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  • Meissner Sewing Offers Viking Machine Instruction Courses

    In January 2017, Meissner Sewing announced the addition of the Husqvarna Viking line of machines to the Sacramento, Folsom and Roseville stores.

    In early 2017, Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers made an “Epic Announcement.”

    Meissner’s in Sacramento, Folsom and Roseville would be carrying a selection of sewing, quilting and embroidery machines from the Husqvarna Viking line, including the Viking DESIGNER Epic, DESIGNER Diamond Royale and others.

    As an authorized dealer of the Viking line, Meissner Sewing also began offering a large selection of parts, services and accessories for Viking, Pfaff and Singer machines. Additionally, our expert technicians became available to service and repair Viking machines.

    We have also been able to provide Viking machines for use during several of our events and workshops, such as the recent Anita Goodesign Spring Embroidery Party in Sacramento.

    Now, our Epic Announcement continues…

    In line with the Meissner Sewing mission to provide our valued customers with a wide variety of classes and opportunities to grow your creative toolbox, our Sacramento, Folsom and Roseville stores are now offering machine instruction classes to assist you in getting acquainted with your Viking machine.

    Meissner’s has and will continue to provide machine instruction classes for Baby Lock, Brother, BERNINA and Janome machines, and with the release of the Summer Edition of Meissner Magazine, we have added Viking classes to the catalog.

    Our machine instruction classes are specifically designed to help new owners become familiar with their machine and are developed to increase their confidence using the machine's basic features and functions. These classes are also a great opportunity for seasoned machine owners to brush up on specific tools and expand their skills.

    The Meissner Sewing New Machine Owners Class Series includes Unboxed!, Beyond the Box! And Hoopla! courses.

    In the Unboxed! classes students are provided with the initial tools needed to use the machine to its fullest potential, set up and navigation,  basic maintenance and stitch menus.

    Click here to learn more about Unboxed! for Viking. >

    Beyond the Box! is the second course in this series, and it is designed to expand on the topics covered in the Unboxed! classes.

    Click here to learn more about Beyond the Box! for Viking. >

    Also part of the New Machine Owners Class Series are the Hoopla! courses. These classes are designed to be a hands-on, quick-start embroidery session, and topics covered include navigating the embroidery machine, threading for embroidery, stitching built-in designs, lettering and more.

    Click here to learn more about Hoopla! for Viking >

    There are several dates and times for each of these courses available throughout the Summer at our Sacramento, Folsom and Roseville locations.

    Please check for all availability and to register.

    Machine instruction classes for all brands are provided complimentary (plus a non-refundable $5 registration fee) with every new machine purchase at Meissner Sewing.

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  • Tips, Tricks & How-Tos

    Are you looking for inspiration? A tip? A trick? Maybe you're just searching for a new project.

    No need to search anywhere else because we're sharing a few of our favorite tutorials and ideas all here on our blog!

    All of these projects and tips (plus more!) can be found on our Facebook and YouTube pages! Follow along as we share more projects, techniques and tricks. We also invite you to show us what your working on. Post and send photos of your creations to our page, and bring your projects to our stores to show them off!

    Project: Minky Quilt

    Technique: Rotary Cutting 

    Tip: Winding a Bobbin

    Project: Serged Receiving Blanket

    Tip: Rotary Cutter Blade

    Technique: Quilting in the Hoop


  • Make May Great

    The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and May promises to be the beginning of an exciting Spring and Summer at Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers.

    Here are just a few of this month’s featured attractions:

    Events & Workshops:

    Anita Goodesign Spring Embroidery Party

    What better way is there to kick off the month than with a party! An Embroidery Party, that is. May 4-7, the Sacramento store will host two, two-day Anita Goodesign embroidery workshops. We will take a trip back in time to explore and embroider styles and techniques from the past 100 years. The party, with a “Remember When” theme, will cover seven different time periods, beginning in the 1800s and reaching modern day.

    Floriani Embroidery Extravaganza in San Jose

    The following week we are taking the show on the road, as we travel to San Jose to host the Floriani Embroidery Extravaganza. Our Meissner Sewing team, along with Kathi Quinn and a special mystery guest, will be sharing tips and tricks for embroidery, crafting and quilting. This hands-on event, located at the Terrace at Willow Glen on May 11 and 12, promises plenty of fun, prizes and learning.

    Can’t make it to San Jose? Join us in Sacramento in June! Learn more.

