Finch Retreat Winter 2015- February 6th – 8th

Images from the Salamander Resort Website

Images from the Salamander Resort Website

Please join us for a Maker’s Retreat at the Salamander Resort and Spa, a sophisticated country estate in charming Middleburg, Va.  For this first ever Finch Retreat, we will sew, knit, and craft together in beautifully appointed surroundings.  True to the Finch experience, there will be lots of bonding with friends, great food and spirits, unique projects, and…. did I mention that April Rhodes will be joining us?  I know.  APRIL RHODES!!!  In all seriousness, April is just as nice as she can be.  You are going to love her, and, what’s also great is the girl knows her stuff!!  We’re really honored to have her…. thanks, April!

Image from April Rhodes' website

Image from April Rhodes’ website

Fill your cup with inspiration and fellowship   >>—->

The weekend will be broken into several intimate social crafting gatherings as well as one feature workshop (this will occupy most of Saturday and Sunday).  For the feature workshop, you’ll choose one of the following; Apparel Sewing, Quilting, or Knitting. In the evenings, we’ll curl up by the fire in the library and work on a smaller project, similar to our ever-popular sip and sew events.  We’re also hoping to open up a few pop-up shops for you during the weekend (Finch as well as other Virginia shops).

The Feature Workshops  >>—->

Quilting: Anna Haller, member of the DCMQG and a beloved Finch Teacher will be at the helm for this workshop. We’ll be working on making a bag using the  quilt as you go method, a great project for beginners and advanced quilters alike.

Apparel Sewing: Nicole Morgenthau, owner of Finch Sewing Studio and April Rhodes,  fabric and apparel pattern designer will facilitate a hands on workshop focused on sewing apparel items.  Attendees will select a pattern to work on, and Nicole and April will assist in achieving a well-fitting garment.  For those who are up for the challenge, we will work on making modifications to garment patterns such as changing a neckline, adding or removing sleeves, merging two patterns together, and whatever else your little heart desires! We’ll also give you some tips for great finishing details to take your apparel sewing to the next level!

Knitting: Angela Helge, one of our bright and cheery Finch Teachers, will guide attendees in a knitting workshop for both beginners and experienced knitters alike. We have several projects selected as choices for this workshop- make a cowl or fingerless gloves to warm up your winter.

While we have most of the details already in place, we want to tailor the experience to each individual.  When you sign up, we’ll send you a brief survey in order to enroll you in the workshops you are most interested in attending.

Image from the Salamander Resort website

Image from the Salamander Resort website

There will be opportunity for attendees to do some sightseeing in beautiful Middleburg and the surrounding countryside.  The town is a short walk from the resort, and there is also transportation provided into town from the resort.

Accommodations >>—->


Each room is a 575 square foot queen double room. The Finch is all about building community, so we plan for attendees to share a room with either your besty or a newly found Finch kindred spirit.  No need to feel like you need to bring a friend – we’ll find you a roomy who shares similar interests!  And besides, Finches are the sweetest little birds.  You’re sure to love your roomy whether you knew her before or not.


Set on 340 acres in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains amid Virginia’s famed horse country and lush vineyards, and just 35 minutes from Washington Dulles International Airport, Salamander Resort & Spa features 168 luxurious rooms and suites, a luxury spa, full-service equestrian center, Virginia Piedmont-inspired dining, a dedicated cooking studio, wine bar, billiards room and a unique array of conference and banquet facilities.

Images from the Salamander Resort Website

Images from the Salamander Resort Website

Image from the Salamander Resort website.

Image from the Salamander Resort website.

As in a fine home, guests enter into the Living Room overlooking the Grand Lawn and surrounding woods, with miles of trails and outdoor activities that begin to introduce you to the mystique of the equestrian world and lifestyle.

Image from the Salamander Resort website.

Image from the Salamander Resort website.

Image from the Salamander Resort website.

Image from the Salamander Resort website.

In keeping with the country estate design, all 168 rooms and suites of this Middleburg, VA, hotel are spacious at a minimum size of 545 square-feet, and also include a separate casual relaxation corner, dining table, full-size desk, and outdoor patio or balcony with dining options. The luxurious bathroom includes a marble shower with body jets, pedestal tub, dual sinks and enclosed water closet.

