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Thurs. April 4&11, 2019
Learn to Sew a Minky Quilt

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Thursday, April 4&11, 2019 from 5:30PM-8:30PM

Learn how to work with soft, plush Minky fabric at Let’s Sew!  These quilts are all the rage, and it’s easy to see (and feel) why.  Wrapping yourself in this material is the ultimate in cozy, and have become favorites for everyone from couch potatoes to newborns!

  • PLEASE NOTE:  REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT FOR CLASS MUST BE MADE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS.  CLASS IS LIMITED TO 4 STUDENTS, SO ENROLL NOW!  CALL (812) 471-7945 or Online.

Cost is $65. The fabric is not included and must be purchased.  A 15% discount is extended to students on each day of class and prior to class for class materials.

This is a fun, two-part class. Part one will be on Thursday, April 4, 2019 from 5:30PM-8:30PM.  You’ll start the afternoon off by cutting the material into the proper sizes to begin sewing.  (Some home sewing may be required before the second class.)  If you are coming to class with your own machine and have a walking-foot, bring it with you.

Part two is a week later on April 11, 2019 from 5:30PM-8:30PM.  Class time will be dedicated to finishing the body of the quilt and sewing the edge binding to complete it.

Note: Our store is a FRAGRANCE-FREE ZONE. Please be courteous of other students and staff when attending class and do not use fragrances.


What Makes a Quilt, a Quilt?

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It is difficult to find a comparable term when referring to a quilt.  It is not a blanket, or a bedspread, nor a duvet or comforter.

A quilt consists of two or more layers of single woven cloth, usually 100% cotton, with batting or cushioning in the middle. Batting can be made of natural fiber such as cotton, bamboo, even goose down, or it can be synthetic. The layers are artfully stitched together throughout the entire span of the fabrics with 100% 50 wt. cotton thread.

Quilt Layers

Quilts consist of three layers.

Traditionally, the top layer is created by sewing together several fabric “blocks” composed of pieced cloth designs, while the quilt’s back layer is typically made from a large piece of complimentary cloth.  Binding is added to the perimeter of the quilt after all three layers are sewn together.

 

Of course, quilting was invented eons ago to pull leftover fabric scraps together into something utilitarian.  And God bless the industrious individual who came up with the idea!  The craft has become increasingly popular through the ages, but now we create our own “scraps” for each project.  Whether the material is gathered from multiple fabric mixes like t-shirts and corduroy, or selected from designer bolts of quality cotton material, quilting is most definitely alive and well.

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Traditional quilts are tried, true and familiar.  These designs have been around for hundreds of years, and have names such as Log Cabin, Courthouse Steps, Nine-Patch, Dresden Plate.  There are thousands of these traditional patterns, and they are based on blocks and a grid.

Simple or complex, traditional quilt design is symmetrical, being made up of many repetitions of the same block in orderly rows. These are frequently combined with uniform sashing between individual blocks and/or borders all around.

Traditional quilt patterns are the standard, still made and loved today, by our mothers, grandmothers—and their grandmothers before them.

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Modern quilt designs began to gain notoriety in the last half of the twentieth century and have enjoyed an additional boost during the past several years.

They differ from traditional quilts in many ways. Where traditional quilts are created by a set of rules using a grid of repeating symmetric design blocks, sashing, borders, and simple quilting,  modern quilts go off the grid and use asymmetry, minimalist designs, and more improvisational arrangements of blocks and settings.

Emphasis is placed on negative space rather than filling the entire quilt with designated block designs. They may feature bold colors, off-center motifs and graphic designs that give high-contrast pop.

Both are inspirational pieces.  Quilting is an art form.  Some express it in nostalgic, traditional designs handed down from generation to generation.  Others see the cloth as a canvas where imaginative art can be expressed.  Knowing that both are constructed similarly through layers of woven cloth, batting and patience forms a kinship that is interesting and enjoyable.

