The FedEx man arrived with some lovely new fabrics today...I ordered them quite a while back and, honestly, forgot all about them. Quite the business owner, aren't I? They are each available in the shop separately and also in some fun bundles.
These fun baseball prints are gorgeous and rustic all at once.
Finally, these Moda prints from BasicGrey's new line, Serenade. Lovely.
You can find them all in the NEW section of our shop along with lots of other fun stuff to inspire your next project!
Hi Friend! The blog has been too quiet, hasn't it?? If we are friends on Facebook, you know we've had a full, busy summer and are back into school mode. Which means, i'm trying to get myself back into some kind of schedule, one that includes blogging! ;) So, i thought i'd just try to catch up with what i've been up to lately. Here we go...
Spent a week at Garden City Beach, NC with this group of goof balls ;) This was our first big family vacation that wasn't tied to a visit to a relative. (We went with another family, two of whom are pictured) Not that those trips weren't awesome, but we rented our own condo and everything! ;) It was right on the beach and we could come and go as we pleased. We could swim in the ocean or the pool, walk up to the pier or just lay around. It was awesome! I even managed to get stung by a jellyfish our first day there. Go me!
We were stuck in Asheville on the way home for a couple extra days due to a little fender bender (thought they would fix our van monday morning and we would be on our way, ha), so we took a long drive through the Smoky Mountains and visited the North Carolina Arboreteum. Found this cool little cabin, trails to hike, a bonsai display and got rained on! It was fun!!
The bonsai were really cool!
Put these peeps on the bus way too early! too early in the morning and too early in august!!! 2nd grade, Junior, and 5th grade. Best quote from the first day by the fifth grader: "I get to switch classes this year mom. I finally feel grown up!" Slow down, sister!
Did a major clean-up of my sewing room and offically took over the whole bonus room. Found this message carved into my cutting table and hidden under a basket. Chose not to even comment on it to the offender since i'm pretty sure i already cherish it but don't want to encourage any more behavior that defaces others' property. ;)
Went to a birthday party complete with a helicopter "driveby" throwing candy to the partygoers...we have interesting friends ;)
Played toothfairy for this uncooperative child not once, but twice...that's right...he lost his two front teeth, but i'm pretty sure he'll be asking for other more important things come christmas
Busted out some of the kids watercolors and enjoyed a quiet afternoon on the porch, until said kids came home.
Started a scrappy trip around the world via Quiltville. Had been seeing these around for quite a while and finally started when i was being a vendor at a quilt show in june. Between customers we would cut strips off of bolts and started sewing. I thought it might be a nice momento someday of all the fabrics i carried in my shop the first couple of years. I also decided it needs to be at least twice this big, so it will be a work in progress for a while i'm guessing. And, i almost forgot, that little quilt at the bottom is from Cole's first sewing lesson. He's 7 and showed interest, so we said, go for it! I just had him sew together scraps, logcabin-style, pressing and trimming along the way. I thought i would be cool and sew them together for him with some white to make a quick wall-hanging so he could have a finished project, but he was not impressed. Happens.
Got my hair done!! Yesterday. By my daughter who works in a wonderful salon, Thanks Cait!! I tell ya what, these younger folks who take "selfies" need to teach this lady some new tricks, not as easy as they make it look! And, i'm usually not comfortable posting myself this "large and incharge", but since it's more a shout out to her awesome talents, we'll call it ok this time. ;)
How was your summer?? Hope it was awesome! Now it's time for me to go sew! You, too? Sounds good, see ya later!
Wow! The UPS guy has been here A LOT this week! ;) The Simply Style yardage arrived and is now available.
Amy Butler's Sketchbook in Spring is back in stock.
We had several fun pieces from Timeless Treasures arrive this week. From top to bottom, left to right we have metallic feathers, USA Sketch Chevron, and Candy Sketch Chevron. Next row is Graphic Tractors (and this is the only bolt i can get, it's being discontinued. So if you you like it, you might want to grab it quick), Handwriting, and Knitting Stripes. The last row are some new blenders that are really cool. We have it in Grey, Pool and Lipstick. Looking forward to carrying more colors!
Finally, we got restocked on some of our Riley Blake chevrons and dots and added some fun new colors.
I hope you are finding fun ways to stay cool this week! We are off to a cousin birthday pool party. Even I'm excitied!! ;)
Hi Friends! I hope this finds you enjoying your summer!! Thought I would pop in to share with you all the good stuff arriving in the shop lately.
Our selection of Charm Packs has grown by leaps and bounds this summer. You can find them all here.
Our stock of Cuddle fabrics is also growing! We have restocked the popular Tiffany Cuddle fabric and added White Embossed Chevron and Navy Cuddle. My kids are already asking for blankets and stuffed animals! lol It would also be great for scarves!
Coming soon we will have several bolts from Vanessa Christenson's new line for Moda, Simply Style. Simply Style will be gorgeous in quilts, handbags, skirts and more. We will have two colorways in the ombre chevron which looks awesome in bags!
Well...off to prepare for a little class I will be giving at our County 4H Fair this week...all about Charm Squares! I'm always nervous to speak in front of people, but, with I lots of fun fabrics to show off, so that will help! ;)
Hey friends! We've gotten lots of new fabrics in this week so i'm just popping in to give you the head's up before I'm off to pageant meetings, ball games, and trips to the pool. Bonus-most of the fabrics we were able to get at a savings that we can pass on to you! Yay!! Hope you are enjoying your summer as much as we are so far! I'll be back soon! ;) Promise!
