It’s a Wrap Bowls

Our own Carol Thomas is teaching a class at Luella’s in a few weeks on wrapping cotton clothesline to make bowls, baskets, and purses. I found another picture online using Bali fabrics in blue/green/purple to create some beautiful baskets. And an online store that carries a number of books and patterns using wrapped clothesline.

I hope all the attendees have a great time in Carol’s class, and please bring your finished items for Show ‘n Tell!

Sherilyn

Seasonal Color Trends

Fall-Winter 2010-11.jpgDid you know that seasonal color forecasts are set well in advance of the season? This is one reason that the season’s clothes and home dec items and quilt fabrics arrive in stores in similar color schemes. One website I’ve found that provides upcoming color palettes is the Fire Mountain Gems site. Their own Fall/Winter 2010-11 forecast (shown above), as well as the Pantone forecast, are available on this page.

Color lovers, are there other sites that you refer to for color forecasts?

New from Robert Kaufman

Looking for a new project or need to add to your stash? Robert Kaufman Fabrics has a couple of new fabric collections that we will see in our local stores very soon.

The Cat in the Hat (a la Dr Seuss) is set to ship this month. The collection is created in primary colors plus black and white. Wouldn’t these be great for a Read Me a Quilt project?

The Mon Sheri collection ships to stores in October. Julie of Jaybird Quilts has a free pattern and video available on the Robert Kaufman site for her Mon Sheri Waves quilt. Julie uses a unique arrangement of Drunkard’s Path blocks, easily assembled with the Curve Master sewing machine foot, and the resulting quilt does look like layers of waves. The Mon Sheri collection is fashioned with very trendy prints, in shades of rose, clay, and olive, with lots of white overlays.

Hopefully we’ll see these in our local shop very soon! Happy Quilting!

Sherilyn

AAA Sewing & Vacuum Gift Cards

This information copied from AAA’s Friday, September 3rd email.

Gift Card Blast Off!

Super-size your money with our Gift Card introduction.

Yesterday our new Gift Card system was installed. We are now pleased to offer Gift Cards for your convenience. Gift Cards may be purchased in any amount, and look just like a credit card. You can even re-load them with more funds as time goes by. They are convenient and safe, and are something we’ve been wanting to offer our clients for some time now.

To kick off our new Gift Card program we are hosting a Blast-Off Increase-Your-Card-Value sale! For every $100 dollars you spend on a Gift Card, we will load up $120 on the card. Yes, that’s right! You’ll spend just $100 and get a Gift Card worth $120! This will work for any full $100 amount. For instance:

Buy a $100 Gift Card – receive a card worth $120
Buy a $500 Gift Card – receive a card worth $600
Buy a $1000 Gift Card – receive a card worth $1200
And, so on…

Take advantage of this special offer for yourself, or take care of your Holiday shopping early while getting more punch for your buck!

Valid one day only: Saturday, September 4, 2010

We’ll be open regular business hours Saturday, which are 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Come in early to get your Blast Off Gift Cards, and then enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend knowing you are a savvy shopper who got a TERRIFIC deal!

Sewingly Yours,

Amina, Aman, Salima, Sohail, and Suzy
AAA Sewing & Vacuum Center

Friday Freebies: Patterns and Tutorials

Oh, there are so many sites to visit, patterns to see, videos to watch, and beautiful fabric to inspire. I’m hoping these will foster creative thoughts as you head into the holiday weekend.

Quilt Binding

Pat Sloan shares her technique for applying quilt binding by machine, and using a blanket stitch on the front. Her pictures and video are very clear. She makes it seem so easy!

Jennifer at That Girl … That Quilt created a method of binding the edges of her Hexagon quilt. Lots of tutorial pictures to follow. And I really like the look of her table runner using the hex shape:

Apron tutorials

A Girl’s Garden Party Apron

And then I searched for “free apron patterns”. Oh my! These ought to keep us busy making aprons for the Fashion Show! The sites have long lists, but some of the links have nice patterns. Click here and here and here and here.

Three-tier apron by Shabby Fig

Sewing, non-quilt items

Camera Strap Cover
Nice idea to customize a camera strap with the beautiful fabrics of your choice!

Scrappy Strip Rose
Embellish a sweater or purse. Here’s a sample from the author’s site, Cluck Cluck Sew:

Soft Fabric Basket
As part of a baby gift set, or for displaying fabric or yarn, or holding guest hand towels … Many uses.

Amy Butler Hourglass Pillow

Quilt patterns

Amy Butler Daisy Chain Strippy Quilt

Piece O’ Cake Designs Dutch Tulip and Simply Color

That’s it for now. Happy sewing!
Sherilyn