Tuesday Tidbits

Tuesday is one of those “eh” kind of days. It’s not Monday, where you’re trying to get your engine running and back on track from the weekend. It’s not Wednesday, which is historically known as Hump Day because you’re halfway through the week. It’s not Thursday, the day that gets your heart racing because you’re looking forward to the weekend, or it’s your payday. And, it’s not Friday which is the official start of the weekend for most of us once the clock strikes 5:00 p.m. Of course, the feelings assigned to Saturday and Sunday go without saying.

Some folks use Tuesday as their special tea day; myself included. There are tons of ladies, like Sandi from Rose Chintz Cottage, who blog about their Tuesday teas and show off lovely china and beautiful table settings. One of these days soon, we plan on having Tea on Tuesday and hope that many of our ladies will be able to join us. I’ve been working on a table runner just for this occasion. The plan is to have little lessons to learn three different piecing techniques over three sessions, a devotion time as well as tea and light refreshments, not to mention the social interaction for which we quilty types are so well known.

For now, I thought I might share a few things that have come across my desk in the past few days. Some of these you might have already discovered yourself and some may be new to you. If you have any tidbits you would like to share with us today please feel free to leave a comment doing so or e-mail me and I’ll share them with everyone.

Tidbit #1 – Jenny of Elefantz is celebrating her fifth year as a blogger. She is graciously offering her Shabby Roses ‘Bouquet’ quilt pattern to us free of charge. The first block, the chair, went on her Craftsy site yesterday and she will add a new block each day until Saturday the 15th. Today’s block is the bucket. Since Jenny lives in Australia it’s already Wednesday there, so you can get tomorrow’s pattern, the girl, today because it’s already been posted! These patterns will only be free through September 30 so don’t put off snagging them while you can. While you’re at the Craftsy site, be sure to look at all of her other lovely designs, many of which are free. She also has an e-zine that I’ve not yet subscribed to but am told it’s wonderful. I’m going to have to subscribe so I can get that off my bucket list (sorry, couldn’t resist).

Tidbit #2 – Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet has a cute flower tutorial on her blog. She used her Gracie Girl fabrics to make the one shown, but you could use anything you have in your stash. You only need a 2-1/2”x5” strip of something that would make a good flower petal. She gives great step-by-step instructions on how to make her flower so you won’t have any trouble duplicating it.

After reading through her tutorial, I would like to suggest that you use two layers of fabric when making the covered button. That will keep the metal from shinning through the very stretched fabric that is covering it. You might also want to fussy cut a cute little picture out of a novelty piece of fabric with which to cover your button. For example, I’m thinking a bee would look cute on that button as it sits in the middle of the flower.

If wearing it as a pin isn’t your thing, try putting a nice sized piece of magnet on the back and using it on your refrigerator or file cabinet. While it doesn’t look like the petals need it, I’d still be inclined to add a bit of Poly-fil to them just to make sure they don’t go flat over time. You could also use scraps of batting or what I call fabric shavings. You know, those little bits of fabric you shave off the edges of projects that just get thrown away because there’s not much else you can do with them except use them for stuffing inside of something. Just a couple of thoughts…

Tidbit #3 – Moda is having a designer blog hop called Size Matters. It began on the 4th and goes through the 16th. There are two or three designers to visit each day and a free quilt square on each blog to save. Instructions for putting the squares together will be given on the last day. In addition to free quilt block patterns, there’s a giveaway on each of the designer’s blogs. I know I shouldn’t tell you that because it will just decrease my chances of winning, but since I saw over 1,000 comments on Edyta Sitar’s blog I know my chances are just two, slim and none. Besides, hopping from designer to designer is enough of a reward as it is. There’s so much inspiration and energy to be gotten from each of them alone, so imagine how much of each the whole bunch of them together generate. Can you say, “Creativity overload?”

Tidbit #4 – Do you love pincushions as much as I do? If you do, you’ll want to hop on over to the Pin It blog hop headquarters where pincushions take center stage starting today through the 17th. There are over 100 participants and giveaways too. I can foresee a lot of computer time in the near future. It just so happens that the folks mentioned in the next tidbit are sponsors of this hop along with P&B Textiles (love their fabrics!).

Tidbit #5 – Bird Brain Designs, one of our favorite redwork designers, is having a Redwork Challenge. As I understand it, you can take any of their patterns, mix and match them, change their size, change the colors from multi to red only, whatever it takes to make something unique. There are prizes and a chance that your entry will be displayed at a special exhibit in January at the Road to California Quilt Show. Entries must be received before January 10 so don’t procrastinate on this one.

