Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Getting To Know Us: Donna

How did you start sewing / quilting? Who taught you? 
- I learned to sew at a young age, about 8 years old. My mother sewed clothing, curtains, doll clothes, so as she sewed she taught me. Our sewing machine was set up in a corner of our kitchen, and my mom encouraged me to use it. She is a wonderful person and was a kind and patient teacher, How lucky am I! My grandmother, who conveniently  lived next door, was also  skilled at  embroidery, rug hooking, knitting and crochet, so it was very natural for me to be drawn to sewing and hand work. I made a patchwork bedspread at about age 9, which my mother still has. I was about 11 when I made my first quilt, a little rustic with an old sheet for a backing, and tied with red yarn. It is still is use, as a sleeping place for  my cats.

Aside from quilting, what other hobbies do you have?
- My other hobby is gardening. When it is rainy, or cold, I am inside sewing, and on sunny days I am outside in the garden, the best of both worlds. Needless to say, house cleaning takes a back seat. I learned gardening from my dad. I love native shrubs and perennials, and grow lots of flowers for butterflies and hummingbirds. My backyard is a little wildlife habitat.  

Tell us something about yourself that we might not know!
- Something that you may not know about me is that I am a UCONN certified advanced master gardener. So if you have any gardening questions, feel free to ask.  

Do you have a favorite tool / pattern / technique you find yourself using a lot or can't live without?
- My favorite tool without a doubt, is my Handi Quilter Avante with Prostitcher!!! Or as my husband refers to it, the “car” that was parked in my sewing room last year. I have been long-arm quilting for about 5 years, and just love having my own machine.  

My second favorite tool is my Clover seam ripper. It is just the right size, and has a sharp point and a nice.flexible end.. it is white and large enough to find easily when needed. I am a little bit of a perfectionist, so I use it often..  

What 5 items must you have in your sewing box?
- My must haves include Aurifil thread for piecing, Clover red clips, fine glass head pins - great for pinning through batiks, Creative Grids quick trim ruler and a small pair of sharp embroidery scissors  (I have a pair of stork shaped scissors, given as a gift by a dear friend, they make me smile every time I use them.)

How has quilting impacted your life?
- Quilting has impacted my life is lots of ways. It has been my sewing therapy through some rough spots in my life. Quilting has been a great outlet for creativity, through designing and sewing gifts for treasured family and friends. I have made many quilts for charity, fundraisers, and other worthy causes. It has been a wonderful way to give back to others, sharing kindness and warmth (literally).

I have also made wonderful friendships with the people I have met through quilting.  And I have been able to go the the fabulous International Quilt Festival! If you have never been, this is a show not to be missed!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Getting To Know Us: Debbie D.

How did you start sewing / quilting? Who taught you?  
- I started sewing clothes for my dolls when I was around 10 or so watching my mom.  I took classes at a local fabric store and then in Home Ec all the way through High School.

What advice would you give a beginner?
- Just have fun and enjoy yourself, nobody is perfect.

Aside from quilting, what other hobbies do you have?
- I knit and crochet a little, I also do English Smocking and heirloom sewing (I had my own shop for a few years and studied with some of the top teachers in the world at Martha Pullen’s schools in Alabama). 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Food For Fabric Food Drive

Food for Fabric: November 3 through November 24!

Help us stock our communities' food banks with non-perishable food items and receive discounts on fabric.

Here's how it works:
  • Bring in 10 items = 10% off your fabric purchase
  • Bring in 15 items = 15% off your fabric purchase
  • Bring in 20 items = 20% off your fabric purchase

Discount applies to regular price yardage only, excludes basics / blenders (marked B) and new arrivals (as flagged). Minimum 1/2-yard cuts. Excludes fabric cuts, including BOMs. No limit to the number of times you can take advantage of this sale between 11/3 through 11/24. Remember, sale fabric does not apply to the Sew Charming program.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Psst! We're Having A Little Spooky Sale...

While Viv's away at Quilt Market, we thought we'd have some fun of our own! Come in to the shop this weekend (Sat Oct 25 & Sun Oct 26) and get 25% off our Halloween section

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Getting To Know Us: Audrie

How did you start sewing / quilting? Who taught you? 
- I'd just moved to the States and out of sheer boredom, I started sewing little things with the sewing machine I asked for Christmas. One fine day, I got the great idea to make my mother-in-law a table runner for her birthday. I taught myself to quilt with books and the Internet, and read everything I could to improve my skills because I was immediately hooked! 

What advice would you give a beginner?
- Ask for help, try new things (even if they scare you) and just have fun! 

