March 2010 - Posts

Giveaway Over At Kaye Wood's Site. Apple Leaf Table Runner and Topper Pattern...

This is no April Fool's Day gag!

Next Friday, April 2, 2010 we will give away a copy of this pattern to a lucky commenter. Just comment on any new feature you'd like to see us add to the site.

Apple Leaf Runner/Topper Pattern- Ideal for Beginning Paper Piecers. Pieced leaves swirl down the center of the runners (in 2 sizes), or form a circle in the center of the table topper. Just the right accent to add a bit of nature to you home's decor. Change up the colors of the leaves to reflect your seasons. Runner sizes 16"x 31" and 16"x 45", while the hexagonal table topper is 19" across. Includes instructions, color diagrams, and full-size paper piecing patterns. by Rebecca Ruth Designs

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Sulky Secrets To Successful Embroidery - Deal of the Day!

New Deal of the Day! Sulky Secrets To Successful Embroidery. More than 40 fun projects plus full-size patterns for beginning to advanced embroiderers.

Step by Step color photos, advice and tips from the experts and lots of embroidery techniques. Go here to see more of the projects in this book:

Regularly priced at 22.95, this special Deal of the Day is only 15.00! Hurry though, there's only 6 copies left!

Designer Profile, Karen from Nellie’s Needle

I have always loved fabric!!!!

When I was in high school, my mother and I would drive up to Philadelphia, PA’s fabric district. We would wander through all of the mills and buy fabric right off of the big bolts. Back then the dyes were not very good and our eyes would burn and run but we sure had fun. By the time we left, we looked like we had been crying for weeks. We made our clothes from that fabric.

I sewed ALL of my girls clothes for years. When my grandmother passed away I didn’t have time to sew something nice for our girls (2 at that time) so I took them to the store to buy them each a dress. We went to the dressing room to try dresses on. I told them to take their clothes off and my oldest daughter (then 12) was horrified. There was no taking her clothes off, especially in a store. That was when I realized I had never bought them anything they had to try on. WOW. That daughter (Monica) now designs and publishes with me for Nellie’s Needle.

The name of my pattern company is in honor of my mother-in-law, Nellie Bennett. She was a home ec teacher in a very small town in north eastern Utah for over 30 years. When her students were finished with their sewing projects she would gather up their thrown out scraps (generally not so small) and give them to me. I sewed my little girls clothes with those scraps. Nellie was also a quilter. She cut all of her pieces with scissors, sewed them together on a very old Featherweight, and then hand quilted her projects. Each of her 7 granddaughters has a quilt that she made for them when they turned 12.

Nellie used to encourage me to begin quilting. I kept telling her that my time was spent with 5 children but some day I would consider it. When clothing costs came down and fabric prices went up, I stopped sewing clothes. I felt so free. I didn’t have to fit or please anyone. I started quilting.

That was so much fun!

I noticed that I was beginning to tweak every pattern to my taste. I began doing “my own thing” and haven’t looked back. I especially like choosing the fabric for a project. I love working with color.

The other thing I enjoy is the math part of quilting. To me piecing is like a big puzzle and I like figuring it out. To date I have sewn all of my own quilts, but once the fabric is chosen and a few blocks made (so I know that the pattern is accurate), I would gladly hand the project over to some one else to finish. Well, that is not quite right…I like to bind my quilts. I check out a book on CD from the library and listen to it while I bind. What a wonderful way to read and sew both at the same time. I always tell the women in my classes to check out books on CD and listen while they sew. It doubles your pleasure.

Patterns pictured are Ink Pot (left) and Boho Bag (right). Click on those pictures to get more info on these awesome patterns!

New Item In Our Store, and Kaye's Newsletter

This week's issue of Kaye's Newsletter is online and ready to view!

Get this Shadow Hearts/Shamrock Hearts pattern for only $3.50 with purchase of Kaye's View & Do Heart.

We have a new pattern in the store too. Book Covers, by Virginia Isaacs of Sew Fun shows us how to make any size book cover for your bibles, journals, textbooks, notebooks.....

More hurt items coming back from the shows, more clearance items, and still some adorable bunny patterns!