Thursday, January 30, 2014

Another Quilt Publication Siting

So a few months back I was working on this one.  It's made with the "Delicate" fabric line from Fabric Editions.  I just love this fabric line ~ the combination of yellow and gray, and throwing in the turquoise is perfect :)

 I wanted to do something with diamonds because I've never worked with them, so...

 ...This is what I came up with ~ It's called Jewel box.  ~ Sorry I really didn't take any good photos this time before I shipped it off to the magazine, but they did...

 ...Here it is in the current issue of Quilt-it Today magazine :) 

It's in the March/April issue, and there has been at least one siting at JoAnn's newsstand.  (And look at that pillow project that incorporates Cathedral Window blocks ~ is that stinkin' cute or what!) 

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Friday, January 24, 2014

New Fabrics are Arriving!

Even though it was snowing, new fabrics have been coming in the shop during the week.   These sweet colors are "Polka" from Andover Fabrics (And since I took this photo, we now have fat quarter bundles cut of them ~ So Cute!)

 ...And speaking of cute, this is "Hugs for Heroes" from Quilting Treasures.  QT donates a portion of sales of this fabric line to the Project Linus National HQ.  We're making up pillow case kits with this fabric because I thought it's a cute fabric to use for kids who have Daddys or Mommys away on deployment.   And we are also becoming a drop off point for ConKerr Pillowcases ~ so keep an eye out for more pillowcase fun :)

This is some of the fabrics in a line called "She Who Sews" from Quilting Treasures.  I'm making up a quilt sample that I'll show you soon with this one.

 And this is some of "Amelia" designed by Jo Morton for Andover Fabrics.  We have bundles, fats, a quilt kit for a large quilt made with this one, and of course we're taking registrations for our Jo Morton's Little Women's Club starting in February, so contact me if you want to join in! 

...And tomorrow just happens to be Visit Your Local Quilt Shop Day ~ and since now I have a local quilt shop ~ I'm inviting you to stop in and see us!  It might be flurrying a little snow outside, but inside we'll be thinking Spring and having a "Yard Sale" : Rest assured, we'll be Inside, and select one yard cuts of fabric will be on sale, along with some other little bargains.  And since a little more snow is in the forecast, we'll probably carry over our little "Yard Sale" to Monday too (We're closed on Sunday).

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Our HQ Room

I finally got some photos snapped of the second room in the shop.  This is our HandiQuiter Room!

 More products are on the way, and I'm adding to my thread collection...

And I'm pleased that we have plenty of room to hold our HQ Machine Quilting Club meetings and for renters to come in and use our machines. 

We've only been in a week now, and we've already held a couple of Rental Classes and an HQ Club Class ~ It's fun to see quilters learn to use the machines and get excited about getting their quilt tops finished!

 ...And this week, the first rental quilt has been finished in the new shop!  Janet brought a nice size batik quilt to use as her first practice piece.  (And because she booked her first rental time within two weeks of taking the class, she got her first two hours of rental time for free to practice!)

 ...And she did a great job trying out assorted quilting motifs in the different sections of the quilt!  Great practice, and a finished quilt :) 

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

New Shop Photos

I want to thank everyone that stopped in on our first day open in the new shop ~ they all managed to find us in our little corner! We had a great day, and saw many old friends and made some new ones.  All the support and well wishes that I've been getting means more to me than I can say, and I appreciate everyone who has been spreading the word about us opening up over here :)

(And, did I think to take some photos of our busy first day? ...Of course not...So here are some photos of the new shop's front room taken yesterday morning before we opened for our second day.)

Right now in this corner we have Jo Morton's "Amelia", "Jo's Best Friends", and fabrics from other various Jo collections.  More Civil War era repros are coming in along with some yummy wool that I have on order.  (We're taking registrations for our Jo's Little Women Club now and already have a great group that will be starting on February 13th!)

I originally fell in love with this space because we're on the corner and have lots of windows.  With all the trees around us, it even looks good on a rainy day.

 ...And you can see out the window, we have lots of our very own parking...a nice improvement from my home studio! (We had our own parking, but not much of it.)

I have some more modern and bright prints coming in too, along with a bunch of jelly rolls, charms and pre-cuts. 

...And that's our first empty bolt that you see at the end of the cutting table.  ~ I'm looking forward to fun quilting times with friends in 2014, and many more empty bolts to come :)

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

...Stay tuned for photos of our middle room with our HQ Studio, and progress pictures on our big classroom build out!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Signs are Up!

The signs went up on the new shop digs yesterday ~ and the weather wasn't so brutal so I could get outside and take some photos :)
Fabric has been coming in (I already need to add more shelves before I expected to), and I've been busy moving everything over from my home studio and getting it put away.  Today I'm hanging some quilts, and hopefully getting land lines installed. 

Doors open to customers on Monday ~ and we're holding two classes here next week!  (By the way, there's still a space in our Long Arm Rental class on Monday, contact me to jump in on it ~ much more room than in the home studio...and there's better parking!)

We'll be spending a lot of time here, so stop by and see us :)

Spring Water Designs Quilting
9691A Gerwig Lane
Columbia  MD  21046

Mon, Wed, Fri 10:00 am - 6:00 pm                                                       
Thurs 10:00 am - 9:00 pm                                                                                 
Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm                                                                                
Tue & Sun closed (open by appointment only)

 Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Moving In...

So we've been busy, busy here with with cleaning, more painting, and a bit of least Bob has been building ~ he's made this great check out counter for me.  The back side has great storage, and there's a second part to it that will go on the left of it for me to have a sewing station.

And he's painted it with this great crackle effect to age it :)

This morning I took these photos of the empty rooms (nicely painted if I do say so myself, but pretty much empty). 
...Since these photos were taken, we spent the day moving stuff in.  There's more to move tomorrow, and then much to be arranged and put away this week...I'll keep you posted!

Enjoy the day!
~ Dawn