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Sharing my Love of Sewing!

Several years ago we moved from Oregon to Texas to be near our grandkids – we wanted to be year-round grandparents, rather than just holiday and vacation grandparents; what a blessing it has been!

A side benefit is we get to teach them things that we’ve learned and enjoyed. One of those things is my love of sewing. Our granddaughter, now 6, has been enamored with my sewing machine since she first saw it. Over the last year she’s been able to sit with me and ‘sew’ things – stretching to put her foot on the pedal and still guide the fabric with her little fingers. It’s been a joy to watch her – I can see already how much she loves all the fabric colors and textures, and know she’s just itching to get busy!

When we were Christmas shopping, I knew that I wanted to get her a small sewing machine. I didn’t want a ‘real’ machine, because it would be too heavy, and would have too many bells and whistles for her. And, I didn’t want a cheap toy machine because it’s just too frustrating when it doesn’t really sew anything.

We found a Singer Pixie Plus machine that is lightweight, but still has a sturdiness to it that looked like it could withstand some wear and tear. It also has eight different stitches to lend some variety to her sewing.

Singer Pixie Plus

She’s had the machine since Christmas, and has used it some, but this week she decided it was time to work on a project. We decided on the ever-important pincushion!! I figured, with four straight edges, it was something that would be easy to show her how to make turns, sew a straight line, stuff with poly-fill, and then sew it closed.

She tried really hard, but a few times she ran off the edge – thank goodness for seam rippers. She took it all in though, and didn’t get frustrated. I think her very first project turned out perfectly  – I’m so proud of her, and can’t wait until she’s ready to take over the She and Me Designs sewing and quilting business 🙂

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The sewing machine is perfect for her.  She’s able to reach the small pedal, and the machine is light enough that she can move it around on the table to where its comfortable.  I’m so happy that the machine sews well, because as all us sewers know, it’s incredibly frustrating when our machines are acting up!!!

Have you taught your daughter or granddaughter to sew?  What projects did you work on, and how did it go?  I’d love to hear your experiences, and some hints for some more projects.

Hope you are all having a wonderful January – if you are decorating for Valentines Day take a moment to hop on over to She and Me Designs to check out some sweet Hearts decorations.

All my best –

Linda

 

 

 

 

 

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She & Me Designs – Re-opening!!!!

Did you know that SHE & ME DESIGNS has re-opened on Etsy?  My daughter-in-law and I opened the store almost two years ago and we LOVE making aprons, quilts and pillows for kids and adults!!!!!!!!!!!

Here are just a few pictures of some of our special items –

Moda Squared Kids QuiltTrain QuiltLady's Quilted Apron

Want a custom quilt????  Special colors?  Special design?  Want a name added?  Just ask  –  we’ll be happy to work with you!

Creating Sewing/Crafting Space in the RV

We are finally settled back into our RV and staying at a very nice RV park in San Antonio. It was a long move (mostly because I tend to start packing months ahead, so we are living in boxes ‘forever’!) but it’s done and over with!

When we moved into the rental a year ago I posted pictures of  the wonderful (and organized) sewing room.  That room was a wonderful sewing space!

I thought I’d update it with pictures of my new sewing ‘area’; a 6′ wide x 3′ deep corner in our RV. It’s where the recliners SHOULD be but for now the sewing has taken over.

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Thank you, God, for a very patient husband who puts up with all this sewing mess!   The fabric, the batting, the ribbons and laces, the patterns, the threads – it’s all on top of or under the table!  It’s not the ideal….but it works.

Thanks to this little sewing space, She & Me Designs (Stacy’s and my Etsy store) continues to post new quilts and aprons for sale!    The little girls pink rag quilt in the pictures will be posted there soon!

I hope this encourages you to sew or craft no matter what space limitations you have – it can be done – maybe not the way you would prefer but at least you’ll have the satisfaction of creating to your hearts content!!

Take care, and have a great day!!

Linda

Queen Stained Glass Star Quilt

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Daughter’s quilt is finished and we delivered it today!  It turned out so pretty, and she loves it!

Several weeks ago I talked about the pillow cases I made for her, a matched set to go with the new bedspread.  In addition to the two pillowcases shown below, I made two others in reverse colors (pink with black top).

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The quilt is made up of 16 squares with a pink background.  Each square uses a different blue star metallic fabric as an accent.   The corners are accented with a lighter pink star.

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The stained glass effect occurs by using black strips between each piece of fabric, representing the lead came used in real stained glass pieces.

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This quilt took about two months to complete.  It was originally going to be a lap quilt, but grew over time into an over-size queen quilt.

I was originally going to tie the quilt at each corner to secure the layers, but decided instead to have it machine stitched in a meandering stipple design.  It looks so pretty with the hot pink thread meandering over the quilt.  It looks like a very large squiggle 🙂

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Overall, the quilt fits the queen size bed beautifully, and the four matching pillowcases (two pink / black, and two black / pink) absolutely finish it off perfectly.

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What have you been working on this week?  Finished any projects that you are thrilled to finally get done?  Please share your stories and let us know how you are doing.

Talk to you soon,

Linda

 

 

Tooth Fairy Pillow Tutorial

My daughter-in-law and I have an on-line store on Etsy called She and Me Designs where we sell hand-crafted aprons, quilts and other sewn items.  One of the most popular items is a Tooth Fairy Pillow –  you know, a little pillow used to hide a precious baby tooth until the Tooth Fairy can come and retrieve it and leave a little somethin’-somethin’ in its place!

I made a few today and decided that it would make a nice tutorial so took pics along the way.

First, I selected three fabrics that have some contrast; the pillow base fabric (front and back), a contrast, and the pocket fabric, which has the actual detail that you want to show off.  For this fabric I selected an aqua stripe for the base, a bright pink dot for the contrast, and some fairy-princess fabric for the pocket.

