sewing lounge


OK, so you’ve made bags, totes, quilts &  several pillows.  Now it’s time to start making garments!  Start with a simple skirt – for yourself or maybe for  your daughter.  Skirts with a sweater & tights are perfect for on the go fashion!  A simple skirt can be whipped up in a couple hours-honest!  Tuesday, FEB 28, 6-9pm.


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?


Amy Butler Trunk Show Social 1

Stop in this Friday, Sept 16, 6-9pm for your fix of Amy Butler!  See a fabulous gathering of bags, pillows and garments live and in person, while browsing our selection of patterns and fabrics to add to your fall list of projects!

New fabrics will be arriving this week, including laminates, challis and corduroy. Schedule that private lesson you’ve been putting off all summer or sign up for one of our newly scheduled Tuesday evening group classes – it’s time to schedule “you time”!

Bring or wear something you’ve created using Amy Butler fabrics to show off and receive a 20% off coupon for fabric!  Light refreshments, prize drawings and stitchy goodness awaits!  See you there!

Heidi & Megan oxo


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!

 

 


Make your first quilt with us!  Another Easy Peasy Quilt class starts this Wednesday night, 6-9.  This quilt is a great first project, it works up nice and quick.  You will totally impress yourself with this one.  (3 sessions)


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.


Absolute beginners

But not for long!     These three ladies learned the basics of sewing in one afternoon and each made a decorator pillow, complete with invisible zipper!  They’re planning on meeting at the PJ Sewing Party for their next project, snacks and libations will make it even more fun!

Call us to schedule a girls afternoon or evening out at Stitch, you know you want to!


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!!


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.

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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!


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