Saturday, December 31, 2011

New Pillowcase Kits

What boy doesn't love superheroes.  We have made up some new pillowcase kits using the Marvel liscensed fabrics that just came in! 

Click here to purchase online:
Superheroes Pillowcase Kit

Superman Pillowcase Kit

Marvel Fabrics

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New on the Bookshelf

Finished size of tablerunner is 21in x 48in. Finished size of quilt is 61in x 69in. An acrylic template is included.Click here to purchase online:  Oriental Fan (includes template)

Eleanor Burns designed this lovely little 26in x 26in Dresden Plate quilt. The pattern includes a mini wedge template.    Click here to purchase online:  Mini Dresden Plate (includes template)

The quilt is made of 6 positive blocks and 6 negative blocks. Select two fabrics with contrast, plus a third medium for center strips. For clarity in design, select textured or motled fabrics that read solid from a distance, or small scale prints.  Click here to purchase online:  Opposites Attract

If you think neutral fabrics are only for backgrounds and blending, you're in for a pleasant surprise. See what can happen when sophisticated taupe's, warm browns and creams, and contemporary grays take center stage.   Click here to purchase online:  Spotlight on Neutrals

Make your weekend creative with quilts, easy projects, rug hooking, and some cross stitch. Spread easily-pieced quilts over beds and enjoy sleeping under something you made by hand. Dress up quilts by adding a bed runner or a few throw pillows. Pub.Nov-2011;56pp.

Click here to purchase online:  Weekend by Blackbird Designs

One crazy pieced project, Crazy Rambling Rose and one applique quilt, Garden Party and the book also includes full size templates.  Click here to purchase online:  Crazy for Applique.

In 160 pages with hundreds of photos, examples and illustrations, fiber arts, author and teacher Heather Thomas invites you to begin a new journey into classic color theory and the principles of design for fiber artist and beyond. Click here to purchase online:  A Fiber Artsists Guide to Color and Design

Incredible quilts and touching stories about the inspiration of quilt making. Edyta Sitar opens her personal trunk of handmade heirlooms; from coverlets that capture childhood innocence to quilts that embrace the love of family. Includes CD.  Click here to purchase online: Reasons for Quilts

Jo Morton has updated her classic Prairie Flowers quilt, added more blocks and put all the infomation together in this new book. There are seven projects using the 24 flower blocks, with detailed instructions for each.   Click here to purchase online:  Prairie Flowers Quilt

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Wrapped and Ready To Go!

Santa's elves have been busy at Sew Sisters getting all sorts of goodies wrapped and ready to go for Christmas!  Why not come on by and grab a gift for your favourite quilter or you can always send in the hubbies :o)

Saturday, December 10, 2011

New On the Bookshelf

12 new projects for both beginner and experienced quilters. Enjoy simple, straight piecing while using your favorite fat quarters and scraps. These designs look way more difficult to sew than they really are!

Click here to purchase online:  French Braid Transformation

Piece by piece, world-renowned textile artist Kaffe Fassett and his team of designers create famously stunning quilts. Over the years, Fassett has attracted a passionate audience of quilters, who will revel in this exciting new collection of 20 beautiful quilts. Pub.Oct-2011;144pp
Click here to purchase online:  Kaffe Fassett's Quilts in Sweden

By popular demand, Carrie Nelson presents a terrific follow up to her top-selling Schnibbles Times Two. Quilters will find 12 beautiful pairs of small and large quilts made from convenient precut 5in and 10in squares. So appealing and easy. Pub.Sep-2011;96pp

Click here to purchase online:  Another Bite of Schnibbles
Using the "10 Minute" technique allows you to create big blocks with a diamond center-and-guess what! those edges can be coaxed to curve without sewing and curved seams. It's quilting magic, a quilter's dream come true.
Click here to purchase online:  10 - Minute Blocks

Sunday, December 4, 2011

New On the Bookshelf

We have two new Stitchery patterns by Bird Brain Designs. 
The first, called winter partners pillows (which I am working on right now,  contain directions for two 14.5" pillows.
Click here to purchase online:  Winter Partners Pillow
The second is an adorable snowman table runner.
Click here to purchase online:  Snowman Table Runner

Next up is the latest applique accessory from Karen K. Buckley.  For those of you who do applique - you know that Karen makes fabulous tools to help with hand applique projects including the perfect circles and perfect scissor.  Now she has made Perfect Stems.  In this package are detailed directions and five different sizes of heat resistant strips. These strips will allow you to make perfect stems that are a little over 1/2in, 3/8in, 1/4in, a little over 1/8in and 1/8in wide.

