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Getting your Sew-Jo Back!

Thanks for joining me during Sam Hunter’s Design Studio Back-To-School blog hop! Because you are here that tells me you could use a little boost to your summer sewing routine. I know for me with small kids at home for the summer sewing can go to the back burner when you have play dates, library trips and the general mayhem of kids.all.the.time! And even if you are not in the season of kids summer is a reason to be outside, go on vacation, change up our spring and winter routines of being in side and in the sewing room.

Well don’t fret because I am here with a few tips to help you take back your creative time and get back into the sewing groove I know you so desperately need to keep your sanity! Because that’s why I sew, for me time and to recharge my creative energies that help to fuel the rest of my life.

I also love to inspire others to create, it’s my happy place. That is why when Sam asked me to join in the idea of sharing ways to get those creative juices flowing jumped into my mind. So next time you feel that slump in your sewjo coming on get in front of that feeling with these tips to keep your creative juices flowing. Enjoy!

  1. Take a class. Online classes at a site like Craftsy.com or creativebug.com make it easy to learn a new skill from the comfort of your computer screen. Super easy to join with an email address and search the internet for an introductory offer to get started. Another great way to learn is in person at your LQS (local quilt shop). Not only is your LQS a treasure trove of supplies & fabric but it holds deep knowledge from the people who run the store. Added bonus of taking a class in person is you get to meet other quilters and quilt friends are the best friends.
  2. Service your machine. If you can’t remember the last time you took your sewing machine in for service or when you opened up the bobbin holder and did it yourself then it’s probably time. If you haven’t done it yourself I encourage you to try; it’s pretty easy! Start with a YouTube search for your machine model and how to clean, there are a bunch of lovely people waiting to show you how. And while you are at it it’s always a good idea to change your needle. Like right now, go change it.
  3. Try something new. Find a new technique for making flying geese or half-square triangles. Try out that quilt pattern that has always intimated you by starting out with with just one block. That new thing doesn’t have to be complex or time consuming but scratching that ‘what-if’ itch always feels fresh and inspiring. Stretching your creative wings always leads to good places!
  4. Take a slice of inspiration from your favorite designer or Instagram account. Full on copy cat action is allowed for your own fun! Let the derivatives fly! Choose a color palate based on your favorite designer fabric line. Loved that project your IG crush just started, start one too! Nothing is off limits when it’s your time to create – follow that inspiration and see where it takes you.
  5. Just start with 15 minutes. Set a timer (I do this on my Iphone all the time, Siri, set a timer for 15 minutes) and just play around. Maybe tackle that WIP first and then see how you feel, or just create a fun fabric combination for no reason at all. Simply be in your creative space and make the time for yourself. I bet after 15 minutes you will want to keep going and if not no big deal either. Create for the fun of it and like I tell my 7-year old; “If it’s not fun then stop playing the game”.
  6. Get your friends involved. Friends may mean your kids, your neighbor, guild friends, maybe even your partner is willing to get in on the fabric fun. Grab another human and play in your space! Show them your favorite quilting book, ask them what their favorite colors are, tell them about your dream project. Talking about your passion with someone you care about is sure to get those wheels turning – just make sure it isn’t that debby downer of a friend who poo-poos all your best and craziest ideas!
  7. Buy the fabric. Don’t even go on a guilt trip about it, just buy it. I know there is a least one thing you can think of that you have been wanting! Maybe it’s not even fabric – perhaps a new pattern or quilt book. I say if you can afford it then go for it.
  8. Give it away. On the opposite side of buy is sell. Are you ready for a destash? Is there a fabric pile that does not inspire you anymore? What about the WIP that is giving you the sideways look? Let it go! Give away or sell your unwanted fabrics. (on IG #thegreatfabricdestash is a good place to sell modern fabrics and there is always EBAY) At my local guild we have a free table where quilters bring in their unwanted fabrics, books and notions, does your guild have one? Donating to a charity, local school art class or a friend who wants to learn are great ways to spread around the fabric love and make room for what’s next.
  9. Clean it up. Is your creative space in chaos? I love to take a break from the creating and hit the reset button for the next project by cleaning up my sewing room. Organizing fabric, dusting off the shelves and putting away all the rulers, books and notions that tumbled out during a whirlwind of sewing always gets me back in a mood to start something new.
  10. Be easy with yourself. Did you get through this whole list and still say ‘blarg’. If that is you then make a cup of tea, coffee or a stiff drink and say ‘no problem’. Don’t worry about it! Close the door and go for a walk. Take the kids to the park. Call a friend and have a long chit-chat. Sewing & quilting time is our time for relaxation, meditation and creative expression it is not another reason to beat ourselves up. If you are not feeling it then get as far away from it as is comfortable until the mood strikes. And when it does watch out and remember no running with sharp scissors.

