Sunday, February 26, 2017

Delilah Template of the Month Program

Delilah ~ The Template of the Month (TOM) program created by Jen Kingwell is just around the corner!

The kick off is March 2017 for this 12 month program. A limited number of stores are participating – so this is a great chance to be part of a bigger event through your local quilt shop.   It's not too late to start now!

Each month you'll receive a block pattern and associated acrylic templates. Block sizes range from 6 to 12 inches, and setting blocks are 3 inches and each month you'll make a few blocks.  The quilt is super scrappy, great for building skills and you could always get creative and make it your own ~ add a border, change the layout, repeat blocks, you name it!  

Delilah by Jen Kingwell 
Finished size approx. 66 x 69

We still have a few spaces left to fill in the program, and you can register to receive monthly fabric stacks that will be similar to the flavor of Jen's version - but with a 2T spin.   Here is a peak at one of our first blocks!  

Delilah 2T month one

It's not too late to join the fun - there will be lots of online sharing and we're also planning a monthly sewing support session with Jan Hudson.  You can register for the monthly templates, sewing session and our fabric bundles here!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

New Fabric

Oh yes - we have it covered!  The whole spectrum of bright and fun and basic...these are just some of the latest items we've put out on the shelves.  If you can't make it to the shop - we're always happy to help over the phone.  So if you see something on the blog that you like - give us a ring and we'll get a package on it's way to you!
Black and Collection by Jennifer Sampou for Robert Kaufman 

Ellie Elephant organic knit Birch Fabrics

Sleeping Porch for Windham Fabrics 
Kaffe/Anna Marie Horner/Amy Butler for FreeSpirit

Batiks from Anthology Fabric

Wovens from FreeSpirit
I'm looking forward to see how customer's mix and match these fabulous prints and wovens - will it be quilts or wearables?  Of course some fresh napkins to spruce up the dinner table would be nice as well!

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