Saturday, October 22, 2016

What's new

We have alot of great fabrics filling the shelves to overflowing, and have added some basic new colors of grunge, woven checks and crossweaves as well.  In between unpacking boxes we have been finishing up a few projects.  This rainy weather has been perfect motivation to get a few projects underway.
Andover and Makower fabrics

Meadow Storm
It is the time of year we love - pumpkin scones and pumpkin spice lattes any chance we get.  This new throw size quilt top features a fabulous print from Alexander Henry and the Haunted House collection.  
Haunted House Ghastlie 
Pressed Leaves

We are happy to showcase one of our favorite fall projects created by local author and pattern designer Tonya Alexander - she whipped up a fresh sample of her Pressed Leaves table runner and dropped off a few patterns for us so we have a splash of bright color on display too.  If you haven't decided on your table decor for the upcoming holidays this could be stitched up in no time!
Here is a quick outfit for a little one - this Knick Knack Knickers and Piece of Cake dress are both free online patterns designed by Anna Maria Horner, one of our favorite designers.  There are alot of great versions shown on Anna Maria's blog so the fabric possibilities are endless! 

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Magpie Manor with Bobi Sue Herring

November 12th and 13th - Magpie Manor 

This project is a pattern that I have admired for some time and can't wait to finally make mine up!    
The pattern and a set of hand-painted eyes are included in the class fee.  The project size is designed at 16x26 but I'm sure there is some flexibility if you want to change it up. I have a copy of the pattern available to look at if you'd like to see some details, please just let me know on your next shop visit.

Here is a brief description of the project:
Magpie Manor was designed to showcase beautiful prints and artfully frame them, like cameos, ordained in jewelry.  This pattern is for the collector with a stash, to use your treasures.  Play with the sizing and pattern of your prints to achieve dramatic effects.

An opportunity to play with fabrics, incorporate a variety of techniques such as free motion quilting and embellishing.  Dabble in raw-edge hand appliqué, couching, embroidery and a unique and versatile nubby twist edge finish.

Bobi Sue is the featured artist at Quiltopia held in Oregon this month AND she will be releasing a new pattern Tales of a Tattered Fox.  I've attached a couple of photos for your reference.  She has previously taught at Sisters and Greenbaums in Oregon.

The class size will be limited, and we have a few spaces left, since space is limited it will not be posted on our website at this time.  Please stop by the store or give us a call if you'd like to commit.

Class date:  Saturday and Sunday November 12th and 13th.  Exact times to be determined, but count on a full day of play!!  Cost for both days $200.00, includes a pattern and set of hand-painted eyes.

Monday, October 10, 2016

What we're working on!

We have been working on finishing...all in the hopes of starting something new right?  These improv bowtie blocks of mine sat around for some time, and finally got to a finish recently.  I think this one is "Ode to a Banker", the modern country fabric mixed with a few solids for the bow ties, and a grey flannel like peppered cotton for the background.  The kicker is the blue and white stripe 'shirting' that I used for the back.  Good to be done!  The inspiration for this project came a quilt by Mary Dugan - I've linked to her blog below.  You might just get inspired from one of her projects too!

We are gearing up for some english paper piecing fun with Jane - if you've been thinking about trying this versatile and portable hand-piecing style Jane is here to get you started!  We have a basic class coming up on the 21st and if you really get addicted, we've got an ongoing support group you can join. Both classes are listed on our website.

English Paper Piecing Jane Buys Class

And if you missed the Gingerbread house classes with Suz, we now have a pattern available and there's plenty of time to whip up an entire village before the holidays!  These gingerbread houses of wool felt will last for years, no calories and they are alot of fun to personalize.  

Gingerbread Houses

We hope you have a chance to get out and enjoy the amazing fall colors and find some time for stitching too!  

Just a reminder - we're OPEN on Sunday's and CLOSED on Monday's now.  We so appreciate your support and business and hope you can adjust to this new schedule!  

Saturday, October 1, 2016

New fabric for October

We have added a bunch of different prints and styles to our shelves - of course an emphasis on brights as we turn to fall colors, darker mornings and bit of drizzle now and then.  Perfect sewing weather?!  

