Sunday, December 22, 2013

New Programs for 2014

We are looking forward to 2014 and have some exciting programs that will start in the next few months. For more details on anything listed below, please call (951) 737-3959 or stop by the store.

Saturday Sampler starts the 1st Saturday in January, but you have to sign up before then to guarantee a spot. We will give you your 1st block that 1st Saturday in January. Return the 1st Saturday of the next month with your finished block and we will give you your next block for free. Continue through the year and at the end you will have 12 blocks. The finishing kit is optional and is sold separately.

Civil War Club starts in February and features the Mastering Minatures by Homestead Hearth and fabric by Judie Rothermel. This program is written as a weekly block program featuring 6" blocks. You will receive the fabric and patterns (52 block patterns, with a picture and instructions) for the complete quilt. Our club will not be doing the actual quilt pattern. We will do two projects a quarter using the blocks. Your monthly fee will cover the fabric and pattern to do the projects, but you can choose to use the fabric for the actual quilt - that is your choice. The first project we will be doing is the tote shown in the picture. It uses 4 of the blocks with the actual fabrics.

 Christmas Club starts in January. The purpose of this club is to make Christmas projects throughout the year, so that you have them ready in time for Christmas. The projects work year round though, so you don't have to save them for Christmas. For the membership fee and monthly pattern fee of $6-$10.00 you will receive a free block and a Fig Tree pattern for the monthly project. There will be optional kits available for the projects. The first month we will be doing the scarf pictured in the picture. It is backed with flannel, and is very cozy. Last year we handed out the free blocks featured in the picture below. Our theme was the 12 Days of Christmas. This was only available to our 2013 Christmas Club members.
We will be re-running the My Favorite Things Block of the Month, from the Primitive Gatherings Pattern. This was very popular last year and several people have asked for it again. The monthly cost of $9.99 includes the fabric for top and binding, the wool and the pattern.

Independence is a block of the month that we had in 2013. We discovered three more spots, so we are offering it as a block of the month to anyone who is interested. The cost is $25.00 per month.

Woolen Sheep is a block of the month that starts in January. This adorable sheep made from wool, has a different wool blanket for each month. The 1st month you receive the wool for the sheep and one blanket, plus pattern. Each month thereafter for 11 months, you will receive the wool and pattern for another month's blanket.

Quilty Fun by Lori Holt has been very popular. This Block of the month is done as a row by row. Each month you will receive the fabric for one row. This quilt features fabric form Lori Holt's Riley Blake fabric lines and some fill-ins from MODA fabrics also.

 PRI 427BHD 2083 We will also be running Words to Live By, from Primitive Gatherings and I Believe in Snowman by Bunny Hill Designs. Both are blocks of the months that we will post more information on in January.

We have many more programs, including a wool club that will meet the 3rd Monday of each month starting in February, Stitching Society which meets the 1st Monday of each month, a ScrapBuster Club starting in January, and a technique class that begins in February. For more information on all of the above, and more, please stop by the store.
We will be closed the 24th-26th so that we may spend time our families.
From Everyone at Stars & Scraps, we wish you a very Merry Christmas! and look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

Monday, December 02, 2013

Charity Sew

Meet Bode. He is the nephew of Suzanne, one of our friends, who also teaches at the store. Bode has a rare form of cancer and as you can see from his patch, has already had an eye removed. He is a 6 year old with a fighting spirit though and he wants to help other children in his cancer ward at Rady's Children's Hospital in San Diego. We want to help him by hosting a Charity Sew at the shop on December 7th. We will be making drawstring bags that will be distributed by the organization Coverswith Love. All of the information about the charity and the requirements for the bags can be found on their website They are looking for bags made from Christmas fabric for the bags we will be delivering thru Bode. There are very specific requirements about the fabric, ie it must be pre-washed. Please visit the website for specific requirements and instructions. If you want to join us at the shop Saturday for sewing, please call to reserve a space at no charge. We plan to do potluck and just have a great day of sewing for a cause.

We are also hosting an evening, December 5th to see lap quilts for an organization in Riverside that distributes them to the Senior centers. The quilts need to be 3 feet by 4 feet or 4 feet by 5 feet and made from new fabric. We have acquired fabric samples from a fabric store that can be used that evening for making patchwork quilts. Rag quilts would also make great lap quilts. Join us that evening. Feel free to bring any scraps from your stash.

December 7th will also be the day we reveal the new Saturday Sampler and other programs that are starting in 2014. Please come at 9AM to hear a presentation.




Thursday, November 07, 2013

New Block of the Month...

