Posted November 27th, 2012 in What's New
Hi there!! Has anyone seen my snow? I know it should have arrived by now but it’s no where to be found. And now they tell me that we are going back into the high 60′s again. Where did my Winter go? I’m going to have to pack it up and move to Minnesota or somewhere like that. Canada maybe?? I see they have snow.
Are you still Christmas shopping? Or should I say have you even started? I really haven’t but then again I’m not going to be doing much. My boys are getting cash. I know how to put a smile on those faces don’t I? I’ve made several things for friends and I can wrap and ship those I guess. Got my Christmas cards all filled out last night. Yesterday we got our first card so that got be hopping on to that job.
Since my little store is in my basement I set up a display. For who you ask?? For me who else? haaaaaa Gets me in the sewing mood. I gotta say I like my display. I’m for hire in case you need me. Just sayin.
Everything int he display is available on the website. You’ve probably already seen this stuff before but in case you didn’t. Here ya go.
I still have a few of the Christmas drawstring bag kits. The Red/Green table topper kits, the Santa bundles are new on the website. The pillow back there I have one pattern left I think. Still have the table runner int he red/off white. And no it’s not quilted. It will work for Valentine’s Day too right?? So I still have time. Any questions about any of this you can email me.
Isn’t the doll cute? I bought her years ago in San Diego. Love her!
The whole tutorial is up on the website for the Gift Bags. It’s there in two parts.
Added lots of new precut bundles to the website yesterday.
Mama Said Sew
Pam Kitty Love has arrived. I cut some bundles of the ones I ordered. I am in love with this fabric. I have lots of things planned to make with it.
These are the prints and the panels that are in the bundle I have on the website. I also have yardage. It’s 9.50 a yard until Saturday then it goes back up to 10.75 a yard.
Got this quilt all quilted and bound. It’s for Stella for Christmas. I hope she likes it.
The kit is called Churning Away and it on the website. The center block are from the panel in the Sew Stitchy fabric line. I have just the panel and fabric on the website also.
Please remember I will not be shipping anymore after this weekend. Please get your orders in if you need them before Christmas. I’ll resume shipping on January 9th. Thank you so much for your understanding.
Posted November 26th, 2012 in What's New
Ooops sorry that took me so long. I didn’t mean to keep you hanging forever.
So let’s continue………
We need to cut the casing for our ribbon/drawstring. Measure across your bag front and back. Cut the length about 2 inches shorter than your front/back width. Then iron down each end about 1/4″. I cut mine the exact size but you really don’t need to. Mine was cut 8 1/2×2 inches. I could have done mine 6 1/2×2 inches.
Then fold your sides in. Mine measured 1 1/2 inches when all ironed.
Quilt your front and back any way you like.
Next position your casing on the front and the back. Just leave even space on each side then top stitch the top and bottom of the casing. Leave each end open for the ribbon inserting.
Cut out two lining pieces the exact size as the front and back.
I put interfacing on my lining for a little stability. That’s up to you if you want to or not.
Sew the lining right sides together leaving a space at the bottom for turning the bag right side out. Also sew the bag front and back together. You do not leave an opening in the bag pieces. Only in the lining.
Mark your corners and box them. After you sew across your lines cut them off. Also do this on the bag pieces too.
This is what you should have at this point.
Insert the bag into the lining right sides together.
Sew around the top. Remember you have an opening in the bottom of the lining for turning right side out.
Now turn it right side out.
Now push the lining into the bag and press the top. Then top stitch.
Take your ribbon and insert it into one end of the bag. Keep going around until you go do this twice. I used almost a yard of ribbon.
Make a knot in your ribbon then pull and close the bag.
I hope you enjoyed!!
Posted November 17th, 2012 in What's New
Are you ready to make a gift bag or two?? If you ordered kits they are the way!! Maybe you can practice on something else for the first one??
Here we go!!
First let’s gather our fabrics and start cutting our squares….. You can use as many as you want or just a couple. You can’t go wrong.
Cut those into 2 1/2″ squares.
You will need 16 for each side. A total of 32 squares. You can also add more squares and more rows. Your bag will just be bigger. Taller and wider. I made two like that too.
Once you have them cut it’s time to piece them together to make your front and back. Once you decide placement sew them together into four rows. Do this twice.
You’ll need one of these for the front and one for the back.
Next we will cut the top border and the casing for our ribbon.
The red fabric is the top border and I cut mine 8 1/2″x 3 1/2″. Just make sure you measure your front, and back. Make sure they are the same and then determine what size to cut your top border.
For the casing I cut mine 2 inches x 8 1/2″.
Here are the front, back and two top borders. Sew the borders to the top of the front and back.