My last tip is more of a frame of mind; create for you without apology. Be as uniquely you as you can be. Leave all the inner and outer critics out of it and go with what you like. Stop comparing yourself to anyone or anything else (hello, Pinterest I’m talking to you!). Make something and enjoy it for you; not for IG – not for likes, not for comments but solely for you! In the incredible age of social media and all the information right at your fingertips sometimes it is fun to be your own cheer leader. Make it for you and then write a love letter to yourself about your project! Now how’s that for SewJo!

xoxoxo

Kelly

What kind of 2nd-hand shopper are you?

Hello! I have been  having a great time this week sharing and talking about thrift shop re-purposing with you this week! I hope you have found the videos and posts informative and inspirational to get the confidence to sew with thrift shop fabrics.

It is fun to see the variety of things we bring home and what we love to search for. It got me thinking about what kind of thrift store shopper I am. Where I like to shop, what I like to look for and what gets me going when I hit the thrift shops. I thought a little quiz would be a hilarious way to zone in on what kind of 2nd-hand shopper you are.

So grab a pen, piece of paper and something to sip on and see where you land on the treasure hunt spectrum.

  1. On Saturday morning I am the first one in line at the garage sale…….T / F
  2. How do I feel about prices?
    1. It must have a price tag.
    2. I have to be able to haggle
    3. Never pay retail.
  3.  I love going to the Goodwill Bins, I could stay there for hours!……. T / F
  4. It’s 11pm on Friday night and you are searching craigslist for:
    1. Saturday morning garage sales
    2. A vitamix, preferable new in the box
    3. What’s free?
  5. I love to chat it up with the other shoppers, we exchange life stories among the picture frames….. T / F
  6. What is the best part of a new thrift score?
    1. I got a $200 microwave for $15!
    2. Searching through 3 garage sales, 2 thrift shops and finally finding the perfect pair of shoes for the kids.
    3. My car is full of camping gear for next summer!
  7. Who’s coming with you?
    1. My best friend and I shop together find items for one another.
    2. Kids always get dragged along.
    3. Lone wolf, I am not good at sharing my treasures.
  8. I always set a budget and bring cash in my pocket…. T / F
  9. When I set out to the shops I choose my purchases by:
    1. I bring a list and stick to it.
    2. Just looking at the household items, in-season clothes & DVD’s.
    3. What ever catches my eye that day comes home with me.

 

Score your quiz. Add up your points for each answer and tally your score.

1 – T: 0 , F: 2

2 – 1: 1, 2: 0, 3: 2

3 – T: 0, F: 2

4 – 1: 0, 2: 2, 3: 0

5 – T: 0, F: 1

6 – 1: 2, 2: 0, 3: 1

7 – 1: 2, 2: 1, 3: 0

8 – T: 2, F: 0

9 – 1: 2, 2: 1, 3: 0

What kind of 2nd hand shopper are you?

If you scored a 0 – 10 you might be a PICKER
Pickers love to haggle, dig and treasure hunt. You will go to great lengths to score for your collection of unopened model trains or that very special vintage pyrex dish. Off the beaten path charity shops, swap meets, garage sales and any place you can meet other pickers is a plus when you are on the hunt. You can see the hidden potential in the slightly dirty dresser that just needs a fresh coat of paint and new drawer pulls. Bringing cool new stuff home for your newest hobby or adventure or just because it was looking at you the right way is what keeps you going back out there for another search.

