Creative Sewing & Quilting (IL) News http://www.creativesewing.bizhttps://www.creativesewing.biz/modules/news.htm?rssfeed=1 Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:49:01 +0100 FeedCreator 1.7.2 Creative Sewing & Quilting Celebrates 25 Years http://www.creativesewing.bizhttps://www.creativesewing.biz/modules/news.htm?newsId=11192 <p dir="ltr"><span>Lisa Flyte&rsquo;s lifelong love of sewing is more than just a hobby - it is the foundation of her multi-generational family business that is celebrating 25 years this May.</span></p> <span><span><img width="300" height="283" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/300x283_Lisa_with_Crescendo_and_quilt_cropjpg.jpg" alt="Lisa Flyte Creative Sewing and Quilting" align="right" class="img-responsive" /><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>When you walk through the doors of Creative Sewing &amp; Quilting in Geneva, IL, you are likely to see Lisa happily chatting with customers as she helps them pick out the perfect sewing machine or fabric for their project.</span></p> <span><span><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>Creative Sewing &amp; Quilting sells a wide range of sewing machines - including embroidery machines, quilting machines, and sergers. They carry Baby Lock machines as well as Koala and Tailormade sewing furniture. You&rsquo;ll find a large variety of fabric, kits, patterns, and other sewing supplies, as well as expert instruction and advice. Their machine technicians service all makes and models of machines, and their offering of classes and events keeps customers busy learning new skills and mastering their machines.</span></p> <span><span><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>Creative Sewing &amp; Quilting is celebrating their 25th anniversary this May with special sales, demonstrations, and events all month long. The celebration will kick off on Tuesday, May 3rd with a ribbon cutting and 25% off throughout the store.&nbsp;</span></p> <span><span><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>This local, family-owned business was originally based in Sandwich, IL and has had multiple 2nd locations throughout the years, including Sycamore, Warrenville, and St. Charles. They now have one location in Geneva, open since 2008, that expanded a few years ago to include an extensive fabric selection.</span></p> <span><span><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>&ldquo;I have been privileged to work in a business that is happy,&rdquo; says Lisa. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a hobby business, so people that come here are happy to be doing what they love. I have loved making connections with the amazing men and women who walk through that door - many of whom become great friends.&rdquo;</span></p> <span><span><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>Lisa Flyte and her late husband Joe purchased the business May 2, 1997 and worked side by side for many years. After his passing in 2015, the second generation of Flytes (Grant, Eric, and Sarah) joined the family business.&nbsp;</span></p> <span><span><img width="350" height="280" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/350x280_Sarah_Eric_Grant_and_baby_Griffinjpg.jpg" alt="Flyte family Creative Sewing and Quilting" align="right" class="img-responsive" /><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>Now you will find three generations in the store, as new babies join the family in their day-to-day operations. Friendly and knowledgeable part-time staff and teachers have also become part of the extended family, helping to create a supportive, welcoming, and inspiring atmosphere for their larger &ldquo;sewing family.&rdquo;</span></p> <span><span><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>Lisa&rsquo;s connection to the business actually began back in high school, when she worked for the original owners, helping on the sales floor and even teaching sewing classes.</span></p> <span><span><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>If you visit today during one of her classes, you&rsquo;ll hear the hum of machines mixed with laughter and conversation as sewing friends catch up with each other and learn new creative techniques. Everyone is welcome, and everyone has the ability to create something beautiful.</span></p> <span><span><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><span>Creative Sewing &amp; Quilting is proud to be celebrating 25 years of supporting the love of sewing in their community, and they are grateful to their loyal customers and friends for being part of their creative journey.</span></p> <span><span><br /></span></span> <p dir="ltr"><a href="https://bit.ly/CSQ25years"><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #9028fe;">Check out our list of Anniversary Specials <span style="color: #9028fe;"><strong>HERE</strong></span>!</span></a></p> <div><span>&nbsp;</span></div> Special Sales & Events to Celebrate our 25th Anniversary! http://www.creativesewing.bizhttps://www.creativesewing.biz/modules/news.htm?newsId=11184 <img width="300" height="300" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/300x300_cheers_to_25_years_squarepng.png" alt="" align="right" class="img-responsive" />Creative Sewing &amp; Quilting is celebrating 25 years of serving our local sewing community!<br /><br />Join us all month long to take advantage of special deals, demos, and community celebrations!<br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong><span style="color: #9028fe;">Celebrate with us on Tues. May 3rd!</span></strong></span><br />We are hosting a 25 Year Anniversary Ribbon Cutting with the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and local city officials. We would love to have you join us to celebrate this special moment in our store's history!<br /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #2446a2;">Ribbon Cutting </span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #2446a2;">at</span><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #2446a2;"> Creative Sewing &amp; Quilting</span></strong><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #2446a2;">Tues. May 3rd</span><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #2446a2;">9:45am</span><br /><br />Light refreshments will be served, and we'll be serving up great discounts all day long, too!<br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #9028fe;"><strong>25 Years = 25% Off on Tues. May 3rd</strong></span><br />Nearly EVERYTHING in our store is 25% off on Tuesday, May 3rd. Fabric, kits, patterns, notions... all the supplies you need to start your next sewing project.<br /><br /><em>(Machines and furniture are exempt - but that is because they are already on sale!)</em><br /><br />For online shopping, use the coupon code <strong>CHEERS25</strong> to get 25% off products - one day only!<br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong><span style="color: #9028fe;">Weekend Special - Get a $25 Gift Certificate</span></strong></span><br />Come shop with us on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7th! When you spend $100 or more in products (in store or online), you will get a $25 gift certificate to be redeemed before the end of May!<br /><br /> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;"><img width="200" height="200" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/200x200_25th_Anniversary_ribbon_cuttingpng.png" alt="" align="" style="margin: 20px;" class="img-responsive" /></td> <td style="text-align: left;"><img width="200" height="200" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/200x200_25_for_25_yearspng.png" alt="" align="" style="margin: 20px;" class="img-responsive" /></td> <td style="text-align: left;"><img width="267" height="200" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/267x200_ad_panel_gift_certificate_5_1_22jpg.jpg" alt="" align="" style="margin: 20px;" class="img-responsive" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong><span style="color: #9028fe;">Special Features Each Week</span></strong></span><br />We will feature some of our favorite machines, products, and techniques each week in May! Join us for special demos and discounts all month long.<br /><br /><span style="color: #2ca0fd; font-size: 12pt;"><strong>ALL MACHINES ON SALE!!!</strong></span><br /><br /><br /><strong>Week 1 (5/3 - 5/7): Sewing</strong><br />- Featured Machine Demos: Baby Lock Soprano Sewing &amp; Quilting Machine<br /><br /><br /><strong>Week 2 (5/10 - 5/14):&nbsp;Quilting</strong><br />- FREE CSQ-customized Creative Grids ruler to everyone who visits us in store or shops online!<br /><em>(These new 2.5" x 6.5" rulers have the Creative Sewing &amp; Quilting logo and contact info on them - always keep us close by!)</em><br /><br /><br /><strong>Week 3 (5/17 - 5/21): Embroidery</strong><br />- Buy 2, Get 1 FREE on DIME embroidery thread!<br /><br /><br /><strong>Week 4 (5/24 - 5/28): Serging</strong><br />- Buy 3, Get 1 FREE on Madeira Aerolock serger thread!<br />- Featured Machine Demos: Baby Lock Euphoria Cover Stitch Machine<br /><br /><br /><span style="color: #9028fe;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Community Patchwork Quilt</span></strong></span><br />We want to celebrate our fabulous "sewing family" community - that means YOU!&nbsp;<br /><br />Please stop by our store any time during the month of May to personalize a small fabric square. (We'll provide all the materials.) We will then take all of our squares and stitch them up into something beautiful to celebrate our community!<br /><br /><img width="400" height="225" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/400x225_20220429_161800jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" /><br /><br /><br /><span><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">About Creative Sewing &amp; Quilting</span></span></strong><br />We sell a wide range of sewing machines - including embroidery machines, quilting machines, and sergers. We carry Baby Lock machines as well as Koala and Tailormade sewing furniture. You'll find a large variety of fabric, kits, patterns, and other sewing supplies, as well as expert instruction and advice. <br /><br />Our machine technicians service all makes and models of machines, and our offering of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/classes.htm">classes and events</a> will keep you busy learning new skills and mastering your machine.<br /><br /><em>(More classes will be added to our calendar soon!)</em></span><br /><br /><br /><span style="text-decoration: underline; color: #000000;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt; text-decoration: underline;">Our History &amp;&nbsp;Our Family</span></strong></span><br /><br />May 2nd, 1997 was the first day that Lisa Flyte and her late husband Joe owned the sewing business that would grow to become Creative Sewing &amp; Quilting. At the time, it was known as Bits N Pieces and had two locations in Sandwich and Sycamore, Illinois. Fun fact - Lisa actually worked part-time for the original owners when she was in high school and college!