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Sunday, December 16, 2012

Wild Ride

So far December has been a wild ride around here.   Bill had surgery a couple of weeks ago and the day after he got out of the hospital, I fell and broke my ankle.  Bill is healing slowly, but it will be January before he's back to his old self.   I'll be in a cast for at least 12 weeks.  Oy, oy.

It's not exactly what we had hoped for since our two sons and Bill's sister will arrive soon for the holidays, but we're making lemonade out of lemons!   We're both nicely rested up for visitors, and friends have been wonderfully kind and helpful.

Joyce, Marybeth and Mary Ann have been running Sewcial Studio when Bill can't be there.  Next week I hope to be able to work in the shop again with a handsome chauffeur to get me there.   (Right ankle = no driving)

I've been able to do a little work on the quilt book I'm writing, and I'm working on this store sample project at home...

The magazine is the first or second issue of Generation Q, and this is a lovely, modern baby quilt (photo on right page of mag.).  I'm using a mini-Tonga set of 5" batik squares and a light taupe background fabric from Northcott. 

Earlier this month, Marybeth and I handed over an indigo commission quilt that we worked on together.  This photo was taken before it was quilted...

The indigo colors are much prettier in person.

All the best to you and yours during this holiday season.  May you be rested and may your home be warmed by friends and family.


Friday, November 23, 2012

Black Friday

It's that time again...Black Friday, when stores are stocked and waiting for us to visit.  I'm not one to shop at 4:00 am for a deal but this morning I was tempted since there was a $200 Janome sewing machine on sale for $79 before 9:00 am and $99 after 9:00.  

Alas, I already have 6 machines and 4 of those are sewing machines.  It's time to pass on one of these machines, so if you know of anyone near Athens, GA who needs a machine, please let me know.  The one I'm offering works well and is in very good condition, but it's not electronic and needs oiling regularly (I can give instruction if necessary).

We did some holiday decorating at Sewcial Studio this week with gold garland and holly berries from our trees.  I also rearranged the hand-dyed fabric case...

We had lots of curtain spring rods from our house in Florida and they came in handy for displaying  the fabric.  Looks much better than the towers of stacked fabric I had last week.

Can't see the garland too well, but it's there.  We also put all of our quilt patterns in one rack (left in photo).   I just love rearranging and making things more efficient!

Enjoy your long weekend!


Friday, November 16, 2012

Creative Juice

I'm sitting today in my lovely studio with soft music playing and plenty of fun things to do.  I have a commission quilt in progress, plans in my head for holiday decorating, some beading ideas, and new ideas for quilts (modern and other). 

Yesterday I made a new curtain for my eyesore broom closet out of a hand dyed fabric and a lovely Northcott fabric...

It's not exactly a "closet"; it's more of wasted corner space that I have made into a useful space.  Bill cut a dowel long enough to hold the curtain and it sits on top of the fabric shelves.

Bill made this great shelf for holding more fabric bolts.  It sits under the cutting table and it's the first thing folks see when they walk in the door. 

 We also brought in one of our vendor booth displays to hold scarves, table runners and ornaments for the holiday season...

Our neighbor Laurel from Stitch Craft visited recently and she brouht in her lovely aprons for us to admire...

 Great holiday apron!

These are made with dress shirts!  Laurel turns re-usabe fabric into lovely items;  she also does alterations, makes quilts, re-covers cushions and much more.

It's inspiring to have so many creative folks around us.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Autumn Projects

This week I've been putting together an indigo quilt with some of my hand-dyed fabric and favorite Indonesian and Japanese indigo fabrics.  Marybeth Tawfik quilted it yesterday and today I'm sewing on the binding.  The happy couple is getting married Sunday and I was trying to make a gift that would not be too manly and not too girly.

Do you think they'll like it? 

This week we sent an application to be vendors at the Dallas Quilt Show in March of 2013.  Let's hope that they send a quick response, as I'm very excited about seeing that show!

Sewcial Studio received several boxes of new fabric this week, like these reds & blacks  (UGA colors)...

 ...and our first "dress" fabric--this lovely 54" voile fabric from Art Gallery Fabrics.

But the best box of all held fabrics that I have dreamed about for years and could never find--Northcott's premium quilting cotton, smooth, silky slightly thinner than traditional quilting cotton.  It is heaven on Earth to a fabric fanatic like me.

I dug out all of my blouse patterns to see what will work with these.  Yummmm!

Time to work on some details of a new online store for our website...


Thursday, September 27, 2012

Rev 'er Up!

(Looks like I'm posting twice in one day, but I'm actually moving the Sewcial Studio blog info over to this blog from the original.)

It's sewing time!  Can't you feel it in the air?  Our sewing machines are ready to come out of summer stagnation. 

Every year I go through a down-time with my machine.  We get tired of each other and take a break for a while.  I suppose it happens to most sewists who sew regularly.  The beginning of autumn each year is the signal for me to start sewing again, and true to tradition, my machine is into action.

