So it has been a while since I last posted (December!). So sorry to keep you out of the loop. Facebook gets a few posts and then there is mail chimp for the shop communications. This year has been flying by in a whirl! We have participated in several guild quilt shows, I have been teaching across Texas for guilds and shops and at retreats! REGISTRATION for our Kids Kamps are happening now!
We just completed our first year as a brick and mortar quilt shop and we are very excited for the future. Our next big event is our Customer Appreciation “Quilt Thump” on Saturday, June 17th right here in Luling, TX. Our quilters have been collecting “seeds” and will be rewarded for supporting our first year with chances on raffle bags and auction items. Please call 830-875-5432 to rsvp that you will be attending the quilt thump! It won’t be the same without YOU!
We have Row by Row coming up starting June 17th. We have a really fun row this year and are super excited to be participating in Row by Row Junior program as well.
And as always we are adding new samples to the shop on a very regular basis – here is what we have to show this week.
We add to our tools and notions wall almost weekly, our list of classes is varied with a variety of teachers as well.
Need inspiration? We will be starting a wearables group soon! Are you interested? Let us know!
And on the home front we had an exciting storm last night. As I washed dishes I realized the water pressure was low – hubby went to check and came back in “You won’t believe what the problem is” See for yourself! Luckily I am married to Mr. Fixit and we were back in business in time to go watch the sunset over the horizon!
Stay safe and dry! Stop by the shop and visit for awhile!
Lots to cover this month – I hope you will read to the end! I will try to put the fun stuff at the top just in case your time is limited!
Monday’s are OPEN sew 10-4
Come use our classroom space, great lighting, design walls and tables already set up. FREE
Friday – November 11 10-3
Christmas Tree placemats or table runner! This class has been rescheduled SEW let’s have an open sew! You work on your project and it is FREE!
Sunday – November 13 10-4
Judy Niemeyer Sew Day! This event is designed for those that already know the technique and are currently working on project or ready to start a new one. No instructor for this one, but Denise is available all day to answer your questions or help you with the next step. Fee is $25.
Want to learn how to paper piece? Watch our schedule for classes.
Wednesday – November 16 9-noon
Learn how to make these festive dinner napkins for meals with your loved ones!
Fee is $25 (and (2) half-yards of fabric – what a DEAL!)
Saturday – November 19 9-noon
T-Shirt Prep Class – learn what it takes to make a t-shirt class! Bring your t-shirts and start the process. (no machine required for this class!) Additional classes will be scheduled for the actual sewing and construction of your quilt.
Fee is $15 (no supplies at this time)
Saturday – November 19 4-6
Outlander Party! Andover Fabrics is releasing their latest collection from the book (and TV series) Outlander. We want you to be the first to see it live! Join us at the Luling Oil Museum at 4:00 pm for tasty treats and drinks all Outlander Themed! Then we will open up the fabrics for you to touch and feel! They are beautiful!
Wednesday, November 30 9-4 – OR – Sunday, December 4 & 11 1-4
Machine Quilting 101! Learn how to use the walking foot and the free motion quilting foot to finish those Christmas Gifts! We use panels designed by Renae Allen along with her companion book! Denise has lots of tips and tricks to share!
Class fee is $45 (purchase of kit is required and homework is pin-basting your quilt)
Friday – December 2 9-noon
Mini Quick Curve Ruler Christmas trees! Make placemats, table runner or wall hanging!
Fee is $15 (does not include supplies)
Saturday – December 3 9-noon
Poinsettia Blocks made with Quick Curve Ruler! Learn how to use this ruler! Makes sewing curves a breeze!
Fee is $15 (does not include supplies)
Saturday – December 3 1-4 -OR- Wednesday – December 7 9-noon or 1-4
Christmas Stocking Class – use our cute panel to learn how to make your own Stockings. It is a lot easier than it looks!
Fee is $15 (requires purchase of a pre-printed stocking panel and 1 Fat Quarter)
Saturday – December 10 9-1pm
Bargello Tree Skirt Class -learn to make this beautiful tree skirt using the 9 degree wedge ruler! You will be surprised how fun and easy this project is! Once you learn how to use your ruler then you will be able to make fun table runners and bed runners as well as creative borders for your quilts!
Class fee is $25 (does not include supplies)
Coming in 2017
Block of the Month – Using the Quick Curve Rulers!
Quilt Skillz – a comprehensive Learn To Quilt Class! I am working on my sample and will share in the December Gazette!
Have you heard about our Customer Loyalty Program?
We are Over-The-Top EXCITED about this one!
Sewing Seeds! Reap What you SEW!
Ask us next time you come!
Save the Date! Saturday, June 17, 2017 is Customer Appreciation Day!
