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Why Accuquilt?

July 19, 2018

I have only been “Quilting” & “Sewing” for about 10 months now and I have to say I am officially addicted! I have made two quilts to completion and a really cute tote bag. I have 5 projects “In Waiting” and a very large fabric stash that continues to grow. However, my newfound quilting reality almost wasn’t. I took a terrific “Learn to Quilt” class right here at Decorative Stitch where I learned the basic foundations of quilting. I also leaned how to properly measure and cut my fabrics, measure twice, cut once. As I started to assemble my blocks I quickly became aware that many of them were different sizes and there was no amount of creative sewing that was going to mask my measuring and cutting mistakes. I, like any other crazy perfectionist that struggles having to try, try again did what one should always do when faced with a struggle; I quit. 

Yep, you read that correctly, I placed that gorgeous fabric in a paper bag and slide it right into a drawer and walked away. I felt defeated and ruined, I added this attempt at creating and failing to a long list of crafty failures. A little side note about me, I suffer from ADD and mild dyslexia. A perfect formula for struggling in the real world. As an adult I have structured my life around my little shortcomings and that includes the long list of things I just don’t do because my brain doesn’t work like others and it can be very embarrassing to share this fact. But this time, sharing is just what I did. I talked about it, and just like that, a door was opened to me.  I was introduced to the Accuquilt Cutting System ( insert angels singing here ). 

Accuquilt cuts with fine precision any shape in several sizes therefore I don’t have to spend hours and hours attempting to cut my fabric into the shape and size I need while risking inverting numbers in my head and not realizing it until I am trying to piece blocks together.  I really wanted an enjoyable hobby that had zero limits in creativity and I found that in Quilting; and using Accuquilt made it possible! 

I now jump into projects with what I can only guess is the same awesome confidence that someone without my disabilities does. I am making and designing quilts (i.e the quilt featured with this blog post). It’s amazing when you can just get an idea, cut out some shapes, arrange them on a design wall and fall in love with it.  Then cut and piece away knowing that every piece will be fitting perfectly and every block will be the correct size, as long as I nail that quarter inch seam… 

But thats a different story! 

To learn more about Accuquilt and how it can make your quilting experience more enjoyable come join us in August for an Accuquilt Event! 

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*Blog Post written by Brandi Briggs

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Cabins of The Carolina’s

July 14, 2018

Let me tell you about my Cabins of Carolina quilt…

Last fall, I was so pleased to be able to host my buddy Denise Schober as a guest on “Love of Quilting”. Together, we created and presented “Cabins of Carolina”, a bright, cheery quilt featuring fabrics from the Mayfair collection by Paint Brush Studios.

This quilt has some history: I’ve worked in the sewing industry for about 15 years now. My very first year I was asked to go to Houston International Quilt Festival to assist in the classrooms sponsored by the sewing machine brand I previously worked for. I got to sit in on a “Let Me Surprise You” class by the hilarious and talented Charlotte Angotti. To say I was inspired is an understatement! I dreamed for a decade about being able to host my own Mystery Quilt Retreat. Once Decorative Stitch opened up ( my Quilting store in Shelby Township, Michigan), I had my venue and decided it was time. I teamed up with Denise and we created the original version of Cabins of Carolina which was a GORGEOUS holiday inspired quilt.

At our Mystery Quilt retreats, we precut all of the fabrics and everyone shows up to a surprise. Nobody attending knows anything about the quilt when they arrive on the first day. Together, we open a pizza box with all of the pre cut fabrics and start to create. One block on the first day, another block on the second and at lunch time on day two – the Big Reveal. It is so much fun listening to the ladies wondering what the quilt will be and watching the fabrics come to life as they sew! It truly is one of the most gratifying classes I teach.

Creating a second version of this project for the show with Denise made the experience all the more special! For me, sewing, quilting and teaching really is a way to connect and share love with my friends and family. Being on set with Denise and sharing our “Love of Sewing” with all of you brought that quilt, Cabins of Carolina, and my early aspirations as a teacher, full circle.

Here’s the good news, you can join in on the fun, too! We have kits for Cabins of Carolina available on our new web store at www.decorativestitch.com! You can purchase the kit for $99.00 plus tax & shipping. As an exciting bonus, if you haven’t already purchased the May/June issue of Love of Quilting for the pattern, don’t stress because you will receive a copy signed by both Denise Schober and myself!

Happy Quilting and I hope you enjoy your Cabins of Carolina!

Sara

*This content was original post on www.sewpositivelysara.com 

 

 

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A Little Bit about Decorative Stitch

March 6, 2018

It’s been almost 4 years since Decorative Stitch has opened their doors and if you ask several of their customers, they will tell you it has SEW changed their lives! With lots of classes monthly and a staff full of knowledgable sewers, embroidery enthusiasts and all around fabricholics you can always find what you are looking for at Decorative Stitch.

Decorative Stitch was founded by Sara Gallegos, Host of Fons and Porter’s “Love of Quilting” and Mary Verstraete. This step-mother, step-daughter duo  removes any and all negative condemnations to the term “Step”. Just spend five minutes with them and you will quickly see that they are the best of friends and the closest of family!

While Mary oversees the day to day operations, Sara is hard at work developing the education of the store staff, teaching all types of awesome classes and making sure those that purchased their sewing, embroidery and serger machines from Decorative Stitch receive free owners lessons to assure they are getting the most out of their machines.

Need a sewing, embroidery or serger machine repaired? No worries, Decorative Stitch has you covered as they offer “In-house” certified repair of Baby Lock Machines. Don Calderone, the  “in-house” repair technician also services and repairs most brands of sewing, embroidery and serger machines.

In need of a new sewing, embroidery or serger machine? These ladies have you covered! From travel machines to longarm quilting machines, Decorative Stitch has it all! Did I mention that you receive FREE owners lessons for the life of your machine?

From fabric to notions to machines to classes, Decorative Stitch truly has something for everybody. Stop in today and check them out!!

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