We are Part of Nancy Zieman’s Quick Column Quilts Blog Tour!!! Yay!

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 Hi!  Thanks for stopping by!

Be sure to keep reading so you can see which quilt sample I chose to make from Nancy’s AWESOME new book!  Drum Roll, Please! …………………………………….

My name is StitchinJenny and this is where I blog about all the fun things I’m doing as an educator at my favorite sewing shop:

Humble Sewing Center/SewVac Outlet

This week, I’m taking part in Nancy Zieman’s Blog Tour to help get the word out about her latest book.  Let me tell you, it’s FULL of great quilt projects that will delight the novice to the expert quilter with it’s easy to follow instructions and tips.  You are definitely going to want your own copy of this one!

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PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!

Enter to Win a FREE Copy of Nancy’s Newest Book!!!

Would you like a chance to win a free copy of Quick Column Quilts?  Just leave a comment on this blog post and a random winner will be chosen from the comments at the end of Nancy’s blog tour on Sept. 17th.  We will ship your book to you once we receive our copy from the publisher!

MORE PRIZES! PRIZES! PRIZES!!!

Nancy Zieman will be hosting a grand giveaway of 15 prizes!!!  If you would like to enter to win PLEASE follow the instructions below:

Readers must comment on Nancy’s September 4th blog posting to qualify for the giveaways. Click this link and make a comment on her quick column-quilts post.                 http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/blog-tour/quick-column-quilts/

I chose to make the Happy-Go-Lucky Chevron Column Quilt:

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First, I had to decide on which fabrics to use.

First, I had to decide on which fabrics to use.  I got these fun prints from my designer friend, Erin Schlosser.

Then I had to cut the fabrics into strips as directed in the handy dandy instructions.

Then I had to cut the fabrics into strips as directed in the handy dandy instructions.

Next, I sewed the strips together using a really neat method to create a staircase effect.  This helped eliminate waste when creating the chevrons....

Next, I sewed the strips together using Nancy’s method to create a staircase effect. This helped eliminate waste when creating the chevron columns….  See next photo for my fabric “Stairs”

Downstairs Strips!

Part of my Downstairs Strips!  I love those big,colorful flowers….

Once my strips were sewn together, I followed Nancy's very clear instructions for cutting my "Stairs" into what would become the chevron columns.

Once my strips were sewn together, I followed Nancy’s very clear instructions for cutting my “Stairs” into what would become the chevron columns.

My first Chevron column!

My first Chevron column!

Once I had all my columns prepared, I needed to decide on a layout for my quilt.Preparing the columns was so easy. (There's some cool steps involved that save fabric and give great results.)

Once I had all my chevron columns prepared, I needed to decide on a final layout for my quilt. Preparing the columns was so easy. There’s some cool steps involved that save fabric and give great results.

Next, I stitched the narrow strips in between and around the columns.

Next, I stitched the narrow strips in between and around the columns.

I love how this quilt top turned out!

I love how this quilt top turned out!

So, I must confess, I’m not done with the final steps such as adding the batting, backing, binding, and actually QUILTING my quilt.  (Yes, I’m one of those quilters who loves to make the tops and procrastinates the finishing….)

BUT, I was relieved to see that Nancy included a lot of helpful illustrations and instructions to help newbie quilters like myself get this job done and done WELL!  I’m looking forward to finishing this and improving my skills in the process.

If you’d like to see more from Nancy’s Blog Tour, just visit the links below:

Here is a listing of all the wonderful bloggers on the Quick Column Quilts Blog Tour:

09/04/14         Nancy Zieman

09/05/14         Quilt Taffy and Simple Simon & Co.

