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!
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
I haven't posted anything about this project, but I have been crocheting this dang blanket for almost three months! I only crochet when I sit down to watch a show on television (I have a very difficult time just sitting and watching something - that's probably why I don't go to the movies very often). This blanket consists entirely of single crochet, which if you crochet, you know that is a very small stitch so it takes a lot of them to accomplish much. Whew! I love the blanket, it is a throwback to the 1970's when they were very popular and many, many colors were used in the blanket. It must have been a way to use up yarn scraps. I remember my mother made one for our sofa. Anyway, I like the updated minimal coloring used in this one and chevrons are extremely popular right now in home dec as well as scrapbooking and crafts. Here's a close-up of all those little single crochets:
This was a free pattern from All Things Bright and Beautiful I used Red Heart worsted weight (4) acrylic yarn and a size "I" crochet hook. There are 8 sections of white, 6 sections of green, and one section of blue - each section consists of 10 rows of single crochet. The blanket is 45" x 65".
Monday, March 26, 2012
What a great way to start a Monday. The very talented Jennifer, over at The Musings of a Dedicated Housefiancee nominated me for a Leibster. According to Jennifer's blog, the German word Leibster means beloved (or favorite). Thank you so much, Jennifer.
To pay it forward I am presenting the following lovely women with a Leibster:
Frogs in a Bucket
Musings of a Seamstress
The rules of the Leibster Blog award are:
1. Thank your Leibster Blog award presenter on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who presented the award to you.
3. Copy/paste the blog award on your blog.
4. Present the Leibster Blog award to 5 blogs (with 200 followers or less).
5. Let them know they have been chosen by leaving a comment.
Here are my thoughts about silk fabric - buy it, sew it, you'll love it!!! Colette patterns designer Sarai Mitnick encourages the use of silk fabrics in her designs and I see why. What a terrific fabric to sew and wear. It behaves nicely with the sewing machine, it drapes beautifully, and it is comfortable to wear. As with my first Ginger skirt (made last December) I did not make any pattern alterations with this one. The fabric I used in December was heavier and bulkier than this silk. I did notice that in the silk fabric I will need to take in the waistband 1/2" next time. Yes, there will be a next time because this skirt is quick to sew, fits great, and gives a flattering silhouette. Here's a picture of the back. It's very basic with a hidden zip.
As with my first version, I also added a lining to this one. I plan to make one more this year and I will probably add some kind of detail like piping. I will definitely be using silk again. Whether it will be a print silk or solid, I'm not sure. That's part of the fun in perusing the fabulous silk fabrics at Yellowbird Fabrics in Salt Lake.
Sunday, March 11, 2012
Here's a shot of the side zip:
And here's the buttons and buttonholes:
I did not follow the pattern instructions for either technique, so I can’t address how clear-cut the instructions are. But the buttons and buttonholes are up front and center so they must be sewn with some precision.
Let me start by noting that this is the same basic process as adding piping to a project.
1. First, lift up those ruffles and have a peak. You will see that there is enough 'flat' fabric between each ruffle to allow you to cut off as many rows of ruffles as you would like. For this dress, I chose to just use one row of ruffles.
It is simple to follow the lines already on the fabric as your cutting lines. Remember, this fabric won't ravel because it is knit. It does, however, have a tendency to curl under once it has been cut. Just be patient, it will all come together rather nicely.
Ta da, you now have a nice row(s) of ruffled fabric with which to embellish your project.
Friday, March 9, 2012
I really like this block, I think it is rather detailed and quite attractive. I'm now caught up on all my Civil War blocks, so you won't be seeing another one until I receive my next shipment in April. But of course I have clothing construction to share with you in upcoming posts.
Thursday, March 8, 2012
I like this block very much. I'm particularly drawn to the pinwheel in the middle of the star.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
The far left photo is my Easter dress, which I finished this week. I wanted to take photos of me modeling it outside, but alas, Utah late-winter/early-spring weather does not cooperate. Open-toe heels in two inches of snow is not fun! Therefore, I will post a review and photos as soon as the weather improves. The yellow flowers are snow-covered primrose that I planted a few days ago when the temperature was in the mid 60's. The bird is a great home dec find that I purchased at Hallmark (of all places) for a mere $5.99. The bottom right photo is a shelf scarf that I made a number of years ago.
I hope your spring is warming up nicely.
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
This was a fun block to sew. No itty bitty pieces to worry about. And I'm really partial to green, so of course I like the color scheme. This block is in honor of Irene (Rucker) Sheridan, wife of General Sheridan. Following the Civil War, the Sheridan's lived in Washington in a home that was purchased for them by Chicago citizens who were grateful to General Sheridan for his work following the great Chicago fire in 1871 - now that's gratitude!!