Monday, October 28, 2013

Upcoming classes at Pink Castle Fabrics!

Upcoming Classes at Pink Castle Fabrics! 

There are lots of classes in the next few weeks at Pink Castle Fabrics, on  a variety of sewing topics! For complete listings, please see our classes page.

Free-Motion Quilting: Beyond the Basics with Ginia Forester of Forest Quilts

Saturday, November 2, 2013 // 10:00am - 2:00pm

Ginia’s machine quilting classes focus on building a strong foundation of basic skills and encouraging the student to develop their own style.




This class is for those who have grasped the basics and want to expand their free motion skill set.  You will learn some tips for giving your quilts a more polished look.   We will cover some basic filler motifs, such as grids, curls and pebbles. Then you will develop your own fillers and motifs.

Students must have already done some free motion quilting or taken the “Free-Motion Quilting: Getting Started (Free Motion 101)” class. Among other things, you will need a sewing machine with a darning/ free motion foot, a pair of scissors and a ruler, as well as thread, needles, fabric and batting to practice on. Some of these supplies are available to purchase at Pink Castle Fabrics

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Ginia Forrester is a quilter who has made many amazing quilts, and is pursuing her interest in historical quilts by becoming a quilt appraiser.

Hand Appliqué Course with Debbie Grifka of Ecsh House Quilts

This is a two-part course.
Friday November 8 and 15, 10am-12pm

Learn about needles, threads, thimbles, fabrics, preparing the pieces and how to do needle-turned hand appliqué.  You'll fall in love with the simplicity of this technique and never be without a portable hand project again!  You'll get a good start on your pillow in class and will be able to finish the rest at home with confidence.  Students will learn to appliqué some basic shapes and make a cute owl pillow.




Students should be comfortable with hand stitching. Students need to bring fusible web such as Heat N Bond Lite, a stabilizer such as Stitch N Tear, freezer paper, #10 betweens hand sewing needles, and thread for hand applique- YLI silk #100 is recommended but not required. The instructor will have some YLI silk #100 on hand for students to try if they like.

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Known for her cool, minimalist style, Debbie Grifka is a regular contributor to quilt magazines and books. She is one of the featured counselors for Camp Stitchalot Winter 2013.

Made-To-Measure Skirt Workshop with Rae Hoekstra of Made by Rae

Saturday, November 9, 2013 // 10:00am - 1:00pm

This fun and flirty gathered skirt has a sophisticated flat-fronted waistband, with an elastic casing in the back for ease of fit. Also, no zippers to fight with! It has pockets, and who doesn't love/need pockets? If there is time, Rae will also teach us how to add the contrast band, a skill that will surely lend itself to many future dressmaking projects. The Made-to-Measure skirt is perfect over tights and boots in the fall and winter!

In Tsuru with contrast bandIn Oliver + S without contrast band.

Prerequisites: Students must be able to sew a straight or curved seam, keep a seam allowance, and adjust tension and stitch length on your sewing machine.

In the class you will be making a pattern using your own measurements on Pellon 830 pattern tracing material a pattern that is not only just your size but yours to keep, so that you may make many adorable skirts on your own afterwards.

Once you are registered, you will need to bring your sewing machine, 1 inch elastic, and 2-2.5 yards of light to medium weight fabric (some types of light weight fabrics we carry are voile and oxford; quilting cotton is a medium weight fabric), and coordinating thread to the class. If you want a contrast band, 1/2-1 yard of fabric will do. The elastic and tracing material will be available for purchase at the store.

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Rae Hoekstra is a blogger and pattern designer at Made By Rae (made-by-rae.com), a popular spot for DIY and sewing tutorials. She also designs for Cloud 9 fabrics, is a Sew Mama Sew Board member, and co-hosts SEMI Crafty meetups once a month at Pink Castle Fabrics.