Last week I started a modern quilt to show off one of the fabrics in the shop that no one seems to notice.  Isn't this bird fabric adorable?

I've also got a wedding gift in the making (which I can't show yet), a line-up of  machine quilting projects, and a Burmese silk that's waiting to become a pair of pants...

Patterns- Sewing Workshop Collection Plaza Jacket & PantLove this pattern.  I've made the jacket 2 or 3 times and the pants twice so far.  The pants have elastic 2/3 of the way around, but with a flat front.  One of the seams goes right down the front with interesting detail.  This pattern needs a lightweight fabric, so the Burmese silk is perfect.

I'm really enjoying our Sewcial Studio classroom as a sewing studio.

At Last!

It’s been a quite while since I last posted—busy, busy, busy and a good sign for a new quilt shop owner.  Let me bring you up to date…
This year we went from being quilt show vendors to quilt shop owners.  It has been a giant leap and a wonderful journey.  As I may have mentioned, we opened our tiny Sewcial Studio Sewing & Quilt Shop in April in the Railroad Arts District of Athens, Georgia.  In August we expanded to include a 5-student classroom.
Since the expansion we’ve been improving on the space.  Last week Bill installed some great lighting in both the shop and classroom.  Our new class tables also arrived—tough and sturdy school tables that have height adjustments for sewing comfort and don’t shake (even when our machines are working at full speed).
Classes have begun with a Beginner Brick Quilt class; several demo’s and more classes are scheduled and in the works.  You can find our class schedule on our website under the Store tab.

If you’d like to see some of our fabrics, I post the new ones on our Facebook page as they come in.  If you “like” our page, you’ll get updates as the fabric arrives.

We received more of our best-selling Caribou Antler Buttons and Toggles from Alaska this week (no animals are injured as they drop their antlers in the forest naturally). Love these!

Bill made the wooden rack (below) so that I can hang my works-in-progress and pretty pieces...

and he found the wire shelving to the right at the recycle center for me.  Good man.   

Last week I finally had some time to sew--yahoo!

I'm so glad to be back to blogging!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

On the Road Again

It has been a wonderfully busy summer with lots of traveling for us.  Again, Marybeth, Joyce and Cleo are watching the shop as Bill and I are traveling.  We just closed up our vendor booth at Quilt Colorado in Loveland and are now enjoying time with friends on the western slope.

Tomorrow we head to Durango for more amazing scenery and vacation fun and then we're off to Rio Rancho, NM to visit Darrell, my older son.

Here are some photos from our trip so far...

 This is the first time I've ever seen the Colorado river.  Amazing!

 The scenery has been breathtaking
 Again, the Colorado

More coming soon!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

2012 Alabama Quilt Symposium

This week Deb and Marybeth are in charge at Sewcial Studio because we are in the Birmingham, AL area for the 2012 Alabama Quilt Symposium. 

Here's is a link to the Symposium and Quilt Show with directions and more.  Come on over for a visit and stop by the Anita Heady Fiber Arts, LLC  (Sewcial Studio) booth.  You'll get 25% off one item if you mention this Sewcialize blog post! 

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Modern Quilt Guild Visit

A group of us visited the Atlanta Modern Quilt Guild on Saturday for a peek into the latest trend in quilting.  The ladies had wonderful shown-n-tell.  Below are Ami's blocks...

The pieces were fresh and contemporary and most of them were made with solid fabrics.  Lovely!

Speaking of lovely, we also visited the amazing A Scarlet Thread in McDonough, GA.  Karen and her husband have created the most amazing quilt and sewing shop I have ever seen!   If you happen to be on I-75 south of Atlanta, look for their billboard and follow the directions to a truly beautiful, very welcoming and full service quilt shop. 

Saturday, May 26, 2012

A Change

We decided today to move our Grand Opening Celebration to Saturday, August 4th.  We'll be vendors at Quilt Colorado in July and decided that going away just after our planned grand opening in June was less than desirable.

We'll have more details coming up, and the side bar Grand Opening announcement has the correct date. 

Have a peaceful Memorial Day weekend, and please remember our veterans and troops.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Sewcial Studio

Sewcial Studio is off and running!   We are a sewing and quilt retail shop located in an artist studio at the Chase St. Park Warehous just outside of downtown Athens, GA.   The Warehouse is located in the trendy Athens "Railroad Arts District" on Tracy St.

We opened on April 11, but join us for our Grand Opening Celebration on August 4th starting at 10:00am and ending at 5:00pm.  We'll have give-aways and 10% off of every fabric in the store that day.

For directions and contact information, see the side bar or go to our website at

You can see some of the latest fabrics to arrive below and in upcoming posts.  We hope to see you soon!

 Plus my hand-dyed fabrics hanging on the line...