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GIVEhandmade Sale and a PDX Craft Fair Roundup

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The GIVEhandmade Sale (formerly the "Secret Society Sale") is happening Sunday, November 28th.  Bolt is proud to sponsor this event that features more than 70 designers! 


This Saturday, November 20th, The Portland Nursery (on Division) is hosting the Super RAD PDX Craft Show from 2-6pm.


Things really get going the weekend of December 4th with the Splendorcraft Gift Sale in SE, The Portland Art Collective Open Door Art Show and Sale in SW, and if you're up for a road trip-- Urban Craft Uprising in Seattle. 


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Have you visited the Crafty Wonderland Pop-Up Shop downtown yet?  You can get some shopping done from over 90 handmade retailers, and get a preview of the Super Colossal Holiday Sale coming on December 11th and 12th.  


Are you participating in or attending another local handmade sale?  Leave the details in the comments.  For more information and loads of holiday (and other) themed events and sales, check the always awesome calendar at DIY Alert

Holy Moley, Velveteen!

Anna Maria's Innocent Crush Velveteen Anna Maria Innocent Crush Voile


Anna Maria's Velveteen, Home Dec Sateen and Voiles are here!  They join the rest of the Innocent Crush quilting cottons for a near complete collection (we're still waiting on a handful of voile prints).  Pictured above are three of the eight velveteen prints in the store, and the first four voile bolts that have been received.  This is truly luxury fabric-- the velveteen is super smooth and rich, perfect for coats, skirts, and pillows.  It would pair beautifully with the School Picture Dress pattern from Oliver and S for a gorgeous holiday dress. 


I am totally taken with the voile-- like, freaking out how-can-I-get-some-of-everything, sort of taken.  I've worked with Anna Maria's version of this floaty cotton before in both quilting and garment applications, and it is a dream to sew with.  We still have some left from the Little Folks line, so if you love it, get it before it's gone.  You won't be disappointed!

Practical Patchwork and a Booksigning

The Practical Guide to Patchwork Kitchen Window Block


Elizabeth Hartman's Practical Guide to Patchwork is here and ready for you to take home.  It details 12 quilt projects (with palette variations for each) and gives step-by-step instructions for techniques like binding and machine quilting.  This is a fantastic book for someone who would like to learn how to piece and quilt, but doesn't know where to start.  It's also a great book to own for a quilter who needs some fresh inspiration-- still planning on knocking out a couple of quilts for the holidays?  Start here.  Or pair it with a stack of solid and print fat quarters and you've made your own quilt kit to give away (or keep!).


I used a block from the Kitchen Window quilt to sew up a pillow sham last night.  The squares are all scraps of Liberty Tana Lawn purchased over the years at Bolt, and the stripe is a cotton/hemp blend that is currently on the shelves.  The whole project sewed up between dinner and baths (and not because I am especially quick or wasn't being interrupted!).


Elizabeth will be celebrating the release of her book at Modern Domestic this Saturday, November 13th at 4pm.  You can come, enter giveaways, chat with Elizabeth and stay for the Portland Modern Quilt Guild's open sewing night (only 10 dollars for the evening!).