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November Newsletter

Fall is here and doesn’t it feel great ! Crisp air and beautiful colors all around. Halloween seems to always kick off the holiday season and it is here ! Before we know it Thanksgiving will be here and we will be celebrating with friends and family. In the spirit of the season, we want to thank y’all for the kind well wishes and support thru this past couple of months struggles. We do appreciate your concern and checking in to see how we are doing. So far so good, everybody seems to be on the mend and doing well.

Thoughts of Christmas giving seems to be on the minds of those visiting the shop lately. We want to help you with ideas. The Cottage is packed with great ideas and fun, festive things. We have lots of gift ideas too that don’t require assembly (wink). If all else fails, we also have gift cards. We are constantly searching for fabric ideas for the holidays to help you out. Come on in and find out what we’ve been up to.

Coming soon to Little Cottage Quilt Shop…… Do you love Counted Cross Stitch ???

After multiple requests for the patterns, 90 different patterns will be here very soon for your stitching pleasure. We have the floss, the needles, the fabric, hoops & stretchers bars. Everything you need to launch into a great new project.

Edyta Sitar’s latest book is in the shop now and her newest released fabric collection will be shipped this month. If you are a devotee of her work, don’t delay, it goes fast once it is on the shelves.

We have lots of new fabrics this month again. It just keeps marching thru the door !! Too much to even start to name much less photograph. You have to make a trip here to see it all. It’s all so wonderful !!!

Just a reminder about our Top Shopper award, we have a winner each month of a $25 Gift card. Come on in and make sure your name gets attached to your purchases toward your chance to win.

We hope y’all have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones. Be safe and enjoy. And remember, we will be closed Nov 22 & 23rd. But we will be back on Friday the 24th with a free demo on making those darling chickens. You don’t want to miss this. Bring your visiting relatives and enjoy a day away from all the Black Friday madness elsewhere.

See y’all soon, Donette

Fabric Grab Bag

The Fabric Grab Bag for November is a nostalgic Christmas throw or table cloth. Done in a log cabin block, this Red Rooster “Christmas Bells” collection & pattern are reminiscent of the old Currier & Ives Christmas cards. It’s a great little quilt to keep or give as a gift at a great value. Don’t miss out.

 

Barn Quilt B.O.M.

We are completely blown away at the popularity of this cute quilt.

November is block #7 “Farm Fresh Flower Block”

 

November 2017 Calendar

We will do private classes for you or your group of up to 6 people. $25 per person Please call or email us to schedule your private class on the subject or project of your choice. Please give us 2 weeks notice

Wed Nov 1– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Sat Nov 4– 1 pm FREE Fabric Xmas tree demo

(make a grouping from festive fabrics for your table center piece)

 

Wed Nov 8– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Fri Nov 10 –   9 am Coffee at the Cottage (2nd Friday of every month)

Fri Nov 10 – 10 am Hand Embroidery Club

Sat Nov 11– 1 pm Fold & Stitch Wreath class fee $25

(Of course you can make yours out of any fabric, fun & easy)

         

 

Wed Nov 15– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Sat Nov 18– Scandinavian Star Ornament class fee $25

(back by special request, if you missed it last month, here’s your chance)

 

Wed Nov 22- CLOSED for Thanksgiving

Thurs Nov 23- CLOSED Thanksgiving Day

Fri Nov 24- 10 am OPEN

Fri Nov 24– 1 pm FREE Cute Chicken Demo

(always fun, it’s a great scrap or orphan block buster)

 

 

Wed Nov 29– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

 

December 2017 Calendar

Sat Dec 2 – 1 pm Pine cone Ornament class   fee $25

Have fun learning how to make these ornaments for your holiday decorations. Make them rustic, realistic or fancy.

 

Wed Dec 6– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Fri Dec 8 –   9 am Coffee at the Cottage (2nd Friday of every month)

Fri Dec 8 – 10 am Hand Embroidery Club

Wed Dec 13– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Sat Dec 16– 1 pm FREE Quick & Easy Wreath Demo

(need a last minute decorating idea you can whip up in an hour or so from your stash?)

