Sometimes I wonder if my garment making skills have gotten a little rusty over the years. At this point I happily spend my stitching hours on straight, 1/4", flat seams... I shouldn't have given it a second thought - those old skills come right back, especially if you're desperate... Last Saturday evening we made a tiered skirt, in green Moda Grunge (awesome) and an ivory knit (ugh - you have to change the needle, thread and tension to work with that stuff!) peasant blouse for my youngest. It probably would have been a little more fun if we had more time (we could have gathered the miles of fabric for the skirt differently), but what a sense of accomplishment! I think my daughter may have figured out how easy it can be to make a skirt - there are sure to be lots more of those in the future! Sometimes my creative moments aren't spent on my first choice, but the effort and results are still worth every second.

Wishing you lots of time to be creative in the coming week (minus the desperation of needing a costume the next day!),
Mary Beth
Our 2017 Quilting and Needlework Seminar brochure has been out for several weeks. The paper details all that will be included during our fun day at Trax on Saturday, March 11th. You will find short descriptions of the 28 different presentations (covering everything from traditional and contemporary sewing techniques, to color selection, tool demonstrations and club and guild info), information about lunch choices and details about the charitable efforts we are supporting this year. We have even included directions for a simple quilt block, that you can make in advance, to help with our Stitches for Survival effort. We must apologize - buried in one description is an incorrect date - so to review - the event is Saturday the 11th, please park where directed that day so other guests have space during the day, we begin at 10:30 (giving you a good half hour to shop in Trax before we even open the doors!) and go to about 4:00. The day is great fun - we can't wait to welcome everyone! Please note - pre registration is required - fee $39.95

Oh my gosh, winter is flying by and it's time to think about the Western PA Shop Hop already! The Premiere Party for the June 13th to 17th event is March 16th. We've moved it a little earlier in the year, because there is a special offer this year. Purchase your passport that day and you can show it to receive $5.00 off the admission price of the Pittsburgh Knit, Crochet and Creative Arts Festival, held at the convention center March 24th - 26th (you need to look at the show website - - you'll be thrilled with all that is going on during the event!). You can even get your passport stamped at the show for a chance to win an extra prize at the end of our hop. The premiere will also give a first look at the theme for the 2017 hop, Fun and Games, and the first pattern in the 2017 hop progressive quilt.

New Fabrics!

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Moda's Bella Solids, and to celebrate, they are holding a contest open to all sewists! The challenge presented is as follows:

Take the preselected set of 12 Bella solids, and using at least one piece of each (and no additional fabrics), create an original 72" x 90" quilt. The finalists for the contest will be displayed in Moda's booth at fall Quilt Market. How exciting would it be to have a piece in the booth?! All the details can be found in the shop or on Moda's website. Definitely time to get creative!

The peaceful nostalgia of a 
Sunday drive is the inspiration for the latest fabric collection by Pat Sloan. A country style palette of indigo, cherry, avocado and sky blue fills the clusters and rows of flowers, crisscrossed fencing and stitched look fern silhouettes in Sunday Drive - I can almost feel the wind in my hair! Be sure to check the "selvage" print in the group too,  which includes cute sayings like "explore the next town over". The sweet simplicity of this line makes it a great addition to any collection!
If you can't decide which direction to go with Sunday Drive, why not take the Roundabout? The quilt is Pat's take on the joy along the ride - piecing and bold appliqué take you from the countryside to town. Talk about a wonderful ride! Fabric: prints $10.99 per yard, batiks $11.80 per yard, pattern $12.00

Another favorite designer's new, vibrant collection has just appeared in the shop! Sundance by Sue Daly is bright and eclectic, full of novel prints and a rainbow of color. Funky florals, petite petals, graphic line work, paisley, and other tiny designs pop in hues of tangerine, poppy, lime, robins egg, coral and grape with touches of black and white. The vibe this time is fun and whimsical - perfect for Sue's English Paper Pieced patterns. The patterns include not only directions, but also the plastic templates used to cut the fabrics and the papers used for piecing. The collection presents a modern scrappy feel - Maureen has already used a charm pack to make a quirky Log Cabin mini quilt - what will you create? Fabric $11.20 per yard, charm pack $12.90

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Finleyville, PA 15332


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