<br /> <table style="float: left;"> <tbody> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;"><img width="250" height="236" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/250x236_Lisa_with_Crescendo_and_quilt_cropjpg.jpg" alt="Lisa Flyte" align="" class="img-responsive" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #9028fe;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Lisa Flyte, Owner of Creative Sewing &amp; Quilting</span></em></span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br />Over the following 25 years, the store saw many changes, but still remains a local, family-owned business focused on bringing happiness to our community through our love of sewing. The many creative connections we have made over the years are a testament to our wonderful, loyal customers and the personal, caring atmosphere of our sewing shop.<br /><br />The smiling faces that greet you now include&nbsp;the second and third generation of Flytes involved in the family business. <br /><br />Eric and Grant (2 of Lisa's 3 sons) work on maintaining and repairing all makes and models of sewing machines, and Sarah (daughter-in-law) manages the marketing and website. <br /><br />Eric and Sarah have also brought in their daughter Ruby and son Griffin as babies, adding some extra excitement (and cuteness!) to the multi-generational family business. <table style="float: right;"> <tbody> <tr> <td><img width="300" height="240" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/300x240_Sarah_Eric_Grant_and_baby_Griffinjpg.jpg" alt="Flyte family Creative Sewing" align="" class="img-responsive" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><span style="color: #9028fe;"><em><span style="font-size: 10pt;">2nd &amp; 3rd Generation: Sarah, Eric, Grant, &amp; baby Griffin</span></em></span></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /><br />Our part-time staff, teachers, and "behind the scenes" helpers have also become like family over the years. We send so much love and gratitude to everyone who is currently working with us (Becky, Betsy, Denise, Eileen, Joanie, Joanna, Lynn, Mary Beth, Rose, and Ruthie) and everyone who has worked alongside us up to this point! <br /><br />(A special thank you goes to Betsy and Mary Beth for helping us in our daily store operations - they are rock stars!)<br /><br /><strong>And last but CERTAINLY not least, we want to give a big, warm thank you to our&nbsp;loyal community of customers and friends.<br /> </strong><br />Your business and friendship over the years has sustained us and brought us so much joy, connection, and creativity. Your continued support enables us to still be here to support your sewing journey for many years to come.<br /><br />We hope to see you during the month of May! Don't miss the special deals and demos, but also come on in to give us a hug and celebrate with us!<br /><br /><em>With Love,</em><br /><em>The Flyte Family of Creative Sewing &amp; Quilting</em> Sewing Spotlight: Meet Mona Kasper http://www.creativesewing.bizhttps://www.creativesewing.biz/modules/news.htm?newsId=10609 <span style="font-size: 12pt;">Welcome to "Sewing Spotlights," where we introduce you to one of our awesome sewing friends.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Our small, family business is a warm, welcoming, and FUN place for you to expand your creativity - and you are guaranteed to meet some awesome people along the way!</span><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 18pt; color: #9028fe;">Meet Mona Kasper!<br /></span><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Mona is such a treat to be around - so fun, friendly, and always encouraging everyone in classes and in the store, even new people she has never met!<br /><br />She is a regular at many of our classes (especially Kimberbell embroidery events!) and can often be found getting into "trouble" with her sewing friends. (Haha, just kidding - but we love teasing each other!)<br /><br />We affectionately have called her sewing group the "Fab Four", and they have recently expanded to the Fab Five with the addition of Mona's mom, Bobbie.</span><br /><br /> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img width="600" height="338" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/600x338_fab_4_merry_and_bright_kb_eventjpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="Mona Kasper with Fab Four sewing friends" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <em><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><em><span>Left to right: Jean, Mona, Rose, Sue</span></em><br /><br />The original "Fab Four" sewing squad at a Kimberbell embroidery event. Look at all those buttons they collected!<br /></span></em><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><em><br /></em></span> <blockquote> <div dir="ltr"> <div><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">What kind(s) of sewing do you like to do? (sewing, quilting, embroidery, etc?)&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></strong><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />I like doing wall-hangings, embroidery projects, and quilts. My favorite type of quilt to make is a combined embroidery and piecing where the blocks are not all the same.<br /><br /></span></span> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img width="200" height="267" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/200x267_mona_4jpeg.jpeg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /></td> <td><img width="200" height="267" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/200x267_mona_1jpeg.jpeg" class="img-responsive" alt="" /></td> <td><img width="200" height="267" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/200x267_mona_5jpeg.jpeg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What machine(s) do you have? Is there a favorite?&nbsp;<br /></strong><br />I have a serger, a Baby Lock Soprano and a Baby Lock Destiny... My favorite is the Destiny. I do also have use of a multi-needle embroidery machine that I love using.&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>How long have you been sewing?&nbsp;<br /></strong><br />Since grade school - my mom taught me. I learned by sewing my Barbie and other doll clothes. Then I started sewing my own clothes until I graduated from college. I have not done garment sewing since then... started quilting after college but started more in earnest once I retired.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What are some of the projects you have made that you are most proud of or love the most?&nbsp;<br /></strong><br />I think the item I am most proud of is the quilt entitled Graphic Gems... it was a block of the month class I took at CSQ. It took over a year to do and each block was different. It is on my bed now and I still can't believe I made it. <br /><br />I am now confident enough to make minor changes in some patterns so that the pattern is more to my liking!</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What advice would you give to someone who is just learning how to sew?&nbsp;</strong><br /><br />Take classes... and more classes. I still learn something in every class I take.</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;<br /></span></span> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img width="188" height="250" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/188x250_mona_3jpeg.jpeg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /></td> <td><img width="188" height="250" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/188x250_mona_8jpeg.jpeg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /></td> <td><img width="188" height="250" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/188x250_mona_6jpeg.jpeg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /></td> <td><img width="188" height="250" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/188x250_mona_2jpeg.jpeg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /><br /></span></div> <div><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">What are you working on right now?&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /></span></strong><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">At the beginning of COVID, I counted up all the unfinished projects I had and those projects that I had material designated for. Total was 120. I am alternating between finishing a project and starting a new project.&nbsp;<br /><br />I am currently working on a quilt called Sincerely Yours by Smith Street Design. It is a combination of piecing and embroidery. I started the quilt when I took my first class at CSQ with Lisa.&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></span> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img width="600" height="338" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/600x338_mona_with_sincerely_yours_quiltjpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="Mona with Sincerely Yours quilt" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What are some of your sewing tools you just couldn't live without?&nbsp;</strong><br /><br />Seam Ripper... Oh wait, that is a tool that Rose Powers can't live without. Lol! <br /><br />Seriously, my rotary cutter, my Accuquilt cutter, all my different little scissors, the heat resistant pins. I could go on and on... the right tools make all the difference in what you are doing!</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What do you like about being part of Creative Sewing &amp; Quilting?&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><br /><br />The sense of family and friends I have made there.&nbsp;</span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What are some other things (besides sewing!) that you enjoy? We would like to learn a little about you!</strong><br /></span><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Besides quilting, I like to read<span>... romance and murder mystery (not graphic ones).</span><br /><br /><span>I love to entertain and have several dinner parties, love getting together with friends and doing local events. I wish I had more time for cooking as I love to try new recipes, and we love watching the old black and white movies.</span><br /><br /><span>My husband and I like to travel both abroad and in the US... we love learning the culture and history of places we go.</span>&nbsp;Since I retired, John and I have done 2 road trips to New Jersey, one road trip to The Gulf Shores, a riverboat cruise from Paris to Normandy, a tour of Yellowstone and Grand Tetons, and New Zealand and Australia.&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><strong>Is there anything else you'd like to share with the sewing family?&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><br /><br /><span>M</span><span>y favorite color is purple... my bedroom, bathroom, and kitchen are all done in shades of purple!</span><span>&nbsp;</span><br /><br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 18pt; color: #9028fe;">Do you want to jump in the Sewing Spotlight?</span><br /><br /><em>If you're interested, please email your answers to these questions to creativesewingcenter@gmail.com and include a photo of yourself.</em><br /><br /><em>Please also include any other photos you would like to share! (Perhaps some of your projects, your sewing work space, or anything else you would like to share.)