Monday, October 24, 2011

Snap Happy Bag Class

Before I show you pictures from the Snap Happy pouch class...

Did you know that we have a Flickr group now? Join our group and post pictures of anything Lickety Stitch Quilts related. Fabrics you've purchased here. Quilts that Karen has quilted. Clothing and accessories from patterns you bought from us. Anything!

The Snap Happy Bag Class we had a couple weeks ago was a great success. We had 5 people attend & leave with some beautiful pouches. The fun thing about the Snap Happy bags are that they have a secure closure & no zippers! Instead they use a couple pieces of carpenter's tape measure to keep the pouch/pockets closed. Check out more Snap Happy fun here.

Pieces cut & measuring

Cutting it up in more than one way. :D

Free motion quilting

First one finished!

Another finished pouch

Love the meander quilting and the western fabric!

Thanks everyone for attending and be on the lookout for more classes and our upcoming open house.

Halloween Fabric

Anyone else counting down the days to Halloween? (7)

To celebrate this fun day most of our Halloween fabrics, patterns, & kits are 30%-50% off. Sorry, glow-in-the-dark fabric is not included. Shop now because supplies are very limited!

Today we have a chenille class going on so be ready for lots of great pictures later in the week.

Monday, October 17, 2011

New Arrivals

Be sure to check out our newest arrivals. 10% off through Monday, October 24th.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Make it With Wool

Have you heard of the Make it With Wool competition? It is a nation-wide competition "to promote the beauty and versatility of wool fabrics & yarns".

Skirt & coat set made by Karen Wisseman, owner & operator of this fabulous shop!

Our local (county) competition is coming up in about a month. The winners will then go on to the state competition in December & whoever wins state will go onto the national finals in Arizona at the beginning of next year.

You should definitely check out the news & events page from this year. It's got some great stories about this year's winners.

The skirt

I really have no idea what I'm getting myself into yet, but I have a couple things planned so we'll see how it all pans out.

And remember how we were talking about chenille the other day? Look at this beautiful chenille coat Karen made with 4 layers of beautiful wool.

Past winner of the Wyoming state Make it With Wool competition

Close-up. Aren't those waves lovely?

Closure at the neck

Each of the participants also get a bit of Pendleton wool. Yes please!

Below, the plaid is a piece Karen won recently & she will be pairing it with the light tan colored wool for another fun skirt & top combo this year.

If you've never done this, but want to participate contact your state MIWW representative and get sewing!

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Little Apples Quilt Kit Winner!

The winner is.....#43  Amanda from Little Treasures by Amanda!  Congratulations!  We'll get your package sent out this week.

Be sure to check out our new Flickr group.  All pictures involving Lickety Stitch Quilts (quilting, fabric, patterns) are welcome!

Chenille Pillows

Having you seen Chenille pillows before?  They are so beautiful & soft and simple to make.  

Pillows made from Daydreams II.

All you need is 2 panels of the same print, your sewing machine, & a chenille cutter.  Stack the panels together so both are right side up (wrong side of one touching right side of the other).  Match up the prints & pin in place. 

Decide what width you would like to use.  The further the stitch lines are from each other the longer the chenille will be.  Sewing on the bias, stitch your first line so that it goes through the center of the panel.  This will help prevent the fabrics from shifting while you sew.  Continue sewing parallel lines at your predetermined width until you reach the end.  Turn your fabric &, starting from the center and working out again, sew until the other side is completed.  You will have both panels sewn together with many parallel lines stitched diagonally across the panels.  

Grab your chenille cutter and, following the manufacturers instructions, cut the top layer only between each of the rows.  Once all that is done wash & dry your panel to give it that fluffy look.

Now turn it into something fun!  You could make new pillows for the couch, a wall hanging or cozy quilt for a gift, or even a fun bag to carry around and show of your new sewing skills.  

Have fun!

Close-up of chenille.

For those of you who live locally we will be holding a chenille class on Monday, October 24th from 1-4 pm.  Visit our website for more details.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Wanna Win...?


For our final Grand Opening giveaway one winner will receive a Little Apples Project Kit, which includes 1 Little Apples Layer Cake, 1/2 yd of Tortoises in Aqua for binding, & a quilt pattern.

Close-up of binding fabric. Aren't they cute??

Also, all Little Apples fabrics, pre-cuts, & the kit are 10% off from today until October 10th.

How to enter (leave a comment for each entry):

1. Visit our Fabrics by Collection page & tell us, if money were no object what would you buy today!

2. Become a follower or be one already (leave a comment).

3. Follow us on Twitter & share our giveaway (be sure to leave your Twitter name in your comment).

The giveaway will be open until Wednesday, October 12th, when I return from The Sewing Summit. The winner will be chosen by a random number generator. Good luck!!!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Sew Simple...


Do all these triangles scare the heck out of you? Well, Karin Hellaby developed the perfect solution. The Sew Simple Pineapple truly is sew simple!

Here's part of the demo we show our customers who visit the shop.
Place 2 squares of the same size right sides together. Mark an X corner to corner on the block that will be the first ring.

Stitch your 1/4" seam all the way around the square. Seriously, all the way around!

Carefully clip along the X & press open. This is the beginning of your pineapple.

Cut your next square & mark the X.

Place the new square onto your pineapple and repeat.

See the pineapple taking shape?

Continue adding squares until you reach the desired size. Sew Simple Pineapple will give you accurate square measurements to help you with sizing.

And here's a video for Karin's Pineapple Plus:

And... this (and all our books) are 25% off until October 3rd. Go now!