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Oct 21, 2014

Moccasin BOM Schoolhouse

Oct 21, 2014
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The secret is out!  If you are going to be at Quilt Market (Industry Trade Show) this Friday for the Schoolhouse sessions, please stop by and see me unveiling my new Block of the Month Club for next year.  My next BOM is called Moccasin and I am just thrilled to bring you this pattern IN PRINT and PDF!

I have been working with the wonderful folks at RJR Fabrics, using their Cotton Supreme Solids.  RJR will be kitting the fabrics and patterns to make it easy for you to run this BOM in your shop.  

Please come by Room 326F at 1:35pm on Friday, Oct.24 to hear all the details.

I hope this photo offers you at little sneak peek!  Lots and lots of photos next week :)

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Oct 15, 2014

Soakbox Challenge

Oct 15, 2014
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At Spring Market, I kept seeing and hearing about the Soakbox manicures going on in their booth.  I wanted to check it out since I've never had a manicure... but somehow, I never made it.  So when Dani of Soak asked if I was interested in participating in the Soakbox Bloggers Nail Art Challenge, I eagerly said Yes.

The Soakbox nail polishes are sets of colors curated by some of the fabric industry's great designers.  I selected the collection from my fav designer, Denyse Schmidt.  I don't normally paint my nails, so I thought it pretty funny for me to try to design nail art on my small short stubby nails.  I was surprised!  It was fun to make your nails match your fabric!

I was to design 2 different looks.  One was to be based on the designer's fabric collection.  Seeds from Flea Market Fancy was just calling!

First, I painted a basecoat of Hot Opera (Pink) on all my nails (1).  I chose to make the feature design just on my index finger. I used my ever-so-sophicated applicator (a toothpick) to paint the seed outline with Faded Glamour (White) (2).  Lastly, I applied 2 dots with Deep Chocolate (Brown) to imitate the fabric design (3).

On all the other nails, I applied Faded Glamour (White) in stitch lines with the toothpick (2 below).
I think it turned out pretty well!  Although I do admit, this was take 2 on the "seed" feature nail.  My toothpick painting skills needed a little practice.  It takes quite a bit of time for each step to dry, so I did each step over the course of the day.

For the second design, I painted a base coat of Mushroom on all my nails (1) except the index finger which I painted with Faded Glamour (white).  Using the toothpick again, I made 3 petals on each nail in Hot Opera (Pink) (2).  Lastly, I applied 1 dot with Deep Chocolate (Brown) (2).
Pretty cute!  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed wearing my new fancy nails around.  I'm glad I tried out the Soakbox to make me think out of the box about art.  Overall, the polish lasted about a week before I decided to remove it.  Since I only did one base coat (I have limited patience for letting nails dry), I would consider that pretty long lasting.  Thank you Soak, this was fun!
Disclosure: Products in this post were provided by SoakWash, but my opinions are my own. 
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Oct 10, 2014

Welcome Dabble & Stitch + Giveaway

Oct 10, 2014
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 I am happy to bring you Gen X Quilters' new sponsor, Dabble & Stitch.

Dabble & Stitch is a fabric shop local to me (I also happen to teach there) and I couldn't be happier to bring them on board as a sponsor.  Katie, the owner, has great taste in fabric and has just gone online with the shop on etsy.  Her brick-and-mortar shop is coming up on it's 2 year anniversary.

She has a fantastic selection of quilting cottons (Cotton + Steel, Art Gallery, Heather Ross), organic cottons and other substrates if you are interested in knits, jersey or lawn.

D&S is offering free domestic shipping on orders over $45.  Get the code in the shop.

Here is some eye candy for you:

Lotus Pond by Cloud 9

Indelible for Art Gallery

August Canvas from Cotton + Steel

Dabble & Stitch is offering an 8 Fat Quarter Bundle of (also a local) April Rhodes' Arizona Collection for Art Gallery in their introduction to you!  So beautiful!

You've got a lot of Columbus, Ohio in this post :)

If you would like a chance to win, enter the giveaway below. (Giveaway ends Friday, October 17, 2014 at 12:00am)
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