Posts Categorized: Quilting

Give Me Liberty! Club

Liberty of London Tana Lawn is one of my favorite fabrics. It is lovely to touch and lovely to sew with. One of the drawbacks of Liberty is the high price tag of $34/yard, which makes some people hesitate before pulling that trigger. However, once you have sewn with it, I think you’ll find it’s a price that is worth the quality of the goods. We wanted a way to let people dip their toes into the beautiful pool of Liberty fabric, so we created a new club called Give Me Liberty! I mean, obviously I wasn’t going to let this club naming opportunity pass me by. ūüėČ

In this club you will receive a beautifully wrapped bundle of four Liberty fat eighths, which will be a half yard for each bundle. The shipments will go out on the 15th of every other month, starting in December (and then the following months of February, April, June, August, and October). If you sign up for the whole year at once, you will get a discount on each bundle. If you just want to sample a few months, you can sign up for the deliveries of those particular months, but won’t receive the full-year membership benefits. We will also have a few other gifts for the full-year members, including a free quilt pattern at the end of the club that you can use your entire Liberty stash for. That full stash will be THREE YARDS OF LIBERTY, in 24 different prints. These will be perfect for machine piecing or hand work, or use them for fun bits of color in your sewn wardrobe.

Here is the pricing breakdown:

Full-Year Member

$90 for 6-month subscription ($15 per bundle)
+ 6 Bundles of 4 Fat Eights of Liberty of London (24 total=3 yards!)
+ Pintuck & Purl’s “Give Me Liberty! Quilt” Pattern (released in September 2018)
+ Exclusive deals for club members
+ Special member swag

Monthly/Single Month

$17 Bundle Purchase
+ 1 Bundle of 4 Fat Eights of Liberty of London (4 total = 1/2 yard)

So, what are you waiting for?!?! Sign up today over in the online shop!!



Row by Row with Salty Oat

It’s that time of year again! Row by Row begins next week on June 21st, and we are ready! If you aren’t familiar with Row by Row, here is the scoop: participating quilt shops around the US (and some countries around the world) offer a quilt row pattern for free that they have created for every person that comes through the door. Each pattern is¬†created by the shops, so that no two¬†should be alike. If you have a competitive nature, you can put together eight different rows, and if you are the first one to bring in a finished quilt (pieced, quilted, bound and labeled) you have the¬†chance to win a prize of 25 fat quarters! Such fun!

We have teamed up again with Caitlin from Salty Oat, who has designed our row this year, and we are so excited! We thought we would take this opportunity to get to know a little bit more about Caitlin and her design process and have her tell us all about the row this year!

Can you tell us a bit about Salty Oat?
Salty Oat is a one-woman quilt business, which I run from my home studio in Framingham, MA. I sell both readymade and custom patchwork quilts, pillows, and a small line of hand embroidery patterns. I also teach both sewing and embroidery classes in the area.

How long have you been quilting?
I’ve sewn since childhood, but I began quilting in 2009. One of my first quilts was made from the fabric bunting we used as a decoration at our wedding.

What was your inspiration for this year’s row by row design?
When I was brainstorming ideas for the row based on the theme of “On the Go,” I kept coming back to the idea of tires and the infinite number of rim designs I see every time I’m driving on the highway. I thought it would be fun to create a somewhat abstract design based on tires by creating circles within circles, each of which is unique. I opted to use an improvisational framework for the construction of the blocks–each circle is cut by hand, hand-sewn, and placed at random in each block–so no two blocks are the same and no two rows will be the same. I also love how the random placement of the tires suggests movement across the row–perfect for this theme!

What drove your fabric choice?
Maggie has such a gorgeous selection of Liberty of London Tana Lawns in the shop, and I thought it would be fun to incorporate such special prints into the row. I love mixing different substrates into my work, and lawn is also a great fabric for hand sewing.

You chose hand appliqué for this year’s block, why?
Since this year’s theme is “On the Go,” I loved the idea of creating a row that you could sew while you’re actually on the go. Hand appliqu√© is super portable, and I love the idea of people working on this row throughout the summer, taking blocks with them to the beach or the pool, or while traveling in cars or planes.

