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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!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Pretty Potent Portrait Dress

Here's yet another project using some of the fabric I purchased at #craftsouth last September.
The body of the dress is "Pretty Potent" rayon by Anna Maria Horner
and the linen yoke fabric was also purchased during my #craftsouth trip.

The dress pattern is Anna Maria Horner Painted Portrait Blouse and Dress.
What a great pattern!
This one is by far my favorite garment pattern in quite some time.
I sewed the size medium without any alterations at it fits beautifully.
I love how the side panels taper down each side of the back yoke.
It makes for a flattering silhouette.
The dress closure is a button and a hand-sewn loop.
So easy, so clean, so effective.
The armhole openings are finished with bias tape, which I made from cotton.
To add the machine embroidery, I scanned one of Anna Maria Horner's designs
(from the Fields Aflutter hand embroidery collection) into my Bernina embroidery software.
Then I sized and digitized it to coordinate with the dress.
Stitching the design out on the linen before cutting the pattern piece eliminates the fussiness of
centering the design on a small piece of fabric after the pattern piece has been cut.

Have a most pleasant week, my friends, and stitch up something pretty potent.
I love to hear from you, so please leave me a comment or send me an email.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Stampin' and Stitchin': Handmade Baby Gift

Here's a sweet baby gift for a special couple who recently added a baby boy to their family.
The diaper carrier is based on the tried and true pattern that I've sewn up a number of times.
This go 'round, I added some little machine embroidered bees to the front.
If you look closely at the fabric, you'll see the fabric is printed with bees as well.
 I hand stitched an oversized snap in place for the closure on this one.

 The self-made binding on the pocket opening edges
was attached using the Bernina binder attachment #88.
#stampinupdemonstrator #stampinup #berrybasket
The Stampin' Up Berry Basket (Bigz L Die, item #137366)
is the perfect size to hold baby wash cloths and travel size toiletries.
 To make a fabric covered berry basket of your own:
 - cut the base from vanilla coaster board (Stampin' Up item #129392)
- choose a Stampin' Up cardstock color of your choice for the inside
- and finally, use some iron on stabilizer or interfacing on the wrong side of your fabric
and run it through your Big Shot (item #113439) one last time with the Berry Basket die
When you have those three sets of components cut,
spread a thin coating of Tombo Multi (item #110755) onto the coaster board
and adhere your cardstock to one side and your fabric to the opposite side.
I also adhered some ribbon to the trim piece.
Then assemble your Berry Basket and fill it up with gifty goodness.
I used a storage bag (not the kind with the zipper) to enclose my basket for gift giving.
#stampinupdemonstrator  #handpickedframelits #stampinup
The top of the storage bag is kept closed with a tab which I cut using
Stampin' Up's Handpicked Framelits Die set (item #137361).
The "sweet as can be" phrase is part of the From the Garden stamp set (item #137139).
Once again, cut this one first from coaster board, then cover it
with a piece of card stock stamped with your sentiment.
The final element of this sweet baby gift is a handmade garland for baby's room.
Using the Woodland Creatures Clip Art set from Amy J. Delightful's Etsy shop
I printed the images on card stock, carefully cut them out,
and then stitched them together using my sewing machine.
 Here they are all packaged up in a cello envelope and sealed with washi tape.
Gift giving is so much fun!

Have a great week, my friends.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Frozen Falls Crochet Throw

No doubt about it, quilts make a house a home.
But when quilts and crochet throws intermingle,
homey is elevated to cozy.

This one is from the Winter 2013 issue of Love of Crochet.
It's called Frozen Falls and I thought the
Martha Stewart Extra Soft Wool Blend yarn
in Igloo was the perfect frozen color to pair with the pattern.

It is such a soft yarn and when combined with this stitch pattern,
makes for a beautifully, soft, drapey throw.

One feature that I've never stitched before is the reverse crochet around the edge.
The pattern instructs to work a reverse single crochet around the throw.
In my excitement to finish up this project, I wasn't paying close attention,
and I ended up crocheting a reverse double crochet.
Of course, it was more time consuming than a reverse single crochet would have been,
but I am pleased with the end result.
My daughter commented that the edging finishes it off like binding on a quilt.

Some You Tube videos proved to be helpful in learning this new technique.
I love how it completes the throw.
Have you ever done reverse crochet?
I had never even heard of it until I stitched this pattern.

Happy crocheting, my friends!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

It's a Wrap!

Not sure what the 'scrunchy' face is for!
The Colette Patterns Osaka skirt from the March issue of 
Seamwork is a quick and simple reversible wrap skirt
that takes only a couple hours to sew.
Definitely use light to mid weight fabrics for this one
as there is a lot of bulk where the seams join.
I clipped the seams and pressed them in opposing directions where they all intersect.
That helped reduce the bulk.

The lightweight denim print by Gretchen Hirsch
and the lightweight wool suiting from my friend, Linda,
paired nicely for this year-round skirt.
I can wear it with tights (as shown here) in cool weather or
with strappy sandals or flats when the weather is warmer.

There is a button closure at the top of the skirt,
and a snap midway down, where the different fabrics meet.
Those two closures are enough to keep the opening secure.
From this side angle, you get an idea of how the wrap stays closed.

Skirt:  Osaka by Colette Patterns - Jacket:  Simplicity 2728
For the reverse side of the skirt, I used another denim print by Gretchen Hirsch
and another wool suiting from my friend Linda, this time in fuchsia pink.

If you are not familiar with Seamwork, I recommend it as a terrific
source of monthly sewing instruction and inspiration.
Check it out on the Colette Patterns website.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Skirt and Cape Combo

Cape:  Liesl & Co. Woodland Stroll Cape   Skirt:  Simplicity 2475

First off, my apologies because this fabric does not play nice with the camera.
It is a beautiful green wool plaid from the Pendleton stash gifted to me from my friend Linda.
Second, my apologies for the skirt wrinkles, but I did just return from church service,
and well, this is real life and sometimes life gets wrinkled!!!
The pocket flaps are edged with purchased green bias tape.
I've sewn the Simplicity 2475 pattern a couple of times,
but this is the first time I've tried the Woodland Cape pattern.

 The pattern is quick to sew, fits true to size with no alterations,
and is extremely comfortable to wear.
I have big plans for this one in the fall.
I've already purchased the fabric and plan to sew it up in August or September.
I will post an in-depth review at that time, so stay tuned!

Until we next cross paths again, my friends, keep sewing.