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Monthly Archives: July 2017

  • Creating Community in the Heart of the Napa Valley

     Hello everyone! I am so honored to be a guest blogger on the Meissner’s Blog!

    My name is Pokey Bolton, I am the founder of Quilting Arts and Cloth Paper Scissors magazines, and founding host of Quilting Arts TV on PBS. I then went on to be the Chief Creative Officer for the International Quilt Market and International Quilt Festival in Houston…but having been out of California for 24 years, I have always dreamed of coming back home.

    So in 2015, armed with my experience in quilt publishing, media, events, and craft adventures, I moved to Napa and founded Crafting a Life, LLC, a media and events company.  I also accomplished my forever dream and built an art barn on my property to host small sewing, quilting, and mixed media retreats. It is also my studio where I like to spend my days dyeing and printing my own fabric to then put into quilts.

    In this day and age of digital media--of learning anything we need to know online--I have felt something missing and I don’t think I am alone: missing community. Online education and social media can only provide so much interaction and connection, and I have wanted to create a sense of actual community, a physical place where a variety of arts could come together in one venue and people could learn side-by-side, face-to-face. In January 2016 I launched Craft Napa, a multi-day, multi-class retreat hosted at The Embassy Suites/Napa where students can take workshops in quilting, sewing, collage, mixed media, art journaling, watercolor, and surface design. And, of course, being in Napa, we host a wine-blending event, too.

    This next edition of Craft Napa takes place in January 11-14, 2018, at The Embassy Suites/Napa, and this time it will be expanding to a four-day retreat with 17 teachers and 41 workshops—everything from free-motion stitching, modern quilting, improv piecing, art journaling, bookmaking, mixed media,collage, lettering, and assemblage. (And yes, wine blending!)

    Having been a BERNINA ambassador for years, it is truly an honor that both BERNINA USA and Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers are sponsoring this event by generously providing sewing machines for classroom use. This is a great collaboration and a terrific way to kick start a creative new year!

    I hope you are able to join us for Craft Napa. More information can be found at


    Happy Stitching,


    Pokey Bolton

  • Bernina University 2017 Recap

    Last week, we returned from BERNINA University in Las Vegas, Nevada. For those who haven't heard of it, BU is the annual BERNINA Dealer Conference where we learn about all the new technology, innovations, and products coming your way. There is always a lot to learn in a very short time, our heads are still spinning from all the new information, but we wanted to share a quick recap of what happened during the four day event.

    Product Announcements

    Both the new B 880 PLUS and the new B 790 PLUS are expected to arrive in September.

    There are some exciting changes happening to the top end models. Coming in September are the new B 880 Plus and B 790 Plus sewing and embroidery machines. These popular machines include all of the current BERNINA top end functions PLUS the latest in embroidery technology.

    New functions include Group/Ungroup, Pinpoint Positioning, Undo/Redo and Rearrange Design Stitch Order. Coming in November, the new Midi-hoop will be available to accessorize your B 880 Plus and B 790 Plus. The 10.5 x 6.5 Midi-Hoop features the twist lock hoop release we love on the Jumbo/Maxi Hoops.

    For those who own the current B880 or B790, coming soon is the BERNINA Embroidery Plus Upgrade Pack. Made exclusively for the B880 and B790 machines, it adds Group/Ungroup, Pinpoint Placement, Undo/Redo, includes 58 new designs, 10 new alphabets and the Midi-Hoop.

    Upgrade packages are expected in early August.


    Upcoming Events at Meissner Sewing

    While at BU we also caught up with some friends that wanted to say hello.

    Jeremy Jeffries will be in Santa Rosa, Roseville and Sacramento this week to share the history and traditions of batik making.
    Click Here to register for Journey to Indonesia.

    Save the date in early December for Amanda Murphy’s first visit to Meissner Sewing’s Santa Rosa and Sacramento locations. More details on this event will be released in the fall edition of the Meissner Magazine.

  • What you need to Know: Embroidery Garden 2017

    We are so excited to welcome Reen Wilcoxson of Embroidery Garden this week at Meissner Sewing in Sacramento! If you are lucky enough to be attending this sold out event, this blog will tell you everything you need to know in order to maximize your stitching time while at the event!

    Click Here to read a letter from Reen Wilcoxson.

    General Information for All Attendees:

    Event Dates:
    Session 1: Thursday & Friday: July 20 - 21
    Session 2: Saturday & Sunday: July 22-23
    Session 3: Monday & Tuesday: July 24-25

    • Doors will open at 9:00 am for registration
    • Please note that the event runs from 10am - 4pm daily.
    • Please bring the following items:
      -  Your favorite trimming and applique scissors
      -  Turning tool
      -  Seam ripper
      -  Straight pins
      OPTIONAL: An assortment of embroidery thread will be provided, but you may wish to bring a selection of thread with you.  Below is a photo of the projects, in the same colorways as the project kits for the event.
    Embroidery Garden 2017 project samples

    For Attendees bringing their Dream Machine or Destiny model machines:

      • Trolley/machine tote parking will be available in Classroom 1
      • If you need assistance bringing in your machine, let us know at the Registration Desk
      • We will have 20 labels for you at the Registration Desk so that you can label each of your machine's items for ease in identification during pack up.
      • Please bring the following items:
        -  Machine
        -  Embroidery Unit
        -  Power Cord
        -  Embroidery Foot
        -  Hoops in the following sizes:
        -  9.5" x 14"
        -  8" x 12"
        -  5" x 7"
        -  4" x 4"

    We can't wait to see everyone at Embroidery Garden!

  • Fireworks for July

    Happy Independence Day from Meissner Sewing!

    The month of July features a few exciting opportunities for our favorite Meissner Makers to express their creativity.

    The 2017 Row by Row Experience kicked off in late June and will run through early September. All Meissner Sewing locations are participating, so visit all four of our stores this month to pick up a free pattern for a unique quilt row. (Kits are also available for purchase!) With all stores participating, you can combine your rows to create a unique Row by Row Quilt! Remember to share your rows with us in our stores and on our Facebook page!

    Learn more about the Row by Row Experience >

    On Saturday, July 8th, we are opening our Folsom Store up for an Open House! Join us from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. for exclusive savings, product and technique demonstrations, prize drawings, snacks and more! See you Saturday!

    Learn more about the Folsom Open House > 

    Later in the month, Meissner Sewing is pleased to welcome Reen Wilcoxson back to Sacramento. Reen is  the owner and founder of Embroidery Garden, and she is the expert in all things in-the-hoop. She joins us in Sacramento for the second time to host our Embroidery Garden event, a two-day, hands-on embroidery retreat.

    Read Reen's letter to Meissner Makers > 

    July also boasts a full calendar of exciting sewing, quilting and embroidery classes. Check for the most up-to-date list of courses available this month!  Also make sure to stay in-the-know by following our Facebook page and watching your emails for news from Meissner Sewing!


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