On Friday I was invited to demonstrate at the *NEW* and improved Creekbank Sewing ( Near Mount Forest, ON). This store just moved into a luxurious 8,000 square foot space, yep that's right 8,000 square feet! They hosted the BERNINA Joy of Sewing Event on Friday Dec 1, 2023.
My role was to show a short version of my usual trunk show and then to demo the fantastic potential of the BERNINA Qseries Long Arm Machines. See the samples in the photo below, thread painted tree, couched/chenille pillow and quilting demos. All the other staff and BERNINA Educators demoed the amazing potential of the domestic machines.
If you have not yet had a chance to explore this new store the address is : 031385 Grey County Rd 14 Conn, ON N0G 1N0. Trust me it is more than worth the drive. If you have a group or bus trip - call them 519-323-2693, they are happy to assist customers in the store and welcome all visitors. Their customer service is on point!
They are not an online quilt shop but welcome sewers, quilters and crafters alike to come on in and explore their beautiful selection of fabric, notions, threads, wool, embroidery supplies and soooooo much more. They have a huge classroom for classes and excellent instructors. There is always a sale area and beautiful locally made quilts for sale.
If you're thinking about a new sewing machine? Creekbank is the place to go and they will carefully explain the feature of each machine.
Creekbank has dedicated itself to BERNINA sewing machines and Q Series Long Arms and have 2 fantastic technicians to sewing machines. Ask me how I know this? Because they repair and service my machines!
Below is a brief overview of the different activities that took place on Friday for the Joy of Sewing Event with over 40 wonderful customers in attendance.
Special Thanks to Deb and Adrienne from BERNINA Canada for assisting with the machine demonstrations and of course all of the staff at Creekbank Sewing.
Quilts # 23 & 24 for 2023 are two identical fish quilts quilted on my Q20 Long Arm Machine with custom wavy lines and spiral lines to depict motion in the ocean! They were fun to complete for my lovely customer Sue who also brought me a Timmies coffee when she picked them up and it was just the day I needed the caffein. Much appreciated Thank You Sue and thanks also for the continued business and quilts you bring to me. I appreciate all my customers of course, 😋
TONIGHT, I'm the guest presenter for Paul Léger Quilts ( A fellow BERNINA Brand Ambassador & Friend) . I'll be discussing "Tips To Sew with Vinyl and a DIY Project Bag". The above BERNINA Sewing Machine Presser feet will be discussed and just how great they are!
Paul is the host and he will give over the reigns to me to present. If you would like an invitation to this zoom even at 7 pm tonight. Please use the contact tab above and give me your email to join in 7-8 max so not a big time commitment. I think everyone will learn something new and I'll share some project ideas. Hope to see you there! ❤️
The below beauty was quilted with "Modernish" panto by Urban Elementz. Purple, grey, white and black fabric such a pretty combination and the modern panto design worked perfectly. Long arm quilted with my BERNINA Q20.
We all don't just quilt on quilts, sometimes it's as small as a coaster, pot holder, placemat, table runner, bag , quilt etc. The sky is the limit really.
The quilt shown below is intended to be an on the floor play mat where the diagonal dark grey and light grey areas are roads and the green in organic areas, grass, forest etc.
The grey areas were custom quilted by me on my BERNINA Q20 Long Arm Machine and quilted with straight lines as walkways & roads. The green with grass & leaves.
My customer who pieced this quilt intends on adding appliqués of houses and other neighbourhood buildings. It's going to make an awesome play mat for a lucky baby girl!
Showing & sharing once again, realize the potential of your machine, whatever it may be!
Enjoy this beautiful fall day!🍁
Quilt #20 for 2023 is my Autumnal Sunflower Quilt. I designed this to practise Ruler Work and Free Motion Quilting as a class sample. I'm teaching this class at Creekbank Sewing in Mount Forest Ontario.
If you want to brush up on your ruler work or free motion quilting skills, please call the store.
If you are interested in a class or a kit of all of the fabric & the pattern. Their number is 519-323-2693.
