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Sewing Machine Finds Good Home!

Recently Jaftex Company, (The suppliers of FreeSpirit, Blank Quilting, AE Nathan, 3 Wishes, StudioE and Henry Glass fabrics) challenged stores to show off their shops with a live FaceBook video.  As a result of our participation, we received some items with the proviso that we find a deserving recipient. We accepted nominations, and Elizabeth E. is the person who nominated our recipient, Hayley K.  

In the nomination it was mentioned of Hayley's enthusiasm for learning to quilt, and that she displayed great talent at it.  Also, that being the wife of a medical student and mother to a little one, that Hayley's dream of owning her own machine would probably have to wait.  

Well, thanks to Scott Fortunoff, President of Jaftex Company, Hayley doesn't have to wait.  And, the companies of Aurifil Thread, and Olfa Rotary Tools provided items as well.  Of course, we added fabric. 

Here's the video, so you can share in the joy as well.   Click Here 

Happy Stitching everyone . . . including Hayley! 

Janet aka the Bluebird  


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Stay at Home -Staying Safe

3/31/2020 8:09 AM

Stay at Home -Staying Safe

We have all been blasted with COVID-19 info.   I wish to give you a moment to relax, and focus on something else.    

I have been working for a few months now on a new pattern line for the store.  Today, I am giving you one of the new designs.   I show it here in a colored version with embroidery.  I encourage you to make it as you like -- colored or just embroidered in a solid or a variety of colors.  It is your choice!  Make it yours!  

You can add this design to a project you are making, perhaps even the label for a quilt you are finishing.  You might even save it to go with some of the other designs coming in the future.  

This is a project that you can do without the sewing machine should you want 
some quiet handworking time.   My hope is that you will love these new patterns.  Of course, time will tell.  So, for now . . . 

However you use it, I would love to see a photo of the finished piece!  Please only print copies for your personal use.   Refer people to my blog and have them print their own.   It is afterall, my gift to you!    

I would also encourage any kids at home that like to color, to go ahead and print one for them to color.  And, don't forget to send us their picture with their artwork!  Time to show off!  

That's all for now,  except --  Keep Safe, Keep Well, and Keep Stitching! 

Janet, aka The Bluebird

PS. This is not the sew-along mentioned in the last blog post.  There are plenty of those out right now.  I'll keep working on it and wait for another time to "quilt-along with bluebird". 

You'll find the link here, click on the phrase below:

Staying Safe at Home PDF

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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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