Friday, February 3, 2017

My Stitch Story is Moving!

My Stitch Story is moving to Angela Tackett Designs.  I hope you will join me at the new site that includes the blog, shop, tutorials, and a lot of exciting plans for 2017.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

2016 Is Almost Over - My 2016 Stitch Story

I really can't believe that this year has flown by so quickly.  It has been an interesting year.  I feel that I didn't get a whole lot accomplished finished project wise, but on the other hand I had some opportunities that were wonderful.  There were some really great times and some not so great, but I'm holding onto what I've learned and making big plans for 2017.

1.  I coordinated our modern guild's first exhibit for Mid Atlantic Quilt Festival in February.  I had two quilts hanging in the guild exhibit.  The first was a guild challenge quilt using a focal fabric to make blocks for everyone in the group.  I set my blocks on point and I love the way it turned out.  It lives on the back of a recliner in my family room and my son uses it when he comes over to watch football.  The second quilt is "Tip Toe" and The Enabler designed this one in an Excel spreadsheet.

2.  One of the things on my "crafty things to accomplish one day" list was entering a quilt in a quilt show.  I decided to enter this quilt "Ride the Wind" and my "Perception" quilt the day before the Mid Atlantic deadline and they were both juried into the show.

3.  I was thrilled to be able to sew for two different fabric designers for Spring Quilt Market.  This was a first for me and it was really exciting.  I designed and made the Window Garden mini quilt that hung in Carina Gardner's glamper.  I was also a guest designer/contributor in Carina's Simply Modern Patchwork Quilts e-book which includes the pattern for the Window Garden mini quilt and eleven other projects.

2.  June wasn't a good month for us at all.  We unexpectedly had to say goodbye to these two sweet goofy fur babies.

Spencer was a rescue and came to live with us when he was 3yo.  His former owners weren't really around and he was lonely and bored.  I also suspect that he was hit frequently as he still flinched occasionally after nine years with us and we never hit him.  (2/29/04-06/16/16).

Piper wasn't even born when we contacted the breeder of Irish Setter show dogs.  We saw her in person when she was around a week old and visited her and her litter mates until she came home with us at 8 weeks old.  (12/14/05-06/01/16).

3.  I hosted the first annual Sew Virginia Beach sewing retreat in September.  It was a wonderful weekend of sewing, sharing, and making new friends.  Plans are in the works for 2017 and an announcement will be made in January 2017.  Follow along at Sew Virginia Beach.

4.  I sat down with my planner in December 2015 and planned out all of my pattern releases and business plans for 2016.  Unexpected things happen and so I was only able to release:

The pattern includes printable paper piecing templates, paper piecing tips page, cutting charts, four quilt layout idea pages to color, and project pages with instructions for a table runner and a butterfly pillow. Paragon is available in my Craftsy pattern store, and also at Angela Tackett Designs on Etsy.

The pattern is for the block only and includes, paper piecing templates for a 7.5" x 10.25" block, paper piecing tips, cutting instructions, and block assembly instructions. Flicker is a great block and several together will make a great table runner, quilt, pillow, or tree skirt for your Christmas decorating.  Flicker is available in my Craftsy pattern store, and also at Angela Tackett Designs on Etsy.

I have some big plans for 2017 and I hope that you will join me on my new ventures. 

-  My new website will launch in January and will be the place to purchase my patterns, find free tutorials, videos, and inspiration.  

-   I have three new quilt patterns written and ready to go, with several more in sample production.  I will also be releasing two embroidery panels that you can stitch up and frame or use in a sewing project.  There are cross stitch patterns in the works as well, and I am working on offering my embroidery and cross stitch patterns as kits so you can start your project right away.

I hope you enjoy the rest of your 2016 and that 2017 starts off a new year of learning, sharing, and making amazing things.


Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Announcing Simply Modern Patchwork Quilts Pre-Sale

I'm so excited to have been a contributor on this project and to share this news with you all. Carina Gardner's Simply Modern Patchwork Quilts is being released as an eBook on August 15th in the Kindle Store on Amazon. There is a special pre-sale price of $4.99 (50% off the regular price of $9.99) through August 15th. That's a great deal at less than .50 per pattern. Carina also posted that there will be a download for the patterns for you to print them off.  How wonderful is that?


On presale through August 15, 2016 for 50% off. Normal price is $9.99. Take advantage of this presale price!

Sew together 12 beautiful modern quilts and projects with Carina Gardner! Blend the best of modern and simple projects that can be made using your digital copy OR the included download of pdf patterns for you to print! Guest pattern designers Christine Cook, Amy Webb, Amanda Neiderhauser, and Angie Tackett contribute mini quilts all in Carina’s fabric line Posy Garden.

