Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Holiday Happenings From our Friends at Baby Lock

Mary Jo's Raises Over $1,500 for Cancer Services

Earlier this month, Mary Jo’s partnered with Cancer Services of Gaston County to raise over $1,500 in the battle against breast cancer.

On Saturday, Oct. 19, Mary Jo’s donated a proceed of the day’s sales to Cancer Services in honor of all those who have been impacted by breast cancer.

The American Cancer Society estimates that about 232,340 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women this year alone.  Mary Jo’s team member, Betsey Cordell, is one such survivor. Betsey attributes much of her success to Cancer Services.

 “I am so grateful for this wonderful organization.  When I was sick and struggling to keep up with my medical bills, Cancer Services was there to help pay for my treatment. I don’t know where I would be today if it wasn’t for their help,” said Betsey.

Betsey, along with several other Mary Jo’s representatives, proudly presented the total check amount of $1,550 to Cancer Services at its latest Board of Directors Meeting.

Front row: Executive Director Stephanie Roberts, Kim Elmore,  Mary Jo's Team Members KC, Rachel and breast cancer survivor Betsy Cordell. Back row: Rick Varterasian, Tim Grooms, David McMahan, Dr. Jim McCarthy, Derrick Jones, Josh McClure.

“Cancer Services couldn't do what it does without the support from our community. Thank you to Mary Jo’s,” said Cancer Services Outreach Director Kim Elmore.

Cancer Services, formerly Gaston County Cancer Society, is a local United Way Agency established in 1977. The Mission of Cancer Services of Gaston County, Inc. is to serve the community by actively promoting healthy lifestyles and to provide support and services needed by people living with cancer. All contributions are used to provide programs and services for Gaston County residents.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Tailored Linen Table Runner

Turkey, gravy, green beans, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, table décor…. 


Don’t worry!  You still have time to make beautiful linens for your holiday table.

Sign up today for the “Table Setting” class with Sindy Burgess on Monday, November 4, 2013 from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm and learn how to make a tablecloth, placemats and napkins. 

Create the perfect look for your dining table from the wide variety of fabrics available at Mary Jo’s Cloth Store.  Turn your table into an elegant affair with velvet, silk and fringe or create a fun, conversation-starter by using quilt fabrics printed with just about theme from food to football.

One of the most popular trends in home décor is to use burlap or linen for table linens.  The woven texture and solid colors give a neutral background for dishes, candles and floral designs. Add antique china and it’s romantic,  pottery and wooden bowls it’s natural and earthy or set the table with square, white plates and platters and it will be chic and modern.

Above is a little inspiration we found online at
Here is a simple table runner that you can create with linen, or a linen blend fabric. It features a box pleated ruffle with button details that you will enjoy all year long, not just at Thanksgiving. Use this to decorate your dinning table or buffet, with our without a tablecloth.

Sewing step-by-step:
Measure across your table and add 8 inches.  This is the length you will cut the main piece of the table runner by 16 inches wide (includes seam and hem allowances). 

For the pleated ruffle on each end, cut two pieces 26 inches by 8 inches. 

 1. Sew a doubled ½ inch hem along the edge of one long side and both short sides of the ruffle pieces. 

 2. To create the pleats, fold under 2” on each end and press. Then mark the center and measure 4 inches from the center on each side and fold the fabric to meet in the center, creating a box pleat and press. The ruffle will be 12 inches across.  

3. Place the ruffle pieces face down and centered on each end and pin in place.  Fold the extra fabric on each side over, and then back and pin in place.  
4. Sew the ruffle to the table runner and then serge the raw edges.  
5. Turn the ruffles right sides out and press.  Fold a doubled 1-inch hem down each side of the table runner and sew. 
6. Make 4 covered buttons (or use purchased pearl or wooden buttons) and sew to the center of the pleat on each end.  

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Mary Jo's November Class Schedule

Friday, November 1

Kids PJs
Class Code #59
Instructor Carmen Baugh
Time: 5 pm to 9 pm
Fee:$20   Min 2 Max 6

Saturday, November 2

Shower Curtain
Instructor Sindy Burgess
Time: 2pm to 5pm          
Fee: $40     Min 2 Max 6

Tuesday, November 5

Round and Round
Class Code #110
Instructor Daniela Hogan
Time: 10 am to 3 pm          
Fee: $35     Min 3 Max 8

Tuesday, November 5

Paper Piecing Club
Class Code #103
Instructor Patti Hayden
Time: 6 pm to 9 pm          
Fee: $25    Min 2 Max 12

Wednesday, November 6

My Favorite Tote
Class Code #93
Instructor Jessica Trimmer
Time: 10 am to 1 pm
Fee: $25 Min 3 Max 6

