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Getting to Know Meissner Sewing: Tanna Schreiner

Emily Achondo
Tanna Schreiner is one of the newest member of the Meisssner Sewing instructor team. Schreiner is offering classes this summer and fall in the Roseville store.

The newest addition to the Meissner Maker instructor team ensures that everything she creates, from her finished quilts to her classes, carries joy, passion and personality for both herself and her students.

Born in rural Ohio, Schreiner relocated to California about a year ago.

Her great grandmother was a sewist, and Schreiner began sewing in her middle school 4H class. After a long break, she picked up quilting. That was around 2011, when her daughter requested a quilt for her bed, Schreiner said.

She had previously received a BERNINA machine as a Mother’s Day gift from her husband, and she had been doing some sewing. So her daughter drew out the design, they visited the local quilt shop, and Schreiner constructed her first quilt, she said.

Tanna Schreiner, the newest addition the Meissner Sewing instructor team, created her first quilt for her daughter in 2011.

Now, she’s hooked on quilting and the creativity, personality and memories that come along with the process.

“I like taking things from people, t-shirts or clothes that people had, and turning them into something,” Schreiner said. “It’s more of a memory that people had that you turn into something tangible that you can keep forever.”

Schreiner’s personal creative process begins with her inspiration, which she finds browsing social media, traveling and observing nature, she said. After that, the process goes with “whatever moves (her).”

Each of her finished projects holds a piece of her personality, including many bright colors, and are all intended to be both decorative and a memory.

“You can sew a quilt or you can sew a pillow, and it’s something that can add beauty to a room,” she said. “It can be something that is a memento, something that’s very personal.”

Since completing her first quilt in 2011, Schreiner has finished about 28 quilts, many of which have been gifts, she said, and have each been tracked, numbered and stored in her phone with who and when she gifted it.

“I try to make everything very personal, and I think that just comes from the closeness that I have with my family and people,” Schreiner said. “So when I make something I want it to be something that they can look at and treasure forever.”

Schreiner looks to share this message in the Meissner Sewing & Vacuum Centers classroom, where she will be teaching T-Shirt Quilt How To, a two-part class that will take place at the Meissner Roseville store in September. Over the course of the class, Schreiner will guide students through the process of creating a unique t-shirt quilt in order to preserve memories in a tangible project.

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In each of her classes, which vary in project and topic, Schreiner’s students will leave with a finished project that is useful, practical and enjoyable to make, she said.

Of each of Tanna Schriener's quilts, her Science Fair quilt, which will be the project in her August class, is her all-time favorite, she said.

“I really want people to feel the energy and the passion for sewing that I have,” she said. “It’s just something that can bring people together, and I want everybody else to find that joy.”

There are several upcoming opportunities to find the joy of sewing with Schreiner, including her Beyond the Block classes in Roseville, where students will take a traditional quilt block and transform it into other things, including a zipper bag and potholder.

Schreiner's classes are intended be a collaborative experience, where students participate by sharing their own tips and tricks, she said.

As for Schriener’s personal creativity, she aspires to design her own unique quilt patterns and learn new techniques, all while keeping it personal.

“And I would love to personally grow by learning new techniques and taking those techniques and making it my own,” she said. “I really like keeping things very personal.”

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