Thursday, October 30, 2014

New Fabric and New Projects

We recently received the entire line of Moda's Basic Grey Persimmon collection. THE ENTIRE COLLECTION! It's gorgeous and very romantic (at least in my view). I love the way they've juxtaposed woodsy and sort of Native American motifs with a really soft feminine touch. It's just lovely. Below is a small sample Click HERE to view the entire collection or come into the store.
I think this arrow fabric is fantastic.

There's been a bit of a lack of completed projects on this here blog and part of it is because I was working on this Amy Butler Bag.
It's for my mom and I'm very excited to give it to her this weekend. I love the fabrics (all from the shop) which Sue helped me to pick out. She is so amazing with fabric coordination! The directions were very easy to understand. The pattern had a lot of pieces which isn't my favorite thing, but it went together so well and is so cute that I'll forgive the plethora of interfacings. I used Amy Butler's Field Bag and Tote (I made the bag version which is really just the tote with a zipper installed). Click HERE for the pattern.
Here's a closeup of the fabrics. Don't you just love this fantastic button? We have a wonderful button selection in the shop.

Then I made this quick pillow. I got the idea from THIS PIN from pinterest but changed the silhouette from the traditional sherlock to the BBC modern take on the show. This is a gift for a friend who adores the show (and really, who doesn't, it's fantastic!). I printed the silhouette off of the internet and traced it onto EZ-steam then affixed it to the black felt. After I adhered the oval and the silhouette to the pillow I hand stitched around them to keep the pieces from peeling away at the edges. The pillow itself was a piece of cake; two squares sewn right sides together. I'm pretty pleased with the results and can see lots of possibilities with other silhouettes.

What have you been up to? The weeks until Christmas are blowing away. I hope your finding some joy and happiness with your needle and thread.
Happy Sewing,
Jessie and Sue.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

New Classes

Our new class list is out and are we ever excited about what we're offering. Classes are a great way to learn new skills and to keep motivated to finish those projects that you start. So much easier to follow through when your stitching along with other like minded sewists. It's also a great way to meet people. Pop in, try a class out. The classes are free and take place in our beautiful shop in a leisurely and laid back atmosphere.

1st Wednesday of the month Doll club at 2:00

1st Friday of the month is Holiday club at 10:00

2nd Tuesday of the month is Crabapple/hand embroidery at 10:00. Our ever popular Crabapple/ hand embroidery class is back and better then ever.

2nd Friday of the month is the Kaffe quilt Dreamy Hexagons at 10:00. Love Kaffe as much as we do? This club is for you and anyone wanting to create that dreamy quilt.

3rd Tuesday of the month is Paper Piecing at 10:00. Come see why paper piecing is experiencing a resurgence in popularity. This club is great for all skill levels including beginner.

3rd Thursday is Wool Club at 2:00. Come learn how to work with this beautiful and rustic medium.

4th Monday of the month is Pin Cushion Club at 10:00. A year of pincushions perfect for your own collection or to give as gifts throughout the year.

4th Wednesday of the month is Hexie Club at 10:00

Last Friday of the month is Sit ‘n Sew at 11:00. Bring any project you wish and sit and stich with other ladies.

I hope we'll see you at one or more of these clubs and classes. Not only will you come away with a new skill but you'll also have something beautiful to show for your efforts.
See you soon!
Happy Sewing.
Jessie and Sue

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Tis the Season...

Don't hate me for this, but I think it's worth mentioning that there are only 11 weeks until Christmas! If that scares you then consider that Halloween is even closer. In that vein (vein, get it? Muwaahaaa), we have two kits. The kits use the Ghastlies for a fantastic and fun take on both holidays.

The first kit is a Ghastlie quilt perfect for a cold fall day. Kit is $63 and includes the pattern and fabric for the quilt top. Click HERE for all the Ghastlies we carry.

The second kit is a Ghastlie Christmas apron. I'm actually in love with this apron and am planning on making one for myself to wear during all my Christmas baking. I love that it's holiday themed but pokes fun at it too. Christmas for me, is very magical but there are still moments when it can feel a bit ghastly! The apron kit includes the Amy Butler pattern used so you know the apron is going to fit really well and be nice and flattering. This would be a perfect "tongue and cheek"gift for the quirky person in your life, or for yourself (like I said, I'm totally making myself one). Kit is 44.95 and includes all fabric and pattern.
Sorry about the awful glare on this picture.

Also we have the new Fig Tree collection "Somerset" from Moda. As always it's superb. Click HERE for more details.
Just a taste of the new Somerset collection from Moda. Her designs are
always so beautiful.

Why not cuddle up with a blanket and a warm glass of cider and plan out those Holiday projects now. That's always my favorite part anyway. Check out our Pinterest Boards HERE for lots of ideas. We have a file filled with costume ideas, a Ghastlie file with lots of creative uses for the Ghastlie fabric, a Christmas file, gifts file, and toys. Lots of sewing inspiration from around the internet.
Happy browsing and Happy Sewing!
Jessie and Sue

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Meet the Shop.

