Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hold the dessert? Pies N' Tarts project

We are working on a new tasty project...it is a work in progress for sure, but we think we are ready for the big reveal...no, that is not our completed quilt in the picture below!  That is where we're heading though.  

Pies N' Tarts by Sue Daley Patchwork with Busyfingers
Quilt Size: 70" x 70"
English Paper Piecing

Sue Daley's quilt
There are a few ways to participate in this project if you're ready to tackle some curved english paper piecing - this might be just what you've been looking for.  You can purchase a starter pack that includes papers and the acrylic templates for piecing and cutting both sizes of wedges.  The pack also includes general instructions for the project and english paper piecing methods.  The cost is $34.95 for the starter pack.  We'll be ordering these as we get sign-ups so you can start when you're ready.  



We are also offering supporting fabric bundles - you can work from your stash of scraps, supplement your backgrounds with our collection of reproductions or create something entirely different using solids or batiks!  
Background Bundles
(5) 1/2 yd cuts
2.5 yds total $26.95
Need 5 yds for background to do the 70" x 70" quilt shown

Monthly Fat Eighth bundles
Monthly fabric selection of fat eighths for pies and tarts - a perfect supplement for your stash that you can mix n' match or duplicate whichever fabrics you prefer.  Each month selection will provide enough for approximately 8 pies and 8 tarts...using the 4 sets of complementary fabrics.  These bundles are offered with a quarterly subscription for a $12.00/monthly fee.  

Work in Progress....blocks at 2T

We're finding that english paper piecing is easy to take along on travels, and anywhere you end up with time to sit and stitch.  It is fun to accumulate a stack of blocks over time and this project is perfect for all those scraps you've been buried under...you'll make gradual progress and have an amazing quilt to look at (no calories) when you're done.  

We'll have options to order on line posted to the website in the next few days and we can ship our monthly bundles if you want a regular dose of 1800's prints!  We'll post a few updates as we make some more progress with our version so check back for a progress report.  

Happy stitching!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

New fabrics and bright modern solids!

We fell in love with the In the Beginning modern solids when they first appeared - they are more of a poplin weight, and are woven yarn dye, so soft and really amazing colors…so we planned to carry them all!  Who wants to choose, right?  And then, all of a sudden, they weren't going to reprint the fabric line and we were sad…so we cried and complained and that always works at home right?  Well…it worked!!!  They have decided to continue the line, and we are very pleased.  So here are the latest additions - Yummy colors!  


A few neutral modern solids are back in stock! Pop in to pick some up while they're still around!


And check this work of art out…A quick project Kelly whipped up and it really showcases a couple of her favorite colors along with some big stitch quilting!  Really think this turned out fab-u-lous!    

Kelly's Wallhanging

Of course, a new toile is always good - and lavender?  We really don't have much in the shop in these shades so thought they would make a good addition to our stash.  These would stitch up nicely into a stack of sachets to have on hand for gift-giving….gotta get started right?!

Lavender Lakehouse prints
We finally put some of our Downton Abbey fabrics into a project - as you know, they are a bit 'modern' for our reproduction fabrics, but we mixed and matched and created this quick throw quilt.  A nice prelude into fall don't you agree?  We used the versatile Villa Rosa Designs 'Intrigue' pattern.  It has become our 'go to' design for a an easy project and combines just the right amount of fabrics to give it a patchwork look without going scrappy.  

Downton Abbey plus fabrics

Some new vibrant colors to mix and match with some solids perhaps?  The top bolt is a linen and cotton blend fabric, a bit heavier weight and it would be perfect for a back to school jumper for your favorite school girl.  


By Momo for Moda
Hope your sewing room is staying cool in this hot summer weather we've been enjoying!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Introducing The Gypsy Wife monthly class

Does this look a little bit crazy and a whole lot of fun?!  This is a scrappy, whimsical quilt you can create as you go - the pattern is broken in to sections combining various size blocks and some filler strips in random lengths.  You can practice your piecing skills and learn some new block patterns and have a little fun at the same time.  
Kingwell Designs Quilt
Beginning in September you can join the fun creating this scrappy, dynamic quilt from Australian designer Jen Kingwell. Over the course of eleven months, Leslie will teach this sampler featuring a variety of block types and sizes, both simple and more complex.  Each session will include a review of the month's blocks, hints and tricks to improve your skills, show and tell, and optional after class sew-ins. 

