Wednesday, May 30, 2012

A Plan (Thankfully) Interrupted

So as you all know my hubby was away this past weekend and I planned on doing a whole bedroom makeover for him while he was away. I had my mind set to finish our quilt and give our bedroom a more "grown-up" look and then I got ambushed by cuteness! How could I say no?!

So needless to say my bedroom did not get the makeover it so desperately needs but I am so completely happy that I got ambushed by this cuteness. It was a mini wake up call to chill, throw my to do lists out the window, and enjoy the weekend with my beautiful munchkins <3

Our weekend was filled with FINGERPAINTS...




Kiddos with their Nana

 It was a terrific weekend for my family and I. A great reminder for me that sometimes I need to just throw out my to do lists/plans and just sit back and soak up the day and the freedom our military men and women protect and fight for us to have and enjoy. 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and continue to have a terrific week ahead :)
<3 Kris

Our winner for the FQ Bundle of Savannah Bop was Beth Miller! Congrats to Beth! 

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Memorial Day Savings

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Open up the pools, fire up the grills, and start your summer sewing projects this holiday weekend. Save 15% off your entire purchase at Fabric Nerds until 5/28 using coupon code SUMMER15 at checkout.

Also remember, when you make a purchase in the shop during this week your name will also get entered in to the drawing to win a FQ Bundle of Savannah Bop. Retails at $21!! DOUBLE BONUS!

Hope everyone has a sunshiny, family filled, stomach stuffed Memorial Day weekend! 

A huge thank you to all of our troops both past and present who sacrifice everything to let us keep our freedom.

God Bless America!

<3 Kristyn

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Go Big or Go Home

I have been working on my quilt for my bedroom makeover surprise I hope to complete this weekend while my husband is away visiting family. As I type that I hope he doesn't read this blog but I think I am safe because I would place my life savings that he doesn't even know what a blog is or reads anything I post on Facebook :).  I have completed a full row of 9 blocks only 81 more blocks to go..I can do this! I went off the pattern a little because I thought with all the different patterns in the fabric, the blocks would look cool pieced right together instead of having sashing in between them. Here is a quick sneak peek of what it looks like so far;

I have to give myself a pat on the back. I am quite pleased with how it is coming out for my first time attempting a BIG quilt. 

I have also been contemplating on what else to do in this bedroom makeover and think I have picked out the colors I want to do. With the quilt being so colorful and bold I want the wall colors subdued, so I think I am going to do khaki color walls with a accent wall behind our bed in chocolate brown. I also did some poking around in our garage attic and I found an old wooden shutter that I think I am going to paint a deep purple,  dark red, aqua , (ugh not quite sure yet) and upholster part of it with some extra fabric I have. 

I was also thinking of putting some canvases of us throughout the years above our bed. Having canvases made is not in my budget though so I found some awesome tutorials on Pinterest on how to make my own. Of course I can't do something simple :) so I have started playing around in my photo program with a vintage photo effect to them. here is a sneak peak, what do you think?

Well that is it for now. Let me know what you all think of my ideas or any suggestions on this makeover. Right now I better get back to some sewing while my youngest is actually napping, which is a rarity nowadays.

<3 Kristyn
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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Diary of a Quilt Market Newbie

Thursday: May 17th:

Kansas City, MO

The only word to describe today's experience is just... WoW! Market doesn't officially begin until tomorrow but there were classes, lectures, and of course SAMPLE SPREE!!! Sample spree didn't start until 8pm but from talking to other shop owners on line, people began lining up at 1pm, just insanity. We got in line at 6:30 and this is what the line looked like...

See those 3 black lines going up in the back of the picture? Those are the escalators that brought us up to the sample spree. By the time 8pm hit, the line behind us was at least triple in length! Women were running up the moving escalators it was pure craziness, one of the escalators even broke down before we made it up to them :) I did not have any manufacturer/designer in particular that I was looking to get some samples from so I just walked around looking for things that caught my eye. 
The whole experience when we finally got up there, reminded me of one of those wedding dress sales where brides are shoving each other out of the way and grabbing things out of each other hands. I guess I didn't expect to need my claws out in the fabric/quilting world, boy was I wrong. I actually had a lady grab a fat quarter bundle I had from Moda out of my hands and say she saw it first. My mom always taught me to choose my battles and that was not a battle I had the strength to or was willing to fight :) I scored some great fabric bundles from Robert Kaufman and Andover and the whole event to me was quite comical...I left quite happy and entertained. 
Keep reading to see how you can win these great fabric bundles I scored! :)

Friday, May 18th
 Started off the day bright an early at a lecture by Laurie Hirsh called Every Penny Counts. Learned quite a bit on how to grow my business and gave me food for thought on how I want Fabric Nerds to grow.  The lecture ended at 9am and Quilt Market officially began at 9:30am so I waited around for awhile and talked to a few really nice shop owners. Looking around in the massive group waiting, I was definitely by far one of the youngest shop owners which in return made me have to beef up my game to be taken seriously :) I stopped at the Andover booths to look at opening an account with them and met Dennis who was the nicest guy and hilarious! I ended up purchasing Frippery by Thomas Knauer and it will be arriving in September.

