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And the Winner Is... 

And the Winner Is...

Thank you, everyone, for your comments.  I enjoyed reading them all.  The winner is...Dottie Dunham!!!!  I honestly did a random drawing and my dear mom won!  Congratulations Mom!  This is so sweet.  I don't get to see her often because we live so far apart.   I'll drop this in the mail to you!  Love you Mom!!!

Posted by SewSimplifiedLLC Admin Friday, February 15, 2019 12:00:00 PM

2019 Stitch Along Tour 

2019 Stitch Along Tour

Hello and welcome to my website!!!  I'm so happy you are here.  Happy National Embroidery Month!  This has been an amazing tour with lots of inspiration and creativity, and there's lots more on the way!  

When I was asked to join the 2019 Stitch Along Tour, I was thrilled because I love Designs in Machine Embroidery and working with pre-printed panels.  I really enjoy doing machine embroidery and working with Baby Lock's IQ Designer, so this project was a perfect match for me!!!  My twist on the new Farmhouse Collection - Sentiments by dime, was "sew" much fun.

I started this project using a Baby Lock Destiny, and about halfway through this project I got my Solaris!!!  Happy Dance!!!  So, of course, I had to let "Tinkerbell" play too!  I used Sulky 40 wt. Rayon thread for the embroidery in a variety of colors.

I always test embroidery designs before I stitch them out.  I also wanted to audition my ideas before stitching on the "real" panel, so here's what I did.  I hooped Sulky Soft 'n Sheer™ Stabilizer, or you can use Baby Lock No-Show Mesh Stabilizer.  As you can see in this picture, I made a free standing appliqué (heart) and I embroidered the lettering directly onto the stabilizer.  After I trimmed away the stabilizer, I was able to get a better idea as to what it would look liked stitched onto the panel.  I love this auditioning technique!!! 

 

 

 

I pinned the heart in place and hooped the panel.  At the machine (Destiny), I scanned the hooped fabric with the heart still pinned in place.  Then, I was able to line up the design exactly where I wanted it to stitch ~ awesome!

 

 

 

This is a beautiful appliqué design, and I wanted to put a twist on it.  I found the red gingham fabric in my stash, and it had a tendency to fray!  I thought it would be perfect to give the panel a shabby appeal!  I used my Clover Patchwork scissors to snip around the edges of the fabric for an even shabbier look.

 

 

 

Next, I focused on some fun features in IQ Designer that I'm so excited to share with you.  Now, just to back up a little...prior to stitching the heart on the panel, I hooped the panel and scanned it in IQ Designer.

 

 

 

 

I used the Line and Fill properties in IQ Designer to trace around the letters and fill the letters with a satin stitch.  I chose to work in the color red because it was more visible.  I had so much fun doing this that I forgot to take a more current picture, but here's a picture of the time I practiced on the letter "t" in the word "Gather."    When I was ready to start for real, I started from the beginning with the word "The."

 

 

 

When you save the artwork in IQ Designer and convert it to an embroidery design, the embroidery design is in the exact place where it needs to stitch, as long as you don't re-hoop!  It's very important to note that I did not re-hoop my panel.  Shown below is "The Gathering Place" design in the embroidery mode.  Notice how I was able to zoom in 200%, so I could take a closer look.  And, if I wanted to make any fine adjustments, I could have used the directional arrows to move the design.

 

 

 

 

Here it is, stitching out exactly as planned!!!!  This is so exciting!

 

 

A lot of times when I work, I come up with new ideas at different stages.  It turns out that I sewed on the border next!  I love using Clover Wonder Clips, especially since I have a "help-purr" in my sewing room who likes to steal pins!

 

 

Perfect timing...the Solaris arrived!  This was the perfect opportunity to use the projector to project the floral spray on the panel exactly where I wanted it.  The projector is revolutionary and makes perfect placement so easy!

 

 

I really had fun using IQ Designer to transform the black border fabric!!!!  Shown is the image of the scanned fabric.  As you can see, I have just a wee bit more to finish!

 

 

I used the brush tool in the fill properties menu to "brush" exactly where I wanted the decorative fill stitching.

 

 

 

 

Here's what my embroidery designed looked like.

 
 

I used Soft & Bright batting by The Warm Company, and Sulky KK 2000™ Temporary Spray Adhesive to secure all the layers together. I love this KK 2000!!!

