SewDown Nashville: Anna Maria Horner Studio Tour

Wow, what a way to start SewDown Nashville. Anna Maria opened her home and studio for a small gathering and pop up shop.

Walking into her home you are instantly greeted with beautiful color, handmade items and an overall warmth that surrounds you.


The pop up shop was insane! There was fabric flying and some serious buyers scooping up all the bundles.


There was also some good time to meet new friends and socialize. Cheryl from Kansas City MQG and Stephanie (the winner of #savoreachstitch contest on Instagram) pictured below.


What a fun experience to roam around Anna Maria’s studio. It was tempting to go through all that fabric! There most certainly were some coveted out of print fabrics in there. Everything about the studio made you want to sit down and create.




Everywhere you turned there was inspiration. Below is baby Mary Anna’s room. That chair! That wall! It was all fantastic.


As a special surprise, Anna Maria had her father in-law and friends play a little Blue Grass for us all!



Thank you Anna Maria and family for welcoming us into your home. We all had a great time and went home with fond memories.


Winner of FunStitch Studio Prize Pack

We are please to announce the winner of the  FunStitch Studio  prize pack from Stash Books  is Susan Justice! Check your email Susan.

Thanks to Stash for such a fun giveaway we can’t wait to see what you create Susan.


A Kid’s Guide to Sewing


Fabric • Paper • Thread


We Love to Sew

FunStitch Studio’s mission is to create a love of handmade for future generations with books that focus on education and skill building, nurturing young sewist, quilters and crafters.



Stash Books: Win a FunStitch Studio Pack!

Stash Books is an annual Platinum sponsor for the MQG. We are so thankful for their support and hope you take advantage of this great sponsored post.  Today they are offering our readers the opportunity to win a FunStitch Studio prize pack!


FunStitch Studio’s mission is to create a love of handmade for future generations with books that focus on education and skill building, nurturing young sewist, quilters and crafters.

To be entered to win,  complete the form below by April  11th: NOW CLOSED

The giveaway includes three books:

10889DWe Love to Sew

11003DA Kid’s Guide to Sewing

10929DFabric • Paper • Thread

The books feature projects and instructions geared towards 8-14-year-olds at every skill level. These books strive to instill a love of handmade in the next generation and encourage kids to “Stitch Your Art Out,” as the tagline goes. The titles in this imprint aim to be both inspirational and educational, including the basics like sewing, quilting, and embroidery, but also emphasizing the importance of building skills while having fun creating.

The winner will be notified on April 14th. Check back to see if you are the lucky one!


Business Series Webinar: Starting your own business

Thinking about taking the leap into starting your own business? Join Amanda Clow of, Shea Henderson of the Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio, Kathy Miller of Michael Miller Fabrics and Kelly Stevens of for a panel discussion moderated by Heather Grant on starting your own business.
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We’ll learn about best practices, pitfalls and more covering a wide range of topics including: writing a business plan, goal setting, identity & branding, cash flow, inventory management, marketing, work/life balance, policies and administration, software tools, taxes, professional organizations, pricing and more! A Q&A will follow the panel discussion.
About the Panelists
Amanda Clow Quilting and sewing have always been a part of Amanda’s life – from the Mama-made clothes she wore as a baby to the quilts and clothes she now makes for her own three girls. Although she started sewing at a young age, learning hand-sewing, quilt piecing, and clothing construction from her mother, she denied her crafty heritage once she hit her teen years. Amanda’s DIY nature popped up from time to time (those embroidered cut-offs in high school!), and she now fully embraces her need to sew, quilt, and embellish pretty much everything.
Shea Henderson Shea Henderson is owner of the pattern company Empty Bobbin Sewing Studio and co-founder and a past President of the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild. Her work has been published in Modern Quilts Unlimited and Quilts & More magazines and she is a contributor to the book, Modern Baby. Her first book, School of Sewing, will be published in the fall of 2014 with Lucky Spool Media.
Kathy Miller Kathy Miller founded Michael Miller Fabrics with business partner Michael steiner in 1999. Before starting Michael Miller, she spent over 20 years honing her fabric design skills, encompassing everything from kid’s wear to women’s wear, lingerie, bedding and the home sewing world. As an owner with a designer’s viewpoint, she directs Michael Miller’s diversely talented in-house artists, freelancers and a fabulous group of licensed designers.
Kelly Stevens Kelly  Stevens’ love of textiles began at a young age and became especially apparent while studying in Madagascar and Zaire during graduate school – she traded the shrunken heads of her students for some wonderful, graphic local fabric from Zairois women at a market. She continued to develop an appreciation for textiles when she studied Textile Science at CSU Fort Collins and curated the university’s historic costume collection. Soon after, Kelly discovered and fell madly in love with Japanese textiles. With four suitcases and a wonderful trip to Japan, she started superbuzzy with a friend who shared her passion in 2006 – just before the Grand-Recession. In 2012, superbuzzy moved to a flagship storefront in Ventura CA, and the rest is history yet to be written.
FREE to members. SPACE IS LIMITED! Log-in to Register Now!
Must be a member to view the webinar. Become a member today.
A recording will be available to members 48 hours after the webinar.