Here are a few photos from classes/retreats held last month! My favorite is Olivia and her beautiful mama – they were in the Walk A Bout tote class! Who do you share your passion with?
Ann’s Poppy! Made using the pattern African Violet!
JoLynn’s Fire Island Hosta
November is the month when we reflect on what we are thankful for. I am thankful for a supporting family, those that live near me as well as those that live in other states. Starting with my wonderful husband (Here is a photo that shows he really does go above and beyond!)
he is my rock! It is also fabulous that he can build almost anything I dream up! New racks/shelves/displays are added to the shop on a regular basis, custom built by my handy man! (These are needed to hold all those scrumptious bolts of fabric!) (Want to know more about that quilt he is removing the registration threads from? Scroll to the bottom of this post!)
I had a wild idea that we should sell “Barn Quilts” My daughter-in-law taught herself how to do these and they look fabulous in the shop. Did you know you can get a custom barn quilt painted by her? My son and grandkids have also jumped into the fray when I had a health mishap and needed to be rescued at a quilt show where I was vending. The grandkids love to SEW when they visit and their eagerness reminds me again and again how important it is to hand our sewing enthusiasm down to the next generations.
My sister who hops on a plane to get the computer system going and brings her partner in crime for added manual labor. Then she surprises me by flying in again for the grand opening! Then also drove 5 hours to attend the PUPs retreat in Memphis.
My sister-in-law Jeanine for educating me on the purchase of my computer system and credit card handling, always ready to answer my questions and get needed supplies for me. Her partner in crime has even jumped in and he is my ergonomic specialist! Watch for bi-annual seminars and learn how to treat your body right!
Finding that perfect employee – I have lucked out here big time! Lindsey is AWESOME! and she knows every bolt of fabric! She is always eager to help you with your project and doesn’t mind pulling out multiple bolts of fabric until the perfect one is found! Her pint-sized helper is also a great employee! When he is in the shop you know you will not need to open a door! He also loves to open boxes and always exclaims with delight “It’s FABRIC!” Man I love that kid! During the spring and summer we were also able to have several local high school kids help out! Watching them learn was a great reward for me! Thanks Sarah, Lexi, Jordan and Shelby!
Our teachers are phenomenal and are always to share their great knowledge with you! Thanks to LouAnn, Vanese, Marilyn and soon Kathy! We are always looking for new classes, tell us what you want to learn (or teach!)
Friends and family that stop by the shop, offering words of advice – finding that special fabric that they couldn’t live without! And those that are too far to stop by the shop send words of encouragement on a regular basis!
Most importantly all the quilting and sewing enthusiasts that find their way to our shop! We want you to know how important you are! We have what I believe is the BEST customer rewards program in the nation! Our “Sewing Seeds” and I am sure after our customer appreciation event on June 17, 2017 (save the date!) you will agree!
All of this adds up to success! I couldn’t do it without all of you (and I really wouldn’t want to!) and for all of this I am truly Thankful!
A few more photos to share – this is Vintage Rose – I was honored to create this beautiful quilt to represent Quiltworx in the Island Batik booth at festival. Doris Rice, the Quilting Queen quilted it for me on a very tight deadline! (I will post photos of the quilting when I get the quilt back in December!)
Be thankful and kind and remember – tomorrow is not promised!
Oh my Goodness – September just flew by and we are 1/3 of the way through October and I am just now reaching out! Hubby and I were very happy to put September to bed this year. He started the month with a tear in his retina on Saturday of Labor Day Weekend. The next weekend found me at the ER (after vending at the Coastal Prairie Quilt Guild Show) with a 10mm kidney stone, surgically removed the next day! A big thank you to my son and grand-kids for coming to the show to pack my booth! I was miserable for the next 2.5 weeks until the stint came out – the next morning at 6:45 am I flew to Memphis, TN to teach at a retreat! On Saturday of the retreat I realized I had energy and I was BACK! I also realized that I had not feeling well for a few months, I had chalked it up to being busy opening a new shop and having a different routine! I am SEW EXCITED to be back in the swing again and we have lots planned – so much that I am just starting with October – but stay tuned to our Facebook and/or Instagram pages or follow our blog to stay up to date!
On the schedule you will find:
T-Shirt Quilt Class Information
Multiple Madness Dresden Plate Class – uses beautiful fabrics with a 12″ repeat
Visits from local longarm quilters to help you turn your TOPS into QUILTS
A FREE Quilting Ergonomics Lecture (October 22)
And Lots more – click on one of the above links to learn more!
BIG BIG BIG NEWS!!!!
CUSTOMER APPRECIATION AND REWARDS!!!
May your bobbin run out (as that means you are sewing!) May you smile and find peace while you sew! May we see you soon!
