Sunday, February 19, 2017

Fabric Therapy Anyone?

Quilters are generous with their quilts, their time and their materials - we appreciate hearing about all the great contributions and gifts our customers share with others, and we really enjoy seeing our customers share the gift of learning to sew and quilt with others.  We hope your new year provides lots of opportunities to share and promote the joys of fabric and quilting!  

We want to give a big shout out to all of you who are so generous with your time and materials as you contribute to so many worthy causes and provide quilts to friends and family both in need and in celebration all year long.  Quilts certainly make the world a better place! 

Here is a quick recap of some of the community activities we supported in 2016 with our store projects and quilts:

The La Conner Quilt and Textile MuseumBlaine Fine Arts AssociationThe Firs KidsCampfire Samish and Camp KirbyMoonlight Quilters GuildLove Inc of Whatcom County

We have been adding to the shelves and trying to carve out some time to stitch up some fresh samples, some how with our extra snow days I seem to be further behind than ahead!  We hope you have had a chance to catch up and get organized, meet all those new year's resolutions and move right on to starting something new?!

Baltimore Blues by Barbara Brackman for Andover

Garden Notes by Kathy Schmitz for Moda
We know we're quilter's and not photographers - these prints below really are deep black!
Lampblack designed by Kathy Hall for Andover Fabrics
We have been expanding our selection of knits - and there are some amazingly great patterns for both children and women's clothing that you might just want to give it a go!  A simple receiving blanket with a bias trim edge is a very handy gift for summer babies too!
Stella Knits 60 inches wide 
Please stop by soon and show us what you're working on, what you've completed ...or what you have planned for 2017!  

Monday, February 13, 2017

Hearts and more

Have you been creating a valentine for someone special?  These heart projects are on display again and we've been adding some bright pops of color - florals and geometrics and the latest digital prints to the store shelves.  This felt heart garland is a quick option and you can find the tutorial here on Betz White's website. 

This little wall hanging is a great project for mini-charms, and of course you could go bigger with regular size charms squares.  The project pattern is here:  pixelated heart
Pixelated Heart
We are offering a new service for your scissors...we've arranged for a monthly pick up and Caleb will take knives and scissors - so mark your calendars, drop your items off for sharpening and get your sewing tools back in prime condition!

One Sharp Guy

Sharpening Service provided by Caleb Hilton

Leave your items the first Friday of the month and 
pick up on the following Wednesday.

24 hour service available on request

Here are some of our latest additions to the shelves - we need to find some sewing time soon!

Crab Shack Digitally Printed for Andover Fabric

Sundance by Sue Daley for Riley Blake

Tide Pool Designed by Kate Nelligan for Moda

The lovely Elizabeth's Dowry collection is pretty spectacular too! 

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Winter Blues?

Are you surviving our crash course in winter weather?!  I think the roads are improving rapidly now, and eventually our parking lot won't be the snowfield that it has been.  Whew, I know I am ready for the kids to go back to school for sure.  Hopefully you have stayed warm and dry and stitched up a storm this past week - which means you may just be in need of a new project?!

EPP 101 with Jane Buys is back!

An introductory class where you will learn a variety of methods from our local expert! We'll provide a 1 inch hexagon to get you started OR if you have a particular project or paper piecing shape that you want to work with, please bring it and you can get some personalized instruction too.

Friday March 10th 2017
Cost: $25.00

Spinning Stars with Suz Litzsinger

A great class to play with color and not stress about your sewing. This quick to complete design can be completed in many sizes, from baby quilts to bed size. Great for scraps or focusing on your favorite colors.
Sunday March 12th 2017
Cost: $35.00

We have been receiving our shipments regularly despite the fabulous weather - and these lovely books from Quiltmania are perfect for contemplating some fresh ideas.  We also have Edyta Sitar's latest book, Little Handfuls of Scraps in stock.  

And some spring florals with a touch of gold metallic and a fresh minty background would make a fabulous valentines presentation don't you think?

On Trend from Riley Blake

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Something to Crow About

The Chinese New Year begins, and 2017 is the Year of the Rooster!

Time flies and another New Year, which means another new opportunity to jump start your sewing plans for 2017.  Are you having trouble channeling your quilting efforts?  You know - too many projects and not enough time?  Well...if you want to focus your energy and make Something to Crow About ~ we've got it all figured out!

It's time for a challenge!

You decide how to interpret the theme "Year of the Rooster", we will provide you with red fabric that must be incorporated on the front of your project and the rest is up to you! The cost to participate is $5.00, and you'll receive the challenge guidelines, a red fabric fat quarter, and a few Chinese New Year inspiration items to energize your creative process.  Stop by the shop to pick up your box - or order online!  

Entry Deadline: Saturday April 8th 2017

Just a reminder, we're open Tuesday through Saturday 10am -6pm and Sundays noon-4pm
(Closed on Mondays)

Thursday, January 26, 2017

1876 in January 2017

We'll be talking 1876 on Monday January 30th - have you been thinking about this quilt?  Hopefully it hasn't been keeping you up nights...or at least not yet!  This project has been known to take on a life of it's own, and we're sharing a few comments from some of the current students, who are nearing completion of their versions of the 1876 quilt.

