Category Archives: Sewing

Easy Pattern Weights

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Easy Pattern Weights

Okay my lovely followers, just a quick little post about a non-sewing but sewing-related project I decided to undertake a while ago.  Something I’ve always wanted to have, but just haven’t been able to carve out time to complete – pattern weights!   Pattern weights are a great option to have on hand, to use with fabrics that are either very delicate, and may not be suitable to pinning, or for fabrics that are very shifty, making it hard to keep the fabric from squirming around during the pattern pinning process.  There are lots of great free tutorials out there on the Web about making your own pattern weights.  Using all sorts of creative materials.  For me, after checking out a lot of really interesting options, I decided I liked how the large, heavy washers worked, when wrapped in ribbon.  They would have a hole in the middle, which makes it easy to pick up and place or replace on the pattern, and the hole can be used to store the pattern weights on the wall, on pegs.  Which is always a great option for me, as I have limited drawer storage space in my rather smallish sewing studio.  They are smooth, you can make them pretty, and they were fast and easy to make. So, follow along with me on my pattern weight journey!

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Wondrous Weaving!

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Wondrous Weaving!

Okay my patient followers!  I haven’t posted for a while, but wanted to talk about a project that I decided to tackle, since I am such a fan of Matthew Boudreaux, aka  #MisterDomestic .  Matthew, along with Tara Curtis, who created the cool tool, Wefty Needle to use with fabric strip weaving, I’m doing a fun little Weave Along on #MisterDomestic’s web site.

I’ve been fascinated with fabric strip weaving for a while, now, after seeing Matthew’s incredible, breathtaking woven coat he made for his little daughter (take a gander, here: Matthew Boudreaux’s Amazing Woven Secret Agent Trench Coat).  Now, I have sewn for, well, let’s just say decades.  Many decades.  But this was Off. The. Hook.  I had to check this guy out.  He has the energy of 3 people, and let’s just say his little daughter is one very lucky little girl!!  After seeing this incredible coat, I just had to investigate this fabric strip weaving thing.  That led me to Tara Curtis, whose web site is equally inspiring, @T_Jaye Modern Weaving.  Tara also has a really great YouTube channel, where she teaches how to fabric weave.  Between Tara’s web site and YouTube channel, it’s impossible NOT to learn how to fabric weave, she is a brilliantly talented gal.

So, between Matthew’s infectious personality & boundless energy, and Tara’s detailed & talented teaching and tools, it was simply impossible for me not to learn how to do this.  Here’s what I made, and super excited about turning this very cool weave into a very nice tote.  One of my Viking Designer Epic List talented list members, Judy S. posted a photo recently of a “Poolside Tote” she made from Noodlehead.  I have this pattern, and just haven’t carved out time to make the tote, but realized it would be perfect for the weave, so that’s my end goal – to use the weave as the back panel for this tote.

First, I had to select my fabrics.  I decided upon Art Gallery Fabric’sRound Elements” for the weave and lining, and for the rest of the outer fabric for the bag, I selected Bari J’s Joie de Vivre Collection’s “C’est la Vie Winter“, also by Art Gallery.

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How to Insert an Invisible Zipper Into a Welted Pillow

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How to Insert an Invisible Zipper Into a Welted Pillow

Hello my lovely blog-followers!  It’s been too long since I’ve posted, and lots has happened since I’ve blogged last!  The biggest change in my life?  I am now officially a grandmother!  Been waiting an awfully long time for this precious moment, and it has finally come in the form of the lovely Bianca Isobel born 2-12-16:IMG_0401

So, after spending not enough time with my new little granddaughter, I’m back home and stitching up about a gazillion things for her!  Read the rest of this entry

Sewing With Knits – a “Free” Little Dress Project – Part 2

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Well, my blog buddies, time to bring you up to speed with my little “free” dress project!  Last time we talked, I left you with a nice glass of Chianti, as I racked my brain about anything and everything I knew about sewing with knits.  So, here are some great tips to keep in mind when you’re using your sewing machine to construct a knit garment, some pulled from memory, others found online and in my sewing resource books: Read the rest of this entry

Sewing With Knits – a “Free” Little Dress Project – Part 1

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Okay, had a little gift drop into my lap about a week or two, ago. I was collecting fabrics for a little baby quilt I’d like to make for my eventual future grandchild (a mom can be hopeful, can she not??)  Actually, my oldest daughter and her husband are working on it, and I’m betting it’s going to be a boy, so, since they live on the east coast in Maryland, and spend a lot of time at the beach during the summer, I just fell in love with this little quilt.  I even bought some additional fabric with little crabs on it from the Dear Stella “Seaworthy” line.  Love this fabric designer, they are fun, whimsical, and lighthearted in their design approach. Cannot possibly have this quilt go to Maryland and made without the little crab fabric!

