5/22/17

It's All About 'The Details'


The difference between something good and something great is attention to detail. Charles Swindoll

Pay attention to details.  The most important things are often overlooked
in the search for things greater than the obvious.

Details make perfection, and perfection is not a detail.  Leonardo da Vinci

These three pieces have been RE-MADE with attention to DETAILS.
If at first something doesn't sale...redo, repurpose and resale!  CollectInTexas Gal

5/19/17

Hummer Time

You know how one thing leads to another?  Of course you do, it's a common malady among people like me who have the 'Dori Syndrome'..."Oh, Look...something shiny".

Turns out the something shiny caught my eye while fishing (pun intended) for clasps for several necklaces I made from a strand of beautiful porcelain and glass beads that belonged to my mother.

 Like I said...'One thing leads to another', and before I knew it, my worktable was cleared of fabric, rotary cutters, rulers etc., etc., and replaced with 'Jewelry Making Stuff' and a new idea I have been contemplating....
 ...combining Fabric/Fiber with beads, chains and charms.
 
 Hummer Time!
 
 
 

5/5/17

Lost My Love of Lace Knitting

Once I realized that knitted lace projects were a test on my 'Last knitting nerve', I scrapped it along with knitting sox.  Not that I don't still love the look of knitted lace shawls, scarves, and other soft, filmy items made from lace weight yarn.  So, the collection of Lace Knitting books and the lovely lace weight yarns are now gracing the shelves of 'The Fiber Center' at Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio.
They certainly make for a pretty display.  I'm hoping they will catch a Knitting Lace Lover's eye so I won't be tempted to put them back in my stash! 
These too! 
They make it look so easy...those 26 Pretty Knits!

5/1/17

May Day Center Pieces At Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio


Welcoming May with Mother's Day Monthly Themed Center.
This display welcomes visitors as they enter the shop. 
It changes monthly to reflect a season/holiday/special event, etc. 
The Fiber Center is front and center in the shop and occupies the space visitors see first as they make their way into the shop.  The Fiber Center is the newest addition to the shop and features things from my Knitting and Crochet Collections/Stashes.  Having this Fiber Center offers shoppers a discount on books and magazines as well as a variety of yarn.  It gives me the opportunity to market items I enjoy making like stitch markers, jewelry, cards and knitting needle stem YoYo Flowers.  Most importantly, the Fiber Center will feature the Crocheted Shawls and Ponchos I have made and the 'Color Combo Kits' I have put together.  I'll post photos of the those later in May.
To the right of the Fiber Center is the Fabric Center...which is greatly condensed from when I first opened.  I am finding that in this shopping environment, the majority of quilters/sewers are more likely to pick up 'Bundled' and 'Short Yardage' fabrics.  Like 'Designer Packets', Fat Quarters, and Color Combo Quiltmaker bags.  Next on the tour is the Rag Rug and Basket Center...or at least the majority of the rugs.  Others are displayed in the Monthly Center.
Then of course there is the Quilt/Blanket/Bedding Center which occupies the third wall of the studio with one of the two windows that face the open area of The Chicken Farm Art Center.  Here also, are baskets of threads and other sewing notions.
Across from the Quilt/Bedding Center is the 'Kitchen Center' which is on the back side of the Fiber Center.  Aprons have been good sellers and the Microwave Bowl Warmers and Potholders are perhaps my best sellers.  I keep a stack of ready to stitch together warmers and potholders beside my sewing machine and sew on them just about everyday.  They are a great way to use up scraps and/or short yardage pieces. 
Lastly on the tour is the check out counter. 
 I am always happy to see you here on CollectInTexas Gal,
 and would be thrilled for you to come see my shop in person.
Happy May Day 2017!

4/27/17

Winner-Winner Chicken Dinner Bowl Warmers & Potholders

My use it or lose it philosophy is pretty much still at the top of my list as far as downsizing the fabric stash.  However, there 's a new twist...I'm not the Target User or Loser!!!  In fact, I'm the Winner, Winner Chicken Dinner with these Microwave Bowl Warmers and Potholders.  They are the best sellers at Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio at The Chicken Farm Art Center! 
I mean who doesn't love Cherries and Chocolate?
What's better than Chilies, Cowboys and Texas?
Not Much!!!

4/21/17

Sachets...A Vintage Aromatherapy

For most of April I have been making the most of what seems like another 'OverDoSue' collection of old lace, embroidered dresser scarves, bits and pieces of crochet and cutter quilt scraps.  I am motivated by having a place to display and market the things made from these handmade and once perhaps treasured needle works.

