Thursday, December 15, 2011

Ten days until Christmas.

Ten days until Christmas.  I’m almost done with the shopping and am near the end of sewing for Christmas.  This is the year of the Pillowcase…for family, friends, co-workers, and as Secret Santa.  It’s a fun way to choose fabric you think the recipient will like, and then do what you love to do… SEW!  Dee, Nancy, and I had a pillowcase marathon on Sunday night.  The TV was tuned to “Santa Clause”, hot apple cider was brewing on the stovetop, and the iron was constantly in use.  We wrapped our pillowcases with care, trimming the packages with ribbon, bows, and labels. Ah…don’t you love those wrapped presents, ready to go, tucked in your closet?  Now about the baking …I think I’ll just make a quick trip to the bakery.
We moved our shop into the new addition last week.  So pardon our mess as we reorganize.  I love the space…and the natural light is perfect for checking the colors of fabric.  Our classroom will be in the former location of the fabric and the lighting is great. So join us for a class or “Sewing with Jude”.  We will have open sew on Sunday afternoons after the New Year.  Check our website for details.

We have some great Christmas stocking stuffers for the sewist and quilter including “Fuse and Gather”,   a Nancy Zieman product that makes gathering a breeze;  Clover’s “Wonder Clips”, a great alternative to pins when sewing binding to a quilt; and Frixion markers,  a bold marking ink  that removes completely with heat.  The markers come in a variety of colors.  

No one panic. There are still ten more days before Christmas…plenty of time.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

A change in weather........

A change in weather…cloudy, blustery, and snow in the forecast… a prelude to winter.   The next few weeks will fly by for everyone.  Shopping, holiday parties, and baking will fill our schedules.  Some of us will be quilting into the wee hours in hopes of having our gifts wrapped before Christmas.  And although I complain about the lack of time, I really do my best work under pressure.  So I have high hopes for Christmas. 

I love to sew flannels in winter.  The fabrics feel “good” and I think I smell crispness of winter when sewing with them. Add some hot apple cider and a cookie and all is right with the world.

New flannels and some spring fabrics have arrived to our store.  Our home page looks great featuring “Dear Stella” fabric.  Dee and I are so happy with our website thanks to Courtney.  Many of you met Courtney last year.  She was married in August and moved  to Springfield, Missouri but still manages our website.

This Saturday, December 3, from 10 am – 4pm Jude is instructing us on making “The Oh Henry Quilt” by   Creative Solutions.  It’s a great pattern for large focus prints.  And the quilt can be made quickly for a Christmas present.

TGIF is next Friday, December 9 from 5-9 pm.  Join us for food, conversation, and sewing.  We will be making  the “Catalina Swing” bag from Pink Sand Beach Design.  More information is on our website.

“Make and Take” weekend is from Friday, December 9 through Sunday, December 11.  Projects include the Shannon Cowl, Cell phone bag, bread basket liners, draw string bags, and eye glass case.  Check our calendar for times.   These projects are under $15.00 and make great gifts. { }