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Quilts Re-Imagined

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Even the most unrooted of us are aware of the symbolic nature of quilts. Each precious piece used to create them reminds its owners of a story, a feeling or an untold mystery. A quilt truly is the “fabric of time”, and it’s thread has bonded us equally to our Americana cultures for over two centuries.

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“Quilting the Land” by artist Doug Knutson.

We in the heartland feel a particular kinship to the quilt with our farm-bred waste-not-want-not upbringing. Our patchwork farms and fields even resemble quilts.  So dedicated to this generational craft are we, that it is honored in festivals, painted on barns, and favorited overwhelmingly as the fund-raising grand prize in just about every church I know.

So when I saw those same beautiful patterns celebrated on a New York fashion runway last fall, it got my attention. Designer Raf Simons incorporated very old, authentic quilts into his work for Calvin Klein.

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Lining created from old quilts (Calvin Klein).

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Raf Simons for Calvin Klein Fall/Winter 2017

The quilts were taken apart and re-pieced into stunning collar accents and gorgeous full length bodices on coats. My favorite use of the theme was Simons’ jacket lining design. Not only spectacular, but an incredible way to wrap yourself in 100% cotton comfort.

 

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Calvin Klein Coat

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Calvin Klein Fall Men’s Collection.

 

 

A Belgian native, Simons was smitten by the historical tradition of the American quilt, and intends to continue using it in new collections.

 

 

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Crazy quilt outfit by Mimi Prober.

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Prada Quilt

 

Other famed designers, such as Prada and Mimi Prober have also put their stamp on a line of quilts and inspired clothing.

It would seem that the NE not only embraces the quilt, but has defined a new way to “strike the pose”.

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Courtesy – Linda Franz.

 

 

Want to try your hand at a New York state of mind? This quilt design named “New York Beauty” is a powerful candidate. It’s sleek spike design reminds me of the Statue of Liberty, or tall skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building.  Finished quilts are quite modern and surreal.

 

 

 

Creative inspiration derives its source from all places, stories and histories–just like quilting!  Have a great quilting month, everybody!

-Pat Cates


 

Tues. April 30-May 21, 2019
Quilting 102

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Tuesday, April 30-May 21, 2019 from 1:00PM-4:00PM

The Quilting 102 class will build upon the knowledge of Quilting 101. The student will learn new techniques to create a more complicated quilt design.

  • Registration must be paid before Class 1 Starts. You can Register by Stopping into the store, or calling us at 812-471-7945, or registering online

Homework is 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.  You are not guaranteed to have a completed project at the end of 4 weeks, but you will have the knowledge and tools necessary to complete it on your own.

April 30, 2019 || Week One: Choosing Your Fabrics, Cutting and Labeling (3 Hours)

During this first class, you’ll learn how to pick colors and/or patterns starting with the Border fabric which will be the focal fabric, then pick 5 fabrics that complement that focal fabric and each other or fabrics that you like. You will cut and label each fabric.  You will cut and sew the 9 patch.

May 7, 2019 || Week Two: Strips, Flying Geese, Star Block (3 Hours)

You will learn how to cut long strips of length of fabric, how to make Flying Geese and how to sew the Star Block.

May 14, 2019 || Week Three: Top Construction (3 Hours)

You will learn how to sew the 9 Patch and Star Blocks together to make the top and how to cut and sew borders.

May 21, 2019 || Week Four: Wrap Up (3 Hours)

You will wrap up class by finishing the top and discuss layering, binding and completing your quilt.

Cost:

Cost is $90 per student and does not include cost of fabric. A 15% discount is given to students on each day of class.

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. April 3-24 2019
Quilting 101

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Wednesday April 3-24, 2019 from 5:30PM-8:30PM

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.

April 3, 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.

April 10, 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.

April 17, 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.

April 24, 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. Class is from 5:30pm – 8:30pm each week.

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.

Thurs. Feb. 14-March 7, 2019
Quilting 102 – FULL

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Thursday, Feb. 14-March 7, 2019 from 5:30PM-8:30PM

The Quilting 102 class will build upon the knowledge of Quilting 101. The student will learn new techniques to create a more complicated quilt design.

  • Registration must be paid before Class 1 Starts. You can Register by Stopping into the store, calling us at 812-471-7945 or by registering online.

Homework is 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.  You are not guaranteed to have a completed project at the end of 4 weeks, but you will have the knowledge and tools necessary to complete it on your own.