Click here to Purchase Online:  Perfect Stems

Every quilt and project in this book was inspired by a journey through France. From embroidery to wool applique, Bonnie and Kathy have created over 16 projects; all with a twist on their French inspired beginnings.

By Bonnie Sullivan and Kathy Schmitz

Click here to Purchase Online:  French Inspirations for Artful Hands

 Finally,  this collection of iron-on transfers is a fast and easy way to have a beautiful label, that's been creatively designed, in little or no time. Simply iron it onto the fabric, use a fine permanent pen to fill in your personalizing information and whipstitch it to the back of the quilt.

Click here to purchase online:  Iron On Quilt Labels

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Fundamentals Sew Along Block of the Week

Fundamentals Block of the Week - Pay in Full
Fundamentals Sew Along A Block of the Week Program Beginning in January 2012.
I am going to introduce our guest blogger today!  Jeannie Jenkins is our assistant manager in the shop and will be hosting the Fundamentals Sew Along program starting in January.  We are very excited about this program.  Every Wednesday Jeannie will be posting here on the blog with some tips, tricks, tidbits and giveaways on a journey to make a beautiful sampler quilt.  Without further ado here is Jeannie to tell you all about the program:

Each Wednesday I will be hosting a sew-along.  We will meet in the classroom from 10:00 - 11:30 am to make a block AND I will do a blogpost too.  Whether you follow along online or drop by the store you will be sure to learn a lot of new techniques and most importantly have a lot of fun.

I have been collecting the Stonehenge line of fabric for quite some time, and I think this is the perfect project for it.  Samplers are so much fun:  they really are a great way of learning how to do the various blocks and they are so pretty when they are done.  By the time we finish the program we will have 52 blocks,  enough to make a quilt.  Whether you are a confident beginner or have a number of quilts under your belt you are all welcome to join.  I don't know if I can wait until January to Start! But I will.  I hope you will join me. 
You can choose between two colorways: Stonehenge and 1930s reproductions. The quilt shown above uses a different fabric collection. Here are stonehenge fabrics we have chosen:

Registration is $15.00. The cost is $3/week. Mail order customers pay $3.50/month postage. Finishing Kits will be available starting in October. If you pay for the full program up front we will waive the $15.00 registration fee and give you two months postage for free! That works out to 191 (52 x 3 kits) + (10 x 3.50 postage).  

Click here to register online:
Fundamentals Block of the Week
Fundamentals Block of the Week - Pay in Full

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Free Shipping is a special notice for our Blog readers.  We are having a Free Shipping event starting December 1st -  but you can start shopping now and get the free shipping...just remember its a secret!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Christmas Gifties - Part Two

Last Sunday we posted a few links to some free online tutorials geared towards making some quick and easy Christmas gifties.  That was so popular we are doing it again!

First up check out these cute Cuffed Stockings from Cluck, Cluck, Sew:  Cuffed Stocking
Photo from Cluck, Cluck, Sew

Next up is an adorable little Party Bag designed by Nicole Willmore -  you can find it at Moda's Bakeshop!
Photo from Moda Bakeshop
Do you have any runners is your life -  checkout this cool shoe wallet ... designed by my b-fri Felicity of Felicity Quilts!  Click here for tutorial:  Shoe Wallet

shoe wallet
Photo from Felicity Quilts
Finally, this week I taught the redwork basics class and found this link to a free stitchery pattern from Mulberry Street.   It is so cute that it is just ridiculous.  I prefer straight embroidery to crayoned finished one in the photo so am doing mine in plain wiil you do yours?  Click here for the free pattern.

Pattern From Mulberry Street Patterns

New Kits

We have three new tablerunner kits made up for you.  They all contain the fabric (including backing) and pattern to make a super easy table runner.  You'll have it done in 2 hours! The best thing?  They  are only $16.99!

Click here to purchase online: 

If you are watching all the home decor shows like I am then you know that every man wants a "Man Cave" complete with a Lazy Boy chair and a big screen TV!  Why now make him up this hilarious banner to mark his territory?  The kit contains all the fabric and the pattern!

Click here to purchase it online:  Man Cave Kit

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Arts and Crafts Sampler Block of the Month

We are now registering The Arts and Crafts Sampler Block of the Month.  Australian designer, Michele Hill, has created this quilt inspired by the designs of William Morris. This applique sampler quilt showcases her new fabric collection "Morris Meadows" which is printed by In the Beginning Fabrics.

Whether you enjoy machine or hand applique techniques this block of the month quilt is sure to become a family heirloom.

During this 10-month Block of the Month program, you will receive all the patterns and fabrics needed to complete the quilt top including binding. The finished quilt measures 60 1/2" x 72 1/2".

