Sunday, April 9, 2017

FreeSpirit $4.99 sale

Hey Everyone,

All of our FreeSpirit fabric is on sale for $4.99 a yard. Find it here
We expect it to go fast please use the drop down menu to tell us what to do if we are out of something. If you don't make a change it defaults to  "Send What You Have" and we will do that unless you tell us otherwise.No Coupons are valid at this time.

Sunday, April 2, 2017

A Winner and The Big Secret Revealed

Sorry, I have been so quiet lately and that it has taken me so long to draw a winner for the Giveaway. All shall be revealed today...


First of all to end your suspense the winner of the Fat Quarter Bundle of Charleston is

CONGRATULATIONS ON "6"! Loving the Neutrals-Low Volumes with Navy+Grays! Thank You so much for a lovely giveaway!

Thanks Linda! I will email you momentarily...

Secondly... I have been so quiet because my bestie Sally and I have been hatching a new venture. We just launched our new website yesterday. I'll Take Jesus is our way of sharing our faith and our gifts and talents with you. We want to encourage you and inspire you with DIY projects, devotionals, and sharing our lives with you. This came out of our desire for community mostly. There is so much hate, sadness, and darkness right now. We want to spread a little light.

We feel that the more love we give the more God fills us with. It is not a well that runs dry it is an eternal spring. Let us love you, that will be the greatest gift you can give us.
 
There is a tutorial for this notebook cover on the website:

I used Charleston because I had a little left over from my secret project :) and because I think it is gorgeous!

I'll Be Back! :)
Julie

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Charleston is here!

And it is so pretty! You know how much I love Pineapples... (all the heart eyes) come get some Charleston... or add it to your clearance sale order. If you have already ordered and I haven't shipped yet you can order Charleston and I will refund any shipping overcharges.

Picture by Amy Sinibaldi used by permission
Picture by Amy Sinibaldi used by permission
Picture by Amy Sinibaldi used by permission

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Clearance Sale

We are having a clearance sale on the website. I am doing my best to clear everything out so I can move the shop home again... Kokka and Echino is all 50% or more off Cotton and Steel is all really low too.

20 to 70% off on everything except Tilda and paper products. No coupon code is necessary the prices are already marked down so what you see is what you pay. Please do not use other coupons with this sale.  Prices are good until Friday 3/24

Please be patient about shipping we cut and ship in the order in which we receive your orders but I am working alone now so it can take as much as an extra 5 business days to ship during a large sale like this. If you do not see a shipping notice within a week please contact us. Also, things tend to sell out without notice so please make sure that you check the email address you use at checkout so that we can contact you if we run out of something.

Friday, March 17, 2017

It's our Birthday Giveaway! And we have more Tilda too.

Hey Everyone,

Six years ago today we got our business license and opened shop. It's been quite a ride and everything is changing this year... but it's been fun right?

We have a bit of new Tilda in and I just realized I hadn't posted here that we have the newest collection up for pre-order. This is Tilda Circus which is coming April/Early May


We also got a few little bits in that look like this:


You can find them at this link as well.

We have Charleston coming this week so I thought it might be fun to do a giveaway with that.... There are 16 prints... here is a pre-view by Amy

Photo by Amy Sinibaldi used by permission

Photo by Amy Sinibaldi used by permission

To win just answer this simple question: What is a new trend that you have seen that you would like to incorporate into your home decor?

I have a reason for asking that question but I am not going to tell you what it is yet :)

I will draw a winner next Friday.

Love,
Julie

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Pi Recipe and a Check in

Hey Everyone,

This month has flown by... I can't even believe it is the 15th. I posted a photo of dinner, Pi day, on my Instagram last night and had a few requests for a recipe so I thought why not put it here for everyone.

