Saturday, August 20, 2016

Website Changes



Hello Friends,

It has been a long time since I have blogged.  I am sorry to taken so long to get back in the blogging seat.  I usually blog about the shop sample we have added or new things in the shop.  But this blog is going to be about the changes to our website.


We were contacted last fall that the host and developer of our website had sold their business and our website (as well as may others) were being aquired by a different company that also specialized in the online fabric industry.  However, it has been a hard several months with the changes and there was the feeling of a ticking time bomb of finding our website the right home.



We tried several different companies, every tutorial and trial we could find.  The challenge is being able to find a platform that can allow fractional quantities.  So that our customers can order in increments less than 1 and fractions over 1.  I think we have found a good fit.  I am still learning about different features or how things might work differently.

Shop by Collection like we alway have.


Our website allows you to shop by Collection like our previous website set everything up.

We still like that feature it you are wanting to see everything just in that specific collection.




















Our new website allows you to also shop by all fabrics:  It is great because you can see just about everything from one page.






You can adjust the quantity of yardage still with a half yard minimum from the product page or in the shopping cart.



Gift Certificates are also available electronically so that they will instantly be sent.



We are still offering a flat rate $6.00 Domestic Shipping.

We have also been able to add PayPal payment option to our website.


I want to thank all of you for hanging in there and not shaming me about being a bad blogger.  Here at Whittles, we all wear many hats.  We are a team of 5.  So the same person that creates shop samples and kits is the same person who makes them and quilts them.  The same people that take care of our customers in store are the same people who pack and fill each online order.  Unfortunetly, blogging just fell down on the list.

But I am so glad to be at a place where I can take some time to get a blog post in.  I think we are back at a place where it can be more of a part of our process and I look forward to sharing more with you.

 I look forward to catching up on all my projects that we have finished here at the shop.

Cathy


Friday, October 16, 2015

No Diamonds In the Sky - Calico Carriage Quilt Designs

I have finished my No Diamonds In the Sky quilt.  Pattern by Calico Carriage Quilt Designs.  I just love how it resembles an old fashioned broken star quilt.  It makes a large 92" x 92".


Photo of the Center of the quilt.  



I quilted a feather design in the background and crosshatching in the borders.  I didn't want to quilt over the star, so I stitched the diamond shape in the ditch.  





I used a piece of 108" Civil War for the backing.


Thanks for letting me share.
Cathy


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Migration - Red and Black


 We have several shop samples hanging at the shop.  As many may know I am a big fan of the Calico Carriage Quilt Designs Patterns.  I have made the Migration in the Past in earth tones.



But I found this wonderful Black with Red Roses and it just felt like a Migration fabric.  Here is an overall photo of the quilt.


Close up of the center.  I just love this pattern.  It is one that many people look at and think that it will be difficult, but with the directions it is very simple and everything fits together. 


Photo of the side.


I chose a red and tan plaid backing for the shop sample.  And quilted in a whirlwind pattern.  



Thanks for letting me share.

Cathy


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Hanover Stars

I have finished my version of the Hanover Stars by Red Crinoline Quilt. 

I used several Civil War fabrics. The pattern calls for 70 different fabrics.  



I used a solid Moda Bella sashing and made my corner stones from a very small scale black print.  


I just love how the solid star points just pop in the scrappy civil war print for backgrounds.



I used a tan Civil War Backing  and Tan thread.  I quilted using a damask pattern.  I used a Bamboo/Cotton Blended Batting for the first time.   It was so soft and nice.  I must say I LIKED IT.  


Just another close up of the star blocks.

Thanks for letting me share.
Cathy

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Medallion Muse - Big & Bold Pattern

I have been wanting to sew with the Medallion Muse fabrics since we got them in.  I had tried a couple of patterns, but it was just not doing the fabric justice.  So I decided to try simple.  I have made the Big & Bold by Cozy Quilt Designs before.  In the Bold and Beautiful Fabrics.



I just love how this patten is simple and really just lets the fabrics be the focus of the quilt.  It is a nice easy quilt to make.  Great for after some more intense sewing that I have been working on.



I think the black strip really let the bright jewel tones stand out.


I quilted it in black thread with a black swirl backing.  I used a dragonfly quilting pattern.

Thanks for letting me share.

Cathy

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Rippling Star in R & B Tavern

I have finished the Rippling Star by Debbie Maddy of Calico Carriage Quilt Designs.  I chose to make it in the beautiful R & B Tavern Fabrics by Paula Barnes.


I love all of the Calico Carriage Quilt Designs Patterns.  I made the King size for the shop sample.  It is huge 118" x 118".  


It is so big I had a hard time getting a photo of it.  So it had to lay on the floor a little.


I just love Civil War Reproduction Reds and Blues.   I think this will be perfect for my house during the summer months.  


I quilted the quilt with a stars and stripes pattern in tan thread.


The backing is a piece with blue and red small print that I had been wanting to use for a backing.  But couldn't find just the right quilt.  

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Marvel Comics Stained Glass Quilt

I have just finished making a quilt from the new Marvel Comics fabrics.  I used the Turning Twenty - Simply Sashed booklet by Tricia Cribbs.  I have many of her booklets and this one is my favorite.  The pattern I used from the booklet was the Stained Glass Pattern.  Finished Quilt is 75" x 92".  But can be easily made larger with the addition of a border.



When we got the Marvel Comics fabrics in I knew that we would have to make a quilt with them (my husband immediately claimed).  We just seldom get fabrics in that are so versatile and make great quilt kits for boy, teens and men.


The Stained Glass pattern in the booklet worked perfect for a comic quilt since the black sashing really matches the look of comic book pages.



I must admit that I was very inspired as I was sewing this quilt.  I re-watched (or listened) to the Avengers.


Of course I used moda black for the sashing and used a black with red polka dot for the backing.  I quilted in a wide meander.

Thanks for letting me share.
Cathy