Friday, July 24, 2009

Whoo Hoo!!! Out of over 162,908 Etsy shops, we had one of our towel collections selected to be on the front page of Etsy! Watch for the awesome kitchen towels in the slide show...those are ours!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Summer is zipping by...

The summer is zipping by at a fast pace. Whew! Where has the first part gone?? I have been busy embroidering kitchen towels and aprons, lace bookmarks and fun animal towels for the kids and selling them on I have also been preparing classes and making samples for July Quality Sewing Sew Fun presentations and working in the stores. It has been crazy around here.

Presentations are what I love to do the most, but, I also enjoy teaching hands-on classes. I have been teaching for around 15 years and I never get tired of the classes. So with all the software that is out for embroidery, I started teaching Floriani software at Everett Quality Sewing. I also teach Pfaff/Viking 4D software classes and many other classes that can be found at, then look for Lana's classes. I have a great group of very fun students that attend classes each month. Classes are a great way to learn new techniques, have fun, meet new people and catch up with friends. We always have a great time in class and we manage to even learn a thing or two throughout the day.

Celtic Font

I recently
purchased a very fun font from After selecting the celtic knot true type font each letter you type is part of a celtic design. In the example, you can see the letters that were typed to create the design. If you are into celtic designs, this is very exciting. Think of the possibilities!

Enjoy you sewing adventures!

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Simplicity Bias Tape Maker and Invisafil thread

Since the embroidery parties at Quality Sewing, I have been busy getting things ready for, my daughter and my online store. We have wonderful kitchen towels, jewelry, and more. Check it out and let me know what you think!

Also, July is my month for Sew Fun presentations. at Quality Sewing. Wow!. I didn't get started too early, eeeck! Tuesday before the first presentation I started sewing my samples. Long d
ays and even longer nights to get it all done. But I did it. Whew!

There are two products we brought in I would like to talk about. The first one is Wonderfil Invisafil 100wt. thread. What an amazing thread! If your embroidered lettering is hard to read or your stitching in the ditch shows too much, then this thread is your answer. Letters are crisp with clean, straight lines, and stitches in the ditch virtually disappear. Give it a try you will love it!

The next
product is the Simplicity Bias Tape Maker. The minute I saw a picture of this device I wanted one. As soon as I got one into my hot little hands I gave it a try. Impressive! Quick, easy, perfect single-fold bias tape with the push of a button. The unit comes with the 1" tip and makes 12 feet of bias in 60 seconds. Additional tips will be available later this summer.

I have been using this for the past couple of weeks and I am still getting perfect bias. This delightful little machine costs between $79 and $100 depending on where it is purchased.

We are presenting both in Sew Fun this month in the Seattle area. Stop by and see what you think! For a schedule of Sew Fun presentations go to

Enjoy your sewing adventures

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

I'm the new Seattle Sewing Examiner

Things have been very busy. Quality Sewing just finished the Embroidery Parties at Lynnwood and Puyallup with Anita Goodesign Company. Brother provided all the machines for the attendees. All top of the line machines for each 2 day event. You can read all about it at This is an online newspaper I recently started writing for. It will be fun to write about all the exciting events that happen in the Northwest. Some of my next topics will be the Western Washington Shop Hop, other cool new tools for your sewing machines, and a few quilt shows that are coming up. Check it out and tell me what you think.

Jordyn and I have been very busy creating things for our website We have lots of kitchen towels, lace bookmarks, jewelry, ceramics, and more. Stop by sometime!

I will start teaching Floriani software at Everett Quality Sewing starting July 17th at 9:30. This is a great software that has no dongle and all work is done on the same page. No jumping from page to page. I will also start a 4D basic class later that day. This will be for people who have just purchased 4D Suite or only have 4D Extra. The classes will be posted on then click on classes by instructor and look for me...Lana.

Other classes that have been recently requested are my wood embroidery classes, mitered corners, kaleidoscope software, applique and a few others. Let me know if there are other classes you are interested in. I teach my classes at all Quality Sewing stores. Check the above website for store locations. I will also be teaching some classes in Wenatchee later this year. Let me know if you are interested in classes there as well.

That is all for now...Enjoy your sewing adventures!!


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

It is a gorgeous day!

Oh my goodness, have we had gorgeous weather here in the Northwest. Absolutely beautiful! Makes staying inside to sew difficult, so I managed to get out in the mornings for a mocha at my favorite coffe shop, Java Haus, in Snohomish, Washington. Great service, good food (try the Turkey Bacon Ranch Sandwich, ohhh it is delicious) and the best coffee!

We are constantly listing new items on . Check it out, you will find embroidered kitchen towels, aprons and lace bookmarks, as well as my daughter's art work and ceramics.

