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Chocolatier BOM - November

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Nov 21, 2017 1:01:00 PM
  

Hi everyone!

Each month we will be sharing the current Chocolatier Block with you - we're grateful you've chosen to sew with us!

For all of the blocks in the Chocolatier quilt, we recommend pressing all seams open. Some of the pieces in these blocks can get small and pressing open can help reduce bulk when multiple seams collide.


As you've probably figured out by looking at the Cutting Instructions, this month is NOT for the faint of heart. 

Put on you patience pants and carefully follow the instructions and you'll do great! 

We'll start off with the Flying Geese. You'll make 16 with White Polka Dot/Dark Aqua and 16 with Dark Aqua/White Polka Dot.


Layout the Block and then sew together! 


Repeat the Flying Geese Instructions with the Deep Pink and Whilte Polka Dot fabrics.

Sew all the pieces together.

Phew! We'll have 8 Bracelet #1 Blocks and 16 Bracelet #2 Blocks

Next month we're putting it all together! When you've finished this month's blocks, hop on over to Instagram and show them off using the hashtags #chocolatiersampler and #PCFchocolatier - we love seeing what you make!

See you next month! - Kara 

Topics: Techniques, Quilting

Holiday Gift Guide: Hello Kitty Sewing Machines from Janome!

Posted by Katie Remski on Nov 16, 2017 1:25:35 PM
  
The Janome Hello Kitty machines are just $129 at Pink Castle Fabrics! What a good deal for this machine! The Janome Hello Kitty machines are just $129 at Pink Castle Fabrics! What a good deal for this machine!

One of our favorite things here at Pink Castle Fabrics is kids who sew. They come in the shop, carefully choose their favorite prints, and excitedly tell us about what they're making. With kids who sew (or want to sew!) comes a common dilemma-- what kind of machine should they have? Toy machines from big box stores break almost instantly, but you probably don't want to spend several hundred dollars for a machine that will be way over their skill level. That's why we decided to carry the Hello Kitty 15312 (blue) and 13512 (red) from Janome

 These machines are lightweight at only 13 pounds, but have aluminum framework on the inside for stability. They have 12 stitches respectively (including zigzag and machine applique stitches) and both have a 4 step buttonhole feature in case your little sewist wants to try their hand at apparel sewing. The tension and stitch length can both be adjusted so you can do topstitching or small quilting projects. The needle postiion can either be center or far left for use with the zipper foot.  The Janome Hello Kitty machines are just $129 at Pink Castle Fabrics! What a good deal for this machine!
The Janome Hello Kitty machines are just $129 at Pink Castle Fabrics! What a good deal for this machine!

 

Both machines come with all the notions you need to get started, including bobbins (these machines use standard Janome bobbins,) a seam ripper, extra needles, sliding buttonhole foot, blind hem foot and a zipper foot. All you'll need to add is thread and fabric! 

You can even remove the lower compartment to create a free arm, perfect for sewing around small circles like sleeve cuffs and small bags. 

 

The Hello Kitty Janome machines make great simple travel machines if you're looking for something to tote to classes or retreats, and are small enough to stash on a bookshelf. The hardest part of buying one of these machines? Choosing red or blue! 

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Topics: hello kitty, Janome, kids sewing, kids, Sewing Machines, travel, air travel

Chocolatier BOM - October

Posted by Brenda Ratliff on Oct 21, 2017 12:36:00 PM
  

Hi everyone!

Each month we will be sharing the current Chocolatier Block with you - we're grateful you've chosen to sew with us!

For all of the blocks in the Chocolatier quilt, we recommend pressing all seams open. Some of the pieces in these blocks can get small and pressing open can help reduce bulk when multiple seams collide.

September's blocks are called Argyle and use hourglass blocks. We will be making 8 blocks. 


We will be making a total of 32 Hourglass units in 3 different colorways.

Follow the instructions to create the half-hourglass units.


After sewing two half-hourglass units together to make the hourglass block, trim the block to be 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"

Take your time trimming to make sure the blocks keep the right angles.

Sew 4 squares together to make a complete hourglass block.

We're almost done! Just two more months and our Chocolatier Quilt will be complete. 

When you've finished this month's blocks, hop on over to Instagram and show them off using the hashtags #chocolatiersampler and #PCFchocolatier - we love seeing what you make!

See you next month! - Kara 


Topics: Techniques, Quilting

How to Travel with your Sewing Machine and Supplies

Posted by Katie Remski on Oct 13, 2017 10:57:36 AM
  

How to travel with your sewing supplies

With Glamp Stitchalot just a few weeks away, it's time to think about packing! It can be nerve wracking to take your sewing machine away from home, so we thought we'd share with you a few tips for safely traveling with your sewing machine and sharp supplies!  

