Tag Archives: quilting

    • Summer Fun! with Row by Row Experience

      Do you know about Row by Row Experience? We are thrilled to be participating in the largest shop hop in the world! That's right, you can visit over 2500 quilt shops all over the world and pick up a free row pattern just for stopping in. Click here to see the map of them all!

      This year, we are participating with 7 other shops that are in the greater Raleigh area by offering you this beautiful coordinated quilt!

      All of the shops have kits available with pre-cut and fused laser pieces so assembly is quick and easy.

      Our row is the one with "fins to the left" and "fins to the right" and as a scuba diver, I just love our row. It makes me want to jump into the ocean! If you can't make it to Raleigh and want to pre-order our kit, please click here. Kits will be available for shipping beginning November 1st, 2018.

      We have also created a bench pillow from our row kit in case you don't have time to make the entire quilt, but want to celebrate summer with a fun pillow.

      We have finishing kits available in the shop and used "A Kimberbell Summer, Vol 1" to embellish our pillow using free-standing appliques.

      We also have a fun photo booth in the store for you to enjoy and enter to win gift certificates all summer long. Stop by, take your picture in the photo booth and use the hashtag #wishfins to be entered to win.

      We look forward to your visits to the store this summer and appreciate your support of our independent business.

    • What's big in your quilting area?

      I find it fascinating how different regions can develop interests at the same time. Influences can come from many directions. I find my project choices are influenced by what my local shops are offering, what I see at local quilt shows (like the Mid- Atlantic Festival), what I see in magazines and catalogs, and what my quilty friends are doing. My local quilt shop in Virginia carried Australian Patchwork magazine and Australian Smocking and Embroidery magazine. So I also found myself influenced by projects created contents away and ordering patterns and materials from overseas at $11 US dollars or more for shipping! Continue reading

    • Picnic Parade by Jenean Morrison

      Oooohh...our Quilt Market purchases are starting to arrive. Picnic Parade by Jenean Morrison is a new group from Free Spirit. These summer colors make me happy! Take a look at Jenean's blog for some great ideas for children's clothing using this collection. I also like these fun purses.

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    • May Blowout Sale

      In order to make room for all of the fabulous fabric that I just ordered at Spring Quilt Market, we are having an online BLOWOUT sale at Wish Upon A quilt! Now through May 22, take 10% off any order with the coupon code MAYSALE. Here is a sneak peek of some of the new fabric that was ordered at market...this one is Whimsy by Pillow and Maxfield for Michael Miller, what do you think of it? Continue reading

    • Out of the Closet

      Do you have old quilts or quilt blocks stored away in a closet somewhere? One of my favorite quilts is this one made from blocks that my Great-Grandmother made but never finished. These beautiful blocks stayed in a closet for about 60 years! My Mom found someone willing to finish the quilt (by hand!) and this quilt now has a home in my mother's guest room. I sleep under it every time I visit and I feel very connected to my grandparents under that quilt. Continue reading

    • It's a Mystery

      Fabric Choices-high contrast works best


      Have you ever made a mystery quilt? If not, they are fun! I made my first Mystery Quilt several years ago when a local shop was running a mystery quilt project. It was perfect for me as a new quilter. I did not really know what I wanted to make and I was a little bit uncomfortable in the quilt shop with so many fabric choices! The mystery quilt required just three fabrics so I did not have to make many overwhelming decisions. Perfect! The shop also posted what the quilt looked like, so I could make sure that my pieces were accurate as I went along. In the end, I had a gorgeous quilt that would have looked too intimidating to me to try if I had seen what it would look like in the beginning. Now that I have a quilt shop, I wanted to pass on this experience to others, so if you have not picked up your FREE pattern at the shop, please join us by picking up your pattern next time you are in the shop. I would like to thank Nancy, our Mystery Quilter for making the sample that is in the shop and providing these great pictures of her "in progress" Mystery Quilt. Let us know what you think!

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    • Sew Sweet Shoppe Scrap Menu

      I'm very excited about the new Sew Sweet Shoppe Scrap program that Cathy has published. This is a brand new scrap program that was introduced at the fall Quilt Market. I love scrap quilts. Scrap quilts just sort of found me. I couldn't afford to buy all the fabric I wanted but I was usually happy with just a fat quarter of it, especially if I didn't have a specific project in mind for it. So a typical scenario at the quilt shop would be I went to buy fabric for a specific project and I'd fall in love with a new fabric that didn't fit that project at all. So I'd grab a fat quarter and sneak it home. It was the fat quarters sitting off to the side that would inspire the next projects. (And encourage me to finish the one that was in progress.) The thing was that when I started planning the next project I'd realize that a fat quarter wouldn't do. I needed more. Sound familiar? I became a fan of scrap quilts because they allowed me to use the fabrics I loved with out the agony or worry over how much to get. I don't have to worry if I'll have enough for a project because I can just use it as an excuse to go get more lovely fabric. And there are so many lovely fabrics calling to me - scrap quilts are definitely the solution.

      But it's not just the need to use up fat quarter and half yard cuts that make scrap quilts appealing. I often get to reuse fabrics left over from other projects like my brother's wedding quilt, a friends baby quilt, a baby quilt for my own children, a purse, or tote project. Those scraps have sweet memories and are still a joy to handle and use. Scrap quilts can also be a journal of sorts of all the quilts I've made and given away.

      Scrap quilts often have a deep richness of pattern and design because it's the piecers use of value and color that is noticed not the fabric designers art. All of those pretty pieces of fabric come together to make a beautiful new whole. Whenever I find myself thinking a piece of fabric is too pretty to cut I just remind myself the joy it will bring me when I find it again in my scrap bin.

      I also have a sweet tooth and love bakeries and baking. The sweet shop theme of the program just tickles me pink. (Which happens to be the colorway of the first quilt.) The first session of the Sew Sweet Shoppe is Thursday, Feb 12 at 6pm. The second session will be Saturday, Feb. 14 at 8:30am. Both sessions will be the same. There will be a $15 charge to reserve a slot, and you will receive a free quilt pattern, a demonstration of the how to construct the quilt presented, a yummy treat and recipe to take home! I will also give tips on how to adjust the pattern to accommodate jelly roll strips, charm squares, and/or layer cakes.

      If you would like to exchange scraps please bring precut strips of 3 1/2 inch width or 2 1/2 inch width, 5 inch charm squares, or fat quarters. We will trade like for like. Looking forward to seeing you on the 12th! What will your scrap quilt look like?

    • Ringing in the New Year with Show and Tell

      Happy New Year everyone! I hope you have enjoyed a relaxing holiday and have a healthy, happy and prosperous new year. We were treated with some special show and tell items that I wanted to pass on. I really liked both of these because they are small projects and were given as gifts for the holidays. Continue reading

    • Guys Love Quilting Too!

      The secret is out...Guys love quilting too! I've been admiring John's growth as a quilter ever since I joined Wish Upon A Quilt. He recently posted some gifts he made for Christmas presents on his blog, Quilt Dad. Check them out-they are very well done and maybe sometime when you are in the store, you will meet John in person. He is kind of shy about his work, so I was thrilled to find this today. We would love to see pictures of your holiday gifts...feel free to post them or send them to us!

    • Wish Upon A Quilt-My Dream Come True

      Hi Quilters,

      My name is Cathy McKillip and I have been the owner of Wish Upon A Quilt for the last 6 months. After spending 20 years in healthcare and software development, I decided to take the plunge (I'm also a scuba diver) and follow my passion-fabric, quilting and sewing! I am excited to launch this blog because I am hoping that this will be an easy way for fellow enthusiasts to gather and share their experiences. Continue reading

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