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Featured Blog Posts – January 2016 Archive (8)

Journey of A Sewist in the Making: Aquarius

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…


Added by Sharon Maynard on January 24, 2016 at 6:00pm — 5 Comments

Upcycled Sewing with Sweaters

Sweater Make-Over Sewing Project 

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The Way I Do It…….. 

OK, this doesn’t mean it is the ONLY way – but after YEARS of creative sewing, designing, observing and teaching . . . I’m convinced that the process I share below is the best way (at least for me) to sew, be the ‘boss’ and have to have FUN while…


Added by Londa Rohlfing on January 19, 2016 at 5:00pm — 1 Comment

Foolproof Crazy Quilt Project - Upcycled Wool Bag (Part Two)

At the end of part-one, I said I was ready to add stabilizer to the finished bag panel.  I…


Added by Karen on January 18, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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

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…


Added by Sharon Maynard on January 16, 2016 at 4:41pm — 2 Comments

Dog Bone Neck Pillow Tutorial + Free Pattern

Recently Judy brought her dad’s dilapidated neck bone pillow home, took it apart, made a pattern and sewed a new one for her mom. While making the pillow, she took pictures of each step so she could develop a tutorial to…


Added by Susan on January 16, 2016 at 7:00am — 2 Comments

Foolproof Crazy Quilt Project - Upcycled Wool Bag (Part 1)

I got a lovely surprise for Christmas, a copy of this e-book called "…


Added by Karen on January 11, 2016 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Hand Embroidered "Summer Meadow"

I recently treated myself to a local workshop to create my own version of this lovely hand embroidered panel.  …


Added by Karen on January 11, 2016 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Quilted Hassock HowTo's and Supplies

Now that I have completed TWO of these great HASSOCKS (Bolster, Tuffet - whatever you care to call them)as gifts for my dear adult children, I feel there are some details of the construction and design process which, in addition to the pattern I (kinda of) used, Auntie's Two "A New Take on a Tuffett", that will prove helpful.  BTW - I sell these great dense foam forms on my website (small:  14" hi x 12" diameter) or Large as I utilitzed:  (18" tall x 15" diameter).  They are definitely firm…


Added by Londa Rohlfing on January 7, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

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