For Air Travel

  • According to the TSA website (link below,) the biggest concern for sewing machine travel is size. As long as it fits in the overhead bin or under the seat you are good to bring your machine as a carry on. If it doesn't fit in either place, you'll have to bring it as checked luggage. 
  • Remove needle from machine and put it with your hand sewing needles and pins. It may seem like overkill, but any sharp, pointy object can raise a red flag at TSA, and it might just make life easier to take it out. 
  • Really, you'll want to avoid checking your sewing machine luggage. It's always the safest (and cheapest) bet to bring it as a carry on. You don't need to bring a super fancy machine to Glamp Stitchalot-- just something that reliably sews both straight and zigzag stitches. 

Sharp stuff: 

  • Hand sewing pins and needles are okay to take in carry on luggage as long as they're secure, such as in a latched box or soft needle book. 
  • Scissors under 4" long can be taken in carry on luggage as long as they're in a sheath or case. Any bigger and they need to be in checked bags. No circular thread cutters are allowed on planes, even those little rings with a bladed notch for thread clippings. 
  • Rotary cutters are typically not allowed in carry on luggage. The easiest way to deal with this is to remove the blade from the tool, take the handle as carry on, and purchase a new blade when you arrive at Glamp (discard the blade before your return trip.) We will also have some Olfa rotary cutters available at each cutting station during the classes.

Here's a link to the TSA website: https://www.tsa.gov/travel/security-screening/whatcanibring/household-and-tools

For Car Travel:

  • Try storing some of your fabric for the trip inside your sewing machine case, rolling it around the machine to help pad it in case of tipping or bumps. 
  • Use a magnetic pin box for pins and needles so there's no risk of spillage 
  • Stash a plastic trash bag with you so you can cover your machine/case with something waterproof in case of 

 General Considerations for Both:

  • You'll need to haul your machine through the airport four times over the course of the trip or in/out of your car, and sewing machines tend to be a bit heavy. We reccommend a case with wheels (as long as it still fits in an overhead or under the seat compartment) such as the Tutto. If a wheeled case won't work, a sturdy bag with comfortable shoulder straps is best. Janome makes a sewing machine tote, and Jeni Baker has a great pattern for a roomy and strong tote you can make. 
  • If you really enjoy going on retreats or just want to be able to sew on vacation or out of town trips, a small-ish, light sewing machine is a good investment, especially if your at-home machine is very large or expensive. 

Topics: Glamp Stitchalot, Janome, glamp 4, flying with a sewing machine, travel, air travel, retreat

How to Create a Mosaic for Glamp Stitchaswap

Posted by Katie Remski on Oct 6, 2017 1:09:25 PM
  

Sewing swaps are always fun, and creating a mosaic (AKA, mood board or collage) of your personal style can really help your swap buddy to make something that's perfect for you. For our Glamp Stitchalot 2017 pouch swap (affectionately named Glamp Stitchaswap,) we highly recommend making an inspirational mosaic to post on Instagram to help your swap partner make something you'll love and use. Creating an inspiration mosaic is easy with a few steps and the right app-- let's get started! 

1. Find images

The best part of creating an inspiration mosaic is finding pictures! Use the Pinterest app (it's free-- just sign up with your email) to find pictures that represent "you"-- here's a few guidelines of what's most helpful for your partner:

--photos of a favorite color combo, like purple and teal or black and pink

--photos of prints you love, like stripes, dots or florals

--general "mood' pictures you think convey your personal style 

Layout Mosaic How To Pink Castle Fabrics Blog

 

2. Save images to phone

Here's how to save images from Pinterest to your phone: 

Tap on the image in Pinterest. Then tap the 3 dots at the top middle of the screen. 

Layout Mosaic How To Pink Castle Fabrics Blog
Layout Mosaic How To Pink Castle Fabrics Blog Tap "Download image." The photo is now saved to your phone's camera roll. Remember before you leave the pin-- see where it came from and make a note of it so you can credit the source later. 

3. Make collage in "Layout" app 

Layout is a free companion app for Instagram that lets you make collages. Download it to your phone if you haven't already. Once the app is open, just tap all the photos you want to be in your mosaic. You can then swipe through the upper row of sample collages to choose the one you like best. 

Layout Mosaic How To Pink Castle Fabrics Blog
Layout Mosaic How To Pink Castle Fabrics Blog Now you can adjust the sizes and "drag and drop" photos to change their position. Hit "save" when you're done and the mosaic will appear in your phone's camera roll, ready to be posted to Instagram! 

4. Post to Instagram!

Now you're ready to post-- here's what you need to write in your caption: 

--credits for each photo, if you can find them, such as "rainbow bundle: Pink Castle Fabrics". It's good internet manners. 

--the hashtags #glampstitchaswap and #glampstitchalot2017 

Optional info to include: 

--names of favorite designers (Tula Pink, Lizzy House, Cotton+Steel, etc) 

--other fun information, like your favorite animal, your love of coffee, your non-sewing hobbies, etc! 

mosaic sample Pink Castle Fabrics

 

 

 

 

Topics: Bags, Glamp Stitchalot, glamp, pouch sewing, stitchaswap, pouch

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