    Sonoma County Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival

    The Quilt, Craft and Sewing Festival is coming to Santa Rosa May 18-20! Visit the Meissner Sewing booths to try new products and machines, enter our daily drawing for the chance to win prizes and more! Join us at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds.

    Download your FREE admission coupon. Click here.


    Roseville: Embroidery Garden Workshop

    If you are inspired by the Embroidery Garden in-the-hoop designs, then these workshops are made for you. In these classes, you will work with the designs to create your own unique variations while exploring new in-the-hoop embroidery techniques. This month's feature projects is an in-the-hoop clutch purse.

    Class Details: Roseville •  May 13  • 10am-1pm

    Register for the Embroidery Garden Workshop >

    Folsom: Pillowcase Bonanza 

    In this class, you will make a standard pillowcase with the standard accent strip. Then, you can make your pillowcase  unique by changing that accent strip and/or border. This class allows you to discover techniques for making scallops or prairie points 1 or 2 colors for the accent strip and to experiment with embroidery designs on the border. Take what you learned in class and apply the ideas to other projects, like tea towels, placemats, or even quilts.

    Class Details: Folsom •  May 27  • 1:30-4pm

    Register for Pillowcase Bonanza >

    Santa Rosa: Saturday Night Quilter's Drop In

    The Saturday Night Quilter's Drop In in Santa Rosa is your time and place to join fellow quilters in working on your projects. Just bring your sewing machine and a project, and share and learn quilting techniques, tips, tricks and more!

    Class Details: Santa Rosa  • May 20  • 5-9pm

    Register for Saturday Night Quilter's Drop In >

    Sales & Specials: 

    Baby Lock is showing its appreciation by offerong a six-month Love of Knowledge Online Sewing Membership when you trade up to a new Baby Lock machine over $499. With training videos available 24/7, Baby Lock Love of Knowledge membership is a great resource for learning all about your machine- from set up to techniques and tutorials and beyond.

    Also this month, you can purchase a Janome MC9400 and receive a Janome 500E!*

    Visit our Sales & Specials page to learn more and see all of this month's offers. Click here.

    For all of our upcoming classes, events, workshops and sales, download a copy of the newly-released Meissner Magazine! Click here. 

    Stay up to date with all things Meissner Sewing on Facebook and Instagram!


  • Getting to Know Meissner Sewing: Dara Dubois

    Dara Dubois, instructor at Meissner Sewing and Vacuum Centers, has been teaching in the Sacramento and Roseville stores since retiring from working for the State of California in December 2015.

    If you push the gas pedal on a car, the wheels will be thrust into motion, and the car will move. If you step on the foot pedal of a sewing machine, the needle will jump up and down and stitches will begin to form.

    If you concentrate on the sound of a car engine, you might hear a hum, rumble or even a rev. If you listen to the motor of a sewing machine, you just might hear the same sweet sounds.

    “The sound of the motor on the sewing machine versus the sound of an engine revving, they’re kind of similar.”

    These are the words of Dara Dubois, instructor at Meissner Sewing and Vacuum Centers.

    “They’re both mechanical,” she said, attributing this similarity as the reason why she is drawn to the car industry and the sewing industry.

    Her history in both trades began when she was growing up. Born in Cruthersville, Missouri, Dubois and her family moved to California when she was about five years old.

    In spite of her father’s hope that Dara would “look like a girl and act like a girl,” she wanted to work on cars, she said. Her favorite uncle was a mechanic, she had a 1967 Mustang that needed work, and she was a self-proclaimed tomboy.

    “The rest was history,” Dubois said.

    After graduating from Foothill High School, Dubois’ goal was to get married, have children and work on cars, she said. And with a background in automotive technology, she went on to work in the automotive industry, including jobs performing investigative work in auto shops, running an alternative fuel fleet, working for the State of California, and becoming an automotive teacher at American River College, where she has been an instructor for almost 25 years.

    Similarly to her interest in cars, Dubois’ sewing background also began at a young age. She participated in the Home Economics course in school, and she can still remember every detail of her first assignment, especially the zipper.

    “It was a mint green dress. I know it had a collar,” Dubois said. “It was just a very short shift (with) a tie in the back. But I ripped the zipper out 22 times until it was threadbare in the back.”

    Her mother, who was a professional seamstress, was “mortified,” Dubois recalls, because she believed that the class should begin with a simpler project, such as an apron.

