We're collecting donations to send to Mercy Corps and their partner in Japan, Peace Winds. For every five dollar donation, you'll be able to enter yourself in a raffle for one of two sweet prizes. You can contribute at the store or over the phone (as we're available). Both bundles contain a favourite Japanese Sewing book (written in English) and a stack of gorgeous fabric.
The first gift bundle includes the gorgeous Quilting Line + Color by Yoshiko Jizenji and a stack of 1/2 yards of beautiful Japanese quilt weight cotton.
The second bundle includes the wildly popular Patchwork Style: 35 Simple Projects for a Cozy and Colorful Life by Suzuko Koseki and a stack of 3/4 yards of quilt weight cotton from Kokka.
**Susan and Daniela are well under way organizing and executing Quilts for Quake Survivors. There are now chapters in Atlanta and Detroit!
**Seven Islands, importer of many of our Japanese fabric, is hosting a quilt drive:
We, Seven Islands, Inc. would like to help the people in Japan who are in need. We are trying to collect as many quilts as possible to send to the victims of the devastating tsunami. If you would like to take part in the Seven Islands, Inc. “Quilt Drive for Japan”, kindly send any size quilt or quilts to:
Seven Islands, Inc.
“Quilt Drive for Japan”
2444 W. 205th St., Suite A-1
Torrance, CA 90501
Quilts will be collected until April 30th. Seven Islands, Inc. will ship all quilts directly to Patchwork Tsushin in Japan, where the quilts will be distributed to the people in need.
It is no surprise that Liesl Gibson's first book, Little Things to Sew was highly anticipated. It promised all the detail and clever styling that we have come to expect from her and her team at Oliver+S. Happily, they have made good on their promises! The book contains full pattern sheets for 20 toys and accessories for children. While some of the projects are skewed for very little people, there are many projects aimed at or adaptable for older children, too.
This is the Red Riding Cape the larger of the two sizes. This pattern pretty much takes care of costuming (fairy tales, dark and stormy super heroes) and fancy dressing (Easter! Tea parties!) for the foreseeable future. I used Anna Maria Horner's Innocent Crush Velveteen for the exterior and Kaffe shot cotton for the inside. Even though it is sized for a child, it could easily be modified to fit an adult by lengthening it slightly and by enlarging the armhole slits so they hang open all the way down to the hem. The pattern was straight-forward and quick to sew together once I had everything cut out. I made one small modification: I top stitched around the edge of the cape to ensure the velveteen stayed put. This would also be beautiful in wool with a super soft voile interior or a quilt weight cotton on the outside and a flannel on the inside.
If you've been in recently, you may have noticed that things have been moving around a little bit. We are working hard to improve the flow and efficiency of our little space and maximize the amount of sweet, new fabric we're able to receive. The biggest change is our new and improved pattern table stocked with all patterns marked 15-50% off until the middle of April. We currently carry a huge variety of independent pattern companies including (but certainly not limited to): Jalie, Folkwear, Sewn, Oliver + S, Denyse Schmidt, Betz White, Figgy's, and Colette! Stock up now so you are all ready for our big sale.
We are so happy for our Alberta neighbors, Redbird Studios, who are celebrating their five year anniversary this week. On Friday, April 1st, from 11-6 they are getting busy with free cupcakes and live music (from 2-5). Congratulations, Paul and Melissa!