Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A little time with the Sweet Sixteen

I have to admit, it's been a while since I have been able to spend time on my Sweet 16.  Not for lack of desire, just lack of time to focus on it.  I did get a new addition for my Sweet 16 this summer - two table extensions!  I had been trying, but failed to find a coupon or a sale on the table extensions.  I ordered these from Pocono Sew & Vac.  They do not advertise the price, but when I called them, the cost was less than retail.  Free shipping and no tax if out of state. (Disclaimer - I am not affiliated with them - just sharing my info.) :-)
I think even our dog loves this package at my door.

Installing the table extensions was not hard.  Besides the printed instructions, there is a Handi Quilter video online that walks you through the installation setup.  You start with your Sweet 16 table upside down. Then flip it up on its legs once the extensions are installed.

Start installation on the floor

Flip the table up onto its legs.

Sweet 16 Table with extensions folded down.

Of course I got to rearrange the corner of my sewing room to accommodate my larger table.

I have my friend's rainbow 1600 quilt on my table ready to quilt.  


I finally sat down this week and did a large all-over stipple on the quilt.




All-over quilt finished.

My friend is giving this quilt to her daughter as she goes off to college this fall.

Happy Stitching!

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

5th Saturday - Pet Screen Summer Tote

Our Northern Virginia chapter of the American Sewing Guild likes to host some type of sewing program when there is a 5th Saturday in a month.  Doesn't happen but a few times each year.  Last Saturday, July 30th, was an adorable "Pet Screen Summer Screen Tote" event.



We met a a local library.  One of the chapter members had made these totes for her bridesmaids.  She was gracious enough to write up the instructions for us.  We had 16 ladies at this event.   Special thanks to the ladies who organized the event and prepared the kits for us.


I liked that this bag had the webbing wrap all around the tote for extra reinforcement.  Also, the pet screen was one long piece as well for extra strength.  I found the mesh fabric slippery and a little tricky to work with.  My stitching wasn't the straightest on this bag, but it still worked to get it done.


First step was to cut the panels for the top rim of the bag.  Reinforced the fabric with fusible stabilizer, fold over each long edge .5 inch.  Fold over each end of the mesh and top stitch in place.


A magnetic closure can be added if desired.  Then stitch the panels down.


The webbing was sewn in 5" from each side. and a 4" section in the middled was marked with tape for the bottom of the bag.

Two more panels were cut for the bottom band of the fabric.  These were stitched on top of the webbing.

As I was stitching them, I watched a few other ladies in the room turn their bottom panel into outside pockets on the tote.  I decided to do the same.

The side edges were covered with a fabric binding, and the bottom corners were stitched to make a box bottom on the tote.
All done and ready for the pool!


Happy Stitching!!

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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Christmas in July No-Sew Quilt Magic

I took along a no-sew quilt project of our annual beach week vacation.  We traveled again to the Outer Banks of North Carolina and stayed in Nags Head.  It was beautiful weather for just about all of the week, so it was hard to find time to justify staying inside to craft.  But I found time early morning and late evening.  :)

I've had this Nativity Quilt Magic craft for over a year, and didn't get to it for last Christmas, so I decided to get a jump on this holiday season and bring it along as my project.

The project is simple enough.  All you need is a pair of scissors and a blunt (non-sharp!) edge like a butter knife, or a tucking tool.  I've done a couple of these type of crafts.  (For the first one, I used the back side of a seam ripper as my tucking tool, and it worked fine.)  I have since purchased a small tucking tool which I like.

This project is easy to do:
Work in progress.
Cut out the paper pattern pieces and use them to cut the corresponding fabrics.  Tuck each piece into the board as you go.

Paper pattern piece cut.

Fabric cut with pattern.  Also cut the "give" lines around curves.

Use a blunt-edge blade to tuck the fabric into the pattern board slots.

Tuck all around.

Bottom piece all tucked in.

Repeat the same for each pattern piece until the board is finished.
Brown fabrics tucked in.
All fabrics done:
All finished.

I really liked how this craft turned out.  This Quilt Magic brand, has a thin soft foam layer on top of the core board.  I prefer that it gives a bit of a cushion and soft touch to the finished craft, as compared to the other Artsi2 brand I tried that does not have this layer. There are two other Quilt Magic Christmas panels that compliment this Nativity panel.  The Three Kings and The Good Shepherd.  I emailed Quilt Magic to confirm that the fabrics between the kits would match, as I've seen different fabrics used in the Nativity scene.  They did confirm that the other kits will have fabric matching to the one I already completed.  I just ordered them both and can't wait to get them.  Hope to get them done this year!  :)

Vacation photo to share:
Here is one of my favorite pics I was lucky to get on my cell phone last week:

Even got the bird to pose for my photo.  :)
Happy Stitching!

