SewDown Portland: Sherri Lynn Wood

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Sherri Lynn Wood is an artist who lives in Oakland, California, where she improvises quilts as a life practice and blogs about it at Dainty Time. She has an MFA in sculpture from Bard College, a Masters of Theological Studies from Emory University, and teaches regularly at Penland School of Craft. Sherri’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the country. She has been making and selling quilts professionally for 20 years. Learn more at daintytime.net.

Improv Round Robin

An improvisational twist on the Round Robin. Free your creative energy, use up your scraps, and learn the basic skills of improvisational quilt making. At the end of the day you and everyone else will leave with a distinctive quilt top beyond anyone’s wildest imagination. There are no mistakes in this fast-paced class, only discoveries, community, and FUN! Perfect for fist time improvisers. 

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Sherri’s classes were ubber popular at QuiltCon and people really enjoyed themselves. Having her teach again at SewDown Portland is fantastic. Her approach, teaching style and techniques have inspired so many people. 

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from Sherri. We only have TWO spots left. (Remember MQG members receive a 20% discount on this all inclusive weekend!)

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SewDown Nashville: Register Now!

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SewDown-Nashville

SewDown Nashville is an all-inclusive weekend quilting getaway in the beautiful luxury Loews Vanderbuilt Hotel. Hotel, meals and all workshops are included in the attendance fee. Live it up from Friday through Sunday with a full load of workshops and tons of sewing fun! Learn from superstar workshop instructors Carolyn Friedlander, Anna Maria Horner, Angela Walters, and Victoria Findlay Wolfe. Get inspired with lectures from Alexia Marcelle Abegg, Elizabeth Dackson, and Maddie Kertay.

Attendees will also be invited to join Anna Maria Horner in her Nashville home studio for an exclusive tour and cocktails! Transportation will be provided.

Can’t make the entire weekend? Lecture packages will be available too!

Want more information on this event? Check out the website here.

For a link of Frequently Asked Questions, click here.

We can’t wait to see you in Nashville!

SewDown Philadelphia: Setting up!

Hi everyone! It’s Jen the Communications Manager for the MQG. We are at our first SewDown in Philadelphia! Philly is such a great city. It’s my first time here and I’m totally loving it. It’s beautiful, clean, historic, and we’ve had some great food so far.

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Today Alissa, myself and some awesome volunteers from the Philly MQG  spent the morning putting together the swag bags for the SewDown. Thanks Andrew for getting the volunteers arranged for us!

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Check out this hotel! It is so beautiful and the staff is fantastic. Inspiration is everywhere, from the moment you step into the lobby. It’s a #theresaquiltinthat moment for sure!

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Tomorrow we will be checking everyone in, setting up the Janome machines and getting to know everyone at dinner. Want to follow along? Check out #sewdown on Instagram and Twitter.

Huge shoutout to Elizabeth Dackson who organized this SewDown and created a pretty awesome Matrix!

SewDown Philadelphia Lecturers Announcement!

We are very pleased to announce the lecturers for SewDown Philadelphia! We hope that those of you who are local will join us! Tickets can be purchased here. Both lunch lectures are $50 each and dinner is $90.

Our wonderful lecturers are…

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Michelle Engle Bencsko- Design and Marketing Director Cloud 9 fabrics

Michelle Engle Bencsko- Design and Marketing Director Cloud 9 fabrics

Michelle Engel Bencsko, Growing A Creative Business – how we started, how and why we grew the way we have and about my particular job: directing and producing fabric collections

Michelle is Design and Marketing Director of Cloud 9 Fabrics and has spent her entire life dedicated to the pursuit of creative endeavors. While she obtained a BFA in Photography at Montclair State College, she almost immediately abandoned the idea of going into that industry. Instead, she found herself moving from one creative job to another until she unwittingly landed a humble position as a designer’s assistant in a mens sleepwear and loungewear company. Within a few years and another company later, she found herself the Design Director for a prominent private label mens underwear company where she honed her design, merchandising and marketing skills. After about 15 years in the industry that she never intended to make a career, she left the big NYC job to pursue her own projects and have more time with her children. Through her independent company, Cicada Studio, she developed and produced home décor weight printed textiles in cotton/linen blends. It was also at this time that she began to license collections for Henry Glass & Co, specifically for the quilt market, which opened up an entirely new perspective of designing and outlet for her talents. As the success of her Cicada Studio collections grew, her need to produce on a larger scale became evident. Being Earth-friendly has always been important to Michelle. As she researched her options and refined her ideas for a collection, the notion to create a designer line of fabrics that bridged the gap of high-end organics and mass-consumerism took shape.

