Houston Quilt Festival 2015

I am always on pins and needles this time of year and that’s kind of funny since I’m talking about the Houston Quilt Festival!  If you have never attended this EVENT in Houston – it is quite amazing and gargantuan and full of eye candy and inspiration for those that love fabric.  Its not just for quilters!  I have sewn quilts but I am not an avid quilter – don’t laugh but I get flustered at the thought of cutting fabric into small pieces just to sew it all back together and make one big piece of fabric.  I’m not into the process to do myself, but HOLY SMOKES am I into appreciating the talent of those that have a true gift for creating gorgeous art using fabric.

So you’re probably thinking “if she doesn’t quilt what does she do there?”  First, I already mentioned all the eye candy – and I’m not just talking about the exhibition area which I have yet to see everything that is there each year!  The vendor area is HUGE – the George R Brown Convention center is like the size of 8 football fields and there are over 22 rows of vendor booths.  This is THE show to go to and see new products, gizmos, materials, related to the sewing industry.  And we’re not just talking about threads, needles and stabilizers – this is where I got to see the Silhouette, Brother ScanNCut and Sizzix fabric cutter machines!  Crystals, buttons and embellishments!  Printed patterns and actual samples sew of those patterns “in real life”.  Sure Instagram and Facebook are great but WOW to see the items come alive and sometimes you can even talk to the designer to get their tips and tricks!  All the home machine brands will be there and of course they have their embroidery models!  And if you are looking for a deal on a new machine – the class room machines are usually available for a great discount after being checked out and reboxed

So I mentioned class room machines….yes, that’s what I’m doing there 🙂  I am teaching two classes this year on Wednesday before the show officially opens (#356 & #384).  Those that take classes on Wednesday can go to preview night with the vendors where you won’t be completely mobbed by those that love to sew.  Since I am not working a booth this year at Festival, I plan to use Preview night to make my plan of attack for the next two days.  Yes, I am normally working a booth during Festival so I never get to walk the show.  This year I have free time to see more than the booths on the way to the ladies room AND I might even sign up to take a class!

Since I’m working on my class notes and streamlining the projects I’m teaching now – always need to start early so I’m not stressing last minute – you may get some sneak peaks of step outs and work in process 🙂  I teach hands on machine embroidery with the Silk Experience- we’re doing in the hoop silk flowers and an embroidered silk scarf this year – two classes back to back for someone that just wants to hang out with me all day 🙂  The students will learn all about how to stabilize, choose designs, needles and materials, and get to use silk thread and fabric to embroider these scrumptious materials.  You can find a link to Wednesday’s classes here.  If you have never embroidered silk OR you are afraid of embroidering it because it’s so darn expensive and you don’t want to muck it up – this is a perfect way to test the waters and see if it is something you want to do more of.  No need to invest in any fancy materials – the kit fee includes everything you need.  Plus you may get to use a different brand or model of machine AND get instructions tips and tricks for threading hooping, sewing, etc

So if you live in the Houston area and have never been to the Quilt Festival – think about making a day trip and checking it out.  And if you’re not from the Houston area – you will NOT be alone!  Over 60,000 sewists from around the world attend this event every year and it is growing thanks to organizations such as the Modern Quilt Guild and The BadAss Quilter’s Society.  I love to meet up with the groups that come in from Australia each year – YES they plan their holiday around this event that’s how fantastic it is for anyone that appreciates fabric.  I’m not making this up!  Check out the Quilts website and Facebook page – and who knows!  Maybe I will see you there!


And the winner of my 2nd Craftsy class is…..

Congratulations to Ashley for winning the free class giveaway for my second Craftsy class which will be available in a few weeks!  I have sent you an email – so be sure to check your spam and junkmail folders in case my message was misdirected 😦  Yes, it sometimes happens!

