New Hours and a Baby Quilt

Reflections, Shop Updates, UpdatesOct 13 2014Comments Off on New Hours and a Baby Quilt

The big news around the shop this week is that we have earlier hours! Our new hours are 11 am to 6 pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, and 11 am to 7 pm on Thursday.

And here is a pic of my project this week. It’s a quilt for baby Clara from the Hello World collection by Cori Dantini.

hello world quilt top The big panels are Welcoming Committee, the little ones Mini Menagerie, and the pattern is a free one from Blend. I might have rearranged the placement of the animals a bit, as someone who likes to ignore patterns is prone to do. But you can’t really go wrong with these, just look at those adorable happy faces! hello world close up

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All About the Process

dontcompareI’ve been thinking a lot about process lately, which I’m sure has much to do with the change of season – I’ve always preferred fall reflections to New Year’s resolutions. We’re approaching the two year mark from when we first opened the doors here at Dabble & Stitch, originally known as Stitch City Sew-Op. Getting to that point was the end result of a long process of reflection, searching, planning, and literal hard work, like pounding nails and laying down flooring. And now here we are two years later, happy to have learned so much, happy to be able to expand our fabric selection and happy to have our little sewing lounge being put to use. We are so thankful for everyone who has come by and supported and encouraged us. We’ve received such a warm welcome from the community, it really is a joy to be brightening up our our little spot on Arcadia.

Still, the process didn’t stop when we opened the doors, and in so many ways I feel like we are just getting started, even as we come up on our two year anniversary. I’m reflecting on this now because I want to share more of the process with you here on this blog. Mostly crafts, but also life. You’ll probably see some posts reflecting on new projects we’re working on, and where we’re heading. I’ll aim for once a week updates at first, but you might see more just reflections like this, as well as class announcements and new fabric arrivals. I think the quote about not comparing your beginning to someone else’s middle is relevant to so many things in life. I’m taking it to heart for this blog, as I get in the habit of sharing more with you. And I hope you take it to heart for whatever projects you are working on, wherever you’re at in the process.

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Seven Reasons to Sew at Dabble & Stitch

UpdatesMay 22 2014Comments Off on Seven Reasons to Sew at Dabble & Stitch

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1) Share project ideas

Sometimes, you see what someone else is doing and are inspired to make your own version, with your own twist. Seeing other peoples’ projects can really inspire you with your own.

2) Practical tips and tricks

A friendly community of sewers can help you pick up tips and tricks. We all hit snags on projects, and having another sewer nearby can help you quickly solve problems and improve your technique.

sewing pattern books

3) Work with friends

What is better than sewing alone? Sewing with friends! As long as there is enough space for you. Our sewing studio can comfortably host 4 to 6 people. There’s plenty of space for a group of friends, and plenty of opportunities to make new friends too.

4) Fancy Schmancy Machines

Have you ever wanted a large-bed sewing machine for quilting? How about a serger, or an embroidery machine? Or maybe you just want to try a high-quality Janome or Necchi machine before deciding if you want to buy your own. Our studio is outfitted with all of these high quality machines…and they are all at your disposal!

necchi embroidery machine

5) Teaching and learning

Part of the joy of crafting is learning skills and passing them on. You can get individualized instruction, take a class, or teach a class at our studio. Take a look at our calendar, or call us and set up a personal class. You can also talk to Katie if you’d like to teach or see us offer a particular kind of class.


6) Sunlight, beautiful sunlight

Natural sunlight really helps you see how your fabrics and projects will look. Plus, it just feels better to spend the day sewing in the sun.

7) Supplies at your fingertips

Have you ever been in the middle of the project and realized you need just a little more fabric? Or are missing a tool? Or maybe you want to see how a project might look with different notions, or incorporating various fabrics. Sewing in our studio allows you to play around with your options without leaving your project.

sewing tools

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A is for April (Rhodes) and Amy (Butler)

Shop Updates, UpdatesApr 19 2014Comments Off on A is for April (Rhodes) and Amy (Butler)

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This spring has been all over the place, with a touch of summer here and another blast of winter there. The magnolia tree bloomed and lost its flowers to snow all in the same week. 

But it’s spring and things are only getting better from here on out, right? We hope so! For the rest of April we’re celebrating the return of sunshine and all things “A” with 15% off anything by April Rhodes or Amy Butler!

You can pick up one of April’s gorgeous dress patterns (we’ve got the Staple Dress and Date Night Dress in stock) and make it in some fabric by Amy!


And if you need some extra motivation there’s a class for the Date Night Dress on May 6 & 13! Get a little help with your first one and then whip up a few more on your own – you’ll be rocking and ready to go for summer! 

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(here it is in a pretty voile!)

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