Learn more about Michelle’s work, life and musings on her person al blog Cicada Daydream.

Saturday Dinner Lecture sponsored by
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Victoria Findlay Wolfe- Quilter, pattern and fabric designer

Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Quilting Your Story

A painter, photographer and quilter, Victoria was raised on a farm in central Minnesota. She learned to sew and quilt when she was four years old. Victoria graduated from the College of Visual Arts in St. Paul, Minnesota with a bachelor’s degree in Fine Art in 1993, and a year later moved to New York City.

Victoria began an outreach program for a transitional housing project in the South Bronx, New York, through which hundreds of quilts have been donated from quilters all over the world. (www.bumblebeansBASICS.com)

Victoria is the author of 15 Minutes of Play and a fabric designer for Newcastle Fabrics.  She is also a member of the NYC Metro MOD Guild, the Empire Guild, the Minnesota Quilt Guild and a SAQA member. She sits on the board of directors for the Quilt Alliance and her quilt, Double Edged Love, was winner of Best in Show at QuiltCon.

Victoria lives with her husband, Michael Findlay, an art dealer and author, and their Daughter Beatrice.


Sunday Luncheon Lecture Sponsored by Jay McCarroll Online Logo

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Jay McCarroll- Fashion and textile designer

Jay McCarroll, My Life in Design…So Far

Jay is a fashion and textile designer based in Philadelphia , PA. Jay studied fashion design at the former Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science, now Philadelphia University , where he currently teaches. He also studied at the London College of Fashion.

Fabric, color, pattern, and texture are among the great loves of Jay’s life. According to Jay, the greatest part of his job is manipulating those elements into functioning products for people to use and enjoy. Jay finds inspiration for his work in many different things. He’s always been drawn to the vastness and the beauty of nature and is also fascinated by how other humans utilize nature so industriously.

Jay is internationally recognized for winning the inaugural season of the Emmy nominated, competitive reality television show, Project Runway in 2006. In 2007 Jay was featured in a docu-special on the Bravo network entitled “Project Jay” where he was asked to design a dress for supermodel Heidi Klum to wear to the Primetime Emmy Awards.

In 2008 Jay was the subject of a full length documentary entitled “Eleven Minutes” which chronicled his experience of putting together a collection for New York Fashion Week.

Join us in Philadelphia- New friends, amazing workshops, a swanky hotel and all delicious meals included for this weekend get away!

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Elizabeth Hartman-Perfect Quilted Totes

SewDown Philadelphia is just 3 weeks away! We are so excited to hang out, sew, share new ideas and learn a ton from our amazing instructors and YOU!

You all know Elizabeth Hartman from her best selling books The Practical Guide to Patchwork and Modern Patchwork. As well as her popular blog Oh, Fransson!

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In this class, students will learn a simple and fun quilt-as-you-go technique that combines scrappy patchwork with utility fabrics to create sturdy panels for a polished tote bag that stands on its own without the use of interfacing.

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Topics covered in class will include fabric selection, fussy cutting, and quilt-as-you go tricks like finding a perfect stitch length, joining multiple areas of patchwork, and preventing seam allowances from showing through. She will also go over some of her favorite bag finishing tricks, including making handles, adding pockets, making a stay-put lining, and making a top facing. Students will leave class with a variety of tips and tricks that can be applied to many bag-making projects.
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Don’t miss out on the opportunity to take Elizabeth’s class and soak up all her knowledge!

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SewDown Philadelphia-Local Package!

Today marks exactly one month away for SewDown Philadelphia! We can’t wait to meet you and learn from our fabulous teachers.