Aside from quilting, what other hobbies do you have?
- I have many! I love photography, knitting, baking, cooking... and recently, I took up tapestry weaving. There are not enough hours in the day for my hobbies! 

Tell us something about yourself that we might not know!
- I was born in Singapore, and have lived in Hong Kong, Australia and now the States. 

Why do you sew / quilt?
- If I didn't, I'd have gone a little crazy by now. I was new to the States so I didn't have a job or know anyone, so it allowed me to do something with my time and through that, I found a quilting community that I'm most grateful for. 

What 5 items must you have in your sewing box?
- Wonder clips, rotary cutter, Frixion pens, Clover seam ripper and silk pins.

How has quilting impacted your life?
- I'm on social media quite a bit, and I've met friends from all over the world who I wouldn't have met otherwise. Plus making quilts for people is very fulfilling and meaningful when you know they appreciate all your hard work. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Magic Pattern Book... And Trunk Show!

We are so excited about The Magic Pattern Book, the newest book by Amy Barickman, founder and owner of Indygo Junction.

The Magic Pattern Book features six magic patterns for clothing and accessories that can be transformed into a mind-boggling 216 different looks. The book shows you how to take the six patterns, turn each into six different looks, with six fabric suggestions for each look. You could make yourself an entirely new wardrobe!

For example, the Skirt pattern (Pattern B) yields a pleated hem skirt, a maxi skirt, an A-line skirt, a pencil wrap skirt, a flared bias skirt and a ruffled mini.

The patterns are beginner-friendly and can be made to fit sizes S to XXL. Overviews of fabric types and preparation, plus basic sewing, alteration and finishing techniques are also included, making The Magic Pattern Book a wonderful reference for readers.

Sew Inspired is proud to be the first quilt shop to host a trunk show in our studio for two weeks, from Wednesday Oct 1 to Wednesday Oct 15. For further information, please visit our website or call us at 860-651-8885. We hope to see you there!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

What's New At Sew Inspired

Here's what's new at the shop this week!

Paint by Carrie Bloomston for Such Designs has arrived!!! It's more beautiful than we imagined, and we can't wait to start sewing with it!

The first 25 (of 50) new solids by American Made Brand, a division of Clothworks, has arrived! These fabrics are entirely produced in the USA, from farm to fabric!

The September palette for Color Inspirations is Evening Ballet. Build your solid stash with ten more Cotton Supreme solids in shades of rose, custard, emerald and more. We have fat quarter bundles, half-yard bundles, as well as project kits to make this month's quilt, Platforms (shown above), available in-store now!

And we're currently hosting the Indygo Junction (now until Sept 22nd) and CNT / Karen Nye (now until Sept 21st) Trunk Shows at the shop! There will also be a Fashion Show in the Studio on Friday, Sept 12th at 6:00PM. Tickets are still available and there'll be dozens of garments -- jackets, vests, dresses and more! -- from our favorite pattern designers.

And if you'd like to learn to make Karen Nye's fabulous and stylish Swing Fever Jacket, Deb is teaching a class this Sunday, Sept 14th, 12:00PM to 4:00PM. Its simple construction means your jacket will be close to completion, if not completed, in this afternoon class! If you'd like to reserve your spot, please call us at 860-651-8885! We hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Color Inspirations Club

New Color Inspirations every month... Build your solid stash with specially curated bundles of Cotton Supreme Classics! The August Palette, Yacht Club, includes shades of blues, tans and greens with a surprise pop of orange. You can purchase the palette in Fat Quarter bundles or half-yard cuts. Each Color Inspiration bundle includes ten pieces. Viv found two photos in her archives that captured the palette. First, a scene from an evening boat cruise off the coast of New England. And second, a picture of her friend Corey in Senegal, West Africa.

"The sailing picture seemed an obvious choice... but it's the patchwork in the child's shorts, his orange shirt and Corey's blue kaftan that reminded me of this month's palette." 

In addition to the bundles we'll have a featured project, and kit to make it, every month. 3rd Street Neighborhood is a wall hanging with rows of houses and landscape blocks to show off fun, free motion quilting. 

You can reserve a bundle or kit by calling the shop. There's no monthly commitment - simply select the months you want! We'll introduce the September palette and project soon.

Monday, August 18, 2014

Fashion Fabrics for Garments and Bags!

We've started to build our inventory of fashion fabrics for garments and bags. The Crossroads Denim from Indygo Junction is a pre-washed twill with a soft hand perfect for jackets and vests.
Amy Butler's Glow canvas is ideal for a bag or garment, too. 

