Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Getting down to the wire...

Well, Lisa just pointed out to us that Christmas is a week from tomorrow.....yikes! I think we've all been in such a frenzy trying to get ready for the holidays that we didn't realize they were actually getting so close. Here are some quick and easy last minute gift suggestions from some of the ladies here in the shop:

Lisa's Suggestions:
  • Quilted Potholders-- a great way to use up some scraps! All you need is a little Insul-Bright and some batting for the inside, then get creative with the top and backing!

  • Basic Aprons-- add some buttons, rick-rack, sequins, etc. to dress up the classic apron shape!

Leslie's Suggestions:

  • Pillowcases-- Easy to make, wrap up a pair of new PJ's in the pillowcase, maybe a pair of warm socks, tie with a beautiful silk ribbon, and you have a great snuggly gift!

Holly's Suggestions:

  • Woolfelt ornaments-- Cut classic Christmas shapes out of woolfelt, and either stuff them with fiber-fill or double up the layers with a little embroidery and some embellishments.

  • Placemats-- Dress up the host's/hostess' Christmas table with some beautiful handmade placemats.
We just got the gorgeous new line, Gypsy Rose, by Fig Tree Quilts in the shop. There are some wonderful paisleys and beautiful florals, come check it out!

On another note, yes, the rumors are true! We will be moving locations a couple months into the new year. No, we are not going out of business, simply moving, and we will be staying here in Livermore. We will definitely be letting all of our wonderful customers know where our new location will be sometime in January, so if you aren't already subscribed to our email newsletter, go to and click on the red "Subscribe" link on our homepage to sign up!

From all of us here at In Between Stitches, Happy Holidays and Keep on Stitchin'!

Monday, December 8, 2008

Project of the Week: Retro Chic

This week's Project of the Week is the Retro Chic pattern by the Artichoke Collection. We have kits made up for this curvy quilt in delicious tangerine and lime colors. This bright throw is perfect for the retro fabric lovers out there!

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Is it December already?

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday and that you didn't eat TOO much! :)

We've been working nonstop lately, getting this adorable new BOM put together! The Baltimore Halloween Block of the Month runs from January to July. In each shipment you'll actually receive the materials to make 2 blocks, in order to get the quilt finished in time for Halloween! If you're interested in signing up, check out our website for our new online sign-up feature, and browse through some of our other BOMs!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Project of the Week: A High Calorie Treat

Hi Guys,
It's time for this week's project of the week! And what a sweet project it is. Pictured here is the Cupcake Pincushion by Portabellopixie, the High Calorie size. Included in the pattern is the High Calorie version, as well as the Low Calorie version (smaller in size) and a tutorial for creating Rolled Roses. A quick and easy project (and tasty!), you could whip a few up and display them on a decorative cake plate. Patterns are available in the store, come down and pick out your cupcakes!

Monday, November 10, 2008

It's Beginning to Look a lot Like Christmas...

Well, Christmas is starting to sneak up on us, so we thought we'd better get our decorations up!

There are Christmas fabrics out this season to suit every style, from traditional to novelty to bright; we even have a line in the store for all you dog lovers!

We all know what it means when we start to see Christmas popping up in's time to get those Christmas projects finished! To help get that creativity flowing, we're starting a Project of the Week here on the blog. At the beginning of each week, we'll be posting new and fun projects that we're working on here at the store. This week's project is the Wine Gift Bag from Valori Wells' book, Sew Easy Lifestyle. The wine gift bag is quick and easy; perfect for a last-minute gift!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Blossoms of Friendship Blog Moved

Hi there!

The blog for the new Blossoms of Friendship block of the month has been moved. It can now be found at

Sorry for any confusion!

Monday, November 3, 2008

New Block of the Month

Hi friends,
We've been busy bees over here at the shop, doing some fall cleaning and prepping for the start of our new block of the month! The "Blossoms of Friendship" block of the month is starting this month, and runs for a year. We still have a few spots open, so if you're interested come on in or give us a call to sign up!
Lynn is putting this BOM together, and she's set up a blog for those who are working on the quilt. She'll be posting photos of each block as it comes out, as well as helpful hints and words of encouragement. She'll be writing her first post tonight or tomorrow, check it out at

In other news, we just received Verna Mosquera's new line of fabric, Savon Bouquet, which she used in her new pattern, Jardin de Roses. Both are on display, so come take a peek!

