Gift Ideas for Quilters + Guys Night!!

Hi Finch Friends, Lisa here! I thought it would be fun to share a few of my favorite quilting staples that are perfect for gifting to the quilter in your life.

Number one on any quilters list is always (and I do mean always) fabric! I promise, there is no shortage of fabric at Finch. We just got in some lovely Charley Harper prints by Birch Fabrics this week which has me planning another quilt for my nephew! Pre-cuts are always a great gift, and this lovely stack of Cotton and Steel Basics is waiting to be put under some lucky person’s tree. But sometimes picking out the fabric for yourself is the BEST part – a Finch gift card would be a happy happy surprise!

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Cotton and Steel Basics Fat Quarter Bundle. Available though Etsy or here at Finch.


Charley Harper Fat Quarter Bundle

Charley Harper Fat Quarter Bundle. Yardage available in our Etsy shop and at Finch



Are you looking to get a gift for a new quilter? I highly recommend a 24″ ruler, a ruler guard (you’ll see these attached to all our rulers…. they’re hard to find, but we have them at Finch), a cutting mat, and a great rotary cutter. These 3 basic tools will make cutting fabric for your next project a breeze.  A pair of high quality scissors from Kai is a great addition to your tool kit and snips (small scissors or thread cutters) are a must have at the sewing machine.


Basic Tools

These basic tools are great for beginners.



Seam rippers are a necessary evil, right?!  So why not rip that seam in with something really pretty?!  We purchased these from a local artisan who makes the handles by hand.  Aren’t they pretty?!

Hand Made Seam Rippers

You can find these handmade seam rippers here at Finch!



If you’re shopping for an experienced quilter, you may notice that she has all of the essential tools.  Not to worry!  We have a few new and exciting things that are sure to please this lady!  Add to her thread stash with a thread bundle. My current must have in my stash is the Mettler thread, and we have a great range of colors from basic whites, grays and blacks to raspberry and tangerine. These make great stocking stuffers!

Free Motion Quilting is so much fun and I’m sure your quilter enjoys it just as much as I do. Make her job just a bit easier with the Machingers. These simple little gloves give you complete control of your quilting.


These ‘Machingers’ are great for Free Motion Quilting


Two words- Wonder Clips. These little guys are my favorite new notion. I use them for everything and I mean everything. These clips make binding a breeze, whether using them for machine binding or hand stitching the binding.  I also use these clips when I’m making bags. They hold all of the layers together without the use of pins.


Wonder Clips

These wonder clips are great to use for binding and bag making



Speaking of binding, we just got the best needles here at the shop. These Tulip needles are perfect for hand stitching and hand quilting. They are sharp and super slim making sewing just that much easier. It doesn’t hurt that they are also super cute.

Tulip Needles

Tulip Needles are the perfect stocking stuffer


We have some really great quilting books and patterns in our shop right now. If your quilter is ready to gain a new skill then these two books will be a great addition to her stash.


Savor Each Stitch: Carolyn Friedlander and Alison Glass Applique


Not only do these book have some serious eye-candy, but they are great learning tools.

All of these wonderful tools can be found at Finch! We would love to help you create the perfect gift for the quilter in your life! Come on in, and don’t forget to see if your favorite sewist has a Finch Registry on file!

Oh, and one more thing… We’re hosting a Guy’s Night on Monday, Dec. 22nd. The event is from 6-9, and there will be Beeeeeeer!! Don’t worry guys, we’re not gonna make you make anything this time. This is a shopping event for guys to get what they need for the special ladies in their lives.
Ladies, forward this info to your guys!

Happy Holidays,





Last Sip and Sew of 2014!

The last Sip and Sew of the year is Dec 17th in Middleburg! This time it’ll be at Middleburg Events Studio in the heart of downtown Middleburg. In keeping with the holiday feel, we are setting a festive table for you and the price of registration includes your wine and snacks! We’ll be learning handstitching techniques perfect for holiday napkins or small gifts. Supplies included! PS- if you did the sashiko event with us, you will be making and taking 4 cocktail napkins or 1 dinner sized napkin. More kits will be available for purchase at the event.  Register here!


