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Loving Lancaster

March 25, 2016

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!

Central Market, Lancaster, PA

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.

Neff's Mill Bridge 1824

Amish 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.

Woo Hoo!

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Pressing

There were some absolutely exquisite quilts in the quilt show….

Celebration

Celebration by Lynne Taylor of Cape Girardeau, MO

The Minotaur

The Minotaur by Marilyn Belford of Caldwell, NJ

Spanish Arches

Spanish Arches by Lenore Crawford of Midland, MI

Bouquet

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.

Emma's cake

Painting

Create!

Hope you are spending some time creating something of your own!

Sandy

Quilting and Needle Art Extravaganza

January 27, 2016

 

Statesville Coupon

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.

 

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$1.00 off Coupon for Sanford Show

December 31, 2015

Sanford Coupon

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!

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A Little Christmas Gift for You!

December 16, 2015

Mantel Cover

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…

http://weallsew.com/mantel-cover/

Enjoy, and have yourself a merry little Christmas!

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Houston Market/Festival, What a Show!

November 9, 2015

I can finally see the light of day after playing “catch up” on everything that needed to be done after attending Market and Festival in Houston so I thought you may like to see a little of what goes on at these two wonderful shows!

Market is for shop owners and others “in the business” to find the latest and greatest among fabric designs, notions, patterns, sewing machines and anything else you can think of, to make your little heart go “pitter-pat”! Since I am a pattern designer, it is the place to be, to show my newest patterns. I introduced two new patterns called, “Kiss My Stash” and “Merry Mouse Mischief” which were both hits!

Kiss My StashMerry Mouse Mischief

A typical booth at Market starts out looking a little desolate, but within a few hours looks pretty amazing!

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Within 24 hours the show floor is transformed into something magical, which lasts only three days. Once Market is over, there is a two day break to allow some vendors to move out and others to move in for Festival, which is open to the public. It is a quilter’s/sewist’s heaven! This year there were about 1100 booths, walking shoes are a must!

Market Floor

When customers aren’t shopping, they can view the hundreds of award winning quilts in the quilt show. This is just a sampling of the amazing talent displayed by quilters from around the world.

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Shower Trees by Kathy Nakajima of Tokyo, Japan

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Brilliant Rose by Junko Fujiwara of Narashino, Chiba Pref, Japan

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Ben’s Midnight Garden by Barbara Korengold of Chevy Chase, MD

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Audrey II Plus 3 by Marianne Mulheren of Ukiah, CA

Fly Me to the Moon

Fly Me to the Moon by Jerry Granata of Palm Springs, CA

Shall We Dance?

Shall We Dance? by Jan Reed of Grass Valley, CA

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Eager to Learn – Afghanistan by Gillian Shearer of Tweed Heads West, NSW, Australia

 

Ewe Are My Sunshine

And the Grand Prize Winner, Ewe Are My Sunshine by Janet Stone of Overland Park, KS

We did manage to have a little extra fun since Halloween fell during Festival this year.

Happy Halloween

Hope to see you at a future show!

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Measuring Tape Border? No Problem…

September 30, 2015

If you’ve been wondering how to use the blanket stitch on your sewing machine to create the look of a measuring tape I’ve created a post on just how to accomplish it on your BERNINA.

We all love to sew, right? That’s why we’re here! I especially love to create things that depict my passion for sewing. Did you know that you can use the stitches on your BERNINA machine to replicate the look of a tape measure? Not only can it be done, it’s also very easy to accomplish.

Quilt Stitchin' Addiction by Sandy Fitzpatrick

I used this technique to create a “tape measure” border around my Stitchin’ Addiction quilt and I can’t tell you how many people have fallen in love with this idea. It is basically just three regular blanket stitches and one a little wider.

For the full “how-to” article, check it out on BERNINA’S We All Sew blog here….

http://weallsew.com/stitch-tape-measure-style/

Enjoy!

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…and They Made Skirts!

August 27, 2015

K & E skirts
I’m sure you will agree that it has been a really fast summer! I know that, as the years fly by, time seems to move so quickly. We had such fun visiting with all of our children and grandkiddos this summer and even had the opportunity to have two of the grandgirls spend a week with us. The last time they visited I introduced them to the sewing machine and we made small baby quilts by sewing squares together. Kate, age 8, decided she could do it herself and managed to sew all the squares and rows together to create her first little quilt. Emma, age 6, was perfectly content to watch me stitch her squares together and they both went home with their own original quilts.

All of our grandchildren live far away so we don’t see them nearly as often as we’d like so when the girls came to visit a couple of weeks ago I had a new plan for them. They do not like to wear shorts or pants so I thought we’d tackle making skirts. I told them they could “shop” in my fabric stash and surely find something they would like. I have tons of novelty prints and was sure they could decide on something quickly. Big mistake…for one thing these girls don’t decide on things quickly. Apparently this was a big deal and they wanted to make sure they got the perfect fabric for their new creations. It probably took a good half hour for them to find exactly what they wanted to use.

Now, I don’t know if you are like me, but there are a few fabrics that I have been hanging onto for quite sometime because I love them and just didn’t want to cut them up. Apparently these two little girls have equally good taste because they managed to find the only yardage I had of Laurel Burch fabric and decided “This is the ONE”! I would never have let my own daughters use such a coveted piece of “no longer in print” fabric but being the sucker grandmother (Honey) that I am, I caved. I told them they needed a coordinating fabric to go with this beautiful piece and that, fortunately, was easy to find as I do have my fair share of stripes in all colors and sizes.

I set up my new BERNINA 380, threaded the machine, and showed them how to use it. They are very fast learners!

The plan was to make this skirt as easy to sew as possible so I just measured around their hips and used that measurement plus 13″ to determine how wide to cut the fabric. Next, we determined what the length should be, they wanted them long, so we came up with a final length measurement and then deducted about 4″ from that because we were going to add a contrasting band to the bottom of the skirts. The contrasting fabric was cut 5″ by the width of the fabric and trimmed to the same measurement as the skirt width.

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These were so easy to make, first we sewed the contrasting band to the bottom of the skirt, right sides together. I made sure to use lots of pins to keep the fabrics lined up for stitching but laid out the rules right away that “you never sew over a pin, always take them out just as you get to them”. Next we stitched the back seam, finished off the edge, turned up the hem and put an elastic casing in the top.

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Kate’s excitement grew with each step, and she even loved using the iron to press the seams and hem. I know, I know, that too will wear off someday. She now has visions of going home and making skirts for all her friends!

Both girls were so thrilled with their new creations. Although the original plan was for each of the girls to make their own skirts, Emma was a little intimidated by the machine and decided that she would wait “until next time” to try to sew.

If you need a quick and fun project to do with your own children or grandchildren I highly recommend introducing them to the hobby that you love!

Eek, ants!
Eeek, ANTS!!!

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