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Spring Quilting Contest

1 Apr

Spring is on it’s way! Celebrate the change of season with our Mystery Block Quilting Contest. Throughout the month of April,  Brooklyn General Store will post a new “Mystery” quilt block to the blog each week. Your challenge will be to incorporate all four blocks into a beautiful quilt that reflects the season. The quilter with the most fun and creative interpretation will win a Brooklyn General Store gift certificate that can be used to stock up on sewing supplies and the winning quilt will be displayed in the shop window for all to admire.

A note about patterns:

Patterns use are formatted to “paper piecing” assembly. This means that they do not include seam allowances. Contestants are not required to use paper piecing techniques but should be sure to add a consistent seam allowance to the pieces before cutting for accuracy in assembly.

Rules and Requirements for Consideration:

  1. Contestants must incorporate all four patterns posted into the final quilt design. In other words, each pattern square must be used at least once in your submitted designs.
  2. Quilts entered must have a finished measurement of at least 36” on any side. The smallest quilts considered for this contest is 36” x 36”.
  3. At least one fabric purchased at Brooklyn General Store between January 1- April 30, 2013 must be used in quilts to be considered in this competition.
  4. Submissions will be accepted by email only. Contestants should email submissions to info[at]brooklyngeneral.com. All entries must be received no later than 11:59pm (est) on Tuesday, April 30, 2013 and must include 3-5 images of the final quilt submission. Please format images at 72 dpi and no more than 800×1000 pixels.
  5. Applications must be submitted by email and include contestant’s contact information in the body of the email: NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE and EMAIL address of contestant as well as a listing of attached photo images (e.g., 1. front view, 2. back view, 3. detail).
  6. The winner will be selected and announced on the Brooklyn General Store website May 6th, 2013. Good luck!
  7. Here is the first block: mystery1

Marcie’s Work

15 Sep


Whenever I teach a sewing class at Brooklyn General Store I always make my students take their measurements and the reaction is always a series of groans followed by the words, “I don’t have to say them out loud, right?”  But when I ask the same people why they want to learn how to sew the answer is almost always because they want to make clothes that fit them.

It’s a sad fact that we have such an aversion to our own shapes.   When I was a senior in high school I lost 30 pounds (almost exclusively from above my hips, darn it!)  About the same time I bought my first vintage dress – a purple cotton lawn with translucent purple buttons up the front.  It came in at the waist and had a full skirt.  It was my first glimpse of what having something the right fit and shape can do for a girl and I was hooked.  Today my closet is full of dresses that fit similarly – both vintage and handmade.

After I graduated from college I worked for the designer Mary Adams.  Here I saw women of all shapes and sizes come to the store and walk out with the most beautiful wedding dresses that fit them perfectly.  It was a lesson in taking the time to make something right that I will never forget.  Each dress began with a fitting and was followed by a series of muslins before the final dress was even cut.  Making something fit is not usually something you can do on your first try (in fact, the bicycle dress above  had to be taken apart at one point because I needed to take the waist in and up) but the first step is always to know your shape.

My measurements haven’t changed much in the years since high school.  Since I will probably always have an extra large backside I make things that highlight the things I like about myself like my waist and flatter things, like my bum and thighs that I’m not so crazy about.  I’ve even grown to accept (and, gasp, even like) my knobby knees.

I always use my measurements as the example in my classes, I consider it a sign of trust.

So here we go – 32-27-42.  A perfect pear.

Catherine’s Work

21 Aug

Well, I have been working on these for almost 3 years.  I started them around the time   of our squirrel contest, during my squirrel obsessed phase that has never really subsided.  I started by designing them in my little graph paper sketch book.  I made the left hand first, then changed the design a little for the right hand.  Finally, I created the pattern with Stitch Painter, flipped the oak leaves and came up with my favorite pattern after I had finished the right hand.  As you can see, I am not one for making swatches.  Good thing my right hand is so much longer than my left.  I used Canopy from The Fibre Company with a little trim of Raumagarn.  I am happy to share my pattern charts for anyone wanting to make these.  Just send me a note or come in to the shop.