Makeover…Quilt Store Style

I was looking back through photos on my phone and I can’t believe the changes we have made in Honeycomb Quilts in the past 6 years. What a blessing God has provided my family. Just so you have a peek at what was behind the scenes…here are a few photos of the original walls.

Let me explain…I thought the racks my son built would be there FOREVER. I know, I know. Never in my world is anything permanent…as much as my construction guys (husband and son) prefer it would.

So Spring Break brought a new member to the family (we added Arizona to our Gammill computerized longarm family – joining Colorado and Illinois) as well as a major renovation to make room for the new addition. It took longer than we thought (doesn’t it always?”) but it has been soooo worth the long days. Here’s a sneak peek of the new space…

Meet Colorado (first picture left and in second picture back left), Arizona (first picture right and in second picture back right) and Illinois (second picture in front).

We also created a waiting area, complete with complimentary coffee and water (to keep those spouses and non-quilting friends occupied 🙂

Driving through? Live in the area? Stop in and check us out. We love getting to know new people and hearing about all the places far and wide.

Have a blessed week…

Denice

Back to quilting

Does it get any better than hearing your granddaughter say, “Let’s sew grandma”? It’s like music to my ears hearing her little plea and this week we started a ‘real’ project. She has been sewing on my lap since she was born but this is her project. She is making a quilt for herself that we are going to put fluffy fabric (cuddle) on the back of.

I did the cutting as my granddaughter is only 4. Yes, I said 4. Maybe too young, but desire beyond her years. Our school colors are purple and white but they have added black to the uniform mix so we did too. I cut 6-1/2″ square of the 3 colors and let Hannah help me design the quilt on the wall. She quickly picked up on the pattern, explaining to me that the white squares go under the black, the white go under the purple and black squares go under the white. She beamed with enthusiasm as she placed each square.

As I started to pull her little sewing machine out of the box I caught a glimpse of a Janome on the shelf. I just upgraded and my smaller model was just sitting. I asked Hannah if she would like to use it? She very quickly responded that “It’s my sewing machine now. I have a real sewing machine!” Once again beaming from ear to ear. I explained where all the buttons are – the presser foot release, the start/stop, the speed, and of course the scissors. She drank it all in and asked if it was time to sew. We gathered up the first row and she proudly, but cautiously, sewed each seam. I pressed the row (but next time we will do it together.

Being 4, that was the extent of her attention span. So next time she comes we will work on another row, and another until it is ready for the longer machine. What a treasure spending time sharing and teaching a love of mine to the sweetest little girl in the world.

And then….her 5 year old brother entered the room. He quickly informed me that he wanted to make a real quilt too. So he went to the stash and picked his fabric and layer out his plan. A little evening up the edges by grandma and he was off and sewing. He decided he only needed 1 block so he is  “finished” with his project..

Oh the joys of being a grandma. I pray they will always love being creative and spending time with me.

Have a blessed week!

Back to the Basics

It’s been years since I have done any type of sewing but quilting. Going back to the basics was not as easy as I thought it would be. My grandson is in Kindergarten and he is part of a basketball team for our community. They get to play games on six Saturday’s. My granddaughter is 18 months younger and is too young to participate so I decided I would make her a cheerleading outfit – I mean how hard could it be?? I had my mom’s old pattern from when she made one for my daughter, making it a bit nostalgic for me to do.

Only one problem…sizes have changed in the past 30 years. Of course I waited until the last minute to get going on it…but I work much better under pressure. Hahaha. I measured Hannah on Wednesday and needed the completed outfit by Saturday. I got it cut out and sewn that night, but it looked a bit plain.

I had ordered some trim that I thought would make good striping but decided I would create it into an “M”.

It looked decent but needed a little bling. What little girls doesn’t want bling? So I had also purchased some rhinestone trim and decided it would make a nice finish to the outfit.

It needs a bit of fine tuning – the neck is just too deep. I need to take it up a couple inches at the shoulders but here is the finished beaming little girl with her friend at the game.

That little smile makes everything worth it!! Happy sewing 🙂

I Can’t Believe It’s 2022

With all that has gone on in the world the last couple of years they seem to have just flown by. I can’t be the only one that feels like I never have enough time in my day to complete all my projects. I told my husband I feel like I am a juggler with 6-7 balls in the air. I am really good at keeping 5 in play but those last 1 or 2 just seem to slide. They vary on which I drop but I always seem to drop something. So my theme for 2022 is “Be Realistic”. I always take a couple weeks around Christmas. It is usually so cold that running the heater in our large store just doesn’t pay and I get to take some down time and set goals and get excited for the new year. This year I barely left my sewing room. It was a glorious two weeks of creating and letting go of all “have to’s”.

