Thursday, December 5, 2019

2020 Cherry Lemonade Block of the Month

It's just around the corner - that 2020...are you looking for a fresh project to start the new year out in the best way possible?  We've got a fun project lined up!  

The Cherry Lemonade Quilt Block of the Month project - pattern designed by Jason Yenter with Cherry Lemonade fabrics for In the Beginning.  



This is a six month project so you'll be done in time to enjoy it this year!  Each month you'll receive a fabric packet and block assignment and sprinkled in will be some of the setting block sewing so you won't be stuck with alot of repetitious sewing at the end.   The quilt finishes at 80 x 101!  You could easily modify this and make a matched set of throw size quilts too  - so if you love these fabrics don't let the size of the quilt slow you down!  The pattern and fabrics for the quilt top and binding are included in the project.  

Pay $30 per month January through June, with a one-time $50 registration fee. Pick up your monthly kit at the shop, or let us know if you would like it shipped. 

You can reserve your spot now! Or put it on your Christmas list!   









Monday, December 2, 2019

New Fabric


We have new inventory for you! Take a look at some of our new fabrics and stop by soon to see what else has been added to our shelves.  We have plenty of new items besides these fabrics shown here - perfect for your next project, or the finishing touch for a current one! 

New Australians! 
Memoranda: Cabinet Makers for Eclectic Elements

Breeze by Zen Chic for Moda
Delfina by Laundry Basket Quilts for Andover
Strawberry Thief 108in quilt backs by Free Spirit 
Owltercation Charley Harpber design for Birch Fabrics 
This last one is a fabulous barkcloth, and we've added more wide-backs as shown as well as a few new linen & cotton blends and lovely floral lawns.  Lots of variety and fun to work with!  Hope to see you soon.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Holiday Sewing



Are you ready for holiday decorating and gift-making...are you ahead of schedule or woefully behind?  We know there are many ways to get through this hectic season and a bit of sewing therapy is a popular method that we fully embrace!  





We've got some quick gifts, and fun additions that will make gift giving and gift-wrapping that much more fun!  We love reusable fabric gift bags, and the addition of an iron snowflake applique makes these simple ones extra special.  







Friday, November 29, 2019

Small Business Saturday


We're excited to show you our Two Thimbles Mug...perfect for a hot cup of coffee or morning oatmeal...or are you a fan of a hot toddy on these chilly evenings?!  It's a one size fits all universal mug, so you can repurpose this cup in your kitchen or sewing room! We've been working on this for some time now, trying to keep it a secret and we're unveiling them on Saturday November 30th for Small Business Saturday.





We'll have Stash Lab Quilts latest designs on display and Tonya will be here for her new pattern book release from 11am - 2pm on Saturday as well.  Hope you find time to get out and support your local quilt shop and other small businesses! 


Monday, November 25, 2019

Fabric for the season!

It's almost Turkey Day! Meaning it's time to relax and embrace some loose fitting clothes right?.. 
However, that's still a few days away. For now, we're still enjoying our fall-themed fabrics, both traditional and contemporary! 

We'll be closed to enjoy some time with friends and family on Thursday November 28th.  




We're expecting some chilly weather soon, and it's time to enjoy some holiday baking as we'll soon be engulfed with Christmas shopping and holiday preparations. (For Christmas early-birds keep a look out for our holiday blog post...) 


Moda Harvest Road 


Sweet Oak by Striped Pear Studio for Windham


Saturday, November 23, 2019

Small Business Saturday with Tonya Alexander





We're excited to bring a taste of Stash Lab's Quilt Market booth to Bellingham!  Tonya along with a few of her recent projects and her new release Stash Lab Manual 2.0 will be on site for a few hours on Saturday November 30th.  Come visit with Tonya, secure a copy of her new project book and join the fun!  Tonya will be here mid-day from 11:00am til 2:00pm.








Monday, November 18, 2019

Shop News!


Greetings quilters, sewers and fabric enthusiasts! 

Did you know about all the different fabrics we have? Not only do we specialize in Reproduction and Civil War era fabrics, but we also have hundreds of bolts in a variety of other styles and flavors!  

Batiks, Australians, bold florals from Anna Maria Horner, Kaffe Fasset and Kathy Doughty as well as a mixture of substrates including wool, cotton knits and linen/cotton blend canvas weight fabrics.  In addition to the 4,000 bolts of fabric in stock, we also host classes and allow groups to use our classroom space for their sewing get-togethers! 

We're located in Bellingham, Washington and have loved our home for over 12 years now. Though we primarily serve local quilters from Washington and Oregon and British Columbia, we happily supply quilters traveling from near and far and ship to all states in the lower 48, Alaska, Canada, Australia, France and the UK.   

If you can, come stop by our shop and get to know us! And if you can't, enjoy a virtual tour of our store by visiting our website here!  Happy stitching! 