Wed Dec 20– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Tues Dec 26- CLOSED for Christmas

Wed Dec 27- 10 am OPEN

Wed Dec 27– 1 pm Open sewing workshop

 

Valuable Info

November 2017 Newsletter

“Stitches & Presser Feet”

As I have said many times, I’ve sewn all my life. My children grew up with the sewing machine humming daily, and many nights as well. So you would think that my kids would have learned to sew, if nothing else, by osmosis !!! But no, my girls weren’t interested. Why should they bother when “mom” did it all for them ?!?!?! Bad on my part. My son on the other hand wanted to learn to sew and he did.  Today, he does all the mending and hemming in his household.  He no longer feels the need to create with fabric.  Now my embroidery machine, is another story, LOL, power tool and all that it is. He embroidered his name and badge number on his firefighter gear bag

My girls are in their adult years, with children.  NOW they want to learn to sew. (sigh !) Now, when I’m busy running a business.  Life is strange.

So I asked my youngest what she would like to learn from this article. I think she hit it dead on; Stitches & Presser feet. What to do with and how to use. (youth! wish my brain was not so loaded down so I could think clearly like that) I have had many of you ask me the same thing. So here goes.

 

Most sewing machines can preform many different tasks. Most have a host of built in stitches it can be used. Some have “Cams” for decorative stitches, and some can download stitches from the internet. Whatever kind of machine you have, there are basic stitches and presser feet that can make whatever you need to do easier.

Lets break them down into groups and companions, as different stitches usually require a special presser foot. Hopefully this will make it more understandable.

To start with, all sewing machines will need a specific type of presser foot. (ie: low shank, high shank, slant shank) Be sure to check your manual so you are getting the correct style of shank for your machine.

Standard presser foot– this is the standard presser foot for general use. All sewing machines will come equipped with this standard foot. Use it as the name suggests, general use. (ie: sewing a seam, ziz zag stitches, basic mending, etc)

 

Zipper foot– this handy tool is used for many tasks. Obviously installing a zipper into an article of clothing or pillow cover or making a cute bag. It is used for attaching piping, or needing to sew very close to an edge. A zipper foot can only be used with a straight stitch. There are a few different styles to choose from. Your brand of sewing machine will dictate a lot about which one fits your machine. Your machine might have even come with one, check your manual. Here is a picture of different zipper feet.

 

¼” Foot-, especially to you quilters, this is a common presser foot. This foot is used to get a precise, uniform ¼” seam. Some ¼” feet have a guide blade on them. This foot can only be used with a straight stitch.

 

Blind Hem Foot– This is an adjustable guide for sewing a blind hem. The guide keeps the stitches an even distance from the fold. It can also be used with a blanket stitch for attaching an applique, quilt label, etc. This is a very handy presser foot.

 

Walking Foot– this is used to evenly sew multiple layers of fabric together. It’s very helpful when straight stitch quilting because it pulls the fabric from the top in concert with the feed dogs. This prevents the layers of fabric from shift and pulling. It is also very helpful when sewing on thick fabric like Cuddle and faux furs.

These are just a few of the more commonly used presser feet. There is a presser foot for every task from sewing on elastic & cording to darning & quilting, to ruffling yards of fabric for a twirly skirt. I could go on and on for pages. But before this gets to unmanageable, I think I’ll leave it here for now and talk about stitches and their uses next month. Read your manuals and practice. Don’t be afraid to experiment a bit. Keep on Sewing !

Little Cottage Quilt Shop

14076 State Hwy 16       Medina, Texas 78055             830-589-2502

 

June 2017 Newsletter

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Here comes summer & we are currently on “vacation”.  (I use that term loosely, very loosely.) No rest for me though, I’m swamped & so far behind I can’t see the light of day. We are working at our little ranch as well as at the Cottage trying to get caught up on neglected chores. LOL !! Maybe, someday, I might just catch up, in the meantime, I have a newsletter to write. (wink)

There is always lots happening here at the Cottage. It’s a full month with exciting new arrivals, events and fun. Be sure to mark your calendars for these dates so you don’t miss out on your favorites. Our fingers are crossed that the new Edyta Sitar fabric release will arrive this month. Watch LCQS FB page for the announcement.   Here are just a few of the new arrivals this past few weeks. Texas fabrics, sparkly fairies, glow in the dark Halloween fabrics & a new vintage sewing collection to name a few.

  

  

Don’t forget to pick up this months Barn Quilt B.O.M. kit, Block 2, the “Welcome block”. They are all so cute !! I just love this fun quilt. Each month the kit is different fabrics. $9.99 ea

 

June Grab Bag Challenge

You don’t want to miss this month’s Grab Bag Challenge. This month, because we have had so much going on and are so far behind, we thought we would let you come up with the pattern for the project.   SOOOOOOO;

Here’s the scoop; take the 3 yards of darling, Northcott’s “Strawberry Patch” fabric and make up something fabulous. It can be anything, clothing, bags, table linens, a quilted throw, what ever you imagination and creativity comes up with. Then bring it into the shop before the end of the month. The first club member to bring in a finished project with the “Strawberry Patch” fabric, will win a $25 gift card . That pays for your Grab Bag ! (well almost, the state has to take their chunk) Get your creative juices flowing and make up something fun and fabulous. After all, what would summer be without delicious juicy strawberries.  Can’t wait to see what y’all come up with !

I hope y’all had a nice & safe Memorial Day week end. I look forward to hearing about it when we are back at the shop on Monday June 5.

See y’all then,   Donette

June 2017 Calendar

We will do private classes for you or your group of up to 6 people. $25 per person Please call or email us to schedule your private class on the subject or project of your choice. Please give us 2 weeks notice

Mon June 5 – 10 am We are back open from vacation

Wed June 7 – 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Fri June 9 –   9 am Coffee at the Cottage (2nd Friday of every month)

Fri June 9 – 10 am Hand Embroidery Club

Sat June 10 – 1 pm Strip Club

June’s Strip Club quilt is “Circle Back” made with Benartex’s Gradations roll. (this fabric is wonderful) It’ so bright and summery, perfect for those summer outings or visiting guests. And so quick to make, before I knew it, DG had made 2 of them!

 

Wed June 14 – 1 pm Open sewing workshop

Tues June 20 – 4 pm Medina Quilt Group Meeting at Little Cottage Quilt shop for an interactive program. Nancy Springer will conduct a class in using your selvages to make fun projects. (Nancy is a great teacher so don’t miss out)

Wed June 21 – 1 pm Open Sewing workshop

Wed June 21Row By Row 2017 begins

Patterns and kits available

If you are new to R x R, go to this website for all the info and ideas

http://www.rowbyrowexperience.com

We have the companion fabrics. Ask us about great projects with them

This is our row pattern for this year, what’s more On The Go! than RVs!?!

Our plates for 2017, collect them all and sew them into all kinds of fun projects. Ask us about them !

 

Sat June 24 – 1 pm Folded Star Ornament Class   $45 includes kit

We are half way thru this year and I have had several of you ask if we are going to have this beautiful ornament class again. If you are wanting to learn how to make these beauties, don’t miss your chance, sign up early as we can only take 6 students at a time.

 

Wed June 28 – 1 pm Open Sewing workshop

 

Valuable Info

June 2017 Newsletter

I apologize for not having an article written this month………..forgive me please, I’m trying to be on vacation !! LOL

Watch for next months article

Thanks

Little Cottage Quilt Shop

14076 State Hwy 16       Medina, Texas 78055             830-589-2502

April Newsletter

April showers bring May flowers…… You know the saying. But here in South Texas, we get beautiful wild flowers in April too. And it has been a good spring for it. I hope y’all are having a wonderful spring, enjoying the warmer weather and fabulous showers (well, mostly down pours !!).

