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Sew-n-Sews are collecting personal care items for SPARC (Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center). Please donate items and place them in the green bucket that will be in the AC on Tuesdays and Fridays. 


Local Quilt Shop Changes

There have been several changes in the local quilt shops since last season. Here is a quick summary:

- A new shop called The White Daisy Quilt Shop will be opening in Punta Gorda on November 23rd.  Its address is 2705 Tamiami Trail, Suite 314.  That is in the Towles Plaza with The Bean on 41 Coffee Shop and Amimoto Japanese Restaurant.

- Quilt Lover's Hangout in Fort Meyers has changed ownership, and is now called PJ's Quilt and Longarm Studio.  They are in the same location, but from their email newsletter it sounds like they've been expanding the selection of fabrics they carry.

- Flash Sew & Quilt has closed their Fort Meyers store and moved their Naples store. The new address in Naples is 13240 Tamiami Trail North #205.

The Local Quilt Shops sidebar of the Sew-N-Sews web site has been updated to reflect these changes.


2021 Season Workshop Supply Lists

Below are the supply lists for the workshops that are TENTATIVELY scheduled for the 2021 Winter Season. At present we do NOT know whether Sew-N-Sews will be able to meet or hold workshops, and if so, what restrictions there may be!

To download a PDF file with the Supply Lists for all 5 workshops, click HERE.


To be taught by Gail Frenz
Finished Quilt sizes: Crib 35” x 48”; Throw 49” x 60”; Twin 69” x 85”; Queen/King 97” x 109”

Pattern uses fabric from a Layer Cake (10” squares) or 1/8 yard cuts of fabric. Each 10” square or 1/8 cut of fabric will give you all the pieces to make 1 block measuring 8.75”

CribMonkey Bars Quilt
- 8 assorted 10” squares or 1/8 yard cuts
- 1 1/4 yard black accent fabric and binding
- 1/2 yard setting triangle fabric
- 5/8 yard outer border fabric
- 1 1/2 yards backing fabric


- 18 assorted 10” squares or 1/8 yard cuts
- 1 1/2 yard black accent fabric and binding
- 7/8 yard setting triangle fabric
- 1 yard outer border fabric
- 3 yards backing fabric


- 39 assorted 10” squares or 1/8 yard cuts
- 2 5/8 yard black accent fabric and binding
- 1 1/4 yard setting triangle fabric
- 1 1/4 yard outer border fabric
- 4 yards backing fabric


- 98 assorted 10” squares or 1/8 yard cuts
- 3 3/4 yard black accent fabric and binding
- 2 1/2 yard setting triangle fabric
- 1 3/4 yard outer border fabric
- 9 yards backing fabric

To be taught by Chris BeadleTwister Purse
Approximately 15” wide x 13.5” high x 5” deep

- 30 - 5" precut squares of quilting cotton, or cut your own squares from an assortment of contrasting fabrics totaling 2/3 yard
- 1 yard coordinating fabric for lower exterior, handles and Interior pockets
- 1 yard fabric for Interior (If working width Is 43" or more you will only need 1/2 yard)
- 3 yards of medium weight fusible cotton interfacing such as Pellon SF 101
- 1/3 yard of firm thin fusible interfacing such as Pelion Decor Bond 809
- 1 Package (18") of By Annie's Soft and stable or comparable foam core interlining
- Lil' Twister Tool by Twister Sisters
- One magnetic snap closure set


To be taught by Suzanne SheltonWine Totes
Approximately 4” x 16”

- There are 3 different versions and the fabric requirements depend on whether people choose to do one tote or all three.
- For all three totes it takes a total of 1/4 yard of 6 to 8 fabrics. (To make just one tote you can use scraps of batiks.)
- 1/2 yard coordinating fabric for binding
- 1 yard coordinating fabric for backing.

- The totes require the preprinted batting that runs about $4 each. I will have to preorder that after I know how many people sign up for the class.

To be taught by Cynthia CurtisSimple Crossbody Purse low res
Approximately 10”wide x 8.5” high x 1” deep

- 1/2 yard Main Exterior Fabric
- 1/4 yard Contrast Solid Exterior Fabric
- 1/2 yard Lining Fabric – regular quilting cotton fabric is recommended for the lining.
- 1 1/4 yard Pellon SF101 Fusible Interfacing
- 1 10 inch (or longer) #5 Nylon Zipper

- If you don’t want to use two different fabrics on the purse, you don’t have to. Just get 3/4 yard of a single fabric for the exterior.
54” wide upholstery fabric, denim or canvas works nicely for the Main Exterior and Contrast Solid Exterior Fabrics of this purse. Regular 42” quilting cotton can be used, however you will need to piece the cross-body strap, which is 50” long.
- Regular quilting cotton is recommended for the lining of the purse, since it needs to be thinner and more flexible than the exterior.
- The purse in the picture also uses (2) 1/2 inch D rings, (2) 1/2 inch swivel hooks, and (1) 1/2 inch strap slider. Purse hardware is less expensive in large quantities, so I will have hardware kits available for purchase in gold, antique brass, nickel, and gunmetal finishes. I estimate the kits will be between $5 and $7. The bag can be made without the D rings and swivel hooks, however you will need the straps slider to make an adjustable cross-body strap.

To be taught by Margaret HerrChenille Potholder
Approximately 9” square

- 2/3 yard of ALL COTTON yarn-dyed flannel or Homespun fabric. It will be cut into 8 -10-inch squares
- 1-1/2 inch wide X WOF of fabric for binding.

- Absolutely NO POLYESTER fabric. It will melt with heat.
- Very sharp scissors are needed for cutting fabric to make chenille.
- This is a good time to use up old thread, color doesn’t matter as the thread doesn't show.


Prevent Quilt Bleeding

Boo! Quilt bleeding! It's happened to most of us, and it's a problem we're asked to solve quite often. Some will say, "Wash it in Retayne" and others will say, "Wash it in Synthrapol". Still others say, "Use a Color Catcher". But who's right?

  • Synthrapol is used to prepare blank fabric and remove sizing, residues, oils, etc so it will accept dye better. Then, it's used after the dyeing process to suspend excess dye particles and prevent them from depositing back onto the fabric.
  • Retayne is used to fix the dye in commercial fabrics, to prevent bleeding BEFORE you use them in your project.
    Use Retayne when you prewash suspect fabrics (reds and blues are common culprits) before they are in your quilt. Use Synthrapol when you have a bleed happen after a quilt is constructed. Once the excess dye is removed, THEN wash it in Retayne to fix the dye.
  • Color Catchers (Shout, K2r, Vanish, Dylon) are simply a product used to grab dye in the wash, but they are not going to totally reverse a bad bleed after the fact.

Build your arsenal now, and prevent the bleeding nightmare. (Article from McTavish Quilting Studio on Facebook)

 Products to Prevent Quilt Bleeding


Surgical Hats for Pediatric Surgical Patients

Golisano Children's Hospital needs surgical caps for their pediatric surgical patients.  Sew-N-Sews are asking members to each make one surgical cap this summer, and bring it in the fall to donate to Golisano.  Instructions for making the surgical caps can be downloaded by clicking here:

Pediatric Surgical Caps Instructions