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, February 27, 2011
When I finished the block, hung it up, and stood back and looked at it, I noticed that the flowers (particularly the top yellow flower) blended into the background and the banner looked a bit blah. My awesome daughter suggested adding stamen to the middle of the flowers. I was too lazy to add any more sewing to this little project, so enter my Silhouette die cut machine. I cut the "stamen" shapes with my Silhouette and applied the iron-on rhinestones to bling my flowers. I also used Tim Holtz Distress Stickles to outline the leaves on the top flower (the color I used was Shabby Shutters). Much better!
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Here's how I made it: I started by prewashing my fabric, ironing it, and laying it out on the floor to mark my sewing lines.
I then took an old tablecloth purchased a number of years ago and placed it over the top of my fabric so I could "draw" my sewing lines. Before layering in this fashion I did mark the center of my fabric and the center of my existing tablecloth by folding each in fourths and using a pin to mark the center. Then I matched and pinned the centers when I layered them. It then looked like this: (See how the fabric is not quite as wide as it really should be? Oh well, it can't be helped.
I simply traced around the tablecloth with a washable fabric marker. I did not leave much of a seam allowance (only about 1/4") because I knew I would finish the edges on my serger with a rolled hem. My tracing lines looked like this:
Here is a close-up of the rolled hem:
Some time ago I made a table runner using the same line of fabric (100% quilting fabric, no linen) and it looks great on top of my table with my new tablecloth.
Friday, February 18, 2011
|Since the sauce will be stored in the refrigerator for a short period of time, I chose not to "can" the sauce. Instead, I simply sealed it with my Foodsaver. IMO, this is a must-have appliance for the kitchen!|
|Here are the jars of sauce, ready to enjoy next week.|
Monday, February 14, 2011
Crochet Moss Rose
|Is that not just too cute?!|
Saturday, February 12, 2011
Zucchini Nut Bread Cookies
|These are a yummy, soft sandwich cookie. A moist zucchini nut bread cookie filled with a cream cheese and butter mixture.|
Friday, February 11, 2011
The crochet pattern is from a blog I stumbled upon, but I'm sorry I forgot to note whose blog it was.
And my final Friday endeavor, a birthday card for my friend, Junko.
Thursday, February 10, 2011
|A sweet quilt for my sweet Shirley, born last June|
This was a kit purchased from a magazine a couple of years ago. It uses machine embroidery applique for the quilt squares and Minkee fabric for the pastel colored borders. The light colored background is a subtle print of 100% cotton.
|This was a kit purchased from Fat Quarter Shop. Don't you just love kits?|
|Close up of baby Jesus, don't you love his sparkly halo? (Gold Fabric Glitter Paint)|
|Some of the quilting from the back side|
|Back of the quilt to show some of the quilting (I'm still learning!)|