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customer feature Annie

by Hannah

We love Annie! We know her for beautiful quilts, delightfully sharing her projects with us and Peggy’s shopper buddy. It’s always a treat when she stops in for a visit. Meet her and see some of the beautiful things she’s been working on over the years. 

When did you start sewing? Who taught you? I never learned to sew as I was growing up. I did other creative things - weaving, painting, embroidery - but I never learned to sew. As my daughter grew up she became friend with a wonderful group of girls, and I met their mothers. Luckily, two of them knew how to sew and they taught my daughter. Over the years, we all became very close, and I am fortunate that one of them took me under her wing and taught me to sew as well. I started with pajamas and a tee shirt quilt, and knew right away that quilts would be my passion. 

What is the most challenging part of sewing for you? What part of the process do you like the most?

I don’t know much about clothing, and it’s very exacting so I find it pretty challenging still. I need more instruction and more practice. I have done some of my own quilting but mostly take my things to Nancy at Just Quilting. That’s another area in which I have so much more to learn.

My favorite part of the process is the first few seams of a quilt. I love to see how the patterns and shapes come together to create something new that’s never existed before. 
Share with us what you sew.

I’ve made graduation and birthday quilts for my own children, friend’s children and my nieces. It’s such a pleasure. As I sew I think and think about the person I am sewing for, and stitch all of my wishes and hopes for them into the quilt. I’ve also done quite a few baby blankets now. Recently I’ve done some memory quilts for our family and for a friend’s family. It’s very emotional and takes a lot of thought, but I think it’s well worthwhile. 
How long have you been shopping at Bolt and why do you love us? 
I’ve been shopping at Bolt for three years now. It’s my go to place for starting a project, or for that one more fabric I need to make everything work. Just walking through the store I get so many ideas! I find that everyone in the store can help me think through a project, and I value their honest opinions. It’s such fun to talk about what I am working on and hear what they are working on. My kids have taken to going to Bolt with me and they each like to buy fabric for their own projects now and then as well. 

 

 

Just In: Organic cotton, April Rhodes

by Gina

We received a great new group of organic cotton voile from Cloud 9 this past week.
Let’s Have A Party, by Avril Loreti:

Another group from Cloud 9. This one medium weight with indigos and cacti.

Moody Blues by Geninne:

We also brought in a voile from this group. The other voile is by April Rhodes from her group, Wanderer for Art Gallery.

And more from Wanderer:

And, from the line Maker, also from Art Gallery:

In a previous Just In post I featured the Yoyogi Park group from Skinny laMinx for Cloud 9. These are the canvas weight goods from that group—so graphic and bold. Great for all sorts of home dec projects and bags!

New patterns and books are always on their way in too. Be sure to take a look next time you’re in, or ask us and we’ll happily show you what’s new!

 

Geranium Dress Pattern

by Cameron

I had only heard good things about the Geranium dress pattern by Made by Rae, so I was excited when we started carrying it a couple weeks ago. I started working on it right away, and it was satisfying from beginning to end. You know those projects that come together so smoothly you want them to keep going and going? The Geranium dress was one of those projects for me. And I’m so pleased with the result. Unfortunately, the little baby it’s going to is still a few months out, so I only have unmodeled photos to share with you. You’ll just have to take my word for it - this is one stinkin’ cute dress.

The pattern comes with sizes 0-5T - that’s five years of sewing! There are three or four variations - I went with cap sleeves and a pleated skirt. It’s a simple enough pattern that you could make many other alterations to suit your little one’s taste. The construction was straightforward and the instructions were clear and helpful.

 I used fabric from the newest collection from Cotton and Steel. I think this print is just perfect for kids clothing. It’s sweet enough for a baby, but not too young for older kids.

Instead of buttons, I decided to use pearl snaps to close the yolk, and I’m so happy I did. I do think snaps are easier for parents trying to dress a wiggly little girl and safer because they’re less likely to pop off and get swallowed, but I’d be lying if I said that was really why I loved them so much. The truth is snaps are so much faster and easier than buttons!

If you have any little girls in your life that need a new spring dress, I recommend giving the Geranium a try.