There is a $25 non-refundable start-up fee, then only $24.95 per month plus 3.50 shipping and handling (within Canada) for each kit. If you pay for the whole program up front we will waive the registration fee. Please just let us know in the comments box when you check out that this is what you would like to do.

This program will begin in April, 2012.
Click here to register online:  The Arts and Crafts Sampler Block of the Month

Monday, November 21, 2011

New From Moda

We have a few groups of Moda that are priced at only 9.99/metre.

The first group is Summer Breeze and includes beautiful blue and yellow floral prints.  Click here to purchase them online for only 9.99/metre:  Summer Breeze

 The second grouping has a retro feeling and blends novelties with great basics.  Click here to purchase it online for only 9.99/metre:  Sherbet Pips
Finally, there is a group by Kathy Schmitz called Full Circle that is inspired by embroidery motifs.  Click here to purchase Full Circle online for 9.99/metre:  Full Circle

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Great Christmas Gifties!

Are you looking for some quick and easy gifties to make up for Christmas?  Here is a little collection of free patterns for inspiration!

If you have any techno lovers on your list -  check out this ear bud pouch - it is easy to make and we have the colorful zippers in the shop!
photo from Dog Under My Desk
There is a free tutorial at:  Dog Under My Desk

If you want an update on a holiday classic here is a Fabric Wreath that is sewn (quickly) rather than tied!
Easy Pieced Wreath from Quilt Inspiration
The Free Tutorial can be found at Quilt Inspiration

I love these little organizers that are perfect for the desk or sewing table.
Photo from Pink Penguin
Click here for the tutorial:  Pink Penguin

If you would like a new  pattern for a baby quilt -  this latest from Moda's Bakeshop is super cute!
Photo:  Moda Bake Shop
Click here for the tutorial:  Moda Bakeshop

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Pillowcase Kits

We have a few new pillowcase kits in stock.  These make quick and easy Christmas gifts and are only $11.99 each!  Click here to shop online:  Pillowcase Kits

Sew Catty Pillowcase Kit
Off the Hook Pillowcase Kit

Winter Wises Pillowcase Kit

Sew Catty Pillowcase Kit

Saturday, November 12, 2011

New Stonehenge Fabrics

Northcott has launched threee new groups of their beautiful Stonehenge Fabrics and we have them in stock now.  The first is called Apollo and has gorgeous blues and browns with two very dark shades which are very hard to come by.
The second grouping has summer tones in greens, pink and mauve and is called Magnolia.

The final group is called Renaissance and includes greys, neutrals and greens as well as three elegant texture prints.

Click here to purchase Apollo online:  Stonehenge - Apollo
Click here to purchase Magnolia online:  Stonehenge - Magnolia
Click here to purchase Renaissance online:  Stonehenge - Renaissance

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Freckles Frenzy Kits and Patterns Now Available

Patti Carey the marketing manager at Northcott was challenged to design a quilt using all the different colours of Freckles --- Northcott's signature tone on tone fabric.   Look what she came up with:  stunning Bargello masterpiece!

The kit contains 90 fat quarters, as well as the border and binding fabric and pattern. The finished size of this queen sized quilt is: 97" x 117"   If you decide to purchase the pattern only you will receive the instructions to make the quilt in twin size as well.

Click here to purchase the pattern online:
Freckles Frenzy Patterns

Click here to purchase the queen sized quilt online:
Freckles Frenzy Quilt Kit

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

New on the Bookshelf

Got hair that falls in your eyes? Can't find anything to match your outfit? Then make your own headband. Instructions and metal headband included. 
Click here to purchase online:  Simply Classic Headbands.

The latest from Terry Atkinson...these fun little bags stand up on a hidden contrast bottom. Large Bag 5-1/2in x 9in x 2-1/2in, Small Bag 4in x 8-1/2in x 2-1/2in.  Click here to purchase it online:  Lollipop Bags


 The latest from Thimbleberries! 12 Months of Quilting & Party Treats. Includes: 4 Seasonal Quilts, 4 Bonus Projects, 1 Stitchery Sampler, 1 Project with throw & queen option. 24 Fun party treats - delicious deserts & beverage recipes each month. Pub.Oct-2011;80pp  Click here to Puchase it online:  Pattern Party

Be inspired by the soft gentle colors of Japanese Taupes and Kylie Irvine’s charming designs. The colors give a soothing comfort to these modern quilts while the naive flowers lend a sense of whimsy. Quilts, cushion covers, sewing cases, bags and more.  Click here to puchase it online:  Taupe Inspirations