Thursday, December 23, 2010
To all of our friends and family in the military, we wish you peace, joy and love through this holiday season. Without you, we would not have the freedom to say:
We will be open Christmas Eve until 4:00 p.m. The store will reopen Wednesday, December 29, 2010 at the normal time. Join us then as we kick off our Year End Sale where everything in the store will be 25% off.
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
We are anxiously awaiting two shipments of fabric. The manufacturers have notified us that they are in transit, so we wait. We have some new Civil War reproduction type fabrics from Wyndham coming in one of the shipments. The other shipment is the Moda fabrics for our Paris In The Fall block of the month which we will be starting the 5th of January, 2011.
Oh, before I sign off, I would like to let you all know that the shop will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. However, we will be OPEN Friday, Saturday and SUNDAY after Thanksgiving. So all of you football widows come join us those days and we'll see what kind of surprises we can come up with to entertain you. (You might find a sale or two as well.)
Til next time, happy quilting!
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Our Holiday Open House is scheduled for November 11 - 14. All of the details have not been finalized yet, but you can bet it will be a fun 4 days. Check back soon for more details.
Hours for the shop will be slightly different over the next two months. We are looking forward to spending a little time with our families over the Holidays. Here is a list of the dates to look for:
November 11- 14 Holiday Open House
November 25 CLOSED Thanksgiving Day. We will be open Friday and Saturday
December 25 CLOSED Christmas Day.
January 1 OPEN!!!!! All of you football widows can come join us at the shop on New Year's Day.
Wednesday, October 20, 2010
We have received a lot of new fabrics in the shop this month. We have apples, stars and blackberries. These go nicely with our other harvest fabrics. Next up, we got in a multi-colored flower fabric and a lovely stripe in bright primary colors to compliment one of the fabrics we already had in the shop, the flip-flops.
This next piece is from Quilting Treasures. It's a fun panel from the Golden Books series, that makes into a book. It goes together quickly. Flea suggested that we carry this fabric in the shop. Can you guess why it's his favorite?
Until next time, happy quilting!
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
"Okay, Carol," you say, "what does a dog have to do with a quilt shop?"
Let me explain.
I have been trying my hand at designing to showcase some of the fabrics that we offer in the shop. This last Saturday was the launch dateof my first pattern, a table runner. My designs will only be offered at our shop. You won't find legal copies for sale any where else. So, without boring you further, here is the first in what I hope is a long line of designs by . . . you guessed it . . . Flea and Me:
And They All Fall Down
Approximately 19" X 59"
I would like to thank my pattern tester, best friend and sister, Paula, for making the sample that hangs in the shop. Without her, the design may never have been anything but an idea on paper. Thanks, Sis!
Kits to make this table runner are also available at the shop.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
Come on in while you are at the festival. We will have select bolts of fabric at 50% off retail. And, we always have 15 to 20 bolts of fabric that we have reduced to $1.00 a yard. These are all quality quilting fabrics. We just want to move them out to make room for the new fabrics we have on order.
See you Saturday!
Saturday, September 4, 2010
Friday, September 3, 2010
Crib Mattress Size: 28" x 52"
Twin Mattress Size (Single): 39" x 75"
Full Mattress Size (Double): 54" x 75"
Long Twin Mattress Size: 36" x 80"
Note: Most beds in college dorms have long twin mattresses
Queen Mattress Size: 60" x 80"
King Mattress: 76" x 80"
California King Mattress Size: 72" x 84"
I hope this information is useful to you! Happy Sewing!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Twin 63" X 87"
Double 78" X 87"
Queen 84" X 92"
King 100" X 92"
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Then we have a stone/tile print.
Also arriving today, we have three new books and one new quilt pattern. First is "Miss Rosie's Spice of Life Quilts." There are 13 gorgeous quilt patterns in this one! Great way to clear up those "THE KIDS HAVE GONE BACK TO SCHOOL AND I'M BORED" blues! (If you are like I was when the kids were in school, you looked forward to the quiet time.)
Next is Art to Heart's "Tidings". This one is chock full of projects for Christmas, table runners, wallhangings, banners, etc.
Don't want to have to decide which project to make out of a book that gives you so many choices? How about a neat little pattern with just one? We have The Teacher's Pet's pattern, "A Different Path."
Don't feel like sewing just yet? Back to school time is the perfect time for a Road Trip! And we have just the thing to help you find all those little out of the way shops you might otherwise miss, the "Quilter's Travel Companion."
I would sure love to have the time (and money) to visit each of the quilt shops listed in this 640 page guide! Oh, and this is the 2010-2012 edition.
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Everyone knows that a yard is 36 inches long, and that 1/4 of that is 9 inches. So, a normal 1/4 of a yard would be 9 inches X the width of the fabric (usually 42 - 45 inches wide or more). A normal fourth of a yard is plenty for some things. What do you do if you need one piece of fabric measuring 15inches x 15inches? Buy 1/2 yard, you say? But then you have a lot of extra fabric you may or may not use later. Enter the sweetest invention ever (in my opinion), the FAT QUARTER. It ranks right up there with sliced bread, or chocolate in my book.
