Monday, October 31, 2011

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from Houston! Time really flew by this last weekend! I can't wait to share with you all the wonderful things I found, and introduce you to some of your favorite designers. Before I get to my weekend in Houston I wanted to share with you some photos the girls sent me today. The girls at the shop decided to dress up. Lynn, Dave, and I all wish we could be there to share in the fun. But since we can not be there, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to some of the girls that work behind the scenes.

First up is Heather, our Gladiator. In every sense of the word Heather is a Gladiator on the shop floor too. Heather cuts, folds, and is our main order filler.



Every month we receive compliments from our customers thanking us for how well our Block Of the Month programs are assembled. You can all thank "Spider Woman" Callie, she is the detail oriented girl who collates your BOM shipments.



And, I know what you are all thinking... where are the treats? Well, feast your eyes on the homemade treats that Heather brought for everyone below!


Have a safe and fun Halloween! I'll post pictures from the weekend tomorrow!
Treats only (no tricks!),
Jen

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Four New BOMs!

We have four new Block of the Month programs to share with you today.  Each program has the option of a coordinated set of Kimono Silk Thread by Superior Threads.  This is the absolute best thread available for hand applique.  Enrollment fees are just $10!  Sign up today.



This 66" x 69" Shabby Fabrics Exclusive quilt features sweet little houses and cheerful hearts. Program runs for 10-months and begins in July. A 8-piece coordinated Silk Thread set is also available.



Piecing and applique is combined in this 68" x 68" quilt. Program runs for 13-months & begins in July. A 4-piece coordinated Silk Thread set is also available.




Lots of jolly snowmen celebrate the holidays in this fun quilt!  Block of the Month program begins in February.  A 4-piece coordinated Silk Thread set is also available.




This 51" x 51" quilt would make an excellent Mother's Day Gift! A 7-piece coordinated Silk Thread set is also available.



Which is your favorite?

Houston: Day 1

Good Morning From Houston!

 My husband Dave and I decided to walk to the Houston Convention Center this morning to stretch our legs after all of the flying that occurred yesterday. The sun is shining brightly in Houston and it is wonderful! We spoke with the girls at the Shop in Spokane, they told us the temperature dropped below freezing last night. Lynn can't wait to get out of the cold and join us tomorrow in the warmth for the show!


What a beautiful day to walk in downtown Houston!


This is the outside of the convention center.
It looks calm and quiet now, but that will change in less than 48 hours!

We have located our booth and are going to start putting things together!

Stay tuned to our blog and also make sure to follow us on Twitter for up the minute updates from International Quilt Market and Festival!
Warm and sunny regards from Houston,
Jen

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Quilt Market & Festival Here We Come!



We're at the airport anxiously awaiting to depart and begin our trip to Houston!



We made sure to pack everyone's favorite Shabby Fabrics Exclusive patterns and kits! Stop by our booth: 715, 717, and 719 to see all the goodies we brought!

Safe Travels,
Jen

Monday, October 10, 2011

Free Pattern Download!

Celebrate Christmas Quilt-Along and Super Deals for QuiltersWe are proud to be today's featured designer at the Celebrate Christmas Quilt-Along happening at the Quilting Gallery!  This Quilt-Along is Christmas-themed, and 3 times a week for 12 weeks a new 12" x 12" block is featured.  Our block is called O Christmas Tree, and is shown below.



This wonderful block features patchwork, applique, and (for that extra special sparkle!) hot-set glass jewels.  Download the free pattern here.


 
Do you love this tree?  We also have a table runner kit available featuring this block. 

Friday, October 7, 2011

Designer Focus - Chris Anderson of Curby's Closet & Giveaway!

Our Designer Focus this month is Chris Anderson of Curby's Closet!  Chris is best known for her quilted baby shoe patterns - see them all on our website here.  Curby's Closet had one of the most adorable websites we've ever seen!  Take a look here.

