Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Christmas Window

Decorating the bed side of our large window for Christmas was a no brainer (which is good because I feel no brainer this time of year). A customer and friend made this quilt top out of Winter's Lane and we asked if we could display it. We all love it! 

This fabric line has been crazy popular. We have a few fat quarter bundles left and a wee bit of yardage.

The line came with a panel and that is what Jenele made the pillow out of. The poinsettia pillow is a project from a few Christmas windows ago. Anyone else have to look up ow to spell poinsettia? Every time for me.

Another reason we love this quilt so much is the pattern. We found out what it was an ordered the book. I can just picture this scrappy.

Jenele also made this garland using the panel. You could sew these rectangles on a plain card an make your own Christmas cards.

Many of my projects can't be shown until after Christmas. I am now officially behind on my sewing deadlines. How about you?

Run, don't walk, over to Crazy Mom Quilts Finish it up Friday. Her Scrap Vortex is amazing. 

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Black Friday SALE!

All JANOME sewing machines are on SALE!  For 3 days only, you will find Janome sewing machines at the lowest prices of the year.  Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and CyberMonday.  

We will beat any advertised price!  Some of our favorites are: Kitty 15822:  Reg. Price $299  SALE  $224  Save $75
    (Click on Machine for more details) DC 3160:  Reg. Price $899  SALE  $699  Save $200
  (Click on Machine for more details) 990 Serger:  Reg Price $699  SALE  $449  Save $250
(Click on Machine for more details) 1100D Prof. Serger:  Reg. Price $1299  Sale: $999  Save $300
(Click on Machine for more details) Memory Craft 8900:  Reg Price $2999  Sale: $2499  Save $500
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Janome Memory Craft 8200:  Regular Price $2499  Sale:  $1999  Save $500

Janome Memory Craft 6600:  Regular Price $1999  Sale:  $1699  Save $300

Come in and take any of these machines for a test drive!  Don't see the model you'd like?  We can order it for you.

Shop for Christmas early and save big bucks!   These prices are good through Monday, December 1 at 6:00PM.

Store Hours:  Monday - Saturday 10AM- 6PM

See you this weekend,

Heather and The Quilt Barn Chics
241 Main Street North
Kimberly, ID 83341
(208) 423-5092

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Vintage Stitchery Find

 I found these sweet little potholders at my favorite thrift shop, The Mustard Seed (shh, don't tell anyone). I am thinking they are mitten shapes. 

The candy stripe binding is so sweet. I am thinking of tracing the shape and stitchery and try and recreate these to give as gifts.

I have quite a collection of vintage stitchery items. Many in so so conditions. I have been thinking of finally make something with them (instead of hoarding them in a box forever). I made this board on Pinterest for some ideas.

Also, how many boards and pins are too many. Like, she's gone off the deep end with pinning? I have 36 Boards (down from 41, 1043 Pins, and 401 Likes. Anyone want to share their Pinterest activity?


Monday, November 25, 2013

Organic Herringbone Baby Quilt

I think the half square triangle might be the most versatile quilt block ever. This herringbone version of simple half square triangles was new to me.

The pink solid, backing, and binding are our new Little Things Organic fabrics from Little Figs for Moda.

I used this free pattern by Anna Elizabeth Made

Amy usually long arm quilts my quilts but this was a small quilt (baby) and she is busy with Christmas deadlines so I did this one my self on my home machine. I did a simple echo stitch. I washed the quilt before bringing it back to the shop to display. The organic fabrics have a different feel (and smell, anyone else notice that?) and I wanted to see how it washed up.

Looks and feels about the same as non-organic fabric. Same crinkle after washing too.

 Jenele made up some cute Little Things bundles. I have this one in our Etsy shop and will be putting the other 2 colorways we have in soon.

