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Early Autumn in New England

Autumn in New England is one of my favorite things. People who don’t live here (or other places where the colors change) don’t realize that it’s a slow, gradual process. Prime leaf peeping season for my neighborhood is the first week of October (give or take a week) but we start seeing signs sometime in …

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Moving Tips For Quilters

Are you a quilter with a move in your future? Me too! Let me share some tips to make that move easier! Many years ago when I moved from California to New Hampshire I had a serious problem. I knew if my hubby saw 20 boxes all labeled “fabric” there would be trouble. I had …

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A New Adventure!

A New Adventure!

Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been a little quiet lately. That’s ’cause I’ve been working REALLY hard on our new adventure. Last month we started our 19th year in business. A lot has changed in that 19 years…and it’s about to change again. We’re moving to Colorado! Yup, this frugal yankee is …

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Maine Quilts!!

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EvaPaige - Oompah

I’m a busy little moose packing up for Maine Quilts. Thought I would take a break and tell you all about the great things we have planned for the show! I’m very excited to have a guest in my booth on Thursday from 10-2. Beth Helfter of EvaPaige Quilt Designs will have her new book, Oompah! on hand for signing and she will be telling you all about her really fun way to make oodles of half square triangles. It will be a very entertaining time in the booth that day! I’m also doing a demo everyday in the show’s demo area:   Thursday – 3pm – Slotted Trimmer & Clearly Perfect Angles – want to know how to make half square triangles easily, accurately and with NO DRAWING OF THE LINES? Stop by and I’ll show ya! Friday – 3pm – Care & Feeding Of Your Rotary Tools –...

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Totes & Bags – Adding Pizzazz!

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Are you a tote or bag maker? Today I’m gonna show you some quick tips for adding some pizzazz to your finished totes. What we’re sharing can also work on any purchased bags you have, not just ones you crafted! Ready to start? Let’s go! Adding a zipper pull is probably the easiest way to jazz up a bag. What can you use as a pull? Oh…we’ll get to that! Be sure and check out my nails…they look awesome! I usually break one just before taking photos…or smash my finger… Tools & Supplies: You don’t really need anything, tool-wise, different from what you probably already own. I made jewelry in a past life so I still have tools (and beads, more beads, maybe some more…I might have a problem…) that are basically smaller versions of household tools. You can use household tools they’re just a bit large and clunky. If...

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Quilt Pro Retreat

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Purple Moose Retreats

Our first Quilt Pro Retreat was last weekend and I’m calling it a success! We had a great mix of quilt shop owners (brick & mortar and online), pattern designers, long armers, fabric reps, furniture designers, retreat organizers, product manufacturer…all aspects of our business. This was a great plus when we had our business discussions as we each got the perspective of another arm of our industry. We held several formal round-table discussions and tackled Social Media, Marketing and Time Management. That’s a lot of heavy stuff to tackle! Of course we left lots of time to sew on either personal projects or store samples. There was plenty of informal discussions during sewing time as well. Once you let all that info marinate for a bit then you think of a new solution/idea/option for whatever was discussed.    The weather was absolutely perfect in Waterville Valley NH. We did get...

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Moose Musings – Jeans Shopping

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Have I mentioned that I really don’t like shopping for jeans? There comes a time though when I must…like now. All my jeans are no longer fit for public display, only yard work and home maintenance. So off I go to the mall… I’m a Mom, I just want a pair of Mom Jeans. I don’t think it’s a difficult request. My legs are too long for petite sizes and way too short for normal sizes so I have issues. All those zippers on the abdomen (I’m looking at you J-Lo!) and the pizzazz on the behind? No thanks, I have enough going on in those areas and don’t need to call attention there. Rips should happen after heavy usage, not at the time of purchase. And the acid wash on the thighs? Really? It looks like I have used my pants for napkins. Sheesh. I won’t even start in...

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What should I pack for my quilting retreat?

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One of the more enjoyable hats I wear for my job is Retreat Hostess. One question I get a lot is “What should I bring?”. Since I’m in the midst of final preparations for an upcoming retreat I thought it was a good time to share some tips for packing. Over the years I have seen people load up the luggage cart at the Inn like they just binge watched all the Beverly Hillbillies episodes…and then go back to the car for more…sometimes they even bring their own chair! Other people come with their machine, an extra pair of unmentionables and little else. Usually the correct answer is somewhere in the middle. First you should consult any documentation you receive from your retreat hostess. If there is a class involved then there should be a supply list. If there are any special amenities at the venue they should tell you...

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Blue Moon Blog Hop – Day 5

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It’s the final day of the Blue Moon blog hop. Simply visit the following two blogs to see what Colourwerx and Marie have done with Jackies’s new fabric line. Linda and Carl Sullivan, Colourwerx – https://colourwerx.wordpress.com/ Marie Bostwick – https://www.mariebostwick.com/blog/ Here is the full schedule. Feel free to go back and see the previous posts. Monday, Feb 5 Island Batik – http://www.islandbatik.com/news/ Jackie Kunkel, Canton Village Quiltworks – https://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog Tuesday, Feb 6 Aurifil – https://auribuzz.wordpress.com/ Kate Colleran, Seams Like a Dream – http://seamslikeadream.com/blog/ Wednesday, Feb 7 Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design – https://deb-tuckers-studio-180-design.myshopify.com/blogs/news Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs   https://www.purplemoosedesigns.com/blog/ Thursday, Feb 8 Penni Domikis, Cabin in the Woods  https://cabininthewoodsquilters.com/blog/ Kari Schell – On Point Quilter  https://www.onpointquilter.com Friday, Feb 9 Linda and Carl Sullivan, Colourwerx – https://colourwerx.wordpress.com/ Marie Bostwick – https://www.mariebostwick.com/blog/ #bluemoonfabriccollection. Additional hashtags to consider using (add/edit your own!): #thepromisegirls #islandbatik #aurfil #debtucker #studio180design #jackiekunkel #cantonvillagequiltworks #cvquiltworks #seamslikeadreamquilting #purplemoosedesigns #cabininthewoodsquilters #onpointquilter #colourwerx #mariebostwick #quilting #quiltersofinstagram #quilts #quiltsofinstagram

