We’ve written each month about how quickly this year is FLYING by—and this month is no different. I caught myself telling someone the other day that I’m only going to be away a couple of weekends this coming month; I plan to spend the other weekends at home working in the garden, which could use a little (a lot of) love. My lettuces and spinach continue to produce with tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant tucked neatly in between. Hopefully, by the end of the month I will taste the first tomatoes of summer. (Hello, BLT.)

June is National Iced Tea Month. I would like to say that we will drink more iced tea to celebrate—but our iced tea consumption at the café is never at a lull. Sweet, Un-sweet, Half-and-Half… we love them all.

Here is what June has in store:

June 1-5: Patterns + Alterations Studio Week @ The Factory

June 8-12: Classic Studio Week @ The Factory

June 12: Downtown Wig & Mustache Bash: A Drag Spectacular – throw a little glitter and some shade as Shoals Pridefest kicks off its inaugural event.

June 19: Juneteenth Day – the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States

June 21: Summer Solstice and Father’s Day—all wrapped up into one. A great day to get outside and celebrate the great dads in our lives.

June 26-28: Our Classic Sewing Weekend at Blackberry Farm.

June 29: Mother/Daughter One-Day Sewing Retreat at Blackberry Farm.

Take some time this month to work on the June Swatch of the Month—relief appliqué in our Angie’s Fall stencil.

For detailed instructions and photographs, view page 103 of Alabama Studio Sewing + Design. The book also illustrates several variations on appliqué, should you decide to experiment further.



Fabric – 100% organic medium-weight cotton jersey
Top layer fabric color – Black
Backing layer fabric color – Black
Appliqué fabric color – Navy
Stencil – Angie’s Fall
Treatment – Relief appliqué with backstitched embroidery
Textile paint – Pearl Slate
Embroidery floss – Navy

Review our Journal for past swatches and projects—and check back next month for a look at July.

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