Thanks for the Memories – Open House in Pictures – Part Two

There were learning opportunities everywhere – but there was also lots of eye candy – quilts from some of our vendors,  The lunchroom was turned into a quilt show…

IMG_9859

IMG_9862

IMG_9864

The food was great – and with six lunch periods, the lines moved right along….

IMG_0015

IMG_0017

After lunch, some shoppers got organized….

IMG_0120

Nancy Weber, the pattern buyer, treated the vendors and customers to plates and plates….and plates of cookies….

IMG_0082

When it was time to head home, our cheerful, friendly staff loaded their cars with a smile….

IMG_9809

IMG_9811

Thanks for the memories…..See you next year…..

Thanks for the Memories – Open House in Pictures – Part One

This event is all about education – and our vendors are eager to share their knowledge with everyone.  Inspiration resides in every booth – and around every corner…

Rita Fishel demonstrated the three newest Creative Grids rulers….

IMG_9725

Dawn from the Warm Company was thrilled to announce that Steam-A-Seam 2 is back….

IMG_0147

 

 

 



The mother/daughter team from Fishsticks Patterns shared their wonderful handbags and projects…

IMG_0158

Both of Edyta’s new books arrived in time to be autographed at the Open House so she had a big smile on her face….

IMG_0148

Maddie and Steve of Quiltsmart celebrated their anniversary with us…

IMG_0149

Fran and Michael of Clover shared their newest notions.  Fran officially retires at Market so we were thrilled that we were one of her final shows….

IMG_0161

They all got the memo – black was the official outfit for the Round Robin Rebels – Terri Degenkolb of Whimsicals; Kari Carr of New Leaf Stitches; and Gudrun Erla of GE Designs….

IMG_0160

Robin Kingsley of Bird Brain Designs was an absolute delight and wowed everyone with her new fabric and embroidery designs….

IMG_0159

These sisters from Sister’s Common Threads are the brains behind the iron caddy and shared their new patterns…

IMG_0156

Jill Finley of Jillily Studios shared her new program.   She is famous for her wonderful applique projects so you may know her as the inventory of Appli-glue…

IMG_0157

Kendall from Silhouette amazed everyone when they saw what is possible when quilting meets technology…

IMG_0162

Coleen helped shops design their space with the efficient fabric display cabinets built by her company…

IMG_9718

The gals from Adornit provided that “awe” factor when they displayed their wonderful baby quilt fabric lines and patterns…

IMG_0154

The girls from Sew Michelle showed everyone how to incorporate vinyl mesh into their projects…

IMG_0153

They were all smiles – as you can see – and a delight to work with!

 

Hexies Hit the Open House

Hexies are everywhere – in every size!  They are so popular that there was a display of these quilts featuring the Hexagon Trim Tool at the Open House.

CGRJAW4

Item #CGRJAW4  Retail $24.95

Turtle Time

I love this quilt!  The turtle shells are made by using the log cabin style markings on the Hexie Trim Tool to create a spiral effect.  The feet and head are turned so they are three dimensional!  No mother/grandmother is going to be able to resist this one!  Display this one with all of your brights!

CLPJSC001

Item #CLPJSC001  

Many of these hexies are on steroids – which means they can be pieced quickly!

Hexie Flip

This quilt features half hexies that are sewn together base to base instead of across the center to create a totally different look.  Since they are half hexies, there are no inset seams.  The half-hexies are sewn in rows so adjusting the size is simple.  There are no borders so the outside edge is a series of angles.  And, yes, the pattern explains how to bind that as well.

NN347

 

Item #NN347  Retail $9.00

Cut the Cake Hexie

The hexies in this quilt are cut from 10″ squares – and then set with 60 degree triangles (CGRT60).  The star effect is stunning.

CLPJAW019

Item #CLPJAW019

Hexie Blossoms

Terri of Whimsicals pieces hexies with units cut with the Creative Grids 15 degree ruler (CGREU1) – and then sets them together with 60 degree angles (CGRT60).  It reminds me of beach umbrellas!

WH171

Item #WH171  Retail $10.00

But hexies aren’t reserved for quilts!  Check out this tote bag that is done in two different sizes.

CLPSMA003

Item #CLPSMA003  

Our grandmothers would have loved this!

Sunshine and Shadows

One of the busiest booths at the Open House was the Lumi booth!  Dyeing has come a long way, baby.  As a child of the 70’s, I have done my share of tie-dyeing.  It was messy and it was always a surprise – you never knew what the finished product would be.

Lumi has made the process fun and accessible to everyone!  You can buy everything individually, but the kits are a great way to begin.  You can try each process knowing all of the supplies required are at your fingertips – even a video to walk you through the process.

Shadow Printing Kit

The Shadow Printing Kit is perfect for beginners as well as children.  The canvas pouch is included.

small_LUMI-SHDWKIT_01_01

Item #LUMI-SHDWKIT  Retail $24.99

The Sunfold Printing Kit

Whether you decide to print clothing or pillows, this is a fun way to spend an afternoon! And, once again, a video explains the entire process.

 

small_LUMI-SNFLDKT_01_01

Item #LUMI-SN-FLDKT  Retail $34.99

Photo Printing Kit

Transferring photos to T-Shirts is so fun – expecially when you can manipulate your favorites to their best advantage…

small_LUMI-PHTOKIT_01_01

Item #LUMI-PHTOKIT  Retail $38.99

The dyes are clear until they are exposed to the sun.  The individual foil dye packs fold in half to release a squeegie – so applying the dye is easier than ever.  No mess, no fuss!  They come in nine different colors.

small_INKO-SP-MAG_01_01

Item #INKO-SP-MAG  Retail $3.99

Why not offer a series of classes?  It can’t get any easier than this – sell the kits with everything included.  Your customers will love it.

Remember the Joy of Osnaburg

I found the most interesting fabric on an end cap at the Open House!

Texture has become a design element in every aspect of quilting.  Cuddle has become a favorite backing.  Wool is the preferred fabric for applique.  And, now, osnaburg is back. These hand-dyed versions by Fiber on a Whim are beautiful.  The dyeing process shrinks the fabric and gives it the look of linen.

They are available individually as fat quarters in a variety of colors:

Butternut

FOWOS-6547

Item #FOWOS06547  Retail $5.00

Kiwi

FOWOS-6548

Item #FOWOS-6548  Retail $5.00

Sedona

FOWOS-6545

Item #FOWOS-6545  Retail $5.00

Boysenberry

FOWOS-6556

Item #FOWOS-6556  Retail $5.00

Silver Fox

FOWOS-6567

Item #FOWOS-6567  Retail $5.00

Steel

FOWOS-6566

Item #FOWOS-6566  Retail $5.00

Why not use these as a foundation for your next wool project – or incorporate them as the appliques!  Once you see how beautiful they are, you’ll be piecing with them as well.  Visit our website to see all 20 colors: