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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!

Monday, May 23, 2016

Summer Playmat



If you're looking for a quick, quilted, coverlet for your little one,
then
"Help is on the Way"

 that's the name of this fabric line by
Jennifer Pugh for Wilmington Prints
the play mat pattern is free
and the center piece (with all the roads) is a panel
which makes this one a winner for quick piecing
there are lots of added details for this imaginary little town
it took less than a day for cutting, piecing, and quilting

Vroom! embroidery file for purchase here











the next day, I set to work 'producing' little vehicles
via my embroidery machine











the pattern calls this a play mat
but it would serve as a great picnic blanket this summer
and when you're not using it at the park or the beach or on your little's bed

just fold it up nicely and keep it within easy reach for all the summer fun!

my play mat is on display at Nuttall's here in Layton
and if you are in the local area, be sure to sign up for the 

go ahead all you talented, sewists,
make one of these and go play with the littles in your life

"It is a happy talent to know how to play."  Ralph Waldo Emerson

 Thanks for stopping by, my sewing friends



Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Ring Bearer Pillow

"Here Comes the Bride, Here Comes the Bride"
We are in the throes of wedding season, my sewing friends
The instructions for this beauty are in the Summer 2016 issue of Classic Sewing Magazine
For subscribers, designer Sonia Showalter,
also includes the machine embroidery lattice file as a free download
No, there is not a bride in my life,
but
I'm putting together a few decorations for an upcoming
marriage conference hosted at our church
I used two layers of wash away stabilizer and some gold thread that I had on hand
Once the embroidery is stitched out and the stabilizer washed away,
the four lattice panels are ready to be joined together with some ribbon
The outside edges of the lattice overlay are then stitched down to the pillow

and the machine embroidered flowers are stitched on by hand
(yes, the flower design file is also a free download for subscribers)
This is such a quick project with lovely results
I highly recommend it for anybody who is looking for a ring bearer pillow
Can't you just see that lattice in beautiful colors to match any bride's wedding?
I also made some cute little treat bags using my paper crafting supplies
I filled these with Hershey's Hugs and Kisses
They will make the conference that much sweeter!!!

Have a lovely week, sewing friends, and treat that bride in your life to a beautiful,
handmade ring bearer pillow
(or . . . contact me and I will make it for you - you can tell her you made it, it will be our secret)