Thursday, February 25, 2016

Picking Daisies at QuiltCon West 2016

Here's a little photo journal, highlighting our time at QuiltCon 2016 in Pasadena this past weekend.

We love our "Crew"!

The quilts on display were amazing and inspiring. Our photos will never do justice to these quilts, so please scroll to the links right below this picture for more.  

QuiltCon 2016  

For a closer peek of QuiltCon, visit the following links...

The Modern Quilt Guild's Blog highlighting all the show winners

A YouTube Video Tour of QuiltCon by The Sewing Report

An article that appeared in the LA Times about Quilts at QuiltCon with a Message

While we were there, we got to meet some of favorite fabric and quilting celebrities...

Kay and Dede with Anna Maria Horner and Lady K Quilts

Kay with Melody Miller (and wearing a dress in Melody Miller fabric)

Dede with Lotta Jansdotter (and wearing a tunic in Lotta Jansdotter fabric)

Dede with Christine Haynes and Sarah Watts (all three wearing Sarah Watts' fabric)

Dede and Kay got hand-drawn daisy tattoos from Sarah Watts 

Dede got a temporary tattoo from Libs Elliot

Kay and Dede took a block printing class from Valori Wells

Dede showing off her newly acquired block printing skills

 Fun with friends, new and old....

Enjoying the "Catnado" quilt

Lunch with part of our Crew (and missing the other part)!

A lovely dinner out with new and old friends!

Capturing Memories and dreaming of QuiltCon West 2017 in Savannah Georgia.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Hand Stitching Alabama Chanin Style

Let's Sew "SLO" Together... at 25% off!

The company Alabama Chanin has become well known for their fabulous line of clothing and home decor, all hand sewn using their wonderful organic knit jersey and embellished using techniques such as Reverse Appliqué and Negative Reverse Appliqué.  

Here at Picking Daisies, we have been big fans for years! We carry all four of their books in our shop.
Alabama Studio Books - available at Picking Daisies

Working from a kit is a great introduction to this style of hand sewing, and at Picking Daisies, we are able to offer you your choice of some of their kits at 25% off Alabama Chanin’s price.

We will also be holding monthly workshops were you can join us for guidance, tips, and community sewing.  

Or feel free to conquer your project on your own time.

Below you will see the 4 kits we are offering. If you are interested in ordering, please note the color and size options.  Regarding sizing, we find their clothing to be a bit snug, and suggest you go up one size.... unless you prefer your clothing tight fitting.

DO NOT order from the Alabama Chanin website if you want the 25% off price!!
Be aware that these kits are made to order by Alabama Chanin, and delivery can be from 3 to 6 weeks

Also Important: Our first order cut-off date is Monday, February 22, 2016.

Here are your kit choices....

Anna’s Garden Skirt  $111 (Regular Price $148)

Bloomers Swing Skirt  $111 (Regular Price $148)

Magdalena Fitted Skirt  $111 (Regular Price $148)

Magdalena Poncho  $96 (Regular Price $128)

Questions? Just Contact Us!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Woven Flannel Scarf Tutorial

A gift from the Angel of Warmth

For this easy scarf tutorial, you will need:

Seam ripper
A sewing machine (VERY optional as you will see below)
Woven flannel fabric, like the Robert Kaufman Mammoth Flannel.

Fabric Cuts:

If you prefer a small scarf, then you will need 1/2 yard of 44"wide woven flannel fabric. Your finished scarf will measure 16" by 42".

I prefer a great big wrap of a scarf, so I purchase 2 yards and cut it in half lengthwise to make TWO 20" by 82" scarves.... one for me and one for a friend.

Start by washing and drying your fabric. Next, take your scissors and by carefully using a line in the weave as your guide, cut off the frayed and irregular edges of the fabric. You will do this on all four sides of the scarf.

Now for the fun part. Using your seam ripper, start pulling out the cross weave threads along one short end.  I usually fray about 1/2 inch down, though you can certainly fray the ends up to a few inches. Once you finish both short ends of the scarves, start pulling the cross weaves along the two long sides of the scarf.  The long sides I usually keep a bit shorter (1/2 inch of fray or less).

