Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Relax and Sew at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront

There are still tickets available to join us for Sew Virginia Beach 2016.

Relax and sew at the beautiful Virginia Beach oceanfront while making new friends, gathering inspiration, and sharing ideas.  There will be swaps, games, door prizes, SWAG BAGS, workshops, trunk shows, pop up shops, and lots of open sewing time.  Information and sign ups for swaps will be e-mailed to attendees at the beginning of March.  Beach Buddy (secret sis) sign ups are taking place in March so don't miss out on the fun.

I am extremely pleased that these two wonderfully creative ladies will be leading our workshops this year.




Friday, September 23, 2016

Clutched Workshop with Lee Monroe (@maychappell)
Have you always wanted to make a cool bag with a hard frame? Well, here’s your chance! We will stitch up the bag and learn all kinds of tips for inserting the frame. An exclusive Sew Virginia Beach embroidery design will be provided to accent your clutch!
NOTE:  You will need to supply the two fat quarters for the outside and lining.  The pattern, frame hardware, fusible fleece, glue, and plastic knives are being supplied at no additional charge to you.  Any cutting instructions/prep work will be e-mailed to you prior to the retreat.

Understanding the Rainbow Lecture and Trunk Show with Lee Monroe (@maychappell)
Do you love color? But sometimes feel intimidated by fabric selection? We will discuss the basics of color theory and how those concepts lead to better quilts! You’ll leave this lecture armed with many tools to pull fabrics for your next project. Plus there will be a full May Chappell trunk show!

Pop Up Shop
There will be a pop up shop of Lee's wonderful patterns following lunch on Friday.  These are two of my favorites.

     



Lee Chappell Monroe



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     Lee has been creating since she first discovered crayons at age 2! She’s from a family of quilters and learned everything from her mother, affectionately known as The Guru. She loves all things fabric—from zippy pouch to queen size quilt—and everything in between. With a love of color and bold graphic shapes, Lee enjoys designing patterns and teaching all types of classes, while sharing her adventures on her blog, www.maychappell.com. She is a trained graphic designer which shows in her clean aesthetic. She was runner up in the Accuquilt Barn Quilt Design Competition and her work has appeared in multiple publications, including Stitch and Quiltmaker. She is Vice President of the Triad Modern Quilt Guild. Lee lives in beautiful North Carolina with Mack the Chihuahua.

You can find out more about Lee, her blog, and her shop at www.maychappell.com

Photos and introduction used with permission from Lee Monroe.


Saturday, September 24, 2016

Reverse Appliqué Jersey Knit Scarf Workshop with Alison Glass

Just in time for fall,  join Alison Glass for a fun time learning all about reverse appliqué with jersey knit through the creation of a cozy and pretty scarf!  This type of hand stitching produces beautiful results and is simple in a way that makes it a fun and relaxing activity. 

You will have an opportunity to choose your fabrics and stitching design at the retreat, ensuring that your project will match your personal style. The workshop will include plenty of time for stitching and socializing as well as learning. 

Note:  Alison will bring a selection of her knits and cotton prints to make your scarf with.  You will be able to choose your fabrics on Friday.  
The fabrics, thread, and needle to make the scarf are included in the price of your ticket.  

Lecture and Trunk Show with Alison Glass
Following the workshop, Alison will share about her design process and work in the fabric industry, and present a trunk show of AGD designs. 

Pop Up Shop
There will be a pop up shop of Alison's beautiful fabrics, patterns, and other items following lunch on Saturday.


 Shop Alison Glass fabric, patterns, kits, etc. at http://alisonglass.bigcartel.com/

Alison Glass
     Alison's lectures are a fun and informative peek into the artistic process behind her designs, and seeing her fabrics in the finished blankets, quilts, and other projects at her trunk shows is inspiring.  I am so happy that Alison has agreed to be a part of Sew Virginia Beach 2016, and that she has also agreed to have a pop up shop for the retreat.
     You can find the beautiful fabrics that Alison creates for Andover Fabrics, patterns, embroidery patterns/kits, and special Weeks Dye Works flosses and pearl cottons at Alison's website.



Alison Glass introduction and photographs used with permission from Alison Glass.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

My Favorite Iron May Not Be Yours - It's All About Choices Here

The Enabler and I have put a lot of thought into planning Sew Virginia Beach 2016.  I think one of the most important things that we have been working on is making different brands/types of products available for use at the retreat.  This will allow everyone the opportunity to try them out, and then make an informed choice to purchase what works best for them in the future.

One of the areas where you will find different brands will be the ironing stations.  I use a Panasonic cordless iron on a daily basis.  I love it and highly recommend it, but that doesn't mean that it will be the best fit for everyone.  So in addition to having Panasonic cordless irons available for attendees to use during the retreat, we will have some great Olisos available for use also.  Several orchid ones have been added to the iron collection today, and at least one lucky person at the retreat will be going home with a brand new one.


I will be adding a few more irons to the group, so if you are attending Sew Virginia Beach and there is a particular brand you are interested in trying, please let me know.

I'm looking forward to sharing more details about the other great products we will have available for use, and for giveaways, at the retreat.

Have a great weekend!
Angie





Wednesday, October 7, 2015

There are thirteen 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.

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!



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 www.sewvirginiabeach.com


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.