 

 

 

I used the Dual Feed Foot with the open toe foot attachment to stitch in the ditch between the panel and the border.  If you aren't familiar with the Dual Feed Foot, it has a belt that you can't see in this picture.  The belt helps to move the fabric from the top while the feed dogs move the fabric from the bottom!  A really great foot to use when working with multiple layers!!!  You can't tell in this picture, but I used Sulky 40 wt. Rayon thread in a variegated black and gray.  

 

 

 

I used a Clover Bias Tape Maker to make the bias tape for the binding.

 
 
This was a lot of fun, and I hope you enjoyed reading about how I transformed the panel using my Baby Lock Destiny and Solaris machines, and IQ Designer.
 
To enter to win the Farmhouse Collection - Sentiments panel kit, please leave a comment below.  Be sure to include your first name and the initial of your last name in the comments.  You can include your city and/or state if you want. I need a way to address you when I announce the winner. You can get another chance to win if you like my Sewing Machine Artistry Facebook page and comment there too!!!  You can use the Facebook link at the top of this page to find my Facebook page. If you already like my page, please leave a comment on my Facebook page.  I'll draw a random winner on Fri-yay, February 15th, 2019 at 12:00 noon EST!!!  Be sure to come back and check out my Facebook page and/or website to find out if you are the winner!!! 
 
Thank you you so much for joining me here, and I hope you have a Happy Valentine’s Day!!!
 
 
Disclaimer:  Now for my public service announcement...This post contains affiliate links directly to the Sulky website.  When you shop using my special link, I will receive a small percentage from the sale, but the price you pay and any ongoing sales will be the same as if you visited the Sulky website directly.  I appreciate you using my affiliate link if you need some supplies from Sulky.  I am also a Baby Lock Ambassador of Education and a demonstrator for Clover Needlecraft, and whenever possible, I promote their products as well but do not have an affiliate relationship with them.  To inquire about sewing supplies and Baby Lock machines, be sure to visit your local authorized Baby Lock retailer.
 
 

 

Sewing Retreats and a FREE EZine from Schmetz 

Sewing Retreats and a FREE EZine from Schmetz!

Hi Sewing Friends!

I'm starting to get caught up on some things I have been wanting to do.  I recorded on Facebook Live last week.  On Sunday, I posted a picture of something I was making on Facebook.  That picture generated a lot of interaction, and I intend to follow up with another Facebook Live soon.  

In the meantime, enjoy SCHMETZ Inspired to SEW # 53.  This is a  FREE monthly publication from Schmetz.  I've received this magazine for years now, and each time I dreamed of posting it for you, my Sewing Friends, to read and enjoy before it is made public on June 1st.  Well, today is the day!  I'm doing it!!! Enjoy!!!

This issue is about sewing and quilting retreats.  It's a great article that spells out the different types of retreats and retreat centers.  

Speaking of which, I live near a YMCA camp!!! I walk to this camp at least once every single day!  For over a year now, I've been dreaming of having my Sewing Friends gather here for our own retreat.  How do you like that idea?

That is "sew" scary to see in writing because I am one of those people who plan a party and no one comes.  

Heidi and I took a quick break and walked over to the camp and took a few pictures for you.

Welcome to YMCA Camp West Mar!

Here's an overview of the cabins.  The two on the left have bunk beds and can sleep 16 people each.  The blue one and the white one to the right have single beds and sleep 8 each.  The cabin to the far right is like a game room with a TV and pool table.  The blinds to the cabin in the center were closed so I could not take a peek inside.  Just to the left of the blue cabin is a bathhouse.  

I was able to get an okay shot through the window of the inside of one of the cabins with bunk beds.  In the far right is a bedroom for camp counselors.  That would make a nice changing room, in my opinion.  In the far left is a sitting area.  I think these are pretty darn nice accommodations for the YMCA!

This is the Mess Hall.  There is a bathroom inside.  It did not have tables set up inside, so I didn't bother taking a picture of an empty room.  I'm sure they have tables in storage somewhere.  There is a full kitchen in the Mess Hall too.

Here's a nice outdoor pavilion with a stage.  Normally there are tables and chairs here.  They too must be in storage.

A nice pool and the other bathhouse.  The pool would cost extra to have a lifeguard on duty.  I could not look inside either bathhouse to take any photos.  I know a  decent bathroom is important.  