Anyone else feeling the pinch with sewing Christmas gifts? So far I am on top of things but I am sure I will find something else I just have to make before December 25.
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Monday, November 18, 2013

Double Ring Hexies

After making 1000 hexies you would think I would have paper piecing out of my system. Nope. I am now on to double ring hexie flowers
Here is what I have made so far using scraps only

The backing of a half finished one. I don't go through the paper but sew a double stitch at each corner.

I have a goal of 35. I think I am going to try paper piecing diamonds to make stars next.

Did you hear? Cart are the new big thing in fabric.  Cats are the new owls. Jenele is happy.


Tuesday, November 12, 2013

My New Fave Quilting Tool

I love discovering a new quilting tool that I get really excited about, its the Quick and Easy Block Tool.

You get the patterns for 102 blocks in 5 sizes. Heather made the display board and included 4 of the 5 sizes of the star block.

This is such a great resource and now I want to make a scrappy quilt with all the blocks in all the sizes. I am getting a few for Christmas gifts too. Quilting friends can sometimes be hard to buy for.

Also, we have our Gift Certificates on sale until Thanksgiving, &100 for $80 and $50 for $45. Another great gift idea, they never expire, and you can even buy one for yourself!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Halloween Swap


I meant to share this with you earlier(like before Halloween was over). I am now deep in to Christmas sewing panic so it got put aside.

I participated in a Halloween Swap I found on Instagram and here is what I made for my swap partner.

Mini Boo Crew Quilt. I used this free tutorial.

The ruffled table runner was a make as I went pattern. I was sad to see this one go.

A pincushion with vintage button (the pattern is in the book, Patchwork Please). I think I will be making more of these as Christmas gifts for our Guild Christmas Party gift exchange.

A pinch pot holder. The pattern is from here in the shop but I am not sure of the name.

We had to include something from our State so I got an Idaho Spud and a Huckleberry bonbon.

Our Modern Guild meets here at The Quilt Barn once a month for fun, sharing, learning, and late night sewing. We always love to see new people so please stop by a meeting. 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Vintage Iron Woes

So this happened. This was my cute little personal ironing table made from a card table.
I took it with my to The hen House to teach a class and as I was demonstrating an ironing technique I touched the iron to the fabric and it burst in to flames. The fabric burst in to flames. I stood stunned for a bit and then flicked it to the ground and stomped on it.

Um yah, kind of embarrassing. So, the lesson...vintage irons can get very hot. It probably overheated as it never did this before. Now what to do about my ironing table. I think I will just staple a whole new insul brite and pieced charm top over this burnt one.

Has this ever happened to anyone with vintage irons?

Happy Friday!!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Paper Doll Quilt

I am always on the lookout in our brick and mortar shop for older, out of print fabrics to put in our Etsy Shop . I came across the Paper Doll Fabric and discovered it is hard to find (and expensive!) on Etsy. I put it in our Etsy shop for 8.99 a yard, 42.97 less per yard than what I had found.

I made this quilt just before I started working here and was used as a shop sample.

We don't have the little clothes fabric anymore but I can think of lots of fun things to make with this fabric. What can you think to make with it?

Friday, October 18, 2013

Halloween Quilts


I am a big fan of Halloween. Give me a shred of an excuse to "sew Halloween" and I will.
I knew when I saw Cloud 9 Fabrics No Bones About It pattern I had to make it. Its a quick and easy pattern. I cut a few extra kits for the shop and I put one on Etsy.


Heather made the Boo Crew Quilt. I love the minky ghosts and monsters.

I participated in a Halloween Swap this year and I sent off my made goodies Tuesday. I wonder if she got my package yet? I will share what I sent next post.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Birthday SALE!!!


The Quilt Barn is turning 5 years old this week!

You know us... we like to celebrate with our biggest sale of the year! 
Sale is going on NOW through Saturday, October 19th.  Store hours 
are 10AM - 6PM Monday - Saturday.

Let's start by rolling back prices to 2008!

Save $2/yard on EVERY BOLT of EVERYTHING!  Yes, that includes MINKY!

Home Dec Fabrics 60% off!

