Monday, May 27, 2024

A New Half Pack Pattern

 The ladies from Sassy Sunflower release a new Half Pack Pattern every year. The new pattern for this year is called Miles of Tiles.

Miles of Tiles Half Pack pattern using Stallion Half Pack

This one finishes at 50" by 64". Like all of the half pack patterns, it's easy and uses pretty much every bit of the half pack kit.

You can view ten of the half pack patterns by clicking this link: Half Pack Quilt Gallery

And you can view all of the half pack kits I offer in my shop by clicking this link: Half Pack Kits

If you decide to order a Half Pack Kit, you do need to let me know which pattern you want with your kit. If you don't, I'll send you the one I used for the shop sample or just one that I think will be good for that kit.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Adorable Cowgirl Fabric and BlowOut Event Recap

 First, I just have to share this adorable new fabric that arrived in my shop last week.

Hey Cowgirl Fabrics

The collection is called Hey CowgirlIt's got a little bit of a retro vibe to it and plenty of pink, coral and turquoise for that "girlie" cowgirl in your life. We've got several patterns in stock that would really show off these fabrics - quilts and bags.

I'm planning to make a Tourist Tote using the border print as the main fabric for the outside of the bag. I might use one of our new cork fabrics or faux leather fabrics for the bottom, but the Boots on Turquoise or the Cowgirl Postcards would also be adorable for the bottom of the bag. Either of the lighter background ones in the photo above, Hats or Horseshoes, would be perfect for the inside of the bag.

May BlowOut Event Recap

bolts emptied during the BlowOut Event

In the photo above are the 49 bolts that were emptied during our recent May Online BlowOut Event. Most of those fabrics were $4.99 per yard! This has been a very successful event for my shop. The next one will be in August 2024.

Monday, May 13, 2024

May Online BlowOut Event

  My shop is participating again in the FabShop Online BlowOut event. The sale lasts all week long.

May online blowout event logo

Everything is loaded in my online clearance section and ready for you. Lots of great fabrics are listed at prices as low as $4.99 per yard, which is more than 50% off. The usual clearance price for fabric is $9 per yard and the prices will go back up to $9 per yard at the end of this week. 

The clearance section has lots of great batiks, some Christmas fabrics, some Autumn fabrics, some great basics and blenders, and a few novelty prints. I also have panels at 50% off. There are also some patterns, books, kits, pre-cuts and notions in the clearance section.

If you like to check it out, click the following link: Alamosa Quilt Company Online BlowOut Event

If you are local you can select in-store pick up and not have to pay for shipping. If you aren't local, you can get free shipping by spending $125 or more. And all online orders come with a free gift or two, even if all you buy is clearance stuff.

Monday, May 6, 2024

Some Personal Sewing

 I don't get much time for personal sewing these days. As a shop owner, most of my sewing time is spent on store samples and class samples. One of my nieces is getting married soon and she asked me to make some little duffle bags for her to give to her bridesmaids. So all last week, in between my regular shop duties, I made 7 duffle bags for her.

seven duffle bags top view

seven duffle bags side view

I used fabrics from my stash so all of the fabrics I used are older, discontinued fabrics. For the zippers, I used a package of By Annie's zipper by the yard. I picked white with multi-colored pulls so that I could make each one slightly different. All of the pulls are different colors and while the outsides of several are the same, the inside is different so all bags are unique.

Inside view of one bag

The pattern I used is also an older pattern, A Little Duffle Do It. The pattern is very similar to a currently available pattern, Chunky Wee Zippy Pouches. The older pattern calls for binding on all 6 of the inside seams, which I really like. The Chunky Wee Zippy Pouches just has you pink the seams instead. Towards the end I was really wishing I had just pinked the seam allowances as the binding took the longest for this project. But they are done now and on their way to my niece!

These are really fun little bags to make! The thing I really like about the Chunky Wee Zippy Pouches is that in addition to the three sizes of finished bag included in the pattern, the pattern writer also gives you fill in the blank "formulas" so that you make whatever size bag you want. You start by filling in the blanks with the finished size you want to end up with, then follow the directions to work your way back to what size you need to cut your fabrics.