Friday, April 30, 2010

Fantastic! Our samples arrived!

Today, the box from Michael Miller arrived with or sample cuts of Patty Young's new knits!!! 
Wow! Yep! ~Wow! 

These are exceptional quality. I am not disappointed.  

I get samples of knits all the time that are almost laughably in their "thinness" and the colors are usually garish. Well, these are not. They are even prettier in real life than the picture shown here. I can hardly wait to sew with them. 

Yeah, I know, how can I want to sew anything else this week! I finished a little skirt this morning, then, when I got home today from the shop (I was getting everything ready for our sidewalk sale tomorrow), I made another outfit. I "discovered" a new technique to give myself more time to sew. . . I stopped and got my husband one of those new Peach Milk Shakes from "the chikin place" (you know which one). Anyway, he didn't get hungry for dinner for quite some time. And so . . . I whipped up another little skirt and a top. I was sewing "Nina" from Mod Kid. This was my first time to use this pattern. Oh, how I love her patterns! The instructions are so clear, there are great pictures and everything matches up - wow, imagine that! Well, its off to bed for me. The sidewalk sale show tomorrow should be fun. And, of course, I just finished putting lots of things on sale on the website as well. I know that not ALL of our customers can make it to the shop!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Only 3 Weeks now!

                This is such an exciting time of the year for me! I go into hyper-mode (if that is even a word!) designing ~  picking out patterns, fabrics, buttons & trims for lots of new kits for summer which I love to debut at Martha's Sewing Market. At the shop new fabrics are being delivered daily. It really is a lot like Christmas! We've taken delivery on in three new collections from Moda, one from Michael Miller and another from Art Gallery. Oh my gosh they are all so pretty . . . who bought all of these??? And, that is only the cotton goods. There are also several big boxes of fashion fabrics: linens, silks, rayons, lawns, knits that have arrived. . . oh, my! With more on their way. So head is spinning with possibilities. I do not sleep much when I am in my super creative mode. Fortunately I have such an incredibly wonderful staff that is helping out by sewing samples at home. I cannot thank them enough. I am so blessed!

               Yesterday, I spent the entire day writing my instruction manual for my Sit 'n Sew class that I am teaching  the day before the market opens. This "handout" is a step by step directional guide that turned out to be 6 pages! Well, I am wanting to be easy enough for a beginner sewer to follow. I am really thrilled to be able to teach a class in which the students will get to make an entire project from beginning to end. Oh my gosh, it is going to be a fun day! Normally I teach several 45 minute seminars that are offered each day for free. This year I do have three seminars. These are listed on Martha's website as well as If you have not pre-ordered your tickets for the market yet, I encourage everyone to do so as you save a little money. You can also register for any of the Sit 'n Sew classes at the same time if you are interested. You do not have to bring your machines to class as they are provided by Baby Lock and your project comes in the form of a kit, which is part of your class fee.

               I have to get my pattern for the "Sit 'n Sew dress" finished today. It is pictured to the side here on my blog in pinks and yellows. There will also be a navy and lime green version. You get to choose which color way for your project. I thought that would be a nice touch. So, I am at my drafting table with paper, pencils and a stack of different rulers. I love this part! I can't wait till this summer when I plan on drafting some of my own patterns finally. I now am the proud owner of my own digitizer and a plotter. Yippee!

                  By the way, after I finish the pattern drafting today, I will need to finish a skirt (for grown-up ladies! ~the Stella skirt by Lila Tueller) that is destined to be a new kit and then start a blouse (the Funked Out Peasant Blouse, also by Lila). I cut out two new little girl outfits last night while watching/"listening" to American Idol. And, that is only what I am doing.  Janice, Linda & Kayleen all are working on projects for new kits that I have already designed: toys, purses, hats and cute little clothes.   I will keep everyone posted as to the progress each day as it is rather invigorating! I should write  about my "serger" emergency on that I had on Monday (or rather late Sunday night) . . . next blog post!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

   It is definitely Spring and I love Azalea time!
My April sewing retreat was this past weekend . . . ah what a wonderfully relaxing time was had by all. I saw these beauties right in the back yard of our retreat house. I was on my way out to take a short walk after dinner. You see the meals at these retreats are scrumptious! So, between the sewing and bonding, the meals and snacks . . .  and the massages . . . well you get the picture! Lots of fun!

Our projects this time were: The Funked Out Peasant Blouse & The Stella Skirt both by Lila Tueller. We also had a jacket project, The One Button Topper by Indygo Junction, as well as a little travel bag, the Boxie Bag.

I am learning how to post a slideshow of all of our retreats. As soon as it is ready, I will put it on my blog for all to enjoy.

So, what is the next big event that is "just around the corner"? 
Martha's Sewing Market!!!
This year I will be teaching on of the pre-day Sit & Sew classes: BOUTIQUE CHIC!!! 
I am thrilled to be able to have a class that will be ALL DAY! It is always so much fun to teach a project from beginning to end. We are going to be making a precious little peasant style dress which will give us the perfect opportunity to shirr, make beautiful ruffles as well as learn how to combine fabrics and trims to get a "boutique" look! I am also teaching four seminars for the market. So, obviously I have a lot to do to get ready for the convention! Not to mention all of the new summer kits that I am busy designing already. Ah, so today I divided my time between my sewing room ~ straightening it up so it will be ready for intensive sewing ~ and my studio ~ where I have been sketching new kits! I'll keep my camera nearby.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

I'm back from a Quilt Show and . . . off to our April Retreat!

               This past weekend Sew It Up exhibited at the Bear Creek Quilt Guild's Show in downtown Ft. Worth. Since all of my helpers are members of the guild (& one even won a beautiful 2nd place ribbon!),  I only attended on Sunday as I was the one left "at home to tend the store." It was actually really nice to run the shop all by myself! I rearranged, straightened and talked to lots of wonderful customers that I don't often get to see. If you have not been in the shop in a while, maybe you should stop in for a look - we have had lots of new fabrics (new cottons from Riley Blake arrived just today!)  as well as all of the newest kits up on display. It really looks nice!

                This week I am busy getting ready for our April Sewing Retreat: sewing up the projects, scheduling the Saturday massages & choosing the menu. Ah, what a job! This retreat is for "Sewing for Yourself".  Our projects will be: The Funked Out Peasant Blouse and The Stella Skirt both by Lila Tueller and the One Button Topper by Indygo Junction. Also, there will be a surprise bag project. So, I have been sewing this week! Yeah! Of course, with all of this sewing, there will be new kits. . .

I'll report after the weekend! . . . with lots of pictures. 
The next retreat isn't until September (Sewing for Children) and it is nearly sold out already!

And, speaking of Sewing for Children
have you had a chance to check out my Sit 'n Sew for the Martha Pullen Show
 ~ which is next month!