Saturday, May 29, 2010

Pine Needles Kits

We currently have a good selection of Pine Needles kits available.  The include
Forest Hollow - We have 3 of the individual block kits.

Once Upon a Star.  We have all of the individual blocks and the entire quilt kit available.

Back on the Farm - we have all 9 blocks and the entire quilt available.
Lake Forest -  All 5 blocks and the entire kit.

All Cooped Up - We will also be getting the entire group of nine blocks.

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Messenger

We made another kit today from a pattern we picked up at market.  It is called The Messanger by Laurie Tigner Designs.  It is about 16" x 40"

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Spring Retreat and News Kits

Ardelle and 24 other ladies went out to the Battle Lake Provincial 4-H Center for our annual Spring Quilting Retreat.  They will be there until Sunday and I'm sure they will all have a great time.  Lots of fun and friendship, even some quilting might be done, but thats not what retreats are for.

Back at the store we complete two new kits.  The first kit is Lake Forest for McKenna Ryan of Pine Needles.  We will be offering the complete 5 block kit or each of the individual art quilts.
The second is Out of the Box by Michelle Scott in McCalls Quick Quilts Magazine.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

New Kits

We have just finished cutting two new kits.
The first is Garden Party by Blackbird Design

The second kit is by Laura Heine
A more complete listing of our kits is available on our website.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

What came while we were at Market.

While Ardelle and I were at market some new items showed up in the store.

6 Wide backings - 2 in flannel!

What we Got at Quilt Market

What we got at Market

Monday - Woke up in Winnipeg - had breakfast at home, in Camrose, Ab. What did we get at Market. Here is a list.

Nest by Valori Wells - 26 cottons, 7 Cotton Voile and 5 corduroy
Child's Play -   20 Flannels and  5 Cordory - Northcott
Modern Garden - Northcott - 8 Fabrics
Sophisticates - Northcott - 12 Taupes
110 Batiks Kaufman - Artisan Batiks - Blossom - 22 Fabrics
                                                                  Links - 50 Fabrics
                                                                  Emma - 7 Fabrics
                                                                  Nature's Rhythm - 13 Fabrics
                                                                  Retro Metro - 11 Fabrics
                                                                  Elementals - 6 Fabrics
Kona Dimensions - Jacquard weave solids - 8
Tonga Squares and Strips - Batiks from Timeless Treasures  

We saw lots of other great fabrics but we will wait for our sales reps to come before we order them.
Marlous Designs - Fat Quarter Swap and Tablerunner to be
Valori Wells - Nested, Little Wallet and Flora
Anka's Treasure - Sweet Pea, Around the Corner and Diamond Diva
Mountainpeek Creations - Sidelights
Laurie Tigner Design - Serenity Angel and Star of Wonder
Quilter's Clutter - Snow Kisses, Snow Much Fun & Scare Crow Wall hanging
Country Threads - Rugs from Rags
Blue Underground - Water Taffy, Gemmi, Toe the Line & Barely BlueAtkinson Designs - Cash and Carry, Zippy Strippy & Pockets to Go
StudioKat Designs - Carolina Carry All and Sidekick

Books -
Hop to It from Laundry Basket Quilts
Anka's Treasures - Shams with Style
Bee Creative - Building Blocks
Bear Paw Productions - Strip Therapy V and Fat Quarter Cut Ups
Elisa's Backporch Design - Crazy Curves Continues
Other Items
Atkinson Designs - 36 colours of14" zippers
Brewer Quilting - 4 different silk kits
Electric Quilt - EQ7 and upgrade
Cheep Trims - 10 colors of extra wide rick rack 

All these new items will be arriving in the next few weeks, I'll let you know when and I'll try to include pictures.

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Quilt Market 2010 - Minneapolis, MN - May 20-23
Monday - May 17 - Get up early and drive to airport for flight to Winnipeg. Fly to Winnipeg and then drive to Minnesota. Get to Bemidji, MN and spend the night.

Tuesday - May 18 - Start the Minnesota Shop Hop. Visit 7 different quilt store in west central Minnesota. Some of the great, some not so great. Spend night in Alexandria, MN

Wednesday - May 19 - Shop Hop part 2 - 7 more quilt shops and get to Minneapolis and register for Market

Thursday - May 20 - Schoolhouse and Sample Spree
Schoolhouse is a series of 15 or 30 minute session in which various pattern and fabric companies can showcase their new products. Kathleen, Ardelle and I went to about 10 different sessions to get new ideas.
Sample spree is the craziest two hours in quilting. Imagine 1500 crazed quilters, mostly store employees, given the oportunity to get the newest fabrics and patterns at a reduced price. If you get in the way, well I hope your health insurance is up to date.

Friday - Market floor opens - 250 000 square feet of quilting. There are about 500 different exhibitors from the biggest fabric compaines and distributors to the pattern company that is just starting out. We go down the 27 rows of booths and look at the products and collect information. We make a note of what we like and what we want to go back and see. This takes us only about 7 hours. That evening we go through everything that we saw and collected and decide what we want to buy or at least look at Saturday.

Saturday - We walk the entire floor again, this time buying the items that we like and picking the product that we might be interested in in the future.

Sunday - We have appointments with fabric distributors to pick some of the fabric that we want. Most of the fabric we buy we will wait for our sales rep to visit us, but there are some fabrics we love and want to get ASAP. Sunday afternoon , we drive back to Winnipeg and fly home early Monday.