I graduated from High School 50 years ago!

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I had been planning on attending my high school 50th reunion for months. Due to some unforeseen events I was unable attend. Even though I could not go, I did get some great pictures of the party from class mates. I was there in spirit and it was great to reconnect with a few old friends. I could not let the event pass without sharing some of my memories of Seaford Senior High school and Seaford, De with you. Maybe I will be able to attend my 55th reunion, only time will tell! Thank you to all the class of 68′ who kept me updated! I also placed a link to a wonderful website on memories of Seaford, Delaware. The link to Seaford Delaware, a look back in time !

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My Mom’s Favorite Restaurant

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I just had to show my mother in her favorite place, Chick Fila. Every week we go to the local Chick Fila and everyone knows her name. She loves it. Here she is eating her favorite sandwich, a grilled chicken sandwich on a whole wheat bun. We go out to lunch everyday and she has social followings in Lombardi’s, Chick Fila, Denny’s, Dayton’s and Bob Evans. Usually we do a little shopping and then it is home for a nap.  She is 96 so she can do naps anytime she wants.

She does not do the internet or computers so she will not see this unless I show her. Of course if you see her tell her you saw her on-line.

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Sewing Class update

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Barbara has just been to Jenny’s Sewing Studio and has updated her skills. In her first class she wanted to learn buttonholes and setting in a sleeve. A new pajama of super hero’s was then created for her grandson.

This week we worked on bias tape and quilt binding. Barbara made a hand mitt and we both learned that when creating a small curve on the ends it was easier to stay stitch the bias first, clip to the stitching and then pin it in place before sewing. The bias was attached to the wrong side, right sides together, sewing in the fold groove. We then  flipped the folded bias over the edges and steamed the bias in position to top stitch in the ditch. Good job! Great gift project!

   I also pictured a small sample we made of making bias and piecing it. Barbara learned to press and sew the quilt binding to the quilt, mitering the corners. She told me her daughter paid $80.00 to have a quilt bound. I told her it was probably a good price. Next time she could do the job for extra spending money.

I look forward to seeing Barbara again later this summer. She is off on vacation for now!

 

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The fox family in the backyard

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This Spring my garden shed was invaded by a mama fox. She dug in under the concrete foundation and in the leaves under the wooden floor, on top of the concrete. She has several means to escape and I have a huge dirt pile all over the tools in my back lean-too. I was going to clean up the brush and equipment back there this Spring and had to give it up. The fox is in control. The local dogs went wild with barking. Rice’s Pest Control came out and told me he thought she would not attack me. She was more afraid of me then I was of her. If he trapped her he would have to kill her and the pups. I did not want that.  She has since had 5 pups. Mama has very good control of her litter. They hunt the woods behind my house, my yard, and quite a few neighbor yards at night. I do not have any bunnies this year or moles in the grass. Even the squirrels are quiet. That is a good thing. It has been quite amazing to watch them. I can not get close when they are out or they will run away. It is hard to take pictures with my equipment, The fox really blend into the background. I tried my best to capture a pose.

My garden tractors are in the shed and when I need to start them up the fox are very quiet for a day or 2.   The pups are probably as big as a small dog to medium small dog so I imagine they will move on soon for more hunting. I can hear them under the floor when I am in the shed servicing the mower or looking for paint brushes. If the fox move on then my work begins refilling the shed floor and putting up wire fencing to keep them out. I said why me when the fox first appeared, I figure God must have a special plan to entertain my mom and I.  2 big Canadian geese walked into my front yard the other day honking at a few frisbee golf players from across the street. I threw open the front door and said, no no not here. No more wild life.

I use to go out at night to my parts shed to fill orders but do not do that right now. The Fox are evening creatures.  The Fox family seems like a little too much to run into while crossing the backyard in my night gown and robe.

Ever notice how much nature tries to take over! Weeds, blown branches, insects, squirrels that chew, bunnies that eat our flowers and the pollen. I do love it outside. You can left click on the pictures to see them better and right click to copy and paste them

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Mother’s Day Purse

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   This Mother’s Day I remade a purse for my mom. Her old purse had worn to a frazzle so I assembled my fabrics and notions and tried to document as much of the construction as possible. Some of the early construction on the flap I video taped using my phone. I admit I am not the best at this so I found my camera and assembled the rest with snap shots. I am posting an updated instructional sheet on the purse from this link so you can try the construction. If you decide to make the bag, send me pictures.

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Jenny’s Sewing Studio is enjoying Spring

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It was so beautiful today my mom and I decided to go flower shopping. It is like taking a cheap vacation. This time of year the flowers a so fantastic it is overwhelming and it is hard to choose your favorite type and color. I was limited to what I could carry at one time in my car.  I consider this step one of several visits. Today we got flowers for the front step and front flower hanger and we bought a flat of Vinca for the backyard water fountain flower garden. I took several pictures to document the beginning of the flower season. I also took pictures of the lovely dogwoods. The weekend is going to be beautiful so I am sure we will be in the yard working. Hope you are enjoying the season too.

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How to Sew a Mother’s Day purse using my Singer Futura XL580

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I am making my mom a new purse for Mother’s Day. I looked at her current purse, which I made a few years ago, and it is sadly worn. She likes it so much I decided I would put the extra effort out to make her another special bag.  The purse is strip pieced on pre quilted fabric. Below are pictures of the machine lettering, stabilizer backing, strip piecing, and 2 older purses I created with the pattern for this purse.In the following few blogs I will show you how I constructed this project. In this blog I have included a video on how to do built-in sewn lettering.

I was lucky because I found some lovely patchwork pre quilted I had purchased in white and black patchwork from Joann Fabrics years ago. I have made bias to edge the purse in black and I also selected a few black and white strips of cotton fabric I had stashed away. I will use the strips for the front flap. I also needed to prepare a solid strip of decorative stitches for the front flap. On that strip I sewed her name. I thought it would be fun to document the construction. I am using my cell phone so be kind in your reviews. I plan to make a few video’s. Here is the first step…sewing the decorative lettering.

I used “Fuse N Tear” iron on stabilizer on the back side of the solid strip I am using to create the lettering and decorative stitches. I am also using “filtec” bobbin thread for a better decorative stitch tension and an “Open Toe” applique’ foot to help the fabric feed well and allow me to see where I am stitching.

Stay tuned for more updates!

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Singer has a new web site

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I got an email note from Singer that they have launched a new updated web site. If you own a Singer this is a great resource for projects, video and support on your sewing machine or serger.

Some of the web site features include a link to their blog. I found “stitchin in the kitchen an interesting instagram link. I am amazed at what this person did on a 237 Singer straight stitch machine. This sewer is an artist.

If you want to learn to do free motion embroidery send me a note for a class. I can show you how straight stitch can be used to color in your applique or design. I have placed a form below for you to use to contact me.

I hope you will also remember Jenny’s Sewing Studio for you Singer part needs.

 

 

 

 

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