I had an entire day to myself last Friday, so decided to take a class at the workroom.
I met the lovely Karyn, and her dog Maisy, and spent 3 hours immersed in learning a new technique; how to make a log cabin quilt block. Here’s the start of mine:
Besides spending my free time learning something new, I discovered how great it is to be with other sewers. I have sewn on and off for over 30 years, but a lot of that time is on my own. I glean bits of information from blogs, online tutorials, and books, but you can’t beat being having a teacher who can show you in 2 minutes the best way of using a rotary cutter. Especially if your teacher is also a lefty like me, thanks Johanna!
The class is the first in a series of “a la carte” classes, where you can pick and choose which quilt blocks you would like to learn how to make. You can see more images of the quilt blocks here.
In the future they have plans for a class which will teach you how to finish and bind your quilt, once you have completed all those blocks.
In addition to the classes, The Workroom has an amazing collection of fabrics, some of which I have seen on line and was excited to see in real life (I know, I should get out more!). In addition you can pay an hourly rate to use a sewing machine or serger there, and Karyn is always around to help.
If you get a chance, go sign up for a class there, who knows, we might bump into each other!
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I have wanted to make these bags for a long time, and as all 3 of my children were in summer camp this week, I decided to dedicate the first free week I have had on my own in 10 years to making them and hopefully some other items (like the pjs I promised my oldest son “guy” in the spring). Please excuse the bad pic, I like to take pictures of my bags hanging from my trees in the garden, but with all this rain I don’t know when I will get out there again.
I mentioned this pattern in my previous entry. The pattern is available from here for free for personal use, or you can purchase a license which allows you to sell any that you make using the pattern, as long as you credit the designer.
This is my first attempt, and I’m about 80% happy with it. It’s made with a free fat quarter that pink panda fabrics sent me with an order, the fabric is from the Pop Garden collection by Heather Bailey.
Things I would change for the next one are:
- Read the pattern more thoroughly, so that the seam allowances on the lining are the same as the bag (the lining on this one is a bit bigger than the bag!).
- Use medium instead of heavyweight interfacing. The instructions on the original pattern say to use heavyweight, but I find that it’s a bit “crunchy” and the pleats don’t hang as well as I would like them too).
- Use interfacing on the strap, so that it’s a bit more substantial. I really knew that I should have done this as I was sewing it, but I sometimes just carry on regardless!
This is my first post, which is one of a (small) series about Canadian online stockists of fabric!
For a few years now I have been browsing enviously at online fabric stores in the USA, coveting all those sumptious fabrics but resisting (most) purchases because of the prohibitively expensive shipping rates to Canada. Recently I have discovered a few online stores who operate out of Toronto, and I can now get my mitts on Lizzy House, Sandi Henderson, Amy Butler to name a few.
My favourite online store is pink panda fabrics. The owner, Cheryl, started selling fabrics on etsy, and she opened her online store in June of this year. She is always helpful, gets back to me really quickly, and even includes a free fat quarter with every fabric order. I am in the process of making some buttercup bags, using fat quarters from Sandi Henderson’s Farmer’s Market, I hope to have pictures posted by the end of the week.