Here's a fun collage of everything that has arrived just this week!
Today we are going to feature Art Gallery Fabrics! If you have never worked with them before, they are lovely! The hand is so soft and light and the colors and designs are very elegant and beautiful. Art Gallery Fabrics has a wonderful blog where you can keep up with the latest fabrics and designers along with links to free quilt projects. You can also follow them on Pinterest. If you're like me, your only problem is deciding which projects to tackle!
....or some Sugar...
Art Gallery Fabrics even has their own line of blenders call Oval Elements. They are super cute, basic pieces to complete you stash!
Whichever fabrics you choose, they are all high-quality, wonderful choices!! And, as always, if you would like a particular cut or combo, we are happy to help!
Have a wonderful weekend and a Happy Mother's Day!
This week's featured tutorial is actually a no-sew project! If spring cleaning has you itching to spruce up the window treatments in your house, this is the perfect quick project. Hop on over to the Riley Blake blog to see how to make these window pelmet boxes. Tutorial by The Crafting Chicks.
Happy Sewing ( or cutting and taping!),
Wow! It is gorgeous outside today! I went out to water a few things i transplanted yesterday and got carried away picking flowers and rhubarb!
This is one of my two lilac bushes...the backstory is i took them as starts from a bush at my parents house probably 10 - 11 years ago and planted them by my house. Well, they never did anything. They grew a little, but never bloomed. So, plants that i'm not quite ready to give up on but aren't quite cutting it up close to the house get moved out to the fencerow and that's where they've been for about 5 years. Last year, they finally had about 5 measly blooms. But today, i was outside picking rhubarb (also in the fencerow just because it looks like a big obnoxious weed but it's pretty tasty when you add enough sugar), i was about to walk over to the apple tree to check out the blossoms, and i did a double take! (the lilacs are near the fruit trees) My lilac bushes are gorgeous!! All these years i would send the kids down the road a bit to an abandoned farmhouse (now torn down) to pick lilacs from the bush that practically hangs out into the road! But now we don't have to do that!! Yay! Our own beautiful lilacs. That bush at my parents house is probably 20 feet around by the way. Maybe someday when our son lives in our house and we build a grandma house, ours will be that way. He is 7 and already informs us that he is keeping the house and we can build a new one, thank you!
The apple blossoms were also quite beautiful! The honeybees also think so. If you stand still under there, you can here a constant hum of bees doing their thing.
It occured to me while i was standing there thinking how beautiful nature can look and smell in the springtime, that this is still just a glimpse of the eternity that awaits us when we believe in Christ. I can only imagine how springtime in Heaven will look! (gee, i can only imagine...someone should right a song about that! Oh, wait, someone did!)
(can you tell i get sidetracked easily most days?!?)
Well, other than watering plants, the other thing i went out to do was to pick some more rhubarb. I roped my 16yrold daughter into making us a rhubarb crips yesterday and my little piggies ate the entire pan! I promised to make them another one for today. And the best part is, I took pictures! So, sit back and learn to make a delicious Rhubarb Crisp!
2. To make the sauce to pour over the rhubarb, add 1 c sugar, 2 T cornstarch, 1 c water and 1 t vanilla to a saucepan. (Pic shows before water added)
3. Turn the heat up to medium high and stir it somewhat frequently.
4. Cook it until it is thick and clear. You will know it is clear when you hold your fork up and what drips off is clear.
5. Pour your sauce over the rhubarb. And, don't mind the clutter on the counter, this is a sewing blog folks! ;)
7. Add 1/2 c melted butter and mix until combined.
8. Crumble your topping over the rhubarb and it's sauce. Spoon, fingers...it's all good!
9. Bake at 350 F for 1 hour until the topping is golden brown. The girls in our family like to top it with whipped topping, but the guys like it au naturel...you make even like it with ice cream...any which way you like it, it's good stuff!!
The Scarlet Thread Quilt Co's Rhubarb Crisp
4 c diced rhubarb
1 c sugar
2 T cornstarch
1 c water
1 t vanilla
1 c flour
3/4 cu uncooked oatmeal
1 c brown sugar
1/2 c melted butter
1 t cinnamon
Place rhubarb in 9 x 13 pan. In saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch, water, and vanilla. Cook over medium high heat until thick and clear. Pour over rhubarb. In mixing bowl, mix flour, oatmeal, brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon. Crumble over rhubarb/sauce. Bake at 350 degrees F for 1 hour until topping is golden brown. Serve hot or cold.
Hope you are enjoying some beautiful weather and Happy Sewing,
Have I mentioned yet that we are now in the tuxedo rental business?!? Well, we are...and it's prom season! I am having fun seeing the boys in their tuxedos! It's funny...the first thing they all say after they put it on is "this thing is hot"! lol I just remind them that when they get there and first thing they want to do is shed the jacket and tie, is to stick the tie in the pocket and remember which jacket is yours!! Because graduations are also coming up, i've been very busy with T-shirt quilts, too. Don't forget, we also do long-arm quilting. We usually run about 4 weeks out from the time you drop off.
Hope everyone enjoys a safe, fun weekend! I'm sure several of you will be spending today at the ballpark just like us! ;)
Last year's opening day for Little League and Cole getting a boost...our town has a parade and the tballers get to ride on the fire truck! ;)