Thursday, April 17, 2014

Crafty Friends

This weekend was our Hen Party at the Hen House, or my bachelorette/bridal shower. That's right, a sewing bee bachelorette party. 

I have the most wonderful, crafty friends. Jenele made me this Berry Box and filled it with sweet little fabric rolls. Each roll picked because she knew I would love it. Jenele also made the potholders.

Jentry embellished the mason jar sippy with vintage sheet strips (I am a big fan of vintage sheets). I am now going to tie fabric strips on everything.

Heather made the mini-quilt for me. I briefly thought about putting it in my sewing room but I think it will go in my bedroom. I have big plans for that room.

The scissors is a Lori Holt pattern. She will be here teaching a weekend retreat. Have you seen the pattern she is teaching? I went nuts when I saw it. We still have a few spots left so give a call to reserve your spot and sew with us!

Jenele also made the potholders.

I  had the best weekend hanging out with my Guild friends. More pics to come from this weekend. My wedding is coming up and I am going to be sharing my wedding handmade projects.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Lori Holt Returns!

Thursday, May 1st - Saturday, May 3rd, 2014

Lori will be teaching this adorable new pattern at our retreat!  Materials for the camping center block and pattern are included.  Fat Quarter Bundles are available for purchase to finish the quilt. 

All-Inclusive 3 Day/2 Night Retreat  $350
without lodging  $295

We are thrilled to have Lori Holt of Bee In My Bonnet Co. returning this year for another weekend full of quilty fun!  Her new fabric line "Vintage Happy" arrived this week and it is delicious to say the least.
Lori always amazes us with her creativity and I always learn new techniques for skills I thought I had already mastered.  Check out her amazing blog HERE!

Lori will be teaching Thursday - Saturday.  All class fees and materials for the blocks you will make are included in the retreat price.  Catered meals are also included and lodging is available.

Register Today - Space is limited to 20 participants

Check in Thursday 10AM - Travelers with lodging package may arrive Wednesday evening
Sunday Check out 12 noon

Call The Quilt Barn to Register:  (208) 423-5092

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Exciting News!

We have re-designed our website and we couldn't be happier with the results!

is now live and ready for shopping!

We are inviting you to browse the site and let us know what you think.  Each order you place during the month of April puts your name in a drawing for this beautiful quilt!  Drawing will be held May 1st and announced on our blog and Instagram!

Bordered with Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks fabric, it's sure to be a treasure for some lucky winner!

Great news for locals - we have added a "pick up at store" option to eliminate shipping charges.  Simply choose the pick up option when you pay for your online order and we will have it ready for you the next business day!


Become a Member and every day becomes a SALE DAY!  We are now offering Fabric and Machine Quilting Memberships.  Some of the exciting member benefits include:

 - At LEAST 25% savings off MSRP on EVERYTHING on our website
 - Exclusive offers, sales, and discounts
 - Additional discounts on Sale items
 - Deep discounts on downloadable patterns

 - 25% off machine quilting every day
 - 25% off batting every day
 - Guaranteed 2 week turnaround

Head over to our new website and click "Memberships" for more information!

Monday, April 7, 2014

April Showers and Stuff

I ventured outside for a few sewing photos. It is so sunny and nice you would think there would have been plenty of light. I need photography lessons me thinks.

I did get a few photos I can work with. I finished my April Showers hexie pillow. I know what you are thinking, she is still making hexie stuff. Sorry, yes.

See that awesome quilt? A birdie told me that Heather is going to be giving this quilt away. Watch for your newsletter upcoming blog posts this week.

I was 'that' crazy lady walking down the street with my granny cart full of quilts and stuff taking pictures. Keeping Kimberly wierd


Friday, April 4, 2014

Beachy Whale

I had this whale tutorial on my Pinterest To-Do list for a while. When we got Moda's line (by Janet Clare), Hearty Good Wished, I knew it was time to get sewing.

I pulled 2 denim shirts out of my re-use pile (one of mine an one of oldest daughters) and got to work.
He just need some eyes.
It is an easy pattern and I am seriously considering making a floral whale. Cause why not?

He goes great with the baby quilt Heather made using a Hearty Good Wishes jelly roll. The quilting Amy did is a great compliment.

Now, I want to visit a beach and play. I am a former Island girl (and now a desert girl) and I sometimes miss the beach

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Jewel Stars Paper Piecing

I really like Bonnie and Camille's new line, April Showers .  I joined all the mini charms (save 3 or 4) together using 1" Paper Piecing Hexagons. This project will be a pillow.

And now I have jumped to making Jewel Stars.
This is the beginning of another pillow. I am trying out a glue pen this time. I haven't tried to take out thepapers yet so I can give a full review yet but so far I love the pen for making the individual pieces.

My friend, Trina, first got me interested in paper piecing. She and I met at our local Modern Quilt Guild .
I encourage anyone to join us for a meeting. We meet the second Saturday at 6 at the Quilt Barn.

