Friday, August 30, 2019

September Events

As I am sure you are well aware this weekend is a long one, and with it comes the start of September. In my house that means back to school, routines, and schedules, and more time for sewing yay! For the shop it means the start of many of our clubs and several events.
We have decided to kick the month off with a Back to School and Sewing Event. From Tuesday September 3-Saturday September 7, we will have a jar of colored pencils available to choose from. Each pencil will have a different discount or coupon on it, some of the coupons include 40% off your purchase, 15% off your favorite item, free mini charm, and more. The coupons are only good for the current purchase you are making.
The following week, Tuesday, September 10 is the first day of the Accuquilt GO! Club. This is always a fun club in which you learn more about the Accuquilt Machine and how to get the most from each Die.
September 13 &14 we have Susan Madu of Modern Blended Quilts coming to do 2 workshops and a trunk show. The workshops are for a pillow and for a quilt, one will take place each day, and the trunk show will take place on Friday Evening.
September 19 and 20 is the kick off to our Bag Clubs for the year. We will be making mesh bags and a thread Organizer, both are patterns from By Annie, and we have received some gifts from some of our distributors to hand out at this event.
Saturday, September 21 is National Sew A Jelly Roll Day, so be sure to set some time aside for this, what better excuse to sew than it being a national day specifically set aside just for sewing a jelly roll. We will have free patterns available in store if you come in on this date, as well as specials and a door prize.
The following weekend is Harvest Hop, the annual shop hop event for the shops in Coaldale and Lethbridge. Early registration ends September 14 so be sure to come in store before than to get your passport, if you cannot come in store give us a call or send us an email and we will work something our for you.
That brings us to the end of September!
We hope to see you in our shop for one or more of these events, coming to these is great for inspiration and motivation.
Do you have any big plans for the long weekend?
I am currently working on Christmas Quilts for my 4 boys, but am also planning to spend tomorrow and Monday just hanging out with them before it is Back to School on Tuesday.

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

More Clubs

Our family is back home from our camping trip. We had a great time, and it was wonderful to spend another week away with my kiddos before they head back to school next week.
As mentioned prior to my vacation I have a couple more clubs to share with you that we will be running starting this fall.
Starting in September and running through May we have our Accuquilt GO! Club. In this club you will learn how to get the most out of your Accuquilt machine and the dies. There will be new inspiration each month with some seasonal projects included. This club has a commitment fee of $90, and each class that you attend you will receive a $10 Chicken Feed Cash Coupon. The classes run from 9am-noon on the second Tuesday of each month.
In October we have two other clubs starting the first is PhD Club and the second is Sampler Club.

PhD Club is a club in which you come and use our sewing room for the day and work on any quilting or bag project that you currently have on the go. At the end of the day you need to set a homework goal for yourself to have finished by the next month. If you come to the class and have your homework finished you will get $10 of your $60 commitment fee returned to you as Chicken Feed Quilts cash, if you do not come or your homework is not finished the cash coupon will go into a pot for someone to win at the end of the year. This club is a great way to get projects finished and sew for a full day with none of the usual interruptions like housework, laundry and cooking.

Sampler Club is another club where you come and sew for the day, although we will be working specifically on Sampler Quilts. We have several different options to choose from for this club.

  • Sunday Best Sampler which requires the Book Sunday Best by Corey Yoder and Sherri McConnell. 
  • Summer Moon which requires the book Summer Moon by Carrie Nelson
  • Moda Blockheads, which requires the Moda Blockheads Book. 
  • Moda Bakeshop: At The Seashore, this quilt has several lay out options and a variety of block patterns to choose from. 
  • Moda Bakeshop: Camp Oda May, this quilt is a medallion style quilt with two different options for each round. 
  • Moda Bakeshop: Countdown to Christmas (2018), this quilt is made up of a variety of Christmas themed blocks. 
  • Threadology: this quilt is s a sampler that forms the shape of a spool. 
The Moda Bakeshop and Threadology quilts are free downloads and you can print them yourself or if you are a member of the club we can get it printed and spiral bound for you for a fee of $12. 
To sign up for any of these clubs or the bag clubs just click here or come in store. 
Shop Hop is only a month away and early sign up ends soon so if you were planning on attending make sure you have your passport. 
The Modern Blended Quilts Workshop is also right around the corner and registration for that ends on September 7, to read more about this event click here.  
I am off to make some supper for my family and than I have a couple of pencil cases to stitch up for my two boys that head off to school next week, the oldest wants one from the Toronto Raptors fabric, and his brother wants his made out of a new basketball collection that came into the shop last week.
What are your plans for the week?

Friday, August 16, 2019

Bag Club x 3

This past Wednesday we held our Class Reveal at our shop, thank you to everyone that came out. As promised I will now share them here. I will begin with the Bag Clubs that we are offering, and when we are back from our camping trip, I will share the other clubs we are offering followed by some of the individual classes.
At the Open House we had two Bag Clubs, a beginner friendly club (Bag Club 1.0) and one that is more advanced (Bag Club 2.0), however after some feedback we will be throwing in a third club.