I started the time off with a t-shirt project for a Marine. I was going to say previous, but my husband is a Marine and “Once a Marine, always a Marine.” It required some creative blocks to complete and turned out being one of my favorite projects so far.

Second was to finish a project I started while having to take time off for gall bladder surgery. I was dreading all the tree blocks but decided to wing it and not go with the template and it turned out beautifully. It sparkles and shines and will be kitted this week for the store.

After such a detailed project with the trees I needed a little “mindless sewing” as my daughter calls it. I used a Pocket Pattern (we have an exclusive contract with the company) that utilizes strip piecing. It was fun, fast and made an adorable quilt.

Being the owner of a quilt store takes a lot of creating. Every time I get boxes from Moda, Riley Blake, Robert Kaufman and all the other companies it means it’s time to sew. I received the line Grace from Moda around Christmas so I took a charm pack and made a soft and sweet, quick baby quilt.

I also received the line “A Little Dr. Seuss” so I made a sample for my store. It is now available as kits in the store.

My final project of the week took some creating thinking. I love old hymns. I listen to them in my store every day on either piano or old country singers. They just bless my soul and make me happy. I have the line Songbook from Moda that features old hymns in pianos. I have been stumped over what to do with it but I finally came up with a design. I am doing my least favorite part now…writing the pattern so I can kit it. Here is a sneak preview of the design…watch for it this week in the store.

Now it’s Monday morning and I’m back to work. That means it’s longarming time on my two Gammills. Enjoy your week and I would love to see what all of you have been creating.

Longarm Services

Did you know we offer longarm services on our two Gammill with Statler (computer driven) longarm machines? We do everything from all over (edge-to-edge – E2E) to full custom. Our E2E is very economical with our current turnaround times at 4-6 weeks. Our charge is 1.5 cents per square inch. Just take your width times your length and take that times a penny-and-a-half to see the estimated cost. We do have a $5 flat thread charge. We use Glide thread and have a huge selection of colors, including some variegated. Custom starts at 5 cents per inch and has up to a 6 month turnaround.

We offer 3 kinds of batting. Warm Blend (80/20), Warm Cotton, and Bamboo. If you choose to select from our batting it will be an additional charge.

Our fabric side of the business also has a selection of 108″ batting, 90″ cuddle/minky, and 60″ cuddle/minky. You can view the options online in our store.

We take quilts through our brick and mortar store as well as through the mail. For mail customers we contact you via text with a selection of options for patterns as well as thread (unless you have pre-selected from our pattern section.)

We have 8 years experience longarming and can provide references upon request. Customer satisfaction is our top priority and strive to enhance our customers pieced tops with quality quilting. Feel free to contact us with any questions.

Treasures

My grandson turned five (how can that be???) on February 26th and we decided to take the party on the road to my parents’ house. It was a great time filled with four generations of memories and laughter, which is a treasure in itself, but not the biggest treasure of the night.

My mom is a quilter and shared her passion with me and my daughter so it was no surprise that we found quilt books on the table to browse through. That led to a trip to her sewing room and that is where the treasure comes in. While looking around the room my eye caught a stack of finished quilts under the cutting table. Being a longarmer I quickly inquired why they had not made their way to my store to be quilted. I was not prepared for the answer. They were quilts made by my great grandmother. A true treasure.

I quickly retrieved the stack and with pure joy looked through the “find”. My great grandmother was born in 1892 and passed away in December of 1972 when I was 6 years old. I have amazing memories of her and was blessed with her China for a lasting memory. I also have two amazing quilts from her, one being a grandmothers flower garden (a honeycomb pattern). It hangs on my wall in the store.

On to my new treasures.

 

The fabrics are true vintage and the patterns are timeless. My favorite is the double wedding ring.

My daughter looked at the quilt and stated, “I was going to say those are 30’s reproduction prints but they are actually 30’s prints.”

My great grandmother was never afraid of color and these treasures show it.

 

I also adore this simple turquoise and white project.

Rounding out the family heirlooms is a colorful quilt that shows my great grandmother’s love of piecing.

She always hand quilted her quilts and hope she isn’t looking down on me with her stern look as I prepare them for the longarm. Hopefully she is smiling knowing how much this piece of history truly means to me.  More updates as I get them quilted.

Stitch Pink for October

I am super excited to get going on the Stitch Pink sampler quilt from Moda. I was told I wouldn’t receive my fabric until mid-October but it came in ‘early’. I will be busy making up a sample but let’s be honest – life gets in the way and I will be playing catch up throughout the month. Anyone else have that issue?  I will be keeping the patterns on my hard drive and can print them as needed and whenever needed (I’m kind of a hoarder of patterns and never delete any of them).

