Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Feather Bed Quilt Class this Weekend

I am furiously typing away while Bert snoozes in his little swing.

Seems he will only sleep if someone is holding him, which is fine by me, but makes it very difficult to get anything done in those moments when he is asleep.

But, however hard it might be to tear myself away, the fact is I am coming back to work at the shop again starting this Thursday... sniff, sniff.

I'm happy to be coming back but of course a bit sad to not be spending all day every day with Bert.
But, one of the things I am most excited to come back to work for is teaching! 
I'm teaching a class this Saturday on Anna Maria Horner's Feather Bed Quilt and there is still time to sign up.

If you are local and want to take advantage of the fact that there is NOT a major snowstorm scheduled for this weekend I would love to have you join me.

Over the course of my maternity leave I did begin making my own version of the Feather Bed Quilt for the shop and I can tell you this quilt is MUCH, MUCH easier than it looks... that Anna Maria Horner know a thing or two, let me tell ya!

It's quite fun to work on and goes together fairly quickly.

I'd say a "confident" beginner (someone who knows how to use their sewing machine and has made a project or two before) could take this quilt on with amazing results.

If you'd like to join me we would love to have you in the class: there's a bit more info on our classes page.

Call the shop at 563 5002 to sign up and I will see you all back at the shop this Thursday morning!



Monday, February 18, 2013

Tappy, tappy, tappy

Do you watch Duck Dynasty?

Confession: I totally watch (and love) it!

I like it when Phil says "Happy, happy, happy."

This post is not about Duck Dynasty, but it is about something that makes me happy, happy, happy...

Maple-syruping time!

Ollie has got the market cornered in our neighborhood and he has tapped almost all of our neighbor's trees in exchange for a bottle of precious, precious maple syrup.

We took Bert out this weekend on a snowy day and put the first taps in for this year.

I felt like I was in a Phoebe Wahl illustration: the happy family, tapping the neighborhood trees on your picture perfect Maine winter day.

I'll let you know how much syrup we get and you can come over for flapjacks!



Wednesday, February 13, 2013

New fabrics from Denyse Schmidt: "Shelburn Falls"

I am bummed I won't be going to the very first ever Quilt Con... maybe next year (and I have a very wonderful excuse!).

But in the meantime, a new collection from Quilt Con's keynote speaker and the "Mother of Modern Quilting" herself has arrived at the shop.

30 new prints in all... we have them listed in our online shop as yardage and in bundles.

I love this collection and to quote myself: "It's very usable."

Let the snip, snip, snip begin!



Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Handmades: Blue Bert Baby

Of course, being that Bert is a baby boy (and he is such a boy, let me assure you), of course he got lots of cute blue things....

So I thought an "all blue" post was in order.

 We received a sweet, sweet, sweater from Cindy (Miss Fussy Cutter herself) knit from Rowan Denim yarn in one of my favorite stitches.

I can already picture him wearing this sweater on a cool spring night: it suits his personality perfectly.


This is technically a gift for me, I suppose, but Bert has benefited from it at many a midnight feeding.

Of course, every breastfeeding mother knows a "boppy" pillow when she sees one: this one is from the Lotta Jansdotter book Simple Sewing for Baby and my friend Susanne made it for me.

I love the neutral palette with just a touch of baby blue, and this boppy is a bit smaller than a traditional boppy which suits me perfectly.

And, it must be noted, the crocheted blanket in the background of both these last two photos was made for Bert by my Godmother, Millie, whom I have always called "God Millie" ever since I was a little baby myself.  

It is the softest, sweetest, palest baby blue you ever saw and I just love it.

Here is Bert snuggled up in his blanket from God Millie, with an owl softie my business associate (Mom) made for him from a re-purposed cable knit sweater.

Last but not least is this gorgeous blue patchwork quilt from our good friend Ginnie.

This little quilt is so timeless I just had to use it as the background in my "month by month" photos of Bert... see the "1 month" on his little tee shirt?

This is part of a set of onesies I bought on Etsy from Culpeper General, each with a month silk-screened onto the front so you can make a collage of your child's first year.

Even though these onesies came in a "Blue for Boy" set, I opted for the "Modern Neutral" colorway.

I think Ginnie's quilt makes the perfect backdrop... what do you think?

Bert's personality is emerging every day.  

He really is a "boy" and he really is a "Bert" if that makes any sense.
If he could talk, he would want me to thank Cindy, Susanne, God Millie, Grandma Ba Ba and Ginnie for their wonderful handmade gifts.
But since he can't quite talk yet, I will say it for him...
Thank You, ladies!!!