Thursday, September 27, 2012

Class: Paper Piecing by Machine

Date: Thursday, November 8th 2012
Time: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Instructor: Jeannie Jenkins
Cost: $25

Paper piecing is a technique of sewing oversize fabric pieces to a paper foundation.  This allows you to make accurate patchwork blocks easily and quickly without making any templates. During class you will be given some sample patterns and work on completing some easy blocks.  Suitable for beginners or anyone wanting to learn machine paper piecing.  
You're going to need to bring your sewing machine. You can purchase the materials you need from the store. 

Click here to register online: Paper Piecing by Machine

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - Week 39

Hi Everyone:

      I hope you are all enjoying a taste of fall.  I love this time of year, snuggling up under a quilt, or better still hand quilting a new one.

     This weeks block is called Janet's Star.  The first thing you will do is strip piece the two largest triangles together to make a square using colour 1 and 2.  Make four of these.

Piece Half Square Triangles Together
Next you will assemble your Flying Geese segments.  Make four of these.

Flying Geese Segments

Attach your Flying Geese segments to the rectangle (colour 3).

Flying Geese Segment + Rectangle
When assembling the rectangle to the Flying Geese block, place the rectangle on the bottom.  It will slide over the feed dogs easier.  If you had the  Flying Geese portion  on the bottom chances are the seams would get caught on the feed dogs and flip over.  If there is any distortion of your Flying Geese block this is your opportunity to resolve it.   If you notice the picture below the Flying Geese block is a tiny bit smaller.  I was able to shift it a little and still keep my point on the Flying Geese portion.

Flying Geese On Top + Rectangle Segment
Lay out your block segments in the order that they belong.  I put them next to my sewing machine ready to go.

Block Layout
Sew your squares into rows.

Block Segments In Rows
This is your finished block.

Janet's Star Block Done In 30's Reproductions
Janet's Star Block In Stonehenge Fabric
Enjoy your week everyone!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Fundamentals Sew Along - Week 38

Hi Everyone:

Today's block is called Ohio Friendship Quilt.  It is actually quite similar to the block that we did last week, although we have reversed the colours and the flying geese portion of the block is also reversed so it doesn't resemble a star.

The corner portion of the block is  a four patch using all three of the colours.  Two of the cream coloured squares mixed with one square of each of the other 2 colours.

Tree Color Four Patch Block Segments
Next you will  sew 2 half square triangles to a quarter square triangle to make a flying geese segment


Flying Geese Segments
Attach the rectangle to your flying geese segment creating a square.  Arrange your segments according to your pattern (see picture below) making sure the the dark square in your 4 patch is in the outer corner.

Block Segments
Your finished block will look like this.

Ohio Friendship Quilt Block, Stonehenge Fabric
Ohio Friendship Block, 30's Fabric
See you next week everyone!

Friday, September 14, 2012

It's the Birthday Sale!!!

Have a blast at our Birthday Sale!

Enjoy 29% off on:

If you've been to one of our sales before you'll know that we have a high volume of shoppers - both online and in the store. We will do everything we can to fill out your orders quickly and efficiently. You can help us do this by keeping a few things in mind when you shop online:
  • Orders are processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Please select alternate fabrics in case yours sells out - things go really quickly on sale day.
  • Please be sure to provide specific instructions in the box titled : If we do not have the full quantity of an item on your order. For example you might say: " If you do not have the full 6 metres of the blue fabric please cancel that item but send the rest"; or "If you do not have the full 6 metres of the blue fabric cancel the whole order";  or "If you do not have the full 6 metres of the blue fabric please send a similar fabric of the same price. "
  • Please note that we will send what we have if you do not add specific instructions on your order.
We will have all hands on deck to ship your orders out to you as quickly and accurately as we possibly can.

Click here to shop online: Sew Sisters Quilt Shop

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Giveaway Winner!

And the lucky winner is...

Blogger Patchworks said...
I have 2 little grandsons in NS who would love the fabric made into a quilt by their Nanny in NL. Pinned it, facebooked it, commented on it but sorry, don't have a blog. Think I could win it!!

Congratulations Patchworks! 
We hope your little grandsons will be very happy with what you make for them.
We've emailed you.

Thank You all for your comments and good wishes. We're thrilled to be sharing our celebration with you. :)
We're also enjoying reading your blogs and looking at all the amazing work you do.

Here's to quilting and fabric!

Have a great week and we'll see you on facebook for our next bag of goodies giveaway next week!

Fundamentals Sew - Along Week 37

Hi Everyone:

     Well, the kids are back to school and people (including myself) are looking for classes to join and projects to start.  For all the people that finish their projects before they start a new one we are nearing the home stretch for this quilt.  We are almost 3/4's finished!

     This weeks block is called Big T.  It looks complicated, but when you break it down into segments, it is quite simple. First sew your light and dark small squares together to make a rectangle. Then you will join the light rectangles to your pieced rectangle turning the segment back into a square.  Make 4 of these and set aside.

