Tuesday, May 23, 2017 4:54 PM
Tuesday, May 16, 2017 10:21 AM
If you haven’t heard by now, we recently launched a BRAND NEW webstore! That means you can shop from A Scarlet Thread anytime your heart desires. When you’re laying in bed at night and think of a quilt idea you have to buy fabric for right that second. When you’re working on a project and you cut something wrong, or run out of fabric with one block left. We are always open online!
What’s special about our website? We have more than just fabric, including notions, patterns, gift cards, and more! Every week we are adding new products and new services. Coming soon, we will be offering Class Registration online and Mail-In Long Arm Quilting Services! Before these were things you could only take advantage of if you lived near us and came in store, but now you can choose your quilting designs, plan your next quilt, and shop new arrivals all from the comfort of your home!
For our local customers, we haven’t forgotten about you! We offer a full page called, “Hey Locals!” that is home to all of our in-store events and club details. We also give you the option to select “in-store pickup” when you place your order. That means you don’t have to pay shipping and when you come in the store to pick-up your order everything is already cut and ready to go!
Lastly, we love to see your projects! One of the best things about working in a quilt store is to see a customer bring in a finished project that you helped them with from the beginning. We also love to see our online customer’s projects too! At anytime, you can send us pictures of your finished projects or tag us on social media and we just might feature you in our “Customer Projects” section!
We hope to see you shopping online!
Tuesday, May 2, 2017 3:44 PM
There are many health benefits to quilting. It reduces stress and brings about a state of well-being, and most of us find it to be a relaxing hobby. While you may not think so, quilting is also a very physically demanding hobby. As quilters, we often put excessive demands on our bodies without being conscious of doing so; how many times have you continued working even though your hands are aching and your eyes can barely focus? It's not unusual to continue working through discomfort when your focus is on finishing an important project. Sooner or later, though, you will find yourself feeling the effects of pushing your body to the limit - maybe you can't quilt as much as you would like because your body is sore, or you begin to limit the size of your projects and their complexity because you physically can't do more. Think about the last marathon quilting session you had - did your back hurt, or your hands feel tight, or maybe you developed a splitting headache. What's the answer? Get up and move!
I'm not advocating a strenuous exercise program (although if you don't exercise regularly I do encourage you to start!), but it's important to learn to listen to your body.
Any time you hold or repeat a position for an extended period of time you are going to feel it. Varying your position will help prevent aches and pains. I know many quilters who set up their sewing area with everything within easy reach so they never have to get up - they just swivel one way to press and the other way to cut and trim. I deliberately have my ironing board set up in another room, which forces me to stand up and move often. If I'm dug in for a marathon sewing session, I will set a kitchen timer for 20 minutes and I'll get up and walk downstairs to the opposite end of the house and back. I've even been known to do 15 or 20 jumping jacks if I'm really feeling stiff! The point is to take frequent breaks and throw in some sort of activity to get the blood flowing.
Stretching enables our muscles to work effectively and decreases the risk of injuries. If you are doing a lot of cutting or handwork, hand and wrist exercises are crucial. As little as two minutes every couple of hours using these simple exercises will help reduce the pain and stiffness caused by overuse of hands and wrists.
Good posture is important while you're sewing, and I'm sure I don't have to tell you what a difference the right chair and table height can make. Even so, often we feel tension in our neck and shoulders first. Here's a simple stretching exercise you can do right at your machine. Slowly turn your head to the left and then to the right several times. Lower your head slowly to your chest and then return to normal position several times; finish by shrugging your shoulders several times. Don't strain, just stretch s-l-o-w-l-y.
If stretching exercises are new to you, just do a Google search for basic stretches to find what works for you. I love yoga for staying limber, and some of my favorite stretches can be found at this link Yoga Stretches at Your Desk, and they can all be done from the comfort of your chair.
It's easy to fall into bad habits when we have a chance to indulge our love of quilting. Being mindful of how important good habits are for our body, and moving and stretching will just make the experience more enjoyable in the long run. So next time you're quilting remember to get up and move!
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 11:40 AM
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 10:43 AM
Here is the video so you can see just how easy they are to make:
This is what you will need:
1/2 yard green fabric for stems and leaves (makes a dozen)
Plastic or paper straws
Assorted medium scraps for tulips, in tulip colors
Double stick tape
Needle and thread
Cardstock for leaf template
And here are the fabric measurements in inches:
Leaf- 3 1/2 x 6 inches
Stem- 1 1/2 x 8 inches
Tulip- 3 x 5 inches
Follow the steps outlined in the video. Here's a few photos to help:
Lay the tape on the fabric, attach the straw and roll it up. Hand stitch seam closed.
So easy even Em can do it! No hot glue here. I kind of like my fingers.
The leaves are just a simple shape. Trace your pattern and stitch with a 1/4 inch seam.
Fold the leaf around the stem and stitch together.
Gather the bottom of the tulip and stitch to the stem in the back. Stuff and close the top.
Place your finished tulips in something cute, like your mom's antique syrup pitcher, and enjoy your handiwork!
You can make masses of them in just a few hours! If you do make your own bouquet of tulips, be sure to share them with us on the Facebook page. We love seeing what you make!
-Mins (aka Karin Smith)