Tuesday, October 28, 2008



That's right: you heard me... this coming Saturday, November 1 we will open 1 hour early at 9:00 and give you the customer 20% off everything in the store (excludes clearance fabrics, consignment items and food items). That means 20% off fabrics, books, notions, battings, rulers and mats... we're even taking 20% off of Gift Certificates and Class Fees!!!

And honeys, there is some guh-reat stuff in the store these days: Amy Butler's Daisy Chain line, Bali Batik Jelly Rolls (that we made OURSELVES, thank you very much!), lots of Kits (Turning Twenty and otherwise), Charm Squares, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, all kinds of Pre-Quilteds, 108" Quilt Backings...and that's just fabric.

Let me tell you about the books: all the hottest titles...Seams to Me by Anna Maria Horner, The Gentle Art of Domesticity by Jane Brockett, English Garden Quilts by Kaffe Fassett, French General Home Sewn, to name a smattering.

And patterns, too! The entire Spring and Fall lines of Oliver+S children's clothing patterns (great with our NEW 54" baby-wale corduroy!!!), some great new Quilt Patterns from Fig Tree Quilts, all of the Amy Butler patterns (of course) and if they get here in time, the new line of patterns from Heather Bailey as well.

Very exciting stuff, my friends.
I hope to see YOU there for the Late Riser's Sale.
Have good shopping!!!



Monday, October 20, 2008


The following is an interview that I recently conducted with myself.

Question: What goes on at Sewing Lounge?

Answer: Oooh, that is a loaded question.

Q: Excuse me?

A: Well, lots of stuff goes on at Sewing Lounge. Mostly it's a time where we have an open studio and people gather around the table to work on their respective sewing projects. But...

Q: But...?
A: Well, it's kind of a "Girl's Night Out," so you can fill in the gaps.

Q: I see. (Clears throat) Ahhh, when does Sewing Lounge take place?

A: Every Friday night from 4:00 to 8:30 PM.

Q: What does sewing lounge SOUND like?

A: It sounds like a lot of people having fun. Laughing, yakking away, different cell phones ringing, the radio in the background, the rat-a-tat-tat of sewing machines. Lately there's been a lot of talk about the election, the Lobstermen's struggles, buying local. All kinds of stuff. People really "open up" and share things at Sewing Lounge, and I always say, what happens at Alewives, STAYS at Alewives.

Q: And what does Sewing Lounge SMELL like?

A: Well, I'm sooo glad you asked that question. As a matter of fact, it does have a smell. It smells like Sushi and Mojitos and hot iron. It's a good thing that Saturday is garbage day, because you only want to smell that combo for so long, you know?

Q: I hear you. And what does Sewing Lounge LOOK like?

A: Like you might expect: it's people's fabrics and projects everywhere, with a huge buffet spread out on the cutting table in the back room. And I mean HUGE. We're talking every type of sushi imaginable (my favorite being the Seaweed Salad) and a little "libations station" and a huge dessert/chocolate/candy area. It all somehow magically appears late Friday afternoons and we always say "Oooh, we have way too much stuff!" and then it's all magically gone by 8:30.

Q: Do people always sew at Sewing Lounge?

A: Nooooo... sometimes they just stop by to get in on some of the chocolate action and put off their grocery shopping.

Q: What words of wisdom would you like to give to someone who's never been to Sewing Lounge before but is thinking about going?

A: Very important: I would tell that person that the gals at Sewing Lounge are all different sizes and shapes and ages and the only thing we DO have in common is that we are all really nice and we all love new "Loungers" and we all love to sew. A lot of great friendships have been formed here, so if you're new to the area and maybe want to meet some new people this might be a great place to start. We're like the church of sewing: all are welcome, and every day is Sunday. As long as it's Friday.

See you in the not-so-distant future.
Look for my friend May Mitchell to be a "guest blogger" next time!!!



Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Martha would approve...

Hey Ladies and Gents,

It's off to Portland I go tomorrow to help with the web site design!
A very exciting thing, indeed.

In the meantime, here are some pictures of our fabric covered pumpkins that we make around this time each year at the store.

They are the easiest things in the world to do: Bust out a pumpkin, clean it off thoroughly, cover a section at a time with acrylic gloss medium (the same stuff we use for our floor cloths), slap on some fabric (cut any which way your heart desires), cover with some more acrylic gloss medium and voila! Instant fabric-y pumpkin!!!

As we Mainers say: It's a wicked good thing.

See you again soon!!!



Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A Quickie

Just a little post today:

For future reference, here is a list of reasons why going to Bar Harbor on a Hurricane-y weekend is a GOOD thing:

1. Plenty of parking.

2. You have a REALLY good excuse to stay in a hotel (as opposed to staying in a campground, where the bathrooms are conspicuously farther away than in a hotel room).

3. Unbeknownst to you, it just might be "Free Park Weekend," and your entrance fee to Acadia will be waived leaving an extra 20 bucks for...

4. No lines at Jordan Pond House (The restaurant inside the park). I highly recommend going there in the EVENING for a change, especially when they give you a seat by the window AND near the fireplace, and ESPECIALLY when they have peach ice-cream on the menu.

5. There will only be a couple of other people at the top of Cadillac Mountain who are as crazy as you are. If I had a dollar for every time we uttered the phrase "Ooh, I bet there's normally a very nice view from here!"

6. If the fog DOES start to lift (and honestly, even if it doesn't), the park is still pretty beautiful.

That's all for now. More to follow. Have a great week!!!