Sew What? We're small...but watch us grow!

Sew What? We're small...but watch us grow!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Flea and Me

I would like to introduce you to Flea, my 6 year old Chihuahua. Isn't he cute? He is my constant companion (when I'm not at work). It doesn't matter what I'm doing, he is always close by. If I am sitting, he is in my lap. Flea might sound like a funny name for a dog, but when my son first got him, he was so tiny he could fit in your hand. My son was still in high school at the time, so i became Flea's mama person. When I moved to Kansas earlier this year, Flea was the only member of the family that moved with me.

"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

Table Runner

Approximately 19" X 59"

The fabrics featured in the sample are from the Harvest line from Timeless Treasures. The borders are a line called Willow from Timeless Treasures.

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

Art In The Park

Just a reminder that Saturday, September 18th, is the "Art in the Park" festival here in Marion. While we won't be in the park, we will be open with extended hours. We will open at 8:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. We will also be open Friday night until 7:00.

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

Proud to be a sponsor of QOV

Sew What Quilt Shop is proud to be a sponsor of Quilts of Valor. If you don't know what QOV is, you might want to take a look at the Kansas Chapter's website at or the national website at . Not only are we a sponsor, we are also a drop off point. You get it to us, we'll get it to them.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Standard Mattress Sizes

Thought I would follow-up on yesterday's post about quilt sizes. This is a listing of standard mattress sizes. Your quilt sizes can vary from those listed yesterday, depending on the amount of "drop" (the amount you want hanging over the sides and bottom of the mattress) you add. Personally, I like at least a 12" drop on the sides and bottom.

Mattress Sizes

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

Sizing chart - Quilts

I am always and forever hunting up sizing information for each quilt I make. (CRS Syndrome, don't you know.) Endless hours on the internet, hunting down the information is driving me nuts. So, for future reference, I am putting it here on the blog so I know where to look next time. I hope it will prove useful to you as well.

Twin 63" X 87"
Double 78" X 87"
Queen 84" X 92"
King 100" X 92"

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

It's been a "Bali" good day!

I am so excited! The first three bolts of our Bali Batiks arrived today! These pictures definitely do not do them justice. They are coordinating prints in rich blues and teals. At least you can see the patterns pretty well. The first is a marble print.
Then we have a stone/tile print.

And last, but not least a leaf 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.
Yes, all in all, it has been a Bali good day! See you soon! And happy sewing!