There are more details on all these and more classes on the classes page. If you have any questions or need help booking your class, please email rossie@pinkcastlefabrics.com or stop into our shop at 3808 Plaza Drive.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Improv Quilting 101 class

Improvisational Patchwork (Improv 101) with Rossie Hutchinson of Fresh Modern Quilts

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 - 10:15am - 1:15pm


In this 3-hour workshop, you’ll learn to limit decision-making while continually piecing.  You’ll also learn to make decisions quickly, avoid falling in love with your answers, and accept change when it occurs.  We’re going to make new memories and form new habits that will free you up for future adventures.  You’ll leave class with perfectly imperfect quilt blocks and a the confidence to stitch into the unknown.


Here is an example of blocks created in a previous class.

Students need bring only their sewing machines and a rotary cutter and mat or pair of scissors and then just go with the flow.

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This is one of two improv classes that Pink Castle Fabrics offers, the other - Improv Crosses, Plusses, and Cabins (Improv 201) - will build on the skills taught here.

Rossie Hutchinson is the founder of the influential Flickr group Fresh Modern Quilts. Her quilts have appeared in magazines, books, and quilt shows around the country. She also creates and sells custom plexiglass shapes for itajime shibori dyeing and other uses.

We have many upcoming classes for many sewing interests. Please take a look!

If you have any questions or need help booking your class, please email rossie@pinkcastlefabrics.com or stop in at the shop at 3808 Plaza Drive.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Focus Friday: Isosceles Triangle Quilts

Isosceles Triangles! They are so exciting, and yet simple.

Here are some excellent triangle quilts to marvel at. Please follow the links to the projects' blog posts for more pictures and details.

Gemma at Pretty Bobbins made this gorgeous quilt from a blogger bundle and some stashed fabrics.I just adore these sunny colors!

Photo courtesy of Gemma
Annabella of Life's Rich Pattern made this luscious quilt from Anna Maria Horner's Field Study line. I could just stare at this one all day!

Photo courtesy of Annabella

Lynn Harris of the Little Red Hen made her Swiss Chard Quilt with a different blogger bundle, and using Elizabeth Hartman's Honey quilt pattern from the book Modern Patchwork. I see a couple of Tula Pink prints in there, as well as one of my favorite all time blenders, Violet Craft's Haystack print.

Photo courtesy of Lynn
Jessica of Euphoria made this whimisical chopsticks quilt with quite a few Lizzy House prints, among other fantastic fabrics. The pattern is Chopsticks by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts.

Photo courtesy of Jessica
Speaking of Julie Herman, Emily of EmmmyLizzzy used her Hex N More ruler to make the imfamous Guady Kitty Quilt for her cat obsessed daughter. Instead of random triangle placement, she chose to put them in rows. It was then quilted by Pink Castle's own preferred longarm quilter, Kathy of Thread Bear Quilting with an all over cat motif.  I spy some Heather Ross fabrics in with all those cats!

Photo courtesy of Emily
Finally, Jen of Pinkbrain Quilts used prints from V and Co.'s Simply Color, Kate Spain's Good Fortune line, and a Kona solid to make this charming mini quilt:

Photo courtesy of Jen
It's funny how different the triangles look marching left to right rather than up and down, isn't it?

I hope these give you some inspiration about trying out triangles, or new color combinations. Whatever you make, whatever shapes you use, we'd love to see your finishes in the Made with Pink Castle Fabrics Flickr group.  You can even find my triangle quilt there!

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Bundle and precut sale - 25% off with code Bundle25

Sale on Bundles and Precuts this week at Pink Castle Fabrics!


Brenda may be at Quilt Market scouting for next year's fabrics, but we have 25% off all our in stock precuts and bundles for you right here in the store this week. This includes all Moda precuts (charms, layer cakes, jelly rolls), custom bundles and full collections!

Just use the code BUNDLE25 when you check out.

Sale ends Sunday, October 27th!

