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  • Pacific International Quilt Festival 2017 Recap

    The twenty-sixth annual Pacific International Quilt Festival was this past weekend in Santa Clara at the Santa Clara Convention Center, and for anyone interested in quilt, fiber, wearable and the textile arts this festival did not fail to inspire, amaze and entertain.  PIQF features an extensive merchant mall, a myriad of workshops, lectures, special exhibits and competitions stretched across the convention center over the four day festival. Read on to see what you missed and don’t want to miss for next year’s festival!

     

    The unofficial opening of PIQF was on Wednesday, October 11th for preview night; an exclusive opportunity for pre-registered, festival participants to explore the quilt exhibits and the merchant mall. Preview night also announces the winners of the competition categories. Congratulations are in order for some of our own Meissner  Makers!

    Tonja McCarthy with Hidden Treasures, her winning entry in the Wearable Art: Vest, Jacket or Coat category at PIQF 2017.
    • Long-arm Quilting Manager, Tonja McCarthy, won third place in the Wearable Art: Vest, Jacket or Coat category with her coat, Hidden Treasures, which was originally created for the 2015 Hoffman Challenge.
    • Meissner Sewing instructor, Inger Blood took home third place in the Traditional Quilt category for her quilt, A Taste of Tie.

    With over 800 quilts and garments on display, more than 160 vendors in attendance, and workshops taught by educators from all over the world, there is more to see and do at the Pacific International Quilt Festival than any one person could possibly see in one day. Meissner Sewing provided Baby Lock Coronet's for half-day classes taught by Baby Lock educators Debbie Martinez and Aaron Hoskins. This marked the first time ever in a national event workshop, explore the new and innovative Baby Lock Coronet. A unique 16” hybrid quilting machine with built-in stitch regulation, you have the choice of quilting from a seated or standing position. The standard compact five-foot frame is perfect for small quilting spaces.

    Meissner Sewing and Vacuum Centers partnered with Baby Lock to provide Baby Lock Coronets for half-day workshops led by Baby Lock educators Debbie Martinez and Aaron Hoskins.

    Debbie Martinez taught quilters of all experience levels how to create a table runner or wall hanging while learning techniques including free motion, regulated stitching, art quilting, quilt as you go on a long-arm, applying appliqués and couching with yarn.   Aaron Hoskins' afternoon workshops focused on Free-Motion Quilting with the Baby Lock Coronet, a hands-on workshop where students of all skill levels were led through the process of when to quilt, where to quilt, why to quilt, and how to quilt.

    Quilts on Display

    Over 300 entries were received for the 2016 challenge, with 120 selected for the traveling exhibit as featured at PIQF 2017.

    While there were several eye-catching special exhibits on display, one of the favorites among many attendees as well as Meissner staff was The Lion King Cherrywood Challenge. The traveling exhibit is described as, “a challenge fit for a king! Participants were inspired by the stunning artistry, vibrant colors and exhilarating choreography of Broadway’s award-winning Best-Musical, The Lion King.”

    A wide variety of techniques, skill levels and interpretations of the musical’s story are united by the Cherrywood line of fabrics used for the challenge.  In honor of The Lion King’s 20th anniversary on Broadway, twenty of the winning quilts from this exhibit will be displayed for a limited time at the Minskoff Theater in New York City beginning in November 2017.

    Take a look at a small selection of quilts that were on display during Pacific International Quilt Festival 2017 below. For more PIQF coverage, visit our Facebook page.

    "Quilter's Quandry," by Shireen Hattan, a Meissner Sewing instructor at our Folsom location.

     

     

     

  • Catching up with Jenny K. Lyon

    Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers prides itself in bringing top educators and experts to our stores to provide our customers with the tools, techniques and inspiration to continue their creative journey in all forms of fiber and textile arts. This week, we are featuring longtime Meissner Quilting Instructor, Jenny K. Lyon who has some exciting announcements we would like to share with our fellow Makers!

    Jenny is a featured contributor in the October/November 2017 issue of Quilting Arts Magazine.

    Jenny is featured in the October issue of Quilting Arts Magazine! Her article titled "Bubbles 8 Ways" is about creative machine quilting. "I can’t wait to see it on the news stand," an enthusiastic Jenny mentioned in a recent blog post on quiltskippper.com.  "It was fun to work with Quilting Arts-they were so helpful and made it an enjoyable experience. I hope I work with them again. I have so many ideas in my head for more articles. I just need a little time–hah!"

    One of the reasons that Jenny has been so busy, is that in addition to her teaching schedule, writing featured articles and keeping up with her own creativity, she has been writing her first book! Details  about the book and when it will be available haven't yet be announced, but we will update this blog as details become available.

    Click Here to get your copy of Quilting Arts Magazine!