We have lots of Bird Brain patterns in stock, but if we don’t have what you want we’d be happy to order it for you and save you the cost of shipping. I’ve already told Victoria about the challenge and she says she’ll do it. Don’t know what she’ll do just yet, but no one will be surprised if cats figure prominently in the finished project.

Tidbit #6Studioe Fabrics is hosting a Colorful Peppered Cottons Challenge in which you must use at least 75% Peppered Cottons, designed by Pepper Cory, and any other recognizable fabrics from Studioe in the finished project. The challenge runs from September 4 through midnight EST March 31. Prizes are in both cash and fabrics for the first three place winners.

I wish I could say come buy their fabrics here, but we don’t have a single bolt of their Peppered Cottons and have no means to add them to the shop any time soon. You can get on their website and look for a store near you or call them direct and see if they can help you locate a store. I put in the zip for Fayetteville, looked within a 100 mile radius, and found that there was a shop listed in Huntsville, but when I called I was told they no longer carried Studioe fabrics. The shop in Ringgold, GA was also listed but they have gone out of business. So, if you want to take advantage of this challenge the first challenge you’ll have is just finding the fabrics. Given the state of the economy though where quilt shops are concerned, I’d say any shop you contact would be more than happy to ship whatever you want and/or need to participate in this challenge.

Tidbit #7 – Buy a Martingale, That Patchwork Place, book at your local independent quilt shop and get $10 back! That’s right! Martingale will give you a $10 rebate just for buying one of their books. All you have to do is buy a book between now and December 31, fill out the rebate coupon, and mail it to Martingale. If you’ve bought the fall issue of Quilt Sampler magazine there’s a coupon inside, or I have coupons printed out that I can give you when you purchase your book. You have to send a copy of the receipt along with the coupon in order to get the rebate so be sure to hang on to it. Limit one coupon per person. Offer not valid for online purchases.
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Tidbit #8 – A new BOM program came in the e-mail this week and I’d like to get your take on it. Since Thimbleberries is no more we’ve been looking for something to replace it. We have an in-house BOM that we’re working on, slowly but surely, but in the event that we don’t get it put together in time for the new year we need a backup plan, or even an extra as the case may be. There are some particulars that I won’t go into right now, no sense wasting your time in the event that we don’t bring it on board. Just look at these small table mats please, 13″x23″, and tell me what you think. They can be made as seen or into a sampler quilt if preferred. Nothing is set in stone, just taking feedback at the moment.

Tidbit #9 – Our fall Stitchin’ Camp has filled but don’t despair. Victoria Clendenon and Janet Rose have put together a Between the Holidays Quilt Retreat at Petticoat Junction in Normandy, TN from December 5-8. The last word I had was that there are 10 spots available so if you’re interested give one of them a call and secure your spot pronto. It sounds like a lovely place to go and relax after the big turkey day and get yourself in gear for the last big holiday of the year.

Tidbit #10 – Last but not least, starting next Monday Better Homes & Garden will begin their 100 Days of Holidays program which will run through January 1. Can you believe that 100 days is about all that’s left in this year?! If you need some inspiration for the upcoming holidays, this will be one of the best places to go. Be sure to sign up so you don’t miss a day.

OK…ten tidbits should give you plenty to occupy yourself with for a while. Feel free to ask for clarification on anything, and as I said, share other needful tidbits that you might know of that I don’t. I’m sure there’s plenty out there worth sharing.

Readers are Always Winners!

Were you able to sit down with a good book and celebrate Book Lover’s Day yesterday? It’s a shame this day comes only once a year. I need more days like that when I can just sit down and read without feeling like I’m supposed to be doing something else that’s more important.

“What about the giveaway!?” I hear you asking. Since there were only three people who took the time to read and leave a comment on my last posting, I decided that I would just give a book to each one of them. How’s that for celebrating?! I’ve not picked their titles yet but will be getting with each of them in the next day or two to see if what I have in mind for them will work since there’s no point in giving them a book they already have.

I must admit that I was a bit disappointed that so few comments were left. Is it because I was too long winded and some of my readers gave up before getting to the end? Or is it because I took so long between posts and folks have just lost interest? While I have no clue what the correct answer might be, I bet the three who did comment are happy that there weren’t more, else they wouldn’t be getting a free book.

