Mom’s 95th birthday tea party

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Today, February 24th 2017 was a perfect 74 degree day for mom’s birthday party. I had a tea party for her.  We started with champagne. Chamber music was provided by Jim Ressegger.

We had cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches,  chicken salad , deviled eggs, scones, clotted creme, lemon curd, strawberry jam, cherry cheese cakes, Amaretto Cake, pickles and olives and hot tea. It was a feast and there were no diets today. After a chocolate birthday cake, Mom got a year’s worth of Chick filet gift cards and could not be happier. Here are the pictures for you to enjoy.

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Learn to use your Sewing Machine to it’s fullest

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Have you  recently upgraded or purchased a new sewing machine for the first time? Even if you are an experienced sewer you should take the time to learn what features come with your new machine. Jenny’s Sewing Studio offers a 2 hour class on machine instruction and since these classes are one on one, they can be scheduled most afternoons during the week and weekend.

Most new machines will do zig-zag, blind hem, mending stitches, buttonholes, and some decorative stitches. I personally like electronic machines since stitch selection is automatic. I also recommend a machine that has a front drop in bobbin since it is much easier to operate.

Accessories and sewing machine feet make your sewing machine have additional strengths. Take a look at some pieces Jenny’s Sewing Studio offers. You may consider them for your machine.

The walking foot helps keep layers even and feed together as you see. Consider the walking foot for top stitching and quilting. I always use the walking foot to sew bindings in place.

Seams sew easy is a rather new sewing foot that gives you a gauge for the seam allowance. Place the gauge at 5/8″ for regular sewing or 3/8″ for a top stitch. This foot helps you sew straight and look more professional.

The pearls and piping foot is a real helpful guide. I really like using 1/4″ prepacked piping to make a pillow or finish a lapel. Piping makes the edge turn so much better. Make the piping match or make it contrast. The piping foot keeps you on track when you place the piping in the groove.

A lot of sewers like inserting an invisible zipper. The invisible zipper foot is now a snap on foot. Just press the zipper coil to flatten the curve and use the grooved foot to install the zipper. It is fast and easy.

 

 

 

 

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Make your own Blue Heron wall hanging

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Looking for a fun project for the cold winter months. Here is an idea for a Blue Heron wall quilt. I was inspired by a Baby Lock article on the wall quilt they made using an embroidery and sewing machine. I also found a free Singer Blue Heron embroidery that can be used in  “other brand machines”.  I even found clip art you can use to auto digitize you own embroidery. I posted the project page on my web site and here is the link to all 3 projects.  If you need to convert and save a design here is a link to the free Compucon EOS viewer format conversion tool. Interested in Compucom embroidery software? Here is a link to read about Compucon products and watch video.

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Year of the Rooster

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It is the year of the Rooster in the Chinese calendar. One of my vendors sent me a lovely Chinese calendar which I have displayed proudly and of course my new Mahjong card is also marked with the year of the Rooster. I am looking forward to all good things this year. I copied the following internet explaination about the year of the Rooster. Enjoy!

“According to the Chinese calendar, we are entering the Year of the Rooster in 2017. Here are five things to know about the zodiac sign:

Each year, the Chinese calendar assigns an animal from a rotating zodiac of 12 animals. The 12 animals cycle through rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. 2016 was the Year of the Monkey. Apart from 2017, the Year of the Rooster includes the years 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2029.

2017 is a Fire Rooster Year. According to Chinese astrology, each year is associated with one of five elements as well as an animal, including gold (metal), wood, water, fire or Earth. The element, combined with the zodiac animal, set the astrology for the year. This year is a fire year, and so those born in 2017 are Fire Roosters. The last Fire Rooster Year was 1957.

Famous Roosters include Beyoncé, Bob Marley, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and Jennifer Aniston. Famous Fire Roosters include Stephen Fry, Steve Buscemi and Hans Zimmer.

Roosters are characterized as observant and hardworking. Active and talkative, Roosters tend to enjoy social events and being in the center of attention, according to Chinese astrology. They also typically enjoy sports, according to traits set by the astrology.

2017 is set to be unlucky for Roosters, according to Chinese astrology, because being in the year of one’s birth sign does not bode well. Chinese astrology dictates that Roosters will have to monitor their money and health extra carefully. However, when it comes to love, Roosters truly in love are advised to get married. Those in dead-end relationships should consider breaking up, according to the astrology.”

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Planning a luncheon Tea at Jenny’s

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The Tea Party idea all started when I visited a friend of mine and she had a beautiful teapot collection.  I said wouldn’t it be nice to have a luncheon tea for my mom’s 95th birthday party! The idea was born and I have been planning ever since. I started a tea party Pinterest folder to hold the ideas I find.

The day to have the tea was a given so I planned the invitation first.  I will invite 12 including my mom and me. I asked everyone to wear the Sunday best and explained it was an adult only occasion. Yes, we will serve alcohol. I picked a champagne cooler to make everyone feel good right away. 

The food is almost as important as the tea. My friends and I have decided on cream cheese, dill, lemon and cucumber sandwiches. I am also going to have chicken salad. A friend is making a birthday cake to celebrate 95 years.  Along with various nuts, chocolates, mints, pickles, olives, cheeses I think we will have a nice lunch. Everyone will be seated at the decorated table.

The tea I am going to serve will be 100% natural orange pekoe and pekoe cut black tea. I will pour hot tea. Each person can flavor with sugar and cream and lemon.  Guests will also have 2-3 tea choices to brew. The picture shows the organdy bags that hold the flavored tea that has been decorated as favors for each guest.

After we serve the cake and sing Happy Birthday, I though we would move to the living room to open presents and play a few games. I have a special door prize for a few lucky guests. I am going to make some pocket tea carriers for the purse similar to those on my blog. If I am lucky I will have my friend play his viola too.

The party will be fun and something mom can remember.

 

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Machine embroidery Quilt

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Machine Embroidery Quilt

SINGER Stock design CD Wall Quilt
Our SINGER Stock design CD embroidery quilt can be done on any embroidery machine that uses a 5” x 7” hoop. The format is DST, which most embroidery software will recognize. The printable templates and layouts make the transition from design to sew out easy. Just remember to center your hoop over the cross hairs.

You will need:
Singer Stock design CD of 3900 designs or some floral and border embroidery designs that are similar.

-At least 3 1/2 yards of top background fabric for a 6 block wall quilt- each block is 20” finished. Each border is cut 6” across the 45”width of the fabric. For a 6” block wall quilt, cut 9 strips for border.

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The Serenity Prayer

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I am looking forward to a New Year and my hope is it will give us all a new beginning.  The Serenity Prayer keeps coming to mind so I thought it might be time to share the words with you!

I have made this prayer into a machine embroidery.
It was pretty easy with my Singer Futura. Everything was built in!
The download is at this link and it is in FHE format. If you need another format let me know! Happy New Year!
 
Jenny

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