Friday, October 19, 2012

Rainy Days & Fridays

I am sitting here in the shop on a rainy Friday morning and my fingers are itching to sew something.  There is nothing like a rainy or snowy day to make you want to hunker down inside and sew away.  I just received 4 brand new book titles and am torn on which book to sew from.  Add to that the fact that I have so much new stock coming in that I SHOULD wait and make samples from the new collections.....but that itch....

Have any of you picked up any of these new titles yet??  Where should I begin??? Thoughts??

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Sewing 101

I get so many calls, practically on a daily basis, regarding interest in learning to sew.  What a tragedy that so many school districts have been forced to take out the arts, including domestic arts, due to budet crunches.  People have always felt the need to create and now are struggling to find their path because they are missing that beginning piece of the puzzle that gives them the foundation of skills on which to build.  As I look around I see more and more start up businesses that focus on filling those gaps.  Right here in Collingswood, NJ there is my shop which features quilting/sewing, an overall education business that focuses on a variety of short, informational and hands on classes, and coming soon a kitchen shop that will also have cooking lessons.  While I am a great fan of small business opportunities it is also a sad reminder of the educational gaps in our school districts.  Hopefully, the birth of these new businesses will fill the gap and not exclude those people who may not be able to afford private classes and counted on learning a basic skill within their formal education classes.


Thursday, September 20, 2012

I Pad Cover

I have spent quite a bit of time recently looking for the perfect I Pad Pattern to carry in the shop.  After much  searching (and ordering duds) I finally came across this pattern.

The girls at Lizzie B Cre8tive have knocked it out of the park with this one.  The pattern makes up so quickly and easily that I actually had to read the pattern 2x to make sure I hadn't missed a step.  Below is the shop sample version.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hexagon Mania

Everywhere I turn lately I seem to see hexagons so it is safe to assume that there is a definate hexagon craze sweeping the sewing/quilting world.  This is my first attempt the English Paper Piecing and I am officially hooked!.  I am alsways looking for hand project to take home (most of my heavy machine stitching is done here at the shop now).  I have recently revisited embroidery (still love it!), and am always stitching bindings at home.  I am not a big hand appliquer so for this to capture my interest as it has is a miracle.  I will be offering this technique on our fall class schedule and think those of you have haven't yet tried it will be happy to add another technique to your repetoire and another great project to take - a -long.

If you have tried this, let me know what you think and what you are working on with them.  We are waiting for the new release by Martingle Quilts from Grandmother's Garden by Jaynette Huff which is what we will be using in class!


Monday, January 9, 2012

Redwork Block of The Month Club

Beginning February 1 the shop will be starting a Redwork Block of the month club.  I can't wait!!  I absolutely love redwork and especially the ones which feature these chubby vintage children.  There will be 10 blocks over 10 months and a finishing kit... visit the website for more details.

Friday, January 6, 2012

Happy New Year

As part of my new years resolution, I am hoping to post hre more often and have my posts shoot to FB and Twitter rather than posting in 3 places.  Way too much computer time for me!

So...what is on your work table???  This is the newest shop sample using the LaBelle Collection by Northcott!!  Now off to the longarmer to turn it from fabulous to spectacular!