Enroll Now for Lap Quilting Club and Sew Along class each month!

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Lap Quilt Club at MAC center!

Each month Jenny’s Sewing Studio will introduce a brand new quilting skill or Quilt block in our lecture demo Lap Quilt series at the MAC center in Salisbury, MD. Sessions are only $5.00 each and will be scheduled in the Bradford room at 2:00 pm each month. You can enroll using my web site shopping cart at this link. You can also register at the door.

Our first meeting is Thursday January 31st at 2:00pm. The series will be lecture demonstration and you will learn the steps needed to start your quilt. Beginners are welcome. I will demonstrate some of the basic tools needed for quilting. This month I will also introduce electric quilt to help you visually understand how your quilt will look and how much yardage you will need to create your quilt. We will talk about fabric choices and make a few templates. Plan on the session taking about 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Bring paper and pen for notes.

I suggest you purchase the Lap Quilting book which contains patterns for 70 Lap Quilt blocks. Attend as many months as you can and work along with me each month to complete your quilt. I will hold a Show and Tell session at the beginning of each club meeting once we get sarted.

Lap Quilt Sew Along!

Following each monthly Lap Quilt club meeting I will hold a Lap Quilt Sew Along at my Sewing Studio at 1030 South Schumaker Dr, in Salisbury, MD. My first Sew Along for Lap Quilting is February 7, 2019. The fee is $20.00 per session. Enroll for the 1:30 – 3:30 pm session or the 6:30 to 8:30 session. Class is once a month. This class is designed to help all beginner quilters with hands on sewing help while you are constructing the quilt. Classes are limited to 6 sewers.

Bring your sewing machine or reserve one of my machines to use in class. Bring  Lap Quilting by Georgia Bonesteel, template plastic, a black sharpie marker, a wash away marker, clover chalk triangle for dark fabrics and a ruler to begin making  templates for your quilt. We will make a few templates and cut a few blocks. Let’s get started making your quilt.

For the quilt blocks I suggest you color coordinate at least 4 different 100% cotton fabric prints for your blocks.  Bring at least one yard of 4 different fabrics to mark and cut. That way you have choices when designing the blocks. We can add more prints later. You can also buy more yardage of a favorite print. The choices are up to you. Bring your fabrics to class.

You can always bring scraps of 100% cotton fabrics and border the blocks later with a neutral color like off white or black. We will talk about borders, backing and binding in another class.

Bring a neutral color thread like off white or black.

I hope to see you in class.

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Mac Center enrollment and class information is final for Winter Institute

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Jenny’s Sewing Studio will present “Learn to Quilt” on January 15th and “Learn to Sew” on January 22nd at 1:00pm at the MAC center in Salisbury, MD. I hope you will join me, Jennifer Friedel,  as I present ideas on Quilting and Sewing you will want to try. Free projects will be offered for you to start your quilting and sewing adventures. Plan on 2 fun afternoons of quilting and sewing inspiration. Both events are $3.00.

MAC’s Winter Institute offers 27 different classes for you to choose from. You can register now using the MAC registration form link (Page 1 and Page 2) I have attached. You can then mail the registration form to MAC, Inc., 909 Progress Circle, Salisbury, MD 21804 ( postmarked by Jan 3) or register at the front desk by Friday Jan. 4th. For more information call 410-742-0505.

Here is a link to “A Gift for You!” You can give a friend a gift of a class for Christmas or a birthday. Invite friend’s to come with you and register them for the classes you think they will enjoy. Registration is $3.00 a class. Call MAC at 410-742-0505 to register for the classes of your choice no latter than Jan. 4th 2019.

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Join Jenny for the 2019 monthly Lap Quilting Club at the MAC Center in Salisbury, MD.

Club meetings for 2019 will be January 31st, Feb 28th, Mar 28th, April 25th, May 30th, June 27th, July 25th, Aug 29th, September 26th, October 31st, November 21st ( 3rd Thursday because of Thanksgiving) and December 19th (3rd Thursday because of Christmas). Time for club is 2:00 pm. The clubs are scheduled every 4th Thursday of the month and the sessions are 1 to 1 1/2 hours. Each session will introduce techniques to help you piece a traditional sampler Lap Quilt. The quilt size you decide to make is up to you. I will be completing a quilt along with the sessions. After we get started I will hold a “Show and Tell” at the beginning of each meeting so you can share your sewn blocks and fabric choices with the group.

Our first Club session will be held on January 31st, 2019. I will introduce supplies and fabrics you will need to gather to complete the quilt you would like to make. We will talk about templates and I will demonstrate a few 4 patch blocks. I suggest you purchase Lap Quilting by Georgia Bonesteel. The book contains over 70 patchwork blocks with template patterns and will be your guide for making a Lap Quilt. Amazon.com has the book at a very reasonable price.