Wednesday, November 6

Beginning Quilting
Class Code #8A
Instructor Kaye Carr
This is a 4 session class
Continued Dates: November 13th, 20st, & Dec 4
Time: 2 pm to 5 pm
Fee: $25 plus supplies     Min 2 Max 10

Thursday, November 7

Class Code #
Instructor Karen Ponischil
Time: 10 am to 2pm      
Fee: $45       Min 3 Max 8

Friday, November 8

Panel Panache (make and take)
Instructor: Aimee Griffin
Time: 10 am to 2 pm
Fee: Class is free with the purchase of supplies
Min 3 Max 8

Monday, November 11

Trees Up Lights On
Instructor Aimee Griffin
Time: 10 am to 3 pm          
Fee: $35     Min 3 Max 8

Tuesday, November 12

Twilight Weave
Class Code#111
Instructor Daniela Hogan
Time: 10 am to 3 pm   
Fee: $35      Min 3 Max 8

Tuesday, November 12

Wrapped Baskets
Class Code #88
Instructor Patti Hayden
Time: 6 pm to 9 pm         
Fee: $25     Min 2 Max 12

Thursday, November 14

Grovy Bag
Class Code #78
Instructor Patti Hayden
Time: 6 pm to 9 pm          
Fee: $25   Min 2 Max 12

Friday, November 15

Dimensional Postcards
Instructor Karen Ponischil
Time: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Fee: $55      Min 3 Max 8

Saturday, November 16

Instructor Karen Ponischil
Time: 9:30 am to 2:30 pm          
Fee: $45     Min 3 Max 8

Tuesday, November 19

Pencil Box
Class Code #112
Instructor Daniela Hogan
Time: 10 am to 3 pm
Fee: $35      Min 3 Max 8

Tuesday, November 19

Beginning Sewing
Class Code # 45
(4 Session Class)
Instructor Kay Miller
Continued Dates: November 19th, 26th, Dec. 2nd & 10th
Time: 5 pm  to 8 pm        
Fee: $25 plus supplies    Min 2 Max 9

It's a Fact Jack!

Ducky Dynasty Pink Camo has Arrived

Just in time for Breast Cancer Awareness month, bring home your own piece of Duck Dynasty with Mary Jo’s new line of pink camo! This unique fabric is sure to delight any member of the DD-nation.

The infamous bearded family of Monroe, Louisiana, the Robertsons, has taken over the country with their hit TV show Duck Dynasty on AETV. 

The Robertsons built a multi-million dollar sporting empire manufacturing duck calls. Phil, Willie, Jase, Mrs. Kay and Uncle Si continue to charm TV viewers with their special brand of down-home practicality, southern charm and occasional wacky antics. 

Purchase your very own Duck Dynasty Pink Camo at the link below and visit us in-store for more patterns and designs! Remember supplies are limited, so make sure to order before they waddle off.

Duck Dynasty - Duck Camo Pink - 48870 C47 (Springs Creative)
$5.99 / Yard/Row
CAMO - Pink (Springs)
Width: 45"''
Repeat: V-'' x H-''
100% Cotton

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Rustic Ruffled Burlap Wreath

Greet your guests with this rustic wreath at your front door, or use as a decorative fall decoration in your home.

This wreath is easy to make and can be simple and plain or embellished for Halloween, Thanksgiving or with autumn berries and leaves. 

Brown and tan burlap were used for this wreath, but you can create a customized wreath by selecting a different color palette from the wide selection of burlap available at Mary Jo’s Cloth Store.

If raveled burlap isn’t your thing, you can make this wreath from any fabric, just serge or hem the edges to prevent fraying. 

What you will need:
1 – 14 inch diameter Styrofoam wreath form
Two pieces of tan burlap 11 inches x 40 inches
Two pieces of brown burlap 11 inches x 40 inches
Utility knife
Duct tape
Sewing machine

  1. Using a utility knife carefully cut the Styrofoam wreath form into two pieces.
  2. Place one piece of brown burlap on top of one piece of tan burlap, lining up the edges.
  3. Fold in half lengthwise and pin together along the cut edges. Repeat for the other pieces of burlap.
  4. Draw a line 1½ inches from the cut edges of each folded burlap strip.  Sew with a straight stitch along the mark, removing the pins as you sew.
  5. Shirr one of the sewn burlap strips onto one half of the wreath form with the cut edges along the front of the wreath.  Stab pins into the ends to hold it in place.  Repeat with the other half.
  6. Connect the two pieces of the wreath form with duct tape.
  7. Even out the shirring, overlapping where the burlap meets and tucking under raw edges. Pull threads to create a frayed edge and hand-gather the ruffles.
Make a bow from strips of burlap and attach to the bottom edge with florist pins or straight pins. 
Use a piece of jute twine or wire to make a loop for hanging.
Increase the size of the burlap for a larger ruffle.