Friday, November 27, 2015

Black Friday Sale - EVERY SINGLE CLASS is $19.99 or less!!

This is THE BEST sale of the year. 

Every Online Class is $19.99 or less! 

What a FABULOUS Christmas gift for a loved one or for yourself!!

Click HERE for the sale!!!!

Monday, November 16, 2015

Best Birthday Surprise EVER!

I just finished up my last class of the year this weekend in Salt Lake City, Utah at Nuttall's Sewing Centers.  I'm done for the year... happy and sad at the same time. 

Look what was waiting for me in the box in Salt Lake City... the best birthday surprise ever!!!


Sunday, November 15, 2015

Giveaway Winner!!!!

Thanks to everyone for entering our "Quilty Box #3! And A Giveaway!" drawing!! 

We picked a winner on Friday and (drumroll please.....)  Kathy E. from Dubuque, IA is our WINNER!

Congrats Kathy!!  Send us an email with your address and phone number and we'll ship your package right out!!  Email address:

Make something cute with your winnings and send us a pic so that we can feature it for all to see!

And can we just say Kathy... we LOVE the projects you've made... very very cute!!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Christmas Is In My Heart -- BLOG HOP!!

I am so excited to be a part of Christmas is in My Heart Blog Hop hosted by 
Marian Pena of Seams to Be Sew!

If this is your first visit here… WELCOME!  If you’re a follower of mine already, take time to visit each blog on the hop each day… there are creative ideas, fun stories, and fantastic giveaways at each stop (including a $25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop each and every day of the Hop!).

There are so many fun projects, especially during the holidays, and I had a hard time picking which project to feature.   I finally settled on “Christmas Kaleidoscope” because it has special meaning behind it and also because it’s MY pattern… which means I get to give it to you for free!  

I came up with the idea by playing around with a 45 degree wedge kaleidoscope ruler.  Made the first couple with Christmas fabric as gifts for friends.  Then one day I was up in Livermore delivering some finished quilts to Alex Anderson (emcee of “Simply Quilts” for its 12 year run on HGTV) and asked her why all of the quilting and crafts shows only showed Christmas projects; it seemed to me that Hanukkah and Kwanzaa were important winter holidays as well.  She said, “OK – do it!”  So I made one for Hanukkah, one for Kwanzaa and another one for Christmas and did the “Winter Holidays” show in 1997.  “Christmas Kaleidoscope” has been one of my best selling patterns ever since!

My pattern will be available for free download throughout the duration of the Christmas is in My Heart Blog Hop.  I hope you have as much fun creating your Kaleidoscope as I did!
** NOTE:  This pattern was only available for free during the Blog Hop, this link will not work after 11/19/15.

See more patterns and other fun things on my website!

Now for the line up…

Sponsored By The Fat Quarter Shop

And finally… how to enter the $25 giveaway.  And a BIG THANK YOU to Marian Pena of Seams to Be Sew for putting this together and to Fat Quarter Shop for sponsoring this blog hop and donating the $25 gift certificates!  To enter, simply click on the Rafflecopter below!

Happy Holidays!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Authorized Vac & Sew, Fresno CA

Have to show off some student work from my Feather Frenzy class;

Theresa Cina was playing with an overall feather effect...

She had dark print fabric on the back and was using light thread on both sides -- Gave an awesome contrast effect on the back!

I got as excited about the back as the front! We had a fun three days just quilting and playing with threads!

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Location:Fresno CA

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Headline News: Angela's Very First Quilt Takes a First Place Ribbon at Houston Quilt Festival!

This is TRULY headline news!  How would you feel if your very first quilt, that took you three years of intensive effort to make, took the First Place ribbon in Traditional Pieced Quilts at the Houston Quilt Festival?  Angela Petrocelli's feet haven't touched the ground in weeks -- ever since she got the notification that her quilt had won a prize.  When she got this communication she didn't know WHAT prize, just that her quilt had won.

Then, when she realized that her quilt was first in the entered category, the shock set in....

Let's give you some closeups of this incredible quilt and then I will tell you a bit about Angela and how I know her.

The quilt is named "Why Not?"

Let's get a little closer so you can see the incredible detail in the piecing.

And closer yet....

In Angela's words:  After purchasing my first sewing machine, my quilting friends said I should start with something simple.  I asked "Why?" and explained I had a vision of what I wanted to do.  Over 2,000 colors and 10,000 pieces later, I finished my first quilt and now I say, "Why Not?"

Angela used cotton fabrics and 60 wt. Mettler cotton thread for the piecing and 40 wt. Isacord thread for all of the free motion quilting that she did on this spectacular quilt.  Which brings me to how I know Angela.....

