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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Super Bowl Saturday Sale and Batting on the roll

12203 HWY 76
EXETER, MO  65647


every Saturday through April
1st and 2nd Saturdays (May through September) 
HOURS:  9 A.M. TO 5 P.M.
Sweetness finished building the first unit for the fat quarters. It is truly a vision of beauty. He’s feverishly working on getting the second unit finished by this Saturday (it’s amazing how much space it takes to house 10,000 fat quarters). Getting the first unit installed and filled made a drastic change in the amount of available space in that part of the shop. Holy cow! I can’t wait until everything is on the walls……….everything……because you know what happens then…….……sit and sew……..sit and sew…..sit and sew………..
Cross your fingers the jelly rolls, layer cakes, dessert rolls, charm packs and mini charms of Pheasant Hill (by Kansas Troubles) comes in before Saturday. This is her new line of fabric that’s being released in March (the pre-cuts usually come in a couple of months ahead of the bolted fabric). I’m really looking forward to getting the dessert rolls. They are 5" wide x W.O.F., (sorta like a jelly roll only twice as wide). We’ve never had desserts rolls in the shop before so this will be a new experience for all of us! YIPPEE! I’m so excited.
The "Mini" Binding Tools came in. They are for making bindings less than 2" wide for miniature quilts, applique or other small projects. They’re so cute! They almost look like toys!
We’ve posted several new pictures on the blog. Sally in Oklahoma made her very first Jelly Roll 1600 quilt. YEAH SALLY! Sandy in Illinois (The Over Achiever) decided to make a double Jelly Roll 1600 (yes, she used two jelly rolls….3200 inches). She sent a picture of the behemoth when she got it finished. Both pics are posted on the blog so please take a look at these beautiful quilts.
The very-pretty-in-color-flyer for the Shop Hop is also posted on the blog. Cheryl at The Quilted Garden has a real knack for making flyers and did a great job once again. Not only is it full of all the necessary information but it’s pretty to look at!
I’ll try to get pictures of the new fat quarter unit, the Pheasant Hill stuff (if it comes in) and the 108" backings on the blog before Saturday.
Help us help you:  
we’re thinking about carrying batting on the roll so we’re taking a survey: What kind of batting would you like to see in the shop: 100% cotton, 80%/20% cotton/polyester or 100% polyester?? White, cream or black? Did you know we can get silk batting? We can also get wool batting. I bet quilts (or anything) made using the wool batting would be so heavy you couldn’t turn over in bed. You’d have to go to sleep in the position you wanted to be in all night because you couldn’t roll over….weighed down by the wool batting……….but you certainly wouldn’t get cold. Anyway, let us know your thoughts on the batting on the roll. Help us help you!
The "Jelly Roll of the Month" club is off to a good start. I’m excited about this new club.
The Super Bowl is this Sunday. Traditionally Sweetness and I get all nestled in, pop some popcorn and watch the game on his big TV. This year, I have to work on Super Bowl Sunday so; we’ve decided to have our Super Bowl sale on Saturday instead. This Saturday only (February 2nd) all regularly priced fabric on the bolt will be 15% off. We have a lot of new stuff coming in soon and need to make room for it.
If you need something between regular business hours, please call. Sweetness is in the ‘man zone’ a lot during the day (making more fat quarter units, among other things). If he doesn’t answer, please leave a message on the machine so he can call you back.

See you Saturday,
P-Dub and Sweetness

Monday, January 28, 2013

Scrappy Spring Shop Hop flyer

Sandy's double Jelly Roll 1600-- 3200 total inches!

My friend Sandy in Illinois (who made 11 Jelly Roll 1600 quilts for her grand-kiddos for Christmas presents) just finished her first double Jelly Roll 1600 quilt.  Yes, she used two Moda Marbles jelly rolls.  She said it was very interesting sewing that many strips together all at the same time, 3200 total inches.  YIKES!  Yes, she cut them all in half before starting.  Yes, it's very long.  Yes, she says she'll NEVER do it again! Yes, I'm very proud of her.  

