Happy Thanksgiving, and happy sewing! For you or your favorite quilter :-)
These six kits are all 20% off, now through midnight on Monday, November 30th:
Happy Thanksgiving, and happy sewing! For you or your favorite quilter :-)
Thank you to Joan Marsden for sending this picture of the Autumn Leaves wall hanging that she made. I like the way she did the wonky leaves! Are you doing any fall/holiday sewing? Tell us about it in the comments!
I got a very fun package in the mail this week, some copper bracelets to put in my shop! They are handmade by a friend of ours, Ashton Reynolds, who used to live here. And, ranging from $20-45, they are a steal! While I'm at it, I will post a picture of some very cool doll pin jewelry made by local artist Denise Connors. Lots more of those, and they are all different, about 4 inches tall. Come and see us at the shop on Friday, we'll be open from 12-7, or maybe even 8 since it is a First Friday.
Then, on Saturday, come and see us at the UAF Women's bazaar, at Pioneer Park from 10-4!
Meet the newest member of our collection, Night Owl! It is pattern only, not a kit, partly because it is not as fussy as to the exact fabrics as some of the other ones. The other quilts in this set have changes in both value and color, this one is more just color, which is easier to come up with. It is a variety of blues, teals, and a little purple, although of course you can use whatever colors you want!
It is available in download form ($7.00) or print form ($12.00) Click the photo to order.
I know that in some circles, it is not trendy to plan a menu anymore. But I always want to ask those people, "Do you still eat?" Because, I'm guessing they do...And, I'm guessing they wish they had a plan for dinner more often, they just don't want to spend the time making the plan. And, even if they do make a plan, something always happens to mess it up, right?
If any of that sounds familiar, or if you are one of those people who actually DOES plan a menu, then this little menu planner can help! Planning can save you lots of time, money, and stress, if you let it work for you. There are lots of different ways to use it, you don't have to plan a whole month at once, which is what people assume when they see it. It has little clear vinyl pockets to put your menu ideas in, so it is very easy to change, whether it is temporarily or longer term. You can even put one card in front of another, so you don't forget what was there if you want to go back to it. Plus it's just cute, what more could you want? The pattern comes with lots of ideas for different ways to plan a menu, (THIRTEEN to be exact!) as well as several recipes. You can plan as many days ahead as you'd like, then plan again when it runs out, or simply start back at the beginning. Most of eat the same things fairly regularly anyway.
Here are the hardest and the easiest methods, for free :-) The hardest one is to plan the whole month, and color code different types of meals, such as chicken, so you can see at a glance if you are eating the same thing too often. Then you can also plan on combining steps, such as rice two days in a row and make a double batch, or other planned leftovers. That is for the hard core menu planner. :-)
If that's not you, here is the easiest. Just write down everything your family actually ends up eating for a few weeks. This may be a little depressing, ha! But eventually you will have a list of things you like to cook and eat to go off of.
Here are a few more ideas, that are not in the pattern, at least not yet! I'm out of room, I'd have to get creative...) Plan your menu based on what is already in the freezer, or the grocery ads, or by surfing Pinterest.
There, I have given you permission to quilt and surf Pinterest, all in the name of cooking dinner! You're welcome :-) The pattern may well be worth the price just for the menu planning ideas and recipes, but of course I hope you will actually make it and use it! And of course, share this blog post on Facebook, Pinterest, or elsewhere! You never know whose dinner time you might be saving :-)
After a week of mad rushing around, we finally had our open house on Friday night! It was a lot of fun, I realized today I was too busy talking to take any pictures when there were people there. But here are a few of the retail area, which will now be open on Fridays from 12-7. It's nice to have it functional finally, hopefully now I can get back to creating things!!
Also in the works: some video tutorials! That has been on my list forever, and I finally have a place to do it, as well as a tech savvy teenage boy to help :-)
I have been pretty quiet on here lately, too busy getting ready for the open house for my shop! It is going to be on Friday, October 9, from 5-8 pm. Local people, it is located at 3055 College Rd, right next door to the Material Girls quilt shop. You will be able to see our new home, and find out all the different things that will be happening there, I can't wait to get going!
I have not been doing much sewing, partly because my stuff is currently spread between home and the shop. But last weekend my mom needed an emergency bag made for one of her carved puzzles. I scavenged what was left at home, which turned out to be quite a challenge, and came up with this quick bag. (And eventually I should have some of her carvings in the retail section of my shop!)
Also, the fall sale ends at the end of the month, only a few days left! Fall is about done here too, winter storm watch for tomorrow!!
Fall sale: buy both fall kits and save $20! Click the photo to order
As I was staring at a pile of Starr fabrics one day, suddenly some of them looked like ice cream to me, so this is what happened. It was a fun little project, but I'm not sure what I will do with it. That is usually how I get my ideas, they just strike... That's great when they do, and not so great when they don't! I am still working on some new designs, but nothing has come together all the way yet! We are also still getting moved into the shop, we have an open house planned for Friday, Oct, 9 for anyone local!
Also, the Autumn Leaves quilt set sale is still on until the end of the month, save $20 by buying both of them; click either photo to order:
It seems like we have had the longest summer ever here in Alaska, but fall is definitely coming now. We have had a bit of frost, and the leaves are turning. We went for a drive in the mountains last weekend, and much of the tundra was already past peak colors! We had some snow flurries in Denali Park during breakfast, and the snow was farther down the mountains that morning than it had been the night before. It's the perfect time to start making your fall decorations!
Click either photo to get to the sale, both for $77 instead of $97!
As I was sewing a scrapbook cover for a baby shower gift this week, I realized I hadn't sewn anything in weeks! I think I may have missed July altogether! So it was fun to be sewing again. Using my journal cover tutorial, and just stripes and an applique, it was a pretty quick and fun project!
And remember, our Autumn Leaves wall hanging and table runner kits are still on sale, buy both for $77, a $20 savings. Click here to order
I am a homeschooling mom of three fun kids, who are now old enough that I have a little time to pursue my passion for sewing. After several years of making quilted cards and art quilts, I'm now starting to design kits and patterns Some of these are now available from Keepsake Quilting also. I teach classes at a local quilt shop, The Material Girls, and would love to do more traveling and teaching eventually. I am blessed to live in Alaska where I am surrounded by the inspiration provided by the beauty of God's creation!
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