Take a Business Class with Me at Quilt Festival!


I have been very lucky to take awesome business courses as part of Quilt Festival in the past, and I’m super stoked to be teaching a few of my own again at this year’s show in Houston, TX!  I have 2 three hour classes and one that is all day! Here they are:

First up on Tuesday, Oct 31 is  250. BUILDING THE RIGHT QUILT BRAND FOR YOU  *$51

HEY ILLINOIS – Almost time for the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo!

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Are you ready to meet me at OSQE in Schaumburg next week?  We’re down to the wire where I’m one of the faculty and ready to teach you all about some amazing sewing stuff!  There’s still plenty of time to sign up online or on site.  Click HERE for more info.

Here’s my schedule for Friday and Saturday.  I hope to meet you there!

Friday Sept 29th
Fabulous Fabric Manipulations – 9am to 11:30am
Vintage Smocked Pincushion – 12:30pm to 2pm <- Hands ON! You get to make stuff!
Time Management for the Busy Stitcher – 4pm to 5pm

Saturday Sept 30th
Intro to eTextiles – 8:30am to 10am <- Hands ON! You get to make stuff!
Making the Most of Social Media – 10:30am to 11:30am
Working With Unusual Fabrics for Cosplay – 12:30pm to 1:30pm

I know some of you have been waiting for me to teach some of these classes locally, and I’m so excited to be part of this year’s show.  There are some amazing other teachers too, like Angela Wolf (who’s been on It’s Sew Easy TV with me) and Rhonda Buss, who I’m excited to meet for the first time.

landingschm_teachersSee you there!  Go Sign up or learn more here! 

Needle Threading Tip – Back to School Blog Hop 2017

BTS 29 Cheryl Sleboda

When I teach classes on Heirloom sewing or eTextiles, I always come across the one person who HATES hand sewing because they can’t seem to thread the needle.  Even automatic needle threaders have difficulty with thick threads, and don’t work properly.  Well, friends, I have the MAGIC TRICK to threading a needle EVERY TIME that I teach in each of my classes.  You too can be the “needle whisperer”!  Check out my video below!

Now that you have learned my trick, comment below if you have run off to try it!  And while you’re marveling at your new found awesomeness, PLEASE VISIT the other tips and tricks in the other blog hoppers!  The list is below!

Day 1 – August 15 – Sam Hunter: How to spray baste a BIG quilt
Day 2 – August 16 – Mandy Leins: Thread Dread: removing stray bits after quilting
Day 3 – August 17 – Nancy Stovall: Batting Choices – The Sweet Creamy Filling
Day 4 – August 18 – Ebony Love: 7 Indispensable feet for your sewing machine
Day 5 – August 19 – Michelle Freedman: Machine throat plates
Day 6 – August 20 – Teresa Coates: What’s What: Top-stitching, Edge-stitching, Under-stitching
Day 7 – August 21 – Kelly Cole: Getting your Sew-Jo Back
Day 8 – August 22 – Megan Dougherty: Choose to Fuse: tips for working with fusibles for applique
Day 9 – August 23 – Kim Lapacek: Tricks to being productive while hauling your kids around
Day 10 – August 24 – Yvonne Fuchs: Circuitboard quilting on Domestic and Longarm Machines
Day 11 – August 25 – Sandi Hazlewood: Chain Piecing Quilt Blocks Tips
Day 12 – August 26 – Juliet van der Heijden: Teaching a Child to Paper Piece
Day 13 – August 27 – Maddie Kertay: How to Fold Fabric for Versatile Storage
Day 14 – August 28 – Cath Hall: Working with Lawn Fabric
Day 15 – August 29 – Tracy Mooney: Tips for the Perfect Seam
Day 16 – August 30 – Teri Lucas: How to Bury Thread
Day 17 – August 31 – Debby Brown: Securing Machine Quilting Knots
Day 18 – September 1 – Flaun Cline: How to put some sparkle in your fabric pull (part 1)
Day 19 – September 2 – Jessica Darling: How to put some sparkle in your fabric pull (part 2)
Day 20 – September 3 – Trish Frankland: A bigger blade really IS better?!
Day 21 – September 4 – Robin Koehler: Tips on how to travel with handwork
Day 22 – September 5 – Jane Davidson: How to make scrappy HSTs
Day 23 – September 6 – Linda Pearl: Low cost tips for organizing your sewing room
Day 24 – September 7 – Christa Watson – Top 10 tips for quilting on a domestic machine
Day 25 – September 8 – Sarah Nunes: To Starch or Not to Starch
Day 26 – September 9 – Suzy Webster: Testing fabric for bleeding
Day 27 – September 10 – Sarah Goer: Machine bind your quilts like a pro
Day 28 – September 11 – Vanda Chittenden: Beginner paper-piecing tips – www.chittenden.co.za
Day 29 – September 12 – Cheryl Sleboda: Needle threading tips –<<— YOU ARE HERE!
Day 30 – September 13 – Kim Niedzwiecki – Different thread weights and when to use them
Day 31 – September 14 – Sandra Healy: Conquer Your Fear of Machine Appliqué 
Day 32 – September 15 – Sandra Starley: The Basics of Antique Quilt Collecting 

Adventures in Hexagons…the book and a GIVEAWAY!

