I am working on several projects at one time, two at the shop and one at home. These projects will be available as kits as soon as they are completed! The Apron Challenge is in full swing and I can’t wait to see the aprons that are made! I have seen lots of aprons in current issues of quilting and sewing magazines, they are hot, hot, HOT! Speaking of hot, it is great to have the warm weather returning! Enjoy the sunshine and don’t forget to set aside a little quilting time each day!
On my way to work I was thinking of all the things I needed to get done. There was new fabric that was waiting to be checked in, fat quarters cut, and charm packs cut. There are many projects waiting to be started and many that are waiting to be finished! Just as I started to get all worked up over the lack of time I have to get it all done, the song “I’m in a Hurry” by Alabama came on the radio. I stopped thinking of all the things I had to do and focused in on the lyrics of this song. Why am I in a hurry to get things done? Why do I rush and rush until life’s no fun? I don’t have an answer, I just know that we all do it! So, when I got to the shop and all those projects were calling out to me, I took a deep breath and decided to dig in one thing at time and enjoy the time spent working on each one and let the stress go…….I’ll let you know how that worked out for me.
Quilt Market is this week in Minneapolis and I sure wish I was going. I am excited though, because lots of new products, patterns and fabric will be unveiled! Although I can not be there in person, I am kept in the loop by all of my reps. I will be receiving lots of emails this week and visits in the next month so I will still get to see things first hand. Then I will get the information out to you as soon as possible. In the meantime, I am very busy with new fabric that came into the shop. I will be making charm packs, fat quarters and kits! Never a dull moment!
Aprons are all the rage and I think they can be quite fun! They don't have to be used just for cooking, they can be used for decoration or gardening. They can be used for quilting, sewing or crafting to keep all of your essentials close by and to keep all those threads off of your sweaters. They can be made in a couple of hours and they make great gifts! Sew... what can you do with an apron? That's the challenge! From now until June 30th, 2010 come in and pick out fabric to make an apron. I have many apron patterns from which to choose or you can design your own! Bring your finished apron back to the shop by July 31st, 2010 where they will be on display for two weeks. Invite friends/family to come to the shop and vote for their favorite apron! The fan favorite will win a $75 gift certificate to Quiltessentials!
Apron Challenge Rules:
The fabric must be purchased from Quiltessentials to be eligible for the gift certificate. Fabric must be purchased by June 30th and the apron must be dropped off by July 31st. When you purchase the fabric, you will be given an entry form to complete. The completed form must accompany the finished apron. The aprons will stay on display until August 18th. The apron can be functional or a piece of art. It is completely up to you!
I can't wait to see all of your fantastic aprons!
It has really been too long since I have posted anything on my blog. I have been busy, but that really is not a good excuse since I imagine everyone is busy! So, I will do my best to be more current and since my daughter keeps nagging me about it I hope to make it happen. A couple of weeks ago was the Renegade Shop Hop of which I was a participant. I was working on a pattern and I wanted to get it published before the hop, sew… I finished the instructions and illustrations and I had a good friend test it out for me. Even after making the quilt 4 times I needed someone to make sure that the instructions made sense. There were a couple of modifications and then it was ready to finalize! It was the first pattern from Hears 2 Youth Quilts. A portion of the proceeds from this pattern will go into a fund to help purchase hearing aids for children. My youngest daughter and I are creating other patterns for Hears 2 Youth Quilts and hope to have those available soon. The Shop Hop was a great success and I hope everyone that participated had a lot of fun! I know that I enjoyed the entire weekend and I am looking forward to creating new things for the Shop Hop in November. Thanks to all of you that stopped in and shopped!
Hi Everyone! My name is Melanie Barrett and I have been quilting for 15 short years now. I worked in a quilt shop for 7 of those years and I owned a quilt shop for the other 8. Recently I decided to close the brick and mortar store and concentrate on online sales. My favorite types of quilts to make are small and mini size. I don't have a favorite fabric style, I like them all. I find that my tastes change as I grow up!