Home of the Free- Tri County

Home of the Free – Tri County
Tri County kicked off the summer in a patriotic fashion with this “Home of the Free” wall hanging – just in time for the 4th of July! Our wonderful educator JoAnne lead a full house through this popular project. The day was full of laughter, smiles and new friends as we combined quilting, sewing, and embroidery techniques.

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Tri County VIP Special Guest – Belinda’s Studio

Tri County VIP Special Guest – Belinda’s Studio
On Wednesday – Belinda’s Studios visited our Tri County location. Belinda M is an embroidery enthusiast turned creator out of Cleveland, Ohio. She digitizes all her own designs – including traditional heirloom patterns to cutwork, applique, and free standing designs! Her work is fun and fashionable and we were delighted to see it in person.  The night started with a great dinner of pasta, salad and breadsticks – we also had a great dessert!

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Elsmere VIP Club – Special Guest Belinda’s Studio

Club Recap
Elsmere VIP Club Special Guest: Belinda’s Studio’s

Tuesday’s Club meeting was a true treat! The room was absolutely packed with Luke’s VIP’s to great June’s guest speaker – Belinda’s Studio’s! Belinda M is an embroidery enthusiast turned creator out of Cleveland, Ohio. She digitizes all her own designs – including traditional heirloom patterns to cutwork, applique, and free standing designs! Her work is fun and fashionable and we were delighted to see it in person.
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Shadow Work Class

Tri County’s Shadow Work Class

Saturday, May 27, Luke’s Tri County store hosted its monthly embroidery class. Our educator Laquitta walked us through these fun Anita Goodesign Shadow Work designs – perfect for a baby blanket or child’s room! We took a break from a busy say of sewing for a lunch of pizza, bread sticks, and salad from Larosa’s!

May VIP of the Month: Shirley S!

Customer Spotlight

Shirley S.

Look at these lovely gifts Shirley’s made for her family!

Shirley started coming to Luke’s Elsmere location “ages ago” when her Kenmore needed regular servicing. She bought her SE from Margaret shortly after her first grandbaby was born – and has been an embroidery and quilting addict ever since. “I liked the idea of putting pictures on things. It started out so simple, and over the years grew to where nearly everything I do is in the hoop,” she reminisced, “In the hoop projects are so easy! They even put the zipper in for you sometimes, it’s amazing.” 6 more grandchildren later, she most of her projects are gifts for her family. In fact – Shirley is already working on Christmas presents for everyone – In May! “Well, I just have so many to make, how else am I supposed to get them all done?” She remarked. Keep at it Shirley! We love that you plan ahead so well.

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VIP Club Special Guest: Kaye Moore

Tri County’s VIP Club

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We had a great club with guest speaker Kay Moore on Wednesday! The night started with pizza, salad, munchies and desert. We kicked off the show with the slideshow video created by Genevieve showing off all the smiling faces and great projects at the Anita Goodesign Party. What a great event!

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VIP Club Special Guest: Kay Moore

Kaye joined us in our Kentucky Club house on Tuesday, May 16. We had a packed house, and were excited to see everyone after the Anita Goodesign Party! Everyone arrived early for a great dinner of pulled pork, salad, and macaroni.

May Block of the Month: Kentucky

May Block of the Month: Kentucky

Kentucky’s Block of the Month club is in the home stretch! This month, they created their 8th block in the stitcher’s garden quilt. We explored our machines decorative stitches – getting creative with how we applied our applique and even used the circular attachment to create perfect circles! Then, we crafted bias tubes to use as the flower stems.

Anita Goodesign Party 2017!

Monday, April 24 and Tuesday, April 25 Luke’s hosted our first BIG party of the year! Over 100 sewing and embroidery enthusiasts joined us at the Holiday Inn in Erlanger, KY for two exciting days of hand-on learning, shopping deals, door prizes, great food and so much more! Steve G from Anita Goodesign was our excited and gracious host who shared all the “secret” tips and tricks he knows -and even divulged some up-coming collections that haven’t been released to the public yet!

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It Might’ve Been a Party…

But we still learned a lot!

Even though we took plenty of breaks for door prizes and shopping – this event was FULL of hands on sewing using the Elna multi-needle embroidering machine. We created free standing lace charms, free motion blocks, confetti applique – and even a zipper bag in the hoop! Steve also gave us lots of tips on other techniques – such as assembling quilt blocks and tile scenes (“Just follow the guide lines – and remember to baste first!”) and Anita Goodesign’s Fold ‘N Stitch quilting technique.

Serger Class

Veronica’s Serger Class: Ruffled Scarf

We love learning new Serger techniques from Veronica! Many sewers are intimiated by this 4 thread machine, but at Luke’s we have plenty of experts to show you the ropes. This weekend, she walked us through this great “serger crochet” scarf. This is made with 12 wt thread – no fabric! We set our machines for 3 thread overlock stitch, and learned how to adjust the stitch length to create the ruffles. This fun technique can also be added to other projects to add unique flair and variety!
Mid-day, we took a break for a lunch of baked chicken, salad, and marcaroni salad. Many thanks to our educator Kathleen J for assisting Veronica and helping everyone master this new technique!