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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!

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Autumn Burlap Serger Wreath

Happy Sunday, sewing friends!
Autumn is quickly approaching here in the U.S.,
that is, according to the calendar, not the weather

But before you know it, it will be Fall,
the weather will be cool and crisp,
and we will be celebrating God's good harvest

What better way to welcome in the new season than with a beautiful wreath

I will begin teaching Baby Lock serger classes locally at both Wimmer's locations
(Layton and Ogden) in September
This is the first project we will complete with our sergers

We will use either a 3 thread overlock stitch or the wave stitch,
which is exclusive to Baby Lock, to finish the edges of the burlap
(I used the wave stitch on my sample)

And we will make our own wire-edged ribbon from these lovely autumn colored fabrics.

After adding various floral picks and signage, we will go home with a gorgeous new wreath.

Are you beginning to plan for a seasonal change in decorating?
Share with us what is your favorite item to change up during the seasonal changes.

Thank you for spending some time with me today, friends.  Have a terrific week.


Thursday, August 17, 2017

A Place for Everything Jewelry Findings Organizer

Hi sewing friends!
I received a custom request from a jewelry maker for an organizer
for her jewelry findings and supplies.
We started with the A Place for Everything pattern
and my client made several clever change requests.

One major change was to ditch the fabric handle and use something more durable
(I chose marine vinyl for its durability and ease of cleaning, plus it looks like leather)
The pattern instructs attaching the handle at the other end (the spine) of the organizer
If the handle is attached as instructed,
then the organizer can't stand up like a little suitcase because the zipper is in the way.
As per my client's request, I attached the handles to the side front and back.
That makes a lot more sense.

The inside of the organizer has 2 removable "pages" or inserts,
which have vinyl and zipper pockets on the front side,
and which stack on top of each other and are secured in place by hook and loop tape.


My client requested 4 "pages" instead of 2, and she also requested vinyl and zipper pockets on the front and the back side of each insert. 
I suggested to her that she would not be able to stack all those inserts in the organizer at one time once she had the pockets filled.
She was okay with that as she did not plan to use them all at once,
but would interchange them as necessary. 
Whew!
That was a LOT of vinyl pockets and zippers.
Her request gave her soooooo much storage.
Hooray!

The spine of the organizer has a sleeve that houses an acrylic insert (like the one in this bag ).  Thanks DH for your help with that.
There are mesh pockets on the inside front and back cover of the organizer.

I hope my client gets many years of use out of her new organizer.

Thank you V for allowing me to help your vision come to life.

If you are in the market for an organizer, give this pattern a try,
I don't think you will be disappointed.
It does have a lot of materials cost and many hours of time,
but the finished result is so worth the investment.

Thank you for stopping by today friends. 




Saturday, August 5, 2017

Coneflower Season

Coneflowers are one of my most favorite of summer's floral beauties


They're reliable, they return to visit me every summer
and they always produce colorful blooms
no matter the environment - wet - dry- cool - hot
it doesn't matter
they return.
And now, I can enjoy the beauty of the coneflower year round.
This quick, wool applique candle mat helps me get my coneflower fix
even when the cold winter winds are blowing and the snow is swirling
I added hot fix crystals for a little bling on the "cone"
From bhg.com "Purple coneflower is one of the toughest, most reliable perennials on the market"
As you can see, my coneflower is indeed purple
But, it has some added burnt orange coloring
A very similar coloring to the coneflowers growing in my garden
Disclaimer:
I pressed the wool with my iron and held it in place too long,
thus scorching the purple wool!!!
*sigh*

Instead of hand stitching, I used my sewing machine for the applique

My #BabyLock #Sashiko did an outstanding job on those leaf veins . . .

and on the coneflower stem

The back of the mat is finished off with a simple, cotton fabric


This little mat is a lovely addition to my late summer d├ęcor
Enjoy the late season beauty of this great earth God has created, my friends.


Sunday, July 30, 2017

Going Batty

This girl.  Love her so much.
We have an extra close granddaughter/grandma bond.
That said, our taste in "stuffies" is night and day.
Her plush animal collection includes dragons, chickens, and viruses.
Yes, viruses!!!
Mine would include bears, puppies, and butterflies.

So when she found a pattern on Etsy and asked me to help her sew it
- of course I said yes -
and of course I wasn't surprised that it was a pattern for a stuffed bat.

Okay, I admit, it's pretty cute.




She picked out the fabrics.

The head is stuffed with polyester stuffing.
The body is stuffed with polyester stuffing and Polypellets.
The eyes are plastic safety eyes.
The bat's name is Nebula.
My granddaughter LOVES her little bat.

Treasure the sewing journey with your little ones, my friends.

Happy Sewing!


Thursday, July 6, 2017

Free Pencil Case Pattern



Hello, sewing friends!
I found a free pattern for you.
It is called "A Pencil Case for Lola" and it is a free download on the byAnnie Website.

There are no pockets or any extra addition on this little case.
Just a nice simple open case to store any number of items.
It has an accent strip along one side,
a carry strap,

and it opens up wide with that extra-wide handbag zipper
The inside of the case is finished nicely with little binding strips at each end:
You could use this for so much more than just pencils:



Here's a video so you can get a better look at this easy pattern:



Have a terrific sewing weekend.