Trina is now hand quilting this lovely quilt.

This quilt is used the same diamonds as the papers used in the Jewel Stars set.

A few of the blocks she wrote when and where she made the block. This was a traveling project.
Thanks for letting us share your paper piecing adventure
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Thursday, March 20, 2014

My Sew Along Bag

I was following along with all of your during Heather's Sew Together Sewalong. I don't think I would have taken on this project with some sewalong help. I am so glad I made it. I think I will be making a few more for gifts this year.

I used my hoarded Katie Jump Rope scraps and made them in to a hexagon cluster for the front of the bag.

And the inside. I made a few mistakes, only noticeable if I pointed them out. My next bag will be much better. I already have fabric choices for it running through my head.

Thanks Heather for the Sewalong! You can still follow along and make your Sew Together Bag. Here is a link to purchase the pattern.

Here is Day 1. The Sewalong is divided in to 5 Parts and has a lot of pictures to help you follow the pattern.

Don't forget to post your pictures in our Flickr group. We want to see what you made!

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Sewalong Day 5 - Final Post!

Sew Together Sewalong
Day 5 - the Final Day!

Are you ready to finish this bag?  Today we will complete the final steps and your bag will be done.

We saved the outside until last.  I think the best reason for this is so you can use your scraps to "Quilt As You Go" and make an adorable scrappy outside.

There are a couple of great suggestions in your pattern for fun tutorials to make darling outside panels.  This one is done with Tara Rebman's Quilt As You Go method.  She teaches a great class on Craftsy.  If you link to Craftsy from our button on our website,, you get a $5 gift certificate for Free when you purchase the class!  Another fun suggestion is Ticker Tape - Amanda Jean of Crazy Mom Quilts (one of my favorite blogs) does a fantastic tutorial on Sew Mama Sew's blog HERE.  It's also adorable to sew a whole bunch of selvages together for the outside of your bag.  Let your creativity run wild!

Make your outside and trim according to your pattern.  Place your outside panel wrong side up and place your project on top as shown:

 Pin on all 4 sides.  Top stitch all the way around.  Trim off any excess.

Iron your binding strips in half lengthwise:

Place a short binding strip down the side of your bag as shown:

Take a test stitch.  This is to see if you will be able to wrap your binding around and cover your original stitch.  Use a 1/4" seam allowance and stitch about an inch:

This is how the other side will look:

Wrap the binding around and make sure it will cover your stitching:

I like mine to extend just barely past the stitching (about 1/16").  If it doesn't quite cover your stitches, unpick it and use a smaller seam allowance.  If it extends more than 1/8" beyond your stitching, take a deeper seam allowance.  Find the happy spot where if you stitch along the edge of the binding, the front will look like this:

And the back will look like this:

Stitch the binding down each side:

Wrap the binding around to the outside of the bag and stitch it down:

Next, find the center of your long zipper and the center of the top of your bag:

Matching the centers, pin the zipper face up as shown:

Place a long binding strip on top of the zipper as shown:

Beginning at the very end, stitch the binding along the long raw edge.  Use the technique above to make sure it will wrap around nicely.

Wrap the binding around to the outside of the bag and stitch it down:

The inside of the bag will look like this - Note: using a bobbin that matches your zipper helps hide your stitching!

Now bring the other end up and line up the sides.  Pin the zipper to the other end as shown:

Repeat on the other side and pin the zipper down the entire top of the bag.

Place the last long binding strip on top of the zipper:

Stitch the entire length of the binding:

Wrap binding around to the outside and stitch it down:

Your bag now looks like this:

Last, but not least, we will add zipper tabs and stitch the ends down to form handles!  Press your zipper tabs as directed in your pattern:

Stitch across the end of your zipper near the top, about 1/2 inch from where the pull stops.  This will help hold it together while you place your zipper tab.

Place the zipper tab over the front of the zipper end as shown:

The back will look like this:

Place 2 anchor pins in the back like this:

I like to snip the corners off before I fold the zipper tab over to secure it:

Fold the zipper tab over and secure with 2 more pins:

Stitch all the way around, sewing across the zipper a couple of times to secure it:

Pivot with your needle down to turn the corners.  If its bulky and gets stuck, use an awl or your seam ripper to help the fabric along.

 How cute is that?

Repeat on the other zipper end.  Using a bobbin that matches your binding, stitch your zipper pulls down to the center of the bottom of your bag as shown:

If your bobbin matches your binding, the back will look like this and your stitches will hardly show!

Repeat on the other side and TA-DA!  You have finished your
 Sew Together Bag!

Now take a picture and post the dang thing everywhere!

Don't forget to post your picture to our Flickr Group and Instagram with #sewtogethersewalong

Thank you so much for sewing along with us!  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we have.  Thanks again to Michelle @sewdemented and Jennie @kungfucowgirl (Zipitzippers) for their huge part in making this sewalong a success!

Hope you continue to follow our blog and follow us on Instagram @thequiltbarn!