 Since I never plan to take a photo when I cook I didn't mind that my tomatoes weren't perfectly sliced but now I wish they had been... in my defense I only had half a tomato to work with and I had just cut my finger a few days ago so I didn't want to get too close to the knife... hehe

Sausage and Spinach Quiche  (makes one deep dish)

(pre-heat oven to 375)

1 lb bulk Hot Italian Sausage

1/2 Medium Onion Chopped
2 Cloves of Garlic Minced
1 pkg Frozen Chopped Spinach (10 oz)
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 Eggs
1 cup cream
1/4 teaspoon salt
Sliced tomato (optional)
Prepared crust (recipe follows)

In a large skillet brown sausage with onion and garlic, drain. Thaw spinach and drain moisture (I squeeze it in a strainer) then put it between a couple layers of paper towels and press to really get as much of the moisture out as possible. Combine the spinach with the sausage mixture. In a medium bowl whisk together the eggs, cream, and salt. In the bottom of the prepared crust layer the cheese, top with the sausage/ spinach mixture, then pour the egg mixture over the top of it all. Arrange tomato slices on top. Bake for 50-55 minutes until a knife inserted half way between the side and the middle comes out almost clean. This is the hard part. It is going to look like it isn't done but if you jiggle it and it doesn't look runny you are okay. Let it rest for 10 minutes then serve with a pretty salad :)

Parmesan Crust
3/4 cup flour
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
2 pinches of salt
1/2 cup vegetable shortening (cold)
5 teaspoons ice water

Combine flour, cheese, and salt. With a pastry mixer or two knives cut in the shortening. The mixture should look somewhat like wet sand when you are done. Move it all to one side of the bowl then sprinkle the water one teaspoon at a time on the edge of the flour mixture and move a bit of it to the other side of the bowl with a fork. Do this with each of the 5 teaspoons of water until the water and flour mixture are combined. This will not make a traditional looking dough it will still be loose. Pour it all into your deep dish pie plate and press it down and up the sides of the plate until it covers the whole plate. It will stick together enough to form a crust. If you haven't made a crumb crust before it is meant to be a bit thicker than a pie crust would normally be, so don't worry if it seems thicker than you are used to. Fill and bake. This crust comes out crispy and savory. I never use a regular pastry crust for quiche anymore because we love this so much!

Hope you enjoy this with your family.

Come back on Friday for something special!

Hugs,
Julie

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Tilda is here!

Hey Everyone,

I am so excited to show you our first little bit of Tilda. I put it up for 24 hrs for the first to know list and what do you know they left a little bit for everyone else so get it before it is gone.

Look how pretty the bundles are:



Friday, February 24, 2017

Bundle Sale

Hey Everyone,

I just put a ton of bundles in the fat quarter and half yard categories on the website and marked them all down 20%. I had so many pretty collections just missing one or two prints so I decided to remix them... Well you need to see because they are pretty great :P


Sunday, February 19, 2017

Quilt-non 2017

Hi Everyone,

As you all undoubtedly know, Quiltcon starts this week so for us lonely souls at home we are presenting the Second Annual Quilt-non.


Here is the lowdown....

Starting at 6am Pacific - 9am Eastern Thursday 2/23/17 and going through Noon Pacific 3pm Eastern on Sunday we will be posting fun weekend games and challenges on Instagram under the hashtag #quiltnon2017

Every 2-3 hrs from approximately 9am Eastern until Midnight Pacific (in the US) will be hosted by one of our lovely volunteers. They will be able to help you if you have questions about what is going on. When a new volunteer takes over she will post this photo on the hashtag and you can ask her a question on the post bearing this image.
Each hostess will also post a challenge, game, or tutorial. The challenges will have prizes. The rules and details are posted farther down in this post.

We have some great sponsors for prizes. Please consider purchasing items from them so that they can continue to support our community with their great products.


Since you do not have access to the vendor hall at Quiltcon you can find a lot of the same fabrics with our virtual vendors:

Pink Door Fabrics




The Intrepid Thread  


And for patterns



The Littlest Thistle




Slice of Pi Quilts

Devoted Quilter



Colourwerx



Quilt Theory



We also have a prizes from:

Red Bandana LED lights... if you are a shop owner and would like to carry these amazing lights that (I can tell you from first hand experience) fly out the door contact Anne


Quilty Obsession


And last but not least Aurifil Thread is donating this awesome collection of Carolyn Friedlander's 80wt Applique thread.

And a $50 discount on longarm services from Upstairs Birdie

There are also prizes from my shop, some of the hostesses, and other Good Samaritans that will be announced along the way.


Rules (or just information that you might like to know):

There are tutorials and challenges. The challenges have prizes and you are eligible for those prizes if you enter the challenge in the time period that it is posted. This gives you lots of chances to win prizes. So you have a chance no matter if you can only play once or twice during the weekend or every time.

