Thursday, March 29, 2012

Paper Pieced Rose Pillow Class

If you enjoy Tammie's fun classes (and clear teaching style), reserve your space for her Paper Pieced Rose Pillow class.  Beautiful, isn't it?
Sunday, April 22nd from 10-1 (some knowledge of basic paper piecing is recommended.)

Monday, March 26, 2012

New Classes Added!

Close up of Miki's Bodacious Bargello quilt!  How awesome is this?
Have you always wanted to take a bargello class?  Have you wondered what you can create with all of the fantastic jelly rolls and charm packs that are on the market these days? (many that have arrived at StitchCraft, including holiday themes).  Check out the two new classes added to our Spring calendar.  Miki and Suzanne will be teaching these classes respectively.  Reserve now, as spaces are limited.  

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

For the LOVE of Fabric and Embroidery

I just came back from a day-long training in Orlando with the Baby Lock region for the launch and training of their new Embroidery Works software.  (Their tag line is "For the love of sewing" and they have done a little cheer in the past, so it is on my mind.)  The software is phenomenal!  As we have only been a Baby Lock Elite dealer since we moved into our new space, our knowledge and training is fresh.  So when I watched the new software at work - combining many of the programs I have recently learned all rolled up into one easy to use format, I was oohing and ahhhhing!

While I won't rattle on about details now, I will tell you that if embroidery is something that you have been doing for a while or just wanting to try, this is the product for you!  And if your computer has internet capabilities, it automatically checks for updates like your other computer programs - woohoo!  I have the software to demo in the shop now and have already ordered it for the shop - so it should be in this week!  I think I will have a little lecture/demo for everyone who may be interested in starting with embroidery software or expanding what they have.

On the fabric side - before I headed up to central Florida yesterday, UPS delivered several boxes from Westminster Fibers - Kaffe Fassett and his partners have new spring fabric that is the best I have seen in a while (and I love love all of the Kaffe fabrics).  Plus new charm squares and design rolls (jelly rolls).  
Also in, more white on white fabrics (we needed them!)  And it's only Tuesday!   Happy quilting, sewing, and embroidering!!

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Calendar Planning (Choices Choices!)

We can't believe March is halfway over!  Where did the Winter go (did we really have one?)  Our 'season' here in Florida was a busy one and we couldn't be happier.  We met so many wonderful quilters and sewing enthusiasts from all over the world - it was such a treat!  One of the saddest things we have to do each Spring is say 'so long' to our seasonal friends who head back up north for the summer months.  We miss them but take comfort knowing that they will soon return (and maybe we will have the opportunity to visit them at their other home.)  Boca Raton and the area fortunately has a rather large and growing year-round community and we take advantage of the lessened traffic and available seats in restaurants.  When it is too hot to play golf all day and our visiting friends and family are demanding less of our time to go out, we take the time to enjoy our hobbies and indoor activities.   So, give yourself time to take some classes and participate in workshops at StitchCraft after the Easter/Passover holidays are behind us.

StitchCraft is made up of the most talented staff of creative women, and we are planning on sharing our skills with you in the form of more classes big and small in the coming months.  Miki and Raine have taught some amazing quilt classes this year - their students'  results have been stunning.  We are thinking about adding bargello, Butter Charm and Jelly, a french braid Christmas tree skirt, hand and more!  Shirley will be teaching sewing, Pat has embroidery and computer on her horizons, and Suzanne has been creating samples including a jelly roll/charm pack friendly quilt and a crazy quilted laptop case.  If you have been wanted to see what art quilting is all about, Johanna will have some inexpensive surface design workshops for you to come and play!  Also, scrappy quilting is fun and popular - so how about a string quilt?  Don't forget Tammie's Quickies.  When she teaches a project you finish (and they fill up fast).  All classes will be posted on the Calendar tab on this website and I am sure we will send out emails, too!  Stay tuned!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Salt Air - Fresh Fabric

New in from Moda Fabrics - Salt Air by Cosmo Cricket.  Think salt water taffy by the shore.  
Charm packs, jelly rolls and layer cakes available (while supplies last.)

(more patterns and colors available)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Road Trip!

Saturday was the start of our Second Saturday Ten Buck BOM and it was fantastic!  We embarked on our 'Road Trip', the theme of our year long block of the month.  This mystery sampler with two color way choices will meet monthly with lots of fun at each gathering.
Raine had so much fun planned in her well-organized presentation.  She had everyone captivated and certainly laughing!
(and we know we can hold a crowd with plenty of chairs for all).  We can't wait to see where our next stop on the road trip will be.  Can you guess?

Friday, March 9, 2012

Spring Ahead with Baby Lock!

Saturday night is the beginning of daylight savings time - more time to quilt and sew each day!  Start your spring with a Baby Lock sewing machine, embroidery machine or serger!

Baby Lock national Educator Susan Zellers will be at StitchCraft Friday March 9 and Saturday March 10 to show you all of the new and exciting things you can do with the Baby Lock line of top notch machines. Baby Lock also has a special offer this Spring - a serger with the patented Jet Air threading system for $999!   Come in and see what is new and exciting!  Already a Baby Lock enthusiast?  Come by and say Hi and get any questions answered.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Hello Cupcake! (and Mother Nature)

Ahhhh.  I  am creatively recharged after spending a few days at Art and Soul Retreat in Virginia taking art classes.  I did some dying, weaving, soldering and more.  And came back to StitchCraft to find a whole bunch of delectable new fabrics!
Wow!! Yum!! Memories of my youth! (where I would tear off the top and save it for last).  New fabric just out from the Kanvas division of Benartex.   Hmmmm.  Placemats, table cloths, aprons, potholders, shopping tote, pillow case for sweet dreams.....

Also just in from the same wonderful fabric line,
Gorgeous daisies and realistic green grass.
Also in are many new batiks from Hoffman.  Gorgeous brights and rich pastels plus wonderful earth tones. I have never seen a Hoffman batik fabric that I didn't like.  These new bolts did not disappoint.  Come in and see what is new.