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

Friday, May 20, 2016

Welcome to The Quarter Inch Society!



Hello everyone!  I can’t believe it but I am finally caught up on all of my custom quilting.  I still have 9 of my own to do and I’ll get started on those when the girls get out of school in June.  It feels sew liberating but have faith I will take custom quilt orders again starting next year.  With both machines doing allovers these days my mind has been on overdrive thinking of things to do.  I had a crazy thought a long time ago about starting a Quarter Inch Society Membership!  Exciting, right?!   I think you will find this beneficial to you and will want to join along.   This post is lengthy but I have so much to share with you!  Thanks in advance for reading. 

Here are the details:

First of all – you get to pick your quarter:  July 1 – Sept 30 2016 (Studio Date:  Thursday, Sept 8th from 930-230); Oct 1 – Dec 31, 2016 (Studio date:  Sat, Dec 10th from 10-3); Jan 1 – March 31, 2017 (Studio date:  Tues, Feb 7th from 930-230) OR April 1 – June 30, 2017 (Studio Date:  Sat, June 3rd from 10-3).

Once you pick your quarter, these are the benefits to you as a member during that quarter:

1.       25% off all Dream batting – this can be pre-packaged batting to use on a project at home or for any quilts you bring to be long armed.  Remember, I can order many different types of batting in many sizes so this is a great benefit.

2.       25% off all Extra Wide fabrics, minky or flannel fabrics I have for sale.  My prices range from $7-$15/yard which is already a great deal but then you get another 25% off that price during your quarter.

3.       10% off all longarm services during your quarter.  Limited to allover quilting only.

4.       You will be allowed 1 rush order with no extra charge (this could be valuable during that last quarter of the year).  Limited to allover quilting only.

5.       All Aurifil large cones of thread will be only $8.25 per spool.  These retail from $12-$15 per spool so this is a great savings to you.  If you have never used Aurifil you will love it in your sewing machine.  It is low lint, doesn’t jam, feeds beautifully and stitches like butter.

6.       Any other fun items that I discover that are for sale in my studio will be 25% off.  I sometimes carry Gingher scissors, applique glue, etc.

7.       And finally, you get to come sew with me in my studio on the Studio Date for your quarter.  You can work on any project you would like to bring.  I will keep you full with yummy food, treats, beverages (non-alcoholic) and you also get a goody to take home.  In addition, a special guest will stop by to visit with you and perhaps share some show and tell or even sign autographs.  And if that is not enough, for those of you wanting to learn freezer paper applique – this will be your chance to pick my brain and learn how to do it.

The cost is $100 to join and I am only accepting 8 members per quarter.  For those of you in the first quarter, you will need to mail me your check right away so I can send you your membership card and all of the info printed out nice and neat.  For future quarters, I will contact you a month prior to your quarter starting to arrange for payment and send out your info.

I have gift certificates available if you want to surprise a friend!  Fun time together!

Once the quarter is full, you can either be on a waitlist or join in another quarter.  To join, simply send me an email to:  gotkwilts@comcast.net, send me a message on Facebook or give me a call at: 425-885-1281. 

Have a great weekend!  Richla

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Quarter Inch Society

Hi Everyone!  Hope you are having a great evening!  Stay tuned - I'll be announcing an idea that has been in my mind for quite some time and I'm finally going to do it!  It will be called The Quarter Inch Society and I'll send out info soon.

Take care - Richla

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Spring Time...

Good afternoon!  Hope you all are enjoying this amazing sunshine.  I finished up another custom quilt for Judy.  I did a lot of "kwilting" on this one.  Swirls, butterflies, leaves, squigglies and more.  A layer of Dream cotton Supreme is in the middle with 4 different thread colors.  Have a great one!  Richla











Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Tulip time!


Good evening everyone! Hope you all had a great day!  This is another beautiful quilt that Lucy made.  I did some custom work on this one with a layer of Dream Wool and 2 thread colors.  I quilted around all of those tulips, diamonds in the sashes, stipple hidden butterflies, feathers - you name it!  Love how it turned out!  If you are on Instagram, find me: gotkwilts

Have a great evening and Happy "Kwilting!"












Thursday, March 17, 2016

My Biggest Fear....

Good morning everyone and Happy St. Patrick's Day!  I got to work on a beautiful quilt that Susan and her Mom had made this past week. When she brought it to me I knew immediately that the applique blocks were made a long time ago.  Her Mom had recently passed away and she found these applique blocks in her sewing room and decided to finish the quilt. I tried to date the fabrics used in the applique blocks by looking at some of my Grandma's quilts.  I just love how it turned out.

When I started quilting almost 10 years ago (has it been that long?), I had one project and started it and finished it before I bought or started another project.  All of my "quilting" friends said that I was not a true quilter - for a true quilter has many projects going at one time.  It was hard for me to understand at the time - I like to start and finish things in a timely manner.

THEN, I started my longarming business, my 2 daughters became super busy with school and activities and 10 years later, I have multiple projects in the works.  I guess I am now a true quilter.  I don't press my girls to become amazing sewers, quilters or follow patterns.  I let them play with my quilts, my scrap bucket of fabrics and let them create anything they want.  I want them to love the fun of playing with fabric and when they are ready to get serious - they know where to come. 

I have turned my quilts into scrapbooks.  On the back of each quilt, I have a label with a story for my girls to read and enjoy about what is going on in their lives at the time I made each quilt.  I am trying hard to get back to where I was when I first started quilting.  I know.....  I've trying for over 2 years now.  Darn those fabric designers - they keep coming up with such cute stuff!!!

It is one of my biggest fears when I pass away that my daughter's will be going through all of my stuff and say here is another applique quilt that Mom started and never finished!  I hope that doesn't happen - but it probably will.  Hopefully they will find joy in that and get those quilts finished like Susan did with her Mom's quilt.

I hope you all have a great day - enjoy this sunshine and enjoy the quilting process no matter where you are on your quilting journey.






Oh I almost forgot - on this quilt I used a design allover called Retro Hearts with dark yellow thread and a layer of Dream wool batting.  Happy "Kwilting!"