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Last minute holiday gift guide- 2019

Hi friends! It’s Ann here.

If you’re looking for a last minute gift idea for your favorite quilter (or yourself), then here are my top recommendations based on customer trends over the past few months.

wool pressing mat
Wool Pressing Mat

This wool pressing mat took a while to win me over. And by took a while, I should be clear that the first time I used it, I understood all the hype.

I used cheap ironing boards for a long time for my sewing-related pressing, and after a while I noticed that the grid marks from the worn top would come through on my blocks. And that’s obviously a no go.

So after opening the shop, I tried out these wool pressing mats, having seen them everywhere. And they immediately won me over.

The wool holds the heat from your iron, which then essentially presses your quilt block from both sides and gives you extremely flat seams. It makes a difference when you are doing serious pressing on a project. Next level quilting!

Misting bottle

This misting spray bottle has been a hit. In sewing and quilting, we often use starch or water to help press blocks or fabrics.

What this spray bottle does differently is that it gives you a very even, very light mist of liquid. No big droplets or uneven sprays.

You prime the bottle with one pump, then spray with another. It’s a simple thing that can make your sewing more pleasurable!

These Cozyblue embroidery kits are a perfect all in one gift. It includes everything you need to make the beautiful hoop, except for scissors!

The hoop, printed fabric pattern, needle, and thread are all included- plus a perfect intro to embroidery stitching guide!

Perfect for you to pick up to have some holiday quiet time, or perfect for your loved one who wants to be more creative but doesn’t know where to start!

We have 5 designs in stock to choose from.

Needle threader

There are many types of needle threaders on the market, but the consensus among sewists I know is that this is the best one.

If you have trouble seeing to thread your needle, or holding your hand still enough to get it, this can be a life saver!

It fits a wide variety of needles and will become a staple of your sewing table.

This is easily what I’d call the pattern of the year for our shop.

We’ve had to re-order it four times. It has so much potential for customization and looks amazing in a variety of color palettes and styles.

If you don’t want to take my word for it, check out what other people have posted that they’ve made!

I often say the simple things are the best quilting tools, and this thread cutter proves it! In the “handle” of the basket is an embedded razor, which is safely tucked away so no one will cut themselves, and you use it to pop threads apart after chain piecing.

These fun gadgets have existed for a long time, but this one has two fun extra features. One is that it features the little basket to stick threads or other small things in while you’re sewing, and the other is that the sides of the basket are magnetic, which is an easy storage place for your pins or clips!

And of course, when all else fails, there’s always a gift certificate to make sure they get exactly what they want.

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LBF Shop Challenge- Birdies

I’m happy to announce the first Lady Bird Fabrics shop challenge!

The challenge is simple. Use at least one of the three following bird fabrics, available in shop, in a crafted or artistic project.

Fabric must be recognizable as this fabric in the piece. This does not have to be a quilt, or even a sewn piece. Embroidery, sewing, bags, multimedia, paint, paper arts, collage or any physical artistic variation is welcome!

Bird fabric is available on a first come first serve basis.

Finished pieces will be submitted to the shop to be judged- there will be both a community favorite award by popular vote and an award from a guest judge. Prizes to be determined- but trust me they will be worth your while!

Submissions are due at the shop by October 18, 2019.

Get creative and try to think out of the box- I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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Norm and Nanette Quilt Class

Join us to make the “small quilt” version of the Norm and Nanette pattern by Elizabeth Hartman.

On October 12, from 10am- 4pm, students will piece together the adorable gnome top.

Perfect for fall or even dolled up in Christmas apparel, this will be fun to make and the instruction will make what might seem like a daunting block doable!

Class is $60 and you can sign up in shop or online.

This class requires basic quilting knowledge. Supplies include the Norm and Nanette pattern, traditional quilt/sewing tools, sewing machine, and fabrics detailed on the pattern to make the small quilt version. This class is only to make the quilt top- students will finish (quilt/bind) the project on their own time.

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Embroidery Club

We are excited to announce our Embroidery Club, beginning Tuesday, August 27 from 6pm- 8pm.

Photo by Karly Santiago on Unsplash

Clubs will be different from regular classes- each month we will have space for 12 participants in the club, and each month will cover different stitches and projects related to embroidery. Students sign up for meetings one at a time, rather than being expected to attend all of them.

The book, Hand Embroidery Stitches At-A-Glance, will be the primary guide for the class and required for meetings.

You can buy a kit with all necessary supplies at the shop and save 10% , or you can buy a kit including only the fabrics needed.

Supplies include:

  • Hand Embroidery Stitches At-A-Glance
  • 3 fabric cuts available at the shop
  • 1 – Pigma Micron Pen 05 Pen .45 MM Black or Blue
  • 1 – Clover Embroidery Needle Assortment
  • 1 – Bamboo Hoop 6” inch hoop
  • 1 – Skein Embroidery Floss – Solid Color Dark Color (Black, Red, Green, Purple, Orange)
  • Scissors
  • Loran Needle Threader
  • Scissors

Each club meeting costs $10 to attend, and because space is limited, early registration is recommended. You can sign up online here!

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English Paper Piecing Club

We are excited to announce our English Paper Piecing (EPP) Club, beginning Thursday, August 15 from 6pm- 8pm.

Clubs will be different from regular classes- each month we will have space for 12 participants in the club, and each month will cover a different topic related to EPP. Students sign up for meetings one at a time, rather than being expected to attend all of them.

All club meetings will use the same book as text- All Points Patchwork: English Paper Piecing Beyond the Hexagon for Quilts & Small Projects by Diane Gilleland. It will be available at the shop, and will be required for all club meetings.

Other supplies recommended include:

  • Clover Black Gold Sharps Needle Sizes 9 – 12 6ct
  • Clover Black Gold Between / Quilting Needle Sizes 9 – 12 6ct
  • SewTites Magnetic Pin
  • Wonder Clips
  • Thread
  • Sewline Glue Pen
  • Pocket Scissors

At each club meeting, the paper templates for the shape being covered will be provided to students.

Each club meeting costs $15 to attend, and because space is limited, early registration is recommended. You can sign up online here!

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Twirl N Spin Table Runner Class

Twirl N Spin Table runner
Twirl N Spin Table Runner

Sign up online here!

We are excited to announce a new class on August 17 from 10am-2pm, the Twirl N Spin Table Runner.

This table runner project is so easy to personalize. You can make your stars scrappy or solids, and use any variety of colors or themed fabrics to make it your own! Our sample above is done is playful Christmas fabrics by Alison Glass.

You can see the class supply list here:

This is a class for beginning or intermediate quilters. This class will only produce the quilt top, and students will finish (quilt and bind) the project on their own. Class price is $40 and spaces are limited.

You can learn how quick and easy projects are when using a specialty ruler and accompanying pattern- in this case the Creative Grids 60 Degree Diamond Ruler.

Because specialty rulers are an investment- the 60 Degree Diamond Ruler costs $29.99- we are going to offer a number of affordable patterns and classes to go along with it. We want you to make the most of your tools and feel confident using them!

Call the shop at 405-562-3409 or come in to reserve your spot today.

Or sign up online here!