In case some readers didn’t hang in there and read to the end I’ll try to make this post a bit shorter. I want to share a site with you that has started a FREE BOM that I thought you might enjoy. Jenny of Elefantz has started her Shabby Roses Home BOM and the first two blocks are available until August 18. After the 18th the blocks are no longer free. On the 19th of each month she’ll post a new section for this quilt. I absolutely love this Australian designer’s work and hope to stay on my toes so I don’t miss a single section.

Now, how’s that for being short and sweet!

Hooray for Hump Day!

CA-UmrlaBtsWednesday…traditionally known as Hump Day; when you’ve made it up to the top of the “hump” at the front end of the week and are on the downhill slide for the second half of the week. Our day consisted of a bunch of storms, a whole bunch! They were right on top of us this time too. The lightening would flash and the thunder would roll immediately, if not sooner. The thunder was so strong that the windows on the house rattled. The right half of our driveway washed down the hill, and I bet the Elk River floods tonight. Given that I detest rain, I must say that were it not for those who visited today I’d be depressed right now. But visiting friends are always welcome and have a way of cheering one up even when the weather doesn’t warrant being cheery.

I know it’s been forever and a day since I last posted some verbage. While it’s not been super busy in the shop visitor wise we’ve still been busy doing “stuff” of all kinds. Miss Kathy has been working away on samples and kits for the Thimbleberries Club as well as a new 2-1/2” strip quilt that you’ll want to come see in a week or two. Miss Martha has been doing her M&M Club samples and kits as well as a few extra projects and is looking for the next set of club projects to begin come December. I’ve got a couple ideas waiting for her to look over when she gets here tomorrow. If she’s not immediately impressed with either, we’ll look for something else. There are tons and tons of new patterns out there from which to choose so don’t worry. We’ll find something.

I’ve been working on several projects of my own and have been looking for some new monthly ideas as well. They range from fairly small in scale to fairly large. I hate to keep you in suspense, but I don’t want to tell too much just yet in the event that I’m not able to pull everything off as planned. As soon as I have everything mapped out you’ll be the first to know.

In the meantime, did you know that this coming Friday, the 9th, is BookCA-Books Lover’s Day? Well, it is. I love books!!! I’ve determined, based on comments I’ve heard, that many of us who are older prefer having an actual book to hold rather than reading on a computer screen. Not only do I love reading an honest to goodness old-fashioned-printed-on-paper book, but I prefer them in hardback versions. Alas, the majority of quilting books are not printed in hardback. I’ve learned to live with it though and have amassed a rather impressive collection of books over the past nine years since I bought the shop. Many of the titles on my shelves are out of print making them even more precious to me. Of course, I have my favorites, but my favorite tends to be the one I happen to be looking at at any given point in time. You might say I’m a bit fickle in this area.

CADollarSignTo celebrate Book Lover’s Day we’re going to have a book sale. I mean, how else would you celebrate such a day?! On Friday the 9th you will save 50% off of a second book when you purchase the first one at regular price. According to a visitor this past Friday we have a great selection of books from which to choose. I told her that I wanted to do everything in every book, almost, and I wasn’t exaggerating a bit when I said that because I do. Looking through the books when they come in is both wonderful and awful. Wonderful, because I get such a rush of inspiration. Awful, because I know I don’t have time to start, much less finish, even one project in that new book as long as I own this shop. Yes, it’s a dilemma, but can you think of a better one to have, aside from maybe having to figure out which of the new fabrics you can’t live without. Can you imagine a better life than being a quilter or fabriholic?

I bet if you look around you’ll find lots of places and lots of ways to celebrate Book Lover’s Day. Be sure to visit Moda’s blog, The Cutting Table, on Friday because it sounds like they’ve got something special cooked up for us.

Speaking of something special, why don’t you leave a comment here telling me what kind of quilting books you like best, i.e. scrap, appliqué, mixed media, and I’ll draw a name Friday evening, say around 9:00 p.m. CST and give away a book. That’s another great way to celebrate Book Lover’s Day I think. Based on your comment, I’ll try to tailor the book to your preference. If you happen to already have the one I pick for you thenCA-Bkworm I’ll pick something else. Remember, I have a lot of books here so I’m sure I have at least one or two that you don’t. So, how many books does one person need? Just one more than what is already on hand, or in the bookcase rather.

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