Sunday, March 19, 2017

Fun with Zippers: My first Sweet Pea and a couple Triangle Pouches

Just thought I'd post a few pictures of little projects I am making for friends and family. These little pouches are so handy and fun to make. I need to acknowledge two amazing teachers for their wonderful patterns and instruction. First is Vanessa Vargas Wilson aka The Crafty Gemini. My very first project was a pillowcase that I learned to make when I found Vanessa's tutorial on YouTube. Since that video Vanessa has gone on to become a sewing and quilting world sensation. YouTube tutorials, fabric designer, handbag club, quilting club... She's amazing! The triangle pouches are made from one of her YouTube tutorials. Her instruction is clear, concise and her attention to detail is unmatched.

Second is the Sweet Pea Pouch. This little cutie is from Zippered Bags With a Twist: The One-Zip Way. Joan Hawley is the owner of Lazy Girl designs and is a fantastic and generous instructor, sharing her many years of garment sewing and quilting expertise with her students.

Here they are. Let me know what you think, but even more important, make one yourself!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Thread Painting Class with Joyce Hughes

This was the class that was going to help me reconnect with my Bernina 750QE. Indeed, it was an excellent start and I am so happy I chose this class to begin our couples therapy. I really didn't know anything about the instructor. Of course I checked out her web site and blog, looked over her beautiful designs and work and really admired her work ethic. But nothing prepared me for her amazing story and the journey thereafter. I won't repeat it here because I would rather you hear it from her lips and hopefully be as moved and inspired as I was. In addition, seeing her work in person is surreal. She's self-taught, broke every rule and now has her own unique techniques and is in my estimation one of the greats in the quilting/sewing world. She is a natural teacher and does the work right along with you so you take your thread painting journey together. In fact, I am attending the multi dimensional thread painting course this summer. Look her up at Here is a before and after picture of my work. The applique was done by Joyce and she even did the FMQ'ing around the flowers to save time. Big thank you because it was deliciously beautiful.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Re-falling in love with my Bernina: Part 2

Hello Sewisters! This weekend I am taking a thread painting class. Me and my Bernina are attending a class given by Joyce Hughes at my LQS and Bernina dealer. This comes after I placed a phone call to them telling them I wanted a divorce from my 750QE. After receiving an intervention call from the head instructor at my LQS who talked me off the ledge I signed up for the course based on her recommendation. I'm excited to learn new skills and also for the opportunity to spark a flame with my "nina". For information on the class I am taking with Ms. Hughes check out this link and pictures of her work at Maybe I will have something exciting to post after I finish on Saturday. Happy Sewing!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Techniques new to this Vintage Kinda Girl

Quilt as you Go or QAYG isn't new in the quilting world. But, it's new to this girl. It's oddly satisfying to watch the quilt take form in only one step. Piecing and basic quilting happen together but that doesn't mean you have to stop there. You can perform more Free Motion Quilting during or after the quilt is complete. Here is a picture of a pillow I recently completed using this method as learned from a class I watched on
It was called Fast and Furious Quilt as you Go with Pre-Cuts. The teacher, Gudrun Erla, was an amazing instructor and her projects were creative and fun. Classes expose you to new things and sometimes you try techniques that spark your creativity. That's what I love about working with fabric and thread. Next up? Wait and see!


Good Wonderful Easter Monday everyone and happy last day of my Spring Break.  Baltimore County Schools has taken away all of the traditional...