Monday, April 17, 2017

Simple Stitches Retreat

Simple Stitches Sewing School Presents...
1st Annual Simple Stitches Retreat
September 21-23, 2107

Janette & I are thrilled to be starting yet another adventure! Sewing retreats are one of our favorite things to do when we want to get away together and spend some quality time sewing. We have been to several sewing retreats and decided to cap our retreat at 20 students. This gives everyone a chance to meet each person at the retreat and you will go home with 20 new sewing friends! Plus, with a smaller group, it will allow plenty of one-on-one time with the instructors!  We have chosen a fantastic place for all of us to gather for the weekend! My Girlfriend's Quilt Shop in Logan is the perfect place for us to sew to our hearts content!

My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe Exterior

We love the space they have in their Attic. It's a retreat space perfect for quilters and "sewists" like you! Here are some things we love about the space:
  • Excellent lighting in addition to natural lighting coming in from large windows 
  • 5 oversized cutting stations 
  • Pet-free and smoke-free facility 
  • Central air-conditioning and heating 
  • 20% discount off ALL fabric at My Girlfriend's Quilt Shoppe during your retreat (How cool is that?!)
  • Ironing stations throughout room 
  • Relaxing seating areas filled with couches and inspiration 

 This post should contain all the information for our retreat. When you arrive at the shop, come up to the Attic first, so we can come down and help you unload. The Attic is located up the stairs on your left when you come in the shop. Once unloaded, you can park your car in the parking lot south of the store. You are welcome to arrive any time after 1:00 pm on Thursday.  We have arranged with the wonderful ladies at the shop to let us stay until 10:00 pm on Thursday and Friday nights. On Saturday, we need to start cleaning up at 5:00 pm, because the shop closes at 6:00 pm. 

This is such a fun part of the retreat!!  One reason we love doing retreats, is seeing what everyone is making! At our sewing retreat, you are welcome to bring your own project, one that you are currently working on, one that you need help with, or start a new one! We do realize some ladies need extra help coming up with projects.  For this reason, we have chosen an adorable tote to make!  The "Bon Voyage Tote," by Annie is an amazing pattern! The tote features two outer slip pockets for quick access to cell phone, keys, and more. Three inner slip pockets and a hanging zippered pocket provide secure storage for glasses, a wallet, personal items, and more. An easy-to-install zipper opens to fall flat against the bag. I am not kidding, you will LOVE this bag! 

We will have kits cut and ready for you to sew.  Some of you might want to buy your own fabric and that is fine too. We HIGHLY recommend you cut out all your pieces before coming up to the retreat!! You would much rather sew than waste your time cutting! Kits will be available for $60 each. The kit will come with EVERYTHING you will need, even matching thread.  Each fabric kit will be different and unique. (The one pictured is just an example of the bag, not the fabric you will be receiving.) So much easier than trying to find things on your own.  Please let us know at the time you sign up if you would like a kit. 

We also have the option for you to come pick out your fabric and have the main pieces machine quilted. Machine quilting will cost you $15 and makes the bag look so custom.  If you would rather buy your own fabric, let us know and we will email you the yardage requirements.

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Bon Voyage front cover
Bon Voyage front cover


Each "sewist" shares an 8' table with one other "sewist". Please bring an extension cord and DON'T FORGET YOUR PEDAL. Sewing retreats are terrible when your forget that part of your machine! We encourage you to bring a good light as the lighting is sometimes a challenge at night. The Attic has dedicated work areas which include personal ironing boards, a design wall and cutting tables. There are also scattered elevated cutting tables throughout the sewing room.  

Good food is nearly as important as a good workspace! If you have special dietary needs that are not met by the menu outlined below you MUST bring your own food. We are unable to accommodate special diets. There is a refrigerator to store food in if needed. For those of you wanting sodas or a personal beverage, you may want to bring your own stash. If you would like to bring snacks to share, of course that’s always encouraged!  There are a variety of options available for your dinner if you wish to go out! 



Dinner on your own.


Served between 12-1:00pm
 Lemon Chicken Tarragon Pasta Salad
Relish Tray & Dip

Breakfast and Dinner on your own.


Served between 12-1:00pm

 Hot Turkey Sandwiches 
Fresh Fruit
Relish Tray & Dip

Breakfast and Dinner on your own.


September 21-

Arrive from 1-2:00 pm to set up, classes start at 3pm.
Dinner on your own from 6-7:00 pm
Free sew from 7-9:00 pm
Prizes during the day!

September 22-
Class from 10 am- Noon
We provide lunch from 12-1:00 pm
Class from 1-6:00 pm
Prizes during the day!
Dinner on your own from 6-7:00 pm
Free sew from 7-9:00 pm -
Optional: Days For Girls Service project.

September 23-

Classes from 10am-Noon
We provide lunch from 12-1:00 pm
Class from 1-5:00 pm
More Prizes during the day!
Clean up and head home 5-6:00pm...until our next Sewing Retreat!


1. Sewing machine. If you don't have your own machine, we do have six Bernina 330's that are up for rent during our retreat.  If you would like to reserve one for yourself during the retreat please email us. It will be yours the whole retreat for only $50. Act fast, these will book quickly!
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2. Power Cord and Foot Pedal!!! Put a big sticky note on your door to remind you to get this on your way out the door! (See how important this is?)

3. Bring any and all projects that you want to work on. Remember this retreat is YOUR time to do whatever it is YOU wish to do!! If you want to leave early, that is fine! If you can only come Thursday and Friday, that is fine too. This is YOUR retreat! Come and go as you please. 

4. Extra sewing light. Nothing is worse than trying to sew at night and the lighting isn't as good as you would like it to be. 

5. Sewing Notions. This includes, scissors, seam ripper, gauge, point turner, thread coordinating with projects, extra needles, and your foot pedal...did we mention you need your foot pedal?!? If you have a walking foot, we highly recommend this if you are making the tote and we are not quilting it for you ahead of time.

6. Personal beverages or snacks if you want. If you have special dietary needs be sure to bring your own food. 

8. A good sense of humor! Most important of all! :) 


1115 North 200 East #230
Logan, UT 84341

Follow I-15 North to Box Elder County. Take exit 362 from I-15 North. 
Follow US-91 North to N 200 E in Logan. 


 In case there is an emergency, you can contact 
Janette at 801-450-4113 or Myra at 801-547-2570


Space is limited to 20 ladies and is reserved on a first come basis.  A non-refundable deposit of $50.00 per person is required to reserve your space. Final payment of $125 (more if you buy a kit, have your bag quilted or rent a machine) will be due September 1, 2017. No refund will be made once Final Payment is received. You can send a check made out to "Myra Roberts," or pay via PayPal ( or Venmo (@Myra-Roberts)

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Lodging IS NOT included in your payment.  You are in charge of  your lodging.  You can either book yourself a hotel or you are welcome to drive back and forth.  Per our experience, please don't wait to book yourself a room.  Logan fills up fast when it comes to lodging! 

I hope you’ll join us for the Simple Stitches Retreat 
this September! 

Remember, there are only 20 spots available, so make sure to lock down your spot if you’re interested! Send us an email and we will send you a registration packet. 

See you soon!!

Happy Sewing!

                         Janette & Myra

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Pamper Yourself!

Is it spring yet? It seems like every January, Janette and I get the gardening bug and can't wait to see the bulbs peeking through the ground.  That is no where in sight today! Snow here in Utah is keeping us indoors for the most part. So to brighten up your day just a bit, here is a fun share! I made this shower curtain for our sewing school bathroom a few months back.  What is fun about this project is, it is made out of scraps from our students projects! We had saved two inch scraps from students projects for years until I finally had enough to make this colorful shower curtain to look like spools of thread! It's fun for us to see it and remember who made what project out of which fabric.  We love our students!

Next, we have some projects to help pamper yourself or someone you love! All of these make great gifts for birthdays, Mother's Day or even a BIG jump start on Christmas for this year. (It's never too early to start sewing for Christmas)

You know when you go on a fabulous trip, you do you hair with your curler and your flat iron and then you never know what to do with that hot iron?? Here is the perfect solution! This curler cover has heat resistant fabric on the inside.  You can slip your hot iron in this cover and throw it right in your bag! It's amazing and a fun quick project for even beginners. Give it a try!
This is a new project around here. This Mani Pouch is a great way to store your polish, clippers and files all in one place! Students will have the opportunity to use Annie's Soft and Stable, one of our favorite sew in foams.  It gives strength to this piece that will make it last a long time.  This little project is full of different techniques. Snaps, elastic, zippers, etc.  It's a fun project!

Last, we have our Bathroom Buddy! When traveling, what is worse than pulling your toothbrush out just to find hair from your comb in it? So gross, right?! This bag is a game changer! This project is great for our level two students. It is challenging, but oh so rewarding. This bag has 4 zippers creating 7 different compartments to store all the essentials. You will be so happy with this project.  It's a great piece!

Happy Sewing!

                                                                                Janette & Myra

Simple Stitches Sewing & Knitting School is an on going year round school. Sewing machines are provided for students. No need to have your own machine!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Class Policies

Make up Classes:

If you know you will be absent, PLEASE call Janette or Myra 24 HOURS before, as a make-up time may be scheduled and the empty spot can be utilized.  Make-up classes may be offered during other class times. Your make-up class must be made up within 30 days from the date the class is missed. We will do our best to provide a make-up spot for your child. If the student can not attend one of the offered make-up classes, they will forfeit their tuition for the missed class. Unfortunately,
no prorating of tuition can be given due to absences of any kind.

No Shows:

The School CAN NOT offer makeup classes to No Shows!!  If you miss your scheduled makeup class, we can not reschedule. If a student no shows on their first scheduled class, their class will be cancelled.

Insufficient Funds:  If your tuition or project account check doesn't clear the bank, Simple Stitches School will charge an additional $25.00 fee to your amount due. If this occurs a second time, we will not accept a check and you will be required to pay with cash or a cashiers check.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


Classes for children are $52 per month for 4 one-hour sessions. If your class has a 5th week lesson, an extra $13 will be added to your tuition.
Classes for adults are $52 for 2 two-hour sessions and are held the 1st & 3rd weeks, or the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month.
Tuition is due at the beginning of every month.

Total tuition for the first month would be:
Sewing: $52 + $35 (yearly non-refundable supply fee) +
Project Account $30 = $112

Knitting: $52 (Students will bring and supply their own needles and yarn)

The following months would only be $52, unless there is a 5th week.

Supplies and Project Account Fees:

A newer Bernina sewing machine and sewing tools are provided for each student during class time.

There is a $35.00 per year non-refundable supply fee. The School supplies pins, scissors, needles, seam rippers, measuring devices, etc. This fee keeps these supplies available for all students.

There is a $30.00 deposit for each student's Project Account. Students use this like a debit account for purchasing project sewing kits, stuffing, elastic, etc. Parents will be notified monthly of the balance on their payment reminder. The Project Account must stay above $10. Students can choose from the Sewing School's selection of fabric for their projects or purchase fabric on their own.

Since all sewing projects are completed in class, it is not necessary for students to own a sewing machine or have access to one at home.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Regular Class Schedule

Simple Stitches Sewing School is an on going year round school located in Centerville, Utah. No need to have your own machine. We have new Berninas! Call or email to reserve your spot today! This is our regular School Schedule.

Children's Classes (Ages 8-17)      

3:00-4:00 pm   (High School Age)         
4:00-5:00 pm
5:00-6:00 pm

4:00-5:00 pm
5:00-6:00 pm
6:00-7:00 pm

4:00-5:00 pm                  
5:00-6:00 pm
6:00-7:00 pm

4:00-5:00 pm
5:00-6:00 pm
6:00-7:00 pm

2:00-3:00 pm
3:00-4:00 pm
4:00-5:00 pm

Adult Classes (18 & older)

Sewing Classes

10- Noon (1st & 3rd weeks)
7:00-9:00 (1st & 3rd weeks)
7:00-9:00 pm (2nd & 4th weeks)

10-Noon (1st & 3rd weeks)
7:00-9:00pm (1st & 3rd weeks)
10-Noon (2nd  & 4th weeks) This is a volunteer sewing group making hygiene kits for the Days For Girls Foundation. Please email us for more information.

Knitting Classes
10:00 am - Noon (2nd and 4th weeks)

Friday (Kids Knitting Class)
4:00-5:00 pm

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Another School Year

Here we are again at the beginning of a new school year.  Summer seems to always fly by.  Our summer was filled with lots of travel, family and as always, time for sewing. With that said, we have some fun projects to help your kiddos have a successful school year!

We have two lunch boxes that are sure to make anyone happy. My girls have made both and let me tell you they wash up beautifully! Their food stays cold for them until lunch time and lets just address how adorable they are :)
This first lunch box is a pretty easy project.  Good for any level 1.5 student. They will learn how easy it is to make box corners, how to make a casing and learn to do some machine quilting.

This second lunch box is AMAZING! How cute is that?! This lunch box is full of techniques. Level 2 students will learn how to bind, quilt and sew with Annie's Soft & Stable Foam. (Our latest favorite product!)

We adore this project.  Perfect for keeping your pens and pencils in order in your desk or locker. Zippers always seem to be an intimidating part of any project.  We have a really slick way of installing zippers that will change the way you think about zippers. You will be amazed!

Last but not least, this notebook cover has been a favorite of the sewing girls for years now. This notebook cover fits over a composition notebook.  This makes great teacher gifts or friend gifts.  

I know you don't want to be thinking about this, but Christmas is just around the corner. I have started my Christmas sewing as of today. So, have your girls start thinking about who they can sew a gift for.

Happy Sewing!
                                             Janette & Myra

Simple Stitches Sewing & Knitting School is an on going year round school. Sewing machines are provided for students. No need to have your own machine!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

The Secret Ingredient....

The secret ingredient to a great home cooked meal is...a fabulous full apron! (Cooking lessons might help too!) Our sewing students are perfecting the art of sewing and making some of the most adorable full aprons. Here are a few the options they can choose for their Level 1 full apron.

The left side apron you can learn how to applique on the 
giant ric rac. A great skill to master! The apron on the right 
you will learn how to make a flounce, 
softening the bottom of the apron. Both are darling!

I'm thinking the best part of our job (besides teaching your darling kids) is fabric shopping! We always love when we come across food fabric. This apron has recipes printed all over the bottom skirt of this apron. Fantastic, right? Some skills that are learned in this project are patch pockets, 
how to put in a waistband and elastic casings. 

I am a sucker for Swiss polka dot fabric and ruffles. This apron combines the two! <3 Ruffles are always a big struggle for most sewist. We have three different ways to make ruffles not such a daunting task. We absolutely love this full apron! When ever a student finishes a full apron, we tell them they can now bake us cookies or brownies. 
Maybe one day it will actually work! ;)

Happy Sewing Friends!
                                         Janette & Myra

Simple Stitches Sewing & Knitting School is an on going year round school. Sewing machines are provided for students. No need to have your own machine!