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

That's me in the Jonome pic!

I was catching up on some blogs, and read Janome's post for the Sewing Escape weekends they are sponsoring.  Reading through the post, I recognized our group photo from the weekend event I attended.  But then I noticed their promotion image.  I recognized that girl in the photo.  Plus I see my name is on that machine.  :-)  I'm famous! - sorta - kinda- not really - no - but it was a fun surprise to see.

That's me in pink.  :-)  I remembered to wear long sleeves because that room was cold! 

To read Janome's post on their Sewing Escape weekend, click here.

Happy Stitching!

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Sunday, July 10, 2016

My visit to A Quilt in a Day!

Once school let out, we packed up the family and headed out west for a California family vacation.  We started in San Diego, and took our time driving up the Pacific Coast Highway to San Francisco.  We stopped in several places along the route to take in the sites.  Before we left San Diego though, I took a little detour to San Marcos and visited Eleanor Burn's A Quilt in a Day Quilt Shop.  This location houses her quilt shop, hosts classes, processes her internet orders as well as hosts her show's recording studio.  For your viewing pleasure, here is a photo tour of her shop.

I tried to get a photo of Eleanor's entire space.

I arrived at opening time and was the first customer of the day.  The sales person, Chris, was very friendly and helpful, and she totally didn't mind if I snapped some pictures.  Here is what you see at the front of the shop.  Lots of fun quilting supplies and Eleanor's patterns.
View from front door.
Another view of the store front area.

Walk through the door-way opening and you are welcome into a large brightly-lit room full of fabrics.

Lots of fabric and quilts to admire.
To the near-right side of this room is another doorway.  This area holds the sale fabrics.  Behind the fabrics appears to be an order processing area.  Out of site of this photo in the back area is her video studio.
Sale Fabrics

A classroom space is in the back of the first fabric room.

Sale fabrics and a peek into the classroom.

A few of my favorite things...

A fun scrabble quilt on display.

I saw an advertisement for this Quilt Shop Cuckoo Clock recently.  Nice to see it on display.  This may have to go on my Wish List.

Quilt Shop Cuckoo Clock

So what did I find for myself you ask??  Just a few things I could fit in my suitcase for the flight home.  I picked up Eleanor's Braid in a Day pattern, along with batik fabrics to make the quilt in browns, blues and blacks.  Also found a few other goodies including a Quilt in a Day tee shirt, Quilt-theme Jar Candy, Quilt in a Day charm and their row-by-row pattern.



Eleanor was not at the shop on the morning of my visit.  Chris said Eleanor is doing well though.  :-) I have met Eleanor before, when she was in town to teach several few years ago.  Sorry I missed her on this visit.


One final photo to share is from California.  Here we are at Muir Woods Redwood Forest.  Those trees are amazing!
Redwoods are the tallest trees in the world!!

Happy Stitching!

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Thursday, July 7, 2016

Many End of Year Embroidery Gifts

Summer is in full swing!  I had a mad dash in June to finish end of school year embroideries.  Our oldest child graduated from high school and is getting ready to head off to college in the fall.  Most embroideries were gifts for graduates.   So here is what has come out of my sewing room.  What have you worked on?

I made and embroidered several zipper cases for my daughter and her friends representing their intended college in school colors.  The inside lining has a nice pop of color.  One of my favorite little additions is my fabric labels I now sew inside my items.
Many Zipper Cases

Several quilted mirror & case sets.

A few more Stackers Bedside Pockets.

Several more monogramed tool bags.

See my previous post for more info on the toolbags and Stackers.

Monogrammed an outdoor blanket purchased on Costco.


Embroidering an apron for myself.
I am so looking forward to attending the Singer Featherweight Maintenance class taught by Nova Montgomery in Williamsburg this September.  I embroidered a black apron for myself for this class with the Singer Featherweight bed decal motif and my name.  :-)


Embroidered the business logo for my neighbor.


Another Costco find!  Large rolling duffle bags.  Monogrammed nicely!

Can you tell I love Costco?  Beach Towels from Costco now monogrammed.
University of Virginia "V" embroidered on a knit cap.


A Zipper Case for a Baltimore Oriole Fan.

All items finished in time.  Whew!

That's our girl!!

After graduation, I unplugged everything from the sewing room and we headed out to California for a family vacation!

Happy Stitching!


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