The Popover Poncho by April Rhodes

This is the hottest sample I have in the shop right now…
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I have been waiting for this pattern for quite some time…  And I’m so glad it’s come into the light!! It’s the Popover Poncho by April Rhodes.  As usual, April did not disappoint with simple design and beautiful finishing.
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The pattern is simple enough for beginners (if you’ve ever made anything with an April Rhodes pattern, you know her patterns are well written with easy to understand instructions), but and is a fun and easy sew for experienced sewists. (THIS IS A CLASS!!  YAY!)  Beginners can learn to sew this right here at Finch- register here.  Experienced sewists can learn to do finishing techniques here too!  Register here.
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The fabric I used is from Mood… with any luck we’ll have it in stock here very soon!!  It’s a mid-weight wool (but definitely not too heavy).  the knit fabric I used at the top is a mid weight wool jersey. We also carry this wool and this wool- both would be great options!
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Get used to this one, folks….  This garment will be in heavy rotation!
Follow along with the blogs below to see other Popover Ponchos in action!!
Wednesday Dec 3 – Jaime and Amber (Fancy Tiger)
Friday Dec 5 – Kelly (Cut Cut Sew) and Erin (Sewbon)

All Classes are 15% off for Small Business Saturday


A class experience is such a great gift, so meaningful and memorable. Give the gift of Finch this year by buying your loved one a class or gift certificate!  We have lots of new classes on the schedule to fill your January and February with the coziness of making something handcrafted.

We’re excited to give you 15% off your class registration by using the code “ShopSmall14″ when you checkout.  You can find all our classes online right here.  Gift certificates are also a great way to give the Finch experience!

We’ll be open from 10-5 tomorrow (Sat, 11/29), if you’d like to sign up  (and ask questions) in person!

Here are some great classes coming up next week:

Alicia’s Boot Cuff Class + Hat Class

Tara’s Cozy Cable Throw

Angela’s Knit 101 Neckwarmer + 102 Cowl

Nicole’s Sewing 101 Foldover Clutch Bag

Tuesday Night Knit Night- Just come on over- bring your knitting, stitching, crocheting, whatever you want!

Friday Night Sewcial

Sip and Sew at Middleburg Events Studio!

And Some Upcoming Kids Classes:

Stuffed Animals Sew and Craft Kid’s Class

Weekly Design Based Sewing Class: Kids’ Edition + Youth Edition


Kids Magic Knit Scarf Class

Christmas Break Kids’ Camps:

Kids Quilting Workshop

Felted Animals Workshop


There really is so much more!!  Go see for yourself!


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30% off Everything – Shop Small This Weekend!

Before you scroll down to the sale details, I want to say a word about Small Business Saturday and why I think it’s so import that we shop small.  The Small Businesses in our town are what makes our neighborhood a vibrant and friendly place to live. Making the commitment to shop at these little businesses boils down to this….  What do you want your town to look and feel like?

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I want my town to be a place where I am greeted by name each time I cross a threshold.  I want to be able to buy something from a person I know and know that my money is going back into my community.  What does “going back into my community” mean?  I think many people may think to themselves, “Why pay more?  I like that shopkeeper, but I need to keep my money…. it’s not charity….”  I’ve thought that too.  Here’s my answer to that.  Choosing to buy in your own town means that you are actively investing in the place where you live.  I have a very loyal customer base…  (it’s more personal than that…  you’re my friends!!) and because of that, I have the opportunity to present an experience.  I get to make a dynamic connection because folks decide to spend their dollars at Finch instead of a big box or an online mega store.  And I’m so thankful for that. That’s what makes Finch a special place.

The fact is that I can’t compete with Amazon.  I’m proud that we are competitive in the market and that we have a nice range of prices on fabrics (a good sale section and quality fabrics and yarns from $6 per yard/skein and up). The reality is this: Amazon doesn’t give you a Finch experience.  They can’t give you a moment you’ll remember.  They don’t provide a nice space where you can create.  And they don’t pay teachers who are knowledgeable and friendly who can help you through a project.  When you buy from a small business, sometimes you’re going to pay a little more for some things.  But I think we all can agree it’s worth it if you believe that Small Businesses care about the value of your experience. And, for me at least, I am investing in a town that I know will continue to become more and more interesting, a place that can engage my kids as the years pass.

So here’s my thank you to you… We’re having a Sale!…  Probably the biggest sale we’ve ever had!

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ON SATURDAY ONLY: All Classes will be 15% off.  Use code “finchfriends” when you register online.  Or mention the discount in the store on Saturday.

In Store
>>—> Friday 8-12 am: 30% off everything in the store when you spend $15 or more. That’s right, the whole store*.