What’s included and how much? >>—->

The retreat is very competitively priced at $695.  This includes your 2-night stay at the Luxurious Salamander, a kick-off cocktail party on Friday night, and workshops and social gatherings throughout the weekend. Meals are the responsibility of the attendee, as are materials for the Feature Workshop.  Upon registering, attendees will receive a $25 Finch voucher along with a list of suggested supplies you’ll need in order to purchase patterns and materials for the Feature Workshop.  Supplies for all other workshops during the retreat are included.  You’ll also receive a swag bag that will make you the envy of the crafty universe!  (Seriously…  it’s true).

Tickets are NON REFUNDABLE but are transferable for a limited time. You may sell your tickets to another interested party- please let us know their contact information. Transportation is NOT included. You must bring your own sewing machine.

When you register, you will be given the choice to pay in full or in two payments.  If you choose to pay in two installments, the first will be $350.00, the second will be $345.00, and will be charged to your card on November 15th.  We’ll take your card number or Paypal email in the Survey after you register/pay the first payment.


SPACE IS LIMITED!  We want this event to be intimate and so we have chosen to open up a limited number of spaces.


Image from the Salamander Resort website.

Image from the Salamander Resort website.

We hope you will join us for this fun and inspiring event- we’re going to pamper you terribly! Sign up here.

Getting Ready for a Handmade Holiday – Christmas in July

I know…. it’s early. But let’s just suspend for a minute the hype, the large jolly man in the suite, and the elves, and think about the people we love.  Because that’s the fun part anyway, right?!  In the crafting community, Christmas in July is a thing .

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The idea is that if you want to make things for your loved ones, you need to get started ahead of time.  Handmaking takes time… and isn’t that the most precious gift after all?! Christmas fabric arrives in July (we’re getting ours this week…. It’s adorable), and we’ve added all kinds of gifty classes to our schedule to get you and your kids started on some really fun projects and ideas for handmade gifts.  Here are some of the highlights (all but the camp are adult classes):

Christmas in July Kids Camp:

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Kids will make presents for loved ones- don’t worry, we can keep a secret!

Heart Hat:

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Kids’ size, adult size, whatever colors you want…  This hat will be the perfect gift for so many people!

Learn to Knit Neckwarmer:

Neckwarmer Class- This is a true beginner class and a great holiday gift idea!  This gorgeous yarn is included!

Neckwarmer Class- This is a true beginner class and a great holiday gift idea! This gorgeous yarn is included!

Design Your Own Leather Bag Class:

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In this fun class, we’ll be designing and making our very own custom leather bags!

Learn to Cable Scarf:


This is a quick little skills-based class that will get you going on this great man scarf!  Isn’t it handsome?!

Learn to Knit Cowl:

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This great beginner knit class is during the day!  Once you learn this one, you’ll be making it for everyone you know!

Patchwork Pillows Workshop:

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This is really darn cute.  Your mom would love one of these…. And she’d be proud of you too!

Go Anywhere Bag:

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Beginners- this is for you! This is my favorite bag.  I bet somebody would be really impressed with your mad skills if this was under the tree…


Our socials are also a great time to make some crafty progress:

Knit Together night on the 8th and 22nd

Friday Night Sewcials are on the 11th and 25th

Oh, and don’t forget- our BIG HUGE FIRST BIRTHDAY SALE!!  July 12th and 13th…. See you there!

xoxo, the Finch

Our First Anniversary! A Big Ole’ Sale and a month of Special Events.


Photo credit to Love Knot Photos

On June 26th, 2013, I told my husband that I thought is was time to open a Finch storefront.  The very next day, I met with my landlord (who is, hands down, the best landlord in Leesburg) and asked him if he would let me sign a lease for 1 month… And he said yes.  The whole Morgenthau family spent the next 5 days building furniture and setting up sewing machines, working around toddler naps and trips to the hardware store.  On the 4th of July we were open for business.

The home studio had a small following, and it didn’t take long for our student list to grow.  Those first customers and students will always be significant to me.  You know who you are.  You believed in my vision for this vibrant community, and it was more to you than just a store or a one-time class.  You saw yourself here- you found your place at the Finch, and I am so thankful for you.

And what better way to thank you and celebrate our first year than to have a big sale, and host special events all month long!

Let’s go at this chronologically:

July 5th:

Patchwork Pillow Mini Workshops- Have family or friends in town for the holiday?  Bring them along for a fun, quick activity!  Supplies included! We’ll have a grab bag full of pre-release fabric for you to sew with… Yay! (sessions available all day long).

