May 122013
 

Modern Patchwork Magazine

Also arriving was the new Modern Patchwork magazine. If you’ve been looking for a new project, this is definitely the magazine for you! Chock full of great quilts and other fun projects including pillows, aprons, and totes. Plus this great idea for fabric frames from Jenean Morrison ..

Modern Patchwork - Jenean Morrison

I will definitely be holding one of these magazines back for me. There are some great Christmas present ideas in here!

There’s only 3 of this magazine left in stock. If you’d like us to reserve one for you, just let us know. They run $14.99.

Happy Sewing!

Jen

May 112013
 

Stitch Style Magazine

The new Stitch Style magazine is now available and full of inspiration and patterns.This easy kimono sleeve dress definitely caught my eye. Now to get some new knits in stock!

Kimono - Style Stitch

They also included a fantastic article on Jenny Gordy of Wiksten fame. She sounds just as lovely as I always imagined her to be. Now it’s gotten me inspired to crank out some more tanks and Tovas!

Wiksten - Stitch Style

We’ve got a handful of this magazine up front by the counter. If you’re not able to drop in the shop, let me know and we can ship one out to you. The price is $14.99.

Happy Sewing!

Jen

May 102013
 

These lovely new prints from Dena Designs arrived today.

Love & Joy by Dena Designs

These prints remind me of two previous collections of hers, Leanika and Kumari Gardens, rolled into one glorious collection. Any one of these prints would look amazing made into a sweet bishop dress for spring. The love birds even make their triumphant return!

Birds

Get them while they’re here … if they sell anything like Leanika or Kumari Gardens, these sweet prints won’t be around long.

Happy Sewing!

Jen

Feb 112013
 

I gotta admit … I’m a bit jealous of people who have the eye for repurposing items and making them fabulous. I just don’t have it. For example, how cute is this dress that Melanie made using one of her old skirts?!

Melanie Dramatic Repurposed Skirt

Remove waistband, add some shirring and some ribbon for straps and voila … you have a super cute dress that any little girl would love.  So cute and so easy!!

But this brings up something else that I have been too chicken to try … shirring!! The concept seems easy enough and is according to Melanie but I don’t know … Maybe it’s time to fish the elastic thread out of the back of the drawer and give it a go. This tutorial from Pink Fig made it seem not as terrifying! Shirring has officially been added to my list of techniques I must try before the year is up … unless I chicken out ;)

Would love to see some of your repurposed goods to get me inspired. I figure the more I see, the easier it might become for me to start seeing things in a new way. Post your links below to share.

Happy Sewing!

Jen

Feb 082013
 

Give Tula Pink a BERNINA 780 and DesignWorks tools and she will do absolutely amazing things! We’ve done a few things here and there with ours but this girl takes the tools to a whole new level! Check it out …

Tula using the CutWorks tool with fabric …

Tula Pink CutWorks Garland

Tula using the CutWorks tool on wood!! … WOOD!

Tula Pink CutWorks Cards

Tula Pink using the new PaintWorks tool:

Tula Pink PaintWork Pillow

and last but not least … Tula Pink using the 780 embroidery:

Tula Pink Zebra Pillow

I absolutely love how she took one of the ordinary designs that I’ve looked over dozens of times and turned it into something cool! The genius of Tula Pink just blows me away.

We’ve gotten the opportunity to meet her several times at Market and she is one of the sweetest people we’ve met. So friendly and down-to-earth. We’re hoping to get her down to Lola Pink in the near future!

Want to see the 780 and DesignWorks tools in person? Come stop by the shop! The 780 is definitely a Lola Pink favorite.

Now off to play on the 780!!

Jen

Feb 072013
 

We’ve been waiting for this fabric collection for quite some time!

Type by Julia Rothman

Type by Julia Rothman is a playful collection with a soothing color combination and a cool retro vibe. The collection is filled with patterns of vintage typewriters, tossed paper clips, typewriter keys and notepads. Put your thinking cap on, grab a pencil and paper and whip up the perfect project for your home or office.

Type_Collage

If you are not familiar with the talented Ms. Rothman, you’ve got to check out her website. Her designs can be found on everything from wallpaper to temporary tattoos!

There’s also a great free pattern that uses these fabrics. The pattern was designed by the lovely Heather Jones of Olive and Ollie. We’ve got a kit made up and ready to go. As an added bonus, the price marked is 10% off retail!

Typeface Quilt Kit

You’ll definitely be seeing this fabric made in to tote bags, iPhone/iPad cases, and zippered pouches very soon!

Happy Sewing!

Jen

Dec 222012
 

Every year I vow that I will not still be sewing on Christmas Eve but stuff happens and there I am sewing like a mad woman by the light of the Christmas tree. Every. Single. Year. and this year will not be an exception. Oh well, I’ll just start calling it a “tradition” and all will be good.

I think one of the things that trips me up is trying to find things that I want to make. Pinterest has been an incredible help but I still find that I’m Googling tutorials late into the night. Often I will think of an idea but then promptly forget what it was I wanted to make. Isn’t getting old fun?!

I decided I’d start a go-to list of ideas, tutorials, and patterns that make great gifts. Some I’ve made (and loved) before; others I’m sure I will make one day. This list will be ever growing as I find new gift ideas. (I put an * by the ones I’ve made.)

Last Minute Gift Ideas to Sew

 For Kids:For Kids

For Teens:

Gift Ideas for Teens to Sew

For Mom:

Gift Ideas to Make for Mom

For Dad:

Gift Ideas to Make for Dad

Hope this helps give you some ideas as to what you can make last minute for the people in your life. As I said before, this will be an ever growing, ever evolving list. A great reference for when you need to make a gift last minute.

Happy Sewing!

Jen