in 4-H, and joined a local charity quilting group to help me learn the ropes.
That was so life-changing! It was a humble little group, that met in the basement of a tiny little rural church, but was thoroughly equipped with everything a quilter could need. It was from those sweet ladies that I learned about rotary cutters and strip piecing, how to baste, and how to tie a “quilter’s knot”…so many little tips and tricks. Watching my first quilt come together was such a thrill! Wish I could have kept it, but I also felt great to give it to charity.
Where did you grow up? Where do you live now?
I was born and raised in Denver, Colorado! I went away for a short spell, to get a college degree in central Virginia (and a husband!), but I couldn’t stay away for long – we moved back to the Mile High City right after our wedding, and are thoroughly enjoying raising our 4 children here. It’s really a blessing to be raising my family in the same area that I grew up…taking them to all the fun spots and events that I enjoyed as a child…it’s really cool.
How did you come up with the name “Stitchery Dickory Dock” for your blog/business? And why did you start a blog?
I started my quilting business in 2008, and actually started off as a small Etsy shop selling quilts, retro-inspired aprons, and other little patchwork items.
I have to give my husband credit for coming up with the name though! I remember we were having a burger at our favorite little local spot, and I was dreaming aloud of the things that I wanted the name to embody…”it needs to be whimsical, vintage nursery rhyme-ish, and somehow stitching related”…he immediately shot out Stitchery Dickory Dock” and we both said THAT’S IT! www.stitcherydickorydock.com/
It really was a great fit, because clocks (like in the Hickory Dickory Dock nursery rhyme) have a really strong place in my family heritage. My grandfather was an engineer who spent a lifetime restoring beautiful clocks- his home was filled with them. And my grandmother, on the other side of the family, had an old German cuckoo clock in her kitchen for as long as I can remember – brought to America by my great grandparents.
That clock was absolute magic! It had heavy weights that hung down low and looked like pine cones, and a funny little bird that popped out every hour… Magic. I love my heritage full of tick tocks! Once I began blogging, I found my true passion, and the Etsy shop quickly fizzled away. I had no interest in making quilts to sell, but every interest in designing and making them for myself and friends, and have always been a bit of a writer at heart…the rest is history. 🙂
I love the monthly personal challenge posts on your blog. It’s so original and authentic. How did that idea come about?
I can’t tell you what joy it brings me to hear how folks are excited and moved by the personal challenge portion of this month’s Sugar Block Club. So much, partially because I felt it was a risky direction to take. Folks would either love it, and join me, full hearted, or they’d hate it, and be annoyed that we were straying so far from quilting.
In the end, my heart won and I went with it. I suppose I craved an excuse to write about something deeper than wonky stars and paper piecing technique. Yes, I will always be hopelessly in love with quilting, but what really moves my heart is the relationships and growth that I see in the online quilting movement. People coming together, supporting one another, making things with meaning and love and passion, overcoming self doubt and learning to be fearless. To me, this is such a big part of quilting – personal growth – so it felt so natural to pair it with the community I have come to love so much.
Tell us about the Sugar Block Club? How it begin, and how is it evolving? Were there really 1000 quilters from all over the world and now 100,000? How did that happen?
Well, the Sugar Block Club really came into being as the 2012 Craftsy Block of the Month was nearing an end. That year was AMAZING – so many quilters coming together, making the same blocks but with their own unique twist – and it boggled my mind at how diverse the group was. About 175,000 quilters came together over that sampler, modern to traditional to art quilters – everyone found a place – and I just couldn’t bare to see that momentum and enthusiasm end.
We were having way, way too much fun to stop! So I decided I’d continue it by creating a monthly BOM subscription that was full of all the things I loved – classically inspired blocks, yummy recipes, pretty fabric, and now the even deeper challenge of looking inward and doing a little piecing of the heart. As it continues to grow, I am so grateful and inspired by all those who have decided to join in.
How did you become a Craftsy instructor, and tell us more about this experience?
Oh, what a joy to work with Craftsy! What an enormous blessing to have the opportunity to be part of that wonderful family. They came onto my radar back in 2010 or 11 I think, when Jenny Doan of The Missouri Star Quilt Company released a class for them called “Quilting Quickly.” I actually won enrollment in the class in a giveaway (crazy, right?!), and I was just delighted by the unique advantages that their online class platform had to offer.
When I met the Craftsy folks in 2011 at a sewing event, and discovered they were also based in Denver, we really hit it off. I designed a couple of workshops for them first, and then when they asked if I’d be interested in working with them on a monthly series, I was like, “Cool, I’d love to be involved! Who’s gonna host it?” Ha! She said “You!” Totally stunned. Totally excited. When I told my mom, I think she just about had a heart attack- “You can finally put that acting degree to good use!”