09/06/14         Diary of a Quilter  and Stitchin Jenny

09/07/14         A Woman a Day  and Craizee Corner                

09/08/14         Jina Barney DesignzLilac Lane Patterns, and Totally Stitchin’ 

09/09/14         Esch House Quilts and The Cottage Mama

09/10/14         Designs in Machine Embroidery and Pat Sloan

09/12/14         Happy Valley PrimitivesDoohikey Designs, and Quilt in a Day

09/13/14         Quilt Dad and Just Arting Around

09/14/14         Lazy Girl Designs and  Marie-Madeline Studio

09/15/14         Always Expect Moore  and Polka Dot Chair

09/16/14         Amy Lou Who Sews and Riley Blake Designs

09/17/14         Indygo Junction and Amy’s Creative Side

Thanks for reading!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

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BabyLock Partners with Humble Sewing Center to Help Local Safe-House

As you may or may not know, I teach sewing lessons on a weekly basis at a local safe-house for traumatized/exploited kids.  Here’s a link if you’d like to know more:

News from the Safe-House

Lessons have been going strong for about 2 years now, and everything is great, except – we have more kids than ever and not enough quality machines to go around….

Soooooo, I let the President of Baby Lock know what we’ve been up to and our present needs…..  the next thing you know, there are 10, yes, TEN brand new Baby Lock Molly’s arriving at Humble Sewing Center as a donation to the safe-house!!!!

Thank you BabyLock!!!

Thank you Baby Lock!!!

I told the ladies at our monthly Baby Lock Club about the donation and they agreed to be in the picture with me!  This is a wonderful group of ladies who meets with me once a month to share ideas, tips, and sewing techniques for Baby Lock sewing machines, embroidery machines, and sergers.  It’s always fun!  Drop in sometime!  Dates and details are on our calendar.

Today, I was able to deliver the 10 Molly’s to the safe-house!

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Here’s a photo of a safe-house resident getting familiar with the new machine.

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One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, TEN beautiful Molly’s all ready to SEW!!!

I’m SO thankful to get to spend time with these precious girls and help them learn a valuable life skill.

I’m also thankful to work with such a great team and boss at Humble Sewing Center

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THANK YOU, BABY LOCK!!!!

Thank you for reading!

Jenny Gabriel, alter ego:  StitchinJenny

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Summer Fun at Humble Sewing Center

Here’s a shout out to all you precious ladies who have been traveling this summer:

Come HOME!!!   We MISS YOU!!!!

While you were out……

We’ve been having a good time hosting some fun summer classes at Humble Sewing Center.

We recently held a Janome 15000 inspiration class that was taught by a wonderful Janome educator:  Erin Schlosser

She was great and everyone commented on what a good time they had.  Look her up and like her on Face Book!

Here’s a few photos from class:

Erin personally digitized these in-the-hoop zip pouches and created the 3D applique flowers in the hoop as well.  Isn’t she talented?

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We wish you were here!!!

Thanks for reading!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

 

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Easy Quilted Place Mats

FREE monthly sew club for kids will resume classes at Humble Sewing Center on Saturday, September 27th from 6pm-8pm.  Contact instructor, Jenny Gabriel via email if you would like to attend!

email:   info@stitchinjenny.com

Hi!  One of the things I love to do at our monthly Free Girl’s Sew Club is to KEEP IT SIMPLE!

So, we offer a variety of easy projects that can usually be completed in one 2 hour sewing session.

Often times, the project will use fabric strips from a Jelly Roll or fabric squares from a stack of Fat Quarters.  This is a convenient way to select a number of fabrics that all look like they go together pretty well and we can save time by not having to cut the fabric ourselves.  (Click these links if you have no clue what a jelly roll or a fat quarter is.)

Take a look at these easy quilted Place Mats that were made during our April & May 2014 Sew Clubs:

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The diagonal stripes were made from a stack of jelly roll strips that the girls organized in a pleasing manner and then sewed together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  We made sure they had enough strips sewn together to have a pieced fabric that measured a little over 19″x13″.

Then, we made a “quilt sandwich”.  Basically, a piece of fabric for the place mat’s back was laid with it’s wrong side up, then a layer of quilt batting was laid on top of that, and lastly the pieced fabric was laid on top of the batting with its ride side facing up.

Each girl then chose a series of decorative stitches from her sewing machine and sewed either down the center of certain strips or she would sew right in the seam of two different strips.

