Friday, January 13, 2017

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Tutorial Tuesday - Puzzle Box Block Tutorial

There are lots of things going on behind the scenes at Angela Tackett Designs and My Stitch Story.  One of those is Tutorial Tuesday when I will be sharing an easy free tutorial with you all the second Tuesday of each month in 2017.  The tutorials will cover different types of crafting like embroidery, cross stitch, quilting, etc.  I hope you will follow along and share what you make using #atdtutorials on Instagram.

Welcome to the first Tutorial Tuesday at My Stitch Story.

This is a quilt that I sketched in my pad a couple of years ago and it sat there with all of its sad little friends waiting for its turn to become an actual quilt and pattern.  It finally got that chance in March of last year when I received my fabric for our guild challenge with Maureen Cracknell's Fleet and Flourish fabric.

I chose to make each block from the same print instead of different colors like the illustration and I really love the way it turned out.  At this point it is still just a quilt top because I can't decide how to actually quilt it, or if I really want to quilt it, or finally use a long arm quilter so that's something else that's on my list for 2017.  This quilt was made from thirty-five blocks using Fleet and Flourish and Kona silver and is approximately 60" x 84".
The tutorial is for the block which is 12.5" x 12.5" unfinished (12" x 12" finished) and includes a cutting chart, step by step instructions and illustrations for each block section, and a page with a quilt outline that you can print and color.  You will find it as a free pdf download in my Craftsy store Angela Tackett Designs.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sew Virginia Beach 2017

Announcements for Sew Virginia Beach 2017 started this week.

You can find out all about the accommodations, what's included in the ticket price, instructors, and workshops at the Sew Virginia Beach site.

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.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Who Would Want to Win This Fat Quarter Bundle?

Maybe the question should be who wouldn't want this fat quarter bundle?

I would love to keep it, and would promptly give all the browns away because brown makes me sad, but even sadder is that I don't get to keep it.

This awesome bundle of bright happiness will be part of the grand prize that will be given away to one lucky attendee at the closing of Sew Virginia Beach in September.

Don't have your ticket yet?  You're in luck then because there are still four tickets available for a fun weekend of sewing, learning, and making new friends at the Virginia Beach oceanfront.  Come join me, Lee Monroe, Alison Glass and 40+ other wonderfully creative makers for workshops, lectures, trunk shows, pop up shops, games, swaps, door prizes, swag bags, lots of open sewing time, and the sights and sounds of the Atlantic Ocean right outside our sewing room doors and windows.

Purchase your ticket at the Sew Virginia Beach ticket page here.

Hope to see you in September!


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.