Thursday, July 10, 2014

Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!!!!

It's that time again, all you quilt enthusiasts out there! Time to gear up and get ready for the 2014 Southeast Louisiana Shop Hop.

This year, we have 10 shops participating in the 2 weekend blow-out.


That means 10 chances to win the Shop Baskets valued at $250.00 each & 10 beautiful original quilts to view and choose from & make.

There will also be a GRAND PRIZE beautiful Baby Lock Sophia 2 sewing machine and 1st, 2nd & 3rd place prizes given away so that makes 14 prizes to shoot for in total.  But you have to have a passport to be entered to win.

While you are not required to have a passport to attend, by buying a PASSPORT at any one of the 10 shops for $5.00, you will also have a $5.00 off coupon at EACH shop for purchases of regularly priced items totaling over $25.00.  The coupons are only good during the Shop Hop.

At each store, fill out a chance to win that shop's basket and get your passport stamped. Do this at ALL participating shops and you will be entered to win this great sewing machine or one of the 3 big baskets. Whoo-Hoo!!!!

Each store will be selling a kit to make their particular block and each store will have their own unique finished quilt on display and kits for purchase to make that quilt. You can see photographs of the other quilts as well at the shops.

Now, OUR quilt has 12 squares so our finishing kit will include 2 bonus blocks and patterns along with the sashing and binding and instructions. We love our quilt..... it just sparkles!


We also have these beautiful enameled pins for sale. $5.00

So, mark your calendars; the dates for the Shop  Hop are:

Friday and Saturday, August 8 & 9
Thursday, Friday & Saturday, August 14, 15 & 16

We will all be open extended hours, 9:00 - 6:00 to help everyone make it from one end of our Great State to the other. .

To help facilitate this further, Pearl is organizing a bus once again to drive Hoppers to 3 shops and back to Bright Hopes, including a box lunch and snack for the return trip. 

Riders will be picked up here in Mandeville and transported first to The Borne Quilter in Lafayette, then over to The Quilt Cupboard in Morgan City and up to Cottage Creations in St. Gabriel. You should arrive back at Bright Hopes no later than 6:00 pm and probably a little earlier.

The bus is limited to 25 riders and the cost this year is $80.00.

Quilters who have traveled this way in the past few years have enjoyed the ease and fun of sitting back, arriving rested at each store and visiting with friends and showing off what they found

. Give us a call at 985-845-9554 to reserve your seat.


Thursday, July 3, 2014

Surprise Yourself Mystery

In anticipation of our 11th Anniversary this September, we are offering a free mystery to our customers. Here is a list of requirements for those who are interested.




Surprise Yourself Mystery



Before you begin: This is a mystery quilt which will measure 40” square as a wall-hanging or table topper IF it is assembled as we have done at the ‘reveal’.

 
 However, this also makes a terrific size to become the center of a medallion quilt. So, keeping this in mind, below you will find the fabric requirements to make this mystery with enough spare in case you make a cutting mistake. If you cut perfectly, you will have plenty of fabric left-over. If you want to make a larger quilt, you may want to buy extra fabrics.

 
Fabrics

Background  (BG) 1 1/8 yard total

Focus Fabric  (FF)  5/8’ If your fabric is meant for fussy-cutting, go with a full yard.

 

A -       1/4’ WOF                                                       F -       1/3’  WOF

B -       1/4’ WOF                                                       G -       1/8’  WOF

C -       1/8’ WOF                                                       H -      1/4’  WOF

D -       1/8’ WOF                                                       I   -       1/4  WOF      

E -       1/4’  WOF


Once again, the yardage I have written is a minimum cut. If you think you might consider making a larger quilt, you should buy more fabric to keep your options open.


Some suggestions for fabric selection:


Focus Fabric:  Choose this based on a pleasant mix of colors.  Anything monochromatic will not give you much contrast from which to pick the rest,  It should NOT be a large print because the pieces will be too broken-up in the blocks.   Now, using the FF as a guide, pull 6* distinct colors from this choice. These can be blenders or solids but should not be large print or blotchy.  From those 6 colors, choose one ‘color and find 4 hues of it: 1 light, 1 med, 1 med dark and 1 very dark of that color. These are now to be labeled, from light to dark, A, B, C, and D.


Now of the remaining 5 colors, choose 1 fabric of each. Label each of these E, F, G, H and I

Finally, choose a background that offers strong contrast to everything you have.