Mermaid Magic Michael Miller Fabrics

Kaffe and Phillip for Rowan
These funky prints are linen & cotton blends, and I'm pretty sure some of it will be coming home with me...just not sure if it will be a bag or just what.  Any specific projects come to mind for you?

Linen Blend by Good Taste

Hey Dot for Moda
Tula Pink for Free Spirit
Our latest color club addition is this bundle of 'clementine' - it joins a bunch of other contemporary color bundles ranging from mustard to orchid.  These bundles are great additions to help fill out your collection and supplement in color areas that you may not automatically go to.
Color Club Clementine

Double Gauze Batik
One of our latest finishes, a fun small project - this one is from a Villa Rosa pattern card "Cherish" and is a pretty versatile pattern we think.  This version features fabric from Windham Fabrics Party Animals collection.    We have fabric kits available and you could get this stitched up in a hurry if you need a quick gift for a little someone.  
Party Animals Quilt

Monday, September 26, 2016

Classes and Activities

Are you in transition between projects and not quite ready to fully embrace winter sewing just yet?  We have a couple of classes coming up and a few spots in each - so maybe one of these ideas will get you back into the sewing room!


The Hollow Star with Krista Moser is a two part class, and great for stash busting your scraps. Of course this neutral pallette is fabulous but the project works up well in lots of brights or even a seasonal holiday color range.  You can use as much variety as you want so the options are pretty wide open.  You'll do some pre-cutting before the first class, make some progress in between the 2 sessions and wrap things up at your second class.  This one really can get to the point of a finished top by class end so you won't have to worry about another lingering work-in-progress.

Hollow Star with Krista Moser
You can register online hollow star or stop by the store!

And Krista has been making some amazing tuffet projects - we've hosted a few classes here and are always impressed with our students results.  And for the first time we're offering the option of a square version for those of you who have already mastered the round tuffet.  The style choices are limitless and we know several customers are choosing this project for gift-giving too.   Check out the possibilities and register soon!  

And don't miss out:  

La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum

Fiber Arts Festival

September 30th - October 2nd 2016
10am - 5pm daily

Museum Honors Local Quiltmaker, Teacher and Author, Reynola Pakusich

It's not too late to catch Reynola's exhibit - or this one featuring another local artist - both exhibits are highly recommended!  

Friday, September 23, 2016

Projects and fabrics and crafty fun!

Have you seen our back-to-school display? Yep - that box of Crayola's is filled with fabrics from Riley Blake, not sidewalk chalk or crayons!  We had some fun doing the improv letter signs and think there are endless ways you could incorporate a few words into a quilt or quilt back...a favorite quote, the recipient's name for a gift quilt or important words to live by.  A great way to play with fabric.    

And you could go home with some of our favorite leftovers...we've got u-fill scrap bags available until we run out of scraps.  Could that happen I wonder?  

We've had some great customer show and tell lately with these fun projects, a great bag using the heavier weight linen & cotton blend fabric and a pretty sweet dress for a young person from a special piece from cotton + steel fabrics.
Trail Tote
Pattern by Anna Graham of Noodlehead
Sewn by Kate
Free pattern at:
Robert Kaufman

Geranium Dress
Pattern from Made by Rae
Sewn by Kami

And of course, no day is complete without some great fabric right?  These Koi are digitally printed for some life-like details.  And we've featured a variety of fabrics below from some of the latest lines added to our shelves.  
Koi Gathering from Kona Bay Fabrics

Fuji from Kona Bay Fabrics

Pheasant and Traceries by Margo Krager

Wool Needle IV Flannels by Primitive Gatherings
Now that we've had some days of cooler weather and rain, it's time to dust off the sewing tables and get those projects back on track!  Fall sewing weather is officially here.

Monday, September 19, 2016

Bali Talk on Thursday

The rainy season has arrived, sew it's all about the fabric right? It's not too late...we still have a few spots left in the lecture on Batiks this Thursday.  Give us a call or stop by to reserve a spot if you're interested, reservations are required so we can be sure to accommodate everyone.