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Exciting News!

Thank you for joining me on my Longarm Love journey! I'm excited to share with you that I'm going to be teaching at the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival in August. I’ve been refining class ideas for quilt guilds and quilt shops. I really enjoy working with people and teaching them tips and techniques to help them continue on their quilting journey. The Pittsburgh Knit and Crochet Festival is now under new ownership and is inviting people like me to teach quilting and sewing classes.

I love working with vintage linens and creating various items. I receive lots of comments on my vintage pin cushion social media posts and questions about how I make them. I thought this would be a fun class to teach and you will leave with a beautiful, completed, useful one of a kind pin cushion. The class is 3 hours which is enough time to make a finished pin cushion. I don’t think most quilters and sewers need any more UFO’s (un finished objects).

If you're interested in the class, registration opens May 1st at 12 noon. Look through your vintage items for small embroidery pieces, lacey items and fabrics with crocheted edges. Gather buttons, Ric Rac, lace, trims, and any small items you might want to use. If you don’t have linens or enough trims I will have items that you can purchase.You will purchase a kit that will include precut fabric squares for front and back of pincushion, squares of batting, and crushed walnut shells for filling.

At the Festival this year there is a class room available without sewing machines. If you have never quilted and want to, or are new to quilting this next class is for you!. I’ll be sharing lots of tips and tricks to the art of successful quilting. We will review the basic tools you will need to get started and then move on to choosing fabrics and colors. I will share some tips about cutting the fabric perfectly and stitching accurately. These tips will make your quilt blocks go together easily. Because I’m a longarmer, I’ll be able to help you with the next step of preparing your quilt top to go to the longarmer. Do you ask your longarmer questions? I will share some of the questions you should be asking and how to choose a longarmer.

Register early because the space is limited. Look for Longarm Love classes at the Pittsburgh Creative Arts Festival. My first class is Thursday August 25th from 4-7 and it’s called Upcycled Pin Cushion with Longarm Love. Bring your own linens, laces and trims or purchase some from me to sew and create a one of a kind vintage pin cushion.The second class is Successful Beginnings with Longarm Love. This class is a trunk show and lecture on Saturday August 27th from 10-noon. The lecture and trunk show will be an informative class about quilting tools, accurate cutting and piecing, choosing fabrics and colors and selecting and preparing your quilt for a longarmer. I'll show a variety of my quilts as well. REGISTRATION OPENS MAY 1ST AT NOON.

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