Thursday, January 31, 2013

What on earth have I been doing?

Coming fast on the heels of the wedding reception was Christmas. At the same time we were planning the next set of classes for the shop. Of course new classes means new samples. There were also some patterns we got at market that we wanted to get samples made for and up in the shop.
All the shop girls sewed like crazy to get everything done. (except me, I still need borders on two quilts). I am a baaad girl.
One of the new classes that I will be teaching is a chevron quilt called Party Girl. This will be a follow up for beginners. The quilt is giant HST. It was a lot of fun to sew! I think I will make another with more colors and maybe smaller HST.

Another new class is a string quilt. The pattern is Wrapped up in Memories by Bonnie of Bonnie and Camille. I am using the pattern for the basics of string piecing and then adding in more string ideas . I think it will be fun. And I can use up some of my strings making sample blocks for class. For the class sample I used a jelly roll and just trimmed to different sizes. It is missing a border too.

The last new class I will be teaching is basic embroidery. I plan to do some straight lines for them to sew on to learn the stitches. Then they will get this design to stitch if they want to. We have had a lot of customers who want to do some cute stitching projects but say they don't know how.

We also have some really cute bag classes coming up. Maybe if I take the class I will actually make the bag?? I will ask permission to post those bags.

I enjoy keeping up with all my blogging friends and what they are doing. I hope to get back into regular personal sewing and regular posts here too.
Stay tuned.
happy Stitching


  1. Your class will enjoy the string quilt for sure, and the Party Girl quilt too. Seems like those zig-zag quilts are getting really popular now. Wish I could take the embroidery class! ---"Love"

  2. I love the Party Girl quilt, it is so cute and perfect for a young lady! I've been absent, too, have to get back into blogging myself!

  3. A string quilt is one of my "someday" quilts. Will the embroidery be done by hand or machine?


  4. The Party Girl is like a fabric echo of the ripples that have been washing over the crochet world for the last few years - but it has a vintage look too, which is nice. Love the string quilt - it looks just like something a thrifty housewife might have made in the 1800s using scraps of clothing. (Only prettier.)

    I hope you can post the bag photos - would love to see them!

    P.S. -10 this morning here - stay warm!

  5. The chevron quilt is very striking. But I think that's cheating to cut up a jelly roll to make strings! My mom has a bin literally running over of string strips left over from all sorts of projects...she'd be angry to know you cut up perfectly good jelly rolls! But it's a cute quilt and I promise not to tell her!

  6. Great projects! I'm collecting strings - have enough for about three blocks. Ha! Still a long way to go yet. I think your classes would be fun.

  7. Looks like some fun classes! I don't think I would want to have to use my precious quilting time to make samples for a shop. I don't have enough time now as it is - and I'm retired!