Sunday, June 29, 2008

Finished Goodies...and More to Come!

Well this has turned into a week of finishing things! We counted inventory -- *phew* that's a great job to have finished. Monika finished the most scrumptious receiving blankets you could ever feel. The fabric is double sided Minkee so all we had to do was bind the edge. We used a slightly wider than average binding and voila...2 blankets in the span of 2 hours.
Next I finally finished my two pairs of little socks...I used the self striping Cotton Joy from Needful and they are very comfy (at least according to Davey). During the summer Sock Club will be held Tuesdays from 1:00 - 3:00 so grab your knitting (doesn't have to be socks) and join us for an afternoon of knitting and chatting. Hilma will be there to answer all questions...she'll even teach you how to make socks if you haven't before!While we were on a roll finishing things I decided that I would finish one project every day for a week! This may seem impossible but if they are small things I think I can do it. I started with these pillowcases. One for DAvey and one for Conkerr. Isn't the gnome fabric adorable it is from Northcott and we have lots left in the store. So that's today's project already completed. Tomorrow I will make two more ... this time using baseball fabric for my older son. I have so many UFOs to choose from ... I'll have to get organized for the rest of the week!
Finally we have the ruler racks I bought at the Hamilton Guild Show in the store for only $11.99 ... aren't they wonderful?

Thursday, June 26, 2008

A Quilter's Best Friend...The Crochet Hook!

The latest buzz in quilting circles isn't about fabric or patterns but about a ... crochet hook.

The distributor had this to say about this amazing little hook...

Clover has released a new line of crochet hooks with an ergonomic handle that is easy to grasp and has a sharp, smooth hook. These hooks come in all sizes and are great for anyone - especially for any of you with arthritis. Any of your customers who crochet will love it - and want to replace every hook in their collection. But, in the quilting world, all of the buzz is about #14!

The tiniest of all of the hooks is traditionally not a top seller. After all, a crocheter would have to be using tatting thread because the hook is so fine. But a machine quilter has determined that it is the PERFECT size to bury threads in her quilt!

The hook is so tiny that it slips easily between the threads of the fabric without damaging any of the fibers. It is possible to bury any thread tails quickly and easily between the layers of your quilt! This tool is an absolute Godsend for longarmers. After all, when you are making a living at it - time is money.

But more and more of you are machine quilting your own projects at home so you will love it too. Hand-quilters can use it as well. Have you ever finished a quilt and noticed that a dark thread is now visible through your white background? That’s no longer a problem because the fine point on this hook allows you to penetrate the fibers and manipulate that thread so it is buried under a dark fabric! Don’t you love it when a gadget multi-tasks???

We sure love it! You can check it out in the store or online using this link: Clover 0.5 mm Crochet Hook...The Quilter's Helper

Monday, June 23, 2008

Community Service Day ... Charity Quilting

Rona Kleiman popped by the store this afternoon to pick up quilts and knitted blankets for Project Linus . I am very proud to say that we had two giant bags filled with quilts for her.

Project Linus is a 100% volunteer, non-profit organization. Its mission is to provide love, a sense of security, warmth, and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need, through the gifts of homemade, washable quilts, blankets, and afghans, lovingly crafted by volunteer blanketeers.

Sew Sisters collects your handmade items and sends them on to Project Linus where they are distributed to children in need. You can drop off your contributions at any time. Visit the Project Linus website to learn more about this wonderful organization and for free patterns to use in making your quilt, blanket, or afghan.

On July 15, 2008 from 10:00 to 3:00 Sew Sisters Quilt Shop will be having a Community Service Day. Bring your sewing machine and thread if you can, and join us to make quilts for Project Linus and Pillow Cases for Conkerr! Even an hour of your time would be a great contribution!

We will provide all the fabric as well as the instructions to make quilts for charitable donation. This will be a day of friendship, fun and accomplishment -- we hope you will join us! If you wish to make pillowcases we will give a 30% discount on fabrics purchased for that purpose..just ask for details.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

New From Quilt Market...

All the goodies are starting to come in from Quilt Market.

The long awaited sequel to One Block Wonders is here! We are taking 10% off the cover price this week so it is only 22.46!
A bold new spin on one-block quilts: new projects, more fabrics, new effects. You'll love everything that's new in this exciting sequel from the best-selling author of One- Block Wonders: stunning new quilts, new visual effects and new ways to add even more color to your quilts.

Also new from Atkinson Designs is Let's Do Lunch! Tote bags and table runners for any occasion. 16 fast and fresh entrees. These beginner friendly projects use fat quarters, charm squares, or strips to update your table . . . what color are your dishes?

