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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, July 14, 2015

Quick and Easy Child-size Wrap Skirt and Coordinating T-shirt

 Hey friends!
If you're doing any sewing for pint-size people,
you might want to give this little wrap skirt a look.
The pattern company is AJ's Boutique.
This one is pattern No. 5, Wrap Skirt in children's sizes 4-5-6-7-8.
For my just-turned 5-year-old granddaughter, I sewed up a size 6.
It is a bit large, but I'm confident she'll be wearing it in the near future.

The only closure on this one is a self-tie made from the waistband.
I used a solid red fabric for the back side of the waistband/tie
and a coordinating floral print for the front side.

Sewing time is approximately two hours start to finish.
That includes making your own bias trim such as the red polka dot that I made.
The bias went on quickly using my Bernina bias binder attachment.

The skirt instructions include just a few basic steps:
sew two skirt pieces together (one seam.total.that's all.);
attach bias binding (can use purchased, don't have to make your own);
sew inside and outside waistband pieces together and turn right side out;
attach waistband to top of skirt;

This is a great beginner project as well as an
instant gratification for experienced sewists project.
Have fun.

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Upcoming Class

If you are in the local area,
I invite you to sign up for the Madeira and Bias Shaped Table Runner
class that I'm teaching at Nuttall's on August 1 & 8.
We will use a pattern and instructions by Martha Pullen.

You will learn a super quick and easy way to do Madeira applique.

You'll also get to use some of those terrific heirloom stitches built into your sewing machine.

You will see how magically that bias tape lays down
and shapes up to form the detail in the middle of the runner.

You will also learn about special presser feet
that will make your stitching faster and give professional results.

Lastly, you'll walk away with a beautiful table runner to spruce up your home decor,
or to give as a gift to a special person.

I'm looking forward to meeting you in class!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

A Versatile Bunting

Hey Friends!
Here's a quick and easy bunting that can be sewn up to fit the season
or the occasion as the case may be.
This one is definitely patriotic,
but I see it in great fall colors with a leaf applique,
in winter tones with snowflake appliques, etc.
You get the idea.
The triangle and star templates can be downloaded here.
I used a blanket stitch around the the large star,
and I sewed a narrow zig zag around the small star.
When you're stitching around your applique pieces,
the Bernina presser foot #20 (open embroidery foot)
is a perfect choice because it has a wedge-shaped
indentation on the underside of it, which allows
those applique stitches to ride comfortably underneath.
And since it is open between those toes,
you can easily see where you are stitching.
And that helps you to get perfect stitch placement
around the edges of your applique pieces.
 I made one addition to the basic pattern instructions
by adding a layer of Floriani Stitch N Shape
between my outer triangle pieces
before I sewed around the applique.
Just cut the Stitch N Shape from your triangle template
and trim off about 1/4" on all sides.
Once your triangle is stitched, turned and pressed,
simply insert the Stitch N Shape inside.
That adds great stability to your bunting
so it doesn't "flop" around when it is hung.
It also acts as a stabilizer so your fabric
doesn't bunch up while you are
stitching around your applique pieces.

Okay, there's your freebie.
Go!  Make some bunting.
If you do, please share it with the rest of us.

As always, I appreciate that you take the time to read my ramblings.
Thank you, friends.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

If a Sewist Could Cut Continuous Binding, How Much Continuous Binding Could a Sewist Cut . . .

I prefer to cut my own binding rather than to purchase the prepackaged type.
That way I have access to an endless assortment of colors and prints.

I was making a cute wrap skirt for my cute granddaughter (more on that in a future post),
and I wanted to use my handy dandy Bernina binder attachment for the skirt binding,
so my binding strips had to be cut at 1 1/2 " wide.

Now there are oodles of tutorials out there on how to make continuous bias binding,
so I won't try to reinvent the wheel.
If you need good instructions on said process, go here and/or here.

It doesn't look like that small piece of fabric (I used a 12" square) will yield much binding
but you might be surprised at the results.
I've always wondered just how much binding could a sewist cut with varying size squares of fabric.

I'm here to tell you that a mere 12" square will result in a whopping 200 inches, or 5 1/3 yards,
of beautiful 1 1/2" bias binding strips.

Your bias binding can be used to finish armhole edges, neckline edges,
or outside edges of anything from aprons to cute, little granddaughter wrap skirts.

When you use the bias binder attachment, roll up your flat binding strip and drop it into
a container such as a mason jar
(a beautiful blue jar enhances the sewing enjoyment).
That way, the binding strip won't tangle or knot as you're sewing.

I found that when I placed the jar on the floor in front of my machine,
the binding twisted just as it entered the bias binder attachment.
Not good.

However, when I positioned the jar next to and in front of my sewing machine,
all went smoothly.

I hope this helps you, my friends.
As I have occasion to make other widths of continuous bias binding,
I will update this post with those results as well.
Or . . . if you have made continuous bias binding with this method,
by all means, share your results with us.

 Until next time, bind away!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Daysail for Summer

It's my goal to fill this entry wall with mini quilts.
As you can see, I've just begun!
The newest little mini is that one on the left.
The pattern, Dwell, is from Thimble Blossoms and
the fabric is Daysail by Bonnie and Camille.

I used a combination of figure 8's and straight line quilting to
finish up this sweet wall decoration.
Thanks for stopping by, my friends.
Please send me an email or leave a comment.
I love to chat with, and learn from, other sewists.
Have a terrific sewing week.