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September 20, 2021
How Have You Been? from Alamosa Quilter

 Well...I don't know about you, but I got completely overwhelmed with running a business in the age of COVID. I found that I had no time or energy for anything extra, such as this blog. I focused on my Facebook business page and my Instagram page and my shop newsletter and website. However, I have missed this format. 

And, I opened a "real" online shop and closed my Etsy shop. The shop name is Alamosa Quilt Company, the same name as my physical shop.

So I'll start with a recent "finish". It isn't quilted yet, but ...

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June 29, 2020
Adore Him Quilt from Alamosa Quilter

I ordered this panel and coordinating fabrics for my shop.

The fabric company had a quilt designed using these but I didn't really like their design. So I came up with my own design.

It finishes at 54" by 76" and we kitted it up. Kits are available in our Etsy Shop and in store. These kits are only available from my shop because I wrote the pattern.

I used a snowflake wide back for the backing, shown below.

If you purchase a kit and want this backing fabric to go with it you will need 1 3/4 ...

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June 8, 2020
Great Outdoors Quilt :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

Are you familiar with Connie Haley? Google her if you aren't to see all of her great designs. Now a fabric company has started working with her to get her designs on fabric. This quilt uses one of her lines, Great Outdoors, that I got in my shop this year. 

Here is the quilt.

The front has a newspaper print in it and I used a slightly different colorway of this print for the back.

Here are the fabrics from the line that I ordered. The first is a panel and second/third are the coordinates. All but the ...

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June 1, 2020
Woodland Animals Quilt :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

Did you know that I have opened an Etsy shop in addition to my brick and mortar shop? You can check it out by clicking this link, Alamosa Quilt Company on Etsy. If you do a search for my shop on Etsy, you need to search for AlamosaQuiltCompany with no spaces. This is the easiest way I could find to quickly get an online shop up and running for my physical shop. If you click the link you will notice that there aren't a lot of items up for sale yet in the Etsy shop. The problem with online ...

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May 26, 2020
Surgical Caps for Kids {Photo Heavy} from Alamosa Quilter

What you will need:

Fabric and the pattern, download it here, you will need to scroll down a bit. Below the header image is a link to download the pattern for the surgical cap. 5/8 yard of fabric will make four caps but you can also use scraps. The pieces don't have to all be from the same fabric.

Be sure your printer settings are correct: no scaling, print at 100%, uncheck the "fit to page" box if it is checked. If you have problems printing the pattern and want me to mail you a printed copy send ...

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April 27, 2020
Circle Play Pin Cushion from Alamosa Quilter

I know many of you have had lots of extra sewing time in the past few weeks. Unfortunately, that has happened for me. I have been able to carve out a little bit of sewing time, but I have spending most of my energies trying to figure out how to run a business that has been forced to close. That is a depressing topic so I won't say any more about it here.

I got my Circle Play Pin Cushion mostly finished.

I still need to actually sew this up into a pin cushion, but the hand work is ...

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March 28, 2020
Surgical Gown Project from Alamosa Quilter

This is a fairly long post. I am trying to be as clear as possible with photos of each step. The first one took me about 30 minutes to make, but now I am making one in about 20 minutes. You will be cutting out four at a time with these instructions.

What you will need:

Three 54" by 108" plastic table cloths from the dollar store will make FOUR gowns if you cut them out in the way I will describe. Other things you need are a dinner plate, scissors and/or a rotary cutter, a ruler, a cutting ...

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March 23, 2020
Sewing Machine Cover from Alamosa Quilter

This adorable panel that sews up into a sewing machine cover is a new arrival at my shop.

Not wanting to infringe upon anyone's copyright, I blacked out the instructions on the panel in the photo above. The black is only on the photo, not on the panels. Underneath the black scribble are the directions, which are very good.

Here is what it looks like sewn up and in use:

Completely adorable! The pieces were easy to line up so the pattern continues nicely all the way around. It only took about an hour and a half to make ...

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March 16, 2020
Mirror and Round & Round from Alamosa Quilter

I have finished up two more shop samples.

