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Jo's Lovely Cocoa Express

I want to address the Jo Morton Club “thing” that I have been struggling with the past few months.  I had decided not to officially have these meetings any longer and not to carry her line of fabric.  The reason for the fabric part of this decision was that there was a new group coming out every five minutes and our shop was going in a new direction and we were needing to order more fabrics from other sources.  Money is always the bottom line.  There were other reasons.   I am not a good “rule” person and there were too many rules in this club to make me feel comfortable.  At my present age, I have decided that if it isn’t fun, I’m not doing it if at all possible.  This applies to most everything except paying taxes.  I can’t find a way around that one.  And in case you are wondering why I don’t include dying along with taxes it is because I can’t think of anything more fun than meeting Jesus.  But back to the Jo thing.  We now have all of the Cocoa Express group of Jo’s line and will probably be getting more.  As for the meeting part, if anyone would like to continue to meet, please call me and let me know.  If we do form a group , the agenda will be different.  We will meet to work on pieces we have not finished or new patterns using Jo’s fabrics,  start a new pattern (Jo’s or not) using her fabrics or working on whatever we want using the fabrics we want to use along with Jo’s fabric line.  I have met Jo and she is a lovely person.  You would have to look far and wide to find fabrics to compete with hers.  Her fabrics are lovely–very lovely.  I just don’t want to be told what I can and cannot use in a piece that I am making.  If any of you want to be in this group and want to only use her patterns and fabrics, knock yourself out.  Quilting should be creative and fun and an individual journey.  This is just my opinion.  We may call this group the Jo Mortonish Club or The We Love You,But….Club or The Whatever Club or not have it at all.   This is my playhouse and I should be able to decide what happens here.  I want fun and creativity to happen at Las Colchas.  Let me know what you think.

Some of this goes along with a quote I read on Denyse Schmidt’s facebook page.  It reads Denyse Schmidt Quilts “Work done with anxiety about results is far inferior to work done without such anxiety, in the calm of self-surrender.” – Bhagavad Gita.  We worry so much about if we are doing things right or if other people will like what we are choosing.  I include myself in this group.  But I often think of how wonderful children are in their freedom to put clothes together that don’t “match” or color outside the line, etc. until we start telling them how it should be.  The lucky ones hold on to their creativity and free spirit.  We had a customer in the shop that may have been one of those free spirits.  She was dressed “differently” and I had to tell her how much I loved her style.  It was fun and joyful and she seemed so focused on her finds (wool, buttons, ribbons, flannels)  and who she is inside.  I am working on this very thing.  I have a little ways to go……but, I am on my way.   Francine

It appears that young people have discovered sewing and “stitcheries”.  This generation did not have the benefit of taking “home ec” in school as many of us, not so young, did.  I imagine their mothers may also not be seamstresses or enjoy working on crafts involving fabric.  The coming of Project Runway has probably had some influence on this generation  by showing that people of all ages and both sexes are creating beautiful clothing. I visited  two amazing fabric stores on my visit to New Mexico this past weekend.  Maybe I just thought they were so amazing because it has been so long since I was in a fabric shop!  Seriously though, both shops had beautiful and expensive fabrics of all kinds.  The patterns were not the usual Vouge, Butterick, etc. patterns.  They were designed and produced by independent companies.  They were patterns I had looked at on the web, and once I held them in my hands, I had to bring them home with me.  My reasoning for bringing them on the plane with me was that I would not have to pay shipping on them.  Moda is now offering fabrics of many textures.  I have already ordered a linen with crewelwork, silks, and a soft, fun cotton knit that will be perfect for San Antonio weather.  Jim Salinas, our  Moda sales representative, has been telling me that quilt shops will be the fabric shops of the future and it looks like he may be right.  He usually is right.  So, we have started by ordering fabrics and more clothing patterns for all ages and bag patterns.  I am not happy with the clothes being sold today in the big stores today.  The clothes are short or stretchy, or too young.  The clothes for “mature” women are too old looking in style and fabrics.  So, I for one, am very excited to be sewing again.  The patterns I bought were expensive, but the styles are classic and simple and can be used over and over again.  We will also be offering classes/sessions on individual techniques if you should need to learn to sew or need a refresher on how to put in a zipper, for example.  Everything old is new again and I, for one, am so, so happy.