</em></span></div> </div> </blockquote> In the Garden - Kits and Yardage http://www.creativesewing.bizhttps://www.creativesewing.biz/modules/news.htm?newsId=10492 <span><span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><strong><span style="color: #9028fe;">NEW "In the Garden" fabric line by Michael Miller</span></strong></span><br /><br />Celebrate your love for gardening with this simple but sweet garden bench pillow!<br /></span><br /></span></span> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/shop/c/p/In-the-Garden-bench-pillow-fabric-kit-w-pattern-x57580273.htm"><img width="600" height="338" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/600x338_20210508_145843_20210511083334jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="in the garden bench pillow michael miller" align="" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /><span><span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">This kit contains all of the fabric you will need - including your backing!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Your kit also includes a panel that has 8 different In the Garden sayings and designs. Choose your favorite 4 to include in your bench pillow - then you can use the other 4 to create something fun that matches! <br /><br /></span></span></span> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/shop/c/p/In-the-Garden-bench-pillow-fabric-kit-w-pattern-x57580273.htm"><img width="600" height="338" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/600x338_20210508_150011_20210511083334jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="in the garden bench pillow panel options" align="" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span><span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />(Fun ideas include a small wall-hanging, the center for a tote bag, a small pillow - you name it!)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Finished pillow size is approximately 16" x 38". (Pillow form is not included.)</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Written pattern instructions are also included!<br /><br /></span><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #9028fe;"><strong>Be sure to pick up some yardage from the In the Garden fabric line. </strong></span><br /><br /></span></span> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/iishop?search_keyword=in+the+garden"><img width="600" height="338" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/600x338_20210508_150918jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="in the garden fabric michael miller" align="" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/iishop?search_keyword=in+the+garden">SHOP Kits &amp; Yardage</a><br /></span></span> Sewing Spotlight: Meet Tara http://www.creativesewing.bizhttps://www.creativesewing.biz/modules/news.htm?newsId=10489 <span style="font-size: 12pt;">Welcome to "Sewing Spotlights," where we introduce you to one of our awesome sewing friends.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Our small, family business is a warm, welcoming, and FUN place for you to expand your creativity - and you are guaranteed to meet some awesome people along the way!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 18pt; color: #9028fe;">Meet Tara W!</span><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><em><em>- Tara loves seeing our new kits and projects and always has a fun, creative twist to her own creations. We love having her in the shop and admiring her latest makes!<br /><br /></em></em></span></span> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img width="300" height="400" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/300x400_tara_williamsjpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><em><em><br /></em></em></span> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What kind(s) of sewing do you like to do? (sewing, quilting, embroidery, etc?)&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /></strong><br />Embroidery and sewing. I haven't done much in quilts...yet.<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/500x282_121992732_3959563107395467_2949148586281533936_njpg.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="282" /><br /></span></div> <div><br /><br /></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What machine(s) do you have? Is there a favorite?&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /></strong><br />Baby Lock Ellegante 3 and Baby Lock Soprano<br /><br /><br /></span></div> <div></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>How long have you been sewing?&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /></strong><br />Well....I took a Home Ec class in high school 3 decades ago that included sewing a small pillow, an outfit or two but I did have opportunities with my grandma when I was younger and a few sewing projects with my aunt a couple years ago.&nbsp; Now that I have my own machines, it was 2 years on Feb 15th.&nbsp;<span id="m_7267107722451122076&#128578;"><img class="CToWUd" src="https://mail.google.com/mail/e/1f642" alt="&#128578;" data-goomoji="1f642" data-image-whitelisted="" /><br /><br /><br /></span></span></div> <div></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What are some of the projects you have made that you are most proud of or love the most?<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;</strong><br />Too many to choose from but right now my favorite are mesh bags and gift bags.<br /><br /><br /></span></div> <div></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What advice would you give to someone who is just learning how to sew?&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /></strong><br />Start with small, simple project. As for organization, keep in mind that fabrics do tend to multiply quickly so think long term storage options for the leftovers, scraps and UFOs.<br /><br /><br /></span></div> <div></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What are you working on right now?&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /></strong><br />So many projects in the queue, too little time.<br /><br /><br /></span></div> <div></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What are some of your sewing tools you just couldn't live without?&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /></strong><br />Thread ripper (we have become close friends) and the clips instead of pins for keeping fabrics together when sewing.<br /><br /><br /></span></div> <div></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What do you like about being part of Creative Sewing &amp; Quilting?&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /></strong><br />Local, friendly, extremely helpful, sharing<br /><br /><br /></span></div> <div></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Is there anything else you'd like to share with the sewing family?&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /></strong><br />When I bought the Ellegante 3 2 years ago, it was "just to embroider names/logo on our business shirts"...who knew I would have this much fun with all the other projects and gifts for others.&nbsp; My husband even supports my addiction!<br /><br /><br /><br /><strong><span id="m_6161893593758636245gmail-m_-8287035456029007323gmail-docs-internal-guid-4fa494bf-7fff-61b3-ad89-caf80c64c832">What are some other things (besides sewing!) that you enjoy? We would like to learn a little about you!</span>&nbsp;<br /></strong><br /></span> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">I like puzzles and photography.<br /><br /><br /><span style="color: #9028fe; font-size: 18pt;">Do you want to jump in the Sewing Spotlight?</span><br /><br /><em>If you're interested, please email your answers to these questions to creativesewingcenter@gmail.com and include a photo of yourself.</em><br /><br /><em>Please also include any other photos you would like to share! (Perhaps some of your projects, your sewing work space, or anything else you would like to share.)</em><br /></span></div> </div> Table Runner Kits featuring Rocky Mountain Wild by Riley Blake http://www.creativesewing.bizhttps://www.creativesewing.biz/modules/news.htm?newsId=10482 <span style="font-size: 12pt;">If you're looking for a fun and easy way to add some fresh color to your table, check out these 2 new table runner kits!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Both kits feature the fabric collection&nbsp;<a href="http://bit.ly/rockymountainCSQ" target="_blank">Rocky Mountain Wild</a> by Riley Blake (designed by Corinne Wells). <br /><br />These happy, bright fabrics include daisies and other wildflowers plus prints inspired by the rolling mountains, trees in the forest, and flowing rivers.<br /></span><br /><br /><span style="color: #9028fe;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;">Mini Brick Road</span></strong></span><br /> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/shop/c/p/Mini-Brick-Road-Table-Runner-Fabric-Kit-x55812675.htmhttps://www.creativesewing.biz/shop/c/p/Mini-Brick-Road-Table-Runner-Fabric-Kit-x55812675.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/600x338_20210505_110340_20210505104145jpg.jpg" alt="mini brick road table runner kit" width="600" height="338" align="" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">This kit includes all the fabric for the top, binding, and even backing! <br /></span><span><br /></span> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/shop/c/p/Mini-Brick-Road-Table-Runner-Fabric-Kit-x55812675.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/300x533_20210505_110432_20210505104145jpg.jpg" alt="mini brick road table runner sample" width="300" height="533" align="" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Finished table runner measures&nbsp;12-1/2" x 40-1/2".</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The Mini Brick&nbsp;Road pattern must be purchased separately - <a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/shop/c/p/Mini-Brick-Road-x54067512.htm" target="_blank">available here</a>.</span><br /><br /><br /><span style="color: #9028fe;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;">10 Minute Table Runner</span></strong></span><br /> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/shop/c/p/10-Minute-Table-Runner-x55546891.htm" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/300x533_20210505_105855_20210505104145jpg.jpg" alt="10 minute table runner" width="300" height="533" align="" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">This kit contains all fabric to create this easy 10 Minute Table Runner - front, backing, and binding. Finished runner size is 15-3/4" x 48"</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">We've also added fabric for you to add the big flower applique design. You can either use an applique stitch to sew this onto your runner, or use a permanent adhesive stabilizer to quickly fuse it into place!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The T<a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/shop/c/p/Trendy-Table-2-x54694693.htm" target="_blank">rendy Table 2 pattern book</a> features 15 different table runner designs - enjoy this modern, fun mix to give your tables some fresh variety!