30 Day Blog Writing challenge – Introduction

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Hi there!

I’m Andrea, the owner and operator of the Quilting Shed, which is a tiny wee shop outside of Fredericton NB in Canada. One of my hobbies used to be blogging way back when I didn’t have a quilt shop in what I call The Before Times.

For those who don’t know me, I have been crafting, quilting, and sewing since I was very young. My paternal grandmother is still a HUGE influence on my work, even though she’s been gone for 20 years. She was the one who taught me my first hand stitches and my first attempts at quilting. Now I have my own grandchildren and you bet I’m passing on my love of crafting and sewing and quilting to them too!

While I haven been quilting for a good 30 years, my shop here is only about 4 years old, coming up on five. WOW. I had to stop and think. I started out longarming for people while I still held down a full time remote job in tech. For my tech career, I had started out as a web developer, ran a consulting company with my husband, wrote a book, contributed to the code base that runs this very website, and ended up running a support team before finally leaving that world for this one.

My style runs all over the place and I appreciate most fabrics that cross my hand. Left to my own devices, I choose crisp clear and bright colors, with designs that lean modern. I love tiny paper piecing and I love large blocks that finish fast. I’ve tried almost every technique at least twice! I love to learn and love to figure everything out – from where thread comes from to how to add a new feature to the website.

I’ve done the 30 Day Blog Challenge from Muppin before and figured now was a good time to go at it again. Hopefully, I can get back in the habit of regular updates here on our shop blog. Not just for shop updates, but for learning and sharing too!

The is me, in costume at a recent quilt show with my friend and fellow quilt shop owner Danielle.

Patterns & Books 30% off in November

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You read that right – all in stock patterns and books in the shop are on sale for 30% off for the month of November! If you are from outside our local area and would like some patterns (or even just one) shipped to you, we are even offering an added bonus of FREE SHIPPING on patterns!

Just use the code “pattern-blowout” when you check out.

Here’s just some of our patterns and books below.

October & November Closures

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On top of holidays, we have a few extra days this month we will be closed. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

Oct 10 – Closed for Thanksgiving
Oct 11 – Closed
Oct 18 – Closed
Nov 1st – Closed
Nov 9 – Closed
Nov 11 – Closed for Remembrance Day

If you would like to shop outside our regular hours and closures, you can also call / email / message to make an appointment. Some evenings and after hours may be doable.

Ideas for quilts with panels

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Some people love working with panels, some hate them! Either way, they give you a lot to talk about.

When you sign up for our newsletter, we send you a free pattern for a throw quilt using a standard sized panel for the center, with three matching fabrics. I thought I’d do some mockups with some panels we have in stock to see how they’d look all made up.

I used the EQ software for this. Once I had the pattern diagram in the program, it is super easy to recolor in new fabrics!

This is our Save the Bees panel. I choose a bright yellow and ebony black from our Canvas blenders line. Simple and easy! I didn’t choose a third accent color and used black there as well. For dark quilts like this I recommend using a black batting as well. Any bearding from the batting will be black and not noticeable.

Then I did a mockup using Feathered Nest. I actually tried a few different combos with the fabrics. Every single one looked great, no matter what fabric I used or where it was placed.

This fabric is so new I’ve barely mentioned it! Father Christmas arrived early and I had to see what it looked like in a quilt. Stunning, but we all know I am a sucker for the blue and white snowflakes. I played around with the accent colors and placement here.

Even though the pattern I used is fairly simple, there’s lots of room for customization – changing the borders, substituting blocks in the corners, and placing different fabrics in alternate areas. Which panel would you pick?

If you are looking for more ideas to use panels in quilts, I made a Pinterest board for you to peruse.

Fireside backings

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Similar to Minky and Cuddle, Fireside is a 100% polyester stable knit that comes in a 60″ width. This is perfect for lap quilt and cuddling! With a shorter pile, there’s less fuzz when cutting and it shows off your quilting beautifully.

Available in 48 colors, in stock colors are listed below. Please order in 1/4 m increments. For example, to order 1 meter you’d place 4 units in your cart.

Show notes anniversary edition

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It was time for our weekly video and also our wedding anniversary! Catch the replay on Facebook or Youtube.

We started the show with technical difficulties, so I was 10 minutes late. I introduced everyone (virtually) to my husband Ron. He was a really big help in the early days of starting the shop. He’s more behind the scenes now, but still acts as CFO – Chief Fabric Officer. I quickly showed off some of Ron’s quilts, so I’ve added some better images below.

Other things we talked about were panels, the Happy Hour book, fusible batting in crib size, and scraps. So many scraps! I mentioned I was waiting for some stock to show up so after the show, while writing the post, the UPS guy brought in 4 new Fireside bolts. They’ll get up on the site shortly.

March quilt of the month

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Every month I hang up a new quilt from our stash. There’s a divider between the shop and the rest of the house, so the quilt goes on that divider.

This month, I chose a blue and yellow quilt to remember the Ukraine, and my friend who lives in Kyiv.

I used the Delight quilt pattern from Jaybird Quilts. While I don’t have the pattern in stock, I do have the Hex n More ruler. There’s NO Y seams or partial seams in this quilt, and it is constructed very cleverly.

When I made this quilt ages ago, I went through my stash and pulled any and all of the med to dark blues I had and cut as many pieces as I could. For the yellows I did the same thing. I made sure to alternate the yellow triangles with some solid or near solid so there was more of a pattern where they met.

The top sat around unquilted for a while, and when we got our longarm I suggested Ron have a go at quilting it. He did freehand hexagonal spirals.

More than awareness or good thoughts, the Ukraine needs money. Consider donating to UNICEF.

Hello spring!

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Hi there fellow quilters. Now that the province has eased restrictions, this post is to let you know that yes, we are open to the public and we STILL REQUIRE masks to be used. I’m not sure when we might lift this, other than when we can open windows and/or most of the children under 12 have been vaccinated.

My aim is to use the blog more on our site, so stay tuned! (If you are reading this on Facebook, the automatic sharing worked. YAY!)