No question that the baskets, tubs and boxes are over done collections, but what fun rummaging through and deciding how this piece or that scrap will be remade and repurposed in to something entirely different from what it once was.  I hope the original needle worker approves...even when taking scissors to a piece that once took hours of patient stitching.

Making 'Sachets' has been a two times new item for me.  First, by stitching small embroidered pieces in to pouches with backings and or linings of organdy and adding lace, ribbon and buttons for trim and hangers.  Secondly, making the sachet filling from my own rose bushes and a pound of organic dried lavender.  Do you know how much lavender is in a pound...lots!  Have you ever dried huge rose petals...once dried they are one fourth their bloomed size.  It takes lots of rose petals to make a batch of aromatic rose and lavender filling, and a few drops of rose scented oil.

As much fun as they are to make, the Sachets are even more fun to display.  Finding creative ways to display them is a challenge.  Space is a big consideration and expense another.  These lace and organdy sachets make the most of the space this hand towel stand has to offer and as a $2.99 Goodwill find...well, it's affordable.  Don't you love the organdy yoyo's and rose buttons?  And Oh...they smell so wonderful.
You know...we all need a little 'Vintage Aromatherapy' once in awhile! 

4/7/17

Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio Shots


Contact Me for details on Quilts, Baskets, Jewelry and Fabric Bundles HERE.
Online Shopping Available!

3/28/17

P&P's From Texas Wildflower Fabric Stash

The wildflowers are blooming throughout Texas and in my Home Studio's Wildflower Fabric Stash!  This is a coveted stash!  Texas wildflower fabrics are hard to come by and when you find them...they are pricey...usually because they are top quality fabrics.  So, when I dig into my stash, I make the most of it...specific projects and use every little scrap.  Here's what's bloomin' in my Home Studio for Sue's Fiber& Fabric Studio.
 
Pillow Cases
Potholders
 
 
 

3/26/17

Too Busy Minding My Own Business...Sorry AtoZ!

I find myself yo-yoing around about AtoZ.  One spin of the yoyo...I'm IN!!!  Next fling, I'm walkin' the dog...if only I ever could get that yoyo skill...but no, I'm actually walking the dog and thinking..."I can't do AtoZ this April.  I'll be doing good to 'Mind My Own Business' much less AtoZ's Listless List!"  Soooo, as of right this very minute and every minute after...I'm OUT!
 
I'm Too Busy Minding MY OWN Business!
Minding My Own Easter Bunnies Business!

3/21/17

AtoZ 2017...Nothin' to Somethin'

Should I decide to participate in the AtoZ Challenge this year, I have the Letter A covered.  As far as the rest of the alphabet...IDK...I don't know...and that is my dilemma.  After five years of writing about my Ancestors (AtoZ My Family Tree), Quilting (AtoZ The Lone Star Quilting Bee), Old Photo Collection (AtoZ Fiction From Forgotten Fotos),  Myself (Growing Up In The 1950's-60's), and Everything Else (AtoZ Art To Zippers)....for the sixth year...I got nothin'!!!
Unless...'Flying by the Seat of My Pants'...counts!
 
OH!!! I think I have an idea for Letter B!
Minding My Own Business!
OH!!!...I think I've found a Theme!

3/17/17

Lost My Hippity Hoppity Mind

Is it true what they say about 'Bunnies'...they multiply faster than a speeding ticket?  I started over a month ago making bunnies for Family 2nd Saturday at The Chicken Farm Art Center.  At Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio the kids activity is going to be 'Stuff A Bunny'.  Kids will get a flat stitched bunny...like the one under the machine...with an opening for stuffing.  I'll stitch up the opening and they will bow their bunny and attach a hanger. 
 
Cute as they are and as much fun as they will be for the kids....I think I've lost my hippity hoppity mind!  I already have a basket full ready to stuff...thinking I was good to go!  Ah NO...I found out today that basketful will not make the hunt when the hoard of kids come hopping down the Bunny Trail to Sue's Bunny Stuffing.  Seems last Family 2nd Saturday...which I missed...was a huge success and everyone that came can hardly wait for Bunny Hop! 
Yikes...makin' more bunnies...I may jump down a rabbit hole!

Saint Patrick's Day...I'm Irish...Who Knew!

In years past...on Saint Patrick's Day...I wore green so as NOT to get pinched
...and because I like green.
This year, it's a different story!
My DNA says I am 29% Irish!
Alas! I can find NO typical Irish surnames in my Family Tree!
Hmmmm....A trip to Ireland...on my Bucket List!
Happy Saint Patrick's Day, Ya'll!!!