This weekend Quality Sewing is hosting the Embroidery Party in Lynnwood, WA. We are expecting around 125 people to attend. The attendees will have top of the line Brother embroidery machines use with all the materials provided, and lunch is also included. Steve Wilson and Linda Winzeler are the owners of Anita Goodesign, Embroidery Designs and guest speakers for the event. If you haven't been to one of these events you are missing out on a bunch of fun, creating and learning. We always have a great time. The next one is in Puyallup, WA. June 6 and 7.

The sun is out and bright, so I need to drive to town and get my morning coffee...mmm

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Enjoy your sewing adventures...


Friday, May 15, 2009

Just back from sewing retreat

What a relaxing week we had on our sewing retreat. My friends and I went to Leavenworth, Washington. On our agenda was a week of sewing, eating, walking, shopping, laughing, additional sewing and laughing, more eating and a few more trips to shop. We stayed at Anderson's Lodging House, a bed and breakfast and quilt shop. Delightful owners, Al and Dee and there wonderful employee Louise, always make our stay enjoyable.

We bring a couple of sewing/embroidery machines each, a serger, laptops, and more projects than we can possibly finish during our stay. The easy access to our room makes bringing in all of our belongings simple and fast. We are up and sewing in no time at all.

Leavenworth, a bavarian village in the Cascade Mountains, is a charming town with everything you need for shopping and dining. One of our favorite places to eat was Pavz, which we ate at 3 times during our stay. The sandwiches and seafood chowder were so delicious, the crepes were amazing and the garlic bread could make a meal in itself. But the desert crepes were incredible, they filled a dinner plate. You have to try one.

We start our day with a couple mile morning walk, stopping at the local coffee shops for a latte and some wonderful fellowship. Then it is time to work on our projects to see how much we can get done before we walk to town to eat and shop some more. We love to stop at Copper Creek, Icicle River Clothing Company, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, Ganz Klasse, and many more. There was a wonderful new jewelry store called Exuberence which had some fascinating pieces.

During our retreat I worked on items to sell on and projects for my classes at Quality Sewing. The classes at our Alderwood location this weekend are Pfaff Creative Vision University, and Hoop Study. In CVU the topic will be lettering. It is easier to do the lettering in Pfaff 4D Suite software, however, learning to do the lettering on the Creative Vision helps you to learn some of the wonderful features of this machine. In Hoop Study we will be working with the endless hoop. This hoop is 180m X 100m and makes quick work of endless embroidery.

At the end of our stay, we drove east to Smallwoods Harvest in Peshatin, WA. This is the ultimate of fruit stands. Take the kids to the petting farm to see the llamas, chickens, goats and pigs. Check out the store with an outstanding variety of jams, jellies and butters, pickles, honeys, sauces, mixes, salad dressings...there is so much there you have to see it for yourself.
Our final destination was The Attic Window Quilt Shoppe in Wenatchee, WA. What a tremendous quilt shop! They have a fantastic selection of fabrics, patterns, books, and notions. The batiks were plentiful and unique. If you love Amy Butler fabrics, you won't be disappointed. They have a very nice selection of her fabrics to choose from.
Take the time to stroll around the store, there are so many things to look at and the samples are awesome. We all left with our bags filled with treasures.
Enjoy your sewing adventures!!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

What a week!

Wow! Was this week busy. I started out the week at Floriani software training. What a great software! I am looking forward to learning everything I can so I can start teaching classes. We will have some very fun exciting classes in the future with this software. If you live in the Seattle area, look for my classes at Quality Sewing and Vacuum.

The next two days were filled with our Sew Fun presentations in our Puyallup, WA. store. What a wonderful store and great employees and customers. We had a great time! Then the next day I was off to our Silverdale store to teach to hands-on classes. I have to catch a ferry to get to this store, so I had to leave my house at 6:00am to catch the 7:10 ferry, then an hours drive to the store. Getting to the store, things were already active as Bea, the manager, and the rest of her staff are always excited to greet everyone that comes in the door. What a fun store to visit!

Friday and Saturday were very exciting at Quality Sewing. I worked a two day special event in Tacoma, WA. where the Stitching Sisters, Eileen Roche and Marie Zinno were our guests. If these two ladies are in your area, don't miss them. They have so much to share! Our customers learned so many tips and techniques while laughing, visiting with old friends and making new ones, shopping and eating the great catered lunches. What a very special event for our customers and those of us who worked the event! A big thank you to these two fabulous ladies!

Sunday morning is my family time, we go to church at Christian Faith Center, North where Pastors Casey and Wendy Treat are the pastors. A very exciting worship time always starts out our service. Pastor Casey finished his topic on current affairs and as always he was pastionate with a fabulous message. Afterwards, we go to coffee at Tully's Coffee shop to visit with the wonderful staff there. Christina, the manager, Allyssa, Janea and the rest of the Sunday morning staff are always upbeat, smiling and provide a fun environment to make our visit an enjoyable one.

Now it is time to get back to work on classes, my products for that I work with my daughter Jordyn, and a huge list of things that need to be completed.

Have a exceptional week!!