Nancy Zeiman – Live Interactive Webcast – Nancy’s 25 Favorite Quilting Techniques

NZ your computer 072614 imp Nancy Zeiman   Live Interactive Webcast   Nancys 25 Favorite Quilting TechniquesSew News is excited to bring you news on  Nancy Zeiman’s live, interactive webcast starting September 13, 2014. This webcast will feature Nancy’s 25 Favorite Quilting Techniques This is an exciting 90minute webcast, and it’s live from Nancy’s studio to your computer.

Webcasts are the latest way in which sewers and quilters can reach their favorite sewing and quilting stars in the comfort of their own home. Webcasts are great for those that don’t have time to travel or don’t like the hassle of airports and traveling. Here is a video from Nancy for you to watch more on what a webcast involves.

When registering for the webcast you will be supplied a link the day before the event, September 12. On the day of the event log in a few minutes before the scheduled time and their you will see Nancy live on your computer screen.

Register before August 29 and pay only $19.95 for the 90-minute webcast on September 13. (Price after August 29 is $29.95.)

Here are the details to see if you Internet connection is up to the task of webcasts.

Here’s What You’ll Learn

Whether you like traditional or modern quilts, you’ll see 25 Favorite Quilting Techniques demonstrated with close-up detail. I know you’ll be impressed in what you’ll learn in my 90-minute webcast. Here’s a few of the tips I’ll share:

•          Learn a New Spin on Quilting Basics—from cutting strips to binding, learn clever ways to update your quilting skill set.

•          See how to take the hassle out of quilting—use creative tools to streamline traditional quilting techniques.

•          Save those fabric scraps—see how even small pieces of fabric can make large impact.

•          Create an easy modern quilt—receive a downloadable project sheet for my brand-new quilt, I See Spots. This quilt is truly easy!
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During the webcast, you can email me Nancy  questions and she’ll reply during the webcast.*

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*If every question cannot be answered during the webcast, questions will be answered post-webcast via email. Duplicate questions will not be answered.

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You’ll get exclusive deals just for watching Nancy’s webcast that are available to you on the day of the webcast.

Here’s what viewers said about past webcasts 

“It was as though I was in a class and could see more detail than actually being there.”

“Thank you for the live webcast and do more of them! It’s refreshing, cutting edge and very inclusive for those who can’t attend sewing and quilting events in our local neighborhoods.”

“You can see the details on the webcast so much better than being in a shop and having a demonstration. There was great interaction with e-mailing Nancy.”

Early Bird Special—Save $10

One Price—Two Time Options

Register before August 29 and pay only $19.95 for the 90-minute webcast on September 13. (Price after August 29 is $29.95.)

The fee includes:

  • A link to watch one of the two Nancy Zieman Live webcasts. (Link to webcast will be emailed to participants on September 12.)
  • The ability to have your questions answered during the webcast.
  • A link to specials offered by Nancy’s Notions.
  • A free downloadable quilt project sheet.

There are two Time Options

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There are two webcast time options for the 90-minute webcast to accommodate North American Time Zones.

Both webcasts will cover the same topics.

Broadcasting will be live from the Central Time Zone. Register for a time that best fits your schedule.

September 13: Times/time zone for Webcast Option One:

  • 11:00 AM—12:30 PM (Eastern Time)
  • 10:00 AM—11:30 AM (Central Time)
  • 9:00 AM—10:30 AM (Mountain Time)
  • 8:00 AM—9:30 AM (Pacific Time)
  • 7:00 AM—8:30 AM (Alaska Daylight Time)
  • 5:00 AM—7:30 AM (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time)

September 13: Times/time zone for Webcast Option Two:

  • 2:00 PM—3:30 AM (Eastern Time)
  • 1:00 PM—2:30 PM (Central Time)
  • 12:00 PM—1:30 PM (Mountain Time)
  • 11:00 AM—12:30 PM (Pacific Time)
  • 10:00 AM—11:30 AM (Alaska Daylight Time)
  • 8:00 AM—9:30 AM (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time)

(For followers in other parts of the world, convert your time zone by clicking here. Broadcasting will be live from Beaver Dam, WI.