After all the stitching was done (actually, this is called the quilting part) the quilt sandwich was cut into a place mat sized rectangle about 19″x13″.

The last step was to add the binding.  They were eager to try their skills on a larger quilt soon so I showed them how to make mitered corners.  See what a great job she did:

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If you have no clue how to make mitered corners, click on this link to a great tutorial by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt company.

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Some of the kids kept it really simple and just did horizontal stripes and used the “pillow case” method to finish their place mats.

That means:

  • After the strips were all sewn together, we cut the pieced fabric, batting, and place mat backing fabric down to the right size before we continued.  
  • Then we laid the batting down first, next we laid the pieced fabric with its right side face up on top of that, and last we laid the backing fabric face down (wrong side up) on top of the pieced fabric.  
  • We sewed around all four sides and left an opening for turning the place mat right side out.  
  • Then we sewed the opening shut and added some decorative stitches on some of the stripes to quilt the place mat.  
  • The process is essentially making a flat pillow that has a layer of batting inside so that’s why it’s called the “pillow case” method.  

april4This Mother/Daughter team opted to make a Crazy Patch version of the quilted place mat.  Here they are laying out their plans for the next pieces.

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The crazy patch method turned out to be most time intensive of all since it required more pressing and she had decided to have a 6 sided piece in the center of her crazy patch.  Usually, and likely due to ease of construction, most crazy patch quilts have a 5 sided piece in the center of each crazy patch block.

Her project did look beautiful though!

Thanks so much for reading!  I hope you enjoyed and visit again soon!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

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What’s Up at Monthly Embroidery Club/Anita Goodesign Workshop?

I hope everybody is having a GREAT summer!

I know that I am!

If you haven’t made it yet to our monthly Embroidery Club/Anita Goodesign Workshop, here’s an invitation to come and join in on the FUN!

One of our wonderful attendees allowed me to photograph her latest accomplishments from our latest meetings and let me tell you, we are proud of her work!

Take a look at what workshop attendee, Leda Cunningham, has been up to at our monthly club meetings:

April - Holiday Pot Holder

April – Holiday Pot Holder

May - Quilted Place Mat

May – Quilted Place Mat

June - Roll It Up Tote!

June – Roll It Up Tote!

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Ellisimo Event

We recently had a customer appreciation event for our Ellisimo owners and this is what they made:  Notice, Leda decided to personalize her project with her initial.  What a lovely project!!!!

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Leda Cunningham

Thank you Leda for sharing your projects with us!

 

Stay tuned for more news from our blog.  In September, I get to be a part of Nancy Zieman’s upcoming blog tour featuring her latest book.  Be sure to take a look at what I get to make!  I’m SEW excited for you to see!

Have a great day!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

 

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Round Pillows and Reverse Applique at Girl’s Sew Club

We made some wonderful projects this month at our Girl’s Sew Club!

I like to select projects that will help the girls to learn new sewing techniques each time they come to class.

This month, they got to practice the art of sewing around curves while they made a round pillow.

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They also learned to embellish their custom pillows with a fun technique called “reverse applique”.  The girls were encouraged to write their initial on the pillow or to draw a simple shape like a heart.

They then sewed around their letter or their drawing.

After that, they cut away the first layer of fabric to reveal the “peek-a-boo” fabric that was hiding underneath.

To top it off, some of them were even willing to try their hand at sewing piping around their pillows as well!

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It was an evening of fun and lots of happy kids with some REALLY cute pillows!

Take a look to see what I mean:

Working Hard:

Stuffing Pillows!

Stuffing Pillows!

Sewing her pillow closed all by herself!

Sewing her pillow closed all by herself!

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The only thing cuter than that pillow is her beautiful smile!

I LOVE those happy colors!

Look closely and you’ll see that she added a star above her M.So creative!

Mothers & Daughters Make the Best Sewing Teams Ever!

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Group Photos:  Look what we MADE!!!

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Each one of the girls deserves a big applause!  Everyone, and I mean each and every one of them did such a great job at class tonight!

