Friday, July 3, 2015

Win a Fat 1/8th Bundle of Sun Prints 2015

Tickets are still available for Sew Virginia Beach retreat.  Everyone who purchases a ticket by July 13th will be entered to win a fat 1/8th bundle of the entire Sun Prints 2015 collection by Alison Glass.  

NOTE:  This is not a sponsored giveaway.  Random drawing will take place on July 15th from names of each person who purchased a ticket to Sew Virginia Beach by July 13th.  Winner be announced on this Sew Virginia Beach site ( ) , and on @mystitchstory on Instagram, on July 15th.  The winner will also be notified by e-mail.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Tickets for Sew Virginia Beach On Sale Today

Tickets go on sale at the Sew Virginia Beach site at 6:00 pm (EDT) today.  I am so excited to see some familiar faces, and meet new friends.  We have worked hard to put together an affordable retreat while not sacrificing the learning, sharing, and creating experience. 

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Pellon Vinyl Fuse Review

I have been very interested in the laminated/vinyl coated fabric that I have seen pop up online and at Joann's.  I wasn't very happy with the selection of prints, and the prices weren't all that great.  So, I decided to buy some Pellon Vinyl Fuse and fuse fabric that I liked.  I got it for around $11.00 plus tax, but used a 50% off coupon.

This package is 15" x 2 yards so keep that in mind.  You will have to match up seams or hide the seams under trim if what you are making is wider than 15".

The packaging states:

- UV rated and water repellent.  I have found both of these to be accurate after eight months, although if you only use it on the front of your fabric then obviously water can get in from the other side. 

- Easy iron-on application.  Absolutely true.  I followed the directions (mostly) on the packaging and I had no trouble at all ironing it onto my fabric.  Eight months later and it's still stuck there.

- Pressure sensitive backing.  I love the pressure sensitive backing on Pellon products.  It allows you to put the product right where you want it and keep in place before you iron it down permanently.

- Great for lunch bags, aprons, placemats, and diaper bags.  I have to admit that this list of uses bothers me since this is printed on the back of the package: Caution: Vinyl Fuse is not recommended for use in items children may put in their mouth.  Do NOT use on items that come in direct contact with food.  So keep this in mind when using it on lunch bags, or placemats, that children will be using.

My test project was a boxy pouch using this great Alison Glass print.  The Vinyl Fuse was easy to iron onto the fabric, and I had no problems at all sewing through it using my usual size 14 Janome needle and open toe foot.  Just remember to sew with the vinyl up so your feed dogs don't dig into it and mess it up.

I use the open toe foot to put in my zippers, so I can't tell you how the zipper foot works going over the vinyl.  The open toe foot did a great job for the whole project.

The bag looks a little lumpy here because it's stuffed full of paper.  I didn't add interfacing, pull tabs, or a strap to this one since it was a test and I wasn't sure how the fabric would stand up with the vinyl fuse.  I am happy with the way it turned out, but I will definitely add interfacing next time for more stiffness .  Turning the bag right side out wasn't any more difficult that it would be with a lightweight iron on interfacing, so that was a plus too.

I didn't add Vinyl Fuse to the lining fabric, but that is definitely something that you could do.  It would be great for a makeup bag, so you can just use a damp cloth to wipe the inside out.

I will definitely be using Vinyl Fuse on more projects.  


Project: Vinyl Covered Boxy Pouch

Materials Used: Pellon Vinyl Fuse Style# 100R (Clear Gloss Finish); Alison Glass prints: outside is Field Day, lining is Field Day - x & + in noon; zipper is Coats All Purpose Polyester Zipper 16"; Coats and Clark 100% mercerized cotton thread in white

Tools Used:  Janome Horizon 7700QCP; size 14 Janome sewing machine needle; plastic open toe presser foot; iron; needle to sew lining opening closed

Note:  This is not a sponsored review.  I purchased everything mentioned and used in this review.  This is my opinion on how the products worked in the project shown here.

