Quilt Challenge 2015 in conjunction with San Benito County Fair

logo-for-webWe had such a good time last year, we’re doing it again!

Here’s a chance to show off your creativity! Family Threads is hosting a quilt challenge in conjunction with the San Benito County Fair.

We have a packet of 6 fat quarters to purchase here at the shop. Use the 6 fabrics plus one of your choice to create a quilt interpreting the fair’s theme of:

Cowboy Boots & Local Roots

 Your quilt can pieced, appliquéd, modern, traditional, WHATEVER. Bring your finished quilt into Family Threads and we’ll hang it in the shop. People cast their votes and you could win a prize!! Please see challenge rules sheet for details.


For residents of San Benito County, Monterey County, Santa Cruz County or South Santa Clara County you may also enter your quilt in the fair. This year’s fair is from Thursday, October 1 – Sunday, October 4.

Please visit our Quilt Challenge page to read more about it.


Drip Drop

imageWe are so happy to see that our free pattern sheets were a hit at Shop Hop! Drip Drop is a pattern Selby designed to show off a few key fabrics without cutting them up too much. Katherine picked one up, and already has her quilt finished and bound – WOW! She did a beautiful job free-motion quilting it on her home machine. We love it!

This pattern uses a large dresdin ruler from Creative Grid, come pick up your copy at the shop!


Mermaid Weekend Workshop

Mermaid Weekend Workshop - Family ThreadsThis past weekend we had a FABULOUS Mermaid Workshop. Students immersed themselves under the sea for 2 full days!

Irene Towler, a wonderfully talented teacher, shared her wealth of knowledge and supplies. Choosing from a variety of mermaids and sea creatures, students used paint, pencils and pens to create their art-pieces. And even though two people may choose the same mermaid, no one’s ever looks the same.

Thank you to everyone for joining us! And thanks for letting us share your works of art!


The top photo features some of Irene’s students showing off their creations. The bottom photo features some of Irene’s samples.

Mermaid Weekend Workshop - Family Threads


Winner Row by Row 2015

Row by Row 2015 WINNER Jeanette PerdueDrumroll please! The winning quiltmaker of the 2015 Row by Row for Family Threads is:

Jeanette Perdue

She brought in her quilt today and said it tells a whole story of her family camping, fishing, traveling, and being at the beach with the waves. We thought it was fabulous of course. She won the 25 fat quarters AND for using our row (those cute little fishing squirrels) she also got the $50 gift certificate.

Thanks so very much Jeanette and congratulations!

Shop Hop AND Row-by-Row

#shophopbythebay2015Look at all these Shop Hop Prize winners! Congratulations to you all.

With one more day to go we wanted to remind everyone that we’ll be open from 11-4pm Sunday. AND Row-by-Row 2015 starts too. So if you’re stopping by we’ll have our patterns available as well as kits. Our license plates for Row-by-Row should be arriving early next week.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the shop today!



Shop Hop 2015 – Some winning tickets

We hope all the shop hoppers are having a grand time! We thought we’d share some winning photos with you. These are some of the lucky ladies who’ve picked a winning ticket in our little daily giveaways.

Congratulations to everyone!


There’s still time to come join the fun and maybe claim your winning ticket! Our hours are extended this week for the event – Friday 10-6, Saturday 10-6 and Sunday 11-4. Oh and don’t forget, Row-by-row starts SUNDAY too!

Halloween Fabric

halloween-fabricIs it that time already? Good grief. I guess if you can have Christmas in July you can have Halloween in June. :)

Whiz Bang Boom

fabric-red-white-and-blueWe got a few bolts of red, white and blue at the shop. One bolt is actually a panel that we’re sure you’ll be able to turn into something great!