Sorry I haven’t had a chance to write for a while. It’s seems like it was just Christmas, and now here we are halfway through March and I’m wondering where on earth the time has flown. In between, Keith has had that horrible cold that’s been going on that I’ve heard referred to as the “100 day cold”, we’ve been to Victoria for the Vancouver Island Sewing show (and managed to hit their snow storm in doing it!), and now I’m just recovering from a slightly shorter version of the same cold. I can hardly wait for spring and some warm weather to arrive!
This spring, instead of printing a full catalogue, we’ve mailed a “Spring Update” to everyone on our mailing list. This 16 page catalogue supplement went in the mail a couple of weeks ago and is filled with the newest and greatest in our sewing and quilting industry. We’ve got lots of new embroidery, sewing and quilting gadgets, books and designs and I hope you like them as much as we do!
There never seems to be a dull moment around here. Today I’ll be picking Simon Haskins up when he arrives from an event in Nanaimo and we’ll be getting ready for his two-day embroidery event here. It’s always great to see his new samples, and to learn the new techniques that he and his mother, Jenny Haskins have dreamed up in their studio in Australia.
We’ve also been busy with all the sewing machines we’ve been receiving lately. We now are carrying more brands of machines – Husqvarna, Bernina, Elna, and Babylock and so we now can serve our customers with almost all sewing machine brands, making us truly Your Sewing Machine Specialists! Since I love the sewing machine arts, it’s great to be able to work with all the different brands. All our staff have been busy participating in training on our new Bernina sewing machines – our service department is being trained as I write!
As you can tell, my time lately has been somewhat limited so I don’t have any huge sewing projects on the go right now. I’ve finished my Moulin Rouge quilt that took up a lot of my time, have a couple of projects that I started quite a while ago for my “Grandmother’s Hope Chest”, and have done some of that mundane sewing that it seems all seamstresses get asked for – hemming my son’s baseball pants and sewing crests on the shirts for his ball team! Percolating around in my head though are several garment projects I’d like to start so when I write next, I’ll include some photos and share some of my ideas.At the store, I am working on the current Hoopsister’s Embroidered Block of the Month, GooseTracks, and I’m having a lot of fun doing it. We are running a full class in the in each store, and have had lots more interest so we’ll probably start another session of classes soon. If you haven’t looked at a Hoopsisters embroidered quilt project before, take a look! They’re lots of fun to make, pieced, embroidered and quilted entirely in the hoop, and then trimmed and joined together with narrow sashing. The sashings are 1″ wide strips with both raw edges pressed into the centre like bias tape, and here is my favourite tip for these sashings: You’ll be using yards and yards of them, depending on how large you make your quilt, and if you try pressing them all by hand, you’ll burn your fingers for sure. The absolute easiest way to make them is with the Simplicity Bias Tape Machine. This has fast become one of my favourite tools as it is so fast and easy and the bias tape it makes is perfect every time. We only have to show them off and have a hard time keeping them in stock they work so well!
Well, I best go for now. Got to keep running for the next couple of weeks until all my events start to wind down!
Talk again soon,