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Pinwheel Beach Quilt by Nicole from Modern Handcraft

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Viking Sensor Q Foot Installation Video

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Well my faithful blog followers, you have waited a LOOOONG time for another post from me.  I have discovered that I am not the best blogger.  This should not come as a surprise to me, as I was also that kid that never used a diary, either.  So, trying to develop new habits at this rather “mature” date, seems to be harder than I had anticipated, hah!  But, not to despair!  I hope the wait will be worthwhile.  I decided to finally set my mind to tackling the learning curve of creating a little tutorial video.  Now, I like to fashion myself as a techie – have some computer background as well as being a nurse by trade, but let me tell you.  There were SO many moving parts to this learning curve that I was ready to throw in the towel.  However, due to the kind nagging of my “comrades in arms” – a couple of very good friends of mine, who both worked they way through the same learning curve, I am tackling it with a full frontal assault.  Here is just a small portion of that learning curve, hope you find it as exasperatingly funny as I did (this morning, after re-counting this to my two very good comrades in arms), whilst I struggled through it into the wee hours of the night last night:

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How to Add & Save Decorative Stitches to your Designer Diamond Royale

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Hello my lovely blog followers!  I feel so fortunate to be able to enjoy some very pleasant weather out here where I live, even if it is at the expense of being in a drought.  The rest of the country, especially my friends in the Midwest. Northeast and South are struggling with absolute artic temperatures again, and it’s only the end of January.  I sit in my studio looking out at blue skies, Marguerites, Stattice and Rosea ice plant in full bloom, enjoying a balmy 75 degrees of pure Southern California sunshine:

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On occasion, Husqvarna Viking will give us some fun, free decorative stitches that we can add to our Gems, often around the holiday season. And this last holiday season was no exception. So, today, I thought you all might enjoy some step by step directions on how to add those and other self-created decorative stitches to your Designer Diamond Royale.  The steps are really the same for all of the Gems line up, although the screens might look a bit different, so hopefully many of you with other lovely Gem models will find this helpful.  If you didn’t have a chance to download those free holiday stitches, they can still be found here:  Husqvarna Viking 2013 Holiday.  You’ll see the “Featured Projects” which can be seen and downloaded by clicking on the “Find out more” button, and the free holiday stitches can be found under the “Free Downloads” section, clicking on the “Go to Downloads” button.  So, here are simple, step by step directions for you, to add those decorative stitches to your Designer Royale”:

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BFF Birthday Table Runner #1- Part 1

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Okay my blogger lovelies, I promised an update on my BFFs’ table runners.  So, this is the first table runner.  Since my the first birthday falls in May, (you say, “But this is January for goodness’ sake!), I need to get started now if I expect to finish this by the time her birthday rolls around.  If I don’t get started way ahead of time, no accounting for the million and one interruptions that are bound to come up between now and then!  So, I had promised everyone that I’d post up an image of the EQ7 project, so, without further ado, here it is:

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BFF Birthday Gift Ideas

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So, first, welcome to my little piece of the Blogosphere!  Happy you found me, and hope we can have a lot of fun with our spectacularly wonderful Husqvarna Viking sewing & embroidery machines!  I brought home a beautiful Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond Royale around the holiday season:

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And, I can’t wait to start my first project of the year with my new lovely – some pretty table runners for each of my BFF’s.  My gal pals really appreciate anything made by hand,  both being very talented ladies, themselves.  So, I want these table runners to be extra special.  I opted on table runners because both of my friends do a fair piece of entertaining (and I am my hubby are frequently the recipients of said entertaining), so I thought they’d enjoy something pretty and special for their respective dining rooms.  I had a lot of fun shopping for pretty fabrics for each of their beautiful homes, and thought I’d share some photos of the fabrics and designs for the first table runner.  A little fabric “eye candy” for you:

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