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  • And the Winner Is...

    Meissner Team Members Take Home Awards in California State Fair Crafting Competitions

    The 168th California State Fair officially opens next Friday, July 13th, but winners for several competition categories have already been announced. The competitions featured at the state fair showcase the talents and achievements of Californians recognizing the best in the state and displaying their work and talents in front of the more than 750,000 attendees that are expected to visit the fair this summer.

    The winners from the Fiber Crafts competitions have been announced, and Meissner Sewing is proud to congratulate our extraordinarily talented instructors Tonja McCarthy, Inger Blood, and Shireen Hattan on their achievements in this year’s competitions.


    Harmonious, By Tonja McCarthy
    1st place: Wearing and Designer Apparel: Wearable Art

    Meticulously pieced, quilted and studded in hundreds on Swarovski crystals, Tonja McCarthy, manager of Meissner Sewing’s long-arm quilting division originally created Harmonious in 2016. The beautiful coat took second place in the 2016 Hoffman Challenge; a prestigious national contest featuring quilting, clothing, and dolls; then toured the country as part of the Hoffman Challenge Collection 2016 which stopped at quilt shows, seminars, quilt shops, and quilt and doll-makers guilds around North America through October 2017.


    Trip Around the World, By Inger Blood
    Best of Division: Miniature Quilts
    1st Place: Miniature Quilts: Class One: One Person

    Inger Blood, one of our talented instructors at our Folsom location, was awarded Best of Division, 1st place and 4th place awards at this year’s state fair. Trip Around the World was inspired by a quilt Inger had seen made during the early 1900’s and was made for her friend Gail Fullbrook in England as part of the IMQE (International Miniature Quilt Exchange). The 24” x 24” finished quilt uses Dupioni Silk for the 1/2” pieced squares. The quilting was in the ditch between the squares, while ruler work quilting was used on the borders with free-motion fill. Wanting to attract more light to the quilt, Inger added Swarovski crystals. The binding is a double piped edge in two of the silk colors from the center motif.  Inger was also awarded 4th place in the Pieced Quilts: Class 2 - One Person Medium/Large for her quilt, Kaffe Fessett Diamonds.

    Quilt Squad, By Shireen Hattan
    4th Place: Applique Quilts: Class 1- One person/small

    Shireen Hattan, award-winning long-arm quilter, and one of our talented instructors at our Folsom location, was awarded 4th place at this year’s state fair. Quilt Squad is a perfect exhibit of the fun that Shireen brings to her quilting students; while being an exquisite example of the applique and quilting techniques that Shireen has been using since first finding quilting.

    Congratulations to our own Meissner Makers, and all the winners at the 2018 California State Fair! We are sew proud of your achievements!

  • Quilt Along with Friends this Summer!

    Last Monday Amanda Herring Designs announced a fun, new quilt along to help get you through the long, hot summer months. Called the Friendship Quilt Along, the project combines the unique skills and techniques that Amanda and her creative team love to share.

    Watch Amanda’s video below to learn more about it!

    Throughout the summer Amanda and her creative team, (including our very own Angelina McKenna) will post updates and photos of the project on Instagram.

    You can also keep tabs on the Amanda Herring Designs blog for updates, downloads, and the complete project schedule.  Project instructions will be released one block at a time starting this Friday, June 1st.

    And if you haven’t already fallen in love with the fabric featured in the Friendship Quilt Along, aptly titled “Hello Lovely”, visit the Sacramento Store and take a peek at this truly lovely collection.

    CLICK HERE to see the Friendship Quilt Along Schedule!

  • How to Deep Clean Your Home Bit-by-Bit

    If you are anything like me, the thought of setting aside another beautiful weekend to spring clean holds absolutely no appeal. I would much rather finish my latest craft project, sit poolside and visit with family, or go to a baseball game than tackle dust bunnies and wash windows.

    Click Here to learn more about Miele’s new bagless Blizzard CX1 Turbo Team Canister Vacuum >>

    Miele and the crew at Food52 have partnered this spring to help make the overwhelming task of deep cleaning your home seem like less of an all-weekend chore.