For more information head to the Nancy Zeiman Blog

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Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 5: Win a Signed Copy of Christine Haynes’ New Book!

It’s Day 5 of our Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways, and that means more prizes for you!  Six lucky winners will take home a prize from Christine Haynes, one of this season’s fabulous guests.  Plus, get sneak peek at Christine’s episode from the upcoming season!

But first- yesterday’s winners are Lori M., Jess Z., Peggy A., Lori G. and Mary M.! Check your inbox for more details.

When Christine visited the Sew it All studio, she showed us how to experiment with dressmaking techniques to create this adorable dress.  She’ll teach you how to select a pattern and fabric that suits your body, and show you dressmaking techniques to get you stitching the perfect dress in no time.

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Get full instructions and patterns for all season 8 episodes at sewitalltv.com beginning September 1st. Gather your supplies and be ready to sew when the episode airs!

You can also find instructions and patterns from past episodes, like this easy and elegant draped dress from Project Runway alum Althea Harper.  Check out the full episode from season 6 here.

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For today’s giveaways, we have two signed copies of Christine’s book, The Complete Photo Guide to Clothing Construction. Learn all you need know to sew clothes for yourself and others, with step-by-step photos to make learning easy!

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We’re also giving away four patterns from Christine Haynes patterns.  That’s a total of six winners!

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Plus, every day you enter, you’re entered to win the grand prize, a Sew it All Season 7 DVD pack!

To enter today’s contest, answer below in the comments section.  Who do you sew for?  Do you love creating for yourself, or do you enjoy making handmade gifts and garments for your friends and family?  Tell us your who gets you sewing and enter for a chance to win!

And don’t forget to watch Sew it All TV season 8 starting in September on PBS.  Check pbs.org for your local schedule.  If your station doesn’t carry it, contact them and request it!  Host Ellen March and guests like Christine and Althea show you sewing projects you can finish in an afternoon, plus tips and techniques for beginner and experienced sewers alike!

Good luck and happy sewing!

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Sew It All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 4 Winner a Thread Theory Pattern

Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways: Day 4! Win a Thread Theory Pattern

We hope  you are enjoying the sneak peeks and prizes for this season’s 13 Days of Giveaways. First to announce yesterday’s winner which is: Jeannie K! Please be sure to check your inbox for instructions on how to get your prize.

In our newest season we bring Morgan and Matthew Meredith of Thread Theory to the Sew it All studios. Morgan and Matthew will show you how to make a V neck tank for men. We really enjoyed having Morgan and Matthew in the studios and we think you’re going to love the V neck tank too.

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We’re really excited for today’s giveaway. 5 lucky winners will win one  Thread Theory sewing pattern.  We’ll pair up each winner with a randomly selected pattern.

If you would like to be entered to win a Thread Theory pattern check out Thread Theory’s website and tell us what you would like to make for the man in your life. Or just make a comment on men’s sewing patterns in general. We’re all quite happy with this new movement in men’s sewing patterns. How about you?

Learn more on working with knits and make a tank for the ladies in episode 511 “Tank Girl” with Vanessa Wilson  Find full instructions for Vanessa’s episode, and past episodes, at sewitalltv.com.

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Don’t forget every day you enter in the 13 Days of Giveaways you’ll be automatically entered to with the Grand Prize, a copy of Sew it All TV Season 7 on DVD!

A few things to look for on the web:

  • pbs.org to find when your local station airs Sew it All. If your local PBS doesn’t carry Sew it All, email or call them to request it!
  • sew.tv anytime of the week to watch past shows or purchase DVD’s from  shopesewitall.com.
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Attend The Sewing Party online classes Live + get 30 bonus classes!

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I’m super excited to attend The Sewing Party on November 8, the first ever online-all-day sewing and crafting event in the U.S.! The Sewing Party offers a fun-filled day of sewing immersion in more than 30 interactive, fun and innovative classes taught online by leading bloggers, designers and educational experts.

I haven’t chosen my classes yet, but I’m such a nerd and can’t wait! I’ll try to branch out from my usual garment sewing and broaden my horizons. Scope out all the classes here.

Attend your chosen classes live, and then get ALL of the 31 classes for an additional 90 days. Classes feature topics for every creative passion, such as home décor, fashion sewing, quilting, upcycling, costume design and more!

