Monday, August 29, 2011

Where Would You LOVE to Sew Today?


Can you believe this is a sewing room?!
It was over at
 Better Homes and Gardens website


I could stay all weekend! I think I would have to stay long enough to do
the quilt over at:


They have the recipe over there and you can get to the designer's blog at:

Friday, August 26, 2011

Where Would You LOVE to Sew Today?

Doesn't this look like the best place to sew today!
I think it would be "sew" fun to just look thru quilting books here too!
This room belongs to:
Melissa Mortenson is the blog author and it it such a fun blog 
you just have to stop by and visit. She even has a great 
recipe for Pasta Fagioli.
So lets see what has this room inspired me to make....
hummm....
polka dots...
I love polka dots...
how about an apron...I found a free pattern at:

Polka Dot Utility Apron: {Vintage Pattern}


ith princess lines. Pot holder to match completes the picture.
Vintage Sewing Pattern For Polka Dot Apron - 1945
Vintage Sewing Pattern For Polka Dot Apron - 1945

Polka Dot Utility Apron

Materials:
Polka Dot Cotton – 1 yard
J. & P. COATS Percale Bias Trim (double fold) in two contrasting colors
Snap Fastener
J. & P. COATS or CLARK’S O.N.T. Mercerized Sewing Threads to match
Cutting Directions:
Do not add seam allowance to pattern pieces. Pattern piece downloads are at bottom of article.
Apron Front 1 piece, Pattern No. 1
Side Fronts 2 pieces, Pattern No. 2
Bib 1 piece, Pattern No. 3
Pockets 2 pieces, Pattern No. 4
Ties 2 pieces, each 3 1/2″ x 30″
Sewing Directions:
  1. Baste and stitch apron sections, right sides together. Press seams open.
  2. Using all bias trim in double fold, trim lower edge of apron with two rows (of one contrasting color); place one row 1″ above lower edge and second row 1 3/4″ above first row; have open edges of bias at top. Top stitch close to top edges.
  3. Bind side and lower edges of apron with remaining color bias trim; leave top edge free. Turn upper edge to right side 1/4″; press.
  4. Using same shade bias trim as on lower edge of apron, place rows of bias 1″ from edges of bib, lapping trim at corners. Top stitch close to edges.
  5. Bind all edges of bib with same color as outer edges of apron.
  6. With centers matching, lap lower edge of bib over upper edge of apron 3/8″. Top stitch bib in place through all thicknesses.
  7. Trim lower edge of pocket with two rows of bias trim (same color as lower edge of apron) spacing in same way.
  8. Bind all edges of pocket with same color as outer edge of apron.
  9. Place pockets in position on apron; top stitch in place, leaving upper edges free.
  10. Turn in long edges and one end of each tie and finish in narrow machine hems.
  11. Fold a soft pleat in raw end of each tie. Place in position at corner of apron (at waistline) on wrong side; stitch in place. Close points of bib on back with a snap fastener.

Patterns

Click Picture To Download Pattern Sheet
Click Picture To Download Pattern Sheet
How To Make Patterns:
The diagrams on squares are guides for enlarging patterns to actual size. Each small square on diagram represents a 1″ square in actual size.
  • First note the number of small squares in the length and width of the pattern you wish to make. This tells you the number of inches to allow for the length and the width of your pattern.
  • With ruler, draw a box of the length and width needed. Mark off 1″ spaces around all sides of the box.
  • Use ruler to join corresponding marks with straight lines. Use the squares thus made as a guide and draw lines to correspond with those given in the diagram.
How To Use Patterns
Following the lines drawn to correspond with the diagram, first cut out the pattern you have made on paper (the arrow indicates the grain of the fabric).
Then pin the pattern to fabric. The patterns should be pinned so that, when cutting, 1/2″ of fabric will be left around all edges for seam allowance except where special seam allowance is indicated in text (apron No. 2) or no allowance (aprons Nos. 1, 20 and 21) or when pattern sections are given by measurement.
When a pattern section is marked “On Fold,” that edge must be placed directly on the fold of the fabric, and the fold must not be cut. Be sure to transfer all marks found on patterns to the fabric.
Source: Aprons – The Spool Cotton Company (1945)
This is pattern #1 in the booklet so no seam allowance is required. I’ll have another apron pattern from this booklet up next week (Wednesday).

I love that site ..there are so many patterns for free. 
If you haven't been there grab a cup of tea and sit a spell and Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Where Would You LOVE to Sew Today?


Doesn't this look like the best place to sew today!
This place is over at:
Doesn't this look like the most cozy room ever.
And she has a sweet post about sewing on her dining room table.
We have all been there and sometimes that is the best place to sew.
I find that pulling my machine up to the kitchen table keeps me in the mist of family and also sometimes get me clipping and cutting help...
Now lets see what would I sew...
I think I would make a Tomato Pin Cushion
I found the pattern for free at:
Martha always has the really fun things to make or cook.
Love her site!!!


Pincushion How-To
1. Cut a rectangle of fabric on the bias that's twice as long as it is wide (the largest we made was 3 1/4 inches in diameter and required a 10-by-5-inch piece).With fabric facing right side up, fold in half as shown, and join ends with a 1/4-inch seam. Sew a running stitch around the top edge; tightly pull thread to cinch fabric, and secure with stitches.
2. Turn pouch right side out. Stuff with batting (cotton batting is firmer than polyester). Sew a running stitch around the open end; pull thread to cinch fabric. Tack shut with a few stitches and knot. To flatten, double-thread a cording needle with crochet thread and pull it through the "core" a few times. Mimic a tomato's fluted details by wrapping the thread around the cushion and back through the core several times. Knot thread at top to finish.
3. For heirloom tomatoes, cut a circle of fabric (the largest we made was 3 1/2 inches in diameter and required a 10-inch-diameter circle). With fabric wrong side up, sew a running stitch around perimeter. Place batting in center of fabric, and gather into a pouch. Stuff with more batting, pull thread to cinch, and tack with stitches. Flatten cushion and apply details as in step 2.
4. For tops, photocopy template, enlarging or reducing as desired; cut out. Trace template onto green felt with a disappearing-ink pen; cut out. Using a single-threaded needle, sew a loop onto top. Glue top to tomato.
Note:To sew cherry-tomato pincushions, start with swatches of fabric that are 2 3/4 by 4 3/4 inches. Follow steps 1 and 2 below, but don't flatten cushion or add fluted details. For tops, cut symmetrical, six-pointed stars from green felt. Add loops, and attach them as in step 4.



Saturday, August 13, 2011

Home

I love wall letters. You can put them up and if you get sick of the saying just throw a quilt up over it for a little while.
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Thursday, August 11, 2011

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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Hexie Fun

Here is the beginning ... we'll see how it goes!
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