Both of these are from a series of patterns that use Five One Yard cuts per pattern. 

The first one is called Mirrored and it finishes at 63" by 66". Fabrics used are from the collection Playmaker by Victoria Findley Wolfe.

And this one is called Round and Round. Finished size is 59" by 71". Fabrics used are various batiks, not collection specific.

Both of these patterns are fairly simple. Actually, all of the patterns in this series are simple, well-written and fun to sew! I'm working on another one right ...

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March 9, 2020
Canyon Creek Quilt AND Pillow Talk from Alamosa Quilter

Another shop sample finished now that my long arm quilter is back from her break. This one is called Canyon Creek.

It features a new fabric line called Terrain from Windham fabrics. The pattern is fairly easy and is strip pieced. There are two different but very similar blocks. The hardest part is staying organized!

And we also got the new Pillow Talk book by Edyta Sitar.

I pulled some of our ombre fabrics and whipped up this pillow cover from the book.

The ombre fabrics made it really easy to get the subtle color changes instead of picking several ...

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March 2, 2020
Boxed Tapa Quilt from Alamosa Quilter

My long arm quilter is back from her holiday break. Yay!

This is a new kit we have available at my shop. The name of the pattern is Boxed Tapa and it is a batik quilt. The main fabric (the leaves) are a panel! Batik panels are rare because they are so time-consuming to print. Just like all batiks, they are all hand printed. These are some of the softest batiks I've ever handled too.

The quilt is 53" by 66" finished. Did you know I opened an Etsy shop for my "real" shop? Here is a link to ...

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February 24, 2020
Freelancer Quilts from Alamosa Quilter

I recently purchased Deb Tucker's new Wedge Star ruler.

The free pattern included with the ruler is called Freelancer. I have made two versions.

The top one is the second one I made. It uses 3" finished size blocks and finishes at 14". The bottom one uses 9" finished size blocks and finishes at 37".

The ruler is really nice and Deb just came out with two videos explaining how to use it along with tips and tricks. I made the first one just from reading the directions included with the ruler. Then the videos came out. So I ...

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February 17, 2020
Drawstring Gift Bag from Alamosa Quilter

The last Saturday in January I had an LQS Day event at the shop. We had a short bolt sale. Afterwards we had some bolts left over so we have been getting creative with ways to use them.

One of the left over sale bolts was this Merrily fabric. The animal is fat quarter size. So I designed this lined drawstring gift bag using the animals. Shown is the moose. The others are a polar bear, a deer and a penguin. We kitted up the animal with coordinating fabrics, twill tape for the drawstring and a pattern. I'm pretty ...

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February 10, 2020
Untitled :: A Finish from Alamosa Quilter

This one took far too long to finish, but I'm excited to finally have it finished!

Click here to read my last post about this project. I started this in 2012. I finished quilting it in 2017 and then it got lost in my sewing room. I recently spent 3 hours cleaning in my sewing room and found this under a pile of other stuff. So I picked a binding fabric from my stash and "got 'er done." This project was inspired by the backing fabric. I didn't take a photo of the back when I finished this ...

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February 3, 2020
Mountain Vista Quilt from Alamosa Quilter

This one is both personal and shop sewing. Bonus points for me!

These fabrics arrived in my shop recently and this is the pattern I purchased to go with them. We have kitted it up but also have the individual fabrics and panel for sale. Yes, the center is a panel!

The quilt will finish at 59" by 68.5" The binding fabric is the darker red used for the half-square triangles in the outer pieced border. This will look lovely hanging in my dining room once the shop is finished with the sample and it's quilted up.

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January 20, 2020
First Post in Far Too Long from Alamosa Quilter

I'm hoping to do better this year at posting here at least once a week. I'll be experimenting with post formats to see what will work best for me. So ... here goes!

What have I been working on?

I have a customer/friend who loves to make bags as much as I do. She received several bag patterns for Christmas and brought them in to show them to me. She wants me to teach her how to make all of the bags she received patterns for and asked me which one I wanted to make first. I chose ...

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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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