Wednesday, August 25, 2010

August Giveaway Winners and Giveaway Question for September!

We at Shabby Fabrics have really enjoyed reading all of your comments about your sewing machines!  Because we had such a good response, I have decided to have 3 gift certificate winners instead of just one.  The winners are....

-Donna K.

Congratulations!  You should have each received an email with your gift certificate information.

Now on to our question for September:

How did you learn to quilt?  What was your first project?  Have you taught anyone else how to quilt? 

Here are a few stories from the Shabby Fabrics staff:

Julie:  My mom taught me to quilt one summer when I was 8 or 9 and my first project was making a doll quilt out of charm squares.  I was so proud of it I entered it in the county fair, but didn't notice until weeks after the fair that I had forgotton to finish tying it - which may explain the third premium ribbon!  My next quilting project came a few years later when I found an Around the World pattern that I wanted to try.  I was rather ambitious and decided to make it full-size and in a different colorway.  As my second-ever quilting project it took me ten years to finish, but I had that quilt on my bed for years afterward!

Lynn:  I learned to quilt from a roommate when I was in my early twenties.  I didn't have a sewing machine, so I sewed and quilted by hand.  My first project was a baby quilt for my nephew, and it took me nine months of sewing several hours each night.  My nephew still has that quilt.

Ashleigh:  When I was 15 or 16, my grandma handed me a quilt and said "Bind this."  All I knew about sewing at that point was a slip-stitch which I had learned at school.  With Jennifer's help I have learned more about sewing and quilting through the years - although part of that education included her giving me a Quilting for Dummies book!

Jennifer: I have always loved making things, crafts of all kinds..scrap booking, cross stitch, tole painting and more. When I was in my early twenties, I would go into the quilt shops and just look around loving all the fabrics and patterns, samples on the wall, etc. I was newly married and struggling financially so I knew I didn't dare take up the quilting hobby as much as I wanted to. But I kept dreaming of it until one day at my local library I found one of Debbie Mumm's earliest quilting books. I read through the instructions included in the back of the book and started with a very small wall hanging which I still have. That day at the library and that book was all I needed to get started. After all, the desire to take up quilting had been on heart for years. So basically I'm self taught and LOVE quilting. I've learned so much from friends at quilting retreats and of course, through trial and error. I've taught friends how to quilt and continue to share tips with anyone whenever I'm asked. Quilters are wonderful  people the world around! It seems this common interest we share makes us instant friends! I would love to host a global retreat. What great fun that would be!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

New Christmas Kits...

Baltimore Christmas is a beautiful heirloom quilt by Pearl Pereira, and now we are offering it as a full kit!  Using lots of gorgeous fabrics, including many batiks, this quilt is sure to bring joy to your home for generations to come.  Less than 60 are left!  Block of the Month is also available.

Winter Wonderland is a beautiful combination of embroidery and patchwork, making a wonderful Christmas quilt!  The fabric kit for this quilt is now available, and arrives to you wrapped in a darling pink ribbon!  We only made 36 of these kits, so get yours soon!

Friday, August 13, 2010

Enchanted Autumn BOM

What is your favorite part about autumn? Is is the changing colors? The cooler weather? The soft breezes? The Enchanted Autumn quilt brings back all of those memories and more!  This Block of the Month begins in October and will run 10 months, ending in July 2011.  Finished size is 64" x 76". Fabrics will be carefully selected from a variety of manufacturers to closely resemble the original quilt. 

Join us today for a beautiful heirloom quilt your family will love year after year!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

This is my Favorite Sewing Machine - What's Yours?

I've been asked on many occasions what type of sewing machine I used to piece my quilts. Well I figured it was time to show you. This pre-WWII Singer featherweight was fully restored and painted a blush pink. Strawberry Shortcake (as my daughter calls her) sews beautifully forward and backward making a reliable 1/4" stitch everytime! Now it's your turn....... What type of sewing machine do you use for quilting and sewing projects? Do you have more than one sewing machine? Is there a fun story about your favorite sewing machine that you'd like to share with me and all the quilters that read our blog? Was your sewing machine handed down from your mother or perhaps your grandmother? Have you given your sewing machine a name? I'd love to hear from you and of course, pictures are always welcome! If you have a picture of your sewing machine that you'd like to share, please upload your images to Flickr. For all the ladies that leave a comment regarding this blog, there will be a drawing for a $25 Shabby Fabrics gift certificate at the end of August!