You know I love handwork.  But that’s not the only thing in my friend Emily Breclaw’s new book, Adventures in Hexagons!

What I love about her book is that there are so so sew many ways to construct your hexies and other shapes (like “kites”, diamonds, and more).  The super illustrations show you how to hand piece, machine piece, and EPP (that’s English Paper Piecing).  And not just that, there’s even a bunch of different cutting methods, as well as basting methods.  I thought I knew all there was to EPP and hexies, and this book is super valuable if you love working with those shapes.   Plus, there’s so many awesome quilts in this book.

I had to break down and bring some more hexies with me on my recent business trip, I was so inspired. I basted through my papers, but be sure to check out Emily’s book for a cool trick that allows you to reuse your papers!


SO… to celebrate my friend’s awesome book we are giving away a copy just for you*!  If you leave a comment (one per person, please) and tell me how badly you want to win I’ll pick a random winner at 9pm CST on August 6th.  Be creative in your comments about how much you’d like to win this book!  :)

Plus, be sure to check out all the blogs on the tour below, including the ones before me!  They each have some great giveaways!

July 24- C&T Publishing www.ctpub.com
July 25- Generation Q Magazine http://generationqmagazine.com/
July 27- Marti Michell https://www.frommarti.com/
July 28-Clothworks Fabrics www.clothworks.com
July 29- Cathi Godwin, https://quiltobsession.blog/
July 30- Paper Pieces , www.paperpieces.com
August  1- Mary Huey, http://maryhueyquilts.blogspot.com/
August 2- Linda Franz, www.inklingo.com
August 3– Patty Murphy, https://pattymurphyhandmade.com (you’re here)
August 4– Cheryl Sleboda, www.Muppin.com <—YOU ARE HERE
August 5– Wendy Sheppard, https://ivoryspring.wordpress.com/
August 6– Emily Breclaw, www.thecaffeinatedquilter.com

*C&T will send a hard copy to winners in the continental US and will send an electronic version to winners overseas.

Fiesta de Azucar! Sewing Skull Block!

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Well, everyone!  It’s time for us to get our skulls on!  Now, anyone who knows me well knows I love skulls, and people send me sugar skulls along with every other kind of skull you can imagine.

As you may also know, Halloween is another important holiday to me.  Dia de los Muertos (or the Day of the Dead) starts on Halloween and ends on Nov 2nd.  It’s time to remember our loved ones who have passed on.  And my sugar skull honors the seamstresses and crafters of my in-laws, the Busch sisters.

SugarskullI have spoken about the Busch sisters in my lecture Working Weekly, because they were so willing to teach me everything they knew about crafting.  Quilting, caning a chair, and canning.  Rug hooking, cross stitch, and knitting.  They knew everything.  And I was willing to learn.  They are all gone now, but I wish they could see me now.   My skull had to have my eyebrows.  ha ha!

You can get my block here on my online shop,  here on my Etsy shop, or here on Craftsy.   The directions and pattern are ONLY $3 and delivered via PDF.  Pick the site you like best and place your order today!

Want the other three blocks in the series so far?  Go here and here and here.   And want to follow the blog hop as it happens?  I got you covered:

July 1st – Block 1 – Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs
July 8th – Block 2 – Joanne Hillestad, Fat Quarter Gypsy
July 15th – Block 3 – Vicki Hansen, Cranberry Pie Designs
July 22nd – Block 4 – Cheryl Sleboda, Muppin <=====YOU ARE HERE
July 29th – Block 5 – Penni Domikis, Cabin In The Woods Quilters
August 5th – Block 6 – Tammy Silvers, Tamarinis
August 12th – Block 7 – Kate Colleran, Seams Like A Dream Quilt Designs
August 19th – Block 8 – Susan Emory, Swirly Girls Design
August 26th – Block 9 – Trish Frankland, Persimon Dreams
September 2nd – Border Option #1 – Tammy Silvers, Tamarinis
September 9th – Border Option #2 – Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs
October 30th – Prize winner announcements from our Facebook group here, so please join!

Thanks, and enjoy the hop!