Today we're going to get to know a little bit about the Woman behind it all,  Sue Stanton. So how did it all happen? And where does all the magic come from? Today we get a peak at the owner and proprietor of Sew Unique Threads.

Sue is standing in front of her
favorite fabric. A Kaffe, "Brassica Moss"
Click HERE for details.

First of all, I think we'd all like to know why you opened Sew Unique Threads and how it became the shop it is today.
Seven years ago I was very unhappy with the availability of embroidery products in my area. I loved hand and machine embroidery. Because I couldn't find what I was looking for and because I really wanted to bring that love to our area, I decided to open my own shop with a focus on teaching machine embroidery. I'm not sure what happened! seven years later, we still carry all of the embroidery products I love, but we also carry over 2,000 bolts of fabric. I guess I got bit by the sewing bug along the way, and there was a need for more then just high end embroidery supplies. My customers were also looking for unique and designer fabrics.

Tell us a little about yourself.
My name is Sue and I'm a mom and wife. I'm not a Grandma yet...sadly... I do have three dogs and four cats I can spoil while I wait. I love to garden and create sitting areas in my yard, even if I never sit down! I can admire them from a distance.

How long have you been sewing and creating?
I made a macrame hanging table in college (I wish I still had it). I also rented a loom in college. I've been making ever since. I've always loved handmade and vintage things, it feels like creating is part of me.

What are your favorite types of products to make?
I like it all! quilting, crafting, clothing, home decorations...

What is your favorite thing about owning and running Sew Unique Threads?
I love to create a space where people can enjoy shopping and find unique items. I like the fact that my store is different even though, at times, that can be a little scary.

What was the last project you finished?
Cherry Wall hanging
Patterns and Kits for the Cherry Wall Hanging
in the store.

What is the your next project going to be?
To finish...Let's see, there are so many started, I'm not sure!

There you have it a little peak at the Woman who started it all! I hope you enjoyed this edition of "Meet the Shop" and as always...
Happy Sewing!
Jessie and Sue

Thursday, September 18, 2014

New Kaffe Fassette

Where has the summer gone? I feel like I blinked and suddenly the children were back in school and autumn was upon us. Things are coming together in the shop, fabric rearranged and organized. I'm still having to learn where everything is, but I love the way it looks.

I really feel like fall is the time to settle in to some bigger projects. It's also the time to start Holiday sewing and making (if your really organized that is) and our new shop look is now organized and so much more conducive for getting the materials you need.

We've been getting more fabric in too. If your looking to start Christmas sewing we have really stocked up on our holiday fabrics this year.  We've also gotten in lots a new Kaffe Fassette. And it's got a place right in the center of the store!

I hope we'll see you in the shop or online soon.
Happy Sewing,

Thursday, September 4, 2014

We've Rearranged!

Over the last week the store has been taken apart and put back together again. Kind of like the Six Million Dollar Man but instead of robot arms and super speed we've got a more open shop with fantastic fabrics on display and no more clutter around the cash register! I won't say much only that we probably quadrupled the amount of fabrics for sale!! Definitely come in and check it out.
The new design is open and light.

Fabrics are arranged by collection and designer

This is just a taste of the fabrics on sale. This entire wall is sale
fabric now. $7 a yard.

A place for everything and everything in it's place.

Candy dishes filled with delicious threads
and Cake stands piled high with luscious precuts.

All Kaffes.

Open and light makes looking at bolts so much easier.

Hope to see you in the shop soon.
Happy Sewing,
Jessie and Sue.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Happy thursday everyone! We've got several new fabric lines in the shop. We gave you a sneak peak of these two collections several months ago. They're finally here!

From Moda comes the linen like toweling fabric. I love this fabric and think it would be perfect for fifties inspired embroidered tea towels or lovely kitchen curtains. I really like the wholesome feel and look of these fabrics. Click HERE for details.

Secondly we've got the Cotton + Steel collection. I have been looking forward to this new fabric line for ages. What you see below is just a taste of all their fantastic prints. The designers have such a new and fresh look. Click HERE for lots more.

Before I go, I have to tell you about this project I finished. I used the Bali fabric Caramel and Kaufman Cornucopia and the Valorie Wells sewing card placemat and napkin pattern. This is the first time I've used batiks. Did you know that batiks don't have a wrong side? That is so cool! From start to finish this project took only a few hours. The only thing that I didn't like was that the fabric requirements were for just one placemat. Who would want just one placemat? Anyway if your looking for a quick project to make for a wedding or house warming gift and your low on time then I think this project is the one.

