Saturday, April 30, 2011

Happy May Day!

Happy May Day!!
My mom loved May Day.  When she grew up in England it was a big deal! She was alway telling my sisters and I how they had a queen, new dresses and whatnot. Well, my mom would have been beside herself with the "Royal Wedding" and then May Day so here's to you mom!
Love & Miss you much!!
your favorite daughter!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

mark your calendars

As many of you know Spring Quilt market is here in Salt Lake City.  This gives us the opportunity to have fabulous designers come to the shop.  Our first one to announce is Kellie Wulfsohn of Dont Look Now.  Her patterns are FABULOUS.  She has agreed to do a demonstartion of her applique technique on Wednesday May 18th!!!  We are not sure of an exact time yet, but will post as soon as details are worked out.  We just wanted you to save the date to come meet Kellie.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

gathered ric rac tutorial

We can not keep the gathered ric rac in stock.  They only problem is we sell it in onse size one.  the TINY size.  Here it is in JUMBO

--Make ric rac like in the tutorial 2 weeks ago with the ruler

-- the side that you cut down the middle, sew your gathering stitch.  For the 1 inch I used one stitch but for the larger sizes I would suggest 2 rows of stitching.

--pull and gather as desired. Tie off so gathers wont come undone.

Monday, April 25, 2011

Fresh Living with Casey & Kelly

Be sure an tune in to "Fresh Living" on KUTV 2 on Wednesday April 27.  I will be showing Casey and Kelly how to make a baby quilt.  It will be a lot of fun, I can't wait!  So set your DVR for the 1pm showing!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Sew Cherry by Bee in my Bonnet

 Oh my gosh, this is so exciting!!  My friend Lori Holt from "Bee in my Bonnet" just released her first line of fabric "Sew Cherry" and we recieved it on Friday and it is so CUTE!! Reds, greens, pinks, yellows make this a must for all you sassy sewing gurus!!   Lori has the greatest style,  vintage, retro but funky and fun!!  I love it!!  I am beside myself with excitement!!  What to make??? hmm?? I know Lori has been busy designing and sewing all kinds of fun projects for you!! You are going to love it!! Stop by or call the shop for yours!!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Sizzix club projects

These are our Sizzix Club projects for March an April! Quick, fun easy projects to get you in the mood ! We meet once a month, call the shop for details 801-495-4290. We are meeting tonight to make the pinwheel pot!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Modern Quilt Guild

Last night was our first meeting for the "Modern Quilt Guild"  It was fantastic, we had a great turn out and expect even more next month.  So,  for those of you who missed, our next meeting will be May 17th @ 7pm.  We voted in officers, and decided on our first project. We are doing a "Pillow Swap"  so if you want to join in with us, the pillow must be 18 inches, use one or more solid colors, and be ready to swap at our June meeting.  If you have any questions just give me a call at the shop or send me a message.  I am so excited for this group.  If you are sitting on the fence about joining come jump in we are going to have some fun!!!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

transfer ease tutorial

I do not think I am alone in saying that tracing the design for needlework or applique is the worst.  No longer put off those projects.  There is a new product in the shop called Tansfer ease. Let the project happiness BEGIN!

 --Copy the desired image onto the film side of the transfer sheet.
 --Cut out desing but leave about a 1 inch border so there is more sticking power.
 --Peel of Film sheet and stick to desired fabric. For embroidery stick to the front of the fabric.  For needlepunch stick to the back, and for Applique it will depend on the image.

 -- Embroider, cut, punch your project.  You can use an embroidery hoop just fine with it.
--When complete peel up and cut of excess sheeting.  I left about 1/4 inch around my image.
 --Soak in COLD water for 10 min.  I agitated mine every once in a while. At the end I also rubbed my stitching very softly to get all the black lines out.  You can also run  your project through the gentle rinse cycle with cold water.
 --The paper disloves away and your image is left.
--let air dry and then iron and use as intended.

Monday, April 18, 2011

don't forget the meeting!!!

Don't forget that tomorrow (Tuesday April 19) is the first meeting of the Modern Quilt Guild.  We will meet at the shop at 7pm.  We are excited to start this group and can't wait to see you!!
Nadine & the girls!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

I'm a little teapot!

Isn't she cute?  I found her on a website called ModCloth they have the greatest stuff!!  I think I went through and searched each page, and made my wishlist.  I could have ordered a whole bunch of stuff but I kept to a minimum.  She arrived this morning and I promptly put her on a shelf for all to see, every time I look at her she makes me smile. 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Shelbys work in progress

This is Shelby's newest creation! It is so cute! With the purple and aquas it's refreshing! She is trying to finish it tonight because she has a bet going with Cathy who works at the shop also. If Shelby wins Cathy has to buy lunch for her. Cathy better get out your wallet I think she might make it!
see ya later,

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Chalkboard Cloth

Moms of little ones are going to love this!!  We received a chalkboard cloth fabric in and it is wonderful.  Chris our Tuesday Tutorial girl immediately ran out and bought chalk so we could try it out, and it works FANTASTIC!! I found this great tutorial over here at Elsie Marley  She has this awesome runner which would keep kids busy while you are fixing dinner.  We have it in the shop if you are interested!!

Cherry Fizz by Quilt Soup! Love that "soup lady"

This new line from Quilt Soup called "Cherry Fizz"  is so cute!!  Cherry reds, lemon yellows with a pop of black.  If you love retro then you are sure to love this line of fabric.  Barbara the "Soup Lady" is awesome!!  It would make a cute apron, tablecloth, and the list grows!!  We have the entire line of fabric so give us a call or stop by the shop for yours!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Scalloped ruler tutorial

The shop got a new toy and at first I was not too interested, then I played with it.  It is now my favorite gadget.  Scallop ruler doesnt do it justice.  I call it homemade ric rac on steroids.  It is way more versatile than I thought.

There are three sizes of rulers.  Your finished width will be 1 inch, 1 1/2 inch and 2 inch.  for this tutorial I used the 1 inch, it only gets bigger form here.

--cut your fabric to a little larger than the width of the ruler.  Sew any sections together to get the desired length. You will need 2 lengths

--Place lengths right sides together

--trace the outside scallop and all the points from the ruler onto the wrong side of you fabric.  Move ruler down until your entire length is traced

--sew a 1/4 in seam from the traced scallop line.  Stop and turn at the marked end points.  For a smoother edge stitch 1 staright stitch at the turning point.

--Connect the center points.

--Cut down the center line through 1 THICKNESS OF FABRIC ONLY!!!

--Trim scalloped edges.  I used pinking shears and then snipped into my deep groves

--With the pushers push out and iron each scallop.  the pusher is heat resistant so you can iron with it so your edges are nice and crisp.  (Pushers are sold seperately from the rulers, but are well worth it.  they are a huge time saver)

--your scalloped edge / ric rac is now done.

Here are your options of how to use it

As a ric rac detail

fold in half length wise and use as you would prarie points

fold in half over the edge of a quilt and sew with a 1/4 seam in place of binding (no need to hand stitch the back side!!)

cut all fabric in half length wise (instead of one layer only) and use as a single layer of scallops.  This will double your amount of length.

Use two different fabrics for a two tone scallop

I have used this on quilts, bags, skirts, aprons, sweater and shirts, and I also used in place of straight fabric in the gathered flower tutorial from a few weeks ago.

You can but the rulers and pushers at the shop.  We have them indiviually or as a set of three.