It measures 64"x 98".  She's thinking about whacking some of the length off and making pillow shams out of the excess!  

Sweetness really likes the lines going horizontally.  I told him I refuse to make a double Jelly Roll 1600 quilt but would be more than happy to show him how to do it himself!  

See you Saturday, 
P-Dub and Sweetness 

Sandy's double Jelly Roll 1600 quilt 

Yes, it's very long!  

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

108" backings and a boat load of new patterns

12203 HWY 76
EXETER, MO 65647

WINTER HOURS: every Saturday through April

SUMMER HOURS: 1st and 2nd Saturdays (May through September)

HOURS: 9 A.M. TO 5 P.M.

We received a couple of 108” backings today. They are different than other 108” backings we’ve seen: there is a stencil stamped on the back so you can quilt your project just by following the lines. The stencil is water soluble so it washes out! These come in “white” and “natural”. We are the proud owners of a bolt of each. YIPPEE! I might start doing my own quilting now that we have this stuff!!  
If you haven’t noticed, I’m a little over the moon about jelly rolls. That was not always the case. I’m a recent convert. If it weren’t for the Jelly Roll 1600 quilts I’ve made, I might still be a jelly-roll-nay-sayer. Not anymore. Sometimes my mind runs wild with ideas of what can be done with just one jelly roll (especially if I use my handy dandy Strip Tube Ruler). I’ve ordered a boat load of patterns using jelly rolls. The pattern we’re most excited about getting (and making) is called “Line by Line”. Thanks to Melba for bringing this beautiful quilt to our attention. The boat load of patterns should be here tomorrow (Thursday). Which jelly roll should I use to make the first “Line by Line” sample?? Hummm……..decisions, decisions!

We’re getting very close to Sit and Sew. I know I keep saying that, but we’re really (really) close. Sweetness is feverishly working on the shelving units for the fat quarters. I really can’t complain: he gave up his entire Christmas break to build the wall, install insulation and sheet rock, put in the heating stove, the ceiling fan and the door to the ‘man zone’. He assures me he’ll have the fat quarter units finished and in place very soon. When we’re finished with construction, we’ll be selling most of the shelving units in the shop (plus some that are currently in the ‘man zone’). We’re getting very close to Sit and Sew…….very, very close!

That reminds me. Some of you have asked about “Sit and Sew”:  We will have an area in the shop totally dedicated to you and your projects (whether that’s quilting, sewing, embroidery, applique, knitting, crocheting or just reading a book). We don’t care WHAT you’re working on…..just bring it and hang out with other people doing the same thing. There’s no need to let us know in advance if you’re coming……..just show up and stay as long as you can. It’s totally free: kids-free, husband-free (yours, not mine!), Mother-In-Law free, laundry-free, cholesterol-free, gluten-free, smoke-free, alcohol-free, vacuuming-free, computer-free, television-free, internet-free, G.P.S.-free day. All day long. Sweetness said he might cook lunch for us now and then (his lasagna is to die for). He won’t cook every week so bring a sack lunch (or we can order pizza or whatever…). Think of it as an all-girl pajama party (during the day) doing what brings us joy with the added benefit of accomplishment! We’ve done something like this the past two years. It was an absolute blast. We’re getting very close. I’m so excited.

We still haven’t decided on what to do with the door to the ”man zone”. Melba suggested we could have another contest to determine the kind of quilt the door should be painted. Great idea. Details later.

See you Saturday,
P-Dub and Sweetness

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Sally's first Jelly Roll 1600 quilt--very pretty

Sally in Oklahoma emailed this picture of her very first Jelly Roll 1600 quilt.  It's so pretty.  GREAT JOB, Sally!  

Sally's first Jelly Roll 1600 quilt.  VERY PRETTY!  

white AND neutral backings/ Jelly Roll of the month

Guess what? The 108" backing (with the quilting line stencil) comes in white AND natural. There are bolts of each coming our way, hopefully to arrive tomorrow.   After a quick meeting with Cheryl at The Quilted Garden tomorrow, I'll try to post pictures on the blog, if they are here.  I'm so excited to start using both of these.  I'm not sure which one I'll use first!  