Create “Throw Pillows with Pizzazz,” refresh your skills with “Sewing Machine Basics,” make a “Hand-Dyed Baby Rattle,” craft the perfect “Strips and Bricks Quilt,” learn “Bra Making with Madalynne,” or take any of the other fun, informative classes!

In addition to attending classes, you get to chat with participants from across the country, interact with top bloggers and educational experts who are teaching, and explore the latest crafting and sewing tips, techniques and products in the virtual marketplace.

Ashley Briggs, former Sew News editor, is teaching at the event. She joins us to answer a few questions:

Q: Tell us about the class you’re teaching.

A: The class I’m teaching is all about thread! I go over the different types of thread – natural vs. synthetic, what the pros and cons of each are, and how to choose the best one for your project. I also go over some common issues people may be having and how to fix them.

Q: What makes The Sewing Party different from other online classes?

A: The Sewing Party differs from other online sewing classes in that you have the ability to ask questions of the instructors during the class as well as interact with bloggers and experts.

Q: What’s the best sewing advice you ever received?

A: The best piece of sewing advice I ever got was from my Mom. She would always tell me how important it was to finish seams within a garment. For years I never did, but once I started,  I realized how that once simple thing could take a garment from homemade to professional.

Space is limited; sign up for $40. To see a full schedule of classes, read teacher biographies and register, visit www.thesewingparty.com.

Hope to see you there!

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Meet the Expert! Q&A with Sulky® Educator Ellen Osten

The lovely Ellen Osten is one of the fantastic instructors featured in the Sulky Certified Teacher Training Course Magical Thread Art and More. The course offers a great opportunity to stretch your sewing skills, learn how to do and teach the most popular creative machine art techniques and find out how to use the latest products.

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Joyce Drexler (Sulky Creative Director, left) and Ellen Osten (right) on the video set!

Ellen is a wonderful teacher who has been with Sulky since 1992 as a Sulky National Educator and is now the Sulky Director of Education. She travels throughout the country giving lectures, demos and hands-on classes. Ellen has also appeared on Sew it All TV and written fun articles in our print magazines. She took a moment to chat with us about her sewing background, where she finds inspiration and what it’s like to stitch on camera. Plus, check out the beautiful projects below that she’s teaching in the Magical Thread Art and More Course!

Sew News: How and when did you start sewing?

Ellen: I have been sewing most of my life. By the time I was in high school, I was making most of my wardrobe. A friend told me she counted 31 days before she saw me wear the same outfit twice! I turned my gift into a custom sewing, fitting, bridal and tailoring business. I took my very first Free-Motion Embroidery class in 1977 and knew I found my passion. I used this skill to make clothing and suits extra special with applique, cutwork and embroidery. I began teaching as more and more people asked how to do it. A local shop owner beg me to teach at her shop. She planted the seed and helped build my confidence to begin.

SN: Where do you find inspiration for your projects?

E: Inspiration for me comes from everywhere. Truly. A post card, TV commercial, a comment from a friend, a scrap of fabric.   If you look hard enough, inspiration is all around.

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Ellen Osten, Joyce Drexler and Carol Ingraham on set with samples of some of the beautiful projects from the course

SN: What are your favorite materials to work with (types of fabric, thread, embellishments, etc.)?  

E: My favorite fabrics are silk dupioni and Ultrasuede. My youngest son is a Army Captain and I have a lot of his old camouflage. It’s so much fun figuring out what to use it for. I see purses and tote bags in the future. Right now I am working on a vintage jacket inspired by a bag stuffed full with lace scraps from my grandma. And I love computerized embroidery. I have a Spoolie (SulkyEmbroidery Club) patchwork jacket almost completed.  Needless to say, all my Sulky threads and stabilizers help my creations come to life.

SN: What’s your favorite sewing advice that you give to your sewing students?

E: You can do it! When my students start complaining and saying “It’s not good enough,” I say “Stop that! Look at where you began this morning!” And by the evening when class is over, they can’t believe how much improved they are.

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The Stars of Sulky Magical Thread Art and More (Carol Ingraham, Joyce Drexler and Ellen Osten) on-set with the video crew!