December 7th-Save the date! This is when you will be able to see the new Block of the Month Programs and clubs that we are starting in 2014. One of them will be this QUILTY FUN quilt by Lori Holt. We have combined lots of her fabrics and some others from MODA to make this adorable row by row block of the month. The book has so many cute patterns besides the main one.
December 7th is also the day we will reveal our new Saturday Sampler quilt for 2014. This is the program where you pay a sign up fee and receive your 1st month's block. Bring that block back to the shop completed by the next 1st Saturday of the month and receive your next block free. At the end of the year you will have received 12 blocks.

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

What's new?

It's almost Thanksgiving and wouldn't this Turkey look great? Diane will be teaching this class October 15th from 10am to 3pm. The class fee includes the pattern.

Take a plain sweatshirt and transform it with some binding. Beckie will show you how to transform it and add some appliqué embellishments. What a great gift! The class is October 22nd from 10am to 3pm.

How about this adorable pair? Karel will be teaching this class on October 14th & 21st from 10am to 3pm. She will have the wood stands available for purchase in the class.

Suzanne will be teaching this class on November 9th from 10am to 3pm. Learn an easy way to make this quilt block. Great way to use your scraps.

We have lots of new kits.






Sunday, August 11, 2013

Machine Quilting Class

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This class is for EVERYONE! At one time or another, we have all needed to get a quilt done and wished we could just do it on our own home sewing machine. Especially that small wall hanging, tablerunner, baby quilt, etc.. This class will teach you how to get it done on your sewing machine. Pamala is a long arm quilter, but she used to do all of her quilting on her home sewing machine. She will teach you the skills you need & show you the tools that will make it easier. This is a 5-part class starting September 19th. The dates are 9/19, 9/26, 10/10, 10/17 & 10/24 from 10AM to 3PM. Pamala will only take a limited number of students, so call the store to reserve a spot -(951) 737-3959.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Lisa Bongean from Primitive Gatherings is coming to teach...

Lisa Bongean from Primitive Gatherings will be teaching at our shop, Monday, August 5th - class starts at 10AM. She will be teaching one of her new wool projects called Needful Things. It's a great project that would look awesome in your sewing room. Her classes are for anyone who wants to learn to work with wool, or wants to learn new techniques or improve upon their skills. She always has great information and her love of teaching really shows through in her classes. We have 3 spots available - call the store to reserve your space 951-737-3959. The kits for the class are available at the shop.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A New Stitchery Club

Stitching Society with Pamala

JOIN THIS NEW CLUB THAT STARTS IN SEPTEMBER AND GET STITCHING - all levels from beginners to intermediate are welcome.

Make hexagon motifs using wool, cotton or flannel for your backgrounds. Learn new stitches each month to enhance your applique. Turn the hexagons in to a quilt, or use them for smaller projects, or both.

Each month includes the following:

·         Pamala will share a brief history about various products related to stitching. You will receive a packet which includes 15 hexagon motifs (these are printed on paper that is already hole punched and ready for a binder)-at the end of 12 months, you will have 180 total motifs to use for your applique. Motifs range from flowers, to seasonal, to animals, etc..

·         1 pattern that utilizes the hexagon motifs -these projects include a binder cover for the binder that holds your motifs, a hexagon needle keeper, a hexagon holder for the stitch cards your will be receiving. You will have 12 small hexagon motif related projects by at the end of 12 months

·         Stitch cards that illustrate the stitches Pamala will be teaching that month.    These cards will be cut out and inserted in a hexagon holder that you will make in one of the monthly projects. There are 44 stitch cards.


·         A recipe that will fit in your binder for a total of 12 at the end

·         ALSO included in the club is a binder with dividers to hold your monthly motifs and recipes, a bobbin holder with a few bobbins of Aurifil wool thread that is wonderful to stitch with. Additional bobbins of wool thread in various colors will be available to purchase. Empty bobbins can be returned for credit towards the purchase of another bobbin of thread. Two Hexagon rulers to use for cutting your monthly projects.

·         Each month you can purchase the wool or fabric for your monthly motifs and projects, or bring your stash. Combine different threads, such as Pearl Cotton, Valdani, the Aurifil wool thread to add interest to your monthly projects.

CLUB STARTS IN SEPTEMBER - It will be held the first Monday of each month, except September will be the second Monday due to Labor Day. YOU CAN STILL JOIN EVEN IF YOU CAN'T COME TO THE MONTHLY MEETINGS. JUST PICK UP YOUR PACKET FROM THE SHOP EACH MONTH.  
PRICE - $18.00 per month - 1st and last months due upon sign up

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Mystery Quilt Weekend

We hosted a mystery quilt weekend and WOW! It was fun! The ladies arrived Friday evening to get started. They didn't know what they were making, but they had been given the fabric and cutting requirements ahead of time so they could get started. Our theme was summer picnic, and they arrived to find a summer basket with a personalized strawberry name tag on it. They also received a Creative Grids ruler and marking pen, which were important tools for the quilt. Each day they arrived to find a gift on the table for them. Mason jars, pin cushions and pinwheels.

