The local newspaper came by!

Right after we moved to Paducah, I decided to do some old fashioned marketing through a press release. I sent it to industry outlets, but also to local news here in Paducah. The newspaper asked to send a photographer and did an interview. It was a lot of fun.

The shots taken on our creepy third floor didn’t make the paper, but I thought it was awesome!

Charlie did a good job of photographing the photographer. 🙂

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Heirloom Afternoons

At the beginning of this year, we started a new video series called Heirloom Afternoon over on our YouTube Channel. It’s been a whirlwind to create, with our break in the middle because we moved.

I love finding weird sewing tools at antique stores, and then making something on the show.

If you haven’t checked out our series, check it out here on YouTube! Be sure to tune in LIVE on Tuesdays at 12 noon.

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My EPP Skull Ring Quilt

I wanted to make a skull charm/scrap quilt in 1930’s fabrics when my Skull EPP shapes came out. Basically, I wanted to make a “ring” style quilt that was like a double wedding ring style quilt, but with these skulls.

Essentially they needed to be a set of squares, since the skulls don’t curve very well. This actually made it easier to make.

I took the background I chose and folded and pressed lines to follow/line up the skulls on, and then got to making a giant bowl of skull pieces to choose from. I did not have hardly any 30’s fabrics, so I grabbed a charm pack or two, and some friends filled in when I ran out. I had to throw in some solids to break up the monotony.

Once the top was finished, it was time to quilt it! I recently quilted it over a two day period.

Now just the binding needs to be finished. I’ll be sure to post a pic when it’s all done!

Do you want this as a pattern? Or do you think you could tackle it without one?

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Fun with Tufting – an heirloom craft revived

Earlier in 2022, I came across a sewing tool I didn’t know anything about. They were metal, small, and even carried a patent. In looking into them, I came across a true craft that seems to have mostly died out.

Let’s start with what they are. These looked to me like foldable ninja stars, and while the shapes are neat, I didn’t know what you were supposed to do with them. I came across a digital copy of the instruction manual, which led me down the rabbit hole.

Known as Amish Stumpwork or German Tuftwork, this technique is a little like “chenille” in embroidery, where stitches are taken over a tool and cut open. People often ask me if this is like punchneedle, and the answer to that is no. Stitches are taken over the tool, and cut open, to remove the tool and create the effect.

We were able to investigate the patent, which has long expired, and also checked on if anyone was creating anything like this currently. Sadly, no one was teaching this technique anymore. That’s when I decided to create a new set of templates that are based off of the original metal versions.

I’m working on some thing really cool for these coming soon. Stay tuned!

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Our Thanksgiving Pop Up Shop!

When we bought this building, I wondered how quickly I would be able to open it to the public, and have a little boutique of my own.

When I heard about the festivities that Downtown Paducah had planned, I felt like I had to be part of it. So with only three days to plan and get the shop into a “presentable” shape, I started moving all the junk from my shop area to get it retail ready.

Here’s what it looked like before. We were just storing stuff here because we didn’t want to put it anywhere else in the building.

Now that we moved the boxes out and the furniture around, it looks much better. I thought we would use the gridwall we use at our vendor booths, but we didn’t have to!

    It needed a few more things, like some shelving we have in the upstairs, that Charlie suggested we bring down and use. The building was last used as an attorney’s office, so we have lots of built in shelves. You can see them behind me here. We didn’t even have to paint them (though we will eventually!) They are super tall! We have another set upstairs to use if we want to, as well!

    I loved how our window turned out. I didn’t want to spend money on a sign that wouldn’t be used for a while, so we improvised with this and I think it turned out sew cute.

    Once Black Friday rolled around, we were ready to open the doors and I couldn’t be happier!

    We still have to take out that counter, and paint, and get a few more furniture pieces, but I have to say, it felt so good to stretch my retail legs this way. It’s been YEARS since I ran my own store (which was Gamer’s Paradise in Villa Park IL back in the mid 90’s). I loved meeting everyone, talking about what the shop will be like, and being part of my retail neighborhood.

    THANK YOU to everyone who stopped by, and I hope to reopen soon with more goodies!

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