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Adventures in Quilting

Today we are thrilled to announce that our patterns are now for sale in our absolute favorite quilt and fabric shop in Richmond – Quilting Adventures! We’re feeling pretty bad for Santa right now, because there’s no way the poor man can compete with a gift like this.

Quilting Adventures Logo

And the cherry on top? Quilting Adventure’s buyer and sewer extraordinaire Phoebe Guider sewed one of our bags and featured it on their blog today!!! We’re not sure either one of us will ever get over the indescribable joy of seeing one of our bags out there in the world. I know, Santa, we’re not making it easy on you here.

Okay, enough about poor Santa… check out Phoebe’s amazing Tuxedo Wristlet!! The prints work so well together, and the polka dot fabric showcases the pleat panel perfectly.

Phoebe's Tuxedo Trio2

Phoebe's Tuxedo Trio Hidden Front Pocket

Phoebe's Tuxedo Trio Inside

If you want to read more about her gorgeous Tuxedo Wristlet, check out her blog post. And we might have to steal her styling ideas… how perfect is this picture?!?

Phoebe's Tuxedo Trio

So the amazing folks at Quilting Adventures recently moved their store to a beautiful new location on the super fun Lakeside Avenue shopping corridor in the Northside of Richmond. When we first met actually, we used to spend Saturdays driving around town going to consignment shops and thrift stores filling our cars with furniture and the Lakeside Avenue shops never disappointed. Sadly, our houses no longer have room for thrifted scores so we haven’t been to Lakeside in quite some time. So we’re very excited to have an excuse to shop there again… and we all know there is NO such thing as a home without room for more fabric.

[all images taken from www.quilting adventures.com]

Quilting Adventures Outside 

Here are some shots of the inside of the store. We can never leave without buying something wonderful – they have the greatest selection of quilting fabric, especially if you like more modern prints like we do. They also sell all kinds of quilting and sewing supplies.

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Quilting Adventures Inside

Quilting Adventures Inside2

They also support all kinds of fabric arts. Check out this swoon-worthy wall of floss!! Neither of us do embroidery, but this wall might just make us start.

Quilting Adventures Floss

And of course they have a fabulous selection of patterns to make quilts, bags, home décor items, gifts, children’s toys, etc. And since they’re currently the only place in Richmond where you can buy our patterns, they obviously have the best selection in town. Right now, you can buy a copy of our Tuxedo Trio, Zippers Galore or Starburst pattern there.

Patterns at QA

So the next time you’re in Richmond, be sure to check them out at 6943 Lakeside Avenue. Or you can shop from anywhere at www.quiltingadventures.com.

We’re still tweaking our next free pattern and it should be ready for release really soon. Instead of keeping you all in continued suspense though, we’ve decided you’ve earned a sneak peak – enjoy!!

Winezie Sneak Peek

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Thomas Crown

The time has come my little friends… time to release the last pattern for our Fall collection! We’d be super sad except for the fact that we’re crazy about this bag. The last of our vintage inspired bags comes straight out of the 1960s. And apparently when we think 1960s, we think bowler bags. And when we think of bowler bags, we think of bowler hats. And when we think of bowler hats, we think about Thomas Crown. Did you follow all of that? We hope so!

Thomas Crown promo

And why, yes… we also think it would be fun to make another nod to 1960s culture and talk like Austin Powers for the rest of this blog post. Because we’re groovy, baby. And you know you love it, baby. And because this bag is beyond, baby. Okay, that’s probably enough. Probably. You’ve been warned.

Thomas Crown is shaped like a usual bowler bag – beautifully curved lines and substantial rounded handles. You can add optional cording inside the handles for even more weight, if you’d like, baby.

Thomas Crown

Thomas Crown Handles

Ours also feature fun gusseted sides that add a pop of color. Surprising, baby.

Thomas Crown Side View 

Thomas Crown Gussets

Finally, the outer bag also features a hidden pocket, perfect for your keys or phone. And it fits the new (smaller) iPhone 6, baby.

Thomas Crown Hidden Pocket

The lining is divided into two halves with a super cool and functional center zipper pocket. There is also another zipper pocket on one side of the lining and a customizable divided pocket on the other side. Storage galore, baby.

Thomas Crown Lining

Thomas Crown Lining Pockets Open

For the above bag, we used another Timeless Treasures Mosaic fabric but this time in beautiful purples and blues (C-8616) and paired it with the fun Landing Net Royal of By the Sea by Dover Hill for Benartex.

Thomas Crown also looks very dapper in beautiful bold solids. Totally mod, baby.

Thomas Crown Solid

Thomas Crown Solid Hidden Pocket

Thomas Crown Solid Lining

The PDF pattern has 15 pages, over 90 (!!) color photos and 4 pattern pieces. You can buy it via instant download in our Etsy or Craftsy shops for only $9. The finished size is about 10” x 16” x 5”.

Since we’re done releasing all of the patterns from our Fall collection, that can only mean one thing. It’s almost time for our next free pattern!! Our first free pattern, Wine Totes, was a huge success – over 2,000 downloads on Craftsy! – and we think our next pattern could be just as big. It’s another wine related item and should be perfect to make as a holiday gift. Some come back next month and check it out!

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Giveaway Day!

It’s here! The Wives of Whitewood giveaway day for Purse Palooza 2014!!!! We’re so honored, and it’s so surreal to see our bags on Sara’s amazing blog today!

Purse Palooza Giveaway

We’re giving away copies of 4 of our patterns – Witchy Woman, Classic Convertible, Tuxedo Trio and Speakeasy. You can enter to win on her blog Sew Sweetness, and the giveaway is open until midnight on Friday, October 17. Good luck!

A HUGE thanks, again, to Sara for including us this year!

(And yes, we will be giving the exclamation key a vacation after the workout it just got…)