New at Stitch – Modern Patchwork Club











Not so sure of your sewing skills, but want to quilt?

Do you…

  • Want to learn about Modern Quilting, but not so much traditional ?
  • Consider yourself a beginner at quilting ?
  • Want to learn the basics ?
  • Want to learn how to choose “Modern” colorways ?
  • Love all the modern quilts you see online ? (ahem-Pinterest!)
  • Want to join a fun sewing club  for beginners ?

Meet at Stitch each month for a sewing date with a modern twist!  Bring your machine and stitch a modern block, meet other beginner seamsters – get inspired & have some fun!  Some machine sewing experience is suggested, such as winding your bobbin & threading your machine so you don’t get lost in the dust!  (If you’re an absolute beginner we suggest Sewing 101 – hobo tote bag offered each month.)

Our first “Date” is October 12th, 6-9pm  –  we’re really excited to get started and we have some fun plans up our sleeves, too!  We have an event page on Facebook, so be sure to friend us and rsvp!

$10 fee includes a lesson and kit for a new block each month and a drawing ticket for a sewing notion!  We’ll be using the book,  The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman as  reference – it’s an excellent guide for beginners, and it has tons of cool patterns, too!  (Let us know if you would like to reserve a copy)

Space is limited (it gets very cozy here-quickly!) so be sure to call ahead and reserve your space at least 2 days in advance!  Plan on bringing your machine, be sure it’s in good working condition. (bobbins, scissors & pins, too)  Bring your ideas, too, because it’s your club!

We’re looking forward to sharing our quilty enthusiasm with newbie quilters and hope you can make it !





Amy and David Butler Rock!

Thanks to everyone that made it over to our place to help us welcome textile designer and power couple, Amy and David Butler. We had an amazing time! We are so appreciative of all of you!

In case you are not aware… The amazing Mrs. Butler is a wonderfully creative textile designer who’s fabrics are a favorite here at Stitch. Mr. Butler’s fabric line, Parson Gray is also becoming quite a hit and can be found at our shop!

Amy and David arrived fashionably late… We teased them about it later saying that they had done so on purpose to create more fanfare. It worked! We were all thrilled to see them! It worked out perfectly because everyone had an opportunity to choose new fabrics and purchase books, magazines, and patterns for Amy and David to sign.

We rocked out to music by David’s band, the Black Owls. They are amazing – give them a listen! He even left us some CD’s… swoon..

The Butlers were so generous with their time. They spoke with each person in line and made an inspiring impression on our younger visitors! Thank you to Amy and David for your time and for being so gracious!

All of the pictures in this post are from Amy’s facebook page… whoa! She posted about us! xo.

Summer Camps are filling fast!!!  But-there are still a few openings, so don’t drag your feet.  Available are the weeks of  July 10-13 and August 7-10.  And don’t forget Friday afternoon sewing for Kids & Teens starting June 29th…Stitchy Goodness!  Projects include capris and matching top, headbands & shoulder bags to match!

You showed some love & voted for us! XOX


Hey, all you lovely seamsters out there…you showed your love and
helped us reach 250 votes on the Mission: Small Business℠ page to get closer to qualifying for a $250,000 Grant. Now, we wait for a decision from  a panel of judges, we certainly hope they fall in love with us!!  (how could they not, right??)  Send some positive karma our way!!

Your votes really meant alot, thank you to all who took the time to vote- we really really really appreciate it!  Friends is what it’s all about, right?  And you showed that we have lots!  yay!

So, if we are awarded this Grant, we have lots of plans churning in our creative little brains…and they will all benefit you!   More fabrics, more notions & patterns, more machines to play with and more space for classes.  Yes, our fingers are still crossed !!  It’s a long shot, but hey, ya don’t know if ya don’t try, right??

We hope  you also took advantage of our recent Groupon offer.  The group class schedule will be up soon, with lots of fun projects.  We’re just finishing our 2nd week of Summer Sewing Camp – it has been so much fun!!  If you missed it, we still have a few spots available in the July and August camps, so give us a call if you’re interested.  The girls made capris, peasant tops, headbands, shoulder bags and coin purses – by the end of the week everyone knew how to wind bobbins, thread their machines, hem, insert elastic and their favorite – the spray starch!  There were many jealous moms who want  Mom Sewing Camp!!!  hmm, there’s a thought!!  We’re also offering Kids & Teens sewing club on Friday afternoons until August.