How did you learn to create and write your own patterns? What would you recommend to those who want to learn how to design fabric and patterns?
As far as quilt design goes, for me it was pure trial and error…and a whole lot of math. A ton of math. And boy did I hate math in school, but now that I use it every day to make quilts that I love, I actually kind of enjoy all the number crunching. It can be a brain bender at times, but once you get a strong grip on the basic formulas for calculating patch sizes and fabric requirements, it’s liberating.
As far as inspiration goes, the sky is the limit for me – I’m constantly taking photos on my phone of tiled floors and woven rugs…pretty garments or architecture that contain an element I love, and think I could incorporate into a quilt. I’d also advise anyone interested in designing their own quilts to pick up a sketch pad – I love the White Lines graph paper pads – and some colored pencils. Sketching is a really helpful step because when you have a cool idea in your head, it’s important to put it on paper right away. No need for the sketch to be perfect or even the right colors, scale, etc. For me, it’s just getting it from my head to the paper.
After that, I usually take my sketch and create the design in a quilt design software program. I use EQ7 by the Electric Quilt Company. The software allows me to tweak things and play with the design and fabrics, without having to re-sketch it every time. Definitely a major time saver, and admittedly, a whole lot of fun!
How would you describe your design style? Traditional, modern, other?
You know, I don’t know quite where I fit in. I wouldn’t say I’m modern because I love the classic vintage piecing, but then again I’m not entirely traditional because I love bright, poppy colors and modern prints.
I was with Leah Day when someone asked her this same question, and I loved her reply, “I’m just a quilter.” 🙂
Tell us what inspires you?
Oh my, so much! Rich colors, meaningful stories, nature, history, family… Everything and anything.
What is your favorite part, and least favorite part of the quilting process?
Favorite part is probably design and piecing. Least favorite…mmmm, probably cutting. Especially on larger quilts, it can get sorta tedious. I’ve definitely suffered sore arms the day after cutting patches for a great big quilt!
You have a large family and a thriving business. How do you juggle it all?
Sshhhh…the secret to my madness is a messy house and totally unorganized schedule! Seriously though, I wish I had some amazing tips to share. The reality is, I don’t quite know how it works. Sometimes it works because I spend all day in pajamas and let the kids enjoy movies & popcorn in bed. And sometimes it works because I “get it together”, and actually do organized things like freeze-ahead meal planning and task lists.
Usually though, it’s just day by day, hour by hour, minute by minute survival. When the kids are in school or napping, I have to prioritize – what can I not do when they are around? Work on this quilt, or fold this laundry? The quilt always wins out. And when they are all home and awake, I just have to go with the flow. Sometimes that means a family outing, or room cleaning extravaganza, and sometimes it means we’re all working on something…a quilt, a blog, homework, a beaded necklace…or scattering food about the floor. You know, work things. 🙂
Quilters love fabric. What are some of your favorites and why?
Oh goodness, this is a tough one. Designers? Collections? I’m a major sucker for modernized vintage reproductions – love sweet dainty flowers in poppy colors and funky little geometrics. And really any bright small scale blender prints are my friends, as well as great low volume neutral prints. Oh, and dots! Tiny pin dots- I can’t get enough of them.
A Great Give-a-Way – Amy is offering two great give-a-ways for two lucky winners. All you need to do is leave a comment in my comment box below, telling us what online class you would like to see in the future. Please leave me your e-mail address as well, so we can contact the winners. This give-a-way ends on Saturday, February 15th at 12:01 AM, and the winner will be announced on Saturday morning.
The first of these prizes is a free Quilty Class that Amy is teaching, called….
for more details about this very cool class click on the link below;
The second of these two prizes is a is a beautiful bundle of fabrics, True Colors by Joel Dewberry.
Thank you so much Amy, for sharing your thoughts, your life, and quilting and sewing inspirations!!
I had the good fortune to meet Sarah and John Devens, owners of a wonderful quilt shop, Sew Happins in Wilminton, North Carolina. They carry a wide variety of fabrics, notions, offer many great classes,and are a Bernina dealer.
(413 S. College Rd., Wilmington, NC, 910-399-4935, http://www.SewHappins.com).
I’m always excited to share a great find,when I come across a quilt store, whether brick and mortar or online. And Saturday, January 25th, just happens to be National Visit Your Quilting Shop Day. So if you are in the area, I encourage you to visit, not just Saturday, anytime you happen to be in Wilmington, NC.
