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 31, 2011
She used this tutorial. Thank you my dear daughter, I love every one of them and I have many outfits with which they will look terrific.
Monday, December 26, 2011
This was the first Colette pattern that I've used and I have to say . . . . I am hooked! I love everything about the pattern from the fit to the packaging. The pattern does not have instructions to add a lining, but that's a really easy addition so I did put one in this skirt. I prefer to line most of my skirts.
Rather than hemming the bottom of the lining, I added lace to it and tacked it down at the front, back, and side seams. I like the feminity that the lace adds.
Monday, December 12, 2011
I purchased very inexpensive containers at my local craft store and embellished them with scrapbook papers and little items I had on hand. Isn't that boot die cut just too clever? I used my Silhouette craft cutter to cut the boot and the double-layered rosette on the bottom right container. The rosette is from the Silhouette online store and the awesome boot is from Kerri Bradford.
Okay, back to sewing. I'm in the process of cutting a skirt for Christmas Eve. The cutting is going slow because I'm using a plaid fabric. The pattern I'm trying out is the Ginger skirt from Colette Patterns.
Have a great week.
Friday, December 9, 2011
It fits nice and I did not make any alterations to the pattern (since it is made from a knit, I knew it would stretttttch over my lumps!) The neckline also sits nice. I thought it might be a bit “gapey” because of how it fit before I applied the neck band, but when it was finished, it behaved itself nicely.
Here's a photo of the neck before I added the band. I was concerned that it would gape like that after it was finished and I planned to take in the neck line, but I decided to wait until I got the neck band sewn on. I'm glad I waited, because the neck band made the neck line lay down nice and flat against my skin.
It is difficult to see because of the busyness of the print, but the front ruching detail is quite flattering for my small bust. Here's a close up (under poor indoor lighting).
The fabric is a polyester/lycra knit that I purchased at Jo-Ann Fabrics. It's part of a fabric collection by April Johnston (for those of you who are Project Runway fans, she was on season 8). All in all, I really like this top and I plan to wear it quite often during these cold, winter months.
Monday, November 14, 2011
Okay, here's installment number two. This block is in remembrance of Eliza Brooks Ellis Bragg. Her husband was General Braxton Bragg, CSA. Fort Bragg, North Carolina and Fort Bragg, California are named for him as well as Bragg, Texas (a ghost town).
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Since it was snowing here yesterday, I made this quilt top. As you can see, it is not quilted yet. That's my goal for later this week, but those cute, little, round faces were just begging to be shared!!!
It went together very quickly as the main body of the throw is just 5" charm squares (100 of them to be exact) and the top is just appliqued snowman faces. Best part is that my snowmen won't melt. :)
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
I made view A but cut the length for view B (it was approximately an inch longer). This is such a basic, straightforward skirt pattern. It has only four pieces – skirt front and back, and facing front and back; therefore, I didn’t follow the pattern instructions. All I did was sew the darts in the front and back, sew up the side seams, insert the zipper and add the lining, and finish it up with the facing and hem. IMO BurdaStyle patterns fit great. I graded up one size from the waist to a size larger at the hip and it was a perfect fit without any alterations. Here are the front and back pics, but since it lacks any design details they look pretty much the same.
I used my Bernina invisible zipper foot # 35 to insert the zipper and the method for the facing is from the "Simple Way to Sew Facings with Invisible Zippers" tutorial on the Colette patterns Web site.
I used a brown ambiance lining fabric that I also purchased at Yellowbird fabrics. The raw edge of the facing is finished with purchased double-fold bias tape. I prefer a bias tape or some type of ribbon as opposed to a narrow, double fold for skirt facing edges as it adds a nice finishing detail to the inside of the skirt.
Wednesday, November 2, 2011
If you are using this pattern from Amy Butler's book, the fabric requirements are listed in yardage. But if you have fat quarters and would like to use them, three fat quarters will make two pot holders (with next to nothing left over so be careful to plan out your cutting strategy).
This next picture is simply because I wanted to show you the beautiful, and tasty, apple that I picked from my tree this morning:
Now on to some more garment sewing for me, me, me!!
Saturday, October 29, 2011
I LOVE this dress. It fits good and it is comfortable and best of all, it is not like anything else I have in my wardrobe. And to top it off, it cost under $20 to make. Don't get me wrong - I don't sew to save money. If that were the case, I would just buy my clothes. I sew to have one-of-a-kind pieces and for the pure pleasure of sitting at my sewing machine producing something wearable. I adore fine fabrics, but c'mon, now and then an inexpensive find makes me feel great. I purchased the black ponte knit, the snakeskin print, and the 22" metal zipper at my local Hancock Fabric store for just under $20. The ponte knit was on sale and I used coupons for the snakeskin print and the zipper.
The pattern instructions called for the zipper to be inserted from the top of the bodice piece to the bottom of the bodice where it meets the skirt piece. The collar was to be secured with a hook and eye closure. Since I am not particularly fond of hook and eye closures, I opted to insert the zipper from the top of the collar to the bottom of the bodice. In doing so, I sewed on the collar before inserting the zipper, but I did not sew down the collar facing to the inside until after I inserted the zipper. Then I foled down the collar facing and enclosed the top portion of the zipper tape into the collar and hand stitched the collar facing to the inside.
