Saturday, April 7, 2018

Spring Classes

These  photos below are the current status of some of the students work in the current Imagine your Design class - of course, a before shot would be more meaningful to show the progression!  What starts with orphan blocks, theme fabric, or just an inspiration photo can take you places you didn't know you were going!  It's been great fun to see these projects grow and develop as students evaluate their choices and brainstorm with Jane.  See below for the class description for the ongoing series starting up again in May.    
Isies work-in-progress

Carols work-in-progress
Imagine Your Design with Jane Buys

Above are some student samples from Jane's last session.  Some beautiful and creative works-in-progress!  If you'd like to design your own quilt(s) or possibly you're already designing but find yourself with a bad case of "Quilter's Block", then Jane's class provides the perfect atmosphere and collaboration to get you headed in the right direction.   Class time will include show and tell and individual consultation with guidance for design possibilities. Inspiration and motivation to help you personalize and design a quilt that's all your own. Appropriate for quilters with some prior experience.

Tuesday, May 15, June 19, July 17, 2018
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Series Fee:  $30.00

English Paper Piecing isn't just about hexagons and Grandmother's flower garden blocks anymore!  Have you seen the latest Brimfield Block that offers myriad design options for fussy cutting, focal fabric centers and everything in between.  Here are a couple of our sample ideas.  

If you like the idea of a perfect portable hand sewing project for travel or 'found time' (aka waiting at doctors offices, watching sports events, etc.) English Paper Piecing could be your new addiction.  We have a few spots left in our basics class where you can learn the skills to tackle any shape on Saturday April 21st.  You can register online or stop by the shop!  

A little bit of precision and a whole lot of fun get's packed into a small quilt.  These 9-patch small quilts showcase design choices, with emphasis on value and print scale.  Class time will also be spent establishing some basic skills in accuracy to set you up for success for future projects.  If you've admired some of our scrappy reproduction quilts but have been intimidated on how to transition from big blocks to these smalls, this is a great opportunity to enhance and refine your cutting and sewing skills by spending a day with Jane.   The Shaded 9-patch class is scheduled for  Friday May 18th.                             

Thursday, April 5, 2018

New Fabrics

We have fabric deliveries of florals and cheerful prints even if our spring weather isn't cooperating!  We have some new rayon prints perfect for wearables as well as some great new theme prints of ocean life and flowers and bugs!  These are great fabrics to kick start some new sewing projects.  

Santa Fe Cotton and Steel

Dear Mum by Robin Pickens for Moda
Life of Porpoise For Stella Fabrics
We love the latest group from Di Ford, Maling Road and we know you will too.  The color combinations and variety of motifs are going to be great additions to your stash!  

Maling Road Di Ford
Stop by the shop and see our class sample projects and get inspired with these new fabric choices!

Friday, March 23, 2018

More Classes

Looking to brush up on some piecing skills or learn more about the latest hand-piecing craze of English Paper piecing?  We have Jane Buys on the schedule for a couple of skill-builder classes this spring.  Read on for more details!  
Jane's Blue Conversation Prints EPP

I know that it's still cold outside but Spring has sprung!!  I think we should celebrate with another English Paper Piecing (EPP) 101 Class!  We've invited "The Master" of EPP, Jane Buys, to show us the "Zen" of this handwork.  She will be here on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10:00a.m. to Noon to share her tips, experience and wisdom.  Check out our website for details and registration... Hope you can join us!!

Great things really do come in small packages!  Are you intrigued by small quilts but leery of those teeny-tiny fabric pieces?!  Jane Buys will be in our classroom on Friday, May 18th 10:00am - 3:30pm to help you "master the smalls" with this lovely Shaded-Nine-Patch quilt.  These small blocks are just 3 inches finished size!  She'll be sharing her tips and expertise to help you refine your piecing skills.  Class time will focus on the finer points to improve your accuracy in cutting, piecing, pressing and how to "set" the blocks.  Choose your favorite design layout and learn a bit about color value. Class suitable for comfortable beginners!  Check out our website for details and registration.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

New Classes

Piecing Basics II and Finishing Basics 

We've got a full day scheduled with Krista Moser coming up!  If you're ready for a 2nd round of piecing basics, a bit more focus on cutting and piecing skills this is your chance.  In the morning Krista will coach you through a few hours of 2nd level piecing basics.  3 hour session that will focus on rotary cutting and half-square triangles (with sometimes-tricky bias edges).  We've got a fun pattern from Running Doe Quilts in mind for this one!

Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:00am - 1:00pm
Class fee:  $50

And you can stick around for the afternoon to complete your day of quilting OR just come for the 2nd half of the day to focus on finishing skills.  This session will help you complete newly-pieced quilt top!  Krista will share her tips for success and guide you through the process of borders and bindings as well as preparing your quilt top for the final quilting phase. 

Saturday, April 28, 2018
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Class fee:  $40 ($10.00 discount will apply when registering for both classes on this day!)

You can stop by the shop to discuss the details about these classes or sign up online here 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Lots of fabric!

Depending on the day, and depending on the weather - you might be looking for something warm and cozy like flannel, faux fur or fuzzy organic fleece, and we've got some great options in stock for those days. 

Riley Blake Designs
And if you're itching for some signs of spring and bright colors, maybe a few flowers and bolder patterns, we've got some great colorful prints and tonal textures to complement those.  

Sweet Dreams by Anna Maria Horner

Gleaned by Carolyn Friedlander 
And for the subdued palette - we just received these low volume backgrounds that include some bright pops of color as well as these yummy sherbet shades of ombre with confetti metallic dots.  Spring is clearly on it's way with these colorful bundles.    

Modern Backgrounds by Zen Chic for Moda

Ombre Confetti Metallics by Moda

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Paradox Point featuring Kaffe fabrics

Here is an update on one of our latest finishes - we paper pieced these arrows with a variety of Freespirit Kaffe Fasset fabrics and combined the vibrant colors with a solid gray Kona.  The texture added from the custom quilting by Nikki adds another layer of interest and quilting on solid fabric really shows off her stitching! 

Our quilt is about half the size as the project detailed in the booklet by Sassafras Lane - you can pick your favorite arrows, make a cool throw pillow or two - or go all out and make a large project.  Foundation paper piecing is not for everyone, but it is the perfect way to get accuracy and detail as shown in these graphic arrow designs. 

Despite all the recent news about Freespirit Fabrics - we still have plenty of fabric on the bolt available and it sounds like their won't be any break in the delivery of new goods under the new ownership.  We have several of the Freespirit designers fabrics featured including some of the latest collection designed by Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession.  

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Inner Garden BOM designed by Anna Maria Horner

We are almost ready to kick-off this vibrant 6 month project....can't wait to start something floral and bright - how about you?  We will be packaging kits next week so now is the time to let us know if you'd like to participate.  

This line of fabric was so gorgeous when it was displayed at Quilt Market last fall, I didn't hesitate to commit to this project, I hope it captures your interest too!  The fabric line, Sweet Dreams and pattern are both designed by Anna Maria Horner.  This project makes a great use of some of the bold large scale prints combining a few techniques and embellishments to add to the layering of patchwork, color and print!

Contact the shop or stop by soon if you're interested in joining this BOM - we have a limited number of spots available. 

Finished size about 78" x 90" 

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