SN: What’s the best and worst part of sewing on camera?  

E: The very best is when everything goes right. It just feels so good when we get the message across: See, I am doing this and so can you! The worst part is keeping my hand out of the way of the camera. And the needle breaking or the thread breaking. It just shows that “stuff” happens to us too!

SN: Why would you recommend the Sulky Certified Teacher Training Course?

E: This is very important. So many women and men say they would give anything to be able to do this. The Sulky Training is a fantastic platform to help you get started. We are sharing over a hundred years of experience combined with our students. I am so glad to be part of this program. When I was wishing for help, a program like this would have been a true blessing. The Sulky Teacher Certification Online program has almost everything to help with the best support possible. And the support does not stop at the end of the course. All of the videos are forever! We are here to support and share.

Thank you so much for sharing with us, Ellen! Check out these amazing projects that Ellen will be teaching in the Sulky Certified Teacher Training Course:

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There’s still time to sign up for Sulky Certified Teacher Training, but class is starting soon! Read all about the course, watch preview videos, view the beautiful projects you’ll create and find out how to register here. You’ll be amazed at the wonderful things you’ll learn and create!

 

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Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways Day 3: Win a Bag Pattern from The Sewing Workshop!

Happy Monday sewing world! That is not an oxymoron, because this Monday we have another prize giveaway for you!

In case you’re just joining us, Sew it All TV Season 8 begins airing on PBS stations nationwide at the end of September, so we’re celebrating with 13 fun-filled days of prize giveaways from our new guests, plus a sneak peek into their episodes!

Friday’s giveaway (Linda Lum DeBono’s book, Sew Merry & Bright) winner is Therese R! Congrats Therese, check your email for instructions on how to receive your prize!

Today we’re giving away the Village Bag pattern from The Sewing Workshop by Linda Lee. 

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Linda joined us in the new season to demonstrate how to make this wrap skirt that’s simple AND stylish.

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Ellen with our friend, Linda Lee from The Sewing Workshop.

Heads Up: This pattern will be FREE on sewitalltv.com on September 1st, along with the complete instructions!!

Want more skirt projects? Check out “Bubble Yum” episode 702, where Elizabeth and Liz Evans (adorable sisters-in-law who have the same name) teach you to make a girl’s bubble skirt.

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Episode 702 Bubble Yum: Learn to make a girl’s bubble skirt–no pattern required.

Pro Tip: The instructions are the same to make the skirt for an adult! Can you say mommy/daughter matching skirts?!

So, to enter to win Linda’s Bag Pattern, answer the following question in the comments section below: What’s your favorite type of bag to sew?

Do you like to make super easy, big slouchy bags? They’re great for beach bags and all-day totes. Or do you like making smaller, super structured purses? They’re more challenging, but can yield a polished, professional-looking bag.

Let us know your thoughts, and check the Creative Machine Embroidery blog tomorrow to see if you won, and enter to win ANOTHER prize!

Good luck and happy sewing!

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Meet the designer – Rhonda Buss and enter to win a prize!

 Rhonda Buss is a long time contributor to Sew News and Sew It All magazines. She is also the winner of the Sew It All Casting Call and is currently working towards her Master Sewing and Design Professional Certification from the Association of Sewing And Design Professionals.

Today Rhonda is going to tell you a little bit about herself. Please answer the question at the bottom to be entered to win this month’s Meet The Designer gift pack. One winner will be randomly picked on August 22, 2014. And, now here’s Rhonda!

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*What is your sewing pet peeve? Any tasks that you find annoying or put off to the end?

My biggest pet peeves are really directed at myself. All too often I have been known to do the easy tasks first, at least what seems easy, only to create more work for myself in the end. An example would be sewing up a pair of pants and waiting until the end to insert the zipper.

*What were your early days of learning to sew like? What was it that made you want to continue?

Sewing actually came quite easy to me. I loved it from the very start. The dream of a beautiful wardrobe was what drove me to continue.

*Who taught you how to sew? How long have you been sewing?