Do you have any tips or advice for putting together this block?
Enjoy it and take your time! The construction of this block will require you to slow down a bit, as is the nature of hand sewing. Also, embrace the imperfections of hand sewing and be patient with yourself. I guarantee you’ll see your skills improve as you work¬†your way down the row!

Thanks, Caitlin! We are super excited about this year’s row and we can’t wait to share it with you!

Photo of Caitlin by Linsey Hite

National Sewing Month: Final Day!

q4-round3Wow‚ÄĒwhat a month! We are at our final installment of our National Sewing Month celebration. What a month it has been. Today we hear from our final group about what (if anything) still stops them dead in their¬†tracks or at least gets them a little sweaty. Let’s see what they have to say!

Is there any technique/fabric/type of project that still terrifies you?

Sarai,¬†Colette Patterns, CEO/Founder: I’ve never really had much fear around sewing,¬†so I’d say no.

Lisa,¬†Pattern¬†& Branch, Pintuck & Purl Social Media Coordinator: Hm.¬†I get intimidated by fitting.¬†I know I can learn it, but sometimes I have to give myself a little push to work on garments that I haven’t learned how to fit well yet.

Kali,¬†Kali Zirkle Quilts:¬†I haven’t yet dived into pieced curves in quilting¬†(and tend to avoid them!). I would love to start making lingerie, however the combination of fit and new fabrics has stopped me so far.

Sandi,¬†Crafty Planner:¬†I’m not really terrified by things anymore. There are things that “intimidate” me though. Things like button holes and bras give me hesitation. But I’m currently working on the Morgan Jeans pattern so I figure if I can make jeans, I can do anything… (Or at least that is what I keep telling myself!)

Peter Lappin,¬†Male Pattern Boldness:¬†Nothing terrifies me, but the thought of starting a big project, like, say, a men’s wool suit, causes me a little anxiety.¬†I worry that I may be biting off more than I can chew.¬†That said, how else are you going to improve if you don’t challenge yourself, right?

Karin,¬†Leigh Laurel Studios:¬†I can sew clothing, but I haven’t yet become confident with altering patterns to fit me. This is something I’d like to work on in coming months. Perhaps taking an in-person class will help me over this hurdle.

Christine Haynes, Christine Haynes Patterns: I think the only things that scare me are things that I don’t do often, like bound button holes or welt pockets. But I wouldn’t say anything terrifies me, rather something out of my comfort zone naturally makes me a bit uncomfortable. Never forget that it’s just sewing. In the grand scheme of life, it’s all going to be okay even if you totally mess something up!

Yes, Christine Haynes! It is just sewing, and eventually you will mess something up. It is almost inevitable. But, it is just sewing. ūüôā

Now we have our final bonus questions. Both of these ladies are local bloggers and their¬†creations are amazing. Kim has a plethora of hand-mades in her closet that are drool-worthy, and Karin’s quilts and hand appliqu√©¬†have me itching to try my hand at some similar projects. Take it away ladies!

What is your favorite thing you have ever sewn?

Kim,¬†CraftyNHMom:¬†My favorite thing I’ve ever sewn so far would probably be a tie between my favorite dress, a maxi Anna dress (By Hand London) and a giant beanbag¬†and cover for my littlest son, the Rollie Polie (pattern: Made By Dana). It’s taken 6 years of abuse¬†and he still loves it!

Karin,¬†Leigh Laurel Studios: Occasionally I sew clothing for my daughter‚ÄĒpajamas, a night gown, a skirt with hand embroidered trim, a pillowcase dress with a matching mini version for her American Girl doll. It’s the best feeling to see her proudly wearing them and saying, “My Mom made this!” Tucking both kids in at night under quilts I’ve lovingly designed and made for them…makes me smile every day.

So, let’s take a moment and take a deep breath. Now, exhale. That feels better, right? I feel like we have learned a lot this month. From what we should have in our physical toolbox to what we should have in our mental toolbox. We have heard people say¬†“just go for it” and that practice will eventually make almost-perfect. A big theme that we have heard this whole month is that this is a fun craft and no one is absolutely perfect. Learn from¬†your successes as much as you do from your not-quite-successes, but let’s remember that we do this because we enjoy it. Lots of people can go and buy a new dress or a machine-made quilt from Marshall’s, but we can¬†make our own¬†and probably¬†even do it better. ¬†I hope this series has jump started your enthusiasm¬†for your next project! We are all in this together!

