Friday, September 28, 2018

Thank Heavens for My Local Quilt SHop

Nestled in quaint Country Village in Bothell, Washington, Keepsake Cottage Fabrics is a quilt shop for every kind of quilter. Fabrics vary from reproduction, thirties, patriotic, novelty, florals, wools and flannels to batiks, Asians, and native American. Backgrounds, white-on-whites, and an extensive "color wall" round out the shop's fabric selection.

The shop offers most Moda collections, including their charm packs, jelly rolls, layer cakes, and kits. In early 2008, the shop's Lecien collection from Japan tripled in size. Other fabric collections include Timeless Treasures, Michael Miller, Free Spirit, Windham, Benartex, RJR, Clothworks, In the Beginning, Northcott, and more.

The white is Transfer Ease
It's the more I am most grateful for! I needed to purchase some Transfer Ease for my latest project. I called all over town, and voila! The shop nearest to me had exactly the right thing!

What is Transfer Ease? It's a product that makes embroidery easy on dark fabrics. It comes on 8 1/2 x 11" sheets, easy to run through the printer. Sticks on the fabric while you stitch. Remove it with a cool water bath. Great stuff!

Keepsake Cottage Fabrics
818 238th Street S.E.
Bothell, WA 98021

Phone Number:
(425) 486-3483

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Scraps or as I Call Them-Free Fabric!

I love scraps and of course the resulting quilts!
They start from this, random pieces from 1 x 4"s to 1 3/8 x longer that 4"s.

I sort them into colors (yes I know I'm over the top sometimes).

And end up something like this work in progress.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Bigfoot Quilts, a New Shop in Town!

 Bigfoot Quilts is a friendly gathering place that encourages sewing, and quilting, enthusiasts of all skill levels to come hang out with fellow crafters or join in for a variety of fun classes and store events. They are excited to do their part in expanding the modern handcrafting movement by offering a relaxing atmosphere and fresh selection of the latest merchandise, exceptional customer service, plenty of inspiration, and ongoing support by talented staff members who are passionate about helping you succeed in your creative endeavors!

Bigfoot Quilts is a full-service fabric and sewing store located in Auburn, Washington. A place where
everyone is welcome and where you will always be greeted by a smile.

Big Foot Quilts
402 16th Street NE Suite A-106
Auburn, WA 98002

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Saturday & Sunday Classes at Festival

each teacher, then circulate around the room informally.
Stitching Through the Layers—The Elegance of Straight Line Quilting

binding techniques to make your quilts stand out in a crowd. Make samples of finishing methods to take home and use on your own quilts. Bindings will never be boring again!


Monday, September 17, 2018

Friday's Houston Classes


Beads are a blast when you know their secrets! Bead a “jazzy-pizzazzy” bag the fun and easy way. Quilt Toppings: Fun and Fancy Embellishment Techniques learning plenty of tips, techniques, and design ideas as you go.

Friday, September 14, 2018

Thursday's Classes at Festival

Thursday NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Thursday, September 13, 2018

It's Time for the International Quilt Festival/Houston

The International Quilt Festival is the largest annual quilt show in the U.S. and takes place each fall in Houston, Texas. Festival regularly attracts 55,000 people from over 35 countries all around the world. There’s shopping at more than 1,000 booths for quilts, fabric, supplies, and crafts, along with 550 classes and lectures for all experience levels. Festival features more than 1,600 quilts and unique works of textile art on display.

November 8-11, 2018
Preview Night November 7
Classes begin November 5
     Note Later Dates
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, Texas  77010

I will be teaching a variety of classes!

Wednesday NOVEMBER 7, 2018 

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

News from Sewing & Stichery Expo

Sewing & Stichery Expo February 28 - March 3, 2019 Puyallup, WA

The 2019 Sewing & Stitchery Expo 

Welcome to the first newsletter of the 2019 season! 2019 marks the 35th anniversary of Expo. In this fashion, the Expo team has been hard at work to bring even more fun and excitement to the show! 
Make sure you receive your 2019 Sewing & Stitchery Class Catalog in December! Sign up for the mailing list today! 
RARE Bears
Expo will once again participate in the RARE Bear project. If you haven't made a bear before, sign up to be a
member of the RARE Bear Army. Or, if you participated last year, you can request additional feet and tag kits. Bring un-stuffed bear skins to Expo to be turned in.

In case you missed it: King 5 was able to come to the 2018 Expo to learn more and share the story of RARE Bears. You can still view the video online, maybe you'll even see your bear! 

Learn more about RARE Science and the RARE Bear Project by visiting their website.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Sunday is National Grandparents' Day!!!

Grandparents are or have been very special people in our lives. Sometimes they allow us to do these things parents don't like us to do. We all remember how fun it could be -most of the time- being with our grandparents. Maybe your grandmother even taught you how to sew or maybe you are doing the same with your granddaughter now. Isn't that fun?!? Or how about playing with the button jar for hours??  
Grandparents are very special, but we never hear very much about Grandparents' Day.
National Grandparent's Day originated in 1978, forty years ago. Then President Jimmy Carter declared Grandparents' Day to be the first Sunday after Labor Day.