To get a fat quarter, your local fabric shop takes a one yard length of fabric and cuts it in half both lengthwise and widthwise. You will end up with 4 equal pieces measuring 18 inches X 21 or 22 inches ( depending on the original width of the fabric). Less fabric waste! Ok, quilters, I know you don't waste your fabric, there are always uses for left over fabrics . . . scrappy quilts for instance. But, if you are honest, you will probably admit to a having a HUGE pile of left over scraps of fabric for that scrappy quilt you will make SOMEDAY! I see you nodding your head in agreement.
I promised some information about fat quarters for you quilters that you may not know.
Out of one fat quarter you can cut:
99 - 2" squares, or
50 - 2 1/2" squares, or
42 - 3" squares, or
30 - 3 1/2" squares, or
20 - 4" squares, or
16 - 4 1/2" squares, or
12 - 5" squares, or
12 - 5 1/2" squares, or
9 - 6" squares, or
6 - 6 1/2" squares
There are numerous patterns on the market that only require 1 or 2 fat quarters to make. Check them out at your local shop.
Another fact you may not know about fat quarters: at Sew What Quilt Shop, LLP, we cut our fat quarters 19" by 1/2 the width of the fabric. Why? Because most patterns instruct you to square up the edges of your fat quarter before you proceed with making your project. If a fat quarter is just 18" wide, and cut crooked for whatever reason, you won't have enough fabric to make your project. Not being able to make a project after you have psyched yourself up to make something is frustrating to say the least. Our 19" cut will allow you to square up the edges nicely without fear that you won't have enough for your project.
'Til next time, Happy Sewing!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Thought I would share a few pictures with you of my latest project. By the way, the project is slated for it's debut during Art In the Park weekend, here at the shop. For those of you not from this area, Art in the Park is our town's craft fair. Vendors and crafters set up their booths in the park in the center of town. It is held the third Saturday in September every year.
Here are three of the fabrics being used in my project.
Here are a few of the blocks I cut, patiently waiting for their turn under the pressure foot.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Just a reminder. . . our second Going Green Shopping Bag class is scheduled for the 21st of August. We still have a few spots left, so why not sign up to join us? Every time you bring the shopping bag back to the store with you, you will receive 10% off your purchases of patterns, books and fabrics. And, too, they are a lot cuter than the boring old plastic bags you get at the grocery or department stores. Come in and make one that matches your personality. Cost is $25.00 and that includes your choice of fabric to make it.
See you soon!
Thursday, August 5, 2010
There are actually two focal fabrics, the pumpkins above and the one below that features sunflowers mixed with the normal signs of fall . . . pine cones, pumpkins, berries, pears, apples, acorns and leaves.
Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Both of them did a fantastic job. I hope to see both of them in future classes.
The next class we have scheduled is August 21. It's another Shopping Bag class. Remember, take the class, make the bag and bring it back with you each time you shop at Sew What. When you bring in the bag, you are helping us in our efforts to Go Green, and we will reward you by taking 10% off your purchase of fabric, patterns and books. Space is limited, so sign up early. Cost of the class is $25.00 and that includes your choice of fabrics for the bag.
First, we have a new wide backing fabric. Pine Boughs from Benartex Fabrics. This fabric is a lovely golden piece with pine boughs and little red berries. It is 108" wide.
Next is Snowbuddies by Dianna Marcum for Marcus Fabrics. Cute little snowmen and lovely star blocks alternate to make a sweet wallhanging panel approximately 24" x 44".
The companion fabrics include these five prints.
Next, is a whimsical little wallhanging made by Jan using the Wickedly Wonderful line of fabric designed by Teresa Kogut for Marcus Fabrics. The pattern Jan used was from Joined at the Hip's Hanging on a Star series called The Witch Is In. The pattern is available in the shop, too.
The Wickedly Wonderful panel fabric is approximately 24" x 44".
And we have five companion fabrics from the line as well. Cute witches, bold stripes, colorful stars on a black background, a tone-on-tone orange swirl, and a cute little spider on a green background, these would be a wonderful addition to your Halloween stash of fabrics.
Don't forget to check out our Bargin Bin, too. We have some really nice fabrics in the bin for $1.00 a yard . . . that's right, quality quilt fabrics for a buck a yard! How can it get any better?
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Got a couple pictures to share with you. First is Irene. She chose a patriotic print, and lined it with another piece from our patriotic line.
Next is Betty, Irene's sister. She chose a nice apple print, and lined it with one of the greens from the "Willow" line.
Barb got away before we could take a picture of her bag. All of the ladies did an awesome job making their bags. I hope they had as much fun making them as I did teaching the class.
Remember, class space is limited for our classes, so please sign up early. The next shopping bag class will be held on the 21st of August, so make your plans to join us.Til next time. . . keep sewing!
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
So, what does a grocery bag have to do with Sew What Quilt Shop? Come in, sign up for the class, pick out your fabrics, make the bag and every time you bring it back to the shop with you, you will receive 10% off your fabric, books and patterns purchases. (Of course, you don't have to just use it in our shop, you can take it shopping with you anywhere and know that you are helping to save the environment.)
The first class will be held this Saturday, July 24, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. Class space is limited, so sign up early. Cost of the class is $25.00 and that includes your fabrics.
On another note, within the last week, we have received two shipments of patterns and one of fabrics. Come on in and see what's new at the shop.