I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who participated in this fun series. We loved every minute of it here in the shop and we hope you did too. If you missed our giveaway yesterday on Instagram or Facebook, you have until midnight EST tonight to enter to win! Good luck and happy sewing!

National Sewing Month: Question #4 Round 2

National Sewing Month with Pintuck & Purl

Round two! Ding! Ding! Are you ready to hear what today’s panel has to say? (If you missed Monday’s post you can check it out here.) Are they ready to rumble with the¬†likes of silks, velvets¬†or bound buttonholes? Or do they need a bit more time training for that big project? Let’s find out!

Is there any technique/fabric/type of project that still terrifies you?

Kim,¬†Late Night Stitchery: Nothing really¬†terrifies¬†me in the sewing world anymore! ¬†I like a challenge.¬† I am trying to get into quilting, but sometimes the thought of making a large quilt overwhelms me.¬† I guess that is because most of the garments I make can be sewn in a day or two.¬† I have two young¬†children and so my sewing time is limited. ¬†I like to make something and have that item done somewhat quickly.¬† That’s one of my favorite things about garment sewing; you make it and wear it in a short amount of time.¬† I have started working on a quilt and it involves lots of scraps so it is going to take time. ¬†(Perhaps if I picked an easy quilt that would be better? ¬†¬†See answer to¬†question 3.¬† I like a challenge, haha.)

Allie,¬†AllieJ: I have been amping myself up to make a tailored blazer for basically a whole year now. I want to do it right, with hand padstitching and everything, which is something I’ve never done even a little bit of. I hope to actually get down to it this year. Wish me luck! Also, any time you have to cut into a nearly-completed garment, like for a welt pocket, always gives me pause.

Autumn,¬†Colette Patterns, Sample Seamstress: I wouldn’t say terrified but I definitely have much to learn about couture techniques.

Morgan,¬†Thread Theory:¬†Up until just a few weeks ago, draping on a dress form rather intimidated me!¬† I had done it once in school for a very simple project but had never practiced again and instead relied entirely on paper and computer-based pattern drafting.¬† My husband‚Äôs cousin asked me to sew a wedding dress from chiffon that features a gathered draped bodice.¬† I‚Äôve been putting it off for months now because I couldn‚Äôt find any resources on draping the bodice style online or at the library.¬† I finally dove in though and had so much fun making it up as I went.¬† I have no idea if I did things the ‚Äėcorrect‚Äô way but I am so pleased with how the bodice is turning out!

Heather,¬†Closet Case Files: I refuse to be terrified by sewing. Sewing is my retreat from the things in the world that are really scary, so I try to approach each new challenge with curiosity and openness. That said, I’m not exactly champing at the bit to make a couture chiffon gown, but I’d be super excited to have the time and space to do so.

Mary,¬†See Mary Quilt: I don’t know if I’d say a project terrifies me, but I do know things I should avoid. Like complex garments that take more than a day to make, I know I’ll probably not like it enough to be worth that amount of work.¬† I’ll still do it, but there will be a lot of grumbling.

Meg, Colette Patterns, Communications Manager: I’m still not a fan of collars.

I agree with Heather, a chiffon gown is nowhere on my radar at this point, but maybe someday. Well, folks there you have it! Thanks again to our panel for this week and for participating the whole month. We hope you have enjoyed their¬†time here as well. Did you relate with anyone’s fears today? Or do you have your own? Let us know in the comments!

We have another set of bonus questions as we come closer to the end of this series. Today we hear from¬†Allie who has a fabulous blog. If you haven’t checked it out, now is the¬†time to do so. She shines in vintage patterns and her taste is impeccable. She is one of those bloggers that makes me want to dig through my vintage stash and see what gems I have in there. Her favorite make is a knock-out–and her wedding dress to boot. Simply stunning.

AllieJ National Sewing Month

What is your favorite thing you have ever made?