Sweetness and I have been thinking about starting a "Jelly Roll of the Month" club.  You would get one Moda jelly roll each month at a discounted price, every month.  You can quit at any time without any further obligation to the club.  We could mail your jelly roll to you or you could pick it up at the shop.  Is anyone interested???   

We're also throwing around a "half yard of the month" club and a "fat quarters of the month" club but haven't made any decisions.  

If you would be interested in joining any of these clubs, please let us know.  

see you Saturday, 
P-Dub and Sweetness 

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Fun 108" backing

Yesterday was such a gorgeous day and unusually warm for January.  The stove didn't kick on very much but it was still nice to have heat!  The ceiling fan is installed. Thank you, Sweetness!

Plans for the "Scrappy Spring Shop Hop" have been finalized.  The previous post has all the info.  The shop owners are very excited.  We hope most of the blocks will be donated so there will be more than one quilt to give to charity.  I'm so excited!  Since I'm in charge of making the quilts, 
I gave myself a deadline of June 1st.  

I've ordered something a little different for the shop.  It's 108" backing with a stencil on the back so you can quilt it yourself.  The drawing is water soluble so it washes out (no one will ever know it was there).  You're secret is safe with me!  The down side, if there is one, is that it's only available in white.  PERIOD. No other colors.  Here's a picture of what it looks like.  It should be here by Saturday.

See you then, if not before! 
P-Dub and Sweetness 

108" backing with water soluble stencil 

Friday, January 18, 2013

This week's new fabrics

1930's fabric by Chloe's Closet 

This week's funky fabrics from Moda!  So colorful.  
The UPS man brought these today!  The first picture is 1930's by Chloe's Closet.  The second picture are fun brightly colored fabrics I couldn't resist!

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Mini Shop Hop in March

Cheryl at the Quilted Garden (in Aurora) and I had a meeting yesterday.  We're scheming and conniving about the next Shop Hop.  We haven't worked out all the details yet but know it will be March 15th and 16th (we figure you can make it to two shops in two days!). It will be a little different than the shop hop last October but will still be a lot of fun!  Cheryl and I are all about F-U-N!

I ordered some 1930's and reproductions fabric from Moda this week.  They should arrive tomorrow.  I'll post pictures when they get here.  The UPS man did bring some new quilt patterns today.  They are SO pretty! 

A new addition to the shop is another door.  The new door separates the shop from the 'man zone'.  We're thinking it should be painted to look like a quilt.  Pat suggested we spray some 505 Temporary Spray Adhesive on the door and plaster it with scraps of fabric.  That way, we can change it whenever we want to.  We haven't made an concrete decisions yet.......I still like the quilt idea.....

if you've made something and would like to have it posted on the blog, please email pictures of your project.  Wouldn't it be great to see what everyone else is working on?

I'm currently scratching my head over what project to start next.  I need to make something using the new jelly rolls that came in a couple of weeks ago.  Maybe with the Strip Tube Ruler....maybe using some of the Moda mini-charms???  I really need to make some samples of the blocks for the shop hop before I do anything else. 

Sweetness went back to school this week.  He's so glad to be in class instead of installing insulation and sheet rock.  He gets major brownie points for using most of his Christmas break getting the shop put together. 

Was it just last week that I was on vacation?  It seems like a lifetime ago!

See you Saturday,
P-Dub and Sweetness


Monday, January 14, 2013

Pictures of Pat's quilt

The previous post is pictures of the quilt Pat made for the Quilts of Valor foundation.  Since she doesn't have a computer at home she designed it the old fashioned way....with a pencil, a piece of paper and LOTS of math.  When she decided on the design and what size it would be, she started sewing and stitching out the embroidered parts.    

My camera wasn't behaving very well so I hope you can see this quilt.  It truly is gorgeous. 

Sweetness and I were more than happy to donate most of the fabric for this top.  

See you Saturday, 
P-Dub and Sweetness 

Pat's donation quilt

The center block of Pat''s  Quilts of Valor  top 

the corner block



Saturday, January 12, 2013

Today was the first day...........

