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August 12, 2019
Bohemian Bird Pattern from Alamosa Quilter

I made my first Bohemian Bird several years ago. Long before owning a quilt shop was even on my radar.

When I opened my shop I needed things to display and on a whim hung up my little Bohemian Birds. I only had two at the time. When I started carrying Sue Spargo merchandise I made a third. Then the requests for the pattern began.

I started working on a pattern a few months ago. I realized that in order to write a good pattern I needed to make another one. Here she is:


I have named them all thus ...

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April 26, 2019
All Aboard :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

This one was another shop sample that we are done with.


This one is pretty big finishing at 78" by 85". Check out the back.


This one is now in the "Ready Made" section of my shop. Occasionally we have folks come in and ask if we have any finished items for sale so I started selling finished samples that we are no longer using. Admittedly, we don't sell a lot of finished items throughout the year, but October, November and December we sell quite a few.


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March 29, 2019
Batik Urban Birthday :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

I'm still in the midst of my binding marathon! I'm very glad to be finished with the second and last of the batik quilts as hand sewing with batik fabric is not my favorite.


The top was completed back in May 2015. Click here for that blog post. I really like this pattern and have made two versions of it. This batik one and one using a French General layer cake. This pattern is a great one for a beginner to curved piecing so I'll be teaching it soon again, but this time at my shop.




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March 20, 2019
Modern Gratitude :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

The top was completed back in January 2017. It was a one of the scrap group projects at my shop that year. Click here to read that post.


I really like this one and I'm glad that it is finally finished so I can enjoy it. Once I started pulling out completed tops to take to the quilter I began finding them every where! I had lots more completed tops than I realized. I've emptied one storage area of completed tops but they keep turning up! Now instead of just putting them back I'm pulling backing fabric ...

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December 14, 2018
All That Glitters :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

I've got another finish thanks to a local longarm quilter.


This one is called All That Glitters. I finished the top back in the summer of 2016. Below is a close-up of the quilting design she used.


It turned out so nice! The finished size is about 63" by 76". Click here to see what it looked like before quilting and for the pattern information.


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November 30, 2018
Summer Bouquet :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

I finally got this one finished! The top was completed in September 2017. Click here to read that post and see the unquilted top.

Here it is all finished.


If you clicked to read my previous post you may notice that I didn't use a "scrappy binding made from the fat quarters used in piecing the top." Full disclosure: I can't find the pieces I cut for the binding! I knew exactly where they were before I moved the shop, but now, I have no idea. Oh well! I have an entire store full of fabric so I ...

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November 9, 2018
Goose on the Loose :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

Do you remember the Goose on the Loose quilt along I hosted here back in 2016? Click here to go to the page for the quilt along. The block patterns are still available.

I finally got my quilt finished!



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November 6, 2018
New Pillowcases from Alamosa Quilter

I decided not to go to Fall Quilt Market this year. Moving the shop really took it out of me! Instead of traveling to Market I took a few days off last week/weekend to get some things done at home (pattern writing, business planning and a little "me" sewing time).

I took the opportunity to make myself some new pillowcases.


These fabrics are new in my shop and I couldn't resist buying some for myself. They look great on my bed!


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November 2, 2018
Fly Away (version 1) :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

Last week I shared my finished version 2 of this pattern. Version 1 is now finished too!


And here is a shot that shows the backing fabric I chose for this one.


With these two finishes that clears out one of the two tubs of unfinished tops I had before I opened my shop in 2016. Unfortunately I now have more unfinished tops than before I opened up the shop because of the many shop samples, but I didn't make all of them so I'm not counting them as part of my personal UFO stash. ;)


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August 28, 2018
Pinwheels & Sixteen Patches :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

I'm in a "finish it up" mood. I don't have enough time to get everything quilted myself so I'm using my local long arm quilters to help me out. 


Here is a detail shot that shows the quilting better.


This one turned out much larger than I originally planned. Once I got the center together I decided it really needed a border. It finished at 80" by 96". I put it on our queen size guest bed and it fits very nicely.


Originally this was going to be a charity quilt, but now it is too big ...

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July 31, 2018
Quilting with Templates from Alamosa Quilter

July seems to have flown by. I took some time off from the shop for a family vacation. We had a very large wildfire 30 miles away from us that closed major highways. As it happened, we were driving by just a few hours after it started and I took this photo from the car.


It eventually grew to over 108,000 acres in size, destroyed more than 200 homes and became the third largest wildfire in Colorado history. The fire was the main topic of conversation around here for most of July. It caused the closure of our main ...

