Tuesday, June 26, 2012

New This Week

Seaside (by October Afternoon for Riley Blake) has arrived!  This is a fantastic fabric line, full of possibilities!  

This is one stack I put together this afternoon:

So very summery, don't you think?

Or how about this combination:

or this one?

So many options!  What will YOU do with it?  (Right now Seaside is $1/yard off!  Click here to see this week's coupons.)

Saturday, June 23, 2012

New This Week

New in the shop this week:

"Capri" from Adorn It
"Extreme Sports" from Quilting Treasures (skateboarding & biking)
Stonehenge - "Stars & Stripes" from Northcott
"Don't Be Afraid" from Northcott

I just had to show you some of the fabric included in the Don't Be Afraid line... 
(note:  these are not to scale - they are just to give you an idea of the fantastic colors and prints available in the line)

And check out this great panel!

The ideas are flowing already - how about you?  Stop by the shop to see all of these great new fabrics!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Pennant Banner Tutorial

Meet one of our new blog contributors - Trisha Weekes!  Trisha blogs over at myfourtrees.com.  She created this charming summertime pennant banner for our shop display and is sharing her tutorial with our blog readers!  

Pennant Banner Tutorial
by Trisha Weekes of www.myfourtrees.com

Finished length-3 yards/ 9' long

Supplies needed:
22- 5" charm squares or assorted fabrics cut into 5" squares
1 package of 1/4" or 1/2" double fold bias tape (your preference)

Other general tools needed: 
Sewing machine, thread, rotary cutter, cutting mat, straight pins, scissors, bone folder or turning tool.


1-If not using precut charm squares, cut your assorted fabrics into 5" squares, using rotary cutter and mat.

2-Take each 5" charm square, fold diagonally right sides together, opposite corners, creating a triangle. Pin at corner, set aside until all are folded and pinned; or transfer folded triangle to the sewing machine and proceed with the next step.

3- Sew  1/8" seam allowance from pinned corner to folded corner, back stitch at the beginning and end.

4- Trim folded tip at an angle, cut loose threads.

5- Open the seam, iron or finger press open. Center the seam down the middle of triangle, creating a kite shape.

6- Turn inside out and with the bone folder push out the point of the pennant.

7- Fold over and tuck in the flap at the top into the triangle pocket, still centering the seam down the middle of the back. Pin and set aside until all are pinned.

8- Arrange the pennants in the order you would like them to appear, alternating prints into a repeating pattern. (This picture shows them already chain stitched together.)

9- Using a 1/8" seam allowance, sew along the top of pennant, closing the pocket. Chain stitch all the pennants together, leaving  1/2" -1" of thread in between pennants.  Make sure each back seam is facing down as you sew.

10- Open the double fold bias tape, leave 10-12" for hanging ties at the beginning and end. Insert pennant, fold back over the bias tape and pin each pennant in place, again making sure all the back seams are in the back. The chain stitch should help you make the space between each pennant more even, if not cut and pin as you desire.

11- Starting at the end of the bias tape, make a 1/4" seam allowance down the length of the bias tape, making sure to enclose each pennant into the bias tape.

12- Hang and enjoy!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Just Arrived

It was great seeing so many of you during the shop hop last week.  I hope you all had a great time and were able to visit so many of the wonderful quilt shops we have in our area.

New in the shop this week:  Bungle Jungle charm packs

Have you seen these?  Adorable!  They would be great sewn up as a cute (and quick) baby quilt.  Next week I'll have a tutorial showing what you can do with just one charm pack and less than a yard of solid white fabric.  Coming up on Friday - a tutorial from one of our new blog contributors, Trisha Weekes.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Beehive Shop Hop is here!

The Beehive Shop Hop is here!
There are EIGHTEEN fabulous quilt shops to visit!  Start your "hopping" at the Fabric Mill.  We have a map and a complete list of participating shops or you can go here to view the map.

The Summer Buzz shop hop runs through Saturday, June 16th.  Stop by and enter to win a $100 gift certificate, grab a free quilt block pattern and check out our great kits!

Before you go, be sure to make a quick stop over on our coupons page to see our current deals.  While you're there, subscribe to our newsletter to receive our coupons in your inbox.