Embroidered Ornaments

Making ornaments from embroidered motifs is fun, and a perfect exchange gift for your holiday parties. I have made ornaments from crewel work and cross stitch, and today I want to show you how to use your embroidery machine to do something different.  My embroidery machine has cards with motifs on them.  I began with …

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Autumn Jubilee Sewing Project – Placemats

Time for another sewing project, as Autumn Jubilee continues.  October is just slipping away too quickly!!  As promised, today I'll show you the tutorial for the placemats from yesterday's tablescape.  These are quick and easy to sew using chain piecing methods.  The finished size is 12-1/2 x 18-1/2 inches. Bernie's bundle will have some half …

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Tissue Covers and a note about Safelight

When we did the latest Safelight Project, wonderful reader Betty Giacomino sent 70 tissue covers to go with the cases made by readers.  It was delightful to see how many there were that went together well.  The last 15 or so didn't really match (I mean, how much can one expect, LOL!!), but at that …

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Blog Remix – Road Trip Pillow

Today I am pleased to be a part of The Fat Quarter Shop's Blog Remix event.   This pattern for a Road Trip Pillow Bag was originally posted on Jolly Jabber in May of last year.  It is sized on their pattern for a child's pillow, and shown with a bedtime story book in the …

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Cutting, Sewing and a Quick Repair

My sewing lately has been mostly on secret projects, making progress on the mystery quilt along Minuet and working on the next Teacup block.  I did another quilt repair that was so simple I didn't take any pictures, but it did take up a few hours.  Mostly I've been cutting up fabrics to make kits …

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A Basket of Comfort for the Recovering Heart

The day after Christmas, a dear friend had a heart attack, and then bypass surgery two days later.  We went to help bring him home on New Year's Day, taking a gift basket for the recovering patient.  I know from my experience with upper spine surgery just over 5 years ago, that after a week …

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Christmas Redwork Pillow

The Christmas Redwork project almost didn't get finished this season.  It seemed like the days just flew by and I didn't get a lot of stitching done each week.  Progress was made, but just not quickly. Last weekend, stitching resumed in earnest until the redwork was done.  I wanted to add some beads to dress …

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How to Re-line a Winter Coat – finishing

Finishing this project, here is where it gets tricky.  There are a lot of steps and it might seem daunting, but just go slowly, taking each thing in its turn, and you'll be done before you know it.  If you are just now finding this article, click on How to Re-line a Winter Coat for …

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How to Re-line a Winter Coat

This winter I decided to finally do something about the ratty lining in my good winter coat.  This coat is 100% wool, very well made, fits me really well with my short stature, but the lining is toast after many years of use.  It is worn thin in areas, pulled apart at seams, has a tear …

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Blog Remix – Pocket Placemats

Finishing up the sew-along for the Fat Quarter Shop's Blog Remix event, the Pocketed Placemats pattern is on Jolly Jabber, the FQS blog.  I am delighted to be a part of this fun event.  Over the last three weeks we've made the tops and sewed them together with batting and backing, then turned them pillow …

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