What’s been happening here in the studio.

Wow is all I can say ! Usually during the summer the studio is slower where personally I get a chance to do a couple of things. This year not so much which is wonderful , means we are doing something right. Saying that I took a week off and went to Yellowstone National Park. This has been on my bucket list for 25 plus years ! Once back hit the studio running. Chloe’s Club house filled up fast in July . We had six wonderful young ladies join us. They each made a pillow case, bag & a lap size quilt. They also learned to bake bread, cakes, cookies & handmade chocolate treats . They learned how to plan for a party , shop for it and prepare for it. Each day they made their meals and by the end of the week we wrapped it up by throwing a BBQ for their families. They had a Blast.  The Next Club house event is Aug 20th – 24th. Runs all week, everything is provided. Only taking 4 this time round so book it now ! Great life skills camp just saying .

The following week the studio was a buzz with a group of ladies taking the Elephant Abstraction workshop. Let me tell you these ladies made me laugh so hard tears where running down my legs.! The ladies did an amazing job and you can check out the video on our facebook page to see the amazing herd that left here.

And the studio has been open most Sundays for an open sew day. These days I love because usually someone comes to work on something and we get to visit  & sew.

Now this week just trying to regroup , clean and organize . Getting teaching schedules organized and going to be travelling down south and doing some pop up free-motion classes. Kind of excited about that adventure should be interesting .  If you want a pop up class let us know and can add it to our travels.

So yes this summer we have been a little busy .  Busy is a wonderful thing.

 

 

Loopy D’s 2018 Price List.

Loopy D’s Price List & Services for 2018

               Size                      Edge to Edge     Light Custom      Ruler/Full Custom

Baby quilts                                      $50.00                   $ 70.00                      $100.00

Twin                     93 x 72                 $170.00               $200.00                    $270.00

Double                 96 x 93                $225.00               $275.00                     $360.00

Queen                  93 x 108               $250.00               $300.00                    $400.00

King                       122 x 122            $375.00               $450.00                    $600.00

On a budget ?  We do an all over that’s nice, does the job and we charge an hourly rate for this service.

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Longarm Classes     Classes are one on one – once completed one you can rent our machines

Free Motion                4 hrs.                                                      $150.00

Fab Feathers               4hrs.                                                       $150.00

Fillers & Sashings       8 hrs.                                                      $200.00

All Supplies are included in this cost.

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Workshops –  Two days   –   Class size      3-4 people    –   Patterns and Meals included.

Elephant Abstraction                                                                                $150.00

The Cow Abstraction                        New    Violet Craft Pattern         $150.00

Teeny-Tiny Quilts                             New                                                 $150.00

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Machine Rentals                    $25 per hour             $150 full day

We also carry a huge selection of wide backs & Batting.

We work around your life style which means we schedule our classes around your schedule.

www.loopydquilting.com

403-669-9523

 

 

Working Studio

So in the City of Calgary retail space is crazy expensive. So our little studio is run out of our home. The studio has it’s own walkway and side entrance. Which means clients are not disturbing the house and all it’s members. Now saying this our little French bull dogs will come and greet you and maybe bring you a gift. If I am home then chances are I am in the studio working. My hours are nuts because well sometimes working into the wee hours works for me. You never know how the work day is going to unfold. Some days the phone is ringing off the hook. Other days not a thing. This week for example Monday was dead. Got a lot done. Today was nuts… to the point of nothing is getting done. That’s okay just means I maybe working until midnight to complete what needs to be done. Wednesday Teaching a one on one class. Thursday a renter is in , so that means I am piecing with a friend so I can finish a class sample which needs to be done for Saturday.  Friday have no idea what’s happening but can guess I will be burning the midnight oil to complete something. Saturday teaching the Elephant abstraction workshop at  a local guild. Sunday is open sew day at the studio. So far only one person has taken advantage of this .

It’s a working studio , it has a fun energy

Restoration of those vintage blocks.