    You can also catch Jenny in select Quilting Arts DVDs.  The Quilting Arts Series 2000 DVD features Jenny in a segment called Cut It Out. In this segment, creative use of negative space adds impact to art and quilts. Quilter and maker of wearable art, Jenny Lyon channels her garment background to create a high-fashion cutwork scarf. Fiber artist Lisa Walton makes an original art quilt using fused fabrics and free-hand cutting techniques.  A new Quilting Arts Series 2100 DVD will be available in January 2018 and feature two segements by Jenny, Bubbles 8 Ways and 10 Top Tips for Successful Free-Motion Quilting.

    If you want to learn from Jenny in person, you can attend her classes here at Meissner Sewing (click here for Jenny's current list of classes). Or you can attend one of four classes that she will be teaching this year at the 2017 Houston Quilt Market. Hurry and register soon, because her classes are filling fast.

    Jenny's Class Schedule for Houston Quilt Market:

    #329 Yes You Can Free-Motion Quilt!, Jenny K. Lyon (SOLD OUT)

    #488 Free-Motion Fills and Frills—Part 1, Jenny K. Lyon (SOLD OUT)

    #621 Free-Motion Fills and Frills—Part 2, Jenny K. Lyon

    #723 Fantastic Free Styling Feathers Four Ways, Jenny K. Lyon

    If flying to Houston isn't an option, Jenny will be returning to Craft Napa 2018 as a teacher for two sessions on January 11, 2018. The first, Yes! You Can Free-Motion Quilt, will teach you all you need to know about the basics of free-motion quilting.  Thursday evening, Jenny will be conducting a seminar on how to create a personal quilting plan for your quilts appropriately titled, How Do I Quilt This?   Registration for Craft Napa is open, but seats are filling fast for this popular annual event.

    If the end of 2017 is any indication, 2018 is going to be an exciting year for Jenny K. Lyon. We are proud and honored to have her as an instructor here at Meissner Sewing, and we can't wait to see what happens next!

  • What you need to know about the Pacific International Quilt Festival

    The start of the twenty-sixth annual Pacific International Quilt Festival is less than one month away. Held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California, this four-day festival is a must-see for anyone interested in quilt, fiber, wearable and the textile arts.  In addition to workshops, lectures, special exhibits and competitions, there is a fashion show and quilt appraisals (by appointment only). Read on about all the can’t-miss events, we can’t wait to see you there!

    Merchant’s Mall:

    PIQF features a Merchants Mall of approximately 160 vendors offering machines, quilts, textiles, quilting supplies, books, sewing related craft items, kits, clothing and much more. The merchant mall opens at 10am Thursday through Sunday.

    Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers will be in the Merchant’s Mall featuring Baby Lock and Brother sewing, quilting and embroidery machines as well as Westelee Rulers and sewing lamps by the Daylight Company. Our Meissner Long-Arm Center will have long-arm quilting machines by Gammill, Baby Lock and Janome available for in-booth demonstrations and test drives. All machine models in the booth and classrooms are available at special PIQF show pricing.

    Workshops & Lectures:

    Opportunities to learn abound at PIQF. Some of the world’s most well-known instructors have gathered to share their experience through hands-on classes and lecture events starting Thursday, October 12-Saturday, October 14.  Workshops are filling fast, registration closes for all workshops and lectures on September 25, 2017. Click here for Workshops and Lectures by Day.

    Baby Lock Coronet long-arm quilting machine opens up worlds of possibilities for first-time long-arm quilters.

    Meissner Sewing is proud to supply Baby Lock Coronet long-arm quilting machines and accessories for half-day workshops led by Baby Lock educators Debbie Martinez and Aaron Hoskins. This marks the first time ever in a national event workshop, explore the new and innovative Baby Lock Coronet. A unique 16” hybrid quilting machine with built-in stitch regulation, you have the choice of quilting from a seated or standing position. The standard compact five-foot frame is perfect for small quilting spaces. Or upgrade to a 10’ frame. You’ll have the opportunity to explore a variety of free-motion quilting techniques while gather hints, tips and tricks from quilting experts. Your new skills can be translated to domestic home machine quilting or long-arm machine quilting.

    Call for more information about our never-before seen pricing on PIQF Classroom Model Coronets!

    Debbie Martinez will take you on a journey of exploring different techniques that can be done on a Coronet long-arm in her half-day class, “Let’s Get Started!” Taught on Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning, quilters of all experience levels will create a table runner or wall hanging and learn techniques including free motion, regulated stitching, art quilting, quilt as you go on a long-arm, applying appliqués and couching with yarn.

    Click here to learn more about Debbie Martinez and for full details about this workshop

    Aaron Hoskins will be teaching Free-Motion Quilting with the Baby Lock Coronet, a hands-on workshop for all skill levels where you will be led through the process of when to quilt, where to quilt, why to quilt, and how to quilt. With the Coronet expert level results will be achieved by those with all levels of quilting experience. Taught on Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoon, this workshop will teach you free-motion quilting basics and all the spectacular features of the Baby Lock Coronet. Click here to learn more about Aaron Hoskins and for full details about this workshop

    Limited seats remain for Gyleen X Fitzgerald's Trash to Treasure Pineapple Quilt Workshop on Thursday, October 12th.

