Friday, March 27, 2015

New Moda!

There's new Moda in the shop! New Fig Tree and all kinds of delightful things!

Fellow Sewists, my bed spread is disgusting. As in, my-giant-dog-sleeps-on-the-bed and no-amount-of-washing-is-going-to-get-that-dinginess-out plus there are two giant holes in it! I keep putting off getting a new one because somewhere in dream world I keep thinking I'll make myself a quilt. Well, maybe this new line will finally inspire me. It's called Whitewashed Cottage and if that doesn't perfectly describe the look I love, I don't know what does. Click HERE for more details.

We also got in Fig Tree's new collection Aloha Girl. It came in today and is fresh, fun, and very summery. Ahhhh, remember summer... This is kind of a new look for Fig Tree but I like it. We've got yardage and precuts. It came in today so it's super new!! Come into the shop or click HERE for a better look.

I know I'm definitely craving something new and fresh. What about you, what are you all working on for spring? We'd love to hear from you leave a comment below.

Happy Sewing,
Jessie and Sue.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Tula Pink

Fresh off the presses is the new Tula Pink line: Elizabeth. It's so new in the shop it's not even on the website yet.

I'm assuming the following fabric is Elizabeth herself, but you know what I really love about it? She has freckles! it's so cool and unique and just really speaks to the princess and castle side of me.

 I made another Little Wallet from the Valori Wells pattern (available HERE). I actually like this one even better then the first one I made (you can see that one HERE). I used scraps of my beloved Cotton & Steel to create my take on a "matchbook" It's for a friend for her business cards. I love how fast this project is, start to finish I think it took an hour and I used all scraps. It's a great way to use every ounce of that fabric you just love.

Here's a sneak peak at this coming wool club Enchanted Garden Quilt block by Gretchen Gibbons. The last one was so fun to do and they are all so sweet looking. It's got such a great combination of patterns and textures. We're putting the kits together now. Wool club meets the third Thursday of the month at 2pm.

Friday, March 6, 2015

Hello sewing friends. I've heard rumors that it will be in the forties next week!! SQUEAL!!!!! The forties is so very close to the fifties and that is planting weather. Oh we're getting closer to sun and dirt and iced tea and green leaves...

If you can't wait for nature to do her work then join our machine embroidery class. We'll be working on a design from "lunchbox" designs. If interested contact the store at 269-317-3022 and we'll schedule the class based on everyone's availability. It's birds and flowers galore just what we need this time of year.
A peak at this months Sue Spargo block.

I thought it might be interesting to highlight some of our more unusual shop finds.
We carry a wide range of these wonderful local candles. The aroma from them lasts way after you blow them out. My favorite is the Hazelnut.

Help keep your sewing space organized with these scissor blocks. They are really fantastic.

We carry an entire rainbow of zippers!

I can not get a good photo of this silver jewelry because it's so shiny, but believe me when I say it's lovely. I have one and I wear it with my Pandora flower ring. All of them are designed by a local woman.

You can never have too many funky thread snips.

We have so many beautiful and unique buttons. I particularly love these wooden ones and am waiting for the right project to use them.

We carry several kinds of lotions, because sewing can be hard on your hands. The photo above shows our really cool moisture bar.

I hope that your surviving the end of this long and cold winter. Fabric, thread and stitches definitely helps. Come in and check out our classes and clubs, you can find more information HERE.

Happy Sewing,
Jessie and Sue.

Friday, February 20, 2015


It seems a large portion of the United States is under a deep freeze and it's no exception here. I'm blogging from home (Jessie) because my kids are enjoying their second day off of school because it's too cold for little ears and noses to wait at the bus stops or walk to school. I'm not sure if I'm enjoying it... I grew up in the Upper Peninsula and I distinctly remember walking to school all winter in temperatures like this with wet hair! Kids these days... lol.

Luckily the temperatures didn't seem to keep are lovely customers away from the Valentine's sale. It went really well and we are so pleased. The store is so organized now, even the left over sale fabric has a place. I worked part of the sale and was scheduled to leave at five. I brought my computer in case things were slow. When i finally got it out I thought it was probably 2:30 or so and it was 4:45!! I was having so much fun and cutting so much fabric the time flew.