Base fabric (aqua stripes)              Cut two (2) 10-1/2″ squares

Contrast fabric (pink dots)         Cut one (1)  7-1/2″ square

Pocket (princess fairies)                Cut one (1)  10-1/2″ square

Next, I ‘pinked’ around the contrast fabric to give it a little interest.  I used my mom’s old pair of pinking shears, which I dearly love!  They bring back lots of memories!

    I then pinned a dainty white lace around the top half of the contrast fabric, starting in the middle of one side and around to the middle of the other.   I placed the fabric and lace face up on to the base fabric (not centered as you can see) and sewed around all four edges of the contrast fabric.

The reason I didn’t put lace all around the contrast fabric was because the pocket will cover up the top two-thirds of the contrast fabric.  I didn’t want the lace ‘bunching up’ under the pocket.

Next, it’s time to prep the pocket.

Iron the 10-1/2″ pocket fabric in half, forming a rectangle 10-1/2″ wide by 5-1/4″ tall.

I like to add embellishments wherever I can, so I added some hot-pink ricrac to the top of the pocket.  In the pictures below I show the ricrac pinned in place, and then stitched close to the edge to hold it in place.

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Now we start putting the pocket together, layering the fabrics as follows:

– Place the base fabric with the contrast sewed to it face up; place the pocket across the bottom.  Gently place the second base fabric (wrong side down) over the assembled fabrics.   Pin around all four sides and prepare to sew.

– Start at the bottom of the pillow, about two (2) inches from the corner,; backstitch to secure the seam.  Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, stitch around the pillow until you get back to the bottom of the pillow.  STOP about four (4) inches from where you started, leaving enough room to turn the pillow inside out.   Back stitch to secure your seams.

– Trim all four corners to reduce the bulk in the corners, and gently turn the pillow inside out.  From the inside, use a skewer or crochet hook to push to push the corners out – be sure to not break through the fabric or seam though!

– After the pillow is turned, carefully iron the seams.  I love this part!  

– Now, using some  Poly-fil Fiber (available at all sewing / craft stores), stuff the pillow as loosely or tightly as you like.  Be sure to stuff it into the corners too!  Then, stitch up the pillow at the bottom.  You can either carefully machine-stitch it closed with a narrow hem, or hand-stitch, which I did.

YEA!!!   The pillow is now finished and ready for that Tooth Fairy!

I hope the instructions were helpful!   Please leave your comments, and let me know if you make a Tooth Fairy Pillow for your own little Prince or Princess!!!

Organizing the Fabric Stash

As you know, we recently relocated from Oregon.  Of course, I brought along ALL my sewing equipment, fabric and miscellaneous tons of related ‘stuff’!  When we moved into our house, I set up my sewing studio quickly in order to continue sewing for our business, She and Me Designs.

Unfortunately, my fabric stash started creeping out of its boxes and redistributing itself all over every surface of my studio!  Within minutes, it took over!!!

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Although I’m definitely not a ‘neatnik’, I also can’t stay focused when everything is too disorganized and messy (it’s a fine line, I know).  It was time to corral all the stuff and get it into a place where it belonged and I could see what I had.  Hence, a trip to Target.  We got SO lucky –

Target had bookshelves on sale last week, and I took several of the short (on sale for $16!) and several tall (on sale for $26!) basic white bookshelves.  The short ones fit perfectly against a short stair wall, and the talls ones work perfectly on the opposite wall!   SCORE!!!   I’ll probably add a couple more short ones at a later date, but for now this is perfect!

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As you can see below, I’m totally organized now.  I’m sure as projects get going things will start creeping out again, but at least now I have a place to put it all back and get it under control again.  That’s what it’s all about – controlling the mess so you can be free to be creative!!!!!

I love that my fabric is now organized – here’s a look at the rest of the room!

What have you done lately to help yourself be organized?  I’d love to hear about your projects.

Moving to Texas!!!

On November 1, 2011, my husband and I drove down I-5 leaving Oregon and headed for our new life in San Antonio, Texas.  Although my husband had lived in other states before we married (36 years ago), I’ve never lived anywhere but Oregon, and never more than 15 miles from my birth place.

After a brief stop in Sacramento to visit with our daughter, and my husband’s family, we headed south pulling our 38′  home-on-wheels along behind us.  It was our plan to live in the 5th wheel for an ‘indefinite period’, possibly several years.

So, we arrived in Texas and set up camp at the Braunig Lake RV Resort just south of San Antonio, and only 5 miles from our son’s house.

 It has a beautiful pond and we had the perfect space to watch the setting sun.

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The location was perfect, and allowed us to spend lots of time with our daughter-in-law  and our grandkids while our son travels for his job.  And, they were able to come enjoy the lake, fishing and playing with the ducks!
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Before long, the 5th wheel started feeling pretty cramped!!  I set up my sewing corner so that I could continue sewing for She and Me Designs, my DIL’s and my Etsy store.  Fabric and projects all over the place, and little space for relaxing.  Thankfully I have a very patient husband!

Regardless of all that, we enjoyed ourselves tremendously.  We spent lots of time with our grandchildren which was the reason we made the move, so we were ready to put up with anything!

Until the winter thunderstorms started!!!!!!!!!!

I’m NOT a fan of thunder of any magnitude, but had never experienced anything like what they have in Texas!!  Living in a 5th wheel, with the thunder blasting within inches of our heads, was more than I wanted to put up with – and it seemed like a thunder storm was coming through every week!  So we (I) decided it was time to find a real home.  Within a few short days we’d found a home to rent with a LOT of space, plenty for the grandkids AND a special craft/sewing room.      More on all that later!

Finally, we are truly settled!