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Latte Quilt class starting in October!

By Serena Nabeta | August 7, 2013


Online Latte Quilt Class

Starting October 2013!!


The ever popular Latte Quilt class is back! I’ve had so many requests for a return of this class, that I’m starting another class October 1st.

This is a beautiful quilt, featuring many new and fun techniques that you will learn along the way! The class will feature clearly written instructions, layouts and handouts each month that you can print and file for your own use. Plus video lessons that take you step by step through each block in the quilt – from cutting to embroidery to quilting and binding! From start to finish, you’ll learn many things from this quilt class plus have a finished quilt!

The Latte Quilt is an elegant quilt that is a pleasure to stitch! You will learn so many details about your machine’s decorative stitches, functions, embroidery features and so much more!! Not only will you have a better handle on your machine, decorative stitches and embroidery designs, but you will also have a completed heirloom to keep! Anyone from a novice to advanced machine embroider will find it easy to stitch this quilt with my monthly lessons!

I will be sharing my favorite products I use for machine embroidery and my own tips and techniques I have learned throughout my many projects. You will gain loads of information that you can use with so many other projects!

Please email me with any questions or comments! If you would like to join this class, please register here with the following information by October 1st! This will give me more information so I can help you in completing your quilt!

I hope you decide to join me in this quilting adventure! I’m excited and look forward to seeing the color combinations and creative ideas you can create with your own quilt!

Visit my class schedule page for more information. As always, email me with any questions you may have!!  :)



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New! Floral Elegance Online Quilt Class

By Serena Nabeta | February 6, 2012

Floral Elegance Online Quilt Class
March 2012 – February 2013

Are you ready to start a new machine embroidery/quilting class?! Get ready, because March 1st, it’s here!!! Read on below for details on the quilt and how you can join in on the fun of this class!

The Floral Elegance Quilt is a beautiful machine embroidered quilt that incorporates machine embroidery in addition to decorative stitches. The rich colors can be stitched on satin or cotton fabric for a lovely addition to your home.

Floral Elegance was designed by Judy Nowicki. Although instructions are provided for completing the project, it’s always easier and more fun to stitch the quilt in a class full of eager stitchers and someone leading you through it step-by-step. In completing the quilt through this online class, you can work at your own pace through each block. This will be a hands-on online class, taking you step-by-step through each and every area of creating the quilt, from starting to pick out fabrics to completing the quilting, binding and label!

I will be sharing my favorite products I use for machine embroidery and my own tips and techniques I have learned throughout my many projects. You will gain loads of information that you can use with so many other projects!

I’m excited about beginning this quilt journey and I hope you will join me in this adventure! Be sure to register by March 1st, 2012!!!

See full class details here!



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A sneak peek…

By Serena Nabeta | January 30, 2012

…of the NEW Floral Elegance quilt starting in March! Just look at the luscious colors and beautiful stitching?!?! I hope you are getting excited about this class, because the more I’m working and designing, the more I’m loving it! Class info and registration should be available online by the end of the week! Stay tuned!



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What style of lettering?

By Serena Nabeta | January 30, 2012

There are so many options when stitching lettering on any project you are making? So, how do you know which one is the best to choose? Ultimately the decision is up to you and what you like the best, but keep in mind the type of project and what theme you are wanting to show through your stitches. Here’s some ideas that might be helpful to you!



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Guess what?!

By Serena Nabeta | January 12, 2012

Yes, it’s still coming — a new quilt class. Among the everyday business of life, it’s just taken a bit longer to get things together than I’d planned.

This new quilt is called Floral Elegance. It’s a beautiful set of designs that I am confident you will enjoy stitching. The embroidery design collection can be found here. And the original quilt as designed by Judy Nowicki is shown below.

This is the original design. However, I am making some changes. Big surprise, huh? ;) I am inserting a center medallion, enlarging the entire quilt, adding a few decorative stitches and moving design elements around a bit. Therefore, the designing process is taking a bit longer than my desire, but it is getting there. Below I have a few photos from what I’ve stitched and am still in the process of designing.

I am stitching my blocks on ivory satin in shades of purple, but of course, you can choose your own fabric and colors. I’ve stitched this block on fairy frost fabrics which I absolutely love using and it’s just as beautiful!

The class start date is March 1st! All the class info with fabric requirements, kits, schedule, etc. will be available by February 1st. As with my previous online classes, this will be a monthly class that will take a year to complete. You’ll learn more valuable stitching techniques in addition to creating another heirloom quilt to add to your collection!

So mark your calendar for March 1st to being a brand new and exciting quilt!



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Bernina Webinars

By Serena Nabeta | October 26, 2011

Wow! I’m amazed at what Internet technology allows us to do! Did you know that Bernina offers webinars on their website teaching you about different techniques on embroidery software, different models of machines and lots of different projects?!?!?! Do you know that that means? You can sit at home, in front of your computer and learn new stuff that your software or machine can do!! Yay!!! In fact, right now, I’m listening/watching a embroidery software lesson on applique–it’s great!

Now, the software and machine classes are showing you techniques and features on Bernina machines, but many of the same functions are very similar to other machines, so even if you don’t own a Bernina, you can still gain from watching these webinars. You can see the list of webinars being offered at berninausa.com and you’ll receive the latest news if you’re signed up for Bernina’s newsletter list. One of the even greater things is that these webinars are usually scheduled for one day, but at several times that day. AND they are live! Which means as you are watching and a question pops in your mind?? Simply use the email link in the webinar window and ask your question! How great is that?!

