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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!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

French Country Cottage Inspired Accent PIllow

Welcome back to my little home on the Web, sewing friends!

I've always admired French Country decorating
It's very difficult to find French Country inspired
fabric and supplies here in Utah

One of our local quilt stores does carry a small amount of French General for Moda
That fabric, neutral fabric, red burlap,
and this great machine embroidery design

came together for a beautiful French Cottage accent pillow

The zipper is hidden up there under the burlap ruffle where the two fabrics meet

This one is up for sale at ANotion2Sew - or -
If you would like to make one of your own,
contact me and I would be pleased to share some tips
on how to insert that zipper so nobody knows it's there

Have a lovely week and please visit again soon.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Kwik Sew K213 Children's Pajamas and How to Add Trim

Hi Sewing Friends!

If you are doing some pajama sewing for some littles in your life,
I am pleased to recommend this pattern - Kwik Sew Ellie Mae Designs K213
The pattern features a top w/short sleeves, ribbon & lace trim, 
and a casing with elastic at the neck and sleeves,
and pull-on pants with elastic in waist casing
There is also a gown and matching doll pajamas

I made the top and pull-on pants (view A and C) in size S(6),
but I made the pants into shorts
I chose double gauze fabric for this summer weight version
The sizing runs pretty much with RTW
Little Miss Model wears a size 6-7 in RTW
and the only alteration I made was to cut the waist elastic 2"
smaller than what the pattern called for
Here's the front ribbon detail

The components of my trim are a length of Anna Maria Horner ribbon
flanked on either side by some tiny baby pompom trim
Here's a short walk through of an easy way to stitch trim together
and apply it to a project:

1.  Use wash away wonder tape,
      it is sticky on both sides
2.  Stick it to the backside of your focal trim piece
(in my case, the Anna Maria Horner ribbon)

3.  Peel off the protective paper and stick the secondary trim to your focal trim

4.  Now add another strip of Wonder Tape to the back side of the entire trim piece
and stick it to the right side of your project
(the Wonder Tape was actually wider than my little pompom trim
so I didn't have to stick more tape on the back side of my trim piece)
Now it stays in place for you while you stitch it down

Ordinarily, I would add a piece of stabilizer to the back of my project,
but this double gauze didn't need it, it stayed nice and flat as I stitched

5.  Okay, attach your edge stitch foot (for Bernina it is #10) to your machine,
line up the guide between two pieces of trim,

and select a stitch that catches the left and right sides (on my Bernina, I used stitch #723)
and sew that beautiful trim to your project
Be sure to make a sample first so you know what stitch settings work the best
I narrowed my stitch to 7 mm

Here's a close up of the completed right side
The left has not been stitched yet
So there ya' go
Have fun stitching for your littles
and/or adding decorative trims to your projects

These little details add one-of-a-kind personal touches to your sewing

Thanks so much for visiting today.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Shop Grand Opening! and Apron Pattern Review

Happy August, sewing friends!
Today marks the grand opening of my Etsy shop,
Can you see how excited my model is?

I have an apron to share with you all
This one is the Vera apron by Penny Sturges of Quilts Illustrated
It came together rather quickly
and there are some clever steps to attach those two pockets
without making them "patch" pockets
Fabric:  Veranda by Brenda Walton

The skirt pocket is sewn into the seams
and the bib pocket is sewn into the waist seam
I used my Bernina ruffler attachment to make those great pleat details
The bib features a feminine sweetheart neckline
 and the reverse side is fully lined.
If you're looking for a polished apron, this pattern just might be the one.
The pattern and completed apron are both available in my shop.

Do you wear aprons?
I almost always wear one when I am cooking.
I do want to protect my clothing,
but the apron puts me in the cooking mind set
and makes me a better cook
(okay, that's a stretch).

I'm truly glad you stopped in today, friends.
I love to hear from you, so please pause to say hello in the comment section.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Sailing into Mid Summer and a Business Announcement

Hi sewing friends!
Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit
as you enter my front door, this is what greets you (besides me) . . .
a sweet, summer, sailboat, in-the-hoop Kimberbell project
here are a few pointers if you plan to embroider your own summer sailboat:
  • be prepared to spend some time on this one, it is not labor or stitch intensive, it just requires you to remove the hoop from the machine and trim fabric and/or press a number of times
  • the instructions include 82 steps!
  • it doesn't require much fabric, I used scraps from my stash 
Now for my announcement -  
I'm a new business owner!!!
Yep, my Etsy shop front will open August 1 under the name ANotion2Sew
I've been ever so busy sewing up inventory to stock my shop
I will sell handmade, high-quality home and fashion accessories
along with the patterns and hardware for DIYers
who wish to stitch up their own accessories
And just in time for the Fall season, I have several season-appropriate items
that will be up for sale - all lovingly handmade with care in my home studio

As we sail into August, check back here for the link to ANotion2Sew
- or -
just stop by to say hello, I love visitors

If you are an Etsy seller, please share your words of wisdom

Thanks for keeping me company today.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A Notion Bag for a Martha Pullen Teacher Licensing Event

Happy July, sewing friends!
I've been a busy little worker sewing up inventory for
my Etsy shop that will open on August 1 (more on that later)
So I decided to take a break and make something for myself
It's the #SewTogetherBag by Sew Demented
I'm heading to Federicksburg, VA in late September to attend the
Martha Pullen Teacher Licensing Express Serger III course, and
I needed a cute bag to house my sewing notions, so I decided to give
the #SewTogetherBag a go
There is lots and lots of storage in this compact bag:
3 inside zipper pockets and 4 open compartments
 The zipper pockets are all lined with striped fabric
there's also a little, puffy, pin cushion
and . . .
a needle landing in pink and green wool felt
Instead of the standard 18" zipper closure,
I used a 24" purse zipper (available in my Etsy shop in August)
The purse zippers have a wider tape on either side of the zip,
which makes them easier to insert in a bag
and they are also stronger than standard size zips
I used my Lori Holt Bloom templates to add some applique to the front of the bag
and the fabric is Welcome Home by Jennifer Bosworth of Shabby Fabrics

Are any of you heading to the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Fredericksburg this year?
Send me an email or comment on this post - I would enjoy meeting you in person

Happy sewing, my friends!