Wednesday, January 25, 2012

New Classes

Well, we kicked off the Prairie Women Sewing Circle today and it was a lot of fun! Busy too... so busy that we forgot to snap some pictures, so we'll have to do that next time! There was some discussion on English paper piecing and a few other techniques, some reading-aloud, and lots of show-and-tell. Looking forward to next time! Now, speaking of classes, we have a few others coming up that we're pretty excited about...

Big Stitch Quilting Overview is a two-hour introduction to this liberated style of hand quilting. This style has been around for a very long time and started out as a way to produce quilts quickly so they could be put to use; quilters took large stitches to finish a project fast. The large stitches were originally called utility stitches or long stitches. As quilting became a more publicized art, the technique gained awareness and the term 'Big Stitch' was coined by quilter Jo Walters in the later part of the twentieth century. A pair of Australian quilters and owners of the Sydney shop Material Obsession are helping to modernize the technique.
In the class, we'll go over tools and tips for Big Stitch quilting as well as the history associated with the technique. Below are some examples...let us know if you are interested in signing up or would like more information! The class will be held on Saturday February 25th or Friday March 16th from 11-1, so you have a couple options to fit your schedule!

Another class on the schedule is an intro to English Paper Piecing. We'll spend some time talking about tips and products that make this a really great (and portable!) technique. The class fee includes a kit for a simple pincushion to get you started. We're holding this class on Friday, February 10th from 11-1. Should be a lot of fun! The Prairie Women group worked on some hexagons today for a project down the road, and it seems that some of them might just be hooked...Below is an example of a paper-pieced design. Let us know if you'd like to sign up and learn more about this technique!

Don't forget...our newest class schedule is posted on our website!

Happy Stitching!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Snow and More Snow

Guess that sunshine from last week was a little bit of wishful thinking...looks like it'll stay winter for a while longer. Stay safe on the roads out there! We haven't gotten any fresh snowfall in our part of town, and we got some help clearing a couple of parking spots right in front, so the parking lot seems to be pretty drivable at this point. It's kind of pretty when the sun hits the snow...and it certainly makes for great sewing weather!

Speaking of snow projects, we put the work-in-progress Batik Block of the Month quilt up on the design wall last week. It's really starting to come together, isn't it? All this cold weather seems to create motivation to stay inside near a sewing machine and a warm we're getting projects done! This one is just two blocks and some sashing away from being sewn together, then we're just borders away from quilting. There's still a few slots open in the program if you want to join in!

Unfortunately, we had to postpone the first meeting of the Prairie Women's Sewing Circle due to the weather- they'll meet next week. We're really looking forward to the kick-off - be sure to stay tuned for pictures of all the fun!

Happy Stitching!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

New Inspiration

Not too early to start thinking about spring, is it? We seem to be getting a bit of sunshine, now if only it'll stick around...anyway, bright colors are just the thing. This new line from Northcott, called Emma, definitely delivers in that area. There are two distinct colorways in the line- chocolate and turquoise on an ivory background, and bright pink and green on white. Birds and flowers just shout sunny weather, don't they? We're thinking pillowcases, quilts...maybe even a cute little dress!

The new Stitch magazine came in today, and there are definitely some great ideas and inspiration inside...worth taking a look!

We also have this new Valentine line from Moda, and mixed it with some older favorites...rosebuds, hearts and swirls in red and pink would cheer up any room. Just in time to make some Valentine pillowcases! Or treat bags to hold Valentine chocolate?

And don't forget about the glittery Peeps fabric that came in last week... it's definitely time to think up some new projects!

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had a wonderful and safe New Year holiday! Time to jump right back into sewing projects ... our January pincushion takes a little extra time but the result is totally worth it! The bee skep design is cross-stitched around the sides and the top of the pincushion on hand-dyed linen, then finished with some decorative yarn. We'll have two different colorways available- the aqua with chocolate accents that is pictured below, and tan with purple accents. Kits coming soon, but you can reserve yours now!

This new line is called Flora, from Moda, and it fits the style for the Amelie apron just right, don't you think? We've got some charm packs for this one as well.

As a reminder...our class list is posted on the class page of our website. There are some fun ones coming up... the Prairie Women Sewing Circle starts in a couple of weeks, and February is filled with free-form applique and crazy quilting opportunities. Be sure to contact us soon if you are interested, because space fills up fast!

Happy Stitching!