Follow Brenda on Instagram at @pinkcastlefabrics to get a sneak peek at all the upcoming fabric collections at Quilt Market!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Cutting with the Accuquilt Go! at Pink Castle Fabrics

Rent time with the Accuquilt Go! at Pink Castle Fabrics

One of the ancillary services Pink Castle Fabrics offers in its brick and mortar store is the use of the store's Accuquilt Go, at the rate of $5/hour. Now, I am a firm believer in the use of a fabric cutter for cutting tiny or repetitive (or both) pieces, and the Go is a nice one. It can accommodate dies large and small, and up to 6 layers of fabric. This is a huge time saver! And less time spent cutting is more time spent sewing (and ironing, can't seem to shake the ironing).

Getting the Go ready to cut some tumbler blocks.
 In case you have not used one before, they are pretty straight forward (and fun!) to use. You set the die of choice down on the feed tray, put your fabric on top of that (lining the grain lines up to the front of the die's blades) and put a cutting pad on top. This whole thing you roll through the machine, which presses the fabric on to the blades of the die, and on the other side it comes out cut!

You can watch a video here, on the Accuquilt website.

I would recommend ironing your fabric before you arrive, and bringing a few things with you: a cutting mat, ruler, and rotary cutter (especially if you are cutting a lot of fabrics, or have large pieces, you may want them to be trimmed to size so that they won't drag as they are rolled through the machine - the other option is that you can wrap the fabric around the die, but you will not be able to cut as many layers then) and a pair of scissors to free any pieces that don't get cut all the way through, which will happen occasionally.

Another good thing to remember is that you are free to mix pieces cut in with a die with pieces cut the usual way or cut any which way. Or recut your cuts to achieve a size or shape that isn't available. For my current quilt I am shaving half an inch off some half square triangles units; because the die isn't quite the right size for my needs. You are limited only by your imagination, and tools such as this are just to save a little time on the road to your dream quilt.

The dies currently available at Pink Castle Fabrics:

Squares - 2", 2.5", 3.5", 4.5", and 5"- the size of the square die is the size of the square.
    (once seam allowances are used, they will be 1.5", 2", 3", 4" and 4.5")

Quarter Square Triangles - 4" and 6" finished size
    (if they are sewn together, the resulting square is that size - in a quilt the unit will be 0.5" smaller)

Half Square Triangles - 2", 4", 6", and 8" finished - cut they are 2.5", 4.5", 6.5" and 8.5"
   (sew two half square triangles together for a block 0.5" larger than the "finished size")

Rossie used the 4" half square triangle die to cut fabric for the Flyers Quilt,
the sample for the Quilting 101 class
Isosceles triangle - 5"x6" - this is the size of the triangle before accounting for seam allowances.

Triangle in a Square - 3" finished block - in a quilt it would be a 2.5" block. It cuts the isolese triangle for the center and the two right triangles for the sides (though you have to cut half your fabric right side down and the other half right side up if you want an equal number of the two.) The Accuquilt website also has a few suggestions on what blocks and designs can be made with this versatile die.

The interior of this not yet quilted mini was pieced from triangle in a square pieces.
Tumblers - 3.5" and 6.5"- this measurement is the height of the tumbler.

Brenda's 6.5" tumblers up on her design wall - there is a blogger bundle inspired
by this color scheme called candy buttons.
 Parallelogram - 1.5" x 2.13"

Drunkard's path blocks - 3.5" finished and 7" finished

If you are not local (or if you are) and have your own Accuquilt cutter, Pink Castle also carries some Accuquilt dies in the store.

Brenda likes the big dies.
No matter how you cut them out, we'd love to see your projects in our Flickr group Made With Pink Castle Fabrics!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Camp Stitchalot: Winter 2014

 A Sewing Retreat Hosted by Pink Castle 

Fabrics


This week, the blog is being taken over by Camp Stitchalot. But what could be better than that? Camp Stitchalot is a sewing retreat hosted by Pink Castle Fabrics. Better than camp, because you'll have real beds, hot water, and get to sew all day (and night, too, if you desire!) The sewing room is never closed! Read more about Camp Stitchalot here.