Remember to mark your calendars for Amy & David Butler’s visit on August 4th.  Please register by July 30th.  With pre-registration you’ll be entered into a drawing for a special prize!  We’ll have several  drawings during her visit, too — so don’t miss the fun!

Summer is buzzing by uber fast, stop in and check out our new fabrics-we have lots of Kona solids and Amy Butler’s Lark collection as well as Parson Grey’s Curious Nature. PS, the air is on and it’s nice and cool !  : )

Heidi & Megan…and Minnie, too   XOXOXOXOXOXOX with sugar on top!



Kids & Teen sewing – get stitchy  each Friday starting on June 29 and continuing thru the summer.  Learn to sew and make some cool stuff, too!  1:00-4 pm.


Last Minute Gift Workshop

Time is flying by isn’t it?  Still a few names to cross off your list ??  Teachers, sitters, hostesses?   We’ve scheduled a last minute workshop for those special giftees on you list.

The Dressform pincushion is a must for your seamster friends-they will be thrilled to have her on their sewing table and think of you with each pin they carefully place!  (Also an excellent dresser top jewelry keeper!)  The Wine tote is an  excellent hostess gift and goes well with “two buck chuck”!  The gift card wallet is always a good “gift wrap”, and you know it will be used afterwards for all those punchcards or business cards we all gather!

Join us for a fun night of sewing, your machine will love the company!  You’ll receive all three patterns, and we’ll have fabric kits available for each project, too!  How easy is that?  Last Minute Gift Workshop, Wed Dec 14, 11am-2 OR Thursday eve, Dec 15, 6-9pm.  $45.

Don’t have time to sew them yourself?  Don’t worry, the elves at Stitch Cleveland happily accept special orders !

Hang the flag!

Wow, is summer really half way over already??  I’m still sewing my sundresses!

New Amy Butler fabrics have arrived, her newest collection, Soul Blossom really rocks with color!!  We’ll have her trunk show on display in September starting with an evening social…and in the Spring, Amy herself will be visiting again!!!

Have a Happy 4th of July, fireworks, parades & family.  Enjoy the day!

Quilts for Japan

The other day I finally brought one of my quilts home to use, they seem to be decorating the shop nicely-but can you believe I didn’t have one at home to curl up in myself?

As I sat on the couch all snuggly in my quilt, I thought how nice and cozy it felt.  Watching the news and seeing the devastation in Japan, all the helpless children, all the babies, families and friends torn apart, I thought isn’t there something I can do that might help even just one sad little child?

I thought of Rex, and how he snuggles up in  the quilts I’ve made him, I pulled up my quilt, it felt so good, hmmm, how could I send a quilt to Japan, that might be nice.

I opened my laptop and in checking my email I opened this one, a newsletter from Bernina, …talk about being on the same wavelength!  I love when that happens.

Bernina USA Sewing Trends Blog –


1000 Quilts for Japan

Here’s a note from Luana Rubin, quilter, fabric designer,

co-founder of eQuilter, and BERNINA National Artisan:

I was in Japan at the end of January for the Tokyo Quilt

Festival and am still trying to comprehend the scope of the

recent disaster.  Here I am with Keiko Goke in her booth

at the Tokyo Quilt Festival. Keiko is a quilt artist, author,

teacher, and fabric designer.

She lived in Sendai when the earthquake and tsunami hit.

She survived the event, but her community is devastated.

equilter.com is partnering with Mission of Love to deliver

one or more shipments of disaster relief supplies (medical,

educational, and basic needs) and donated comfort quilts, to the people

of Japan. Through Misson of Love’s participation in the Denton Program,

they have a commitment from the commander of an Air Force base

in California to ship the supplies and quilts

from the US to Japan.