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Did you know that we have a local package for you as well? The local package is for people who live in the area or might be able to make other lodging arrangements!
Local Package Includes 
  • All four workshops (3-hours each)
  • All lunch and dinner meals (2 lunches, 2 dinners)
  • All lunch and dinner lectures
  • All open sews
  • Total price-$480 MQG members/$600 non-members
Check out the examples below of the great classes our instructors will be teaching.
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The Meadow Block with Lizzy House
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Mini-Sample Texture Quilt with Liesl Gibson
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Beyond Quilting Cotton with Alexia Abegg

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Make sure to register now. Space is limited for the local package!

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Join us in Philadelphia- New friends, amazing workshops, a swanky hotel and all delicious meals included for this weekend get away!

Liesl Gibson-The Textured Quilt Block

SewDown Philadelphia is just one month away! We are so excited to hang out, sew, share new ideas and learn a ton from our amazing instructors and YOU!

You probably know Liesl from her adorable kids patterns oliver + s, her fantastic book little things to sew and even the her patterns Lisette-for Simplicity.

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But have you seen her quilts? 

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The texture and depth that she adds gives her quilts that little extra something…

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In Liesl class she will inspire you to think of your quilts as three-dimensional art.  You’ll add gathers, shirring, and a variety of tucks to create a mini-sampler quilt that’s got lots of texture and visual appeal. You’ll build the sampler quilts intuitively, with no pattern needed. Bring your love of experimentation and be ready to play!

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Don’t miss out on trying these fun techniques from Liesl at the SewDown in Philadelphia! Want to make some of the quilts above? Check out the free patterns here.

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After starting a career in publishing and finance, Liesl Gibson returned to school and earned a degree in fashion design from New York’s Fashion Institute of Technology. Before having a child in 2005, she worked as a designer for Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren.

While staying home with the baby, Liesl began designing her daughter’s clothing. “People were asking if they could buy the patterns for the dresses I was making,” Liesl says. “One thing led to another, and I had a new career.” In 2008 Liesl launched Oliver + S, a new brand of sewing patterns for children’s clothing. Today Liesl also designs a line of Oliver + S fabric. She published her first book, Oliver + S Little Things to Sew in 2011.

In 2011 Liesl also created Lisette, a line of sewing patterns and fabric for women’s apparel that is now available at Jo-Ann stores in the USA and Spotlight stores in Australia. In 2012 Liesl debuted Straight Stitch Society, a collection of patterns for gifts and accessories. The brand’s tagline, “Life is hard. Sewing is easy.” expresses its quirky and sometimes irreverent personality.

Liesl lives in Manhattan with her husband and daughter and commutes daily to her studio in Brooklyn. You can find Liesl here.

Join us in Philadelphia! New friends, amazing workshops, a swanky hotel and all delicious meals included for this weekend get away!

SewDown Philadelphia-Lizzy House

Join us in Philadelphia! New friends, amazing workshops, a swanky hotel and all delicious meals included for this weekend get away!

Each day this week we will be sharing a little about their teaching style.

Our last instructor is  Lizzy-who will be teaching-The Meadow Block

Class Description: Learn to make the never before released, The Meadow block, with Lizzy House. It’s tricky, it’s curved, and there is a six-minute circle in it. No applique just truly extreme piecing! You’ll learn the skills to make and finish this beautiful quilt.

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We asked Lizzy a few questions.
What do you love about the process of teaching?

I love problem solving. And I love to truly learn something you need small failures. I like to allow people to stumble. That might sound awful, but it’s only in the stumbling that the resolution sticks with you. So I really love watching people hitting walls, and helping them find ways over them.

 What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I love teaching, because I believe that the skills that I get to teach have enabling powers. Whether they are powers of creativity, expression, or healing, it brings me incredible joy to help people find new methods or ideas to grow and use for their whole lives!

What do you want your students to walk away with?

I always want students to walk away with ideas. I want whatever it is that we do in class to open up possibilities. I don’t like teaching classes where you make something and that’s it! I want whatever we make to be a launch pad.


Lizzy House

About Lizzy House
Lizzy House is a printmaker, fabric designer, author, and educator. She has released ten lines of fabric including one of her latest for Andover, Constellations, has designed a series of quilt patterns and is the author of the book How to Enter the World of Textile Design. Lizzy has a BFA in Printmaking and currently resides in Salt Lake City. When Lizzy isn’t printing, designing fabric, writing, or teaching, she can usually be found curled in a small ball asleep on an airplane. And no, she doesn’t want any peanuts.  Check out Lizzy’s blog here.