Mom’s, you are amazing!  Thanks again for bringing your daughters to this class and helping them with their pillows!

Looking forward to seeing you next time!

Fill in the form below if you would like to find out about attending our next girl’s club!

Blessings,

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

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Jenny Haskins Contest….

We at Humble Sewing Center needed to stitch out samples of the projects for the upcoming Jenny Haskins event. (It’s not too late, there are a few seats left! Call the store to register! 281-446-1818)

We were encouraged to personalize our samples and we’d like to see who’s projects get the most votes…..  So, we are posting a few of them here.  You can comment below to let us know what you think!

Brooches & Hair Accessories

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Flower B

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Flower C

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Flower D

Toilet Paper Holders

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TP Roll A

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Ipad Covers

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Lots of Fun at Girls’ Sew Club Feb. 2014

As you who already visit our blog may know, I offer a monthly sew club for girls and their moms/mentors at Humble Sewing Center.

If you are interested in joining in on the fun, Click our calendar for more details.

I must say, this month’s club was the one of the best so far!  We had a BLAST making some amazing Bone Neck Pillows.  What’s a Bone Neck Pillow you ask?  Well, check out these pictures and see for yourself!

NOTE:   COMING SOON – a very abbreviated tutorial for those who attended the class and want a few reminders so they can make MORE Bone Neck Pillows and be superstars when they sell them or give them as gifts!

Precious MOTHER/Daughter TIME:

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Super MOM!
Super MOM!

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Learning a Life Skill and LOVING it!

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Sweet Little Smile and  a finished Bone Neck Pillow!

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Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the mom’s who stayed and helped with sewing!  You made the night a complete success!

I’m looking forward to seeing you all soon!

I’ll be posting a supply list for March Sew Club ASAP.  I hope to see you there!

Note:  Please remember to contact me and let me know if you plan to attend the next club.

Thanks for visiting!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

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Monthly Embroidery Club!

I LOVE my JOB!!!

I work at Humble Sewing Center where I get to spend every day with a great team of co-workers while being surrounded by a store full of amazing machines.

Once a month I get to teach Machine Embroidery Club to a growing number of wonderful embroidery students/enthusiasts.  It is very rewarding to see their smiles of satisfaction with their completed projects.

Well, this month we made In-the- hoop Coasters.  I created the design using a combination of software from Designers Gallery.  Anyway, I didn’t take a photo of their happy smiles this time, but I did get  some pictures of their Coasters..

Of course some of the ladies enjoy tweaking their projects a bit and you’ll notice that a few of them substituted a monogram in their coaster.

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Didn’t they do a great job?  Wouldn’t these make nice hostess gifts?  Hmmmm?

If you think you’d like to try some new things with your embroidery machine, you should really come to this class next time around.  Take a look at our calendar for details about what’s coming.

Hope to see you soon!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

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Seams Unlikely

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Hello everyone!  Thank you so much for stopping by!

jenny profile pic 2I’m Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny and I’ve mostly been a sewing educator for the past several years.  I’m now a full-time member of the sales team at Humble Sewing Center/SewVac Outlet and I get to be their blogger when I’m not teaching or on the sales floor.

Today is such a special day because, I get to participate in Nancy Zieman’s Book Launch Blog Tour!  I’ll be sharing a little bit about her autobiography and how she is a true inspiration to me.  I think it’s wonderful that Nancy is a long distance mentor to so many of us!

Here’s the cover of her new book!

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At the end of this post you will find links & details to allow you participate in Nancy’s book giveaway (YES!  You could win a free copy of her book!)  and also see what other bloggers are posting along this tour.

A Moment to say, “Thanks!”

I’d like to have all of you pretend for a moment that you are reading over Nancy’s shoulder as she reads the following note….

Thank you Nancy for writing this transparent book about your life, struggles with low self esteem, and victories of reaping the rewards of your hard work and perseverance.

It delights my heart that your greatest joy is “helping others to gain the confidence to achieve in the face of challenge.”  I believe your book is fulfilling that goal in exponential ways!

