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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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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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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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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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Quick Trip Quilt Classs

Pin ItI had a great time teaching the Quick Trip Quilt to Ashley and Betty Lou. Both had never sewn before so the whole process of picking the fabrics, using the machine and sewing the 1/4″ seams was new. Grandmother and great grand daughter did a great job. The class only allowed enough time to cut and piece the quilt top, so I hope to see them come back to finish the quilting.


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A great beginner sewing project for 2018

Pin ItAre you learning to sew? If you have taken a beginner sewing class from Jenny’s Sewing Studio I have a great pattern suggestion for you to make. This kimono jacket came be worn by everyone and is a great addition to your wardrobe. The pattern also offers easy fit. Try a nice cotton print to start with. You can then graduate to silks and slippery polyesters later. Here is a link to classes. You can find fabrics at JoAnn fabrics in Easton or Serendipity Quilts in Dagsboro, Delaware. I also like to shop on line at Mode, Fabric.com, and Fabric depot.com . Please email me if you have fabric questions and if you are in doubt of an on-line fabric, send me a link. See the email form attached.

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Another Quick Trip Quilt is born at Jenny’s

Pin ItshirleyShirley had always thought quilting was too hard for her to do. I would ask her to try a class in quick trip and she would put me off by saying she was not interested. Finally she said yes and she did wonderfully. I am posting a picture of Shirley modeling her quilt for a granddaughter who is yet to be born. Shirley plans to make a stuffed bunny doll to go with the quilt. The quilting and binding are her home work, but I think Shirley is up to the task now.

Sign up now for a sewing or quilting class in the new year. Here is the links to all the classes offered.

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Nadgie continues to sew at Jenny’s Sewing Studio

Pin ItnadgieMy student Nadgie just completed another dress in continue sewing. This 8th grader is trying hard to become a fashion Diva, even when I ask her sew with cotton broadcloth to learn the sewing techniques. Fit was the first lesson as this was a fitted dress with darts at the waist. We covered the princess line with stay stitching and clipping, Nadgie put in a back lapped zipper, she set in lined capped  sleeves, used a single faced bias tape facing, plus she used fusible interfacing, and completed a neckline facing. The finial touch was to under stitch the facing and top stitch.  I hope Nadgie will continue to create fashion. Practice makes perfect.

If you are interested in making your sewing better contact me at jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com

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