Monday, September 28, 2020

Anita Marsh McSorley


With affection, respect and sadness, we would like to tell you a little about Anita Marsh McSorley, a prolific and talented local quilting leader who recently lost her battle with cancer.

We don't want to dwell on the sad aspects of Anita's passing, but on her kind spirit, abundant textile talent and skill and dedication to helping the Albuquerque fiber arts community grow and thrive.

If you were ever part of the Row by Row crush of visitors to Hip Stitch a few years ago, from you saw Anita's design prowess. Some of Hip Stitch's whimsical blocks in that annual promotional program were designed by Anita. (See one of her Row by Row block designs pictured above.) One year, her block showcased our new shop, and another year, she included Sock Monkey, which by default has become one of our shop mascots. (Or at least our spirit guide, because we aren't a very serious bunch at Hip Stitch.)

One of Anita's textile gifts was a deftness with color in both her own quilting and design work, and her hand-dyed fabric cuts. We had the privilege of offering Anita's hand-dyed fabrics to customers, as well as other pattern designs she created from time to time.

Anita was also active in the Albuquerque chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild, but perhaps her most notable quilty accomplishments came from her work with the Albuquerque Fiber Arts Council (FAC), which encompasses more than 16 different fiber arts guilds in the city. For six years, Anita was also director of the Fiber Arts Fiesta, a biennial show hosted by the FAC.  She managed the various aspects of show production with skill and diplomacy, only recently turning leadership of the 2021 Fiesta over to others.   

All that said, you know what we remember most about Anita? Her sunny spirit and friendliness. Her positive attitude and openness to new ideas and projects. A darned nice lady who loved people and quilts.   

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Moda’s National Sew A Jelly Roll Day is Sept. 19! Are You Ready to Roll?

UPDATE: Our supply of Glorious Autumn Junior Jelly Rolls is gone, gone, gone (and we won't be getting more), so if you're interested in participating in our National Sew A Jelly Roll fun, place your orders now!

Let’s do a little Jelly Roll math...

It takes 38 Jelly Rolls laid end to end to equal a little more than a mile. 

So, how many Jelly Rolls does it take to speed you on your creative sewing journey?

As many as you want!

Load up for Moda’s National Sew A Jelly Roll Day, September 19, with Jelly Roll Quilt Kits from Hip Stitch! (Plus they come in a re-usable bag! How sweet is that?)

Our seven kits feature fabulous new patterns from Moda and limited edition Grunge Junior Jelly Rolls in four vibrant color ranges. Hop on this sweet deal right away and you'll receive Hip Stitch's custom Jerry's Jelly Roll Jig for free!

Here are the color ranges:

Cool Change--Shades in a berry-ish range of blue, purple, wine...

Stitch Pink--It’s a pink-a-palooza ranging from from light Duchess to rich Maraschino.

Glorious Autumn--A so-seasonal palette with yellow, mustard, pumpkin and burgundy...

Yuletide--Merry-making golds, greens and red...

Patterns include Short & Long in two versions--Rectangles and Checkerboard; Sparkle; and Three At a Time in Squares or Rectangles. Here are sneak peeks of these new quilt designs:


Short & Long Rectangles

Short & Long Checkerboard

Three At A Time Rectangles

Three At A Time Squares 

Prices range from $74.99 to $112.99 per kit. Kits include full pattern directions, selected backgrounds in solids or Grunges and limited edition Junior Jelly Rolls. We can also add backing and binding...your wish, our command! Free shipping on online orders of $50 or more...and don't forget that free Jerry's Jelly Roll Jig.

Thanks for helping us celebrate National Sew A Jelly Roll Day!

Creative sewing is a journey. Hip Stitch helps you go the distance!