    CLICK HERE for More Tips on How to Tackle a Deep Clean >>

    The concept is simple:
    Pick two tasks from the graphic to the left to complete every day.  Choose two tasks and employ the old saying “many hands make light work” by having each member of your household take a room to cut the time even further. Before you know it, your house will be ready to host that backyard barbecue.

    CLICK HERE to Learn the Best Cleaning Methods Based on Floor Type >>

  • 2018 Red Cross Real Heroes Awards

    Congratulations are in order for our Meissner Sewing team in Santa Rosa for being among 75 nominees chosen for the 2018 Red Cross Real Heroes Awards.  Entering its 15th year, the Real Heroes Awards honor 18 inspirational community members, whose actions reflect the values of the Red Cross and promote a positive and lasting impact on the residents in the Northwest California region.

    This year, our Santa Rosa employees were honored with a certificate of appreciation for their assistance in helping to rebuild the greater Napa Valley area after the devastating Nun and Tubbs fires.  Meissner Sewing, with the help of instructor Alys Hay, partnered with local sewing guilds by providing sewing space and materials to create pillowcases and quilts for residents affected by the wildfires.

    Click Here to read more about Aly's community efforts with the Moonlight Quilters Guild.

    The 2018 Real Hero Award recipients will be honored at the Real Heroes Breakfast on Friday, April 27th at the Hyatt Vineyard Creek in Santa Rosa.

    Congratulations to our fellow nominees and to the 18 award recipients below.

    • Animal Hero: Peter Lang
    • Blood Services Hero: Jerry Seltzer
    • Disaster Services Heroes: Eli Ponce and Dan Wynn
    • Education Heroes: Matt Markovich and Stephanie Jarrett
    • Environment Heroes: Chris Ostrom, Aaron Ostrom, and Tim Haywood
    • First Responder Hero: Mark Aldridge
    • Healthcare Heroes: Peggy Goebel, Joe Clendenin, and Robert Pellegrini
    • Humanitarian Heroes - Adult: Matthew and Amanda Nalywaiko
    • Humanitarian Heroes - Youth: Patrick Foley and Jackson Phillips
    • International Services Hero: Pearl Fisher
    • Service to the Armed Forces Hero: Ginny Craven

    Click Here to read more about the2018 Red Cross Real Heroes Awards

  • Sew What's Coming to Meissner Sewing?

    Happy New Year Makers!

    2018 is here, and if your sew-lution was to carve out more time to be creative  we have some suggestions for you. The calendars below only lists a small portion of the variety of events and classes that are coming to Meissner Sewing locations in January and February.

    January 2018 Highlights:

    If you are looking to get in the Valentine's Day spirit, head to the Folsom store to create the Pixelated Heart with Tanna Schreiner or the Lil' Twister Heart Wall Hanging with Judy Scollay.

    If your looking for something a bit more winter inspired, try Tanna's Scrappy Applique Snowflake class or take a page out of Amy Gibson's Quilt Block Cookbook and attend the 3-session Cooking with Blocks class starting on January 30th.

    Angel Chesney kicks off the new year with the 10th Annual HoopSisters EmbroidaBlock of the Month Quilt, called Sisterhood. Register to attend the FREE planning session on January 16th in Folsom or on January 27th in Sacramento.

    Join Pati Fried, recent addition to our talented team of instructors, and follow her as she guides you through creating original quilt designs in Tweaking Tradition, One Block at a Time starting on January 17th.

    February 2018 Highlights:

    Beginning sewists can learn the basic techniques in Jeanne Powell's Basic Beginning Sewing, or head to the Folsom store for Adult Beginning & Intermediate Sewing.

    Our OESD Super Spree events in Sacramento and Santa Rosa have been sold out for weeks, but there are still plenty of other opportunities to learn about embroidery in a variety of classes this February.

    Don't forget, the new Spring Meissner Magazine will be out at the end of January! Filled with tons of new classes and events, you won't want to miss out on.

  • Grinch Day Flash Sale

    Christmas is SEVEN DAYS away.

