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Sisters, Oregon
Discover education, inspiration, and creativity at Stitchin’ Post, the premier makery in the Pacific Northwest for quilts, kits, yarns, and workshops.
Interests: Quilting, Sewing, Knitting, Crochet, Embroidery, Fiber Arts, Crafting
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This week we're going to the dogs with a DIY adjustable collar. By making your own collar you can ensure a great fit, trust in the quality of the hardware and workmanship, and show off a bit of your own style. Continue reading
Posted yesterday at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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Every little bit helps when in comes to living greener. One way to make a difference is by using reusable produce bags, instead of plastic. While reducing your plastic use is an obvious benefit, the ventilation in mesh veggie bags can help your fruits and vegetables stay fresh longer and you can wash them right in the bag. Making your own bags also allows you to customize the bag size to the type of produce you buy regularly, getting rid of all that wadded up plastic in your vegetable drawer for a single lemon. On top of that, these bags look great, are strong, durable, and easily washable. It's pretty easy to "do the right thing" when it also makes your life easier. Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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There is something magical about seeing a place for the first time. I was fortunate to be able to attend Valori Wells and Kelly Sheets Morocco Creatives Retreat in November. Valori has been to Morocco several times and her photos taken there made me want to visit. Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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One of our most popular patterns is Valori's Little Wallet. It's easy to understand why - it's quick to make, only needs two fat quarters, and is so versatile. Organize a ... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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Traditionally sewn pillowcases are great, and a perfect first project for beginners. We want to show you how to up your game with the burrito method. This technique is so slick! Once you get the hang of it, you'll be turning out immaculately finished pillowcases as fast as you can choose the fabric. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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While you're thinking about gifts this year, consider giving a gift to our environment and try using beeswax wraps instead of plastic wrap. Beeswax wraps are a wonderful natural alternative for keeping food protected. Use them in a lunch bag to wrap a sandwich or a cookie. Wrap and store cheese, fruit, or vegetables in the refrigerator. Wrap up a baked good for a snack on the run or to share with a friend. Beeswax wraps work brilliantly with just about any cold, dry food. Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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If you're reading this it's likely that sewing and/or quilting are hobbies you love. Having the skill to make something for yourself is immensely satisfying and crafting is a wonderful way to express your creative self. Sewing can sooth, comfort, inspire and be practical. This Christmas share your passion and experience with the young people in your life by teaching them to sew. You'll be giving them a gift that lasts a lifetime and you'll get the gift of spending time together. Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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I hear some of you thinking..."What's a soap cozy?" It's basically a washcloth that your soap fits inside of. The cozy adds a bit of exfoliation and helps your soap lather with no need for a separate cloth or puff. Plus it keeps it from slipping out of your hands or off the soap dish. Practical, good looking, inexpensive and a breeze to make this week's project is a go-to for last minute gifts. Personalize it with the recipients favorite colors or match their home decor. Add a special soap with a great scent and who wouldn't want one! Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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These ornaments are so cute you'll want to make an entire forest of them! Anyone would love to recieve one as a hostess gift or package topper, but you probably won't want to part with your trees once they're done. You can make your curvy trees like we did with Jean's gentle curve piecing technique or cut your fabric with straight lines in varying widths. This is a very forgiving project to practice Jean's techniques because the size of the trees makes it easy to cut around any mistakes or areas that aren't laying flat. Either method looks great! Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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In my monthly Adventures in Art Quilting class we were discussing how to build a palette of fabrics for future projects. One of my students is very new to quilting and was a bit overwhelmed because she does not have a “stash”. She suggested that I talk about how to build a “library of fabric”, her name for a collection of fabric. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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It's week three of our 12 Projects of Christmas newsletter series and this week we're making a messenger bag. Man or women, boy or girl, everyone needs to carry things. A messenger bag is an ideal gift, especially for those hard to shop for men or teens. Fair warning though, once you make one you'll want one for yourself too. Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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Every crafter needs a pincushion, or two, or three. Even more than that, crafters need a way to experiment. You can't grow or improve as a quilter without trying new techniques, patterns, and colorways. A small project, like a pincushion, can free you to experiment without the commitment and cost of a larger project. Smaller projects can also be a way to fit creating into our busy lives. Make a pincushion as an easy way to try that technique you've been wondering about, or to work with a new mix of colors. Jump in and play. Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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Instead of 12 days of Christmas, we decided to do the holidays maker style with The 12 Projects of Christmas. We're starting a bit early, releasing a project a week, so there is plenty of time for crafting and for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
Thanks so much for all the comments! We love hearing from you all and it inspires us to do more when we know it's appreciated.
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Back to school for me is more time for creative pursuits. I am putting the garden to bed and this weekend cleaned the studio. I found so many lost treasures and color stories started presenting themselves right before my eyes. “Palette Play” is one of my favorite pastimes. Usually a printed piece of fabric, a snapshot, or a memory will spark an idea. At this point in the creative process I just play and have the question, "What if?", in the back of my mind. I pull any color that seems to want to play with the rest of them. Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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Summer Colors seems like a timely topic to explore this month. Summers in Sisters are magical, even though this year it took longer to arrive. I can hardly wait to go to the nursery in town when it warms up... Continue reading
Posted Jul 31, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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I feel like I am “Dreaming in Color” with summer finally here, and my garden and pots all planted. I just love this time of year. Last February, on a ten day trip to Maui, John and I ended up with six days of torrential rain. It was warm and beautiful, but really wet. Thank goodness I put together a bag of linen squares, scrap fabric, and cotton pearl floss. So I was a happy camper cutting out simple stone shapes with my small embroidery scissors and stitching to my heart's content. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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The Schoolhouse Tunic from Sew Liberated is a great example of current apparel patterns, and one of our favorites. It's such a versatile and flattering pattern. The pattern is well written, easy to follow, and quick to make up. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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We're turning 44! Come celebrate with us. Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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"Pushing Color" with Jean WellsThis may sound odd to you, but using this technique when you are putting a palette together creates more depth in the color choices for a quilt. Visiting the Gee’s Bend Quilter’s exhibit at the de Young Art Museum in San Francisco made me realize that using more than one fabric in a color group kept me viewing the piece longer. As we all know if they ran out of a red, for instance, they looked for another one, but they did not necessarily match. Going to the fabric store to find the perfect fabric was not an option. That year I made Steppin’ Out, and followed that plan with the reds and blues in this log cabin design. Then when it came to City Scape I did the same thing. My Intuitive Color and Design book goes into more detail on color choices. Continue reading
Posted May 20, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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Make a footstool, bite into english paper piecing, or solve a scrappy mystery. No matter which class appeals to you, you're sure to learn something new from our expert teachers and have fun doing it. Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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Dreaming in Color with Jean Wells. Dull vs Bright --- A Form of Contrast. Take a look at how color and design work together to create art. Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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Stop in for sales, demos, refreshments & prize drawings April 18th - 20th, 2019. Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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Stitchin' Post April 2019 Alchemy of Fabric collection, companion fabrics and project ideas. Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post
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I wanted to challenge myself to work in a color palette that was completely new to me. I choose blue and orange, which are opposite each other on a standard color wheel. I always begin by pulling as many fabrics as I can that “might work” in the composition. Log cabin style blocks are my very favorite and allow the use of a variety of fabrics with a mix of solids and prints. Continue reading
Posted Mar 19, 2019 at Blog | Stitchin' Post