Here's Heidi sitting next to the outdoor firepit.  She's smart.  She knew I did not have any treats for a nice pose.  One of the disadvantages of having a smart dog!  Just goes to prove, you get what you pay for!  laugh

The grounds also have an amphitheater, an archery range, a basketball court and a very modern spiderweb climbing playset.  And, nice walking paths!!!

Lastly the pond.  

I live close to a regional airport in Hagerstown, Maryland and about an hour drive from four airports:  Baltimore-Washington Thurgood Marshall International Airport (BWI), International Airport at Dulles (IAD), and two airports, I don't normally use Regan (Washington, DC) and Harrisburg, PA.

There are plenty of major roads accessible to me such as Interstates 70, 81 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike. 

So, let's brainstorm together!  In the comments section, tell me whether or not this sounds like a good idea to you.  What do you want in a retreat?  Comments about food...chip in and make it ourselves, have someone cook for us, or catered?  Trust me, you do not want me to cook!  Besides, I'm a vegetarian!!  Would you like to work on your own projects?  Would you like me to teach a class?  Would you like a weekend-long retreat or a few days?  Cost...what's that magical number that makes it too costly?  What time of the year too?  If I were to plan something for 2018, it would have to be October or later, if it's available. The camp is occupied during the months of June, July, and August with summer campers.

If you prefer to send me an email, my address is Michelle@SewingMachineArtistry.com. 

I'll follow the comments and review them after all my traveling is done in June.  

Have a wonderful day!  

Sew Long for now!

M.

 

 

Posted by SewSimplifiedLLC Admin Tuesday, May 1, 2018 10:06:00 AM Categories: quilting retreat Sewing Friends sewing retreat

I Did My First Facebook LIVE and I Liked It 

I Did My First Facebook LIVE and I Liked It!!!

Hi Sewing Friends!  Happy 2018!

I'm so excited for 2018!  I really think this is going to be a big year for me.  Thanks for following me on this journey!

So, I did my first Facebook LIVE video today, and I liked it!  I'll post it as soon as I can teach myself how to download it from Facebook and upload it here.  Rut-roh!!!  The sound was horrible so I deleted the video.  However, I figured out how to upload it here the next time!

I mentioned a couple dates and want to jot them down here for you!

Sulky Online with Sulky Webcast: 

Register by clicking here

Sensational Scarves

January 16, 2018, 2 pm EST

January 17, 2018, 7 pm EST

 

February 24, 2018

Ellicott City Sew Vac (www.sewfair.com)

Ellicott City, Maryland

Bargello Duck Wallhanging

 

March 24, 2018

Ellicott City Sew Vac (www.sewfair.com)

Ellicott City, Maryland

Sew Fabulous Pin weaving

 

Sewing and Stitchery Expo

Puyallup, Washington 

March 1-4, 2017

www.sewingexpo.com

 

Are you interested in taking a class from me in the Hagerstown, Maryland area?  I'd love to teach you how to make the Cell Phone Wallet from Hold Everything Purses, Totes and More! written by Pam Damour and Betty Mitchell.  I am now a Certified National Educator for Pam Damour!

Posted by SewSimplifiedLLC Admin Monday, January 8, 2018 12:16:00 PM Categories: Decorative Threads Free Online Sewing Sewing and Stitchery Expo Sewing Online with Sulky Webinar Sulky Sulky Decorative Threads

Holy Smokes!!! 

Holy Smokes!!!

Holy Smokes!!!  I've been working with Eileen Roche of Designs in Machine Embroidery for  several weeks now, in preparation for tonight's webcast, Quilt with An Embroidery Machine.  She certainly has been fantastic to work with, but I was so surprised to see my name and website mentioned in her latest blog!  Thank you so, so, much Eileen!!!  

If you haven't signed up for this webcast yet, you don't want to miss out.  There's still time to register, and if you cannot make it to the live event, you will be able to watch a recording afterwards.  I'll just send you over to Sulky's site to register.  It's tonight, March 23rd, 2017.  Please note that the correct time for the webcast is 9:00pm EDT. 

I just love her entertaining writing style as she recapped our dress rehearsal yesterday.  Read her blog post here:  

Well, if you are visiting me for the first time you can see that I haven't been keeping up with my posts they way I want.  That's because I have been traveling across the country working at expos, teaching classes and making webinars.  There just never seems to be enough time for everything.

