The Intrepid Thread

How to build a better BOM!

Sunday, April 19, 2020
Hey Everyone,

I know I have a bunch of people that follow me that are in the creative business. I wanted to share this with you. Last year at this time I joined Tribe... well, let me start at the beginning...




I have been pretty quiet about this because for some reason I always feel weird about talking about things like this. I don't want you to think I am trying to sell you something but... since it changed my life and my business for the better I want to tell you about it. You can ignore me if you aren't interested.

Last year I joined a course (movement,cult,party,band of brothers/sisters) called Tribe. I have a business idea that is completely unrelated to quilting and originally I joined to learn how to build a membership around that. But since I already had an audience for the quilting and I wanted to test the formula (see if it really worked like they said it did) I went ahead and launched a quilting membership, on a whim (in a weekend with nothing built yet and nothing to sell). My first offer paid for my Tribe course three times over and I hadn't even set anything up yet. It was a Eureka moment.
This course taught me how to build a membership model for the business I already have but also how to start at the beginning and build any business I want this way. It also taught me tons about marketing, growing my business, building my social media following, how to manage a group on social media… so many things.

Anyway, Tribe is only open once a year and it is coming up in a few days. I felt like I owed it to you to tell you about it also I am an affiliate. I only did that because I really believe in and I wanted to be able to share it with everyone… if you want to join I would love to be your source. It is seriously the best thing I have ever done for my business. The marketing strategies, the mindset strategies, the honest to goodness support from every Triber in the group… it is worth pots of gold. I seriously feel like a completely different person since I met and interacted with the people in this course.

Here is my link if you want to watch the free webinars:Click Here (this is an affiliate link) Even just joining the free group... people have launched from what they have learned there... it is so valuable. I hope you will just give the videos a look. If you have any questions I am happy to answer.

New Tilda Challenge with a free Pattern and Prizes

Monday, November 25, 2019
Hey Everyone,

Tomorrow is my Birthday... and I am hosting a new challenge with prizes and thought you might want to get in on the action.


This might look slightly familiar. I updated it with Tilda's new collection Old Rose (which we have in stock) and I am hosting a challenge. If you make it along with me these next couple weeks you have a chance to win a fat eighth bundle of Tilda fabrics and some other fun little bits... as well as bragging rights.

Here are the Rules:

1. You have to sign up here  you will get the pattern when you do.
2. You have to make something with at least one of each of the blocks in it. So one cottage, one house, one tree, and one star block :) Just the top I won't ask that you have it quilted.
3. Post a picture in our Challenge Group on Facebook by December 14th so we can see it or post it on Instagram with the hashtag #IT_TildaChallenge

That's it! Join us on the Facebook page for the video starting today.

Tilda Club and a Challenge with Prizes

Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Hey Everyone,

It has been a hot minute since I showed up here. I have been doing videos over on my Facebook page and running the Tilda Club USA. Now I am hosting a challenge with prizes and thought you might want to get in on the action.


This might look slightly familiar. I updated it with Tilda's new collection Old Rose (which we have in stock) and I am hosting a challenge. If you make it along with me this week you have a chance to win a fat eighth bundle of Tilda's Summer Collection Lazy Days, a Mini Tilda Kit, and some fun little notions as well as bragging rights.

Here are the Rules:

1. You have to sign up here  you will get the pattern when you do.
2. You have to make the table runner :) Just the top I won't ask that you have it quilted in a week.
3. Post a picture in our Challenge Group on Facebook on Monday October 14th so we can see it or post it on Instagram with the hashtag #IT_TildaChallenge

That's it! Join us on the Facebook page for the videos.

4 Great Resources for Sewing Your Own Wardrobe

Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Hey Everyone,

Today on Facebook I am starting a series on making and fitting your own clothes.

There are a few great resources I want to share with you here:

First of all there are two wardrobe planners that I love:

1. Seamwork's Free Wardrobe Planner they have a sew along twice a year for building your own wardrobe too.

2. Tina Given's Free Wardrobe Planner she is starting up a wardrobe make along very soon...

3. My Measurements Worksheet which I made specifically for the video series

4. A free basic tank Sorbetto pattern from Colette that we will use in the video series as well.

So grab your freebies and join me on Facebook the next few Tuesdays and Thursdays and let's make some beautiful clothes!

A new video series starting Tuesday.

Sunday, April 28, 2019
Hey Everyone,

If you have always wanted to make your own wardrobe and are looking forward to getting started with #memademay2019 you will love this... I am doing a video series starting on Tuesday on Facebook (I will post a link here when it is done if you can't make it live) teaching how to make yourself a sloper for blouses. This is a tool that will help you fit patterns so that you won't have to make a muslin for every piece of clothing you make.

I hope you will join me. Tuesday bring a measuring tape and a notepad and meet me on Facebook.

Have a great Sunday!

What I have been up to lately... and a free pattern.