Ideal for beginners, confident beginners, and intermediate sewers. Projects include quilts, mini quilts, pillows, and table runners. Step by step binding, backing, and piping instructions are included.

You can find more info about the eBook by going to Carina's site, or click on the picture above to go directly to Amazon for pre-purchase.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

2016 Charity Block Challenge

I am so happy to be making quilts for Hopes and Dreams for ALS this year.  It is something that my guild (Virginia Beach Modern Quilt Guild) does a challenge for every year, and also a cause that is close to my heart as a former vent unit nurse with ALS patients and losing my great-uncle to ALS in 1988.  

There will be two contests going on for the charity block challenge:

  -  The first is for retreat attendees only.  Bring your completed block sets to the retreat to be entered into the special charity challenge prize drawing.

  -  The second contest is for everyone not attending the retreat.  Simply make a set of blocks and mail them to me before September 12, 2016 to be entered into a separate charity challenge prize drawing.

You will receive an entry for each set of blocks that you turn in at the retreat, or mail to me, so make as many as you like because the more blocks we have the more quilts can be made for Hopes and Dreams for ALS.  

Here it is.  The Sew Virginia Beach 2016 charity block.  I chose a block that is very simple to make, but has so many design possibilities when they are assembled into a quilt top.  The instructions are for making one set of two blocks at a time.  Yes I know it's a simple hst, but I take every opportunity to play/practice in Illustrator.  :) 

Please send me an e-mail if you have any questions, or would like to send blocks and need my address.


P.S.  There are still a few ticket available for purchase at the Sew Virginia Beach site.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Pattern Updates

I'm working like crazy to get my business goals rolling smoothly this year.  Last month, I took all of my patterns down from my Craftsy and Etsy shops to add my new logo.  While I had them down I also updated pictures, and removed any unnecessary pictures and wording that made the pattern longer than it needed to be.  They are all refreshed and back up now.  

There are a few on Craftsy that are free downloads also, so stop by and check them out.  

Have a wonderful creative day!

Friday, April 1, 2016

How to Thread Your Juki TL2010Q

Today I finally decided that I wasn't getting up until I figured out how to use the automatic needle threader on my Juki 2010.  I've had it for fifteen months and not being able to figure out the needle threader was one of only two complaints I had about this machine.  I guess I only have one complaint now; not being able to see the amount of thread left on the bobbin.

So, here is a video, followed by written instructions, on how to use that needle threader...

Part One: Side View

Part Two: Front View

Step One:  Push the needle threader all the way down and hold it.

Step Two:  Pull the thread straight down the back of the silver piece on the back left side of the needle threader.

Step Two:  Pull the thread toward you, and into the slot on the white piece at the front right of the needle threader.

Step Four:  Hold the thread into the white slot while you slowly let the needle threader raise back up to its normal position.

The thread should be pulled through your needle now.  If it isn't threaded, then try again and hold the thread tighter/looser while you let the threader raise back up.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Signature Block Tutorial

Signature Block Tutorial

The signature block will measure 3-1/2” x 3-1/2” after sewing and pressing.  The finished block will measure 3” x 3” after being sewn into your project using a ¼” seam allowance.  

What you will need:

-Rotary cutter, acrylic ruler, and cutting mat
-Sewing machine with white or off white thread
-Pen or pencil to mark lines of fabric
-Iron with ironing board or mat
-Pigma micron pen, fine tip Sharpie, or other
permanent pen for signing your block
-white background fabric: (1) 3-1/2” x 3-1/2” square
-100% cotton print fabric: (2) 2-1/2” x 2-1/2” squares

You will need one 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" square of white background fabric, and two 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" squares of a print for each signature block.

Step One:  Mark a diagonal line on the wrong side of each of your print squares.

Step Two:  Place the first 2-1/2" square wrong side up at the corner of the white Kona square as shown.  Sew along the diagonal line that you marked in the previous step.

Step Three:  Place the 1/4" mark of your acrylic ruler on the line you just sewed and trim corner away with rotary cutter.

Step Four:  Press the seams toward the print side.

Step Five:  Place the second print square, wrong side up, on the opposite corner as shown below.

Step Six:  Sew along the diagonal line that you marked.
Step Seven:  Trim the corner to 1/4" using your acrylic ruler along the sewn line.

Step Eight:  Press seams to print fabric side.

Step Nine:  Use a Pigma pen, fine tip Sharpie, or other permanent marker to sign your block. Please include your name and city/state.  You can also include your social media name if that is how you are best known.

Please excuse the wonky looking pictures.  My block is exactly 3-1/2" x 3-1/2" but the camera operator is having issues today.  :) 

Have a wonderful creative day!