I have one more trip coming up next week.  I'll be at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Cleveland, Ohio.  If you are going to be in the area, come on by the Sulky booth and say hello!  I'm also teaching 2 classes there:  Zentangled Flower Pin and The Business of Teaching:  Setting Yourself Up for Success.

Sew Long for now!  I have a webinar to prepare for!

M.

P.S.  This post contains my affiliate link to the Sulky website.  By using my special link to register for the webcast, I will receive a little commission if you purchase something from Sulky.  Thank you for using my affiliate link!  I appreciate your support.

 

 

Posted by SewSimplifiedLLC Admin Thursday, March 23, 2017 4:30:00 PM Categories: Embroidery Embroidery Thread Machine Embroidery Sewing Friends Sulky

How Long Is A Sulky Spool of Thread? 

 

How Long is a Sulky Spool of Thread?

 

 

So, have you ever wondered how far a spool of thread goes?  I thought I would entertain you with some fun facts about how many stitches it takes to get to the end of a Sulky spool of thread.  For those of us who are over a certain age, doesn’t that remind you of Tootsie Roll Tootsie Pops??

 

    •    Average stitch length of an embroidery design is between 4-5mm.  Many of you may not embroider (yet), so your normal sewing stitch length would be shorter, perhaps 2.5mm.  

    •    22 yards of Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Thread equals about 4,000 stitches.

    •    A 250 yard Snap spool can create 44,000 stitches.  That’s a lot of stitches!

    •    An 850 yard King spool can create 156,000 stitches.  Wow, that’s even more!!!

 

250 yard spools of 40 wt. Sulky Rayon Thread.

250 yard spools of Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Thread

 

Let's have fun with this and take these figures even further

    •    If you had all 388 Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Thread colors on a 250 yard Snap spool, you could create 17,072,000 stitches.  Remember this is the 4-5mm stitch length.

    •    If you had all 388 Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Thread colors on a 850 yard King spool you would be able to create 60,528,000. 

 

850 yard King spools of Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Thread.

 

So, are you curious to know how much embroidery that is?

The average embroidery design has 20,000 stitches...

    •    ...with 388 Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Thread on a 250 yard spools, you could create 854 designs or more than 2 a day, everyday for a year.

    •    ...with 388 Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Thread on a 850 yard spools, you could create 3,026 designs or more than 2 a day everyday for almost 4 years!

 

So now you know how many 4-5mm stitches it takes to get to the end of a Sulky spool of thread!

 

5,500 yard Jumbo spool of Sulky 40 wt. Rayon Thread.

 

Let's have some fun!  Can you figure out how many 4-5mm stitches a 5,500 Jumbo spool of thread can create? 

 

Disclaimer:  I am an affiliate for Sulky, and the highlighted links within this post contain my special code to the Sulky webstore.  When you use these links, you will be directed to Sulky's webstore.  The cost of the products are the same whether or not you use my links, but using my links allows me to receive a small commission from the sale.  This is a way of letting me know how much you like the information I am posting for you, and I truly appreciate your business and support.  

 

Sew Long for Now!!!

M.

 

14-Basic Sewing Supplies 

 

 

14 Basic Sewing Supplies

 

 

Hi Sewing Friends!

 

 

I know how overwhelming it can be to learn something new.  I'm sharing the 14 basic sewing notions that I think are a must for everyone.  As you talk to more people, take classes and become more experienced, your basic sewing notions will include many more items than what I have listed here.  There are several others that I so badly wanted to add to the list.  Instead, I narrowed it down to only 14 items.  If you have these 14 notions you will be well-prepared and ready to make a simple sewing project right away! 

 

 

A clean sewing machine in good working order.

A clean sewing machine in good working order and the owner's manual.

 

First of all, your machine should be in good working order!  If it has been sitting in the back of the closet, do yourself a favor and take it in for maintenance.  It just may need to be cleaned really good and oiled by a certified technician.

 

 

Be sure to have the machine’s manual.  This is such a handy resource to have.  If you cannot find your original manual, look for it online.  Be sure to download and/or print it, and keep it handy, especially if you are taking a class.  You can learn so much more about your machine.  Take some time to read through the manual and familiarize yourself with your machine.   Consult your manual if you are having problems, it could be that your bobbin is in backwards.  

 

Clover Seam Ripper and Bent Tipped Tweezers

 

Seam Ripper!  I tell people that EVERYONE can sew...as long as you have a seam ripper!  There are all sorts of seam rippers on the market, in all kinds of lengths and colors.  There are even lighted seam rippers for those who have difficulty seeing small stitches.  