Ok, I’ll let you get this far and I’ll be back to post the rest of the bag.
Posted November 12th, 2012 in What's New
Are you ready for another tutorial? This one is a little gift bag. I love it and I’ve made a few of them. They are pretty quick. For this there are kits on the website too.
Isn’t it cute? Who wouldn’t want a gift wrapped in a cute little quilted bag? And you could make these for any gift. Not just Christmas. This is the one that the kit will be for.
Kit will be listed under Tutorial Kits category. I’ve separated them from the other kits on the website so they will be easy to find. This one is called “Gift Bag” kit.
Here’s a few that I made. My Patriotic Annie is sitting with them. I love her!! I’ve had her forever. The other bags I will explain how to make too. They are a different size but made the same way.
I changed my kitchen table quilt and put away the Halloween stuff last night. I decided to use this one. I love it!!! I still have a few kits left for it on the website. It’s called Random Hearts. Under Kits.
Here’s a closer look. Love all of this fabric too. It’s just a happy quilt isn’t it? This is a fast and easy quilt.
Remember when I showed these just stitched? Well I decided to make them into little pillows. The pattern is called Christmas Tea Towels on the website under Stitchery or Patterns. There are two more designs too that I haven’t stitched up yet. Cute little fast gifts.
Vintage Holiday is this quilt kit. I have one left on the website. Hunka loves this quilt. Ummm, ok??? He does, nothing manly about it but he loves it. But then again he loves them all. That’s a good thing, right?
Santa Wears Red Pyjamas pattern is under Australia Patterns. I need to finish this wall hanging. If you want it as a kit let me know and I can make one for you or you can just order the pattern by itself.
This is a kit I made last year. It’s called simply, ”Red and Green” I know, I’m pretty clever. Thank you! :) I got it out to decorate and then realized I had kits left.
Another picture from last year. It was lying in the snow. That’s why it looks so bright and white in the background. It doesn’t look like the same quilt but it is. I tried to darken the photo but you just can’t darken snow I guess. haaaaa
And one more little kit. It’s a mini. I love to decorate with them. I have them all over my house. On every table, every countertop, well everywhere!! :) Christmas 4 Patch is this kit. Under KITS.
I marked down some charm squares and bundles a couple days ago. Please go take a look. And thank you for all of the orders. You guys are awesome and kept me busy this week. That is a good thing!
Have a great week.
Posted November 9th, 2012 in What's New
Yep it’s me again. This time I have happy news. Hunka and I have decided to keep the website up and running. We will just cut back for awhile until things get better. I have gotten so many nice emails/comments/messages from so many of you. You guys are awesome. I enjoy doing my website so much and I enjoy chatting with all of you. I can’t imagine not having that anymore. So please get the word out, I am not going anywhere.
I’m sorry I jumped the gun and spoke so fast. But you know me speak first, then think. If I’m thinking it you know it. You can’t say I’m not honest. lolol Well you can if you want, but I am. You always know where I stand and what I’m thinking.
I thank all of you again for your support and the nice messages you’ve sent me.
Now get on over there and order some fabric. :))
Have a great day!
ps. Someone asked me about the Sew Spooky BOM being mailed in Dec. Yes all the BOM’s will all go out. I just won’t be filling new orders the month of Dec. I’ll make sure the BOM’s get out though. Sorry for the confusion on that.
Posted November 7th, 2012 in What's New
How’s everyone doing out there this morning?? :) At least the phone calls will stop, the nasty commercials and all that goes along with an election right?
I am going to make a decision in the next month as to whether or not I will continue my website. Business is tough right now and I’m not seeing it improve. I will keep my website and continue with block of the months and that is about all I’ll be doing. I love doing the block of the months and everyone seems to enjoy them. I haven’t made my mind up totally at this point. So we’ll see.
As for now, I have some new!!!
Vignette 8 is now in stock. I’ve sent out all that have been preordered. If you paid and haven’t received yours please let me know. Also if anyone wants to continue receiving it let me know. My list is done and I’ll need to start another one.
Lots of wool bundles from Moda. And also I still have some Layer cakes of these wools. I’ll be making some banners using wool soon. You might want to get a bundle so you can make some too.
This new book is on it’s way and you can preorder it on the website. These are the banners I’m going to work on. Aren’t they cute?? And so easy. Just a little buttonholing and your done.
Words With Wool is the name and it’s under JUST ADDED.
Here’s something I’ve been working on. Not new but just restocked. Cotton Floss by Cinderberry Stitches. It’s a great book.
This cute little Easter pattern for a bag from Rosalie Quinlan. So cute.
