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Stitching on the Go

20180716_163620Meet my new travel companion!  This little 5 pound wonder is going with me on a plane  later this week. I’ll be gone for nearly a week with a fair amount of downtime built into my schedule. I won’t have a car and there’s not a lot to do in the evenings near the hotel unless you’re into the bar and band scene (which I am not).  So why not stitch? It’s amazing what you can get done in 2-3 hours of uninterrupted sewing time – if you plan/precut your projects ahead of time.  It’s like a mini sewing retreat.

I typically carry a hand embroidery project with me whenever I travel. Hand embroidery and reading are good for 1-2 nights. This is why I pack a machine whenever I travel by car and will be gone more than a couple of nights.  This time, my original plan was to pack a folding cutting mat, small ruler and rotary cutter in my suitcase. I would do all of the sub-cutting for an upcoming project (there’s a lot of it!).

Then, I met this little purple machine. It’s a 1/2 size sewing machine (think Janome Sew Mini). It uses REAL sewing machine feet, makes a nice straight stitch and can do buttonholes. I thought, why not give it a try on a simple quilt top I wanted to make from charm squares and 2-1/2″ strips?  My test using the 1/4″ foot was fine. You do have to use metal bobbins and a piecing thread like Mettler, Gutermann or Missouri Star for best results. Love me some Aurifil, but it’s too fine for this machine – thread breakage and skipped stitches happened frequently during my test. Switching to a smaller needle didn’t seem help either.

I don’t expect this little purple machine to replace my regular travel sewing machine, or to go with me on sewing retreats. However, it will be interesting to see if it is a viable option for machine stitching on the go when traveling by air is the chosen mode of transportation. If not, it’ll certainly look cute displayed on a shelf in my studio and will be perfect for my 5 year old neighbor as she learns to sew.

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Check out this super cute pattern!


Meet Josefina and Jeffery!

Ira Rott is a well-known designer in crochet circles, but decided to translate one of her most popular crochet patterns into a sewing pattern.  This is the result!

Although rated for intermediate sewists, an advanced beginner would be fine with this pattern. It does introduce some techniques with which you might not be familiar, but it’s all part of the learning process, right?

And yes, yours truly assisted by tech editing this delightful pattern.

It’s available in her Etsy shop as a pdf download.  Get yours here.

Happy sewing!

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Summertime Sewing

The exterior house painting is now complete!  Just like that, my summer “honey-do” list is complete!  It’s finally time to get crafty!

Extended time in my happy place is just what I need after an emotionally draining few weeks.  Too much staff turnover at the day job and too many loved ones passing away.  Funerals are not my thing. After two of them in the past month for both a close friend and a former colleague,  that’s enough of that for a while, thank you very much.

I have one t-shirt quilt left to complete and then it is sew time for me:

  1. Duvet cover for master bedroom.
  2. Assemble Lady of the Lake quilt top and send to longarm quilter.
  3. Practice “ruler work” on unfinished quilt tops that have been hanging on the rack for a while.
  4. Get back to Dog Park quilt that I meant to make for Boomer’s pet stylist, Miss Lorena.  On Friday, I learned she’d recently passed away.  For some reason, news of her passing really hit me hard. Now, I’m determined to get the quilt finished in time for the East Cobb Quilt Guild Show next year.  I will do this one entirely by myself – including the machine quilting.

This quote by Mary Anne Radmacher sums up my personal mantra exactly:

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Fun Stitchy Things to Do With Your Kids & Grandkids This Summer


That’s right!  The Row by Row Junior experience is back for 2018.  If you like to shop hop, be sure to take your mini-me along for the ride!  Your little one(s) will be able to enjoy Row by Row activities geared just for them. Go here for more details.



Designed for kids and adults, this weekly downloadable sew-along-series starts at the very beginning. Week 1 covers sewing machine basics, sewing vocabulary and simple stitches. Week 2 features a really cute popsicle project that can be made in an afternoon. Be sure to visit the Janome summer camp site each Monday for a new activity.



Finally, be sure to check out your local library to see what crafty activities are scheduled as part of the Summer Reading Program.  Maker Space and Crafternoon programs are very hot right now in libraries!  Best of all – most are absolutely FREE!  (Oh, and if your library has one – be sure sign up to read to the READing dog if your ‘lil stitcher is in grades 1-6).

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Upcoming Sewing Classes

June Kid’s Club Project

Kid’s Club @ Stitch N Quilt – Monthly Projects through December 2018
June – Hobo bag ($10 + supplies)
July – No meeting
August – Simple twirly skirt – pattern chosen by Sophie, Lucy and Chelsea  – ($25.00 + yardage to make skirt) EXTENDED SESSION CLASS – 3 – 3.5 hours
September – Upcycled snack bags ($15 + supplies)
October – No meeting
November – Vintage inspired turkey placemat/table decoration  ($15 + supplies)
December – Holiday tags and bags ($15 + supplies)


Classic Style T-Shirt Quilt Class @ Stitch N Quilt
Tuesday, June 12th from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  $30.00 fee
It’s easier than you think to turn those treasured t-shirts into something useful. Learn the basics of t-shirt prep, interfacing, block size and sashing options for grid-style t-shirt quilt. Bonus:  I will bring my steam press for you to use during class.

Private Lessons (in-studio)
Private lessons will resume in mid-August. After-school and evening times are available. Rates are $25.00/hour & up. Projects are designed with you in mind and may require an additional supply fee.

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Quick update on t-shirt quilts

I’ve noticed a lot of traffic to my Etsy shop for mosaic quilts. If you recently clicked only to find nothing there, please try again. I put the shop on vacation mode from January – May while I was completing the requirements for my reading endorsement.

I am currently completing two mosaic t-shirt quilts and will be able to accept new projects after 6/15.

Thank you for your interest.

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School’s Out & The Studio’s Open

Whew!  I made it!  I FINALLY completed my Reading Endorsement on 5/23 – which means I am now qualified to teach Reading in grades K-12.  It’s been an intense spring semester and the normal EOY craziness was even more so this year with a book fair thrown in the mix. I am so ready to put the 2017-18 school year behind me.

It’s stitching time again in my happy place!

Upcoming classes:
(1) Kid’s Club at Stitch N Quilt 6/9 (hobo bag) and 7/13 (zippered pouch)

(2) Fashionista Camp @ Stitch N Quilt in late June (skirt, embellished T and bracelet)

(3) Private Lessons & Crafter-noons in my studio (contact me for details)

Tech Editing Availability:
Currently accepting projects beginning 6/4/18.