Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Digging out of the snow!

We finally arrived home from our trip to the Pacific Northwest on Sunday after a huge snowstorm had closed the Cleveland airport for 2 days! We had loads of snow at our home and on our deck. Hard to believe it is the middle of March!

After washing and repacking and a day at the office, we started another trip of America Sews on the Road with the first day hosted by Amy Baughman’s Sew and Quilt in Pittsburgh. Eighty wonderful ladies gathered for a full day of sewing and quilting tips and techniques. Amy welcomed them and presented Herb and me with beautiful pillow cases they had made so we would not have to put our heads on the hotel pillowcases. Great gift idea for a traveler! You can make a personalized pillowcase on your Husqvarna Viking Huskylock serger in less than 20 minutes. Add a monogram or embroidery on your Husqvarna Viking Designer SE! This is a great project for kid’s Pajama Parties! What a fun introduction to sewing to have each child “serge up” their own pillowcase!

It was exciting to hear that many of the ladies already have their name on the list to be the first to get the new Husqvarna Viking top-of-the-line sewing machine when it comes out in June. Of course they had many questions about the machine! I keep telling them I have had the opportunity to sew on it and have been working on proofreading the English User’s Guide and Help Texts and other information but they want details!! Most of the questions are about size such as will the sewing area be larger and will the embroidery hoop be larger? My answer to these questions is that I am not allowed to tell what features are coming on the new Husqvarna Viking top-of-the-line but my answer is “you are going to be very happy”!

Highlight of the day was the “Sew and Share” time after lunch. Many brought and wore wonderful items they created. I wore my “Waldo” hat in honor of this blog!

The maker of this beautiful porcelain doll has passed away but her sister is remembering her in a very special way by creating beautiful clothes for the dolls and she brought this one to share. Another reminder of how our sewing life skill brings so many memories, gifts and joys to our lives!

The special upgrade/exchange offer on the current top-of-the-line Husqvarna Viking Designer SE Limited Edition was very popular. Be sure to ask your local Husqvarna Viking store about this. The Designer SE Limited Edition comes with over $2,000. added value gifts including an exclusive Designer SE Limited Edition accessory bag, silver Limited Edition key chain, a gift certificate to redeem at http://www.myembroideries.com/ for $500 worth of embroidery designs. This is a fabulous site loaded with quality embroidery designs you can purchase and download anytime day or night. There is also a special Limited Edition CD case loaded with special CDs not available any where else. You receive the Best of America Sews; the favorite shows loaded with projects, tips and techniques, two years of Quick, Quicker, Quickest;over 100 quick gifts to make on DVD with complete CD of instructions to create them. Three additional embroidery CDs include an exclusive embroidery collection from Terry Fox, Fashion Designer in England, Cactus Punch Favorites and Sue’s Toy Sewing Machines with the art for the toy sewing drawn from my collection. This collection includes frames and tablecloths especially designed for you to combine with the toy machines either on the Interactive Designer Screen on your Husqvarna Viking Designer SE Limited Edition or in your Husqvarna Viking 4D Embroidery Software. What I love about combining designs in my 4D Embroidery Software is that when I save the combined design, the program automatically removes the overlap as it saves the design. This means there is no embroidery stitch build up under the areas where the designs overlap.

Several ladies took home a Husqvarna Viking Fab-U-Motion with Stitch Regulator after stitching free motion quilting on the full size quilt Amy had made quilt ready for demonstration. They could not believe how easy and relaxing free motion is with the Husqvarna Viking Fab-U-Motion with Stitch Regulator!

When you purchase your Husqvarna Viking Designer SE Limited Edition now, there is an added bonus of a $1,000 shopping spree! This $1,000 can be spent on any Husqvarna Viking accessories, embroideries, etc. Many are using this for their Fab-U-Motion with Stitch Regulator. Others are buying the Huskystar ER10, Huskylock or loads of accessory feet for their Husqvarna Viking. Go to http://www.husqvarnaviking.com and visit your Husqvarna Viking store today to find out more!

Wednesday was our 48th wedding anniversary and we flew from Pittsburgh to Baltimore and drove to Hagerstown, MD. We went straight to “Wilson’s, Your Favorite Quilt Shop” to visit with owners Kathy and Marshall and all their people. Plus, we needed to drop off our suitcases full of samples and get set up for the next day. If you are wondering why these stores have the America Sews on the Road programs, last fall we had a drawing at our SewFest meetings and stores “won” me to come present an all day Quick, Quicker, Quickest or America Sews on the Road event for them. Wednesday night, Herb and I went to a special anniversary dinner at an authentic German restaurant in downtown Hagerstown. Herb loves “real” German food so we ordered a sampler plate. It was way too much food, but we had a wonderful evening together thinking about visiting Herb’s family in the Black Forest area of Germany with our granddaughter Lyndi this coming summer.

