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Featured Blog Posts – August 2012 Archive (10)

Free Style Machine Embroidery with Poppy Treffry

I am starting a series of posts on The 'Sewing Purses, Totes & Bags' channel on "Ways to embellish your bag creations". One of the ways is using free motion machine embroidery.  Meet Poppy…


Added by Karen on August 31, 2012 at 4:30pm — 6 Comments

Love being in here, you are all so inspiring!

Well my friend at work wanted me to make an apron as a gift for her Dog Sitter - something with Poppies on it.  I looked through my stash and had nothing but busy patterns and clashing plains.  Then I was browsing the site and saw Gracie had posted a picture 'Apron for Neighbour', using a denim apron  …


Added by Karen on August 19, 2012 at 10:49am — No Comments

Is it ever the right time

I have never posted and am not sure I navigated this correctly.

But here goes.

I also ran my business out of my home while taking care of my mother who had dementia etc.

I enjoyed spending the time with her although it was sometimes a challenge. At the end she was in a hospital bed in my living room. I lined my sewing machine up so she could see me and she was irritated as long as she knew where I was.

I took care of her from 1991 to1998 and was able to keep…


Added by Lillian V Morier on August 18, 2012 at 8:33am — 1 Comment

Different styles from an A-Line dress pattern

This is the simplest and easiest dress style I have ever made and there are so many designs you can create from it. …

Added by Shannon on August 18, 2012 at 6:02am — No Comments

Is it ever the right time?

Online Sewing Class

I have now been working on my sewing business for 2 years.  I have made great strides, but there are always some... obstructions that come along the way.  Not all of the obstructions are bad, and I must say some are blessings in disguise.  The usual problems…


Added by Carolina G's Sew Exceptional on August 17, 2012 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Continuously Binding!

My mother had several nice things from her Swedish sister-in-law, including an apron. My niece has it now and wears it all the time.  She asked me to copy it so she could have ‘one on, one in the wash’.  If she remembers to brings it with her next week, I will add a photo of it.  Before she took it away  last year I lay it out and drew round it then wrote on it that I had to add the seam allowances.  It was trimmed all round with bias binding – yards and yards of it! 

I remembered I…


Added by Karen on August 10, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

Apron for Neighbor

My neighbor and I went to Hobby Lobby and she mentioned that she should start wearing an apron while working in the kitchen. I had an apron at home in my stash of blanks and embroidered one for her. She loved it and said that her husband is a bit jealous. Since he retired he is also spending time in the kitchen. I guess I'll have to work on an idea for him too.…


Added by Gracie on August 9, 2012 at 1:06pm — 2 Comments

Duckie Shower Gift

I found a cute little sippy cup to dress up at Hobby Lobby. I embroidered a sweet duckie from Designs So Fine after reducing the design by about 15 percent. I hope Krisitn will like it for her baby. I never know what to give the wealthier family members because they can be "designer" motivated.…


Added by Gracie on August 9, 2012 at 1:02pm — 1 Comment

My weekend - How to get it all totally wrong & then getting something right!


Well I was given a book for Christmas "It's quilting Cats & Dogs" by Lynette Anderson and decided to have a go at the shoulder bag that combined patchwork and embroidery. …


Added by Karen on August 4, 2012 at 6:30pm — 10 Comments

Burda 08-2012-119 Paris is Everywhere Dress

Project Recipe

Fabric: Crepe (Approx 1.5yds gift from my mom in Trinidad)

Pattern: BurdaMagazine 08/2011/119

Notion: zipper & hook n eye (free from stash)

Year: 2011

Time to complete: 3 days

First worn: It was hot off the sewing machine, worn for the Pattern Stash contest photo

Total Cost: Affordable

I love this dress, it fits like a glove, it holds me really good and I don't feel like…


Added by Renata on August 1, 2012 at 10:36pm — 2 Comments

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