Taking Time to Sew with Quilt Alongs

I was fortunate and able during the Holidays to get some sewing time in!  I truly find it a calming event for me.  With the demands of being a Store Owner, there are always sewing related projects for future classes, customers or store samples to make.  However, I find it important to take time for items not business related, but for me and my family.  

Shown here, I am working on a Mystery Quilt Along project from Bonnie K. Hunter's Quiltville. Yes, if you are or have followed her - this was last year's mystery called Good Fortune.  Amazing how my clothes seemed to blend in!  I have since completed this top and am currently working on her mystery this year called Frolic.  

This is just a sample of other projects out there to work on.   Facebook, Internet Bloggers and sometimes Websites have them.  You do need to go to their blog or site locations to follow them.  They run for a defined period of time and usually have a regular posting time, same time each week for the next "clue" or "step." And they each have their own set of rules to abide by ... like be nice, don't disclose measurements, etc. 

I do want to mention the Facebook Moda Blockheads 2020 Quilt Along which  starts today, January 15.   You can join, no fee and use the fabrics you wish.  They would love it if you used their Moda fabrics, but not a requirement.  And we,of course, carry lots of Moda FQ bundles (perfect for this) if you wish to also participate.  

The whole point of this post is because I think it would be fun to have Bluebird Quilts also provide a Quilt Along for a small project and try it out.  I hope you feel the same way.  Please leave a comment and let me know if you want me to pursue this further.   

I wish you Happy Stitching, and I'll return to my machine for some more quilting fun!                                                Bluebird Janet

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Stitched with Love

5/16/2019 1:16 PM

Stitched with Love

We are pleased to share this video made by and for the Pacific Union Conference.  It  showcases our store and the work we do for our community.  Specifically for the charity Steven's Hope for Children.

This video is only 7 minutes in length.  We hope you will watch and share with others. 

Also, you are invited to participate in our charity outreach. You can attend our Charity Sewing events - usually the 3rd Sunday of the month.  Next one is Sunday, May 19, 2019.  Or, check our calendar for future dates.

We also welcome your handmade items - pillowcases, small quilts and other items that we can send to the charity.  We have several small project instruction sheets should you need inspiration. 

It is always heartwarming to share with others  We hope you will join us!

Click here to watch the video.

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Starts and Stops

3/28/2019 8:37 PM

Starts and Stops

I've just put bindings on 4 quilts this past week.  I realized that I do something to help me with the starts and stops that I want to share with you.   I use a safety pin to hold down my starting end to the quilt (I will begin stitching about 6 inches down from that point).  AND, I add a safety pin about 6 inches away ahead of the binding as a reminder of where to stop stitching when I get there. 

I find that once I put the pedal to the metal, I lose track of everything else - so the pin is my stopping point!    The 6 inches on each side allows me room to do the matching/finishing of the binding ends - - - I have a tip for that as well, but that comes from the "Time to Bind" Class.  So, when you have a quilt top ready for its binding, call us to set up a "Time to Bind" class and show you that in person!  We call it the Magic Triangle.  You will be glad you did!

Oh, I use safety pins, because I don't want to get stuck when moving the quilt top around while sewing on the binding.  I detest pain!   Until later, Happy Stitching!                    Bluebird Janet

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New & Old Projects

2/13/2019 8:32 AM

New & Old Projects

I love starting new projects!  And, yet I have several dozen that have been started and have gone past the “new interest” stage to the “someday I’ll finish” stage.   Well, 2019 is the year to begin to change all that.   

I won’t make a list of the unfinished projects. Reasons being:  There are too many, it can be discouraging, and that takes time away from actually doing projects.  So, my philosophy is simple - - - For every project I start, I must also be working on finishing two other half done projects.   This way I am working on my PhD, Partially Half Done items!   This is rewarding! 

I am keeping a list of the projects I start, and the projects I complete.  As to my tally so far this year -- I have started new 3 projects, completed 6 other projects, for 9 projects total!  So, all is going well and keeps me in a Happy State!

Happy Sewing to one and all!               Bluebird Janet

Project #3 is shown- I am using the Brimfield EPP papers with the Wildflowers fabric collection.

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Sweet Dreams Block of the Month

Join us at Bluebird Quilts & Gallery for a 7-month Block of the Month Program called “Sweet Dreams”. A beautiful romantic feeling quilt where blocks are set on point with sashing and cornerstones.  Definitely a quilt that you can snuggle under for Sweet Dreams!  Quilt size is 75” x 96.”

All blocks are pre-cut, so you open the package and sew!  The blocks are the same each time. You only need to learn to make one block.  The blocks look different because the colors and prints change! 

Start-up fee is $58.  This covers the cost of the pattern and a major portion of the finishing kit.

(This is non-refundable as it is used in purchasing product based on your commitment.)

Monthly fee is $28 to cover:  

Months #1 – 6 for 3 pre-cut blocks each time

Month #7 for the balance of the finishing kit  

It begins in February and ends in August 2018. After paying the start-up fee and the first months block set (available in February), then each set thereafter will be available on the 1st day of each month March 1, 2018 with the final (#7) available August 1, 2018.

Once you register, you are agreeing to continue for the entire program. 

You can pick up your block set anytime during the month.  There is no shipping charge for the start-up fee.  If ordering on-line adjusted shipping charges will apply on monthly shipments.  We will need your phone number to set you up on the auto ship program to help save on your shipping!

We will auto bill each month after the 1st and by the 6th of the month.        

Total Cost for all 18 blocks, sashing strips and cornerstones, borders and binding is $254 + shipping fees if they apply.  

Backing is not included.  You will need 8-3/4 yards (if directional) or 7 yards (non-directional) for backing.  We used the Porcelain fabric line if you wish to get matching fabric for the back.

2019_Full_QuiltReady to snuggle under for "Sweet Dreams!"

Ready to sign-up - click here.

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