If you scored a 10 – 14 you might be a THRIFTER
Thrifters love to hit the chain thrift stores for those everyday items we all need. You like to see the price in a well lit area with a cashier who is gonna ring you up and get you onto the next stop. You may take a list with you like going to the grocery store and stick to it. You don’t mind searching for what you need as long it is in an appropriately marked aisle and in proper working order.

If you scored a 14 – 17 you might be 2ND-HAND BUYER
2nd hand shoppers look for the deals on craigslist and consignment shops. Your tastes are rather upscale but your common sense just won’t let you pay full price. You’d rather know who used it before you than take your chances at the swap meet. Estate sales and up-scale neighborhood garage sales may tickle your fancy every so often but buying something when the need arises is more likely to get your bargain juices going.

 

 

****Disclaimer****
This is for fun only, not to be used to treat or prevent any past or present purchase or hoarding tendencies. Your thrift score secrets are safe with me. 🙂

 

Vintage Sheets: How to Rip a Fat Quarter

Hello vintage sheet sewing & Sew Thrifted friends! Today’s blog post is all about getting a manageable piece of fabric from a vintage sheet. In the video I show you how to rip and fat quarter sized piece of fabric out of this queen sized sheet. So let’s get right into the video (with a little pop in by James my son) and then I want to talk a little bit more about the grain and why I think ripping is best.

As you can see in the video the grain of the fabric is not perfectly lined up with the hemmed edges. By ripping the top and bottom hems off the body of the sheet we start with an edge that is on-grain and is therefore the most stable edge to sew with.

Just a note about the bias edge. The bias is at a 45 degree angle from selvage and it is stretchy, not the ideal for sewing quilt blocks from small pieces. Bias is great for sewing curves, for making bias tape & is an important part of garment sewing.

Thanks for watching my videos and playing along during Sew Thrifted (check out my first Q&A blog post here) Please leave me any questions, comments or tips you have about sewing with vintage sheets.

 

Sew Thrifted: Q & A

Hello! Welcome to the first stop of Sew Thrifted an inspirational challenge all about sewing with the thrifted & vintage fabrics you love but maybe hesitant to use in your next project. My goal during the next three weeks is to share with you my vintage sheet sewing knowledge and I want this to be a two way conversation! Please share what you know and your tips and tricks in the comments here or on Instagram; just search our hashtag #sewthrifted2017.

My partner in this endeavor is Amanda Ward from Gypsy Moon Quilts. Amanda has a knack for sewing up adorable projects using beautiful color palates all from thrifted textiles. Amanda is posting over on her blog too answering questions about how to get fabric out of garments and using different weight fabric in your projects. Be sure to check out her unique perspective too. I love that she has a passion for thrifted fabrics as much as I do but she’s got a different niche’ – more knowledge to share with you!

Let me introduce myself too; I’m Kelly the creator here at Vintage Fabric Studio. I have been thrifting longer than I have been sewing. One of my first memories is of my mom taking me to the Goodwill here in Portland, Oregon. This thrift shop was in a converted office building with all these different rooms filled with second hand treasures. One of the rooms held all the sewing notions, fabric, patterns & crafts. This place was heaven for me and watching my mom sift and sort through that room will forever be a part of who I am.

Fast forward to now, where I continue to sift and sort through the thrift shops in Portland collecting the best vintage sheets I can find and bringing them to you in a way that makes sewing simple, fun & adorable.

So let’s get into the Q & A session, shall we!

Q: Vintage sheets are a poly/cotton blend; what are some tricks for quilting with them.

A: Yes, vintage sheets are 50/50 cotton and polyester which gives them a different feel than the quilting cottons we are used to. I have found that using starch and an iron set to cotton or lower will help you a lot when piecing, pressing and cutting. (check out my homemade spray starch recipe here) Test out your iron temperature to get it just right; the cotton setting may be too hot for a the poly blend fabric.