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SewDown Philadelphia-Elizabeth Hartman

Join us in Philadelphia! New friends, amazing workshops, a swanky hotel and all delicious meals included for this weekend get away!

Each day this week we will be sharing a little about their teaching style.

Up next is Elizabeth-who will be teaching-Perfect Quilted Totes!

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Class Description: In this class, students will learn a simple and fun quilt-as-you-go technique that combines scrappy patchwork with utility fabrics to create sturdy panels for a polished tote bag that stands on its own without the use of interfacing. Topics covered in class will include fabric selection, fussy cutting, and quilt-as-you go tricks like finding a perfect stitch length, joining multiple areas of patchwork, and preventing seam allowances from showing through. I’ll also go over some of my favorite bag finishing tricks, including making handles, adding pockets, making a stay-put lining, and making a top facing. Students will leave class with a variety of tips and tricks that can be applied to many bag-making projects.

We asked Elizabeth a few questions.
What do you love about the process of teaching?

Making a quilt or sewing project is, at its core, about problem solving. Which fabric to use? How to sew it together? What finishing techniques will work best? In a classroom setting, students see not only how the instructor would answer those questions, but how the other students are solving the same problems. It’s a much richer experience than sewing alone at home.

 What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I believe that even the most complex concepts and techniques can be broken down and explained simply. There is nothing more enjoyable as an instructor than being able to clarify a once-mysterious concept for a student.

What do you want your students to walk away with?

I want students to walk away feeling confident about finishing the class project. I want them to have learned techniques that they can use not only in the class project, but in other areas of their sewing/quilting as well.

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About Elizabeth Hartman

Elizabeth Hartman is a self-taught quilter from Portland, Oregon. She is the author of the popular blog, Oh, Fransson!, and The Practical Guide to Patchwork, which was the winner of the Next Generation Indie Book Award for Best How-To Book of 2011. Her second book, Modern Patchwork is available now. Learn more at ohfransson.com.

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SewDown Philadelphia -Alexia Abegg!

Join us in Philadelphia! New friends, amazing workshops, a swanky hotel and all delicious meals included for this weekend get away!

Our next instructor is Alexia-who will be teaching-Beyond Quilting Cottons!

Class Description: Some of the most inspiring modern quilts of decades past have used every fabric available at the time. Take that inspiration and learn how to work with the plethora of fabrics available to the modern stitcher today. Expand your knowledge of how to handle a variety of fabrics such as voile, lawn, velveteen, silk, denim, chambray, and more. Students will create sample quilt blocks using a variety of fabrics learning special tips and techniques for each fabric along the way.

We asked Alexia a few questions.
What do you love about the process of teaching?

“When I’m writing a class and teaching it for the first time, I love trying to look at techniques I use daily with fresh eyes. There are so many tips and techniques that are passed on from stitcher to stitcher. I love sharing the things I’ve learned from amazing stitchers I’ve had the benefit of learning from!”

 What do you enjoy most about teaching?

“For me the most joyful moment in the teaching process comes when something just clicks for a student! I love watching my students master a new technique, and have that “aha” moment.”

What do you want your students to walk away with?

“With every class I teach I want my students to walk away with confidence, fresh ideas & techniques, and a sense of accomplishment!

I love teaching also because I feel it helps teach me! I learn what steps and techniques give stitchers trouble, and what comes easily, which helps inform my pattern writing and development.”

About Alexia Abegg

Author of Liberty Love and one third of Green Bee Design & Patterns team, Alexia Marcelle Abegg has been fascinated with the art of sewing ever since her mother lent her a sewing machine in high school. Inspired by her parent’s creativity and dedication to art throughout her life, Alexia studied fine arts and fashion in college. She has a love for watercolors, and is rarely without a sketchbook.

After trying her hand at photography, production, acting, costuming, hair and makeup for film and television, fashion design, and custom sewing, she found her home in creating quilts and sewing patterns while living in Brooklyn, New York.

Alexia and her husband, artist and fabric designer, Rob Bancroft, now reside in Nashville with their two dogs. She currently divides her time among creating patterns for their company, Green Bee Design and Patterns; teaching; making art; and writing.  Check out Alexia’s patterns, tutorials and blog here.

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