<br /><br /><em>Pattern book must be purchased separately.<br /><br /><br /></em><span style="color: #9028fe;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;">Rocky Mountain Wild fabric collection<br /></span></strong></span></span></span> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><a href="http://bit.ly/rockymountainCSQ" target="_blank"><img width="500" height="471" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/500x471_rocky_mountain_wild_collection_circle_20210224100216jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="rocky mountain wild fabric by riley blake" align="" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: #9028fe;"><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;"></span></strong></span><br />If you are loving this fabric and would like to make your own creation, check out the pre-cuts and yardage we have available from this line!<br /><br /><strong><a href="http://bit.ly/rockymountainCSQ" target="_blank">Shop the Rocky Mountain Wild collection</a></strong><br /></span> Sewing Spotlight: Meet Gayle Swanson http://www.creativesewing.bizhttps://www.creativesewing.biz/modules/news.htm?newsId=10434 <span style="font-size: 12pt;">Welcome to "Sewing Spotlights," where we introduce you to one of our awesome sewing friends.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Our small, family business is a warm, welcoming, and FUN place for you to expand your creativity - and you are guaranteed to meet some awesome people along the way!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 18pt; color: #9028fe;">Meet Gayle Swanson!</span><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><em><em>- Gayle is such a genuine, kind person and we love seeing her in the store! She is also one of our biggest "Kimberbellas" and we love having her at our events!<br /><br /></em></em></span></span> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/400x280_gayle_swansonjpg.jpg" alt="Gayle Swanson sewing spotlight" width="400" height="280" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"><em><em><br /></em></em></span> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">What kind(s) of sewing do you like to do? (sewing, quilting, embroidery, etc?)</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">I like to quilt and I love doing embroidery.&nbsp; I especially like Kimberbell.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;<br /></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">What machine(s) do you have? Is there a favorite?</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">I have a Bernina 153QE and a Bernina B700 embroidery machine.<br /><br /></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">How long have you been sewing?</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">I have been sewing for about 15 years.&nbsp; I have only been embroidering for the last 2 years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;<br /></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">What are some of the projects you have made that you are most proud of or love the most?</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">I have really loved the Kimberbell projects.&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/300x389_gayle_swanson_at_kb_eventjpg.jpg" alt="kimberbell event" width="300" height="389" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: #9b9b9b;"><em>Gayle at one of our many Kimberbell machine embroidery events!</em></span><br /><br /></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">What advice would you give to someone who is just learning how to sew?</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Ask questions and keep practicing.&nbsp; I feel like I need to practice more on my quilting.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;<br /></span></p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">What are you working on right now?</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Right now I am piecing the Kimberbell Love Notes quilt.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">What do you like about being part of Creative Sewing &amp; Quilting?</span></strong></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">I love going to Creative Sewing.&nbsp; I feel that everyone is so kind and helpful.&nbsp; I feel like I belong and have had so much fun sewing with everyone.&nbsp; The sewing groups are so friendly and kind and it is a fun way to hang out with friends and make beautiful items. I so look forward to when we can all be together again.</span><br /><br /><br /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #9028fe;">Do you want to jump in the Sewing Spotlight?</span></strong><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><em>If you're interested, please email your answers to these questions to creativesewingcenter@gmail.com and include a photo of yourself.</em></span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><em>Please also include any other photos you would like to share! (Perhaps some of your projects, your sewing work space, or anything else you would like to share.)</em></span></p> Sewing Spotlight: Meet Debbie Gorson http://www.creativesewing.bizhttps://www.creativesewing.biz/modules/news.htm?newsId=10413 <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span>Welcome to "Sewing Spotlights," where we introduce you to one of our awesome sewing friends.</span><br /><br /><span>Our small, family business is a warm, welcoming, and FUN place for you to expand your creativity - and you are guaranteed to meet some awesome people along the way!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 18pt; color: #9028fe;">Meet Debbie Gorson!</span><br /><em>-&nbsp;Debbie has such a kind, friendly personality - and we are so impressed by&nbsp;her many creative talents!<br /></em><br /></span></span> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/400x420_debbie_gorsonjpg.jpg" alt="Debbie Gorson" width="400" height="420" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /><strong><br />Fun name fact...</strong><br />My maiden name was LarSON and my husband's original name was GORski, so when we got married (44 years ago) we combined our names to make Gorson! I taught High School Math for many years until my 2nd child came into the world and I was a stay home mom. I have 3 children. 2 boys and a girl. I sewed all their clothes.<br /></span></div> <div dir="ltr"></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What kind(s) of sewing do you like to do? (sewing, quilting, embroidery, etc?)</strong> </span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />Sewing was my first love. I made all my clothes in high school and college. Then when my kids came along I got into French Heirloom Sewing with my Smocking. I started my own smocking pattern company and then traveled at different sewing expos teaching my smocking. Then when my kids grew out of smocking clothes I got into Quilting, and now with grandkids have discovered Embroidery.</span></span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What machine(s) do you have?<br /><br /></strong></span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">I have 4 Berninas, Brother Dream Machine, Baby Lock&nbsp;Triumph Serger, and Brother 10 needle.<br /><br /><em>(Debbie just attended our 3-day "Serger Savvy" event with National Educator Joan Friedrich - where she took home her new Baby Lock Triumph! She was so excited to learn all of the awesome ways you can use a serger!)<br /><br /></em></span></span> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/300x533_20210206_103929jpg.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="533" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"><em><br /></em></span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;<br /></span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>How long have you been sewing?</strong> </span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />Over 50 years.</span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What are some of the projects you have made that you are most proud of or love the most?</strong> </span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />Probably all my smocked garments. I have over 150 smocked garments that my children all wore still hanging in my closets, hoping my grandchildren would wear them. (But not interested...ugh) It is a lot of hand embroidering on pleated fabric but then the garments have to be sewn together.<br /><br /><span>Here are&nbsp;a few dresses I made for my daughter, who is 30 years old now with her own little girl!&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></span></span> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/400x225_20210206_122143_1jpg.jpg" alt="smocking dresses" width="400" height="225" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What advice would you give to someone who is just learning how to sew?</strong> </span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />Start out with a good machine because if you have a machine that is really struggling you will get discouraged!!! And if you get a good machine, you will have it forever as your trusted machine!!</span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /><strong>What are you working on right now? </strong></span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />A lot of things- Quilts that I have started, I would like to finish up. (I hate to admit it but I have over 40 quilts all ready to finish up in all stages. All the quilts have their supplies with the patterns in plastic boxes, labeled and ready to finish!!<br /><br /></span></span> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/250x445_20210206_103752jpg.jpg" alt="quilts in progress" width="250" height="445" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: #9b9b9b;"><em>We're impressed by Debbie's organization!</em></span><br /><br />But then embroidery came into my world and everything quilting stopped! Now I buy blank clothes and just embroider for my grandgirls- I have 3 of them all under the age of 5. And anything Kimberbell lately! </span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What are some of your sewing tools you just couldn't live without? </strong><br /><br />A good Sewing machine!! Good Rulers, and good scissors!!<br /><br /><br /><span class="im"></span></span></span> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong><span id="m_-2788011331650872757yiv4694729702gmail-docs-internal-guid-4fa494bf-7fff-61b3-ad89-caf80c64c832">What are some other things (besides sewing!) that you enjoy? We would like to learn a little about you!</span>&nbsp;</strong></span></div> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span class="im"></span></span> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>&nbsp;</strong></span></div> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span class="im"></span></span> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">I started working again after my kids were in high school at a Farm (with Greenhouses, Farmstands, and Pumpkinfest)&nbsp; - I do all their register needs - POS systems, servers, shopify, etc. Which takes up too much of my time!!&nbsp; ha... I have been there for 20 years now.