 

Wed. November 7&14, 2018
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Wednesday November 7 & 14 2018 from 5:30PM-8:30PM

Learn how to work with soft, plush Minky fabric at Let’s Sew!  These quilts are all the rage, and it’s easy to see (and feel) why.  Wrapping yourself in this material is the ultimate in cozy, and have become favorites for everyone from couch potatoes to newborns!

  • PLEASE NOTE:  REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT FOR CLASS MUST BE MADE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS.  CLASS IS LIMITED TO 4 STUDENTS, SO ENROLL NOW!  CALL (812) 471-7945. Or Register Online

Cost is $65. The fabric is not included and must be purchased before the 1st class.  A 15% discount is extended to students on each day of class and prior to class for class materials.

This is a fun, two-part class. Part one will be on Wednesday, November 7, from 5:30PM to 8:30PM.  You’ll start the evening off by cutting the material into the proper sizes to begin sewing.  (Some home sewing may be required before the second class.)  If you are coming to class with your own machine and have a walking-foot, bring it with you.

Part two is a week later on Wednesday, November 14, from 5:30PM to 8:30PM  Class time will be dedicated to finishing the body of the quilt and sewing the edge binding to complete it.

Note: Our store is a FRAGRANCE-FREE ZONE. Please be courteous of other students and staff when attending class and do not use fragrances.

Wed. Feb. 13-March 6, 2019
Quilting 101 – FULL

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Wednesday Feb. 13-March. 6, 2019 from 10:00AM-1:00PM

Quilting 101 is a four-week class series designed to teach students who have never quilted before. You will leave with a finished quilt at the end of week four.

  • PLEASE NOTE:  REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT FOR THE 4-WEEK SERIES MUST BE MADE PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS.  SPOTS ARE LIMITED, SO ENROLL NOW!  CALL (812) 471-7945, stop in the store or register online.

Some homework may be required with this class. All materials can and should be bought before class starts except for fabric, which will be chosen during week one’s class time.

February 13, 2019 || Week One: How to Choose Your Fabrics (3 hours)

During this first class, you’ll learn how to pick colors and/or patterns that compliment each other. Fabrics are not included in the cost of the class however, all students will receive 15% off on each class day.

February 20, 2019 || Week Two: Cutting and Layout (3 hours)

This class will go over how to use a quilting ruler, a rotary cutter and how to cut your quilt pieces to an exact size. You will learn how to arrange your quilt in an attractive way.

February 27, 2019 || Week Three: Sewing Your Quilt (3 hours)

Week three will go over how to sew and press your quilt. You will also learn how to layer squares the correct way. Matching seams and corners will be emphasized.

March 6, 2019 || Week Four: Quilt and Bind (3 hours)

You will wrap up class by quilting and binding your quilt.

A supply list will be given at the time of registration.

Cost is $90 excluding Fabrics which are bought during Class 1. Students get 15% off items purchased on class day.

Note: Our store is a FRAGRANCE-FREE ZONE. Please be courteous of other students and staff when attending class and do not use fragrances.

Deborah Edwards Collections Move A Man About Town

Get busy and go to town with fabric from Northcott Studios by designer Deborah Edwards. Deborah approaches her prints playfully with the Connector Playmat collection, featuring winding roads and a variety of vehicles. She uses pattern and color in her Man About Town collection to spotlight the interaction of tweeds and twills. Tie everything together with the swirls and whorls of the Sandscape collection. With an eye for creating prints that work well together, Deborah Edwards will have you creating a new project in no time at all.

Connector Playmat Collection

BusyTown-freedownloadThe Connector Playmat prints drop you in the middle of a busy town, full of bustling cars and ships. Choose from multiple panel prints, including an airport, a train yard, a dock for boats, and a busy street. Combine the panels to form a giant playmat, perhaps using this official “Busy Town” free pattern download as the basis for your quilt design. Use the coordinating prints in signs and stripes to frame your quilt in an explosion of color. When you’re done, you’ve got a durable playmat you can lay out for hours of play. When your little ones are done, roll them up in the snuggly quilt for nap time.