M'Liss Rae Hawley has a new book too!

Make new heirlooms by blending treasured fabrics that call up favorite memories with new fabrics in complementary colors and prints. Use machine embroidery, embellishments, and unique border treatments to add elegance to your quilts. 8 fat-quarter friendly quilts for all skill levels.

There's a great new book from Sharon Pederson called Machine Applique for the Terrified Quilter: Wait 'til you see all the different ways you can applique by machine! Find all you need to overcome any machine- applique fears - try invisible machine applique, blanket- stitch applique, satin-stitch applique, and more.

Saturday, June 14, 2008

Coming this Week...

This week we have several classes running...there is still a little room left if you would like to join us please give us a call... 416 633-8800...

On Monday we have the Strawberry Social. At 12:30 we will be doing the four corner apron followed by a super simple table runner at 3:00! While Ann is teaching I will be serving strawberries to all comers!

On Tuesday we are starting a Sewing Machine Mastery class being taught by Hilma...if you have a machine that intimidates you or have always wanted to know how to use all the features of the machine this is the class for you! There is only room for one more person though!

Thursday night from 7 - 9 pm I will be teaching English Paper Piecing using plastic templates (Quilt Patis) - this is a great beginners technique or take along project for the cottage.

I am very busy cleaning house getting ready for our inventory counting at the end of the month. I have a huge clearance bin set up and am throwing all sorts of goodies into it... right now there are angelina fibers at 75% off, tonnes of panels for $2 and some clearance kits at 75% off. Things come and go quickly from the bin so be sure to look in to see if you can find any bargains.
5 packs of Olfa blades are on sale this week for $14.99 and all Minkee and velours are on 50% off as well!
Finally I think it is appropriate on Father's Day to thank my Dad for all the wonderful work he has done in the store. From building the fat quarter cart and ALL the shelves to doing the books and running around all over town doing errands he really has been the backbone of the store! Thanks Dad ... we love you!
Happy Father's Day to all!

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Japanese Fabrics

We received a lovely assortment of Japanese fabrics this week. The first grouping...the lollipop frogs are a wonderful modern grouping of dots and frogs. Fun and funky these are an up to the minute fashion grouping for children!
Next is a turkey red grouping featuring traditional motifs including dragonflies!
Also our indigos are back in stock including this stunning print and a run of sashiko style prints!

Monday, June 9, 2008

"The Quilting Bee" and Many Thanks!

I'm back from a fantastic (if steamy) weekend at the Hamilton Quilters Guild Show: Quilts in Bloom. Many thanks to Leigh Forrest and her legion of volunteers for organizing a fantastic show that was inspiring and a whole lot of fun. I met all sorts of warm, friendly folks and came home brimming with ideas and inspiration.

One of the highlights of the weekend was when Mayor Fred Eisenberger made a presentation to the Guild's founding members for years of community service!

We also came home with armloads of goodies made by Carole and Gary of Just Plane Knotty including some terrific ruler racks for your cutting tables!

One more thing...I was trolling around the internet today and found the funniest quilting bee on the EE Schenck website:

Friday, June 6, 2008

Quilts in Bloom Show + Sock Club

This weekend Sew Sisters will be at the QUILTS IN BLOOM QUILT SHOW which is the Hamilton Quilter's Guild Show. The show runs Friday 10-8pm Saturday 10-5pm at Ancaster's Marritt Hall, 625 Garner Rd East Sunday 10-3pm.

There will be a great display of quilts, a member's boutique, a vendor's mall and a tea room for you to enjoy .... please drop by the booth and say hello!

Can't make it to Hamilton? Hilma will be in the shop all day to help you out! This afternoon sock club meets from 12:30 - 3:00 ... bring your knitting for an afternoon of stitching and socializing away from the heat! Sock club is an informal gathering of knitters and Hilma is there to answer any questions or help you along with your project. We haven't set a permanent time slot for Sock club but for the month of June we are knitting Friday afternoons.

I also wanted to draw your attention the Conkerr Cancer organization. This wonderful group
has a clear mission – To make life brighter for children with life changing illnesses and injuries. What they do – making bright cheery pillowcases for sick children – is not very fancy … but it is guaranteed to put a smile on the face of a sick child and to bring comfort to a frightened mom or dad.

If you choose to make pillowcases for the sick children you can drop them at the store and Toni Rodell from ConKerr Cancer Toronto will pick them up and distribute them. Here are some directions from their website : How-to-MakeA Pillowcase Directions