&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"></span> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">But I am really into Cookie Making lately.&nbsp; &nbsp;I decided to do come online cookie classes last year with having to stay home.&nbsp; So now I am making cookies for family and friends!&nbsp; &nbsp;<br /><br /></span></span> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/300x300_img_20201026_175532_488jpg.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="300" align="" /></td> <td><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/300x300_img_20201124_101626_211jpg.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="300" align="" /></td> </tr> <tr> <td><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/300x300_img_20201220_201924_230jpg.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="300" align="" /></td> <td><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/300x300_resized_20210127_072709_7872_squarejpeg.jpeg" alt="" width="300" height="300" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> </div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What do you like about being part of Creative Sewing &amp; Quilting?</strong><br /><br /> </span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Your staff is so warm and friendly. When I enter your store, I feel like I am visiting a friend's house. Always helpful and you let me spend time just walking and looking at everything. It takes me over an hour to get out to you and I have stores closer but I just LOVE coming into your store!!!! I love when you have samples laid throughout the store! It is so inspiring!!!! Love your clerks that can help with any question I ask them!! </span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>Is there anything else you'd like to share with the sewing family?</strong> </span></div> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />Sewing is more than just sewing, it is a group of people that when you get together, you share ideas, you share tips, and you have this bond that only sewing people have with each other. It is truly special!!<br /><br /><br /><strong>Thank you, Debbie!</strong> We loved learning more about you!<br /><br /><br /><span style="color: #9028fe;"><strong>Do you want to jump in the Sewing Spotlight?</strong></span><br /><br /><em>If you're interested, please email your answers to these questions to creativesewingcenter@gmail.com and include a photo of yourself.</em><br /><br /><em>Please also include any other photos you would like to share! (Perhaps some of your projects, your sewing work space, or anything else you would like to share.)</em><br /></span></div> Sewing Spotlight: Meet Connie Hodson http://www.creativesewing.bizhttps://www.creativesewing.biz/modules/news.htm?newsId=10355 <span style="font-size: 12pt;">We're excited to bring you our new "Sewing Spotlights," where we introduce you to one of our awesome sewing friends.</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Our small, family business is a warm, welcoming, and FUN place for you to expand your creativity - and you are guaranteed to meet some awesome people along the way!</span><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 18pt; color: #9028fe;">Meet Connie Hodson!</span><br /><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">- We love Connie's custom jackets and her kind and giving spirit. She is a great sewing friend to have!<br /></span></span></span></em> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/sewing_pic.jpeg" alt="connie hodson sewing spotlight" width="320" height="240" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /><br /><strong>What kind(s) of sewing do you like to do? (sewing, quilting, embroidery, etc?)</strong><br /><br />Sewing jeans and sweatshirt jackets, embroidery, and most Kimberbell<br /><br /></span></span></span> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/jackets.jpeg" alt="jeans and sweatshirt jackets" width="320" height="240" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /><br /><strong>What machine(s) do you have? Is there a favorite?</strong><br /><br />Baby Lock Solaris (embroidery/sewing machine) and Baby Lock Triumph (serger)<br /><br /></span></span></span> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img width="400" height="225" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/400x225_20210306_101906jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="Dream Big panel embroidered on Baby Lock solaris" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: #9b9b9b;"><em>Connie just completed this Dream Big quilted panel - done in the embroidery hoop on her Baby Lock Solaris!</em></span><br /><br /></span></span> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img width="400" height="225" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/400x225_20210306_101914jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="Dream Big panel embroidered on Baby Lock solaris" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: #9b9b9b;"><em>Embroidery details on the Dream Big panel - each petal has a different edge-to-edge quilting design embroidered in it.</em></span><br /><br /><br /><strong>How long have you been sewing?</strong><br /><br />I have been sewing since I was 10.<br /><br /><br /><strong>What are some of the projects you have made that you are most proud of or love the most?</strong><br /><br />I enjoy creating sweatshirt jackets.<br /><br /><br /><strong>What advice would you give to someone who is just learning how to sew?</strong><br /><br />Have fun; take some classes.<br /><br /><br /><strong>What are you working on right now?</strong><br /><br />Last Kimberbell event projects (Tea Party)<br /><br /><br /><strong>What are some of your sewing tools you just couldn't live without?</strong><br /><br />Surgical Seam Ripper, Turning Tool<br /><br /><br /><strong>What are some things (besides sewing!) that you enjoy?</strong><br /><br />Woodworking and genealogy<br /><br /><br /><strong>What do you like about being part of Creative Sewing &amp; Quilting?</strong><br /><br />Friendly expert support; They inspire me to try new things. It's wonderful to have a quilt/sewing store so close. I love meeting other sewing friends.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Thank you, Connie!</strong> We love having you as our sewing friend!<br /><br /><br /><span style="color: #9028fe;">Do you want to jump in the Sewing Spotlight?</span><br />We'd love to learn more about you!<br /><br /><em>If you're interested, please email your answers to these questions to creativesewingcenter@gmail.com and include a photo of yourself.</em><br /><br /><em>Please also include any other photos you would like to share! (Perhaps some of your projects, your sewing work space, or anything else you would like to share.)</em></span> Sewing Spotlight: Meet Elvine & Keith Sandefur http://www.creativesewing.bizhttps://www.creativesewing.biz/modules/news.htm?newsId=10332 <span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span color="#26282a"><strong>We're excited to bring you our new "Sewing Spotlights," where we introduce you to one of our awesome sewing friends.</strong><br /><br /></span><span color="#26282a">Our small, family business is a warm, welcoming, and FUN place for you to expand your creativity - and you are guaranteed to meet some awesome people along the way!</span></span><span><br /><br /><br /></span><span><span><span><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #9028fe;"><span color="#26282a">Meet Elvine &amp; Keith Sandefur!</span><span color="#26282a"><br /></span></span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><em><span color="#26282a">-&nbsp;This charming couple is a talented quilting duo. Elvine answered the questions, but Keith plays an important role in her sewing projects!<br /><br /></span></em></span></span></span></span> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img width="400" height="711" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/400x711_keith_and_elvine_sandefur_2_24_21jpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="Elvine and Keith" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span><span><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><em><span color="#26282a"><br /><br /></span></em></span></span></span> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What kind(s) of sewing do you like to do? (sewing, quilting, embroidery, etc.)?&nbsp;</strong><br /><br />I&rsquo;ve pieced several quilts, sending the quilting out to a quilter.&nbsp;&nbsp;I&rsquo;ve also made pillows, travel totes,&nbsp;kitchen towels, place mats, etc., embroidered by machine.&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /></span></p> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"></span> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">What machine(s) do you have? Is there a favorite?&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"></span> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />Baby Lock Destiny II and Baby Lock Ellisimo; also, straight-sew electric Elna, and a decorative-stitch Singer.&nbsp;</span></p> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"></span> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /><br /><strong>How long have you been sewing?&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;"></span></strong> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />More than 60 years.</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"></span> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /><strong><br />What are some of the projects you have made that you are most proud of or love the most?&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;"></span></strong> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />Most of the 5 or 6 full-bed-sized&nbsp;quilts have been fun since they were the first decorative and&nbsp; embroidered sewing done with my Baby Lock machines. <br /><br />The JACOBEAN JOURNEY design quilt was done all in golden thread, but also let me know that I do not have a feel or eye for angles and Keith kept the angles on the straight&mdash;Gave it to our son &amp; daughter-in-law for their 25<sup>th</sup>&nbsp;Wedding anniversary.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />Another quilt ORIENTAL EXPRESS was very repetitious and had I not forced myself to keep at it, I would have stopped half way through.&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /><br />Favorite quilt (sort of) was one that I used squares (from other projects) that I had made, but had made mistakes or messed-up-stitching and sewed all together. A &ldquo;not so bad&rdquo; quilt was made.&nbsp;<br /><br /></span></p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img width="600" height="338" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/600x338_jacobean_journey_squaresjpg.jpg" class="img-responsive" alt="close up of Jacobean Journey quilt" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: #9b9b9b;"><em>close-up of Jacobean Journey quilt in progress - stitching blocks together</em></span><br /><br /><br /></span></p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img width="600" height="337" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/600x337_keith_and_elvine_with_2_quiltsjpeg.jpeg" class="img-responsive" alt="elvine and keith with quilts" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="color: #9b9b9b;"><em>Keith and Elvine with 2 quilts they made together (Jacobean Journey on the left)</em></span><br /><br /><br /></span></p> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"></span> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">What advice would you give to someone who is just learning how to sew?