Monday, October 28, 2013

The latest and greatest!

Well it seems like it has been a long October - the weather is still holding on, but change is coming!  Time to settle in with some cool weather sewing projects don'tyou think?  We have some bright and funky 'Birds of a Feather' fabrics which could turn into a great tote bag or apron.
Birds of  a Feather
Farm Chic Apron
And this French inspired farm chic collection stitched up pretty well into this fun ruffled apron... Or maybe a table runner for the dairy farmer in your life?

Dogma Quilt

 This ethnic flavored fabric collection features dark tones and muted colors with a splash of salmon and turquoise.   Not to mention the focal point of these quilt blocks...portraits of some favorite dogs.  The main print for the collection portrays  dogs upclose, painted by David Hearn,, formerly of Whidbey Island.

Stop by and see this quilt in person - kind of fun and funky!

Happy stitching...

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Projects and patterns and gift ideas!

Look at this bright alphabet panel - add a quick border and presto a great quilt for a kiddo in your life!

Alphabet Soup

And it's not too early to be thinking about harvest table place-settings, hostess gifts and yummy fall colors!  This free project pattern from In the Beginning, features a throw quilt - we think it would be easy to simplify - into a table runner or placemats and add on a few mitered napkins.  Pretty festive!
Autumn Harvest 

And this gorgeous floral collection features some unusual plum colors, birds and vines and soft florals... this great pattern is fat quarter friendly and certainly could be created in a multitude of fat quarter collections you just might have been holding onto for the right project!  Just add a background and border and you're almost there!

Vienna Gardens
And yes - we do love Halloween, and we know lots of fun people with October birthdays so pillowcases are the go-to gift idea - that perfect one-size-fits-all gift that we can tailor to just about any decor, and we added our fun Halloween tag-its for an added touch on these cases!  We have tag-its for other occasions (Happy Birthday, PS I love you, etc.) there really is something for everyone! 

Pillowcase samples

Halloween Tag-its!

We are stocking up on wool for applique projects and will be hosting our scrap lecture and a few other classes over the coming weeks - check out the website for details!

Happy Stitching!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Is it Halloween yet?

We do love fall colors, pumpkins, chocolate.... And great sewing projects!
Center block Which Witch's Boot

Which Witch's Boot created by Cathy Callan, quilted by Krista Moser
Look at this treat!! We get to enjoy and display this awesome quilt...and we've been stitching up some wooly pumpkins that feature wood spool stems, leather buttons and fiber garnishes.   Who knows what your stash of treats might hold to create the perfect pumpkins!  We have the pattern for these and you can turn out a new fall centerpiece for your table or decoration for the mantle in no time!

The posh pumpkin line has beautiful fall colors, and a festive pumpkin panel that turned into some pretty simple placemats...a fun banner or table topper would also be a quick project to enjoy with some pumpkin pie perhaps?  

posh pumpkin placemat

Hope you have some great fall sewing projects lined up....
Happy Stitching! 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Clothes-Pincushion and New Fabric!

Vintage Seeds
We have some great new fabrics to take your mind of the wet and windy weather!  Some of these will even make you think about gardening again!  We've got vintage seeds and garden tools, spring green frogs at play, bright birds and polka name it!

We've even got charm packs of S'more love - all ready for a camping trip, or maybe just a makeover for your camper in preparation for next summer!
Briar Rose


S'more Love
And more in keeping with holiday planning - don't you love the Jan Brett books - comes in fabric now!  This would be a fun addition for any little one to find under the tree!

The mitten fabric book, we didn't forget our pincushion this month - this little cutie will clip on to your project, your sewing basket...or your shirt.  You can have pins at the ready and on the go!  No sewing machine required!  Our photo doesn't show these well, but the 'pouf' is only about 1 1/2 inches in diameter - so this is a dainty one.  And yes, those are little monsters on the purple fabric....we are preparing for halloween and fall with some festive projects!  Stay tuned for some new fall treasures.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

More New Classes

We are excited to introduce a few new classes to our lineup!

The notions jar class is a two part class that will be offered in two different sessions in November. This class will teach you step by step how to take an old mason jar and turn it into a functional sewing caddy, with pockets for your scissors and notions--complete with a pincushion on top!
The first set of classes will be held on Saturday November 2nd and Saturday November 9th from 1:00-3:30.  If weekdays are more your speed, we will be holding the classes on Wednesday November 6th and November 13th as well from 10:00 - 12:30. Cost is $45.00 for the 2 part class and includes the pattern.  Call or stop in to reserve your seat in the class!  If those dates don't work for you, we also have the pattern available for sale.
Two Thimbles version
Photo from the pattern maker Heart to Hand
Jumping a bit ahead in the year, we will be hosting two workshops with Mary Elizabeth Kinch in April of 2014.

The first workshop is "Small Quilts, Small Pieces." This workshop will teach you the beauty of small quilts; exciting color combinations, seam allowances, and the "chaos theory" of small quilting. This class is perfect for quilters of all experience levels, a place to learn new tricks, and add to your repertoire of abilities. The "Small Quilts, Small Pieces" workshop will take place Saturday April 12th, from 10:00-4:30. Space is limited, make sure to block out your calendar and reserve your spot early! Cost is $85.00.

Sunday April 13th is "Pumpkin Peel" day with Mary Elizabeth Kinch. Break out your scraps, and prepare to foundation paper piece a beautiful, unique quilt. The Pumpkin Peel is shown on the cover of Mary Elizabeth's book Small Pieces, Spectacular Quilts. Class will be held on April 13th, 2014 from 10:00-4:30, cost is $85.00. As with the other workshop, space is limited, so don't wait to call or stop by and reserve your spot early.