Although it is NOT required, you might like to buy the book that inspired this Mystery, Surprise Yourself.  It is written by two very creative and different quilting personalities, Charlotte Angotti and Debbie Caffrey and is filled with ideas and piecing instructions that offer a variety of methods to create each of the blocks you will be making in this multipart mystery.


* 6 colors!!!!! How busy does the focus fabric have to be!!?? Well, think Kaffe Fassett, or a floral, or oriental. Anything that has a rainbow of colors will be suitable but the design itself should not be a large print.








If you would like to participate, come to Bright Hopes on July 11 to pick up your first page of instructions.


Every two weeks thereafter, you may pick up the next page until you have received a total of 6.


At our Annivesary in September, we will do the Big Reveal! At that time you will receive our instructions to put your quilt together.





Thursday, June 26, 2014

July - August Calendar of Classes

It's that time again!

Here is the new roster of classes. We have lots of new projects to make the most of your summer in the cool of the air-conditioning.

Kathy Brown is hosting a one-day class on Saturday, July 12,  in making a cute wool-on-cotton wall hanging to decorate for Christmas, called Wee Woolies.

If you have been hoping to take a class on paper-piecing a Christmas tree, now is your chance and we have the fun Lil Bits patterns in 3 great sizes, one to fit whatever space you'd like to fill.

Don't forget to mark your calendar for our Annual Shop Hop extravaganza, this time covering two weekends to help with the distance between all of us participating shops. You can buy your passports starting next week! We also have the beautiful collector enamel pins.

You can reach us by phone at 985-845-9554!


We have been putting up photos of the 8 pages of our calendar to accommodate our customers who can't open pdf files on their devices but as you can see farther below, the images can appear slightly fuzzy. So, we have decided to also post the original method of viewing as well, in hopes that this will help everyone be able to read the schedule one way or the other. 





Thursday, June 5, 2014

Quilt Shop Fabric vs Chain Store Fabric

We have had customers ask us why chain stores are able to charge less for what appears to be the same fabric and we are posting this article from a long-time representative at Moda Fabrics to help clear the issue.


The Difference Between Chain Store Fabrics and Quilters’ Grade Fabrics




 by Jim Salinas
I’m often asked, “Is there really any difference between the printed cottons found in chain stores for $2.99 to $5.99 per yard and those found in quilt shops and the best mail order catalogs for $7.99 to $9.99?” You bet there is!


 Premium brands start with high quality greige (gray) goods. Premium greige goods have a thread count of at least 60 by 60 threads, and most have thread counts higher than “60 square.” Higher thread counts produce a silkier hand, less bearding when quilted, longer fabric life and better printing definition.



Most chain store cotton prints are made from less expensive greige goods that have 60 square construction or less. In chain stores, 60 square construction is considered to be the benchmark of high quality. In addition to thread count, fabric quality is also determined by the diameter of the yarns used, the size of the cotton filaments and the length of the cotton staple. Although premium raw materials are more expensive and add to the final price you pay, you get a far superior finished product.



Premium brands typically make use of a higher number of screens (the number of colors used in the print) and more complex and sophisticated engravings. High screen counts and complex engravings require using slower and more exacting flat bed presses than the high speed rotary presses used by domestic printers for most chain store fabrics.



Once the greige goods are printed, they have to be “finished.” The printed fabric is placed in a chemical bath that sets the dye into the cotton fibers. Unfinished or poorly-finished goods bleed badly and have a very coarse, “boardy” hand. Premium brands are finished using more time-consuming and expensive processes that create the silken hand of quilters’ grade fabric in addition to superior colorfastness.



It is, of course, an over-simplification to divide the cotton print industry into chain store brands and quilt shop/mail order catalog brands. Indeed, chain stores often carry a limited range of premium brands. But, generally speaking, chain store offerings are price driven. They cannot easily sell the higher priced fabrics to their clientele.


As a result, chain stores tend to carry the lower priced (and therefore lower quality) cotton fabrics.
Consider also the element of design. Premier designers tend to design for premium fabric companies. The technical aspects of the use of premium greige goods, printing many screens with fine definition, creating a silken hand through more sophisticated finishing processes – all these elements enhance a designer’s efforts. World-class design brings a unique dimension to premium quality fabric. It comes with a price, but it adds immeasurably to the special nature of quilters’ grade fabric.



There is one more point that should be addressed. That is the issue of service and expertise.  Most quilt shops and mail order quilting catalogs, the prime sources of premium fabrics, are well staffed with knowledgeable, friendly, quilting experts. Most shops provide classes and expertise unmatched by the chains. Quilt shops and mail order catalogs generally do not sell jobber goods. They offer only first quality, premium brands at fair prices. These firms deserve your support.