It’s always a hive of activity here at the Cottage, no matter what. I seem to meet myself coming and going all the time.

We decided that it was time for a much needed vacation, (haven’t had one in 5 years). Carefully we looked at all the stats to decide which week would be the best for y’all. According to all our records, the week of Memorial Day is the slowest week of the year. So we picked that one. Please mark your calendars. We will be closed:

Monday May 30 thru June 4.

We will be back open Monday June 6.  We thank y’all for understanding and look forward to seeing y’all for Row by Row !!

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Row by Row 2016

“Home Sweet Home”

Start planning your route

Check out the national website

https://www.rowbyrowexperience.com

and the Texas FB page

https://www.facebook.com/TXRowbyRowExperience

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It can’t always be a bed of roses, sometimes reality gets in the way. With very fond memories but heavy hearts, we have had to say goodbye to 2 beloved local quilters. Our sweet and funny little Evalyn Poole who left us on March 31. She brightened the Cottage with her presence every Saturday.Version 2

Long time quilter, much loved and always smiling Judy Rodriguez, left this life behind on April 7. We always enjoyed her company at coffee on Fridays.Version 2

We will feel their loss for a long time.

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Strip Club !!

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The May Strip Club is ready to go and waiting for you. We picked a beautiful spring color combo to go with the “Drop Diamonds” pattern.

AND……..Ta Da……….we invented the “Jelly Flats”.

(Same thing as a jelly roll, in a different format, we couldn’t make out jelly rolls look neat so we got creative).

Don’t they look delicious !!!!

Next Strip Club Meeting is Sat. May 21 at 1 pm. Bring your finished top from March and show it off. Don’t forget to pick up this dazzling purple diamond set before the meeting and get your pattern FREE.

April Grab Bag

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It’s such pretty colors with hummingbirds and morning glories. An original pattern designed by Christer and I, “Signs of Spring”, makes up into a 42” X 54” throw. Add a couple more borders if you choose to increase the size.

We also still have a couple of March grab bags, “Top O’ the Mornin” to Ya” here at the Cottage if you missed out.

NEW HOURS

We have adjusted our hours slightly to help accommodate your needs and ours. Starting immediately, we are open;

10 am to 6 pm Monday thru Friday

10 am to 4 pm Saturday

New at the Cottage

Finished Quilts

We now have a lovely stack of finished quilts in various sizes FOR SALE. Some of them made by me and some selected from other quilters. All beautiful and ready to give as a gift to a loved one or yourself.

Custom Notions

A local woodworker has custom made a couple of handy little notions for us. You will want to add these to your sewing room!!

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Birch Ruler Stand $24.95

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Hand Sewing Caddy $14.99          various exotic woods

New Fabric Collections

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Back by popular demand

“Calling All Nurses” by Windham Fabrics

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Adding to our vast Halloween fabrics; “On The Web” by Red Rooster. I Love this one !!!

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Rare & hard to find RV fabric. This is it!! All we can get so far.

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Vibrant “Autumn Song” by Red Rooster. (with a touch of gold)

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Cute & fun “ Cats In The Garden” by Clothworks

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New 108” backings from Windham

(wouldn’t this make a great jacket or bag or shirt !!)

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New colors and textures of Cuddle by Shannon

I just can’t get enough of this luxurious, soft, fabric

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More Halloween !! from a new supplier for us. Riley Blake’s “Lost & Found Halloween”

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Our fabulous new thread cabinet filled with a rainbow of Mettler 40 wt Polysheen threads. It’s beautiful and perfect for machine embroidery or garment construction.

Calendar

Fri. May 13 9am to 10 am Coffee at the Cottage

Fri. May 13 10am to 12 noon Hand Embroidery Club

Mon. May 16 6:30 pm to 8:30 ish Medina Quilt Group

Sat. May 21 1 pm to 4 pm Strip Club

Mon. May 30 CLOSED for vacation thru Sat. June 4

Fri. June 10 9am to 10 am Coffee at the Cottage.