Another easy trick is to use a sharp needle with a fine gauge like 11/75 if an 12/80 quilting needle is feeling kinda clunky in your machine. When it comes time to apply quilting the finished quilt make sure to baste thoroughly using spray baste or pins. The more the better in this case because of the polyester content there is more give to the fabrics and that can lead to puckering.

My best advice to sewing with vintage sheets is to let go of perfection. A seam may wobble even though it has been pressed well. Think back to the time when these fabrics were first created; there were no rotary cutters & self-healing mats. Remember the days of scissors, cardboard templates and un-even seam allowances.  Sewing with vintage sheets may not be what you are used to and that’s okay too. There is a bigger reason why I sew with vintage and that is my mission: Re-purpose with a purpose. Taking a piece of cloth with lots of life to give and letting it continue in a new form; a quilt, a pillow case, a tote bag, a pincushion…the possibilities are endless with a piece of fabric.

Q: Should I pre-wash all the fabric? What about pre-wash batting?

A: Yes, pre-wash any vintage sheets or fabric you bring home. Not only will it help get that thrift store smell out it also lets you know if those vintage fabrics are going to bleed. Vintage sheets are color fast but vintage fabrics are not and you will want to thoroughly wash before use. Check out how I wash all my vintage sheets and fabrics in my blog post: Super Wash.

Batting is a different story and you don’t have to pre-wash; although there are quilters that do and I think it is a personal preference.

Q: What about the grain of the fabric in the sheets?

A: Grain of the fabric is important when sewing because it determines how stretchy your edges are. If you cut on the bias (diagonal 45 degrees from the selvage edge) that cut edge is stretchy and easily manipulated. This can be good for sewing curves but in quilt piecing stretchy edges are not our friend.

There are two ways to cut fabric to make sure you get a stable edge. First is cutting on a weft edge (perpendicular to selvage) and the second is the warp edge (parallel to selvage).

When cutting vintage sheets I rip the sheet to make sure that I am getting a straight grain weft edge to start my measuring. If you start with an on-grain straight edge you can be sure that all subsequent edges are good to go. I will be posting a video on just how I get my sheets from a king or queen into a fat quarter size on-grain. Look for that later in the week (I will post a link here when it goes live).

Q: What about mixing vintage sheets with store bought fabrics?

A: Mix it up! I love to use solids with the prints of vintage sheets but anything works as long as you take a couple precautions we’ll talk about next.

 

Q: Can I mix old worn fabrics with new stronger fabrics? Will the seams pull or tear?

A: Vintage sheets vary in quality. Some are washed hundreds of times before they get into the thrift shop and others feel brand new. My best advice for sewing with these fabrics is make sure to choose quality sheets before you buy. That said if you start with a good weight of fabric and you are using a reliable sewing machine with an average stitch length there shouldn’t be a problem. If you are concerned with something in particular, like a loose woven linen and a vintage sheet, then decrease your stitch length and finish the seam with a zig-zag stitch along the edges.

 

Q: How do I find vintage sheets at estate sales/thrift shops/online and what are reasonable prices?

A: Thrift shops are my best bet for sourcing sheets at a reasonable price but there are other places like Ebay, Instagram sellers, Etsy, garage sales and even Facebook. If you are in an area with thrift shops then start looking there and know that you may not find any on your first try. Some days I find a stack of pretty sheets and other days, nada.

Websites like Ebay & Etsy tend to be on the high end of the price spectrum but if you are looking for a particular design new in the bag you will more than likely find it there. Garage or Estate sales are hit or miss for me. If you have the garage sale touch then try looking in older neighborhoods and be there early if you want to get the best pieces.

Prices can vary from 50 cents to $50 for a new in bag set of sheets so set a budget of what you are comfortable paying (including shipping if applicable) and then be patient. Collecting vintage sheets takes time. I started with a handful of prints in 2014 and now I stock over 100 different fat quarter prints.

Q: Where can I find vintage fabric online?

