Learn Paper Piecing from Craftsy

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If you’ve been wanting to learn paper piecing, this might be one way to do it. Craftsy.com has a class that you can take at your convenience.  Here is what the class description says:

Don’t just admire complex quilts with sharp, perfect points — create your own! Find out how to do foundation paper piecing with seven free block patterns and step-by-step guidance from author Elizabeth Dackson. Create beautiful blocks as Elizabeth shares easy-to-follow techniques for planning your projects, cutting fabric and getting started with paper foundations. Discover how warm and cool colors help to accentuate precise piecing, and find out how to properly place your fabric before stitching. Elizabeth will demystify stitch length, irregular foundations, directional prints and pictorial blocks, sharing expert tips for impeccable results. You’ll be delighted how quickly you master the basics and breeze into stunning showpieces!

Sign up today! And take the class at your leisure.

Or, if you live in the Springfield, Oregon area, you can head over to Our Sewing Room and take a paper piecing class from Teri Harter.


Taught by Teri Harter

Saturday, August 22, 10 AM – 4 PM

This class will have 3 different levels of paper piecing techniques — two each of “Easy”, “Intermediate”, and “Advanced” patterns.  Come learn the basics and work on as many as you like.  Five blocks are approximately 6″ square, and the sixth block is a 12″ square Mariners Compass. Once the blocks are completed, you can turn them into pot holders with the optional $5 kit, which includes enough Insul-Bright, batting and Silver cloth to make three pot holders.  The finished pot holders make great hand-made gifts! $40 – Includes 6 patterns

Happy quilting!

2015 Blackberry Jam Quilt Show Opens Today!

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Today is the day! The day we’ve all been waiting for. The 11th annual quilt show opens today. It’s a two day show, so you can swing by today from 10 am – 4 pm or tomorrow from 10 am – 3 pm.

The quilts and items above in the slideshow are just some of the beautiful works of art we are displaying in this year’s “Annual Challenge.” Every year we select one fabric and each of the Pine Needlers makes something of their own choosing. And this year we’ve turned out a bounty of unique and amazing things.

2015 raffle quiltAnd there is still a chance to purchase raffle tickets to this years stunning Pine Needler raffle quilt. The quilt will be raffled off tomorrow at about 5 pm, so make sure to buy some tickets so you have a chance to win it. If you don’t buy tickets, you won’t have ANY chance at all. Where’s the fun in that? And remember, all the proceeds go toward the town of Lowell: food pantry, library, firehall, etc. All good causes. The Pine Needlers work hard all year long to make this raffle quilt and show happen and we’d love to have you drop by.

Where? Lowell Grange Hall on 2nd Street in Lowell.

See you there!

Last Chance to Buy Raffle Tickets

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It’s not too late, but it will be soon. Purchase your raffle tickets today! The show starts tomorrow and so this is your last chance to buy tickets online from Eventbrite.

After that, you’ll have to come to the show and purchase them in person. Not a bad thing really, but harder if you live out of state, for example!

Find out more about where the proceeds go. The Pine Needlers support some really good local causes.