 

Tweezers.  This might not be a must-have, but it is for me, and everyone else who doesn’t have a pair when they need them. 

 

Small scissors and a pair of cutting shears.

 

Scissors!  To cut thread tails, you will need a small pair of scissors, but if you want to cut large pieces of fabric, you will want to use shears, which are bigger scissors.  Depending on your age, and maybe experience, you may find that having a rotary cutter and cutting mat is an absolute must.  A rotary cutter is like a pizza slicer, except that it IS razor sharp.  We’ll talk more about rotary cutting another time.  

 

 

TIP:  I tied a piece of scrap fabric to the handle of my shears so I would not get them mixed up with someone else's scissor when I take them to class.  

 

A beautiful basket of Sulky decorative threads, to include the brand new Cotton + Steel 50 wt. Cotton Thread by Sulky.

 

Next you will need some good thread.  All right, I’m biased about using a good quality thread, especially Sulky brand thread.  But I have a great story for you about the difference a good quality thread makes in your machine.  By good thread, I mean a brand name thread that is not in the bargain basket.  You know, the buy 2 for $1, or something.  Not knowing what type of sewing you plan to do, I’m going to go out on a limb and recommend general all-purpose thread.  It’s a great idea to check the instructions for your project, as they may indicate which thread to use.  Soon, independent shops will have Sulky’s Cotton + Steel 50 wt. Cotton Thread in stock.  This thread is ideal for piecing and other small projects with seams that won’t get a lot of stress.  

 

I honestly had a student attempt to use the cheap thread in class despite my plea to buy one spool of good thread.  This lady had a very clean older, mechanical sewing machine.  During class she had all kinds of problems with her machine.  The thread was breaking, the machine jamming, and if she was able to sew, the machine was skipping stitches.  At the end of the first class, I told her that I thought it was the thread she was using and asked her to please buy one spool of good thread.  She came back the following week with the same cheap thread.  Again, she was having problems and was very frustrated.  I threaded her machine with good thread, and guess what?  Her machine sewed like a champ and she could not believe it!  If you find good quality thread to be too costly for your budget, buy one or two spools in a neutral color.  For lighter color fabrics, use something like a white, ecru or light gray thread, and for darker fabric, use a black, dark gray, dark blue thread or even brown.

 

Schmetz Universal 80/12 Sewing Machine Needles

 

Next on the list is sewing machine needles.  There are several brands of machine needles to include Singer, Klasse, Organ and Schmetz.  There are different size needle and specialty needles too.  Check your project’s instructions for a recommendation.  If you are making something with a light-weight cotton and are using all-purpose thread you can use a size12/80 Universal type needle to get started.  We’ll get into this topic in the future.  

 

Yardage and precut fabrics.

 

Of course you are going to need fabric.  Your project’s instructions will specify exactly what you need and how much.  But if you are looking to have some general fabric to practice with, I recommend quilter’s cotton.  It is available in a lot of pretty prints and solid colors too.  If you don’t know where to find it, don’t be afraid to ask someone.  You can buy fabric by the yard, or there are pre-cut pieces of fabric available in a variety of sizes that are a lot of fun to work with.  

 

Create-a-Pincushion by Clover.

 

Pins and a pin cushion or even a magnetic pin cushion!  Look for pins that have a colorful head as they are easy to see and the head makes them easy to remove.  I personally recommend glass head pins, because they will not melt if you iron over them.  You will need a place to put your pins for easy retrieval.  A pin cushion is nice and they are so fun nowadays.  You can even find free patterns on the Internet to make your own.  In fact, you can even create your own custom pincushion using your favorite fabric with the Clover Create-a-Pincushion kit.  

 

Magnetic Pin Cushion by Clover.

 

Clover also has a magnetic pin cushion.  A magnetic pin cushion can serve two purposes.  To hold your pins and to pick them up, or find them. laugh  Just think about how easy it would be to pick up pins using a magnetic pin cushion if you were to accidentally drop a pin or an entire box.  Trust me, I know first hand about this! 

 

 

 

Ironing board and Iron.

 

Iron and Ironing Board, or some other type of pressing surface. I remember teaching a children’s class and I told them that we would be using an iron.  One of the mothers was very surprised and she was the type of person who was very animated with her expressions.  Can you imagine her reaction.  That still makes me laugh.  I don’t even think she owned an iron.  LOL… Your iron does not have to be fancy but it needs to get good and hot.  I once had a young student bring one a toy iron to class, and it did not get hot enough to press the seams properly. 