When you've finished all four sides, you will have corners that look similar to this...

At this point, you can call it DONE, wrap your scarf around you and start enjoying it without doing anything further. But I was a bit concerned about further fraying with wear and tear, and washing.

So I did an experiment...

Along only one end and one side of the scarf (so, only half of the scarf) I sewed a stay stitch carefully along the edge between the frayed and not-frayed fabric.

The other half of the scarf I did not sew.  Then I washed it.  Because I wanted to simulate a bit of wearing and washing, I actually gave it a rough washing and drying with a load of towels.

Below are the results after washing and drying.  The sides that were not sewn definitely have a few loose cross weave threads that might need to be pulled, whereas the sewn side does not.  But the difference is slight, so for me, I don't think it I will stay stitch my scarves and I will just pull a few threads here and there as necessary.

Here's my finished great big wrap of a scarf....

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Meet the Makers - November 29, 2015

Did you know that we sell lap and baby quilts, along with our napkins, at the most adorable local gift shop, Happy Go Smile in the sleepy central coast beach town of Cayucos, California?

We're having a "Meet the Makers" event on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, and would love to have you join us and meet the other Makers behind Happy Go Smile. 

Please stop by and see what we and the other makers have been making... you're in for a treat!

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Selfish Sewing Week

September 28 - October 3, 2015

I absolutely love sewing my own clothes, so I take this week very seriously.  What better excuse is there to spend the week sewing just for me!

Here's my lineup....

I have made more than a dozen of these.  I love them so much that I plan to make dozens more!

Much like the Scout Tee, this is another go-to pattern that I have made multiple times and plan to make multiple times more.

I am really loving the Merchant and Mills patterns.  I have made the Factory Dress and Camber Set, both of which I love.  This is their signature pattern, and I can't wait to make this.

I am determined to squeeze one more pattern in.  Maybe one of these....

Happy Selfish Sewing Week!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

An Easy Way You Can Help Our Earth - Every Day

It's one of of the easiest and simplest ways we can make a positive impact on our environment.

This past Monday, I had the pleasure of joining the San Luis Obispo Chamber of Commerce on a field trip to Patagonia’s headquarters in Ventura, California.  

We enjoyed a tour of the grounds and facilities, and had the privilege of listening to several Patagonia employees speak on Patagonia’s culture, resource conservation, fair trade, B Corps and Environmental & Social Responsibility.

There is MUCH knowledge to share, but this newsletter would be too long.  So I am sharing one very simple idea that I came away with.

I am sure it seems strange for a retailer to be telling you to BUY LESS, but facts show that by simply using what we buy for a longer period of time has one of the greatest positive impacts on related carbon, waste, and water footprints - simply because we’re making and throwing away less.

Which is where QUALITY comes in...

Being discerning consumers and choosing quality products with longer useful lives is such an easy step to take, and one that can have a positive impact on our environment.

At Picking Daisies, we are very proud of the quality cotton napkins we make.  Customers tell us all the time that they last for years.  We are always looking to purchase quality … in both our raw materials and in the retail goods we sell.

While a long way from perfect, we continue to learn and improve as we go.  We are inspired by Patagonia’s Mission Statement 

Patagonia’s Mission Statement

Build the best product, cause no unnecessary harm, use business to inspire and implement solutions to the environmental crisis.


For more about Patagonia, visit

Sunday, June 15, 2014

SEW SLO 2014

Modern Quilts on Display - Recap of SEW SLO 2014

Our first annual modern quilting event was a big hit!  We are already planning and getting excited about the details of our next SEW SLO, 2015.  In the meantime, enjoy some of the highlights of this year's event which took place May 30, 31 and June 1st, 2014.








We were surprised, delighted and honored that Jeremy and Greg from Thimble Towne (our favorite California Central Valley quilt shop) drove all the way from Visalia for the day just to see us!  Their support and encouragement has been amazing!







Come see us next year for the 2nd Annual SEW SLO.  Details Here.