Give Thanks and Keep Sewing

As the official blogger for Needle in a Fabric Stash I decided to get in on the sewing action during this Thanksgiving holiday. When I was growing up I loved sewing with my mom. One Summer I made a handful of shorts that I wore out completely. One pair had ice cream cones, one had Hawaiian flowers and another had loud geometric designs. I made quilts for my dolls, backpacks, dresses and anything I was in the mood for. Since then I have been busy with college sports, full time work and have not sat down to sew for years.


Thanksgiving around our house is pretty relaxed. We like to keep the focus on the food and family. There is always lounging time in between meals and so my mom and I thought it would be fun to sew some pillow cases for Christmas gifts this year.


We got started and it was just like old times. The first step was picking out the fabric – which was more difficult than it sounds for those who know how different our tastes are. I love all of the prints my mom picks out and can fully appreciate her eye for color. However, I admit that my own personal style is very plain and nothing like the ice cream cones I used to rock. I now have a fear of prints and bright color in my everyday life. It sounds extreme, but it’s true.

We came to a compromise that we were both very happy with. I loved the neutral tones of the Art Gallery Blithe Collection by Katarina Roccella and my mom sold me on the whimsical pattern of the Winter Woodland print. She especially loved the subtle metallic details on the Winterberries print. Lastly, using the Birch Bark print  for the cuff pulled the prints together. If you love these designs as much as we do, stay tuned in January because Needle in a Fabric Stash has been invited to participate in Katarina’s Blog Tour  and will be making a project using the Blithe collection.

FullSizeRender-1.jpgMy mom reviewed rotary cutting, pressing and simple techniques and she taught me the steps for this simple, fun and easy burrito pillow case pattern. I made a few pillowcases – one for myself, two gifts and even a sample for the store.

No matter how busy life gets it is special moments like these that make it worth sitting down for a moment with those who mean the most to you. Reminiscing over ice cream cone shorts and creating new memories of sophisticated pillowcases are just some of our Thanksgiving traditions here at the Stone house. From our family at Needle in a Fabric Stash we wish you a happy holiday season filled with laughs, love, good food and hopefully even some sewing!



Celebrate Summer with Row-By-Row Experience and Art Gallery Fabrics

We are proud to announce that for the second year in a row Needle in a Fabric Stash will be participating in the Row-By-Row Experience. If you aren’t familiar with Row-By-Row, it is a chance for the larger quilting community to bind together every summer through a “shop hop.” Starting June 21 through Sept. 6, quilters from all over the country and Canada can visit participating stores and receive a complementary unique 9.5″ by 36.5″ row pattern for their quilt. In addition, stores will sell one-of-a-kind fabric kits designed especially for the row and ours is perfect for those who want to add to their modern fabric stash. However, no patterns or kits will be available online for purchase until the challenge is over.

Each store will award 25 fat quarters to the first customer who presents a finished quilt and a special prize if they also use the store’s row pattern. Be sure to check out the exact details here to see how you can qualify to win the challenge.


The theme this year is “Home Sweet Home”. For Needle in a Fabric Stash’s 2016 row, we strictly used Art Gallery Fabrics, proving to be absolutely perfect for this theme! Happy Home by Caroline Hulse was the centerpiece, sparking inspiration for the entire piece. Additional colors and designs were curated into our 2016 row including Chalk and Paint by Caroline Hulse, Paperie by Amy Sinibaldi, Essentials II by Pat Bravo and Squared Elements by AGF Studio. Striking, vibrant and modern, we are thrilled at how the heart block turned out! Shop all of our Art Gallery Prints on our online shop.

Most importantly, we want you to celebrate our use of Art Gallery’s beautiful fabrics with us. So, throughout the summer look for several Art Gallery giveaways by Needle in a Fabric Stash by following us on our Blog, Instagram, Facebook and Art Gallery’s blog! The first giveaway is on June 20 and will be posted on our Instagram.

Summer is here, so bring on the sunshine, bright fabrics, good times and let’s get sewing.