• Baby,  Other Stuff I Made,  Sewing Clothes,  Tutorials

    How to Turn Leggings Into Sleeves – DIY Kid’s Clothes

    I don’t sew a lot for my kids because clothes are SO cheap new (and even cheaper used) and what with having kids, I have SO much less time to sew. But I recently ran into a problem – my daughter hates short sleeved shirts. She’s 2 so you know, nutso. But people keep buying us short sleeved shirts for her, and she won’t wear them, even when they are special gifts from special people, you can tell it makes her sad they have the dreaded “naked arms” when she only wears “down sleeves.” So she has about 5 long sleeve shirts that sort of fit her, and they are…

  • Bag Making,  Tutorials

    Zipper Pouch Demo for Quilt Guilds

    Last fall I put together a demo for the Cincinnati Modern Quilt guild on how to make a zipper pouch. I used the free and excellent Noodlehead Open Wide Pouch as my example and walked our guild through the steps. At the end of the demo I had people share their own tips and tricks for making better pouches. Afterwards, we did a sign up for a pouch swap. People were allowed to use whatever pattern they liked, but it was helpful for people have an example pouch to get started. Zippers can be intimidating, so most of the talk focused on zippers! I also gave out this hand out…

  • hand sewing,  la passacaglia,  Tutorials

    Hand Piecing with a Running Stitch

    I put together this hand out for my quilt guild this evening and I thought it might be useful to folks to post it here! Ideally I’ll update this with pictures and what not, but we’ll see! Handout for Hand Quilting with a Running Stitch The Basics: This style of hand piecing involves drawing the sewing line onto the back of the fabric, and using a running stitch to sew along the drawn sewing line. Compared to EPP there is less prep time, less supplies needed, and I think it is a little easier for beginners to pick up and piece accurately. There are disadvantages, including having more exposed seams…

  • hand sewing,  la passacaglia,  Pieced

    La Passacaglia Update and My Finishing Plan

    I started my La Passacaglia quilt on February 20th, 2016. I wrote this blog about how I got started on my La Passacaglia – and now that I have the end in sight, I thought I would reflect on how I think the finishing might go. At first I was obsessed and would work on it all the time, and I thought, maybe I’ll get it done in a year! Then, I got sick, then pregnant, and I did not touch it for months. But now, the fire is back! I have even made a plan for how I want to finish my edges. The original quilt pattern has you…

  • Dye,  Pieced,  Process Pledge,  Quilts

    Jewelweed Quilt and a Hand Dyed Disaster

    A couple years ago, my mother in law gave me a beautiful stack of fat eighths fabric for my birthday. She had gotten it at the Lancaster Quilt Show. I had had an idea for a quilt block rolling around in my head, and so I brought the fabrics with me on a sewing retreat and began cranking out blocks.  I called it Jewelweed, because that is a pretty flower, and I liked that the blocks were kind of jewel like, with all the butterflies around them like they were flowers. I used up EVERY LAST BIT of the butterfly fabric making this. I don’t think I have any scraps…

  • hand sewing,  Pieced,  Quilt Guild,  Quilts

    Improv Star Quilt Return

    I previously posted about this quilt here, but at the time I was not excited about blogging, and the post only has two pictures – and you can’t even see the whole quilt! So I decided to blog about it again with the motivation of entering the quilt in the Hand Quilted sewing category of Amy’s Creative Side Blogger’s Quilt Festival.  I have another quilt in the scrappy section, my Mad Farmer’s Medallion. This is a great place to check out other amazing quilts. I am not under any illusion that the quilting on my quilt compares to any of the masterpieces that are also entered in this section! But it’s…

  • Applique,  Baby,  Quilts

    Monkey Applique Baby Quilt

    Here is a cute little thing! I made this quilt as gift for my sweet nephew – who is about to turn 1! I am entering it into The Sewing Loft Blogs September Sewing Month Gift Category.  This challenge has been a fun motivation for me to finish up a bunch of projects that have been lingering – I’ve been sick for the last few months, and I really miss sewing! Now that I’m feeling better I am ready to get some quilts out the door!

  • Other Stuff I Made,  Process Pledge,  Product Placement/Reviews,  Sewing Clothes

    Hemming with Maxi-Lock Stretch Thread and Another New Dress

    I am incredibly excited about a very wonky sewing thing. Where to start? Let’s see, for years I sewed on an older sewing machine that did everything from knits to quilting to embroidery until it broke. Sad face. I decided to get a more sturdy, more metal, straight stitch only Brother 1500  which I love, but is no good for sewing knits, because you can’t do any special stretch stitches. Then two years ago, I ran across a Brother Serger for $60 (which is an amazing deal) So now I have a serger, and can sew knits, but I CAN’T HEM THEM or do any top stitching unless I buy a fourth…

  • hand sewing,  la passacaglia,  Pieced,  Quilts,  Tutorials

    How to Get Started On Your La Passacaglia Quilt

    When I told my brother we wanted to have kids but didn’t feel quite ready, he said, “You’ll never be ready, you just have to be brave.” I think the same advice applies to starting a La Passacaglia quilt. Normally I think it’s a bit of an exaggeration when people compare a sewing project to having a child, but with the amount of time (and money!) I’ve put into this quilt, I’m starting to feel like that’s pretty accurate!  Though this quilt has fewer temper tantrums 🙂 This gorgeous quilt pattern has been very popular and I’ve admired it for several years – HOWEVER I also thought that everyone doing it…

  • Pieced,  Quilts,  scrap

    Mad Farmer’s Medallion – Complete!

    One of my favorite Wendell Berry quotes is this one, from his famous poem “Manifesto, Mad Farmer Liberation Front“: Expect the end of the world. Laugh. Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts. And another, from another well know Berry poem “The Contrariness of the Mad Farmer“: I am done with apologies. If contrariness is my inheritance and destiny, so be it. If it is my mission to go in at exits and come out at entrances, so be it. I love both poems and they kept coming to mind as I embarked on this ridiculous medallion quilt about three years ago. Here is a post…