You will need to register for each club session in advance and can register in club for the next session or use this on-line link to enroll. Please enroll in advance so MAC sets up enough seating and tables for you to attend.

All club meetings will be power point demonstration. I will also introduce “Electric Quilt” software to show you how you can design your quilt and blocks using the computer.

All club fees will only be applied to the upcoming club. Enrollment date will show the session you are choosing. No carry over fees please.The MAC center is at 909 Progress Circle, Salisbury, MD 21804. Club will be in the Bradford room near the gym.

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Winter Institute at the MAC center announced

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From   Cindy Robinson:

Don’t let the cold, gray days of January keep you stuck in the house. MAC’s first Winter Institute offers the chance to get out, meet new people and hear about a variety of entertaining topics!

An exciting schedule of classes is planned for this first Winter Institute, including basics of sewing and quilting, gardening, local history, tips for taking great pictures, scrap booking, local history, Musical Magic with WBOC’s Charlie Paparella, and more! Learn how to connect with your children on Facebook, get information on investing, find out what amazing opportunities are available through the Salisbury Kennel Club and your local library, and learn about user friendly apps for iPads and iPhones; and still more. A total of 27 sessions are planned.
Classes will be held Jan. 9-10; Jan. 14-17, and Jan. 22-24 in the Perdue Family Living Well Education Center at MAC. Three 90-minute sessions will be held each day, starting at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The cost is $3 per session.
Registration forms and complete class schedules are available at MAC, at the main reception desk. All ages are welcome.

Advance registration is encouraged; registration at the door will be accepted as space permits.

For more information on classes or registration, call 410-742-0505.

The following is the complete schedule of classes:

Schedule of Classes for MAC’s Winter Institute

Session one: 9-10:30 a.m.
Session two: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Session three: 1-2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 9
Session two:
Tips & Tricks for Taking Great Photos, with Brice Stump, noted local photographer, author
Session two: The Art of Scrap booking, Jennifer Johnson with Pat Wilgus, scrap booking enthusiasts
Session three: Antiques: What You Need to Know, with Steven Blumenauer, From Charlene Upham Antiques

Thursday, Jan. 10
Session one:
Downsizing Do’s and Don’ts with Jill Yost, Realtor, Long & Foster Real Estate, Salisbury
Session two: Get Ready to Run Your First 5K, with Vanessa Junkin, Eastern Shore Running Club
Session three: King Tut: The Boy King of Egypt, with Dr. G. Ray Thompson, retired SU history professor

Monday, Jan. 14
Session one:
Unlock Your Local Library from Home, with Wicomico Public Library Staff
Session two:  iPads & iPhones: Got Apps? With Janet Parke, MAC trainer
Session three:
Unlocking the Mysteries of the Salisbury Kennel Club, with Peggy Bradford, Kennel
Club board member

Tuesday, Jan. 15
Session one:
Fiber Art Traditions, with Cynthia Byrd, curator, Julia A. Purnell Museum, Snow Hill
Session two: Ward Museum: Wood & Soap Carving Demonstrations, with Ward volunteers
Session three: Quilting How-To with Jenny Friedel, owner Jenny’s Sewing Studio

Wednesday, Jan. 16
Session one:
A Lighter Look at U.S. Presidents, with Sylvia Bradley, SU Professor Emeritus of History
Session two: Improve Your Memory Skills, with Mary Slate, retired nurse
Session three: “Graves, Tales and Incredible Tombstones,” with Brice Sump, noted photographer and writer

Thursday, Jan. 17
Session one:
Your Brain on Investments, with Eric Johnston, InFocus Financial
Session two: Get Your News in the Newspaper! With Greg Bassett, editor, Salisbury Independent
Session three: Let’s Get Social! Using Social Media to Connect with Family, with Victoria Kent, marketing officer, Community Foundation of the Eastern Shore

Tuesday, Jan. 22
Session one:
Adventures of the Skipjack Nathan of Dorchester, with Lou Hyman, first mate
Session two: Writing Your Stories, with Dr. Carolyn Stegman, author and educator
Session three: Sewing How-To With Jenny Friedel, owner, Jenny’s Sewing Studio

Wednesday, Jan. 23
Session one:
Creative Container Gardening, with Ginny Rosenkranz, Extension educator
Session two: Master Gardening: Building Healthy Gardens, with Ginny Rosenkranz, Extension educator
Session three: The Ugly Pie: A Small Business Start, with Shaina Bounds, owner, The Ugly Pie

Thursday, Jan. 24
Session one:
Twists and Turns of Annuities, with Eric Johnston, InFocus Financial
Session two: Origins of Salisbury, with Dr. G. Ray Thompson, retired SU history professor
Session three:  Musical Magic with Charles Paparella, musician, storyteller and WBOC personality

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Country Curtains By Jenny’s Sewing Studio

Pin ItMy mom loves country curtains! After 26 years her curtains are ready to fall off the rod so I am replacing them. It is a great project for a hot summer day, (make that a week) especially if you have air conditioning and time. I wrote an instructional sheet on how to measure the window to figure out the fabric yardage. You can also take a class on ruffled curtains from me.

