Friday, March 17, 2017

Irish I was quilting

Happy St. Patrick's Day! Yes, Irish I was quilting. My husband and I opened a quilt and yarn shop in Bunn, NC about 25 miles Northeast of Raleigh. We have been open for 8 months. Fortunately we have been so busy I haven't had much time to make any quilts for myself. I am usually making samples for the shop when I can.  To celebrate Worldwide Quilting Day which is tomorrow, Marian from Seams to be Sew has brought us all together for this wonderful blog hop and a lot of Giveaways.  I have to say I have not blogged for almost an entire year for obvious reasons :)  My sewing room has changed quite a bit. Here is what my new sewing room looks like. 




The upstairs of my quilt shop ha ha. I share it with the customers, "friends".  
At home to keep things organized I like to use old pretzel/snack containers like these...
I remove the label and sort scraps by color in each one.  I also have this rolling cart that I bought from Sam's Club and again I try to sort the scraps by color.
This fishing tackle box makes another great organizer.  I keep buttons, safety eyes, and other small things in it.  Sometimes you can find a tackle box is more inexpensive than some of the  sewing organizers out there.
    I would say that my favorite tool is my electric seam ripper.  Check this out!




You should be able to get one at your local quilt shop. We have these available at our shop or online.  Man oh man does it help.  I hate frogging (rip it, rip it) one rip at a time.  The electric frogger really does come in handy. Thanks to Marian at Seams to be Sew for bringing us all together from all around the world.
Now, do we have some giveaways or what? First you can enter for a chance to win a $25.00 Gift Certificate to my shop, The Broken Needle.  The winner will be announced on Monday.  If the winner is local you may use it in the shop.  If you are not local you may use it online. 
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Next Northcott Fabrics will be giving away 3 fat quarters from the Surfs Up collection.

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And here is a chance to win Terial Magic (2) 24 oz bottles (1 winner per bottle) Must be willing to pay shipping cost.  
USA Priority Mail: 6.75
Canada: 15.50
International: 23.50

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and Martelli Notions - Rotary Cutter with 5 additional blades - Shipping Costs same as listed for Terial Magic


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Lastly Electric Quilt Company is offering 30% off

Promo code: EQHOP2017
The code is good from 3/16/2017 to 3/27/2017
Exclusions: Electric Quilt 7, EQ7 Migration Kit, Upgrade from EQ Mini to EQ7, EQ Mini Migration Kit, EQ Academy classes, and EQ University classes.

Don't forget to check out all the other blogs today and check out Seams to be Sew too for a Free pattern and more giveaways!  Thanks for visiting and have a Kwilt Krazy Day!
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79 comments:

  1. I like all the manufactures but I sure like the feel of Art Gallery and Michael Miller Cotton Coture.

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  2. I think Moda is my favorite, thanks!
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  3. I also use the Quick Ripper Wendy and it is by far and away one of my favorite tools these days... I do use it more for embroidery mistakes than anything else, but it is a great tool and I'd recommend it highly to anyone... Thank you for showing off your room and your shop, the snack containers are cool, I myself discovered those when we moved back to the states and I've been collecting them myself, I started putting my scraps in them. It is so good to see you participating again. Best Wishes!!

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  4. I don't have a favourite, I like them all.

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  5. Hmmm. I will have to check out that seam ripper. A new gadget!

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  6. Thanks for sharing. I love Northcott fabric.

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  7. My favorite fabric is Moda....Thanks for sharing your space. I'm getting great ideas from everyone.

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  8. I like Northcott best, followed closely by Moda.

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  9. No favorite brand here, I like anything that comes from my local quilt shops!

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  10. Awesome sewing room!
    patsystitch@gvtc.com

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  11. I don't really have a favorite fabric company. I just buy what I like, but always from a quality company.

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  12. Your sewing area is so awesome. I haven't seen the seam ripper, but I really like how it works. I think it would come in very handy in my sewing room. Thank you for sharing today.

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  13. How can I pick just one favorite fabric manufacturer when there are so many to choose from, so I will take the easy out and say that I love them all, but will single one out when looking for a specific pattern. lv2bquilting2@comcast.net

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  14. Happy St. Patick's Day! I must say, I just love Dimples fabric - it's my go-to blender.

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  15. My favorite changes with the colors, season and lines they are showing!

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  16. Northcott is by far my favorite.

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  17. Your sewing area looks so neat and how fun to share it with other quilters all the time. I really like the photo in your header too!

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  18. Congrats on your business and future success!

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  19. Moda is my go to for solids. I love the feel and how easy it is to work with not to mention the look

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  20. I love that your studio is used with so many friends

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  21. Love your sewing space! Good luck with your shop-I will tell my sister-who is a wonderful quilter, she lives in Louisburg, not far from you! Thank you, Susan

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  22. thanks for the tour of your studio. love nc, haven't been there in years.

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  23. my fave fabric manufacturer is northcott

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  24. looks like a busy studio. Wonderful. I love the surfs up fabric thanks for the chance to win

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  25. Fave-Art Gallery Fabrics! Thank you, Susan

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  26. I don't have a favorite, seems as though I like some things from many different manufacturers.
    I have a few tool boxes, that I bought on sale at Walmart, they are great for little bits and things.

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  27. I like them all lol...But depends on the print...I am big wild life person.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  28. I like them all, I care more about the designs and I have favorites from all of them. But if I could only pick one it would be Moda, well at least at this moment.

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  29. I have recently started quilting, so I do not have a favorite yet. I've tried Moda and I like it.

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  30. Now that's what I call a sewing room. One where others can share the fun! Congrats on the new shop! Many years of success!

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  31. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.netMarch 17, 2017 at 12:43 PM

    I really don't have a favorite. I use whatever the LQS carries or whatever is given to me. I mainly make scrappy quilts and everything goes. Right now I am looking for low volume and designer or brand doesn't matter.

