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As a Martha Pullen licensed sewing teacher I love to learn new sewing techniques and I equally enjoy teaching sewing techniques to others.  You can also find me teaching Bernina Customer Courses at my local Bernina dealer.  In addition, I demonstrate Stampin' Up products.  I am a servant of the Lord of Lords and King of Kings, wife of one, mom of two, and grandma of five.  Welcome to my sewing and crafting studio!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Cup Organizer

Kwik Sew 3886
Happy dog days of summer, friends.
It's time to take a break from the heat
and have a seat in front of your trusty sewing machine.
Here's the organization cup that accompanies the a fore-posted
I call it a mug apron.
This one is so quick and easy.
I probably need one in several rooms of my home
It can be used to organize office supplies, crochet implements,
or even personal care items such as makeup brushes,
combs, and lip stick and lip gloss.
The apron lies flat, but when you insert it into your cup
it magically molds to the shape of the cup.
Love it!
Not only do you have storage in the little outside pockets,
but you have additional storage inside the mug.

This one, along with the sewing space thread catcher,
will be offered as a kit to make and take at Nuttall's
Witches Night Out on October 10.
Join us for some sewing fun and for some tasty potluck dishes.

Happy and stylish organizing!

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Sewing Space Thread Catcher

My local Bernina dealer where I teach classes uses thread catchers similar to this one.
There have been numerous requests for a class on sewing these handy little items.
I located a pattern and quickly sewed up this one in great vintage inspired fabric by Kaye England.

The top of the holder has an attached pin cushion.
The pattern calls for sand as a filler.
I used crushed walnut shells because I had them on hand (don't ask).
Straps connect the base to the bag.
The strap is sewn on in such a way as to provide loops for notion storage.
A common, inexpensive tile ($.16 at Home Depot) is inserted into the base under the pin cushion.
The unit tends to slip just a bit.
Next time, I would use a grip fabric on the underside of the base cover.
One could drop an awful lot of thread snips into that thread catcher.
The pattern called for plastic tubing and a dowel in the rim to give it shape.
I used 1/4" boning because that's what I had on hand.
Worked like a charm.
The only other change I would make is to add a lightweight stabilizer
between the bag lining and outer bag.
It could use a bit of a shaper,
Speaking for myself as well!!!

The pattern is Kwik Sew 3886.
You can sew this up in an afternoon.
Be sure to save your thread from the project
When you finish you will have somewhere to put it.

Go on, get busy keeping your sewing space tidy.
Enjoy, friends.

If you are in the local area,
please send me an email or give me a call if you want us to offer this as a class. 

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

I Miss You, Mother and Daddy

Doris P. Day - Born 1936, Died 2015    Marvin N. Day - Born 1934, Died 2015
It was my absolute privilege to be your full-time caregiver.
The days were long and hard, 
But as I sat with each of you and watched you take your very last breath,
I realized the time had passed too quickly and slipped away too easily.
You will always be in my heart and on my mind.

Enjoy your new bodies! (1 Corinthians 15:35-49)

All my love,

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Quick and Easy Child-size Wrap Skirt and Coordinating T-shirt

 Hey friends!
If you're doing any sewing for pint-size people,
you might want to give this little wrap skirt a look.
The pattern company is AJ's Boutique.
This one is pattern No. 5, Wrap Skirt in children's sizes 4-5-6-7-8.
For my just-turned 5-year-old granddaughter, I sewed up a size 6.
It is a bit large, but I'm confident she'll be wearing it in the near future.

The only closure on this one is a self-tie made from the waistband.
I used a solid red fabric for the back side of the waistband/tie
and a coordinating floral print for the front side.

Sewing time is approximately two hours start to finish.
That includes making your own bias trim such as the red polka dot that I made.
The bias went on quickly using my Bernina bias binder attachment.

The skirt instructions include just a few basic steps:
sew two skirt pieces together (one seam.total.that's all.);
attach bias binding (can use purchased, don't have to make your own);
sew inside and outside waistband pieces together and turn right side out;
attach waistband to top of skirt;

This is a great beginner project as well as an
instant gratification for experienced sewists project.
Have fun.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Upcoming Class

If you are in the local area,
I invite you to sign up for the Madeira and Bias Shaped Table Runner
class that I'm teaching at Nuttall's on August 1 & 8.
We will use a pattern and instructions by Martha Pullen.

You will learn a super quick and easy way to do Madeira applique.

You'll also get to use some of those terrific heirloom stitches built into your sewing machine.

You will see how magically that bias tape lays down
and shapes up to form the detail in the middle of the runner.

You will also learn about special presser feet
that will make your stitching faster and give professional results.

Lastly, you'll walk away with a beautiful table runner to spruce up your home decor,
or to give as a gift to a special person.

I'm looking forward to meeting you in class!