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customer feature Peggy Noto

by Hannah 

Introducing Peggy Noto, why—- because Peggy is the first of many customers, that we at Bolt Fabric, will be taking some time out each month to learn a little more about. We all know Peggy for her exceptional bags and beautiful quilts. It was quite lovely asking some questions and having the pleasure of learning a little more about her person and process.

When did you start sewing? Who taught you? 

I started sewing when I was about 10.  I was taught by my mother and my best friend’s mother, using my mother’s 1952 Singer featherweight.  Fast forward 40 years.  For our 50th birthdays my friend and I spent a week at a sewing seminar in California.  We both embraced sewing as girls and have made presents for each other and our families over decades.  And now I have three Portland friends (all Bolt customers) who I love to sew with and for, and we get our college age daughters in the mix when they have the time and the interest.  

What is the most challenging part of sewing for you? or What part of the process do you like the most? 

The most challenging part of the process is figuring out colors and fabrics for quilts.  I can easily select fabrics for bags on my own, but I need help in planning quilts.  The women who work at Bolt help me get out of my comfort zone and show me new ways to think about and combine fabrics and colors.

A favorite part of the process is when I can see what the bag, quilt or garment really looks like and whether it “worked.”  The best part is giving away handmade bags, quilts and simple gifts.  Last Christmas I made small pouches out of my father’s ties for my extended family.

How long have you been shopping at Bolt and why do you love us? 

I discovered Bolt shortly after it opened.  I shopped at Bolt more and more as I made the switch from traditional quilting to modern quilting and started making bags.  Gina carefully selects the fabrics, and she and her team know every single bolt in the shop.  They will find the perfect gem that I had overlooked in my search.  Everyone who works at Bolt is welcoming, helpful and interested in my projects.  And Hannah is incredibly creative and a true inspiration.  She has an eye for simple yet stunning designs. 



last minute Liberty valentines

by Hannah

The perfect use for a tiny bit of Liberty, these sweet little love cards took me just 20 minutes.  

What you’ll need is shown below. You can find the card blanks at Collage.

Fold your square or rectangle fabric in half and cut half a heart; open it and sew it to your paper.

Two tips I’ve learned: make sure you set your stitch length at 3-4 (so you don’t perforate your card), use an interfacing because part of your heart is on the bias and the bias will stretch it out of shape. 

Guest post: Kristin and the Grainline Archer

In an effort to highlight the “neighborhood” aspect of Bolt Neighborhood, we love to have on guest bloggers. Today’s post is from our friend Kristin over at Skirt as Top. Enjoy!
Hi, it’s Kristin from skirt as top and I’m happy to be back with an item of clothing that seems to be part of every Portlander’s “uniform” - a chambray button up shirt!
I made this shirt with fabric from Bolt and the Archer pattern by Grainline Studio, a casual and easy to wear wardrobe staple.  This is my third Archer, and my favorite yet I think!
The Archer is designed to have a less-fitted, more menswear style to it, but given the fact that I’d sewn my first Archer just a couple months after having a baby, it had gotten a bit TOO roomy on me as of late.  So for this shirt, I sized down from an 8 to a 6, and I also added 1/2” in length for a slightly longer and leaner silhouette.
The chambray I found in the shop is pretty wonderful stuff; the perfect weight and it has little flecks of color in it that make it so interesting.  This particular fabric is back on order and is due in by the end of the month. In the meantime, Bolt carries a couple different chambrays and would be happy to help you find something similar.
I used a light ivory thread for all of my topstitching - nerve wracking, sure, but also a nice design element.

I originally bought the Archer as a PDF pattern, and printed it on 8 1/2” x 11” paper.  With a long-sleeved adult garment like this, the cutting and taping just to assemble the pattern was pretty cumbersome!  However, Grainline now offers many of their patterns in print form, and their clean aesthetic carries through to the packaging and instructions.  The convenience of a print pattern is definitely worth the slightly higher price.
I was so happy to see Grainline paper patterns in the Bolt shop!
Bolt has the Archer and a few other Grainline patterns in stock - head on in and take a look.  There’s also a lovely plaid Archer shop sample if you’d like to see one up close.
I’ve worn my chambray Archer with jeans (as shown), chinos, tucked into a full skirt, even with lounge pants.  It’s one of those sewing projects that is fun to slow down with and get those details right, and it pays off by becoming a wardrobe essential.