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Yesterday’s projects

February 12, 2016

Yesterday, we finished the double oven mitt that’s shaped like a heart. The kids loved it. Now, we will move on, to the apron. We are doing that as a recycle project.

Too busy to blog!!!???

February 11, 2016

I’ve been teaching in Marlinton, Hillsboro and Beckley and really enjoying it. I’ve been teaching the kids in Pocahontas county off and on for a year now and some of the students have stayed with me the whole year! They  are getting very good. In addition, I’ve had a couple of adult classes in Hillsboro and I’ve had a couple of classes in Beckley now. Although it’s a long drive, I like going to Beckley because it’s our chance to go to the city periodically.

Right now, I’m weaving some pieces for our new living room, sewing a quilt for one daughter, making drapes for the house and developing lesson plans for the kids in town. I also try to accomplish a task each day toward the decorating of the house. My husband and I recently made a pair of storage ottomans for the new living room. Here they are:

We’ve also been working on the guest bathroom. I made a steampunk light fixture: IMG_0920DSC_0003As you can see, we are having so much fun, that I fail to get the camera out most of the time, but when I do, it’s for something really pretty. Our house in the snow is a good reason: DSC_0036In addition to all this, I’ve taken 3 quilts from UFO state to complete and am hoping to get 3 more (the last 3 UFO quilts) completed before I go to Quilt Week in Paducah with girlfriends. Let me see if I can find some recent sewing pics……

I made a pocketed pillow for a friend. No more lost remote :D  IMG_0858I did a hats and mittens class with the kids in town:

And I’ve been hand-quilting another soft door:

It’s been a lot of fun, but it has meant a min. amount of posting. I’ll try to keep up better.


January 2016 sewing classes available in Beckley, WV

December 6, 2015

I have a new Beginner’s Sewing class in January 2015 in Beckley, WV. There is an adult class from 6-8 pm on Mondays in January, and there is a youth class on Mondays from 4:30-5:30 in January.

Either class is suitable for brand new beginners, or for return students from my previous classes. And gift certificates are available! All registrations must take place by 12/20 though. So time is limited.

IN each class, students will learn the basics of using a sewing machine and using commercial sewing machines. Several of my adult students have expressed an interest in quilting and if you are a returning student, I can work with you on that also.

Cost for the adult classes is $150 for the 4-week session of 2 hour classes. For the kids, It’s $60 for the 4-week session of one hour classes. The specific dates for January are: 1/4,11,18,25. Hope to see you in the studio.

I offer my classes as a private instructor, but teach them in the Hobby Lobby store. That means if you forget something for your classwork, it’s probably available in the store. Very convenient.

If you are interested, just contact me and I’ll email you a registration form. If you want to gift certificate to reach you by Christmas, that shouldn’t be difficult, since registration closes by the 20th anyway :D

804.313.9717 (our phone is VoIP, so it rings wherever we are. We moved here from Virginia, so we just kept the phone #)


Beckley class finished….. New beginnings

August 26, 2015

My August sewing class in Beckley has come to a close. It was a disconcerting last night of class, because there was a glitch at the store and the lights didn’t work properly in the classroom. Fortunately, we had power outlets and were able to make a success of the class. Skirts are fitted and finished. The next sewing class in Beckley will be on Mondays in October, beginning on the 5th and meeting each Monday from 6-8 pm. So, the dates are 10/5, 12,19 and 26.  The last day to register is Sept 20. If you email me, I can send you a registration form. Remember, it has to be returned to me, with payment by 9/20. The cost for the 4-week session is $150/person.

This week, my husband finished tiling my studio here, in WV. It’s been 2.5 years since I’ve had a studio to work in. I’m trying to get settled in, but it’s slow going. It will get done, but for now, I have the beginnings of a place to work and to have friends over to sew with. I’ve already scheduled a quilting playdate in the studio for Oct 14. It’s exciting.

In the process of setting up the studio, I came across lost items. Uncut quilts, un-quilted quilt tops, equipment and many sewing patterns. My goal for tomorrow is to sew something in the new studio. Let’s see if I can make that happen. There is still one of my sewing tables that needs to be moved over tomorrow, but John and I are committed to getting it over there. Here are some pics of the quilt tops, and the “as yet” still cluttered studio. DSC_0016 DSC_0017 DSC_0019 DSC_0021

Beginners sewing class, Beckley, WV

July 9, 2015

i have a beginners class in August. You don’t need to know the first thing about sewing when you sign up. The class is designed to teach you how to use the sewing machine and commercial patterns. The class project is a skirt, but even my male students do this as a first project because of the many lessons associated with it. You will be taught to wind a bobbin, thread a machine, sew a straight line, layout your Fabric and pattern, transfer markings, sew darts, baste, install a zipper, use fusible interfacing and more. Students who have their own machines should bring it and learn to use the machine they will be sewing on at home. Students who do not own their own machine, need to let me know, and I provide one for in-class use.

Cost: $150

Dates: 8/3,10,17 & 23

Time: 6 pm-7:55 pm

Location: Beckley, WV Hobby Lobby

Registration closes on 7/20/15. Forms and fees must be received by end of day for students to be registered in this session.

See “policies” page for make-up policy before registering.

Email me to receive a registration form

Questions? 803-313-9717  and 803-869-7920 try BOTH numbers as we are very rural and service is unpredictable.

New!!!!! Beginners sewing class now offered in Beckley, WV!

April 6, 2015

May marks a new beginning for me. On May 7, I will begin my first Beginner’s class in Beckley, WV. Up to this point, I’ve taught in VA. Now, I’m offering classes in my new home state of WV. It’s very exciting. The class offering will be a kids after-school class, and an adult evening class.  The youth class will be offered from 4-5 pm on Mondays and the adult class will be Mondays from 6-8 pm. Each class session will consist of 4 classes meetings. In May, that will be on the May 4th, 11th,18th and June 1st. It’s very interesting to start out in an entirely new place, because I don’t even know the places to advertise for this area. The wonderful employees at the Beckley Hobby Lobby seem like they are excited about this class, also. Can’t wait. DSC_0019 IMG_1091 DSC_0019 DSC_0030 DSC_0060 DSC_0032 DSC_0040 DSC_0052

Sewing class in Richmond, VA in May 2015

April 4, 2015

I do have beginner/intermediate sewing classes beginning May 7 in Richmond’s west end. We meet in the classroom at the Glen Allen Hobby Lobby from 6-8 pm. Class meets on 5/7,14,21,28 and the cost is $150 for the 4 weeks. It will be a class of continuing students from the March beginners class, and new students who will be absolute beginners. Class max is 6 students, but we are more likely to be 4 students. New students will learn to thread their machine, wind a bobbin, sew a straight line and will make a garment from a commercial sewing pattern. Lessons will include layout and cutout, marking and tracing, sewing darts, fusible interfacing and installing zippers. Time permitting, we will also learn to alter your garment for a custom fit.     Registration closes on 4/20. Contact me for a registration form.

In addition to the adult class, I have a youth after-school class from 4:30-5:30 on Thursday afternoons. We begin on 5/7 also and will meet on 5/7,14,21,28. Cost is $60 for the 4-week session. Registration closes on 4/20. Contact me for a registration form.

Either class does involve purchasing materials and supplies. For your first class session that is usually about $50. After that, it is usually about $35 or less (generally covering the cost of your pattern, interfacing, zipper, and fabric).

Join us for some sewing fun!

Private lessons available on a limited basis. Contact the instructor.


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