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The Old Craft Store

As I learn and grow in my quilting skills and knowledge I’m amazed by how many shops are out there specializing in quilts. I guess until you become involved in something you don’t really “see” some things you know?  On my travels I’m going to make sure I find and visit at least one quilt store in the area whether to compare shops, fabric or local customs it should be fun.

Inspiration and creativity come together in this little quilt shop located in the square of the historic Old Downtown area of Carrollton, Texas. 

They offer a large variety of 100% cotton fabrics  and quilting notions. You can also find an array of classes for the beginner to the most experienced quilter. There are even classes to help you improve your techniques in other areas such as making pants that fit, making patterns that fit and photo quilts among many others.  

Wanting to join a quilting club? They have those too – including a book club  featuring books with storylines on quilting of course! I recently joined what they call Moda U. One Saturday a month, members get together to see the newest fabrics from Moda, play Quilt-O (Bingo) to win a free pattern, see the latest kits, share tips and show finished Quilts – whether it’s your own or a family heirloom. It was quite fun and I’m looking forward to next month’s meeting.

 There is also have a post office located inside the store for fast and easy shipment of purchases to anywhere in the U.S.A.

Whether looking to learn a new skill, ideas for new projects or an opportunity to make new friends – this little shop is a gem. If you are ever in the Dallas, Texas area you’ll want to stop by and peruse the place just off Interstate 35, take Beltline exit.

May 15, 2009 Posted by | Quilt Shops, Quilting | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Helpful Quilting sites

Still working on My First Quilt and its coming along nicely. It can be hard to get in sewing time after working all day and then coming home to make dinner, do household chores, etc., etc.  – you know! But I think I’ve made some good progress and am almost done. I’ve also been browsing around on the internet and have found a few interesting quilting blogs and sites. The Online Quilting Blog even offers online lessons/tutorials, free quilting patterns (including a list of other web sites that offer free patterns, photo gallery, tips and a chat room.

The Moda Bakeshop features their fabric line (Moda) and free patterns and photos of the projects. Both definitely worth checking out.

It’s so wonderful to see that sewing and quilting are still alive and well in this day and age when so many of the “old fashioned” type of home projects seem to be waning. I’m not sure if sewing is even taught anymore in high school (I don’t think it is). It was back in my day when i took home ec. i made a sundress. I think a quilt would have been easier, especially since the dress included a ZIPPER! Anyway i am learning so much from the blogs and sites i come across. Hope to feature more in future along with my own projects.

 Oh the things you can do with Embroidery

I finally learned how to use the embroidery function on my sewing machine! Although kind of a pain because the sewing machine needs to be connected to the computer before it can be done, I think in the long run I will be able to have much more options this way without having to buy additional software. We’ll see, the deed is done and this is the machine I have so I must work with it. It’s amazing how you can make a little 89 cent towel look so much nicer with a little embroidery.

The possibilities are endless and needless to say everybody will be getting embroidered items for Christmas. I’ll be incorporating some of that on my future quilt projects, especially for the labels! The photo is the project we did in the embroidery class which i gave to my mom for Mother’s Day. 003 can’t wait to use on quilting blocks as well.

May 14, 2009 Posted by | Quilting | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment