Sunday, April 29, 2018

New fabric deliveries!

We have been trying to get in the mood for spring - in between rain storms we have settled for some serious spring cleaning, rearranging store fixtures and trying to squeeze in a few more bolts of fabric!  Stop by the shop and see what you think about our latest configuration.  

Dear Stella Flamingo Knit

Dear Stella Supernova Knit
We have added more knits and other substrates perfect for some fun kidswear, tshirts and other wearables - and of course you always get creative and put a wonderful soft lawn on the back of a quilt for mix in some cotton/linen blends into your quilt top.  It's a busy time of year starting with end of year school activities, graduations and wedding showers, etc.  We have some fun ideas for gift projects if you're not sure what to make for whom.  

Spring Robins

Over and Under by Clothworks

Sequoia by Andover Fabric

Outback Wife by Gertrude Made

Outback Wife by Gertrude Made
Merino Wool Cotton Blend 
New fabrics and substrates from Ella Blue designed by Outback Wife and some rayons form Cotton & Steel what would work into some lovely 'frocks' as Cathie would say in Australian....

Cotton & Steel Amalfi 
Hope you have time to enjoy the sunshine as it passes through and still leave us with plenty of time for sewing in the rain! 

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Spring Classes

These  photos below are the current status of some of the students work in the current Imagine your Design class - of course, a before shot would be more meaningful to show the progression!  What starts with orphan blocks, theme fabric, or just an inspiration photo can take you places you didn't know you were going!  It's been great fun to see these projects grow and develop as students evaluate their choices and brainstorm with Jane.  See below for the class description for the ongoing series starting up again in May.    
Isies work-in-progress

Carols work-in-progress
Imagine Your Design with Jane Buys

Above are some student samples from Jane's last session.  Some beautiful and creative works-in-progress!  If you'd like to design your own quilt(s) or possibly you're already designing but find yourself with a bad case of "Quilter's Block", then Jane's class provides the perfect atmosphere and collaboration to get you headed in the right direction.   Class time will include show and tell and individual consultation with guidance for design possibilities. Inspiration and motivation to help you personalize and design a quilt that's all your own. Appropriate for quilters with some prior experience.

Tuesday, May 15, June 19, July 17, 2018
12:30pm - 2:30pm
Series Fee:  $30.00

English Paper Piecing isn't just about hexagons and Grandmother's flower garden blocks anymore!  Have you seen the latest Brimfield Block that offers myriad design options for fussy cutting, focal fabric centers and everything in between.  Here are a couple of our sample ideas.  

If you like the idea of a perfect portable hand sewing project for travel or 'found time' (aka waiting at doctors offices, watching sports events, etc.) English Paper Piecing could be your new addiction.  We have a few spots left in our basics class where you can learn the skills to tackle any shape on Saturday April 21st.  You can register online or stop by the shop!  

A little bit of precision and a whole lot of fun get's packed into a small quilt.  These 9-patch small quilts showcase design choices, with emphasis on value and print scale.  Class time will also be spent establishing some basic skills in accuracy to set you up for success for future projects.  If you've admired some of our scrappy reproduction quilts but have been intimidated on how to transition from big blocks to these smalls, this is a great opportunity to enhance and refine your cutting and sewing skills by spending a day with Jane.   The Shaded 9-patch class is scheduled for  Friday May 18th.                             

Thursday, April 5, 2018

New Fabrics

We have fabric deliveries of florals and cheerful prints even if our spring weather isn't cooperating!  We have some new rayon prints perfect for wearables as well as some great new theme prints of ocean life and flowers and bugs!  These are great fabrics to kick start some new sewing projects.  

Santa Fe Cotton and Steel

Dear Mum by Robin Pickens for Moda
Life of Porpoise For Stella Fabrics
We love the latest group from Di Ford, Maling Road and we know you will too.  The color combinations and variety of motifs are going to be great additions to your stash!  

Maling Road Di Ford
Stop by the shop and see our class sample projects and get inspired with these new fabric choices!