Quilted Threads – 116 Main St., Henniker NH
I live in Washington DC but my favorite quilt shop is Quilted Threads in Henniker NH. Whenever I visit family in the area, I shop here. It is about a 20 minute drive from Interstate 93. Henniker, NH has to be the quaintest New England town ever. I could have taken pictures of a hundred old farm houses/barns close to this shop. (Maybe next time I will!)
Who would guess that you would find such amazing fabric in this little town? When you enter the store you are immediately greeted with a whole room of Japanese fabrics. I was told yesterday that they believe they have the largest selection in the US. It was hard not to drool, but I have to admit that the prices keep me from stashing too much of this beautiful fabric. The store was featured in this Spring/Summer 2011 Quilt Sampler magazine.
They pretty much have it all: batiks (although somewhat limited), novelty/kids prints, civil war prints, silks and linens, modern, Australian, Japanese, felted woolens, etc..
Here is a sampling of what I did buy:
Australian fabric and a little Kaufman I thought would go with it.
Echino Train and others
Crabtastic by by Maude Asbury
Zipper fobs and variegated pearl cotton
You can never have too many books!
They do have an online store. I was also told that they are about to become a Bernina dealership. If you are ever in the area (or within 100 miles), you do NOT want to miss this store!
Zakka Block Quilt Finished size = 46 X 60 inches
Yippee! I got the quilt done and I LOVE it! I thought I had gotten a jump on this project by deciding the layout a few weeks ago. However, all the sewing, quilting and binding was done this week – mostly in the past 3 days. Luckily my husband was out of town and I didn’t have too many other responsibilities.
Blocks and stitching
I used a charm pack of woven japanese fabrics which are 4″ square. There were 70 squares in the package and I needed 72. I supplemented by cutting some similar fat quarters that I had. I used cream colored linen for the rest of the top and a cotton fabric for the binding and back.
Serged quilt back
I put the quilt together with my serger. The linen and the woven fabrics were a loose enough weave that they were fraying like crazy so I thought this would be a good idea. Look at how neat the back is! I’ve only used my serger for garment construction and edge finishing (150 cloth napkins for my daughter’s wedding) in the past. This project was the PERFECT project to serge because of all the straight lines and it went together very quickly this way.
Close up of binding and hand stitching
I did stitch in the ditch with thread that matches the linen along the seams on the top and bottom of the blocks. This did a good job of stabilizing the quilt. This loosely woven linen really wanted to lose it’s shape. Next I did the hand stitching with a thick pearl cotton thread. The hand stitching was definitely the most time consuming part of this project, but I’m SO happy that I did it because I love how it looks and it reminds me of sashiko stitching which seems appropriate with my japanese fabrics.
I wonder how many other Zakka Sew Along sewers are scrambling to get their quilts done today in order to link up for this weeks “prize”. Good luck everyone!
Have you been sewing along with the projects from the book Zakka Style? It’s been fun to see all of the different versions of the projects starting from the beginning of the book. The first project was a tote bag and it took some time to make up. However, since then, the projects have been very quick and relatively simple. The idea with the Zakka Sew Along is to read the guest blogger’s notes for that week’s project on Monday and make the item up and link it by the following Sunday. I’m going to be traveling some over the next few weeks so I thought I had better look ahead.
Japanese fabric charm pack
There is only one quilt in the book and it is coming up in a few weeks. I have a charm pack of Japanese woven fabrics that I’ve been saving for just the right project, and I think this is it! My squares are 4″ and the pattern in the book calls for 6″ but that does not deter me. I will just add more rows/columns to make the quilt the same size.
I made a sketch to help determine materials and sizes needed.
I’m considering sewing this together with my serger. I have never sewn a quilt together this way before but all of these fabric are rather loosely woven (especially this linen) and I think it might be a good idea.
Quilt layout on design wall
I did not get last weeks project (mini magnets) done due to travel for my husband’s birthday. However, I still feel like I’m ahead instead of behind because I’ve got this quilt all cut and ready to sew.
Happy Birthday Dear!