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

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 A

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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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TP Roll B

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TP Roll C

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TP Roll D

Ipad Covers

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Ipad A

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Ipad B

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Ipad C

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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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Preview Projects for the Jenny Haskins Tour!

It’s time to sign up for the

Jenny Haskins Touch of Magic Tour

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Exciting Two Day Event

Date: March 21 & 22, 2014

(Friday & Saturday)

Time:  9-5 PM

Fee $99

Location:   Humble Sewing Center

Check out what you will be making!

 

Magin in Bloom 3-D Flower

Magic in Bloom
3-D Flower

Tissue Roll Holder

Tissue Roll Holder

 

Sachet

Sachet

 

Reverse Applique Quilting in the Hoop

Reverse Applique Quilting in the Hoop

 

Monogram Gift Bag

Monogram Gift Bag

 

Double Quilting in the Hoop

Double Quilting in the Hoop

 

iPad Cover

iPad Cover

 

See you soon!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Girls Sew Club at Humble Sewing Center

It’s the beginning of a new year with the Girl’s Sew Club!

Hi!  This is Jenny!  I’ve been teaching a monthly girl’s sew club at Hobby Lobby in Humble and our group has outgrown the space there.  Now, we will be meeting once a month at Humble Sewing Center….YAY!

Click here to see our CALENDAR and class details.

We have a wonderful group of young ladies and their new sewing skills are really beginning to blow me away!

Here are a few pictures of one of our recent classes:

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What we do:

We focus on learning and mastering beginner sewing skills as we make  a project during our FREE monthly class.  The girls are responsible to bring their own machines and supplies.  Mom’s and mentors are welcome (actually preferred) to stay and enjoy the class with their girl/girls.

This is a great place to learn an important and practical life skill as well as make new friends!

The class is FREE because it is sponsored by my non-profit group called Girls Restoration Project.

Girls Restoration Project is dedicated to helping American-born, under-age girls that have been rescued from the nightmare and slavery of sex trafficking. Donations to this group are being used to provide brand new sewing machines, fabrics, and supplies for girls who are going through a sewing program while living at a safe-house. Most of the safe-house girls are dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and sewing classes are proving to be a beneficial part of their healing process.

On a lighter note….

Two of my Hobby Lobby / Humble Sewing Center students have launched their own sewing business and they are selling their projects on Face Book!

Look for them by clicking here:  ElizabethRose Creations

Here are some pictures of their latest creations:

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Keep up the good work Ladies!!!

Thanks for stopping by and reading what we are up to!

Have fun!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

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Heart Towel Applique

Hello!  Thank you for stopping by!

This post includes a tutorial with tips on doing applique and embroidery on a tricky item such as a towel.

Recommended Supplies anytime you are embroidering on a towel:

  • Water Soluble stabilizer – to be used as a topper
  • Self-adhesive wash-away stabilizer – to make it easier to hoop your towel

For those of you who like to jump to the punch line, here’s some photos of the finished towels that were completed during our MONTHLY machine embroidery club at Humble Sewing Center.

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It’s been a while since I’ve written up a tutorial so, I’m feeling kind of rusty here!  Below you will see a step by step list of “How To’s” and I’ll include a photo whenever possible.

  1. Find and mark the center of your towel.  I use a straight pin to mark my spot.

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2.  Lay the towel open and (if possible) use a template to help you decide where to place your design.  I used a software called Monogram Works to print a template with a cross hair in the design’s center.  I cut a hole out of the center of the template so I could mark the towel with a fabric marking pen.

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3.  Peel the paper backing off of the self-adhesive water soluble stabilizer.  Lay the stabilizer on the table with the sticky side face up.  Lay the inner hoop on top of the stabilizer and then adjust the stabilizer so that it is taught on the hoop.  Yes, the stabilizer is sticking to your hoop and will leave a gummy residue.  You can rinse it in warm, soapy water afterwards if preferred.  In the meantime, you have hooped only the stabilizer and provided yourself a sticky surface…

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4.  Next, lay the towel upon the hoop and apply gentle pressure to make it stick to the hooped stabilizer.  I like to use the plastic template grid that came with my embroidery machine to help me line things up in the hoop.  Believe it or not, there’s a hoop hiding under that towel!

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5.  Remove the plastic grid.  Remove the paper template and any straight pins from your towel.  Use the toggle feature on your embroidery machine to make sure the needle is lined up with the center of your embroidery design (the cross hairs you marked your towel with.)

6.  At this time I will show you the next steps of this particular design in a brief series of noted photos.  Tip:  Be sure to lay a piece of water soluble topper on TOP of the towel before you begin embroidering a design onto a towel.  The topper keeps the embroidery threads from sinking into the towel and disappearing as well as preventing the towel loops from getting entangled in your needle and embroidery foot.  The topper is then torn away and also rinsed away as needed.

The tack-down stitch for this heart shaped applique has been stitched and the word Love & decorative swirl has also been stitched before trimming away the excess fabric.

The tack-down stitch for this heart shaped applique has been stitched and the word Love & decorative swirl has also been stitched before trimming away the excess fabric.

We removed the embroidery hoop from the machine but we did not remove the towel from the hoop.  We then used duck-billed applique scissors to trim away the excess fabric.

We removed the embroidery hoop from the machine but we did not remove the towel from the hoop. We then used duck-billed applique scissors to trim away the excess fabric.

Next, we returned the hoop to the machine and placed a layer of water soluble topper on top of the towel.  We resumed stitching out the design.

Next, we returned the hoop to the machine and placed a layer of water soluble topper on top of the towel. We resumed stitching out the design.

Here's a picture of a finished design with the topper still in place.

Here’s a picture of a finished design with the topper still in place.

Here's Cheryl, tearing away the topper.... what a great job!

Here’s Cheryl, tearing away the topper…. what a great job!

When the design is completely done stitching, remove the hoop from the machine and peel the towel away from the stabilizer.  Cut the excess stabilizer away from the towel.  This will rinse away the first time you wash the towel.

When the design is completely done stitching, remove the hoop from the machine and peel the towel away from the stabilizer. Turn the hoop over and cut the excess stabilizer away from the towel. This will rinse away the first time you wash the towel.

Lastly, pin and stitch a decorative trim or ribbon to the bottom of your towel.

Lastly, pin and stitch a decorative trim or ribbon to the bottom of your towel.

Yvonne used a pre-ruffled ribbon and chose a contrast thread and triple zig-zag stitch to attach hers.  Cute right?!

Yvonne used a pre-ruffled ribbon and chose a contrast thread and triple zig-zag stitch to attach hers. Cute right?!

Thanks so much for reading my post!

Have a great time on your next project and hope to see you soon!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny  :)

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Meet Jenny Doan at Humble Sewing Center!!!!

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WHO is Jenny Doan???

She’s a Sewing Sensation on YouTube, a new Sewlebrity Spokesperson for BabyLock and she’s COMING HERE SOON!!!

We are excited to have her with us for an exclusive Sewing/Quilting Lecture and autograph session.  Each attendee will receive an issue of Fons&Porter’s Quilting Quickly Magazine featuring 19 Easy Projects by Jenny Doan.

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