Where is the best modern quilt show on the planet?


Be here in one year!


February 19-22, 2015
Austin Convention Center

Keynote and Special Exhibit: The Quilters of Gee’s Bend

Workshops, lectures and panel discussions with:
The quilters of Gee’s Bend, Denyse Schmidt, Weeks Ringle, Bill Kerr, Jacquie Gering, Elizabeth Hartman, Lizzy House, Angela Walters, Carolyn Friedlander, Victoria Findlay Wolfe, Lisa Sipes, Maura Ambrose, Cristy Fincher and many more!

Special exhibits:
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend
Modern Materials: Quilts of the 70’s from the collection of Bill Volckening
The Modern Quilt Guild’s Quilts of the Month
And more!

Member registration opens June 24, 2014. Become a member today!
General public registration opens on July 1, 2014.

Quilt Entry:
More than $10,000 in cash prizes. Quilt show entry opens July 1, 2014.

We’ll be announcing more instructors, lecturers and special exhibits over the next couple months, so be on the look out! Don’t miss out, QuiltCon is so full of quilt fun you’ll drop your pins and needles.

Thank you for the generous support of our sponsors

Gold Sponsors
Riley Blake

Silver Sponsors
Cloud 9 Fabrics
EZ Quilting/Simplicity
Mad About Patchwork
Material Girls
Modern Cotton
Pink Chalk Fabrics
Sew Modern

Workshop Room Sponsors
Baby Lock
Handi Quilter

Quilt Category Sponsors 
APQS/Over the Top 
Cherrywood Hand Dyed Fabric
Coats & Clark
Free Spirit
Michael Miller Fabrics
Pink Chalk Fabrics
Stash Books
Windham Fabrics


Become a member of the MQG! Check out the benefits and join now.

Riley Blake fabric challenge top ten are….

Riley Blake Designs was this year’s sponsor of the 3rd annual MQG members fabric challenge.

The challenge was centered around basics. Each member received fat 1/8th’s of the below fabrics. There were two rules:

  1. It must be quilted.
  2. If additional fabric was used it needed to be a Riley Blake print or solid.

You can see more about the guild lines here.

There were 390 entries! The talent that is coming out of our members is outstanding.

Below are the top ten from those entries. Congratulations everyone who participated; narrowing the pool was extremely difficult.

Christa Watson

Christa Watson

Jade Prosser

Jade Prosser

Angie Henderson

Angie Henderson

Amanda Hohnstreiter

Amanda Hohnstreiter

Melissa Corry

Melissa Corry

Doris Brunnette

Doris Brunnette

Leanne Chahley

Leanne Chahley

Delores Hamilton

Delores Hamilton

Shannon Page

Shannon Page

Rachel Singh

Rachel Singh

The top three winners will be announced on February 24th so stay tuned!
Become a member of the MQG! Check out the benefits and join now.

SewDown Portland: Sponsors and Wrap Up

We are so grateful to have had some fantastic sponsors at SewDown Portland.

Modern Domestic represented Bernina as our knowledgable and talented sewing machine sponsor.
Modern Domestic

Modern Domestic


Drygoods Design was our fabulous pop up fabric shop. It was so great having beautiful fabrics at our finger tips all day long!
Dry Goods

Drygood Design


Soak provided each room with Flatter as well as had a manicure station set up their new nail polish sets!