    The fact that her mother had worked as a seamstress  contributed to her interest in sewing, but it wasn't the sole reason, Dubois said.  While she doesn’t believe that she was nearly as talented as her mother, she enjoyed being able to make things for herself that no one else had, she said. Plus, with five siblings, sewing clothes for herself was the only way to ensure that she got exactly what she wanted.

    “In order to have something that I wanted, I had to learn to sew,” Dubois said. “But I think that part of it was that I could have different things that nobody else had.”

    After being a long-time customer of Meissner Sewing and Vacuum Centers, Dubois would join the team and become an instructor at the store.

    "My main thing is we’re here to have fun and be helpful," Dubois says of her approach to teaching at Meissner Sewing.

    One week after retiring from the State of California, Dubois began teaching for the company. In fact, she was hired on the exact same day as she began her retirement. This was a little over a year ago.

    “An hour after I left the Department of Education, I walked in here to pick up my Anita Goodesign designs, and I walked out with a job,” she said. “I interviewed in my Minnie Mouse hoodie.”

    Dubois currently teaches in the Sacramento and Roseville stores, and her lineup features hands-on classes, like Sew Fun and Easy! for beginners, as well as classes for new machine owners (My New Machine Basics 1 and Beyond 2).

    In each of her courses, Dubois ultimate goal is that her students leave with a tangible, finished project.

    Dubois teaches in order to help and give to others, and she works to pass the message on to her students that she is available to provide help whenever it's needed.

    “I’m here to help,” she said. “I think they all know that they can come to me at any time, whether it’s a car problem that we’ve had in the parking lot or a sewing problem, that I’m here for them.”

    Dubois uses her personal sewing experiences to help deliver this message and to help her students prepare for the inevitable problems that will arise throughout the creative process.

    “I have a lot of examples of what I did or didn’t do,” Dubois said. “So I like to share my tips and tricks so that when (problems) happen, (my students) go ‘oh yeah, we know how to do that’.”

    Her giving approach to teaching translates into her personal creative process, which begins simply when she sees something she likes.

    “My creative process is if I see it and I like it, I want to do it,” she said.

    With a “plug and play” attitude, Dubois cites her specialty as making quick gifts for other people, she said.

    “I love to embroider, but it has to have a purpose,” she said. “In-the-hoop gifts are awesome because then I can make something and give it away.”

    While working on retirement and continuing to make gifts, Dubois hopes to learn more about the mechanical side of sewing machines and to offer additional machine-specific classes to the current catalog.

    For the time being, however, Dubois wants her students to keep sewing and have fun doing it.

    “We have fun in my classes and we laugh a lot,” Dubois said. “And if they’re not having fun then they’re in the wrong class.”


  • Sergers Unstitched

    Open up a serger and it may appear to be a complex piece of machinery, but this creative tool is made to bring ease to specific sewing techniques and projects.

    Upon first thought, the stitches created by a serger may seem intricate, but achieving them isn’t actually all that difficult.

    Features of the Baby Lock Enlighten Serger include Jet Air Threading, 4/3/2 thread serging and the exclusive wave stitch.

    In fact, sergers are just one way to expand the resources for achieving inspiration.

    Matt Beausoleil, who has been a factory-trained technician at Meissner Sewing and Vacuum Centers for almost 10 years, unravels a few intricacies of the machine.

    “A serger is made for finishing off a seam,” Beausoleil said. “They cut and at the same time join the materials together.”

    Generally, sergers are used on projects where a more secure stitch is required, such as creating hems in garment sewing. It is the mechanical differences in a serger, compared to a sewing machine, that allow the machine to function in a way that provides the added strength to each set of stitches.

    “Mechanically, a sewing machine will have a hook and a bobbin case, whereas a serger has a looper instead of a hook,” Beausoleil said. “(The looper) performs the same function, but there is no bobbin case or bobbin. Sergers are made to run with a three-thread or four-thread stitch.”

    The stitches from a sewing machine are created from two threads, a single top and bottom thread. Whereas a serger uses multiple, three or four, threads, which is what makes serger stitches more secure.

    In addition to various types of multiple-thread stitches, sergers can also perform a chain stitch, which is a two-thread stitch and most closely resembles a straight stitch on a sewing machine.

    A chain stitch is created when the thread comes down and the lower looper is coming around, picking up the thread in the front and taking it back around as it comes up, Beausoleil explained. A cover stitch is created in a similar way, but this stitch uses three threads.

