special event: workshop & book signing with oliver + s designer liesl gibson


 Click here to read more about Liesl’s new book, Building Block Dress: A sewing Pattern Alteration Guide.

Click here to register for the Workshop (don’t wait, spaces are limited!).

Click here to register for the Meet & Greet and Book Signing.




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special event – performance and book signing by author and quilter Sherri Lynn Wood

I’m so excited to share with you a very exciting event we have planned for June 3 at Sewn Studio.  We are honored to be hosting author and quilter Sherri Lynn Wood to our shop to share with us her unique technique for improv piecing.

She describes this technique in her new book The Improv Handbook for Modern Quilters, but you can have the opportunity to learn the technique directly from Sherri through an Improv / Theater Patchwork Mashup.  That’s right, a Patchwork Mashup! How can you miss that? It will be a performance during which Sherri will be the only one sewing, but she will be asking for input from the audience.  I absolutely can not wait. I Having peeked at the book, her work is amazing and I’m excited to learn how she creates it.

The event will have two parts.  The first hour (6:00-7:00pm) will be the performance and requires a registration.  There are a very limited number of spaces for this. To register you’ll need to pre-pay for your copy of the book. The cost of the book is $27.50 + tax.  You may register by calling the shop 513.321.0600, or stopping in to see us.

The second hour (7:00-8:00) will be a book signing and meet and greet. We’ll be open to all, and they’ll be no charge. We will have plenty of books on hand if you’d like to buy one, and you can have it signed while you’re here.

Please don’t miss this opportunity to meet Sherri and see some of her amazing work.  Space is limited and we’ve filled quite a few spots already.

Sherri Lynn Wood Patchwork Mashup and book Signing

Wednesday, June 3

6:00-7:00pm – Presentation – Attendance requires a reservation.  513.321.0600

7:00-8:00pm – Book Signing and Meet and Greet – Everyone welcome – no charge

We hope to see you there!



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New Custom Staff Bundles

Sometimes we can very competitive here on staff at Sewn Studio. Basically anything having to with fabric or a sewing skill, we can turn into a contest around here.

Recently we decided that each staffer should put together a custom fat quarter bundle of their own current favorites. And of course, it’s a contest to see who can sell out all their bundles first! We’ve done this a couple times before, but we’ve never had this many of them at once. Everyone was included this time, even some spouses and kids. The results are like fabric candy- how could you pick just one of these great little curated bundles of 6?

You can find these all in the shop, but if you aren’t local don’t worry! We’ve listed each bundle in our online shop just for you. Click on the links below to buy your favorites.

Shannon’s Bundle

Jessica’s Bundle

Larry’s Bundle

Heidi’s Bundle

Pat’s Bundle

Eliza’s Bundle

Amanda’s Bundle

Julie’s Bundle

Tommy’s Bundle

Claire’s Bundle

Happy spring sewing!

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MJ’s “Beat It” Jacket on the Oliver & S blog today



Sometimes, you just have to sew something because it sounds FUN, right? Julie has got all of us thinking of our projects that way for 2014, and it leads to a lot of crazy ideas- like this baby sized Michael Jackson jacket! It’s one of the most fantastic things you’ve ever seen, promise!

I don’t know what the final zipper count on this thing was, but it has to be at least 18. Head over to the Oliver & S blog today to see all the glory of the baby king of pop, and learn more about how Julie modified the Nature Walk Pullover pattern to make this amazing garment.




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us map baby quilt tutorial

I’ve always thought maps were amazing.  They’re beautiful to look at, but they’re also fascinating.  The idea that something as big as our state – or country – can be represented in two dimensions with so much detail is really cool.   A few years ago, while paging through the many fun map related projects on Pinterest, I found this map made by  SeeKateSew in 2011.

I LOVED it.  I couldn’t stop thinking about.  Those are my favorite projects  (the ones I can’t get out of my head), so I decided to make one.  I wanted mine to hang in my daughter’s room, so I bought a wall map, the really BIG one.

This map is from the office supply store and it’s 32″ x 50″.  Since you don’t have to cut it apart to make the map quilt, I’ve been able to use it several times.

My first map quilt was strictly a wall quilt.  The quilting was limited to the lines around the states and a single line around the entire map.

I learned A LOT from that first map. So, by the time I made this baby quilt last fall, I had worked out some of the kinks.

To make your own,  you’ll need these materials:

- a map (any size)

- fusible web, I used Heavy Duty Wonder Under from Pellon

- background fabric, you’ll need a piece that’s at least 2 or 3 inches bigger than your map on all sides

- fabric scraps for the states

- thread

- batting, backing and binding



Cut your background fabric at least 2 or 3 inches bigger than your map on each side.  As you’re constructing, the angle of the map can shift unexpectedly. I like to be generous here, it would be sad to get to the East Coast and find out that you’re background fabric isn’t big enough!

I used a deck wood-grain print from Riley Blake’s Maritime Modern collection.

Trace the first state onto the Wonder Under (I chose to begin with Texas so that I’d be moving outward in both directions – this decreases the cumulative shift your map may take as you’re adding states).  States are not symmetrical, so you’ll need to trace them onto the rough side of the Wonder Under, instead of the paper side.  If you trace on the paper side, you’ll end up with a mirror image of the map. (It turns out maps aren’t really flexible that way!)  You’ll need to see your line from the paper side of the Wonder Under, so I recommend using a fine-point marker, rather than a pencil.

Fuse the Wonder Under to the wrong side of the fabric you’ve chosen for the state (do not cut-out the state before fusing).  The rough side of the Wonder Under must be touching the wrong side of the fabric.  You should still be able to see your line through the Wonder Under paper.  Cut the state out of the fabric/Wonder Under combination.  I like to cut slightly inside the line to avoid ink marks on the edge of the state.

Repeat this process for each state.  I prefer to cut all of the states out before I begin fusing and sewing.  As I cut the states, I place them on the background fabric in order, so I can think about the color and value of the fabrics.


When you’ve cut out all of the states, place the background fabric on top of the map. The map should be centered under the fabric. Use a water soluble pen to trace the bottom edge of Texas onto the background fabric, this will help you put Texas in the correct place. Peel the paper off the back of the state and use an iron to fuse it into place.

Using a straight stitch and a very small seam allowance, sew around the border of Texas. I  pivoted to accommodate as many of the curves as I could.  I used a straight stitch instead of a zig-zag because I think it allows the relationships between the states to show better than a zig-zag would. I also like the idea of the edges fraying to create a little texture.


After sewing around the border of the state, secure the end of the thread by pulling the top threads to the back of the fabric and tying them to the back threads with a small knot.


Continue by fusing and stitching the remaining states one at a time.  Refer to the map before you fuse each state to be sure it has the proper relationship with the surrounding states.


When you’ve fused and stitched all of the states, sandwich and quilt as desired.


Bind and wash!  I love when the edges of the states fray.


My quilt was a gift for a new baby, and I hope he’s enjoying it right now!  If you make one, please share it in our sewn studio flickr group or facebook page.  We’d love to see it!





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