First up Bag Club 1.0. This club as mentioned is beginner friendly, the patterns are a variety of sizes and styles and come from several different pattern designers. There is wallets, handbags, duffel bags, and more. You will learn new techniques and how to work with different materials like mesh clear vinyl, cork, leather and more. How its going to work is as follows. There are a total of 9 bag patterns to choose from. Each bag pattern has a date scheduled for it (1 a month), on this date we will get together in our classroom and make this bag. In some cases there may be a little prep work, in others it might end up being a finish at home kind of bag, some of them you may finish completely in the allotted time. Supply lists and any prep work will be sent out via email about a week prior to the class date.
There is a $120 commitment fee for the club. You can come to all of them or just pick and choose, for the first 6 that you attend you will receive a $20 Chicken Feed Quilts Cash Coupon, this coupon is yours to spend. If you attend 6 or more, your club fee will be completely reimbursed to you, if you attend fewer than 6, you will forfeit those coupons.
Bag Club 2.0, this club will work the same way as the Bag 1.0 Club.  Bag Club 2 includes all the Bag Club 1 patterns as well as an additional bunch that are a little more advanced, for the majority of these additional patterns we have made them 2 day classes, and have provided an optional cutting day as well. All the patterns are on different days, none of them overlap with each other, (for the most part there is 2 different patterns each month) For the classes that include the Bag 1 patterns, we will all get together as a larger group.
The fee for Bag 2.0 is $160 and for the first 8 classes you will receive a $20 CFQ Cash Coupon, again you may attend as many as you like.
Bag Club 1 and 2 will both be held during the day and we will start at 10am and the classroom will be open for sewing until 4pm.

The third Bag Club is being taught by Carrie and is geared towards young adults between the ages of 16 and 24. Little to no bag making experience is required to attend. In this club you will make bags that are very useful, and simple, but also teach you new bag making techniques. You will put zippers in, use hardware and explore the use of different interfacings, stabilizers, and different types of materials including some opportunities to use cork, leather or vinyl.
The fee for the club will work the same way as the other two, with this one being set at $80.
The Young Adults Bag Club will be an evening club, running from 7pm-9pm, most of the bags will be taught over the course of two evenings to ensure you get as much done as possible, and are not left with unfinished bags.

To sign up for any of these clubs click here. (The dates for each are listed in the Class Description when you open the class link)
If you wish to sign up for any of the classes individually there will also be an option for that, I just have not uploaded them to the website yet. The fee for the single day classes will be $25 and for the two classes it will be $45, you will not receive CFQ cash coupons back for this fee though, that is only for those that commit to the whole club.
There will be no blog posts next week, the next one will be on Tuesday, August 27.
Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Sew Hometown: August

Another month, another set of blocks. This month we are making the Butterfly Blocks in the quilt. These blocks finish at 9" and we need to make 6 of them.
Once again there is some Improvisational Piecing involved. This type of piecing is perfect for using up scraps of all shapes. I didn't have many scraps left so I ended up cutting some 2" strips off my Fat Quarters and using them to do my improv on three of the blocks. The other three I decided to use just one piece of fabric rather than doing the improv.
Once you have the wing centers pieced the blocks assemble quite quickly. We just need to add the squares to all four corners of each wing, put the body between two and add the top border.
As with previous blocks, I used my folded corner clipper ruler from Creative Grids to trim the squares before sewing rather than drawing the lines.
If you wish to watch a video tutorial for this block, head over to the Inspiring Stitches website.
Here are all my blocks so far, only four more sets of blocks to go.

As a reminder the Fall Class and Club reveal is tomorrow evening, Wednesday, August 14 from 7pm-9pm, I hope to see you there.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Workshop and Trunkshow

Although I am not ready for it September is just around the corner, and with that brings the start of fall classes in our shop. We are hosting an Open House on Wednesday, August 14 from 7pm-9pm for a full reveal of our classes, clubs and events for the upcoming fall and winter. There is no need to register to attend this event, just drop in and check out what we are offering.
I am going to reveal one workshop early, just because it is coming up quick. On September 13 and 14 we have Susan Madu coming to our shop to do 2 workshops and a trunkshow. 
Susan is the face behind Modern Blended Quilts and has been quilting and garment sewing for over 25 years. She has created over 20 patterns ranging from pillows, table runners, quilts and some bags. She has designed her patterns to appeal to both traditional and modern quilters and blends together elements from both to create some really fun projects. 

 On Friday, September 13, Susan will be teaching the Geometric Pillow. The pillow has half square triangles, flying geese, and a little curved piecing. You will also learn how to add a flanged zipper for a neat and professional looking finish. The cost to attend is $40 plus supplies. The fee includes lunch. The class will run from 10am-4pm. The dorrs will open at 9:30am for setup. 

