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Sharon Maynard
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I am an awesome:
beginner sewer
My sewing interests are:
handbags, doll making, quilting, embroidery
I sew as a:
I am interested in learning how to:
basic quilting and making cloth dolls, and how to mechanical sewing machines
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I am interested in patterns such as:
Your Own
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A Sewist in the Making: Aries

Posted on February 28, 2016 at 2:15pm 2 Comments

After sewing together the sides of this drawstring bag and discovering one side was an inch longer than the other, I wondered if anyone had come up with the idea of a game show called something like "Wear My Dare." In this show, new sewists would show their latest projects, and more experienced sewists would guess what the projects were suppose to be -- or more…


A Sewist in The Making: Pisces

Posted on February 7, 2016 at 5:30pm 2 Comments

P stands for "Pisces" -- as well as for "Poof goes the pin cushion project when one fails to properly plan."

Two weeks or so ago, I watched Youtube videos in which sewists seemed to effortlessly create those cute, round pin cushions from scraps of various prints and colors. By Jove, if I could imitate what I saw in those videos, I could wind up with a…


Journey of A Sewist in the Making: Aquarius

Posted on January 24, 2016 at 6:00pm 5 Comments

Hurray! As a beginner sewist, I like my latest attempt, in all of its wonky glory, at quilting -- in this case, a fabric coaster large enough to hold a tea set. Who cares if no one needs a tea set fabric coaster? I made the coaster that size because I didn't feel like measuring fabric small enough to hold a mug. I like it because all the material came from my scrap heap. Last year, my husband spotted my heap, expressed a mixture of surprise and dismay, and extracted a promise that I would…


Journey of A Sewist-in-the-Making: Capricorn

Posted on January 16, 2016 at 4:41pm 2 Comments

At least, I like to think that eventually, I will be able to cut a straight line and sew one, to boot. I've tried to follow those guide lines on the sewing plate. If sewing a zigzag, meandering line is an improvement over a line that slants toward a 45 degree angle, then I'm on the right track for sewing a straight line. The experienced fabric artists in the group probably think 'That isn't possible.' Alas! Where there is a will, there is a crooked way.

What has my lack of skill have…


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At 3:08am on February 8, 2016, Karen said…

I made my own pincushion!  I put it on the SWN Blog page here with the pattern if you fancy trying it. It's good for scrap busting.

At 6:22pm on January 16, 2016, Karen said…

Hi Sharon, glad to help.  Thanks for the kind comments, I love to sew and bags are quicker and easier for me than quilts, plus they don't need to fit and can be decorated in so many different ways.  Of course, it does mean I end up giving all my friends and relations bags when I find I have too many!  Best of luck with your sewing, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

At 6:01am on January 16, 2016, Karen said…
Hi Sharon - just to say you need to delete one of the https/ in your blog URL to make it work. I always have to remember to delete the one in the box when I cut and paste an address! Welcome to SWN by the way!

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