Between comments here on the blog post, email messages sent to me and other social media posts, there were buckets of guesses as to what you would like for me to teach!  To the comedians in the audience – no one wants to see what my “royal icing cookies” look like, I’m more of a drop cookie artist 😀

Hoop Savvy titleCard

Here is the official title and yes this class is all about the machine embroidery hoop!  From my first Craftsy class, you know that I have no fear for taking the fabric out of the hoop.  So this class takes one step back and lets us explore one of the key components to machine embroidery and how to become skilled and savvy when using the Hoop!

Check back soon – sneak peek #2 is right around the corner!

A giveaway for my second Craftsy Class!

I’ve got butterflies again!  In less than a month, my second class on Craftsy comes out and I think we should celebrate with some sneak peeks and a giveaway!
Any guesses as to what the class is about?

Register to win before my class is available!

Register to win before my class is available!

Visit this link to register for the giveaway!  Details to follow!!

Merging Embroidery Designs with Embrilliance Essentials

So much to do – so litwww.ADesignbyLyn.comtle time!  I created this video showing different ways to merge designs using the Embrilliance Essentials software.  Since this is a test video for me — I now have a youtube channel, I’m not going to write much about what you will see. I’m just going to see if the video posts to my blog so that my friends can find it!  Special thanks to my dear friend Lyn from http://www.ADesignbyLyn.com for providing me her lovely designs to use in this video!

And if this works – woot woot!  I can now share more with the machine embroidery world, so please stay tuned!


SewExpo 2013

SewExpo 2013I simply love SewExpo in Puyallup, WA.  It has traditionally been my first event of the year and this year is no exception.  What’s different this year is that I have some exciting news for those of you that LOVE machine embroidery!  You might remember me as “Lisa from Buzz Tools” well I’m trying something NEW this year!! YES, I’m  “re-inventing myself” at SewExpo as Lisa SewBubbles — still hooked on machine embroidery software, still having fun with embroidery software, still JUST AS ADDICTED to machine embroidery as all of you :-)….and this year, with all the change in my life, I thought maybe I would go a little crazy in my one-needle class (#1090) Machine Embroidery Embellishment.

Normally I provide a handout in class  – the class notes stapled with coupons and goodies (I do like to follow the rules because I so appreciate the volunteers!!).

This year because I’m here at the show as Lisa Shaw – Machine Embroidery Software Specialist – I thought I might just go a bit “crazy Daisy” — I have a new puppy called Daisy and she is an embellished canine as you will see!  Some of my friends who are digitizers and have worked with and supported me over the years have really gone above and beyond for me this year.  We have put together a CD containing over 20 professionally digitized designs, some projects, tips and tricks!  I think its priceless, but it is at least worth $75  just for the 20+ designs.  Everyone that attends one of my classes is going to get this CD as my gift to them!  Yes, this is in addition to the handout that is normally stapled and I will figure out a way to staple this all together — because I may bend the rules but I don’t break them 🙂

surpriseAND WAIT there’s more!  Sheesh I feel like a Ginsu knife commercial!  You all know that I love machine embroidery and believe that the computer is supposed to help us be creative not be an anchor dragging us down.  Well I’ve found new to me software that is easy, and fun, and affordable AND will run on a Mac or a Windows Computer – yes you’ve heard that right!  Affordable and will run on either a Mac or a PC — I know I couldn’t believe it either so I had to try it out for myself.  And because I am so excited about these programs that – I am giving away a free copy, a $45 value, in each of my seminars.  I told you, I am going CRAZY DAISY this SewExpo!  I might even wear zebra stripes on Friday!

So what have you got to lose? Worst case scenario you get to take a 40 minute break, get a CD of designs, spend some time with me in the classroom and learn a little bit about what you can do with machine embroidery software.

If you have a Mac and always heard that you have to use Windows to do machine embroidery – let me show you otherwise!

Even if you are just thinking about joining our addiction — whoops I mean thinking about getting an embroidery machine – or better yet, you have an embroidery machine and the embroidery unit is still in the box…yes, I’ve met a few of you over the years 🙂

Sign up for my one needle class, Machine Embroidery Embellishment#1090 and see what this is all about.

Can’t wait for SewExpo 2013 to begin — this will be a stellar event!

all my best, safe travels!  Lisa