&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;"></span></strong> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />Know when you start to sew, mistakes and crooked sew lines are part of learning and can be used as&nbsp;a ruler &ldquo;measuring&rdquo; your improvement as you progress.&nbsp;&nbsp;Do not give up, but rejoice that your lines&nbsp;become straighter.&nbsp;<br /><br /><br /></span></p> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"></span> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">What are you working on right now?&nbsp;</span></strong></p> <strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;"></span></strong> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;<br /></span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">I am not working on anything now, but most recent project was KIMBERBELL, &ldquo;LOVE NOTES&rdquo;.&nbsp;&nbsp;This&nbsp;design and fussiness are not my taste, but it did surprise me; I completed it (not on time) but can say, &ldquo;it is different&rdquo;.&nbsp;</span></p> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"></span> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /><br /><strong>What are some of your sewing tools you just couldn't live without?&nbsp;</strong></span></p> <strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;"></span></strong> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />I would guess it would be my rulers.</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /><br /><br /></span></strong></p> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"></span> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">What do you like about being part of Creative Sewing &amp; Quilting?</span></strong></p> <strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;"></span></strong> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /></span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">The friendly answers to questions and helpful class instruction.</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"></span> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /><br /><strong>Is there anything else you'd like to share with the sewing family?&nbsp;</strong></span><strong>&nbsp; &nbsp;</strong></p> <strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;"></span></strong> <p><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /></span></strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Much of the required straight length measuring is done by Keith.&nbsp;&nbsp;He is a do-it-yourself person and</span><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;handy with&nbsp;lumber and steel tape measure &ndash; you measure twice and cut once when using a saw. I&nbsp;tend to cut over using more material because I let the ruler move.<br /><br /><br /><strong>Thank you for sharing with us, Elvine &amp; Keith! We love seeing your team work and catching up when you come to visit us!</strong><br /><br /><br /><span style="color: #9028fe; font-size: 14pt;">Do you want to jump in the Sewing Spotlight?</span><br /><span>We'd love to learn more about you!</span><br /><br /><em>If you're interested, please email your answers to these questions to creativesewingcenter@gmail.com and include a photo of yourself.</em><br /><br /><em>Please also include any other photos you would like to share! (perhaps some of your projects, your sewing work space, or anything else you would like to share)</em><br /></span></p> From the Workbench: Why you need to change your sewing needles often http://www.creativesewing.bizhttps://www.creativesewing.biz/modules/news.htm?newsId=10327 <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">How long has it been since you changed the needle on your sewing machine?</span></div> <div></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />Not sure? Then it is probably time to change it!</span></div> <div></div> <div><strong><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />We recommend that you change your needles approximately every 8 hours of sewing time.<br /><br /></span></strong></div> <div></div> <div> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/500x375_klasse_needle_tinjpg.jpg" alt="klasse sewing needles" width="500" height="375" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /><br />Needles eventually dull over time, so it is important to have a stash at home so you can keep your machine running in good condition.</span></div> <div></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />Having skipped stitches or poor stitch quality? </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Your first things to try should be rethreading your machine and putting in a new needle.</span></div> <div></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />Unsure which needles to get? </span></div> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;">We are always happy to help show you around our needle wall and answer your questions.</span></div> Sewing Spotlight: Meet Faye Brigham! http://www.creativesewing.bizhttps://www.creativesewing.biz/modules/news.htm?newsId=10315 <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #000000;"><span color="#26282a"><strong>We're excited to bring you our new "Sewing Spotlights," where we introduce you to one of our awesome sewing friends.</strong><br /><br /></span><span color="#26282a">Our small, family business is a warm, welcoming, and FUN place for you to expand your creativity - and you are guaranteed to meet some awesome people along the way!</span><strong><span color="#26282a"><br /><br /><br /></span></strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><span style="color: #9028fe;"><span color="#26282a">Meet Faye Brigham!</span><span color="#26282a"><br /></span></span><em><span color="#26282a"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">- Faye fell in love with quilting at our&nbsp;<a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/module/class.htm?classId=76740" target="_blank">Beginner's Quilting</a> Class, and we have loved having her in classes since then!<br /></span></span></em></span></span></p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/300x374_faye_brighamjpg.jpg" alt="faye brigham" width="300" height="374" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><em><strong><span color="#26282a"><br /></span></strong></em><strong><span color="#26282a"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">What kind(s) of sewing do you like to do? (sewing, quilting, embroidery, etc?)</span></span></strong><strong><span color="#26282a"> <br /></span></strong></span><span color="#cd232c">Quilting, but my new passion is Embroidery!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/400x400_20200712_130039jpg.jpg" alt="kimberbell vintage boardwalk quilt" width="400" height="400" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #000000;"><span style="color: #9b9b9b;"><em>&nbsp;Kimberbell's "Vintage Boardwalk" embroidered quilt top</em></span><br /><br /></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #000000;"><strong><span color="#26282a">What machine(s) do you have? Is there a favorite? <br /></span></strong><span color="#cd232c">Baby Lock&nbsp;<a href="https://babylock.com/machines/quilting/soprano" target="_blank">Soprano</a> and <a href="https://babylock.com/machines/single-needle-embroidery/flourish-ii" target="_blank">Flourish II</a>. Since they do different things I love them both.</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #000000;">&nbsp;</span></p> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #000000;"><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #000000;"><strong><span color="#26282a">How long have you been sewing? <br /></span></strong><span color="#cd232c"> I started sewing when I took Home-Ec in Jr. High School. I loved making clothes, and when I had my daughters I would make them little dresses and shorts and shirts. After my 3rd child I had less time, and eventually just lost interest in sewing. <br /><br />Then my daughter got me to take <a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/module/class.htm?classId=76740" target="_blank">Beginning Quilting 101</a>&nbsp;at Creative Sewing about 4 years ago and I fell in love with quilting. I bought my Soprano on my first day of class, then about 2 years later took some of your embroidery classes and ended up buying a Flourish II. Love them both!<br /><br /></span></span></span> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/400x533_my_first_quiltjpg.jpg" alt="beginning quilting 101 quilt" width="400" height="533" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <span style="color: #9b9b9b;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span color="#cd232c">Faye's first quilt</span></span></em></span></div> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #000000;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #000000;"><strong><span color="#26282a">What are some of the projects you have made that you are most proud of or love the most? <br /></span></strong><span color="#cd232c">All of them! I made each of my sisters, my daughters, and all of my grandchildren at least one quilt. I love my table runners and my bench pillows!<br /><br /></span></span></p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/400x400_20200924_125901jpg.jpg" alt="wall-hanging and bench pillow" width="400" height="400" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #000000;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #000000;"><strong><span color="#26282a">What advice would you give to someone who is just learning how to sew? <br /></span></strong><span color="#cd232c">Have fun with it - don't try to make it perfect. </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #000000;">&nbsp;<br /></span></p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/400x727_fall_table_runnerjpg.jpg" alt="table runner" width="400" height="727" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #000000;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #000000;"><strong><span color="#26282a">What are you working on right now? <br /></span></strong><span color="#cd232c">A 3-D pattern quilt for my grandson. I saw it and thought I would never be able to figure out how to make that pattern work and I surprised myself! Not perfect, but so cool to look at!<br /><br /></span></span></p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/400x400_20210126_130948jpg.jpg" alt="3d quilt" width="400" height="400" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p dir="ltr">&nbsp;</p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #000000;"><strong><span color="#26282a">What are some of your sewing tools you just couldn't live without? <br /></span></strong><span color="#cd232c"><a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/shop/Kimberbell-Patterns--Embellishments.htm?search_keyword=orange+pop" target="_blank">Orange Pop Rulers</a>&nbsp;are great! I also love my magnetic hoops for the embroidery machine, and of course my sewing and embroidery machines!