Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Get Sewing at Tiny Stitches!

The gurus of the quilting industry have long been predicting the trend toward garment sewing using the quilt fabric we have in our shop. They've been insisting that our shops are truly creative sewing centers - perfect for making clothing.
A few of our staff members were forward thinking enough to get the ball rolling in the shop by making clothing samples for children using some of our current lines. We've been watching to see where this trend will go with our customers and have tried to seek out new patterns and fabrics to facilitate it. Slowly we've noticed noticed some of the most adorable clothing projects for children being brought into the shop for "show and tell". These are being created using everything from Cat in the Hat fabric to our newest organic collection for little boys by Robert Kaufman. I have to admit that my favorite creations are those actually being worn by the little ones who visit us at the shop!
Many of us admit that we sewed before we quilted and that is certainly the case with me. I fashioned Barbie clothes from the time I was 5 and as one of nine children, made most of my own clothes by the time I reached high school. The quality of the fabric in the shop is just perfect for sewing. (In fact I saw a stylish skirt on a young person who was attending the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra made from Cat in the Hat coordinates just last week!) How exciting!
Here are just a few samples to inspire you!

Monday, April 4, 2011

An Amazing Shop Hop!

Well...Shop Hop, A Quilter's Tour of Homes, was absolutely wonderful! We had about 1,100 people through the shop (castle) from Thursday until Sunday and about 100 completed passports to turn in.

I love having the shop filled with people having a good time, enjoying the fabric, friends and fun of this event. I have to admit though, that I am always a little sad when we say goodbye to that final customer and the event ends for the year. The shop seems strangely quiet after everybody leaves and we're left with our memories.

I thought you might enjoy this picture of a customer at Sarah's shop who selected the winners this year during our wrap up meeting from all of our completed passports. I got to send Betty Stilley's sewing machine to her and when I got delivery notification today, I thought about all our happy memories all over again!