Monday, November 14, 2016

Let's Get Organized by Annie

Share in the excitement with us.

Stash and Dash by Annie's
All the staff are making samples for this super cute line by Annie's.

When we are all chipping in and sewing the samples, you know it is something special.

The patterns in Let's Get Organized teach new techniques and are designed to build skills. 

The beginning bags are more simple, building in complexity.
Let's Get Organized runs like a Block of the Month. You sign up for the program and pick up a new pattern each month.

In April we will feature a trunk show by Annie in the store. We'll have patterns available then, but you may prefer to be part of the monthly club. It's fun to be working on a project with friends in the shop.

I'm working on Power Trip. Having all our cords in one place on trips makes so much sense. Gone are the days of hearing,"Oh, no! I left my charger." when we are twenty miles down the road.

The early timing next year would also make these great gifts. You can be working on them all year long, if you can bare to part with them.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Why bother with a square ruler?

In our shop, we are often given "opportunities", which best translates as the big boss asking you to make a sample. I found this cute place mat in the book Log Cabin Quilts
When I started gathering supplies, I felt guilty opening the package for the ruler. It is honestly a little pricey for making one place mat. Once I opened it, though, and started following the directions in the book, & felt the grippy spots on the back, I ended up buying the ruler myself.

Each of the darker squares sits on the center square, and you trim the excess off leaving even edges for each row of the Log Cabin. The grips on the back keep the ruler exactly where you set it. There is very little measuring once you cut the center square.

The ruler has a QR Code printed directly on the ruler, linking you to a video tutorial which you can consult time and again.