IT’S ABOUT TIME we had another Treasure Chest winner, and it finally happened last Friday! Jean Shepherd and her husband were in town for a visit, and celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary. They spent a long time looking at fabric and patterns, and ended up buying a few. Then Jean tried her key in the [...]
I’m yearning for summer, or at least spring! I know it’s coming, but it never seems fast enough. Who wouldn’t want to be doing this, instead of dodging the ever-present rain??? So the next best thing might be the Toes in the Sand block of the month quilt from Jaybird Quilts. This is what it [...]
Thanks a big bunch to all of you who came and visited us on January 24-26, in connection to Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day! We love to see you all!!! As many of you know, we were giving away our big quilt-sized Boardwalk Quilts tote bags on the 24th; I hope lots of you [...]
Come see us next week! We’ll be celebrating Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day, combined with National Tea Month. Maybe an odd combination, but we’re making it work! What will we have? FREE PATTERNS!! TREATS!! GIVEAWAYS!! DOOR PRIZES!!! This cute Tea Runner, plus stuffed tea mugs are some of the things we’ll be giving away. [...]
IT’S ABOUT TIME we had another Treasure Chest winner, and it finally happened last Friday!
Jean Shepherd and her husband were in town for a visit, and celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary. They spent a long time looking at fabric and patterns, and ended up buying a few. Then Jean tried her key in the Treasure Chest, and it opened!!!
Here’s Jean with her winnings:
What did she win??? Here’s what was in the chest:
A Boardwalk Quilts tote bag,
a Pony Express Quilt Sampler pattern & CD,
a tube of Udder Cream,
a drink clip,
Tonga Treat batik squares in Coastal from Timeless Treasures,
a Button Box pattern,
a tape measure,
Mary Ellen’s Best Press in Caribbean Beach scent,
a Bind Up tool for quilt binding,
a Quick Turn tool for turning tubes of fabric,
an Instant Table Runner kit,
a pair of Fashion Cuts scissors,
a pair of embroidery scissors, and
a Twist & Turn quilt book.
Altogether, about $175 worth of quilting goodies!!! Jean is a happy lady, and we’re glad we could make that happen for her.
If you want to join our four winners, we have one more treasure up for grabs! All you need to do is spend $10 in the store and pick a key. If you purchase online, we’ll draw a key and try it for you. Maybe YOU will get lucky next!
I’m yearning for summer, or at least spring! I know it’s coming, but it never seems fast enough.
Who wouldn’t want to be doing this, instead of dodging the ever-present rain???
So the next best thing might be the Toes in the Sand block of the month quilt from Jaybird Quilts. This is what it looks like:
I have some beachy fabric that will make it look a lot like it does in their picture, some from the Seascapes fabric from Moda, some batiks, other prints in blues and turquoise. Here’s what some of the Seascapes fabrics look like:
The pattern uses the Hex ‘N More ruler from Jaybird Quilts. It makes a bunch of shapes, hexagons, half hexes, 60-degree triangles, and jewels.
I’ve been having tons of fun playing with the shapes and making the blocks for the sample…I’m through block #5 already. I figure this BOM will probably start about May, and I think we’ll have a Saturday morning meeting each month, in case people need help with the blocks.
Want to put your toes in the sand???
Thanks a big bunch to all of you who came and visited us on January 24-26, in connection to Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day! We love to see you all!!!
As many of you know, we were giving away our big quilt-sized Boardwalk Quilts tote bags on the 24th; I hope lots of you got one for yourselves.
We also took entries for door prizes, with drawings held Thursday through Saturday. Here are some of the lucky winners, just those who were present for the final drawing.
They are Anna Klingler, who won a teacup stuffed with goodies; Daidre West and Pat Toulouse, who both won boxes of Fisher Scone Mix.
There were tons of other winners, who walked away with mug rugs, teacups, fat quarters, a teapot, and our teacup table runner, shown here.
It pays to visit your LQS!
We have another fun event planned for February around Valentine’s Day, with more great things to give away. So stay tuned!
Come see us next week! We’ll be celebrating Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day, combined with National Tea Month. Maybe an odd combination, but we’re making it work!
What will we have? FREE PATTERNS!!
This cute Tea Runner, plus stuffed tea mugs are some of the things we’ll be giving away.
We’re extending Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day from Thursday the 24th to Saturday the 26th so more people will have a chance at the fun. Prize entries all three days, you need not be present to win. Come join us, we’d love to see you!!!
Announcing the appearance you’ve been waiting months for… Boardwalk Quilts University!
Yes, I finally got the initial page up on the web site and ready for you to view. Just click here to go there now.
So, what’s there for you to see?
