The Quick Trip quilt is finished

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Grace did a great job finishing her purple Quilt Trip quilt. She says she wants to make curtains and pillowcases. Great job Grace! If you are interested in learning the Quick Trip quilt here is the link!

I also offer the Log Cabin quilt, free motion quilting, Cathedral window quilting, Tee Shirt Quilts, and Machine Applique.

I offer the cardinal as a free pattern for a 9 block wall quilt. I love to decorate my walls in wall quilts for the different seasons and holidays. I can also supply another simple applique besides the cardinal, like hearts, cats, bunny, butterflies and more. Just ask. You can start a quilt and follow-up with as many 3 hour classes as you need.

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Bridge Buddies

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Since 2008 Arlene, Toby, Eileen and I have been bridge buddies.  Our original group included Pattie and Patrick. We all took bridge lessons at the Wicomico Civic Center from Jean McKinney. If you ask around the area, there are a lot of bridge players who took lessons from Jean.  Once our group graduated from the intermediate class, we decided to play bridge every Friday afternoon. Our group has played at various locations, including our homes. About 8 or 9 years ago I joined the Elks in Salisbury, MD. The four of us have met for lunch and played party bridge at the Elks or my home ever since.  My mom started coming to lunch at the Elks with me in 2014 after my dad pasted away.  She will not learn bridge but she is always up for going out to lunch. We treat her like one of the group.

This year we are going through a major change. Eileen and Patrick are moving away to be closer to their children. Today was our last bridge game as a group. We will miss them very much but hope that their new home will be an exciting new chapter in their lives. Eileen says her granddaughter Jane, who is 3, will be very excited to see her. They will be living 5 minutes away. It has been great knowing Eileen and Patrick and we wish them well.

Arlene, Toby and I will still be playing bridge on Fridays. We are trying out new partners and hope they will enjoy our 4 some.  Once you get bridge in your blood it is hard to quit. Eileen is hoping she can find a new 4 some too.

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Embroidery design perfect placement

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The secret to perfect embroidery design placement is all in the planning. Sticky paper and templates are the key. Remember to center your design in your software before you “save it as”.  Print off a template and tape it to your garment to set the stage. Stand back and look at the effect before you decide to embroider.
 
Sticky paper stabilizers definitely have their place in the embroidery world. I have relied on sticky paper as long as I have been doing machine embroidery and that has been over 20 years ago. Jenny’s Sewing Studio offers several brands. Here is a roll of Peel N Stick and here is Stitch and Tear. Either brand works well for the machine embroidery perfect placement. If you are using sticky paper with a napped fabric, fuzz can build up on the needle. Use a cotton ball and some rubbing alcohol to clear the needle occasionally.
 
Place the sticky paper in the hoop, shiny side up and hoop. Score the top side making a big X and peel off the shiny paper to reveal the sticky side. Print off a template from your software. I use a awl to cut holes in my template crosshairs to mark the crosshair location on the garment or project. Mark through the template and draw a cross hair on your garment to mark the design center by connecting the dots. Draw a cross hair of the center of the hoop on your sticky paper using a permanent marker.  Align the 2 cross hairs (garment and hoop) and push the garment into the sticky paper so it is flat. Use the software trace feature to check the placement before you embroider.
 
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A very pretty quilt by Grace!

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Grace has been taking classes from Jenny’s Sewing Studio to learn to sew and make pillows and curtains. She is working hard on a new quilt for her daughter in purples. Here are some pictures of Grace’s latest creation. This quilt is an Eleanor Burn’s Quilt in a Day  called “Quick Trip”. I think the colors are very nice. Grace had to pick 12 colors for a twin size quilt. This is the 3rd 3 hour lesson and it will probably take 2 more classes since she wanted to do a larger size quilt. Her next step is the borders and quilting. Once that is done she will bind the quilt. Great job Grace! To see the pictures better you can click on them for a closeup.

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Embroider a belt on your machine

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I have updated the post! Using any embroidery machine you can embroider a sectional belt easily. I have loaded 3 autopunch designs you are welcome to try. The designs are .jef and .pes and you can download them by clicking on the picture. The clip art used made the autopunch software perfect for the formation of my designs. I used the Singer Futura and the Stitch N Sew software to create with. To see how auto punch works view the process here.

To embroider the designs and construct the belts, pick a background fabric that has some body. Use denim, canvas, or sandwich a fusible fleece in between to pieces of broadcloth. This heavier fabric will give your sections a rigid body. Trim each embroidery to the edges. Mend the embroidery together to create enough width to fit your waist.  The multi zig-zag stitch or the feather stitch will work well. To finish tack a cord to each edge so you can tie your belt in place or velcro an overlap. You can also make a buttonhole and button as a closure. Hook and eyes will work too. Check out the buttons and fastener at your local fabric store for other finishing ideas.

Remember I have not always stitched out every embroidery so test the designs before committing them to a garment.

Jenny

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Happy 4th of July

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I wanted to share a quick project with you to help celebrate the upcoming holiday!  The project was done using a serger wide flat lock to put together red white and blue strips of fabric to form a flag wall hanging. The flatlock is created by tightening the lower looper tension and loosing the needle tension. I used one needle in the left position on my 4 thread serger. You can use decorative thread or regular thread on the upper looper.

The flag wallhanging uses rustic plaids and was hung from a twig to make a country statement. The project was done by one of my employees years ago but it is an oldie but a goodie.

Recently I recreated the same strip flag idea to make a placemat with my serger.  As you can see in the photo below the star blue square was serged separately and top stitched in place. You decide which one you like best!

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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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