If you don’t already follow Nancy Zieman’s blog, now’s a great time to start. Take a peek at her great suggestions for using a serger for decorative seams.
24 Apr 2013 Leave a Comment
27 Jan 2013 2 Comments
Quilt-a-Lot is a fully reversible quilt quilted completely in the embroidery hoop. The quilted pieces are joined with flat, decorative seams and embellished further with beautiful embroideries. It also introduces a new technique: Haskins floating piecing. Fun stuff!
I am so glad to have finished this large project! Between this quilt and teaching high school math, there has been no time to think of anything else.
I will be teaching this Jenny Haskins project as a block of the month in Fairbanks starting April 7. I am thrilled and excited to see what fabric and color combinations my students produce. Let the creativity flow!
08 Dec 2012 Leave a Comment
I love Hope Yoder’s work, so I wanted to let you all know about her newest free embroidery design for Christmas. I thought it would be lovely on just about any hostess gift, as well as your own linens for Christmas, and the sentiment is quite clever. If you have never visited Hope’s site before, I hope you enjoy looking around.
The link below will take you to Hope’s blog, and from there you can go to her site. The design is on the page of free downloads at HopeYoder.com.
Photo credits: HopeYoder.com
11 Oct 2012 Leave a Comment
Come on out to the Holly Days Bazaar to browse 92 vendor stalls, all with hand crafted items. I will be there, also with some hand crafted items, as well as information on my classes and other sewing information.The bazaar is in the Physical Fitness Center on Fort Wainwright and takes place Friday, October 19 4-8PM, and Saturday, October 20 10am-5pm.
It should be a wonderful opportunity to get your Christmas shopping done early.
Examples of items I will be selling: fabric gift bags, cute socks (everyone who sees them says “those are cute socks,”) and cool ties.
Come join the fun!
01 Oct 2012 Leave a Comment
Do you know that you can subscribe to Through the Needle, Bernina’s sewing magazine for FREE online? The most recent issue has been published, and you can download a PDF version as well as look at an online flash version here:
On the left are several icons. If you click the open book icon, you can see all of the online issues to date, and you can actually download each and every precious one. I love this magazine for inspiration and tips, even if you do not have a Bernina. There’s always something interesting in each issue.
Have fun perusing!
27 Sep 2012 Leave a Comment
If you are one of my dear fellow Fairbanksans, I wanted you to know that I have several fabulous classes schedule in October. If I include this last weekend in September, Saturday, September 29 is a Serger Scrap Caddy. It’s a terrific serger class in which you will complete a caddy to hang under your serger. It has a removable pocket for all of your fabric and thread snips. It is at Blue Ribbon Sew N Vac.
On Sunday September 30th at Northern Threads I will be teaching a serged hooded baby blanket. You’ll learn how to use your serger to make a blanket stitch, as well as how to attach tatting or lace at the same time as you serge an edge.
Right now all of my classes are at Blue Ribbon and Northern Threads so watch their website for information.
On the following 2 Sundays, Oct 7 and Oct 14, I am teaching an adorable pair of pieced Christmas stockings. You can make them with either a sewing machine or a serger, but the emphasis will be on specialized serger techniques. You’ll definitely get good at serging curves, while also learning how to serge piping and ruffles. A piped ruffle is a terrific technique to use with a serger or sewing machine!
October 19-20 I will be at Fort Wainwright at the Holly Days Bazaar selling some of my handcrafted items, as well as demonstrating special serger techniques. Please come out and see me!
These classes are all unique and exclusive, so come on out and serge with me. Watch the dealership newsletters for more classes as well. I have some fabulous, unique machine embroidery technique classes coming up soon.
If you have certain classes you are interested in, let me know and I’ll be happy to create a class to meet that interest.
See you in class!
27 Sep 2012 Leave a Comment
I definitely need to get a handle on my fabric stash. I recently started working on it and really liked a folding technique that I had heard about somewhere, although I don’t remember where. It really saves on space and helps you be able to see all of your fabrics, up to about 4 yards. My pieces that were longer than 4 yards I wrapped back on cardboard bolts. For the medium to small pieces I first laid them on the table folded in half lengthwise.
I then took my 8.5″ rotary ruler, although a 6″ ruler would work equally well, and started wrapping the fabric around the ruler by rolling the ruler down the fabric.
After the first couple of wraps, I would tighten the fabric by sliding the ruler sideways back toward where I’d started wrapping.
When I reached the end of the folded fabric strip, I slid the ruler out and had a nicely wrapped piece of fabric.
I found that these fit beautifully in a low 7″ deep plastic box.
I can see my fabrics and when I take them out, they are nicely folded. I found that this really did not take much time for each piece of fabric, making this method of storage very manageable. You just do a bit at a time, and suddenly you have a whole lot of fabric you can see and use again.
What methods do you use to sort and use your fabric?