Sunday, September 10, 2017

New Sew4mysanity Challenge Block Program

I've been working on a few new programs this year and I'm ready to roll with my Quarterly Challenge Block!

I can't tell you how many piles of block of the month, or mini quilt of the month, packages I have stacked up to do "some day".  It's ridiculous.  This program is designed to encourage completion by rewarding participants!

As you probably know, I wrote the infamous Sewtogether Bag tutorial to compliment the amazing pattern written by Michelle @SewDemented.  Since the tutorial was listed, the tutorial has been accessed 281,601 times to help thousands of you complete your Sewtogether bag!

This crazy success of the step by step tutorial made me realize how often we are intimidated by projects or patterns and just need help breaking it down into bite size pieces.

The Quarterly CHALLENGE BLOCK will enable all sewists, from beginner to expert, to follow step by step as they learn to create beautiful quilts using our timeless patterns.

Purchase options:

#1  E-Pattern and Tutorial Only - You will receive in your email a pattern with a full step by step tutorial.  Each pattern will contain instructions for our challenge block in various sizes, as well as a mini quilt pattern using the block.  Several layout options will be included to show the versatility of the block.  Make the block or mini quilt from your stash and post on social media with #s4mschallengeblock to participate in monthly giveaways!

#2  Kit, Printed Pattern, and link to step by step tutorial - You will be mailed a printed pattern with fabric to make the mini quilt using the challenge block.  If you prefer, you may use the fabric to make a large block and save these blocks for a sampler quilt when you have 12.  Post your completed block or mini quilt on social media with #s4mschallengeblock to participate in monthly giveaways!

Each month, random drawings will be held and social media posts with #s4mschallengeblock will be eligible to win freebies and discounts!

A new block will be posted each calendar quarter and participants will receive an email when each block is available.

Here is a sneak peak of the October challenge....





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Monday, March 13, 2017

And our winner is....

 

Congratulations to...

Jennifer Colson

Jennifer was our lucky winner on Saturday of a Bonnie and Camille Basics bundle!  

We had so much fun transforming the Gem County Rec Center into a fabric store for the day!  Thank you for coming out to Emmett to support our event - we appreciate it!


                



Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Opening limited number of Machine Quilting Memberships


As you know, Quilt Barn has provided quality computerized machine quilting for 9 years now.  Our pricing has remained largely unchanged and will continue to stay affordable starting at just 1 1/2 cents per square inch.

What you may not know is... Our quilting has been and continues to be published in popular quilting books and magazines.  Our quilting has been displayed and will continue to be displayed at International Quilt Market on fabric designer's sample quilts.

As we relocate our quilting studio to Emmett, Idaho, we have room to grow and expand our business.  As a result, I am opening our popular quilting memberships to a limited number of additional members.

The Quilt Barn Membership program started in 2014.  A limited number of memberships were offered and due to the high renewal rate, memberships have not been available since the program was introduced.

Machine Quilting Members receive 20% off machine quilting, 10% off backing fabric and minky, and a flat $10 return shipping on all quilts.  It's simple and affordable!  Membership cost is $150 and expires 12 months from purchase date.  On average, members save over $500 annually, with some members saving over $1000 in 2016!

Membership is open now on a limited basis.  When the member pool is full, this page will display instructions to be added to a waiting list.

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Monday, November 28, 2016

I'm back!

A little over a year ago, I wrote what I thought would be my final post on this blog.  I was off to new adventures!  Little did I know, they would not be the adventures I had in mind.  My business and my hobbies have been on the back burner this last year as I "regrouped".  My husband started a whole new career in May, and we relocated our family to the Treasure Valley in time for school to start in August.  We are building a little farmhouse in a small town called Emmett.  The valley is beautiful and the people are so welcoming.

Our cows are enjoying an abundance of grazing on our 9 acres, and I'm finishing the "new" Quilt Barn that will he located behind our home.

I won't be selling fabric anymore, but I will continue to provide quality and affordable machine quilting for customers across the country.  I'll be spending the next couple of weeks updating my blog to make it easier for you to send your quilt to me for quilting.

I'm happy to call myself the Quilt Barn again!  I'll be transitioning my instagram and facebook back to Quiltbarn as well.  I can't wait for the new year, new ideas, and new tutorials to share!

Good to be back!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Goodbye Quilt Barn - Hello New Adventures!

As most of you know, The Quilt Barn closed it's doors in April, 2015.  The store is no longer, websites are gone, and Tara and I have already dived into some new adventures!

Tara is usually the one who posts all the amazing tutorials and ideas on this blog - she is so talented!  She will continue to post, but soon will start posting on my new blog:  www.sew4mysanity.blogspot.com.   When that transition is made, you will be notified when you visit the blog and will need to follow us at the new blog address.  We have big plans for this fall!  Look forward to some great new tutorials and lots of "vintage" fun!

Heather is now machine quilting from her quilting studio in the old "Hen House" just behind the old Quilt Barn.  There are no shop hours, so quilts are dropped off and picked up by appointment.  Get those Christmas Quilts in by October 25th to guarantee them before Christmas!  Call Heather at (208) 420-3484 to make an appointment.

We have been crafting away, getting ready to be a vendor in the Vintage Vixens Fall Market!  
If you missed in this spring, you missed alot!  Click on the link to check out all the Vendors and get the details so you can add it to your calendar!  We will be there with quilts and other "vintage" home decor items and great prices!

