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Portland, OR 97211

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Handmade Holiday Events

Riley Blake Quilting Cotton Prints

(Some of our new prints from Riley Blake!)

This Friday, November 5th, Modern Domestic is hosting a special Holiday Open House.  I was in the store yesterday and there's so much to look at right now!  The festivities start at 6pm.  You'll be able to take advantage of discounts on upcoming classes and merchandise, as well as an unlimited sewing pass for the next two months at a reduced price.  Details are here!

On November 13th from 4-6pm, join our own Elizabeth Hartman in celebration of her first book, The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker.  She'll be sticking around with members of the Portland Modern Quilt Guild for a special Quilting Open Sew from 6-9 pm.   

Riley Blake Flannel

Kata Golda is teaching a very special Stuffed Companion class on November 23rd and there are still spots available.  You can come look at her kits and finished softies in the store from now through the rest of November. 

We'll be closed Thursday, November 26th (Thanksgiving) and Friday November 27th to give the hard working crew at the store a little break.  Have no fear, though, MD will be hosting a special Black Friday Sewing Machine sale on the 27th. 

And, just so you don't double book, Alicia Paulson will be down at MD chatting about her new book, Embroidery Companion: Classic Designs for Modern Living, and signing your copies on December 3rd. Details (as well as a time) forthcoming!

Finally, Bolt is proud to have an Gift Certificate up for bid at the Street Roots Auction from now until November 9th.  There are dozens of great items available, so get to bidding!


Weekend Inspiration: French General

French General Yardage French General DIsh Towels


Gina mentioned that the store was getting in some of the new prints and linens from French General's Kaari Meng for Moda.  What is difficult to show you in pictures, is how soft and beautiful the new linen happens to be.  It is is pillow case soft with a gorgeous drape.  Bolt is also stocking several of the coordinating prints (mostly reds) from the Maison de Garance line, whch are all perfectly seasonally appropriate. 

Also new in, are pre-made linen dish towels that come with red embroidery thread and a guide to monogramming.  These make special hostess gifts, gift basket liners, and are quick and easy to finish.  A little hand made goes a long way-- of course, if you are in the over-achiever category, don't stop at towels!  That linen is crying out to be made into special occasion napkins.  If you love the ticking stripe and overall aesthetic of French General, make sure to check out their books (also in the store):  Handmade Soirees, Treasured Notions and Home Sewn.

French General Dish Towels

The Last Minute Ghost


We leave costumes to the very last minute.  It is helpful that we have friends to borrow from and a healthy "dress-up" clothes stash, but really, I have no excuses other than Halloween is very low on my to-do list.

Are you stuck?  One of the best last minute costumes was a replica of the Charlie Brown Ghost costume my friend Stephanie made for her son.  Sam ended up wearing it two years in a row and now the little guys run around in it.  I used quilt batting and a bit of nylon mesh (an old stocking) for the eyes and I was done!  The quilt batting is warm and a bit stiff, so it doesn't get caught up in places.  Make the eyes enormous and close to the top of the head so that your child has lots of room to look around--  dark tulle, mesh or sheers work great.  Cut the eyes out and try it on so you know how to adjust them, then sew or glue the mesh onto the inside.  When you're done with the costume, you can cut it up and use the batting as it was intended!

three boys in capes

Shiny capes are also quick to make and can turn a fancy dress into a princess/fairytale/witch, pajamas into any one of a billion superheros (stencil the logo onto the shirt and you're done!), or a suit and tie into dracula/magician/some dude from the 19th century (sure to be a hit with the kids). 

Bolt carries shiny fabric, quilt batting by the yard, textile paint (for stenciling), and craft felt for all your toddlers-turned-woodland creatures.  If you need a little quiet time to get this all done, head down to Modern Domestic and rent some space for an hour or two.  Come for Open Sew on Friday night and you'll get a whole three hours.  You may even get to commiserate with some like-minded sewists.  I am going to bust out the aforementioned ghostie and see who it might fit this year.