    While children have been counting down the days since their first glimpse of holiday decorations, some adults can practically hear the countdown to Santa’s arrival like a ticking clock.


    In support of slightly-grinchy procrastinators everywhere, we at Meissner Sewing are making a day to celebrate you. This Friday, December 22nd, all Meissner locations will be celebrating Grinch Day with a very special one-day flash sale sure to make every Maker’s heart grow 3 sizes larger.

    With 35% off* throughout the store, you can get the hard-to-shop for Makers on your list the gifts and stocking stuffers they will love.

    We hope to see you Friday in your most festive holiday attire for this very Grinchy flash sale!


    *Offers good December 22, 2017 only. Discount taken from MSRP. Financing available on select dates OAC. 60 months financing available on select makes and models. Household department only. Excludes  services, classes, events, longarm, industrial and commercial products and services. No substitutions or exchanges. Not valid with any other offers. Se­lection varies by location. In-stock items only. Some restrictions apply. See store for details. Although we strive for accuracy in all of our publications, we are not responsible for typographical errors, misprints or printing errors. All sales, discounts and specials in this publication are good only while supplies last and, unless otherwise stated, are not valid with any other offer.

  • Block of the Month Programs for 2018

    Next year we have some exciting new Block of the Month programs! These classes are great for the quilter who has conquered beginning quilting classes and is ready for a challenge. Join us in 2018 to learn new techniques and build a different block each month in these fun classes. Check out the descriptions below:

    Block of the Month: Stash Busters (Folsom)

    This class series continues with a new quilt for 2018! Join Elaine for a stash-busting Block of the Month and create your own version of Tula Pink's stunning "The Butterfly Quilt"! Choose your colors, raid your stash, and join us! Course Level: Intermediate.

    Instructor: Elaine Buchanan ($15 each month)

    Folsom: 1/29, 2/26: 1:00-5:00pm


    The Fussy Cut Block of the Month (Sacramento)

    Join Angelina McKenna and your fellow Fussy Cut Queens in making the sampler quilt from the new book, The Fussy Cut Sampler. This BOM will help you take your quilting skills to the next level while learning the principles of design. If you want a fun, yet challenging project in the new year, this is the class for you. Not sure yet? Introductory sessions on Tuesday, December 12th are free! Course Level: Intermediate.

    Instructor: Angelina McKenna ($15 each month)

    Sacramento: 1/03, 2/07: 2:00-5:00pm


    HoopSisters EmbroidaBlock of the Month (Folsom and Sacramento)

    The theme of the 2018 HoopSisters EBOM is Sisterhood. Join the Sisterhood with embroidery expert, Angel Chesney. This EmbroidaBlock of the Month program is your opportunity to learn new techniques, while creating your own Sisterhood Quilt. Quilters of all skill levels are welcome. The program costs $179, but the planning session is free! At this free session, you'll learn more about the program and dates will become available.

    Instructor: Angel Chesney ($179 - planning session is free!)

    Planning Session
    Folsom: 1/16: 4:00-7:00pm
    Sacramento: 1/27: 9:30am-12:30pm

  • Sew What's Happening: December 2017

    Happy Holidays Meissner Makers!

    We know that the weeks leading up to Christmas and New Year's can be a blur of activity, but if you are looking to carve out some time for a creative escape we have some suggestions for you.

    The calendar below only lists a small portion of the variety of events and classes as well as holiday savings offers we are offering this month. To see the full list this month, view our all store class calendar.

    Some special dates to highlight include this Saturday, December 9th, when the River City Quilt Guild will be at the Sacramento Store hosting a open house and trunk show featuring the winners from their recent quilt show. While viewing the show, enter to win their beautiful opportunity quilt by purchasing a raffle ticket.

    On Tuesday, December 12th in the Sacramento Store, Angelina McKenna will be hosting two free introductory sessions for her new fussy cut block of the month class.


    Click to view an enlarged version of the calendar!

    Stay updated on all classes, events and specials by following us on Instagram and liking us on Facebook!

