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A Teeny Tiny Quilt Market Recap Plus a Great Big Annoucement

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Yummy fabrics, eh? Keep Scrolling, bear with me, and be a sweetie by humoring me while I lead with a bit of applicable Spring Quilt Market happy stuff.

I know – you can chastise me later for not constructing an immediate, lengthy and glorious post about all the wonderments of Spring Quilt Market 2016, the moment I got home from Salt Lake City, Utah a few weeks ago. Suffice to say, there were wonderments – MANY of them, but since Market, I’ve been OH-SO busy planning OH-SO-MUCH-MORE important stuff to share with you!

Okay, okay – I’ll take a sec to share a few pics from quilt market, but only a few before I share what I REALLY want to tell you about…

Quilt Market wonderments…like meeting this girl:

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A confession – the very first official quilt class I’ve ever taken was at the Riley Blake Shop Owner’s Extravaganza Retreat in gorgeous Park City, just before Spring Quilt Market 2016 (I’m historically more of a learn-on-my-own sort of girl). The one and only Lori Holt of Bee in My Bonnet was my teacher and I learned lots!

And this girl:

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Teacher of the second quilt class I’ve ever taken was the queen of English Paper Piecing herself, Sue Daley of Sue Daley Designs.  Oh, good grief – where do I begin?!  I cannot even begin to quantify how much I learned from this lovely lady about not only EPP (and her famous Knicker Knot!), but also just about our great business itself. I’m forever changed having met her and learned from her, HONESTLY.

Moving on to Quilt Market itself, how can I forget our visit to the Glamper?

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Carina Gardner, designer of patterns, paper art, and OH so many gorgeous fabrics (including Posy Garden, coming to the Woods in July!), was on the TOP of my list of Must-Meets at Quilt Market.  See that smile?  Yep – as genuine and sweet as it looks (even Sophie loved her enough to leap into her hands for the picture!)

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Had it not been for the fact that she knew I’d be all by myself at Quilt Market without her, I almost think Sophie may have stayed and gone home in the Glamper with Carina – she had that much fun hopping around in it.

Okay, okay, okay!  Before I get too lost in the ‘nostalgia’ part of Quilt Market 2016, I want to talk about what I really, really, REALLY need to share with you in this post:

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This gorgeous quilt was on display at A Schoolhouse class I attended the day before Quilt Market with Amy Ellis, sharing some details of her just-released-today new Quilt book called, Modern Heritage Quilts. Two words for which I specifically sought better clarity at Quilt Market : Modern Quilting.

Ah yes – this brings me to the most important reason for my blog post today – the announcement of the first ever Serendipity Woods Block of the Month project!

 

It starts with Amy’s Modern Heritage Quilt book as our guide, which will take us through a 9 month pseudo Mystery BOM project creating a whole new quilt (aka – not in the book) with associated block instructions which can be found on corresponding pages.

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Invite your friends to join you for Serendipity Woods’ first ever BOM project, featuring Modern Heritage Quilts by Amy Ellis. Begins July 22, 2016!

Most importantly, we’ll learn together a little (probably a lot) more about quilting with a modern feel, yet preserving some of the tried and true, historical pattern styles. I don’t know about you, but I am so game!

The short, simple, to-the-point details:

What: Serendipity Woods Modern BOM 2016

When: July 22, 2017 – April 22, 2017

Cost:

  • Reservation Fee/First Month’s shipment – $39.50 +$4.89 shipping (includes Modern Heritage Quilts book and your first month’s instructions and fabrics, including Kona Snow background)
  • Remaining 8 months – $12.50 + $4.89 shipping/ each month (includes instructions and all fabric needed for associated month)
  • Deadline for registration is July 1st, so we’re sure to have all the supplies needed in stock, on time!

Fabrics included are from our Serendipity Woods’ Happy Scrappy Modern Bundle, curated especially for this Modern Heritage Quilts BOM project.

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Serendipity Woods Happy Scrappy Modern Fabrics collection, available at SerendipityWoods.etsy.com.

  • How: Several Ways:
    • Tell us RIGHT HERE (a simple, ‘Count me in for the BOM’ will suffice. We’ll take it from there)

    • Find our post on Instagram, Facebook, or Ello and tell us there
    • Purchase our ‘First Month BOM’ listing at Etsy (subsequent months will invoice through Paypal) HERE

What else, what else, what else?  Nothing, except we’re so excited and we hope you are too!

Cheers,

Pam and the Bunny Crew

PS – one more photo I ought to share of another miraculous girl I met during my adventure in Utah:

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My new friend, Crystal, owner of The Clever Quilt Shoppe, whom I met on the first day of the Riley Blake Retreat.  In a word: Serendipity.

 

Sugar Stars Hazel Quilt – Finished, with Lessons Learned

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Sugar Stars pattern by Lori Holt, created with Hazel by Allison Harris of Cluck, Cluck, Sew for Windham and some Kona White for the background.

Well, remember how totally on FIRE I was a while back with my progress for the above Sugar Stars quilt? Then everyone was like – ‘Seriously? What happened to that quilt she was making? She never. Even. Published. The. Finish.’

It’s true – this is the first time I’m publishing my finished quilt because, as on fire as I was to get it finished, this happened:

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The teal pinwheel fabric is my backing, and I cut it THIS MUCH too small.