The next morning there was a real chill in the air as people lined up outside the Wilson’s door. We welcomed them as they entered and they sat down to enjoy delicious homemade cinnamon rolls before the program.

One of the highlights of this trip was that so many sewers brought beautiful dresses they had made for special children and grandchildren to wear to church on Easter Sunday. These three little dresses for three special granddaughters were “sew” fabulous!

Again there were many questions about specific features coming on the new Husqvarna Viking top-of-the-line and it was exciting to be able to answer them “you are going to be ‘sew’ happy”! Several added their names to the list for the new top-of-the-line and purchased their Husqvarna Viking Fab-U-Motion with Stitch Regulator after my assurance that it slide off their current Designer SE and right onto their new Husqvarna Viking top-of-the-line. The other accessory they were excited about was the Husqvarna Viking Air Ease Hoop and I assured them they can enjoy it now on their Designer SE and this too will slide right onto their new Husqvarna Viking top-of-the-line!
Lunch was like being on a cruise! There were two seatings so we counted off into groups and while one group was served an elegant luncheon, the other group shopped and asked questions and tried the Designer SE, Fab-U-Motion with Stitch Regulator, Huskylock and Huskystar ER10 Needle Felting machine while some learned more about the Husqvarna Viking 4D Embroidery Software programs.

We had a great time in Pittsburgh, PA and Hagerstown, MD but it was time to move on to Little Rock, AR! While we were traveling on Friday, my cell phone rang with great news, Brooke Elaine Hausmann, 5 pounds 4 ounces, 18 inches long was born in Simi Valley, California. Brooke is grandchild number ten! She was taken early by cesarean section as she had not been growing for several weeks. This was a troubled pregnancy so please keep her in your prayers. Brooke’s sisters Amanda age 5 and Sage age 2 ½ both weighed over 9 pounds so this is one tiny baby for this family. Mommy and baby are doing well, however, Brooke’s weight dropped to under 5 pounds as she came home so they are not receiving visitors yet. We hope to see her in a couple of weeks.
I’ve asked them to send a picture with Brooke’s eyes open because Husqvarna Viking is developing a special new and exciting software program for you! I can’t give any details yet but you will want this new program so you too can create wonderful gifts and memories and more! I have had a “sneak preview” and am really excited about all the possibilities!

Our trip to Little Rock was two-fold. The first stop was Conway, just north of Little Rock to do a special “live” pledge drive for AETN, the Arkansas Educational Telecommunications Network. America Sews airs on Public Broadcasting Stations throughout Arkansas and into the surrounding states. Joyce the owner of Sew a Stitch, the Husqvarna Viking Dealer in Bentonville, AR organized 15 volunteers who drove over 5 hours to come to Conway to answer phones during the benefit. We enjoyed dinner with them on Friday night. It was especially fun to meet and visit with so many avid sewers and quilters.

Saturday morning we arrived at AETN at 6 am! Joining us were 3 people from the Stitchin’ Post, the Husqvarna Viking store in Little Rock. The station aired 3 America Sews shows with breaks where I shared new projects and tips and invited viewers to call to support AETN. This is the support that keeps America Sews on the air. Be sure to e-mail, write, or call your local public television station to tell them what programming you enjoy and support them with your contribution! If they hear from more cooks or fishermen, this is the programming they will air.

Sarah age 14 came with her mom and the Sew a Stitch, Bentonville group. Sarah loves to sew and brought a donation to AETN from her 4-H club.
When I met the AETN host, Mona, she shared that she and her brothers and sisters plan to buy their mom a Husqvarna Viking Embroidery and Sewing machine for Christmas. After the first break when I demonstrated the Huskystar ER10 needle felting machine, Mona exclaimed “wow, my mom is sure to want one of those too”. I said how about for her birthday and Mona said: “her birthday was yesterday and my sister and I need a gift to take to her this weekend. This is it!” Here I’m signing Happy Birthday and Happy Sewing on the Huskystar ER10 we demonstrated and Mona purchased for her mom!

Mona was such a good sport! She changed jackets with me at every break so we could show more techniques!

Many viewers called in with support, pledges and contributions that morning so America Sews will stay on the air in Arkansas! We spent the rest of the day visiting local sewing stores that are underwriters of America Sews and sharing the joy of sewing with their customers gathered to ask questions about the show and about sewing. One lady even came all the way from Dallas, TX to meet me. She told us she loves the show!

Here we are on Saturday afternoon at the Stitchin Post in Little Rock.

Next week we are off to Missouri!

Until next time

Happy Sewing!

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