Just want the pattern? Get it here. Any easily pieced quilt, great for practising. It would also be a great centre starting point for a larger quilt. It measures 48 x 48" when finished.
Sunflowers follow the sun and remind us of the beauty of harvest time ☀️🌽🍁
My new blog post on the BERNINA International is up and the link is here If you want to learn about your Bernina Machine, check out the post in click on the Links for Free Learning Resources.
Learning about your Bernina = Happy Sewing!
This quilted wall hanging ( Quilt # 19 for 2024 for me) is approximately 56 x 56" square & is a quilt that I taught as a private lesson to a small group over about 8 months. I call mine Mardi Gras Lone Star because it's so colourful! Lessons learned: 60 degree angle strip piecing, Y-seams, curved piecing, english paper piecing and a unique border layout. It was fun & my little group did a fantastic job on theirs too! I ended up ruler quilting it for the most part with some free motion quilting.
This is a customer's quilt for Simon, quilted on my Bernina Q20 Long Arm with chicken feet (corners) eggs, wavy lines & feather like texture. It was fun to quilt and I love all the colours. Simon is a lucky boy and my customer Sue has fantastic taste, I love quilting her quilts!
This week I was teaching at BERNINA Canada in Whitby Ontario for Sept 20 & 21. My topic "Learn Your Long Arm", discussing the operation of the Q24, Q20 & Q16 BERNINA Long Arm Machines. This involved may subtopics about these incredible machines, including maintenance, software, mechanical knowledge and a whole host of creative possibilities.
My sister (Alison) & I made 15 gorgeous tote bags with Benartex Fabric as gifts to this inaugural class & door prizes for all.
We also had some awesome sponsors including: BERNINA Canada, www.sillymonquiltingco.ca (rulers), Uh Oh Creations Patterns, HA Kidd (Unique Quilting Notions), Alison Lumb Sewing Studio, www.quiltingintheloft.com, Schmetz Needles,, Benartex Fabric, Northcott Fabric, Sew Tite Magnets, Madeira Thread & Creekbank Sewing Shop (Mountforest). In addition, Kawartha Quilting & Sewing offered to do a last minute pop up shop!. A total of 12 participants (dealers & consumers) from all over Ontario, Quebec & BC attended the first 2 days .
This was an awesome event with great participation, questions from the audience, lot's of camaraderie & laughter.
We finished off day 2 with a rapid fire thread painting session where we tested out 10 very willing students & a Q Frame & Q Sit Down Model machines. Team Frame vs Team Sit Down. The laughter & competitive spirit that ensued was contagious to put it mildly.
On Sept 22, Adrienne Gallagher BERNINA Educator taught a fantastic Q Matic Class with about 7 participants in attendance. Lot's to learn & again more fun to imagine all of the possibilities of this amazing computer equipment.
Deb Yew also a BERNINA Educator was essential to coordinating this with me over many months, she took a real leap of faith and then was there to help me & participants throughout the whole event. Deb you are the best! 😊
I have already gotten lots of positive feedback so I am hoping to present this class & format again soon, stay tuned.
If you are a shop owner & you need a class like this, please feel free to contact me via my contact tab above. I will also be sure to post about upcoming teaching events on this blog.
Thanks so much again to BERNINA Canada, Adrienne, Deb, Jay Trudy & Andrew , all of our awesome sponsors, my sister Alison for all of her help (our timer, bell ringer & sewist extraordinaire!). A big thank you to all of the wonderful participants who took their valuable time to attend. I sincerely hope you are inspired. I know I was inspired by your energy, brand loyalty, questions & ideas so THANKS VERY MUCH!
Enjoy the videos & images below:
Rapid Fire Thread Painting Videos Karon Team Frame & Bizz Team Table Below:
and the winner is...... Team Sit Down, all 10 participants did a great job but the judges had to decide
I hope you enjoyed this visual montage from the event and please don't hesitate to contact me if you need BERNINA Q series training, Thanks again to all BERNINA Staff, Participants & Sponsors!
Hi I'm Robin and I am a professional long arm quilter, pattern designer and teacher. I am passionate about all things quilty!
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