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Class Announcement: Drawing with Embroidery!

Photo taken from PNCA website

Drawing with Embroidery

Love working with your hands? Enjoy needlework and want to improve your skills? Interested in embroidery and want to learn more? This class is for you. There’s no prerequisite, so go ahead, jump in!

Our friend, and uber-talented and artistic gal, Tyler Mackie is offering a class at PNCA starting soon! Tyler is extremely knowledgeable, artistic and delightful. The class starts soon, so check out the page on the PNCA site, here, and get yourself signed up.

Just In: Laura Gunn

By Gina

I’m a big, big fan of Laura Gunn’s artwork.  I think Michael Miller Fabrics have done a great job of transferring her paintings onto cloth too.  We recently received her Garden Wall line and I think it’s lovely.  I’m also a big fan of hounds tooth and am really appreciating the combination of what is typically a crisp, clean pattern done in a soft, painterly way.  Super fun colors too!

I was feeling the need for a little switch up with some of the store decor the other day and asked April to do some magic with some new stretched prints.  She did two different groups of fabrics and they look fantastic!  Such a great, fast spruce up!  Super easy too.  You can check out her post on stretching fabric and get some tips to do some of your own.

Want to sew something with these beauties, but aren’t sure how or what?  There’s a Learn to Sew: Envelope Pillow class starting at Modern Domestic on February 23rd.  This is a great project for beginner sewists and these prints could spruce up any room!

We’ve been busy snapping some shots around the store to change up our website.  April took this one of the jelly thimbles and I had to share.  See you soon!

Olivia's Quilt (or why I love Elizabeth Hartman and Susan Beal)


I found out at the beginning of October that dear friends of ours from NYC had adopted a darling baby girl. My joy on this kind of news is two fold--happy for them because of this sweet new addition and happy for me because it's time to start quilting! It's kind of meant to be because I started piecing a quilt top back in...March. For no reason other than I was totally inspired. Susan Beal had just released Modern Log Cabin Quilting and we were offering her hand-selected limited edition fat quarter packs that I totally loved because it included cross-hatch prints, Tammis Keefe crocodiles, and Lizzy House. AND Elizabeth Hartman had just made available her Mod Sampler Quilt as a pdf. I looked at the two, knew it was love at first sight, and started immediately.

cross-hatch print

Tammis Feefe print

Lizzy House print (& wood grain)

Fast forward, uh-hum, 7 months later. The top has been done for quite awhile and in reality it was sitting pin-basted in my work room waiting for the day I would be inspired enough to quilt. That day FINALLY arrived. Olivia needed an awesome quilt and I was already ahead of the game. I busted out my walking foot, decided to go simple and angular and marked my top in an diamond pattern with echo lines 2" apart.

echo diamond quilting

Olivia's quilt-front

Olivia's quilt-back

My preferred binding is a totally scrappy one. So after that is pieced, pressed, and sewn to the quilt comes my (secrectly) favorite part--hand sewing the binding to the back. This means my journey is almost done and a savor the task with a good, bad, or cheesy movie and Thread Heaven. Thread Heaven is a thread conditioner, similar to wax but different and better! You only have to have your thread tangle oh, say for YEARS, before you realize what a revelation this stuff is. Any amount of hand sewing--buttons, hems, quilt bindings--can benefit from a pass through this magical stuffs. 

Thread Heaven

And I was taught to always label a quilt, for posterity and for just the last lovely little stamp before it goes off to be enjoyed. I go really simple--Micron pen on muslin. Hand-sewn on of course, with a little magic Thread Heaven.

quilt label

If you're interested in exploring the art of piecing and quilting, Elizabeth Hartman has several classes on the schedule down at Modern Domestic. She is supremely talented and a wonderful teacher. I always enjoy being there on days she teaches, to chat and be inspired. And she's got big news!