You know these are cute!! What little girl or boy wouldn’t love these for Christmas?? Max & Mimi from Melly & Me
Rudy. He is adorable!!!
Urban Sewing Set. Rosalie Quinlan designs.
Vintage Broderi kit. Rosalie Quinlan. The kit comes with the preprinted fabric, floss and border fabric.
Still taking sign ups for Advent Angels. I’m having so much fun stitching these. They are so cute and happy.
Also I have a couple spots left in the BOM that I’ll be doing as a tutorial. You can get a kit each month if you want the same fabric I’m using. Marmalade fabric is what I’ll be using.
Eat your Veggies from Pat Sloan for Moda. Love these dots in this collection.
Some more prints from Old Glory Gatherings. Love this line of fabric.
Take a look at the Clearance area on the website. Lots of fabric marked down and most of the BAG patterns are on clearance.
Please don’t forget to get your orders in before the end of November.The month of December I won’t be shipping any orders. I won’t be shipping again until Jan. 5th.
Thank you for your support. I do appreciate it. Here’s hoping things start looking up!!!
Posted November 5th, 2012 in What's New
Let’s do the bag lining now. You need to pick out a contrasting fabric for your lining.
Cut the lining the exact same size that you cut your outter bag fabric. Mine here is 15 1/2″ x 13 it looks like. I honestly don’t remember. Just make sure you cut yours the same size as the bag.
Now apply the interfacing to the wrong size of both front and back lining pieces.
Now you need to cut a piece for the inside pocket if you want one. Let’s say you want your pocket to be 6 inches tall then cut a piece that is 12inches and fold it in half. Wrong sides together.
Then you can sew your trim at the top. I used this red lace trim on mine.
Here you can see how I folded it. Wrong sides together.
Lay your pocket on top of one of your lining pieces. Sew along the sides and across the bottom to connect the pocket.
Now put the two lining pieces RIGHT sides together. Leave an opening at the bottom so you will be able to turn the bag right side out. Sew the right, left and bottom sides together. LEAVE the opening in the bottom.
This is what you should have now. Do not pay attention to those handles. They are on the wrong way. They should have been on the INSIDE of that bag. DUH!!
Again the handles here are WRONG. Don’t pay attention. Remember I had to RIP IT!! lolol Mine were on wrong.
Ok, see the handles INSIDE there? That is the CORRECT place for them to be.
Slide your lining inside the bag. You should have all RIGHT sides together at this point. Sew around the top.
REMEMBER…….say it with me. THE HANDLES WERE ON HERE WRONG. They belong on the INSIDE. No the OUTSIDE of your bag piece.
Ok you have now sewed all the way around. Let’s pull that baby out.
Let’s make the cute little scarf/tie to hang on our bag.
Depending on how long you want your tie……….let’s say cut two pieces that are 12 inches long by 4 inches wide. Sew the right sides together. Leave a space for turning.
Turn right side out. Sew your opening up and put that baby on your bag.
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. Sorry it was so long. I try to cover everything possible. If you need any more help or I missed something please let me know. Getting ready for another tutorial soon.
Posted October 30th, 2012 in What's New
Happy Halloween Eve to ya out there. Are your ready for the little critters to come a knockin on your doors? When we lived in Northern California years ago we had so many kids I had to run out and buy more candy most years. Then we moved to Southern Ca and we didn’t get many at all. We were bummed. Now we live in Missouri and I’ve been gone every year to Quilt Market and missed the kids. This is the first year I’ve been here and I am very excited for tomorrow. Last year Hunka and Madeline were here to tend to the kiddies. Poor Madeline is no longer with us so she won’t get to greet the kids tomorrow. But I will be there. I’m beyond excited. I have my candy ready to go. I’m thinking about dressing up too. Not sure yet. Here is the costume I bought when I was a preschool teacher for a brief year. Maybe I should wear this???
New? Not much but I do have a couple things. I have a new BOM it’s called Advent Angels and you can reserve your spot now on the website. It will start in January. This is a cute cute cute BOM. Sign up now and don’t blame me if you miss out. This is by far the cutest one I’ve done. The blocks you see aren’t even completed. I have more to add to them. Like the little pockets for candy.
Here are months 1 and 2 that I’ve done or are working on. You do two blocks a month on this one. You’ll get the patterns/fabric/and thread kit.
Monthly Mini. You can sign up for this at anytime. It’s on the website. This one is a pattern from Country Threads. I only made three rows of stars but you’ll get the pattern with your kit so you can enlarge if you want. In the Monthly Mini sign up you get the pattern, fabric for front, back, and binding.
This is a new pattern on the website. Santa Wears Red Pyjamas. I love it!!! So cute isn’t he?
