Monday, November 30, 2009

Holiday Home Tour

This years Kingston Holiday Home Tour will feature the home of Nancy Martin. Nancy is the founder of That Patchwork Place and author of many quilting books. I have been fortunate to visit Nancy's home during the holidays, and have seen many of her Christmas quilts. Now you all have the opportunity to tour her home, as well as 4 others in the Kingston area.
The tour is Saturday December 12 from 10:00 to 3:00. Tickets are $15.00. If you are interested in walking on the ferry and taking a shuttle to the homes post a comment here.

Friday, November 27, 2009


I hope you are recovering nicely from your Thanksgiving activities. Mine was filled with wonderful family, lots of laughter, watching football, playing checkers, cooking with my son, topped off by a wonderful dinner.
I had a binding ready to stitch down on a Christmas quilt for our bed. By the time I sat down, at 8:30, I just didn't have the energy to sew. Hopefully tonight! I made this quilt a couple of years ago. It hung in the shop as a top, and after that Christmas season I had it machine quilted. It has been waiting for a binding! I made a promise to myself it would be on the bed this year, so I am close to having it done. I just found the fabric I had set aside for pillowcases to go with it, so I do believe I will have this little project finished by December 1st. Now, what else is on my list?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Makin' Movies

Today was a little different around here! One of our customers was being filmed for a webcast for Microsoft. They are getting ready to launch Office 2010, and they are filming "Real Life Stories". Keepsake is one of her favorite places to shop, so they followed her here today. Her name is Stacy, and she doesn't consider herself a 'quilter', more a 'crafter'.

A young mom, with lots of talent. Check out her blog . You can see some of the cute things she is making. Thanks Stacy, for making us part of your big adventure!

Monday, November 16, 2009


Yesterday I had a little window of sewing time. I really wanted to put the binding on my Tea Time quilt, but somehow I did not have the fabric. Arggg. But I did have a beautiful fall panel and a couple of coordinates, so I whipped up these place mats. Do I have time to make 10 more before Thanksgiving? I am sure going to try!

Saturday, November 14, 2009


Many of you know that I did not go to Quilt Market this fall. Do you ever wonder how I am able to fill the shop with such wonderful fabric, books, patterns and notions, and never leave Bothell? In the last 3 weeks, I have seen 7 sales reps. I have an appointment to see one more before Thanksgiving. Then I should be finished until after the 1st of the year. Most of the fabric won't arrive until 2010, some of it not until May! I order months in advance, trying to anticipate what the trends will be, what floor space will be available in the shop and most importantly, what you will be asking for.

I have learned that just because I love it, does not mean you will. It's always fun for me when you love the same things I do. What am I looking forward to recieving? Flower Sugar!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Pinch Me!!

Some days are just better than others here at the shop. Within the last couple of weeks we have received some of the most beautiful fabric I have ever seen. In the photo is the beautiful collection by French General, Rouenneries. We also have the newest Minick and Simpson group, Wiscasset. Today we put Aster Manor on the floor. If you loved Chocolat, you will love this collection!
I don't know about you, but I just can't sew fast enough!

Wednesday, November 4, 2009


This morning I heard that the Olympics Opening Ceremony is just 100 days away. Somehow, I thought it was much further. Other quilt shops have been talking about it, and I have fabric in the shop to support the event. I just thought it was further away.
Our family talked about trying to buy tickets, I know there was a lottery a few months ago. For the entire world. Then, if you were selected you would be able to buy tickets for the event your ticket was drawn from. I am sure there will be tickets out there, just super expensive. Maybe this will be the reason to buy that flat screen TV.
Then we can cuddle under a cute flannel quilt using the flannel fabrics! I think I am on to something.