Saturday morning, Michelle and I headed north to spend the day at Sew Expo in Puyallup. The plan was to meet with Amy and Alice from the BERNINA Corporate marketing and team up to search for some new sewing trends.
I would say that the process of making a quilt can be broken down to 4 stages: design, piecing, quilting and finally binding.
I thoroughly enjoy designing and piecing quilts. It’s comparable to putting together a giant colorful puzzle. I love the way a print is transformed when you cut it down to size and pair it with other prints. Fabric pieced together becomes a lovely work of art, one that personalizes your taste combined with the fabric designer’s color pallette.
I’ve been busily (and secretly) working on some spring-time projects. The weather outside is not cooperating with this frame of mind but I have powered through. These will eventually serve as inspiration for tutorials, projects, classes, free mini-classes, and more! I’ve been especially trying to incorporate machine embroidery into everyday home dec items – not too fussy or precious, just simple, modern everyday pieces.
We love learning all about our customer’s sewing backgrounds through the Sewist Spotlight, and we are so excited to also start profiling some of our awesome teachers, as well as Bolt and MD’s fantastic staff. Keep an eye out for teacher and staff profiles over the coming weeks. This week, our spotlight is on one of Bolt Fabric Boutique’s wonderful employees, Hannah VanLom. Learn more about Hannah below and check out her new lovely blog, Drift Here.
Home Dec sewists, interested in a foot that helps easily execute a covered double welt cord? Or a quick way to attach double welt cord to say… a pillow? Interested in couching two decorative cordings? It’s no problem to make single cord piping with this foot either. It’s just that versatile. Take a look at #60, the Double Cord Foot. There are not one, BUT TWO grooves on the bottom of the sole, to accommodate more than row of cording. There’s a technique for covering them that I’ll show you. — READ MORE —
We have so many new classes coming up at MD! These projects are all stylish and fashion forward, and full of great new sewing skills and techniques. We have Coats, Smocked Dresses, a whole Figgy’s Patterns workshop, Jeans, and so so much more! Here are some photos of class samples, click the current class list to grab a spot, don’t wait cause they have been filling up like crazy! — READ MORE —
Lupine, Meredith and I had the pleasure of sampling the new Beginning Quilting of the Frame class. Our new teachers, Cherri and Rachel, wanted to do a run-through and we were more than eager to volunteer. I was overjoyed to finally be able to learn the ins and outs of this grand apparatus that has been taunting us since we set it up in October!
MD is excited to be able to bring in a wider book selection, as a resource for beginners and beyond. These titles have been chosen for a variety of reasons, but mostly as books you would go to again and again for inspiration, skill, and execution.
Over the weekend I decided it was time to create my first machine embroidery masterpiece. I have been making moves toward embracing all the magic that is machine embroidery since we became an Excellence Dealer last year. I have admired the little hooped machine embroidery images that Meredith created last year, and now have decided that my own home needs some hoop decor.