Til Then Best Wishes,
A little delay in posting here – but better late than not at all right? On August 6th we had Louann here to teach the “WalkAbout” tote! All of our students went home with a completed bag and a bag full of tips and tricks shared by Louann!
We are hoping to schedule another class for this bag in the near future – let us know if you are interested! These would make AWESOME Christmas presents!
Last Friday we arrived in Memphis. I would be teaching the quilters at Pickin Up the Pieces Quilt Guild on Saturday. We decided to hit Rendezvous for a few ribs and then head over to Beale street. (Ribs photos can be found on Facebook and Instagram!)
I will be back in Memphis at the end of September as the featured teacher for this quilt guild. If you would like more information about this guild or the retreat, please send me a note and I will forward it to their guild!
I think if you click on a photo you will get more information about each photo! For all the quilts seen from the workshop I have kits available!
The evening is just beginning and so are the crowds
Now the sun is going down and the sky is beautiful. Some awesome neon on Beale Street
And darkness has arrived, the crowds are getting larger, we will be gone before they get too heavy!
Same facade a little later, accented by street lighting.
A little princess in her carriage.
Michelle finished her leaf! It is quilted, bound and labeled! Class was Saturday all day, this was Tuesday evening.
I love how they have shored up the old facades on Beale Street.
Keeping us all safe while somewhat preserving the original structure. Wonder what will be here next time I make it to Beale Street?
Debby got her leaf together she was so excited to get that far and then Michelle brings a finished quilt!
This new paper piecer was excited to finish the B side and add the vein!
I love how the purple turned out! PRE-CUT kits are available for this!
Another purple one!
5 of the nine students!
Hubby had the camera while I was presenting my lecture – he snapped some random shots so I will share. Here I was talking about how much fun we had on the cruise – this was our cruise project, PRE-CUT kits are still available for this quilt!
A small guild, but boy are the productive members of their community! On this evening they were filling a grocery cart full of groceries for the church food pantry. The number of projects this small and might group takes on for their local community was amazing. The guild is 17 years and many charities have benefited from their kindness and generosity!
I think hubby is partial to this quilt (I just happened to be in the photo!)
Actually I was jumping down off the riser to I could better point out how I used an ombre fabric for my sashing as well as how the JN Bali Pops are pre-sorted light to dark to get that wonderful dark (upper left) to very light (lower right). And of course we have a silhouette of Little Toot in charcoal silk!
I hope you enjoy this sneak peak into the life of a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor. We get to meet so many amazing quilters and along the way make some great friends!
Get on a boat! And sail the high seas with a bunch of fun quilters!
A special thanks to Veronica Cox of Bear Threads Designs for coordinating of our Quilters Cruise!
I would also like to acknowledge the minute of silence held on the ship to remember the reason we have Memorial Day! Several tributes were held through-out the ship during our week on board! The folks in TX were always on our mind as the state experienced un-precedented flooding over the Memorial Weekend and days that followed!
Our view as we were getting ready to leave Galveston in a drizzly rain on board The Navigator of the Seas for 7 days of fun packed sewing, sight-seeing and sipping! (Be sure to read to the end as you will not want to miss the final photo!)!
Our first full day at sea was a class taught by Winnie Fleming. All of her kits were pre-cut and the students got right down to sewing! Our machines were Janome Horizon machines and were provided by Scott from Citrus Sewing Center of Ocala, FL.
The evening class was taught by Susie Seed, she is an educator for Sulky! She had a fun project called split personality and students were able to try all kinds of threads and stitches while constructing their projects.
My day to teach did not arrive until day 5 of the cruise, after 3 port days, Cozumel, Belize and Roatan. I was worried my students would be worn-out by this point as they had had a busy several days so far. But, my fears were quickly set aside, they were all excited and ready to jump in and learn something new! Only 1 photo from my class because I was having too much fun sharing my passion for paper-piecing!
There is so much to do on the ship!
When we weren’t sewing or sleeping, we were sight-seeing or enjoying ship performances. I did not take photos at most of the performances, we saw an ice-skating show, a tribute broadway, karaoke, comedians and lounge acts. My favorite was when the staff performed on the promenade with a tribute to the 70’s including The Village People! If I had not been laughing so hard I might have been able to snap some photos!
Highlights from our excursion to Cozumel….
Our group after the 2nd formal dinner. A big thank you to my husband for being our photographer!
We skipped early dinner one evening which meant I got to see a sunset!
Sipping with our 3 favorite bartenders! Thanks Alice, Elle and Juana for keeping us entertained and “hydrated!” Our favorite place on the ship was the R Bar winding down with friends!
This post is part II of II, to view the first post click HERE.
Today we are piecing our “paddlewheel” blocks, adding our accent border and assembling our quilt top.