The winner of our giveaway was Jane Cleveland! She received this lovely Fat quarter bundle.

If your as bored of winter as much as we are it's a perfect time to find a new project. Maybe one filled with floral fabrics. If we can't have real gardens why not have fabric ones? Check out our Spring Inspired Pinterest Board HERE, for lots of creative and inspiring ideas.

Friday, February 6, 2015

Behind the Scenes...

This is Sue and I wanted to show off my office because it's actually clean! So, I thought maybe you'd all like a behind the scenes. I wish I had taken a before picture, but suffice it to say while the showroom may be filled with cherry fabric lined up in nice little rows, my office was filled with bolts, swatches and scraps, to say nothing of the paperwork taking over. There was barely room to walk and it's very hard to focus with stuff everywhere.

New year means it's time to clean and organize. New shelves, folders and binders. Ahhhhh now isn't that better? I can actually breath in here. When Jessie came in and saw all the floor space she did a little tap dance.

A new year is also a good time to start a new way of doing things in the store. I've been thinking about digitizing the shop for a while so that we can be sure that what we have in the store is what we have online. It makes a lot of sense when it comes to ordering and doing inventory but the amount of work it is going to take to put every little thing in the computer has stopped me...Until now. We've begun digitizing the shop. It's going to take a while to get to where we are actually able to use all the equipment and it's going to be a lot of man hours but the ladies are supportive; at the very least they're excited to use the scan gun. I hope you will  be patient with us as we figure it all out and get the bugs taken care of (A shop run by women who love sewing usually means we're not the most technical gals around).

Don't forget about our We-Love-Our-Customer-Sale. Thursday February 12 1-8pm. Come in for great prices, giveaways, treats, coffee and chocolates. I really hope to see you there.  

See you soon.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

New Fabric and a Valentine's Sale.

Just wanted to pop in and let you know about some new fabrics and to remind you about our upcoming sale.

We got new Kaufman fabric in and it's finally been put on the website. It's really nice and has a sort of muted modern look to it. The solids have great texture. You can see it HERE. We also got in several Kaufman precuts.
Kaufman charm packs HERE.

Kaufman fat quarter bundle HERE.

New Kaufman Fabrics you can shop for it on our website.
Click HERE.

Even though we're in the midst of a blizzard and it's hard to imagine Valentine's day, it is coming. Our Valentine's-We-Love-Our-Customer-Sale is almost upon us! Thursday February 12th 1-8pm. Along with our $5 a yard fabric and discounted books and precuts, we'll be offering wonderful sweets and drinks. And for every yard of fabric you buy you'll be entered to win a giveaway. I hope we'll see you there. I'm hoping to have a new (pink) skirt made up for the occasion.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Valentine's Day Sale.

I love Valentine's day.  I think a day that celebrates love is special. I like red and pink and think they're really fetching together. I enjoy chocolate and going on dates and wearing cute dresses. So maybe it's cliche but I'm all about Valentine's day. One of things I love is fabric and this job. Those of us who work here are so happy to be around the wonderful, creative, customers that come into the shop. So, we decided to have a Valentine's Sale to show our appreciation and to spend more time with all of you.
Still so much fabric on Sale.

 Thursday February 12th from 1pm-8pm we'll be opening boxes of chocolates, pouring glasses of wine and brewing some coffee to share with you. Sale fabric will be $5 a yard and for every yard of fabric you buy you'll be entered to win a gift from the shop. Precuts and fat quarter bundles will also be on sale, 20% off.  

If you've been looking for a new project then check out My Enchanted Garden by Gretchen Gibbons. We're doing this project for our wool club and it's such fun. The second picture below is part way through Sue's first block. The first month you buy the book and the kit. Each month after we'll offer a kit for that block. The book is $27.99 and the first kit is $17.50.
This is what the finished block will look like.

Coming along.

We're well into the doldrums of winter. We've got so many great projects and beautiful fabric.  Come into the shop for inspiration and to beat the winter blues.

