Monday, April 12, 2021

How to make a travel jewelry pouch

Here's a fun, fat-quarter-friendly project to make and use yourself or give as a gift. At the April Choo Choo Quilters guild meeting, Deb will be demonstrating how to make a drawstring jewelry pouch with pockets. You'll want to be close to your kitchen cupboard for this project. Join us via Zoom on Monday, April 19, at 6:30 pm to find out why.

Travel jewelry pouch with pockets.

Bring something for "Zoom and Tell" and we'll check in to see how everyone is filling up their Quilting Bingo Card. Anyone have a Quilt Bingo yet?

If you are not currently a guild member, visit the Choo Choo Quilters Facebook page and ask for a Zoom meeting invitation.


Sunday, March 7, 2021

Calico Cove retreat house, a virtual tour at the March guild meeting

A quilting getaway, relaxation, and a gorgeous view! These are a few of the things that the new Calico Cove quilting retreat house has to offer. What to know more? At the March Choo Choo Quilters guild meeting, Jodie Justice, the owner of Calico Cove retreat house, will be giving a virtual tour (via Zoom) of her new retreat house.

Looking out from the porch at Calico Cove.

Calico Cove is located in Woodville, Alabama, about an hour and a half drive from Chattanooga. The house is a newly renovated cottage located on a private farm. It's surrounded by trees and nature with a view of the cove from the porch. 

While it was created for quilters and sewers, the house is also perfect for crafting, related activities, workshops or any small group getaway. Basic notions and quilting essentials are available for purchase should you forget something or are looking to try something new.

Natural light fills the dining area and the adjacent covered porch offers space for outdoor eating and conversation.

Jodie has been quilting for 20 years and the idea of a retreat center has been a long-time dream of hers. The house has a full-service kitchen, dining/living room, 3 bathrooms, sleeping quarters, Wi-Fi, smart TV and other amenities. Huntsville, Scottsboro and Guntersville, AL are all about 30 minutes away for dining out, shopping, or to visit nearby attractions.

Come and meet Jodie at the March 15 guild meeting, 6:30pm., and join us for a virtual tour of the new Calico Cove quilting retreat house.


Sunday, February 7, 2021

Virtual shop tour of Sew and Sews Place at the February guild meeting

Turn up the personality volume! Molly Hayden creates the perfect mix of sewing experience, knowledge of fabric, creativity and inspiration at Sew and Sews Place Fine Fabrics in Dayton, Tennessee. At the February Choo Choo Quilters guild meeting, we’ve invited Molly to be our guest to talk about her background in sewing and textiles, her shop's activities and take us on a virtual shop tour via Zoom. 

Sew and Sews Place Fine Fabrics, 280 2nd Avenue, Dayton, TN

Meet Molly
With a deep love of all things fabric, Molly relocated her fabric shop from Fayetteville, NC and opened her storefront in downtown Dayton in the fall of 2020. The shop offers beautiful designer and dressmaker fabrics from Jones NY to Vera Wang, with lovely choices in between for every season and taste. On the Sew and Sews Place Facebook page, you’ll often see Molly unboxing quilting cottons from fabric companies like Art Gallery Fabrics, QT, Northcott, Diamond Textiles, Moda and other favorites before setting up displays, draping them on "Audrey," and stocking the shop's fabric shelves. 

Meet Molly Hayden of Sew and Sews Place Fine Fabrics.

Molly hand-picks all the fabrics and notions that come into her shop. As a huge supporter of home sewing and hand-made projects, she takes on the challenge to find the best materials at affordable prices to offer inspiration and project ideas to help her customers be successful in their sewing and quilting endeavors. 

Along with fabrics, notions and trims, shoppers will find garment patterns from independent designers such as Sew Chic Pattern Co., Serendipity Studio, Collette, Petites Plus, The Sewing Workshop and Indygo Junction. Classes are offered in quilting, garment construction, and private instruction. At other times, space is available as an open sewing lounge and for machine rental. 

If you haven’t been to the Sew and Sews Place yet, invite your friends to join the Choo Choo Quilters guild meeting for an armchair shop visit, Monday, February 15, at 6:30pm. There will also be a give-away… so don’t miss out.