sewing studio

December at Stitch

Whew! – what a whirlwind December has been !  We’ve had so much fun teaching our students many new skills! Birthday parties, Girl Scout troups & lots of fun classes for kids have really kept us busy! We have made a few changes to accomodate larger classes and have added an area for parents to relax while their kids learn,too!

Sewing Bootcamp- our most popular class for new seamsters is offered monthly on Saturday mornings.  This is a 3- week series for beginners – or to refresh your sewing skills.  Learn Sewing machine basics, make a pillow and a pair of PJ pants! This is a great class for kids to learn about their new machines! Saturdays, 10-noon. Ages 8 & up

Fashion Series for Girls is an ongoing fashion sewing class where students sketch, sew & chat fashion!  Last month they made circle skirts. This month we had a “jacket challenge”  Students all made a simple design jacket using sweatshirt fleece, then they added extras to make it their personal style! Thursdays, 6:30-8:15pm Ages 10-13

Sewing for Kids is an after school sewing session, where kids learn sewing skills and make all kinds of fun stuff!  Bags, apparel, stuffies, pillows and more!  They are encouraged to bring their own machine to get to know it as they learn new techniques. Last month they made Fashion applique totes that were quilted with a bow applique, corduroy skater skirts, plushies & pillows!  Fridays, 3:45-5:45. Ages 8-10.

Crafty Ninjas are fun classes for the younger crowd! Make a fun socktapus or fabric snake. Ages 5 & up, check the calendar for dates.

Gift Certificates are great gift ideas – give an experience – the gift of learning!

Here are a few photos of what we’ve been up to!  Love these kids! xox

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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. 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!