Adventures in Quilting

The projects and views of a new quilter.

Las Vegas Tote Bag & Wallet March 18, 2011

Last year I attempted to make a Tote Bag that didn’t quite turn out like I had hoped. The pattern wasn’t all that easy to read and seemed to be missing some steps. Shortly after that, I visited all of the quilt shops in the Las Vegas area and picked up several fabrics to make another Tote Bag. Fast forward almost a year later, and I never got around to making any of those Tote Bags…for many reasons, but the big one was because I was afraid of spending a lot of time on something that didn’t turn out right.

I’ve been reading the Lazy Girl Designs Blog for well over a year and always wanted to try one of Joan’s patterns. I don’t know what was holding me back. I even bought the Lazy Girl Wonder Wallet pattern at one of the Las Vegas shops last year but never did anything with it, in the hopes that one day I would get back to making another Tote Bag. I finally broke down and ordered Lazy Girl’s Margo Handbag pattern from Sew Thankful and got right on putting the bag together that evening.

It took me two evenings to get the bag and wallet done (probably because I am a little slow and inexperienced), but I am so pleased with the results. Not only was the pattern easy to follow, but the Margo includes color pictures, as well! That is just what this novice pattern reader needs! There was very little cursing, seam ripping and confusion going on in my sewing room with these projects, unlike many other projects I’ve attempted. My boyfriend even said that the bag looks like something someone would buy in a store…but maybe he’s exaggerating just a bit 😉

So let me share with you the pictures of my projects!


Las Vegas has Quilt Shops? April 25, 2010

I started this blog almost a year ago after visitng Las Vegas for the first time and discovering all of the really cool quilt shops in the Las Vegas area. Yes, I went to Las Vegas and was more excited about visiting new-to-me quilt shops than I was excited about gambling! At the time most everyone found this to be odd and amusing, but it seemed natural to me to want to visit the shops since I was a new to sewing.


I returned for my second trip to Las Vegas last week for vacation and visited the same 5 shops again. I won’t post about each shop again since I made separate posts for each one last year, but I will link to those posts at the bottom and provide a summary of my recent trip in this single post.


It can really all be summed up with a single picture of all of the goodies I purchased while in Las Vegas. I wish I had taken a picture like this last year, too!


Las Vegas Quilt Shop Goodies


As you can see, I mostly bought small quantities of lots of different fabrics. I bought supplies to make a few more tote bags like the one in the previous post, Funk Frogs Tote Bag. I also picked up two patterns. The first is the Wonder Wallet pattern from a designer whose blog I have been following, Lazy Girl Designs. The second is a pattern to make several small bags called Snap Happy, created by Three Sisters Fabric. The awesome thing about the Snap Happy pattern is that the Christmas Goose Quilt Shop had several kits already made up of the supplies needed to make a Snap Happy bag, so I bought a kit to make myself and my mom a bag.


Here are the reviews that I posted last year of each of the shops that I visited, along with a short, updated review of my latest experience with each shop:


Quiltique – The ambiance of this store is my favorite among the shops. It’s very open, they have the fabric organized well into different styles and colors. I love that they have fat quarters available for almost all of the fabrics that they sell. Their best deals are with the Chunky Hunks, where they package up the last 3 yards of a bolt and sell it at a discounted price. At this shop I purchased fabric to make another tote bag, mostly with discounted chunky hunks and fat quarters.


Fiddlesticks – This is a small shop packed with lots of character. The shop staff on my visit this year and last year are very personal and helpful. It’s like shopping with your favorite aunt! I purchased the Lazy Girl Designs Wonder Wallet pattern and some patriotic fat quarters for my mom. The ladies in the shop were also very helpful in offering to find another Lazy Girl Designs pattern that I have been looking for (the Couch Caddy, which I still haven’t been able to find in any shops, but I’ll probably eventually buy online. I just wish Joan sold it directly on her website).


Fabric Boutique – This is the shop that is known for selling an excluse Las Vegas fabric that I purchased to make a Las Vegas tote bag for my next trip to the city. I also purchased some other Last Vegas-style fabric like dice and four-leaf clovers. Fabric Boutique also offers several different panels in all sorts of styles that are great for people new to sewing and quilting.


Christmas Goose – The best thing that I like about Christmas Goose is the kits they offer. This is where I purchased the Snap Happy pattern and kit. Last year I had bought a similar kit to make Retro Dish Towels. I love the small kits like this and can’t wait to see if they have something new next year.


