Saturday, September 27, 2014

Fun New Fabrics

We have fabric...and we're open again on Sundays from Noon - 4:00pm...just in case you get tired of watching football, you can come and visit!  Here are some pictures of some of the latest and greatest.

Modern Solids from In the Beginning
Atomic Garden Studio E

Timeless Treasures fun blenders

Stonehenge goes Prehistoric from Northcott

Marcia Derse for Windham

Oh, Clementine from Windham Fabrics

Ala Carte by Moda

Paint from Windham

Trail Mix from Riley Blake
Enjoy these first days of fall!

Friday, September 19, 2014

New stuff!

Well - you can't just live on fabric alone right?  So we have some fun supplements for the stash...

That is, wool thread bobbins, we've been filling with Aurifil or Genziana wool thread - we have about 50 colors available!  There are about 18 yards of thread per bobbin perfect for travel and wool applique projects...some of our local Sue Spargo fans are loving these.  We have a variety of other threads for embellishing and crafting or even big stitch quilting - a variety of pearl cottons and specialty threads.

In addition, we now offer DMC floss, almost every color you can get those wool felt ornaments under construction without any worries about running out of thread!

Our wool area for bits and pieces has expanded again! We are well equipped to help you find the perfect products for your latest stitchery projects. We have some new patterns and notions - this pattern shown below is going to be versatile - our store sample is almost ready for viewing...something  spooky for sure so you'll want to stop and take a peek.  

Between the Lines from Mountain Peek Creations

Little Magic Bobbin Genies
This tried and true pattern - great for modern solids and showcasing your favorite color combinations...
Checkerboard Stars

Quilt in A day
Have you seen the demo's on this one?  Have you tried trimming up your half-squares before you press them open?  Who knew how simple that could be.

Newest Quilt Sampler Magazine
And of course - in between projects, take a moment and plan your next road trip to one of these featured shops!

Friday, September 12, 2014

New fabric rolling in...

Need some fresh fabrics to inspire something new or to supplement your works in process?  We've got some new basics, along with some fun,  bright prints...gorgeous soft linen for a background and some linen blend toweling along with a few knits perfect for wearables. 

 Caryl's Feather by Benartex
 Fancy Free by Riley Blake
 Fleurish by Kanvas Designs

 Autumn Lily by Moda
 Paris Flea Market Linens 3 Sisters
Riley Blake Knits

Don't wait for the rain - start a new project today!   We have some great novelty threads for stitching and embellishing, along with some hand-dyed wools, and wool thread.  Great projects for travel or for stitching at home.  Enjoy the sunshine and happy stitching!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Curated Short Stack Golden Harvest

Edition No. 3
Here is our 3rd edition of the curated fat quarter bundles….we were trying to capture the golden colors of wheat, grains and hay - summer harvest is winding down don't you think?  Kind of thinking we will work towards something more of a pumpkin flavor this month….we'll see!
Edition No. 3 swatches
And a few soft colors featuring serpentine and basic stripes are some of our latest additions to the reproduction fabrics.

We are preparing for rainy weather, getting some kits cut and some class ideas finalized and hoping to find some sewing time…does that sound about right?  We hope you are finishing up some of your summer projects and thinking ahead for some new fall projects…

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Hold the dessert? Pies N' Tarts project

We are working on a new tasty is a work in progress for sure, but we think we are ready for the big, 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'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
                             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!