Archive for January, 2016

BlockStock 2016

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

We are excited to be participating in the First Annual BlockStock, the ultimate Hop, Stop & Shop. From February 1 through April 30, 2016 everyone who makes a purchase at Country Stitches, and hundreds of other shops, will receive a free 12” (finished) block pattern. The only way to get our pattern is to make a purchase during the promotion dates.

We have chosen the Ohio Star quilt block. It is a classic nine-patch block that is easy to create. In 1982, we chose the Ohio Star Block for Country Stitches’ logo, so it is logical that we choose this block for the BlockStock. Our sample block features green and white and MSU fabrics since East Lansing is the home of Michigan State University. If you like our block, we will have kits available for purchase.

We hope to see you beginning on February 1st for the First Annual BlockStock!


Friday, January 15th, 2016

It was great having my son Jonah home from U of M. We had a great Christmas!

Here are some pressing tips.



* Ironing is defined as sliding the iron back and forth over the fabric.

* Pressing is lifting the iron up and down over the fabric.

* To prevent stretching and distortion, pressing is preferred for quilt blocks.

* It is a myth that a heavy iron helps…weight is not a factor in achieving a flat press and heavy pressing can distort shape and size of the pieces.

* Historically seams were pressed to one side because it made a hand stitched seam stronger and prevented cotton batting from drifting through stitches.

* Optional: Use Best PressTM (a starch which leaves no residue) to take out creases or put them in.

* Press each seam twice…once flat as stitched to merge stitches with fabric and then open or to one side with the tip of your iron.

* Your iron should get as much use as your sewing machine.

* Press as you go…if you wait until completed it will be too late for well-defined seams and edges…pressing will accomplish feats not possible with just sewing.

* Steady BettyTM is a great pressing surface option especially for bias…prevents movement and seam imperfections.