Friday, November 20, 2015


Happy Thanksgiving sewing friends. I imagine that by now your refrigerators are filled with turkey, and side dishes waiting to be prepped for the big day. I picture your ironing board piled high with cloth napkins and table clothes and little headbands with feathers super glued into them for the little ones.

I also imagine that in the backs of your minds are Christmas lists taking shape. Holiday projects waiting to be started and all kinds of glittery imaginings.

We can help you with the Christmas lists and sewing. Saturday November 28th is Small Business Saturday. If crowded shops and box stores aren't your speed come support your local shops, of which we are one. We'll be offering lots of great specials including 20% off all precuts. A make your own sale where you can get any one item or cut for 25% off, plus our clearance table will be piled high with lots of extra savings and sales.

We'll be closing at noon on November 25. The shop will be waiting to greet you on the 28th with festive fabric draped arms! I hope to see you there.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Holiday Sewing.

Tis the season, and I thought it might be nice if I highlight some of our holiday offerings.
We have plenty of festive fabrics. This is just a taste and right now it's on sale.
This is just some of what we have in stores. 
Maybe you want to come in and get something for the non-sewing person in your life as well as the sewists? We have that too. Coloring is so therapeutic and can be an art form in itself, the new Tula Pink coloring book joins the adult coloring craze with some of their most beloved patterns. We also have lots of lovely jewelry designs from Siesta Silver Jewelry. I received one of these rings last year and I love it! We also carry a wide range of Swan Creek Candles and Lavishea lotion bars (the winter berry is especially nice).

New in the shop is more from quilting Treasures. Sweetie Loralie is funky and humorous while the letter and timeless have a classic feel. Click HERE to view online.


If your in the market for a new stocking we have a FREE PATTERN and tutorial on our blog. Click HERE. Let me just say that this pattern and instructions are our original design but we are not professional pattern writers. If you have any questions or run into problems feel free to contact us. 

We've also collected lots of great holiday inspiration and freebies from around the internet at our Pinterest board click HERE.

Don't forget about our Thanksgiving hours. We'll be closing at noon on November 25, we'll reopen on Saturday the 28th for Small Business Saturday.

I hope your holidays are shaping up to be very Merry.
Jessie and Sue.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

November Already?

It's November already. I can hardly believe it. Usually by now I'm humming Christmas Carols and have a long list of projects I'm eager to get to. This year I haven't even raked the yard yet. Oh dear.

At least the holiday fabric is still on sale, 25% off. I know it's all here waiting taking that pressure off when I finally do break out the Christmas projects.

Speaking of Holidays, we'll close November 25th at Noon and be closed the 26th and 27th for Thanksgiving. We'll reopen on Saturday the 28th for small business Saturday. I hope you'll join us on the 28th, for specials and sweet treats.

If your looking for a really nice quilting project might I suggest the Shimmer Day Break Quilt Kit. The fabric is from Kaufman and has such a nice neutral palate. This quilt certainly has a classic modern twist and is very soothing. The kit includes 5 yards of linen for the background, a Kaufman Fat Quarter bundle, the pattern and two rulers. The kit is on sale for $180 click HERE to order online or come see us in person.

Shimmer day brea quilt. See it online HERE or come into the shop.

Also for your quilting or other wide back needs is the New Tula Pink wide back from the Free Fall Pattern click HERE to view online. At 108'' wide this fabric looks and feels like silk, I am not kidding.  I thought it was silk when it first came in, but it's 100% cotton. $19.00 a yard.

You can find this in the shop or click HERE.

I hope your autumn is filled with crisp apples, beautiful color and cozy fabrics.
Jessie and Sue.

Saturday, October 17, 2015


The spookiest holiday of all is upon us! I thought I would highlight some of our fall inspired projects and fabrics. Plus all our holiday themed fabrics are 25% off so this is the perfect time to stock up on spooky and Christmas fabrics. 

Click HERE to view online or come into the shop.

