Wednesday, October 7, 2015

There are ten tickets left for Sew Virginia Beach 2016.  Don't miss out on an amazing weekend of sewing with an ocean view, meeting new friends and catching up with ones you already know, workshops with Lee Monroe and Alison Glass, and great swag and prizes.

There are also two drawings currently happening.  The first is buy your ticket by October 31, 2015 and be entered to win a fat 1/8th bundle of Sun Prints 2015 by Alison Glass.  Giveaway ends on 10/31/15 at 11:59pm (eastern).  Winner will be drawn and announced on November 1.

The second is an Instagram only giveaway.  Repost the Sew Virginia Beach tickets on sale picture with the #sewvirginiabeach2016 and you will be entered into a drawing for the small Alison Glass essentials Aurifil thread collection.  Giveaway ends when all tickets are sold, and the winner will be drawn and announced the day after.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Sew Virginia Beach 2016 Tickets on Sale Tonight

The ticket tab at the  Sew Virginia Beach site will be live in less than 30 minutes.

Purchase your ticket by October 31, 2015 and be entered to win a fat 1/8th bundle of Sunprints 2015 by Alison Glass.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Pattern Testers and Sew Virginia Beach

Today at Sew Virginia Beach:  I have posted a sample page that explains ticket purchase options and payment plans.  Tickets go on sale this Saturday, 10/3, at 9:00 pm (eastern).

Tomorrow at Sew Virginia Beach:  Don't miss the workshop, lecture, and trunk show announcement. I am so excited about the great things Lee Monroe and Alison Glass will be sharing with us next Fall.

I want to thank everyone who has filled out the questionnaire to test patterns for me.  I am working on patterns that I will need testers for in the next couple of weeks.  I will be in contact with you soon.

Have a wonderful creative day!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Pattern Testers Wanted

I have several patterns that I would like to finish and release in the coming months, and I am looking for sewists/quilters of all skill levels to test the patterns.  At this time I only need testers for machine sewing patterns.

I have created a questionnaire that you can fill out, but here are the details:

- Turnaround on most patterns is 2-4 weeks depending on the size and complexity.  Please be honest with yourself, and me, and don't commit if you know you can't get it finished by the deadline.

-Some patterns will not require that the whole thing be finished by the deadline.  There are times when just the block in a quilt is the important part to be tested.  I will let you know if that is the case.

-I make ALL of the items at least once before typing up the entire pattern.  I never release a pattern for sale, or post a free tutorial, without making a completed project from the design.  What I need to know is if the instructions make sense to you, if a measurement isn't right, did I leave a step out, what do you think the difficulty level for most people would be, etc.  There will be a short form sent with each pattern that will have the areas that I especially need feedback on.

-There is no monetary compensation for pattern testing, fabric, supplies, etc.  I will supply the pattern to test and you will supply the fabric and supplies that are needed.  You will get a copy of the final pattern, and if you leave your address on the questionnaire you might find a surprise in your mail box.

If you have any questions please feel free to leave a comment, or email me.

Have a wonderful creative day!

Monday, September 28, 2015

Know What You Are Getting Before You Purchase Your Ticket Week

Each day this week I will be discussing what's planned for Sew Virginia Beach 2016.

This week's schedule of posts:

Monday (Today) - Hotel/retreat location, amenities. 

Tuesday -  Meals and beverages while you are at the retreat.  We don't want anyone going around hangry.

Wednesday - Swaps, prizes, and swag.  Charity Challenges. 

Thursday - Ticket purchase sample page so that you are familiar with your payment options and payment plans prior to tickets going on sale. 

Friday - Alison Glass & Lee Monroe: Workshops, Lectures, Trunk Shows, and Pop Up Shops

Follow the retreat announcements over at

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Zippy Linen Pin Pillow Pattern

I love pin cushions.  I have them everywhere I sit to sew/cross stitch/embroider, and in most of my travel sewing pouches too.  I also love to fill my pin cushions with crushed walnut shells. Unfortunately you can't really throw a pin cushion filled with crushed walnut shells into the washer and dryer when it gets dirty.  Well, now you can wash the cover and avoid the mess of wet walnut shell mush.

Introducing the Zippy Linen Pin Pillow...

This quick and easy project makes a separate pillow insert filled with crushed walnut shells, and a zippered cover that can be removed for hand or machine washing.

Pattern includes a cover page that lists supplies, and two pages of easy to follow step by step instructions.  No pictures in this one, but if you need help or have a question don't hesitate to send me an e-mail.

Available for purchase in my Angela Tackett Designs pattern store on Craftsy.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Sew Virginia Beach 2016 Instructor Announcement Part 2

     In case you missed the announcements over at Sew Virginia Beach, the two lovely ladies that will be leading workshops, lectures, and trunk shows are Lee Monroe from May Chappell, and Alison Glass. I am so excited about all of the great things being planned for the retreat next year.

     I hope everyone has a wonderful, relaxing weekend.