Angela lives in Prescott Valley AZ and, with her mom, has taken two of my machine quilting classes at Mulqueen Sewing Center in Mesa.  She freely confessed that she was a beginner and would I please bear with her because she knew she was going to have a lot of questions.  And she did!  We had some very good discussions during class work time that were more in depth than what is presented in these classes.  She just soaked it in and was one of those students that not only listens and learns, but goes home, practices and puts everything she has learned into use.

Angela gets to quilt every day and, of course, her skill got better and better as she kept putting in the hours to perfect her skills.  When she came to the Mettler thread booth where I was working at Quilt Festival, her excitement over the first place win was contagious!  I met her the next day in the aisle where her quilt was hanging and we made a video that explains her thinking behind the making of this quilt.

You may have to turn up your volume a bit to hear everything she has to say -- Angela has a pretty soft voice!


I think that says it all -- Congratulations, Angela, on a beautiful quilt and a well deserved first prize.....

And did I tell you she also won "Viewer's Choice"?  Wowie, zowie!  What an adventure for her first quilt, but knowing Angela, she'd say "Why Not???"

And the best news of all? Angela is only 35 years old, so we are likely to see more stunning quilts from this very talented lady!

Monday, November 2, 2015

The BIG WINNERS!!!!!!!!

CONGRATULATIONS to Lisa Mullins at Wandering Stitches in Orlando, Florida!!

They won me!!!!!!

Mettler is sponsoring a super special event February 26 - 27, 2016 at Wandering Stitches and I am so excited for it!!

Thanks to Mettler for everything and I can't wait to see you at Wandering Stitches in Orlando!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Because Making Should be as Fun as Giving...

Fall is the perfect time to spend a cozy afternoon learning something you love!  Make something beautiful this holiday season and spread the joy!

Craftsy is having an UP TO 50% OFF SALE!

Click HERE to see the sale (affiliate link).

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Quilty Box #3! And a Giveaway!

I was really excited about this particular box because I knew it was curated by Angela Walters, a quilter whose work I admire.  There’s only a couple of things I’m willing to part with for this month’s drawing, so….

Here’s the rundown on Angela and the contents of the box!

The book is by Natalie Barnes with Angela and has patterns for a variety of smaller things (purses, placemats, table runners, wall hangings) as well as a few quilts.  I love the use of color and the very clear and well illustrated instructions.  It was easy to find a project with the included materials, so I’m definitely keeping this!

First I picked the table runner, then looked through my stack of recent purchases to see if I could come up with an accent fabric.

I found this gold fabric (and red and green and a few other things) at Jeff’s Sewing & Vacuum in Augusta GA when I was teaching there earlier this month.  It goes perfectly with the color scheme that Angela set with her choice of yarn to tie up the fat quarter bundle and the accompanying thread.

NOW for what I’m giving away!

There was a pattern in the book that used circles made with this acrylic template, but any of you Drunkard’s Path fans would find this a useful addition to your ruler collection!  I’ll also toss in the envelope the two spools of Aurifil thread, one grey and one a beautiful yellow, that were also included in this Quilty Box.  I’m such a Mettler thread addict that I will use that instead.

Verdict on the Quilty Box:  Two out of three were a definite hit with me, so I’m planning to renew!

There are two ways to win the acrylic templates and thread... 

*  Follow my Blog and leave a comment on this post telling me that you followed and want to win the package.  (If you already follow my Blog, just leave a comment on this post and we'll get your name in!)

* Like our Facebook Page HERE.  Then share THIS Facebook post and leave a comment on the post telling me that you shared and that you want to WIN!!

We'll draw a winner on November 13!  Good luck!!!!

Thursday, October 22, 2015

BERNINA Embroidery Class at Bolts!

Bolts in the Bathtub is my local BERNINA dealer and quilt shop -- when I'm home I tend to hang out here a bit.  The owners, Dawna Harrison and Fay Bergier, are long time good friends; in fact, I was one of Dawna's first quilt teachers in 1994!

Since I've been exploring machine embroidery, the tables have turned and Dawna is now my teacher.  When she told me about this cute table runner class and the calendar showed that I'd be home (a near impossibility in the fall!), I took the class.

I was working on my BERNINA 780 which has been living at Dawna's house since we started embroidering the Ooh La La quilt together (from Angie Stevenson of Lunch Box Quilts).  We've been getting in a lot of BFF time while I've been learning new skills.

Now I have more reasons to go over to Dawna's -- getting the table runner finished by Christmas!

So do you machine embroider?  What projects are you working on?