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Relax and Stitch


Relax and Stitch

January always seems so dreary, so let’s have some fun.  Hand piecing is always relaxing and is a great way to spend the evenings.  This newsletter features books and notions that make hand piecing a breeze (plus a class, if you would like some help to get started).

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The “Star a day” quilt is a wonderful project for hand-piecing enthusiasts; it uses an acrylic 3” Lemoyne Star Template set (included with the pattern) to ensure accuracy and consistency in both cutting and piecing the blocks.

Star-A-Day measures as large as you want to make it.

Pattern includes acrylic templates

Pattern by Karen Styles of Somerset Designs

This is a quilt for fabric lovers! It includes instructions for sewing the patchwork by hand with traditional methods. It can also be stitched by hand or machine.

Laser cut for precision - Strong and durable - reuse again and again. Transparent for fussy cutting and precise positioning. Hard at their edges - no more sewn in card. Templates remove easily without stressing the seams. Whip stitch or ladder stitch friendly Or use fusible papers


        Quilt-as-you-go Using Precuts

Create hexagon projects in less time! Use your precuts to stitch up scores of hexagons with Mary M. Hogan’s unique quilt-as-you-go technique that lets you create a hexagon block with backing and batting included. Finish projects quickly with this simple, innovative technique. A great Scrap your Stash technique for using fabric precuts.

- Use 2-1/2in strips and 5- and 10-inch squares for endless variety!



Twenty to Stitch One-Patch Quilts

The book contains 20 projects, each using a different-shaped patch such as a rectangle, a hexagon, a square, a triangle, a diamond, a clam shape, an apple core shape and so on. The quilts range from those based on a random selection of plain and patterned fabrics, to those that use just two or three different-colored plain fabrics stitched together to form an interesting geometric design.


Newly expanded with tons of new quilt projects – from baby quilts, tote bags, and a holiday tree skirt to table toppers, full-size quilts, wall hangings, and more – create an array of hexagons with less cutting in less time with this unique quilt-as-you-go technique! Using pre-cuts or fabric scraps to stitch up scores of hexagons with backing and batting included, save time by fast-folding hexies. Learn the basic construction of hexies, then practice fussy cut hexies, half hexagons, stacked hexies, and more. With easy-to-follow instructions and patterns, you’ll love learning this simple, innovative, and new way to make tons of amazing hexagon projects!


Discover a world of 100 English paper pieced star block patterns that fit inside a hexagon, from classic style to modern and quirky, with Hexagon Star Quilts! Either by hand or machine, learn and practice English paper piecing using scraps or precuts, and choose from a wide selection of star patterns for a smooth piecing experience – with minimal guesswork! Put it all together with 7 stunning quilt projects that range from small to large, and contain clear, step-by-step directions, coordinating diagrams and illustrations, and beautiful photography. Equipping you with the skills you need to design your own quilt, this book is a must-have!




Templates and Template Papers

Lots of Templates and Papers to combine to make English Paper Piecing fun.  Check out our website store HERE


Hand Piecing Class 


February 25th

2:00 – 4:00

Cost $25.00

Click HERE for description and to sign up




Getting Started on Your English Paper Piecing (EPP) Adventure

March 13th
10:00 - 1:00

Cost $30.00

Click HERE for description and to sign up








New block of the month beginning
February 1st

12 month BOM

$14.95 per month

Includes all fabric for the quilt top along with the binding

Purchase pattern separately



Sew Scrappy
hosted by Jennifer Eads

First Saturday of each month beginning
February 6th
Click HERE to sign up

When I sew, I end up with a lot of leftover fabrics. I wanted to see what I could make with those leftover fabrics and was inspired to get scrappy. I am challenging myself and you to make a new quilt from your scrap stash. Each quarter I will chose a scrap-friendly pattern & we will work on it together for 3 sew days (1 a month). Bring your stash to sew with or exchange with the group to make a truly unique quilt. $50 a quarter will include your pattern & the 3 sew days. The first quarter is a slight bit cheaper as there are only 2 sew days (February 6th and March 6th)




Sign Up by Clicking HERE


  •        Quilt Camp – Thursday – Saturday January 21st-23rd (full)
  •        Sew Day – Wednesday, January 27th (full)
  •        Quilt Camp II – Thurs-Saturday, January 28th-30th (full)
  •        Appliqué Addicts – Wednesday, February 3rd
  •        Stitchin Sisters – Thursday, February 4th
  •        Sew Scrappy – Saturday, February 6th