Fri. June 10 10 am to 12 noon Hand Embroidery Club

Mon. June 20 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm Medina Quilt Group

Tues. June 21 starts Row by Row 2016 “Home Sweet Home”

Don’t forget that every Wed 1 – 4 pm is Open Sewing Workshop

Valuable Info

If you have ever wanted to work with that fabulous soft faux fur, but were afraid to, April’s Valuable Info article is very interesting and well worth the read.  It is taken from the Shannon website.

(Sorry, none of the pictures transferred over)

Editor: Liz Johnson   April 1, 2016  Shannon fabrics blog “My Cuddle Corner”

If you’ve ever touched quality plush fabric, you’ve probably made this sound: “Ohhhhhh, ahhhhhh.” You’re also likely to have immediately stroked your cheek with this wonderfully soft fabric. Luxury plush goes by several names. Many people refer to it generically as Minky, but that is actually a brand name, much like Kleenex® is a brand name for facial tissue. For this article, we’re referring to it as “Cuddle,” which is the name given to the category by industry leader, Shannon Fabrics. The fabric gives a fabulous softness to a wide variety of projects, from toys to pillows to blankets and more (we loved using it for a soft fitted crib sheet). It’s not a difficult fabric to sew with, but to create the very best results, it helps to have a few tips and tricks under your belt prior to jumping in. And doesn’t jumping into a huge pile of Cuddle sound like a wonderful thing? “Ohhhhhh, ahhhhhhh!”

What is it and why is it so soft?  As soft to the touch as cashmere and mink, Cuddle is actually 100% polyester. The high quality and density of the nap is what distinguishes it from its standard fleece cousins. You can launder it over and over without compromising the softness, the brightness of its colors or the warmth. It traditionally comes 58″ – 60″+ in width with the stretch along the width of the fabric. There is little to no stretch along the vertical (the grain line).

Types of plush fabric

The variety available is stunning. We could spend the whole article just showing you pretty pictures. Instead, the least overwhelming way to think about Cuddle is to organize it into four main categories: Solids, Prints, Embossed, and Double-Sided. Within each of the categories are dozens and dozens of options.

Solids and Prints

Solids range from vivid brights to baby pastels. Prints come in classic dots and chevrons as well as designer prints. Shannon Fabrics has many beautiful collections.

Embossed

Embossed Cuddle is a favorite. You get softness plus a subtle design that pops up from the nap, such as the classic dimple as well as hearts, stars, paisley, and more. We used it on our Playful Stuffed Crocodile to simulate his scales.

Double-sided

The selection within double-sided prints is not quite as varied with mostly solids and just a few prints. This is a great option to create a fast blanket with just a single bound layer, as we did with our Teen Pretty Pack Sleepover Blanket.

Washing and cutting

As mentioned above, Cuddle holds up beautifully through multiple launderings. Cold water washing is best, and do not use fabric softener.

Pre-washing Cuddle isn’t necessary because it doesn’t shrink. The one caveat is red. Polyester fabrics seldom fade or run, but red is always the exception to any rule.

Some people have expressed concerns about drying the embossed fabrics, saying it can cause the embossing to lose its texture. We haven’t experienced this problem, but we do choose to tumble dry on a cool setting or even to simply hang dry.

A rotary cutter with a standard or pinking blade is the best choice for cutting. The pinking blade adds a nice finish to your seam allowance. If you are working with a Cuddle that has a very long fiber, you may want to follow the recommendation for cutting faux fur, which is to cut from the back with scissors through just the backing. We have a full tutorial on Sewing with Faux Fur for more detail.