Have a wonderfully creative day!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Sew Virginia Beach Retreat is Coming THIS FALL!

Plans changed and the dates opened up for the first annual Sew Virginia Beach retreat to be held October 29 - November 1, 2015.  That's right.  This Fall and we couldn't be more excited to bring a retreat weekend to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.  

(from the Ramada Virginia Beach Oceanfront website)

For more details on the retreat accommodations, location, ticket sales, and more, please visit the Sew Virginia Beach website.

I hope to see familiar faces, meet new friends, and make some great memories that weekend.


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

East Coast Retreat Coming Fall 2016

Several years ago I started tossing around the idea of a sewing retreat here in Virginia Beach.  It seemed that all of the retreats and conventions were taking place on the west coast, and I knew that there were a lot of sewists/quilters like me that couldn’t make those west coast trips yearly.  The idea of sewing AND enjoying all that the oceanfront had to offer was very appealing.

I spent the last couple of years bouncing ideas off of my husband (aka The Enabler), friends, and writing every idea I had down in a special notebook.  The idea popped back in to the front of my mind while we were planning a guild retreat for this Fall, but I pushed it back.  Year after year my introverted anxiety riddled personality kept me from acting on my ideas.  Anxiety actually keeps me from doing a lot, but that’s another story, and everyone has their own issues to deal with. J

As many of you know I was fortunate enough to be able to attend Sew South this past weekend.  It was my first full weekend, get out of town, sewing retreat.   I have to be honest and tell you that there were several times that the anxiety over packing, meeting new people, and even choosing fabric for projects almost had me staying home.  I am so glad that I didn’t give in to the panic.   I had the most amazing time sewing, talking, learning new things (like my Juki came with a ¼” sewing foot-lol), and meeting new people.  By Sunday morning I was exhausted, but the joy that I felt from being a part of this group of awesome creators was so much greater.  It was sad to say goodbye on Sunday morning.

I was so tired on the drive home, but still pumped up from the excitement of the retreat.  I was telling The Enabler about everything that I had learned, and who sat where and made what, and how great the whole experience was.  He was laughing at me because I’m not normally a chatterbox, but if I am passionately excited about something I can talk until my voice gives out.  He jumped in and asked me about doing the retreat at home again.  I did my normal excuses and then he said “You know we have to do this.”  I thought about what he said for a minute.  I could feel the familiar tingling in my face that comes with anxiety, and then what he said hit me.  “You know WE have to do this.”   He started spouting off ideas that he had come up with and I almost cried.  I’m almost crying now thinking of how amazingly supportive and understanding this man that I married is.  I  still had my hesitations about not wanting anyone to feel like I was competing with their retreat, and no one wanting to come, and so many other things.  EDIT: He knew we "have" to do this because I would regret it forever if I didn't.  I have so many more regrets over things that I never did, than anything that I have had the courage to do.

After discussing it on the 5-1/2 hour trip home we came to the conclusion that there are so many people who want to attend retreats, and there is room and opportunity for so many different retreats to take place.  I am happy to say that we are moving forward with the retreat, and we are planning it in the Fall so if I am lucky (and fast) enough I will be able to attend Sew South again next year.
So without further ado (and rambling on) I am thrilled to announce:

Coming to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Fall 2016.

A traditional, modern, be creative, be yourself sewing retreat.

The retreat will be held in an oceanfront hotel in Virginia Beach, VA.  You will be right on the boardwalk with easy access to the beach, restaurants, and gift shops.

Tickets will go on sale January 2016.  Payment plans will be available.  The exact number of tickets being sold has not been finalized, but it will be somewhere between 50 and 60.

We are working on an exciting mix of make and take, workshops, and lots of free sewing time.  We will make an announcement with more details on the accommodations, workshops, and tickets this Fall 2015.   For the latest news on Sew Virginia Beach go to and choose follow by e-mail.

We want to keep everything as affordable and stress free as possible.  We are looking forward to having an amazing retreat and making new friends right here at the beach.

Have an amazing creative day!
Angie (and The Enabler)