Allie,¬†AllieJ: I usually think whatever I’ve made most recently is the best thing I’ve ever made, because my skills are improving all the time. But some of my favorites are my recent seersucker raglan-sleeved dress, my black Wednesday Addams dress and of course, my wedding dress! All three were made from patterns from the 1960s and totally reflect my modern-meets-vintage, slightly preppy aesthetic, which I like to call “Modern Mid-century” style as a play on the term “Mid-century Modern.‚ÄĚ

Thanks again for reading! We have one more post to celebrate National Sewing Month. Can you believe it?!?! We also have a fun giveaway for all of our readers tomorrow (Thursday!) on Instagram and Facebook, so keep an eye on our little corner there. Happy sewing!!

National Sewing Month: Question #4!

National Sewing Month with Pintuck & Purl

We did it! We made to the last week of our celebration of National Sewing Month! I feel like we’ve learned a lot these past few weeks about tools, techniques and ways to improve your sewing. This final question was a fun one to read the answers to. Maybe ¬†you are fearless when it comes to sewing (and some of our guests clearly are!) but maybe there is that one type of fabric or technique that still gets your palms a little sweaty? We asked our awesome guests if there¬†were any areas of fear for them. Read on to see¬†what they had to say!

Is there any technique/fabric/type of project that still terrifies you?

Jen, Grainline Studios: There isn’t actually anything! I am confident that I can handle anything as long as I take it one step at a time.

Giuseppe,¬†@giucy_giuce: I am so intimidated by improv sewing, which is funny, because that’s actually the first type of piecing I delved into. I find it to be so inspiring, but whenever I try to just sit down and just play with the fabrics, I always hit a wall!

Lauren Taylor,¬† Naw, I feel like I can handle pretty much anything! Although, I am currently learning how to quilt and it has been quite a learning curve ūüėČ

Kim,¬†CraftyNHMom:¬†Yes! I won’t even consider touching a bridal gown. Maybe someday, but I like sewing to be fun–not stressful! ūüėČ

Wallis, Colette Patterns, Pattern Maker: I still am not confident enough to sew with silk or chiffon; they’re so delicate that every time I try I end up tearing apart the fabric!

Haley,¬†Colette Patterns, Editor-in-Chief:¬†Oh man, that would have to be velvet. The first time I sewed velvet I chose the most gorgeous and trickiest silk velvet imaginable to make nothing other than a blazer. Thinking about hand setting those slippery sleeves makes my chest tight. I now prefer to stick with simple lines when sewing with slippery pile fabrics like velvet. It makes a huge difference, and won’t cause you to ruin your mascara.

I have my eye on some silk velvet right now. I will have to take Haley’s¬†advice and choose my project carefully. Whether you are in the “I can do anything camp” or “I am not ready for project x”, know that you are in good company either way!

Now, I saved two of my favorites of the¬†bonus questions for today. Both of these sewers are extremely talented even though their work is¬†very different. Lauren Taylor, as you know, is big into garments and Giuseppe is a phenomenal quilter. We asked them what their favorite thing is that they have ever sewn.¬†I imagine having to pick a favorite creation if you were one of them might be difficult, but the common theme is that both of these projects make them happy. People, that is what sewing is all about.¬†Let’s check¬†them out:


Lauren Taylor,¬† This changes constantly because pretty much everything I finish is my new favorite, but one that comes to mind is my 1940s bird print wrap dress. I made this 3 years ago, and it still makes me so so so happy. I love the fabric + print (Marc Jacobs silk georgette!), I love the soft gathers and pleats, I love the wrap – I love everything about it! I don’t wear it nearly as much as I would like since it’s pretty fancy, but it’s my go-to dress for anything that requires dressing up (weddings, nice dates, the Symphony with my BFF, etc). It always gets lots of compliments every time I wear it. And bonus – I have actually seen the real Marc Jacobs dress that was made with this fabric (I stood behind someone wearing it while in line at the library) and I can confidently say that mine looks way better ūüėČ HAHA.


Giuseppe, @giucy_giuce: Hands down, no question, my Sew Demented Sew Together Bag. I use it every single day and every time I see it, it brings me joy!

I want to say a huge thank you to today’s group! We will be saying goodbye to them after today, but we hope you enjoyed their answers and had some fun! Stay tuned for our next group’s answers Wednesday!

And…keep an eye on our Instagram account for a little hint about something fun coming at the end of the month!