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Small Business Saturday

Celebrate Small Businesses in your community on the Saturday after Thanksgiving, November 30th.

Remember to Shop Small in Your Community!

Small businesses are the heartbeat of our communities. You’ll find all your sewing and quilting needs at your independent quilt and fabric retailer.

Small Business Saturday is the day we all Shop Small!

Deals Abound on Black Friday

Black Friday is the Friday after Thanksgiving in the United States and is often regarded as the beginning of the Christmas shopping season.

Fabric Shoppers Unite!

Did you know the name originated in Philadelphia, where it was used to describe the heavy and disruptive pedestrian and vehicle traffic on the day after Thanksgiving? Use of the term began before 1961 and saw broader use outside of Philadelphia after 1975. Later an alternative explanation was made that retailers operated at a financial loss January through November and “Black Friday” indicates the point at which retailers begin to turn a profit or are “in the black.”

Will you take advantage of good deals and be out shopping on Black Friday?

Remember you can always find what you need for quilting and sewing at your independent quilt and fabric retailer.

Season 12 Project Runway Winner Receives $40,000 Sewing Studio From Brother International

Brother International, a industry-leading innovator, was pleased to present Philadephia-based designer Dom Streater with a sewing and crafting studio valued at $40,000 as part of her prize package of being crowned the winner of Project Runway Season 12. Streater sewed up this season’s competition against fellow finale contestants Alexzandria von Bromssen, Bradon McDonald and Justin LeBlanc. Her impressive, unique designs stood out among the shows’  judges. She wowed the judges with her “Retro Redux” collection at the Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week.

The Dom Streater Collection for Project Runway

“She is a remarkably talented designer,” says Dean F. Shulman, Senior Vice President of Brother International Corporation and head of the company’s Home Appliance and Industrial Products divisions. Brother began a partnership with Project Runway in 2007.

Dom Streater - Project Runway Season 12 Winner

In addition to a complete sewing and crafting studio from Brother, Streater has won a prize package worth more than half a million dollars, including $150,000 from GoBank, $50,000 of next generation

technology from HP and Intel to help enable her creativity and launch her new business;  an all-expenses paid, luxurious spa retreat for two to the Maldives and a year’s supply of natural spring water, courtesy of Resource Natural Springs Water; a chance to design and sell an exclusive collection at Belk; a fashion spread in Marie Claire magazine; a 2014 Lexus IS 350; a $100,000 fabric allowance from Tide Pods; and a $50,000 styling contract with L’Oreal Paris. Streater’s model, Rayuana Aleyce, also will receive a fashion spread in Marie Claire and $25,000 from L’Oreal Paris.

Remember, you can find all your sewing and quilting needs at your local independent quilt and fabric shops.

Take the COLORFUL Peppered Cottons Challenge!

Challenge yourself to create a masterpiece using Peppered Cottons by Studioe Fabrics.

The most awesome part of the COLORFUL Peppered Cotton Challenge is that the first prize is $500 cash and $250 in retail value of Studioe Fabrics! AND, even more awesomeness is that the store where you shop for your Studioe Fabric will ALSO win!  This is a win-win challenge all the way around! The only restriction is that your project does need to use Studioe Fabric and 75% of that fabric must be Peppered Cottons.

22 Tea Green Peppered Cotton

You have until March 31, 2014 to enter. So get busy. Put your thinking cap on and get creative! Read the contest rules here.

Sewing with Peppered Cottons – Part Two

Peppered Cottons is a new “shot cotton” by Pepper Cory and Studioe Fabrics. The warp and the weft threads in this fabric are different colors. For instance, # 38 Moss has a deep purple warp and a bright lime weft and together they make a very mellow green.

Sewing with Peppered Cottons: Before cutting pieces from the fabric, give it a light mist of spray starch and press to give the fabric even more body. Use a good quality #50 or #60 100% cotton sewing thread and a normal stitch length. Either match the color of thread to the fabric or choose a shade that blends well with your project.

Applique’ Tips: Spray-starch shot cotton yardage twice (once on each side) when doing applique’. A little extra body helps when doing needle-turn applique’ by hand. In most cases either #50 or #60 weight thread is a good choice for either machine or hand applique’.

Pressing: Set your iron on Wool. A too-hot iron can cause crinkling at the edges of the fabric.

Quilting: When machine-quilting, use a new slightly thinner needle and a thin strong thread. For quilt backing, choose a quilting-weight cotton fabric, rather than more shot cottons, to give more density to the quilt. FYI: you can tell when too large of a needle has been used in machine quilting–when the finished quilt is held to the light, tiny pin-holes appear and light shines through them.

Quilting by Hand: Throughly baste the three layers so they do not shift while working with them. The usual weight of hand quilting thread is #40. Consider experimenting with contrasting colors of thread or try Big Stitch quilting using a #8 or #12 perle cotton.

Finishing and Binding: After quilting, but before binding, run basting stitches completely around all sides of the quilt, especially if there are any cut bias edges that might stretch, 1/8th inch in from the cut edges. Basting can be done by either machine or hand. Leave basting stitches in place.  Binding can be cut either with the straight of grain or on the bias. If using shot cottons for the binding and cutting it on the bias, another light spray of starch will help you handle the stretchy bias strips.

Watch for new colors of Peppered Cottons coming soon to an independent quilt and fabric shop near you.

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