Here is what Chris had to say about Curby's Closet:

I am a wife and mother who according to my sons “has always been selling or making something” their whole life. I am a big lover of vintage and Shabby Chic-style items as well as dolls, quilts, tea sets, English china and baby clothing. I have always been a pretty creative person and have enjoyed sewing and designing as an outlet for expressing myself, ever since I was a little girl making doll clothes for my baby dolls. I really enjoy planting flowers and gardening with my husband. I love to decorate our home, plan parties or design tablescapes for special family dinners. Inside or outside I seem to like to bring that comfortable, soft vintage feel into every thing I do.
For the past several years I have collected vintage baby clothes, mostly dresses as a little hobby. Being a mother of 2 boys I just loved how sweet and precious the dresses were. A couple of years ago my mother was given back a doll she had shared with her sister in the 1930’s, from a cousin of mine. Since I am the doll collector in the family, they both wanted me to have the doll. I thought this doll was so beautiful and was just amazed at the wonderful condition she was in and I wanted her to have authentic clothing from that time period. So I headed to Ebay to see what was available. After purchasing many pieces I realized that I had way too many clothes for this doll and that maybe I should sell the extra ones I didn’t need. I wanted them to be in the best condition I could, so I began restoring and refurbishing these precious little baby clothes. I also began shopping each weekend at estate and garage sales to find more wonderful and lovely gems. So began my little business of selling vintage baby clothes and that is how “Curby’s Closet” got started.

Then as my love and knowledge of vintage baby clothing grew, I got the idea to design and make my own baby shoes to go with them. My customers really wanted a complete outfit to purchase. I have always loved quilting and so I decided to make them from lovely, fun quilted fabrics. The baby shoes were quite a success and moms and babies seem to really love them!
Soon after that, I was encouraged by a friend and my sister to make the baby shoes into a pattern. Now any one can enjoy the thrill of making these easy, sweet little shoes for themselves. They are “Too cute to kick off!” We currently have 9 Quilted Shoe patterns available both for baby boys and baby girls, a Bug Bag Purse pattern for toddler girls and 2 darling quilt patterns designed by my sister Cindi Hatch. We are in over 300 quilt shops across the U.S., Canada, Australia, Great Britain and South Africa.
All this has been a very exciting and unexpected journey for me, but so very rewarding. My husband Roger and I work at it full time and we really do have fun! We get a kick out of seeing sweet little babies wearing our baby shoes or cuddled in one of our quilts! And it is so fun to hear customers tell us of how much fun they are having making them! So for us at Curby’s Closet… “Life is good!”
What does the future hold?  Oh gosh! Who knows! This little business has taken so many twists and turns that I never dreamed of, but I do see many more years ahead of wonderful patterns, projects and new fun things for babies and of course, many more years associating with our wonderful friends at Shabby Fabrics!!

Thank you so much for being our guest, Chris! 
 
You can view all of the Curby's Closet products we carry at our special Featured Designer category on our website.
 
Her newest design, Quilted Baby Ankle Strap, is now available!
 
 
 
GIVEAWAY!
We are having a giveaway in honor of Curby's Closet.  Two lucky winners will receive each receive on of the pairs of quilted baby shoes, shown below.  The Quilted Baby Ankle Strap is on the left, while the Quilted Baby High Top is shown on the right.
 

To enter, leave a comment below about this post.  What do you like about Curby's Closet?  Which baby shoe is your favorite?  Enter until October 31st, 2011.

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Patchwork Party is here!

Patchwork Party 2011 is here!  If you're not familiar with Patchwork Party, it is an annual event where you purchase one block from each of 12 participating online shops, then choose your favorite finishing kit to put all of the blocks together into a quilt! 




The block Shabby Fabrics is selling - Knight and Day - is shown above, as well as our Finishing Kit - Bountiful Harvest.  This stunning quilt features an appliqued center block showing a cornucopia overflowing with autumn's bounty.  If you love the look of this project, you'll also love the coordinating designs we've made, shown below.



For more information, or to see which shops are participating, head on over to http://www.patchworkparty2011.com/