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Featured Blog Posts – July 2012 Archive (9)

Cushions for Jarred

Recently my eldest Son, Jarred, celebrated his 22nd birthday.   He and my Daughter, Chantelle, are sharing a flat (apartment) together in the big smoke - Melbourne (the capital city of Victoria in Australia).  They had recently bought some new furniture for the loungeroom but didn't have any soft furnishings.  So .... what do I do????? Sew of course and soooo it seemed logical to fix that little detail for him.  So quilted birthday cushions were born!…


Added by Karen Pior on July 30, 2012 at 10:51pm — 14 Comments

Baby Alyssa Models....

It was exciting to receive these photos from my sister - this darling's granddaughter, Alyssa, in the romper I made her last July.  The booties for the outfit are too small...and I'm still awaiting pics of her in the bonnet.  Alas, this sweet family is moving to a new house - so the MaMa (niece Gretchen), says she'll try to find it and snap pics...

The how-to's were posted on my blog last July, 2011...…


Added by Londa Rohlfing on July 30, 2012 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Sewing Needle Guide - by DeLois C Weldon

Now that you have a sewing machine, we need to consider the needles that you may need to use. The manufacturers use a numbering system for their needles. They use a letter to categorize the needles, and fabrics, and are symbolized by the letter.



Added by Susan on July 29, 2012 at 9:00am — 6 Comments

Always learning!

I just signed up for new craftsy class, Stupendous Stitching, can't wait to start my project!


Added by Wandie Garren Williams on July 22, 2012 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Summer Sarong Wrap and Wear Instructions


Added by Shannon on July 14, 2012 at 9:30pm — No Comments

INTERFACING & INTERLINING - meet Annie of ByAnnies Soft & Stable

I recently came across mention of a new interlining product.  I was reading Kat Southern's blog ( about her latest bag design and she mentioned using ByAnnies 'Soft & Stable'.  Then I found this video clip and met Annie and saw Soft & Stable for the first time;-…


Added by Karen on July 12, 2012 at 7:00am — No Comments

Dusting Off the Sewing Machine



Sewing-machine sales are booming, with sales in the United States expected to top three million in 2012 according to SVP Worldwide, the maker of Singer sewing machines, up from 1.5 million a year more than a decade ago.  While some of the craze can be chalked up to the popularity of reality television shows like “Project Runway,” sewing…


Added by Susan on July 6, 2012 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

Truro clothing designer to open new fashion store on Inglis Place

I really love to hear about "locals" doing their thing, excelling, following their passions etc...  especially when it comes to being creative with needle and thread.  This particular story below, is what I consider inspiring.  Wanda MacInnes of Annebelle Design Apparel will be opening a shop in Truro, Nova Scotia.  



Added by Susan on July 5, 2012 at 5:30am — 4 Comments

Spark My Interest Skirt

I apologize for not posting for a while; life has been hectic but fun. This project runway inspired design was on my to-do list for a while. I’m very glad I took the time to sit and make it. Here is my review :)




Added by Renata on July 1, 2012 at 12:30am — 3 Comments

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