You will get lots o’ lint when you work with Cuddle. It’s simply the result of working with the deep nap that gives the fabric its ultra softness. You can’t eliminate it, but you can minimize it. Have a lint roller on hand and keep a small vacuum nearby for post-project clean up. You’ll also want to pay attention to your machine. Lint can quickly build up around the needle and presser foot as well as in the bobbin case. Take the time to clean as needed along the way as well as after you complete your project.

You can also take your larger cut pieces outside prior to sewing in order to give them a good shake. If you are sensitive to lint, make sure you don’t have a fan running that can blow the lint around and consider using a dust mask.

And my personal tip about lint: never wear all black when constructing a Cuddle project; you’ll come away looking like you’re turning into a stuffed animal!

Cuddle has a definite nap. You need to pay attention to the direction of the nap when cutting out your pieces so the nap is going in the same direction on any adjacent pieces. If your nap is going in opposite directions both the texture and the color will be different and ruin the look of your project. The image above is the same fabric with the nap brushed in two different directions.

When cutting pattern pieces, some people prefer working with pattern weights over pins because pinning through thick Cuddle layers can distort a pattern. We haven’t had a problem working with pins, but it is something to keep in mind. Another option would be to flip the pattern and trace it onto the back of the Cuddle, similar to how you cut a pattern on faux fur.

Machine set-up and stitching 

The number one tool to have is a Walking or Even Feed foot. Cuddle can be slippery, and the best way to combat it is with this type of specialty presser foot. It has upper feed dogs built in that work in harmony with the lower feed dogs on your machine. Your layers are fed in unison from both the top and the bottom.

We like to work with quilting gloves as an additional aid against the fabric slipping or sliding.

Start a new project with a new needle. A 90/14 stretch needle is the top choice as it has a slight ballpoint tip. We’ve also used a 90/14 universal needle with good results.

Set-up the machine for a longer stitch length: 3.0 to 4.0mm. Test your stitching first on scraps to make sure the length and tension settings on your machine are generating the best results.

Thread the machine with all-purpose thread in the top and bobbin. Decorative or specialty threads will get lost in the nap of the fabric.

We prefer to simply pin layers together, spacing them fairly close together – about every 1″ for stability. Don’t be afraid to use lots of pins.

If you don’t have access to a Walking foot or you simply find yourself getting frustrated with uncooperative layers, other options to hold things together include: hand-basting, using a fusible seam tape, such as Dritz Washaway Wonder Tape, or trying a basting spray. With a spray, make sure you protect the right side of the Cuddle prior to spraying.

Use a ½” seam allowance at a minimum. Cuddle has a tendency to curl, and the wider seam allowance helps stabilize it. It will also help decrease stretching.

Cuddle doesn’t fray so seam finishing isn’t necessary, however, when mixing Cuddle with another fabric (see below), if the resulting seam allowance is too bulky, grade the seam by trimming away some of the Cuddle.

Topstitching a finished seam will also help reduce bulk and help the Cuddle lay flat. If you choose this option, always topstitch in the same direction as the nap.

Combining plush fleece with another fabric type

It’s common to combine Cuddle with another fabric. We often use a quilting cotton as a binding for our blankets. And, we’ve seen some gorgeous quilts lately that have chosen Cuddle as the quilt’s backing. It adds a lovely softness, and if you chose a Cuddle with a short nap, the quilting design does show up, adding texture, beauty, and softness to the quilt back.

The main thing to keep in mind is that these other fabrics will likely behave differently in the wash than Cuddle. Pre-wash all fabrics you’ll be using in combination with the Cuddle to avoid uneven shrinkage when laundering the finished project.

When stitching, work with the Cuddle on the bottom against the feed dogs for the smoothest movement through the machine.

Another trick we’ve used on several blanket projects is to insert a layer of double-sided flannel between the layers of Cuddle. Because the back of the Cuddle is smooth and rather slick, when two layers are wrong sides together, as they would be for a blanket, they’ll want to shift against each other. You can certainly add lines of quilting to hold the layers together, but sometimes that isn’t the look you want, and with larger blankets  – unless you add lots of lines of quilting, the two layers can sometimes still droop or slide between the quilting. We’ve found the “grippyness” of the flannel helps keep the layers stable.

