Sunday, July 20, 2014

New and Exciting this Summer

What?  It's July 20th?  Where did the first half of the summer go?  By the looks of the shop you would not be able to tell that we are 'off season'.  We have been so pleasantly busy with lots of great classes and events, plus amazing new fabrics coming in several times each week.

We have had both the Annual StitchCraft Challenge and the Florida Row by Row Experience going on  and we are so excited with the results of both!  We have met such amazing quilters from all over who have come to pick up our shop's unique bock.   We have had over 200 people sign up to participate in our challenge.  Wowza!!  We are getting all of our prizes and celebration in order for the September 2 deadline and September 6 participants' event.  It's not too late to participate!!

We have received some amazing fabrics - they continue to arrive several times a week.

They have included batiks (the pre-cuts from Timeless Treasures are delicious!), the remainder of the American Made Solids from Clothworks (we now have the entire collection), adorable childrens fabrics and panels and of course lots and lots of fabrics for the holidays - Christmas, Hanukkah and Halloween!!  
I especially adore these winter gnomes that arrived this week.  I am trying to decide if I should make a bag (the Fiji Tote is perfect to showcase a novelty print!) or a mini quilt.  Thoughts?
School will be starting in a month, as will Baby Lock's annual convention (new and amazing machines in our Destiny).  Lots and lots of classes being added to our calendar, including our ever popular classes for the holidays, and a special visit from Kaffe Fassett in October.  (this was just confirmed last week so the details are in the works).  

This is what is on my design wall (or actually my dining room table because I don't have a design wall at home that is useful).

Look familiar?  It's the quilt from Quilt Sampler magazine.  I am doing it in grays for a 50 Shades of Gray challenge.  Inner border on; now the piano keys.  My dilemma is how to quilt it.  I keep staring…
Thanks for visiting!  


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

2014 Row by Row Experience

This summer we're so excited to be participating in the Row by Row Experience - a fun new statewide shop hop! (It kicked off yesterday, July 1, 2014, and goes until September 2, 2014.)

How does it work?? Visit any of the 38 participating FL shops in person (find out which ones on the Row by Row website or the Florida Row by Row Experience Facebook page) and receive a free pattern for a row. Create a quilt using at least 8 different rows and be the first to bring it into a participating shop to win a stack of 25 fat quarters (6-1/4 yards of fabric!). It must be quilted, bound, and labeled to be "finished!" You'll have a finished quilt to remind you of your fun summer traveling to quilt shops!

Each participating shop designed their own row. Since it is sea turtle nesting season now and we have Gumbo Limbo Nature Center here in Boca Raton, we thought a sea turtle themed row would be perfect! Our row is made by machine appliqueing the turtles, and we used some of our favorite batiks. The pattern is free, and we also have kits made up for $12 ($1 of the kit goes to Gumbo Limbo!).

We also have a custom license plate patch ($4.50 each). What a fun souvenir!

We hope to see you soon!