</span></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #000000;">&nbsp;</span><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #000000;"><strong>What are some other things (besides sewing!) that you enjoy? We would like to learn a little about you!</strong></span><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #000000;">I love reading, and spending time with family and friends.&nbsp; Traveling, shopping and eating out with "the girls"!!&nbsp; Can't wait to be "post-covid"!!!</span><br /><br /></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #000000;"><strong><span color="#26282a">What do you like about being part of Creative Sewing &amp; Quilting? <br /></span></strong><span color="#cd232c">The people that work there are so helpful and friendly! And the classes are great - I will be so happy to get back in the store for those! </span></span></p> <p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #000000;">&nbsp;</span></p> <div dir="ltr"><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #000000;"><strong><span color="#26282a">Is there anything else you'd like to share with the sewing family? <br /></span></strong><span color="#cd232c">When I&nbsp;</span><span color="#cd232c">retired I was looking for a new hobby, and was so happy to find Creative Sewing &amp; Quilting and their classes!<br /><br /><br /><strong>Thank you, Faye!</strong><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt; color: #9028fe;">Do you want to jump in the Sewing Spotlight?</span><br /><span>We'd love to learn more about you!</span><br /><br /><em>If you're interested, please email your answers to these questions to creativesewingcenter@gmail.com and include a photo of yourself.</em><br /><br /><em>Please also include any other photos you would like to share! (perhaps some of your projects, your sewing work space, or anything else you would like to share)</em><br /></span></span></div> New Fabric: Darling woodland vibes with "Forester" | "Stardust" and LOTS of ... http://www.creativesewing.bizhttps://www.creativesewing.biz/modules/news.htm?newsId=10309 <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Take a look at some of the newest arrivals on our shelves!</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><br /><span style="font-size: 24pt; color: #9028fe;">Forester</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><em><span style="color: #4a4a4a;">yardage and quilt kit</span></em></span></div> <br /> <table style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" cellspacing="10" cellpadding="10"> <tbody> <tr> <td><a href="https://bit.ly/foresterCSQ" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/400x711_20210213_134926jpg.jpg" alt="forester fabric collection" width="400" height="711" /></a></td> <td><a href="http://bit.ly/foresterwilderness" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/569x711_little_forester_fusion_quilt_kit_20210216091757jpg.jpg" alt="forester fusion wilderness quilt kit" width="569" height="711" align="" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 24pt; color: #9028fe;">Good Vibes</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;">yardage and 2-1/2 inch strip sets</span></em></div> <br /> <table style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"> <tbody> <tr> <td><a href="https://bit.ly/goodvibesCSQ" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/600x338_20210213_134433jpg.jpg" alt="good vibes fabric collection pre-cuts yardage" width="600" height="338" align="" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 24pt; color: #9028fe;">Stardust</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt; color: #4a4a4a;">yardage - batik</span></em></div> <br /> <table style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"> <tbody> <tr> <td><a href="https://bit.ly/stardustCSQ" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/600x338_20210213_135638jpg.jpg" alt="stardust batik fabric yardage" width="600" height="338" align="" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 24pt; color: #9028fe;">Cranberry Chutney</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;">yardage - batik</span></em></div> <br /> <table style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"> <tbody> <tr> <td><a href="https://bit.ly/chutneyCSQ" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/600x338_20210213_135408jpg.jpg" alt="cranberry chutney batik yardage" width="600" height="338" align="" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /><br /><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 24pt; color: #9028fe;">New Batiks from Hoffman</span></div> <div style="text-align: center;"><em><span style="font-size: 12pt;">yardage - batik<br /><br /></span></em></div> <table style="margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" cellspacing="10" cellpadding="10"> <tbody> <tr> <td><a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/shop/Fabric.htm?dynamicFilters=%7B%22mfg_name%22:%7B%22Hoffman+Fabrics%22:true%7D%7D" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/350x197_20210213_135550jpg.jpg" alt="hoffman batik basics" width="350" height="197" align="" /></a></td> <td><a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/shop/Fabric.htm?dynamicFilters=%7B%22mfg_name%22:%7B%22Hoffman+Fabrics%22:true%7D%7D" target="_blank"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/350x197_20210213_135933jpg.jpg" alt="hoffman batik fabric" width="350" height="197" align="" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /><br /> <div style="text-align: center;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Come visit these gorgeous new fabrics (plus MORE that just arrived) - or take a look in our online store!</span></div> Sewing Spotlight: Meet Rose! http://www.creativesewing.bizhttps://www.creativesewing.biz/modules/news.htm?newsId=10305 <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>We're excited to launch "Sewing Spotlights" to introduce you to some awesome people who are part of our sewing family.</strong><br /><br />Our small, family business is a warm, welcoming, and FUN place for you to expand your creativity - and you are guaranteed to meet some awesome people along the way!<br /><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 18pt; color: #9028fe;">Meet Rose M. </span><br /><em>- quilter extraordinaire and one of the kindest people we know!</em><br /><br /></span></p> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/rose_m_with_quilts_and_machines.jpg" alt="Rose with machines and quilts" width="623" height="717" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br /><strong>What kind(s) of sewing do you like to do? (sewing, quilting, embroidery, etc?) </strong><br /><br />I enjoy making bags and clothes, but I am currently obsessed with quilting!</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What machine(s) do you have? Is there a favorite? </strong><br /><br />My first Baby Lock machine was the <a href="https://babylock.com/machines/sewing/crescendo" target="_blank">Crescendo</a>, the perfect sewing machine &ndash; is there anything it can&rsquo;t do?! I don&rsquo;t think so! I got so much joy from it, it acted as my &ldquo;gateway&rdquo; machine, leading me to collect all the others. <br /><br />I now have added the <a href="https://babylock.com/machines/sewing/solaris-2" target="_blank">Solaris 2</a>&nbsp;(embroidery &amp; sewing machine), <a href="https://babylock.com/machines/quilting/sashiko-2" target="_blank">Sashiko II</a>&nbsp;(specialty quilting machine),&nbsp;<a href="https://babylock.com/machines/serger/accolade" target="_blank">Accolade</a> (serger) and&nbsp;<a href="https://babylock.com/machines/long-arm-quilting/regalia" target="_blank">Regalia</a> (long arm quilting machine). I love them all, and my quest is to master each machine.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>How long have you been sewing? </strong><br /><br />I have been sewing since I was tall enough to reach the sewing pedal, mainly making clothes and doing alterations. Until I got my Crescendo two years ago, I had been sewing on my mechanical machine which I bought in 1984. I had no idea sewing machines had become so advanced since then. After using the needle up/down, needle threader, thread cutter and automatic presser foot lift functions, I don&rsquo;t want to be without them!</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What are some of the projects you have made that you are most proud of or love the most? </strong><br /><br />I guess it would be all my quilts &ndash; with every new quilt, I have tried to learn a new technique or tried a new design idea. The results are never perfect and not always great, but I still love each quilt because each gave me an opportunity to learn something and to be creative.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What advice would you give to someone who is just learning how to sew? </strong><br /><br />Take a class! Of course you can learn from books, but it is so much easier to watch each step in person and to be able to get answers from the experts. Most of all, have fun!</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What are some of your sewing tools you just couldn't live without? </strong><br /><br /><a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/iishop?form_version=2&amp;showSearchResults=1&amp;search_keyword=rotary&amp;image=Search" target="_blank">Rotary cutters</a>&nbsp;and <a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/iishop?form_version=2&amp;showSearchResults=1&amp;search_keyword=karen+kay+buckley&amp;image=Search" target="_blank">Karen Kay Buckley scissors</a>! I have rotary cutters and scissors in all sizes as each really does have a different use. I also love my Daylight table lamp &ndash; how did I sew all these years without such excellent light?!<br /><br /><em>(PS: Contact us if you want more info on the Slimline Daylight lamp - we can order one for you!)</em><br /><br /><br /></span></p> <div><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong><span id="m_6858495601202676368gmail-docs-internal-guid-617f6a36-7fff-0dde-844d-284314ff3265">What are some other things (besides sewing!) that you enjoy? We would like to learn a little about you!</span>&nbsp;</strong></span></div> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><br />We have a little forest behind our house, and I enjoy watching the birds and animals that make it their home. It is fascinating for me to learn everything I can about their behavior, calls, tracks, and history. Being able to see so much nature is my favorite part of living in the suburbs.</span></p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;">I also enjoy watching old film noir movies. The black and white cinematography is so beautiful, and the scripts are so captivating. To me there is nothing more enjoyable than watching one of these old movies while exercising on my treadmill.