Cleverly designed and engineered with real-life sewing use in mind, this whimsical, slightly oversized pincushion is the perfect home for all your sewing and quilting pins, with a hidden compartment for your machine and hand-sewing needles, too. Plus, Katie has included a machine or hand-embroidery design for you – it’s a needle style and size grid for your machine needles, so they have a place to rest between jobs.
And ... it’s a perfect little stash-buster!
But the best part of the workshop comes from Katie herself, who shares all her best sewing tips along the way – techniques you’ll adopt immediately and use for the rest of your sewing life. Perfectly thought out for innovative, detailed-yet-easy construction, the pincushion’s practical features, like a cargo pocket, boxed corners, mini-piping trim and handle, make it a five-star workshop winner.
Katie Bartz has a reputation: she’s an adventurer and an inspiring entrepreneur. Starting with hand-sewing, learned from her grandmother at age 9, Katie started using a sewing machine in 7th grade Home Ec. The first project was the infamous apron. Katie wanted to pass the class, so she asked her teacher for permission to make a three-piece lined suit for extra credit. Needless to say, she passed the class, with her three-piece suit in hand, AND fell in love with taking flat fabric and creating something beautiful from it! Yep, Katie is an over-achiever!
She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Computer Information Systems and went on to start her own computer consulting firm in St. Paul, Minnesota. During her 20 plus years in the computer industry, she dabbled and learned to work with embroidery machines and began to teach others about sewing and computers. Katie has been fortunate to combine her love of computer technology and sewing, and loves sharing it with others in her classes and through her patterns. Katie’s down to earth teaching style focuses on the techniques — and what you end up with is a uniquely engineered project!
Katie offers classes in sewing: beginning to advanced, machine embroidery, computer and digitizing software. She has also taught CorelDraw and Photoshop Elements techniques to sold-out venues and loves sharing photo prep and printing on fabric secrets with the sewing and crafting markets, as well.
She has also co-authored the Pillow Talk book with the sewing enthusiast in mind, as the smaller pillow projects present the same skills one needs to move up to larger projects.
Katie now resides in Montana, where she can take further advantage of her love of nature and sewing.