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July 2010 Blog Posts (17)

Pearls & Lace

I finally finished my latest gown; which I designed for an upcoming bridal show this weekend. Here are pictures and my blog post about it!

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Added by Candi Roetman on July 29, 2010 at 9:26pm — No Comments

She's Come Undone Art Quilt

I have been working away on this particular quilt for some time, and at last, it's finished. As you can see from the photo. This woman is coming "apart at the seams", pun intended. She has her hands across her chest to try to hold herself together but can't seem to do it. The lines running down the front of her are static - stop and start and uneven. I threaded my machine needle with two threads so they would bunch up and resemble nerves.

She suffers from depression and anxiety,… Continue

Added by Lynne Brotman on July 29, 2010 at 12:52pm — 3 Comments

A Very Cool Crafty Web Site

I just found a very cool website devoted to sewing and crafts, based in Brisbane, Australia. It's called CraftBits, and it can be found at . The site's home page itself looks like a collection of craft bits, with a notebook page as background and lots of small pictures "tacked" onto it, along with commentary notes. Very creative! But the best part is the projects, many of which are unique,… Continue

Added by Sara on July 29, 2010 at 11:53am — 5 Comments

Recover Chair Cushions-with Piping

I recently purchased a new rug for my breakfast room and my chair cushions didn't match. I looked into buying new cushions, but at a low price of $15 each...that would be a $60 investment. I remembered I had some upholstery fabrics in my stash and found a perfect match for the top cushion fabric. There was only enough for the top and sides of the cushions, and I happened to have a coordinating fabric that actually had a raised thread which acted as "slip proof"…


Added by Peggy M Spivey on July 28, 2010 at 3:38pm — No Comments

pattern request

I am looking for a pattern for skull caps for my husband. Does anyone have one or know where I can get one?
Thank you

Added by Sharon Mabry on July 24, 2010 at 9:22am — No Comments

Just What A Fabric-A-Holic Needs-- More Fabric

I have been collecting fabrics for as long as I can remember and one thing that some might say is "don't give her anymore fabric"

I belong to a quilting guild and we trade fabrics once in awhile. One of our members brought a stack of upholstery to one of our trades and no one wanted them. Of course I said "I will take them" you can't let good fabric like that go to waste, right.

I looked at the fabric for a couple of weeks and decided to make some tote bags with it. The next… Continue

Added by Stormee Bryant on July 17, 2010 at 9:00pm — 29 Comments

RTW Knockoff

I am beginning to work on a Simplicity dress pattern that will be used to sew a RTW knockoff of a dress by Adrienne Papell that I saw in a Nordstroms catalog. I am off to the sewing room to finish fitting the pattern and to start the cutting and sewing process.

Added by Linda LaMona on July 17, 2010 at 10:46am — 1 Comment

Something little

Its my first blog, go easy on me

Added by Mandy on July 17, 2010 at 12:38am — 1 Comment

Queen Quilt Fat Quarter Cut-Up Quilt Tutorial

Alison Newman of developed an excellent tutorial demonstrating an easy way to create a queen size quilt. The Fat Quarters, which were cut for the blocks, make it look like you've been saving scraps for years. Additionally, a machine-stitched binding keeps the…

Added by Susan on July 13, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

straps for grocery bags

Hi, I am trying to find less expensive webbing or belting. I guess it is call webbing or belting. I am making grocery bags. I need 3 yrds per bag. It goes from bottom up. Any suggestions will be appreciative. Thanks Valerie

Added by Valerie Morris on July 12, 2010 at 1:59pm — 1 Comment


Hi, I just broke my iron yesterday. I am doing grocery bags for everyone. My husband wants to see me take my bags in for the grocery. I said well that can't be dirty or sharp or heavy.

Added by Valerie Morris on July 12, 2010 at 1:27pm — No Comments


I went and added to my stash of patterns and books. I already have patterns I probably will never ever use. But when I saw that this quilting place was having a tent sale to get rid of outdated patterns, I just couldn't help myself. The books were $1, the videos were $1 and the patterns were 25 cents.

I got $165 worth of patterns for $4, $158 worth of books for $11 and two $20 videos for $1 each. Not bad, says I.

The videos are on Silk Ribbon Embroidery and…


Added by Colleen Scott on July 11, 2010 at 5:49pm — 1 Comment

My latest Project - Lace & Charmuese

If you go back a few blogs you can see the beginning of this project, as well as other stuff. I appreciate any input!!


Added by Candi Roetman on July 8, 2010 at 12:11am — 1 Comment


what a great idea ,i did wear a wraparound shrit that i enjoyed wearing ,hope these kits come to states soon

Added by nellie diaz on July 4, 2010 at 11:55am — No Comments

In Search for quality tracing paper

I have been using the Dritz wax-free tracing paper all my sewing years. I have never really liked this medium. Now I am looking for a better product. So I am asking my fellow SWN members to give me there view on this subject. You all offered such great suggestions and ways to my last blog post and once again I thank you.

Added by Patricia McClain Osborne on July 2, 2010 at 2:15pm — 2 Comments

My First Quilt

So I will start off, By telling you that I have attempted to quilt before. With disastrous results. I was helping a friend make a baby quilt for a friend of hers. My thought going in was “I make clothes all the time and that is all curved lines and darts, I can sew a straight line.” After all was cut and pinned, I am all ready to sew this sucker together. I push the peddle down and off I go. Am here comes the second row... and the seams don’t line up. WTF?!?! They are not even CLOSE! I get the… Continue

Added by Kelly Rae on July 1, 2010 at 11:30pm — 1 Comment

Looking for Brown work Fat Quarter Bundle from Hancock Fabrics

I am looking for a fat quarter bundle that sold at Hancock Fabrics just about a year ago (July 2009). It was called "brownwork" or "brown work". Base color was brown with blues, greens, pinks, etc. If anyone has a bundle of this that they no longer want, could you please contact me at tks. everyone.

Added by Wendy Hallett on July 1, 2010 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

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