Thursday, November 12, 2015

New at Mary Jo's today! Little House on the Prairie collection

Little House on the Prairie collection by 
Andover Fabrics

When Laura Ingalls Wilder published the first of her Little House on the Prairie books in 1932, a touchstone of American tradition was born. Decades later, it became a defining TV show for countless Americans. It also inspired new generations to learn to quilt.

With Little House on the Prairie, we got back to our roots, and began to find our passion for quilting. Even today, we still quilt with fabrics and patterns inspired by the frontier lifestyle. These fabrics are a cornerstone in the world of quilting, and are uniquely American in their style.

Scenes and Icons
Inspired by the illustrations found in the novels, this collection features the iconic imagery that resonates throughout Little House on the Prairie. The running girl, the wagon, the little house, and the majestic scenery are all here. This natural finish fabric pays homage to rustic roots of the story.

Prairie Flowers 
The quilts of Little House on the Prairie featured bold, bright prints that gave the show its life and color. Our Prairie Flowers collection is a rainbow wave of gorgeous calicos, inspired by the quilts that inspired us from the show.

Walnut Grove
Named for the town in Minnesota where Laura’s family settled in 1874, our Walnut Grove collection features prints from the era that their quilts would have been made from. The rich, sophisticated hues in this collection beautifully capture the fabric of the time.

We are so excited for the launch of this versatile collection. We cannot wait to see the beautiful quilts, garments, and accessories you all create. These fabrics are in store NOW and will be available at 


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Mary Jo's will host Baby Lock Educator Joan Clemmons for a 3 day Embroidery Retreat

Reserve your spot now to learn from the best!

Baby Lock Educator Joan Clemmons will be at Mary Jo's for a 3 day Embroidery Retreat.

NOVEMBER 19-21 | 9:30am - 4pm

Experience new sewing and embroidery techniques and features while you complete several creative and wonderful projects! Our goal is to open your mind to exciting embroidery and machine techniques with samples. No experience needed.

Sewing Techniques:
  • Bobbin Work
  • Circular Sewing
  • Applique
  • Decorative Sewing
  • Button Holes
  • Lateral Sewing

Embroidery Techniques:
  • In the Hoop Projects
  • Lettering & Embroidery Designs
  • Free Standing Appliques
  • Using Embroidery Software with Silhouette Cameo for Appliques and Designs
  • Free Standing Lace
  • Sew Much More!
Space is filling up! 
Call now to reserve your spot!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Must Have Sewing Supplies!

New to sewing and unsure what you need to stock your sewing space with? Well, keep reading for a list of must-have sewing supplies that will get you going on your sewing journey. Every sew-er has their specific preferences when it comes to sewing necessities, but here are a few of our favorite sewing supplies! 

Glass Head Pins

Keep two cushions full of pins, so if you have one project all pinned up, you can work on other projects too and still have plenty of pins to use. 

Wonder Clips

Having plenty of Wonder Clips around to use is great in place of pins on bulkier or tricky fabrics.

Fabric Scissors

Find what you prefer and ONLY use them for fabric. This will help them stay sharper longer! 

Rotary Cutter and Mat

Yes, if you want to take up sewing as a hobby, then you’ll probably want to have both fabric scissors AND a rotary cutter. Use the rotary cutter and mat for cutting larger amounts of fabric. This method will save time and increase accuracy.

Steam Iron

Ironing fabric and pressing seams makes a huge difference in the look of the final product when you’re done working on a project. Because of this, it’s always a good idea to have a decent steam iron in your sewing space.

Clover Hot Hemmer 

We use this thing almost every time we sew. It makes folding and pressing seam allowances so much easier and definitely more accurate. We can’t live without it.

Variety of Thread

If you’re just starting out, you may only want to buy thread as you need it. But, when you sew more regularly, you’ll probably want to have a stash of thread on hand to use for different projects. Start with all purpose machine thread, then add quilting, embroidery and serger thread as needed.

Seam Ripper

We love this particular seam ripper because it does double duty. First you use the seam ripper part (hidden under the cap in the photo) to undo the stitches, then you use the rubber-like end to grab and remove the threads. 

 (Click the photo to watch how it works!)

Zirkel Magnetic Pin Holder 

This magnetic pin holder repels and seperates items to the edge in a fanned out pattern placing them in a ready to pick up position! Talk about saving time and no more pricks to the finger tips!

Ready to get started? Come into Mary Jo’s to pick up these sewing must haves today!