Light And Dark Squares Joined  To Form A Rectangle
Corner Of The Block Segments
     The next block segment is the Flying Geese portion.  Join the small triangle to the large triangle.

Join Small Triangle To Large Triangle
      Next, join the other small triangle to the other side of the large triangle.  Press.  Make 4 of these.  And set aside.

Strip Piece Triangles To Flying Geese
Flying Geese Segments
     Join flying geese segments to colour # 2 rectangle.  Make 4 of these and set aside.  All of your segments should be square.  Arrange them according to the diagram in your pattern and piece into rows.

 Block Segments

Pieced Rows 
     Sew rows together to create you bock.

Big T Block

Have a great week everyone!  Enjoy the nice weather.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012


Second Bag of Goodies Giveaway to celebrate our 5th Anniversary!

It's been 5 years since Judy and Karen opened the store at 3961 Chesswood Drive and we're celebrating with 5 great giveaways over September. We gave away our first Bag of Goodies last week on our facebook page and this is our second. We've got three more to go so be sure to stay tuned. You can also read about how Judy started Sew Sisters Quilt Shop here.

So for this week's giveaway you can win a quilted bag from Westminster Fabrics + the July fat quarter bundle from Kona Club + the Boys at Work Roadway Panel + 6 fat quarters from Erin McMorris' Summersault + the Ode to a Cupcake Quilt Pattern + 2 Grandmother's Flower Garden Flower Kits + Richard Hemming Sharp Needles.

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New in Clearance!

Beautiful bold prints from Anna Maria Horner and Erin McMorris are now on Clearance! 

Only $6.99/metre. 

Go here: New in Clearance

Friday, September 7, 2012

New Table Runner Kits

Mighty Moose - Table Runner Kit

A beautiful table runner kit from the Stonehenge - Oh Canada fabric. This kit contains the pattern and all the fabric you need including binding and backing to make this easy table runner. 
Stonehenge—Oh Canada is designed by Linda Ludovico in support of Quilts of Valour - Canada. 

Go here to purchase the Mighty Moose Table Runner Kit

Glass Robins - Table Runner Kit

This kit is made from the Happy Christmas line from Fabric Freedom UK. The stained glass effect with robins in mistletoe will add a touch of glamour to your Christmas decor.
Go here to purchase the Glass Robins - Table Runner Kit 

Winter Windows - Table Runner Kit

Cats and Cardinals peep through winter windows on this fabric. 
Go here to purchase the Winter Windows - Table Runner Kit.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Fundamentals Sew - Along Week 36

Hi Evereryone:

     I hope you all had a great Labour Day Weekend!  The summer went far too quickly but I must admit I am ready for fall.   There are so many projects on my to do list and sooo many projects to finish. Once  the weather cools down and the gardening subsides there is no stopping me.
     This weeks block is called Whirling Five Patch.  It is similar to the block that we did last week.  It has the same triangle in a triangle segment.

     First you will need to piece two triangles using fabric 1 and fabric 3.  Press them and make 4.

Half Square Triangle Squares
    The next step is to piece another triangle to this segment.  Chain piecing will speed up the process. Clip the segments apart and then press.

Chain Pieced Triangle Segments

     Chain piece another triangle, completing the pieced triangle segment.  Clip apart and press.

Chain Pieced Segments
     Your pieced triangle should be the same size as the large triangle that you cut out.  Join these two together to make a square.

Join Pieced Triangle To  Large Triangle
Sew  rectangles to opposite sides of the square.  This will for the center row.  Join the other two rectangles between the pieced half square triangle squares.  See diagram below.

Row Segments
     Piece the rows together creating your block.

30's Reproduction Whirling Five Patch Block


Stonehenge Whirling Five Patch Block

     Thanks for your comment on last weeks block Sooli.  I think it is nice as well.  Do you prefer this weeks over last weeks, they are quite similar.  Anita, it is my little piece of heaven!  I have been going there for 40 years.  Lots of great memories and have worked on lots of quilts up there in the past few years.

     Have a great week everyone!


It's our 5th Anniversary!!!

And we're celebrating with 5 Giveaways this month!
So hop on over to our Facebook Page and enter for a chance to win this lovely Bag of Goodies. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Look what Kona Club members received in their mail!

Kona Club is growing every week! Thank you for all your wonderful feedback on the Kona Club packages. We really enjoy putting these bundles together for you and are so glad you enjoy receving them. These are the bundles Kona Club Members received over June, July and August. A beautiful bundle is packed and ready to go for September and you can receive it too!
Join the Kona Club and have 4 Fat Quarters or 4 Half Yards of Kona Cotton Solids delivered to your doorstep each month! Kona Solids is the quilter's choice for solids from Robert Kaufman and you have 243 colours to choose from!

Sign up for Kona Club today! Go here: Kona Club