Saturday, May 29, 2010

Inspiring Projects

This lovely jacket was posted to our flickr group by lettergirl (aka Gina)
The full quote is this -

The question is not how to survive, but how to thrive with passion, compassion, humor & style. Maya Angelou

The Treadlettes have been busy as well,
The lovely Jennifer made this cute dress from McCall's pattern 5851.

And our oh-so-talented Rebecca covered this antique umbrella frame with a vinyl-coated cotton using a pattern from a past issue of Threads magazine (available here).
So cute!

Keep those projects coming!

Monday, May 24, 2010

Quilt Market Weekend

Hi All,
We're just breathing a deep sigh after a big weekend at Treadle Yard Goods.
This past weekend Minneapolis hosted the International Spring Quilt Market, and as a result we had a bevy of activity in the shop.
Friday we had a visit from Linda Lee from Sewing Workshop, and Saturday we had a book signing by Anna Maria Horner.(Shown here with some of her lovely family, little Roman was getting sleepy, but still the life of the party!)
We also had visitors from all over the globe.
There were women from Moscow and Australia, Colorado and Texas.
We also had visits from a few fabric designers.
This is Mary, our fearless leader, with Katie Hennigar, the designer of the Chirp line from Robert Kaufman.
We couldn't have hosted this particular event without the wonderful culinary talents of Meg and Mike.
Their tapenade was delicious!
Thanks to all of the customers who came and shared in the fun this weekend, and big thanks to our visitors.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Anna Maria Horner Trunk Show

Hi out there!
As if it weren't enough fun to have our great speakers coming this weekend, we also have Anna Maria Horner's Trunk Show in the store this week.
Some of the projects are from her newest book, others are from single patterns that are available from the store, and we have the wonderful Baby Zigzag Quilt which is available as a free pattern on Anna Maria's blog.
Please come by and see these cuties in person!

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Guest Speakers

Hi all,
I just wanted to remind you that we're going to have some very special guests at Treadle next week.
First of all, on Friday, May 21 from 6:30-8 we'll welcome Linda Lee from Sewing Workshop. There is a $10 charge for this event, so please sign up in advance, either by phone or in person, because the spots are going quickly!

Then on Saturday, May 22 from 6:00 - 8:00 Anna Maria Horner will come to visit and sign copies of her new book Handmade Beginnings.This event is free, but we ask that you RSVP either via email or by phone 651-698-9690.

Hope to see you at one of these exciting events!

Monday, May 10, 2010


I wrote about a month ago about Colette, the new line of patterns that we just started carrying. Since that time I managed to finish a model of one of their patterns - Eclair.
I used Kona Crush in Aqua and Anna Maria Horner's Diamond Mine in Pomegranate.
It was a fantastic pattern!
First of all the layout was very user-friendly.
It comes as a book with a folder pocket in the back for the pattern pieces.
The directions were well-explained for a beginner sewist and also had some great tips for a more experienced seamstress.

One more wonderful feature of these patterns is that they are written for modern clothing sizes.

Everyone knows that you don't choose the size you wear when you pick out a sewing pattern. Colette Patterns are now an exception to that rule.
Not only are the sizes true to the sizes you would by off the rack, but they range from size 0 to size 18, thus making Colette patterns accessible to all.
My only remaining problem is to decide which pattern from their catalog to make next.
Keep those pictures of your projects coming, we would love to see what you are making too!

Friday, May 7, 2010

New Fabrics

Our UPS driver brought lots and lots of new fabric to the store this week.
We have new Japanese ImportsTake a look at the Goat who owns a fabric store -
And the little baking animals -
Also new are these beautiful fabrics from India.These are richly dyed so please be careful and hand wash your garments.