Cute goodie bag from EZ Quilting, Simplicity for our Saturday breakfast.
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Saturday goodie bag from EZ Quilting, Simplicity.



Monica Solorio-Snow and Mo Bedell show off their projects.

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Jacqueline (Soak) Kelli (Drygoods) and Margaret (Drygoods)

Thank you to everyone who ventured out in the snow to volunteer, set up, teach, lecture, sew and make this one amazing SewDown! Can’t wait to see some of you in Nashville.

Check out all the photos from participants posted on Instragam #sewdown.

Interested in becoming a member?  Join here.

SewDown Portland: Classes

What a fun group of teachers we had! Check out the great class pictures below. Thank you Sherri Lynn, Lee, Heather, and Julie. You are all so talented and inspirational!

Sherri Lynns class

Sherri Lynn Wood: Improv Round Robin
An improvisational twist on the Round Robin.

Julies class

Julie Herman: Sidekick Sampler Workshop
This new ruler was designed to cut 3 shapes in 4 sizes!

Lees class

Lee Heinrich: Shooting Star: A Modern Traditionalist Mini
Learn about some of the things that make a quilt “modern traditionalist” and make a 21″ x 25″ mini quilt top that incorporates several of these design concepts.

heathers class

Heather Jones: Modern Strip Piecing
Use strip piecing to make quick modern quilting projects with bold designs.

Thank you Julie, Mo, Jessica, Farah, Pink Chalk, Lee and Kristin for the use of your photos.

Check out all the photos from participants posted on Instragam #sewdown.


Interested in becoming a member?  Join here.

SewDown Portland: It’s a wrap!

Its been a few days since the end of SewDown Portland. It was sad to say good bye and really hard to come back to “real life”. But spending time with all the amazing teachers, lecturers, and students made it all worth while. The inspiration can most certainly keep us all going for awhile.

The weekend started off with a freak snow storm in Portland that shut down most of the city.


That didn’t stop people from shopping, sewing and having a great time on Friday night.

Daniela and Victoria checking in

Friday night hand sewing.

Friday night hand sewing.

Shopping at the mini Drygoods Designs

Shopping at the mini Drygoods Designs pop up shop.

Giveaways from our sponsors for open sew.

Giveaways from our sponsors for open sew.

In addition to classes, participates were treated to three inspiring lectures. Violet Craft spoke about her journey to becoming a fabric designer, Valori Wells shared her story and inspiration around her latest collection, and Bill Volckening shared his stunning collection of vintage quilts.

Violet Craft sharing thoughts with Victoria, a SewDown participant.

Violet Craft, Saturday Lunch Lecturer sharing thoughts with Victoria, a SewDown participant

Valori Wells, dinner lecturer Life of Fabric Design.

Valori Wells, Saturday dinner lecturer Life of Fabric Design.

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Bill Volckening Sunday lunch lecturer. Sharing his collection called Masterpiece Quilts, Modernism in American Patchwork.


Check out all the photos from participants posted on Instragam #sewdown.


Interested in becoming a member?  Join here.

Drygoods Design: SewDown Portland Shop Sponsor

Drygoods Design has been hard at work preparing for SewDown Portland. They will be right outside the classrooms waiting to assist you in any of your hoarding fabric needs. They will have bundles, scrap packs, kits and anything else you might need for your classes and open sew!



About Drygoods Design

At Drygoods Design it’s simple. We’re about you, the customer, and finding delightful fabrics and goods. We don’t carry every fabric or gift made, but if it is on our shelves, it means we love it and hope you will too!
We’re located in Seattle, WA and serve our fun group of customers at our storefront in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood and all across the globe from We pride ourselves on fast, affordable shipping and prompt service.


If you want to visit our storefront, we are open seven days a week, Monday through Saturday 11 to 6 and Sundays, 10 to 4. 


Store and studio address: 5308 Ballard Avenue NW, Studio 1…Seattle, WA 98107

Store phone number: (206) 535-6950

Store email:


Make sure to check your swag bags for a special gift from Drygoods!

All  photos are thanks to Rendy Tucker Photography.