Pressing

Cuddle is 100% polyester so it can melt if directly exposed to high heat. In most cases, the rule is to simply not iron it at all. If you feel you must press a seam, do it from the wrong side and use a pressing cloth.

The embossed Cuddle is especially sensitive to heat as it is heat that created the embossed designs in the first place, so excessive heat can take that texture away.

Placing the Cuddle face down against a plush towel rather than directly on your flat ironing board also helps preserve the nap.

Our thanks to Fabric Depot and Shannon Fabrics for providing some of the background tips for this article.

 

 

March Newsletter & Updates

Happy Spring

We have had some wonderful warm, sunny days in February & so far this month.  Makes you almost think that Spring is here. Then we have a cruel reminder or two, that winter can still make its presence known.

I have to apologize for not getting a newsletter out the beginning of February. It’s been a busy year for me so far. My sister, whom I haven’t seen for 3 years, came to visit for a week. It was glorious !!! We had such a great time here at the shop. She is a quilter too and got a quilt top mostly finished for a patient of hers. I miss her terribly !!   It was such a wonderful week for me. Thank you dear sister for all your help, laughs and good conversation !!!!

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I am back in the saddle and getting caught up on everything. (well trying anyway) I have so many exciting things to share with you !!!

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We have 1 February Fabric Grab Bag left. So if you are in the club and want this darling quilt kit, don’t delay !! If you would like to join this great value club, it’s a great one to start with.  February Fabric Grab Bag is pre-cut, ready to assemble.

“Sweets for My Sweet”

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March Grab Bag is ready to go and it is right in line with the Irish !! Lots o’ fun and lots o’green 😉  (a strip piecing project)

“Top O’ the Mornin’ To Ya” 

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Our latest coming attraction is ……………….……Strip Club ! (No pole required)

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Come in and sign up for this great fun club and learn new ways to use a jelly roll .  So many wonderful ideas and quilts.  Strip Club meets the 4th Saturday every other month.
(March, May, July, September, November, Janurary)  Sign up, pay in advance and your pattern is free.   First  Strip Club meeting is Saturday March 26.  Pick up your prepaid jelly roll and free pattern.  Meet everyone who is in the club.  Get a tutorial on the pattern.  Purchase your choice of background and accent fabrics at the meeting and get a 15% discount.  Sign up and pay for the next Strip Club.  It’s a great social event, meet new friends, have tons of fun and learn new techniques.
At the next Strip Club meeting, Saturday May 21, bring your finished top for a great Show & Tell.  You will be amazed at all the different variations of the same jelly roll and pattern.  No two are ever alike.  Then pick up your next jelly roll and pattern, get the tutorial on that pattern and repeat same as the meeting before.  The Strip Club will meet 6 times a year for 6 different ways to put a jelly roll quilt together.  Lots of fun, laughter, & learning. (not to mention beautiful quilts.)  Sign up today !!

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When the fabric bolts get too skinny for the shelves, they get lost in the crowd and take up precious space that new collections need. So we pulled several hundred bolts off the shelves, cut them into 1 yard cuts and bagged them ready for you. Plus, they are marked down 10% at the register. You will find fabric you didn’t know we had because they were hiding behind a bigger bolt.

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The fine Cotton Jersey knits that we have been promising from STOF, are slowly trickling in to our great dismay. It takes a long time to get here from Demark on a ship.  We are now up to 7 of the original 14 ordered. They really are so beautifully soft and versatile. I took a yard home and washed it and it was wonderful out of the drier.  Going to make myself a pair of leggings and then some PJs (Psssssst! It’s also making great sashing on a tee shirt quilt)

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We are getting lots of wonderful new fabrics here at the Cottage. I have included a couple of pictures at the bottom of the newsletter. What will you make out of them? We love show & tell !!