This little cutie is made from the laser cut fusible shapes.

We've also cultivated a pretty extensive folder of costume and autumn projects on our Pinterest boards. Click HERE and HERE to see projects and ideas from around the web.
Inspiration HERE.
Click HERE to see this and LOTS of other costume ideas.
It's such a cozy time of year, I feel the call back to fabric, and wool and all kinds of sewing. I hope you do as well.

Happy Sewing, 
Jessie and Sue.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015


Sale Table stuffed to the gills!

Sale Fabric Galore

Welcome to fall! I don't know about you but I am way more inspired to sew once the weather turns chilly, cider is fresh and the leaves start to turn. Makes me feel cozy and creative. To welcome in our favorite sewing season we're having a sale. THIS WEEK ONLY September 28-Octver 3.

Clearance fabric will be $5.95 a yard or $3.95 if you finish the bolt. Regular fabric is 15% off IF you finish the bolt.

To inspire the new and upcoming seasons, all our Christmas and Halloween fabric is 40% off.

Select precuts are 25% off.

Buy Three or more regular priced patterns get 10% off.

PLUS there is a SALE TABLE that is FILLED with all kinds of on-sale goodies. 

This is really the sale you don't want to miss. Come on in and be inspired.

Happy Sewing,
    All of us from Sew Unique!

Saturday, August 29, 2015

New Classes!

The skirt class was a crazy success! We had so much fun laughing, being silly and, oh yeah making skirts. This was the first class I taught and it was as much a learning experience for me as it was for the students. We had a great variety of ages, the youngest being a freshmen in High school. It was so great to share my love of the art of sewing with other people.
Beautiful new sewists with new skirts!

If your interested in this kind of sewing camaraderie we're offering quite a few more classes with much more experienced teachers then myself. 

Nancy Johnson is teaching three new classes. 
The canister class (date coming soon). 

The Beetle Bag, which is a fantastic bag to carry your sewing things in, will be October 29th starting at 4pm. This class includes a soup supper and you'll have access to the shop after it closes! $20 for the class.

Every 2nd Thursday starting in September she'll be leading an embroidery stitches class. This class is $5 per session and is a hand embroider class. 

She's also teaching a Wallet Class on October 19 starting at 10am. Cost $20.

Sue will be starting the Tuffet Foot stool class Friday October 16th at 10am. The cost is $20 to reserve your spot.

If none of these classes seem to speak to your interests stay tuned we have three more teachers organizing classes. And if your interested in teaching a class contact Sue here at the shop.

We've also gotten in a couple new lines of fabric. Highlands by Michael Miller is this super awesome quirky fabric with cats! I just died. It reminds me of that 1960's style. I especially love the cat face fabric. Coming soon will also be a quilt kits from this line for the Mandala quilt. Click HERE to shop online or come into the store.

Last but certainly not least is this News Print fabric from Moda, Modern Background Paper. Two weeks ago there was someone in the shop specifically looking for news paper fabric and NOW we have it! Click HERE or come into the store.

Friday, August 7, 2015

Classes and Valeri Wells

Here at Sew Unique we think learning new things is the best way to stay inspired when it comes to sewing (and many other things in life). With that belief in mind we'e offering several new classes:

Next Saturday August  15 we're offering a "Sew a Skirt Class" the class is free if you buy your materials here. You'll need to bring a sewing machine and a package of 2'' wide elastic.

August 25th, 10-2 we're offering the Canister Class. The cost is $25. These little canisters are so cute and could work in so many different places in your home.

On the 4th wednesday of the month is our Hexie club.  During the last hour of the club 1-2 Lori will be teaching from the book Millefiori. Each session is $5 and you'll need the book Millefiori Quilt by Willyre Hammestein.

We are still looking for teachers. If you have a particular pattern that you love or just want to share some of your skills contact Sue at 269-317-3022. What a fun way to share our passions for fabric and the craft of sewing.

