We’re Back!

It’s been a long time since we’ve written here!  You know how you sometimes really have good intentions, but you just don’t make it happen?  I have the same situation with exercising.  I was never lucky enough to find any exercise I enjoyed.  Several years ago, I discovered I could watch Sue Hausmann in my netbook while I walked on the treadmill, and I even went longer than my target time, to see the end of her show,  America Sews!

Unfortunately, my best laid plans to continue with exercising went by the wayside.

As did posts on this blog!

So now I’m walking on the treadmill again, (still watching sewing and quilting shows on my iPad as I go,) and getting back to our blog posts!  I’ve been promised help, which is good anyway, because that way we have more of a variety of topics.  Look for us about every two weeks.

This one is a short one, brought about by forgetting my own tip!  I wanted to pre-wash something I was working on for Quilts of Valor.  (We have QoV Sew Days at the shop on second Thursdays of the month starting at 10am- everyone welcome!)  Anyway, I just threw the fabric in the washer and dryer, and this is what I got!20160725_134143

Please read my tip in a previous post on how to prevent this from happening!

Agadget-cushionnd for my fellow cat lovers, here’s a phone photo of my beautiful Cagney, sister to Lacy.  The phone’s propped up on my Gadget Cushion, 909270.  More about that next time I write.


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Did you know that you can see what’s new at Erica’s almost every day??  Karen does a great job of updating that page every time she adds something.  Sometimes it’s brand new fabric, books, tools, accessories or yarn, and sometimes it’s what just went up on our Rummage Page or Bargain Ends of Bolts.  Sometimes it’s something that we expect in soon that you can pre-order.   Any page of our website has a column on the left that tells you where to find things, and all you have to do is look for “New Items” in purple, and click to find out!  Many people have told us they bookmark that page, so they’re always up to date!

I Glue it and Sew it!

I remember years ago hearing Aleene of Aleene’s Glue fame say, “if you can’t glue it, don’t do it!”  A dear sewing friend (well known in the sewing industry,) retorted with “if you don’t sew it, they’re going to know it.”

Well, with time gone by, we sew-ers both glue and sew!

For example, here I needed to fold my fabric under ¼” for a project I was working on. The easiest way I’ve discovered to do that is to draw a line at ½” in, press the fabric to that line, then lay glue inside it, and press it dry. I use my Frixion Pen (A20672) to make the line. It disappears with the heat of the iron. The glue I use is “Glue Baste It.” (44929) I like the fine tip because not too much glue comes out.combined rotated

I needed to add a zipper to my project, so again I used Glue Baste It. I pinned the zipper to my ironing board to keep it from moving around. Then I laid a line of glue, laid my folded fabric on the zipper, lined it up straight, and pressed it dry.  ( Then I sew to permanently attach the zipper.)Zipper 1 rotated20151022_145113Of course I add the other side using “Glue Baste It,” too.second side

BTW, this is the finished project. It’s one of three sizes of Hunter Design Studio’s Chunky Wee Zippy Pouches. (A30186)  The pattern doesn’t use glue, but these are techniques I use all the time and they can be applied to most patterns.Finished pouchIf you didn’t know about this, I hope it’ll be of help to you in some of your next projects.  Posted by me, Erica

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You can see what’s new at Erica’s almost every day!  Any page of our website has a column on the left that tells you where to find things, and all you have to do is look for “What’s New” in purple, and click to find out.

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Happenings at Erica’s

If you haven’t looked at it yet, please check out our Newsletter. It’s long, (55 pages, including Local News) so be sure you have some time, and your favorite beverage at hand. If you live nearby and still get the paper newsletter, it’s so much less than the online one, and the photos online are in color! We show off projects people have brought in to share , and more Crafter Kitties for those cat lovers among us!

We also kicked off a new Rewards Program! It replaces the one we started over 35 years ago that just worked for purchases that were made in the store. Now every dollar you spend (not just $5 increments like before) on non-discounted, regularly priced merchandise counts toward Reward Dollars. Our system will keep track, and when you’ve spent $100, you’ll get $10 back to use on other regularly priced items, either in the store or online.

We have Sue Hausmann coming for two presentations, and a Shop Hop of Northern Indiana Quilt Stores.

We have monthly specials to celebrate our 35th Store Anniversary, and you’ll get notice of those if you’re signed up for our emails from the website. There will be a new one sent out the end of next week, so if you aren’t signed up, don’t delay!

If you’re at the Quilt Show in Marshall, Michigan the end of this week, please stop and see us in the booth!

I love to learn new things!

I’m back from Viking Convention in Texas and there are so many new things for our Viking owners. Please stop in the store if you live near us, to see the new Texture Hoop, feet, and design collections!
I got to see Sue Hausmann and talk about her trip here in October. Be sure to sign up to come to her presentations October 20th and 21st. She has two new embroidery collections out, for beautiful quilts. You’ll see those and much more. You can sign up here.
We spent some time with Simon Haskins, and you can see Simon and Jenny’s Sharman’s Vintage Garden Quilt behind us in the photo. We saw him a few weeks ago In Pittsburgh at Quilt Market, and we’ll see him again in two weeks in San Francisco at Bernina University where he’s teaching lots of classes. And the poor guy was back home in Australia between his three visits to the US, and he’s not finished yet! Talk about a frequent flyer! He must be putting his time on those trips into creating new designs (just look at these trims!) and projects for Creative Expressions Magazines, because he and his Mum have lots of new things!
This year at Convention I was actually able to take some sewing classes. I haven’t done that in years, and I just loved it. The first one was a project with Linda Visnaw, using her new pattern, Sew Hot Sew Cool Insulated Bags. What a fabulous pattern! It includes project instructions for three styles, along with 9 line art designs for inking, 10 embroidery files in most popular formats, and instructions for paper piecing a block to put on the front if desired. She designed them to use a layer of Insul-BrightTM (thus “Sew Hot, Sew Cool’) but you could also use fleece. The bags are a canvas for anything you’d like to highlight, and they’re so quick to make. I love how the lining becomes the accent in the one we did in class. You can see it best in the photo of the one I made in denim Sandcastle fabric.

Another project used the Viking Yarn Couching Set, and we did a DigiBobbe design with Spangle Yarn. The one I chose was from Collection 4, Bubbles and Pearls, but any of the collections are beautiful. (I have them all!) The tassel is made with Jenny’s Magic Tassel Maker (about 1/4 of the way down the page) and the button that attaches it is a design from Hope Yoder’s Button-Ups Embroidery Collection (about 1/4 down the page), which is so much fun!

I really enjoyed being able to learn new things and use new tools and products. Click on the “What’s New” on the left of almost any of the pages on our site to see new things as they’re added daily!