Photo courtesy of Rossie Hutchinson

Camp Stitchalot Winter 2014

The Winter session is November 14-16, with an optional free sewing day on Thursday, November 13th.  Meals are included Friday dinner to Sunday breakfast. If you come, just like summer camp, you will make great friends! And there is plenty of time and space to get a lot of sewing done.

Let's Meet the Camp Counselors!

For the Winter session your counselors will be:

Carolyn Friedlander - Carolyn Friedlander


Photo courtesy of Carolyn Friedlander

Carolyn Friedlander is probably best known for the phenomenal success of her first fabric line: Architextures.  However, Carolyn is also a pattern designer, the creator of art quilt stamps, and a tremendously kind human being.  Her paper-pieced quilt “Local” won a top honor at QuiltCon2013.  Carolyn's quilt patterns range from foundation paper piecing to hand applique; she'll be showing us both skills at camp. Her eagerly awaited second fabric line Botanics will be released in late November, 2013.

Sherri Lynn Wood - Daintytime



Photo courtesy of Sherri Lynn Wood

Sherri Lynn Wood is a blogger, artist, teacher, and modern quilt maker. Trained in the art of quilting, Sherri brings a depth and a heart to the practice. Her work has been in exhibitions around the country, and her quilt Log Cabin Modern Improv won in the category of Large Hand Quilting at QuiltCon 2013, where she also lead three workshops.

Brenda Ratliff (your hostess) - Just a Bit Frayed / Pink Castle Fabrics


photo courtesy of Rae of Made by Rae

Brenda is the owner of Pink Castle Fabrics.  She started the online store in her basement in 2011, and has recently expanded it into a brick and mortar store in Ann Arbor. She quilts and makes bags in her free time.

Rossie Hutchinson (your hostess) - Fresh Modern Quilts


Photo courtesy of Rossie Hutchinson

Rossie is the founder of the influential Flickr group Fresh Modern Quilts.  Her favorite solid fabric is Kona Curry.

Photos courtesy of Rae of Made by Rae and Rossie Hutchinson.

Come Join the Fun!

Book your ticket here.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

SALE on Sale Fabrics This Week - Take 25% off with code SALE25!



Just a quick blog to let you know that all the SALE section fabric is on SALE this week!  Use code SALE25 at checkout for an extra 25% off the already low prices!  That makes the $6/yard fabrics only $4.50 a yard!  This is a great way to stock up on backings for quilts!

Sale ends Sunday October 20th!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Camp Stitchalot: Fall 2014



 A Sewing Retreat Hosted by Pink Castle 

Fabrics

This week we are still talking about Camp Stitchalot! Camp Stitchalot is a sewing retreat in lovely Pleasant Lake, Michigan, hosted by Pink Castle Fabrics. Like camp it is time away from the stress of life, where you can focus on fun! But it is even better than camp, because you'll have real beds, and get to sew all day (and night, too, if you desire!)

Photo courtesy of Rossie Hutchinson

 Camp Stitchalot Fall 2014

The Fall session of camp will be September 19 - 21, with an optional free sewing day on Thursday the 18th.  Meals are included starting at Friday dinner and going to Sunday breakfast. Also the inn has a full kitchen campers can use as desired. And lots of time and space for socializing. And lots of space for sewing!

The sewing room never closes so bring your own projects as well as the materials for the classes! We’ve had campers finish large quilts and entire summer wardrobes during their free sewing time...just be sure you bring enough projects to keep you going.

Photo courtesy of Rae of Made by Rae

Let's Meet the Camp Counselors!

 For the Fall session your counselors will be:

Bari J - Bari J




Bari J. Ackerman is a fabric designer, bag maker, teacher, and quilter.  Known for her painterly fabrics and the stories she spins about each of her fabric lines, Bari also loves to change fabric through embroidery and collage.  Bari is a blogger and a pattern writer and wrote the book Inspired to Sew: 15 Pretty Projects.

