Embroidering butterflies

This weekend is butterfly time. I’ve got some organza, metallic thread and water soluble stabilizer.The embroidery cd in the shop this week.

This picture is from Embroidery Online.

fst butterflies

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Row by Row – row in progress

I am working on my Row by Row ‘block’. This year’s theme: Home Sweet Home. In case you haven’t heard about The Row by Row Experience. From the website:

     All 50 States and Canada, too!

How about this… it’s like a shop hop, but it’s not… no fees, no cards to stamp, and all summer to play! Simply visit any of the participating shops and receive a free pattern for a row in a quilt. Combine your rows in any way to create a unique quilt that represents the fun you had traveling throughout the summer. Travel with friends, discover new quilt shops and have fun collecting rows! http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com/

Lucky for me Thor came up with an idea-your sewing room! Fabric stash-check, sewing machine- check, comfy chair-check, and much more.

Here are a couple in progress pictures:SAM_1478 SAM_1480

It will all come together!


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Working on a quilt called Sand Dunes

I’m home happily working on a quilt call ‘Sand Dunes’. I’m using Maywood Studios fabric Gelato in 3 different colors.


sand dunes

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Change at the shop is good, right?

We’ll be working on the shop over the next few months. Changing displays. Changing the layout (as much as we can anyway).

We’ve already replaced almost all of our patterns with new ones. We’re also working a little on the fabric mix.

Hopefully you’ll all stop by and tell us what you think.


In Stitches by Bird Brain Designs


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Wool Applique

Made up a pattern for wool applique. A customer wanted to learn so she tested it for me.

I’ll make up kits and have them ready soon.

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Made this little pattern up today.

Here is a little pattern I made up today. The flowers are wool, background is Moda



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Quilt economics explained

Jennifer Moore of Moore Approved did a great job of explaining the economics of selling quilts.  She explains how perceptions of cheap overseas goods has influenced how much a person will be willing to spend on a handmade quilt. When made in China quilts sell for less than $100, it’s hard to sell a handmade quilt for $500.

Here is the link to the article:


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Working on a new quilt

I’m working (slowly) on a new quilt sample for the shop.

It’s called BQ4. The latest in a series by Maple Island Quilts. Here is one a customer


Not real fond of the cover of this one. Here is the fabric line I’m using: Catalina, Maywood Studios, Marti Michell.catalina

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New: Embroidery Software class

Starting March. Bernina software classes.

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Worldwide Quilting Day

Celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day on March 15th. We’re giving away a block pattern, making the block and donating them.

Hope you join us.


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