The complete written instructions were included in 2 fabulous magazine articles for spring 2015. The articles introduce you to Quiltworx.com and the Niemeyer family. All fabrics for my quilt top were donated by Timeless Treasures and part of the “Reclaimed West” collection designed by Judy and Judel Niemeyer.
Now we will continue with the tutorial…
NOW for my favorite part! I use this technique anytime I want to add a “skinny” accent border. I don’t have to do any math as I am not changing the size of any existing pieces, I am just overlaying an accent piece. Find a project and TRY THIS – you will love it!
I hope you find this tutorial helpful! I hope you will no longer be intimidated by paper-piecing! You can click here to shop for a pattern and get started on your project today!
This is my first attempt with a tutorial. I welcome constructive feedback. I am not a technical writer and my chosen style is to try to put it in words how I would verbally teach it. So “listen” to my words as much or more than you “read” them.
The pattern I have chosen is “Paddlewheel” by Judy Niemeyer Quilting. Judy’s company, Quiltworx was recently highlighted in 2 major quilting magazines and this pattern was included as part of articles.
I am a certified Judy Niemeyer instructor and love teaching her patterns and techniques at quilt shops and guilds across the country (and beyond with a quilters cruise in May!)
There are some tools that are recommended for our techniques.
Before we can begin you need to cut out your papers! Quiltworx prints these on newsprint for us making it easier to remove the papers at the end! When trimming papers, be sure to leave at least 1/8″ all the way around the pieces.
Now let’s begin!
Here is my Paddlewheel quilt – there is a contest going until April – if you use fabrics from the “Reclaimed West” collection you are eligible!
Today’s post is for the “Goose” block!
(I will do the other block and assembly tomorrow)
The pattern is written for the cream and blue in the upper left in the above photo! I have chosen different fabrics for mine and made notes on my pattern which colors replace which fabrics!
Once we have our fabrics chosen we are ready to cut out the pieces. Quiltworx patterns take the guess-work out of cutting the pieces for paper-piecing. We will be using “Template Layout Sheets” These are simply pre-printed papers that tell you exactly where to cut your fabric. They are clearly labeled as you cut so there is no guess-work when you get ready to sew.
WE are ready to sew now. Set your stitch length to 1.5-1.7, use a size 70 microtex sharp needle and a sewing foot without the little 1/4″ ledge. WHY a size 70 you ask? Each time we take a stitch we push fiber dust and a little bit of paper into our machine, with a 70 sharp we will push a lot less trash into our bobbin area!)
Now we are to LATHER, RINSE, REPEAT stage – just keep on with what you have been doing. Only instead of lather, rinse, repeat – you have a couple of choices of acronyms
TSP (teaspoon) – stands for TRIM, SEW, PRESS (I believe Carol Doak coined this acronym.
SIFT – Sew, Iron, Fold, Trim – I am not sure the origin of this acronym, it was shared by one of my students.
Once all 10 pieces of fabric have been added you are ready for the next steps!
Now that you have made one block, I encourage you to “chain-piece” the remaining blocks. This will speed up the process A LOT!!! I love chain-piecing!
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and look forward to you joining me for tomorrow’s post as well!
In 2013 we had some fun at a few “Quilt til You Wilts” at Pinwheels and Posies. This is a “retreat” at a shop where you go home at night and sleep in your own bed. We would sew from early morning til late at night. What a great way to get immersed in a more complex quilt or technique!
This quilt was born during one of these events. I was happy to quilt Janeane’s quilt for her and she was willing to work around my crazy schedule last year with the “big move”. I had hoped to complete the quilting before I moved, but it was not meant to be. I know how much work is put into these quilts and I did not want to feel rushed on the quilting. So the quilting was put on hold until things were “settled” at the new house. I am so glad I waited, the quilt was able to talk to me and give me quilting ideas where I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do next. I am thrilled with how it turned out and so was Janeane!
I had the privilege this weekend to teach a fabulous group of women at a quilt retreat I held at the Wimberley Quilt Ranch. This was the 2nd time I had hosted a retreat here and I really enjoy this facility. This time we also had the owner of the retreat center join us. It was a pleasure getting Diane hooked on Judy patterns! Because our retreat was full with a waiting list Diane would head back to her home (just down the road) each night to catch a few winks (or bottle feed the calf)! She did say she really sees the value of being able to just stay and “retreat”! I think we will talk her into staying the night at the June retreat, which I am just finalizing the details on.
Here are the photos from our Fire Island Hosta Retreat!
We had typical TX spring weather – Thursday was probably 80 degrees, windy on Friday as the front moved in, rainy on Saturday and Sunday started out crisp in the morning and turned out to be a perfect day – I even cleaned the car and took it to the car wash when I got back from retreat. This morning it was 36 degrees, a little breezy and the heater is on!
Now time to unpack and get ready for the next adventure!