While learning is inspiring we admit that so is new fabric! We just received the entire line of Valeri Wells's new In the Bloom collection. 24 bolts of fun, bright fabrics with a vintage edge.

Happy Sewing and Learning,

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Cotton + Steel

Have you ever stumbled on something that was perfect for you? A dress you'd imagined but never thought someone would design? That missing piece of furniture? A dessert that tickled all your taste buds? This happened to me today. I have been looking all over the shops and inter-webs for that perfect fabric for my kitchen. And today when I came into the shop I saw this:

To See online click HERE

Cue angle singing. Not only do I have a vintage Pyrex collection, including the refrigerator dishes, I also LOVE those metal picnic baskets from the fifties. It's like Melody from Cotton + Steel connected to my brain and then designed this fabric. I don't even know how many yards to buy. 100 yards? That might be enough.

To see This new Cotton + Steel click HERE
Also this week I found this fabric in the shop and was totally inspired. If you've read much fantasy, I wonder if these cloud ships remind you of that genre? Specifically the book "Star Dust". Well a book lover like me had to have some.

I've also been inspired by these Heidi Boyd embroidery kits. They come with everything you need and I just think they're so whimsical.
Click HERE for more details.
The last thing I wanted to mention was that we're looking for teachers. If you love to sew and have a desire to share that with others then come in and talk to Sue about leading a project. We're open to all kinds of fabric crafts and are looking to expand our class list.

So what's been inspiring you lately? We'd love to hear from you.
Happy Sewing.

Friday, July 17, 2015

Wool Felting and a New Class

I spent the first part of my day making more row by row kits. We had sold out! Thank you everyone who's bought one, and if you haven't, fear not there are lots more back in stock. I've also been trying to survive this sudden muggy heat. What better way then inside the air conditioning sewing a fun new project?
Click HERE for these and our other Wool Patterns.

If your looking for something new we just got in a new line of wool felting patterns. Crane Designs and they all have that folk art look that's so nice. We have patterns for pillows, wall hangings and table runners. We also carry Wool Roving in different colors (sourced from Michigan) and all the felting tools you could need.

Beautiful Roving from Grand Haven Michigan

The right felting tools make a job well done.
Click Here for Felting tools.
We're offering a new class August 25th from 10-2. Nancy Johnson will be teaching the "Ingrid Convertible Canisters" Pattern. A sweet, fun basket perfect to take on little picnics or to spruce up your pantry. The cost of the class is $25.
Convertible Canisters I love the zipper detail.

I hope you are all staying nice and cool.
Happy Sewing!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Quilt Show and Bee Hive.

The Cal-Co Quilt show is THIS weekend. Saturday and Sunday 10-4 at the Marshall High School. We're really excited to be at this new venue where we have more control over the temperatures and elements. This quilt show feels special to me because it marks my anniversary at the sewing shop. Hope we'll see you there. 701 N. marshall Ave. Marshall, MI. 49068.

Secondly, we are forming a modern Quilting Bee Group at Sew Unique.

Modern Bee by Lindsay Conner.
Click HERE for more book details.
Modern quilting is taking the quilting world by storm. Modern quilting is best identified by it's simplicity and open spaces. This Bee will be a block swap. Each month there will be a "Queen" who will receive a quilts worth of blocks .

Each member will make the requested block chosen by that month's Queen plus a signature block. We will be working from the book "Modern Bee". The Queen will select a pattern from the book and provide her specifics to the other Hive members. She may also provide fabric if she wishes.
Just a few shots of the quilts in the book.

We will exchange emails and text numbers so if there is a question of fabric or color the Queen can weigh in.

This is a fun way to ease into the modern quilting world and a great way to connect with other quilters!! The hives will form and start in September if your interested call and let us know so we can add you to our list!!

I hope summer is finding all of you sweet sewists doing well.
Happy, gardening, swimming, picnicking...and sewing!
Jessie and Sue.