Friday, September 27th 6:00-9:00 pm
Saturday, September 28th 2019
9:30 am-4:00 pm
St. Frances Cabrini Church
1500 Franklin Ave. S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Katie Bartz was born in Hibbing, Minnesota and grew up in in Palisade, Minnesota. She now resides near Missoula, Montana.
Becoming an artist/designer found Katie…but she learned to love the passion that comes with it very quickly. Being able to find new and easy ways of doing things to get the most professional result was what she was known for. Katie was known as the girl who could take something complicated and present it in a way that everyone can (could) understand and remember.
Katie started hand embroidery with her grandmother’s tutelage when she was 9 years old. She learned to love color and creating perfect stitches. When She was 12, Katie was introduced to sewing on a sewing machine. Her Mom came home with a new machine from the local county fair and she was immediately drawn to all the dials, buttons, and sounds. Katie’s Mom wasn’t a sewer, so she latched on to the home-ec (home economics) teacher for direction…that’s all it took…she was hooked! Katie was sewing sewed her own clothes through Junior and Senior High school. Before you knew it, she was taking every possible sewing class, reading every book, and eventually teaching from her own “school of hard knocks” and experimentation! Katie NEVER dreamed she could make something without a pattern, she felt so dependent on them…and now she LOVES designing them for others…
Katie went to DeVry Institute in Phoenix, Arizona when she was 25 years old and received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems. Upon graduating, Katie had her sights set on being an entrepreneur and started her computer consulting and education firm shortly after. She was reunited with her sewing passion at that time. The first home embroidery machines had just come out, along with Windows 3.0 (DOS was the running operating system at the time). She was drawn to the digitizing software and the rest is history. Katie was using her computer degree to help others use their embroidery machines!
Katie is inspired by the creativity of others. She also loves sharing knowledge in the sewing industry and did so by co-authoring a book, Pillow Talk, several years ago and by teaching nationally with the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo. She is also an international online educator at Martha Pullen’s educational website, as well as a designer for some of their licensing projects. She loves digitizing her own designs to coincide with her patterns and loves teaching the “new” student how to embroider with success.
Katie’s designs and collections find her…unless she is looking for something specific. She is usually inspired by something she sees or if there is a need for a particular project. She gets lots of requests for project designs as well. Since she loves to educate, her pattern designs focus on techniques, but you get the benefit of a great project once the design is completed! It’s a win-win and you learn something as well! For example, the “Pack it in Series” of classes include a duffle, toolbox, and organizing portfolios. This series of patterns takes you from beginning machine quilting, embroidery, adding hardware and shows you how to set your machine correctly for a professional project when finished. It focuses on techniques and fine-tuned engineering construction, but you have a nice set of luggage to take to a retreat when you have finished…and you learn skills to take to your next sewing project!
The Fabric Toolbox
Part of the “Pack It In” Travel Collection Katie has designed a roomy wire-framed zipper ‘box’. It’s the perfect shape and size for your sewing tools – rotary cutters, snips and shears, machine feet, larger spools of thread and more. Again, you can coordinate your fabrics for a complete ensemble, or create this piece as a stand-alone project. With pockets and an optional divider on the interior, you’ll easily find what you’re looking for. A place for everything, and everything at your fingertips! You’ll have the option of personalizing it with embroidery, or adding a firm base, handles, and purse feet for a different look and feel.
The choice for batting, fusible fleece, or foam-based batting (i.e. Soft and Stable or Floriani Fusible Foam) will be your choice. Walmart or JoAnn’s (if they allow the coupon) is the least expensive place to find Soft and Stable. For the most stability and professional support, Katie recommends the Foam Batting. Anyone is free to email Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or suggestions. When contacting Katie be sure to note that you are in her September ASG class.
Any tear away light stabilizer will work as long as it’s 20” wide. Once you learn this quilting technique for bags, you will want to continue to use it in the future .
Katie recommends Pellon 906F Sheer weight, Pellon 911FF fusible, or similar lightweight fusible interfacing. Those that want a real sturdy project can use a woven interfacing. The sheer weight/lightweight is sufficient.
The Foam Core Board is the poster board. It’s harder to find and a little more expensive, but if you want corrugated plastic, you won’t be disappointed!
• Sewing machine
• Fabrics, batting, stabilizer and interfacing (see list above)
• Thread for Quilting the Panel (Katie likes to use Rayon or Polyester Embroidery Thread)
• Size 80/12 & 90/14 Universal Schmetz needles
• Cutting Board/Rotary Cutter
• Large and Small Quilting Ruler
• Favorite Shears and Thread Snips
• Sewing Thread
• Chalk marker / Frixion Pen
• Sharp Pins and/or Wonder Clips
• Starch alternative (Best Press/Starch Savvy)
• All your sewing feet (you never know which I’ll have you use)
• Walking Foot with quilting bar, if you have one
• Welt Foot or Zipper Foot
• Open Toe or Stitch in the Ditch Foot
• Your other favorite sewing tools!
The kit (a $39 value) will include the pattern, a package of professional zippers (3 yard package with 8 pulls), and purse feet for the project. You will have the choice of 23 zipper colors and a choice of silver or gunmetal black feet. You will collect your kits Friday night prior to starting on your project.
Katie will send cutting instructions prior to class. Make sure your items are cut and labeled prior to coming. You will not finish if it is not cut out prior to class.