Pick and Choose Precut Fat Quarters 5 for $10 - Fat Quarter Bundles priced at
$2/per FQ.  Single Fat Quarters $2.50

YARN - we are closing out our yarn section with prices BELOW COST!  All 
yarn will be 50% off of the already low price.

All Notions 25% off & All Books 40% off!

Select Kits up to 70% off!

Retired store sample quilts marked 50% off (you can't even buy the fabric and make it yourself for that price!)

During our sale, earn "Machine Quilting Bucks"!  For every $50 you spend,
you earn $10 in Machine Quilting Bucks.  These can be redeemed for machine
quilting services and is a great way to rack up some FREE machine quilting!

Out of town?  All sale prices will be honored in our ETSY store as well.  Just
convo us and we will create a special listing for you!

Let's raise the roof and party like a rockstar!  See you soon!

Heather & The Quilt Barn Chics
241 Main Street N.
Kimberly, ID 83341
(208) 423-5092

Monday, October 14, 2013

Fall October Window

Can I say how much I love Historical Blenders by Moda? This is not normally my palette of choice but I am really liking this. The dots are fantastic too.
The pattern is from the Summer 2013 Primitive Quilts and Projects.  We just started carrying this quarterly magazine and I have already made 1.5 things from it (the .5 is a work in progress). This quilt was made by a customer.

I think we are going to have to up our orders for this magazine. I'm not the only fan. We do have a few of the Summer 2013 issues left.

I made the pumpkin pillow  using this free template.
I simplified the pattern by using only the pumpkin outline.

Amy's Boo quilt is draped on the foot board. She also made a few kits to share. She long arm quilted it using, our favorite, a spider web design. Love it Amy!!

This week is our Founder's Day Sale, our biggest sale of the year!

 $2 off every bolt of fabric (Minky too)
Home Dec fabrics 60% off
Yarn 50% off
Select Kits up to 70% off
Notions 25% off
Books 40% off
Fat quarters 5 for $10

Sale goes on until October 19

I am linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts, Finish It Up Friday

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Trunk Show Today!

Meet Designer Emily Herrick today at The Quilt Barn between 12noon - 2Pm!

Emily is the Designer of Crazy Old Ladies Quilts Patterns and designs fabric for Michael Miller.  She brought over a dozen GORGEOUS quilts to share and patterns for you to purchase.  Meet her and drool over her fabulous quilts with us today!

See you soon!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Minecraft Creeper Pillow Tutorial

All 3 of my daughters are big Minecraft fans. I have seen a few quilts made with the pixelated images from the game but there is no way I was going to be able to make 3 in time for Christmas. 

But I could make 3 pillows by Christmas. I hunted on the internet for a tutorial but no luck.

Fortunately,  it wasn't too hard to figure out a pattern. Graph paper was the key. I started with how big I wanted the pillow to be, how many different green fabrics I wanted to use, and then how many squares I would need.

Here is what I used:
5 different green fabrics (can be solid) 2.5" strips of each (WOF=width of fabric bolt)
8.5" of black fabric WOF
backing square of fabric 20"X20"
pillow form or stuffing (20" pillow form)
1/4" seam allowance for piecing

Here is my stack of green fabrics. My next pillow will be made from solid greens

The 5 fabrics cut in the 2.5" strips WOF

Subcut the strips in to 2.5" squares. You will need 16 squares from each strip

Cut the black fabric into the following sizes:
(1) 8.5"X4.5" rectangle
(1) 4.5"X2.5" rectangle
(2) 4.5"X4.5" squares
(2) 2.5"X2.5" squares

Lay out your green squares and black shapes in a grid formation, 10X10 squares (my photo is missing a few squares so it will not look exactly like my grid)

Sew the squares and shapes together in horizontal rows and  press the seams to the side with an iron
Sew the 10 rows together, top to bottom (again pressing your seams to one side)

Lay the pieced front and the backing piece together with the right sides together. Sew 3 sides together using a 1/4" seam allowance. Leave a 5" gap un-sewn in the middle of the 4th side.