EQuilter is located in Youngstown, Ohio!  The deadline is May 7th,

I think we can round up some quilts, don’t you??  We need to receive

them at Stitch Cleveland by Tuesday, May 3 to be shipped to

Mission of Love, who is also located in Youngstown.   They are asking for

quilts no larger than 60″, perfect!

Stitch Cleveland will be giving 10% off coupons to each person bringing

in a quilt for Japan.  Charity quilts are a super way to try out different

quilt patterns, and not to mention a great way to put all those fabric

scraps to good use.  We’ll take photos of all the quilts and share them

at our next Modern Quilt Social on May 5th.

And, hey, this would also qualify for your part in an Earth Day Project!!  So, get stitching!



Quilted Pillow class

Tomorrow night we’re making Chopped Vegetables…that’s a pattern for a quilted pillow not a Weight Watcher snack!  It’s really a fun technique, there are 4 different styles in the pattern by Elizabeth Hartman.   There are a few openings left in the class Tuesday evening, call if you’re interested!

Playing with different colorways is the fun part, and also the quilting itself!  You’ll want to make tons in all colors, and this is a great project for using your favorite fabrics  in your stash, too!  I love how the line stitching transforms the fabric and gives it a whole different personality.  You’ll see this straight line stitching in many new patterns, books & magazines.

Sewing Perks and February Classes

Sewing Perks!  Share the inspiration of your local sewing lounge, Stitch Cleveland.  Sign up for a class  with a friend and you’ll each get $10 off.  Your friends will love you for it!  Group Classes only, now  thru Feb 28.


These little Sarubobo have been playing all over the store this week.  You’ve seen them circling little satin pincushions, now learn how to make them and embellish all kinds of stuff with their cuteness.  They make adorable nursery mobiles hanging from ribbons…in  bright and fun colors.  An excellent use for those little pieces of fabric you just can’t part with!  Sarubobo Nursery Mobile, February 15, 6-9pm.

See our list of classes here.  We offer workshops in Accessories, Quilting and Garment sewing, too.  Classes include Alterations Clinic, Free Motion Sewing, Improvisational Quilting, Easy Peasy Quilt, Sewing Your First Skirt, Sewing with Knits (dress, tunic & skirt), Quilted Pillow Top, Grommet Bag, Absolute Beginner and more!  Need to get out of the house?  Come on in and sew with us, we have plenty of room and inspiration, too!  Studio time by the hour is  a great cure for cabin fever!  If the schedule doesn’t work with yours, private lessons are the solution!

StitchByHand  Thursday evening, 6-8pm (free)  Join us for an evening of social sewing.  I have a hand quilting frame I”ve been wanting to use, so I will demo how to frame a small quilt to stitch by hand.  You’ve probably seen hand stitching on items from stores like Anthropologie and World Market – it’s very calming, I call it stitch therapy!!  Join us!

Turn Cleveland (RED)

The AIDS free generation is due in 2015.

Cleveland is one of more than 30 cities in the United States that will light their most distinctive landmarks in red today  joining New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Miami, Seattle and others.  The lightings will highlight the attainable goal of ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV by 2015, creating the first generation of babies born HIV-free in 30 years.  Today at 5:30, see the Rock Hall turn (RED).

In honor of this event, Stitch Cleveland has joined forces with Nightsweats & T-cells and MetroHealth to create a quilt to commemorate Cleveland’s participation in this event.  This quilt will be joined with others in a larger quilt to be on display at the 2014 Gay Games in Cleveland.

In addition to the landmark lightings, (RED) partners Starbucks and Dell will make special added contributions to the Global Fund from purchases made on and during the week of World AIDS Day. Starbucks will contribute 5 cents/5 p for every handcrafted beverage purchased in participating stores in the U.S., Canada, U.K. and Ireland on December 1; Dell will be doubling their contributions on (PRODUCT)RED™ items  in the U.S. and the U.K. for the full week of November 29 – December 3.  Converse will also be recognizing World AIDS Day, by turning their newly launched flagship retail stores on Newbury Street in Boston and in SoHo in New York City (RED).

For more information on (RED), please visit www.joinred.com.

Now,  go get a Starbucks, buy a new Dell or get a new pair of Converse, won’t an AIDS free generation be awesome?

