Wednesday, October 7, 2015

New Fabric

We've got even more fun Halloween quilts going up on the walls at the shop - is there a perfect number of festive quilts we should be aiming for?  Here are the latest favorites.  We're thinking something for every occasion.  
Chillingsworth Door Panel

Sew Scary

Fright Night
Other new goodies we have added to the mix include the collectible tins and quilt kits from Moda...these are perfect for someone who needs a quilty gift idea to give or receive!  
Moda Frivols

Moda Frivols 

We've got the strips and strings series of classes underway - and there are spots open in most of the sessions if you think you'd like to stitch up a storm and make a dent in your scrap pile.  Leslie will cover some fun techniques you can add to your skill-set and get a project moving forward.  Lots of project ideas and fun!  Check out our website for more details.  And of course, what would we do without a bit of new fabric inspiration...

Story By Carrie Bloomston

Tiger Lily 

Urban Scandinavian
Enjoy the sewing season!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

SUPER SALE and Alice Challenge


TWO days only!  
Friday October 2nd and Saturday October 3rd, 10am-6pm  

Just a couple of weeks ago it was branches and leaves outside the shop....doing a little after the windstorm clean-up.  Now's the time to do some clean-up inside!  

We've got some great deals on selected bolts of fabric!  AND, If you clean-up the bolt, you'll save even more!  We're finding some buried treasures we forgot we had packed away and some retired store samples to add to the mix ~  don't miss your chance on some great savings!  

Join the Alice celebration! 

Here's your chance to recreate a favorite memory from Alice's Adventures in Wonderland!  The novel, written by Lewis Carroll in 1865 is marking 150 years in print ~ that's pretty remarkable don't you think?!   To participate, pop in to the shop, pick up 2 fat quarters, pay the $6.00 fee and go home and dream up something fabulous!  The details are up to required fabric, one of your choice from the Alice in Wonderland collection from Windham Fabrics and it's all your imagination from there.  Have some fun creating and we'll plan the tea party...turn in date is December 1st to have items displayed in the shop!

Contact us via email or at the shop for more information. 

Happy Fall!

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Latest quilts and projects

Here's a new little quilt from our Anniversary pattern Criss-Cross pathways - this version we used a few less fabrics and limited the colors to a subdued gray and blue combination - the inspiration came from this larger quilt pictured below that features a great stripe border from the Settlement collection of fabrics Jeanne Horton for Windham fabrics.  Again, we mixed up some blues and grays and added a touch of charcoal for emphasis.  The pattern is fat quarter friendly and you can go as scrappy as you like - so this would be a good one to use up some leftover reproduction fabrics and mix and match as you choose.  The pattern, New Market is from Red Crinoline quilts.

Criss-Cross Blues

New Market 
We've been busy preparing for know that means lots of fun and festive Halloween preparations but in addition to costumes and chocolate - we've gotten a couple of bags made lately - they are both from Noodlehead patterns - and I am really pleased with the construction methods and details she covers in the patterns.  There are some other really great projects in the new book - Handmade Style besides bags so stop by and check 'em out!  These bags have left for good homes but I think I've got ideas for a few more favorite fabric combinations.....   
241 Tote Noodlehead

Caravan Tote pattern 
Hope you're enjoying fall weather and savoring some stitching time!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Fabric and Strips and Strings!

We went all in with this latest collection of Lotta Jansdotter, it is called "Lucky" and perhaps the name is what convinced me we needed it all.  The colors are so much fun and the scale of those large random dots is perfect!  What kind of fun can happen with these prints do you think?  

And since we think clean and crisp colors are good - you can't go wrong with an aqua and peachy pink combination - of course a touch of chartreuse hits the spot.  Color combinations that are sure to spark any project you  have in the works - and the scraps will be sooo great for a bunch of future string quilts?!
For You from Zen Chic for Moda

As you know - it's always good to be ahead of the curve, and we love it when we recognize a good thing when we see it!  Remember the trunk show we had at the shop in July?   We featured several quilts from Sewn into the Fabric, created by Rana Heredia.  And, whoo-hooo, a big shout out to Rana since her quilt "Stag Nation" is going to be on the cover of the second issue of Quiltmania's latest publication Quilting Moderne (that's with a french accent!).  How cool is that?  We still have a few copies of her book Simply Strings in stock, and the pattern...AND, we have the strips and strings class series coming up with Leslie.  We can't promise you'll use up all your scraps, but you just might make a dent.  The first class is this coming Friday - so check our website for more details.  