Man About Town Collection

For a more sedate look, check out the tweed and twill prints of the Man About Town collection. Deborah Edwards knows what it takes to outfit a smart dressed man and recreates the look of traditional garment fabric in durable cotton poplin. Each print shows off the subtle highlighting and shading of the fabric that inspired it. Put them together to make a stylish quilt with a conservative eye for blending colors and patterns.

Sandscapes Collection

The Sandscapes collection uses metallic prints to showcase an array of vibrant colors. Marbleized textures make the perfect coordinating print when combined with solid colors. Every one of these prints can be used by itself or as part of a larger design. Both traditional and modern quilting techniques will benefit from including these intriguing visuals in the pattern. Enhance your current project or start a new one with fresh inspiration.

Whether you are getting busy in town, digging your toes in the sand, or dressing up for a night about town, Deborah Edwards’ collections from Northcott Studios has the fabric you need. Get started with a free quilt pattern for a handy playmat, or dive in deep with inspiration of your own. Your next new project is just around the corner.

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Downton Abbey Summer Fete Quilt

Embrace summer with a quilting project inspired by the PBS drama “Downton Abbey”. There’s no better way to relax during the heat of the day than to binge-watch your favorite episodes and quietly work on your quilt. The “Summer Fete” design was commissioned from Paper Pieces by Andover Fabrics to showcase their line of licensed Downton Abbey prints.

Paper Pieces Summer Fete quiltThe Downstairs Collection shows off muted colors and delicate designs in varied palettes of blue, green, and red. Each print uses basic shapes to add texture and depth to a basic color scheme. The “Swirl” print adds a hint of motion to the image with attractive curves. “Dots and Circles” lays out these shapes in an orderly manner.

The “Floral” print uses a dash of color to draw your eye to the fabric. “Stripes and Dots” emphasizes the color and motion of the print. “Stripes and Circles” turns things a little sideways with its array of shapes meant to highlight the feel of your project.

The Downton Abbey Downstairs collection works well as a replacement for solid colors and coordinating prints in any project. Layer the subtle shapes of these prints to break up the visuals of your design and add some depth or texture to your project. Match the muted colors with bolder designs to bring out the print or simply pair them together for a quiet, soothing look.

“Summer Fete” Inspired by Downton Abbey

The “Summer Fete” quilt pattern from Paper Pieces highlights the colors and shapes of the Downstairs prints in a way that works well together. Best of all, it’s absolutely free! The finished project measures 36″ x 36″ and pairs the red, blue, and green colors with a base print that shows off the quilt pattern. When you put it all together, the Downstairs collection creates a soothing quilt that makes an amazing summer project.

large dresdenThe center of the quilt uses large dresdens to form an attractive centerpiece that catches the eye. Each corner of the quilt features a small dresden anchored in a matching or complementary color. Squares and triangles surround the central design to break up the visuals. The free pattern includes complete printing, cutting, and stitching instructions.

cutting instructionsEverything you need for a quick summer project is right here. Pick out the fabrics that call to you, pop up your favorite episodes of Downton Abbey on the television, and settle in for a relaxing summer of quilting.

Sisters of Downton Abbey Quilt

Set the scene for your favorite character with a quilting project you can personalize and express your love for the Sisters of Downton Abbey. Designed by Chris Hoover of Whirligig Designs, this engaging quilt pattern was commissioned by Andover Fabrics to highlight the licensed fabric in their Downton Abbey Women’s and Characters Collections. The familiar and comfortable layout of the fabric lets you use the colors and prints you choose from Let’s Sew to create a project that is worthy of your chosen character.

Downton Abbey-Sisters Mary_pic0002The base fabric of the quilt comes from the Logos and Labels Collection, available at Let’s Sew, displaying an image of the abbey along with the title. Several prints allow you to change the look and feel of the quilt to better reflect your personality. A strong central design offers multiple variations to characterize each of the ladies of the abbey.