Today was a wonderful day.  I know the weather outside is frightful but the fire was SO delightful.  Yes, that's was the very first day the temperature inside the shop was not equal to the temperature outside the shop.  Having a ceiling is a wonderful thing.  It actually keeps all the heat in. Imagine that!   Today was the first day we didn't get dressed like Eskimos before opening the shop (this is not meant to offend anyone of Eskimo origin).  We truly didn't wear our coats inside the shop..... not once.....all day.  Wow, this is the life!  

Melba stopped by and showed us a nifty trick on how to make your own binding.  Thanks, Melba for the tip.  I'll try to post pictures of how to do this. 

Pat brought in the quilt she designed and made for the Quilts of Valor foundation.  The quilt is just gorgeous.  She designed it the old fashioned way....with a pencil and a piece of paper and LOTS of math.  I'll try to post pics of it too.  

Sweetness and I have tomorrow to re-coop from this past week.  I go back to the j-o-b and he goes back to school on Monday. 

I'd better go see what Sweetness and the kids are doing. 

See you Saturday, 
P-Dub and Sweetness 

Jelly Rolls and the 1600 quilt

A better picture of the new jelly rolls 

Three different sets of the darker jelly rolls and a stack of the "Warm" ones 

Sweetness put the latest Jelly Roll 1600 in the shop today 

Friday, January 11, 2013

new Moda jelly rolls and The Binding Tool

I love the new jelly rolls we received this week.  The Marbles and Solids are so vibrant.  The Binding Tool and Rulers are here too.  I'll try to post pictures of this week's new stuff!    

Sweetness holding the Jelly Roll 1600 quilt I finished this week.  Catherine (the baby) wanted to be in the picture too! 

The Binding Tool 

The Binding Ruler 

"The Binding Tool" and the ceiling!

I've been on vacation this week from the j-o-b.  Sweetness and I have made great progress getting the shop in ship shape.  He'll be so glad to go back to school next week! 

The ceiling was completed as of 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night.  No more hovering around the stove to keep from freezing!  I have a whole new appreciation for people who hang sheet rock for a living.  Good grief. 

Being home this week, I've spent entirely too much time on the internet.  I watched a video on You Tube that changed my life.  Forever.  The lady was using something called "The Binding Tool".  She also used a gizmo called "The Binding Ruler" to make the binding.  Using The Ruler you can make 280" of binding from half a yard of fabric.  That seems too good to be true.  I don't know about you but I HATE to put binding on quilts.  Just hate it. 

I ordered a bunch of "The Binding Tools" and a couple of the rulers.  I'm very excited to use The Binding Tool on my latest project:  I finished my third Jelly Roll 1600 this week.  I cut all the strips in half and cut the first strip in half again so the seams wouldn't stack on top of each other.  I also decided to butt the ends together instead of on a 45 degree angle.  This made the quilt a little wider (49").  YIPEE! 

The UPS man also brought some yummy new Moda jelly rolls:  darks, brights, marbles, pastels. 

gotta go help Sweetness in the shop,

see you Saturday!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

It was the browser!

Note to self::  change browsers if I can't post pictures to the blog.  Apparently Internet Explorer doesn't like  Who knew?  

Here are some pictures.  

this week's new fabric 

Cherry on Top jelly roll strips cut in half!  Yippee!  
strips cut using the Log Cabin die for the Go! cutter 

We have a new look!

The blog has a new look.  It's much prettier thanks to a lot of help from Cheryl, who has her own blog.  As a newbie, I desperately needed help.  We owe our new look to her.  Thanks, Cheryl! It looks much better. 

Today was our second Saturday with heat.  It was wonderful.  We don't miss back in the day when we opened the garage doors and had to deal with the elements.  I'm glad those days are gone! 

If I could figure out what I did to disable posting pictures, I'll post some.  I've been taking pictures left and right but can't post.  I don't have any idea what I did.   does anyone know how to make the "choose from files" to pop up on the "insert image" page?

Help! Good grief Charlie Brown!