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><strong>What do you like about being part of Creative Sewing &amp; Quilting? </strong><br /><br />Everyone is so nice and supportive, as well as talented and willing to share their sewing wisdom. I have learned so much in each class, and I always have fun making the projects with the other ladies. It is also interesting to see what everyone makes &ndash; everyone has a different style. Mainly, though, it is just nice to get to know all the really nice people who work and shop here. &nbsp;<br /><br /><br /><br /><strong>Aww, we love you too, Rose! Thank you for sharing with us!</strong><br /><br /><span style="color: #9028fe; font-size: 14pt;">Do you want to jump in the Sewing Spotlight? </span><br />We'd love to learn more about you!<br /><br /><em>If you're interested, please email your answers to these questions to creativesewingcenter@gmail.com and include a photo of yourself. </em><br /><br /><em>Please also include any other photos you would like to share! (perhaps some of your projects, your sewing work space, or anything else you would like to share)</em></span></p> Stitch some Valentine's love! Kits & fabric available (Jan. 30, 2021) http://www.creativesewing.bizhttps://www.creativesewing.biz/modules/news.htm?newsId=10275 <div align="center"><span style="font-size: 18pt; color: #ff00a5;">Valentine's Day is almost here!</span></div> <div align="center"></div> <div align="center"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">You still have time to stitch out some simple and sweet designs.</span></div> <div align="center"></div> <div align="center"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Decorate your home with something to make you smile - or share the love with family and friends!<br /><br /><a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/shop/Valentines.htm"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/600x338_valentines_kits_displayjpg.jpg" alt="Valentine's fabric kits patterns and fabric" width="600" height="338" align="" /><br /><br /></a></span></span> <div align="center"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">We created some kits for you to make things easy and get your creativity flowing!</span></div> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"></span> <div align="center"></div> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"></span> <div align="center"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Whip one of these up in an afternoon to enjoy some Valentine love this February.</span></div> <span style="font-size: 12pt;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/shop/Valentines.htm"><br /><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><strong>SHOP our Valentine's collection!</strong></span></a><br /><br /></span></span> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/shop/Valentines/p/Daily-Inspiration-Love-Fabric-Kit-x54144661.htm"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/300x533_20210126_112449_20210130135205jpg.jpg" alt="Daily Inspirations Janine Babich do small things with great love fabric kit valentines" width="300" height="533" align="" /></a></td> <td><a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/shop/Valentines/p/Love-Wall-Hanging-Fabric-Kit-x54067382.htm"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/300x533_20210126_134054jpg.jpg" alt="Janine Babich Love wall-hanging fabric kit valentines" width="300" height="533" align="" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /><br /> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/shop/Valentines/p/February-FQ-Bundle---XOXO-x54405523.htm"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/300x225_february_xoxo_batiks_club_1500x_bundles_20210130135203png.png" alt="Hoffman Bali Batik February xoxo fat quarter bundle fabric" width="300" height="225" align="" /></a></td> <td><a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/shop/Valentines/p/February-FQ-Bundle---XOXO-x54405523.htm"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/300x287_fat_quarter_hoffman_february_xoxo_1024x1024_circle_20210130135202jpg.jpg" alt="Hoffman Bali Batik February xoxo fat quarter bundle fabric valentines" width="300" height="287" align="" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /><br /> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/shop/Valentines/p/I-Love-You-Fabric-Kit-x54631686.htm"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/300x169_20210126_133618_20210130135204jpg.jpg" alt="Janine Babich I Love You fabric kit valentines" width="300" height="169" align="" /></a></td> <td><a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/shop/Valentines/p/You-Me-fabric-kit-x54165147.htm"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/300x169_20210126_133855_20210130135204jpg.jpg" alt="Janine Babich You &amp; Me fabric kit valentines" width="300" height="169" align="" /></a></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <br /><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/shop/Valentines.htm"><strong>SHOP our Valentine's collection!</strong></a></span></div> Here are the tools you need to create your own shirt http://www.creativesewing.bizhttps://www.creativesewing.biz/modules/news.htm?newsId=10272 <div style="text-align: left;"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Aren't these matching shirts adorable?!<br /><br /></span></div> <div> <table> <tbody> <tr> <td><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/300x533_20210127_103247jpg.jpg" alt="jalie dolman tops stretch jersey knit matching shirts" width="300" height="533" align="" /></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <div><br /><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Sarah made these for Ruby's first birthday - and they turned out great!<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/300x533_20210127_082550jpg.jpg" alt="jalie dolman top stretch jersey knit shirt baby girl" width="300" height="533" align="" /><br /><br />Want to make your own matching shirts? Here are some tips for supplies to get!<br /><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>FABRIC</strong></span><br />If you love this print, we DO still have some of this fabric left! Check out our stock of <a href="http://bit.ly/knitCSQ">knit fabrics</a>. (We are looking to get some more options soon!<br /><br />Sarah used Stretch Jersey Knit Midnight Rose. 2 yards was plenty for creating an adult shirt and a toddler size 2 shirt.<br /><br /><a href="http://bit.ly/knitCSQ"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/500x281_20210127_155220jpg.jpg" alt="stretch knit fabric" width="500" height="281" align="" /></a><br /><br /><span style="font-size: 14pt;"><strong>PATTERNS</strong></span><br />Also check out our <a href="http://bit.ly/jalieCSQ">collection of Jalie garment patterns</a>. <br /><br />For this shirt, Sarah used the Jalie Dolman Tops pattern. The sizes start all the way at toddler age 2, and this worked well for Ruby!<br /><br />Sarah lengthened her shirt by 3 inches. The beauty of making your own is that you can customize it however you want!<br /><br /><a href="http://bit.ly/tracerCSQ"><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt;">Red Dot Tracer Paper</span></strong></a><br /><span>Excellent for tracing out your garment patterns so you do not have to cut the actual patterns out! Save your paper patterns so you can make multiple sizes without wrecking your pattern!</span><br /><br /><span>This is a soft material that is safe to fold. Trace your pattern, cut out the red dot tracer paper, then save it to use for next time!<br /><br /><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/500x281_20210127_160010jpg.jpg" alt="stretch jersey knit fabric jalie dolman shirt pattern sewtites magnetic pins" width="500" height="281" align="" /><br /><br /></span><a href="http://bit.ly/sewtites"><strong><span style="font-size: 14pt;">SewTites Magnetic Pins</span></strong></a><br />These are extremely helpful for keeping your traced pattern and your fabric secure so that you can cut out your fabric pieces!<br /><br />These magnets are perfect for when you need to hold things together but pins either won't work or will damage your fabric. (Some other great uses - making purses, especially if you are using cork, vinyl, or leather!)<br /><br />There are multiple packages available with different sizes, types, and amounts of magnets.<br /><br /><strong><em><span style="font-size: 14pt;">What else...?</span></em></strong><br />You will also need some <strong>quality scissors</strong> - we carry all different types, so you can find the one that works best for you.<br /><br />What kind of machine do you need? You can definitely make this on a sewing machine. But if you are excited about making garments, a <strong>Baby Lock serger</strong> will be your best friend!<br /><br />We have several models for you to test drive - you will be surprised how easy (and fun) they are to use!<br /><br /><br />I can't wait to make more shirts! And if you make one, we would love to see it!<br /><br />- Sarah</span></div> We're excited for Tula Pink's upcoming Mad Hatter Tea Party quilt kit! http://www.creativesewing.bizhttps://www.creativesewing.biz/modules/news.htm?newsId=10267 <div align="center"><span style="font-size: 18pt; color: #ff0077;">We love Tula Pink!</span></div> <div align="center"></div> <div align="center"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">If you're like us, then you will be excited to know that we have expanded our Tula Pink collection and will be carrying all of the NEW stuff she has coming out!</span><br /><br /> <div align="center"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Create this colorful and whimsical "Alice in Wonderland" inspired quilt by Tula Pink!<br /><br /><a href="http://bit.ly/madhatterCSQ"><img class="img-responsive" src="https://siterepository.s3.amazonaws.com/2397/mad_hatter_tea_party_quilt_kit_image_tula_pink_20210125150536.jpg" alt="Tula Pink Mad Hatter Tea Party quilt kit" width="1063" height="1600" align="" /></a><br /></span></div> <div align="center"></div> <div align="center"><span style="font-size: 18pt; color: #d0131a;">Pre-order by Thurs. Jan. 28 to SAVE $25!</span></div> <div align="center"><span style="font-size: 12pt;"><s>Regular Price: $197.99</s></span></div> <div align="center"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Order by Thurs. Jan. 28: $172.99</span></div> <div align="center"><br /><br /></div> <div align="center"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Finished Quilt Size: 76" x 81"</span></div> <div align="center"><br /><br /></div> <div align="center"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">INCLUDES Mad Hatter Pattern Book!</span></div> <div align="center"><br /><br /></div> <div align="center"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Featuring her upcoming fabric line: Curiouser &amp; Curiouser</span></div> <div align="center"><span style="font-size: 12pt;">(and YES - we will be carrying this line!)<br /><br /><br /><strong><span style="font-size: 18pt;"><a href="https://www.creativesewing.biz/shop/c/p/Mad-Hatter-Tea-Party-Quilt-Kit-featuring-Tula-Pink-Curiouser-Curiouser-True-Colors-and-Solids---PRE-ORDER-x54665064.htm">PRE-ORDER YOUR QUILT KIT TODAY!</a></span></strong></span></div> </div>