Friday evening beginning at 7pm, there will be a trunkshow during which Susan will showoff her patterns and quilts. To attend there is a $20 fee and this will include dessert. 

Saturday, September 14 there will be another workshop, this time for a quilt named Arrows. It is constructed using two sizes of 1/2 rectangles, which you will learn to piece accurately and efficiently. This class runs from 10am-4pm as well, with setup beginning at 9:30am. Again it is $40, with lunch included and supplies are extra. 
If you wish you can sign up for both of the workshops and the trunkshow, doing so will save you $15. 
You can sign up for any of the workshops or trunkshow by clicking here. 
Do you have any fun plans for the weekend? I have a couple projects to finish up before our class reveal on Wednesday so I am hoping to spend some time in my sewing room tomorrow. 

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

New Fabric

Happy Tuesday, I hope you had a great long weekend, our family spent a lot of time at the lake which was wonderful. It has been awhile since I have posted new fabric on here, but I have lots to share tonight.
From Art Gallery we have Mr Domestic's new collection, Catch and Release, lots of fun prints and blues and whites in this line. 
From Sweet Bee Designs we have Thrive, a soft color palette with pretty succulents and florals, and a shot of pink. Carrie redid her bathroom with this collection, making a new window valence, shower curtain and bath mat.  
We have a new Glamping collection by Anne Rowan for Camelot. I have a quilt all cut out and ready to sew for this group. The only thing stopping me from sewing it up is that a bolt of Toronto Raptors fabric came in as well, and I showed it to my boys and now they have some big wish lists. 
So from the Raptors fabric I am sewing up some mesh bags, towels to match, pencil cases for school and lanyards. There is a little bit of fabric left on the bolt if you want to get some, but you better hurry before my boys come with more ideas they could use it for. 
There is also two new collections from Stof, one is called Wolly Bear and the other is Rocky Raccoon. I love the colors in both of these lines and the prints are pretty great too. 

Also on the more juvenile side is Teddy's Great Adventure. Esther made up a tumbler quilt with this and included the border panel as an additional row in the quilt. With the bright colors and the fun cars, planes, palm trees and spaceships this line is so fun!
Another Christmas line came in, this one is Aurora by Kate Spain for Moda. Esther is planning on making a house quilt with this one and I think it is going to turn out looking amazing. 

We got some new ombre and ombre metallics instore a little while back but I don't think I shared them here yet. The color is light in the middle and runs darker out to each selvage so you get the full color range with a fat quarter, but we did also make 10" rollups of these, so you get a 10" width of fabric cut, same yardage as a fat quarter just cut differently. There are a lot of fun patterns being released for these ombres. 

And still in the plastic is Blooming Beauty from Kanvas. I love the purples and pinks in this grouping and can't wait to see it all laid out. 
New from Accuquilt are 4 dies all of which would make some really cool quilts!
There is lots more new collections in store so make sure you come check us out.

As a reminder we have our Fall Class Reveal happening next week Wednesday evening (August 14). It is an open house event which runs from 7pm - 9pm. The samples for almost all of the classes and clubs will be on display an you can come ask us questions and sign up for any that interest you.
Have a great week,

Friday, August 2, 2019

Harvest Hop 2019

Plans are underway for this years edition of the Harvest Hop. As usual the Shop Hop event will take place the last weekend in September. This year the dates work out to be Thursday, September 26, Friday the 27th and Saturday, September 28. In addition to our shop there will be 5 other shops participating, Fabric Fusion, Finely Quilted, Lethbridge Sewing Center, Sewing Lane, and Village Quilts.
Early Registration has begun and will continue until September 7. To register stop in at any of the 6 shops and let them know you would like to sign up for the Harvest Hop. Once you have registered (which is free by the way) you will receive your passport for the hop.

When the dates of the Harvest Hop arrive you will need to take your Passport to each oft the 6 stores, and spend a minimum of $5. This purchase will earn you a stamp on your passport. The last store that you shop at will keep your passport and at the end of the weekend, all the shops will get together and we will draw some prize winners.

Up for grabs this year is a grand prize of a sewing machine, I haven't heard what model yet but will post a photo to Facebook when I do, a large gift basket from each store (ours is valued at $400) and hundreds of door prizes.

We have sent out requests to nearly all of our Fabric and Notion Distributors asking them to sponsor the event and some boxes of goodies have already begun to arrive, they are being very generous this year! Below is a photo of all the prizes our shop had for last years Harvest Hop, lots of fabric bundles and precuts, some patterns, some bag hardware kits, cutting mats, notion sets and more. 

This happens to be a long weekend, so we will be closed on Monday.
Do you have any fun plans? It is my sons birthday on Tuesday and so I will be doing some birthday gift shopping, party planning, and cupcake baking, and hopefully get in some time at my parents lake as well.