  • Tips from Jody

    How to purchase embroidery designs online -

    This week Jody Burks, one of our fabulous instructors, gives us detailed instructions on how to purchase those wonderful embroidery creations she makes, online.

    Need a visual? Watch this video below to have Jody guide you through. Written instructions can be found below.

    Start here:

    1. Register to create an account, or login to
    2. Place your curse on the words "Sewing Products" (in the top navigation bar)
    3. Within the menu, move your cursor to the words "EMBROIDERY DESIGNS"
    4. Click on either the Anita Goodesign or Embroidery Design Studio logo to get started!


    If you clicked on the Embroidery Design Studio logo, continue here:

    1. Register/login on the home page
    2. Select the designs you like and click on “add to cart”
    3. You can view your cart or check out using the basket icon that is located on the upper right side of the page.  Click the “View Cart” button to proceed to checkout.
    4. Select the correct currency that is located next to the shopping cart.
    5. Click  on the “Proceed to Checkout” button.
    6. Follow online prompts to finish your online purchase.
    7. When your purchase is completed a link will be provided for you to download your designs.
    8. Your purchased designs are always available for you just by clicking the icon “My Designs”
    9. Click “Logout” to end your session.


    If you clicked on the Anita Goodesign logo, continue here:

    1. Register/Sign in on the home page
    2. You can view your cart or check out using the purse icon that is located on the upper right side of the page.  Click the purse icon to proceed to checkout.
    3. Type 01753DK in the coupon code box.  Click the “Update Cart" button. Click checkout button to finish checkout process.
    4. Follow online prompts to finish your online purchase.
    5. When your purchase is completed a link will be provided for you to download your designs.
    6. Your purchased designs are always available for you just by clicking “My Account” than “Order History or My Library”.
    7. Click “Logout” to end your session.
  • Foundations for Embroidery

    Angel Chesney knows the importance of using the right tools for the project at hand, and it is something that she teaches her students of all experience levels in the many of classes she teaches as lead instructor at Meissner Sewing. This week, Angel is sharing some of her most important embroidery tips to help you get the best results out of your next embroidery project.

    Learn more about Angel's unique path to sewing success by clicking here.

    Browse Angel's list of upcoming classes!


    • Use an embroidery needle! They come in a bigger size (90/14) and a smaller size (75/11). I mostly use a 90/14.
    • A specialty finish like Chrome or Titanium will resist heat buildup which causes your needle to stick.
    • Your needle tip is worn off after 4 hours of sew time. Change it! Breaking stitches? Change it! Skipping stitches? Change it!


    • Polyester – Strong and colorfast, this is often our first choice. Excellent brands are Mettler’s Poly Sheen, Isacord, and Floriani.
    • Rayon – Created as a silk alternative. Purely decorative, it is not strong! It prefers to sew at speeds under 750 spm. A natural fiber, it doesn’t do well with chlorine bleach. Excellent brands are Jenny Haskins’ Rayon and Madeira.
    • Cotton – We don’t use it much in embroidery. It’s very linty, and has a matte finish. Best used when the directions specifically call for it. Try Mettler 50wt. or 60 wt. Silk-finished cotton.


    • Use cutaway stabilizer as much as you can. Only use tear away or washaway when you can’t use cutaway.
    • Not all stabilizers are created equal. It is worth paying for quality: you ultimately use less!
    • It’s hard to overstabilize, and very easy to understabilize.
    • If the fabric stretches it NEEDS cutaway!
    • Make sure you use enough stabilizer for your stitch count. Click here to download the Floriani Stabilizer Workbook
    • There are 4 categories of stabilizer:
      1. Cutaway
      2. Tearaway
      3. Washaway
      4. Specialty
    • Angel’s Top 6 Stabilizers (Yes, in order!)
      1. Floriani No Show Mesh (lightweight cutaway)
      2. Floriani Tearaway Medium (tear away)
      3. Floriani Wet n Gone (washaway)
      4. Floriani Water Soluble Topping (washaway)
      5. Floriani Cutaway Medium (cutaway)
      6. Floriani Perfect Stick Cutaway (cutaway)

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