November   News


This past weekend brought fall temperatures to Jacksonville, a few completed projects and lots of ideas and starts for new projects! The fall weather also inspired a free Thanksgiving pattern for your stitching pleasure. Here's what's been happening in the sewing studio!
On the Design Wall

My Posey Packet quilt is making progress. The center is complete, I'm adding the inner border, and the piecing for the outer border is in the works! It's scheduled to head to the quilter the 1st of January. It's exciting to be ahead of schedule for a change!

Coming next May, we will have a class at Cinnamon's Quilt Shoppe to work on these little posies. The program will offer some fun small projects too and maybe a special accessory to accompany your stitching journey.

This is a class I taught in 2018 using Edyta Sitar's Quilters Canvas - Lucky Charm Block. I shared different techniques for making embroidered leaves and flowers. We played with lots of different threads and ribbons too. This is one of my favorite classes!

I've been contemplating what to do with this little treasure. Should I frame it, use it as a center medallion for a quilt, make it into a smaller wall hanging, a pillow? 

While sorting and folding fabrics with my sister Jo in her new sewing studio, we came across a piece of fabric that looked to be a perfect border for this piece. What do you think? 

This piece was stitched by my Mom. I love her choose of fabrics and colors in this block, and the effect of the appliqué as though the appliqué pieces were tiles.

It  was time to decide on a hand appliqué class for the next quarter at Cinnamons Quilt Shop, and Mom's block inspired my idea for the next class.

Stay tuned for upcoming details and a December photo of the spring table runner using this fun technique!
Academy of Applique

It's not too late! Registration is still underway for the  2020 Academy of Applique in Williamsburg, Virginia!

All the available classes are listed in the  catalog of classes.

Both of my class are refreshed blocks from my book, The Art of Elegant Hand Embroidery The  Grape Wreath & Chalice (pictured here) and t he Floral Urn feature lessons in hand embroidery, ribbon work, beading and  stump work techniques, all beautiful additions to any of your applique projects.  

Be sure to sign up soon! My classes are almost full! Please feel free to email me with any questions about either class.  I would love the opportunity to stitch with you!   You can register for classes here .

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!

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

This class offers two preparation methods for needle turn appliqué, the traditional Hawaiian style and perfect placement applique. 

You will also learn how to stitch smooth curves and pointy points.

A great beginner class and a class for experienced appliqués who would like to hone their skills.

For Your Library

The Embroidered Art of Chloe Giordano, published by Search Press, is a glorious work of art! Chloe's hope with this book was to "bridge the gap between embroidery and painting", and she has succeeded beautifully.

Chloe uses a form of long and short stitch embroidery to depict the woodland creatures of Britain. The exquisite detail of her embroidery is accomplished using sewing thread rather than embroidery thread/floss.

The photography of Chloe's finished pieces and step outs of her work are gorgeous. Even if you choose not to dabble in this particular needle art form, the book is filled with inspiration and breathtaking embroidery. It is becoming one of my favorite books on my library shelf.
Stitching Companions

This is Sammy. Technically, he loves my husband the most, follows him everywhere, and is not a happy boy when his daddy's not around.

He also loves my sister Jo. When she was here the other day, he graced us with his presence in the sewing room. She left, and so did he.

But a few days later, Sammy did spend the afternoon with me while I was stitching. I've missed having Tigger in the sewing room with me, so Sammy's presence made me happy. 

Love all our fur babies so much!

In Closing

Here is a free November only block design just for you!  It is a refreshed version of the Cornucopia design found in The Art of Elegant Hand Embroidery. Fill your cornucopia with appliquéd fruit and embroidered embellishments. I would love to see pictures of what you do with the new block pattern!

Wishing you bountiful blessings and a very Happy Thanksgiving. 

Until next month,
Stay stitching,


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