Saturday, May 19th
Today also started off with a lecture, while I gained a lot of knowledge for when the shop has been open 5+ years, unfortunately I didn't take much for how to improve and grow my shop in the present. I did leave though with great future advice. After the lecture I decided to head back to the hotel for some breakfast and chill out and read my Kindle a bit before heading back to the Market. After I dragged myself away from an awesome book I was reading, I headed back to market and stopped by the Jennifer Jangles booth. I talked to the designer Jennifer Heynen (super sweet) a bit and set up an order to start supplying her handmade ceramic buttons in the shop...

She also has a line of fabric I love called Extraordinary World with In the Beginning Fabrics, that is coming out in the Fall which I am thinking of having in the shop also. 
After placing my order with Jennifer, I walked around a bit taking a few photos of some awesome booths. Here is one by Art Gallery for their Summer Love line. So cute!

 I ended my time in Kansas City with a movie, drink, and great food.  Highly recommend What to Expect when you are Expecting, very funny!


First up for in the giveaway is the Savannah Bop Bundle by Thomas Knauer for Andover Fabrics. 

The bundle consists of 8 FQs and retails for $21.00!!! How can you win this adorable bundle you ask? Easy...enter by making a purchase at Fabric Nerds (no minimum purchase required) between Mon. May 21st and Mon. May 28th and your name will automatically be added into the giveaway drawing. Winner will be chosen by random using Good Luck to everyone! ♥

<3 Kristyn

Friday, May 4, 2012

Quilt Along with Me...

My semester has finally come to the end and now I have 4 months of no late night studying, reading, or paper writing. To be honest for the last few days it has kind of been odd. I don't know what to do with myself. I have a few things on my bucket list for the summer one is to do some reading but for pleasure not school. I have been reading Fifty Shades of Grey, I am on the 2nd book and they just keep getting better! Highly recommend quick reads.
 Another thing on my bucket list is to make a couple of quilts, one for my daughter's bed and one for my bed. I have never made quilts of these sizes, in these patterns, or have attempted to machine quilt before, but I am getting excited to start. My husband is going away Memorial day weekend to visit family and I want to surprise him with a bedroom makeover. We have redone our living room, our son's room, and our daughter's room together and I think its about time we have a nice bedroom too :) So I have stepped up to the challenge. Right now it has barely anything on the walls, is in a boring pale yellow, cream curtains, and a on sale target comforter, not very romantic or relaxing. I will definitely be writing some blog entries with pics of before, after, and the progress once that weekend comes but the first step is to get this quilt started and hopefully finished by then.

I thought it might be fun to have a few of us to do a quilt a long together. Post our blocks and progress and give us some motivation to keep on going since we are "working together".  Any newbie quilters, or any level quilter want to join me in this adventure? While I am not a newbie to the fabric world or sewing, I am a newbie in the quilt world so do not feel that it might be too big of a challenge for you, we will make mistakes together ;)

This is the beautiful quilt that I decided to make for our bed. It's by Art Gallery Fabrics.  

If you click on the link above it will take you to the quilt and the free PDF file. It's final dimensions I believe are 52" x 52", so I will be increasing the size for my quilt since our bed is a queen size, but I think this pattern will look absolutely gorgeous. 

These are the fabrics that I chose for my quilt. They are also by Art Gallery, their Bazaar Style Collection. 

Now as you can see, I don't have as many different types of fabrics they list but I have tons of yardage of 9 different fabrics. I think that is the best part of this quilt you can use as many or as little fabric designs that you want to use, purely personal preference. 

So I hope you all are up to the challenge of completing this quilt with me, I love seeing all the different fabrics and patterns people choose, gives me inspiration. If you want you can email me you pics of your fabric and progress at and I will post all of our weekly updates. So excited!!

My goals for the night: Ironing and beginning to cut my squares out :) listening to Pandora: Gretchen Wilson Radio (for all you country fans, awesome station!)

<3 Kris
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