    “There are quite a few different types of styles of sewing that can be done with a serger,” Beausoleil explained. “There’s a cover hem, a chain stitch and an overlock.”

    Each serger is equipped to create various stitches, and as you upgrade in levels of machine the type and number of stitches available from its toolbox grows. Most modern sergers are capable of creating four-thread stitches, and some machines, like the Baby Lock Ovation, can produce up to eight-thread stitches.

    One of the most commonly used serger stitches, however, is the four-thread overlock stitch.

    “There are a lot of differences in sergers,” Beausoleil said. “Some machines are purpose made; they’re only cover hem or only chain stitch machines. And some of them can do all of them. And some of them only do four-thread.”

    Similarly to sewing, quilting and embroidery machines, crafters can have one of each type of machine or can have one machine that will perform each type of stitch.

    Understanding Serger Stitch Types >>

    Simply put, a serger functions to create stronger stitches. It is a great tool to have specifically for garment sewing and can be great alone or as a companion to your sewing machine.

    “They may look complicated, but they’re actually simpler than sewing machines,” Beausoleil said. “The machine itself has a simpler design. They’re just made that way.”


  • Discover the Serger in April

    If you haven’t already discovered what you can do with a Serger, then now is definitely the perfect time to explore the ease and functionality of this sewing machine companion because April is National Serger Month!

    According to, National Serger Month was established in 2013, “in an effort to educate sewing enthusiasts and celebrate all things sergers.”

    Throughout the month Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers will be offering several opportunities to get educated on sergers and to celebrate.

    So, let’s get started.

    Why Use a Serger?

    A serger can be a great companion to any sewing machine.

    Sewing machines and sergers can both achieve beautiful, decorative stitches, but sergers can be used to simplify some techniques while also creating neater results, according to Specifically, the site explains, sergers will finish edges without stretching the fabric while sewing twice as fast as many sewing machines. Sewing machines, however, can easily insert buttonholes, buttons and zippers.


    Celebrate with Meissner Sewing

    You’re officially invited to attend our Baby Lock Serge-A-Thon event taking place in Sacramento and Santa Rosa on April 29, 2017.

    The Serge-A-Thon is a one-day event, where participants will have the opportunity to partake in American Patchwork and Quilting’s Million Pillowcase Challenge, where you will be tasked with serging together a pillowcase for donation to a local charity.

    Participants of the Serge-A-Thon will also have the opportunity to use and try a Baby Lock Serger and can enter a national drawing for the chance to win one of three Baby Lock Ovation sergers.

    Click Here to Learn More

    In addition to the Baby Lock Serge-A-Thon in our Sacramento and Santa Rosa locations, Meissner Sewing offers a variety of classes throughout the year that allow you to get acquainted with your serger and to teach you how to use your machine with confidence. Check the class calendar to see the full list of dates and times for upcoming, Serger-specific courses.

    Click Here to Check the Calendar

    Bonus: Keep celebrating in May at the Sew, Serge and Sensational Embroidery event in Santa Rosa!

    Get Serging!

    Start stitching with a few  ideas for serger projects, and remember to share you finished creations with us all this month on our Facebook page! We want to see what you’re working on!









    Happy Serging!


  • Three Lessons I Learned as a Beginning Quilter

    As a young girl I always enjoyed arts and crafts. My home was fully stocked with beads, markers, colored pencils, feathers, glitter, paint and anything else I might need to express my creativity.

    There was thread and fabric available to me, as my mother is a sewist, but I tended to gravitate toward other creative outlets.

    This was the case until I joined the Meissner Sewing and Vacuum Centers team. I became inspired by the creativity and passion that was surrounding me and was being expressed through the textile arts.

    As a result, I consciously embarked on my own creative journey, starting with the basics in Dara Dubois’ Sew Fun and Easy! class in Sacramento, where I completed my very first sewing project - a monogrammed tote bag.

    After wrapping up this class and spending a bit of time practicing my newly acquired skills on my own, I took a huge leap in my journey and decided to take on quilting.

    And I recently completed Jeanne Powell’s Basic Quilting for Beginners class at the Sacramento store.

    This beginner course is a six-class series, where students piece together nine different styles of quilt blocks and with sashing and borders. Time permitting (because everyone works at their own pace), this series also provides students with the opportunity to learn techniques to attach the backing and batting to a completed quilt top.

    I left this class with a finished quilt top that is ready to take home and stitch in the ditch.

