Saturday, August 30, 2014

Saturday Surprise Sampler starts soon!

We have a new round of our Saturday surprise sampler program starting in a week from today.
We had a lot of people wondering what the colors are going to be this year,
The fabrics we will be using are all from Andover. They include chambrays and fabrics designed by Jo Morton.   You can find out more about Jo Morton here. She often uses inspiration and patterns of prints from the 1800s.
this is the Charleston group,( photo from her website)
So this is a sneak peek at some of the upcoming combinations.
These aren't all of the fabrics but will add the others into the hoop display as they arrive in the store, most likely in September.
This is my chart of the fabrics.

To give the blocks a bit of a twist this year, I've decided to make them all repeating patterns reminiscent of the sort you might see on intricate tiled floors, 
photo from victorian tile restoration

each kit can be sewn into one twelve inch finished block, or left as four smaller blocks that finish at six inches.  This will give you lots more options for how you set the blocks!  I can't even imagine all the possibilities that people will come up with!

Hope you have fun sewing this year!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Sixty Shades of Neutral

I started this jellyroll race couple of weeks ago. I like the idea of having the strips run vertically and so I used 60 strips to make it taller rather than wider.  

If you have never done a jellyroll race, the idea behind it is like this. You start with a big stack of 2 1/2 inch strips. 
Sew all the strips end  to end until you have a really long strip! 
Fold the strip in half and sew all along the side so that now you have a strip that is twice as wide and half as long.
Fold it in half again and sew the side. Now the piece is four strips wide.
Fold it in half again and sew the side. Now the piece is eight strips wide.
Fold it in half again and sew the side. Now the piece is is 16 strips wide
Fold it in half again and sew the side. Now the piece is 32 strips wide.
This is where you would stop. The piece is now 64 inches wide.
You wouldn't fold it in half again because then it would be 128 inches wide.

The other dimension of the quilt depends on how long your strip is at the start.
If you use 40 steps, it would be 1600 inches long, which is why sometimes this pattern is called the 1600 quilt.  So because you always have 32 strips wide, you would divide 1600" by 32 to get a measurement of about 58 inches.   Your quilt would be 58 x 64.
But, I used 60 strips, which is 2400 inches.  And 2400 inches divided by 32 strips wide is about 78 inches long for each finished strip.   So that is what my  quilt turned out to be, about 64" x 78".

To facilitate this, we cut a bunch of two and a half inch strip packs at the store. There are 20 strips in one pack, and 40 strips in another pack.
Then I had to decide how to quilt it.
I decided to divide it into columns of three strips wide each.   
That meant that each column would be about 6 inches wide which is a nice width to quilt on my home machine. 
Each column has a different quilting design on it. This makes it more interesting for me to quilt because I am easily bored.
These are some of the designs that I quilted on it. You can see that I am not an expert quilter because my lines aren't always smooth and my stitch length varies quite a lot. However, I will keep practicing and getting better.
fans ( i changed the lighting on some of these photos to make the quilting lines easier to see)
wavy triangles
figure eights
small spirals

I am pretty happy with how it turned out. It is a nice quiet quilt that will look nice next to other more colorful ones.  I must confess that I stole this idea from Val who made one of these out of pale batiks a couple of years ago.  

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


You might have noticed the cushions that i sewed for the window at the store:

The pattern for them is found here, they are designed by Art Gallery Fabrics.  thank you, Art Gallery fabrics!

 they were the perfect size to have some fun with free motion quilting

 I had used fat quarters to piece the fronts of the cushions, so I just used the leftover pieces for the backs,
 I think they are really cheerful
I love cushions and pillows, in all different sizes. 
    (the pillow in the center was made by Deirdre using her silkscreened linen fabric)

Monday, August 18, 2014


New Project......

so darn cute,   can't bear to cut them...can't wait to cut them....

Sunday, August 17, 2014


The Class List for the autumn is now available!  
 and open for you to register for something exciting!

The list is posted in various places....

On the wall on clipboards,


on a calendar,  

and of course on the web-page, here
It is pretty exciting to offer a wider variety again!   Sandy has worked up a bunch of new technique classes,  I am even teaching a couple of classes myself!  (Embroidery and Learn to Sew)
Classes are usually a combination of learning and socializing,
But if you are really in it mostly for the socializing, we've got a couple of drop in and sew times--- Sunday mornings with Val, where you can do machine sewing for $5,  and a new time, Thursdays from 5 to 9 for handwork , which is totally free!

Looking forward to the classroom being a busy place this fall

Saturday, August 16, 2014

planning classes

Past week or two I've been spending a lot of time planning out the class list for the autumn 
There will be a lot more classes now that we have the space, which is pretty exciting! 
i hope to have the list posted on the website within a few days,   hope you find something you like! 

Monday, August 11, 2014

jelly Roll Race, vertical version,

Sometimes people come into the shop to get fabrics for an all beige quilt.   i thought that would be great for a jelly roll race quilt.   
usually they use 40 or 42 two and a half inch strips, and measure at about 50 x 64 inches, with the strips going horizontally across the quilt.
i decided to use 60 strips, and so it turned out to be 64 inches x about 82 inches.
this afternoon i got it basted.  i think that i will quilt it on my home sewing macine,
this has a smaller strippy project laying on it.  the strips on it are 1 inch finished, 
maybe iI 'll sketch out some ideas before jumping into stitching on it, 

Friday, August 8, 2014

circle of friends, version two!

Circle of friends is a pattern that I wrote up a few months ago. I had made the original quilt using a wonderful collection of Fig Tree fabrics by moda, 

When we got in this collection of Christmas fabrics called solstice by Kate Spain, I thought they would look really pretty made up into this design, so we made up some kits for the store,
it is a Christmas grouping but not overtly Christmas with Santas and reindeer but they do have some wintry looking designs like snowflakes.  
I decided to start by sewing four blocks, so that people can see what they look like sewn up, 
Here they are in a small grid
I will hang this small sample in the store next yo the large Circle of Friends quilt while I think about how to quilt this using some festive quilting patterns, 

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