Turn the pillow right side out, insert the pillow form or stuffing, and sew the gap closed with an needle and thread

All done! After the two pillows like this I have to make I am going to start on griding the other images and make a quilt.

Let me know if you have any questions

Be sure to check out our Etsy Shop, I have been adding new stuff all week. Plus, all of our yarn is on sale!

Linking up to Crazy Mom Quilts, Finish it up Friday

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Florence and a New Supertote

Our friend Nicke made Heather a Super Tote for her (and as a shop sample). She made it out of Florence. It is divine! Great fabric combo.

Nicke used Noddlehead's Super Tote pattern.

Nicke will be teaching this bag class this Saturday. She is a great teacher!

Call (208-423-5092) or drop by the shop to sign up and reserve your spot.

Sept 28 10-5

$15 class fee plus pattern and materials

Please have all your pattern pieces cut out prior to class

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Spider Web Quilt Class

I will be teaching  a spider web block class. This is a fun technique and a great scrap buster.

I used all fall scraps but anything goes.

October 21, 5:00-7:00

Hen House (behind the Quilt Barn)

What You Need

Background fabric: this will depend on how big you want your quilt to be. Mine is 44"X44" and I needed 2.08 yards. Each block is cut 12.5" and finishes at 11.5"

Various strips cut 1-2" wide with some at least 5" long. The variety in strip widths makes this a fun

Sewing machine, sewing kit (scissors, thread, etc)
Ruler, small cutting mat, rotary cutter
Pen or pencil

Optional: small personal ironing table or mat, iron (we will have some available but there is a lot of ironing and it may be nice to have your own)

Cost $15

Sign up by calling the shop (423-5092) and reserving your space or stop in and sign up.

The Supertote class has also been scheduled so check it out too

Monday, September 16, 2013

Super Tote Class

We are very excited to schedule a second go around class of the Super Tote bag - an amazing pattern by Noodlehead. This class will be taught by the lovely Nicke of Kiss Kiss Quilt She has made many of these bags and will be a super teacher.

This tote features a zipper to keep all your treasures secure. Never done a zipper? Don't let a zipper keep you from taking this class. Its your time to tackle zippers! Trust me, they aren't as scary as you think.

 This bag has lots of pockets: interior pockets, front exterior pocket

You will also learn how to make piping and pleat details
This bag would be a great diaper bag or gym bag, and everything you need bag.

Call (208-423-5092) or drop by the shop to sign up and reserve your spot.

Sept 28 10-5

$15 class fee plus pattern and materials

Please have all your pattern pieces cut out prior to class

Friday, September 13, 2013

Briar Rose Tumbler Quilt

I finally took pictures of our August /September window and the projects that were made for it.

I picked up a fat quarter bundle of Briar Rose at Quilt Market in the Spring and finished it in time for when our shipment arrived.

I used our giant die cutter and quickly turned out tumblers from the Briar Rose and some coordinating solids.

Tumbler blocks are so easy to put together. I needed it to be a bit wider so I added a thin light grey border and then a strawberry print border to the sides.

The headboard got a bit of decorating too. As some of you have heard,  I have a wee problem with doilies. As in I buy them whenever I see them and have boxes. I love when I can think of a new idea for them. I lightly hooped them in embroidery hoops. They can be taken out and used again when I take down the window.

I added a few faux apple branches with the hoops. I may have to recreate this in my own room.

I had a few leftover tumblers so I made a pillow. And of course a matching pillowcase.

Big thanks to Amy for quilting this lovely. She did a small all over loopy scribble.

We are waving goodbye to summer here (finally, it was a hot one). Goodbye peonies and forsythia.
And we are getting excited about our Fall/Halloween windows. Each of us has made a fun quilt and we are working on a few other showstoppers. Our Halloween window is my favorite window all year.

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