July 6th:

Maxi Dress Class- 9-2pm Make a great summer dress and bring a friend!  2 seats remaining

July 11th:

Friday Night Sewcial- This is the “official” First Friday for Leesburg this month (because the actual first Friday is on the 4th). So we’ll have live music (classical guitar… can’t wait!). Sign up here to get your spot!

July 12th + 13th:

BIG OL” FIRST BIRTHDAY SALE!!!  We’ll have everything in the store on sale.  Been drooling over a fabric/yarn/tool/pattern for some time now?  Now’s your chance! Every purchase over $20 will receive a Finch goodie pack.  Purchases over $70 will receive another prize from a grab bag of Market treasures (until supplies last!!).

July 18th:

Finch Family Night- These plans are still underway, and we’re keeping it under our hat until we have more details.  The plan is to show you, your hubbies, and the kids a good time with a good old fashioned family night.  We’ll start inside with some refreshments, and then move out doors for a ….. oh, right… I can’t tell you that quite yet! Stay tuned!

July 25th:

Friday Night Sewcial- you know the drill!

July Sip + Sew, plus new fabric, plus a release party – You’re INVITED!

The moment you’ve all been waiting for is here!  Go sign up and then be sure to come back to this post so you can see the pretty new fabrics we just got in!


Come hang out at one of Loudoun’s finest establishments! Each location is hand picked and coordinated by Nicole for an optimally fun sewcial.

When? – 6:00-9:00pm

What? – $35 with supplies included. This is a discounted class rate so that attendees may patronize the host’s establishment as well. Price does not include drinks/snacks.

More info – We’ll be sipping in style at the beautiful Catoctin Creek Distilling Company in Purcellville, Va. You’ll be learning a really beautiful Japanese hand embroidery technique called Sashiko. True to Japanese design, Sashiko is beautiful in its simplicity yet remarkably simple to complete- you’re going to be addicted! Let me tell you about Catoctin Creek:  With one whole wall of windows, we’ll be sure to have plenty of beautiful light for a very cool project. Catoctin Creek® Distilling Company was founded by Becky and Scott Harris in 2009 as the first legal distillery in Loudoun County since before Prohibition. Catoctin Creek is all about high quality food and spirits. Organic means higher quality: grain and fruit, sourced locally when possible, free of pesticides and chemical additives that would come through in the spirits produced. Tastings of their finest concoctions will be available to us all evening, and everyone is welcome to buy bottles to bring home to the mister as well (let’s be honest, it’s really for me… ).  :)

Join us for some fabulous whiskey and a great time with kindred spirits!!
120 W Main St
Purcellville, VA 20132


So here’s what arrived yesterday:

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From top to bottom: the first two are Lotus Pond by Rae Hoekstra for Cloud9 fabrics, the bottom is a GORGEOUS royal blue dotty Chambray (I have a serious crush on this one, folks… serious crush!).

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From top to bottom: the first two are Bamboo and Organic Cotton knit jerseys (I just made a Moneta out of the white one and wore it twice over the last 4 days- super comfy…), the bottom fabric is Palos Verdes Voile “La Venta” – another Organic Cotton from Cloud9. We ran out of this pretty quickly the first time we stocked it, so we’re happy to have it back!

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These are both from the new line by Bari J called Emmy Grace.  I fell in love with these prints on paper, and they’re even more amazing on fabric.  The top one is a voile (don’t those colors just sing?!), and the bottom is one of the new knits from Art Gallery.  This knit is awesome!  unnamed (4)

These two are also from the new line by Bari J for Art Gallery Fabrics.  Both are quilting weight.  Aren’t those little fishing girls cute?!


Last but not least- the biggest shipment we have coming today is the new Limited Edition line from Art Gallery Fabrics by April Rhodes.  So to kick things off, we’ll be having a little release party all day (Wednesday till 9pm).  Come have a glass of champagne, and pet the lovely cotton…  :) There’s still a little left in my online shop- get it while you can (we’ll have all of it in the brick and mortar store).


See you tonight!

Market Wrap-up: Cotton + Steel, Art Gallery, Alison Glass, and…. another GIVEAWAY!

