The Wooly Nest

The Wooly Nest

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

It's Wednesday And An Upcoming Workshop

So it must be time for a blog posting here at the Wooly Nest.  WOW again thank you for all of your orders on the great clean-out in the nest.  I'm thankful for all of them and I hope your putting those goodies to good use.  I spent a good portion of the last few days trying to reorganize the space - not there yet but getting close.  Then I can start adding the pretties and fun accents to make the nest look like the vision in my head.  Also I've had a few of you email me about the quilt in my blog header under the bunny.  That's a quilt I made many moons ago and I so wish I knew the pattern or the designer name but I don't - just to long ago.  Dang I even handquilted that baby - now you know it was a long time ago lol.  But here's a close up of it

Today I want to talk to you about an upcoming workshop in May with Gail Pan here at the nest.  For those of you who are new to her - Gail is a wonderfully sweet and warm quilter from way across the pond in Australia.   I met Gail several markets ago and loved her sweet whimsical designs.  She loves stitchery and applique - a girl after my own heart.  Last spring at quilt market in Pittsburgh we were chatting and I thought how fun it would be to have her come to the nest to teach when she comes to Minneapolis for quilt market this spring.  So we brain stormed a bit about that and she marked me down.  Hard to believe that was almost a year ago.  Soooooo are you interested in the details?  I thought you might be.  The date of the workshop is May 19th and it will be held here at the nest in the early evening.  The project is this adorable sweet little bag
What I love about this bag is that she will be able to teach you stitchery and applique along with all of her tips and tricks that she uses when she's stitching.  I love taking classes because everyone has their own way of doing things when sewing.  I always come away with something that's new to me.  Your time in class will be strictly for stitching on the little center part of the bag.  You will finish the rest at home and if you don't need a bag - stitch it into a pillow or frame it.  The finished piece that does not include the handles is 12 x 12.  Also after a little class time Gail has graciously offered to do a little trunk show of her new things from market and she will have patterns to purchase if your interested.  I just love trunk shows - always so inspiring.  Plus I might have a few things new from market as well - you just never know lol.

The plan for the workshop and show and tell is going to be 6-9.  But we will be open starting at 5 so you can come in, look around , enjoy appetizers and dessert before the workshop and meet Gail - this will be only for those attending the workshop.  Because I'm keeping this at the nest, space will be limited and you will need to register and prepay for the evening.  The cost of the evening is 40.00 which includes your workshop fee, kit and supplies for the applique stitchery part, trunk show with Gail, appetizers, dessert, beverage and a little thank you giftie from me.  If your interested in this please email me at and we can get you set-up. 

Head over to Gail's blog and learn a little bit more about her.  She's such a sweetheart of a lady, funny and so much fun to listen to - geeee do you think she thinks I have an accent lol - I bet she does.  I can tell you that you will have an fun and inspiring time and it will be a great way to spend an spring evening.

Nothing new on etsy this week to share with you all.  I will be away from my computer for a few days so I will save the fabric and wool destash sale for the next blog posting Wednesday April 1st and I can tell you it won't be a joke on you lol.  Sorry couldn't resist.  But there will be a great deal on wool fat eighths and fat quarters in fabric as I clean out that last corner.

Have an awesome week and I hope it involves some needle and thread time just for you.

In Stitches - Karen

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Happy Wednesday

Well here we are again the middle of the week and time to post.  I'm getting here a little late today - but it was busy in the nest this afternoon with some company who needed wool for several different projects and that put me behind - but dang that was fun.  Always love helping people pick out the perfect piece of wool for a project.  So I will keep this short and sweet and to the point.

Thank you so much for all the orders last week.  Everything is shipped and for many of you a reimbursement in postage was sent to your paypal account.  I'm hoping that I have it figured out on the etsy site so that it works much better regarding the postage end of it.  I do try and ship within a day or 2 when an order comes in - but I'm putting 1-3 days for shipping while I clear out fun things. 

So as I said the great destash continues at the Farmhouse.  I'm on a roll here people lol and it feels so good.  I've been spending my extra time trying to reorganize my fabrics, wool and space in general.  Which of course takes away from sewing - but it's something that is long overdue and no time like the present.   So you will find some good deals today on the etsy site.  Most of the kits I listed today I only have a couple left - some just one.  You will also find some homespun bundles I'm moving as well.  I've decided to get rid of all my fat quarters and open up the space that those take.  When I'm kitting I'm taking off the bolt - so those fat quarters are for those who stop by - but I've decided not to have those anymore.  Lots more of those types of bundles to come both in cotton and fat eighths of wool.  Also a few little wool bundles and a pretty neutral stash builder of fat eighths.

So that's it for tonight - it's getting late and I need some supper.  Thanks for stopping by and I'll see you next Wednesday.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Wow it's Wednesday already.  I feel like we just chatted and it's been a week already.  Thank you for all the orders last week.  They have all shipped as of Monday so you should be seeing them either today or tomorrow.  Also I've received some emails regarding the cute little quilt hangers I showed in this picture
If your interested in purchasing any of those quilt hangers please pop an email to my friend who makes them - and she will help you out.

So what's new on the Etsy site today.  Well I continue to clean out and clear out my notions.  Today you will find groupings of Valdani pearl cotton.  It's a great thread to stitch with and I personally have quite a stash of colors.  Also you will find some close outs on a few kits, scissors, charm packs and fat quarter and fat eighth bundles.

New on the etsy site are a couple of sweet little kits for spring - one called Bunny Love

and another one called Springtime

Also a few new quilt kits for you to check out.  This one is made using Kathy Schmitz pattern called Full Bloom and uses her fabric line called Patchwork Garden.  This quilt is made using layer cakes for the pieced front and how you make the blocks is a quick and unique way.  It's a great quilt for using all year long
Also is a fun and super quick quilt to piece.  The blocks are actually a panel made to look like a stripe.  You add a little sashing, cornerstones and boom it's done.  The kit makes a perfect table topper 48 x 48 size.

So there's a few things that are happening on the Etsy site.  I'm going to continue to widdle down my inventory to the basics that I use on a daily basis.  I was running out of room in the nest and so reducing what's in there is a must.  This will be ongoing for several more weeks as I move forward in cleaning out the excess. 

 If you have any questions please shoot me an email and I will get right back to you.  Otherwise I will see you back here next week.  I'm off for dinner out tonight with some friends to celebrate a couple of retirements.  That's a fun reason to celebrate.

Enjoy the week