We are completing the first session of after-school sewing of 2014.
The girls are finishing up their Christmas projects. This coming week, we will put zippers in their pants at Chesterfield. At Short Pump, the girls are finishing up their pin cushions and are half way through their pajama pants.
The Thursday night adult class is well under way and my friend Brandy has begun taking registrations for her Monday night classes. She will begin teaching a monday afternoon After-school class and a Monday evening adult sewing class. This means many options for those of you looking for sewing classes in Short Pump.
I’m working on some quilts, but mostly, am moving my lifelong belongs to West Virginia. I’ll be traveling back to the Richmond area to continue my teaching.
What are you working on? Are you interested in quilting? Sewing clothing? or Sewing Home Decor items? Share you photos!
Beginning 12/20/13, I will be teaching a Friday morning sewing class in short pump, va. We will meet from 9 am-11 am.
We will have to skip the week of 12/27 and will continue on1/3,10 &17. I’m keeping this class very small, so there is only one opening right now, for a class max of 3.
We will cover winding bobbins, threading the machine, sewing straight, layout, cutout and construction of your project, including installation of zippers.
Students must contact me to register for class.
Cost for the 8 hours of class is $140. (2 hours each on 12/20, 1/3,10,17)
You will also need to purchase approx $50 of materials and supplies. Bring your own machine, or let me know you need me to bring one for you.
Hope you’ll join us.
A fun, sewing class for kids is available at each of the Hobby Lobby stores. We meet the Thursday , and Friday after Christmas and the following Monday and Tuesday, 12/26,26,30 & 31. Cost is $200 for the 4 days. We meet 9-noon at the Chesterfield location and 1-4 at the Short Pump location. Kids will learn to successfully use their sewing machines. I have machines for student use also.
Oh my, look at my new love
The squares for the big star quilt are nearly complete. I had to find fabric for one more star this morning. I DID promise to get the pictures up yesterday, but got so busy quilting, that the camera and computer didn’t drift back into my mind until very late. So, here they are today.
The green fabric is what I’m considering as sashing. Looks good here, but I’m not sure it will look good with every block. I’ll have to work on some layout designs to better determine that.
This is after it’s sewn. I iron a lot. It tends to give better joins.
I love these fabrics together. Typically I don’t like fabrics with metallics in them and yet each of the star fabrics in this star has a metalic in it. Ya never know what you’re going to like, until you jump in. This is before it’s sewn.
Here you can see how well the seams match up, once that 1/4″ extension is taken up as a seam allowance.
Here you can see that 1/4″ excess again. I mentioned that I cut this off on my first quilt, only to find out later that it ruined my points and caused my other joins to be mismatched. I’ve learned to leave it, thanks to my friends in the Cranberry Piecemakers!
When I made my first quilt, I thought something was wrong when I had this extra fabric on the edges of my stars and I trimmed it off. Then, when I sewed the sashing to the blocks, I seamed up all the starts pretty points! ugh. Fortunately, I am now proud to have 1/4″ beyond each point for seaming blocks together, or to their sashing.
close-up of my center point.
This is a batik (that’s what they call this in the stores, but it’s actually a custom dye, rather than a batik) and a small geometric print. The point looks correct.
When working with stripes making starts and other quilt blocks, you want to experiment with placement of stripe direction. These are on opposites. Again, the center point and all corners are very close to perfect. This is very different from my first big star quilt.
Last week, we completed the 2 intermediate sewing classes. One of the two wound up with both beginners and intermediates in it, which worked out well. The beginners were inspired by the work of the intermediate sewing students. I’m attaching pictures of some of the work here:
The coat in progress. This student patient sewed and re-sewed the belt loops on this coat until she got just what she wanted. Here, you can see, she is working on installing the collar.
Looks like it came right off the rack at a fine women’s shop
Very nicely done
A beautiful knit top. Though I generally recommend students get a year of sewing under their belt before working with knits, this student got her hands on a serger and took off. What a beautiful top.
The coat completed.
Check out the lining of her beautiful coat. BTW she made the tunic in her first intermediate class. This student has done phenomenal work.
Learning free motion quilting