Thursday, September 7, 2017

Quilter's Dream Batting

Good morning everyone! 

As many of you know, I am a big fan of Quilter's Dream batting.  I have used them since I opened my small business in 2010.  I use double and triple layers of wool and cotton batting in my quilts.  We are really rough on our quilts around here - they get washed and dried ALOT and we have never had a problem with them. 

However, from this point forward, I can no longer recommend Dream Wool batting unless you are willing to do 3 layers: cotton/wool/cotton.   IF you dropped off a quilt between June 10, 2016 and September 7, 2016 and used Dream Wool, please give me a call as soon as possible.  I will also send out an email to those specific clients.

In a nutshell, Quilter's Dream Batting had a bad batch of batting where the fibers of the wool were not properly bonded.  They claim the bad batch happened in June 2016 and THEY NEVER NOTIFIED ME.   For those of you affected, I will email you detailed instructions on how to handle your quilts and how to get compensation.  Of course, since no one(that I know of) including myself actually washed/dried a quilt with this bad batch of batting until now have discovered that the batting literally came through the quilt on both sides.  It is a pain to say the least to pick off all the batting.
There is a solution for those of you who have not washed your quilts yet, but you need to call me either way.

Let me just say that I am very, very sorry about this.  If I had been notified last year, I would have removed the batting immediately from my stock.  With everything else going on in my personal life, please know that I am humbly working through this as efficiently as I possibly can.

Here is what you need to do IF you have a quilt that has Quilter's Dream Wool in it whether your quilt was quilted during this time frame or not:

Wash the quilt using the gentle cycle on your washer
Use cool water when washing
Use Woolite or a gentle detergent like Orvus Paste(you can find it on Amazon)
Wash your wool quilt like you would a fine cashmere sweater
Air dry the quilt lying flat and use an oscillating fan over the surface to speed up the drying process.
Once the quilt is just barely damp, you can fluff it in the dryer on AIR only - NO HEAT.

If you have any further questions, please give me a call or send me an email.
Have a great day,
Richla




Monday, February 27, 2017

2nd Annual Summer Mystery Quilt Along


Hi Everyone!  It's been a long time since I blogged.  It has just been sew busy around here! My friend Ellen and I have decided to do another Simple Summer Sewing Event.  Unlike last summer, this will be a private event with "clues" emailed out to paid participants each week for 8 weeks.  If you are interested, send me an email to:  gotkwilts@comcast.net and I'll get you a spot!  Hope you can join us!!!

Here are the details:
Mystery program starts June 1st (which means this is when we will email out the first set of instructions)

Kit can be picked up or mailed Mid-May

Program runs weekly for 8 weeks

Advanced Beginner – Simple Summer Sewing

Total Cost is $125 and includes a FQ bundle of MeriWether (23 FQ’s), 2 yards of Linen in white by Riley Blake and the binding.  This does not include shipping if it is shipped. 

You can choose either pink or orange plaid for the binding which is included.

 


Optional Backing is 4 yards for $44 and you can choose either the Mint or Pink


 
Here is the link to the fabric collection:


 

 

Thank you for your interest!  It will be a gorgeous summer quilt when it is finished.  Hope you can join us!  If you want a spot, simply let me know and I’ll add you to our spreadsheet.  I’ll contact you at the beginning of May.  Also, please let me know what color binding you want and if you want the optional backing, then let me know which color.

 

Thanks again!

Richla & Ellen

Friday, September 16, 2016

Let's get this Mystery BOM started with a Giveaway!

Ok ladies! For all of you participating in our Fly Away Home Mystery BOM, we have our first official giveaway. WooHoo!  It is not too late to join our Mystery.  To sign up or learn more, simply send me an email to:  gotkwilts@comcast.net   Here is what we are giving away and below are the pictures and the details on how to enter. Good Luck!  The winner will be announced on Monday, October 10th.


We are giving away this Purebred quilt kit by Michael Miller fabrics.  It is amazing.  The horse panel in and of itself is lifelike - I have never seen anything like it before.


It comes in this darling box and includes all the fabric necessary to make the quilt top along with a few bonus projects.


There is the large horse panel but there is also this one that is pillow size. Have a daughter, granddaughter or niece who loves horses?  What a cute quilt and pillow you can make!

 It also includes this paint by number fabric.  Simply grab some fabric paint and have those little ones get to painting.


And of course these bonus color horses and words.  What a cute label to make for the back of your quilt - oh the possibilities!

Ok - here is how you can earn entries.  We will have a high tech drawing on Monday, October 10th.  Basically, each time you earn an eligible entry, I will put your name on a piece of paper and put in a bowl.  One of my girls will pull a name and we will have a winner.

You can earn multiple entries.  Here is how get an entry:
1.  Complete all of the blocks for Month 1, take a picture of them and post them on Instagram under our hashtag:  #flyawayhomebom  This will earn you 1 entry.