 

A 6" x 24" is a must-have.  Oftentimes you can find a 3 pack of rulers with a smaller 6" x 12" ruler.  Having both is quite is handy too.  Eventually, you will find that a 45mm Rotary Cutter and Cutting Mat by Clover are essential. 

 

Measuring.  If you plan to sew clothing, you will need a measuring tape more so than a ruler.  If you plan to sew quilts, crafts, totes and home dec projects, you are going to really need a quilting ruler.  You will want to invest in a clear acrylic ruler.  In fact, I would recommend a 6” x 24” quilting ruler and perhaps even a smaller ruler such as a 6” x 12”. 

 

Two of my favorite fabric markers are the Chaco Liner Pen Style and Trace 'n Mark, both by Clover.

 

Fabric Marker.  You can decide which will be best for you.  There are all sorts of fabric marking tools available.

 

If you look at the left end of the Chaco marker you will see very fine teeth.  This chalk-like marker makes a fine and very precise temporary line.  

 

One of my favorites is the Clover Chaco Line Pen Style, and they have fun colors too!!! 

 

Trace 'n Mark pen by Clover is air soluble and water soluble.  It even has dual tips that are different sizes.  

 

Another fabric marking tool that is new to me is the Clover Trace ’n Mark pen.  The packaging indicates that this is an air erasable marker and that it disappears with water!  Air soluble means that it will disappear over time.  How much time it takes varies, and a lot has to do with your climate.  If it is humid where you live, the marks may disappear faster than another part of the country.  Water soluble means that it disappears with water, so if you spray a little water on the mark, it will go away…ta-da, just like magic!  What I really like about this pen is that it has different sized tips at each end.   

 

 

 

Happy 2017 Sewing Friends 

 

 

Happy 2017 Sewing Friends!

 

 

 

Happy New Year, Sewing Friends!

 

We are just over a week into the New Year and I wanted to check in with you to see how you are doing with keeping up with your New Year's resolution?  

 

I love New Years because it represents a time to begin anew!  Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I like to set goals.  Sometimes goals and resolutions can seem overwhelming and down right impossible at first.  Right?  I want to share with you the tricks and tools that help to keep me on track. 

 

 

Nine Simple Steps for Goals & Resolutions

 

  • Set yourself up for success by making a plan.
  • Think about how you can make your resolution or goal doable, even if it seems impossible.
  • Write it down your resolution or goal! I have these beautiful planners to help me plan and write it all down.
  • Break it down into achievable steps.  Maybe this is a long to-do list with your resolution broken down into tiny baby steps.  Write them all down.  You can give yourself a big shiny star for each step you complete.  I like to play mind games with myself to keep it fun and interesting.
  • Schedule time for your resolution or goal and make it a priority.  Even a little bit of time is better than none at all.  Even one baby step or 15 minutes makes a difference over time.
  • Set a deadline for yourself. 
  • Show up and put in the effort.  This may sound silly to list, but planning alone won’t get your closer to your resolution or goal.  You have to do something.
  • Visualize reaching your goal or resolution frequently.
  • Review your list regularly.  You may find that you have time to do a little more than you originally planned.  
  • It’s NEVER too late to start…or start over!

 

“Sew” what are my goals?  Most of them are business related intertwined with sewing!  I have one sewing related project that is on the short list.

 

  

 

I’m involved in a round robin wearable art jacket challenge, and my deadline is coming up soon.  We selected a collection of fabric as our inspiration.  In this case it was a range of white to black Fairy Frost fabrics by Michael Miller. 

 

We each designed our jacket backs using any colors from that range.  We could add other colors to our jacket backs  for a “pop” of color.  

 

After we finished our jacket backs, we passed it on with all of the material and thread to the next person.  The next person makes one side and the opposite sleeve.  When that person is finished, she passes it to the last person.   

 

 

So this is what I received.  The back is pieced together using a technique called bargello, and has an appliquéd flower.  Bargello looks like it would be very challenging, but it's actually quite easy.  You will be surprised at how simple it is.  

 

The front panel is pieced and positioned at an angle, which creates a really nice look when worn.  If you look closely, you will see some piecing that looks similar to the saw tooth pattern.  There's a pocket with an appliquéd flower on it, and will be permanently sewn in place at the wearer's desired position.  

