Flip ‘N Fold Pillow: Tri County

We had such a great group at Tri County for Saturday’s Flip ‘N Fold Pillow Class! Using a fantastic Anita Goodesign design collection, we learned a great in-the-hoop quilting technique that allowed us to create large monograms that appear paper pieced. But it was as simple as folding our fabric over and stitching it down. Then, we turned our quilted monograms into one-of-a-kind pillows! It’s great to see how everyone’s pillow turned out so unique!

We took a lunch-break midday for grilled chicken salad, pizza and lots of sweet treats like cookies and candy. There were some great deals on new items – like the large stabilizers – too!

 

 

 

Sit ‘N Sew: Tri County

This Saturday Luke’s Tri County hosted a fantastic Sit ‘N Sew! Our educator, Laquitta was happy to help our VIP’s with their various projects. We took a break from our busy day for a quick lunch around 1pm, and finished up around 4. Laquitta is a very talented quilter and seamstress – and has a great sense of humor. It’s always great to work with her.
We were also glad to have Ann back! We’ve missed her recently and were excited to see her again – she always described Luke’s as her “Happy Place.” Welcome back!

Sit and Sews are one of our most popular reoccurring events at Luke’s. They’re a great way to get out of the house, meet other Luke’s VIP’s, and get some sewing done! Best yet- they’re FREE. Luke’s educators are always on hand to help you master your machine, offer design advice, and show you how to master new, tricky techniques.

Join us select Saturdays at Luke’s Tri County and Green Township for a day of fun, learning, and new friends!

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Artistic Digital Cutter Class: Tri County

A great group of 13 quilters and craft lovers joined us at Luke’s Tri County on Friday afternoon to learn more about their Artistic Digital Cutters. Our educator Kathleen walked us through downloading the correct software, and wirelessly connecting the software to our computers! There were a few hiccups (as there always are when dealing with  computers) but Kathleen and the Tri County Team worked tirelessly to find solutions to everyone’s problems!

 

Once everyone was situated, we played with cutting vinyl and other fabrics. The fine, precision cutting opens us up to endless embellishment and crafting possibilities. We’re excited to see what everyone makes!

 

If you have any questions about the Artistic Cutter or software – give Gen a call!
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EZ Breezy Table Runner (Green Township)

Saturday, July 29 Luke’s Green Township hosted their EZ Breezy Table Runner class! Our educator Kathy walked 8 VIP Customers through this “quilt as you go” technique – mastering curved seams and crafting a unique table runner all at once! Everyone made great progress towards finishing by the end of the day and Shannon gave a quick demonstration of the Mitered Corners tool for self-binding  – ensuring everyone finished up their binding perfectly.

 


Customer Appreciation Month!

Customer Appreciation Month was an exiting month full of surprise discounts, exciting events, and lots of learning! Four of Luke’s locations around Cincinnati – Elsmere, Tri County, Green Township, and Lawrenceburg – hosted Open Houses throughout the month of July. Guests were treated to special refreshments while our educators gave informative demonstrations on often requested techniques – and were able to stock up on essential sewing items with an extra 30% off club items! Visitors were even given a free gift when they stopped in on these days.
Luke’s Customer Appreciation presentations covered basic sewing and embroidery techniques and questions frequently answered by our educators. Throughout the month, we about new feet, and got all kinds of tips and tricks from Luke’s own expert educators:
  • Laquitta taught us some popular quilt blocks and made them so easy to learn! She made a disappearing 9 patch, flying geese -and more!
  • Shannon showed us a trick to making quilt triangles in minutes!
  • Veronica taught us how to make a quick and simple bag on the Serger!
  • Regina taught us to use the rolled hem and ruffled feet for professional finishes to pillows, aprons and drapes!
  • Veronica showed us how simple and quick mitered binding can be with the right tool!
  • Shannon showed us how simple adding a waist band can be with the stitch in the ditch foot!
  • JoAnne enlightened us on design positioning, hooping, stabilizers and scissor options in Embroidery 101!
In fact, we had SO MUCH fun at our Open Houses that Luke’s Tri County and Luke’s Green Township will be continuing them! Stay tuned for more details – but make sure to mark your calendar and stop in on the dates below. You don’t want to miss out!