2.  The link for this giveaway will be on my Facebook page:  Got Kwilts?  Go there and "share" it with your friends.  This will earn you 1 entry.

3.  Fill our last spot in our Mystery BOM and you and your friend will gain 5 entries each.

4.  Stay tuned to Instagram....  I will be posting Mystery Trivia questions on my Instagram page @gotkwilts.  Each time I post a Mystery trivia question, be the first to leave a comment with the correct answer and it will earn you 1 entry.  Pay attention, the mystery trivia question might be tagged onto a quilt picture or anything I am posting for that day.  Stay alert!

Ok - I think that is it!  Hope you have fun!  That is the most important thing.  If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

Have a great weekend!
Richla & Ellen




Sunday, September 11, 2016

One spot left!

Hi everyone!  Hope you had a great weekend! The Seahawks eeked out a win - Yay!  We are still cutting over here and are finally shipping and scheduling pickups this week for our Fly Away Home Mystery BOM.  We have 1 slot left.  Anyone interested?  Giveaways, mystery trivia and of course a beautiful quilt at the end.  What's not to love?

Here are a few pics just to showcase how lovely this collection is:






To join, simply send an email to gotkwilts@comcast.net or elholder@comcast.net.  Or you can give us a call at:  425-208-1616.  I promise you don't want to miss this one of a kind beauty designed just for us.

Have a great evening!
Richla

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Packing Day!

Hi everyone!  We are going to be cutting and packing the first month of our Fall Mystery BOM starting tomorrow morning.  We have 2 spots left if you want to join.  You don't want to miss out! Mystery Trivia, Giveaways, free sewing day in my studio plus much, much more!  Hope you can join us!  Email me:  gotkwilts@comcast.net for more info and to sign up.  The first clues go out next week! 


The Mystery quilt was designed by local designer Anita Peluso of Bloomin Workshop.  She says this is for the Intermediate Quilter, but a confident Advance Beginner will have no problems. 


Fabrics are by  Riley Blake Designs featuring the latest collection by Carina Gardner called Posy Garden.

Won't you Fly away home with us?  It's going to be lots of fun!  Refer a friend and receive a finishing kit for free.


Have a great day!!!
Richla & Ellen

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Fly Away Home Referral Bonus

Good Morning everyone!  This week is flying by.  Did you know that if you refer a friend to signup with you to quilt along with our Fly Away Home Mystery BOM that you both will receive a finishing kit for free?  I only have a few spots left. 


The first month will start the week after Labor Day!  You don't want to miss out - Anita designed an amazing quilt for us.  Hope you can join us!  Email me at :  gotkwilts@comcast.net to reserve your spot.

Monday, August 22, 2016

A few loose ends....

Good afternoon everyone!  We just got back from our Disney Cruise to Alaska.  I heard it was really hot around here, so it was nice to be up there in cooler weather.  I'm home for a week before I am off to Seabrook until Labor Day. School starts right after that and then I should be back to a normal schedule.  Where oh where did the summer go????
 
 
Just wanted to tie up a few loose ends on the Summer Mystery Quilt Along.  First of all, congratulations to Christine Crise and Carol Vanderveen on winning our 2 final goody baskets.  Way to go ladies!  When you drop off your quilts, I will give you the prizes.  Also, for all of you who purchased fabric from us or participated under our hashtag on Instagram, you will receive the book with the pattern as our way of saying thanks!  Just let me know when you want to stop by to pick it up.  If you can't make it by, let me know and I will drop it in the mail to you.

Next up, is our Fly Away Home Mystery BOM that we are starting after Labor Day.  This Mystery quilt along is going to be very different from our summer mystery.  We hired a local designer to design this darling BOM just for us.  Each month, you will receive the fabric along with the pattern for that month.  The instructions and graphics are amazing.  If you are local, you can pick it up or if it is easier, then I am happy to mail it to you each month. 

This mystery BOM was designed for the Intermediate quilter.  If you are an advanced beginner, it will push you out of your comfort zone a little bit and for Intermediate/Advanced, it will be a complement to your skills.  It is set up almost like a sampler.  I know you are really going to enjoy it.

To signup, simply send an email to gotkwilts@comcast.net OR ellen@clevercrafttools.com.  You can also give me a call at:  425-885-1281 or Ellen at:  425-788-7410. 

The slots are filling up fast, so don't hesitate on this one.  We will have bonus prizes throughout the quilt along with a couple of "Studio Days" for you to stop by and  work on it with myself and Ellen around to help you out with any questions.  It only cost $5 to signup.  The first month starts after Labor Day.

If you missed all the details, then here is the link: 

 
Hope you can join us!  Have a great afternoon.
Richla
 

Friday, August 12, 2016

Fly Away Home


Fly Away Home
A Mystery Block of the Month
Designed by Anita Peluso of Bloomin’ Workshop
Featuring the Riley Blake fabric line Posy Garden by Carina Gardner
 
Ellen and I had sew much fun with our Mystery Summer Quilt Along that we decided to hire a designer to design a custom, one of a kind BOM for us.  We blended the traditional world with the modern world to make a “transitional” quilt with a bit of whimsy.  Here is a picture of the beautiful fabrics we will be using. 

