Monday, January 28, 2019

The sewing room

Back to the sewing room

I have not been feeling my best, so not a lot has gotten done.

I am back, to the sewing room!
I will try something new this year, and have joined a block of the month quilting, with Leah Day.

This will take me in a new direction of quilting.  I have not been quilting a long time, but having someone finish the quilts for me, is something I would like to change.
I will always use a quilter for some quilts. 
I will never invest in a long arm, and some quilts need to be quilted by an expert.
I would how ever love to know how to do free motion quilting, and finish small lap quilts and table runners.

So, my adventure begins.

Saturday, November 17, 2018


Wee care gowns
Our smocking group makes wee care gowns and donates them to the local hospital. 
Here are a few I have made.
 I will be making many more.
Sad that they are needed.
Blessed to be able to make them.
When my granddaughter was little
and saw the dresses. I explained
why they were so small.
she called them the dresses for
the hospital babies.

We still call them dresses
for the hospital

Tuesday, November 13, 2018


Keep it simple

You have made the quilt or place mats and time has come to do the binding.
The binding is never to difficult until it comes time to join that binding.
Usually, that involves a bump, where you have joined, since binding on the bias seems all but impossible.

You long for a smooth, invisible join
 Well, it is very easy to do.

Your first step will be to over lap the binding, the same amount as the width of your binding.

Mine is two inches.  so I cut the binding at two inches past the beginning end of the binding.

Your next step is to sew the two together.
think of this step as if you are joining binding 
that is not sewn on to something.

I say this, because this was the step that was confusing me.
Some instruction had me turning and twisting
yet, it is just a simple sew together of the ends.

Just be sure to leave enough length of your binding when starting out so you have the space to work.  

Friday, November 9, 2018


So many shops are closing

I must admit, I do enjoy shopping from home, on my computer.    So I am part of the problem the shop owners are facing, I get that.  At the same time , I miss the personal friendship from the little shops.

So much inspiration came from the shop.

Inspiration table

Right when you walked in the door.  The table was always filled with everything you wanted to make.  Things you didn't know you wanted to make.

I spotted this!!  I had to have it!! so I signed up for class.

They helped me pick my fabrics.
Step by step my project came to life.

So sad the shops are closing.  Yes, we can buy on line, but we can never get the friendship back.


Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Encouraging to learn picture smocking.

Hope to encourage 

I haven't been able to make it to some of the smocking meetings.  I have been able to meet with Mary Jane and get her started on teaching picture smocking.

I thought I would share one of the plates that Mary Jane will encourage the students to make.

The crayons is a great way to learn stacking

The Santa's,  have more color changes but easy for a beginner.

The candy canes go pretty quick.

I hope by showing you some pictures it helps you get an idea of the picture smocking.

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Another super simple project

Re-post:  This is basically done the same way as the t-shirt, only using sweat shirt fleece.   I did many of these,even in adult sizes.

I am asked all the time, what is a simple project I can do as a beginner.   The pillowcase is a great place to start as it is simple straight sewing.  You only need so many pillowcases and you so want to wear something you made, so here you go-- How about a sweatshirt?  
This is a great project as it is easy, quick and if you do machine embroidery, it is a blank canvas.  You also get the color sweatshirt you want.

I am using Kwiksew pattern 3328, this one is sized for kids, I do keep the kids in sweatshirts. 
I start by tracing the pattern size I am going to use onto freezer paper, I love freezer paper for tracing patterns.

For this sweatshirt, I used scaps left over from another sweatshirt, the fabric is 60" wide which gives you lots of fabric. You only need one yard to make a shirt.  The ribbing is from Joann fabric, I found they have very nice ribbing.

You will see you lay the front and the back along the fold.

Then I cut out the sleeves, as you can see I had just enough scrap to get the two sleeves.

Now all that is left to be cut out is the ribbing.  I used blue as I knew I could never match the red from the shirt. Another choice would be to use white ribbing or if you are doing machine embroidery on the front, match the color of ribbing to a color in the design.

Ok, you are ready to head for the sewing machine, everything is cut out and ready, no muss no fuss.

Now you are off to the sewing machine, if you also have a serger thread the serger in matching color, if you don't have a serger don't worry you can still sew a sweatshirt, and any knit as far as that goes.

First we will sew the shoulder seams, and quarter the neck edge. Sew the ribbibng together and quarter the ribbing.

Now, this seems like it would be hard to do but it is so simple. You will pin the ribbing in matching the quarter marks.  Then stitch from pin to pin stretching your ribbing I usually sew the first line of stiching on the sewing machine and then serge to finish off the neck edge.  Look your sweat shirt is starting to look like a sweatshirt.

Now, you will sew in the sleeves, you are working flat so no setting in any sleeves.   The next step you will do will be to sew up the sides seams and the sleeve seams all in one. You can serger the seam or sew on a regular sewing machine. The cuff and the bottom band will be sewn just like you did the neck ribbing, sew the ends together, quarter the shirt and the ribbing and sew in place.

There you go, you just made a sweatshirt!!

Yes, it needs to be pressed.

Monday, October 29, 2018


Making a t-shirt

One of the easiest projects I have ever made. Yet it was the one I thought was going to be impossible. 

I love Kwik-Sew patterns

This is so vintage.
 Basically all the patterns are pretty much the same.  The newest patterns have a drop shoulder that I really like.

There is a front, a back and sleeves and that is all there is:  Pretty darn easy.

But what if you misplace the neckline pattern, then what?
That is pretty simple also, measure the neckline of the shirt. Then figure out 2/3 of that measurement for the length,  I go about 5 inches for the width.

I like my neckband to finish about 4" wide.
When you have the length, sew the neckband together to form a circle.  Divide the shirt and neckband in quarters.
Match your quarter marks,  on the neckband to the quarter marks on the shirt.  I usually place my neckband seam in the back.

Sew, matching pins, it will require a bit of stretching between pins but that is what you want.  When you finish that seam, press and do a top stitch.

Just like that you have a t-shirt.