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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, January 19, 2016

Sweet Life with Anna Maria Horner

Welcome, Friends
It's hard to believe it has been almost a year since
I shared these quilt blocks with you
I did manage to get them stitched together and quilted
even if it did take almost a year
My lovely new quilt now adorns our bed
and makes me smile every time I walk into the room
The Anna Maria Horner fabric
combined with the Sweet Life quilt pattern
is a marriage meant to happen
I'm still a novice quilter
but I sure do enjoy playing and practicing
I combined some straight line, feathers, and a floral template
for a menagerie of designs
The back is a gold & white all over print

Not only do I find my new quilt
aesthetically pleasing,
it is also incredibly warm

Thank you so much for stopping by


Saturday, January 16, 2016

Frivol Quilt

This is the first kit in the Moda Frivols offering
The fabric for this 42" x 42" throw is 
Hello Darling by Bonnie & Camille
I loved the peach tone prints so much
that I purchased yardage of several of them
Frivols are packaged in a cute, metal box
They include a pattern
and 7" squares of fabric to use in the pattern
There are also a few other little goodies thrown in there

I used pebble quilting to fill in all that white space
Whew!  That was time consuming, but I sure do like the result

For the label on the back of the quilt,
I machine embroidered the details
That gray "Handmade, Made with Love" ribbon was one of the
extras included in the Frivols tin

Here's the back
Again, love that peach tone

Have a wonderful weekend, my friends
and thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Stampin' and Stitchin': Elf Shoes

Hey Sewers!
there's lots of Christmas preparation and decoration going on around here
these cute, cute elf shoes were stitched using my Bernina 750 embroidery module

 the design is from Kimberbell
it is an in-the-hoop project
I used leftover fabric scraps from my stash
the base of the shoe is felt
the fabric is then appliqued onto the felt
all the embellishments (twine, button, etc.)
are Stampin' Up products


a number of fun items will fit into the opening
I chose these yummy Reese's peanut butter cup canes
I'm not in love with the look of the label, however,
so I chose some Stampin' Up envelope paper (it is a little lighter weight than the DSP)
in cucumber crush to cover those tubes
plus, the stripe looks like elf socks, don't you think?
I cut each piece 4 1/2 inches by 9 inches
added some tear and tape to the front and back of one side of the paper
and rolled it around the cane
there, that looks better

and here's a decorating idea that I came across in my 
Better Homes and Gardens Christmas from the Heart book (2015)
they used silver egg cups
I used my vintage silver bowl that I found last year at a local consignment shop
the greenery is from my shrubs that I finally got around to trimming
and I picked up the pine cones that dropped from the pine trees at the grade school across the street

are you preparing for the upcoming holidays, friends?
whether it be Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, or Christmas
I would love to see your handmade goodness

Happy Decorating,

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Snow People and Winter Birds

Hey Sewers!
Here we are in early December and
winter is quickly descending upon us
If you are in a climate such as we are here in Utah,
the snow has already started falling, but it is also quickly melting
These little guys however, won't melt
I can't help but smile whenever I look at them

Tami, Ashley, and Brittni are my lovely sewing friends who brought them to life
at my Santa's Workshop sewing class last night at our local Bernina dealer
The pattern for these sweet little snow people heads is in Nancy Halversen's book,
Table Please Part Two
Another winter-themed project in the same book is this
winter birds table topper,
which I'm actually using as a wall hanging

The tree trunks are strip pieced alternately with the white background
the tree branches and birds are applique
I used wool felt for the bird appliques,
which adds great dimension to those feathered beauties

Appleton wool yarn is a perfect pairing with the wool felt and hand stitching


Enjoy your winter, my friends, and take time to do some
bird watching
and snowball making

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Dog Blankets

Hello Sewers!

My friend, Linda, gifted me with a lot of fabric some time ago
A couple of pieces of dog print fleece were among the apparel fabrics
I'm not a huge fan of fleece for myself, but these are great for my two pooches

I finished off the edges using the wave stitch on my Baby Lock Ovation serger
Quite an attractive finish for something that will soon be covered in dog hair and slobber!

It is cold and snowy here today - their new blankets will see lots of use this winter
Don't forget to keep your furry little friends warm if you are in winter weather right now

Happy serging, friends!