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May 2009 Blog Posts (37)

My Embroidery Machine

My husband gave me a Brother Enthusiast Embroidery Machine for Christmas. Yesterday, I used the embroidery mode for the first time...(sorry, that it took me so long). It just looked so complicated that I was afraid to jump in and do it. Now that I have done one design, I am excited about doing more. I added an applique to a denim skirt yesterday. One of my friends suggested that I put the same applique on all of the gores...there are eight of them. I am considering doing it....

I… Continue

Added by Brenda Ashcraft on May 29, 2009 at 4:21pm — 1 Comment

smocking at ER

Smocked a bishop gown waiting at ER for stitches in my leg! If only I could just sew up my leg too... My family jokes I can sew anything!

Added by Suzie Lambert on May 29, 2009 at 1:20pm — No Comments

How to Use Digital E Patterns For Sewing Clothes

by: Laura Marsh

E-patterns are just like normal sewing patterns, although there is one main difference, you will buy and e-pattern as a digital format either as a download or on a CD, where as a normal sewing pattern is printed on thin tissue paper.

Many of the major sewing pattern companies are starting to offer their patterns in digital format, normally there will be a saving on the cost for the consumer, as the company doesn't have to pay for the printing costs. Apart… Continue

Added by Susan on May 27, 2009 at 7:46am — 1 Comment


Hi to all,

Sorry i have not been on for a long time due to being severely ill for over two months. But i see alot of changes.

Still have not found a way to work the chat room was disappointed. Hope everyone is ok and safe.

My sewing area is being moved to a back bedroom. Along with my drawing table and supplies. I have a feeling it will take a us a long time to move things we are redoing the rest of the apartment too. So if you don't hear from me in a… Continue

Added by alicia on May 26, 2009 at 12:03pm — No Comments

Alteration charges

How much should I charge to hem adult suit pants with a cuff and sew on military patches? I don't normally do alterations. I'd rather make something from scratch!

Added by Suzie Lambert on May 26, 2009 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

How to Make Cloth Napkins, Simple Sewing

By Mary Wilkins As long as you have a sewing machine, they are simple, inexpensive and take almost no time to make. Cloth napkins are easy on the environment and are really very little trouble -- you just toss them in the wash with the rest of the laundry. We have tons of them at home that we've made in all kinds of fabrics. Making lots insures you never run out.

Supplies: 1 yard fabric per 4 napkins sewing machine, needles and thread scissors

Instructions: The napkins… Continue

Added by Susan on May 25, 2009 at 1:30am — No Comments

Starting My Blog

I have decided that I am going to start a blog. So I am going to tell about myself. I live in Kentucky and I love to quilt. I am lucky that I live close to Paducah and can attend the AQS Quilt Show in April each year. I am fairly new to machine embroidery. I purchased a Brother 900D about a year ago and I have fallen in love with machine embroidery. I also have been making purses lately and this is my latest project.

I have 2 cats--Miss Kitty and Elmo--that keep me company and think they… Continue

Added by KYQuilter on May 24, 2009 at 2:39pm — No Comments

Make a Circular Tablecloth

by Mary Wilkins The look of a nice tablecloth on your table can create a warm, welcoming feeling. Here's an easy, quick simple one I made in about 15 minutes for a round table. 1. Measure the width of your table and add 24 inches. This is your working measurement and will give you about 11 inch drop around the table. 2. If your chosen fabric is not this wide, you will be making your tablecloth in panels. 3. Stitch panels together if need be, using 1/2" seam allowance. 4. Fold your… Continue

Added by Susan on May 23, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

How to Make a Quilted Table Runner

By Mary Wilkins This easy, quick runner will set the mood for any celebration at home. Even a beginner at sewing can make this little runner for the coffee table or mantle. You could use themed fabric such as Easter, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Graduation, Father's Day etc.