"This is the most amazing quilt - not only is it historic and gorgeous, but you will learn everything there is to know about quilting in the process.  I have so appreciated Anne's skill as a knowledgeable, friendly and fun teacher!"  Shiela B.

"Anne's 1876 quilt class has taught me so many quilting skills.  She used a variety of techniques with tips that challenged this 40 year quilter in new ways.  Anne's endless abilities are incredibly helpful and she is incredibly motivated to give personal assistance.  I highly recommend this challenge if you are interested in improving your piecing skills.  The camaraderie that has evolved from our cohort class experience has been treasured."  Laurie L.

"When I joined Anne and our original 1876 quilt group I barley knew how to sew, much less piece together a quilt.  I didn't even know what WOF meant!  Now, nearing completion of an incredible quilt top, I can say that I am a confident sewer, able to tackle most any quilting challenge.  Anne's guidance and support during this journey has been incredible.  The teaching materials and lessons she developed are superb; even as a novice, I have been able to understand and follow all cutting and piecing instructions with absolutely no difficulty.  I cannot recommend more highly the opportunity to work and study with Anne as she puts together another group who will learn how to recreate the spectacular 1876 quilt."  Carol S.

If you think this project is for you - please give us a call or email and we'll get you all the details for Monday's informational meeting!  Distance learning is an option so please consider joining the project even if you're not close enough to make the classes regularly.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

What are you making?

We love new fabric and we love old fabric that looks just like an old quilt?  Perfect! This group, Star of Bethlehem, from Washington Street Studios for P and B Textiles features some nice variety in pattern scale and the lovely serpentine stripes that provide a lot of added interest to your piecework - not to mention the clear and bright color options.    

Star of Bethlehem from Washington Studio Street

This is the original quilt, show above that was showcased at Quilt Market and on loan from the Rocky Mountain Quilt Museum.  Pretty fabulous color combinations and a great setting for this quilt!  It's wonderful to see the prints as they were originally combined don't you think?  

Sew together bag
We have jumped into the process of making Sew Together bags...have you made one yet?  This is the original size, and since I have no shortage of sewing supplies, this works well for me.  I know the  new smaller size is pretty cute and a bit more compact for those that want to travel light!  You'll have plenty of chances to practice installing zippers - the end product is pretty fun with all the pockets to help keep yourself organized!  Here are the two versions I stitched up and even parted with one for a gift!

Are you thinking of something special for a favorite Valentine?   Of course a sew together bag could be the perfect gift if you have a special someone in mind.  An apron, pillow or placemat might be fun too - lots of gift ideas you can stitch up for you and your Valentines.  This large scale poppy print is playing into the right color palette for sure!

Poppy Mae by Robin Pickens for Moda

We have lots of fun wovens showing up with some subtle plaids and some bold and bright graphic checks too.  These are great to mix into your quilt stash, but they also make some fun home dec items and wearables so the options are wide open.  

Kaffe Artisan ikat

We haven't had a lot of plum colors to work with of late, and these shades combined with some lime and aqua offer a fresh variety.

Isabelle Dena Designs for Free Spirit

Rose Water by Tina Givens for Free Spirit
We hope you're getting inspired for some spring weather, brighter colors and some new sewing projects!

Friday, January 20, 2017

What to do but Quilt?!

What can we say...quilting and quilt shows are a great distraction and at the same time a great way to focus!  We have had the pleasure of hosting Gwen at a few different workshops over the past several years, and we enjoy seeing her art on display.  What a great talent and wonderful lady!  Do take the time to see this exhibit in La Conner!  There are several other exhibits showing at the museum as well -  including one showcasing pieces by local talent Sharon Tucker.  Great work!
Abstract Quilts in Solids
Gwen Marston

Additional Exhibits

First Floor Main Gallery

Sharon Tucker
Improv Inspiration
January 4th-February 26, 2017

It's Not Easy Being Green

High Fiber Diet

The Nature of Place

Charlotte Bird and Ree Nancarrow

head over to the museum website to see more events and workshops going on!

We are pretty much done with winter, cold, ice, snow...etc.  How about you?  We hope your winter travels have been easy to navigate as there certainly has been some variety depending on where you're at and which way the wind is blowing.  You can't go wrong with a winter quilt project (or 3) and if you've got some binding to accomplish, now is the time!  We have lots of new fabrics coming in with only a few weather related shipping delays - new books from Quiltmania should be arriving early next month too!  Can't wait...

Batiks from Moda

Clean Living by Henry Glass

Darling Little Dickens by Lydia Nelson for Moda

Pumpkin Pie Prints by Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda

Score! by Henry Glass

Lots of options for rounding out your stash, finalizing a project...or starting something new.  Happy stitching!