The eyelet fabric from Michael Miller would make a sweet dress like the one in Sew Serendipity's line, Tara Tank Dress, seen here: http://blog.sewserendipity.com/2014/04/spring-2014-collection-meet-tara.html

The Michael Miller Clip Dot was used for the Wiksten Tova Tunic top you'll see in our upcoming fashion show on Sept. 12. This very light weight semi-sheer fabric features small woven spots of extra warp known as "clip" dots or Dotted Swiss Batiste. It's perfect for pretty dresses, blouses and skirts. Ditto with the Northcott fabric; it was used for the Juliet Dress tunic variation (http://blog.sewserendipity.com/2012/10/new-fall-collection-meet-juliet-nouveau.html) you'll see on the 12th.
And here's the new line of Avant cotton linen blend from Moda. Ask us to see the sample of pre-washed fabric. It's got a great hand for anywhere you need texture. And finally, the cotton linen blends and cotton lawns from the new Cotton & Steel line are in. For a peek at the Datura Blouse made from Homebody cotton lawn, visit our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sew-Inspired-Quilt-Shop/105337166981). Or, better yet, see it in person at the fashion show on September 12! Tickets are available now.

Friday, July 25, 2014

What's New At Sew Inspired

Christmas in July! Our Christmas section is bursting with beautiful kits and new prints, perfect for gifts, ornaments, setting the table... and of course, quilts!

Our Fall section is also looking bountiful and vibrant. The gorgeous colors and prints are perfect for table runners and placemats.

And the Halloween section has everything from the cute to the downright spooky!

We're also starting a series of Christmas classes taught by Susan Michaels in August, beginning with the Hex Ornaments class on August 14.

Susan will follow that up with the Pretty Package Placemat class on August 21.

And the last of the series is the Cookie and Gift Bags on August 28.

Each session takes place in the evening from 6:00PM to 8:30PM. It is $15.00 a class, or sign up for all three and pay $40.00. Call us at the shop at 860-651-8885 to reserve your spot today!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

What's New At Sew Inspired

This beautiful winter-themed collection called Snowbird by Laundry Basket Quilts for Moda is a lovely mix of dots and florals that we're absolutely in love with! We also have some of the batiks in this collection in-store.

Draw Near by Janet Wecker Frisch is a steampunk-inspired collection with a creative, colorful twist, and revolves around painting and art. These great prints would make wonderful totes or zip bags.

An adorable collection called Herb Garden by Angela Anderson for Quilting Treasures, great for any gardening enthusiast. There's even a great stripe that would be perfect for making an Easy Stripe Table Runner with!

We just love this bicycle-themed collection called Life... Enjoy the Ride by Tina Higgins for Quilting Treasures. Again, it would make a wonderful tote!

If you love dots as much as we do, you'll need to get your hands on this layer cake of dots big and small and in so many different colors! Each layer cake consists of 42-10" squares.

And we have charm packs of Winterlude by 3 Sisters for Moda, as well as kits in the same fabric to make a very cute table runner.

A beautiful, rich red, green and metallic gold collection called Pear Tree Greetings by Hoffman. We also have precuts of 2.5" strips called Jingle Pops. 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sew Fun... For Kids

Do you have a budding sewist between the age of 9 and 14 who might want to take a class? We'll be starting new classes for kids this summer, beginning July 7, 2014. They can learn the basics of sewing while making pillowcases -- one to keep, and one to give away!

Class participants will be asked to make a pillowcase for themselves, and another to donate to the One Million Pillowcase Challenge. The class fee is $40.00 (plus the We Love to Sew book -- all class materials are purchased at a 15% discount). Sewing machines and fabric packs for the pillowcases are provided.

If this sounds like fun, please give us a call at 860-651-8885. We only have six spots available so reserve yours today!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Cotton + Steel

We're anxiously awaiting the arrival of ALL 144 bolts of gorgeous Cotton + Steel fabrics from their debut collection mid-July! Viv and Linda had the good fortune of seeing this amazing collection in person at the Spring Quilt Market last month and have nothing but good things to say about it.

The collection on display at Spring Quilt Market
Cotton + Steel is a new division of RJR Fabrics made up of inspiring designers in their own right -- Melody Miller, Alexia Abegg, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Kim Kight and Sarah Watts. They will each have their own collections as well as a basics collection, so there'll be six collections in all for us to drool over!

Hatbox by Alexia Abegg
Mustang by Melody Miller
We'll be holding a Market Review on July 19 at our shop, where you can learn all about and get a sneak peek at this great debut collection. We'll be selling advance tickets for $5.00 each, which will then be returned to you as a coupon on the day of the event.

