Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tote Bag Challenge - Sewing & Stitchery Expo 2011

Count down 2011 Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA . . . .   If you know Rita Farro, you know that her "Hey Rita" tote bag is a well traveled tote visiting New York City to Seattle and many quilt shops, thrift shops, historical  landmarks and friends between the coasts. Here's Rita in last year's SCHMETZ booth in Puyallup.  She's with Jan and Bonne that started this tote bag craze.

Jan Potter, Rita Farro and Bonne Swett & "Hey Rita" Totes
Jan and Bonne have so much fun with totes, they designed their own totebag pattern for Ghee's.

Quick Zip Bag
Inspired-2-Sew from Ghee's
So here's the 2011 Sewing and Stitchery Totebag Challenge:
First get your FREE show logo for embroidery.  Although machine embroidery is not required on your totebag, in fact anybody that sews their own tote can enter!  Here's a pic of the design.  Doesn't it look terrific!  The logo was scanned - with the show's approval - and digitized using Creative DRAWings software.   Send an email to with Free Sew Expo Logo Design in the subject line.  You will receive a zip file of logo designs in different formats and sizes.

2011Sewing and Stitchery Show Logo
How will YOU include the logo in your totebag?
Next sew your tote.  At the show drop by the Creative DRAWings booth #150 in the Pavilion.  Your picture will be taken with your tote which also enters you into the Grand Prize Drawing for Creative DRAWings machine embroidery software.  You must be present to win.

Win Creative DRAWings!
Plus for fun on Thursday and Friday at 5:00 PM we will take a group picture of all totebag challengers.  On Saturday at 5:00 PM after the group picture the drawing will take place for Creative DRAWings - that a $799 retail value!  Are you the lucky winner?

Rita, Linda McGehee of Ghee's, with Jan and Bonne
. . . . . and their totes!

Start your Totebag Challenge projects now!  We can hardly wait to see all your creativity.  Then I just have to ask... Which SCHMETZ needle will you use on your totebag?

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Thursday, January 20, 2011

Denim Quilts, Sewing & Stitchery Expo

Who doesn't love denim?  It stands up to all kinds of abuse from wear.  Denim is fun to sew, although I admit that sometimes several layers can be thick and challenging.  That's when you need the strong SCHMETZ Denim needle which has the reinforced blade.  Plus there's another little tool that's terrific for sewing over those dense flat fell seams - Luveta Nickels' Jean-A-Ma-Jig.  

Last year at the 2010 Sewing & Stitchery Expo Friday was designated as Recycled Denim Day.  Luveta Nickels of The Junk Jeans People and I saw hundreds of denim projects.  Nearly 300 people, dropped by the SCHMETZ booth for their picture with the SCHMETZ "Super" Needle - you know like our very own Oscar's program!.  Lots of beautiful jackets, totes, vests, fabulous embroidered jeans and even a denim doggie diaper... indeed a wide spectrum of sewing projects and lots of pictures were taken.  If you missed them go back to this blog's archive - April to May and sprinkled throughout the blog -  to see pictures from the SCHMETZ booth.

Kris Rowe - from Montana - dropped by the SCHMETZ booth to say hi.  She too loves denim, but her projects were just too large to bring to the show.  So, she did the next best thing - took pictures.  Take a look at one of her masterful denim quilts.  She create quilts for gifts while capturing the recipient's interests - football, snowboarding, family and more.  Thank you Kris for sharing your love of denim and sewing!  I hope to see you again next month at the Sewing  and Stitchery Expo. 

Check the Sewing and Stitchery Expo website and blog for an announcement next week for a very special show project.  This year I'll be in the Creative DRAWing booth.  I'll have more information on the Sewing and Stitchery Expo project in my next post.

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Friday, January 7, 2011

"Double Eye" Dare You

Did you know that SCHMETZ has a needle with two eyes? 

Yes, the Double Eye needle.  Just like the name says, a needle with two eyes - one eye on top of another eye.  The Double Eye is terrific for texturing and shading.  I have found this needle most successful with straight stitches and the decorative stitches already built into my machines.  There are two helpful hints to using this needle:   Your thread spools should unwind in opposite directions and . . .

Slow down! 
Reduce Your Sewing Speed!
Here's a terrific sample of "stitching in the ditch" using the
 Double Eye needle.  The sample was created by
Bridget Wilson Matlock from TN. 

Stitching in the Ditch using...

Yellow and a Variegated Blue Threads

Stitches are more pronounced with the Double Eye.  Try the Double Eye needle with different thread colors or even different types of threads.  Have some fun!  I "Double Eye" dare you! 

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