 

 

 

Here’s a sneak peak of my progress so far.  I am making the opposite front panel and sleeve.  I chose to do a play on water color piecing.  This was not as easy as it might seem.  Since I am the last person to receive this jacket, I have less fabric to work with.  That's part of the challenge.  Luckily, I had just enough fabric to make this work for both the front panel and sleeve.  

 

 

Here's a picture of the front panel I made with the other finished pieces.  I'm pleased with my progress so far.  Stay tuned for a picture when I'm finished!

 

 

 

Once I finish the jacket challenge, I need to prepare for a couple classes that I am teaching this year.  In March, I will be in Puyallup, Washington and will be demonstrating how to use Sulky Iron-On Transfer pens in the “Transfer It with Iron-On Transfer Pens” class.  This is going to be "sew" much fun!!!!

 

The other class, "Know Your Thread Weight" is a stage presentation.  The Sewing and Stitchery Expo is March 2-5, 2017, in Puyallup, Washington.  If you are there, be sure to look for me at the Sulky booth, or on stage and say hello!  I hope to be teaching a couple classes at the Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Cleveland, Ohio, but I haven’t received confirmation yet.

 

On a personal note, since we recently moved and I want to sew some simple home dec projects to give our house our personal touch.  I’ll be sure to share them with you as I make them.  Can you believe I won’t let myself start making anything for the house until I can give myself a gold star for the the first two projects on my list!    

 

I love hearing from my Sewing Friends.  Did you you make any New Year’s resolutions, re-SEW-lutions or goals for 2017 that you would like to share with me?  I hope you can apply my 9 Simple Steps for Goals and Resolutions, and make the sewing or quilting projects that you dream of making this year!

 

Sew long for now!

M.

 
 

Free-Motion Doodling On Celestial Stars 

Sewing with Sulky (S.O.S) Webinar

Hi Sewing Friends!

It's almost webinar time again.  I've been working with Beth Bradley of Martingale & Company and Lori Kennedy to give you another fabulous hour of inspiration and education.  This month's topic is Free Motion Doodling on Celestial Stars.  Beth will share with us how to create a very simple Celestial Star block that has plenty of opportunities for free-motion doodling.

Even if you are not a quilter, that's okay.  This is an easy wall hanging, that will be sure to impress your quilting friends.  You will learn how to do the flying geese.  I have to admit this was my first time piecing that pattern.  

Free motion sewing is one of my favorite types of sewing, and the book 180 Doodle Quilting Designs:  Free Motion Ideas for Blocks, Borders & Beyond will give you plenty of inspiration to get started.  Plus we will show you 4 ways to practice free-motion doodling so you will be ready and confident by the time you put your fabric under the needle.  

Lori is a superstar when it comes to free-motion work.  Several of her doodle designs are in the book.  She will teach you how to Doodle using Sulky Stick 'n Stitch stabilizer.  Well, that link will take you to Sulky Sticky Fabri-Solvy stabilizer, which is the same thing, just a different name.

Registering for the webinar is easy, just click on that link or the picture above.

Even if you know you cannot attend the webinar, go ahead and register anyway.  That way you will be privy to some things that the general public won't be able to see.  Plus you will have a chance to win a door prize and hear about the free download first!  

I hope to see you during the webinar!

Sew Long for Now!

M.

Virtual Sewing Quilting & Embroidery Expo 

 

Hi Sewing Friends!

 

I'm "sew" excited to announce that my friend and mentor, Margaret Moorehead, will be hosting a Virtual Sewing Quilting and Embroidery Expo from September 12th through September 24th.  This is a fantastic opportunity to watch some classes and demonstrations, and learn some techniques from the comfort of your own home 24/7!!  And the best part, it's absolutely FREE!!!

 

Margaret has collaborated with several top educators in the industry to present you with this online program.  I prepared an actual video demonstrating how I combined my love of sewing with the adult coloring books, and I use the Sulky Iron-On Transfer Pens.  Plus, I give you access to a free downloadable coloring book by Leonie Dawson.  And, I'm adding more goodies to my website for expo attendees, including a short video with the best tips to successfully work with Sulky metallic threads and another video about my favorite notion, The Thread Director.  

 

Don't delay, sign up for this online event today!

 

Sew Long for now!

Posted by SewSimplifiedLLC Admin Monday, August 29, 2016 6:04:00 PM

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