Sew On The Go is authored by Michelle Renee Hiatt, who is the designer for her own pattern line Sew On The Go as well as Modern 180, a modern pattern division of Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design. Additionally, Michelle is a certified Studio 180 Design Instructor, as well as a certified Professional Process Expert (LSSMBB); she uses her process improvement techniques and applies them to her quilting and teaching others how to simplify their piecing while improving the quality of their quilt making. Michelle Renee is known for her humor, enthusiasm and encouragement! Michelle can be reached on her website @www.Sewonthego.netor her

Monday, August 27, 2012

Holiday Hunter Star

Well, you all know what a "Deb Tucker  Junkie" I am, well I'm teaching a special "Holiday Hunter Star" class at Pennington Quilt Works.  I made this quilt a few years ago and just loved how the blocks looked like "squished" Christmas trees.  Don't you just love it!

Not Your Grandmother's Dresden

My "Not Your Grandmother's Dresden" is quilted, binding sewn and dropped of at Pennington Quilt Works

It looks so nice in the shop, I guess I should have taken the picture there, instead of having hubby stretch!  Oh well.  It so satisfying to have it finished and to receive such nice compliments. 

I lend the first session of the 2 part class on Saturday.  It went really well.  The ladies had such a variety of colors.  My fav (I know I'm not suppose to have one) was Dawn's.  The Dresden flower was in Yellow.  I can't wait to see, I will have to get their permission to take photos.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Come Aboard, we've been waiting for you, the Craft boat!

Weeks Ringle not only is coming to Pennington in the fall, but is also teaching on a 8 day cruise in the spring. 

Remember my Bear Paw quilt.  All the fabric was from Weeks and Bill's line.  Both will be teaching!  Love them.  Check out their blog:  Come sail with us!

Here are some details about the Craft Cruise:

This cruise is a wonderful opportunity to enjoy a relaxing vacation while stitching in your favorite pastime. Quilt alongside instructors Carol Ann Waugh, Weeks Ringle, Pam Holland, and Sue Bouchard as you learn and create together with other quilt enthusiasts.

Take in-person classes, learn techniques, and enjoy making your new projects while cruising the beautiful sea!

Throughout the cruise, immerse yourself in the Craftsy quilting community by interacting with instructors and fellow community members during dining experiences, adventures off the ship, or relaxing pool-side conversations. There is so much to do aboard the Craftsy Quilt Cruise you'll wish you could quilt your way through every vacation!

In addition to the incredible vacation that awaits you, you'll also get an exclusive Craftsy gift bag, full of special items from sponsors and supporters, valued at more than $500!


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Friday, August 17, 2012

How old were you when you started sewing?

How old were you when you started sewing?  I should be specific and ask how old were you when you operated your first sewing machine?

I can't remember my exact age but I was probably around 7 or 8 years old.  I remember it well, I had to convince my grandmother that my mom wouldn't find out.  I just had to do it.  I had ideas for Barbie's wardrobe that were just flowing too fast to hand sew.  Those of you who know me well can probably  picture me saying this with a doubt.  LOL.

I immediately fell in love with sewing. I'm not sure if it was running of the machine behind mom's back, the satisfaction of just operating a "machine" with a foot pedal, truly making those Barbie clothes, or just being allow to explore that vehicle of my creativity.

I pretty much stuck with Barbie clothes for some time.  In high school it grew to altering clothes for myself, and I'm really not talking about hemming, more like creating Madonna "cool" outfits!

In college, I subsidized my job by making custom drapes...  it was good money and I got to pick out fabric on someone else's dime.

A few days ago, my mom made a comment that she didn't remember me "not sewing".  After sharing the story of begging grandmom to use her machine while mom was at night school, we both enjoyed a few good laughs. 

I thought it was a good topic for the blog, especially since I haven't seen my sewing machine for a week or so....

Share your story.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

The Fabric of our Lives

I will start with an apology... I'm feeling a little insightful today.

Is fabric like your favorite music or food?  Does looking back at certain fabric, scraps or even a quilt bring back memories?

It's like a journey, or little gift of time travel...  it takes you back to the good time you had when picking it out and purchase it, does it?

Maybe even of the person or people  with whom you were with or what fun you had that day. 

It could cause you to break into a smile or laugh just thinking about  the laughs you had with friends while you stitched it (or un-stitched it). 

Sometimes one little scrap of fabric is enough to bring you back to the  face of someone special, when you gave them the quilt you made for them.

Our scrap bins are really the fabric of our lives.  We should cherish them and probably pay them honor by placing them in a quilt we will actually see.... similar to photos.  We place them in frames or albums.  We send them to others we love.

We could even put a few tokens pieces in another quilt with new fabric.  I've been known to placed a few pieces of scraps from a baby quilt into a kid quilt for that child later... some have actually noticed. So it becomes a fabric of their lives too.

My point?  I'm not sure.  Maybe to remind us to take that journey... look through that scrap bucket and at least take the walk down meomory lane.  If time allows, play tribute with a scrap quilt.  Who knows, one snow day those memories will warm your heart.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Have you seen this?

If you have every sewn you finger..

The Sew EZ finger thing might be for you.

I wanted to see this in person, but haven't found yet.  I believe I learned my lesson years ago... it only takes once- bringing the needle up was the worst!

Has anyone else sewn the finger?  Or seen the "finger thing"?

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