Tuesday, April 19, 2011

It's Easter!

With Easter coming up this Sunday there is chatter all around about eggs, candy, and the easter bunny. However, we have something very exciting coming up on Saturday! 

Erica's Layer Cake Class is this Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. If you're tired of coming to class and leaving without a finished project, then this class is for you! The only fabric you will need is two layer cakes and you will have a finished project at the end of class! It will be a wonderful day of quilting with an exciting teacher! Class cost is $20. Call us NOW to sign up, space is limited

As I was browsing the internet for fun projects, I ran across a great idea that I think would be fun! If any of you have young sons, nephews, or grandsons, take a look and give it a try! 
Click here.

My most recent finished project is a quilt top for my niece! My sister is due in the end of June and so I have plenty of time to get this finished, but I thought it would be fun to share my progress so far!

This is the top left hand corner of the quilt.

These three carriages are in the bottom right hand corner of the quilt, at a smaller size than the one in the top corner.
I have always enjoyed making things for others, and this quilt for my niece has been a lot of fun for me so far.

I hope this post finds you happy, well, and quilting!
May your bobbin always be full.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

To pre-wash or not to pre-wash? That is the question.

Don't forget...our Parish Academy 2 class starts one week from today on April 12th.  This three part class meets the next three Tuesdays from 6:00pm-9:00pm.  Call or come into the shop to sign up.  You don't want to miss out on this fun class with an amazing teacher.

Here is a fun topic that all quilters have an opinion about.
Do you wash your fabric before starting a project?

When I began quilting, my first project was a baby quilt made from a fat quarter pattern.  I washed all of my fat quarters and when I took them out of the dryer, they had shrunk so much that I had to go back to the quilt shop and purchase another fat quarter of every fabric.  Ever since then, I have not pre-washed my fabric.

My mom, on the other hand, pre-washes her fabric.  The exceptions being, if it came in a kit, or is a specialty cut like a fat quarter.  She prefers to have her fabric shrink before she puts it into a quilt and she also likes to wash out any excess dye.  She does not want fabric from a kit to shrink because it may shrink too much and leave her without enough fabric to finish her project.

We would love to hear your thoughts on this topic.
Do you pre-wash or not?