|Hello Sewing Friends.
Wednesday 4th / Thursday 5th: Junior Applique Group: Let’s do Monica Poole applique animals. What a fun way to learn applique. There is limited seating left. Do 1 day or 2. Choose the day. Grandma / Mum / Aunt is welcome to come along.
Saturday 7th July: More than Feathers: Free motion quilting with Chris Dowell. Join Chris for the next step in your quilting journey and learn more about Feather quilting. Not to be missed. Limited seating left.
Thursday 12th July: Premier Software Lesson: Let’s have a look at Premier and Premier+2. Start with a basic lesson in Windows and learn the shortcuts to getting your designs into a folder that you can’t lose. We’ll go on to Embroidery Software and some lessons to make you more comfortable finding your way around, it doesn’t matter what level you’re at. I will help you.
Saturday 21st July:Block 5 of ‘Grose on You’ a QAYG 9 block sampler quilt with Kerry Grose. Growing your skill level each month. Fun, interesting and great tips, techniques and challenges for the inspiring.
Saturday 28th July: 9 – 12 English Paper Piecing the Sue Daley Way. Mug Rugs. Something new each month.
Saturday 28th July:12:30 – 3:30pm. Sashiko Club. A new design each month, make a Mug Rug or build it up to a Table Runner or on to a quilt. Endless.
The first half of 2018 is upon us, and what a busy time it’s been at MK’s Sew-Able. Firstly I would like to introduce you to Janine and Leanne, my 2 part-time casuals. They have both been at MK’s since March and have adjusted well to the mad whirl of MK’s. They are both mad keen Bag Makers and I think they secretly compete, as they seem to come in with a new bag each work day. Leanne is a member of the Toowoomba Quilters and has some good working knowledge of quilting but Janine is no slouch in this area as well. They are both becoming familiar with the machines that I sell and it won’t be long before they can boast of making a sale. The poor girls have been building good biceps as I have had them madly slicing fabric for pre-cuts. Watch out for these future announcements about our strips and packs.
MK’s clubs and groups,English Paper Piecing, Sashiko and Sit’n’Sew, are forging ahead with new members joining on a regular basis. These groups have formed new friendships and support. The Sit’n’Sew group has a diversified range of activities – it could be Knitting, Crochet, Cross stitch, Paper piecing, Sashiko, and the latest is Diamond Dots – we even bring our mending and clothes repair along, it’s always good to get a second opinion. But, no matter what the activity, the one thing that doesn’t stop, is the chatter, the jokes and laughter and, most importantly, the care and concern of friends.
We’ve had exciting classes with exciting projects created.
The classes have been very well attended and I am constantly asked for new class lists. The first half of the year was so busy that I have taken time out for a second wind but there are exciting new things to come.
Classes such as the Free Motion for beginners and The Next Step with Chris Dowell are proven winners, and everyone is excited about the next class, which is ‘More than Feathers’ on Saturday 7th July. I am sure this will be quite exciting and I will be poking my head in, every chance I get.
The ‘Grose on You” QAYG 9 Block Sampler with Kerry Grose is also a Winner. The numbers are building and we may need to run the class over 2 days a month to take on new members. Kerry is a great teacher and we have learnt so many techniques with her, that we are more confident in our piecing processes.
Margaret Olive from Patchwork Paradise, Rockhampton, came for a 2 day workshop with the Judy Niemeyer Bali Star Wedding Qult. 10 ladies came along and though it is a challenging process to get started, there are some happy completions, with others going along quite well. Wednesday is the day they come in and you will hear a lot of voices, talking in what could be mistaken for maths formulas when they start calling for the A or B units, the CDMS, and the Melons. Great to hear them helping each other. Annette has completed her bed runner and it looks magnificent.Tracey Sims of Tracey Sims Designs and Zundt, came to do a Trunkshow which was a resounding success and led to 2 Lace workshops. Traceys designs are very well digitised and I am happy to say that I am inspired to do more lace work now that I have heard her tips and techniques. I am hoping to organise another workshop with Tracey in August but in a different field of Embroidery. I will have more on this soon.
Other events we hosted were product orientated, such as the PFAFF Creative Icon launch with Cath Quinlan of Blessignton, this was a very informative day with a good reception of the the machine.
I will post another very soon as I have 2 August dates to send through.