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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!

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Winter Themed Card

 
We are hosting a church fellowship at our home this January.
This is the invitation card that I will be sending.
I used an Anna Griffin embossing folder for the swirled snow aqua background.
The snowflakes are from Martha Stewart punches.
I sprayed them with glue then sprinkled them with Martha Stewart glitter.
Very blingy in person.  :)
 




 
The cute swirled snow stamps on the inside of the card were done with a stamp set
and pigment ink from Close to My Heart.
 
I thought the whole snow theme was appropriate considering it will be
January and we are in one of the snow capital states of the U.S.
 
Have a blessed weekend, my friends.
 
 


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

And to all, a good night . . .


The night will be good underneath my warm, newly finished, Christmas quilt.
The pattern and fabric are by Anna Griffin (Christmas Toile).
 
 
 
The fabric is quite busy and I think it is easy to lose sight of the quilt design.
There are wonky stars inside each block.
 
 
 
The thing about those wonky stars is that all four seams come together right in the center.
That can cause a big 'bump' in the middle of the star.
Who needs bumpy stars!
 
 
My solution to bumpy-centered stars was to clip the seam just to the stitching.
Then I could press the seams in opposite directions to help minimize bulk.
It worked fine, but I just learned a better way to de-bump centers.
I will share that in an upcoming post.
 
 
I did the quilting on my Bernina 750.


The back is from the coordinating quilt print by Anna Griffin,
and the binding is a solid red from Riley Blake.

 
 
 Have a very warm and restful Christmas night, my friends.

"Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you,
he is Christ the Lord."
~ Luke 2:11 ~
 
 

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Beaded Christmas Ornament


When I was a kid, my mom purchased beaded ornament kits.
We would sit for hours making our delicate Christmas ornaments.
I treasured those fragile, beautiful, sparkling balls covered in beads.


My mom had a severe stroke almost 16 years ago.
It left her without the use of one arm, a leg, and an eye.
She now has Alzheimer's also.
She lives in another state.


She stayed with us for a while this November and early December.
She sorted all these little beads for me.
It was too difficult for her to 'string' the beads on the pins.
I did that part.
 

 
The ornament kit is from Mary Maxim.
Red is my favorite color.
 
 
This is my most treasured beaded ornament.
Thanks, mother.
 
 
 
"Listen, my son, to your father's instruction and do not forsake your mother's teaching.
They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck."
~ Proverbs 1:8-9 ~