Wouldn’t you freeze too?  The bottom line is that quilting, like life in general, presents us with brick walls. Sometimes we freeze because, doggone it, we just wanted to start something, move along with a comfortable sense of propulsion, and get it done so we can enjoy the pleasant fruits of our labor.  When we meet those brick walls, however, it sometimes becomes less about propulsion and more about learning something along the way.  My response to that? I didn’t want to learn something along the way…I just wanted to start a quilt and finish it in a timely manner.  No fuss no bother.  Pth.  The Quilting Universe had other plans, evidently.

As it turned out, it took me a while to admit out loud that I had two choices – Either cut a new backing piece (which sounded wasteful and I don’t do wasteful very well, especially when it comes to fabric) or veer to the more time consuming remedy – piece it with scraps.  The cool thing is that my Sugar Stars Quilt is made up of 168 Easy Corner Triangle units like this:

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Which, after sewing a white square in the corner on the diagonal and accurately cutting off the scrap with a rotary cutter and ruler, leaving an exact 1/4″ seam allowance – left me with a whole lot of these:

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which I sewed together…

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to make these…

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Four of each fabric with lots leftover.

which then could become 3″ pinwheels like these:

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That worked out perfectly if I cut my backing fabric into 4 quadrants, using some of the excess I had lengthwise to create the little 3″ alternating squares.

So as much as I hated how long it took me to rectify my error, I love the back of my Sugar Stars quilt so much more than if I’d cut the backing piece the right size in the first place.

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Oh – in case you wondered, the backing fabric is flannel, and the result of another error I made with our first order of fabric for our shop.

In a nutshell, the fabric is from the Roots and Wings Collection by Deena Rutter for Riley Blake.  It wasn’t supposed to be flannel. I ordered the wrong fabric.  So, even though a fair bit of it did sell at the shop, it was the only flannel we had at the shop and I didn’t want people to get confused as I had been, accidentally buying something they didn’t mean to buy.  So, I’ve used it for the backings of the last two quilts I’ve made. It’s quite soft and has coincidentally coordinated perfectly!

Anyway – one more quilt down, and more quilting lessons learned.  The moral of this story: If you know you’re going to have a whole bunch of scraps that will be about the same size and shape – cut them accurately with a rotary cutter, instead of just lopping them off with scissors at ‘about’ 1/4″.  You might thank yourself later that all your scraps are exactly the same size. I sure did! Happy Sewing, friends 🙂

Oh – Quilt kit. Yes. Here:

Sugar Stars Quilt Kit with Hazel by Cluck Cluck Sew

 

 

 

Bundles, Stacks and a Finished Quilt

Hi Quilty Friends!

I know, I know…it’s been a while, again!  That said, what a wonderful November we had at Serendipity Woods Shop!  While it’s true that we’ve been bringing in lots of pretty new individual fabrics every day, we’ve also brought in some pretty full collections too, like…

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Mon Ami by Basic Grey for Moda Fabrics

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Redwork Revival by Color Principle for Henry Glass

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and Hazel by Allison Harris of Cluck, Cluck, Sew for Windham

We’re also extra excited for the continued growth of our very own cheerily entitled Happy Little Bundles section.  It’s actually the fastest growing section of our shop!

Some of our newest bundles include:

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Dandy Turtles 8 Piece Bundle, including fabrics from Riley Blake as well as our newest manufacturer, Lecien.

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Our Happy Little Aquas Bundle, featuring fabrics by Moda, Robert Kaufman Kona, and Studio E.

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…And despite the fact that Halloween has technically passed this year, our Happy Little Halloween Bundle of fabrics from various Moda lines continues to be very popular!

But I really want to tell you about another  new addition that’s arrived in the Happy Little Bundles section – we call them Happy Little Scrappy Stacks, and they look like this:

Happy Little Scrappy Stacks are made up of 100 – 2.5″ precision cut pieces of 50 different fabrics.  ‘How am I supposed to make a quilt out of that?’ you ask?

Easy peasy. Here’s one for ya…

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2015 Serendipity Woods Happy Scrappy Stack Quilt

…you pair each of your 100 – 2.5 squares with some 2.5″ Kona Snow strips to go around each one (sewn just like a log cabin block only without so many rounds), use 1.5″ strips of Kona Medium Grey (or any other handsome solid that strikes your fancy) for sashing strips, sandwich it, quilt it, toss on a binding – and you’ve got a 72″ square Happy Scrappy Quilt.  It goes together quite quickly too!

This week, I’m moving on to creating a quilt with Hazel – a line mentioned above by Allison Harris of Cluck, Cluck, Sew. You may or may not see what I see, but I’m in love with this fabric line because even though it’s awfully springy – it has struck me from the start as quietly and JOYFULLY Christmassy too.  I’ve decided to whip up up a quilt designed by Lori Holt (of Bee in my Bonnet/Farm Girl Vintage fame) called Sugar Stars.

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Springy ,yet quietly and JOYFULLY Christmassy too – Hazel.

Happy December, friends.  I’m going to work really hard at getting right back here by week’s end with a post of my finished Sugar Stars Hazel quilt. Thanks, as always, for sticking with me 🙂

Pam

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