February 14, 2019 || Week One: Choosing Your Fabrics, Cutting and Labeling (3 Hours)

During this first class, you’ll learn how to pick colors and/or patterns starting with the Border fabric which will be the focal fabric, then pick 5 fabrics that complement that focal fabric and each other or fabrics that you like. You will cut and label each fabric.  You will cut and sew the 9 patch.

February 21, 2019 || Week Two: Strips, Flying Geese, Star Block (3 Hours)

You will learn how to cut long strips of length of fabric, how to make Flying Geese and how to sew the Star Block.

February 28, 2019 || Week Three: Top Construction (3 Hours)

You will learn how to sew the 9 Patch and Star Blocks together to make the top and how to cut and sew borders.

March 7, 2019 || Week Four: Wrap Up (3 Hours)

You will wrap up class by finishing the top and discuss layering, binding and completing your quilt.

Cost:

Cost is $90 per student and does not include cost of fabric. A 15% discount is given to students on each day of class.

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

Sat. March 23-April 13, 2019
Quilting 101

Quilting 101

Saturday March 23-April 13, 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.

March 23, 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.

March 30, 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.

April 6, 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.

April 13, 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.

September 12 - October 3, 2017
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Learn how to make a heart themed quilt in Quilting 102. This class will build upon the knowledge of Quilting 101.

Dates of class:

September 12, 2017

September 19, 2017

September 26, 2017

October 3, 2017

Class meets from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each date. Please call the store to register or stop in. Registration is complete with payment of the class.

Cost:

Cost is $70 per student and does not include cost of fabric. A 20% discount is given to students on each day of class.

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

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Sept. 07 - 28, 2017
Quilting 101 – Closed -Closed -Closed

Quilting 101 quilt sample

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

September 07, 2017 || 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 20% off on each class day.

September 14, 2017 || 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.

September 21, 2017 || 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.

September 28, 2017 || Week Four: Quilt and Bind (3 hours)

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

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.

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

COST IS $70. Class starts at 5:30 p.m. each week and ends at 8:30 p.m.

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

June 21 - 24, 2017
2017 Southern Indiana Shop Hop

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Get excited for the 12th annual, Southern Indiana Shop Hop from June 21 to June 24, 2017!

This year’s theme is “Spirit of America Shop Hop”.

This year’s fabrics are from the “Centennial Shirtings” collection by Julie Hendricksen for Windham Fabrics.

Passports are available for pre-sale at the cost of $5. Pre-sale ends June 20, 2017! During the Shop Hop, Passports will be $6.

Your Passport entitles you to a free quilt block pattern from each shop on the Hop. Each shop will also offer a fabric kit for their quilt block pattern that you may purchase for $5. You must have purchased a Passport and visit each shop in order to receive that shop’s free quilt block pattern.

Each shop will have a gift basket valued at approximately $125, which you may register for when you visit to get your Passport stamped! To be entered for the Grand Prizes you must visit all nine shops and have your Passport stamped. You will turn in your completed Passport at your last stop.

Our 2017 Grand Prizes are:

A Sewing Machine: Your choice of either a Janome from Sharynn’s Quilt Box in North Vernon, Indiana or a Baby Lock from us, Let’s Sew!

Fat Quarters: A basket filled with 90 beautiful fat quarters.

Gift Certificate: One of nine gift certificates valued at $50 to one of the participating shops.

Below is a list of the 2017 Southern Indiana Shop Hop participating stores. See you in June!

This year’s participating shops are:
Boonville – The Village Mercantile
Brownstown – Scrappy Patches
Charlestown – Quilters Corner Cottage
Edwardsville – The Quilting Bee
Evansville – Let’s Sew
Madison – L & L Yard Goods
Madison – Margie’s Country Store
North Vernon – Sharynn’s Quilt Box
Washington – The Stitching Post

 

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One More Week Until Gloria

Gloria_McKinnon_2017_headerGloria_McKinnon_at_Let's_SewStill_Time_to_Sign_upWe have hosted special guest instructor Gloria McKinnon each Spring since our shop opened in 2011. Gloria is a world-renowned quilting artist, known for her attention to fine details, hand embroidery, and crazypatch quilting style. Gloria lives in Australia and only visits the United States once a year. We are honored to be the only shop this side of the Mississippi River to host her and her students!

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No experience is required to take any of Gloria McKinnon’s classes. She will show you with patience and expertise how to create each project. Lunch is provided each day, so all you have to do is sit back, relax and learn how to sew with Gloria!