Thursday, April 16, 2015

April Moda Club

Sandy, embroidered this beauty.  It will hang in the shop during the upcoming Shop the Top Shop Hop:   "Sew Much Fun"

May 1-9, 2015
Participating Shops:  Alley Kat's Quilt Shop, Ben Franklin, Country Garden Quilts, Fabric Patch, Pine Street Quilts, Portage Quilt House, Quilter's Haven, Quilts 'n Stuff, Sew Irresistible.
Passports are $5 and may be purchased at any of the above shops.
Your passport entitles you to 20% off fabric at each shop, and a different sewing themed pattern.  Grand Prize:  Visit all 9 shops, and you will be eligible to win your choice of one of two great Elna Lotus or a  Husqvarna Viking Opal 650. 
2nd prize:  A $50 gift certificate from each shop
3rd prize:  A $25 gift certificate from each shop
Shop Hours:  Friday 9a.m.- 7p.m. (5/1/15)
Saturday 9a.m. - 5p.m. (5/2/15)
Sunday:  Noon to 4p.m. (5/3/15)
5/4-5/9:  Check passport, as hours vary by shop

At the afternoon Moda, Sara shared all her favorite tips about embroidery and some of her embroideries.  
She likes to back her work with a sheet of muslin.  She cautioned about not pulling your fabric too tightly in the hoop, as that can really stretch your fabric out of shape.  (guilty!...)
Sara said she uses 2 strands of floss, or whatever the pattern calls for.  On a quilt, or larger item, it shows up much better with more strands.  Sara has used the Crab Apple Hill site as a resource.  She, and many of us present, use a micron pen to transfer embroidery patterns.  Two strands of floss will easily cover any of the permanent lines.

In the evening group, Sandy shared some of her embroideries and favorite tips.  She really likes to transfer her patterns with Sulky Solvy.  You can photo copy your pattern onto a sheet.  It peels off and sticks to what you want to embroider.  After you are done, it dissolves nicely with cold eater.  Sandy uses SF101 on the back of her fabric to stabilize it.  She prefers to use a hoop, but some in the room said they don't feel the need for a hoop with a stabilizer.  
Both, Sara and Sandy talked about coloring their embroidery.
See the Crab Apple Hill, link above for more information on this. 
When coloring a project, you first color with a white crayon.  
Sara discovered that you can purchase a box of just white crayons.
We have numerous new patterns in the shop.
It was a very nice program!  Our thanks to Sara and Sandy for the inspiration, and all the beautiful samples they brought in.  
Our Freebie Pattern this month is inspired by a post at
Our featured quilt this month:  Interwoven
It's a free pattern from Moda BakeShop.
This quilt was made with 2 charm packs of Fresh Cut
and one solid charm pack.  Quilted by Material Matters.
Quilting pattern is called Gaiety.

Our featured pattern:  Fijii Tote
 We have some new, fun flamingo fabric in the shop.
Rose said this pattern by Pink Sand Beach Designs 
is well written.  It uses 5 fat quarters and 1/2 yard for the lining.

Our next In Stitches Group, meets Thursday
4/30/15 from 1-3p.m. and 5-7p.m.

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