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Posts Tagged ‘Craftsy’

Road's Fall Cruise Faculty: Meet Anita Grossman Solomon

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

Full time quilter and author, Anita Grossman Solomon, has the least distance  to travel to get on board Road’s New England Fall Foliage Cruise September 27-October 4, 2015.   

A New Yorker, living in Manhatten, it only takes 30 minutes to fly from Anita’s home to Boston where the cruise embarks.Solomon

Anita was part of our faculty on Road’s maiden cruise through the Panama Canal last year. This trip she will be joining four other teachers —Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Shelly Pagliai, Stevii Graves and Margie Ullery — on this quilting cruise off the New England coast at the height of the Fall Foliage Season.Fall colors

With a degree in art and experience as an art curator, Anita has developed an in-depth knowledge of and appreciation for quilting’s history as well as its more modern trajectory. While passionate about the look of some of the most complex traditional blocks, the daunting amount of cutting and sewing involved (and high seam-ripper potential) got Anita’s brain working overtime to figure out an easier way. Her Make It Simpler technique makes quiltmaking faster and easier. Anita has shared her method in her three books, as a Craftsy instructor and as a guest on HGTV’s Simply Quilts (twice), The Quilt Show,  and Quilt Out Loud on Since 2003, Anita’s books and the blocks she chooses to “revolutionize” keep all quilters in mind, offering techniques that will quickly deliver perfectly pieced blocks every time. Solomon_Anita'sAngle

Anita will be teaching two classes on Road’s New England Fall Foliage Cruise: Anita’s Angle and No Waste Windmill.  Both classes incorporate  Anita’s simpler way of making elegantly proportioned blocks, perfect for using souvenir fabric from the trip. solomon You can learn more about Anita from this fun video or on her blog, Make It Simpler



How far will you be traveling from to join our cruise? 


Let’s Get Organized With Bags

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

Annie Unrein, owner of ByAnnie.com, knows a lot about keeping things organized. For one, she used to be a Certified Public Accountant. Having order was her life then and continues today. She has a special interest in keeping her home organized, especially her sewing room. Annie with bags

Fifteen years ago, Annie’s passion for organizing led her to create patterns for bags that keep things organized not only around the house but when traveling too. Annie developed an online class on the web site, Craftsy, showcasing how to make her travel bags. It became apparent very quickly that other people saw the value of being an organized traveler, as over 9,000 people signed up for Annie’s Craftsy class in just the first six months!!   

At her Road 2015 class, Let’s Get Organized, Annie offered 3 Top Tips for making useful, fashionable, and efficient handbags, purses, and organizer bags:

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1)      Handbag Zippers are a must!! Clothing zippers are not wide enough, long enough, or sturdy enough to hold up to all the constant opening and closing.   

2)      Proper Zipper Form. Sewing a zipper in your project is not like how you did it in HomeEc. The best way to put a zipper in a project:

Make sure the zipper is all the way shut

Lay the zipper face down on top of the fabric, allowing it to hang over on both ends

Stitch zipper down with a ¼” seam 

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Turn zipper over and finger press the zipper tape so that it lies flat. Stitch again along zipper tape

3)      Vinyl is Versatile. Vinyl is a great addition to handbags, purses, and organizer bags. Always use heavy, 16 gauge, premium weight vinyl, 50 weight polyester thread, and a 90-14 topstitch needle (the eye is twice as big).  There is no need to change the stitch length on your machine. To avoid static when sewing vinyl, use the tissue paper that comes with the fabric as a backing between the fabric and the sewing machine. Simply tear away when you are done stitching.

Annie, along with Road to California, is sponsoring the Purse and Handbag Challenge. Using Road’s 20th Anniversary fabric as the foundation, participants are encouraged to use their imagination in embellishing their designs.

With spring just around the corner, there is no better time to get organized around the house and for upcoming trips. Sewing handbags, purses, and organizer bags – using Road to California Fabric – is a great way to start!!!