3/15/17

Pinned OnLine Quilt Story

Are you a quilter?  No, but my grandmother was. She had one of those frames that dropped from the ceiling. I remember playing under the quilt while she and friends would sit around the frame and stitch. 
 
My question of 'Are you a quilter?' to folks who visit my shop is often answered with the 'Grandmother's Quilt Frame' story.  Funny thing is...the stories almost always are shared by the men who patiently wait while their wives browse and shop.  I bet their grandmothers are smiling in heaven!  I know I smile when my grandchildren reminisce about times spent with me in my sewing room or talk about their favorite quilt. 
 
I've come to realize that every quilt has a story whether it was made yesterday or many yesterdays ago.  Stories of yesterday's quilts may not have a history story to tell yet, but still their maker made choices in fabrics, design, size and more often than not...a specific reason for creating a quilt.  Many yesterdays ago quilts easily have a story to tell without first hand knowledge, a label or a grandchild's memory.
 
Take for instance, the quilt pinned on line.  Forgive the pun that brings yesterdays old school Show and Tell in to todays technology.  I couldn't resist, and besides, I'm thinking the 'Old School Clothespin On Line' was the inspiration for the 'Online Pin'terst'...wish I had thought of it! 
 
This is the 'Lajitas Quilt Shop' where I purchased the quilt top 'Pinned OnLine'.  Although it was many yesterdays ago, I remember it well, and the story told by the quilt shop proprietor.

Lajitas, Texas, is an unlikely place for a quilt shop with it's desert location on the border of Texas and Mexico.  Just across the border on the other side of the Rio Grande lies a small village accessed only by crossing the river...usually in an aluminum boat rigorously paddled...depending on whether the Rio Grande is roaring or slow running.

I digress...the quilt top story...armed with donated treadle sewing machines, fabric, scissors and basic sewing supplies a group of Texas women crossed the Rio Grande to teach the village girls and women the art of quilting.  Yes, you got it...no electricity...therefore, the treadle machines.  The resulting quilt tops were a boon to the economy for the village and a binding tie..no quilt pun intended...between women of two close but separate countries.

'It Takes A Village'
Quilted and Pinned
by
CollectInTexas Gal

3/4/17

Second First Saturday for SFFS at The Chicken Farm Art Center

 Sue's Fiber&Fabric Studio is READY for it's Second First Saturday at The Chicken Farm Art Center!  Yesterday..Friday March 3rd...was 'Gettin' Er Ready' day, and believe me I was 'Shakin' My Shamrocks'...after all, I AM 29% Irish!  The other 71% Mutt was tail waggin' to keep up with all the 'GREEN Goin' On'.  How bout it...Lads and Lassie's...wanna a tour?

Well, come on in!!!!
The studio is a whopping 16x16 ft. space, and even though a Wee Bit small compared to my last shop, it sure beats my former space at The Chicken Farm....a 10x10 Pink Tent!  Just steps inside the door your first view is the center of the room cutting table with the 'Make An Apron' display.  On the left is the Clutter Counter...cause I'm a Clutter Bug and want You to buy my 'Clutter Stuff'.  Oh, and behind the counter you will want a closer look at my 'Funky Chicken Row by Row Quilt'.  I'll get that picture for you later.  Right now, please turn to your left and face the back wall....
Whoa!  It's my Irish Apronistas...Modella and Maneykin..'Wearin' O' the Green'!  Oops, looks like Maneykin's slip is showing.  To her right is the display of Rag Rugs, Baskets, Microwave Bowl Warmers and Thread Clutter...baskets full...need some thread!  Now, please step back to the cutting table and check out the Apron Fabric and the front window corner...
About the 'Make An Apron' display...I'm still pushing patterns and kitchen fabrics for folks to make their own...that POST...HERE.  Of course...if you want a custom made apron...I'm your Lassie!  And...you can choose other fabrics from  'The Fabric Wall'...there on your right!  Oh, and there's more fabrics here....
TaDa!!!  How about a closeup of some of my favorite fabrics...can't believe I'm parting with it!
 
Thank-you so much for coming through my door!

3/2/17

Texas Independence Day

Texas Independence Day!
On March 2, 1836, Texas declared it's independence from Mexico and became
The Republic of Texas.
Fifty-four delegates of the Convention of 1836 began meeting on March 1 at the village of Washington-on-the-Brazos, located today between present-day Houston and Austin. Each of the settlements of Texas were represented by delegates elected one month earlier. The convention elected Richard Ellis president of the convention, and Herbert S. Kimble secretary.  
 
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