I love the statement/motto that you shared early in your book:

“Each of us faces challenges in life.  Some are bigger than others.  But what happens to us, does not define who we are, unless we let it.”

This quote perfectly captures the true spirit of being an over comer.

It holds a special significance for me because of how it applies to myself and some very special people in my life.  You see, I started a non-profit organization to facilitate teaching sewing to underage survivors of human trafficking. I get to work with them face to face and sometimes I even catch a glimpse of their self-confidence growing right before my eyes.

I thank you because, many aspects of your story are an encouragement to me to persevere in my efforts with these girls.  In your book, you mentioned that sewing became an outlet for you to build your confidence and affirm your worth.  I’m hoping to repeat that success story with these young ladies.

Thank you for your openness as you shared your insights into the painful topic of overcoming low self-esteem and how certain people really helped you with this.

I especially loved reading about your mom and your former English teacher:

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“…my mother is a giver.  But she doesn’t give, and walk away.  No, she’s the kind of person who [.......] walks alongside until you’re strong enough to make it on your own.”

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“Sometimes people fail to recognize how far a little encouragement can go.  Mrs. Fawcett believed in me, and because she believed in me, I could believe in myself as well.”

What great ladies!  They are such good examples of the kind of parent and role model that I want to be.  Thanks for sharing about the difference they made in your life.

In closing, I just want to tell you that I think you are amazing in so many wonderful ways! Thank you for being you and for your excellence at doing what you do!

Kind Regards,

Jenny Gabriel alter ego: StitchinJenny

Video Preview

If you haven’t see this short video about Nancy’s book, watch it here:

Book Give Away!

Want to win a free copy of Nancy’s book?

Readers must comment on Nancy’s February 4th Seams Unlikely Blog Tour Posting to qualify for book giveaways.

Blog Tour Road Map:

February 4          Nancy Zieman           http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/blog-tour/seams-unlikely-book/

February 5          Eileen Roche          http://dzgns.com/blog/

February 5          Pat Sloan          http://patsloan.typepad.com/

February 6          Melissa Stramel          http://melissaslilaclane.blogspot.com

February 6          The Long Ladies          http://www.mariemadelinestudio.typepad.com/

February 6          Tori Thompson          http://totallystitchin.net

February 7          Amy Barickman          http://www.indygojunction.com/blog/

February 7          Melissa Mora          http://mellysews.com

February 8          Shari Butler          http://www.doohikeydesignstudio.com/blog/

February 8          Vicki Christensen          http://www.sewinspiredblog.com/

February 9          Carolina Moore          http://alwaysexpectmoore.com

February 9          Kate Mclvor          https://theconfidentstitch.squarespace.com

February 10          Amy Ellis          http://amyscreativeside.com/

February 10          Melissa Mortenson          http://www.polkadotchair.com

February 11          Ilene Miller          http://happyvalleyprimitives.blogspot.com/

February 11          Liz Hicks          http://blogerisms.blogspot.com/

February 11          Rachael Pannepacker          http://www.jaybirdquilts.com/

February 12          Bill Gardner          http://www.quiltersnewsletter.com/blogs/insideqn/

February 12          Elizabeth Evans          http://www.simplesimonandco.com

February 13          Amy Webb          http://www.amylouwhosews.com/ 

February 13          Lindsay Wilkes          http://thecottagehome.blogspot.com

February 14          Gertie Hirsch          http://www.blogforbettersewing.com

February 14          Veronica Philips          http://cloverusa.wordpress.com/

February 15          Jenny Gabriel          http://www.sewvacoutletblog.com

February 15          Laura Wasilowski          http://artfabrik.blogspot.com/

February 16          Frieda Anderson          http://friestyle.blogspot.com/

February 16          Rita Farro          http://ritassewfun.blogspot.com

February 17          Cindy Cloward          http://www.rileyblakedesigns.com/blog/

February 17          Joan Hawley          http://www.lazygirldesigns.com/blog/

February 17          Patty Young          http://modkidboutique.blogspot.com

February 18          Nancy Zieman          http://www.nancyzieman.com/blog/

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