This is a new BOM I’m starting too. I’ll be using Marmalade fabric line. It will be a sampler quilt when we are finished. This will also be a tutorial each month for you to follow along as I make mine.
I still have a few kits left for the Merry Christmas runner if you still want to make one. They are fast and easy.
I’m still waiting for the Vignette magazine to arrive from Australia. I’m really sorry for the delay on this. I know it was shipped on the 18th but it’s not here yet.
The BOM’s might have been a little late going out this month. I’m sorry. I’ve had a little bit of personal problems that have taken center stage in my life. I’m dealing with them and things are looking up for me. But please know I’m trying to get back on schedule. Remember it’s just me. I’ll catch up I promise. Thank you for your orders and your prayers. I do appreciate them. More than you know.
Posted October 30th, 2012 in What's New
Here we go………….
Time to quilt that bag. If you made the last one you’ll know exactly how to do this. I take layer of batting and put it under the bag top. Lift up half of it and spray with the spray baste. Flip the bag around and do the other half. Do the same for the other bag side. I use up so much of that spray stuff it’s crazy. I love it. So easy to quilt with it.
Mark your bag front and back anyway you like. I’ve told you several of my ways on the previous tutorial for the Halloween bag. You can still go back and look at that here on the website. I love to crosshatch when I quilt.
Now let’s add the rick rack trim. I never add it before I quilt. It would just be in the way and I’d have to quilt around it. Makes sense??? Say yessssssss Sharon it does. :)
Time to box!! Your corners I mean. :) Pinch your side and bottom seams together to make this corner.
Like this You line up the side seam with the bottom seam.
Then you mark it. I did this seam 2 inch. Mark and sew. Then cut off the corners.
Your bag should now look like this. Now cut off those corner seams. You don’t need those. They just add bulk.
This bag needs some handles. Two to be exact. Take your handle fabric and cut your two handles any length you’d like them to be. I cut mine 3 1/2 inches by the length I liked.
Put some interfacing of your choice on the backside for support. I didn’t do these the way I did the Halloween bag. I decided to just use interfacing. Heavy duty interfacing. But you can do yours either way.
I even use up odd pieces of interfacing. Why throw that out? Use it up. It works just fine because you will sew it down.
Now let’s fold that handle into the size we like. For instance, fold each side over say 1/2 inch and press.
Here it is all folded and pressed. You can make the size of your handles any size you want. I fold mine in like I said about a 1/2inch on each side then fold it again. Then sew along the open edge to close it.
You can see here where I sewed along the open edge of my handles to close it. You can also sew both sides if you want even though only one side was open. It’s up to you. There are so many different things you could do. That’s why I love making bags. I have lots of bag patterns too and that gives me ideas to combine something from one pattern and add it to another bag pattern. There are alot of bag patterns on my website. You should check it out. If you see something you like on one bag but not the whole pattern, use what you like from that pattern. Doesn’t mean you have to make that whole bag the way they did. Make sense??? Yesssss Sharon it does. :)
Ok so let’s talk about the photo below. Attaching those handles. You want to NOT do it like this. I sewed them on the wrong side and guess what? I had to rip it out!!!!! DO NOT do it like the below photo.
Here is what you should do. Yes this is the photo of the Halloween bag. I forgot to take a pic of the red one because I was so mad I did it wrong.
Soooooo measure and make sure both front and back handles are in the same spot before you sew them on.
NOW you’ll put the right sides together and sew around the three sides. Leaving the top open. Your handles should be tucked nicely inside the bag.
Next step we will make the lining. I’ll give you a bit to get to this point. I’ll be back. :)
Posted October 26th, 2012 in What's New
Red/White tote bag tutorial coming up. Part 1
You’ll need 48 3 inch squares. You can also do smaller or larger squares. That will effect the size of your bag.
Next let’s start making our rows. We are going to need 8 rows of 6 squares sewn together.
I started pairing up my squares into fours. But you can of course just sew yours into rows. Not sure why I did what I did. :)
Now let’s sew these together and we have two of our 8 rows done.
See for the back part I gave up on the four patch and just made rows.
Got the first four rows done. Now you need another set of four rows so you can have a back to your bag. Without a back it’s not a bag. Just sayin.
Here ya go. You need two total just like this.
Now let’s sew on our top border. I cut mine 3 inches. Again you can cut yours smaller or larger. Just make sure it is as long as your row of 6 squares sewn together.
Sew the top border on.
Here’s what you should have now.
Next we’re going to do some quilting. Let me just say, you do not have to quilt this. You can also just iron on heavy duty interfacing to the back instead just for stability.
Be back soon with the next step.