But sometime those times don’t always match our schedules or you’ve registered and it’s totally slipped your mind until 50 minutes already into the webinar! So, guess what?! Those webinars are archived for two weeks to two months on Bernina’s website so you can watch them later at a time that works better for you!

And the even better thing about these webinars? I can watch those while I’m doing something else! Ummm, hmmm….if you’re a multi-tasker (and let’s face it, who isn’t?), it’s a perfect solution for squeezing one more thing you want to do into a day!

Isn’t the online world great?!



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Latte Quilt Lessons on DVD – 8 Disc Set + Bonus CD!

By Serena Nabeta | October 11, 2011

The Latte Quilt Lessons on DVD are up and coming! Pre-order now for a special discounted price of $129.99! Sets will start shipping November 1st!

The Latte Quilt is an embroidered quilt pattern that is a timeless heirloom with its elegant embroidery and decorative stitches. Although Kerrie Hay provides instructions in her book, the Latte Quilt, for completing the project, it’s always helpful to stitch the quilt as someone is leading you through it step-by-step. This DVD is an additional tool to her book to give you the confidence to complete this quilt. Every area of creating the quilt will be covered, from picking out fabrics to the quilting, binding and label!

Fabric cutting and preparation.
Print embroidery templates.
Easy hooping techniques.
Embroidery design stitching tips and placement.
Helpful hints for decorative stitches.

This series of 12 lessons consists of written handouts with clear illustrations in addition to step-by-step instructions on DVD to assist you in completing this quilt project! Plus revised embroidery designs with added placement stitches making it simple to stitch each block!

Anyone from a novice to advanced machine embroider will find it easy to stitch this quilt with these lessons! If you’ve found this quilt intimidating before, fear no longer! With Serena’s onscreen directions showing you how to complete each step, you’ll be stitching block after block in no time!

As an added bonus, discover Serena’s favorite products for machine embroidery and her own tips and techniques she has learned. You will gain loads of information that you can use with many other projects.

After teaching two online Latte Quilt classes and many requests from you, I’m making available to you the exact same lessons on DVD!! You will have access to everything on this series of 8 DVDs just as though you were taking the class! Plus you’ll also receive a bonus cd with ALL my written instructions that you can print for yourself AND my revised embroidery designs for the quilt with added placement stitches! In addition to all that, this set also includes Kerrie Hay’s Latte Quilt Book and embroidery cd! You’ll have all the tools you need to complete the quilt!

Pre-order now for a special discounted price of $129.99! Sets will start shipping November 1st! Order your copy before the November 1st deadline to save $50! Sets will ship in the order received.

Set includes:
8 DVD discs with onscreen videos
Bonus cd with written instructions & revised embroidery designs
Latte Quilt book & original embroidery cd

Get your Latte Quilt DVD set today and start stitching!



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And after a long summer break…

By Serena Nabeta | September 26, 2011

….yes, I’m back! :) I know, you’ve probably been wondering just where I’ve disappeared to after the past few months! I ended up taking a longer break after getting married in May than I originally planned. And THANK YOU for all the wonderful, sweet, concerned emails inquiring just what happened to me! I truly appreciate your care and concern. And I’m truly sorry for not staying in touch quite as much as I should have over the last couple of months. But now….I’m married, moved and back in business…..:)

A quick update over the last couple of months….May was an exciting month, of course! I was thrilled to be marrying my husband, Luke, on the 21st. What an incredibly, fast and wonderful, exciting day! Then we flew to Hawaii for a week for our honeymoon, which was a fun-filled journey! Next up? We packed up ALL my stuff (business and office included), drove to Colorado and then unpacked it all. And then I spent weeks really, truly unpacking. But that was a fun process! :)

And now, what you’re really wanting to see? I know, wedding photos. :) Keep scrolling. You’ll see them. :)

I know you’ve all been wondering about classes and when I’m going to start the next quilt class. I’m getting final details together on that and will be making an announcement in the next couple of weeks. Also, the Latte Quilt class DVD is just about ready, so stay tuned for that as well. I know you’re waiting and it’s coming…..soon, soon, soon! :)

And now….for pics…..here you go! Enjoy! :)

Oh….one more thing. Name change. Still the same person whether you are seeing Serena Smith or Serena Nabeta. ;)

Getting ready….:)

Outside park photos! :)

My adorable flower girls and ring bearer!

Bridal party

Yes, we were happy. Very happy!

Photo credit to Heartland Photography.



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Closed Until June 29th

By Serena Nabeta | May 6, 2011

May is here and a month I’ve been greatly looking forward to over the past year! On the 21st of this month, I am getting married to a wonderful guy God brought into my life! And also moving to Colorado in the days following that big event! In light of all that, my website and store will be closed until June 29th. You are welcome to send me emails or messages, but I’m taking off that time from my business to get everything settled and moved as well, so you probably won’t hear back from me until the 29th.

Have a blessed start to the summer!!! And keep on stitching!!



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Fun with ribbons and decorative stitches!

By Serena Nabeta | April 10, 2011

A couple months ago, I had the opportunity to teach a demo class at our local quilt guild. In the few weeks prior to that I dug into my stash of fabrics and ribbon looking for some fun combinations! I had designed this quick tutorial and pattern for this cute little clutch that I had stitched in past years. The original idea came from Bernina’s Stitch Embellished Clutch which you can download the instructions for here.

I had a ton of fun matching different ribbons with different sets of ribbon! I found some combos that stitch together beautifully and others that just don’t quite “go”. You know those….;)

Here’s a few fun photos!

love those decorative stitches!

magnetic snap!

fun closure!

love the striped bias binding! :)



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