God's plan is always better than our plan, right? I have had a dream for years to have a cute classroom with matching sewing machines. (Photo below is NOT mine, stole online... And the 'matching' is not just for looks, more in a bit...) MY plan was to do a fundraiser involving the table runner kits shown here, starting today. But yesterday was my birthday, and my mom surprised me by funding 6 machines, which is how many I wanted! Oh my! I'm a bit of a sewing machine snob, because I want sewing to be pleasant and not frustrating for beginners, and the new brand called EverSewn is connected to Bernina somehow, but in a much lower price range, perfect for classroom machines! Matching machines don't just look nice; I would like to be able to say, "turn this knob", and everyone has the knob, especially for kids. Eventually I will have them use their own if they have them, but it would be less frustrating for everyone this way. I still plan to do most adult classes at the quilt shops, but may do some here too. Also, people who don't have machines can try them without the investment. Soooo exciting!
So, these fun table runners will still be a limited time offer, because I don't really plan to get large amounts of the leaf fabric. They will be up soon... $48, which is about 20% less than our other table runners, and will probably still go at least in part to other classroom expenses. Available through September only, or until we run out, whichever comes first! And, I finally managed to do a kit that has NO applique or free motion required, all straight stitching. I did free motion quilting on one sample, but you don't have to. Stay tuned for pics of MY new classroom, woohoo!
Local people, especially home schoolers, let me know what good times for classes might be. Everyone else, which table runner do you like best, teal (need better pic) or orange?
Well, we went from hot to rainy pretty quickly! But it was right on schedule, since our local fair is this week, and it's traditionally rainy then! I hope it holds off during the Little River Band outdoor concert we are planning to go to! We have family visiting this week, so a trip to Denali Park is in the plans too.
I didn't get anything made for the fair this year... I almost finished an art quilt but ran out of time. I did get a quilt done for the Quilt Alaska show though, and then forgot to post it here! It was a fun one to do, since I'm obsessed with Inktense pencils lately. That's how I made the flower. The background was just improv pieced, I kept adding pieces until it was close to the right size, then squared them up. For someone who doesn't mind math and measurements, I sure have a lot of tricks to avoid them! The quilt is a single fireweed blossom, and the quilt is called Beauty From Ashes, since fireweed is one of the first things to come back after a fire.
Also, did you know that most of our patterns are available in downloadable form? This is great for anyone outside of the US, because it's economical and instant, or anyone, like me, who can't wait to get started! A few are not available this way for various reasons, but most are. Here are a few of them! Happy sewing, Beret
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I am a homeschooling mom of three fun kids, who are now old enough that I have a little time to pursue my passion for sewing! After several years of making quilted cards and art quilts, I'm now designing kits and patterns. Some of them have even been in Keepsake Quilting! I teach classes at local quilt shops, and would love to do more traveling and teaching eventually. I also have many tutorials, including some on YouTube. I am blessed to live in Alaska where I am surrounded by the inspiration provided by the beauty of God's creation!
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