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Blue Moon Blog Hop – Day 4

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Today is day 4 of the Blue Moon blog hop. Simply visit the following two blogs to see what Penni and Kari have done with Jackies’s new fabric line. Penni Domikis, Cabin in the Woods  https://cabininthewoodsquilters.com/blog/ Penni has worked up a great improv winter scene. She’s giving away a prize too! Kari Schell – On Point Quilter  https://www.onpointquilter.com Kari will be offering a demo on drafting a star quilt in Electric Quilt 8 with Blue Moon fabric. Here is the full schedule. Feel free to go back and see the previous posts. Make sure to visit the other sites in the coming days. Monday, Feb 5 Island Batik – http://www.islandbatik.com/news/ Jackie Kunkel, Canton Village Quiltworks – https://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog Tuesday, Feb 6 Aurifil – https://auribuzz.wordpress.com/ Kate Colleran, Seams Like a Dream – http://seamslikeadream.com/blog/ Wednesday, Feb 7 Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design – https://deb-tuckers-studio-180-design.myshopify.com/blogs/news Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs   https://www.purplemoosedesigns.com/blog/ Thursday, Feb 8 Penni Domikis, Cabin in the Woods  https://cabininthewoodsquilters.com/blog/ Kari Schell...

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Blue Moon Blog Hop – Day 3

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  Today is day three of the Blue Moon Blog Hop…and it’s my turn! Before I get into what I did, be sure and visit today’s other hopper – Deb made something cool with Jackie’s new fabric line! Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design – https://deb-tuckers-studio-180-design.myshopify.com/blogs/news Here is the full schedule. Feel free to go back and see the previous posts. Make sure to visit the other sites in the coming days. Monday, Feb 5 Island Batik – http://www.islandbatik.com/news/ Jackie Kunkel, Canton Village Quiltworks – https://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog Tuesday, Feb 6 Aurifil – https://auribuzz.wordpress.com/ Kate Colleran, Seams Like a Dream – http://seamslikeadream.com/blog/ Wednesday, Feb 7 Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design – https://deb-tuckers-studio-180-design.myshopify.com/blogs/news Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs   https://www.purplemoosedesigns.com/blog/ Thursday, Feb 8 Penni Domikis, Cabin in the Woods  https://cabininthewoodsquilters.com/blog/ Kari Schell – On Point Quilter  https://www.onpointquilter.com Friday, Feb 9 Linda and Carl Sullivan, Colourwerx – https://colourwerx.wordpress.com/ Marie Bostwick – https://www.mariebostwick.com/blog/ So…ready to see what I did with Jackie’s new fabric line? Here...

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Blue Moon Blog Hop – Day 2

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Today is day two of the Blue Moon Blog Hop. Simply visit the following two blogs to see what Aurifil has up their sleeve and to see what Kate did with Jackie’s new fabric line. Aurifil – https://auribuzz.wordpress.com/ Kate Colleran, Seams Like a Dream – http://seamslikeadream.com/blog/ Here is the full schedule. Feel free to go back and see the previous posts. Make sure to visit the other sites in the coming days. Monday, Feb 5 Island Batik – http://www.islandbatik.com/news/ Jackie Kunkel, Canton Village Quiltworks – https://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog Tuesday, Feb 6 Aurifil – https://auribuzz.wordpress.com/ Kate Colleran, Seams Like a Dream – http://seamslikeadream.com/blog/ Wednesday, Feb 7 Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design – https://deb-tuckers-studio-180-design.myshopify.com/blogs/news Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs   https://www.purplemoosedesigns.com/blog/ Thursday, Feb 8 Penni Domikis, Cabin in the Woods  https://cabininthewoodsquilters.com/blog/ Kari Schell – On Point Quilter  https://www.onpointquilter.com Friday, Feb 9 Linda and Carl Sullivan, Colourwerx – https://colourwerx.wordpress.com/ Marie Bostwick – https://www.mariebostwick.com/blog/

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Blue Moon Blog Hop – Day 1

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It’s day one of the Blue Moon blog hop. I can’t wait to see what everyone has done with Jackie Kunkel’s new fabric line! Here is the schedule of blogs to visit: Monday, Feb 5 Island Batik – http://www.islandbatik.com/news/ Jackie Kunkel, Canton Village Quiltworks – https://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog Tuesday, Feb 6 Aurifil – https://auribuzz.wordpress.com/ Kate Colleran, Seams Like a Dream – http://seamslikeadream.com/blog/ Wednesday, Feb 7 Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design – https://deb-tuckers-studio-180-design.myshopify.com/blogs/news Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs   https://www.purplemoosedesigns.com/blog/ Thursday, Feb 8 Penni Domikis, Cabin in the Woods  https://cabininthewoodsquilters.com/blog/ Kari Schell – On Point Quilter  https://www.onpointquilter.com Friday, Feb 9 Linda and Carl Sullivan, Colourwerx – https://colourwerx.wordpress.com/ Marie Bostwick – https://www.mariebostwick.com/blog/ Never done a blog hop? No problem, it’s really easy! Simply visit each of these blogs linked above on their appointed day. That’s it! You’ll get to read about what they did with Jackie’s new fabric line and have the chance at winning some great prizes too. It couldn’t be...

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