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Can It Really Be 30 years?

November 13, 2012
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Celebrating 30 Years With Nancy Zieman

How do you go from taping a television show in your living room to commanding your own studio at Wisconsin’s largest PBS station? You do it one stitch at a time.   Nancy Zieman is one of our industry’s most humble leaders. I’ve seen her blush when recognized by 20-somethings in swanky malls, and...

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Quilt Market

October 31, 2012
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What’s so great about Quilt Market? People, Fabric, Quilts and…Santa!  I’m just back from Quilt Market after spending a fantastic day on the show floor meeting with old friends, connecting with new ones, drooling over gorgeous fabric displays, ogling breathtaking quilts and taking a moment to pose with Santa.  I never pass up a...

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Wisconsin Quilt Expo

October 17, 2012
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Wisconsin Quilt Expo What I love about Wisconsin are the people, the countryside, the cheese and the seasons (well almost all of the seasons). Every time I go to Wisconsin (at least twice a year), I have a great time. Last year, I went to Quilt Expo in Madison and even had fun in...

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Everyone’s a winner this week!

August 29, 2012
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Everyone’s a winner this week! Back to School! Who doesn’t love the smell of a fresh box of crayons, pointy tips, organized colors, completely unblemished coloring sticks? But we all know they don’t stay in that shape for too long. Nope, just a day to two later, the tips are a bit worn and...

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Craftsy – What a way to learn!

August 22, 2012
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Craftsy – What a way to learn! I have to admit I’m having a blast over at Craftsy – my Machine Embroidered Quilt class just went live last week and it’s been a ton of fun chatting with the students.  If you’ve never heard of Craftsy, let me take a minute to tell you...

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Savings Galore!

August 8, 2012
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Who doesn’t like a bargain? If you scour the pages of the July/August issue of Designs in Machine Embroidery magazine (Volume 75), you’ll find dozens of coupons and specials. I thought I’d do some of the legwork for you and provide the links directly to those sites. So here goes! Did you know that...

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Welcome to Indygo Junction’s Pattern Parade Blog Tour!

June 13, 2012
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Welcome to Indygo Junction’s Pattern Parade Blog Tour http://www.indygojunction.com/blog/ When I was invited to participate in Amy Barickman’s Pattern Parade Blog Tour, I jumped at the chance to make the Thrifted Fashion bag incorporating the current hot trend of burlap and satin. After pondering the properties of burlap and satin, I settled on a...

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Redesigning my sewing room Part 2

June 6, 2012
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Wow!  Looks like I really hit a nerve last week – so many of you shared intimate details about your sewing room.  I’m impressed with all the fabric organizing efforts even cutting swatches of fabric and making a catalog of your stash. Some ideas really hit home like this one from Jimmie Beth’s: “I...

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Redesigning my sewing room!

May 30, 2012
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In a few months, I’m going to be redesigning my home sewing studio so I’ve been analyzing my behavior when I embroider.  No psychologist required here! It’s very interesting what I’ve learned.  Since I have two sewing rooms – one at home and one in the office, I’ve found my behavior is different in...

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Machine Embroidered Wedding Touches

May 2, 2012
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As tempting as it was to go overboard, I limited myself to make just one machine-embroidered element for my recent wedding: the table numbers.  In retrospect, I’m not so sure anyone noticed that the numbers were embroidered but that’s okay with me. I enjoyed the process. Since our wedding took place in a natural...

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