For this project it is important to own a ruffler. Jenny’s Sewing Studio has one available for your machine.

To figure the ruffles I calculate 6″ for the ruffle width. I also figure 3 X for fullness. The ruffles go on one side of each panel and across the bottom.  The total yardage needed is 31 yards for these 3 windows. Since ruffles are not and exact science I always allow so extra yardage.

I use a rotary cutter and ruler to cut all the panels first.  3 thread serger edge was used to finish the cut edges and I took advantage of the selvages. The selvage is great for the outer edge of the curtain.

My bolt is 36 yards and so I am cutting the ruffle on the remaining length. I used a narrow rolled hem to finish each side of the ruffle. That was a lot of serging and took me a few days.

Once I started the ruffle edging I had to continue until done.  I took a few hours to ruffle over 3,000 inches. The ruffler was connected to the machine and I figure the fullnes by ruffling a small section. I measured 3″ of the ruffle and than pulled it out to see how full the ruffle was. I adjusted the ruffler until I had the best fullness fit.

The last thing to do is sew the ruffle on the panels. Make sure you make 3 curtains with the ruffle sewn on the right and three curtains that are sewn on the opposite long edges so you have a left and a right curtain for each window.

Jenny
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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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A very pretty quilt by Grace!

Pin ItGrace 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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Sewing Class update

Pin ItBarbara 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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Happy Spring Sewing from Jenny’s Sewing Studio

Pin ItWelcome Spring!  My mom keeps counting the days till spring. I try to tell her the weather might not improve on the 20th of March.  I think we are in for another Nor’easter.  I think that is 4 big storms in less than a month. Other than preparing for the storms I have been sewing to past the time inside.

I recently lost 62 pounds this year and am trying to take in all my spring clothing to fit. It is a huge task. I refuse to buy new clothing right now so I am trying to be creative. I have cut off at least 8 inches on the sides and tucked the necklines so they are no so large. The next step is to shorten sleeves and lengths.  I like my clothes and it would cost a fortune to replace all these clothes.  My goal is to lose 60 more pounds in the next year. I will be happy with working on a pound a week.  At some point I am sure I will need a new wardrobe, not now.  One thing I have to say is thanks for knits!

I started a Pinterest page on Creative Clothing and Vintage Clothing and I look at the ideas every so often to get inspired. The pictures remind me of what I would like my clothing to look like. The sewing market has changed so much in recent years.  The picture of the shirt waist dress will give you an idea of what I was sewing in junior high school. I made a dress identical to the blue dress and wore it a lot. Full shirted shirt waist dresses were also very comfortable. Today you might not find the Peter Pan collar but I think I could find a shirtwaist dress in a pattern book.

 In the early 1970’s I started sewing pantsuits with double knits. They were main stay in my wardrobe.  I fell in love with knits.  

There was nothing like going into a fashion fabric store and seeing the drape and feeling the fabrics. Locally all we have is Hobby Lobby and Walmart.   I miss the fashion fabrics that were coordinated to tell a fashion story and the fabrics would be mixed and matched to make pants, jackets, dresses and shirts.  I can remember spending hours buying fabrics to make entire fall or spring wardrobes with. I do not have the need for such wardrobes of clothing now but I still desire style and comfort.  I will probably never wear another dress, but you never know.  I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s when I think clothing nice fit and style. 

I look forward to sewing clothing again.  I have tried the shopping on-line approach but it takes much longer to research and find that special fabric. I do have a few fabrics in my stash and I think I will be able to embellish the fabric to make a special look for myself. One of my favorite embellishments is piping. The bag picture shows you some self-made piping. I think I can place the piping in the seams and on the edges and always used the piping foot to make it an easy insertion.  

Another embellishment is topstitching. The walking foot really helps keep the stitches even and straight. I have used 2 top threads placed through the same needle eye to get a defined stitching look. To help you get the best look on your topstitching I have a kit that is on clearance. Get the walking foot, guide ruler, a 1/4″ foot and a free motion foot all for the price of a walking foot. Kit fits all low shank sewing machines.

I have a student using this kimono pattern in a “Continue Sewing” class.  I like the garment, it is a great jacket and really dresses up the plain top and pants I already have. This garment gives the sewer plenty of challenge with facing, interfacing, border prints, and learning to under stitch.  The fabric for this kimono is also a challenge. If you are looking to advance your basic skills I suggest you plan 2 or 3 lessons on the jacket.

I hope you are planning your Spring sewing to include a new wardrobe garment. Have fun and enjoy the sewing till the warm weather comes!

 
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