A: If you are in a location where the thrift stores are not happening then online is the place to look for quality vintage fabrics. I have had good luck on Ebay & Etsy for bundles of vintage fabric in styles I am looking for. The best way to search for vintage fabric is to go to the website (Ebay for example) and search for vintage fabric in a category that speaks to you. Also check what other items the seller has to offer and the feedback rating before you buy.

Searching for ‘vintage fabric’ through a search engine is also a good place to start but the search results can be broad. Try adding a search term to your inquiry like; quilting, cotton, garment, dress making, novelty, for sale etc. depending on what type of fabric and project you are looking for.

Q: How to tell if items are vintage rather than just thrifted.

A: Great question! With so much vintage inspired product out there it can be tough to distinguish between thrifted and vintage. For vintage sheets the tell-tale sign is the tag. The tag will say what the fabric content of the sheet is (50/50 cotton/polyester) and most likely (but not always) read percale or some variation of -cale. Also sheets made in this era will say Made in the USA.  See the photo below for some tag examples.

The other way you can tell is the design and feel of the sheet. I can rub my hand over a sheet and tell if it is a vintage sheet that I want to take home with me. This is where the discerning eye of quality comes in because even though it is vintage it might be too thread bare to make it into the cart. The motifs of the time were large scale floral, small flower bouquets, butterflies, bright colors, stripes and geometric angles. To get familiar with the prints search ‘vintage bed sheets’ in google images or #vintagesheets on instagram. There are thousands of prints to scroll through!

Q: How do I decide what to use when starting a project.

A: Jump right in and choose a pattern or a color palette first. When I start a project one of choices leads me to a design. If I have a pattern in mind I will choose my fabrics to best work with that pattern. I may use 3 fabrics or 10 depending on what feel I am going for. If I have a stack of fabric in mind first then I will search out a pattern to fit with those fabrics.

Using vintage textiles is no different than using quilt shop cottons; what is different is the feel of your finished project which will be unlike anything anyone has done.

 

Q: How do I know I am getting the right quantities of fabric for my next project?

A: When buying a vintage sheet you get a lot of fabric for a small initial investment but if you are wanting to make a scrappy quilt with lots of different prints it can start to add up – both in money and in extra fabric. A few ways to combat this problem would be to buy just what you need from vintage sellers online (hey that’s me!), get together with some thrifting/sewing friends and trade your vintage sheets finds, or stretch out your fabric over several projects (make a skirt, quilt back, matching pillow cases).  If you have a specific project use the guidelines included in it.

Wow! That was a lot of information in one blog post! I hope this post helped to answer your vintage sheet thrifting and sewing questions. If you have a thought about any of these topics or something I didn’t write about please leave me a comment and join the discussion and don’t forget to check out Amanda’s post too at Gypsy Moon Quilts. Let’s share our vintage sewing knowledge with each other and inspire each other to sew vintage with confidence!

Cheers!

Kelly

::Pretty Scrappy Garland Kit::

I am super excited to bring you the newest kit to hit the Vintage Fabric Studio shop ::Pretty Scrappy Garland::!

Garland makes a cute decoration for any special occasion or just to brighten up everyday life! I can see this diy garland at your next event; a wedding, baby shower, nursery, bridal shower, or a summertime outdoor party.
I wanted to create a kit that was super easy – look NO sewing – and super accessible for everyone – even the kids can get in on this one. The ::Pretty Scrappy Garland:: fits the bill, priced at just $9 plus shipping I know you’ll want to get crafting vintage with this fun kit right away.
Included in the kit is a 56″ piece of white rope & 7 oz. of approximately 20″ long vintage sheet strips in variable widths. The whimsical nature of this garland comes from the uneven strips, the little bits of string and most of all the soft & bright vintage colors of sheets.
I hit a milestone here at Vintage Fabric Studio and created a video tutorial for the kit! So grab your kit from the shop and get the low down on how-to make your own pretty scrappy garland!