Meanwhile, I want to let all of you locals know - I have a used Janome 3160QDC for sale.  If you are interested, give me a call or shoot me an email at sew4mysanity@gmail.com.

Thanks for sticking with us - we have great things for you coming up!

Heather & Tara 



 


Friday, September 11, 2015

Scrappy Strawberry Blocks


Have you seen the scrappy pineapple blocks on Instagram by  @holly_inez ? I saw them and thought how fun and cheerful. I have almost zero yellow in my stash. Bummer. I do have a lot of pink 2.5" squares. After I finish a project and have scraps I cut them into either 5" charms or 2.5" mini charms. I was halfway there!
 

I ended up making 9 blocks. One red one and 8 pink. I tried to separate the pinks by shade. The lone red berry used up all my red.


Now they sit on my cutting table chair waiting for inspiration for what to do with them next.


My last berry I pieced all laid out on my personal block size design board. I can carry the board from my cutting table to my sewing machine. You can find the tutorial on Lori Holt's blog, Bee in My Bonnet.

Free Strawberry tutorial can be found here, at Skyberries Handmade. I used 2.5" squares instead (its what I had on hand) instead of what she uses in her tutorial. The leaves I had to cut bigger as well and trim down to 2.5" half square triangles.

As always, you can find Heather and I on Instagram. Stop by and say hi!

Tara @tinyglutton
Heather @thequiltbarn
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Dyeing Vintage Linens


After the wedding I had a substantial pile of vintage linens and lace table cloths. Most were bought on the cheap in thrift shops. One can, in fact, have too make cream linen and lace table cloths so I decided to dye a couple (the family heirloom pieces were spared this experiment).

I also tossed in a few napkins and doilies.


 I used Rit Dye, both the powder and liquid and I used my sink kitchen sinks. One to dye and one to rinse. This worked for most pieces except the bottom linen cloth. It was probably too big and a little heavy after wet and hard to rinse.


First up, the pink.

The darker tablecloth had a soak time of about 20 minutes and the lighter one was 5 minutes. I washed and dried all items in my machines so this is the final color.


The doilies were soaked for about 5 minutes and you can see there is some variation in color.


These napkins are the exact same yet very different colors. Interesting.


I didn't have much luck with the Teal or Aquamarine (both liquid versions).

The linen cloth on the left is Teal. The final color is very light.

The next lace piece is Aquamarine but turned out purplish. I might try and over dye it with pink some other time. 

The last piece is the Aquamarine again. The color looks pretty good here but it actually very pale.

I think I will stick to the powder versions of the Rit Dye. My local shops didn't have much of a selection so I might try and buy online for a better selection.

I might try dyeing white tone on tone fat quarters just to see what happens.

Have you tried your hand at dyeing?

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Pink Little Houses Quilt


My little pink houses quilt is done. I didn't realize how wrinkly it was until I saw it held up for a pic. I think I may need to wash it before I list it for sale. Washed quilts have a great crinkly, vintage feel to them anyway.

I used a scrap pack of pinks, a few yellows, and a bunch of Moda Essential Dots in a pale pink (I don't think the dots show up here but, take my word for it, they are adorable).


The pattern is Suburbs by Cluck Cluck Sew
 
I quilted across each row and going up, over, and down each door then quilted the vertical rows.

I think I will wash it up and share a new picture later. I want to see if there is a noticeable difference .

Monday, August 10, 2015

Quilt in a Day


I woke up one day last week and had to make a quilt and it needed to be finished in a day. My teen was telling me about a friend of hers and I knew I needed to give her a quilt.

I searched my quilt closet first (I have a few finished quilts ready to gift) but none of them said teen girl to me.

I ended up using some of my scrap charm squares. When my scrap bucket gets a little full I spend a bit of time cutting out charm squares, mini charms, and 2.5" strips.
 

I took out red and navy charms and ended up with a soft sherbert pallet.
I quilted in the ditch and attached the binding by machine.

I ended up liking this quilt and the sewing process I made a similar quilt with low volume charms.

This year I set a New Year's resolution to give away 10 quilts this year and I am up to 6.

You can find Heather and I on Instagram

Heather @thequiltbarn
Tara (me) @tinyglutton

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Sharing Vintage Quilts


I visited a friend and got a chance to take a look at some family quilts. Above is a very bright  (I think the fabrics must have been kept out of the sun) quilt using half square triangles and dresden plates. While this is a traditional quilt it looks very modern too. The top middle square's use of bright, sunny yellow is a fun departure from the expected.

This quilt also happens to be backed by another quilt. There is no binding and one quilts wraps around to the front. My friend says she has peeked through an small open seam and says there is a third quilt inside as batting!

I would love to know what the hidden, inside quilt looks like. As you can imagine, this quilt is very heavy. A winter quilt I am sure.


Another well loved quilt. The large missing piece (bottom middle of quilt) almost relegated this family quilt to the donate pile, or worse, the garbage bin. Thankfully, my friend saved it (it was her husband's mother's quilt).

As you can see on the backing, this quilt was heavily hand quilted. I would guess inch spaced lines.

Big thanks to my friend for letting my fondle her quilts and take pics. I have a few more to share and I have taken notes on a few so I can attempt to recreate the blocks.

If you are ever in Riggins, Idaho, stop by her antique shop on Main St, Two Ladies Antiquities

Check out our machine quilting services. You can mail your top and backing in to our shop and we will mail your quilted to back to you

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