Monday, April 25, 2016

Kindness Matters

I must confess, my new fabric shop love is Shabby Fabrics
I'm a big fan of applique
but I'm not a big fan of cutting

Shabby Fabrics offers pre-fused and laser-cut kits:
you just peel the paper backing off those perfectly cut applique shapes,
place them on your background fabric,
give 'em a press with a medium iron
and your on your way to the sewing machine (or hand needle)
before you know it, your project is ready to quilt and bind
I chose to tackle this one completely with the sewing machine
the only hand stitching was to secure the binding on the back,
which is how I always stitch my binding
the pattern included the 'kindness matters' lettering to trace and stitch by hand
since this was my no-hand-stitching project,
I used embroidery software for the lettering and added the Bible scripture reference
then took it to my embroidery machine and stitched it out
thank you, Shabby Fabrics, for the great selection of beautiful fabrics, kits, and notions
and, I might add, for the speeeeedy shipping
my package is usually on my doorstep 2-3 days after I place my order

let me just add, hand stitching has a unique charm all it's own
I'm a big fan of hand-sewn projects
I'll be sharing some hand sewing in the future

what about you?
hand stitching vs. machine stitching

have an enjoyable last week of April, my friends


Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Serger Ruffled Pillow

Hi sewing friends!
Here's some serger sewing inspiration for you.
Tula Pink fabric and Anna Maria Horner ribbon
give a contemporary twist to a traditional style pillow.
All the sewing on this pillow was done with my serger
The project video is on Baby Lock's Love of Sewing member site.
The fabric strips are ruffled using the serger ruffling foot,
then they are sewn down to the base fabric.
The edges of the ruffles are finished with a narrow rolled hem.
A zipper makes for easy washing and switching out of pillow covers.
The cording foot was perfect for a serger sewn zipper,
and binding clips are the perfect substitute to use in place of pins.
Sergers and pins don't play nice together!
The back side is the perfect canvas to showcase that awesome #tulapink fabric
The only change I made to the pattern was the addition of Spanish hemstitching
to attach the ribbon between the fabric panels.
To do that, I used my Bernina Spanish Hemstitch accessory.
All in all, this was a quick project and it yielded really professional results.
Gotta love those sergers.