Saturday, November 16, 2019

What Comes After Turkey? Small Business Saturday


Do you have plans for the Saturday after Thanksgiving? For those of you North of us that have already enjoyed turkey and pumpkin pie...it's happening here soon and Small Business Saturday is on November 30th....So mark your calendars now!! 



We will be hosting an open house with Tonya Alexander of Stash Lab Quilts, more details to follow on that, but we're also participating in a Small Business Saturday Quilt Shop Tour and raffle!

Calico Country, Folk Tales, Tangled Threads and Kori's Fabric Creations are all stops on our local Quilt Shop event.  For those who participate on Saturday each quilt store will draw 2 names and an additional name will be chosen from all the shops entries for a grand prize!

Drawing prizes from each store
1. $25 gift certificate with at least three stamps (one per quilt store)
2. $50 gift certificate with at least three stamps (one per quilt store)

Here's how you can be a winner: 
1. Pick up a postcard at any Whatcom County quilt store between now and Saturday Nov. 30th (one postcard per person)
2. Make a purchase at each quilt store to get a stamp on your postcard.
3. Return your postcard to your favorite quilt store by 5:00 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 30th
4. Each quilt store will draw a winner at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday Nov. 30th (need not be present to win). 
5. The following week, postcards from all the shops will be pooled together for the grand prize drawing! 

Grand prize drawing is a $125.00 gift certificate with $25.00 from each quilt store! Five stamps are required. 


We hope you'll join us for the day! 







Thursday, November 14, 2019

1800's Fabric Sampler subscription delivered to your door!


December is almost here, and we know the real Santas of the world need more help than they get!  Gift the quilters in your life (or yourself!) with a subscription to our monthly Fabric Sampler Club. Each month the recipient will receive a selection of new fabrics, with a focus on 1800's reproductions and Civil War era fabrics. Each package will arrive on the doorstep during the first week of the month, and include 8 fat eighths of our latest additions to our fabric collection.



Sampler Club members receive several other perks including exclusive access to the featured fabric for the current month.  For more information about our Sampler Club, or to sign up visit our website here, or call us to register!


Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Mostly French General


Some of our absolute favorite fabric designs come from French General... and you already know what else we love... fabric! So you know the only logical answer to where this is going is that we have a TON of French General fabric. And we can't stop using it! 


Take a look at some of the projects we've recently completed! We've got a fabulous table runner (appliqué on toweling fabric), a dynamic quilt, and a stitchery project that's a WIP on pre-stamped linen canvas. 




We've heard from a few customers as well that their collection of French General fabrics is a favorite to work with too - for all kinds of projects - and we consider it a great option for the holidays when you just need some red to add a bit of punch to your home decor.   If you've been adding to your collection or have a UFO that just needs a final touch - stop by and take a look at our latest additions from the Chafarcani fabric line. 




We also have precuts of French General fabric, including curated bundles, our latest project kits and brand new Chafarcani jelly rolls! 





Saturday, November 9, 2019

News: African-American quilt art collection


Did you hear?! Nearly 3,000 quilts created by African-American artists have been left to the Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive as a bequest from collector Eli Leon. Leon passed away last year at the age of 82. Prior to his death he spent a significant part of his life championing African-American quilt artists.

Rosie Lee Tompkins' "Untitled" (1995).
PC: Sharon Risedorph
The collections given to Berkeley include pieces from artists like Rosie Lee Tompkins, Willa Ette Graham and Arbie Williams. Some phenomenal artists! We're thrilled to hear of such amazing preservation of quilt art! Not only are we excited for all the gorgeous quilts that will be on display, but also all the history that will be learned from such an expansive collection.

"Basket Improvisation" (1981), by Willia Ette Graham.
PC: Geoffrey Johnson

According to a New York Times article, "two exhibitions of quilts from the bequest have already been planned. The first, a retrospective of Tompkins' work will open on Feb. 19, 2020. The second will follow in early 2022 and focus on the other artists represented in the collection, like Willia Ette Graham and Arbie Williams."

The exhibit featuring Rosie Lee Tompkins work will have over 500 of her quilts! Learn more by reading the New York Times article here.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

New Fabric Additions


Tiny Tiles using Modern Solids
The quilt shown is a variation on the Tiny Tiles project tutorial (linked above) - a great way to use these small stacks of yummy pre-cut modern solids!  Pre-cuts are a great way to get a jump-start on a project and skip the effort of choosing colors and fabric combinations that are just right...
Denyse Schmidt modern solids 2.5 inch squares
Lots of variety in our latest additions to the fabric shelves.  Stop by soon to see what else is new!  We've got some fresh samples in the works and some new inventory besides fabric...the sewing season is here and we're ready!  


1800's color wall additions Marcus Brothers

Carrie Bloomston Newsprint back in stock!


Dear Stella Knitters

Linen Cotton Canvas Ruby Star

Winter Skiers from Northcott


M&S Textiles

M&S Textiles