Monday, December 7, 2009

Winter Class Preview Party

Thursday December 10 from 7-9 p.m. to our Winter Class Preview Party

This special evening will begin with introductions of our teachers. Then they will share their class projects with you! The class schedule will be available online Tuesday December 8 and signups will begin on Thursday evening.
As a special incentive to attend we are offering,
For the first time ever a 15% discount on both the classes and the required book or pattern when you sign up on Thursday.
Refreshments and deserts will be served and
we will even be having some raffle drawings during the evening.
Call the shop or email us to reserve a seat, we are sure that it will be a full house!
Reservation fee will be $5.00, payable in advance, however it will be refunded towards your purchases made during the evening.

We can't wait to see you there!

In Stitches,
Leslie and Melissa

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Thanksgiving is Almost Here....

Dear Friends,

Can you believe Thanksgiving is almost here? It has been a crazy but very fun month at In Between Stitches. I can hardly believe that the month is just about done! Don't remind me what is coming up, I just want to catch my breath and enjoy Thanksgiving.

This weekend we wrapped up the Jingle Bell Hop Shop Hop. It was so fun to see old friends and meet new ones. We had people in from near and far, Washington, Oregon, and Southern California, I just know there were others...but my brain is a little mooshy at this point. And checking the camera card I guess I didn't get any pictures...not sure how that happened. I will check with the girls and see if they took any photos. Here is a photo of our store quilt that we made using all of the blocks from the Jingle Bell Hop.

We would like to thank everyone who came to visit! We hope you had as great of a time as we did. A huge Thank-you to Grandma Shirley who stamped cards on Thursday and Kristel and Pat who stamped on Saturday. It was such a help to have someone covering the table. The photo below is Kristel (Leslie's Daughter) and Pat (Leslie's Dad) and of course Leslie.
Also, thanks to everyone who came out in their jammies...The Shop Earlier than the Bird event was very fun. For those who missed it, each year the Saturday before Thanksgiving, Downtown Livermore hosts The Shop Earlier than the Bird event. Many of the downtown businesses have warm drinks, sparkly drinks, and snacks and if you are in your Pajama's you can earn special discounts. Be sure to watch for it next year.
Here are just a few of our shoppers from the event.Have a great week! Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

In Stitches,

Friday, November 6, 2009

Fall Fantasy

Hello Friends,

Here is some "eye candy" to start your day.

Leah from Pleasanton brought in this quilt that her friend Diane made for her fifteen years ago. Leah loves this quilt so much and wanted to increase the size to fit a new mattress. The quilt was tied so she dis-assembled it and added larger borders. She had new backing fabric and didn't think she had enough until Melissa drew out cutting directions to make the best use of the fabric she already had. It turned out that Leah had plenty of backing and went happily on her way.

Sharon loves making anything associated with Autumn and Halloween. She says, "One can never have enough quilts for Fall."

This was fabulous Buffalo Bill fabric that Sharon used to make a throw.

Look at these adorable potholders!

Sharon has been busy and is very creative.

Lucky Helen has a new little addition to her family and she made this quilt for her new little granddaughter to enjoy. The color combinations are wonderful Helen. We found a nice fabric for the binding and she's all set.

Inspiration abounds at the shop. Buzz on in and see all the new fabric and patterns.

As always,


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Happy Autumn

Good Morning Everyone,

It was a gloomy, rainy day in Livermore on Monday....but the shop was full of light and wonderful quilts brought in by our customers.

Betty brought in this quilt that she and her daughter Karen made. Betty wants everyone to know that her daughter was a big help in getting this quilt completed for a wedding shower for Betty's granddaughter. Betty bought the kit at PIQF last weekend.....and it's being quilted right now! The name of the quilts is Diamond.....perfect for a bridal shower.

Judi made this Tee-shirt quilt from old tee shirts she found in a drawer at Foothill High School in Pleasanton. Judi is the secretary to the principal at the school. This quilt will be a wall hanging in the Principal's office.

This is the oldest shirt that Judi found.

See how bright and cheerful the store was on our gloomy day outside. Just look at the new Celebration fabric line that will brighten any day.

Stop on by and check out the new patterns from the Houston Quilt Market.

Have a wonderful week everyone.


Saturday, October 17, 2009

Pacific International Quilt Festival

Hello Friends,

If you go to PIQF in Santa Clara this weekend, stop by booth #722 and see all the goodies we've been cutting, folding, packaging and preparing for the last several weeks.

We have an end booth which is nice for displaying new quilts.

Melissa brought back some new things from Quilt Market in Houston that you won't want to miss! Melissa and Leslie made the booth so cozy you'll want to just pull up a chair and stay for awhile.

It's a big, wonderful show. The quilts in the exhibition area will surprise and amaze you.

Stop by and say hello.

Have a fabulous autumn weekend everyone from all of us at.......
In Between Stitches

Friday, October 16, 2009

Mini Quilt Show at IBS

Good Morning Friends,

I'm at a complete loss for words and adjectives to describe the absolutely amazing and incredible projects that you, our talented customers, brought to the store this week. This was a week of heirloom quilts. So sit back and enjoy the mini quilt show.