>>—> Friday – Sunday: 20% off everything in the store when you spend $30 or more*.

>>—> Friday 6-11 am: 30% off everything when you spend $15. Code: “EarlyFinch”.

>>—>Friday – Monday: 15% off everything when you spend $30. Code: “FinchMadeHoliday”.

Online shoppers- this includes presale fabric!!!

*BERNINAS: 60 month 0% financing continues through Dec. 3rd.


In the spirit of shopping local, I’m want to highlight 2 of my favorite shops in town:

The Vintner    &    Books and Other Found Things.

Books and Other Found Things is a beautiful little family owned shop that carries new and used books for all audiences.  It’s across Loudoun from Finch in a little blue house. They have a lovely setting where you can bring the kids for little reading and perusing.  The owner, Allen, is amazing at getting in special requests as well.  Last Christmas, I asked for a couple of books, so instead of going to Amazon, my hubby went to our bookstore and got the books in quickly and at a great price (I don’t know his specific policy, but I know he was pretty competitive with Amazon prices). He makes great suggestions and is an all around good guy.

The Vintner is the only place I buy wine.  Seriously.  Mike knows exactly what I like, and he keeps me in new and interesting wines that suit my taste.  When we have events at the shop, the wine is always bought there.  They have a great range of prices and selection, and they’re beefing up for the holidays too.  Did you know that you can have a bottle opened there and drink it in the shop?  Or do a wine tasting at their beautiful hand crafted wood bar (remember what I said about offering a place and an experience…)! I have also asked for specific wines from time to time, and if they can get it in, they do!

Happy shopping, everybody!!


the Finch (+ Nicole)

Bernina Sale this Week + 60 Mo. Financing!

Right now through the 26th, all Bernina products are on sale on top of the amazing 60 month 0% financing. You are welcome to take advantage of the tiered savings with our without the financing too.

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Also this week, we’re really excited to be able to offer 60 month 0% financing!  This ends on Dec. 3rd, and it’s the perfect opportunity to have the machine of your dreams this Christmas!

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Meet the bernette Seville…  she’s all wrapped up and ready to take home for your favorite beginning sewist.  She’s a great price at $149 (reg. $299).



The Bernina 215 has the hallmark great quality of all Bernina machines, and excels at the basics. It’s marked down to $699 (reg. $1,199) for the holidays…  get it this week, and you’ll get another $50 off!  Woah, that’s an awesome deal.



Come see us to get a demo on the machines anytime!  We’ll be happy to help you find your match!


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Cotton and Steel sneak peek projects

Hello Finch readers! Tara from Girl Like The Sea popping by on the shop blog to show you some cute little items I made with some sneaky peek fat quarters of the upcoming Cotton and Steel. How lucky am I, right?

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First, I snagged some of this adorable animal print and mimicked the bunnies in it to make a little zip pouch mini purse for my kids. And because I really didn’t want to sew a strap, I used a couple of vintage zippers from my stash. Score! The face was just haphazardly painted on with fabric paint, but I love it!


Second, I put together this little fuzzy eared hood with two FQ’s and some leftover faux fur from another hat project. I just love the teal almost solid with the little sketchy dot squares. SO perfect for so many things. The pattern used is the cozy winter hood from the Oliver and S book “Little Things To Sew.” I’ve made it tons of times in all kinds of fabrics. It’s pretty awesome.

Don’t worry. I have lots more pictures to show you ^_^

rabbit mini purse - girl like the sea for finch sewing studio

rabbit mini purse - girl like the sea for finch sewing studio

rabbit mini purse - girl like the sea for finch sewing studio

rabbit mini purse - girl like the sea for finch sewing studio

I just love her chicken legs in those new skinny jeans. They’re some unblogged small fry skinny jeans I made her.

Now brace  yourself for the radness my middle child is about to bring you.

cotton and steel hat - girl like the sea for finch sewing studio

cotton and steel hat - girl like the sea for finch sewing studio

cotton and steel hat - girl like the sea for finch sewing studio

cotton and steel hat - girl like the sea for finch sewing studio

cotton and steel hat - girl like the sea for finch sewing studio

cotton and steel hat - girl like the sea for finch sewing studio

cotton and steel hat - girl like the sea for finch sewing studio

Are you excited for the release of C&S? I’ve got one more project in the pipeline to share with you, but not today!