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  32. I like all of the manufactures. I like Moda especially for their solids and marbles. I also like RJR because they produce Jinny Beyers fabric lines.

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  33. How fun to have your own quilt shop.

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  34. I must confess, I am a fabriholic~ I like all fabric lines. I am not picky one bit! But Moda surely does release some great lines! How fun to have your friends visiting you at your shop!

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  35. Well it looks like you have quite a lovely studio...thanks for sharing your space!!

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  36. So many ideas, my favorite being the corner shelving and the roller cart. Congrats on your new shop, I know oits work but still has to be fun.

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  37. Those jars are a great way to store scraps! They stay in view and are so pretty all lined up. Thanks for sharing!

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  38. Not a fabric "brand" kinda girl since 90% of my fabric is purchased secondhand. I did buy a Riley Blake jelly roll recently to finish off my vintage four patch quilt.
    I use a dresser to organize my fabric - but you'll see that in my upcoming post for this hop.
    BTW cute avatar!
    Popped by from QQQ-2017
    http://thriftshopcommando.blogspot.com

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  39. Nice studio and pretty scrap jars. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  40. Lots of good ideas scrap collection, arrange studio etc. I am a scrap quilter, so I use all types. Thank you for a change to win. Happy Quilting :)

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  41. I couldn't pick just one fabric company as a favorite. As long as the quality is good, I choose by pattern and color. And there are a lot of fabrics out there that I like!

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  42. CONGRATS ON YOUR BUSINESS! Like several, but I will choose Northcott. Thanks for sharing!msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  43. Your shop looks fantastic! I don't have a favorite fabric company - I purchase whatever fabric based on the color or pattern that I need at that time. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  44. I can't choose just one as many favorite lines/designers at several, but Marcus,Benartex and Moda are both in the top running! As for Northcott--Love , love , love Stonehenge!!

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  45. I love the idea to use a tackle box!!! Everything in one spot!! Perfect!!

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  46. Thanks for some great organizing ideas--I have the same type as you have from Sam's but some of my colors are overflowing. I like the pretzel container idea!

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  47. I'm not as particular about a certain manufacturer as I am about whether I love the fabric or not. If I love the fabric, that's my favorite manufacturer!

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  48. Your shop looks great! I'm glad you have been so busy. I've been in Bunn! My sons used to live in Raleigh and I think I've been everywhere in the triangle area. Thank you for sharing your pics and the information about the electric ripper. That could come in handy! dezertsuz at gmail

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  49. I like them all! It really doesn't matter what company it is, it depends on what fabric I need!

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  51. Love your photos - so inspiring! I love Art Gallery Fabrics and Moda!!!

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  52. Love your sewing room. Nice place for respite and crazy creating. Thanks for sharing.

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  53. Thank you for sharing your storage ideas and sewing room. I love Moda, Art Gallery Fabrics, Northcott, and Robert Kaufman to name a few! They are all great!

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  54. I usually use Moda as the quality is great and has a smooth hand. tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  55. I don't have a favorite. I like your tackle box idea for storage.

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  56. Love your colorful storage ideas. Thanks! tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  57. Love your storage ideas! But really loved the video about your seam ripper!!! That is the coolest tool ever!! Thank you for sharing! I have never seen one like it :)

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    1. sorry...forgot to add LOOOVE MODA!! :)

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  58. I don't have a favorite fabric company - I love them all! And I have the stash to prove it. Thanks for sharing photos of your sewing area.

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  59. I love Moda fabrics! They always have something I like!

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  60. I used to sew in a shop with friends, and it was always so much fun. I love Island Batik and Moda most of all.

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  61. I love Moda, Studio e and Henry Glass. Well, if I be truthful, it is the print or design that draws me first, then the fabric company. I know with those listed I get a great quality fabric!

    Sandy A

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  62. I like Art Gallery, just wish it was less expensive.

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  63. I love free spirit and northcott. Thanks for the chance!!

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  64. I never heard of the electric seam ripper before but they sure do a fast job!

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  65. Northcott is one of my favourites!

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  66. I think Moda is my favorite--love the hand and the colorfastness.

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  67. As a native Southern Californian, I think the Surf's Up collection is mighty cute.

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  68. Boy! I was about to get REALLY jealous over that sewing room . . . until I finished reading and realized where it was! haha! You really had us going! My favorite manufacturer is, I think, Moda, though I love fabrics from just about everyone! But I have loved the Moda Marbles for years -- love they way they blend with everything. (lynnstck[at]yahoo.com)

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  69. Hoffman batiks are my favorite. =)

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  70. Your sewing space is filled with color and colorful friends! How wonderful! I love color. That colorful draw unit for your scraps is really neat. My scraps are not neat. I need to organize them much better. Thank you for sharing in the blog hop. Oh ... my favorite fabric manufacturer is probably Art Gallery for color, design and qualtity. Robert Faufmann makes beautifully rich colorful cotton blenders. For solids, nothing compares to Kona. Maywood Studios fabric quality is wonderful. Northcott is also nice. I love fabric and color ... :) Pat

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  71. I think my favorite fabric company is Hoffman because of the gorgeous batiks, and next would be Moda because of the enormous selection. They really put out all kinds of different fabrics! I'm a little confused about what is required for the giveaway, but hopefully this blog post counts! Thank you for the opportunity to win! ljbisme at msn dot com

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  72. It's hard to just pick one fabric company as it depends on the fabric and what I am looking for. I've bought from a lot of different companies and am so impressed with Northcott, Art Gallery, Moda, Robert Kaufmann, and Riley Blake. I'm sure I'll think of more. Nice sewing room. I bet you get a lot done. Karen

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