If you'd like more information or have your name put on our list, please give us a call at 860-651-8885 or visit our website at www.sewinspiredquilts.com.

- Audrie

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

What's New At Sew Inspired

Spiced Chai Quilt Kit and Vintage Quilt Revival
A wonderful new book in the shop called Vintage Quilt Revival that has beautiful projects and lots of inspiration for a sampler quilt. We've even kitted up fabrics for the Spiced Chai Quilt.

Quilt Color Workshop and Make + Love Quilts 
Two other new books that've caught our eye are Quilt Color Workshop by the Fat Quarterly gang, and Make + Love Quilts by Mary Fons. Gorgeous quilts in both in all different sizes and fabrics.

Night Owl by Exclusively Quilters
How adorable is this quirky Night Owl collection from Exclusively Quilters?? We think these great fabrics would make a wonderful tote!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

What's New At Sew Inspired

Martha Negley for Westminster Fabrics
A gorgeous mix of fabrics from Martha Negley for Westminster featuring her prints like the duck feathers, puffball and peonies in calm hues of greens and blues.

Alexander Henry Haunted House
A fun bunch of fabrics from Alexander Henry Fabrics Haunted House series.

Charlemagne by Deborah Edwards for Northcott 
Charlemagne is an elegant collection by Deborah Edwards that combines vintage style with traditional design. Romantic French inspired florals are complemented by several mix and match prints.

Friday, May 23, 2014

What's New At Sew Inspired

Here are a few things new in the shop!

Drift by Angela Walters (Art Gallery Fabrics)
A beautiful new line by Angela Walters called Drift, inspired by her trip to St. John's Island. We have the Ocean palette in our store, in lovely tints of fresh blues and delicate greens.

Swim Team by Dinara Mirtalopova (Windham Fabrics)
How hilarious is Swim Team!!! This delightful summer group by Dinara Mirtalipova features ladies sunbathing on the beach and swimming with fish. We think they'd make the best beach totes this summer!

I Love America Quilt Kit and Creative Grids 8" Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool
Show your patriotic side with this adorable I Love America quilt kit! We've cut strips of reds, whites and blues for you to make a small quilt / wall hanging with the 8" Curvy Log Cabin Trim Tool.

We've also closed our first giveaway for the Into The Woods charm pack, and the winner is Linda Garcia! Look out for an email in your inbox! And a big thank you to everyone who participated :)

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Spring Quilt Market, And A Giveaway!

David L. Lawrence Convention Center 
It's time for Spring Quilt Market again, and this time round, Vivian, Linda and Gaby (Viv's daughter) are making the fun trip to Pittsburgh, PA! Make sure join them on their travels by following our Instagram feed on the right, or by following us on the app on your mobile device.

There are so many things to watch out for at Quilt Market, and because this is Linda and Gaby's first time to Market, Viv is very excited to see their reactions, especially to Sample Spree. She's also looking forward to attending the FabShop Network dinner (a trade association of other quilt shop owners) to see what's going on with other quilt shops around the country and seeing the upcoming collections from the new RJR division called Cotton & Steel.

We'd love for everyone to join in the fun, so we're doing a little giveaway of some treats that Vivian will bring home with her!

To kick things off, here's a charm pack of Into the Woods by Vanessa Goertzen up for grabs!

To enter the giveaway, simply:
1. Follow us;
2. Comment and let us know that you're following us! (Please make sure you include your email address!)

We'll leave the giveaway open until the end of Thursday May 22, and winners will be announced Friday May 23! Good luck, and thanks for playing!


- A

Picture of David L. Lawrence Convention Center from here.

Friday, May 9, 2014

New BOM: Wine Country Sunset in Mulberry

We're currently taking names for a new Block of the Month (BOM) called Wine Country Sunset in the Tonga Mulberry colorway. This beautiful queen-size quilt (90" square) was designed by Cheryl Malkowski and features batiks from Timeless Treasures. The pattern also includes a bonus pattern for a wine bottle tote!

The techniques used in the quilt are simple -- the most difficult technique found in the pattern is the half-square triangle! -- and it includes tips, tricks and many illustrations to make it beginner friendly. However, if you would prefer some help with cutting, there will be an optional cutting session on the first Thursday of every month of the 6-month long program beginning in June 2014. There will be a fee of $75.00, and this includes all six cutting sessions.

If you'd like to sign up for the Wine Country Sunset BOM, or would like more information, you can call the shop at 860-651-8885 or email us at info@sewinspiredquilts.com.

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