Nancy’s Quilt Shop – If you’re one who collects lots of small pieces of fabric, Nancy’s is the place to go. I added several sets of Chubby Eighths to my collection in all sorts of colors. They sell these pieces at a deep discount. Their patterns and magazines are also always 30% off.


Visiting the shops helped to increase my motivation to do more sewing in my spare time. I just need to find the spare time now 🙂


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Fiddlesticks Quilt Shop May 3, 2009

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Fiddlesticks was the final stop of my Las Vegas quilt shop visits, and the farthest from The Strip. Fiddlesticks is in quaint Boulder City near Lake Mead and Hoover Dam. The ladies in the shop are some of the nicest women you’ll ever meet in quilting and very helpful for a new person like myself. The “I Love Puppy Dogs” quilt in the front window was designed by a local artist, and for sale in the shop….as well as an addition to my collection of projects that I will be working on soon. 




“I Love Puppy Dogs” Quilt by Heartstring Treasures:
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Heartstring Treasures
1400 Colorado St. #C
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 294-4920


Snap Sack Kits:
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Sample Quilts:




Around the store:
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Fiddlesticks Quilts
1229 Arizona Street
Boulder City, NV 89005
(702) 293-2979



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 Quiltique was stop number four in Las Vegas for me, and probably the largest shop that I visited there. At Quiltique, I found fat quarters available for just about every bolt of fabric for sale in the store, as well as larger cuts of fabric from the end of the bolts discounted. Also available at Quiltique are many, many classes, including FREE classes! Quiltique offers a monthly newsletter that can be read on their website, which has a comprehensive list of all the upcoming classes they are offering, so be sure to check out their website. I purchased two unique items at this shop, one being a journaling book for my mom and myself to keep track of all the quilts that we complete, and the second item being a pattern to make a bean bag frog (which you’ll see pictured below)! The only thing missing is that I wish I had taken more pictures of some of the kits, projects and completed quilts.




Patchwork Frog by Me and My Sister Designs:
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Me and My Sister Designs
36 West Citation Lane
Tempe, Arizona 85284
Fax: (480) 456-3344



Boot Scootin’ Quilt Kit:




Around the store:
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213 N. Stephanie St., Suite E
Henderson, NV 89074
(702) 563-8600


Nancy’s Quilt Shop – CLOSED

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NOTE: This shop is now closed. The website is still up, so I’m not sure if they have other plans in the works or not.



Nancy’s Quilt Shop was the third stop on my Las Vegas tour, and inside I found some really cute packaging for some staple quilt shop items, such as fat quarters and pre-cut blocks. Nancy’s has lots of ideas around the store for small projects, tote bags and kits for bed quilts. The quilt samples weren’t limited to just the walls in this shop and can be found hanging from the ceiling all throughout the store.




Interesting packaging and projects:
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Completed Quilts:
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Around the store:
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Nancy’s Quilt Shop
3290 N. Buffalo Dr.
Las Vegas, NV 89129
(702) 839-2779


The Christmas Goose Quilt Shop

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The Christmas Goose Quilt shop was the second stop on my visit to the Las Vegas quilt shops. This shop had a very charming, country feel to it throughout the store. There were many, many samples of small projects mixed in with the bolts of fabric, as well as wall hanging kits and large quilts hanging on the wall. The Christmas Goose offers several ways to save in their store throughout the month, including 30% off on the 30th of the month, a Birthday Club and Fat Quarter Fridays. Check out their website for more details and more special offers.



Some projects that I am going to try:
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Other projects, kits and quilts:
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Free Milky Way Pattern from Quiltime 



Around the shop:
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The Christmas Goose Quilt Shop
2988 South Durango #109
Las Vegas, Nevada 89117
(702) 877-1158


Fabric Boutique

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Fabric Boutique is the first quilt shop that I visited on my recent trip to Las Vegas. I arrived shortly after they opened, and the ladies working in the store were very helpful in finding everything that I need for a project I was inspired to make after seeing one of their panels. I’ll be making a lap quilt similar to the one below, but instead of it being a Halloween theme, it will be a Patriotic theme. The shop had many kits, including several other panel kits. The shop also offers a frequent buyer’s program, classes and a few Block of the Month kits. 


The Scary Night kit that I used as the inspiration for the Patriotic Lap Quilt that I will be making:
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Other quilts hanging around the shop:
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Around the shop:
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Fabric Boutique Quilt Shop
4465 W. Charleston Boulevard
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(702) 878-0068