Kits are available for this great tribute for Breast Cancer Awareness month. I like that it is all pink but not ribbons. My granddaughter Hannah is going to love this quilt as pink is her favorite color (along with purple). My plan is to find a worthy recipient to bless with it. I’m thinking a little minky back and it will be perfect for someone going through the battle.

Limited kits are available – so don’t delay. Let me know to set one back for you today!!

Happy sewing and stay well ~~Denice

Counting my Blessings

What a state our world is in. I find myself trying to find a new ‘normal’ and failing with the ever changing requirements. I joke with my family often that I could easily be a hermit, but people come in to visit the store and my social needs are met. These days…not so much. With the Governor ordering us to close business doors I am working to meet my customers needs. In regards to that I have had my ever helpful husband build a closet in the back of my store. It has a lock and the combination changes with each client, as does disinfecting. This will allow customers to arrange pick up of their quilts and fabric orders as well as drop of quilt tops without coming face-to-face contact. (Wow, I never thought I would ever have to ‘say’ those words – but safety first.)

Now, back to my blessings. I am so grateful and blessed that I have such amazing customers. I miss each and every one of you. You truly have become friends and family and I miss our conversations and am looking forward the day they return. I am already planning the opening party.

I am also thankful for a mother that taught me to sew. Every quilt I put on my longarm machines give me joy as they become a treasure. I hope that feeling never goes away.

I enjoyed the weekend sewing with my daughter, something we don’t normally have time to do. It was a very relaxing, fun weekend and I feel so blessed to have a hobby that we can share. A quilt she created is now available online in a pre-cut kit featuring Dreamweaver fabric from Riley Blake Designs.

   

I hope everyone is staying safe and can enjoy the slower pace. Don’t forget to check in with friends and family to make sure everyone is holding up physically and mentally. I for one am finding the mental a bit of challenge. Gratefully I have some great friends that make the quarantine easier. I am ready for open doors and windows and welcoming spring. I can’t wait for the last spring to adorn the front of our building with color and flowers.

God’s blessings and protection to all of you. Stay safe and sew 🙂

Rose Gold for Valentine’s Day

I’m not one for sparkly fabric but Yes Please by Jen Alyson for Riley Blake Designs has just a hint of rose gold like my iPhone and how can you go wrong with that. It also has an adorable black, white and rose gold plaid that sparked my design side so I had to come up with a project.

Here’s a look at the fabric…

…see what I mean? Adorable.

I decided it was time to trade out a Christmas table runner with something more timely so I went searching for a pattern. I found one in a quilt magazine and got busy on Friday.

It has a four patch base, which makes it go together pretty quickly.

I chain pieced, even though my Janome has scissors built in, to speed the block construction up.

I got all my blocks put together…finally. I think I spent more time un-sewing (better known as ripping) than I did sewing. Some days just seem to go that way no matter how much experience you have quilting/sewing. Maybe I should read the pattern just a touch closer and not got by the pictures.

Thanks to my better half I have a huge design wall in my sewing room that allows me to make sure I have projects right before I trim and finish.

This is what the table runner looked like prior to trimming. The pattern also gave a bonus placemat pattern utilizing the trimmed pieces so it was a win, win.

My finished Friday project is ready for quilting and I’m on to a jelly roll pattern by Moda’s Corey Yoder using Sugarcreek.

New Year…New Goals

I can’t believe how fast 2019 came and went. I’ve started out 2020 with some specific goal setting, including more blogging on my website. So here goes…

Anyone else have trouble with prioritizing? It feels I can keep my house clean, or the store clean but when I put both together it just ends in chaos. Guess the house may not be as clean in 2020. Hahaha. Priorities. 2020 is going to be the year of completing projects and creating new items from our gorgeous fabric lines. I love the scrappy look but have yet to make a scrappy quilt. That’s one of the first things we will be changing. Get ready for some adorable scrappy quilt kits.

Over Christmas I made myself a flannel king size quilt for my bed from layer cakes. No cutting and just randomly selecting squares. My kind of quick and easy quilt. Have I got it on the longarm yet? Heaven’s no. My quilts are always the last on the schedule. 🙁

On my list of projects is a couple of adorable quilts from Poppie Cotton’s Wanderings and Farmhouse Gingham and a quilt for the bed in the apartment in the back of the store from our new Riley Blake Designs line Gingham Farm.

I’ll keep you posted on my progress. First I need to finish a quilt for a friend out of some grey and dark red flannel…

There’s always a project on my sewing table…and sometimes 2 or 6. When I first started quilting I was very determined to not have more than one quilt purchased or going at a time. Hahaha. That lasted one quilt. I always have more ideas than I do time these days. I’m sure I’m not the only one.

Guess it’s time to get quilting…Until next time