A wonderful quilt came into the studio two weeks ago. The client whom I have known  for many years, was dropping of this wonderful vintage quilt. She  completed it for her soon to be 89 year old grandmother. The blocks where made for said grandmother 55 years ago by a friend !!!  From the age of the fabric & style guessing  it was made from late 40’s early 50’s clothing. The blocks where hand stitched with small fine stitches. The workmanship of said blocks is wonderful ! Now jumping ahead… Those wonderful blocks where never put into a quilt. Lori (the granddaughter) was asked if she would finish the quilt . The family plans to give it to her on her 86th birthday.

Into my hands it lands. First things first, the fabric is aged it needs some stability. One of my favorite products is Shape-flex by Pellon it is a cotton woven fusible . Yes this is adding to the expense of the quilt. These blocks you could almost see threw by adding said product now these blocks have added life. Did this to all the blocks.

Once this was done the quilting process could start. Ditched all the applique and blocks. Added a pretty corner flower to echo the flowers in the fabrics. Feathers in the border fabric as the borders where a whooping 10 inches. Did clouds in the background and bricks . The sashing did swirls and mirror imaged them. There are no computers it’s just me moving the machine. The needle is my pen. Once the quilt was finished them took it off the machine and now dealing with stains. Their are not many stains but over time those blocks did get handled and well not sure what each stain is . So out comes  my favorite spot remover, I will also make my special restoration spray and we will handle each stain until they are gone. Funny how skills from ones past come in handy. Spent a couple of years restoring train cars for the Cranbrook Railway museum & went to school to learn Restoration. Also worked for a dry cleaner and dealing with stains is coming in handy.  If they don’t come out then will blend fabric paints to cover them up. We will bring it back to it’s full glory.  So at the end of the day I hope I have done these women proud and they love the quilt as much as I have working on it. Restoring such a gem is a honor. I know it’s just a quilt but it has a story , it starts with the first woman that did the blocks, the next who kept them safe, the daughter that gave them to her daughter to give to the grandmother. This in my eyes is the true treasure , it’s love expressed with fabric. It’s a family heirloom or here’s hoping it becomes their Heirloom.  Check out our facebook page for the finished quilt pictures. Client loved the quilting and they still have 8 blocks to make a lap size one.

 

 

 

Christmas is Coming

1st Christmas quilt of the year finished.

1st Christmas quilt of the year finished.

Summer has ended , fall is here and Christmas is just around the corner. In the studio this summer we hosted a kids club. Once a week a couple of little girls came and made a small project which they then took home. Next summer we will be offering this program again because honestly it was so much fun and I think the girls enjoyed it.

The Kids club taught me that there is still a need out there for basic sewing . If you have an understanding of the basics you can create wonderful. Our school system does still offer sewing in the life skills class. But if your like me that was along time ago. So I was thinking…. would anyone be interested in a drop in class every Monday 10-1 & or 6-9 to make something for Christmas? Each week I would post the upcoming project on our facebook page . The Cost would be $40 dollars but that would include supplies and everything. Thinking Homespun Stitching .

Get a start on your Christmas gifts. I know a lot of people go to the local craft sales and shop but honestly there is nothing more rewarding than making something yourself and giving it.

So book your space, let us know what small project you might be interested in. The more input the better. Thinking the first Monday of November is when we will start. And the project will be a wall hanging. I have started designing it and will make it up next week. Each week will be a different project which will be kitted up so yes you will have to let us know if you shall be attending. If you can’t attend but love the kit one can purchase them for $25 dollars.

So consider taking a small class .

And if you have quilts that need to be finished for Christmas  now is the time to get them into the queue. Avoid the Christmas rush.

Also if you need a gift idea for that quilter in your life we are offering  $150 dollar gift certificates for $100 . A savings of $50 dollars. These gift certificates can be used for classes or longarm services only. This sale will be on until Christmas .

This week in the studio this gem was picked up by it’s owner. A Simple wool wall hanging but it turned into something I truly wanted to keep. Hence why I am designing my own wall hanging for our first Homespun Stitching class.

Chloe’s Club House

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Last year in the studio we did a test class for kids … The girls loved coming into the studio and learning a new life skill.