Vanessa Christenson - V and Co.


Photo courtesy of Vanessa Christenson
Vanessa Christenson is the author of Make it Sew Modern. She quilts and blogs, and is also a fabric designer for Moda.  Known for her amazing color stories and fun personality, we're really looking forward to camping with Vanessa!

Brenda Ratliff (your hostess) - Just a Bit Frayed / Pink Castle Fabrics



Brenda is the owner of Pink Castle Fabrics and the founder and president of the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild.  She has a background in Sales and Marketing, and a degree in Sociology.

Rossie Hutchinson (your hostess) - Fresh Modern Quilts


Photo courtesy of Rossie Hutchinson
Rossie has a lifelong love of reading and books, as a child she slept with three hardback books instead of a stuffed animal.  Rossie also loves fabric; her favorite fabric designers are Carolyn Friedlander and Jay McCarroll.
Photos courtesy of Rae of Made by Rae and Rossie Hutchinson.
Come Join the Fun!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Try Aurifil Thread for FREE This Weekend at Pink Castle Fabrics!

This weekend (October 10th- October 13th, 2013) get a FREE large spool of Aurifil #2021 white with all orders over $75 (before shipping) at Pink Castle Fabrics!  No coupon code required!  

Aurifil thread at Pink Castle Fabrics
Photo Credit: Whitney Kane


Have you tried Aurifil thread, yet?  When I first started quilting, I had no idea that the thread you use made any difference at all.  While talking with one of the ladies at my local quilt shop, she handed me a spool of Aurifil.  "Use this." she said.  "It's the best thread on the market."  I did, I loved it, and I've never gone back.

That was many years ago.  Since then, I have learned a lot more about quilting and sewing and thread.  I've learned that the thread you use DOES matter in sewing.  You are going to spend hours and hours of time creating beautiful quilts.  You want your hard work to last!  This is why you buy quality fabrics and thread for your projects.

What makes Aurifil so special?  First of all, strength!  Aurifil thread is made with extra-long staple Egyptian Mako cotton.  Egyptian cotton is known for it's quality.  The climate and soil there produces a plant with superior fibers.  The cotton used to make Aurifil is extra-long staple.  This means that longer pieces of fiber are woven together to make their thread.  Imagine braiding your hair with only tiny short hairs.  That braid is more likely to come apart than if you have long hair.  

Let's talk a little about thread weight.  Aurifil has superior strength in a very fine thread.  Aurifil comes in 252 colors in four different weights.  I personally use the 50 weight (the thinnest) for all my quilt piecing on a machine and hand binding and English Paper Piecing.  Your seams will lay flatter and you will have more accuracy in your seam allowance.  I use either the 50 weight or the 40 weight for quilting.  I prefer the 40 weight thread for quilting because it is a little thicker.  I like to be able to see the quilting on my project.  For times when I want the quilting thread to disappear, I use the 50 weight.  I like the 12 weight for decorative top stitching on my machine and for hand embroidery.  Bari J has a great post on using 12 weight Aurifil for embroidery!

The amazing Pat Sloan has this great video on Aurifil thread weight.  It's one thing for me to tell you all about it but quite another to actually get to SEE the difference!  


By the way, Pat is right, you need the Aurifil color card!  The large spools have more thread than the other leading brands which make them an excellent value (in most cases, Aurifil costs less per meter than competitors!).  The 50 weight thread comes with 1300 meters!  It lasts me about a month, and I do a lot of sewing.  

Lastly, let's talk lint.  Aurifil goes through a mercerization process.  This process removes extra lint from the thread before it's dyed.  This means less lint in your sewing machine!  I still regularly clean my Bernina but there is a noticeable reduction in the amount of lint.  

But don't take MY word for it!  Try some yourself!  This weekend (October 10th- October 13th, 2013) I am giving you a FREE large spool (1300 meters) of the 50 weight Aurifil in white #2021 if you buy $75 (before shipping) at Pink Castle Fabrics!