See you Saturday,
P-Dub and Sweetness

Thursday, January 3, 2013

And the Jelly rolls..........

I LOVE Garth Brooks.  L-O-V-E him.  He could sing the phone book and I'd buy a ticket.  I particularly like his song "And the Thunder Rolls.  My brain works in mysterious ways sometimes.  I was humming Garth's song to myself on the way home today when my brain jumped to jelly rolls and how they come already rolled up........thus the title of this posting..................I can see you rolling your eyes. 

As you know, I've cut the jelly roll strips in half to do the next 1600 Sandy's way.  I started sewing the pieces together and decided I don't have what it takes to MATCH THE ENDS TOGETHER ON A 45 DEGREE ANGLE nine bajillion times.  NO.  I've made the executive decision to butt the ends together and deal with it!  So I won't have cutesy diagonals in the quilt.  I can live with it.  I'd rather not have the diagonals than lose my mind trying make sure my 45 degree angles are spot on.  Thank goodness I didn't have very many put together when I had my melt down!!!  I cut those apart and put them in their own stack.  I'll introduce them into the quilt sporadically so they won't all be together. 

I'll try to post some pictures of the new fabric that came in....but don't hold your breath!  Apparently I've unchecked the necessary box to enable picture postings.  RATS.  I'll try to figure out how to un-do it. 

I'm finding I really like blogging.  I'm sure my enthusiasm will wane with time but for now, it's really fun learning how to do something new and that I can share with all of you.

Sweetness overextended himself.  We may not have the ceiling installed by Saturday but it's better than having the garage doors open and dealing with the last year!

Off I go to try to post some pictures,  wish me luck and don't forget to "comment".

See you Saturday,
P-Dub and Sweetness

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Sweetness Strikes again!

Sweetness will be so glad to go back to school!  So far he's put two coats of paint on the shop door, built "the wall" and erected it, installed insulation and sheet rock in the entire shop, installed the heating stove and is currently putting in the ceiling.  I am truly blessed. 

I was off yesterday so I got out the Log Cabin die Santa Claus (Sweetness) brought.  After much thought about which fabrics to use, I got started.  I decided to cut some strips for future projects, not necesarily a Log Cabin quilt.  I'm in LOVE with this die.  L-O-V-E it.  I measured each 'log' and wrote the dimensions on them with a thin black magic marker.  After cutting for awhile I decided to switch gears and start another Jelly Roll 1600 quilt.  I'm all about instant gratification!  ALL ABOUT IT! 

I snagged one of the new jelly rolls we received last week (Moda's Cherry on Top) and started cutting.....each strip in half.......yes, in half.  I'm going to do this one Sandy's way and see how it turns out.  Cross your fingers. 

We haven't seen the Fed Ex guy in awhile but he did make an appearance this week......drum roll please.....he brought 8 bolts of fabric. YIPPEE!  I guess Sweetness will need to schedule time to cut some fat quarters when he gets finished with the ceiling!
Now that I've figured out how to navigate the blog, you can make a comment without being a Google account holder.  I 'unchecked' that box so anyone can comment.  Feel free. 

I will post things through the week as I can so please, check back often.

See you Saturday,
P-Dub and Sweetness

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Happy New Year!!!

I finally figured out how to post pictures.  YIPPEE!  Now if I could just figure out how to "pretty up" the blog itself!  Baby steps, baby steps! 

I started 2013 the same way I'm sure you did:  planning my next project.  I decided to make another Jelly Roll 1600 quilt.  These are SO much fun to make.  We received some "Cherry On Top" jelly rolls and I L-O-V-E the prints.  At 5:30 a.m. this morning I was cutting the jelly roll strips in half.  Yes, in half.   After picking the brain of our quilting expert (Cheryl) I decided to give it a try. 

Now that I can actually access the blog and post pictures  (I'm not techie) it's all downhill from here.  I'll try to post pictures of the process.

Sweetness and I wish you a blessed 2013.

the beginning of the "Rainbow" quilt from a Moda pastel jelly roll
My very first Jelly Roll 1600 quilt.