My grandmother was my very first teacher. There was nothing I loved more as a child than to spend time with her. She had limitless patience, a true virtue. Asking me how long I’ve been sewing is one in the same with asking me how old I am as I was five years old when my grandmother first put a needle in my hand!!!!

*Are there any new challenges you face?

Challenges, it seems that if you want to keep learning, there is always something that will make you stretch beyond your comfort zone. My biggest challenge is the computer and how it relates to sewing. There is just so much to learn.

*With blogging, expos, traveling, etc., how do you find the time to sew?

I will be teaching at my very first expo this year, The American Sewing Expo in Novi, Michigan, so traveling to an expo is something new to me. As for budgeting my time, I am like everyone else and there are times that I am completely overwhelmed and I fall behind. But the tried and true discipline of making a list is what I find to be of the utmost importance. I make daily lists, weekly lists as well as yearly lists. Now, following the list is the trick!!

*Who has been the biggest sewing star that you’ve met?

Quite a few years ago, I met Nicole Miller. It was fairly early in her career as a menswear designer. I loved the fact that she was venturing into a field that at the time, many felt a woman did not belong in. She bucked the system and became a success. I love stories like this!

*What’s the oldest piece of fabric in your stash? Do you keep your fabric stash in control or are you less disciplined in your fabric collection?

I LOVE fabric! That probably answers all of the above questions!!

I have vintage fabrics and lace that are far too old and fragile to use, some date back to the early 1800’s. I have a piece of needlepoint fabric that I need to have appraised as I think it may date to sometime in the 14th century. It’s quite incredible. From time to time, I enjoy taking the pieces out and just looking at them.

As for the fabric that I use, yes I have quite the collection. When I see something that I like, if I can afford it, I buy it with no intention of what it will become. It may sit for a few days and it may languish for years, but when inspiration strikes, I love being able to go to my fabric closet and find a piece that will be perfect.

*Do you have a secret fabric store where you find all of your amazing fabrics?

I shop anywhere and everywhere. Whenever I have the opportunity to travel, visiting a local fabric store is always on the top of my must do list. But, I do have two favorites, High Fashion Fabrics in Houston, Texas and Gayfeather Fabrics in Madison, WI. High Fashion Fabrics is like Disneyland for a sewist. It’s almost indescribable. A must visit if you are ever in the Houston area.

Gayfeather fabrics is a much smaller store, but the owner has a wonderful eye and there is always a treasure just waiting to be had inside her door.

*What is the longest distance from which you’ve brought fabric home?

A few years ago, my husband and I traveled to Austria to attend the wedding of a former exchange student. I found a fabric store…of course and there I found the most beautiful piece of fabric. Strips of silk had been cut on the bias and were then sewn to the backing in swirls. It looked as though Van Gogh had created the piece himself. That fabric has become one of my favorite dresses.

*Do you have a favorite item or project to make?

My favorite projects are labor intensive projects, like weaving ribbon and creating a garment. I love to bead, embroider and embellish.

*When shopping for sewing supplies, is there something that you always buy too much of?

Honestly, no. It seems there is always something I need. At least that’s what I tell my husband!

*Are there any sewing techniques that you are trying to perfect?

Many years ago, I knew a woman who made the most incredible clothing. Everything was sewn to perfection. She told me that in all her years of sewing, she had made only one garment that she felt was perfect. She said that perfection is a fickle little fairy that we are constantly chasing and rarely catch. Like her, I am always chasing that same little fairy, so not one technique in particular, but the overall quality of the garment.

*What future plans/projects are in store for you? What would be the ultimate dream for you in regards to sewing/fashion?

I have two book ideas that I would love to see come to life, patterns, and more writing opportunities.

As for a dream…last year I was pulled out of a crowd of beautiful gowns and mine was photographed and featured in a national paper, my little homemade gown. It was an incredible honor and a dream come true. I was asked why I don’t have a line of clothing. I think that’s my ultimate dream.

*Any tips you would like to share with the Sew News sewing community?

Don’t give up! There are projects that for whatever reason just aren’t going to work out. It may be the pattern, the quality of the fabric, even the thread, there are just so many reasons why projects don’t come together as we envisioned they would. More times than not, the reason isn’t you. So don’t be too hard on yourself and try again.