Some of the time slots will be for tutorials. Tutorials also have prizes associated with them but they will be awarded on Sunday. We have a tutorial for a hanging pincushion, a wool project, and tutorials for 6" blocks to make a mini sampler quilt as a memento of the weekend. If you finish any of these projects during the weekend you will be eligible for one of the three prizes on Sunday.

We will post a UFO challenge at the beginning of the event and there will be a prize for that on Sunday as well.

Come and play... do one or do all of the challenges. It s up to you how much you participate. Make sure you use the hashtag when you post #quiltnon2017

Tutorials:

I will add a link here to each of the tutorials as they are published. Two blocks will be published in the morning each day Thursday through Saturday so that you have time to finish by Sunday.


The link to the tutorial for this adorable thing will be added Thursday Morning it's up.

by Heidi Staples of 
http://fabricmutt.blogspot.com/
If you make the Pinnie Pennant you will be eligible for a drawing on Sunday.


Our Sampler Blocks Tutorials (two will be added each day):

Tutorial for Blocks 1 and 2 : Click Here


Tutorial for Blocks 3 and 4 : Click Here




Tutorial for Blocks 5 (Brought to us by Nadia) : Click Here

 

Tutorial for Blocks 6 (the last one): Click Here

 

If you make six blocks in for our mini sampler you will be eligible for a drawing on Sunday.  Please use the hashtag #quiltnonsampler with a picture of your 6 blocks so that it is easier for us to find you for the giveaway.

If you have asked a question here and not gotten an answer it is because you are no reply meaning that I cannot contact you because your email does not show when you reply. Please leave your email if you have a question just in case you are no reply. You can code it so the bots won't spam you by saying "soanso at suchnsuchemail dot com"

Note:
I know some people do not use Instagram. I am sorry. It is really the only way to run this event because we need real time feedback. I am not doing this for my business it is simply a way to keep my mind off of the fact that I can't go to Quiltcon. So again I am sorry that I can't make it fit for everyone.

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Tilda First To Know List

Hey Everyone,

I have some ideas for Tilda and decided that there might be those of you that would like early warning (for budget planning or what have you) when Tilda is on the Horizon. Here is a link to the first to know list 

These are supposed to be Christmas Birds but I think they would make pretty Valentines too. You can find the tutorial for them here.

 I will be back tomorrow :)

Love,
Julie

Monday, February 13, 2017

Making Progress!

Hey Everyone,

Tomorrow is heart day... and for once in my life I was on time sending out the messages that I wanted to send. I urge you if you have a friend or loved one that is going to be alone tomorrow to make an effort to reach out to them. It seems like a silly holiday until you are the one spending it alone.

Here is the Zakka project of the month for this month... kind of in love these little coasters. I am not gonna lie... I didn't have any batting scraps at home to finish them so these are just the tops.


I was on campus to pick up my daughter from school and look at this gorgeous building that she has classes in... the lights go through all the shades of the rainbow, and of course it was raining.


Speaking of rain... I know we needed it but can we be done now? The great thing is that this is the view out of my window:

It has been a long time since we have seen that much green around here.

How are you coming on your Scrappy Stash Buster Project? I got my honey to do his Honey Do and now I have some shelves repurposed from the shop in my craft room (aka living room)

I am filling them up :)

I also wanted to mention that I am doing Quilt-Non again this year. If you would like to host, think up a fun game, or giveaway a prize let me know. If you want to just have a fun weekend of camaraderie on Instagram that is fine too... don't forget it is happening :)


Talk soon!
Love,
Julie

Friday, February 10, 2017

Friend love... and a giveaway

Hey Everyone,

I just wanted to let you know about a few things going on on my friend's blogs... Because they are awesome of course!

My friend Sally has 7 days of crafting love in celebration of love day :) Go check out her cute projects and get some inspiration Like this adorable mini quilt:


Then, of course, there is Maureen and Sharon with the adorable Sewcial Bee Sampler


 If you head over to Maureen's blog or her Instagram you can enter to win a $20 gift certificate to my shop. But you have to go there to win :)


And of course last but not least there is the Honey Pot Bee with Molli Sparkles. This is one of February's blocks :)


So much good stuff going on I hardly know where to start :)

Love,
Julie