Thursday, August 29, 2013

What Would You Do?

What would you do with four of these blocks that you found in a box of fabric?

There were also three of these stars.

There isn't a bit of any of the fabrics to be found... 
even after searching high and low.

Would you find a use for them?
Or is it o.k. to gracefully discard them into the trash
 with a flip of my hand? 

Come back to see where they go!

Friday, August 23, 2013

More Sewing Enthusiasm

 How old were you when you learned to sew?

With a bit of experience and guidance, an older child can work on her own. It is so exciting to make  fabric choices (and not be handicapped by years of being told what will and will not go together.)

Pressing can be done carefully, mindful that the iron is very hot.

The fun decisions of what to add next.

When the top is completed, rows of quilting stitches hold the quilt together. And, it is certainly more interesting to make the rows curve back and forth across the surface.

An overlapped back, the top and bottom edges stitched, and a pillow is made.

We love it!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Youthful Enthusiasm

Sewing machines are so much fun that everyone wants to give them a try.  When stitched on a serger, a pillowcase can be a fast and easy project for a young child. Supervision is needed for the speed of this machine, but an adult can press on the foot control and guide fingers into safe positions.

A 7-year-old can speed along and complete his project before boredom sets in. Then comes a time to try out that soft flannel pillowcase.

We can't quit now. We are ready to go again. 
Stitched all by himself, this young ninja is a warrior, for sure.

Enjoy leading a young spirit on his (or her) quest of the secrets of sewing.

Thursday, August 1, 2013


Thank you for your comments to my last post. As you can see, I couldn't stop and added a few more beads. I really could have continued on and on adding more beads, but I have new projects popping up in my head.

To frame this piece, I had a lovely fabric which I recently purchased. The turquoise and gold in the print were a perfect foil for the beading.

I chose to wrap the binding around an artist's canvas so I could frame the piece.

Technically, wrapping the canvas presented a few challenges since I wasn't following my normal plan. It sure is easy to slip back into what we know and have done before, but I did persist and it turned out fine.

Here it is in the frame. I can't wait to hang this piece in my studio.

(And, of course, start on that new project!)

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