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homemaking inspiration

by Hannah

I wouldn’t consider myslef much of a homemaker. I’d rather be out walking in the rain or shine. But then I got a serious bee in my bonnet and wanted to recover our couch (more on that later) and haven’t stopped rethinking our space and how to make it more efficient and cozy without spending my life savings. 

I have a serious rug obsession. I wish I knew where it came from because it’s becoming a pretty serious addiction. I realized it shopping with my best gal the other week and she asked what I was looking for. “Rugs.” “Hannah, when are you not looking for rugs?” We both laughed and I then I realized, the whole time I was pregnant my nesting consisted of rug shopping and I’m still looking for them. I want to turn them into things and combine multiple to make one large rug that I’ve never seen before. I love how they are different for every culture and the authentic ones are handcrafted.

OK, so here’s the beginning of my braided rug for our living room. The middle is leftover from the couch I just finished, there’s some of our lovely recycled hemp/organic cotton, and silk that I dyed for Anna Maria Horner’s carpet bag a few years ago. More to come on how to make this so stay tuned and start collecting your fabric!   

stitch wear play

by Hannah

I thoroughly enjoyed flipping through this book this morning. Stich Wear Play is a new book in the shop that we suggest! The patterns are classic and practical and for girls and boys! The book is organized by season and there’s a lovely winter coat that can be for your boy or girl. I’ve snapped some eye candy below and our little model is wearing the boy’s shirt and short set by Adrianna. Enjoy and see you soon!  

Another one of Adrianna’s sweet little samples is hanging in the shop. She’ll be sewing more from this book so stay tuned! 

customer feature Annie

by Hannah

We love Annie! We know her for beautiful quilts, delightfully sharing her projects with us and Peggy’s shopper buddy. It’s always a treat when she stops in for a visit. Meet her and see some of the beautiful things she’s been working on over the years. 

When did you start sewing? Who taught you? I never learned to sew as I was growing up. I did other creative things - weaving, painting, embroidery - but I never learned to sew. As my daughter grew up she became friend with a wonderful group of girls, and I met their mothers. Luckily, two of them knew how to sew and they taught my daughter. Over the years, we all became very close, and I am fortunate that one of them took me under her wing and taught me to sew as well. I started with pajamas and a tee shirt quilt, and knew right away that quilts would be my passion. 

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

I don’t know much about clothing, and it’s very exacting so I find it pretty challenging still. I need more instruction and more practice. I have done some of my own quilting but mostly take my things to Nancy at Just Quilting. That’s another area in which I have so much more to learn.

My favorite part of the process is the first few seams of a quilt. I love to see how the patterns and shapes come together to create something new that’s never existed before. 
Share with us what you sew.

I’ve made graduation and birthday quilts for my own children, friend’s children and my nieces. It’s such a pleasure. As I sew I think and think about the person I am sewing for, and stitch all of my wishes and hopes for them into the quilt. I’ve also done quite a few baby blankets now. Recently I’ve done some memory quilts for our family and for a friend’s family. It’s very emotional and takes a lot of thought, but I think it’s well worthwhile. 
How long have you been shopping at Bolt and why do you love us? 
I’ve been shopping at Bolt for three years now. It’s my go to place for starting a project, or for that one more fabric I need to make everything work. Just walking through the store I get so many ideas! I find that everyone in the store can help me think through a project, and I value their honest opinions. It’s such fun to talk about what I am working on and hear what they are working on. My kids have taken to going to Bolt with me and they each like to buy fabric for their own projects now and then as well.