Stag Nation by Rana Heredia

Monday, September 7, 2015

Stash Rolls Out and New Fabric In!

Yep...back to school and all that comes with that time of year, including more sewing time perhaps with rainy days in our future we hope!  The latest issue of Quilt Sampler is here - a great way to plan a road trip or find a new destination for sure.  We are wrapping up the last couple of days of the RowXRow event, and are waiting to hear what theme is planned for next year.

We are getting the sewing season off to a great start with a 2nd release of the 1800's Stash rolls - our initial release of these was pretty popular and it seems like a good time to clean house again.  These are available til they're gone and we've made a few with some brighter colors (chrome yellow, poison green, cheddar...etc.) as well as several in more traditional reproduction colors.  We have them on the website for those of you who can't stop by the store and make a personal selection.  If you want to order online, and are partial to a particular color or flavor leave us a comment on your order and we'll do our best to meet your request.

These 1800's Stash rolls are the last of some favorite bolts of fabric and are the perfect way to build a scrappy project and enhance your stash!  Six inch wide strips of twelve different fabrics, priced at $14.95...yep that's 2 yards of fun and perfect for those of you who like to shop ahead to make sure your Christmas stocking is full!

And while we've been digging through our scraps, we've been adding to our shelves - there is is new division of P and B Textiles called Washington Street Studio and their first collections look great on the shelf!  These two collections offer a nice variety of print, including some lovely ugly stripes and great geometric prints - great tones of red, brown, pink and harvest gold.  Perfect for an autumn quilt!
Flying Geese

Friendship Ring
And of course, we just received a dozen new bolts of batiks and a few odds n' ends that could be just the addition your project needs!  A few precuts are available to go with some of these and there are certainly some great motifs that would make fabulous aprons and table runners or perhaps a new tote bag or camera bag (reel time?)!  could be good for all kinds of sewing projects.

Tiki Tok

Reel Time

And with the sewing season upon us, starting this coming Sunday, September 13th we'll be open from noon - 4pm so you can stop by any day of the week!

Happy Stitching!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Back to School?

We have a few classes on the calendar and will be adding a few more as the fall sewing season gets underway.   Check our website for full details on the strips and strings class series.  Here is the scoop on the tuffet class - these have been around for several years now, but you may not have had the opportunity to make it happen so here is the chance!  

Tuffet Class with Krista Moser

Friday November 6th 10:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday December 5th 10:00 am - 4:00pm

Create a one-of-a-kind tuffet for your home or as a gift for someone special!  A great addition to a sewing room or dorm room...The tuffet measures 18 inches around, with your choice of leg styles and height. Kits for the tuffet base and foam are available for pre-order if desired ($40.00).   Finishing touches will need to be completed at home after class to allow for drying time, etc.  Full instruction will be provided.  

Tuffet ideas!
The latest fabrics have been a bit of a mix for us, some bright jewel tones - the Morris Jewels are a bit bright to mix in with our existing William Morris fabrics, so they are holding their own but sure look fabulous mixed with the new Stellar solids collection.    

Sophia from the Henley Studio for Makower - would make a great quilt or a fun patchwork dress, this is got the latest grey and butterscotch mixed in with aqua and pink so you can't go wrong on colors for this one.

Hope the power is on and you are ready for sewing time!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Modern Country and more!

Do you remember the workshops we hosted in 2014 with Mary Elizabeth Kinch?  Well...we're working on plans to have her back in 2016 so stay tuned for a Save the Date notice (first weekend in June maybe!).

Eveyln's class project

Until then - we have some of her first collection of fabric available!  Clean and bright - it will add some crispness to your reproduction fabric collection OR give you some print variation on the contemporary side of the world.  Perfect for today's modern farmhouse decor!

Modern Country for Windham Fabrics
Here are a couple of the projects from Windham Fabrics featuring the collection.  What do you think of this color palette?!

And I thought I'd try it mixed with a grey chambray - kind of a crisp dress shirt meets grey flannel suit.  I'm experimenting with a few improv bowtie blocks and think I'm going to have fun making a small quilt or wallhanging.

Check out this tutorial from Molly Flanders blog for the improv method I'm using.  Enjoy the change in the weather!!  Fall is in the air and we are ready for some rain!