Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tickled Pink Tuesdays: You Haven't Had Enough Coffee

Coffee is a miraculous thing! We love coffee! 

But ... we wouldn't advise the following.

Have a tickled pink Tuesday!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Snow Globe Coasters from WeAllSew

BERNINA's WeAllSew blog put out a tutorial for these darling snow globe coasters.

These quick coasters would make a lovely handmade gift for someone left on your Christmas list! Package it with hot cocoa mix and they will surely feel warm and loved! Enjoy and be sure to share your finished project pictures.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Fabric Pine Cones are Back!

Christmas is right around the corner (Yikes!) and with it comes everything wintery and woodsy! Including pine cones.Real pine cones may smell nice, but fabric pine cones look nice and help use up those scraps you're not sure what to do with! 

Be on the lookout for our Fabric Pine Cones project class coming up in November!

Friday, September 27, 2013

New Civil War Fabrics from Windham

The Reno location just received the fabric line Hennessy from Windham Fabrics. This 18th century themed fabric features pastoral scenes and beautiful floral prints. Hennessy by is a reinterpretation of this classic design featuring vibrant and unexpected color combinations of modern greys with reds. This is a collection full of beautiful designs, enticing colors, and timeless appeal. These fabrics will help quilters create their own stamp in history. Stop by our Reno location to see this fabric for yourself and to pick up your favorite prints! Isn't this gorgeous in greys and reds? Would you make a traditional quilt or maybe a dress? Let us know what you think in the comments below! 

Monday, May 13, 2013

Sandi's Historic Hub: Elizabeth Blackwell

Physician, 1821 - 1910

A pioneer for women's health and women's rights, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first modern woman to break through the centuries-old barrier to women practicing medicine. Educated by tutors, Blackwell first studied medicine on her own. Then, wishing to practice formally, she applied to many U.S. medical schools, all of which rejected her because of gender prejudice. Finally she was admitted to Geneva Medical College in New York, from which she received her M.D. degree in 1849. After completing her internship in her native England, she returned to the United States - to find no hospital willing to hire female physicians. So, with her sister Emily, also a physician, Blackwell opened a clinic in the slums of New York City. The clinic's success led to the women establishing the New York Infirmary for Women and Children, to which they later attached a medical college for women, the first of its kind. Blackwell continued her promotion for women in medicine for many years via her activities in the medical community and through her writings. 

Guess this week's Daring Woman and try to win a $10 gift certificate to Windy Moon here. 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Sandi's Historic Hub: Lillian Smith

Writer, editor, activist, 1887 - 1966

Lillian Smith grew up near Georgia's Okeefenokee Swamp, studied music at the Peabody Conservatory, worked as a teacher in China, and settled on a northern Georgia mountain called Old Screamer, for many years operating a girls' camp with her partner Paula Snelling. Sensitive and creative from an early age, Smith was deeply struck by "the bleak rituals" of race segregation, and her career in letters focused largely on the psychic roots and effects of racism. From the 1940s she spoke and wrote on behalf of the civil rights movement, addressing not only fellow "intelligent liberals" of the South but casting segregation as "the most conspicuous characteristic of our entire white culture." Reaction to her views ranged from press barbs to the torching (twice) by arsonists of her home and manuscripts. Unfazed, she organized multiracial gatherings of artists and thinkers on Old Screamer, helped cultivate new, progressive black and white voices in her literary magazine South Today, and produced works such as Killers of the Dream (1949), a fascinating analysis of race prejudice.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Sandi's Historic Hub: Margaret Anderson

Editor, adventurer, 1886 - 1973

"Without continuous ecstasy life is not worth living," wrote Margaret Anderson, adding, "I ecstasied from the age of six." Pursuing her ideal of "life as a work of art," she fled small-town Indiana for Chicago. In 1914 she established The Little Review, a pioneering literary magazine whose motto was "No Compromise With the Public Taste." Each issue brought struggles with creditors and censors, including the Post Office, which had a habit of burning entire press runs. Despite this - and a policy of not paying contributors - Anderson produced one of the most exciting arts periodicals in the country. During its turbulent fifteen-year life The Little Review helped launch many writers, including Hart Crane, Sherwood Anderson, and Djuna Barnes. In 1917 Anderson moved operations to New York, where her apartment became an "oasis for creative minds" with Anderson, an accomplished pianist, providing the music. An advocate of wide choices for women, Anderson stated boldly: "I am no man's wife, no man's delightful mistress, and I will never, never, never be a mother."

Guess this week's Daring Woman and try to win a $10 gift certificate to Windy Moon here.