Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Tessellations continue....

The elementary school class continues - the kids have been busy cutting, pinning, sewing, sandwiching, and for some, finishing!  Here are some pics:

And the 1st one completed! (she's jumping up and down)

Our own Hip Stitch young quilters are finishing projects as well:

Remember, our Summer Sewing Academy 2015 is OPEN for registration!  
The classes and descriptions are right HERE

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Goings-on at Hip Stitch

Here's what one of our young quilters, Natasha, made - a quilt for her dog.  The backing is our Snuggles fabric:

Another young quilter, Kendra, has been busy and productive in the lounge.  Here's a pic. of her finished quilt - she's one of our youngest quilters!

Our monthly free Embroidery Block of the Month was yesterday (Wednesday).  Here are what we've completed so far:

Speaking of embroidery, look what one of our customers brought in to share:

(whoops - turn your head to the right to read!)

This is her recipe, machine embroidered on one of our beautiful towels.

And finally, here's what I made for my favorite Valentines over the weekend - they all had colds, so we postponed breakfast 'til Sunday morning.  I found THIS recipe for Lemon Blueberry Sweet Rolls from one of my favorite food bloggers, The Pioneer Woman.  If I made them again, I'd ease up on the lemon glaze topping - the rolls were sweet enough, but I'd give this recipe 2 thumbs up!

Hope to see you soon! (It IS 30% week, after all)

Saturday, February 7, 2015

I've had the pleasure of working with a class of 4th and 5th graders at an elementary school here in town, who are making tessellation patterns into quilts.  A mom to one of the students is a Hip Stitch customer, and as she was chatting with me one day a few weeks ago about what her daughter's class was doing, I wasted no time volunteering to help.  This has been so darn fun - getting to know the kids, helping them take their drawn designs and planning how to do their quilts, having them figure out how much fabric was needed, then helping cut and to the point they are now:  making their design boards, and next up: sewing!

Here are a few pictures of where I've been a few hours a week:

So fun to see these little minds at work!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Hip Stitchers

Here's what folks have been making and sharing:
Katie made these 2 quilt tops.  This one is from Quilty magazine:

This checkerboard one is from the book "Sunday Morning Quilts".  
She used many Kaffe prints:

Our own Catherine made this one for her son, Brad.  She has twins, a boy and girl, who are in college.  Both Brad and Celeste received a quilt for Christmas.  Brad took his back to college and promptly came down with the flu, 
so I'm thinking his quilt kept him comfy as he suffered!

My sister-in-law and her husband (yes, that would be my brother-in-law) are missionaries in Nicaragua, running a school.  She was in town over the holidays, and picked up some of our grunge fabrics to make curtains in their home there.  She sent me a picture of the finished curtains.  Bravo, Barb!

Sharon brought in the finished quilt she was commissioned to make, out of Crown Royal bags.  It's much more stunning in person, but here are some pictures.  It was quite a job!

A finished jelly roll race quilt top, which I believe was made with TWO jelly rolls!

And finally, I share with you a new chapter in my life:  a daughter with her driver's license!  As customer Kara put it this morning as we chatted on the phone:  "I imagine it must be terrifying, nauseating, and a relief all at once."  It is indeed - she drove her sister and herself to school this morning.  I walked to work, and it was an unexpected bit of wonderful-ness to start my day with a walk - noticing the things I usually don't notice as I usually drive, my mind on my to-do list for the day.  I enjoyed the snow, and the fresh air, and was able to just be in the moment.  Ironic, that she is excited and can't wait to drive every opportunity she gets (as I was at that age), and I now am so very happy to NOT have to drive when I don't need to.  Funny how the world works sometimes, isn't it?

Enjoy the snow today, all!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Happy 2015!

A new year - a fresh start.  New sewing projects, a list of what I want to complete.  You too?
For the 2nd year in a row, (that means I can call it an annual, right?) my girls and I headed up to Las Vegas, NM for an overnight.  We stayed at the Plaza Hotel, had a snowball fight at Storie Lake, walked around the town, shopped at ThreadBear & Tome on the Range, had a great latte at the Traveler's Cafe, and of course, a breakfast burrito at Charlie's Spic & Span. (I think now it's officially "Charlie's Bakery & Cafe", but I can't roll w/the new name)

Our trip didn't disappoint:  the Plaza Hotel was beautifully decorated for the holidays, and going through some renovations ownership changed hands last summer, ThreadBear is a home-away-from-home and we shopped and shopped, food was fabulous, and all in all, it was a relaxing getaway.

Here are some pictures - most taken by Claire, who is a natural photographer w/her phone:

tortilla maker at Charlie's

infamous eclair that we always salivate over but never have room to eat!

latte from the Traveler's Cafe


artwork at the Plaza Hotel

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The lounge & our Hip Stitchers have been busy sewing this holiday season!  Here are a few projects.....but a few will have to wait to be shared until after they're given to prevent any spoiling of surprises!

From Rosanne's Sweet Jane 2 class

Cute bags made with charm pack 5" squares

Gina's finished fleece poncho

(This quilt was made by's a 'Parks & Rec' theme)

Lily's  completed jacket....she worked for a few months on this!

Martha wove the inner fabric herself for this placemat, then added our batik to the frame!

And quilts & more quilts!

More to share after Christmas.....but remember, you have 1 more shopping day - we're open til 2 p.m. Christmas Eve!