Materials included in the kit:
56″ rope
7 oz. of strips variable widths approximately 20″ long

All About Vintage Fabric Studio Sewing Kits

Have you ever wanted to try sewing with vintage sheets but don’t want to invest the time to hunt for them? Are you new to sewing and need a helping hand through your next project? Or maybe you are an experienced sewist who is looking for a fun and easy way to create. How wonderful it is to have a project all ready to go! The fabric is cut out, the materials are gathered and the pattern is already picked out; all the details have been thought out for you. Let me walk you through all the awesomeness that is a sewing kit.

Vintage strings make up the adorable design of the ::Pretty Pincushion Kit::

Each kits comes with a detailed list of materials included in the kit and supplies you need to finish the project. Think of sewing tools like a sewing machine, rotary cutter and mat, iron and ironing board. There are also optional materials that make the job a little bit easier like Wonderclips & spray starch (see my blog post with a spray starch recipe here). If you have been sewing for a little probably already have these notions on hand.

The patterns are the foundation of our sewing kits and they are written with a beginner in mind.  I want you to feel confident during each step of the making process. The patterns are detailed with photos and written instructions to guide you through every stitch. One of my favorite things is to teach others to quilt and sew. I love to see a face light up and catch that ah’a moment of learning a new skill or mastery of something sorta tricky.

 

The kit line-up just got a little bit bigger last week when the ::Summertime Picnic Quilt:: was released. In this vintage sheet patchwork quilt you will find 56-8.5″ squares of vintage sheet fabric, a large piece of nylon for the backing and a hand needle and cotton perle for hand-tying the quilt for a simple finish. The fun and easy sewing of this kit includes a handle and ties for keeping the quilt together when not in use. The nylon (rip stop fabric) helps to keep your bum dry even when the ground is damp. Finishing at 55″ x 63″ it’s the perfect size for your next outing.

   ::Summertime Quilt Kit::

 

The kit that started it all; the ::Pretty Pincushion Kit:: is the perfect little project to get your feet wet in the sewing and quilting world. The pretty design uses string piecing on foundation fabric, a technique you will be able to play with after you master the 4 blocks made in the kit. Use the pattern to make them again and again for you and your sewing friends.

          Lots of pretty pincushions

The best news is that all kits are on sale now through July 5th. Shop the ::Kit:: section before the sale ends  and get sewing vintage. 

Sewing Vintage: Spray Starch Recipe

Sewing with vintage sheets just feels good; the soft texture, pretty prints and knowing you are making a difference by using re-purposed textiles. It is a win-win-win!


Something I have noticed when sewing with vintage sheet fabric is that the 50% cotton 50% polyester content can be little fussy when ironing but there is a simple solution to that: spray starch.
I use a dry iron and spray bottle when I do my pressing. Recently I have begun using a home made spray starch and I love the way it gets my fabric flat when I am cutting or pressing. Plus it smells great thanks to the addition of a little bit of my favorite essential oil.

Take a few minutes and whip up a batch of spray starch, you seams will thank you for it.

Spray Starch Recipe
Supplies Needed:
Spray Bottle
Water
Corn Starch
Essential Oil

Add 1 1/2 Tablespoons corn starch into 3 1/3 cups warm water and add 3 drops of your favorite essential oil. Mix thoroughly, water will be milky. Add to spray bottle and save the rest.
You will need to shake your spray bottle every so often when using the spray starch as the starch will settle out to the bottom once it has been sitting for a while.

Let me know what you do to get your seams to behave. Do you have a favorite starch you use or maybe a pressing board? What are your best vintage fabric sewing tips? Leave me a comment and share what works for you.

vintage sheets charm pack

Everything Die-Cut

Hello! I am excited to share with you my big budget video featuring me using the Accuquilt Studio2 Fabric Cutter to create a whole stack of charm squares in about 45 seconds. Haha! Just kidding it’s me in my basement studio space cranking out what I do best, making vintage fabric pre-cuts just for you. Have a look and I will tell you more about it after the short (3:43minute) Youtube video (press the arrow to begin the video).

