Wednesday, October 22, 2014

The Muse-Letter

- Our Three Muses -
It's time for  
some inspiration...
Once again, it's time to look to our 3 Muses: The Crafter, the Quilter and the Garment Maker, to see what they're up to. Perhaps you are in the middle of a sewing whirlwind, or maybe you're itching to start something new. Either way, we have just what you need.  

This week we want to give you the inspiration you need to get going, keep going or finish up your projects. 

Always Creatively Yours,

Suzan Steinberg,
Just In:
Space Themed
Eco Cottons
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Robots and stars and moons!
Oh my!
Come by and check out these adorable new organic cottons. Great for baby blankets.
A fun and easy introduction to quilting. Make a small quilt while learning the "quilt as you go" method. You will quilt small sections of your quilt and then sew them together. Some sewing will be required outside of class. This process of quilting is great for beginner and advanced quilters alike. Machine skills necessary. 

When: November 2, 9* & 16, 4:30 - 7:30 pm 
*November 9th class is from
5 - 8pm.
Click here to learn more! 
Check 'em Out: Halloween Cottons
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We have a great selection of Halloween-themed cottons in stock. Everything from cute trick-or-treaters to frightening zombies and more! Perfect for making a themed quilt for that Halloween fanatic in your life!

  Just In:
Ikats! Ikats! Ikats!
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We just got in some seriously beautiful 100% cotton ikats from India. These amazing textiles are perfect for anything from dresses and tops to pillow covers!
Sewing Labs are a great opportunity to finish projects, give yourself a little 'me' time and expand your confidence and skill level. Come use our classroom as your sewing studio away from home!

(250T) 10/29 Wed 10:30am -1:30 pm
(250V) 10/30 Thurs 10:30 - 1:30 pm
(250W) 10/31 Fri 10:30 - 1:30 pm
(250X) 11/5 Wed 10 - 1 pm
(250Y) 11/12 Wed 10 am - 1 pm
(250Z) 11/21 Fri 10 - 1 pm
New Patterns:
Tilly and the Buttons
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Sweet new women's patterns from London! We now carry the Miette wrap skirt, Mathilde button-back top and
Coco knit tunic.
Halloween Heaven
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We've stocked up on everything we could get our hands on to make your costume dreams come true. Come see for yourself!
Trims can dress up a plain item and give it a whole new personality! Use ribbon to create your own trims to embellish clothing, accessories and home décor. Trims and flowers can save a garment or hide imperfections. Different sewing techniques and stitches are employed to make innovative flat and dimensional trims as well as a wide variety of flowers.
When: November 8th 2 - 6 pm    
Trims For Everyone
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Put the finishing touches on your holiday projects
with some trim.
We have a trim for every project, so come take a peek!
Are you keeping up with the Fabric Lady?
Read more about this funky top on the blog!
Be sure to check in at to see what's inspiring Suzan this week. You'll find plenty of fresh inspiration to get you excited to sew.
This week on the blog...
There are a lot of us who haven't sewn a single stitch for a long, long time, much less make an entire garment.  Even if you sew a lot, there are bound to be times when you put the machine away for a period, moving on to other creative ventures. Or perhaps you have an extended break from your sewing routine when life got in the way. Or maybe you've had a more pleasant interruption, like a nice long vacation...   
Read more at!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Follow Your Style Dreams

 At this point, your holiday sewing planning should be in full swing. We're a week into October, the days are growing shorter and it feels as though time is passing faster than ever. Before we know it, Thanksgiving will be here! But, don't worry because Stonemountain is here for you with new patterns, fabrics and fresh inspiration.
In this week's newsletter, we have some great offerings to keep you moving on all your sewing throughout the season. Enjoy fun classes, workshops and some great blog entries from the sewing studio and beyond. Happy sewing!
Always Creatively Yours,

Suzan Steinberg,


Join Sandra and FabricLady, Suzan, for this inspiring event. Give your fall sewing a shot in the arm and come to an evening class with Sandra Betzina. Sandra will show her latest pattern designs, give an update on new fabrics and tips to improve your sewing projects. Don't miss your chance to meet Sandra and Suzan at this small and intimate event. And of course, enjoy a 20% off discount during our shopping break. Lots of inspiration promised!

New to Sandra? Visit her website,
Sign up early by calling (510)845-6106.
Hurry, space is limited!

WHEN: Tuesday, November 18, 2014 from 6:30 - 9:00PM
WHERE: Stonemountain & Daughter Fabrics, UPSTAIRS
COST: $45 Per Person

New patterns from  
By Hand London
Shop them on our website!

 Do Your Homework - The Muslin!
"Before cutting pieces from the final fabric, a dressmaker may test the fit of a garment, using an inexpensive muslin fabric, thereby avoiding potential costly mistakes. This garment is often called a 'muslin,' and the process is called making a muslin. In this context, the term, 'muslin' has become the generic term for a test or fitting garment, regardless of what it's made from.

"In previous posts, we have mentioned the importance of making a muslin, especially when you're using a pattern that you've not tried before.  No matter how much you sew or how many garments you have made, pattern designers all have their own concepts of how a particular garment should fit. Making a muslin is the only way to insure that your garment will fit you the way you want it to. Isn't that why we sew for ourselves, anyway?"

Read all about Laurel's trip to Paris and the
sewing inspiration she found there!
"If we confine ourselves to shopping in department stores, outlet malls and discount retailers we will always be able to find something to wear that is popular, perhaps even "trendy".  If we only buy our wardrobe online or from the dozens of catalogs stuffed in our mailboxes, we will probably find something at a bargain price that suits our fancy, but not without a modicum of  hassle and a lot of time. This is why I sew...I'd rather spend my precious time constructing a garment that fits me, fit's my style and doesn't always squeeze my pocketbook. And I am usually guaranteed of a good outcome, especially because my precious Stonemountain, my "muse", is just a freeway away..."


A fun and easy introduction to quilting. Make a small quilt while learning the "quilt as you go" method. You will quilt small sections of your quilt and then sew them together. Some sewing will be required outside of class. This process of quilting is great for beginner and advanced quilters alike. Machine skills necessary... 


Learn to personalize new or thrifted ready-to-wear garments for adults or children using iron-on embroidery transfers and outline embroidery. Bring a garment to embellish and a transfer of your choice. If you don't want to bring a garment, please bring at least one new (or gently used) pillowcase in a light color for practice. We will go over placement, stabilizers, alternate transfer methods, and best stitching methods...   

Give your home a quick makeover with a new set of
curtains! Learn how to make standard curtains or start a pair of pleated drapes to be completed at home or in a subsequent 250 Sew Lab. By following the measurement guide in the supply list you will be able to determine the correct amount of yardage for a plain curtain with a header or yardages for pinch pleat curtains/drapes...  

  Do you want to add pockets to a garment but you are not sure how to do it? In this class you will learn to make a basic Patch Pocket with rounded corners and Corded Piping, Line a Pleated Patch Pocket with square corners and a Foldover Flap, a Patch Pocket with an elastic top, a Basic Side Seam Pocket with a French Seam, a Slant-Front pocket, and a Welt Pocket...