CASITAS

The new picture at the top of this blog is a little quilt that my good friend Pat made while out in the country some time ago.  I have been going over to sew with Pat at ’303′, as she refers to her home, for a few days now.  We have been working on a Mystery Quilt that we did not get to work on when it was offered.  It was entirely my fault.  You see, my eye “exploded” and Pat was kind enough to drive me home from where we were to attend the retreat.  She is that kind of friend…..a good one.  Pat has a charming house that is always decorated in the most casual way with the treasures she has found or made during her lifetime.  She shares this home with the most handsome, charming man, Jeff.  We are now half-way done with the quilt.  We work in the tiniest sewing room that is full of fun things and talk about many, many things.  The times I have spent with Pat are some of the most wonderful ever.  We have taken several trips together and we are looking forward to our next trip next month.  We never finish anything on these trips, but we laugh until we are in tears.  We eat together and pray together and share with each other.  This blog is about how much I love Pat.

Francine

Kit and class available-call us!Well, here we are! I have no idea what I am doing, but I will learn as I go. This blog is something I really, really want to do. I want to be able to share what we are doing at Las Colchas along with pictures and thoughts and anything fun. So, bear with me on this adventure and I know it will be wonderful!

We have the most wonderful classses coming up and I hope you will not miss the opportunity to not only learn something new, but to share some time with other wonderful ladies that enjoy quilting and other handwork. I have been thinking about time lately and have decided not to let opportunities go by. Today is June 1st and I can’t believe it. See what I mean? I am now trying to decide if I want to spend the money to stay at a lovely hotel in Houston during Quilt Market. I am leaning towards doing it. I want to have that memory when I can no longer travel for whatever reason. Tell me your thoughts on this.

This is my beginning….Have an amazing day!

Francine

Blessings by Brannock and Patek

Blessed are they that give, blessed are they that receive – especially fabric. Blessings, the newest fabric line from Brannock and Patek, will have you counting yours! Rich deep colors mingle with fresh, muted tones in florals paisleys and prints. Get them fast, these fabrics are a blessed event indeed. – Jan

Blessings by Brannock and Patek.doc

Sk# 2000 AB

Sk# 2000 13

Sk# 2000 13

Jo’s Club

Here are a few pictures of the Thursday’s group and their projects.  They are all such talented ladies.

 

Judy with her project

Judy with her project

Joyce with her April project

Joyce with her April project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pat and her April project

Pat and her April project

  Didn’t all the ladies do a great job!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

See ya’ll next month.

New Fabric

Just thought you would like to see the newest fabric we have received.

 

Michael Miller Flannels

Michael Miller Flannels

Now wouldn’t these make a wonderful quilt for a young girl or the young at heart!

 

Charleston V

Charleston V

Just Arrived!! 

Quilters can’t get enough of these clear, beautifully toned pinks with coordinating browns, a new version of a classic from Judie Rothermel. 

Peddler's Pack Blue

Peddler's Pack Blue

 

 

Peddler's Pack Pink

Peddler's Pack Pink

Don’t you just love Paisley’s and stripes!
Winterthur

Winterthur

Andover Fabrics did it again.  What a wonderful collection.
In the early 20th century collector Henry Francis du Pont (1880-1969) created a grand country estate at Winterthur, his ancestral home. He furnished his 175-room house with exquisite antiques representing the best craftsmanship and styles of early America. In 1951 he opened Winterthur to the public as a museum of American decorative arts. Nestled in the heart of the Brandywine Valley on nearly 1,000 acres of rolling pasture, Winterthur Museum & Country Estate is home to a world renowned collection of more than 85,000 exceptional antiques, an equally notable research library, and a beautiful 60-acre naturalistic garden.

The Winterthur Collection was designed and realized by Kathy Hall.

Hope to see or here from you soon.
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