June seems to be surrounded with a lot of activities for Sew Steamboat! Cho and Cindy attended the first Maker's Faire that was held at the local high school. Kids of all ages showed up to learn, be creative, and make things. At our table, we brought forks and yarn to make pom poms, as well as crochet hooks to make friendship bracelets. A good time was had by all!
Lynn and Blair went on an adventure to Salt Lake City to attend the 2016 Quilt Market - see below for details. Carol has already spoken up to attend next year.
LA is leading the charge for Steamboat Springs to be designated as a Creative Arts District. Representatives will be visiting our store on June 1st to see how we are structured as a business, and how we actively influence the creativity of Steamboat Springs. We decided to "yarn bomb" the tree outside of the store with all sorts and sizes of pom poms in honor of the occasion.
Cindy will be attending The National Needlearts Association (TNNA) trade show in D.C. June 9th-13th. Very similar to Lynn and Blair's adventure to Salt Lake. Stayed tuned for all the fun things she can find for the store! We are always on the lookout for new and unique products.
If you haven't heard of Row by Row, then you are missing out! Row by Row is a program where quilting stores design and create a 9" x 36" quilting "row" for a quilt that will contain 8 of these rows eventually. Patterns are given out free; kits and fabric license plates are for sale. Quilters (and those who know quilters!) go from store to store, in ALL states throughout the summer, collecting these patterns to make a Row by Row quilt. Sew Steamboat will participate this year for the first time. The theme is "Home Sweet Home" and Lynn designed our row. It's awfully cute - wildlife call Steamboat Springs "Home Sweet Home!" We can start handing out patterns and selling kits June 21st. With as many requests as we had last year, you might want to come see us early in the program in order to get a kit and/or license plate. We understand they go quickly!
Finally, our 2nd annual pin cushion contest is coming up in July. We wanted to give you a head's up so that you can start spending even MORE time on Pinterest getting inspired and looking for cute and unique pin cushion designs. Entries must be handmade, and can be any medium. We will accept entries July 1st - 29th. Winner(s) announced July 31st with great prizes. Start creating!
The Sew Steamboat Team,
Lynn, Donna, Nancy, LA, Cindy, Kathleen, Blair, Cho, and Carol
Quilt Market 2016
Recently, Blair and I ventured out of the "Boat" on a road trip to Salt
Lake City for the Spring International Quilt Market. This was a first for both
of us. It's an event we just had to check out even though we didn't have a clue
what it was all about. Quilt Market takes place twice a year with the fall
market always in Houston followed by a huge Quilt Festival open to the public
and the spring market in various cities all over the country. Market provides a
venue for hundreds of vendors, both big and small, to present their wares to
Classes for quilt shop owners and their employees and a "Schoolhouse"
of mini technique and project ideas are available before and during the
market. Blair and I decided to forgo the classes and the wild and crazy shopping
"Sample Spree" that took place the night before we arrived. We spent our time
walking up and down aisle after aisle of beautiful fabrics, threads and
patterns. All of the booths were beautiful but some were fabulous and surrounded
us with such interesting combinations of color and texture. Inspiration was
We had decided to spend most of our time looking at wool vendors
since we want to be able to continue our fabulous supply for rug hooking and
applique, as well as visiting the vendors we already use and maybe find one new
fabric company. But since everything was so appealing, it was hard to stay
focused. We found ourselves drawn to the single owner/designer booths. We bought
some cute baby quilt patterns from a designer who had been in our shop. I found
zippers from a woman in Fort Collins. A silk dyer enticed us with her
beautifully hand dyed silk roving, thread and ribbons, and we talked with
several people about possible classes and trunk shows. I did manage to order
some Minky and Australian Cottons for the shop, but mostly we just took it it
all in. Our "dogs" were howling and tired by the end of the weekend but, we
were happy we went and are full of ideas.
I love small projects. Socks, ornaments, lap quilts, embroidery, baby knits...I
could go on and on. This time I've made the Baby Wrap-Cardigan and after
knitting it with the Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino Tonals (yeah, cashmere, baby!)
I know I will be making it, again! This yarn is soft to the touch and makes an
elegant baby knit, while still being machine washable (55% wool, 33%
microfiber and 12% cashmere). I chose to knit it in gray and white, and for the
ribbed edging I used Plymouth DK Superwash Merino - and added yellow bunny
buttons (yellow and gray are in for babies) but the yarn comes in a
soft rainbow of gentle colors, that are mottled tone on tone. With hues such as
Blackcurrant, Peppermint and Lime they evoke thoughts of sherbet, just in time
for summer knitting. The look is luxurious but the price is not. You can knit
up an heirloom, at an affordable price.