Let's start with Lennea who finished her Blossom of Friendship block of the month. You would never know that this was Lennea's first attempt at applique! The quilt is stunning.

Lennea also has an embroidery machine. This is the beginning block for another quilt.

Look at this detail.

Alicia designed and made this cheerful and fun quilt that is going to be a tablecloth in her home.

Here's another fun quilt designed by Alicia.

Shirley remembers her mother working on these blocks in 1934 while they were living in Oregon. Shirley's mom bought the blocks at the old 5 & 10 (where's the 'cent' key when you need it!) or as we called it the five & dime store.

Shirely and her girlfriend had a fun time picking out sashing and border fabric. Shirley, you've made your mother proud.

Now we go to Ann's creations. Ann stitched all of her blocks by HAND!!! She is making this quilt for her friends granddaughter.

Just look at the detail.

Here is the sashing and inner border we pulled together for her. Those of us at the store this day wanted to be adopted by Ann so she would make us a quilt!

What can I say about Laura's quilt...... I couldn't stop looking at it. This quilt won best of show at DVQ (Diablo Valley Quilters) last month. This is from the Little Brown Bird book by Margaret Docherty.

Laura has been working on this heirloom quilt for nine years. She spent 115 hours machine quilting it. There are 900 leaves in the border.

Anne, from Stockton brought in one of the first Christmas quilts that I've seen at the store so far this season. This quilt is going to be a gift to Anne's neighbor. Anne made this from a pattern by Kevin Kosbab Check out Kevin's blog site.

That's all of the "eye candy" for the week. It's a good thing that it's free of calories.
Take care and have a wonderful week quilting!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Busy week at IBS

Dear Friends,

Remember this picture of Pam's peacock back in July? Pam was working on it and came into the store looking for additional fabric.

Well, take a look at the finished peacock that came strutting into the store in full plumage on Monday!

Pictures just can't do this woven quilt justice. If you have the opportunity to go to PIQF (Pacific International Quilt Festival) next week, stop by the Material Pleasures booth and check out the peacock in person. Don't forget to come by and say hello to us at the In Between Stitches booth too!

Here are more photos of Pam's quilts that she made from the book called Simply Stunning Woven Quilts by Anna Faustino.

Amazing! I'm so glad that Pam made the trip from San Martin up to Livermore to share her beautiful creations with us.

Okay Marti, there's just no hiding from the fact that you've made a wonderful quilt for your granddaughter! The color choices are so pretty. She's going to love it!

Beautifully quilted too.

The class schedule is on the website under the quarterly newsletter. There are some great opportunities for learning a new skill to make handmade Christmas presents. Check it out and sign up soon.

As always,

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Girls Night Out: The Witching Hour

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We are so excited for this Wednesday, October 7th. We will be staying open until 10pm for all of you Girls to come out and have some fun. In Between Stitches along with other downtown merchants are staying open for the Full Moon. Come in a Witches hat or costume and receive 5 Fat Eighths of your choice and all Halloween Fabric will be 15% Off...the selection is getting smaller so you won't want to miss this!

Also, Holly will be doing Mini Hand Facials using Mary Kay products and Shimmer Jewels made by Amanda Emery will be on sale in the store. This is a perfect opportunity to start a little Christmas Shopping. Deer Ridge Vineyards will be offering tastings of their wine and we will have appetizers and ice tea.

Be sure to get some friends together, go to dinner at any of the great Downtown Livermore restaurants and then shop with us!It is sure to be a great night out!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Happy Autumn

Hello friends,

Take a look at the quilts and finished projects that came into the shop this week.

Kathie made this stunning quilt! The colors were amazing. What an heirloom she's created.

I wish I'd taken a close-up of the braided border she added. It was quilted by Cindy Young.

Ruth on the right, finished her Saturday Sampler quilt. Chris is helping hold this lovely quilt.

Beautiful Prairie Paisley fabric, piecing and quilting. Fun for all of us to see.

Isn't this table runner fun that Chris made! Perfect for this time of year.

Here's another wonderful table runner that Ruth made.

Barbara made this quilt from the Stone Cottage pattern.

The Hawaiian fabric centers with the coordinating fabric makes this quilt pop! Barbara, as always, you did a fantastic job!

Barbara and her husband have a new little companion in their home named Honey. Honey is a sweet Border Collie.

Barbara found this fabric in New Zealand and had it shipped to her. This quilt is for Honey's breeder, who is a family friend. I saw this quilt finished the other day. Diane quilted little dog biscuits all around the cute!

Linda made this four season quilt. She had the sweetest little buttons sewn on each of the trees. So pretty and so creative.

Are you inspired yet? For more inspiration, head on over to Alden Lane Nursery this weekend for Quilting in the Garden. The quilts displayed in the old oak trees are a visual feast!

As always,