Thanks so much to Rhonda! Please be sure to visit her blog Rhonda’s Creative Life and drop her a line. She’d love to hear from you!

As for my question to you, what is the longest distance you’ve brought home fabric? Or tell us how old the oldest piece is. No judging here! I’ve had a piece that I bought that is probably 20 years old. Ouch.

And, be sure to check out more of Rhonda at Rhonda’s Creative Life.

And, if you haven’t picked up a copy of the latest Sew News there’s still time. Check your favorite sewing store or subscribe online and don’t miss an issue.

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Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways – Day 1: Win a patternmaking DVD!

SIA TV Sew it All TV 13 Days of Giveaways   Day 1: Win a patternmaking DVD!Hello sewing enthusiasts! Sew it All TV season 8 begins airing on PBS at the end of September, and we’re really excited to bring you new guests, sewing projects, tips and techniques!

So, to celebrate, we’re giving away a prize a day for the next 13 days, plus a sneak peek into the new season!

Every day you enter for the next 13 days, you’ll be entered to win the Grand Prize, a copy of Sew it All TV season 7 on DVD!

Check pbs.org for your local station schedule. If your local PBS doesn’t carry Sew it All, email or call them to request it! On each episode, host Ellen March brings you a guest from the sewing world to teach you a fun sewing technique and guide you through a great project that can be completed in an afternoon.

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This season we bring you Lynn Strobel from Synergy Art and Design, who teaches you patternmaking basics and guides you through the process of altering a blouse pattern into a cute flowy crop top for summer!

Full instructions and patterns for each new episode will be available at sewitalltv.com on September 1st–get a sneak peek and be prepared with all the supplies for when the episode airs!

Instructions and patterns for ALL past seasons are available for your reference and inspiration! Like Rhonda Buss’ episode 709, “Travel Top,” where she teaches you how to make a stretchy and comfy travel top that can be worn three ways–all from a few body measurements–no pattern needed!

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Rhonda Buss and Host Ellen March in Sew it All TV episode 709 “Travel Top”

Today we’re giving away Lynn Strobel’s Designer Patternmaking Made Easy 2 DVD set to TWO lucky winners! All you have to do to enter is leave a comment in the comments section below with an answer to this question: Do you make/alter patterns?  

Head over to the Creative Machine Embroidery blog tomorrow to hear the winners of today’s prize, plus another great prize and a sneak peek into another new episode!

Good luck!

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Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival – August 15, 2014 Don’t miss it!

RMQFmountain602x144 Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival   August 15, 2014 Dont miss it!If you are looking for things to do in the Rocky Mountain region check out the Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival in Loveland, Colorado. This event is from August 15-17, 2014. Admission is 12.00 a day or 25.00 for a multi-day pass.

Here are some of this year’s instructors

  • Cristy Fincher
  • Lee Fletcher
  • Valora Hammond
  • Darlene Miller
  •  Nancy Sapin
  • Erin Schlosser
  • Marge Serck

Plus don’t miss Laura Wasilowski and Renae Haddadin!

Here is a sampling of the workshops offered. Be sure to check their website for this years full listing of classes, demos and workshops.

What’s New With Sulky?
Presented by Nancy Sapin, Sulky of America
Discover the latest Sulky products, Books, techniques, Seminars, workshops and more. Sulky is constantly evolving, so you will want to catch this presentation.

A Different Angle!
Presented by Jean Wilt & Karen Rellaford, High Country Quilts
Come explore some of the different angles available from Phillips Fiber Arts. You won’t believe all of the fun projects you can do with these specialty rulers!

Kumihimo With Beads
Presented by Linda MacMillan, Oak Grove Studio
Discover the history of Kumihumo, a Japanese braiding technique! Demo will of plain braiding and beaded braiding.

I Want A Pattern That Fits
Presented by Darlene Miller, Clothes For You
Want to understand why you have favorite clothing, why some garments don’t fit and why some garments are not comfortable to wear? These questions will be answered when you learn the importance of purchasing patterns that match your body shape. With this understanding you will select only patterns that fit you perfectly.

