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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, 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!

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Bonbon Purse

Hello, hello, sewists!
Thanks so much for stopping by today.
The pattern and instructions for these sweet little purses
is in the Spring issue of 
Classic Sewing Magazine

This green version was my first attempt and,
as you can see,
the monogram is oversized for the purse flap

The flap is is an in-the-hoop design and the fabric measures 5" x 5"
I've completed enough in-the-hoop embroidery projects to know that the finished
design will be less than the 5" x 5" size,
but I threw caution to the wind, and just added a 2" monogram - don't do that!

By the time the design finishes stitching around the edges and the flap
is sewn onto the purse and curves slightly over the top of the bag,
a good portion of the embroidable space is consumed in the construction process

I changed the size of the monogram to 3/4" on my second version:
much better!

Soft and stable foam is used to give the purse body and structure,
so these binding clips are more effective than pins at
holding those layers together

One change I made to the original instructions was to add 'D' rings
on which to attach the handle
The 'D' rings allow the handle to hang nicer
and they give a more polished look to the purse than just
sewing the ends of the handle into the side seams as instructed in the pattern

Assembly time on these little sweeties is about 2 hours each
and they are very, very small
A perfect size for your little toddler to store her
miniature toy figurines or other valuables

Have a terrific stitching week, my friends.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Summer Playmat

If you're looking for a quick, quilted, coverlet for your little one,
"Help is on the Way"

 that's the name of this fabric line by
Jennifer Pugh for Wilmington Prints
the play mat pattern is free
and the center piece (with all the roads) is a panel
which makes this one a winner for quick piecing
there are lots of added details for this imaginary little town
it took less than a day for cutting, piecing, and quilting

Vroom! embroidery file for purchase here

the next day, I set to work 'producing' little vehicles
via my embroidery machine

the pattern calls this a play mat
but it would serve as a great picnic blanket this summer
and when you're not using it at the park or the beach or on your little's bed

just fold it up nicely and keep it within easy reach for all the summer fun!

my play mat is on display at Nuttall's here in Layton
and if you are in the local area, be sure to sign up for the 

go ahead all you talented, sewists,
make one of these and go play with the littles in your life

"It is a happy talent to know how to play."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 Thanks for stopping by, my sewing friends

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ring Bearer Pillow

"Here Comes the Bride, Here Comes the Bride"
We are in the throes of wedding season, my sewing friends
The instructions for this beauty are in the Summer 2016 issue of Classic Sewing Magazine
For subscribers, designer Sonia Showalter,
also includes the machine embroidery lattice file as a free download
No, there is not a bride in my life,
I'm putting together a few decorations for an upcoming
marriage conference hosted at our church
I used two layers of wash away stabilizer and some gold thread that I had on hand
Once the embroidery is stitched out and the stabilizer washed away,
the four lattice panels are ready to be joined together with some ribbon
The outside edges of the lattice overlay are then stitched down to the pillow

and the machine embroidered flowers are stitched on by hand
(yes, the flower design file is also a free download for subscribers)
This is such a quick project with lovely results
I highly recommend it for anybody who is looking for a ring bearer pillow
Can't you just see that lattice in beautiful colors to match any bride's wedding?
I also made some cute little treat bags using my paper crafting supplies
I filled these with Hershey's Hugs and Kisses
They will make the conference that much sweeter!!!

Have a lovely week, sewing friends, and treat that bride in your life to a beautiful,
handmade ring bearer pillow
(or . . . contact me and I will make it for you - you can tell her you made it, it will be our secret)