Fun Fabric Facts
The creation of man-made fibers has only been within the last 100 years. Rayon, was the first man-made fiber created in 1910 and it was called ‘artificial silk’. Viscose is the most common form of Rayon.
This is a pattern called "Wanderer Wife", formally known as Gypsy Wife. We do NOT have this in the store. Would this be a pattern you would be interested in us ordering? If so, let us know! It would retail around $32.99, finishing around 59"x86". Featuring a puzzle of beautiful blocks, this clever quilt will keep even the most advanced sewers entertained. This pattern is written for machine piecing. It could be a great way to get rid of some scraps and go through your stash! Let us know what you think! Either reply to this email, give us a call, or stop by and tell us if you're interested!
Did you know?
We carry klutz gloves, and they help prevent you from cutting yourself while rotary cutting! Great for the accident prone or young sewist alike. As quoted by Fon's and Porter's: "Stitches belong in quilts, not fingers! Sharp cutters wear Klutz!"
1. They are made of stainless steel and synthetic fiber
2. One glove fits right or left hand
3. Natural rubber dots for gripping
4. wear on your non-cutting (ruler) hand
5. comfortable to wear
6. machine washable
You may know we carry quilting gloves (they are great for free motion quilters, but even if you don't free motion they will keep you from getting hand cramps by giving you some grip to help guide your fabric) but if you don't like the feeling of gloves on your hands for long periods of time, the "Quilter's Tips" are a great alternative for you! They go right on the tips of your fingers. Here are some perks to Quilter's Tips:
1. Use on fingers that need some grip
2. Great for free motion quilting or everyday sewing
3. Just enough protection to easily pull a needle
4. Soft flexible plastic lets you feel your work
5. One size fits all 6/pack
Here are the next nine bolts of fabric! Aren't they pretty? They are all Kim Diehl fabrics this week, from her line "Gratitude and Grace".
Our next class is a Back basting needle turn applique class.
We only have TWO spots left if you are interested!
If you do hand applique and don't know about this technique, you NEED to get in on this class! Ruth has been doing hand applique for 40 years, and has been using the back basting needle turn method for the last 5 years and swears she will never use another technique for hand applique again. It saves time, energy, material, and headaches.
Back in stock again! Our "Michigan: A pixelated State Quilt" pattern is finally back.
Kits are being put together again.
Show your state pride while putting together a super fun quilt. This would be an awesome gift. Here's a fun idea: Put our state symbols in the state or scatter them in the background fabrics!
- Bird: American Robin.
- Fish: Brook Trout.
- Flower: Apple Blossom.
- Wildflower: Dwarf Lake Iris
- Fossil: Mastodon.
- Mammal: White-tailed Deer.
- Gem: Isle Royale Greenstone or Chlorastrolite.
- Nicknames: Wolverine State, Great Lakes State.
- Reptile: Western Painted Turtle.
A sample of Month one in the "Masterpiece" BOM.
This is just one of the four corner blocks in this beautiful quilt.
They are now hanging in the store if you want to come take a look!
We are ready to finalize sign-ups for Masterpiece. We will be calling those on the interest list over the course of the next week and the first block will be ready to pick up May 15. There is still time to sign up, but be sure to do it soon so we know how much fabric to order.
The price will be $25 per month and includes all fabrics for the top, binding and pattern for this 108" quilt. You have to see these fabrics to realize just how rich and beautiful these jewel tones are. The picture does not do this quilt justice.
Back in stock!
We have back in stock the zippy 2 bags from Lori Holt! We also have the zippy bag zippers as of the time of writing this newsletter, but if we are sold out we have more on order!
If you have already gotten a zippy 2 bag panel from us, please give us a call if you are interested in the zipper and we will hold one for you.
If there is a technique that you are wanting to learn, please let us know and we'll arrange a class. without feedback from you, we don't know what our customers want.
May 14 Beginning Free Motion Quilting $45 taught by Wanda
Goals of Class: In this basic class you will learn how to set up your machine for quilting and how to prepare your quilt top, The focus of this class will be free motion quilting. By the end of the class students should be able to free motion 2 or more stipple designs, outline a shape and stipple around it, and use a continuous line design.
May 28 Back Basting Needle Turn Applique $45 taught by Ruth
Class cost includes a kit. Learn how to do hand applique the easy way with this technique class. No glue, no freezer paper, no templates! TWO SPOTS LEFT
June 4 Beginning Paper Piecing $45 taught by Ruth
Students will make an 8" x 8" block made up of 4 paper-pieced squares forming a star flower. Learn a valuable skill to take your quilting to the next level! Paper piecing is a timeless art, and with Ruth's help you'll soon be on your way to mastering this talent.
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Steve's Snippet: Why do bees hum? They don’t remember the lyrics!