- How-to videos for several products (with a link to the store if you feel you just have to have it after watching the video)
- FREE patterns for you to download
- Online classes for you to take
- Plus the first of, what we hope are, many books and videos produced by Boardwalk Quilts
It’s ready for you to view right now! Plus, we’re not done yet.
As I said, this is the initial page. We’ll be adding more videos, more freebies, more classes and, of course, more books and videos from Boardwalk Quilts.
I’m sorry to have announced it earlier and then kept you waiting. But the wait is over!
Check out the new page by clicking here or typing http://www.boardwalkquilts.com/university/index.html into your browser.
Be sure to let us know what you think!
YIPPEE, we have winners of our first Treasure Chest prizes!!! The lucky winners were shopping in our store yesterday, and picked one of the winning keys.
Take a look at the happy faces of Pat and Ken Mathison, our first winners.
Ken is the one who drew the winning key, and he is shown holding the unlocked padlock.
What did they win??? Here’s the list:
An Emperor’s Garden bundle of 26 fat quarters
A Sew Chic Clothing book
A Marti Michell Log Cabin Ruler
A Boardwalk Quilts tote bag
A Scrap Therapy pattern
A red cup clip
A 6-oz bottle of Lavender Best Press
An orange Frixion pen
A yellow Frixion highlighter
A 2-oz tube of Udderly Smooth hand cream, and
A bottle of Grandma’s Spot Remover.
Not bad, huh? Total value was $165!!!
We immediately reloaded the Treasure Chest with over $140 of new merchandise. All you need to do to draw a key is to spend $10 or more. (One key per customer per day.) We will add additional stuff to the treasure at the end of each month. Will YOU be the next winner???
While we’re on the subject of winners, here are the two lucky ladies who won Boardwalk Quilts $25 gift cards in the recent Lewis & Clark Shop Hop.
First is Caroline Herndon from Seaview. Caroline says this was her FIRST shop hop ever! Here she is standing in front of the Shop Hop quilt.
Our second winner was Donna Freese from Long Beach. Donna came in with her daughter Marla Johnson to pick up her gift card.
Congrats to all our lucky winners!! We can’t wait to see who draws the next lucky Treasure Chest key. Come on in and give it a try!!
Isn’t that what we all want to know, “what’s new?” New arrivals in the store have slowed down for the winter, and we’re waiting for all the things we ordered at quilt market to arrive. (Why does it take soooo long???) But we still have a few things to show you…
First, for fabric, we waited a long time to get these from the Alchemy collection by Blend Fabrics. We think they look beachy, in a somewhat abstract way. And there’s a modernish quilt in progress that we’re very excited about,using them all.
The only other yardage we received is a Bali Watercolor batik from Hoffman in Navy. Another one we have had to wait for.
For those of you looking for reasonably-priced quilt backs, we ordered in the Kona 118″ premium muslin in white, so you will find that with our other extra-wide backing fabrics.
We also got a new jelly roll from Moda in the Marmalade line by Bonnie and Camille, as well as the Flower Girl quilt kit using the Marmalade fabrics, finishing at 78 by 96 inches.
For new patterns, we received one called Spools in a modern look, by Camille Roskelly from Thimble Blossoms. Then there are two of the latest cat blocks from Helene Knott of Story Quilts, Cobby Cat and Banana Cat.
There are two new books in the store…the first is Homestyle Quilts by Kim Diehl and Laurie Baker. I was lucky enough to see the quilts for this book in person in a Schoolhouse presentation at Quilt Market, and they are lovely! In addition to the patterns, there are many yummy-sounding recipes included that you can have in the oven or crockpot while you’re busy sewing.
The other new book is Quilt Batik! by Cheryl Brown, with a dozen projects taking advantage of all the gorgeous batiks on the market today…not to be missed!
And last but not least, we have the Seam Ripper/Thread Remover combo, new from Quilt Market. This nifty little tool has the usual ripper end, but the other end is a handy rubbery material that just pulls all the stray threads into a clump, so you don’t have to waste time picking them off the fabric. These are going fast, but we should have more in the store to show you very soon!
Don’t forget our demos coming on Black Weekend, the Friday, Saturday, and Sunday after Thanksgiving. That Saturday corresponds to Shop Small Business day, sponsored by American Express, to encourage people to shop small and shop local to support stores like ours. We look forward to seeing you soon!
I took a bunch of pictures to remind me of cool things we saw at Quilt Market in Houston, so here are some for you all to check out.
In no particular order…here’s a great modern quilt, love the colors as well as the pattern!
Some inspirations from Laurel Burch…
I love the way the colors stand out against the grey in this modern quilt.
A great booth completely covered in fabric from Kanvas!