VIP Spotlight: Vivien B

VIP of the Month
Vivien B.
Vivien is a newer face at Luke’s VIP events- but certainly not new to sewing! Her grandma taught her how to sew her first cheerleading uniform, and she was hooked after that. “I sewed just about everything I wore in highschool and college,” she reminisced. “I also made my daughter so many cute little outfits – mostly Halloween costumes – but as she got older, life happened and I didn’t sew much.” In November, she came to Luke’s to tune up a portable Janome machine so she could dive into quilting. “Lisa showed me the Elna 860 and I was in love.”
“Through Luke’s, I really fell in love with making quilts – and discovered I love making purses!”  Vivian explained that out of the dozens of quilts and purses she’s made, she’s given away nearly all of them to friends, family and charities. “My daughter has so many purses from me- and she even tried to talk me into setting up an Etsy shop, but I just love sewing for my friends and loved ones! And I’m excited to incorporate embroidery into everything- it makes everything that much more personal!” Her most recent purchase, the Elna 4 Needle, is going to let her do just that with ease and convenience. “It just seems so much easier – not having to keep stopping to change threads all the time.” The multineedle machines are fantastic for multitasking. Vivien will be able to focus on sewing and sergering while her 4 needle adds monograms and personalized embroidery designs to her projects. She won’t have to stop every time there’s a color change, and with the free-arm and hat hoop, combined with Elna’s proven durability – she’ll be able to embroider on a huge variety of materials

Since buying her first machine through Luke’s, Vivien has become a regular face at Luke’s VIP Club meetings and classes. When she bought her first machine at Luke’s, she gained access to all of our events, classes and support – and made real connections with many of our other VIP’s who have done the same. “What I love about Luke’s is how everyone is always willing to help, I can call up and my question will always be answered,” she elaborated, citing that she loves going to Club meetings. “I just love the energy at Club meetings – Margaret is so great to us and makes sure we laugh and have a great time.” Not only that, but she’s made new friends since becoming a Luke’s VIP. “The same people that come to club come to the Open Houses and other events – I’m new to the area, so I feel like I’ve really joined the community through Luke’s. I’ve made new friends and really fallen in love with sewing and quilting and I’m excited about getting into embroidery.”

Customer Appreciation Month Pt 1

Customer Appreciation Month is in full swing! Three Luke’s locations hosted events this past weekend. Friday and Saturday were full of fun technique demonstrations, new friends, and great deals – if you missed these – make sure to join in on the fun this upcoming weekend!
Each Luke’s location had a unique quilting, sewing or embroidery technique to demonstrate and teach over the weekend. Veronica at Luke’s Elsmere showed us how to “quilt as we go” on the serger and how to make a fun and simple draw string purse. Shannon in Luke’s Green Township also taught us to make a quick and easy pull-string bag. Luke’s Tri County hosted a day of embroidery – showing off in-the-hoop and fold and stitch techniques!
There were also fantastic deals all around! All VIP Customers got 30% off club items – including the new extra-wide stabilizers. This is a great time to snag that hoop or specialty foot you’ve been eyeing and save a little bit more than your already great Luke’s VIP Discount!
If you missed out this weekend – don’t worry! We’re hosting events this weekend as well! Check out our awesome offerings for this weekend:

Christmas in July: Hope Yoder Trunk Show

 

Christmas in July! Hope Yoder Trunk Show
It’s Christmas in July at Luke’s! We took a break from the heat and looked forward to the holidays during our VIP Clubs on Tuesday and Wednesday. Veronica (Elsmere), JoAnne and Laquitta (Tri County) presented lovely Trunk Shows from famed embroidery and quilt designer Hope Yoder.
Luke’s Elsmere’s night started with a dinner of chicken, green beans, mashed potatoes and cake for dessert. Tri County had pizza, salad, and cookies. VIP guests got to catch up with friends and take some up close peaks at some of the samples as they ate. They were also treated to 30% off VIP Club items – including hoops and stabilizers.

 

After shopping and dinner, our educators took the stage to present Hope Yoder’s work! Hope’s designs feature trendy embroidery and quilting for all our Viking, Elna, and Janome customers. Yoder’s deigns goes from trendy, to modern, to traditional and back again. There was something for everyone at this trunk show! Some designs were as inexpensive as $15!

Since we were celebrating Christmas in July – there were gifts! Everyone who wore red for the festivities received a free spool of thread in addition to numerous door prizes. The big winner of the night at Luke’s Elsmere was Anna M! She went home with a collection of Hope Yoder designs, a collection of Iris thread, and a pair of applique scissors  – worth over $550! Wow! Congrats Anna!

Elsmere’s Block of the Month Club

Block of the Month – Elsmere
Luke’s Elsmere’s Block of the Month Club is made great progress this month. They meet the first Saturday of the month to work on a year-long project, learn new techniques, and try out new presser feet and accessories!

Luke’s Tri County Class Recap

Make it Take It: Infinity Scarf

We had a wonderful class with Joanne!  11 ladies joined us at our Luke’s Tri County location for a Make it Take it: Infinity Scarf! We provided the sergers, chiffon fabric, and lunch! The class was only $19.95 and a great way to learn more about serging before committing to buying a machine.
We learned how to create a rolled hem on the Elna and Viking Sergers – a great way to finish off delicate chiffons, organzas and silks! It’s a must-learn technique if you are ever in need of hemming a prom dress.
Everyone left with a scarf and new friends! We will be doing this again – so stay tuned!