Saturday, August 16, 2014

Meet Ron & Elisa.  I met them today, when they stopped in to Hip Stitch.  They're visiting from San Diego, for a square dancing event at the Albuquerque Square Dance Center (which I learned today, is just down the street from the store).

We chatted a bit, and they left, and I though what nice folks they were.
Flash forward a few hours.....I was home w/family, eating dinner, telling them about my day, and after telling them about Ron & Elisa, and what they were doing tonight, and that it's just down the street.  My 16 yr. old said, "That sounds like fun - let's go watch!"
It was a no-brainer....and what a fun evening we had.....a great atmosphere, lots of laughing, dancing, and such nice people.

And the skirts - oh, the skirts!  Here's a close up of Elisa's:

and I couldn't resist taking a few pictures of them dancing:

What a surprising end to an already good day, and new friends were made.
See you when you're next in Albuquerque, you two!

Saturday, August 9, 2014

A Girl and a Dress

Meet Anna.  She's been a part of Hip Stitch for about 3 years now.  She began with quilting (has made many), and has moved beyond into trying clothing; specifically, a dress; specifically, The Brynna Dress by Sew Liberated.

What I love about this girl:  her perseverance.  She's ripped out a number of seams, had to take time away from sewing for herself as an assistant at Summer Sewing Academy (which she was really good), and sewed at times when I've been busy in the store and haven't always had the time to help her.  She's patient, and quiet (and I love that....when she and I are the only ones in the store, we just enjoy the silence as we work).

She's learned to read directions on a sewing pattern, troubleshoot when things didn't go exactly as the picture illustrated, and here she is, in her beautiful dress:

and working on cutting it out:

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Summer Sewing Wrap up

Summer Sewing Academy at Hip Stitch was a roaring success.  All 4 sessions filled and had to be closed with a wait list.  Girls (and one boy) learned to sew, quilt, create and friendships were made that hopefully will be long-lasting!

Here's a photo recap of summer 2014 at Hip Stitch:

Sunday, July 6, 2014

A retreat recap

This year was the 3rd annual sewing retreat with the ABQ Modern Quilt Guild.  The Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas, NM hosted our lodging and sewing space; Thread Bear, my favorite quilt shop (outside of Hip Stitch) hosted our shopping and creative outlet.  Here are the pictures of our weekend:

Who's in on the next retreat??

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Summer Sewing

A re-cap of what's been sewn lately by fabulous Hip Stitchers:

Catherine's elephant - Heather Bailey pattern

Laura's mini quilt made from mini-charms (front)


Summer Sewing Academy - finished bird pillows

Summer Sewing Academy - pillowcase & room pennants

Quilt made by Pat for her daughter

....and another for 2nd daughter.  Fabrics include the Sweet Serenade collection.

Also by Pat:  matching dresses for granddaughter and American Girl Doll.

Sarah with a tote bag - the Chubby Charmer pattern! 
(ugh....couldn't get pic to rotate!)

Marla's quilt for her son - front....

....and back.

As always, thank you for sharing all your beautiful work!

Sunday, June 1, 2014

Days 3 & 4 in the Bay Area

I'm planning that there will be a balance between all the food we're eating & all the walking we're doing.....that works, right?

Yesterday was beautiful Santa Cruz.  Boardwalk, surfers, sea lions, and loads of WIND.  Ice cream at the famous Marianne's, (lavender & pumpkin being 2 of the delicious flavor we sampled), visiting the surfing museum, and finding Harts Fabrics were just a few highlights:

Today was Berkeley.  Quaint, funky, and the UC Berkeley campus was breathtaking.  A visit to Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics made up for not doing Britex, in my humble opinion.  We (the girls & I) gave this store 2 thumbs up!  And I realized I'm going through a knit fabric obsession....that was my fabric drug of choice on this trip.

Then, when we thought our day couldn't get any better, we discovered an IKEA just 5 minutes away! Dan dropped us off & 3 hours later, we exited with as much as we could take on the airplane! (Ok, that was a bit of an exaggeration)

Tomorrow: the Monterrey Bay Aquarium!