Working Studio

Another Holiday is just around the corner and the year is almost over. Reflecting back it’s been a great year some amazing quilts came into the studio . Met some wonderful people .

Our studio is a working studio  it’s not a hobby , it’s a passion.

The studio is always changing and evolving . This year we expanded our space . We now have the space and we  carry a huge inventory of wide backing 108″ fabrics. Which includes flannel and Fireside.  Inventory arrives weekly . And yes we carry batting. We finish quilts so yes this simplifies the process if we have what you need.

Other services we have added to the studio menu.

Open Studio Time –  $25 which is donated to a local charity

We now offer open studio time. Need a place to sew in ?  Your workstation consists of a cutting , ironing & sewing station all tools provided a project cart , coffee and snacks . Come for the day and sew. Just bring the project your working on. You can then leave your project in your cart for your next sewing day. No hauling machines around & your working on Bernian & Brother machines.

Quilting party        –   $40 per person

We  are offering a table runner party or confetti wall hanging party. Book a party all supplies , beverages & snacks are provided. Just show up and play in Deb’s stash. These parties are a blast and well it’s nice to do something together rather than buying stuff we might not need or want. Learn something new and have fun with your friends. These parties are geared around your needs.

What else has been going on … personally trying to deal with my own unfinished projects at last count I had 32 quilt tops of my own to quilt. Yes my dirty little secret I quilt other peoples quilts but no time to do my own. Started finishing a few quilt tops that where over ten years old. Bad Deb, but life… no judgement it is what it is. It’s been nice but honestly working on the older tops I have realized that my skills have come so far since I started. Shaking my head at the lack of ironing or what was I thinking adding a ten inch border. Quilting them up and donating them cause honestly what was I thinking. It’s been a life lesson . I did the best I could with the skills I had . Years later those skills have improved , no longer does one take shortcuts and yes my points are crisp. Skills take time to master . So remember your doing your best and that is all that matters.

Now guess one should finish on the computer and get back to work. The queue only has five quilts in at the moment but here’s hoping that changes in the next week or so . Book your spot into the queue so we have time to finish your project for Christmas. Lots of space at the moment but that could change in a moments notice.

Restoration of those vintage blocks.

A wonderful quilt came into the studio two weeks ago. The client whom I have known  for many years, was dropping of this wonderful vintage quilt. She  completed it for her soon to be 89 year old grandmother. The blocks where made for said grandmother 55 years ago by a friend !!!  From the age of the fabric & style guessing  it was made from late 40’s early 50’s clothing. The blocks where hand stitched with small fine stitches. The workmanship of said blocks is wonderful ! Now jumping ahead… Those wonderful blocks where never put into a quilt. Lori (the granddaughter) was asked if she would finish the quilt . The family plans to give it to her on her 86th birthday.

Into my hands it lands. First things first, the fabric is aged it needs some stability. One of my favorite products is Shape-flex by Pellon it is a cotton woven fusible . Yes this is adding to the expense of the quilt. These blocks you could almost see threw by adding said product now these blocks have added life. Did this to all the blocks.

Once this was done the quilting process could start. Ditched all the applique and blocks. Added a pretty corner flower to echo the flowers in the fabrics. Feathers in the border fabric as the borders where a whooping 10 inches. Did clouds in the background and bricks . The sashing did swirls and mirror imaged them. There are no computers it’s just me moving the machine. The needle is my pen. Once the quilt was finished them took it off the machine and now dealing with stains. Their are not many stains but over time those blocks did get handled and well not sure what each stain is . So out comes  my favorite spot remover, I will also make my special restoration spray and we will handle each stain until they are gone. Funny how skills from ones past come in handy. Spent a couple of years restoring train cars for the Cranbrook Railway museum & went to school to learn Restoration. Also worked for a dry cleaner and dealing with stains is coming in handy.  If they don’t come out then will blend fabric paints to cover them up. We will bring it back to it’s full glory.  So at the end of the day I hope I have done these women proud and they love the quilt as much as I have working on it. Restoring such a gem is a honor. I know it’s just a quilt but it has a story , it starts with the first woman that did the blocks, the next who kept them safe, the daughter that gave them to her daughter to give to the grandmother. This in my eyes is the true treasure , it’s love expressed with fabric. It’s a family heirloom or here’s hoping it becomes their Heirloom.  Check out our facebook page for the finished quilt pictures. Client loved the quilting and they still have 8 blocks to make a lap size one.

 

 

 

Chloe’s Club House

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Last year in the studio we did a test class for kids … The girls loved coming into the studio and learning a new life skill.

This year we thought we would pick two different weeks , small class size 3-4 children , where in the morning we would sew, create & play . In the afternoon learn how to bake & cook a meal . At the end of each day wonderful items will come home with your child. At the end of the week they will put on a BBQ for all the parents and family members.

Chloe’s Club House

Come and spend a week at Loopy D’s where your child will learn how to hand sew, machine sew , Bake & Cook.

Each day we will work on a creative project , cook something in the kitchen and basically learn skills that will take them through life.

Dates                             July 16th to July 20th

Aug 20th to Aug 24

Time                               9:00 am till 5:00 pm this is flexible.

Cost                                $300.00 per week

Everything is supplied including meals.

Friday evening the class will wind down with a BBQ that they totally do. All family members are invited.