Sewn Gingerbread House

I was going to bake a Gingerbread House, but I would really like to fit in my jeans through the holidays!

So, I thought of this.  Wouldn’t a whole village be cool?  You can even make them with open doors and place them over the train track!  This was actually inspired by a project from  Quilting Arts Gifts, 2008/9.   I added some embellishment with the ball fringe, metallic thread and fur yarn.  It was really fun!!  Join me to make one of your own,  this Sunday, 12-3.  Workshop is $45 and includes most supplies, bring your baubles to make it even more special!

I’ve been inspired by many of the Holiday Catalogs arriving lately, haven’t you?  Why is it that I take the challenge of making everything I see instead of just ordering it??  It must be from my Dad, who is a carpenter by trade, perhaps it’s just the challenge of my “maker” blood.  Paging through Anthropologie, or just wandering through World Market, I get so many ideas, don’t you?  Other workshops “inspired by” include a holiday banner, a knit hat constructed from an upcycled sweater and embellished armwarmers.

Oh, and don’t forget to join us for FREE SEW this Saturday (1-3:00) , where I’ll be sharing ideas for reusable gift bags.

Give Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! We’re very thankful to have so many wonderful customers and students, and wish each and every one of you a wonderful Holiday Season.   Take  time to give hugs and thanks to those near and far and enjoy the holiday season.

Can you believe how fast this year has gone…the holidays already??? yikes, all those plans of shopping early and  starting giftmaking in July, well…the holidays are upon us!  And now it’s time to get down to business.  One month to go til Christmas, dust off your sewing machines and Give Handmade.

We will be closed on Black Friday to spend the day with our families.  We will be open on Saturday 10am-4pm.

Catwalk New York 1

While I’m still in NY, I wanted to share this cool event with you, Sidewalk Catwalk.

Here I am hamming it up with one of the mannequins wearing a design by the fabulous Nanette Lepore.

They were all amazing and fun to see upclose.

Megan is holding down the fort til I return this week, stop in to see the new fabrics that have arrived.

Laminates and voiles, I can’t wait to get home and sew!!!                   -heidi

Free pattern for the Coziest Ever…Infinity scarf

This will keep you warm when the winds            and snow hit, wrap it around your neck and      pull it up over your head when Cleveland            weather gets really mean!   Also an                      excellent holiday   gift, one size fits all!  It’s      a fairly quick knit  so you can still get a              couple made for next  week.

Yarn: Lambs Pride Bulky (3 skeins)

Circular size 17 needle
Finished measurement approx 15″ x 58″
Cast on 132 stitches, knit every row (back           and forth) for about 15″ or 23-25 ridges,          leave about 11 yards of yarn for bind off and  seaming.
Bind off, ease a little so this edge is not too tight.  Seam short ends together.  Block with steam, this sets the stitches and flattens the fabric a bit giving it a nice drape.  Written by Heidi.
Happy Knitting!!


Skirts, Jackets and vests…You’ve got to add these to your wardrobe!!  Learn how to fit & construct new garments.  The best thing about sewing for yourself is that  you can make it just the way YOU want it!

We haven’t forgotten all those garments in your closet either – I know, they’re too long, too tight, or maybe too loose!  Join the Alterations Clinic and learn how to alter and update them all.

Or maybe embellish them!  Love that Anthropologie look and all those details on the stuff at Urban Outfitters?  That black sweater is great, but just too plain?  Cool skirt, but nothing special?  We’ve got lots of ideas up our sleeves for these!  Applique, hem finishes, details!

After School Sewing…pillows and PJ’s are on our list for this month.   Crochet, too!  Beginner and Amigurumi – you know, those cute crochet animals…learn how to make them, they’re easy once you get the hang of it.

Find all times and dates on the Class tab above.  Got a crazy schedule?   Set up a couple private lessons with us instead.

See you at the show…

We are participating in a show in neighboring Rocky River to benefit the cheerleaders at Rocky River High School. Stop in and say hey! We’ll have lots of new things for sale there including sock monkeys, knit and crochet necklaces, and bags! Jessica from Big Pink Heart will be at our booth also with her great stuffed owls and new gnomes and babushka girlies… see you there!