This year we thought we would pick two different weeks , small class size 3-4 children , where in the morning we would sew, create & play . In the afternoon learn how to bake & cook a meal . At the end of each day wonderful items will come home with your child. At the end of the week they will put on a BBQ for all the parents and family members.

Chloe’s Club House

Come and spend a week at Loopy D’s where your child will learn how to hand sew, machine sew , Bake & Cook.

Each day we will work on a creative project , cook something in the kitchen and basically learn skills that will take them through life.

Dates                             July 16th to July 20th

Aug 20th to Aug 24

Time                               9:00 am till 5:00 pm this is flexible.

Cost                                $300.00 per week

Everything is supplied including meals.

Friday evening the class will wind down with a BBQ that they totally do. All family members are invited.

 

 

 

Gifts – a life lesson.

So as a Longarmer my quilts tend not to be completed.

Clients quilts come first guess the sayings true a cobblers kids don’t have shoes or a mechanic has the worse running car. Anyways last weekend I was hosting a wedding shower and thought oh I have time to make a quilt for the bride and groom. Yeah that didn’t happen ! I did get it pieced but not quilted, a quilt takes time and that’s just the facts. So what’s a girl to do ? Well I hate to admit it but I have a number of quilts in different stages of the process. This little gem was pieced around 2008 , sat for many years as just a top. Taken out again ( 2012 ) to add fish , sat for another  year before quilting it . And then it sat with just the binding to be done. So morning of the shower I was sewing like a crazy person to finish the quilt.

Now looking at this little quilt I have mixed feelings about it. Is it my best work ? Today no … Over the years my skills have improved but every time I picked it up to work on it I was doing my best work at that time. Those are just the facts !  Improving ones skills takes time and practice. There is planning, color theory , following a set of instructions , then doing. And most importantly finishing. I personally have a hard time giving away certain quilts because in my head I think oh I do so much nicer work now . At last count I have 17 quilt tops waiting for me to finish & 30 plus finished quilts in the studio.  Thinking it’s time to let go of more quilts The young bride loved the quilt and I know I will finish the one I was working on and eventually give it to them (might take me 5 yrs. evil laugh to finish) .

So life lesson … Remember it’s your best work at this stage of your journey , be proud of your work and remember no one but you can see the little flaws !

Thinking I will now let go of some quilts and maybe try scheduling in a couple of my quilt tops at least once a month.

 

 

 

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Added little feather fish through out the quilt.

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Added little fish using my embroidery machine .

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Elephant Abstraction Workshop – Book your spot

The hottest quilt at the moment is this wonderful Elephant Abstractions quilt by violet craft. This quilt will take a full three days to create but well worth the time. And once you have done one chances are your going to make another one. We will walk your through the steps of paper piecing using freezer paper. No paper to remove and  minimal fabric waste. Come enjoy three days sewing, learning a new skill and creating something special.

Wednesday March 15th to Sunday 19th – this week you can pick and choose the three days or come all five

 Elephant Abstractions / Giraffe Abstraction Quilt Workshop

Come and enjoy a two day workshop to create your own elephant or giraffe quilt.

Cost $150 dollars  This includes the pattern.

All meals and snacks provided.

Supply List

Pattern

Add a quarter inch ruler (If you don’t have no worries we have in studio)

Scoring tool (If you don’t have no worries we have in studio)

Freezer paper  ( can be purchased at your local grocery store)

2 meters of background fabric

Fabric strips that are at least 6 inches wide. Fat quarters work & lots of colors the more the merrier.

Things to note , the pattern calls for way to much fabric !   Fat quarters or six inch strips will work fine in a dozen or more  colors. The scraper the better. Shop in your stash  You will need two meters for the background fabric.

Sewing machines, irons, cutting mats and rotor cutters are provided. So you just need to bring yourself & Fabric.

Prep

We will be doing paperless paper piecing so if possible trace the entire pattern onto freezer paper. Assign a number for the colors so you know what color to use. Label all pieces. This will take a few hours to do but is well worth the time and saves distorting your pieces.

Class size – 4 quilters at our location Loopy D’s 79 Sunhurst Cres S.E. Calgary

 

And if you want to book a private workshop give us a call and we can schedule something that works for you.