    While I added several new tools to my creative toolbox, there are three lessons that I learned over the course of the six days in the classroom that stand out to me.

    Lesson #1: When in Doubt Pin It Out

    I learned my first lesson the hard way, but eventually, I came to appreciate pins in the same way that I appreciate a good cup of coffee first thing in the morning.

    Initially, I thought I could speed up the construction process by making minimal use of pins. Boy, was I wrong.

    Having never quilted before, I needed extra pins to keep my block stable as I stitched the pieces together on the machine. With a few more pins, I was actually able to keep sharp points in the blocks, and I didn’t have to take the time to rip and re-stitch seams that didn't match.

    Secure pinning became even more important as I progressed from piecing the blocks to attaching the sashing and borders.

    In order to match up the edges, I needed to have a pin in place at about every inch of the fabric. On my first try,  I attempted to skate by with a few less pins, and I ended up having to rip the seams of the whole side because the pieces were far from matching up.

    I came to realize that, in reality, it would take me less time to add in a few extra pins at the start than it would to rush through with less pins and eventually have to rip out the seams of an entire side of my quilt.

    As I quilt more frequently, becoming more familiar with the process and more confident in my skills, this may change, but for now, when in doubt, I will definitely be pinning it out.

    Lesson #2: Patience Really is a Virtue

    Quilting requires precision. Quilting requires attention to detail. Quilting requires a bit of perfectionism. Quilting requires patience.

    It’s not the set of skills behind the creator that defines a completed quilt. Each person’s skills themselves can be practiced and perfected. I learned that there are certain, inherent characteristics that help in becoming a successful quilter. One of those traits is patience, especially as a beginner.

    I set out to create a quilt top that I would be proud of. This class was my very first experience with quilting, and I was determined to leave with a finished product that I could show off to my fellow quilters.

    But it takes time. It takes time to achieve perfect points. It takes time to stitch perfectly straight seams. It takes times to make accurate fabric cuts. And when a process takes time, it also requires patience.

    By no means is my finished quilt top perfect, but I am still a beginner. With time and patience, I will practice and each finished project will become better and better.

    If I am patient and take the time that each step requires, then, and only then, will I have a product that I can be proud of.


    Lesson #3:  Enjoy the Process

    Walking into Jeanne Powell’s Beginning Quilting Class on the first day of the series, I was nervous. I didn’t know what to expect, and I was in awe of the process.

    I had seen so many amazing finished quilts that have been created by so many amazingly talented quilters, and I aspired to construct my own amazing project.

    Despite my nerves and anxieties, I knew that the only way I would achieve this goal would be to truly enjoy the time I would spend in class and the new process I would learn.

    I had to love the fabrics that I had chosen. Which I did.

    I had to be equipped with the right tools. Which I was. (Hello, Janome Anna Maria Horner M100 sewing and quilting machine).

    I had to listen to the teacher and follow the instructions. Which I did.

    I had to slow down and focus on the task at hand, not mentally jumping ahead to the next steps in the process. Which I did.

    I had to appreciate the new skills, while perfecting the ones I had already established. Which I did.

    And ultimately, I had to enjoy the process. Which I did.

    Note: This post is part of an ongoing series. 

    Click here to read the first post in the “Diary of a Beginning Sewist” series

    Click here to read Part 1 of my Quilting Adventure

    Click here to read Part 2 of my Adventure


  • Meissner Sewing Takes On Quilt, Craft & Sewing 2017

    Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers has a big week ahead. This Thursday through Saturday, along with our crew of Meissner Makers, several of the Meissner staff will be temporarily relocating to the Cal Expo Event Center for the 2017 Sacramento Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival on March 16-18, 2017.

    Featuring free workshops, new products, and more, the Sacramento Quilt, Craft, & Sewing Festival is one of the largest crafting events of the year.

    All Meissner Sewing locations will be maintaining regular business hours, but many of the Meissner crew will be found in Booths #100-603 of Buildings C & D at Cal Expo.

    Equipped with all your favorite brands and a variety of products, the Meissner booths will be filled with plenty of inspiration and creative tools to get the next project under way.

    “The huge selection of products that we bring to the Sacramento Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival, plus the five free classes we are sponsoring daily in classroom 1, makes the Meissner Sewing booth feel more like a pop-up version of one of our stores,” Sara Curtis, marketing coordinator said.