This store is full of positive and creative energy, and it has a lot to do with Sarah and John’s philosophy. Luckily, Sarah was able to sit down and talk with me about Sew Happins at 3:30 PM, because until then it was buzzing with customers and a class on a typical Thursday.
Sarah told me that when they came back from living in the Netherlands for a little over a decade, they really wanted to make time for each other, and their family. For example, they are closed on Black Friday, evenings and Sunday.
The second part of their philosophy, came as their story unfolded even more when I asked Sarah, “What is the most rewarding aspect of running Sew Happins.” She explained to me that she loves seeing what quilters create from the fabric they buy at their store, and the classes they take. The best part for her comes from their customer’s excitement with the experience they have. Sarah encourages everyone to post their progress and finished quilts on their facebook page,https://www.facebook.com/SewHappins.
They are very customer service oriented, and do an incredible job in remembering customer’s names. I love that every Friday from 12-4, and once a month on Saturdays, they have an open sew which is free. There is a made to create class, which is designed for participants to finish a project in three hours. There is even a Bernina software club and hands on sewing classes, from beginners to machine embroidery. The objective is to have fun, and not always follow the rules!! The January calendar of classes is fabulous http://sewhappins.com/classes/
They have a very large classroom.
Let me tell you, when I say they carry a lot and a wide variety of fabrics, I am not kidding. I was a bit spellbound as I walked around the store twice, which took me a a good hour. And the bolts of fabric are in perfect color order. Of course I could not leave without a purchase of three fabrics, which I fell in love with; (and those who know and sew with me, know it is almost impossible for me to resist fabric with little flowers, especially tulips. And I received 15% off for finishing a bolt, so I did not wreck my February budget.) See four part series, http://www.hudsonvalleyquilts.com/2013/11/building-stash-without-breaking-your.html
Perfect Color order – I’m in heaven!
Of course an incredible section of batiks….
And we can’t forget their long arm service….
I bought some orange, which I do not have a large stash of, but this one had one of my favorite designs on it, the swirl. I received 15% off for finishing the tulip bolts, and already have in mind where they will be used in some quilts I am planning for this year.
When they first returned to the U.S. their plan was to open a upscale dog kennel in Raleigh, but zoning and red tape whatnot prevented that from happening. Through the entire process, Sarah, just kept quilting.
Then another quilt store in Wilmington that was a Bernina dealer was moving out of the area. So they applied, and Sew Happins opened it’s doors in May, 2011. Sarah and John took baby steps and grew this brick and mortar store into quite a bustling shop. And I could really feel their pride in how it’s evolved.
Sarah began quilting about ten years ago, and the story she told me about how it happened, really touched my heart. Her mom crocheted, knitted, and did other sewing crafts, but not quilting. She gave Sarah a quilting kit for Christmas, because she wanted her daughter to find a hobby she might love.
And indeed, Sarah fell in love with it.
Sarah’s describes her style as a little bit traditional, and a little bit modern. She loves to make quilts for those in her life who really appreciate them.
I am always interested in quilting and fabric trends, and I asked Sarah about her thoughts on what’s ahead. She feels a big part of it has to do with where quilters live geographically, and what they want. Quilters love to see patterns and fabrics that are new and different. Sarah often makes things that have been out there, but she likes to put a new twist on it, and give it a new life.
She suggests; “Keep your open and create.”
Her husband John, is a jack of all trades. He takes care of the business end of Sew Happins, technology, and has an incredible eye for art and color. Customers often come to him for his suggestions about their fabric combinations and questions about color. This husband and wife team collaborated on a quilt that Sarah is most proud of; they designed an owl quilt which won Judge’s Choice for a local quilt show, Quilter’s by The Sea Annual Quilt Show.It now belongs to their grandchildren.
I cannot end this post without mentioning Bailey and Kayla, their office pups. They are the official authors of their newletter, and have the special privilege of deciding what will go on sale in the shop.
Sarah (left), Donna (right), and Bailey and Kayla (front and center)!!
Sarah has put together this amazing give-a-way to celebrate, National Visit Your Quilting Shop Day.
In order to win this give-a-way, all you need to do is follow both of us on facebook; Sew Happins, https://www.facebook.com/SewHappins and Hudson Valley Quilts, https://www.facebook.com/HudsonValleyQuiltsInc. And sign up for the Sew Happins newsletter, http://sewhappins.com/about-us/get-our-happenins-newsletter/, and the Hudson Valley Quilts blog, by Wednesday, January, 29, at 12:01 AM. Leave a comment in my comment box below that you did, and leave your e-mail address. The lucky winner will be announced on this blog on Wednesday morning.
Happy quilting, and visit your local quilt store on Saturday to celebrate with the owners.