Saturday, April 23, 2011

A Saturday at Home and a Tip for You!

The shop is closed today for the Easter Holiday. My plan was to be outside weeding flowerbeds and planting some herbs. I made those plans the other day when it was 80+ degrees and sunny. Today my computer says that it is 53 degrees and drizzly. Later the sun is supposed to come out, but until then I'm having fun in my sewing room!

Susann made this kit for my new quilt--yummy colors selected by Jandell and Shirley!

I'm working on a quilt for our booth at the Heart of the Triad Quilt Show--only three weeks away!!!

I'm also finishing up this dress for my Tea Towel Bishop class next Saturday morning!

Here's your tip, taught to me by Shirley: Before prewashing fabrics, always cut off the corners of each piece of fabric. I usually trim about a one inch wedge off each corner. No more knots of raveled, tangled, threads!

Enjoy the weekend!


Sunday, April 17, 2011

A thing of beauty...

There's a beautiful new quilt hanging in the shop. It was made by a very talented group of women headed up by Jill Bowman and quilted by Theresa DeWalt. Wouldn't you love this covering your bed--I know it would look great on my four-poster!

This is the Raffle Quilt for the Heart of the Triad Quilt Guild Show. It's hanging in the shop right now and we have a big manilla envelope FULL of chances waiting for you! I heard that one of our quilt teachers bought A LOT of tickets. I'm off to get mine now while I decide what color to repaint my room...

Come see us!


Friday, April 15, 2011

Found Time and Sanity

My friend London saves me hours of time each week. Do you wonder how she performs this amazing feat, especially since I see her maybe once a week?

She has saved me much time and aggravation by making me one of these beautiful necklaces for my reading glasses. I put it on when I come to the shop each morning, and all day long I know where my "specs" are and I can see to inspect someone's smocking or knitting and read the tiny print of all those yarn labels and I have on a beautiful piece of jewelry. Amazing!

I love my necklace so much that London is now making these for you. They are so pretty, I'm thinking that maybe I need another one for my "sewing room" glasses!

She is now making custom necklaces for your Clover cutters. Come by and place your order.

Thanks, London!

Friday, April 1, 2011

April Classes

Classes for Smocking and Embroidery

Smocking Workshop - $10.00 per session
Mondays 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Tuesdays 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Wednesdays 6:00 -8:30 p.m.
Thursdays 9:30-12:00 p.m.

Come join Martha for some quality sewing and smocking time. Work on the project of your choice and enjoy the fellowship of others. Call the shop at least one day before the session to reserve your space.

Beginning Smocking $45 includes supplies. 2 sessions: Saturday, April 9 and 16, 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Smocking is fun! Learn the stitches to make garments better than the ones you see in the stores. You will be ready to smock most geometric designs after completing this sampler. Bring small scissors.

Picture Smocking $28 includes supplies. 1 session, Thursday, April 7; 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Learn to stack cables like a pro! Bring small scissors. Supplies provided.

Romper or Jumper with Insert $50 plus supplies. 4 sessions. Thursday, April 14, 21, 28 and May 5.
Get ready for warm weather with this cute romper or dress. This is a great beginning sewing project. Make it with or without the smocked insert.

T-Shirt with Insert $30 plus supplies. 1 session, Thursday, April 21, 6-8:30 p.m.
Learn to place a smocked insert into a t-shirt or onesie! It is best to have your insert smocked before class, so register early to receive instructions for smocking your insert!

Tea Towel Bishop $30 plus supplies includes pleating your dress. 1 session, Saturday, April 30, 9:30a.m.-noon
Get a taste of machine heirloom sewing while constructing this sweet dress. You will come out of this workshop with your dress ready to be smocked!

Embroidery Workshop $15 per session plus supplies Meets monthly: Monday, April 25, 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Join us on the fourth Monday of each month for stitching time and fellowship! Learn how to prepare a project for embroidery or get help with embroidery you are already working on. Each month Martha will teach you a new embroidery technique or tip to make your stitching more enjoyable. Come see what everyone is making!

Knitting Classes

Beginning Knitting - Mornings $45 plus supplies. 4 sessions. Saturday, April 16, 30, May 7 and 14, 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
You will learn the basics of knitting! You will learn to knit and purl, do many pattern stitches and follow a pattern. You will be ready to begin a project of your choice after this class.

Beginning Knitting - Evenings $45 plus supplies. 4 sessions. Wednesday, April 6, 13, 20 and 27, 6:00 – 8:00p.m.
You will learn the basics of knitting! You will learn to knit and purl, do many pattern stitches and follow a pattern. You will be ready to begin a project of your choice after this class.

Seville Jacket $45 plus supplies. 4 sessions. Saturday, April 9, 16, 30 and May 7; 9:00-11:00 a.m.
This “jacket” will be a beautiful accessory to your wardrobe! Perfect for Spring and Summer. Join Kathy and she will walk you through the pattern step by step.

Spring Sweater Class $45 plus supplies. 4 sessions, Monday, April 18, May 2, 16, and June 6, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Choose from three patterns with lace panels to make the perfect spring into summer into fall sweater. You’ll learn how to make a sweater that fits and how to read and follow those lace charts! Come by the shop to select your favorite style.

Knitting Workshop $10 for 1 session or $30 for 4 sessions:
Tuesday 10:00-12:00 p.m. or
Tuesday 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. or
Thursday 1:00-3:00 p.m. or
Friday 10:00 – 12:00 p.m.
This is the “clinic” for all your knitting emergencies! Get help on your project or pick a new technique to learn. For those who already know the basics. You must call to register for workshop each week, space is limited.

Quilting Classes

The Golden Girls will meet the 2nd Thursday each month, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
This is a fun group for early intermediate quilters. Space is limited. Call the shop for more information.

Beginner 9-Patch $ 65 plus supplies. 4 sessions, Tuesday, April 19, May 10, 17 and 31, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
This class teaches the basics of machine piecing. Learn how to select colors, strip cut, chain piece, and add mitered borders. You'll learn lots and end up with a beautiful 9-patch quilt. Limit 4.

Simply Cottage Quilt – coming in June

T Shirt Quilt Class
$45 plus supplies. 1 session. Saturday, April 9, 10:00 – 2:00 p.m.
Learn to make a T shirt quilt for your graduate (or yourself)! Let’s get started so you’ll have it complete and ready to give at graduation.

New! Friendship Star $65 plus supplies. 4 sessions: Tuesday, April 12, 26, May 24 and June 21, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
This class uses a Layer Cake! A good next class after the beginner quilt class. Come see the sample hanging in the shop.

Binding Class Thursday, May 19,6:00 – 8:00p.m. $25 plus supplies
Come learn how to bind your quilts in this demo class. We'll show you how to cut and sew down your binding so that you give your quilts a professional finish.