Supplies: 24 (2 inch) squares of bright fabric 24 (2 inch) squares of light fabric for contrast the border fabric is (4 inch) strips of dark fabric -- top and bottom are 25 inches long, sides are 6… Continue

Added by Susan on May 22, 2009 at 6:00am — No Comments

Make a Mantle Quilt

by Mary Wilkins I saw one of these in an expensive little boutique. I have heard of them, but had never seen one up close before. A mantle quilt is a row of quilt blocks that hang over your fireplace mantle or shelf; choose any quilt block you like that doesn't have to be set diagonally. Nine patch, log cabin, rail fence, attic window would all work fine with their straight side blocks. Maybe red and green for Christmas. Let your imagination go! 1. Measure your mantle length making sure the… Continue

Added by Susan on May 22, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Machine Quilting For Beginners - About Designs

Quilting, like painting is a wonderful art. It is similar to painting in the sense that paints and brushes are replaced by threads and needles. Paper is replaced by fabrics. Quilts were traditionally made by hand, but not with the advent of sewing quilting machines, many prefer to use machines. This is because, machines make quilting work easier, faster and not to mention a lot neater. You have the option of using an ordinary sewing machine which has quilting capabilities or you can use a… Continue

Added by Susan on May 21, 2009 at 7:30am — 1 Comment

Make Cafe Curtains

Cafe curtains are a lovely way to dress up any window; they're especially nice in the kitchen, where they're almost traditional. These curtains are simple to make, inexpensive and take almost no time at all.

Measuring instructions 1. First measure your window height. Cafe curtains can cover anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 of your window. If you want to cover the bottom window casing, include that in your measurement. 2. Measure your window width and include the casing if that is… Continue

Added by Susan on May 21, 2009 at 1:00am — 5 Comments

Nine-Patch Potholders

by Mary Wilkins These potholders are fun to make and so quick! The block is made up of 2" squares of two different colours. Then borders (also 2" wide) were put on top and bottom, then the sides. Once your block is made you make a loop of the border fabric. Place this loop in one corner on the right side of the holder. Cut a backing the same size as the block. For batting you can use 3 layers of terry towel. Place your toweling down first, then the quilt block right side up. On top of… Continue

Added by Susan on May 20, 2009 at 1:00am — No Comments

Not enough time

I would love to sit and put more pictures on this site, but parental duty calls...

Added by Suzie Lambert on May 19, 2009 at 9:55pm — 1 Comment

New Adventure... A new magazine for the virtuous woman. Interested click here RUBY. It is different and new. I'm one of 7 editors. Look for our release date online in July 2009. Some of the things y…

New Adventure... A new magazine for the virtuous woman. Interested click here RUBY. It is different and new. I'm one of 7 editors. Look for our release date online in July 2009. Some of the things you'll see here are Cooking – Le-Tiesha Robinson Home – Amy Cavaness Friends -Vicki Coloring Pages -Rochelle Martin Charity – Lynn Shaffley Devotions – Susan Peterman (yep this is me!) Hobbies, Pictures… Continue

Added by Susan Griggs Peterman on May 19, 2009 at 4:50pm — No Comments


I would absolutely LOVE to find new female friends that have some of the same interests as I do. Anyone out there live in Florida?

Added by Sheri J. Lissy on May 19, 2009 at 9:59am — 3 Comments

Super Simple Crib Sheets

by Mary Wilkins These are so easy. I have made several for my grandsons. They have the habit of stripping their mattress before they settle down for the night. These are easy enough that you can use special holiday fabrics as well as a bunch for every day.

YOU NEED: * 2 pieces of cotton broadcloth or flannel the length of your crib mattress plus 6" and the width of your mattress plus 6" * Velcro hook and loop tape--about 9" of each side * Thread to match …


Added by Susan on May 19, 2009 at 1:00am — 7 Comments

Easy to Make Table Protectors by Mary Wilkins

Hot pots and casserole dishes will be no worry with these on your table. As long as you have a sewing machine, this project is simple, inexpensive and takes almost no time to make. Mary said it only took her about 15 minutes, but then she is the sewing expert.

Supplies: buy or make a circle of pressed wood, 1/8 inch thick terry cloth (meaning old towels) small piece of decorator fabric Mary says these are some of the handiest and most used articles in her kitchen. …


Added by Susan on May 18, 2009 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Make a Lovely Neck Roll

This pillow is made by cutting one piece of fabric which is marked and sewn. Read all instructions first, this will help you decide which way to proceed.


tube pillow form (optional)

old large bath towels

polyester batting or cotton batting (scraps)

medium to heavy weight material

light to medium weight material (optional)

non permanent marking tool

long ruler

hot glue gun

cording (optional)

yarn, wool or string… Continue

Added by Susan on May 18, 2009 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

New Diamond

I have just received a new Husqvarna diamond. Any tips on good beginner projects to get me started on this incredible machine???

Added by Warna on May 18, 2009 at 9:22am — 1 Comment

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