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June 4, 2018
Row by Row 2018 from Alamosa Quilter

'Tis the season where all of the shops who are participating in Row by Row are showing off their rows. Here is the row for my shop. It can be put together in two ways:

18" by 18" square with borders it finishes at 25" by 25"

Main design traced and colored only

or the traditional 9" by 36" 

Main design traced, colored and embroidered

The trees are paper pieced while the main design is embroidered or simply traced and colored. 

The patterns and kits will be available on June 21, 2018. As the Row by Row rules state, you ...

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May 29, 2018
Embroidered Pillow from Alamosa Quilter

This was a fun, quick project to show off some of the linen fabrics and a book I carry in my shop along with one of my favorite techniques - embroidery.


The pattern is from the book Modern Folk Embroidery by Nancy Nicholson.


To make my version I copied the design onto Transfer-Ez and stuck it to the front of my linen. I did the embroidery right through the Transfer-Ez and linen, then soaked the square in water to dissolve the Transfer-Ez. I must say that I absolutely love Transfer-Ez! I've used it a couple times now and it works ...

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May 22, 2018
Curvy Log Cabin from Alamosa Quilter

I've been playing with my new Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool ruler and came up with this fun quilt.


I'll be teaching this as a class at my shop. It measures 48" by 64" without borders. I haven't decided if I'm going to border it or not yet.

To make one you need one jelly roll, 2 1/2 yards of background fabric and the 8" Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool from Creative Grids. I opted for a single background fabric but you can also just use scraps. 

This is a really fun block with so ...

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April 30, 2018
Daphne Bag from Alamosa Quilter

I tried a new-to-me bag pattern. It's called the Daphne Handbag by Sallie Tomato.


It has two interior pockets, a zipper pocket and a slip pocket.


The bottom has a rectangle of Peltex between the layers for added stability as well as metal feet.


The hardware kit came with a metal zipper tab although the pattern also includes instructions for how to make and attach a fabric zipper tab if you prefer. I couldn't resist trying out the metal one.


I also splurged and purchased separately these metal fabric covered strap connectors to try them out too.


I ...

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April 16, 2018
Fun Way to Use a Panel :: A Tutorial from Alamosa Quilter

I had an idea recently for a fun way to use a panel. With the help of one of my talented employees, Peg, I was able to get two samples made.

For the first one we used the entire panel. It's a bit long, but for taller folks or certain projects where you need more coverage, it works well. It is unlined. In addition to the panel, you'll need 1/4 yard of fabric for the ties (1/3 yard if you want to make your ties longer).


For the second one we shortened the panel. It is ...

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April 2, 2018
For A Friend, Part 2 :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

You can read my previous post about this project by clicking here.

It has taken me a long time to decide how to quilt this. In the end I decided to do some simple stitch in the ditch and a simple border design.


The old fabric I showed you in this post is the fabric I used for the binding. It is the right shade of olive green even if it is a bit darker than the olive green used in the other fabrics. 

My friend is out of town for a few more weeks so I can't give ...

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March 26, 2018
Petite Stitched Purse from Alamosa Quilter

I'm a bag pattern collector! I have every intention of making every bag pattern I buy, but it doesn't always work out that way. Now that I own a fabric store it's even worse. I see a cute pattern and buy one "to try out for the shop." I have quite a collection going now.

Recently I decided that I really need to make a commitment to make up some of these patterns. I'll file the ones I don't like and order more for the shop of the ones I do like.

I picked the ...

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March 15, 2018
Festival of Stars :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

This was a block of month my shop did last year. I have a few kits left so I decided to finish the top before hanging it back up in the shop in hopes that the rest of the kits will sell.


I really enjoyed making this one. It finishes at 78" by 83.5". The quilting was not done by me. In my area there are several long arm quilters and we hand out business cards for three of them in my shop when folks ask. I had never had anything quilted by this lady so I wanted to ...

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March 12, 2018
Project Bag and Fabric Buying from Alamosa Quilter

When I was at Fall Market I purchased a few bag patterns to test to see if I want to carry them in my shop. One of them was the Project Bag by Annie Unrein.


I've already ordered patterns for the shop as I love this one! It is easy to make and the pattern makes four sizes of bag - small, medium, large, and extra large. I chose to start with the medium size which finishes at 10" by 12". The large finishes at 13" by 13". The extra large finishes at 16" by 16 which would be a ...

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