Sunday, September 20, 2015

Whimsical Wands Crayon Embroidery Class Today - Join Us!

An old crock filled with happy Halloween wands!  The images are crayon tinted and embroidered.  The sunflower has pretty rouched petals and a yo-yo that are a snap to make!

Join us for this fun embroidery class and learn how to color your embroidery with Crayons! We are featuring the Whimsical Wands pattern from Crabapple Hill Studios. This is a very fun and easy technique. An added extra will be learning how to Rouche and make a Yo Yo for the sunflower. You will have a lot of fun in this class, and learn some new things!  

If you aren't able to join us, we do have some kits available.  You can order those here.  To register for the class, click here

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Tula Pink Eden Collection Coming Soon - Special Pre-order Price!


Tula Pink's newest collection, Eden, is on it's way and will be here soon!  We've got a special 20% off special pre-order price for you!  Once the fabrics arrive, they will go back to regular price.  We won't charge your card until the fabric comes in, however, by placing your order now you'll be assured to get the fabrics you want at the special pre-order price.

We will also have fat quarter bundles, half yard bundles, and full yard bundles also available at the special pre-order price!  This new collection is really fabulous - reserve the fabrics you want today!

For project ideas, we highly recommend her City Sampler book. 

We used this book for our 2014 Modern Sampler project, but we think it would look great in the new Eden collection.  We love the Gridlocked setting, but the book has a number of other settings as well. 

And of course it is a fun book just to look through for inspiration!

To pre-order the fabrics, start here.  You can then type "tula pink eden" in the search field and you will see all of the fabrics individually at once.  To order the book, click here.  Enjoy!

Friday, September 18, 2015

Million Dollar Pillowcase Challenge Today and Tomorrow!

This weekend is our One Million Pillowcase Challenge!  This event is nation-wide, and we are so excited to be participating!  We will sew pillow cases all day Friday and Saturday. We'll have some fun treats and door prizes.  You can come anytime for an hour or two or stay both days. If you don’t want to bring a machine, we have one you can use, and there will still be things you can do to help.

You can also donate pillowcases that you have already made, or fabric for to be used for the pillowcases. We will donate all the pillowcases to local charities in the Bay Area.  Samaritan House has a need right now, and we are also talking with volunteers helping with the Northern California fires as well. 

If you have some made or would like to make some and can't get in this weekend, you can bring them by anytime.  We collect these on a regular basis and then donate them locally as the need arises.  We hope you can join us for this fun event!

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Reminder - 2015 Kaleidoscope of Quilts This Weekend!

Just a Reminder -  Material Girls & Michael from Half Moon Bay will be presenting their 2015 Kaleidoscope of Quilts Show on Sunday, September 13, 2015 from 12 noon to 5 pm.  The show will be held at Lesley Gardens, 701 Arnold Way @ Main Street in Half Moon Bay, CA. 

There will be over 100+ beautiful quilts on display, a craft boutique, a 20% discount coupon from Always Quilting, and admission is FREE!  So mark your calendars now and plan on a fun day to view some gorgeous quilts on Sunday September 13th!  

Here is a small view of the map; please give us a call if you need more information about the show or the location, and we'll have someone get back to you and make sure all of your questions are answered! 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Handi Quilter Back to School Special Ends Tomorrow!

Just a reminder that the Handi Quilter Back to School Special Ends tomorrow!  Special financing and FREE shipping are available - it's a great deal and the perfect way to get your very own Handi Quilter machine in your home!

For those of you not quite ready to take that step, we'd love to have you join us for the Long Arm certification class.  Once you've taken the class, you can quilt on our in-store Handi Quilter and Gammil machines!  It's a lot of fun, and a great way to finish all those quilt tops you have that are waiting to be quilted!  Give us a call if you'd like to sign up.  Our next certification class is on Thursday, October 1st and you can click here to register! 

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Closed Labor Day but Always Open Online!

Just a reminder, we will be closed on Monday, September 7th so our staff can enjoy the holiday with family and friends.  We wish you a wonderful holiday as well!  And if you need anything, remember we are always open online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week!  Have a great Labor Day!

Announcing our 2016 Saturday Sampler - Farm Girl Vintage!

We are so excited to announce our 2016 Saturday Sampler project - Farm Girl Vintage by Lori Holt!  We just love this book, and will be doing the Farm Girl Sampler Quilt.  Each month you will get fabric to make four 6 1/2" blocks (6" finished).  If you finish your blocks and bring them to the meeting, you will get your next four blocks FREE!  What a great way to make this fabulous quilt! 

