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.

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!

 

Block of the Month: Elsmere

Elsmere Block of the Month

Block of the Month in Elsmere is making fantastic progress! For April, they made a colorful flower block. This month, we learned how to add textureand dimensional fringe with the applique foot – and used a variety of applique stitches to add even more variety. We also learned a great corner technique – and used some new tools. A fabric glue pen helped us tack down the rick-rack, and used a bias-cut tube to make the stem. It was great fun!

 

Woven Strips and Coin Flowers With Judy Smith

Woven Strips and Coin Flowers With Judy Smith

After dazzling everyone at Tuesday night’s club, Judy spent Wednesday at Luke’s Kentucky Clubhouse imparting her knowledge during a hands-on workshop! She brought her friend, Nancy, along with her to help guide students through a few of her special techniques. During a quick break, we had a lunch of pizza, breadsticks, and a spring salad.
First, we dove into our scrap collections to create a background of woven fabric strips. This is a wonderful way to use up those bits and piece of fabric we just can’t seem to let go of and create a colorful and textured background for our quilt. Then, we learned about modern applique and embellishing techniques to create whimsical “coin flowers” and finished it off with traditional prairie points!

Viking Epic Owner’s Class

Viking Epic Owner’s Class

On Saturday, Luke’s Kentucky Clubhouse hosted another Epic Owner’s Class! Our educator Connie helped us start the spring off with a new table runner. We spent the day learning our machines and making new friends. For lunch, we had baked chicken, macaroni salad and coleslaw. The Viking EPIC’s generous throat space and intuitive touch screen interface allowed us to easily piece together this table runner and pick out the right stitches for the job!

For this project, Connie taught us how to use the circular attachment to create perfect circles and semi-circles. We explored the EPIC’s decorative stitches for quilting and applique to add some customized, personal details to the finished piece. Then, we finished it all up by quilting in the hoop – using Viking’s exclusive metal hoop!