What do you think? Pretty slick, huh. The two things that set Vintage Fabric Studio apart from the rest of the vintage sellers is the variety of charm square prints we stock and the accuracy of a die-cutter. Every sheet that comes through the studio is first ripped into fat quarters and then put through the die-cutter. This gives you a new selection of prints every couple of weeks. The Studio2 is so fast and accurate. It has taken all the guess work out of 5″ squares! No need to line up my rotary cutter and get distracted in the middle of a cut. The way the die cuts everything precisely for the shop is just what I need to produce enough volume to keep my happy customers in charm packs!

Charm packs come in counts of 25, 50, 75 and 100. Color ways include warm colors (think yellow, orange, pink) cool colors (green & blues), low-volume (prints with lots of white in the background or very light colors) and rainbow which includes multi-color prints and every color-way.

When you order a 25 count charm pack I do my best to minimize repeating prints depending on our stock on hand (for example there are 33 cool color prints right now!). For orders placed with 50-100 count charms we minimize print repeat with 2-4 of each print included depending on what bundle you buy.

Charm squares (5”x5”) are a versatile size for crafting and sewing. Use one on the top of a jelly jar for a cute gift idea. 5” squares are a common quilters size and can be used to make half-square triangles. A simple patchwork baby quilt can be sewn up with a 100 count-charm pack (8 rows by 12 rows).

Have I convinced you yet that our charms squares are something you will want to get your hands on? Let Vintage Fabric Studio help get your project off the ground with a charm pack in your favorite colors. We know you will love the variety of the prints in each pack and appreciate the accuracy of your final project. Grab yours today in the shop. 

One Woman Operation

Hello Lovely Vintage Loving People!

 

This post is a bit vulnerable for me to share, but my motto is “follow my vulnerability to my power” (aka that nervous feeling in the pit of my stomach that leads to that blissed out feeling of awesomeness) and so I have to hit the publish button and send it out into the world! xoxo – Kelly

I wanted to jump in and share my love for all of you who visit the site, fill up your carts and let me know when I mess up. That’s right I mess up and sometimes without even knowing it. Like this past weekend when the family and I went on a little vacation and I did’t even know my shipping wasn’t working properly in my checkout and orders were not able to be completed!

What a major oversight on my part and a little embarrassing to boot especially when I logged into my website and saw an unanswered email from a customer trying to place an order from 3 days ago. Oh my, that’s not how I want to treat my wonderful customers, the very people I am here to serve.

Woe was me! I was a bit out of sorts lately thinking that my shop wasn’t going to be the success I had imagined and that this idea for vintage sheets and fabrics was a flash in the pan. I staked my whole self-worth on that false belief — when what was really going on was my shipping configuration got scrambled when an automatic update installed in my shop’s infrastructure!

By now you might be wondering why I am spilling my guts like this to you!? Well I am the sharing type, I have to be completely honest and transparent with myself and that carries over into Vintage Fabric Studio as I am the One Woman behind it all. And although I am the only creator working inside the studio You are the ones who make my world happen. Without your support I would be quite lost!

Thank you for being on this journey with me and letting me know ever so sweetly when I mess up. You make me a better shop owner because of it! Together we are going to make the world a brighter, cleaner and more creative place, one little piece of vintage fabric goodness at a time. I just know it.

Kelly’s Custom Colors Fat Quarter Bundle: Video Review

Hello Vintage Fabric Lovers!

I am super excited to share this little video with you from Maddie at BadAss Quilter’s Society. Maddie is a lover of all things vintage and fabric might be at the top of that list. She placed a big at quarter order during our grand opening week and she took the time to record  this little video of her opening up her curated rainbow color fat quarter bundles just for you.

The video was super fun to watch and it gives you a great peek at what the shop has to offer. There is even a blast from her past near the end you have to see to believe.

P.S. Did you know that Vintage Fabric Studio is a Premier Provider to the Speakeasy Members of BadAss Quilter’s Society? That’s right; and members get a standing 10% discount everyday of the week plus extras along the way. Sound like something you want in on? Check out the website and sign up today.