So what is Quilt Market,  you ask?  I know some of you have a basic understanding, but until we left Pittsburg to come home, I don’t know if I could have answered that question accurately.  In a nutshell, Market is the big trade show for all things sewing related (not necessarily quilting).unnamed (1)


Staring down at this scene is overwhelming, to say the least (and this was only half of it). There were so many beautiful and inspiring things to see, as well as constant conversations, lots of new friends to meet…  to say I was over-stimulated would be a major understatement.
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Thursday started with schoolhouse sessions, where designers and manufacturers introduce/demonstrate new products. We scored some really fun freebies during these sessions (some of which you may win in giveaways we have planned all summer)!  This is Violet Craft doing fabulous things as usual.  Love those animals…  Speaking of Violet Craft, Waterfront Park birds and blenders just arrived at the Finch (yay!).   Carolyn Friedlander talked about her line of Aurifil Thread and showed us some of her outstanding work, and the Art Gallery designers were all so sweet (really, they’re such nice people… ).


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April and I in my April Rhodes Peplum (we have the pattern and the fabric, folks!).

Did I mention we won fabric?!  EEEK!  If you’re going to sip and sew, you’ll be in it to win it!

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Thursday night is Sample Spree…. where do I begin.  This is where fabric companies have their upcoming lines in small bundles available for purchase so that stores can make samples ahead of the fabric arrivals.  It opens at 8.  We couldn’t even get tickets ahead (we signed up 4 weeks prior).  So we arrived about 15 minutes after the rush, and there was still a rush.  Cray cray.

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Cotton + Steel sold out of their fabric in less that 15 minutes….  sigh. But we were able to get some other great things (keep reading to find out how you can have a piece from this glorious event).

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Later that evening…. we got this shot! That’s Amy Butler, people!!  With our Angela (isn’t she cute in her Amy Butler Riding Peplum?!)!

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This was our final loot from Thursday (no, that wasn’t all free fabric!…. ).

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On Friday, the official show opens…  We were advised to walk the floor and see everything before we sat down or stopped at any booth. So we walked until we needed a drink…  just kidding (not really).  Our first meeting was with a distributor who hooked us up with a big floor stand of Mettler Silk Finish Cotton thread.  Nothing like buying an expensive thread case to make you feel grown up (it’s a snooze-fest, but a happy, sweet-dreamy snooze-fest). ;)

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Meeting Joel Dewberry... what a nice guy!

Meeting Joel Dewberry… what a nice guy!

Throughout the show, we went to book signings, meet-ups with other designers, fabric purchasing meetings, and had dinner with April Rhodes and her crew (she and her friends are so nice…  you’ll love her, hint, hint…)

Book signing with Carolyn Friedlander.

Book signing with Carolyn Friedlander.

Carolyn Friedlander’s booth was stunning- she is so well edited and balanced as a designer.  Super appealing to me.  And she has a new book coming soon too- called Savor Each Stitch.

So how about the fabric?!…   I can’t possibly tell you about all the fabric we have coming between now and December, but I’ll give you a few teasers right now.

Bonnie Christina - her new line from Art Gallery comes soon! Winged.

Bonnie Christina – her new line from Art Gallery comes soon! Winged.

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Art Gallery had a great range with their limited edition lines as well as their other really wonderful regular designers.  Bonnie Christina who designed Sweet as Honey (in our shop now) is coming out with Winged (which we ordered).  Isn’t her booth amazing? She had her little boy Bear with her…  see that sweet baby arm under the quilt tent? Be still my heart.   April Rhodes and Caroline of Sew Caroline had a lovely booth together: sunny and warm, cheerful and homey.

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Windham is doing the re-release of Heather Ross’ Far Far Away line- of course it’s awesome.  That’ll be here in July.   I loved loved loved Alison Glass’ booth.  It was absolutely saturated in color- a real feast for the eyes.  She is doing some really great things combining embroidery and wool… more on that soon too (did I mention she lives in Virginia…  hint hint?!).





Cotton + Steel is to. die. for.  It was the most highly anticipated release ev-ah.  They had an expert media campaign, and their designs stand up to the hype.  You’ll have to wait until this weekend to see my Cotton + Steel post.  You’re going to see some drool-worthy photos, I promise. And the fabric will be here in July.

