Martha Pullen Show 2011

I know I promised I would post from Martha Pullen but technical difficulties made it impossible ~ sorry.  I can tell you that I had the time of my life.  If you have never gone to a Martha Pullen Show, and there is one in your area, I highly recommend it.  For those of you that don’t know what a MP show is……..she gathers a massive group of teachers ie; Luveta Nickels (Junk Jeans lady), Linda McGhee (zippers and handbags), Peggy Sagers, Hope Yoder, Evy Hawkins (A Bit A Stitch),  Barb Callahan, and (of course my favorite) LORALIE together to teach all of us about the newest and coolest things in the sewing world.  These are just a few of the names of teachers that were there.  Then, there were fantastic vendors set up in the main hall selling fabric, gadgets, machines and books at incredible show prices.  It was awesome!   3 days of nothing but thinking, talking and living sewing….it was my kind of heaven!

On the first night of the show, Martha hosted a fashion show.  It was unlike any fashion show I had ever seen.   All the vendors/teachers walked down the runway showing off their pretties.  At the beginning of the show, Martha warmed up the crowd with a demonstration of putting on Spanx.  I don’t think there was a dry eye in the house!  She should be a stand up comedian she is so funny!  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like most of you, I have only seen Martha Pullen on her tv show.  I know from watching that show she is a very talented lady but this weekend I learned what a very giving, caring person she is too.  I arrived on Thurs morning at 7:30 and she was at the entrance of the convention center greeting everyone as they came into the building.  I have never seen someone of her status be so hands on and so giving of herself.  She never turned away an opportunity to hug someone or to sign an autograph or to swoon over their outfit they were wearing.  She is truly a remarkable person and such an inspiration to those us in the sewing world.  Thank you Martha for a wonderful weekend!

 

I did teach some classes while I was at MP and had a terrific time!  It was an incredible experience and I want that thank Kathy Southward of Sew Southward Bernina for allowing me the opportunity to represent her company this year. My spiral notebook cover went over well.  All the ladies seem to like the idea of the quick and easy project.  I hope I inspired the ladies to go home and make a bunch for birthday and Christmas presents. 

I am not sure what I am explaining in this picture but thought you might get a kick out of it…..LOL 

I was  coached by Kay Whitt of Sew Serendipity (who is fabulous!) this weekend to come out with some patterns for my tote bags.   So look for them to come out soon.  Thanks Kay for the pep talk! 

This wonderful weekend would not have been possible without one person who was there by my side through it all.  She was behind the scenes taking care of me, setting up my classroom, dragging my projects and equipment to and from, making sure I had everything I needed and never once complained.  I don’t know what I would have done without you, thank you Marylin for being such a great friend!  I love you!

 

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Free Spiral Notebook Cover Pattern

I know I said I would post this tutorial on Tuesday, but I can’t wait any longer.  I am getting excited about teaching this at Martha Pullen in Arlington, TX in a few days and I wanted to share it with you so here it is. I hope you enjoy making these as much as I do.  You can add so many cute embellishments and embroidery designs to make each one unique.  Enjoy!

Cutwork t-shirt tutorial

Cutwork t-shirt tutorial.

Yet another screen tote :>))

I can’t help myself….I am addicted to making these screen tote bags!  I found this adorable Loralie floral fabric at a quilt shop in Celeste, TX ~ The Quilt Mercantile,  a few months back and didn’t know what I was going to make with it (you don’t have to know what you are going to do with it to buy it, right?) but figured it would be a tote of some sort.  Just wish I had bought more fabric now – isn’t that always the case?

I added a zipper to this bag and tabs on the ends of the handles to jazz it up a bit.   The applique with the monogram on the front is the Marie Frame from Planet Applique.  What do you think? 

Girly garment bags

I just entered the Babylock sweepstakes contest on Facebook.  Below is my project – Girly Garment Bags.  You can vote once each day….please go vote.

I think the cutest part of the bag is the inside….tough to photograph though.

Sneak Peek

Here is a sneak peek at a couple of the samples I have made of my spiral notebook cover to take to Martha Pullen in Arlington, TX on June 23 – 25.  I will post the tutorial on my blog the same week.

 

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