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Customers Selling Masks

This week felt like the second major “click” since mid-March where people realized they needed masks, or need more masks.

We do have a supply of masks at the store made by our friend Shirlene. Because they are each unique and go fast, I’m not able to list them online efficiently. So if you want to check those out, come by.

I have several customers selling masks, and am happy to refer you to them! They sell different styles, designs and sizes, so you are sure to find one that works for you.

Masks By Renee

Union Rose

Two Bears Studio

Common Dear

Leon Alexander Yarns

Crafty Sugar Bear

Sara Cowan

Journey Quilt Company

Pewter Acorn Quilts

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Face Mask Resources

Who knew last week that this week we’d all learn so much about making face masks?

I’m not an expert– I’m trying to be a resource and good steward of my community and online voice, so I cannot answer questions about which mask is best, what we should be doing, etc.

I have a friend/customer who has a point of contact with Children’s Hospital who wants masks to use for their waiting rooms and non emergency patients. That’s where at least some of our masks are going.

A lot of people have asked what the best mask to make is, and honestly I don’t know. I think that different places and people will be able to use the different styles. Some are more obviously geared towards medical personnel to go over the N95 masks or to have a filter system with in it. The more basic ones will be useful for people who may not be at that level of need but want some protection.

So my thought is, make what you can, do what you can, we will get the styles of masks people are requesting to those who need and want them.

Here are three tutorials I’ve seen a lot for making masks. There are a LOT MORE to choose from, so use your own judgment based on your supplies or your desire.

Button Counter Face Mask- basic mask, uses elastic

Orange Dot Quilts Simple Face Mask– I think this also uses elastic

A.B. Mask – for a Nurse by a Nurse – uses fabric ties, meant to go over N95 masks

Again, please feel free to do your own research. Goodness knows we’re all learning new things day by day.

Thank you for being willing to help.

Ann White, owner Lady Bird Fabrics

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Creativity in these strange times

I don’t have to recap that we’re living in strange times. There’s worry, there’s anxiety, there’s changing of plans.

I believe strongly that creativity is always an important part of life. It is good for your brain, heart and community. So today I want to share some sources you can utilize to infuse these strange times with creativity.

Hand Embroidery

Image from Cozyblue’s Website

If you want an easy access entry into a sewing niche, hand embroidery is great! At the very least you need a needle, thread, and fabric. Hoops make it easier. You can freehand any design or use a pattern. Great for many, many ages, including young kids (maybe starting at 8? You have to trust the child with a needle).

And besides, it keeps you off your phone! Working with your hands is therapeutic. If you need supplies to get started, you can do so under $15 pretty easily, and those would last you through many projects! Check out our selection online.

Cozyblue provides a great intro into hand embroidery for free on her website. She also has some free patterns.

Streaming Classes

Creativebug is an online service that streams classes from all kinds of creative works with great teachers. (I am not at all affiliated with this site, just a happy personal user). It has sewing, quilting, paperwork, hand sewing, painting, sketching, cooking, knit, crochet and even kid classes. You can get a free thirty day trial if you find yourself with extra time on your hands, or with a kid with extra time on their hands.

Creativebug

Your Local Library

I’m most familiar with OKC’s Metropolitan Library System, but the vast majority of public libraries have awesome online resources now. I searched for digital books related to quilting, sewing and embroidery and there are great books available! Read up on a new technique or skill.

Quilting search at the library.

Watch some inspirational documentaries

The great Crafts in America episode on quilting
The quilters of Gee’s Bend are renown and learning abut their history and art is always a joy.
Ken Burns- quilt collector!

I hope you all stay well in body and mind.

With affection-

Ann White, owner Lady Bird Fabrics

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Simple Zipper Bag Class

$35.00

Sample Bag

Date: 3/29/2020
Time: 2pm to 5pm

This class will teach you how to make a basic lined zipper bag.

Class fee includes pattern, 12″ plastic zipper, and interfacing for bag.

Required supplies-
Two fat quarters (18″ x 22″ piece of fabric)- one for exterior, one for interior. If there is time allowing, students can make more bags with help and supervision, but will need to purchase additional materials such as zippers and/or interfacing if desired.

Student must also bring a sewing machine that the student is comfortable operating. Aforementioned fabrics. Thread, scissors, rotary cutter, square ruler or rectangle ruler preferred but not required.

A minimum of 4 students are required for this class to make, so invite a friend!

Sign up online now!

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Shop Challenge- Oklahoma Skies

Photo by Larry Schwab

After the popularity and enthusiastic response to our last shop challenge, I have struggled to think of a new one! Then last night it struck me- Oklahoma skies.

Whether it’s colorful sunsets, amazing cloud formations, the eerie colors of storm season, or bright blue icy winter colors- Oklahoma skies are famous for a reason! 

For great inspiration, check out Only in Oklahoma on Instagram. 

This does not have to be a quilt, or even a sewn piece, but must be fabric based. Embroidery, sewing, bags, multimedia, paint, paper arts, collage or any physical artistic variation is welcome!

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 April 3, 2020.

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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Simple Tote Class

our favorite tote

$35.00

Date: 2/9/2020 to 2/9/2020
Time: 2pm to 5pm

This class will teach you how to make a basic tote bag, based on the pattern Our Favorite Tote by Ruby Star Society.
You will learn to make this simple, unlined tote, but also make a second version of the bag with lining and pockets, teaching you how to customize your bags. We will also cover different types of interfacing and how that can make a difference in your bags.

Class fee includes pattern and interfacing for second bag.

Required supplies-
Students must bring fabric for the two bags- 3/4 yard for first first unlined bag, and this fabric should be slightly heavier than quilting cotton, such as a linen blend, canvas, or denim.

For the second bag- 3/4 yard of fabric for the exterior and handles, 1/2 yard for the lining. Because we will be lining this bag, these fabrics would be fine to be quilting cotton.

Sewing machine that the student is comfortable operating. Aforementioned fabrics. Thread, scissors, rotary cutter, Square ruler or long ruler preferred but not required.

A minimum of 4 students are required for this class to make, so invite a friend!

Sign up now at this link! https://ladybirdfabrics.com/product/simple-tote-class/

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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!