The sleeve 'caps' are self-lined, but the pattern called for a narrow folded hem finish for the bottom portion of the sleeve opening. Instead, I finished it with single-fold narrow bias tape that I had on hand. It didn't photograph too great because of poor lighting and dark fabric, but here's a picture of the inside of the sleeve area:
I used my serger to finish all the inside seams and I used the single-fold narrow bias tape to finish the edge of the skirt hem. And of course, a double-needle (4mm wide) straight stitch hem was in order for the skirt since that is what is standard for knits (and this dress is primarily knit).
And now, my blog readers, I have a giveaway!
I have an extra pattern, never been used, never been opened, that I will gladly send to you free of charge. The pattern sizing is 8-16. If you would like to sew this up for yourself or a loved one, be the first to make such a statement in the comment section of this post, and I will contact you via email for your mailing address.
Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a great weekend.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Since DH's graduate degree is in Civil War studies, I thought I would show my support of his interests by joining Fat Quarter Shop's block of the month. Each month focuses on the wife of one Civil War General. Once a month, for 12 months, I receive the biography of said wife along with the fabric and instructions for that month's block. The club runs from this month (October) through next September. The first block is in remembrance of Anna Marie Hennen Hood. Fort Hood is named after her husband.
Friday, October 14, 2011
I try to keep the guest room pretty neutral and not 'girly' it up too much because you never know what gender guest will be staying in there. But it was crying out for a pop of color. This bed runner is very long (90+"). It would fit a king size bed perfectly. Since I do not own any king size beds (they are all queen size), I will simply fold under the ends on each side to achieve the length I need. The bed runner is puddled on the floor on the other side of the bed in this photo!!! Actually, if I were to use a bedspread rather than a quilt and dust ruffle on the bed, the bed runner would fall to just above the floor on each side just like the length of the bedspread. Hmmm, perhaps a bedspread purchase is in my future.
Here's a picture of it taken fromt the other end of the bed:
Here's the back of the quilt:
And, finally, a look at the quilt label which I embroidered using my embroidery machine:
The quilting was done on my quilt frame and I simply used a flower stencil and water soluble marker to mark it before quilting.
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
I'm currently quilting my bed runner and hope to have a review posted on here in the next few days.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
I used some fabric from my stash. It is actually a Christmas print, but IMO can be used year round. It is "At Home for the Holidays" by Heather Mulder for Henry Glass Fabrics. The black print is a great accent to my black appliances, but I needed a pop of color so I added extra large red ric rac trim. I purchased both from my local quilt store about a year ago.
Now on to something not so simple. I must finish two skirts - one for me and one for my guest bed! Have a terrificly beautiful Fall weekend. My apple butter is in the canner processing as I edit this post.
Sunday, September 18, 2011
The colors are perfect for my mother's home. She likes soft, pastels and this fits the bill. This is a great pattern by Sandy Gervais - it sews together quickly and it is fairly inexpensive. It only requires one charm pack, and a small amount of batting and backing fabric. I have a number of these table runners around my home. This post and this post (on the back of the chair) are two examples of a couple variations that I made of the pattern.
I know my mother will not turn this over to use the back side, so I used a vanilla colored kona cotton for a simple backing. Here's a picture of the back, plain and simple.
Here's a close up of the quilting.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The title of the pattern is "Serene Strips". Mine is anything but serene. The pattern calls for one jelly roll for the strips and all I had on hand was this Dolce jelly roll by Westminster Fabrics. This is stepping outside the box for me because my home decor is very neutral, warm tones. However, I'm working on brightening my guest room somewhat while still keeping a cohesiveness with the rest of the house. I have several changes in mind for that room, so we'll see. I'll post before and afters when it is complete.
Obviously the bed runner is not finished. I'm at a standstill because I just ordered coordinating fabric yesterday for the border, so I must wait until it arrives in the mail before I can finish.
Let's see now, I'm sure I can find something else to keep me busy until then......
Thursday, September 8, 2011
The pattern is in the Setember/October 2011 issue of Crochet Today magazine. The pattern includes a square version and a round version. I chose the round one simply because all my throw pillows are square and I needed to change up the mix a bit. I used the suggested yarn colors as follows - Red Heart Super Saver #380 Windsor Blue and #313 Aran, but I couldn't find #406 Med Thyme at my local craft store, so I used #661 Frosty Green. The pattern calls for a crocheted front and back for a 16" round purchased pillow form. Being a sewer, I decided to crochet only the front panel and to use fabric for the opposite side. I also added a scalloped crochet edge to bring it all together. I happened to have a piece of quilter's cotton in my stash that complemented the yarn colors perfectly. Here's a shot of the opposite side:
In case wondering minds want to know, here's how I put the whole thing together.
1. I started with my crocheted pillow panel:
2. After measuring to make sure it truly was 16", I cut my cotton fabric to 16 1/2" using a ruler and Sharpie to mark my circle.
3. Then I sewed a 1/4" double fold hem around the circle. To do this, simply sew a basting stitch 1/4" from the edge of the fabric like so:
4. Pull up the bobbin thread and the hem will 'fold itself over'. Then simply fold it over on itself again and topstitch.
5. Then, using Omega nylon thread, I hand sewed a blanket stitch around the circumference of the cotton fabric so I would have a foundation on which to crochet a row of double stitches.
6. Finally, I used a scallop crochet pattern to attach the back to the front. This was a really fast and easy project and it was a great addition to my square, fabric home dec pillows.