In conclusion, there is most definitely a difference in fabrics. You get what you pay for. Premium brands offer a vast quality advantage over cheaper alternatives for just a modest increase in cost, especially when you consider the effort, skill and love that will go into your use of the fabric.   -Jim Salinas






We at Bright Hopes Quilting appreciate our customers whose continued support help keep the doors open and our shelves stocked with the top-quality fabrics that make your work last a lifetime.



Monday, May 19, 2014

Saturday, May 31, 2014 Yardage Sale



We are nearing the day of our Yardage Sale which will be held on Saturday, May 31 from 10am - 12 noon.

What's this!?  What's this!?


 We hear all the time the quilter's lament of having fabrics that are no longer,...... oh what is the word....needed...... and yet, taking up valuable space in our inventories at home. No one wants to just toss it out but surely it can go to a very good use.

In the spirit of 'One man's trash is another man's treasure', we are offering to help you clear out the clutter by hosting a short day 'yardage sale' where all the fabric that has been donated will "sell" for $2.00 a yard and every dollar will go to a local charity and all the remaining fabrics will be given to the Hosanna Quilters to be used in donation quilts.

All of the "sale" fabrics are Cash Only and 
in dollar increments to keep it simple.

It really is a win-win-win for everyone who participates.
If you are one who 'gave it up', you have a clearer space to think and create. If you are someone who finds a fabric that is perfect for what you need, you can buy it at a terrific price. If you are a donation quilter with Hosanna, you have some good things coming your way. And, frankly, you can easily find yourself in multiple categories!


We have received quite a good selection of fabrics and have taken the time to measure and price each piece so it will be very easy to "shop" at the tables we will have set up for this. We are still accepting donations as well, so if you haven't had a chance to got through your stash and have a good clear-out, there is still time. 

Now, usually Bright Hopes Quilting is closed on the last Saturday of each month but we will be open inside on this special day so if you need a spool of thread or just want to browse around, our doors will be open .

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Schedule of Classes for May and June 2014

Alright Alright Alright!!!!

We have the new roster of classes for you to look over. We think you will find some fun new patterns and if you one of the ones wanting to learn hand quilting, here is the one you've been patiently waiting for.

The beautiful "When Bali Met Sochi" quilt is now on display and Mary G did a fabulous job. She will offering a 2-part class in piecing it in May and a Little Something jacket class in June.

Check it out and give us a call to reserved YOUR place! 
985-845-9554
















Monday, April 14, 2014

4th Saturday Whoo-HOO!

For some time now, Bright Hopes Quilting has been closed on the 4th Saturday of each month (and the odd 5th Saturday) but starting in the month of April, we have added the 4th Saturday of each month as OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!!!

As on the other Saturdays, our hours are 9:30 am  to 2:00 pm.

To really KICK THINGS OFF, the 4th Saturday this month we are hosting a day of Quilting for the Brave: a new drive to make 168 quilts by September (ish) and donate them to returning soldiers right here in Louisiana. Anyone reading this post is invited to participate in any manner they possibly can.

Our First Stay and Quilt day is Saturday, April 26. We will be working in two shifts (morning and afternoon) to accommodate people who cannot take all 5 hours to sew. You may bring your fabrics and sewing machine and do the piecing; you can bring a friend and share the fun of running to the ironing board; you can bring with you Red, White and Blue 'strings' and foundation and make a bunch of 12.5" string blocks..... however you would like to participate. You know, you can even donate 100% cotton fabric for guilds to make up the quilts.

So, what is this all about?...... members of the Louisiana National Guard are deployed in Afghanistan and will be returning this fall and our goal is to wrap every one of them in a quilt as they step back onto Louisiana soil. The 'rules' for the quilts are few.

1. The colors used should be Red White and Blue and Yellow if you wish as it signifies  Welcome Home and the fabric must be 100% cotton.
2. Each finished quilt should measure at least 60" x 72" inches. or larger.
3. If the fabrics you choose have a floral theme, please keep it subtle.
4. Please attach a label identifying who pieced and quilted it.
5. If possible, include a pillowcase to keep the quilt protected until it is given.

You can make any quilt design you would like. There are plenty of free patterns online and we have ideas at the shop and bundles of fabric and easy patterns if you would like to buy some. Nothing needs to be elaborate or difficult. These are 'labors' of love and should reflect a giving back to those who have given to our country.

If you have any questions, you can leave a comment of give us a call. Drop in and see how the stack begins to grow in a couple of weeks.