 


We are using 22 different fabrics in this mystery quilt.  You will not want to miss out – you will not find this anywhere else – it was made just for us.  J

Without sounding like an airline commercial, won’t you “Fly Away Home” with us on this quilting journey?  The quilt was designed with the Intermediate quilter in mind.  For those of you who are Advanced Beginners, this will push you out of your comfort zone and help improve your piecing skills.  For those of you who are advanced quilters, you will find this to be a complement to your skills.

The program will officially start in September after Labor Day and continue for a total of 12 months.  The signup fee is $5 which will reserve your spot in the program.  After that, your monthly fee is only $26 + tax.  If you are local, you will be given options to pick up your monthly kit and you can pay at that time.  For those of you out of our area, we will ship each month.  An invoice will be emailed to you where you can click through and pay online.  There is no tax if you are out of state, but you will incur shipping charges.

Of course, we will be having lots of FUN with this BOM.  Mystery Trivia will continue along with giveaways along the way.  Don’t wait – this will book up fast!  If you a refer a friend who signs up for our Mystery BOM, make sure they mention your name and we will include a finishing kit for you and your friend as a way of saying Thank you!

To signup, simply send an email to gotkwilts@comcast.net OR ellen@clevercrafttools.com.  You can also give me a call at:  425-885-1281 or Ellen at:  425-788-7410. 

We are so looking forward to you joining us and remember the clues begin after Labor Day!
Richla & Ellen

Here are the details at a glance:

Signup Fee
$5
Monthly Fee
$26 (plus tax if local and shipping if out of area)
Optional finishing kit
$5
Optional backing kit
$55
 
 

If you choose to pay in full at the beginning of the program, we will give you a 20% discount on your optional backing kit.
 

 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

A Gift and 2 Giveaways!

Good morning everyone!  I can't believe we are just a few days from the final week of our Mystery Summer Sew Along.  What started out as a fun idea to share with a few friends grew to a larger group.  We are "Sew Grateful" for all you who have joined along.  In order to avoid a super long blog post next week, I thought I would send out this information now.
 
We have one final gift for all of you who participated.  Normally, you would have received this up front, but since it is a mystery, we are giving it to you at the end.  IF you purchased fabric from us at the beginning, you will receive your gift when you drop off your quilt for longarming.  If you decide to quilt it yourself, then just send me a note to:  gotkwilts@comcast.net and we can set a time for you to stop by.
 
For those of you who did not purchase fabric BUT you participated by posting on Instagram under our hashtag:  #pixienoelquiltalong:
 
1.  If you are local, send me a note to:  gotkwilts@comcast.net along with your Instagram name and we can set a time for you to stop by to pick up your gift.
2.  If you are out of area, send me a note with your name, address and Instagram name to:  gotkwilts@comcast.net and I will mail you your gift.
 
 
2 Giveaways:
We also have 2 giveaways which we will be doing next week. Please make sure you read and understand the rules.  If you have any questions, just send me a note.  These giveaways include gifts from Riley Blake Designs, Clever Craft Tools and Got Kwilts? and will be given away to the first 2 people who complete their entire top AND back.  To be eligible you MUST do the following:
 
1.  Once you complete your entire top AND Back, please send me an email to gotkwilts@comcast.net letting me know you are finished along with your Instagram name.  This will date and time stamp your entry. 
2.  Next, you must immediately post your picture of the completed top and back on Instagram under the hashtag:  #pixienoelquiltalong.
 
The first 2 people to do this will be notified right away that they are the winners and we will also announce here, on FB and Instagram.
 
Very exciting!!!  Good luck to all of you and again, Thank you for sewing along with us this summer.
Richla & Ellen
 
PS - remember, for those of you who participated, you will also receive 15% off the longarming of your quilt once it is finished.  :)




Sunday, July 24, 2016

Pixie Noel Pillow #1 Instructions

Hi Everyone!  We are back from TX and I am trying to get caught up.  Here are the instructions for one of the pillows I made while I was on vacation using up scraps from Pixie Noel.  I found the pattern at:  http://www.modabakeshop.com/2010/02/aster-manor-pillow.html



Please note, the instructions on the screen are correct but the ones you print out have a mistake.  When she talks about a jelly roll strip at the end she really means honey bun strip.  Honey Bun strips are 1 1/2 inches and Jelly roll strips are 2 1/2 inches.

I could only find Heavyweight Fusible Fleece and it worked great.  Also, the ties on the back are too tiny for my fat fingers, so I increased the size of the strips to 2 1/2 inches which are quite chunky so perhaps try them at 2 inches.


Other than that - have fun with the pattern.  Let me know if you have any questions.
Take care,
Richla & Ellen