Over the next few months, we will be getting more and more Aurifil in stock at Pink Castle fabrics!  I hope you love your free spool of Aurifil!

~ Brenda


Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Camp Stitchalot: Summer 2014

 A Sewing Retreat Hosted by Pink Castle Fabrics


This week, the blog is being taken over by Camp Stitchalot. But what could be better than that? Camp Stitchalot is a sewing retreat hosted by Pink Castle Fabrics. Better than camp, because you'll have real beds, hot water, 24 hour access to a kitchen, and get to sew all day (and night, too, if you desire!)

Photo courtesy of Vicky Gaines

 Camp Stitchalot Summer 2014

June 6-8, with an optional free sewing day on Thursday, June 5th.  Meals are included from Friday dinner to Sunday breakfast. If you come, just like summer camp, you will make great friends! Although, there will be no archery or horseback riding. Just Arts and Crafts!

The theme for Summer is Modern Quilting.  There are no classes or projects, just free sewing time.

Let's Meet the Camp Counselors!

 For the Summer session your counselors will be:

Tula Pink - Tula Pink

Image courtesy of Tula Pink

Tula Pink is an artist and sewist, a rock star fabric designer who has designed twelve lines of lush, fascinating fabric. She is know for her hand drawn animals, vibrant colorscapes, and her hidden motifs. Her newest collection, Acacia, is just arriving in stores now. A sewist, too, she has created many entrancing quilt patterns, contributed projects to magazines, and has authored two books on quilting, Quilts from the House of Tula Pink and Tula Pink's City Sampler: 100 Modern Quilt Blocks.

Katy Jones - I'm a Ginger Monkey


Photo courtesy of Rae of Made by Rae
Katy Jones is a blogger, a quilt designer, and an international modern quilting trendsetter. She is a co-founder of the modern quilting e-zine Fat Quarterly.  She has also contributed to many crafty and quilting magazines and books, blogs for SizzixUK, and has written her own book, 25 Patchwork Quilt Blocks: Projects and Inspiration from Katy Jones. This will be her second stint as a Camp Stitchalot councilor.

John Adams - Quilt Dad 

Photo courtesy of John Adams

John Adams is a father of 3 who enjoys sewing and quilting in his spare time.  Inspired by the growing number of crafting blogs and the emergence of vibrant, modern fabrics in the quilting industry, John taught himself how to use a sewing machine in 2004 and hasn't looked back.

He started his popular blog, QuiltDad.com, in 2008 to share his love of patchwork with others. Since then, John has become very active in online quilting communities. Today, he applies his modern quilting aesthetic to designing original quilt patterns for both fabric designers and companies and frequently contributes to creative blogs, books, and other collaborative endeavors.  John is a published author and co-founder of the popular e-magazine and book series for modern quilters, Fat Quarterly.

Deborah Moebes - Whipstitch

Photo courtesy of Deborah Moebes.
Deborah Moebes is an archaeologist, a pattern designer, sewing teacher, quilter, and the author of two books on sewing; Stitch by Stitch and Stitch Savvy. Deborah teaches e-classes on many topics through her website, Whipstitch. She also has a Craftsy class - Design and Sew an A-Line Skirt.

Brenda Ratliff (your hostess) - Just a Bit Frayed / Pink Castle Fabrics


Photo courtesy of Brenda Ratliff
Brenda Ratliff is a contributing writer for FabShop Network's Web Cents magazine, a founding member of the Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild, and owns Pink Castle Fabrics.

Rossie Hutchinson (your hostess) - Fresh Modern Quilts


Photo courtesy of Rossie Hutchinson
Rossie teaches improvisational patchwork and introduction to quilting at Pink Castle Fabrics.  She also keeps busy with a blog, an etsy store, and writing quilt patterns.

Photos courtesy of Rae of Made by Rae and Rossie Hutchinson.


Book your ticket here.

