Back from Convention and a Cool New Tool

Four of us are just back from Husqvarna Viking Convention, and we are “pumped!”
I caught Becky and Lynn sneaking over and kissing the new Ruby! Three of the four of us want our own Ruby. (Dick may use mine, if he’s good, that is.)
Here’s the dress made with the Ruby, done with the new cutwork needles. (Becky and Lynn restrained themselves in this photo.)
Please come into the store to see the Ruby and the 5D software if you live in our area.
We were happy to welcome Katrina Helmkamp as first female CEO of a major sewing machine company. Had she still lived in St Joseph, MI, as she did when she was with Whirlpool, we would have been delighted to acquaint her with the Viking machines, but she’s already moved to HV headquarters. And of course, she’ll be very busy, but she says she does plan to fit in some sewing and embroidering as she can.

We sat with Angie from Lunch Box Quilts at the banquet. Her new About Trout (59812) and Recipe Towel (60930) Collections are flying off our site! If you’re in our area, watch for our Recipe Towel of the Month in the store this fall.
I got to use the new 8” hoop on the wonderful Ruby for this fun project. I didn’t quite finish it, and Kassi wanted a good look at how I used the wonder tape to do the self-binding. She is “right there” for every step of my sewing and quilting. None of the others have been such a sewing enthusiast. I’d thought finally my projects were safe from the felines… and then we got Kassi! I have to completely release my quilt from my Handi Quilter frame when I finish for the day so she doesn’t claim it as her personal hammock.

Although this has nothing to do with Viking Convention, I want to slip in these photos. One of our students asked if we had a reducing glass, and we no longer carried them, but just got them back in (A10096). They are great at letting you see the whole picture. In fact, if I’d used one when I pieced my Snowman Collector quilt (22025), I might have seen that one unit I put in upside down! It’s one of our most popular machine embroidery pieces, and though we’ve displayed it for a few years, no one saw it until recently! Too late, not taking it apart now.

By the way, Lynda from The Stitch Connection (who designed my Snowman Collector quilt) will be at our shop in the fall. If you live close enough, this will be a great event to attend.  (Nancy Halvorsen comes for a rare appearance on August 21st and 22nd, another not-to-be-missed event!  Details are on the same page.)

(To find an item or event on our web page after clicking on the teal words, hold down the “Ctrl” key and touch F. Enter the item number in the box, and you’ll be taken to that item.)
You can see what’s new at Erica’s almost every day! Any page of our website has a column on the left that tells you where to find things, and all you have to do is look for “What’s New” in purple, and click to find out.

2 thoughts on “Back from Convention and a Cool New Tool

  1. Great pics, it looks like you all had a faboo time! 🙂 btw, I was soooooooooooo happy to stop in and meet Nancy Halverson, she is a doll. Love her fabrics and patterns!

  2. Hi, Pam, glad you got to stop by. She rode with us to Toledo later that day, and we spent some time the next with her. She is so warm and has a great sense of humor besides being so talented.

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