Blocks in progress
This is the perfect project to sift through your pile of scraps, and use them in a variety of interesting and unexpected ways. This project is perfect for a confident beginner and will enhance your piecing skills and offer some experience with color value. 

Class available on the Second Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:30pm
OR
                             the Third Friday  of the Month from 9:30-11:30am

$50.00 Registration (includes pattern book)
$10.00 monthly fee per class (11 month commitment, monthly fees billed to cc on file)

Email, call, or stop in the shop for more information and to sign up!


Happy Stitching!  

Monday, August 11, 2014

Introducing Almond Country Beauty Block of the Month

 Join us this fall for our Almond Country Beauty BOM,  a bright, fun, new project from Sewn Into the Fabric. This quilt features paper foundation piecing, the BOM kits will include the pattern and fabrics to create the blocks, borders, and binding. You will supply the background fabric of your choice - go scrappy or all one fabric.

Sewn into the Fabric...Pieces of Our Lives completed Quilt
During this 13 month program, you will create 16 blocks total, 1-2 blocks per month, with the final month focusing on creating the borders.   The monthly pattern includes full size paper foundations ready to go and you'll receive the master pattern as well, so you can always go bigger or make another version of the quilt! 

2T's Version, Work in Progress

Stop in the shop and take a look at our blocks in progress, get more information, and sign up. Don't miss out on creating this gorgeous quilt!  This will be a fun and vibrant project to work on....cause you know it is going to rain again one of these days!

Happy Stitching!


Monday, August 4, 2014

Holiday Ornament Class and Hand stitching

We had a great time getting busy with our last class for stitchery - and here is a peek at our ornament class.  We still have room in the Saturday session August 16th...just a couple of hours and you'll be on your way to a jump start on holiday decorating and gift-giving!




Did we already share the post on the pattern designer's website?  American Homestead gave us a little shout out!  You can read it and see more of her stuff here.


We also have room in the PaintBox Sampler class on Saturday the 9th.  This one will take a bit more of a time commitment, but you are going to have alot of fun practicing some great stitches in colorwheel style.  The basics of several hand embroidery stitches, a portable project, and a new skill set!


Call or stop by the store if either of these classes will fit your schedule.  We'd love to have a few more join the group - and we are carrying all the DMC floss solid colors so we can keep you in stock.

Enjoy the sunshine?!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Holiday options in July

Well...we thought we'd turn up the heat...oh yeah, it's already hot outside, so now it's time to really DO something about preparing ahead for the holidays.  No pressure, but if you're like me, I always think about starting earlier, and then, sure enough the heat is on and you know what day it is.  

Here is a new project featuring just 5 fabrics, you could even do with with just 4, so if you  have a favorite fabric and want to feature it this is the perfect throw size quilt.  Did I mention quick too?!  We have a kit with this wild rose fabric, and the pattern is a great one by Villa Rosa designs - a versatile pattern option to have in your bag of tricks.  

Christmas Rose
And then - we do have just a few new fabrics for the holidays...love this little woody car hauling a christmas tree...
Fabrics by Stella

French General - La Fete De Noel

Scandinavian style prints
A couple of the metallic prints feature gorgeous stripes - perfect for the 60-degree table runner!  Have you thought about these for hostess gifts, your favorite hair stylist, teacher, etc...you know the perfect gift to have on hand for someone?

Glitz and Glamour with some metallics

60-degree table runner 

More red and white...
Red and Turquoise!
We thought we'd turn down the heat a bit with this wintery blue and cream collection called Snowbird by Laundry Basket - a few batiks are thrown into the mix as Edyta does best.  We have a couple of the batiks, a variety of the prints in shades of blue and a few jelly rolls and charm packs for this group, but they are going fast.

Since we were wanting to get that wintery wonderland feeling, we hung up a few snowflakes and a couple of snowy owls stitched from wool felt.  These can be a great tree ornament, decoration for a package...or just fun to display!  The website we found the pattern on is amazing - almost every bird I can think of she has created a pattern for.  You gotta check Down East Thunder Farm's website!  

Happy stitching!

Friday, July 25, 2014

Curated Short Stack

Midsummer bloom - here is a collection of 6 fat quarters, featuring blooms of different types and colors... a perfect summer bouquet to add to your stash!







Of course, these are just a few of our favorite florals and there are lots of other gorgeous blooms to choose from.  Here is a favorite summer quilt that showcases a soft palette with birds and flowers.  This is a versatile fat quarter friendly pattern...perfect for all those fat quarters you might have grabbed recently?!

Vienna Garden
Enjoy some stitching time!