The Christmas music is playing softly in the background, the fireplace is aglow, and the decorations are finally up. If your holiday shopping is complete, you can take some time to relax. In my world, however, there is always that one last gift that needs to be completed. If you are looking for a quick and easy gift for a special friend, I’ve got you covered.
For instructions on making these cute little coasters and to receive your FREE pattern, read the rest of my post on BERNINA’S, We All Sew blog, here.
Hope your Christmas is merry and bright!
It’s been a whirlwind of traveling, vending, lecturing and workshops the last couple of months and I’m finally able to sit down at the computer long enough to share it with you! In September I attending the AQS Chattanooga show to vend and teach. The show quilts were spectacular again this year and I particularly loved the display of Lion King Challenge quilts made from Cherrywood fabrics.
I had the privilege to teach Free-Motion Quilting to an incredible group of ladies and gentleman and it was such a pleasure to be able to teach in a classroom where my favorite BERNINA sewing machines were provided.
The last week of September found me on my annual trip to the beach with my Mom and four sisters. Sorry no photo of us “hot babes” on the beach! This is a trip we have been doing for a number of years and I think this was our tenth trip together. Since we are spread far and wide, it is a great opportunity to get together and “catch up”. There is definitely a lot of laughter and fun during our time together.
After I returned home I had a few days to prepare for a workshop and a lecture in Little Rock for the Arkansas Quilter’s Guild. Just look at what these wonderful ladies accomplished!
I traveled on to Benton, AR the following day to teach another Machine Appliqué class to the Saline County Quilt Guild and found myself among another fantastic group of ladies, so eager to learn. Not only did they learn some great techniques to make their machine appliqué easier, on the second day of the workshops we experimented with wire, bleach pens, and all kinds of fun stitches to create texture on future projects with my Amped Up Appliqué class.
All in all, it has been a wonderful few weeks. There is just something to be said about doing what you love and teaching it to others. Nothing better than experiencing the thrill of accomplishment along with an eager student! I hope you are able to spend some quality time with your new creations soon!
Have you ever started to applique a project and felt that it needed a little extra something to make it sing? Sometimes we get stuck in a rut with applique and continue to use the same stitches, satin stitch or blanket stitch, for the applique process. Why not try something new? We have so many wonderful decorative stitches on our machines and they are just sitting there patiently waiting for you to discover how wonderful they can be!
Occasionally, I like to jazz things up a bit by trying some of those stitches. The process is the same as any other fusible machine applique. Once you have your pattern pieces fused in place, simply stitch along the edge of your applique piece with something a little more fun and exciting. When you are ready to start your stitching, be sure to use a foot that allows you clear visibility. On the BERNINA, there are a couple of feet that I love to use. Foot #20 is usually my “go to” foot because the view of my stitches is totally clear. When you are doing any type of applique you want to be able to see your stitches without any obstruction. Especially when you are using a decorative stitch, you want to be able to see exactly where your needle is coming down for the next stitch so that you can turn a corner or follow a curve and still have your stitches looking the best that they can be.
Last week I was able to spend a few days in the lovely city of Lancaster, PA while attending the AQS show. It was a very busy week with two lectures, teaching a class on machine applique and vending. After setting up on Tuesday we were able to spend some much needed “down time” taking in the idyllic sites of the surrounding area. We love the Central Market which was first established in 1730. It’s the oldest farmer’s market in the country and has such a great selection of food, flowers, and crafts. Definitely the best baklava I’ve ever eaten and the tastiest sandwiches on homemade bread!
As we toured the peaceful Amish countryside we went in search of one of the local covered bridges and enjoyed the sites of a simpler life.
My class on machine appliqué was such a treat. It’s always fun for me to be able to show that there really is nothing to fear with appliqué and that it really can be so much fun, almost like playing with paper dolls. The students were a delight and we even had the joy of having an assistant, as Pumpkin the service dog, joined us for the class. Since Pumpkin has been trained to turn on lamps at home by pressing down on a foot control, we did get quite a chuckle as she decided to take a few stitches on the machine, thinking she was doing us a favor by turning on the lights.
There were some absolutely exquisite quilts in the quilt show….
Celebration by Lynne Taylor of Cape Girardeau, MO
The Minotaur by Marilyn Belford of Caldwell, NJ
Spanish Arches by Lenore Crawford of Midland, MI
Bouquet by Katie Pasquini Masopust from her Paintings in Quilts special exhibit.
Now that the show is over, I’m spending some much needed “grandma/honey” time with the grand girls in NJ. We’ve managed to work in a few art projects of our own.
Hope you are spending some time creating something of your own!
It looks like it will be a great weekend to “get your shopping on” at the Statesville, NC, Quilting and Needle Art Extravaganza!
Hope to see you there this Friday and Saturday, January 29 and 30 at the Statesville Civic Center.
Use this coupon for $1.00 off your admission fee. Grab that cash you’ve been stashing away and come on down for some retail therapy.
If you are in North Carolina I hope you are getting your shopping list ready for the Quilting and Fiber Art Marketplace next weekend, Jan 8 and 9 at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Everyone loves to save a little money so here is a coupon for $1.00 off your entrance fee. Simply print it off and present it at the door.
Hope to see you there!
It’s a hustling, bustling time of year and sometimes we just need a little reminder to take it easy and relax. I’ve created a free appliqued mantel cover design for you to give your own home a cheerful pop of color. Also, a little reminder to take a deep breath to remind yourself that “…all is calm”. If you don’t have a fireplace, this would also make a great tablerunner.
This was created for BERNINA’s We All Sew blog. For your free pattern and instructions on how to make this yourself simply follow this link…
Enjoy, and have yourself a merry little Christmas!