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!

 

A Flower for M’Lady – Tri County

A Flower for M’Lady – Tri County

Spring has officially arrived, and to celebrate, Tri County’s March embroidery class featured this great big Anita Goodesign flower called “A Flower For M’Lady!” This is a great project that combines embroidery and applique all in the hoop! Our educator Joanne H walked us through each step – it couldn’t be easier!

April VIP of the Month: Donna L

Donna L

Donna “feels like she’s known Margaret forever,” since she lives only a few miles away from our Elsmere, KY store. She regularly brought her old Singer in for servicing, and eventually bought her daughter a Viking sewing machine to use abroad.”It had to be something easy to service in Europe,and Margaret had the perfect solution.” She loved that little machine so much, she bought an SE for herself shortly after.
A lover of embroidery and quilting, Donna actually picked up sewing as a special education teacher. “I loved helping out in the life skills class – and learned how to sew with them.” She describes herself as an “Avid mender and on-demand sewer” noting that many of her projects are favors for friends or service projects. “God sends people my way and I help them,” she explained. Donna has used her serger to hem all the band uniforms for a local high school, and once she even completely reconstructed a wedding dress for a daughter of her friend. She also loves embroidering items for her 9 grandkids.
Currently she’s trying to master her new Viking EPIC, which she bought during the holidays. The Viking EPIC’s large touch screen, cloud capability, and thousands of decorative stitches ensure it lives up to its name. “It’s quite different from the Diamond I’m used to – but that just means there’s more to learn!” She loves how quiet and smooth it is compared to her other machines, the automatic needle threader, and “all those other things” that make it a joy to learn and sew on.
Despite her busy schedule, Donna takes as many classes at Luke’s as she can. “I love learning new things – part of being a teacher I guess,” she explains. Sewing Adventure, a large two-day event Luke’s holds in the fall, is probably her favorite. That’s where she discovered her favorite tool yet – the magnetic hoop. The magnets secure your fabric in place without leaving creases, and also make it easier to align fabric for embroidery placement. “I’m also looking forward to the Anita Goodesign Party – it’ll be my first one!” She exclaimed. Donna loves all her Anita Goodesign designs for their consistent quality and easy to follow instructions, but has never been able to make it due to scheduling conflicts.

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!