A quilt called Urban Spaces from the Fall, 2012, issue of Fons and Porter’s Scrap Quilts magazine…Patti Brown was making a great example of this quilt at our recent retreat!
A quilt from the upcoming Comma collection from Moda…we have some of this fabric on order for spring!
Zebra Patterns does these bird applique quilts…patterns for them are on the way to us for a block of the month, and we will later be doing the sea life one shown next…
Isn’t this a cute cat quilt? It’s made from the veggie cat patterns from Story Quilts. They also have the CAT pattern that follows…
I love this hexagon quilt cut from a Michael Miller stripe (you can bet I plan to order this one!) and the following bright quilts also from the MM booth…
Here is a great quilt pattern from Swirly Girls using their new Creative Grids Circle Savvy ruler…we saw this pattern everywhere!
Check out these cute patterns for kid’s placemats and bibs…they’re on the way to us right now. I can’t wait to get some samples of these hung up!
Okay, enough for now. More great pictures to come soon, stay tuned!!!
Teri and I are absolutely wasted from visiting exhibitors, taking classes and meeting with product reps. Believe me, this is NOT a vacation!
But do we ever have some great ideas and some fantastic new products and fabrics coming in the next several months.
We have some patterns that you have already seen but they will be kitted in new fabrics and color ways. We have some exciting new patterns that will be coming into the store soon. We have some new programs, events and ideas that we will be introducing over the next several months.
AND, we are working out a deal with a guest speaker for a very special presentation. We feature her patterns in the store, we have given classes on a few of her designs and we have several samples of her designs all around the store.
She is Stephanie Prescott of A Quilter’s Dream (seen here wearing an apron made from her new fabric line Macchiato – Yes, we have it on order) and we are trying to arrange a trunk show/presentation with her, probably around May. We are letting you know now so you can plan for it – you really DON’T want to miss her, because she is not only a great designer but a great entertainer, as well. You WON’T be disappointed.
I’m showing a few photos of Quilt Market here and I’ll add more tomorrow. Teri will be putting some of them on Facebook. We will be flying back in just a few days, but the ideas and products we have absorbed here will make our shop someplace special for a long time to come.
We wish you could be here to see everything that we are seeing, but we will be passing on our discoveries to you very soon.
Now, I’m going to go crash for an hour or so before going to dinner.
Life has been busy around here! We just had a quilting retreat last weekend (pix to come), made a trip to Portland for MQX Thursday, going to Quilt Market next week, getting ready for Shop Hop in a couple weeks…it never seems to end! So I’m going to try to catch up on new stuff so we won’t be so far behind when we get back from Houston!
Here’s what’s new for fabric… First of all, we got a scenic stripe fabric with beach chairs that I hope will work for the It’s a Beach table runner. If you come into the store, ask us and we’ll show you the one I mean, or check out that pattern in the online store. We also got the final print in the Sausalito collection from Quilting Treasures, another fun stripe.
Also from Quilting Treasures, here are five prints from the Sewing Seeds collection. It’s a pretty conglomeration of sewing stuff and flowers, with two panels of different sizes. The white dots are actually little buttons on a black background.
We received three bolts of Minky solids to use on the backs of those baby quilts…or just for any kind of kids huggy things. We got the dimple dot in turquoise, and silky in bubblegum pink and sage green.
From Hoffman, here are the newest group of Bali Pops, just out this month. They come in Macaron, Wild Berry, Brown Sugar, Tiramisu, Parfait, and Rum Raisin. As always for Hoffman batiks, these are as luscious as they sound!
From Moda, we have two new charm packs, Eat Your Fruits and Veggies by Pat Sloan in brights, and Mama Said Sew in red, black, and tea-dye.
That’s it for fabric, so let’s see what’s new and exciting in books and notions! Just a couple things here…for notions, we got some Craftex strips, a sew-in fabric stabilizer that we needed for our Biscuit Basket pattern. We also decided to carry Sewer’s Aid, a thread conditioner for hand and machine sewing, especially helpful with those metallic threads.
There are two new books–Sneaky Piecing by Beth Ferrier that has great ideas for making every part of the quilting process easier and more fun. And from Moda, Sweet Celebrations with the Moda Bake Shop Chefs. This book has more than 35 projects ranging from small to large to fit any occasion, made from precut fabrics.
Last are the patterns, two new ones here, both Sewing Cards from Valori Wells Design. The first is the Little Cell Phone Wallet, the big sister of the Little Wallet, now big enough to hold your cell phone as well as cards, cash, and ID. And Petal Pouches, a fun little bag to use for a gift bag or to hold your sewing gear or knitting project.
That’s it for now. We’re off to quilt market, so stay tuned for more new and interesting stuff over the weeks and months ahead. For now, happy sewing!!