For me, the highlights of quilt market were seeing new fabric lines, meeting designers, and put faces to the names we all recognize in this business.  I’m not gonna lie, there’s definitely an element of star-struck – ness.  In an industry that has changed so radically over the last 10 years, there are people who I feel great respect for.  And meeting them was a great honor! I wish I could have taken all of you with me!  This evening, at our sip and sew, we’ll be giving out a couple of prizes for all attendees.  We can take a few more people (so sign up here)! Oh, and if you can’t make it, all of our sip and sew projects can be purchased in the shop as well!


the Finch


To Market, to Market… Arizona Give Away

This week is a big week in the fabric and sewing community. It is the international spring quilt market (trade show) where so many of us will be meeting in Pittsburg to see all the pretty new fabric and sewing supplies.  This is Finch’s first time, though, which makes it extra specially exciting (and overwhelming!).  Angela, Anna, and I (Nicole) had a sewing day together about a week ago so that we could make clothes and accessories for the market.  April Rhodes, the pattern designer of the Staple Dress, Date Night Dress, and the Riding Peplum (and Party Dress), was so sweet to offer to send me some fabric from her new line (which we pre-ordered long ago!!!), and of course I jumped, and squeeled, and graciously accepted (hee hee).


Doesn’t she look like a sweet person? Well, she is. I’m really excited to meet her. And I think that’s at least half the fun of quilt market.  So much of the quilting/sewing/DIY world is online, living in a social media driven virtual community (which is great), so it’s really wonderful to get to meet some of these people in person. Anyway, back to the fabric…

Arizona is April’s first line of fabric, and I think it’s a solid home run.  But I’m a little biased.


This photo is of my great grandma, Bess Lindstedt. I have many great photos of her adventures, but this one was always my favorite.  As a teenager, I had this photo in my bedroom because this woman who took her own trip, on a mule, to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, was my teen idol.  To me, she possessed the chutzpah, independence, and zest for life that I aspired to have and hope to always have.  And I think growing up on the West Coast also made me fiercely independent.  We visited the Grand Canyon and Arizona many times during my growing up years, and it’s my dream to take my kids on a hike to the bottom of the Canyon someday.


It’s not just an aesthetically PERFECT match to my personal style, it’s in my soul. So, obviously, I ordered the whole line.


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I’ve been hoarding this leather for some time now, and I thought it was perfect for this little clutch bag and a my new tote bag.  I love the arrows….  unnamed (3)

The color way is perfect too.  A little aqua, a little navy, and plenty of gold and peach.  The line is one of Art Gallery Fabric’s limited edition lines and is set to be in our store at the end of the month. We have it available for Presale here.   Once it’s gone, it’s gone.




And April’s peplum pattern is too perfect for this peach print.  The hubs thinks it looks a little vintage- like I’m on my way to a sock hop. :) I was thinking it would be fun to do a little give away… What do you think?!  One lucking person will receive a fat quarter bundle of this line.   Here’s how you win:

1. Follow us on Instagram- our handle is FinchSewingStudio.

2. Let us know that you’ve done so in the comment section below.  Be sure to leave your email when you comment.

PS- we will still be OPEN this weekend.  Please come see Tara or Lisa

Stay tuned for tons of fun, new fabric photos  and a couple more more giveaways! #quiltmarket 2014


Mother’s Day and June Sip and Sew

June Sip and Sew is coming right up (I know, I can’t believe it either….  Summer comes fast when you’ve had an eternal winter, I guess!), and we think this one’s going to be pretty darn fabulous.


June is my daddy’s birthday month, and Father’s Day also happens in June.  So in honor of Daddy dearest, we’re going to make something special for our men.  Let’s face it, it can be a little challenging to make things for a man.  Men like things simple, understated, and as far as I’m concerned, man fabrics can be a little bit of a snooze fest.  So I thought it would be fun to get some fabric in that’s a little less run of the mill.  Something we don’t use all that often.  Waxed Canvas.  Waxed Canvas is water resistant, and it’s super manly.  What could be more perfect for a men’s zip-up razor case?! And for the knitting project, we’ll be using a really beautiful linen ribbon yarn to make knit ties.  And all of this will be taking place at Stone Tower Winery where the barn doors will be flung open wide, and we’ll be enjoying the view above (stunning, isn’t it?!).

And we all know that Mother’s Day is coming.  Most guys need a little nudge, so don’t forget that we sell gift certificates!  This would be the perfect time to get yourself signed up for this fun class (and there’s a quilting block of the month club series coming soon too).

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And speaking of mother’s day, I hope your day is as beautiful as you are! We’ll be closed on Mother’s day.  We hope to see you Saturday- we’ll be open 10-6pm.


the Finch