• 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…

  • Other Stuff I Made,  Product Placement/Reviews

    Aragon Bag by Sew Sweetness Review

    At the #OHCraft Sewing Retreat in October, I won a copy of a Sew Sweetness pattern and opted for the Aragon bag so I could make a diaper bag for my tiny little roommate.  I figured I would make it the following weekend, but I just laid around and slept instead. Silly pregnancy! However, I am finally made it! Lucky because it is on my list of items to finish this quarter for the Finish Along! Glad to have another accomplishment to cross off the list!

  • Product Placement/Reviews,  Quilts

    HLx5 Organ Needles Review

    I have a Brother 1500s  Straight Stitch only machine which I have reviewed here. I was interested in buying needles in bulk and saw that the Organ HLx5 were recommended for my machine specifically. I thought I would share a few notes about these needles in case anyone else with this machine is thinking about them.

  • Product Placement/Reviews

    New Brother 1500s Sewing Machine Review

    I actually got this Brother 1500s Nouvelle sewing machine a few months ago – but reading other reviews helped me make my decision. I have now sewn 8-10 quilts on this and am really happy with it for piecing, straight line quilting, and free-motion quilting. Edited To Add October 1, 2014: I have now had this machine for a year and am still very happy with it. I got the recommended Organ HLx5 Needles for this machine which I reviewed here. Some maintenance tips: Don’t forget to oil your machine! I do it about once a month, or if I am sewing a lot, more often. I forgot for 2-3 months…

  • Applique,  Process Pledge,  Product Placement/Reviews,  Quilts,  Signature Quilts,  wedding

    Winners! And Bathing Your Quilts

    I put some turquoise binding on my newest rainbow quilt, I have fancy pictures in the fancy camera but it’s Sunday morning and I don’t want to drag it out. It’s four shades of turquoise kona cotton. I like the subtle variation. And I randomly selected some winners of my Sew Mama Sew Giveaway – yikes, 350 comments! There were sooo many awesome jokes, it was a delight checking in every few days. I was surprised how many folks said they don’t know any jokes – well y’all – I ALWAYS have many jokes on hand, day or night. You could run in my house in the middle of the…

  • Converging Corners Rainbow Quilt by WaterPenny
    Product Placement/Reviews

    Sew Mama Sew Giveaway!

    Today is a fun day in the crafty blogland – dozens of blogs are having fun giveaways today with Sew Mama Sew! I’m happy to have two samplers of my favorite brand of thread Auriful – I use the 50 wt of this for almost all my piecing (I use a beige which blends nicely). It has very little lint and gives me very few skipped stitches, etc. no matter what crazy things I am trying to sew with it. They also have fantastic decorative weight threads – the massive 12 wt wool and cotton add a really neat touch and can be used in the sewing machine, albeit slowly…

  • Product Placement/Reviews,  Quilts

    Megastorm Giveaway

    Update: This giveaway is closed, thanks! In honor of the latest storm of the century (and holy moly, it’s a storm of the century) and all of the ladies I have known named Sandy, as well as being in the home stretch of finishing the quilt I started during the one week power outage we enjoyed after the storm of the century we had back in July…I am having my first giveaway! And if you are a fabric nerd like me, it’s a totally awesome one! Two Kona Color Cards – updated with the most recent colors – Robert Kaufman was so generous to offer some of these for me to give away…

  • Product Placement/Reviews,  Quilts

    Quilt Ideas

    If you haven’t checked the Moda Bake Shop for quilt tutorials, I highly recommend it. They have a massive back catalog of all sorts of patterns. Most of them are set up to use pre-cuts which means the fabric comes mostly cut for you, and it’s an awesome way to get started quilting or to really crank a quilt out. You can search for ‘recipes’ by the type of fabric you have, etc. Since I so rarely follow a pattern in full, I prefer these tutorials which offer you a break down of how the quilter made the quilt, and then you can do whatever you want based on their…

  • Product Placement/Reviews,  Quilts,  wedding

    Raw Edge Applique Testing Testing

    I am interested in quilts as usable, washable, durable art. I love the idea of making beautiful things that can be tossed in a washing machine, and the way that use and abuse changes the look and feel of the quilt over time. The problem is, how to predict how use and abuse are going to be affecting your quilt? I love the look and convenience of raw-edge applique but I don’t like it to be THAT raw of an edge. So, I am conducting an experiment where I test out different fusible webbings, fray check and different edge sewing techniques to see which wears best. I throw this in…