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- december 2013 class schedule
- Field Study Quilt
- Learn Paper Piecing with Guest Teacher Andie Johnson
- november 2013 schedule of classes
- New Women’s Patterns from Liesl Gibson
- Sewing With Knits: Charlie Hoodie
- Ombre Strip Quilt- choosing the back and binding
- Ombre Strip Quilt- Class and Kits!
- Fall Kids Sewing with Oliver & S
- september 2013 class schedule
Every step in the process of making this quilt was fun for me. Picking the 5 high-impact fabrics, carefully cutting and piecing them all, and then thinking up a bunch of fun ways to quilt it. It’s a pattern we’ve carried for a while in the shop, called the Field Study quilt by Tula Pink. I’ve always loved the bold simplicity of this one, but the fabrics used on the cover of the pattern didn’t make it stand out on the pattern wall the way I thought it should. So I decided we needed our own Sewn version.
The blocks come together really quickly using the traditional technique for making “flying geese” triangular units. And they are big enough that the leftovers quickly come together to make these half-square triangle units for the back. I knew I wanted to use one of our new ombre fabrics on the back, but it was just short of being wide enough. The perfect use for HST’s from the front!
Since I chose to quilt each section of the chevron created by the blocks differently, you get a really interesting look on the back. And the gradient of the ombre pink really makes it look like it glows. I think any quilt would look fantastic with one of these ombre colors on the back.
This quilting was such a confidence builder for me. As a long-time straight line lover, I’m no free-motion quilting expert. But I am a testament to how great Millissa’s FMQ class is. Ever since I sat in on her class and had a few realizations about how to actually make quilting enjoyable, I’ve been practicing and building my range of designs. Don’t get me wrong, I still have a LOT of practicing to do, and if you inspect my work here in the shop too closely you will see that. The point is, FMQ and classes like it can really change your perspective and set you up to do great new things.
Out of the 4 free-motion designs I tried, these little scallops or clamshells are my favorite. They were so fun to do and I want to use them on everything now! I decided that straight lines in the navy areas would frame everything up nicely on the top and bottom.
You can make this Field Study quilt top in class with me this Thursday, November 14th 10-12:30. We will learn about value placement, making the flying geese blocks, making the HST’s for the back, and we’ll get a good portion of the piecing done in class. (Students are welcome to stay and sew as long as they’d like!) This is for beginning quilters looking for a new project but confident enough to finish the quilting and binding on their own.
Pattern is included and cost is $49 plus fabrics. This sample is a nice sized throw at 48″ x 60″, but the pattern has larger options you could choose as well. Call 513-321-0600 to sign up today!
If you are like me, you’ve seen New York Beauty quilts similar to this one and thought, “Wow, that’s amazing. I would have no idea where to even begin to make that!” Well now you can get the skills and confidence you need in our special advanced piecing workshop this month.
We are so excited to welcome local author and long-time friend of the shop, Andie Johnson as a special guest teacher. She co-wrote the beautiful book Modern Designs for Classic Quilts, which is full of gorgeous quilts and smaller projects designed to take your quilting skills to the next level.
This quilt, “Midtown Girl” is my favorite in the book. It’s such a bold and graphic take on the New York Beauty block. The black and white is so striking.
Here’s another version of the block in mini-quilt form with Tula Pink’s new Acacia line, now in the shop. The bright colors and circular arrangement give this block a completely different look! Both of these quilts are also a great example of how quilting designs effect the look of the final product.
But as for Andie’s workshop, you will be getting two new advanced piecing skills by learning this block. The first is foundation paper piecing to make the pointy triangle portions of the block. Once you learn this skill, there are so many intricate piecing designs you will be able to tackle. And it’s a great way to get even simpler designs to be perfectly accurate.
The second new skill you will learn is curved piecing when you bring the quarter circle components together. This is another advanced technique that will translate into many other curvy quilt designs.
The class is in two sessions so that you will have plenty of time to practice these techniques with Andie. You will leave with the confidence you need to make these blocks on your own. You could use them for smaller projects or go all the way with your own version of this quilt!
Class runs November 12 & 19, Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:30pm and you must be able to attend both sessions to register. Cost is $129, which includes the book Modern Designs for Classic Quilts and practice scraps. Call 513-321-0600 to grab your spot today!
This has been an exciting week around here. If you happened to stop in the shop this week, then you probably saw us petting these new samples and gushing about them to anyone who showed even the slightest interest. We get a little worked up about good women’s patterns. Who can blame us? They are hard to find.
These are from a trusted designer and friend of the shop, Liesl Gibson. She’s the creative force behind our favorite kids patterns, Oliver & S. You’ve also heard us gush about those over and over. One of the most exciting things about these new ladies patterns is that the instructions look and feel just like the Oliver & S instructions we already know and love to learn from. There is something so comforting about that!
Excellent and thorough directions aside, let’s take a look at these designs. So stylish and detailed, yet relaxed and easy to fit and construct.
First up is the Late Lunch Tunic. We made ours in a classic dark wash, lightweight denim from Robert Kaufman. I love how the front and back are both gathered below the bustling, but the sides are smooth and flattering. I’d love to try one with the middle panel in a contrasting color. You can see more examples of this one modeled here.
Next is the Weekend Getaway Dress and Blouse. We made the dress version with 3/4 length sleeves, a contrasting front facing, and front pockets. We used two of our new Robert Kaufman Interweave Chambrays, which we now carry in 6 rich colors which are great for these fall garments. The visible facing is such a stylish and unique detail, and the little pleat on the back really accentuates the subtly curved silhouette. This one is the most versatile of all the patterns, as it can be made blouse length and without the sleeves. You can also leave off the pockets or play with color-blocking, all of which you can see on Liesl’s blog here.
Lastly, this is the Everyday Skirt. It really is the perfect skirt for, well, everyday. Pockets are a must on a favorite skirt, and we also love how this one has a flat waistband in front and gathered elastic in the back. We used prints from Tula Pink’s latest line, Acacia, and played with mixing up the waistband and pocket facings. I’d also love to try it in a heavier fabric for fall, like our wool blends or shetland flannels. You can learn more about this pattern here.
These patterns are all available as digital PDF downloads, which we are very excited to be able to sell directly to you for the first time! When you buy one of these patterns, (as well as any of the digital patterns in our large new catalog) we ring it up for you and send it directly to your email. You can still get the beautiful experience of choosing a pattern and fabric pairing right in the shop, with the convenience of digital patterns.
If you have been wanting to try sewing for yourself, but have been a little nervous, these would be a great way to get your feet wet. Sewing a great-looking garment for yourself is one of the best feelings. Also look for these patterns to show up on future class schedules!