Sew Easy- Hooded Towel Tutorial!

Have you ever had a fabric or project haunt you for weeks? For me, it was the idea that I needed to make something out of the adorable new The Adventurers collection by Blend Fabrics for my son combined with the realization that my kids desperately needed new hooded towels.  Jack, age 7, and Izzy, 5, had both tried in vain to use the baby sized hooded towels we got as gifts for their little sister Lola. I knew I needed to make them something bigger and I didn’t want them to grow out of it quickly.  I decided to let Izzy pick out her own fabrics, which of course meant she chose the Frozen panel for her main fabric. I decided to roll with it and feature as much of the panel on her towel as I could- who can argue with a 5 year old and her love of Frozen?

hooded towel pic longFor Jack’s we used a 1/3 yard panel with a little extra fabric on the edges to make it as long as the towel.  I used a large bath towel and large hand towel for the hood.  This project was so quick and easy I will definitely make them more.  Izzy has already requested one out of the cute mermaid fabric at the shop and another out of the ballet dancer fabric, hmm I wonder if she likes fabric?

I’ve put all the instructions in an easy to print pdf that you can click on below.

hooded towel photo

hooded towel tutorial

Happy sewing! -Katie

Free Scrap Quilt Pattern- from my friend to you!

It’s good to have friends! Recently at our Schoolhouse Event I worked with Teresa on a class she was teaching called Mindless Sewing.  She was featuring a pattern she developed that used up all of those strips you have left in your stash.  After I got done typing up the pattern for her I asked if I could share it with all of you.  Of course, she said yes!

So here is Teresa’s Quilt~

teresas quiltAnd here is the pattern~

Teresa’s Quilt Pattern

Click on the link to download the pattern and then dig into your stash to find the perfect combination for your own scrap quilt.  Happy Sewing!

Let’s get excited! Schoolhouse 2015 is almost here!

Yesterday I was adding information to the calendar on my phone and it hit me- Schoolhouse is about 3 weeks away. Yikes! How did it sneak up so quickly? Every year I wonder if we’ll be able to come up with new ideas for classes to inspire you, and every year we do.  I am so lucky to have such awesome teachers on board who help me find the best of the best when it comes to ideas you’ll want to hear about.

So without further ado, here is the list of classes for Schoolhouse 2015.  If you are already registered for this fantastic day of learning, your official Class Booklet will be mailed to you later this week.  If you are not signed up, then what are you waiting for?  Read all about the classes and give us a call- you won’t be disappointed!

Schoolhouse Classes 2015

You can also register on our website:

Schoolhouse is Saturday March 28th, 2015 at the Perham High School.  Cost is $55 for the day.

Sew Scrappy- make a “Scrappy Modern Quilt”

I am totally inspired.  Recently I had to design a new quilt pattern for my magazine, A View From Bay Window, and I needed to find something to inspire me.  Then through the back door Joel Dewberry’s latest group of fabrics, Flora, arrived. I love the unique colors in this group, especially when I threw in a couple of prints from Cotton & Steel’s basic line for a little punch.  The end result is what I’m calling “Scrappy Modern”

scrappy modern coverI came up with the title because this quilt pattern is also pre-cut friendly.  You can use up those 10″ squares, 5″ squares, and 2 1/2″ strips that you may have laying around your sewing space!  The possibilities are endless, which is why I’ve included baby, lap, twin, and queen sizes with this pattern.

If you are also inspired head over to our website to purchase the pattern- or you can also sign up for my magazine and receive the pattern that way (it’s the Winter 2015 issue).

Happy sewing!

Ho, Ho, Holiday Savings!

It’s that time of year- time for our annual Holiday Sale-a-Bration here at Bay Window Quilt Shop.  This Saturday, December 6th, 2014, from 9-4 you can stop in the shop and receive our 2015 coupon book of savings and a gift for FREE!! You must be present in the shop to get the coupon book for free otherwise you can buy one for $5, while supplies last.

There will also be lots of great door-buster savings.  Here is a look at what we will be featuring:

saleabration savings flyer 2014We’ll see you Saturday!

There’s nothing like a good book!

Recently I found a lovely little surprise waiting for me on my desk in my stack of mail.  It was a new children’s book called, “Gabby Quilts for Friends” and a letter explaining that is was from a new publishing company in Eugene, OR called Bambini Book Club.  I thought the cover looked cute, but I set it aside and didn’t really look at it again until later that day when I decided to take it home and read it with my kids.  Honestly, we’re sent stuff all of the time in the hope that we will order it to sell in the shop.  And most of the time we end up donating whatever was sent because it really isn’t the right fit for us.  I knew my kids would be a good indicator of whether or not it was a good book!

gabby quiltsLet’s just say that the first time through Jack and Izzy (6 and 4) both sat silently and listened intently to the story.  It has a lovely rhyming quality that makes it easy to listen to and fun to read.  Izzy demanded a repeat performance right away and then it was whisked away to her room to be one of her bedtime stories for the night.

As a quilter, I love this story about a little girl who decides to make a quilt for herself to keep warm for the winter.  What I love even more is the fact that she includes her three friends’ requests in her quilt.  It teaches a great lesson to kids that we make things for others as well as ourselves.

izzy and lolaIzzy has already requested making her own “Gabby Quilt” for her bed for the winter.  I can’t wait to see what colors and patterns she picks out and which of her bedtime friends will get to have a say in her design! (Lola just likes to be doing whatever Izzy is doing).

The folks at Bambini Book Club have a quick and easy downloadable quilt pattern for you to get started making your own quilt.  Visit their website, for more information and to learn more about Gabby! And, you can purchase your own copy of “Gabby Quilts For Friends” here at the shop or on our website:

I think it would make a great Christmas gift for all those kids who love to be creative!

A night to remember~

Wow- what a wonderful night was had by all at our 25th Anniversary Celebration on Friday September, 12th, 2014.  We couldn’t have been more delighted with the evening- great friends (240 of you!), fabulous food, wonderful prizes, and a few “Oprah moments” to round out the night! Thank you, thank you, thank you for helping us reach 25 years in business!

25th photos