The past couple of weeks have been pretty intense after shop hours. I've been sequestered with fabric salespeople, looking through all their gorgeous fabrics. It's time to order fabric for delivery next fall & winter.
The fabric manufacturers have so many incredible choices, it's crazy to have to choose!
Each fabric manufacturer representative had a TON of beautiful pieces to see. We heap them up on the table & then work our way back through - discarding & picking through to select the best & the most the old budget can handle.
So I did my best. Deliveries will begin soon. I picked juvenile novelties, batiks, wintery prints, & some amazing BOM patterns. Wait till you see! Stay tuned to see which pieces made the cut.
It's so hard to select something for everyone - & set aside my personal preferences.
But if you ever walk into the shop & everything is red & pink...you'll know I finally gave in to my own favorites! ;)
Jenny, credentialed teacher, started her first sessions of Beginning Sewing this week. She has a full house for Session 1. Yesterday the girls were a little tentative but excited, & today they arrived with their completed "homework," ready for action.
The kids have been learning about their sewing machines & how they work, as well as practicing precision sewing.
Such hard work calls for some pink lemonade & cookies for refreshment at break time. They even found some time to play a few sewing games today.
Confidence & creativity are the goals for these classes.
Session 2 will include some simple sewing projects, & the following Sessions will progress in difficulty.
Our teachers have planned some awesome classes for this summer!
Stop in & check out the class calendar. They have classes for children & adults for all skill levels.
Here are just a few on tap for June:
Batik Spinner 51" diameter
June 19 12:30-4
$20+tool pattern included
taught by Sheri
Here's another beautiful use for that wedge ruler.
Paper Piecing Greeting Cards
June 10 1-4 taught by Sheri
This is a good way to begin or
become more familiar with paper piecing.
Fabric Post Cards
June 16 10-1 taught by Linda $25 includes all directions
Great for greeting cards for all occasions!
Flower Petals Placemats
June 21 10-2 taught by Jenny $15+pattern
Reversible placemat/candle mat/mug rug
Thread Painting Pizzazz June 21 5:30-8 taught by Sheri $20 includes most supplies
Back by popular demand!
Breakfast Club Sew Along
June 22 8 -11 a.m. $5 includes brunch
Bring your own project & come enjoy sewing in the
Hunter Star June 23 10-4 taught by Sheri $20+kit
Use as many block kits as you want to make a table runner, wall hanging, or lap
Double Diamond Table Topper
June 24 1-5 $15+tool+pattern
Kids' Color Your Own Pillowcase June 30 10-12
$10 includes kit - bring your best crayons. (No sewing)
taught by Georgia
Reserve your spot early!
You can find the complete June Class Calendar at www.calicomermaid.com
Just click on the Classes button - or call the shop at 559 793 2510
See you soon!
had quite a fun crowd. I couldn't have put a more interesting, enjoyable group together if I'd sent invitations!
When I arrived after a long, hot Friday at school, several had already staked out their space & were already getting started.
They were working on a variety of projects from Christmas to bags, kids' quilts, & Double Diamonds. Some were designing their own patterns, some carefully following directions. Some were experienced, some pretty new to sewing. It was fun to watch them all interact & help each other. Some were acquainted before, but all were sewing buddies by the time they went home.
By the end of the evening, I'd finished up some overdue chores. I felt renewed & ready for the weekend. How is that possible?
I made chicken pasta salad & sourdough bread for dinner. Dessert was warm apple crisp & ice cream or whipped cream (or both!)
You might want to plan on joining us next month. Put it on your calendar & reserve your spot early.