Happy sewing everyone!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Meet the Shop

We're starting a new segment on the blog that I'm calling "Meet the Shop." We thought that it would be nice to put faces to the great products, classes, and customer service we offer at Sew Unique Threads. I should be starting with the owner, proprietor and sewing rock star of this lovely fabric oasis but she's been out of the country and I thought it might be a bit much to ask her a bunch of interview questions while jet legged. In that case, we're going to start with me. I'll do my best to give you information that I think makes us more personable but if you have questions you'd like asked please leave them in the comments.
I'm standing in front of my current favorite fabric
"Cooking Italiano." It sums up
my love for cooking in a funky vintage print.
Click HERE for details.

I'm Jessie Heninger I'm 33 years old. I'm a married mother of two boys and I'm a vintage girl at heart. I blog about my experiences trying to find that elusive fifties housewife buried deep inside me at

I've been sewing for twelve years. When I was a newlywed my husband and I were buying our first washer and dryer and I fell in love with a small blue ultra light kenmore sewing machine. I walked past it and I swear it spoke to me. I've been slowly increasing my skills ever since.

I love to sew and craft and I've made all kinds of things including toys, dolls, clothes, crib blankets, pillows, and bags. My favorite things to sew are decorations for the home, nerdy messenger bags, and most of all women's apparel. I really love taking fabric and turning it into a well fitting garment... It doesn't always work out that way of course, I've made plenty of duds, but I keep on stitching.

The last thing I made was a cheery knit strawberry dress for my birthday and patchwork pillows for my some-day camper. I'm hoping to make a teal colored dress for fall soon. On my table now is a fabric for a couple of placemats and cloth napkins for a wedding shower gift.
My new project. There's never a shortage of ideas and inspiration in the store!

My role in the store is that as blogger and tech girl. That means as far as our online presence goes you probably hear from me more then the others. I get to shop sit once in a while and I love working with customers in the store.  My favorite part of working for Sew Unique Threads, is getting to make projects and feature them on the blog. I love sharing ideas and my love of fabric with other like minded people.

That's me, in a felt nutshell, pleased to meet you.
Happy Sewing,
Love, Jessie

Thursday, August 14, 2014

In the Shop Monday.

This post was originally written on Monday but because of technical difficulties wasn't posted until today.

Just popping in from the store today. We're in the midst of changing from rubber banding the bolts of fabric to using clips. Fascinating, I know, and you may be wondering how I could pull myself away to write this... The cool thing about this project is that I get to see lots of fabric. Some of it I've forgotten about and some of it I've never really seen, it's actually pretty cool.

There's so much going on in here. Lot's of new kits being made for fall, more to come on all that I assure you. Plans to completely rearrange which is both exciting and scary. Very thankful that I am not in charge of that project, I just get to show up and help. Looking forward to a new look for the shop.

Last week I tie-dyed t-shirts for the first time with some students and now my nails are red and blue. It does not look as cool as it sounds. Fun project though, I had never experimented with dying fabrics before and it was really satisfying (even if my hands are now blue). I'm also completely engrossed in this season of Project Runway. Are any of you into that show? I don't love the drama but I do love seeing their ideas come to life. It's amazing, and as someone who sews I really appreciate what they can accomplish.
I am so lucky to get to work with Jr. High girls. So much fun.

This was a pinterest project that actually worked! Click HERE
for the original pin.

Not too much to report on, except that Hazel the Hedgehog kit is still on special for this week. Hope all is well in sewing land.

Happy Sewing,
Jessie and Sue.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Easy Patch Work

Today I wanted to share with you a trick I picked up for making patch work pillows, bags or other decorative items. I originally gleaned this piece of information from Posie Gets Cozy my favorite sewing blog. I've been reading her posts for years, filled with wonderful pictures and great indie patterns.

Instead of sewing each square one at a time there is a much quicker way. I don't know that this would work well for an actual blanket because the ending result is a bit stiff, however, for home decor and accessories I think this is brilliant. I've used this method to make pillows, cushions, and even purses!

I'll be making a pillow for this example.

1. Cut a piece of fusible interfacing as big as you need it to be. (I was really professional and lay the pillow form on the interfacing and cut around it.) Lay it fusible side up.

2.  Lay your squares on the interfacing, touching but not overlapping.

3. Using an iron affix your squares to the interfacing.

4. Fold over the first column of squares and iron.

5. Sew the entire length of the column at one time!

6. Fold over and iron and sew each consecutive column, followed by each row.

7. You now have a square of perfectly lined up patches in no time at all!
I need a slightly bigger pillow form. Fabric is from moda's smore's collection.

We have a new kit on special for this week and next. It's a hedgehog appliqué tea towel. 13.95 includes all the fabric and the towel. 

Crazy how fast summer is slipping away. Already I can feel a chill creeping around the edges and am shocked to see night coming on sooner and sooner. I'm not ready for this season to be gone. I'll just keep sewing campy little pillows and garden things.

Happy Sewing,
Jessie and Sue