Posts Tagged: quilting

Quilting 103: Mini Quilt

Want more skills than our Mug Rug class, but don’t have time to invest in our full Quilting 101 class? Come in for this two-session quilting class, designed to show you everything you will need to know about quilting in a beautiful 18″ x 18″ mini quilt. You will learn how to piece, quilt, and bind, and will be ready to attend any of our 200-level quilting classes!

Skill level:  beginner; must have taken Machine Basics, Quilting Skills
Supplies You Bring to Class:  5 fat quarters, thread, quilting ruler (6.5″ square), basting pins
Instructor:  Bea
4 hours total—class meets 1/22 + 1/29

Please show up to class 10–15 minutes early to set up or gather supplies. By registering for this class, you are agreeing to abide by our class policies.

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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. 😉

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 appliqué 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

New Block of the Month Club!

We love creating new things for our customers! We had the Mystery Yarn Tour Club last year for the knitters (we will do it again this fall if you didn’t get on board last year!), so we thought it was time to create something for you quilters out there.  We have bounced around the idea of doing a Block of the Month Club for awhile. I tried looking at ones that other shops used, and there are *a lot* out there. None of the ones that I saw had the right feel for our shop, however. I reached out to the extremeley talented Caitlin, of Salty Oat, who had created our Row by Row last year. We talked and she created something for the shop that we are both really excited about! It is modern, clean and fresh. We hope you will love it too!

Here’s the skinny: next week we will open up the registration for our new Block of the Month Club. Club registration is $75 for six months. Starting on the 1st of April and after that on the first of every month you will pick up your monthly block kit which includes instructions and the fabric for that month’s block (we can also ship!). Each month’s block will be constructed with different techniques, so there will be a lot to learn. This is a six month club, so when you are done you will have six blocks completed (15″ finished) and the instructions for placing them in a beautiful quilt which you will now have the complete pattern for. What if you decide you don’t want to join for all six months? You can purchase each month’s kit individually for $15. Here’s the catch with the individual kits: you can only buy that current month’s kit. If you miss a month you will have to wait until ALL the blocks have been released to catch up.

To make things even more exciting, we decided to create three colorway kits for you. All the quilts will be a contemporary grey and white with one contrasting color. Your options for contrasting colors are the following, all coming from the amazing Cloud9 Cirrus Solids Collection: Fuchsia, Grass and Amazon.

Here is a peak at what the blocks will look like, but for the full reveal, you should sign up and join us on Sunday, April 2nd, when Caitlin will be here! We will have the quilt here for you to see in person and Caitlin will hold a demonstration on the techniques used in the blocks. After that we will have the official kick-off party with tea and cake, and (of course!) prizes to win!

Since we like to keep things a surprise, I only have a digital mock up for you so you can get an idea of what is in store. I have chosen to show only the fuchsia option in the mock up. And remember, some monitors are not completely accurate with rendering colors, but with the names of the colors, you be pretty sure it is hot pink, a turquoise and that nice, current green-yellow.

 

If you have any questions at all, leave a comment, ask us on Instagram (where we will post this as well) or shoot us an email. Who is ready for this club to start?!?!

National Sewing Month: Final Day!

q4-round3Wow—what 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. 🙂

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 appliqué 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—pajamas, 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!