Monday, October 12, 2015

A Beautiful Day in NYC

NI had to do a quick trip to NYC to buy some dupioni for an upcoming workshop. I always get a warm greeting when I enter my favorite silk shop, Butterfly/Bazaar Silks. They're located on 39 th St. All the fabrics in their store are from India. 
Even though it was such a quick trip, I had some time to visit my new favorite bagel shop, Brooklyn Bagels. Actually I don't think you can go wrong buying bagels anywhere in NYC. 
And check out these spreads. 
I think I'll try fig next time. 
The woman behind me ordered a coconut bagel. I was very intrigued because I love coconut. She said it was yummy so I bought one, and a couple of others, to bring home. (In full disclosure I didn't eat breakfast to save my calories for a yummy bagel and cream cheese that I ate on the bus going home. )

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Win It Before You Can Buy It

I've been bursting at the seams since this summer, when I found out that Curvalicious was going to be included in an amazing on line quilting retreat.  I was sworn to secrecy until today.  Now I can share.

My project is one that many of you have been asking for. It's my Curvalicious Tote Bag.

 You will have the opportunity to take this video class, along with a detailed PDF to make this tote, or your own variation.  I will take you step by step through the process and be available for questions. 
In addition to my class , you will have the opportunity to take 11 other quilt related classes from some amazing quilters.  There will be a mystery quilt and you will become part of an international community of quilters.  AND, you can do it in your jammies, any time of the day or night! For more information, click HERE.

This on-line quilting retreat will last for the entire year, starting in January 2016, with new classes every month.  It's all inclusive.

This week, I am running a contest and giving away 1 free year of classes. I will announce the winner next week. If you are not the lucky winner, you will have the opportunity to purchase a "seat" in this retreat next Sunday.  I will have a special incentive for the first 20 people who sign up through my link next Sunday.  Watch for the email.  Expect more emails as the organizers release more info. For now,you just need to :
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Friday, October 9, 2015

I'm an Embroidering Fool

Since I learned how to use my embroidery model for my Bernina, I have been embroidering like crazy. My husband looks in my studio and wonders why I have 2 sewing machines set up. The new one is dedicated to embroidery and the other is for construction of things to embroider! When I'm done putting names in everything in sight, I'll put away the embroidery module. 

This is my favorite gift to give to new parents/ grandparents. It's a hooded towel. I did not create it, but I love making them, especially when the parents telL me that they use them for years. What little kid doesn't like a hooded cape?
I made two for twins!

I make one from a bath towel and half of a hand towel. 

My friend, Steph, was in China for 2 years and found these colorful designer style bags at what she calls the fake market. I had to wrangle them under the needle, but thankfully, I had no disasters. 
There was one left over, so I embroidered one for myself. 
When you're not using the bag, it folds conveniently flat. You can put it in a suitcase as an extra bag for traveling. 

I spent a good part of the summer working on a secret project. On Sunday, I'll be able to share more details and you'll be able to enter a drawing. For now, this is what I can share. 

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Come See My Quilts

I'll be the speaker at my guild this month, next Wednesday, October 14. My talk is about taming dupioni silk and how to incorporate it into your quilts. I'll be sharing my most recent silk quilt plus many more. 
The meeting takes place at The Goshen Fire Company at 10:00am.  1320 Park Ave, Easr Goshen. Hope to see you there. 

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

I Love Lancaster County

It was time for another lesson on my new sewing machine. I never complain when I have to drive out to Lancaster County. Fall has to be the most beautiful time of year. I could drive along these country roads forever. 

The reason for my visit was the embroidery class. I LOVE to give gifts with my friends and family's names on them. That's really the only embroidery that I do. I have a few items that are overdue and it's time I learned how to embroider with my new machine. 

Here's the place.

Here's everyone's machines set up and ready to learn. 
We got to pick out the color of thread that we wanted to use. 6 colors! Eye candy. 
This was the most amazing site. Stacks and stacks of Bernina sewing machines. Along the wall in the classroom are plaques dating back I don't know how long, awarding Hinkletown the top single location Bernina dealer in the world. I am not surprised. 

Now I can't wait to get stitching. 

Saturday, October 3, 2015

It's Here!!!! The Convertible Backpack

I am so excited.  I have worked so hard on this pattern and I know so many of you have been waiting for it.  The Curvalicious Convertible Backpack has taken me about 5 months to write with lots of photos, photo retakes and lots of edits, from its inception to the finished pattern. I wanted to make sure I got everything right.  It's a unique idea and I  wanted to make sure that the instructions were clear and well written.
So what is a convertible backpack?  This quilted bag, that is made using Curvalicious for the outside, can be worn as a cross body bag.
Then with a simple lengthening of the strap and the click of a swivel clip, it becomes a backpack.
There's a zipper along the top edge that is super easy to sew and there are pockets inside. 
I made mine for a trip, so I created  pockets to hold my tablet as well as my cell phone, passport and pens.  The interior is large enough for my camera and sketchbook. When I traveled in the country, I wore it as a backpack.  As soon as we arrived in Paris, I converted it into a cross body bag, for safety.   I found when I returned home, it was a great every day bag too. Can you tell I'm in love with this bag?
I searched around for the different types of hardware needed to complete the backpack. It took me a lot of shopping and googling to find the types I wanted to use.  To make it easier for anyone that wants to make one, I decided to include the assorted hardware with the pattern.  There's a choice of nickel or antique brass.  And if you want to make more than one backpack, you can buy just the hardware, with no extra charge for shipping.

Where to buy?  My etsy shop.  Click HERE and it will take you there.  I printed 50 copies to start.  I'm not sure how long they will last.   Patterns will ship out either the day I receive your order or the next time the post office is open.  For you late night shoppers, it will ship out the next day.  If I will see you soon at a show or guild meeting, let me know and I'll set one aside for you.  I know you'll love this bag as much  as I do. 
 Plus, if you live near Horsham, PA. I'll be teaching this at The Round Bobbin in 2 class sessions starting in November.

BTW, didn't I find the cutest model? I think she has a future.  
 She's one of my closest friend's granddaughters.  Thx Maddie.

Monday, September 28, 2015

I Felt Like A Liliputian

I felt like a Liliputian in the land of giant lily pads. 
I was at Longwood Gardens for their Nightscapes special exhibit. I wish I could share photos of this amazing exhibit. It started at 8:00PM and it was dark. I felt I wanted to be in the moment rather than looking through my iPhone taking photos that probably wouldn't work. All I can say, if you get the chance to go, do it. There were 2 outdoor exhibits in particular that were teamed with music and were absolutely amazing. The entire exhibit went from ethereal to eerie to other worldly. 

I went early to visit the orchid room and see the giant lily pads. The lily pads are seasonal, so I look forward to seeing them. Boy was I surprised when I looked up and saw a fellow quilt guild member in a green Longwood guest. Holly is a docent and she shared a bunch of Longwood tidbits with me. 

I'll save my orchid photos for another time. I have a project in mind for them. But here are some from the lily pad courtyard. Just as a frame of reference, those pads must be around 4 ft across. Wouldn't you love to float on one?