This past Saturday I spent a wonderful day in Capac, Michigan along with about 70 other stitchers, quilters, and embroiderers at the Michigan Stitchers Spring Gathering.
The doors opened at 9:00 AM where I was able to get settled into my seat and visit with the ladies as they arrived.
I spoke about Embroidery It and the Embroidery Bee Club and showed a variety of Embroidery Bee designs.
There were two shops displaying a variety of items for sale who also spoke.
The first showed a hexagon acrylic ruler and how you could make these hexagon bowls.
She also showed how the hexagon could be made into a quilt.
Another project for us was an IPad lap holder that was stuffed with rice.
In the other shop, the lady had a Brother Scan N Cut.
Although she didn’t demonstrate the Scan N Cut, she did show projects which could be made with it. Here, the flowers in the quilt blocks were cut with the Scan N Cut.
******* OK, I have to ask ****** Do you have an electronic fabric cutter such as the Scan N Cut or some other brand like the Silhouette or Cricket. Or other brand? If you do, would you please let me know what you like or don’t like about it. I must say I was quite fascinated by this and am interested in what is good or bad about the different ones out there. THANK YOU!!
Before lunch, show-and-tell began and was then finished after lunch. There were so many beautiful projects shown by everyone. Here is a handful of items.
The bottom of this purse was made from Cork Fabric!
Just look at this vintage Singer sewing machine!
This is just a small sampling of what was shown at the event.
I want to say the next part correctly so if anyone has something to add here, please let me know so I may correct the following. The Michigan Stitchers operate through the Mitten State Stitchers Yahoo Group that you may find HERE. So if you are local, you may wish to check them out.
Happy Stitching Everyone, and don’t forget to leave a comment about your electronic cutting machine. Thanks!! 🙂
Be sure to watch your in-boxes for the Embroidery It newsletter as the Christmas in July Event begins tomorrow and runs through the 31st. Each day there will be a new, never released design/set that will be offered for 50% off for 24 hours ONLY.
Here is a peek at what is to come:
Mason Jar Lids also include a matching font so you may personalize the blank one.
Coffee mug ornaments are also gift card holders.
Let It Snow comes in 2 sizes for your 5 x 7 hoop and your 8 x 12 hoop.
And lastly, don’t forget about the Candy Cane Bow. There will be a special link in the newsletters and this is my special “thank you” for being a newsletter subscriber.
Embroidery It turns 2 today! It is the start of a week long celebration. Today’s design makes a perfect birthday gift for a good friend. It stitches up quick and easy and then just use a traditional embroidery hoop for the frame. A simple bow and it is ready for gift giving.
The design is intro priced for 24 hours for $1.00 only.
You can get Happy Birthday Dear Friend in the Embroidery It Etsy shop by clicking HERE.
The embroidery machine is just humming along while I get to do a little sewing, a fun change of pace for a bit. I love the look and feel of country scrappy patchwork. Doesn’t it go with everything? Here is just a little sneak peak of what’s to come in two days.
Dear Friends, Embroidery It is turning two! A week long celebration coming up beginning June 20th with all new designs at special prices and some fun bonuses thrown in for newsletter subscribers. Wink wink! Be sure to sign up for the newsletter if you haven’t yet. It is a week you won’t want to miss!
I’m so excited my little business is turning 2 this month! Thank you so much for all your support and walking with me on this journey. I’m planning a week of celebration fun. If you haven’t yet, please be sure to sign up for the newsletter so you won’t miss out. The more the merrier so be sure to let your friends know because there will be some secret surprises added in as well. 🙂
I’m truly thankful for each and every one of you and wish I could give you each a hug.
This past Saturday I drove over to the East side of the state to teach a class for the Michigan Embroiderers Fall Fest. My class was about embroidery on jeans and I will be writing a blog post about that within the next few days.
For now though, enjoy a few pictures of the day and may it inspire you to create something.
I just wanted to share with you a short YouTube video showing Brother’s newest embroidery machine, the Persona. Just click on the picture above to start the video.
If you have been looking at new machines like I had been, take a look at this. Here are the features I like about it:
It doesn’t take up as much space as a traditional single needle sewing/embroidery machine
You can easily embroidery on sleeves, pant legs, onesies and shirts without worrying about catching the back side of the fabric under the embroidery.
8 x 8 hoop
Includes a cap frame to embroider on caps
It’s really a neat machine and I’m glad to see Brother thinking outside the box for home embroiderers.
Now if you’ve been reading my blog, you know I just got a new machine while at the AQS show. This new Persona was not at the quilt show so I did not get to see it in person but I don’t think it would have changed my mind as I was pretty set on getting a 10 needle but Wow, what a great new option for the home embroiderer. I expect this to be the start of the next generation of home embroidery machines.
Finally, because I know you are going to ask, a little birdie told me it will retail around the $5,000 mark.
What a fun, Fun, FUN week! The American Quilter’s Society held their convention right here in Grand Rapids, my back yard. Talk about an inspirational overload – in a good way 🙂 Fabric, Cool Tools, Patterns, Classes, and so much more.
Enjoy a few pictures I took and you will also see my new toy. It is my birthday, Christmas, Mother’s Day, Valentine’s Day and anniversary gift for about the next 5 years. I’m so excited.
My favorite booth was The Whole Country Caboodle. Oh my gosh I wanted everything there! It was seriously a 10 on the cuteness factor.
They didn’t allow photography where the gallery of quilts were displayed, but this quilt was at the Gall Sewing and Vacuum booth and was the most adorable quilt there. I wish it was on a plain background so you could really sit the effect of it. It is actually suspended from the ceiling in the middle of their booth. The backgrounds of each photo on the film strip were printed on fabric and then embroidered with the Disney character. We are huge Disney fans. LOVE!
This was also the booth where I got my new toy. I’ve been looking at these machines for over 2 years now and I ended up purchasing the show floor model. It is brand new except for the use at the show so it has all the warranties plus they threw in lots of extras at the best price I have ever been quoted over these two years. Can you hear my squeal? I’m just super excited! Someone pinch me.
The American Quilter’s Society holds these conventions at various locations across the United States. If you ever get an opportunity to attend one, don’t pass it up. You won’t be disappointed.
My local sewing store has a yearly Floriani event. This is the second year I’ve attended and it is not only a good time but a great learning experience.
The instructor covers use of all forms of stabilizers and ways to help make our machine embroidery the best it can be. Also covered is the Floriani digitizing software. Even though I have chosen Generations as my digitizing software, listening to instructions and gaining ideas with other software is inspiring.
Here you can see all the goodies we each received; a thread color chart, 5 cd’s of embroidery designs, 10 spools of Floriani thread and two packets of all the different stabilizers that Floriani sells, one to fit the 4 x 4 hoop and another packet to fit the 5 x 7 hoop.
Yes, it was a good day and even better is I attended with a dear friend and fellow machine embroiderer.