And don't wait, the Summer Session is filling up fast!

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

October Classes at Pink Castle Fabrics

Washi Techniques Workshop - Rae Hoekstra of Made by Rae

Thursday October 10th, 6-9 pm  



This workshop is designed to offer time to work on the Washi Dress with the pattern designer Rae's assistance. Rae will also cover many of the sewing techniques needed to complete the Washi Dress. Possible topics are: sewing a smooth dart, shirring with elastic thread, adding facings, seam and armhole finishing, and hemming. These techniques are commonly used in many other women's (and even children's) clothing patterns as well!

Please note that due to time limitations, we will not be able to sew an entire dress from start to finish; we ask that you cut your pieces before you come. However, Rae will be available to assist you and answer questions specific to your dress.

To see a huge gallery of beautiful Washi dresses sewn by and for women all around the world, check out Rae's recent blog post.

Rae Hoekstra is a blogger and pattern designer at Made By Rae (made-by-rae.com), a popular spot for DIY and sewing tutorials. She also designs fabric for Cloud 9 fabrics, is a Sew Mama Sew Board member, and co-hosts SEMI Crafty meetups once a month at Pink Castle Fabrics.
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Free Motion Quilting: Getting Started - Ginia Forrester of Forest Quilts

Saturday, October 12, 2013 // 10:00am - 2:00pm


Ginia’s machine quilting classes focus on building a strong foundation of basic skills and encouraging the student to develop their own style.

This class focuses on free motion quilting for the beginner.  If you have never tried free motion, or tried it and gave up, this is the class for you.  You will learn the basics about different kinds of batting and thread, how to set up your machine and workspace, how to make quilt sandwiches.  Then we’ll move on to practicing some fun filler motifs for the beginning quilter.

Ginia Forrester is a quilter who has made many amazing quilts, and is pursuing her interest in historical quilts by becoming a quilt appraiser.

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Carefree Circles & Reverse Applique - Rossie Hutchinson of Fresh Modern Quilts

Monday, October 14th 10:15 am -1:15 pm


There are a lot of ways to make circles in a quilt.  Come to Pink Castle and learn Rossie's reverse applique method.  Students tell us they find this method "fool proof" and have 100% success with it in class and at home!  Rossie's method can be used to make perfect circles or more irregular shapes (as in the picture).  She developed this method when making her Painted Pebbles Quilt, which is now part of the American Quilter's Society Modern Challenge!

Rossie will also teach the 6-minute-circle technique and go over the pros-and-cons of this method vs. her reverse applique method.

Students will leave class with at least one completed block and a handout to remind them of what they've learned!

Rossie Hutchinson is the founder of the influential Flickr group Fresh Modern Quilts. Her quilts have appeared in magazines, books, and quilt shows around the country. She also creates and sells custom plexiglass shapes for itajime shibori dyeing and other uses.
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Garment Sewing For Quilters - Karen LePage of One Girl Circus


Thursday, October 17, 6-10pm



Are you a quilter who is ready to take baby steps into the world of garment sewing? Learn to use your mad sewing skills to make something you'll love to wear!

Are you a beginning sewist ready to try out a clothing pattern? Come and learn a basic pattern with us!

In this class, we'll take the mystery out of garment sewing by making Lila Lounge Pants, which will be a gentle step into apparel sewing.  We'll go over choosing the appropriate size, preparing a pattern, cutting the fabric, finishing seams, and hemming the pants to the length you want. (Think of all the beautiful scraps you'll have left over for your next patchwork project!) 

Karen LePage designs sewing patterns, teaches sewing classes, volunteers in the Ann Arbor and Detroit crafty communities, and makes bespoke garments for people who are sensitive, hard-to-fit, or just too individual for off the rack clothes. She co-hosts SEMI Crafty meetups once a month at Pink Castle Fabrics.
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We hope you can join us for some fabric fun this month! And don't forget to add your projects to the Made with Pink Castle Fabrics Flickr group.