Happy Sewing,
Jessie and Sue

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Hedgehog Potholders

Hedge Fun!
When I was in college my then boyfriend (now husband) had a pet hedgehog. He would take her to class in the front pocket of his sweatshirt. We called her Miss Tiggywinkle and the summer of our engagement she came to live with me while he did his internship. Ever since then hedgehogs have had a special place in my heart. They're so cute and storybook-like.
Don't worry they're protected from hot pans by their prickles.

Hedgehog potholders
As soon as I saw the pattern for these potholders I knew I had to make a few for our kitchen (did you know a group of hedgehogs is called a prickle? Isn't that just the cutest?). I used Some of the shop's Cotton and Steel fabric for a quirky modern twist on the lovable little creatures. The pattern was pretty easy to use, I made it even easier by hot gluing the eyes on and drawing the smile with fabric pen instead of embroidering it.

Hedgehog Hot Pads
As long as we're on the subject of smallish things, Sue made this adorable little pineapple pincushion. This pattern from Sewn Into the Fabric "Pineapple Crush" is a fantastic way to use up little pieces of fabric. I actually like the wool one Sue made better then the ones on the cover of the pattern.

Pineapple Crush
Both of these would be great to whip up for a quick gift. Potholders for a house warming or bridal shower and pincushions for the sewing enthusiast in your life. Both use little fabric and are super cute. You can find the pattern for the Hedgehogs HERE, the fabric I used HERE and the pattern for the pineapple HERE. Or you can come into the shop.

I hope your finding that January is the perfect time for sewing projects. I know I am!
Happy Sewing,
Jessie and Sue.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Happy New Year

The blog was off for a couple of weeks due to the holidays but we're back now and excited for the new year and new projects.

So much sale fabric now only $5 a yard!!
To start the year off right we've dropped the prices of our sale fabric. There is still a lot of it and we'd really like to get rid of as much as we can before we have to do inventory (the not-so-fun part of working in a fabric shop). All of our regular cotton sale fabrics are now $5 a yard!! That is the cheapest they've ever been and we still have so much, definitely a great time to stock up and buy for backings and such.  Books are still 50% off and patterns are buy 2 get 1 free.

More sale fabric.
New Kaufman's for the new year. Both bolts and precuts. I'm thinking some of this would make a really nice light shirtwaist dress for summer. Honestly I started watching the New "Agent Carter" tv mini series which takes place right after WWII and I am now itching to sew vintage looking clothes. There is something so retro about cotton prints...sigh...

Speaking of retro, I received this as a Christmas gift. She's a WWII Fashion Doll. They made them to teach girls how to sew and came with patterns, fabric, and little scissors. This one has three of her original patterns. Straight away I made her a slip and undies and I have to tell you, I felt like a kid again. So much fun dressing her up. Next I'll be making her a WWII air force dress, I'll post a pick when I'm done just because she's so much fun.

Did you receive any fun sewing themed Christmas gifts. We'd love to hear about them. Any projects planned for the new year? Let us know in the comments.

Happy New year and Happy Sewing!
Jessie and Sue.

Monday, December 22, 2014

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays and the very best sewing to all of you!! This will be a quick post to wish our customers and readers the very best Holiday time.

We did get in a couple of new items which would make very nice Christmas presents. This Steamfast iron. It's the World's smallest steam iron, but it's very powerful. It's also very cute! $29.99

Lastly we got in some new lotion bars. These smell wonderful and are not greasy at all. Winterberry and Lavender scents. $8.99

If your looking for a last minute sewing project here is a free stocking pattern from us to you click HERE (I should mention we are not professional pattern writer's but this one is pretty straight forward). And here are a couple of Pinterest Boards with ideas and patterns from all over the webs. Our Christmas Pinterest Board HERE, Homemade Gifts Board HERE, and our Toys Board HERE

I just wanted to remind everyone what our holiday hours will be. We'll be open Christmas Eve until 12:00 and closed the 25th, 26th and 27th. We'll be open New Year's Eve until noon and then closed January 1st. 

Merry Christmast fellow sewists and a Happy New Year.
Jessie and Sue and all of us from Sewunique Threads.