Leslie is working on getting our holiday display window set up; it should be up in the next week or two. We'd love to see what kind of fun winter crafts our friends are working on, feel free to bring them in for a show and tell!

See you soon!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Mid October Already!

Hi Everyone,

Well, it was starting to feel like fall, but now the sun is shining and it is warm out!
We are back from Pacific International Quilt Festival. It was a great show! Congrats to all of you who had quilts featured in the show. Leslie and I enjoyed viewing all of the quilts, some are just amazing! Did you see the quilt made with 1/4 hexagons from Japan. It was a large Rose and it was just amazing! I can't imagine making anything with such small pieces.

While we were gone at the show, there were many boxes that arrived. Holly and Leslie put out some new colors of DMC Pearl Cotton, Batik fabrics, and more! Come in to see all that is new.

The new line of fabric Providence by Jo Morton has arrived. We have been busy making fat quarter bundles! The fabrics are just wonderful with some great paisleys.

Have you started to think about the holidays? This Snowman Quilt Panel is super cute and a great project to make for a special someone. It is quick and easy. Add some quilting and it is done.

This year Leslie and I won't be attending Fall Quilt Market, but don't worry many of our favorite vendors have already shipped us their new patterns and books. We will update you as new ones arrive.

Anka's Treasures has shipped us her newest Little Charmer Table Runner patterns, we now have in stock Little Charmer 5 and 6. Also, her new book Livin' Large which has many great quilt patterns that are perfect for those large scale fabrics.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

PIQF, here we come!

Hi friends,
We just finished loading up the van, and we're heading out to the Pacific International Quilt Festival at the Santa Clara Convention Center. We'll be out there Wednesday through Sunday, with all kinds of fun stuff to browse over!

As you can see, Justin is very excited!

See you there!

In Stitches,


Monday, September 22, 2008

Recently Finished Projects!

Hi friends!

Here are a few of the projects we've been working on over here...
Lynn just finished her grandson's quilt, using the pattern "Play Time" by American Jane. Last Monday, when it was hanging in our classroom, it drew lots of attention and praise! We're currently working on putting together some starter "inspiration" kits.

Holly just finished making Amy Butler's Birdie Sling, and it's turning out to be a great bookbag for school. There's plenty of room inside to hold her books and laptop, and with a few alterations to the pockets, it keeps her pens and planner organized neatly. The Birdie Sling makes for a great, easy weekend project!
We hope you're finding the inspiration and creativity to finish up your own projects! Here at the store, we love to see what wonderful projects our friends are working on or finishing, so bring them on down! :)

In Stitches,
The Gang

Sunday, September 14, 2008

In the works for a long time!

Dear Friends,
Well we are excited, it is finally here...the online sales have started! Holly has been busy working to load inventory in the website. It has been a learning experience for sure! Keep in mind this is a work in progress, we have many great things in store for you. Be sure to check back often.

Quilting in the Garden at Alden Lane Nursery is coming up soon, be sure to mark your calendar for this great event. Saturday-Sunday September 27-28 at Alden Lane, for more details visit

In Stitches,
Leslie and Melissa

Friday, August 15, 2008

Introducing Us!

Dear Friends,

Hello! In Between Stitches is a full service quilt store, located in Livermore, CA. We opened the shop February 14, 2002, and the last 6 1/2 years have just flown by. Let us introduce ourselves to you - Leslie Emery (the new grammie of Maurice) and Melissa Emery are the shop owners.

Over the years we have added many Friends to our staff. Let us introduce them to you:
Dee Christopher (Dr D, Color Coordinator)
Lisa (Quilt Bug)
and Harley (THE Official Greeter).

The shop is "A Place Where Friendships Grow", and a great place to find all styles of fabric, notions, kits, books, patterns and gifts. Our goal in opening the shop was to serve all quilters. We offer Batiks, Reproduction 1930's, Florals, Solids, Retro, and Novelty fabrics. The types of projects on display range from Baby Clothes, Purses, Quilts, Tablerunners, Aprons, Skirts, and more.

We welcome you into our shop and can't wait to see you!

In Stitches,

The Gang at In Between Stitches