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Hi Everyone,

About a month ago I decided to start going live on Saturday afternoons on Facebook. It was scary and it still is but... Hey, scary can be fun :) Join me on most Saturdays at 1PM for a chat and some sort of teaching. I am calling it Saturday Stash Buster Club (who remembers Scrappy Stach Buster Club I did a few years ago?). Right now I am teaching how to make my Heartline Quilt:

This was hanging in my shop for years and people always asked for a pattern but I was so exhausted I never had time to do it. So silly really! So I made a pattern for it and I even added a bonus pattern with applique (that quilt isn't finished yet ) and I am offering it for free.

Here is the applique pattern that goes with it.

If you are already a subscriber to my newsletter this will be delivered to you on Monday morning.

So Click Here if you want the free pattern.


Tutorial for making a leather B6 Size Traveler's Notebook with Cricut

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Hey Everyone,


I have been in Japan...


 I know isn't that crazy? It was so exciting and if you follow me on Instagram or on Facebook you probably saw it. It was amazing. I went with friends and toured a bunch of Stationary Stores one was 16 floors of nothing but stationary, art and office supplies.  You might have seen that I love planners (I have shared them before) and one type of Planner is called a Traveler's Notebook system. We went to the original Traveler's Notebook factory in Japan.



I designed a Traveler's Notebook cover way back about a year maybe a bit more ago... I was afraid to sew it though... I know so weird for me but I wasn't sure how the sewing machine would do with the two pieces of leather. It turns out it was no problem at all as long as I sewed slowly it worked just fine. Just take a scrap and sew a few stitches first to make sure you have your tension set properly.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.


I have a dream of packing up my Easypress2 in it's handy dandy Easypress Tote and carrying it off to a Planner Meet up and making people their own personalized monogrammed TNs (Traveler's Notebooks)...


If you want to make one for yourself follow along below.


Traveler’s Notebook Tutorial


(Links below are affiliate links I may receive compensation at no extra cost to you)

Materials:

Leather 9” by 13” for Notebook (I used burgundy)
Leather 4” by 9” for Spine (I used gold)
3mm Elastic Cord to match
Upholstery Thread
Leather Sewing Machine Needle
A sewing machine that is strong enough to sew two thicknesses of leather
Cricut Iron on vinyl
Cricut Easypress2
Cricut Maker with a deep cut blade.
Awl
Large Eye Tapestry Needle

Optional: 

Cricut Brightpad

Cutting file for Cricut can be found here: https://design.cricut.com/#/design/75028010

Instructions:
1. Using the cutting file linked above and your Cricut Maker cut leather notebook cover and spine.


2. Using matching upholstery thread and your leather needle sew a detail stitch all the way around the cover approximately an 1/8th inch from the edge. Sew slowly to avoid breaking your needle. Mark the spine with a water-soluble pen approximately ½” from the scalloped edges.

3. Measure to find the center of the notebook and the center of the spine and align them. Use wonder clips and two scraps of fabric (to keep the clips from marring your leather) to keep the spine from shifting as you sew. Sew on the marked lines to attach the spine to the notebook.

4. Use your preferred color of iron on vinyl to cut out your monogram. I used gold. Don’t forget to mirror your degsin before you cut it, because your design is a letter you don’t want it to be backwards :)

5. Weed the design. I cut two different designs because I wasn’t sure which I liked best. I used my Cricut Brightpad to easily weed these tiny designs.
6. Decide which design you like best and where you want to place it on your notebook.

7. Use the Easypress2 set to 305 (I discovered this worked after trial and error). I used the Easypress pressing sheet between the press and the vinyl backing sheet because I knew I would have to hold it down for a little while to get it to adhere to the leather and I was afraid the backing might melt, although I have never had that happen I didn’t want to take any chances with the leather. I pressed for 30 seconds then checked it.

You should be able to see the grain of the leather in the vinyl if it is pressed well enough. As you see here. Once it is heated enough wait until it cools then peel off the backing.

8. Make a mark approximately ¼” and ½” down from the top and up from the bottom edge in the center of the spine. Either use a small hole punch or an awl to make big enough holes to use your tapestry needle to insert your elastic bands. Go out through the top hole, in through the second hole, out through the third hole, and in through the 4th hole. Pull the loose ends together at the center and tie a double knot. Make sure the elastic is snug to hold your notebook in place.


You will notice that I didn’t center my spine I made a mistake when I measured and once you sew leather you can’t rip it because it shows so I made due. Measure good the first time :)

9. Use the awl to make another hole in the center of the spine to insert an elastic to keep the notebook closed.
10.  I waited until my Easypress was cooled down then used it as a weight to hold the spine closed for a few hours to train it to stay closed.


Then just add your notebook or journal and enjoy. This will fit B6 size inserts which can be found in many places. At the link above you can find some pretty floral ones, and here you can find some dot grid ones that are more customizable at Amazon..

I hope you love it!




I will be back soon!
Love,

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