So in October, when it looked like Quilt Market would not be going ahead, Charlie and I found ourselves freaking out.
We had a lot of new merchandise this year we wanted to get into the hands of quilt stores and others, but with no Market, we would not be in the same place as those shops. What were we gonna do?
The thing was, we had been compiling this great big list of stores across the USA by hand, and we thought we could just start reaching out to them ourselves and letting them know about our products and my classes.
But then we thought, what if we put together a virtual wholesale show to get a bunch of us in the same place, so shops could get a lot out of it. And when we started to do the research on it, we found a perfect platform.
That’s how we launched QuiltProConnection so quickly, and now we are telling all the shops about it! It is for those in the trade ONLY, and it’s only $10 to attend! Hurry and sign up if you are a shop!
It’s hard to explain, but this year the holiday seems EXTRA hard. Like expert level on the video game of life HARD.
That must be why decorating for the holiday just seems…. off?
So during the really warm days we have had this December (which just means January is going to be insanely cold), Charlie and I put up the wreaths that we put on each of our 11 front windows. Yes, we have 11, front windows.
These are the two outside my ironing station in my sewing studio.
I had sew much fun in 2021 designing and creating for our Heirloom Sewing Technique of the Month box. Twelve patterns in 12 months is a lot of work, and prepping the ideas and the merchandise for each box was a big project for us.
In the final installment, I made a bunch of holiday themed projects using the Yo yo!
I really enjoyed making these and getting the pattern done for this box!
If you are wondering when we are dropping the info for the 2022 series, stay tuned. We are changing it up a bit, and coordinating it with something new and exciting. My Heirloom followers will not want to miss it!
When we painted our living room last year, I wondered if it was a good idea to paint it so dark, but that’s my aesthetic. In the end, I love the dark blue walls and black fireplace surround. The previous look was so…. country looking. It may have been my thing before, but in this new life with Charlie, we just wanted something different.
So when it came to take some “lifestyle” shots of my newest quilt using our Skull English Paper Piecing pieces, I knew that blue wall would come in handy.
I’m not a photographer, but I have been trying to work on getting better photos of my quilts. I thought this one came out so nice. And I got to use my quilt ladder from the upstairs hallway!
In 2021, our 10 year running quilt retreat in January went on hiatus. In March of this same year, the retreat center folded due to being closed for over a year due to the Pandemic. The organizers of my favorite getaway said that they were unable to keep the tradition going and would not seek a new location. This was sooooo hard to hear, since this retreat was ostensibly the only sewing I do truly for myself all year.
My friend Amy of Purple Pineapple Studio said that she and her mom run a retreat in Door County WI each year and did I want to go? DID I WANT TO GO???? You bet I did.
I brought three projects and really only worked on two, but I did REALLY enjoy getting away and sewing for myself (which also happened to be for the business)! I can’t show you yet what it is, but I am sew excited to show you soon!!