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Home Sewn Home

by Adrianna

It is interesting that a lot of people in my life, including myself, have moved to a new house or apartment this month, happily to better situations and places of growth. Moving can be a stressful situation, but also a wonderful one- You get to start fresh in a new place! Even if you move into a hundred year old building there is still a sense of being refreshed.  Moving also gives you the chance to get rid of excess baggage, and buy or make new things that are appropriate for your new place. I find I learn a little bit more about myself every time I relocate, realizing things I keep and discard. Besides family photos and a few art projects I have discovered that I have quite the opposite of an attachment problem.

                With this recent move especially I donated and threw out almost everything since my significant other and I moved into our own place with no roommates. We got a little over excited to buy and make things together that we didn’t really think of necessary things that we should keep/have. For example, oven mitts! Those handy (no pun intended) little things the you probably never think about on a regular basis until that first night in the new place - dishes and the like still packed away, you decide to make a pizza and when the timer goes off on the oven you realize- you don’t have any.

                At Bolt we have several, great, books on sewing things for around the house, and I took this opportunity to browse through them. Even if you aren’t planning on moving any time soon, I would still suggest perusing through these books. They have wonderful, easy, and quick projects that you can do to spice up your nest or make for gifts. The two books that I referenced were Home Sewn Home by Sally Walton and Simple Sewing by Lotta Jansdotter.  There are projects for every room in the house (including oven mitts!) items that you realize you could redo, or wonder how you lived without. Also included are some fun projects to create that can make your home sweet and darling.

                I’m a morning person and my guy is a night owl- and we live in a studio. To make it a win win situation I made us some sleeping eye masks from a new line of organic cotton at Bolt, utilizing our selection of trim and fun elastic. You can use your scraps of cotton batting from making oven mitts, or quilting projects, to line the eye masks to make them super soft against your face.

                Another project that I did just for giggles is a bath cap. Who doesn’t like to relax every now and then in a nice bubble bath? With my hair getting ever longer by the day, I have had the problem of accidentally soaking my hair in bubbles when I didn’t intend to, so I figured I would probably use this project at some point. This is an especially fun project to complete and I would highly suggest experimenting with trims, bias tape, and ribbons. For a bath cap you only need half a yard of fabric, or one fat quarter for the inside and outside. Using two different fat quarters can be fun because the cap can be reversible. I used a fat quarter of some chocolate treats print that we probably still have floating around the store bins for one side (because every bubble bath requires chocolate) and a solid color for the other, to add subtle detail.

                Because I am primarily an apparel seamstress I found these projects so fun to do! All of the projects I completed took about an hour or less a piece to complete, and were really easy to do so these could be great projects for a novice sewer! These projects would also be great stocking stuffers, and since the holidays are catching up to us quickly, I’d suggest giving these a try for an easy, fun, and loveable gift:)

Happy Sewing everyone and see you around the shop

Adrianna

Easy Piecing

--Meredith


I spent an evening recently with one of the owners of MD, Michelle. In her living room was a stunning patchwork pillow. When I asked about it, she mentioned using Nancy Zieman's Lone Star template and techniques and how easy it was.


Trace 'n Creat Quilt templates


Oh yeah...I had been eyeing that at Bolt! Tucked over with rulers, this unassuming wonder had caught me eye recently. I was especially intrigued considering how gift-making season is upon us. I have to be honest about myself as a quilter--I'm no math wizard. In fact, I downright hate all that nitty-gritty technical thinking and planning. If someone can do the hard part (aka math), well then all the better. With such a traditional shape, I think playing around with highly graphic or super contemporary prints help make this seem fresh. Bolt still has some of Jay McCarroll's Habitat line, which I think would be totally awesome and I am super tempted to pick a few cuts to make another. Because it was, in fact, easy piecing.


To start playing around, I pulled some solids from my stash in various shades of red and purple. I used this Kaffe Fassett print to help inform the selection. People (including myself!) love his sense of color and pattern and the selection at the store right now does not disappoint! 


choosing fabrics


Deciding layout is key, and for this particular exercise I plan to either lay matching colors together or color-wheel them around the star. To be determined! I figured I could start with the intial piecing and decide later.


layout


There are multiple sizes on the templates so no need to choose one and trace. They're all right there every time! Cut a strip the dimension requested and use the template to mark and sub-cut into the size and shape needed.


marking using template


This "no pivoting" method means constructing only with straight lines. As with all quilting, seam allowance and proper pressing are key to ensuring seam lines meet up.


No pivot piecing


I'm hoping this will be worthy enough to give to either my sister-in-law or HER sister, both of whom I'll be seeing this holiday season. Maybe I'll love it so much, it'll stay on my couch! 

What's new

--gina


I'm so excited!  When I walked in the store yesterday to snap my pics for this post I was overjoyed (really, I do get quite giddy over fabric) to see all these big, beautiful rolls from the Outside Oslo line by Jessica Jones.  Even though the line was available a while back, I thought it best to wait until we had a little more room.  The line is printed on a canvas, making it the perfect fabric for upholstery and other home dec projects as well  as bags, like that awesome Carpet Bag that Meredith is teaching!


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We've also received in quite a few different patterns in the past week, including the brand-spankin'-new Colette and Oliver + S designs.  Two new pattern lines to the store are apparel patterns, Sewaholic by Tasia up in BC and Sarah Jane embroidery patterns.  We'll be expanding our "embroidery center" soon with more thread choices.  Stay tuned!


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