Thursday, June 9, 2016

Paragon Pattern is Now Available

I knew when I designed Paragon that I wanted to include more than one project so that you get more for your money.  I am thrilled with the finished product and I hope that you will be too.

Paragon is a quick and easy paper pieced pattern with endless possibilities.  It is scrap friendly, and easy to customize by changing the position and number of blocks.

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.


I am so excited to see what you do with Paragon.  Available for purchase now in my Craftsy and Etsy shops.

I hope you have a wonderful creative day.


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.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

New Demonstration Announcement for Sew Virginia Beach

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.  It is really cold here in Southeastern Virginia.  It's crazy that we had temperatures around 80 just a few weeks ago, and snow yesterday.  I am so looking forward to Spring, Summer, and then my favorite season Fall.

This Fall will be even more exciting for me because it is the first year of Sew Virginia Beach.  Sewing, relaxing, and making new friends on the Virginia Beach oceanfront.  I have started making the swap announcements and today I announced a new demonstration.  Here's a picture clue....

Head on over to Sew Virginia Beach to get all of the details, and purchase your ticket for this exciting retreat.

I hope to see you in September.

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!

Sew Virginia Beach Ticket Plus Room Option is BACK!!!

Ticket Plus Room Payment Plans Are Back for a Limited Time

I have had requests for the ticket plus room payment plans to be added back.  I didn't think it would be fair to
offer it to a few and not to everyone, so today that option is now live on the ticket purchase page until
March 31st.  The cost of your retreat ticket plus room for three nights will be spread out over five payments.

Your room reservation will be made for you if you choose this option.  All you have to do is show up to the
retreat ready to relax and sew.

See the ticket page for details.

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


     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, 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

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

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.