    Each of the booths will include something unique, as they will feature the latest machines and products from Baby Lock, BERNINA, Brother, Janome and Viking. After being introduced in January, Husqvarna Viking will be included in the Meissner Sewing lineup at the festival for the first time.

    Select products from Floriani, AccuQuilt, Gammill, Quilter’s Rule, Koala Studios, Fashion Sewing Cabinets of America, and others will also be available.

    Attendees of the event will find exclusive show pricing on machines and special festival bundle offers.

    Simply put, there will be “over 24 booths of Meissner Sew-spiration,” Drew Schleter, assistant store manager in Sacramento, said.

    In addition to offering a wide variety of products, the Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival presents several learning opportunities. Over the course of the three-day festival, Meissner Sewing will be sponsoring free classes each day.

    Hope Yoder of Designs by Hope Yoder will be in Classroom 1 each morning, teaching classes called “Digital Cutting for Quilters and Embroiderers” and “Design Hacks with the CraftNCut Software.” She will also be available in the booth throughout the day, performing live demonstrations.

    Sharon Minor of AccuQuilt will be providing instruction on techniques for achieving fast, accurate fabric cuts using the AccuQuilt cutting system. Patricia Simmons of Quilter’s Rule will be in Classroom 1 at 1:00 p.m. each day for “Templates, Rulers and Machine Quilting primer” where she will share why templates are made of different thickness and strategies for achieving perfect, small points. RNK Distributing will also be in the classroom each afternoon with the classes “Quilters Select” and “Total Quilter.”

    Click here to view the full schedule and class details.

    The Sacramento Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival is the largest show of its kind in the area. The festival provides three full days of quilting, crafting and sewing inspiration. This show is a can’t-miss event for all creators, offering something for everyone to enjoy.

    Show attendees line up  for the Sacramento Quilt, Craft & Sewing Festival in 2016.

    “The best part of the festival is opening morning when the long line of attendees finally get to come in, and see all the exhibits,” Curtis said. “All the attendees are so enthusiastic. It’s really a positive, energizing way to kick off the event.”

    Show Hours: Thursday & Friday: 10 a.m.- 5 p.m; Saturday: 10 a.m - 4 p.m.

    Admission Cost: $10 for all 3 days OR 50% off with Printed Coupon.

    Tune in to Sacramento & Co. on ABC10 Tuesday, March 14th, at 11:30 a.m. to hear more about the show! 


  • The Quilting Adventure Continues

    My Creative Adventure Continues. Next stop: Quilting. Part 2

    I’m halfway there!

    Three beginning quilting classes down and three to go.

    So I’m checking back in to provide a quick update on my progress in Jeanne Powell’s Basic Beginning Quilting Class at Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Center in Sacramento.

    Click here to read Part 1!

    After completing Sew Fun & Easy! in January, I began the six-class beginning quilting series on Valentine’s Day. In the first class, we created three blocks for the nine-block quilt we are working toward completing. In the subsequent two classes we continued building on our new skills, and we created two more blocks in each class for a total of seven completed blocks.

    Click here to read more about my Sew Fun & Easy Experience! 

    Up to this halfway point in the series, we have created blocks of various styles, including a Flying Geese block, a Rail Fence block, a Basic Pinwheel block and others. In true quilting fashion, we are creating several half-square triangles, using this as the foundation for many of the block patterns.

    The Janome Anna Maria Horner M100 sewing and quilting machine has been my trusty sidekick throughout the whole process, and this machine is equipped with all the features (plus many more) that I have needed to create the quilt blocks.

    In addition to developing my stitching skills, I have also become more comfortable following the patterns and written instructions, using a rotary cutter to cut the pieces needed to assemble each block, and finally stitching the pieces all together.

    Flying Geese Quilt Block

    With each finished block, I become increasingly more confident in my overall ability to quilt. I am starting to imagine what my finished project will look like, and my excitement is growing.

    In the remainder of the classes, I will construct the final two blocks of the quilt. Then, after piecing the top with sashing and borders, we will learn to baste it to the batting and backing. Following this step, we will stitch in the ditch and finish the edges.

    By the time, that this class is finished I will have my very first hand-made quilt! I look forward to growing my quilting toolbox, adding more skills and techniques to complement the tools I have acquired so far.

    Stay tuned to see my finished project!

    Note: This post is part of an ongoing series. 

    Click here to read the first post in the “Diary of a Beginning Sewist” series.

    Click here to read Part 1 of my quilting Adventure.


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