Saturday, October 22, 2011

Sew much going on...

It has been a bit since my last post. Construction in the village is wrapping up and we are in full fledged quilting season.

I will be heading to Houston later this week to check out the latest and greatest the quilting industry has to offer. I will post a couple things while I am down there and then we will have the full Post Market review 11/9 at 10:30 or 6:30.

We are doing some really fun stuff at the store. Summer can become a bit boring in the quilt world, so we starting holding demos on Wednesday nights. We have had so much fun preparing and customers have really been enjoying the format. Currently we are in the middle of the 12 Weeks of Christmas. Each Wednesday night we feature projects and teach a technique. You get a free pattern and enter to win a door prize. It doesn't get better than that! View the complete schedule in the front page of our website.

I will be working on keeping all of this up to date on the virtual world, I just need 5 more of me! We may not always have the full preview available as we are constantly looking to include as much as possible into these nights. They have provided us with new technique samples in the store and many new displays throughout. As one concept may flow from one week to another, you may see one project more than once, however there is always something new to check out.

This week Linda and Susie are featuring tree skirts. Linda stopped in the store today to pick up more fabric for her latest inspiration. Susie took a wedge from a skirt and transformed it into a pillow sham. I will be getting ready to head to Houston so I will miss the fun. :-(

When it comes to tree skirts, one of the most common questions customers ask, "can we quilt tree skirts on the long arm?" We absolutely can! We can quilt almost anything with a square or rectangular back. So let's say your tree skirt measures 50 inches across. We would need a back at least 56 inches square so that we can pin the back on the quilt frame. You can either bring in a complete circle or already have you center hole and splice already cut.

Remember when you bind your skirt to use bias binding. This gives your binding nice shape as it hugs the curves of your skirt.

Until next time... Happy quilting and make sure to check us out on Wednesday nights!

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