The Downton Abbey ladies each have a set of prints that reflect their own personality and charm. The Dowager’s prints are bold and strong. Lady Edith’s collection uses pastel colors and complicated images. Lady Mary’s prints are straightforward and dynamic.

Put them all together for a project that expresses your love of Downton Abbey and speaks volumes about your favorite character. With a wide range of color and texture from which to choose, you have an endless array of possibilities at your fingertips. Choose your favorite delicate prints of light colors, or go dark and heavy with solid images and strong colors.

“Sisters of Downton Abbey” Quilt Inspired by the Show

Designer Chris Hoover uses the strong central image of a star as the visual focus of this quilt and its absolutely free pattern. With generous portions of setting space and relying on only eight prints, this quilt makes an excellent platform for reflecting your own feelings and expressing yourself. The finished project measures 52″ x 52″, making a comfortable throw for your living room or lap cover.

center blockThe quilt design emphasizes your choice of color and pattern.  Rather than relying on complex technique beginning and intermediate sewists can approach this project with confidence in their own skills. The absolutely free “Sister Mary” pattern also includes 4 additional patterns that are unmistakeably Downton.

layered trianglesThe straight lines and bold central design of this quilt makes it an excellent starting point for new quilters. Choose your favorite fabrics to reflect your own personality and make this quilt a true expression of yourself.

“Cleopatra’s Palace” Egyptian Quilt by Downton Abbey

Commissioned by Andover Fabric to highlight the Egyptian Collection from their Downton Abbey line, this impressive quilt features elegant flowers and powerful columns inside a bold border. Designer Heidi Pridemore uses subtle contrasts to combine the foreign with the familiar.  Evoke a touch of the exotic and challenge yourself with this quilting project from Paper Pieces.

Downton Abbey - The Egyptian Collection-Cleopatras Palace_pic0003The Egyptian Collection paints a visually intriguing design of ancient Middle East in modern fabric that just begs to become part of your next project. Striking prints use impressive images and strong contrast to capture the eye. Unforgettable lines leave a strong impression on the viewer for a memorable addition.

The “Cartouche” print evokes the imagery of Egyptian architecture with traditional shapes and color schemes. The “Lotus” and “Lotus Stripe” prints highlight an exotic floral theme that captures the imagination. The “Glyph Vine” and “Reed Maze” prints lead the viewer along a journey in fabric with engaging visuals.

The collection also features two strong coordinating prints to help you anchor the powerful images of the primary designs. The “Nile Maiden” print uses low contrast colors to paint a subtle portrait in fabric. The images of the “Hieroglyphics” print are small enough to blend into the background and provide a complementary color without overpowering your main focus.

“Cleopatra’s Palace” Egyptian Quilt Inspired by Downton Abbey

Designer Heidi Pridemore dives into the waters of Ancient Egypt to bring you a quilt inspired by licensed Downton Abbey fabrics. This pattern is absolutely free, commissioned by Andover Fabric to inspire your own designs and express your love of quilting. The finished quilt measures 67″ x 83″, perfect for snuggling while you watch your favorite episodes of Downton Abbey.

Downton Abbey - The Egyptian Collection-Cleopatras Palace_pic0003The pattern focuses on three strong columns with a dynamic visual that draws the eye to the prints of the fabric. Egyptian lotus flowers adorn the space between the columns, leaving plenty of space to relax and enjoy the exotic colors and images.  A strong border runs around the design, bounding the columns and giving the whole project a completed feel.

134-A-7618-NAncient Egypt fascinated the characters and world of Downton Abbey, as it continues to capture our imagination today. Draw inspiration from these powerful images and iconic prints to create a personalized quilt that expresses your own inner mystery.

 

Jane Sassaman Fabric Will Brighten Your Day

Jane Sassaman fabric quiltJane Sassaman fabric is cheerful. It just is. It reminds me of a bulletin board in a kindergarten classroom or a picnic on a sunny day. One thing it does not remind me of is our weather lately – cold, usually cloudy and always threatening to snow or rain. Continue reading