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.

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 Stocking Workshop 1

These stockings are very addicting!   As you finish one, you’ll already be      planning the next one, and who couldn’t use another stocking??

I think one in every room to coordinate with the decor would  add just the right touch of Holiday Spirit throughout the house!!  Stripes of fabulouse prints ( I love the new black/white that just arrived) stitching in contrasting threads and stitches-gold & silver, too!  And a touch of Santa fur to top off the toe!  December 7th, 6-9pm, supply list includes embellishments of your choice(bits of ribbons, buttons, trims, etc).  Can’t fit it in??  Schedule a private lesson and make one, or two, or three….

Free Motion Workshop

Once you try your hand at Free Motion, make this cool bag and get some experience under your belt right away!  This roomy bag features your choice of inside pockets, grommets, circle applique, a nice squared bottom , and we do have a limited supply of this fabric available!  Numbers, small prints, pure & simple words, sweet!  Purchase when you sign up.  This size is great for knitting projects, sewing projects or even a diaper bag!  …and looks awesome in Amy Butler prints, too!

March 27, 10am-2pm.  You’ll want to have some practice with free motion before starting this project, learn at our  demo/try-it class on the 14th,  or call to arrange a one-on-one.  Please register by March 25th.  See ya there!

Join our new Burdastyle Club meeting on the 2nd Saturday starting in April.

Check the classes we have planned for March & April, too!

Free Motion Quilting 2

Try your hand at free motion, yep, get loose and stitch all over everything!  Once you try it you will want to quilt every project you make!  This is a demo/hands on class, so you’ll see a demonstration of the technique and we’ll have several machines set up so you can try your hand at it.  It’ll be lots of fun so be sure not to miss it.  It seems everyone is interested in this technique!  March 14, 1-3:00 pm $15. (please register by March 11)

We’ll be taking sign-ups during the demo for the  workshop  scheduled later in the month where we’ll be making a quilted bag, the sample is almost done! If you’ve ever taken a class with us, you know how much fun it is to spend an afternoon at Stitch.  Friends + sewing = fun at Stitch!

Join our Burdastyle Sewing Club , we’ll be meeting monthly on the 2nd Saturday starting April 3rd.

Check our classes page for updates on classes scheduled for February and March.

Cosmetic Bag Workshops

IMG_6649Quilted Cosmetic Bag

These cosmetic bags are addictive!  Learn several techniques including how to quilt your fabric.  This months quilted  cosmetic bag workshop is Thursday evening, August 13th, 6-9pm.  Call ahead to register.  Cost is $35 and includes all supplies.  Cool deal!


Applique Cosmetic bag

These bags are the coolest project to learn different techniques aren’t they?  Adding another technique to your file with this personalized bag is applique.  In this workshop you will learn how to apply an applique and contrast trim along the bottom of the bag to give it a personal touch.  I know someone who would love one of these for her birthday & I’m sure you know someone, too!!  This workshop is offered Thursday evening, August 20th, 6-9pm.  Cost is $35 which includes all supplies.

Stitchin’ up some color

Art Quilt                      Tuesday,  August 18th & 25th,   6:00-8:30pm


Does your sewing machine have an assortment of stitches?  Ever wonder what you’ll ever use them all on??  This project is an excellent  stitch sampler, you will experiment with the stitches on your machine  to create this “art quilt”.  You’ll also have several options for finishing.

If you don’t have a sewing machine of your own, don’t let that stop you- we have machines available for classes, just let us know when you register for the class.  $60, kit fee.

Rainy day sewing

Rainy days are the best for sewing aren’t they??  Saturday morning we were thinking just that.  Check out these awesome  baskets made in this weeks Soft Basket class.  We had a great time sewing & watching the rain through the front windows.  And it did help that Blackbird had sticky buns and fresh coffee!!

IMG_0713Coordinating some old fabrics from fabric stashes and new fabrics  from our store, ducks, birds, flowers and prints-they each have a  personality of their own, don’t they?

In this class we learned an  easy technique on how to insert a round bottom, channel  quilting, how to apply a band, and handles.  The handles are  pre-made of heavy duty canvas with contrast topstitching to give  a utilitarian look to the basket, you could also make the handles  of a contrast fabric to give it a different look-all these options are  discussed in class.


Warm summer evenings are also great for sewing!

Check out these students and their projects from last Thursday nights Quilted Cosmetic Bags class.Can you tell we had fun?  We learned how to quilt, insert a zipper, made a loop handle and a cool zipper pull accent, too!


IMG_6503I was so inspired I made another one the next morning using Amy Butler home dec fabric to match my laptop cover.

Look for these classes on the schedule for August

The finished quilt 2

Here is a photo of the finished quilt,  just in time for Megan’s shower, too-yay!  Which, was lots of fun by the way.  The guests each decorated a onesie for the baby, an update on that with photos coming soon!


Mark your calendars for Amy Butler’s visit on Friday evening, April 17th.  We have some fun stuff planned for all you fabric junkies!  Enter your projects in our Amy Butler Groupie trunk Show which will be on displayin the store from  April 10th thru April 23rd.  Stop in the store for a participation form.


What Heidi’s been up to…

Heidi’s been sewing and knitting like a madwoman for her soon to arrive grandson.  In case you haven’t heard, her daughter, Megan, is expecting her first baby in March.  First grandchild, yes, we’re all sewing, knitting and crocheting like crazy!!  We’re makers, and just can’t help it, it’s just what we do.  

This week, she started a quilt…

This is the quilt top, it will have a narrow border and free-motion stitching will be applied, similar to the rocket quilt that is on display in the store.  


Are these not the most adorable booties you’ve ever seen?  These are from Amy Butler’s new book, Little Stitches for Little Ones.  And by the way, Amy will be visiting us April 17th, details on that event to be posted soon.


And some knitting, too.  This weather is great for knitting and these small projects go quick!!  On her needles now is the baby Einstein bunting from Sally Melville , and on her hook is the Babette blanket from Interweave Press. 

And by the way, you can learn all of these techniques at Stitch Cleveland, because that’s what we do!  

Fall Class Schedule

New fall classes are now forming, learn some new techniques and have fun doing it!! (Bring along a friend!) Samples for all classes are now in the store. See more details on the schedule. Remember, we also offer private lessons in sewing, patternmaking, felting, spinning, etc.  For more info or to register for classes call us at 216-220-4808.

  • Free Motion Sewing — Friday October 24th, 12:30-2:30
  • Babette Blanket (crochet) — Saturday, October 25th and Nov. 1st, 1-3:00 pm
  • Quilted Bag Techniques — Tuesday November 4th, 10am-1pm
  • Piecing workshop — Friday, November 7th 11:30-2:30
  • E Bag Saturday — November 8th, 12-3pm & Friday, November 21st, 11am-2pm
  • Wine Gift Bag — Thursday, November 6th, 6-8pm &  Tuesday, November 11th, 12:00-2pm
  • Amigurumi (crochet toys) — Saturday, October 25th, 11am-12:30pm

Stitch Cleveland will be closed on Sunday, October 19, 2008. We will be attending the Wearable Art Fashion Show & Boutique, a benefit for CMA Textile Acquisition Fund with Textile Art Alliance.  For more info visit www.clevelandart.org/taa.  We’ll be open Saturday til 4pm.

River Colors will remain open on Sunday.