How To Make Quilted Heirlooms
Presented by Darlene Miller, Clothes For You
Making treasures to hand down to future generations is your legacy to your family. Learn how to select patterns, fabrics and quilting designs to create family heirlooms. No special skill or equipment needed – only your desire to work with fabric, creating beautiful quilts to be enjoyed and shared.

For class descriptions, maps, hours and more please visit the Rocky Mountain Quilt Festival home page.

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2014 American Sewing Guild Conference Recap!

The American Sewing Guild Conference is an event that I really look forward to all year. If you’re not familiar with the American Sewing Guild, it’s a sewing membership organization with chapters all across the country. ASG welcomes sewing enthusiasts of all skill levels, and provides an opportunity to connect with other people who love to sew, participate in community sewing projects and learn new skills. Conference occurs once a year, always in a different location. ASG members converge and spend the week having fun, taking classes and sewing together. What’s not to love?

I got to attend this year’s conference last week in St. Louis, and it was as fantastic and inspiring as ever. The location was awesome, right across the street from the Arch!IMAG4466 300x275 2014 American Sewing Guild Conference Recap!

ASG invites excellent sewing educators (many of whom write for Sew News) to come and teach at Conference. It’s hard choosing which classes to take because they all sound fun and interesting. My first class was Jacque Goldsmith’s “Adapting Fashion at Any Age.” Jacque shared really fascinating information on the way new fashion ideas become trends, and gave us lots of inspiration for incorporating these ideas into our fall sewing plans in a way that feels right for our own personal style. One big trend this year is the bomber jacket. Here’s Jacque showing a very cute pink bomber jacket she made by refashioning a blazer:

IMAG4480 1 300x199 2014 American Sewing Guild Conference Recap! Next up, I got to learn all about bound buttonholes with Daryl Lancaster. I’ve taken Daryl’s classes before, and she has lots of great methods and tips. First we made classic bound buttonholes. Daryl showed us how to sew all of the strips for each buttonhole at once so that they’re consistent. They take a little extra time, but are so worth it for the polished effect they give a garment. Here’s one of mine!

IMAG4484 169x300 2014 American Sewing Guild Conference Recap! Next up, we learned how to do triangular bound buttonholes for a fun twist. Daryl actually originally found this technique in a very old issue of Sew News, so look for us to feature it again in an upcoming issue with her updated instructions:

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I took several other excellent classes during the Conference. I learned how to make a super-cute wristlet with Cheryl Kuczek, how to embellish with different decorative threads from Linda McGehee, how to work with drapey fabrics with Rae Cumbie, and how to embroider on silk with Lisa Shaw. Here are just some of the photos I took throughout:

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Learning how to lay out drapey fabric for cutting in Rae Cumbie’s class

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Glam Wristlet from Cheryl Kuczeck’s class

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Machine Embroidery on Silk from Lisa Shaw’s class

Another highlight of the Conference was getting to hear Nancy Zieman’s keynote speech. Nancy recently wrote her autobiography Seams Unlikely, so she shared what motivated her to write, as well as some very funny and moving stories from the book. Here she is showing a dress she found from her teenage wardrobe, which she’d hemmed a whopping 8″ to fit in with the mini-skirt craze of the era!

IMAG4534 169x300 2014 American Sewing Guild Conference Recap! I also got to see the ASG member fashion show, which is always fun and inspiring. Here are some adorable little girls who are lucky enough to have an ASG member for a grandma! They’re modeling matching summer sundresses under the mini Arch the St. Louis ASG chapter very creatively used to dress up the runway:

IMAG4609 300x169 2014 American Sewing Guild Conference Recap! I also loved that both of these ladies found that they’d purchased the same fabric during last year’s ASG Conference, so they decided to enter the garments they made into the fashion show (ASG Chairman of the Board Janelle Archer on the left). Both jackets turned out beautifully!

IMAG4672 169x300 2014 American Sewing Guild Conference Recap! ASG Conference is always such a wonderful reminder of how fun and rewarding it is to share the love of sewing with others. Are you currently in a sewing group or guild? If not, consider joining ASG! You can find out more information and locate an ASG chapter near you on the ASG website, which also has lots of great resources about upcoming sewing events and community service projects. I hope you join, and I hope to see you at the 2015 ASG Conference in San Diego!

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