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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!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Kindness Matters

I must confess, my new fabric shop love is Shabby Fabrics
I'm a big fan of applique
but I'm not a big fan of cutting

Shabby Fabrics offers pre-fused and laser-cut kits:
you just peel the paper backing off those perfectly cut applique shapes,
place them on your background fabric,
give 'em a press with a medium iron
and your on your way to the sewing machine (or hand needle)
before you know it, your project is ready to quilt and bind
I chose to tackle this one completely with the sewing machine
the only hand stitching was to secure the binding on the back,
which is how I always stitch my binding
the pattern included the 'kindness matters' lettering to trace and stitch by hand
since this was my no-hand-stitching project,
I used embroidery software for the lettering and added the Bible scripture reference
then took it to my embroidery machine and stitched it out
thank you, Shabby Fabrics, for the great selection of beautiful fabrics, kits, and notions
and, I might add, for the speeeeedy shipping
my package is usually on my doorstep 2-3 days after I place my order

let me just add, hand stitching has a unique charm all it's own
I'm a big fan of hand-sewn projects
I'll be sharing some hand sewing in the future

what about you?
hand stitching vs. machine stitching

have an enjoyable last week of April, my friends


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Serger Ruffled Pillow

Hi sewing friends!
Here's some serger sewing inspiration for you.
Tula Pink fabric and Anna Maria Horner ribbon
give a contemporary twist to a traditional style pillow.
All the sewing on this pillow was done with my serger
The project video is on Baby Lock's Love of Sewing member site.
The fabric strips are ruffled using the serger ruffling foot,
then they are sewn down to the base fabric.
The edges of the ruffles are finished with a narrow rolled hem.
A zipper makes for easy washing and switching out of pillow covers.
The cording foot was perfect for a serger sewn zipper,
and binding clips are the perfect substitute to use in place of pins.
Sergers and pins don't play nice together!
The back side is the perfect canvas to showcase that awesome #tulapink fabric
The only change I made to the pattern was the addition of Spanish hemstitching
to attach the ribbon between the fabric panels.
To do that, I used my Bernina Spanish Hemstitch accessory.
All in all, this was a quick project and it yielded really professional results.
Gotta love those sergers.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Personalized RTW Apron

Happy March, my sewing friends!
I wanted a new apron to wear as I'm in the kitchen
preparing Easter dinner
so . . .
rather than sewing an apron,
I chose to embroider a ready-to-wear apron

The machine embroidered designs are part of a design collection from OESD:
if you plan to embroider a RTW apron like this one (part of a 3-pack from Sam's Club)
remove the stitches from both outer sides and bottom pockets only
the pockets are much easier to stitch back on if you leave the center pocket seam in place
I used some hearts included with the collection and
strategically placed them around my monogram
for the embroidery on the bib of the apron
the monogram lettering is a font from my computer - Juice ITC

I added two rows of ruffles to the bottom of the apron using the ruffle foot
here's a short video to show you how I did that:

after sewing on the ruffles,
I added a row of topstitching to hold those "pleats" in place

okay, now to go put that new apron to use in the kitchen
my husband will thank me              ;)

thank you for dropping in,
I *heart* visitors

Thursday, February 25, 2016

Leggings - A Wardrobe Staple

Hello Sewing Friends!
I'm a true legging lover
they are comfortable and
they can be worn in numerous ways

Dress them up with a stylish topper and heels
wear them under a dress or skirt
for added warmth in the winter with boots
for a simple pulled-together look in the summer with sandals

You can make them full length,
or bermuda length

Use a ball point double needle or a serger
to achieve the ready-to-wear hem look
and use a ball point (stretch) needle for your seams so they don't 'pop'
no extra equipment required

I'm teaching a legging class on March 2 from 1-5 p.m.
at Nuttall's in Layton
if you are local, won't you come join us?
You will go home with a new pair of custom sewn leggings

Pattern:  Kwik Sew 3636
Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the sense of accomplishment
from such a short investment of time and effort

Thank you for stopping in to say hello.

Monday, February 22, 2016

A Little Tote for a Little Iron

Here's a quick and stylish way of transporting your travel iron
the Travel Iron Tote & Ironing Pad Pattern for Mini Irons by Sisters' Common Thread
is what we used in the class I taught last weekend
if you missed this one,
don't fret,
our next class date is:  Thursday, March 31 from 5-9 p.m. at Nuttall's in Layton

The inside of the tote is heat resistant fabric (included with the pattern)
how great is that for setting up your own personal ironing station
when you take sewing classes or when you travel?
It's also ingenious in that it allows you to pack up your hot iron
and transport it when you're finished with class
without having to wait for your iron to cool

There is lots of measuring and marking with this pattern,
but I've come up with a handy template for us to use during class
that makes the process so much more efficient

Once the rectangular layers are stitched together,
a line is drawn and stitched and trimmed across each corner
resulting in the eight-sided origami-style tote

Binder clips work perfectly to keep the elastic closure loops in place
while stitching the binding around the edge

The handles are attached after all the other sewing is complete
I carry the SteamFast Home & Away Steam Iron in my tote
Nuttall's sells these irons and
if you wait to purchase yours the night of the class (March 31),
you will receive a discount on your purchase

If you live in the local area,
I hope to see you in class at the end of March.

Peggy and Phyllis from the February class,
share their beautiful new iron totes

Thanks so much for stopping by, friends.
Happy Sewing!