You will choose your own background, and we will also have finishing kits available that will include cornerstones, borders, and binding.  For the blocks, we are choosing fabrics that will stay with the same color way as the cover quilt.  Evelyn will be hosting this group on the 1st Saturday of the month starting in January 2016.  We are opening registration now so you can reserve your spot and get started looking at your book - it is sew inspiring! 

If you are not local and would like to do this as a regular block of the month, we have that option available too!  In that case you would be charged a monthly fee that would include everything - background fabric, blocks, cornerstones, borders, and binding - and you would not pay the registration fee.  If you don't already have the book we can easily add that on for you. 

The Farm Girl Vintage book includes complete instructions for 45 sampler blocks in two sizes (6in and 12in), three farm blocks and a bumper crop of projects! The fourteen projects include ten quilts, two table runners, a table topper and a potholder. There are over 130 pages of full color instructions, beautiful photos.
Click here to register for the Saturday Sampler or join the block of the month option.  Or you can also click here to just purchase the book.  However, we really hope you will be able to join us for this fun project! 

Friday, September 4, 2015

Learn to Machine Quilt with Jill Schumacher!

Here is Jill with her award winning quilt!
Jill Schumacher is amazing in that she is an award-winning quilter AND she is an outstanding instructor!  She will be here this month to teach a class on Introduction to Machine Quilting.  We have a number of people who have taken this multiple times, because you can learn so much from Jill each time you take it!

Class will be held Saturday, September 26th from 10:00 - 4:00.  Click here if you'd like to register.  You will need to make an Ohio Star block, although if you don't have time to do it, we have a few available for a small cost.

Here is the Ohio Star block
  In this class you will learn to quilt loops, curves, designs, free- motion straight line and simple stipple by using your home sewing machine. You will also learn how to follow a design, both continuous and beautiful heirloom feathers. Learn to pin your quilt and prepare it for quilting. Many tips are shared in this valuable introduction to machine quilting. You will learn the art of Heirloom free-motion machine quilting. Today's quilts are tomorrow's heirlooms.  This is a beginning class and students will successfully learn the art of heirloom machine quilting.

We hope you can join us for this fun class with Jill! 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Upcoming Event - Kings Mountain Art Fair on Labor Day Weekend


The Kings Mountain Art Fair is coming up on Labor Day Weekend, September 5-7, 2015.  This is one that I've always wanted to attend, and seem to not know about it until after it happens - so I wanted to have you put it on your calendar now so you can go to this fabulous event!

This is a juried art fair with more than 130 artists, so the  quality of the art is really good.  They also have a grill that serves breakfast and lunch. The food is great and you can eat under the redwoods - so beautiful!  There is Kiddy Hollow, a place for kids to do art projects and there are huge cookies for sale to benefit the elementary school.  Proceeds also benefit the Kings Mountain Volunteer Fire Brigade. 


Some of the techniques and items featured include Oils and Acrylics, Watercolors, Serigraphs, Sculpture, Photography, Mixed Media, Ceramics, Handmade Knives, Leather, Jewelry, Furniture, Batik, Glass Paperweights, Toys, Fine Wood Works, Quilts, Wearable Art, Weaving, Children's Wear, Etching, Blown Glass, Lithographs, Metalwork, and Collage. 

The fair runs Saturday, Sunday, and Monday over Labor Day Weekend from 10
a.m. To 5 p.m.  There is parking along the highway and a FREE shuttle up
and down Skyline Blvd.  Admission is also FREE!  Please note, no pets are permitted!

The event will be held at the Kings Mountain Community Center, 13889 Skyline Blvd, Woodside, CA.  It is 7 minutes from Hwy 84 or 92.  Contact phone number is 650.851.2710.  For map and additional information, including a list of the juried artists, click here

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Whimsical Wands Crayon Embroidery Class Coming Soon

We are so excited about this Whimsical Wands Crayon Embroidery class coming in September.  The pattern is from Crabapple Hill Studios, well-known for their fabulous hand embroidery projects.  Join us for the class and you'll have this stitched before you know it - ready in plenty of time for Halloween!

If you'd like to register for the class, click here.  If you'd like to purchase the pattern and/or the kit, click here.  For crayons, you will need to bring your own! 

Have you done a crayon embroidery before?  If so, let us know and send a picture - we'd love to see what you did! 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Row by Row Ends September 8th

September 8th is the last day to pick up your FREE row pattern from Always Quilting!  After that, we cannot give out the patterns until November 1st. At that time, we will be able to mail them out - so if you'd like to be on the November 1st list, just let us know!

And what a fun way to show off the fabric plates you have collected....we have included both of the Always Quilting rows in this project!

We are also waiting for our winner - you have until October 31 to bring in your quilt with 8 rows - all finished, bound, and labeled.  We have some fun things planned for our winner, so we hope you will come in soon!