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Useful scraps

by Gina.

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Really pretty much all scraps are useful in their own special way, right?  I spent Saturday evening sewing my little heart out down at Modern Domestic and I had such a great time.  It was a wonderful opportunity to become familiar with at least one of the machines there.  I was there during the Modern Quilt Guild's special sewing night.  There were people trying out a walking foot to do free motion quilting, trying out the different machines and getting used to the space age, awesome irons.  It was a fun evening filled with creativity. 

On to the project at hand.  Coasters.  I arrived knowing I would be rummaging through the scrap bins at MD to fashion some coasters for the store.  It was so much fun to figure out what to put together.  They're sort of like itty bitty quilts, so I got to play around with quilting different designs without having to worry about mucking up a project in which I was highly invested. 

There was a stack of approximately 5" square pieces of batting to use and then just scraps of all shapes and sizes.  They are all a little wonky and no two are the same size.  I started to think we may need a stack of misshapen coasters at home...I even geeked out and named them all.

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I will admit it is not that commonplace for me to sit and sew these days.  I do enjoy it and even more so in an environment that is social and all these fantastic tools are right at my fingertips.  It made it so much more enjoyable than trying to get in a bit of sewing on the dining room table and be sure to pack everything away before my two year old shows up in the morning looking for sharp objects. 

Incoming! New Things This Week

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silk cotton blend sateen.

Tweet Tweet by Keiki (for Moda) is here-- including a couple of fat quarter packs of all 34 fabrics.  It joins bolts of floral feedsack reproductions from Sarah Morgan and Blue Hill Fabrics, as well as Chloe's Closet from Moda.  There are a few more Robert Kaufman and Alexander Henry novelty prints in, including the adorable "Truck Stop". 

We now carry 8 rich colours of the silk blend sateen (45% silk, 55% cotton) Lupine used on her Kimono dress.  I'm still pretty partial to that gunmetal gray, but really-- it's all good.  It would work well with some of the Ottobre designs or Colette patterns, especially considering wedding season is coming up. 

The colossal Crafty Wonderland sale is happening this weekend (Saturday and Sunday 11-5).  If you're coming in from out of town, you might want to make a day of it and stop by Bolt or check in to see the new space down the street at MD.  We're open 10-5 on Saturday and 11-4 on Sunday!

Ready Made Gifts: Anna Maria's Aprons



By Melissa

Bolt recently got in a shipment of Anna Maria Horner's new line of aprons.  Cute, cute, cute.  These would be the perfect gift for your mom, newlyweds (don't forget a "his" version) or someone struggling to embrace their inner domesticity-- no promises on the food tasting better, but they are going to look good cooking in it. Wrap up an apron, some new dish towels (we carry those, too!) or hand made oven mitt, together with a cookbook from your favourite author, and you have my go-to wedding shower gift. 

Of course, many of us would like to sew our own aprons and Bolt has you covered there, too.  The shelves are stocked with great patterns like the Emmeline Apron from Sew Liberated or the French Flea Market Apron from Busy Bee Quilt Designs.  Edited to say: How could I forget all the patterns from Indygo Junction?  Don't forget the kiddos-- the Jane and Sally apron has my vote.