Mar 3, 2015/Julie

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander

Doe by Carolyn Friedlander

Just arrived to the Home Made shop are select fabrics from Carolyn Friedlander’s Doe collection for Robert Kaufman. These graphic prints would be amazing in a Triangularity Quilt. Though, I’m also daydreaming about stitching up a few new tops for myself with this fabric — specifically this and this.

What will you sew?

 

Robert Kaufman fabrics, along with other great designer fabrics and sewing supplies, are sold at Home Made. Don’t live nearby? Just call 609.536.2940 to place a mail order!

 

 

Feb 28, 2015/Julie

Triangularity Quilt Class

Triangularity Quilt In Progress

Here’s the progress I’ve been making on my Triangularity Quilt, a pattern designed by Jeni Baker. It’s been really fun to make! I chose to make the twin size so I can give this quilt to Ezra when he graduates to “the big boy bed” after it has spent some time in the shop as a sample. My wee one will be living it up in his crib for quite a bit longer so I figure it’s a reasonable plan. A very good plan, actually. 

This fun, modern quilt pattern is a terrific way to showcase solids and prints. Especially because you can use all solids, all prints, or mix the two and the size of the triangles lends itself to showing off super cute prints rather than cutting them up too small. You can go a bit wild with color for a playful quilt or keep the color palette more muted and sophisticated. You can see I went with the former even though I really adore quieter quilts, too. Maybe my next one.

Since I am loving this project so much I thought I’d organize a Triangularity Quilt class to get you started on your own and scheduled it for Saturday, March 28 from 10 AM – 1 PM. While this project focuses on cutting and piecing equilateral triangles, I’ll also be reviewing quilting basics like how to properly iron, cut and piece your fabric that’ll be helpful for any quilt project. That way, you’ll feel confident finishing at home on your own.

Click over to our classes page here to review all the details and then call 609.536.2940 or stop in to register!

 

Jeni Baker’s In Color Order quilt patterns along with beautiful fabrics and loads of other sewing and quilting supplies are sold at Home Made!

 

 

Feb 24, 2015/Julie

Madelinetosh Home

Madelinetosh Home Yarn{Madelinetosh Home in Cosmic Wonderdust, Holi Festival, Optic + Modern Fair Isle}

Okay, winter. I’ve had it. It’s completely your fault that I’ve had a sinus infection on and off for two months now and all I want to do is watch movies that awards shows tell me are worth my time (and, some super cheesy ones, too). Okay, winter. Maybe that was a bit harsh considering that poor sinus drainage has been my lot in life for years, I hysterically abandoned my Neti Pot when there were reports of brain-eating amoeba, and probably don’t get enough rest. 

While I’d say the movies are definitely helping, I’m now armed with more antibiotics, nose sprays, and some gorgeous new bulky yarn to get things moving on the upswing. I’m even thinking of reconnecting with my long-lost Neti Pot, too. 

If talk of sinus drainage hasn’t sparked your interest in our latest yarn offered on the Home Made menu, I don’t know what will! You’re quite the tough customer. ;)

Madelinetosh Home Yarn{Madelinetosh Home in Chicory, Esoteric + Cove}

Madelinetosh Home Yarn{Madelinetosh Home in Magonlia Leaf, Spectrum + Whiskers}

Why am I so excited about this bulky yarn so much so that I’m including it in my recovery plan? Well, when I get a bit stir-crazy and am trying to work my way through the winter blues (and icky winter sickness), I get too tired and antsy to focus on a more intricate project with thinner yarn. I’m easily bored and want to cast on for fresh projects (like, everyday) to distract me from the fact that it’s still painfully cold outside. And, that I’m sick. Again. I want my knitting project finished yesterday. Or at least in a few hours before I’m ready to cast on for another project.

Enter Madelinetosh Home yarn. This bulky, 100% superwash hand dyed merino offers gorgeous colors and maximum snuggliness. With a recommended size US 10 – 11 needle, your project will be finished in no time.

A few projects that have caught my eye are this hat, these mittensthis cowl (that also uses Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light), and this hat and mitten set.  You could also use Home to revisit the Elizabeth Hat. And, this infinity scarf and this cowl are always winners.

What will you knit?

 

Madelinetosh yarn, knitting needles, patterns, and other wonderful stuff is sold at Home Made. Don’t live nearby? Just call 609.536.2940 to place a mail order.

