Everything Applique Conference 2012

I am a complete newbie when it comes to using an embroidery machine. I haven’t attempted any applique with my Janome 350e. Why? I am nervous as can be and two I am completely lost when it comes to the process.

My good friend and coworker Rachel Powers from Seasons Embroidery & Gifts mentioned an applique conference was in the works and wanted to know if I would be interested in going with her. Well Yeah! It was a no brainer for me. Not only did I want to go I needed to go to learn more about the whole applique process using an embroidery machine. Rachel is an experienced pro when it comes to applique. She creates amazing products and works full time at Ken’s Sewing Center.

I have to tell you that the Everything Applique Conference was a huge success. It was yesterday in Birmingham, AL at the BJCC. What an outstanding experience. 750 people registered for the conference. The digitizers were very informative and great about sharing their knowledge. The Everything Applique Conference is the brain child of Kathy Garrett from Applique Corner. With the help from her husband Jefferey, the digitizers, and a lot of volunteers they pulled off an amazing event in just four months. FOUR months! There were a few hiccups but they were handled with grace and the conference went pretty smoothly.

This a picture of the ladies who made this conference happen. Karen Norman of Applique Market, Rosemary Gulledge of Applique Cafe, Emily Horn of Applique Alley, Rachel Pryor of Embroidery Boutique, Kathy Garrett of Applique Corner, Brandy Rolison of Applique Momma, Cristy Hageman of The Itch 2 Stitch, and Holly Clay of Applique Junkie.

Rachel and I sat with a fabulously talented group of ladies from all over the south. We were the table of gigglers and wise cracks. We had so much fun.

I am the third from the left in the first row and Rachel is the second from the left in the back row.

This is a picture of the conference room during the morning registration. Not quite everyone was in the room yet and there were a lot of people behind me. The break out seasons were great. There were four sessions on various topics. A ton of great questions were asked by the attendies. The vendors had great products for sale and for demonstration. Over all it was was a huge success. I can’t wait for next year.



Free Quilt Pattern for Beginners Using Scrap Fabric

I saw this and had to share it. It is a great free quilt pattern for beginners. Makes me want to get out my machine and sew. It is called Granny Square Quilt Block Tutorial by Jolene Klassen. You can also visit her blog (Blue Elephant Stitches) for the quilt pattern.