September   News
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Can you believe September 23 is the first day of Fall! Where has this summer gone? Here in Florida it still feels like summer, especially with hurricane season in full swing. I have lots to keep me busy if we loose power! Here's what's happening in my sewing world...
Academy of Applique

It was a crazy day yesterday, September 2, as phones were ringing off the hook for registration of the  2020 Academy of Applique in Williamsburg, Virginia!

What an honor to be a part of this wonderful event! Just take a look at the catalog of classes to see the international selection of teachers and the wide array of classes. 

Classes are already filling fast! I hope you will consider one or both of my classes as I would love to stitch with you in Williamsburg.  Both class samples are refreshed blocks from my book,   The Art of Elegant Hand Embroidery

The  Grape Wreath & Chalice class (pictured here) offers lessons in stump work techniques, also known as surface embroidery.  The second offering, the  Floral Urn, features lessons in floral embroidery, ribbon work and beading. You can register for classes here.

Please feel free to email me with any questions about these classes. I hope to see you in Willliamsburg next year!

On the Road Again

I had a delightfully long sewing retreat/reunion weekend last month with family and friends at the Marywood Retreat and Conference Center in St. Johns, Florida.

We shared delicious meals, long hours of hand and machine stitching, laughing, walks on the grounds, watching colorful sunsets over the St. Johns River, and being inspired by each others creativity. 

This floor throughout the retreat center was equally inspiring! We were sure it was meant just for us!

And with all that, it was amazing what we accomplished (see my works in progress below)! There was even a finished pieced quilt and completed appliquéd and embellished blocks.  Everyone made great progress working on their multiple projects. We're already looking forward to next year!
On the Design Wall

I n August, I shared with you the  Posey Packets by  Hoopla Designs  that I am currently appliquéing and piecing. At the sewing retreat mentioned above, I finished all the 9-patch setting blocks and  several of the appliquéd blocks. 

All my remaining appliquéd blocks are prepped and ready to  go  should Hurricane Dorian decided to visit the Jacksonville shores.

I hope to share more of these tiny treasures with you next month.

Here is another work in progress. It is a Hawaiian appliqué  block for an upcoming class. I will offer two options for the class. 

The first option, pictured here, is worked in the traditional Hawaiian applique style . I enjoy learning new preparation techniques for appliqué . Traditional Hawaiian hand appliqué is a tried and true method, so I had to give it a shot. This block will finish as a pillow.

The second option is a 34" x 34" table topper or wall hanging.  It has a finished border around the center block. The center block and border are both prepped at the same time making for an easy needle turn appliqué project. This second option  is prepared using perfect placement appliqué , my favorite method of preparing a project for needle turn appliqué. This perfect placement applique video is a blast from the past, Quilt Market 2013! 

Both projects are from patterns by Aloha Quilt Designs I'll share a picture of the wall hanging next month along with the details for the upcoming class.

In The Classroom

NEW! Embroidery Sampler Book
2nd Saturday of each month, September  2019 through January 2020, 10:30 am - 12:30pm
Cinnamon's  Quilt Shoppe

I have had numerous requests for an embroidery class that would not involve another UFO project. I think this one may fit the bill!

You'll learn lots of stitches and techniques . Two options will be offered for turning the samples into pages for a small embroidery sample book. A great reference tool for your other projects!


Heartsong - Hand Needleturn Applique
2nd Saturday of each month, September 2019 through January 2020, 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cinnamon's  Quilt Shoppe

If you've always wanted to learn hand needle turn appliqué or improve your technique, this sweet design by Elly Sienkiewicz is a perfect place to start. OR, if you have an appliqué project you would like to work on or to improve your appliqué skills, bring it to class. 

In this class, you will discover an easy prep method for hand applique, along with tips for pointy points, smooth curves and inside corners. The soft scalloped border on Elly's Heartsong design adds a touch of elegance to this 24" x 24"  finished block. 



Lil' Needle Books
September 20, 2019
10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Cinnamon's  Quilt Shoppe

This would be a great gift for a stitching friend, and it's never too soon to start thinking about Christmas gifts.

One of my newest patterns , these little needle books will become treasured heirlooms in any sewing basket. 

Learn wool appliqué, simple embroidery stitches to compliment your appliqué, and how to stitch the books entirely by hand!


For Your Library

This is a new acquisition for my stitching library, The Intentional Thread, A Guide to Drawing, Gesture, and Color in Stitch, by Susan Brandeis. 

There are more than 350 color photographs that depict the techniques of drawing, painting, and good composition with needle and thread. There are "Try This!" projects throughout the book that will inspire your individuality when you stitch.

This book is a great design resource, learning tool and inspirational reference. It will appeal to all levels of stitchers, whether beginner or professional. It would be a great complement to my  Embroidery Sampler class !

I'm glad I added this book to my stitching library! I think you will be too!
Stitching Companions

Sweet Sophia, she's always by my side! 

And this little girl has never found a quilt she doesn't like to snuggle in. 

This night she was close as I worked on my Hawaiian appliqué. I have a feeling the pillow will be the perfect size for her to snooze on.

In Closing


Photo by Timothy Eberly

"Fall...the time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale." -- Lauren DeStefano

Wishing you a Happy Fall!
Until next month,
Stay stitching,

  

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