 

 

 

Feb 19, 2015/Julie

Let’s Catch Up

You know how when you meet a good friend for coffee and there’s so much to catch up on that you start out with a conversation agenda? That way you can quickly summarize what’s new and then highlight the specific topics that need the real serious girl talk? You don’t do that? I don’t believe it! Maybe my approach is a side effect of organizing so many meetings in my former life and/or hanging out with my pal Joanna, who is known to break out flip chart paper and markers when you need help sorting out your life. One . . . → Read More

Feb 15, 2015/Julie

First Knit Sweater Class

{Flax : free sweater pattern by Tin Can Knits}

Don’t you just swoon over a wee one sporting a hand knit sweater? Of course, I’m bit biased about this wee one. Well, if you answered “yes” and, in fact, a sweater has been on your to-knit list, our new First Knit Sweater class is for YOU! Think about how special a hand knit sweater by YOU could be for an expecting friend. *swoon* ;)

The reassuring news about this class is that we’re keeping it manageable with a basic, top-down raglan sweater. You’ll get to choose to knit a baby or child size . . . → Read More

Feb 8, 2015/Julie

Laylow : Complimentary Knit Workshop for March

{Laylow : pattern from Seasonless : Mini Collection, Vol. One pattern booklet by Jane Richmond + Shannon Cook}

The latest project to have come off my knitting needles is Laylow. Laylow, one of three knitting patterns from Shannon Cook and Jane Richmond’s Seasonless : Mini Collection, is a light and airy shawl that’s designed to take you from Winter to Spring (or from Spring to Summer, Summer to Fall, you get the idea) because, well, it’s seasonless.

Laylow is also the latest project to inspire another complimentary knit workshop! On Saturday, March 21 from 10 AM- 12 PM, we’ll get you started . . . → Read More

Feb 5, 2015/Julie

Time Warp by Jessica Jones

{Time Warp by Jessica Jones for Cloud9 Fabrics : Ripple in Nanvy, Sunburst in Blue, Quadrant in Gray, Sunburst in Olive, Ripple in Brown}

Today I bring you the latest additions to our shop — a brand-spankin’ new collection of upholstery fabric from Cloud9 Fabrics. Time Warp, designed by Jessica Jones, is a retro-inspired collection of bark cloth with which I’ve become totally smitten.

Since we get asked about upholstery fabric all the time, I am super excited to now stock this soft, thick, slightly textured fabric in really gorgeous prints. If you’re unfamiliar with bark cloth, it’s most commonly used . . . → Read More

Feb 3, 2015/Julie

Heavenly Heathers Baby Blanket + Cascade 220

Have you knit with Cascade 220? It’s a worsted weight superwash wool yarn that’s been an enduring favorite with knitters. So, what’s the big news? Well, we recently added a bunch to our shop. That and we made an adorable baby blanket to show it off. That’s all.

 

Our shop sample, knit by my friend Donna, is Heavenly Heathers from Cascade Yarns’ pattern book 60 Quick Baby Blankets. We chose colors grays, blues and green but think this blanket would look just as sweet with some white and pink, too.

I fell in love with this . . . → Read More

Jan 29, 2015/Julie

Turning Four + Dad Builds Again

Home Made is four years old today! As I sit here at the kitchen table typing, with a babe who’s quietly playing, I am thinking that I’ve created quite a beautiful life over the last four years. Note: Those quiet minutes only lasted long enough for me to finish typing those first two sentences before the day slipped away. So, the intention was to post this earlier but as you can see that didn’t quite happen as it’s now after 9PM. 

On the days when running a business feels really hard and I express this to my mother, she reminds me of how I created . . . → Read More

Jan 17, 2015/Julie

Ed Emberley Fabrics + A Triangularity Quilt

{Ed Emberley for Cloud9 Fabrics : Forest Friends, Scribbles in Black, Scribbles in Orange, Elephants + Cats}

Here’s the latest batch of fabrics to arrive to the shop from Cloud9 Fabrics! These are organic, quilting weight cotton designed by the iconic children’s book author and illustrator, Ed Emberley. Do you know any his books? Think of thumb prints and faces drawn on them. (:

I really love the idea of using this fabric to stitch up a new pillowcase or quilt and then pairing it with one of Ed Emberley’s books to gift to your favorite kiddo. Lately, I’ve been cutting . . . → Read More

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