Simply Smart Idea..

September 10th, 2010 by

fabric pack, picket fence

Lisa at Picket Fence Quilt shop has this simply smart idea..

picket fence fabric sample

She choose 5 fat quarters from my In The Nest fabric line and wrapped them around card stock, slipped them in a clear zip bag..

Little Flower Pocket Top, Sleepy Bag

display with the model and pattern .  A pre-packaged sample pack!

Sew Simple!

Pick up a Fall Newsletter at  Picket Fence Quilt Company 7130 W Maple, #230 Wichita, KS 67209 Phone: (316) 558-8899 (or request to be added to email list) to find out about upcoming fall classes!

Picket Fence is one of the many shops participating in the 12th Annual “Shop Hop”.

This fun event will be October 1st,  through 3rd.

Charlotte’s Sew Natural is also participating in the event, click here for more info.

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In search of the complete shopping experience..

September 9th, 2010 by

Jackie, Beverly, Stephanie

Stephanie, Beverly and myself (from right to left) went a-hunting for “the complete shopping experience” here in our home town, Wichita, KS.  From curb to cash register, we wanted to feel that, as customers, we were inspired, encouraged and excited about the shop we were in.

Menu art

Often when traveling, we have those experiences, but sometimes forget about our own backyard.  Delano District of Wichita is a delightful place to shop and so we spent the afternoon visiting this area.  For lunch, we ate at a lovely cafe, called The Palette Bistro, at 613 Douglas.  We loved the painted chalkboard and chalk art!


The food was fresh, the salad crisp, the fruit sweet and the dessert was delicious.  We all loved the presentation of the food, the atmosphere of the cafe and the special care of the menu.

Sew Much Fabric Shop

Every shop has a “feeling”, an attitude, if you will.  We asked the independent business women how they would describe their business in one word, as we informed them we were blogging about our experience.  Cindy, owner of Sew Much (shown in the shop window with me) describes her shop as “the unique fabric boutique”.  Each time I have visited, she is working on an new display or checking in new product!

Sew Much

Sew Much carries silk, wool, cotton, linen, knits, patterns, notions and more.  The shop has a young, vibe, with a wonderful selection of Amy Butler decorator fabrics.

Sew Much

There is a wonderful variety of fabrics for making garments of all types and Sew Much also offers garment sewing classes.  I couldn’t get over the pom-pom fringe and oversized rick rack in every color!

Baby Jacket

Cindy carries my Cute as a Button Baby Jacket pattern.. I like seeing how it looks made in a variety of fabrics.  Here she shows it in corduroy.

Sew Much

Visit Cindy at 535 W. Douglas Ste. 130 or online at  There are two entrances for convenient access, as additional parking is behind the building.

Material Girls

Just steps away you will find Material Girls Quilt Shoppe at 535 w. Douglas, Ste. 140 (where you can also enter from the front or the back door)!

Material Girls

Owners, Jo & Jan will have a grand opening Sept. 10 & 11th with refreshments and door prizes.  The shop has a fresh, modern feel, with fabrics to suit any taste.   I encourage you to visit!Material Girls

Very well done, ladies!

Material Girls

Material Girls describes their shop as “a unique quilting experience”.

Material Girls

Visit their website to find out about fall classes.


We found our way to Twist Yarn Shop at 607 W. Douglas where I ran into Diane Moos, who is a wonderful crochet artist.  She and several of the employees were refreshing displays and were hard at work.  You can visit Diane on by looking up GracePlease to see the wonderful crochet dolls she has made.


Twist is full of fantastic selections of yarn, patterns and notions for knitters and crocheters.  Shelly has been getting in inventory daily!  If you love fiber, this is the place for you!


Here you will also find classes for all skill levels and clubs that meet regularly in the comfortable work area Shelly has set up.  KS My Stitch Crochet Guild , a guild my sister, Stephanie and I are all members of meets the third Monday of every month at Twist for programs, show-n-share and refreshments.

Bungalow 26

Bungalow 26 shop owner, Kelsey Metzinger visited with us about her weakness for “products”.  She carries wonderful candles, soaps, lotions.. all the spa goodies we like to spoil ourselves with.

Bungalow 26

Kelsey describes her shop as eclectic, with a Soho downtown vibe!

Bungalow 26

Each of the shop owners has done a wonderful job with their displays, store windows and had a unique selection of products to chose from.  We were impressed with the cleanliness, the friendly smiles, the helpful inquiries.  Each of the shopowners should know the appreciation we have for the hard work well done!  Retail therapy accomplished!


Material Girls opens their doors!

August 24th, 2010 by

Material Girls Quilt Shop, Wichita KS

Congratulations to the hardworking gals at Material Girls Quilt Shop in Wichita, KS on your opening!  It was an exciting experience visiting this shop.  It’s what I call “the complete shopping experience”.Material Girls Quilt Shop, Wichita, KS

The displays and merchandising were fresh and fabulous.  From curb to cash register, these gals have done a fantastic job.  I bought a wonderful book, The Gentle Art of Quiltmaking, by Jane Brocket, C&T Publishing and have loved looking through it.

Delightful day of shopping.

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Celebrating with friends!

August 11th, 2010 by

Baby Boxes

A wonderful and talented young designer, Jen Eskridge has used some of the Benartex Baby Business fabrics to create a model of her wonderful new quilt, Baby Boxes.

I took this quilt and displayed it in my booth at Spring Market.  Jen is celebrating her blog’s birthday next week and will be giving away some patterns and fabrics.   One of the prizes is some of my fabrics and some patterns, that is set for Thursday, next week.  

She sent me this darling photo of the Baby Box quilts and sweet baby model.  If you get a chance, drop in on her blog,  wish her happy birthday and to get more info on prizes.

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Bernina BSR quilting attachment

July 22nd, 2010 by

Jackie Clark, sewing, Bernina BSR

I have been practicing quilting with the new Bernina Stitch Regulator, what an amazing attachment!  It allows you to free-motion quilt without using the foot pedal!  When you move the fabric, it regulates the speed of stitching by how fast you move your hands.  I am practicing, practicing, practicing so I can do more quilting.

I am taking a class at Midwest Sewing on July 31st to learn more.  I love taking classes!  I will be taking several this year to improve my skills.


Fabric arrives!

July 14th, 2010 by

Benartex Fabric

It’s here!  I am sew excited to have my hands on these fabrics.  Tons of ideas for projects to sew on my new machine!  It’s so nice to see it on a bolt after working with strike-offs, you just can’t wait to see what it’s going to look like and feel like at the final stages!

In the Nest, Baby Business fabrics, Benartex

Look at all the pretty colors!  They are delicious!

Jackie Clark Map fabric, Benartex

We love these beautiful fabrics!  Thank you so much Benartex!

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