And if you don’t quilt but want this wonderful quilt we will make it to order. For more information give us a call.

 

Looking back , Looking forward … Quilting Goals for 2017

2016 was an interesting year to say the least. In the spring we installed new windows in the studio . Then a small disaster happened and we ended up doing a complete renovation  in the studio. Reworked the entire studio. Did a major purge and donated fabric and quilts to a number of organizations.  September we where finally fully up and running. New floors & lighting makes for a happy Bright space. Must say loving the new set-up.

Due to the new set up we now have more room…

So we brought in more wide backing fabric ,  now we carry almost 75 bolts of 108″ wide backing , and adding to it on a regular basis. We started carrying Fireside which if you haven’t used before its so nice to work with and is soft ,  it’s 60″ wide .

We also still carry a full selection of battings .

Honestly can say 2016 was not a year I would want to do again but there was some amazing quilts that we had the pleasure of working on.

Looking forward 2017 should be a wonderful year. We have finally started working and developing our new patterns. We will be launching them at Heritage Park.

On our Facebook page doing a tip of the day although it might be more like tip of the week .

In the studio Finishing the last of last years work and looking forward to working on the quilts that are coming into the studio. Hoping to see some amazing quilts come in. Already two quilts have come in that will be shown at the Calgary Stampede so going to do some major playing to showcase the quilters work off.

 

s1095662774_30064013_1159Having a Valentines special – If you quilt has a heart on it anywhere you will save $25 dollars on the quilting.

Also we still offer classes so book a class learn a new skill. Give feed back as to what you would like to see in the New Year.

 

 

Sale just in time for Christmas !

Today I was asked why do I create ? Simple answer is it recharges my spirit and soul. Will my works ever been in a museum or art gallery chances are not . But who is to say. There are some amazing quilts in museums that the makers had no idea that their little piece of art would be so highly valued. My favorite such quilt was made be Harriet Powers. The Bible quilt made 1885-1886 all cotton , pieced and appliqued . The Quilt now lives in the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum  of American History. This proud African American woman loved the quilt so much she said it was not for sale for any price. Four years later when things where hard for her family she sold this quilt to Jennie Smith for a whole $5.oo dollars. Harriet  gave her a full description of each scene with great earnestness, and deep piety she departed. Harriet did come to visit Jennie Smith several times to see her quilt and Jennie Smith did provide Harriet with scraps of fabric from her own stash. Note I don’t think they had a stash back then, evil giggle.   Okay my past life is sneaking into this, yes I have worked in a museum as an archivist .  I hate to admit it but I have a rather large collection of books on vintage quilts , fabric, and fiber history. Any ways getting back on track we create because it’s part of our DNA . We want nice things for our home, a special gift for a loved one so we create with fiber. It’s an art form and it’s our voice. You look back in history and young women made samplers to put into their hope chests for their future home. As women this is a part of us. Saying this I am the first quilter in my family, to funny I know.

So I take pride in what I do and try my hardest to do the best job I can on every quilt that I get to be part of its story. Yes quilts have a story and sometimes that’s the best part of my day when a client is dropping off and I ask them about the quilt. Personally I have been working on a quilt that I have taking all over the world when I go to quilt it that will also be part of it’s story. And it will have designs representing all the cities, towns, and countries it’s been to.

Anyways that’s why I create .

Name Your Price Sale

Now if you have read my blog before you know our studio had a little disaster and I said once we where up and running we would be having a sale. So we are having a name your price sale. If you only want to spend $50 dollars on a quilt we will do two hours of quilting on that quilt, so you know it’s going to be a simple all over nothing custom. This is a great sale for baby quilts , Christmas throws etc. as you don’t need over the top quilting. Name your price sale Starts October 1st and runs until the end of the month.

Also things to note…

The studio will be closed October 17th until October 24th

Christmas deadline this year is December 5th. If you are needing your quilt done for a gift that’s as late as you can leave it.

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Whole Cloth Quilt - twin

Whole Cloth Quilt – Custom