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My Valuable Info article this month is all about a terrific tool that I have been using for years and realized that most sewist don’t know what it is. Read the article at the bottom to find out.

Whew !! I think that pretty much wraps up what’s been going on here at the Cottage the past month.

See y’all soon, Donette

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Don’t forget every Wednesday afternoon is open sewing workshop. Lot’s of you are taking advantage of it and getting help with those great projects.

March Calendar

Sat Mar 12 – 1 pm  Infinity Scarf Class (please register early to get supply & prep list)
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Make this ever popular Infinity Scarf.  I made this one out of the fabulous Shannon FAUX Rabbit.  So soft to the touch you never want to take it off.  But you can make it out of a Batik, or a Linen blend or one of the new knits too.

 

 

 

Tues Mar 15 – 10 am to 2 pm Enchanted Rose Table runner class (please register early to get your supply & prep list)

DSC_2496Very easy but looks complicated.   Don’t miss out on learning this deceptively easy technique

 

 

Fri Mar18 – 9 am  Coffee at the Cottage

Fri Mar 18 – 10 am  Hand Embroidery Club (has been moved 1 week later this month because of the Dallas Quilt Show)

Sat Mar 19 – 2 pm UFO Club {bring your projects that need a boost and get expert advice)

Sat Mar 26 – 1 pm  1st Strip Club meeting  (don’t miss out on the Fun, fun, fun – no poles needed)

Tues Mar 29 – 10 am – 3 pm  Floor Tuffet Class (please register early to get supply & prep list) (bring your lunch or we can pick up your order from the Apple Store)IMG_3205

Join all the buzz & make this cute and usable floor Tuffet

quilt together.  Lots of fun, laughter, & learning. (not to mention beautiful quilts.)  Sign up today !!

 

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                              New Arrivals                               

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Cotton/Linen Blend “Shabby Chic”  by STOF

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Tuscany by Henry Glass

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Botanicia III by Henry Glass

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Artisan Spirit Shimmers by Northcott

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Lakeside Retreat by Wilimington Prints

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Cotton jersey  by STOF

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13 new colors of the American Brand solids.

 

Also 15 new Island Batiks, new flannels, a new collection from Jason Yenter

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Valuable Info

What’s a Clapper ??

I have been asked many times about an interesting tool we have here at the shop. It’s called a “Tailor’s Clapper”. It’s no wonder everyone asks what it is. Most people have never seen one and information on them is hard to find. It’s a very important tool used by tailors and dressmakers for centuries, especially in Europe. When the home sewing movement exploded in the early 1900’s, the clapper sort of fell through the cracks. Only the “professionals” continued to use them.

Lucky for us, the Clapper is back ! And becoming a popular part of the home sewing vocabulary. I have been using a clapper for years. It’s a wonderful tool that gives you professional results.

Let me introduce the “Tailor’s Clapper” and the quilting version, the “Betty B Flat”.

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Tailor’s Clapper in front       Betty B Flat in back with handle

I love and use these tools constantly. (You might have seen them sitting on the ironing table in the classroom). If you want to achieve a nice flat seam or crease, this is your “go to” tool. Your seam nesting will be flawless and smooth. You can crease hems, even denim, and not need to pin at the sewing machine. You can press a sharp crease in pleats or pant legs (without a shine), in even difficult fabrics. Once you start using one of these fabulous tools, you will not want to be without it.

To use:

They are used in conjunction with your iron and steam. Press, steam, and apply the Clapper or Betty B Flat for 10 – 15 seconds. I usually follow my iron with the Betty B Flat as I am pressing seams or making bindings. This holds in the heat and steam that sets the crease or flattens your seams without scorching or burning delicate fabrics. Quilters, do not be afraid of steam. It is really your friend if you do it right. It will not stretch the fabric if you do not move the iron while it is in contact with the fabric. In fact, it will shrink back any stretching that has occurred.

Give this wonderful old tool a try, I guarantee you will love it.