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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!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Charming Black and White


yes, friends, yet another charm pack table runner from Pieces from My Heart pattern #376
the charm pack is Moda Shades of Black
that cute fabric pumpkin with the burlap stem - made by my daughter and granddaughter

 

i've made this table runner so many times i don't even refer to the pattern anymore
that, plus, it's just a simple, simple, quick table runner to assemble
 
 
 
this one is a gift
i quilted simple flower shapes
only the top and the batting are quilted together
 
 
 
because of how the scalloped edge is added, the back is not quilted


 
i used one of the quilting stitches on my sewing machine to sew around the edge
love the effect of the straight stitch with the 'bar tacks'
 
 
until next time - Pam

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Black and White Color Block Dress


Yes, friends, it was a windy day!  We have very few windy days here in Utah and this was one of them.  Wind or no wind, I was not to be deterred from this photo shoot.  Mostly because I was already dressed up, and had gone to church, and I was not wearing the same outfit the following Sunday just so I could get 'good hair' photos!  The same outfit two weeks in a row?  *Gasp*




This is my second version of Vogue 8667The first one had the cowl neck with short sleeves.  I still love it, and wear it quite often.  I made this one without the cowl neck and sleeveless so I could comfortably wear it with a sweater or jacket.



My fabric choice this go 'round was ponte.  It is a very stable one-way stretch knit.  That said, it is still a knit fabric and I tried to avoid any fabric rippling or distortion by omitting the back zipper.  The upper body is underlined with fusible easy-knit, which can be used as an interfacing or an underlining.  I chose easy-knit so the bodice would still have some cross body stretch so I could get it on without a zipper opening.  I won't kid you, even with the slight amount of stretch, it still takes some wiggling to get it off and on, (ahem).  Here's the wrong side of the fabric with the underlining fused to it:


I opted for several different seam finishes in this garment.  Where those two black and white seams are joined, I applied hug snug rayon seam binding; and I used my serger to sew the skirt to the bodice.  The skirt is lined with black ambiance rayon lining.



And now it is confession time.  In my zeal to get this dress cut and onto the sewing machine, I forgot to take up the center back seam allowance where the zipper should have been inserted.  Instead, I simply put the back pattern piece on the fabric fold and cut the piece.  Therefore, it was necessary for me to add a pleat to the back waist.  LOL


An embroidered rose on my sweater adds just a touch of color to the ensemble.
I used my embroidery machine to add the rose to my very well-worn (as you can tell by the pills) black sweater.



I like this dress very much and I plan to sew up a cropped jacket of some sort to wear with it when the weather turns colder.
Until next time -
Pam