Friday, March 23, 2018

More Classes

Looking to brush up on some piecing skills or learn more about the latest hand-piecing craze of English Paper piecing?  We have Jane Buys on the schedule for a couple of skill-builder classes this spring.  Read on for more details!  
Jane's Blue Conversation Prints EPP

I know that it's still cold outside but Spring has sprung!!  I think we should celebrate with another English Paper Piecing (EPP) 101 Class!  We've invited "The Master" of EPP, Jane Buys, to show us the "Zen" of this handwork.  She will be here on Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 10:00a.m. to Noon to share her tips, experience and wisdom.  Check out our website for details and registration... Hope you can join us!!

Great things really do come in small packages!  Are you intrigued by small quilts but leery of those teeny-tiny fabric pieces?!  Jane Buys will be in our classroom on Friday, May 18th 10:00am - 3:30pm to help you "master the smalls" with this lovely Shaded-Nine-Patch quilt.  These small blocks are just 3 inches finished size!  She'll be sharing her tips and expertise to help you refine your piecing skills.  Class time will focus on the finer points to improve your accuracy in cutting, piecing, pressing and how to "set" the blocks.  Choose your favorite design layout and learn a bit about color value. Class suitable for comfortable beginners!  Check out our website for details and registration.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

New Classes

Piecing Basics II and Finishing Basics 

We've got a full day scheduled with Krista Moser coming up!  If you're ready for a 2nd round of piecing basics, a bit more focus on cutting and piecing skills this is your chance.  In the morning Krista will coach you through a few hours of 2nd level piecing basics.  3 hour session that will focus on rotary cutting and half-square triangles (with sometimes-tricky bias edges).  We've got a fun pattern from Running Doe Quilts in mind for this one!

Saturday, April 28, 2018
10:00am - 1:00pm
Class fee:  $50

And you can stick around for the afternoon to complete your day of quilting OR just come for the 2nd half of the day to focus on finishing skills.  This session will help you complete newly-pieced quilt top!  Krista will share her tips for success and guide you through the process of borders and bindings as well as preparing your quilt top for the final quilting phase. 

Saturday, April 28, 2018
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Class fee:  $40 ($10.00 discount will apply when registering for both classes on this day!)

You can stop by the shop to discuss the details about these classes or sign up online here 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Lots of fabric!

Depending on the day, and depending on the weather - you might be looking for something warm and cozy like flannel, faux fur or fuzzy organic fleece, and we've got some great options in stock for those days. 

Riley Blake Designs
And if you're itching for some signs of spring and bright colors, maybe a few flowers and bolder patterns, we've got some great colorful prints and tonal textures to complement those.  

Sweet Dreams by Anna Maria Horner

Gleaned by Carolyn Friedlander 
And for the subdued palette - we just received these low volume backgrounds that include some bright pops of color as well as these yummy sherbet shades of ombre with confetti metallic dots.  Spring is clearly on it's way with these colorful bundles.    

Modern Backgrounds by Zen Chic for Moda

Ombre Confetti Metallics by Moda

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Paradox Point featuring Kaffe fabrics

Here is an update on one of our latest finishes - we paper pieced these arrows with a variety of Freespirit Kaffe Fasset fabrics and combined the vibrant colors with a solid gray Kona.  The texture added from the custom quilting by Nikki adds another layer of interest and quilting on solid fabric really shows off her stitching! 

Our quilt is about half the size as the project detailed in the booklet by Sassafras Lane - you can pick your favorite arrows, make a cool throw pillow or two - or go all out and make a large project.  Foundation paper piecing is not for everyone, but it is the perfect way to get accuracy and detail as shown in these graphic arrow designs. 

Despite all the recent news about Freespirit Fabrics - we still have plenty of fabric on the bolt available and it sounds like their won't be any break in the delivery of new goods under the new ownership.  We have several of the Freespirit designers fabrics featured including some of the latest collection designed by Kathy Doughty of Material Obsession.