It wouldn't be a quilt weekend without food, snacks, games and prizes! Pamala was the hostess for the weekend and she had some great games, that brought lots of laughter. While the ladies were sewing, she ran bingo games and drawings for prizes. Mystery quilts are done in steps so you don't know what your final quilt will look like until you are on the last step. Pamala would hand out steps to the ladies as they requested them. It was great to see all the different fabric selections. Each block looked so different.

Beth transformed a plain white room in to a cozy get away. And a special thanks to Sandy for the cookies and Carmel corn, and Danielle and Lanae for making banners.


They sewed all day Saturday and until 2pm on Sunday. It was a wonderful weekend, and everyone was sad when it came to an end. The good news is that today we announced our next event for March 21-23, 2014. We are taking deposits and already have 20 signed up. If you think you would like to come, call or come in soon.

We have kids camp starting this week. It will be exciting to see them learn.

Lisa from Primitive Gatherings will be here August 5th to teach one if her new wool projects. We have a few spaces left, so call the store to reserve a space if you are interested.

Later this week, there will be more information on a new Stitching club that Pamala is starting. New class additions to the schedule and more... So stay tuned.

We look forward to seeing you in the store.




Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Mystery Quilt Weekend

We are getting ready for mystery quilt weekend. We have lots of fun gifts planned for everyone. If you would like to join us, the dates are July 19th-21st. It's starts at 5pm Friday. Call the store for details 951-737-3959.


Tuesday, July 02, 2013

The 4th of July

We will be closed July 4th, July 5th & July 6th, so that we can spend time with friends & family! Hope you have a safe & happy 4th! Come see us Monday, July 8th.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013


The Southern California Quilters Run starts June 20th. Every store in the run will be featuring a retro TV show. Each store will also be handing out a MODA marble fat quarter in their chosen color. Come join the fun!

Tuesday, June 04, 2013


New polka dots, ginghams and chevrons!



Thursday, May 30, 2013

Is it summer?...

Spring Clearance!
Summer's almost here - I think it's going to be 99 degrees on Saturday, so the calendar might not say it's here, but we all know...Friday & Saturday, 5/31 & 6/1, 30% off all fabric, books, patterns & kits (1 yard minimum, excludes flannel, wool, & wool kits and wool patterns, Block of the months and classes)
Can not be combined with any other offers.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Memorial Day Weekend...

We will be closed Saturday, May 25th - Monday, May 27th for the Memorial Weekend Holiday. Remember to honor the Troops and Veterans!

Monday, May 20, 2013

More Market

We arrived in Oregon on Wednesday and stopped at some more stores. Holly Hill in West Linn is a must see if you are in town. The displays are amazing!

Thursday we started the day at a local antique mall, called Montecellos. We saw some great pieces but they don't ship so the next trip will have to be with a bigger car. Then it was on to more stores. One of them was Pine Needles in Lake Oswego.



Thursday night they have Sample Spree. The best part is being able to pre-buy some fat quarter bundles of the fabric lines we are ordering.

Friday morning the convention center opens and the fun begins. Aisles and aisles of fabric, pattern, book and notions vendors. It started at row 300 and ended at aisle 2100. We ordered and ordered and I am excited about all of the great things we will be bringing to you in the near future. Our plan is to have lots of new kits ready by the Quilt Run in June. Keep checking back for updates. Here are some of the highlights:

These two patterns were adorable! What kid wouldn't want a barn full of animals to carry around with them? We kitted this one today and expect it to be a big hit.

We brought home some of these great Halloween and Christmas stocking patterns.


Children and doll patterns were all the rage. Expect to see more of these. What girl wouldn't want to wear a matching outfit with her doll?

Can I just say, tooooo cute! We are exploring the idea of selling these sewing tables. They were very sturdy and affordable.


How can you not fall in love with MODA? We ordered Full lines from Bunny Hill, Minick and Simpson, Fig Tree and some pieces from other lines.

Ordered Nancy Halversons new line and book. All the projects are great as always.


We purchased Lots of new bag patterns and fabrics to make them.

Look for this new stitching program that Pamala will be in charge of.

We saw the new Block of the Month we are starting in October. The quilt is so beautiful in person.

Debbie from Wooden Spool designs has some great new sampler patterns and we have them all, plus lots more from her. She was a great hostess and I can't wait to visit her again.

Believe it or not, this was just a summary. We came back with lots more, including inspiration and ideas for so much more.

Can't wait to see you in the store.