modern quilting

Join us for Modern Patchwork Night

IMG_19642nd Fridays  at Stitch we  meet for  Modern Patchwork Night.  This month we’ll be stitching flying geese blocks.

Using solids in contemporary combinations and straight line stitching in contrasting thread,  traditional blocks have a whole new look!

Join us on 2nd Friday nights and learn an easy method of making this block.  Bring your machine for this stitchy evening-we like to sew while we learn!  Other things you might want to bring would be a 6″x12″ acrylic ruler, rotary cutter, neutral color thread and fabric marker. Fabric & batting is included.  This block is also featured in the Jan/Feb GenerationQ magazine which just arrived in the store!

6pm. $10, RSVP required (call us at 216-220-4808)

Stitching in Circles at Modern Patchwork Club

Ever wonder how to stitch in concentric circles?  Your machine most likely has a special attachment for doing this, which makes it super easy – but you can also use a tack, tape & a piece of cardboard to do the same thing!!  We did just that this week at Modern Patchwork Club and here are the results!


Everyone impressed themselves with this technique .  Join us monthly to learn the basics of quilting and make fun projects such these fun round trivets as practice!  Next month, we’ll be meeting on September 13th and will be learning the snowball block.


Hope you can join us next month for some stitchy fun!  Modern Patchwork Club meets monthly, you can join at any time.Bring your machine and have some fun with us!  $10 RSVP required.

We also have a  Quilting Basics class scheduled on August 17th, 10am-noon.  Call to register 216-220-4808.

Stitchy Goodness awaits!!


Make a Happy Day Bunting to hang for your summer parties!  Wed, 11am-2.  Or, an easy Baby Quilt for that little someone special, Thursday, 6-9pm.  Both are beginner projects and finish in a wink!  Well, almost a wink!

Inventory your sewing room 1

For years I’ve been wanting to inventory my sewing room. Patterns, fabric, notions… Everything. It would be great to have a file at my fingertips that I can look through when choosing my next project instead of having to dig through my closets and bins. Also, for those of you who own businesses where you need to purchase fabric and notions, it is necessary to know what purchases you’ve made for the year to appropriately claim them on your taxes at the end of the year.

I figure there are two ways to go about this: physical or digital.

I like the idea of having samples of my fabrics clipped to inventory cards in a physical file that I can look through. I came across one at crafty staci. She even has a free printable for the inventory card available for you to download and some great suggestions on how to put them into action!

If you’re looking for a more ‘at your fingertips’ solution you can try one of the many apps available. I’ve been using one for my iPhone called Sewing Room. It allows you to scan the barcode on all patterns from major pattern companies to enter them into your inventory. A picture pops up along with all the details! You can even enter your own notes. This app also lets you take pictures of each of your fabrics and enter lots of identifying information to accompany it in your digital inventory. You can also make lists of people you’d like to sew for and projects you’re working on! I really like that I can enter in where I bought my items and how much I paid. Don’t worry – even if your pattern collection includes lesser known designers and companies, you can enter them manually and take your own picture! Can you tell I’m excited about this?

I’m really going to work on this project this week… I’ll let you know how it goes! Has anyone else been working on becoming more organized with their sewing?

Modern Quilting

Have you wanted to try modern quilting, but don’t know where – or how to start?   Join us this Wednesday evening for our popular Easy Peasy Quilt class.  Mix patterns and colors, learn how to piece, quilt and bind.  With a collection of Amy Butler prints in your quilt, you will be the envy of all your stitchy friends!

Yep, from start to finish in 3 weeks.   I will caution you, though, you’ll want to make another as soon as you finish your first one, they are that easy and fun!  Definitely not your traditional quilt, these modern quilts make excellent wedding gifts, baby gifts  & are great for picnics, too!   Wednesdays, June 8, 15 & 23,  6pm-8:30pm.  $90.

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.

I am surrounded by strips of colorful fabrics

Help!  I’m obsessed with quilting this week.  I’m loving the quilt patterns in Malka Dubrawsky‘s book, Fresh Quilting, which you can find in our store.   The colors and designs really are all fresh and simple–and addicting!   I am captured by her techniques and the un-fussiness of everything!  My kind of quilting.

This is what I pieced last night and this morning following guidelines for Nate’s Quilt,  the size is perfect for a wall hanging, 4 groups of 9 blocks, a total of 36 squares.  The combination of prints and solids really appeals to me along with the bold colors, and alternating warms and cools really makes it pop.

The free motion stitching will be icing on the cake.  I love the modern look of  straight stitching round and round in a block, once you get the hang of it you start to experiment with thread colors, which can also add lots of interest.

Stop in to see the finished product, and while you’re here you might want to sign up for the Free Motion Workshop on Feb 19th.  And, don’t forget Sewing Perks!  Sign up with a friend and you both get $10 off!!

MODERN QUILT SOCIAL  Join us for a night out at Stitch!  We’ll be sharing our Modern Quilts, refreshments and we’ll have prizes, too.  Bring your quilts to show off and see what other modern quilters are doing.  It’s not fussy quilting at all, it’s fun and modern!  Thursday evening, March 3, 6-8:30pm  Reservations suggested

Snow day?

I’m finding myself looking forward to being snowed in! I know, I’m strange that way-I just see it as more time to sew!  Each year in January I make a list of new  and different things I’d like to do in the coming year – these will also be reflected in the classes that Megan and I will be scheduling for you here at Stitch Cleveland.  We’re here to motivate your creativity and get those wheels spinning!  …and those machines stitching!

This year I’d like to continue to make clothing-something that comes very natural to me.  I’ll purchase something,  make a pattern from it and sew a couple more in different fabrics and colors, changing some details as I go.  Most often I have just the right fabric in my stash, I love when that happens!  I want to share with you how easy this can be and many of the simple tricks that I use.  Sewing with Knits is on the schedule for March.   This is an advanced- beginner level project that you should for sure try!  Sign up early so you can get your choice of fabric ordered.  The project is an easy to wear tunic that is great to wear with skinny jeans and leggings.  You will love sewing with knits-really!

I hope learning to sew garments is on your list.  It’s fun, and not only sewing for yourself, but for others, too.  I love to sew for my grandson, Rex.   Sewing for kids is very rewarding-you will get compliments to the max!!  (That’s always nice)  Little garments stitch up fast, too, and are fun to add your own touches to make them special.  Megan has been sewing for Rex like crazy!  She’s found some fun patterns and   will be offering Sewing for Toddler classes-and since we work together, you can bring your toddlers in and I’ll keep them occupied while you sew!  I’m very experienced in that area, too!

Another area I’ve added to my list of things to do this year is Modern Quilting.  We’ve just added a quilting machine to our inventory of machines and I am so excited to start playing with it!  I have been quilting for a few years now, and have probably made over 2 dozen quilts, as well as quilted bags and accessories.  I plan on going into more of the modern trend-improvisational quilting.    The Posh Tot Quilt is a fun-and very easy quilt on our schedule this month in 3 sessions.  I have been working on the sample and love it!  The colors-navy, olive green and orange – very bold, and eye catching!  Great colors for a boy quilt!

Well, these are just a few items on my list, what’s on yours?

Oh, and remember- if the class schedule doesn’t work with yours, you can always make any of the class projects in private lessons more convenient to your schedule.   Or, arrange a group lesson with a couple friends-that’s always fun, too!