    Meissner Sewing is also supplying new Brother Innov-is 3600D sewing & quilting machines for three full-day quilting workshops with Gyleen X. Fitzgerald. Two of Gyleen’s workshops are sold out, but limited space is still available for her Thursday workshop titled, Trash to Treasure Pineapple Quilt. Gyleen will show you how to take those random scraps to create an old fashion favorite pineapple quilt with a new and contemporary twist; sewn with perfection and totally random; and without paper piecing! This workshop turns trash to a treasured one of a kind pineapple quilt. Click here for full details about this workshop

    Meissner Makers may recognize a few faces listed on the PIQF instructor page. Award-winning, long-arm quilter Gina Perkes, is teaching four 4-hour hands-on quilting classes. Alex Anderson has a trunk show event on Wednesday evening and a Secrets for Successful Fabric Selection lecture on Saturday.

    Friday, October 13: For the Love of Color Fashion Show 2017:

    Save space on your calendar for an evening of fabulous fashion. This year’s fashion show features a challenge issued by Rachel Clark and Karen Boutte. Wearable artists from around the globe have created garments based on a color they selected from the box of 64 Crayola® crayons.  In addition there will be a few surprise garments for your viewing pleasure. Join us for an evening of color, chichi and class. Tickets are required for this event.
    Click here for ticket information.

  • This Week at Meissner Sewing: Long-arm Quilter Natalia Bonner

    Tomorrow begins five-days of events featuring long-arm quilting at our Sacramento Super Store.  Tuesday through Thursday, Long-arm Center manager, Tonja McCarthy will be leading a Try Before You Buy Event, where attendees can get hands-on experience with long-arm machines by Gammill, Baby Lock and Janome.  On Friday, Gammill Quilt Artist, Natalia Bonner will be here for a series of events that will surely inspire your free-motion and machine quilting. Continue reading to learn more about Natalia's journey becoming a long-arm quilter, Craftsy Instructor, and author.

    Natalia Whiting Bonner has enjoyed piecing quilt tops for more than twenty years. She learned how to quilt on her conventional home machine. She felt good about it, but decided that if she really wanted to take her quilting to the next level, she needed to invest in a long-arm machine.
    In 2007, when she was pregnant with her daughter, she got the crazy idea to quit her job as a dental assistant and become a long-arm quilter. Without really knowing what a long-arm machine was, she spent a day at a long-arm dealer’s shop and walked out after purchasing a Gammill machine. Natalia’s passion for quilting and being creative has grown each day since.

    "I actually originally designed it a while back, it's the same quilt that's on the cover of my book; Visual Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Feathers. I loved it so much that I've been dying to create the pattern," says Natalia of the Farmer Stars Quilt, a pattern she designed with Kathleen Whiting.

    Whether it’s working on an intense show quilt or a simple baby quilt, Natalia has become a real quilting addict. She teaches at quilt guilds and shows, including Road to California and QuiltCon East, and has filmed TV shows with Nancy Zieman and Jodie Davis. She has won numerous awards for her work and has been featured on Moda Bake Shop, in Quiltmaker Magazine and American Patchwork & Quilting Magazine, and in books such as Fresh Fabric Treats, Modern Blocks and Sweet Celebrations with the Moda Bake Shop Chefs, Modern Quilts From the Blogging Universe.

    Bonner is an accomplished author of several quilting books available at your local Meisser Sewing location.

    Natalia is the author of Beginner’s Guide to Free-Motion Quilting, Next Steps in Machine Quilting and Visual Guide to Free-Motion Quilting Feathers. Natalia is also co-author of Modern One-Block Quilts and Cabin Fever: 20 Modern Log Cabin Quilts.
    Natalia will be bringing her knowledge, creativity and passion for all things quilting to our Sacramento Long-arm Center Friday, September 15th and Saturday, September 16th for a series on hands-on, half-day events. Each hands-on workshop has limited spaces available, so register today to reserve your seat. Plus, receive Free entry to Natalia’s Trunk Show on September 15th from 10am - 11am when you register for any of Natalia’s hands-on workshops! Register at www.MeissnerSewing.com for more information.

  • Know Your Seam Ripper

    Used to remove unwanted stitches and open buttonholes on sewing projects, the seam ripper is a must have in every sewist’s sewing basket. The earliest seam ripper patent dates back to 1871. It was a multipurpose tool with a slot that could be used as a wrench on one end and a protected blade for cutting through stitches on the other. Today’s current seam ripper design was patented in 1953 by Herman Ament for the Boyd Needle Company. Before the modern seam ripper many sewists would use a razor blade or needle to pick out stitches. Many names have been given to the trusty seam ripper, but did you know that it also has many uses?

    Anatomy of a Seam Ripper

    The basic seem ripper has remained unchanged since the mid-1970’s. However, there have been several upgrades that have taken place over the years. For instance, the Seam-Fix seam ripper added a silicone beehive head to pull out and “erase” loose threads from opened seams. Ergonomic handles aid in the comfort and use of the seam ripper. Curved blade seam rippers have an exposed blade for opening serged seams.

    Have this information close at hand and download the this handy guide!

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