Since I live with my mom she has ruled the roost, no pets. To compensate I made a stuffed cat which is made from a soft velour. The cat has rhinestone eyes and I embroidered a cute face on it to remind me of a previous real pet cat. The stuffed black cat does not replace a cat pet but it is the next best thing. No litter box, no fur, no cat bites or scratches on furniture are found. The stuffed cat does not purr, meow or do cart wheels when I drag a feather on a string in front of it. My stuffed pet just sits in a chair and watches over us and smiles. My stuffed cat will do for now. If you want to share the pattern of my stuffed cat pet, here is the link.
I want to share a fun little wall quilt that makes a great holiday decoration. It is my “Cardinal Wall quilt”! Click on the link for a free pattern. Learn to applique by taking a class at Jenny’s Sewing Studio. I suggest you take a 3 hour session. If you need help with assembly of the quilt, quilting and binding the quilt to finish the wall hanging you might want to schedule another 2 or 3 hour class.
I found that if I take a square of stabilized fabric to fit the machine hoop and embroider it in the middle, I can create a wonderful embroidered applique’ using Wonder Under. When I use the Wonder Under and trace the applique’ shape on the rough side of the fusible webbing using a permanent marker, I can bond the Wonder Under to the wrong side of the applique’. The marker will leave trace line I can cut out. I now have a fusible patch I can bond to a back ground fabric.
Here is an embroidered heart quilt I created a few years ago. I used decorative stitches to decorate the edges of each applique’. Fuse and Tear is a great stabilizer for the embroidery and applique. It gives the right firmness to the fabric background for you to sew any decorative or zig-zag stitch you wish to use. You can create many unique appliques this way. Add crystals, lace and ribbon. I have included my pattern so you can try the hearts applique’.
This post is to show off some of the creative decorative stitch projects I have collected from on-line ideas and my own pictures. I love decorative stitches and how they can create fabric and wonderful borders and trims. The Singer S 18 has 400 built in decorative stitches to try. Here is my slide show .
In a recent class of the Quilted Fabric Purse my student made this lovely purse. If you zoom in you can see she personalized the pocket with her name “Jeannie” and framed the name with decorative stitches built-in to her sewing machine. The technique used on this purse was strip piecing. Jeannie used a prequilted base and about 6 different 1/4 yard fabrics cut 2 1/2″ wide strips. The purse has 6 inside pockets and 2 outside pockets. Everything is complimented with the contrasting black trim.
I hope to see you in our next Fabric Quilted Purse. This class is easy enough for beginning sewers but interesting enough for all to try. Enroll now! $40.00
Wednesday March 18th 10:00-4:30pm
Saturday May 2nd 10:00-4:30pm
Occasionally I sell my my sewing room and class samples to create new ones. My samples at Hancock’s have come down for a refresh and you will benefit from some projects I have made. Most samples have a lot of time and technique in them and are one of a kind works of art. I show case the sewing machine, serger and embroidery machine. am still adding works as I have time so check back often. Jenny
I have been having fun creating quilted fabric wallets and purses along with my Hancock students. I keep finding fabrics that inspire me and the next thing you know, I am quilting fabric to make another custom gift for some lucky friend.
The fabric wallet and purse are great beginner projects and are so easy to do I recommend anyone who would like to explore sewing again to spend a day trying these projects. The first thing we do in class is pick out the fabric and trim. Next we mark and quilt the fabric using the walking foot. I give everyone a free pattern and we use this guide to draw the cutting lines on the quilted fabric. After we cut out the pieces the edges are serged to give a nice finished look. I provide the serger for you to use. Next we spend the remaining class time constructing the pockets and inserting the zippers and handles and trim. by the time you leave class you have a finish purse or wallet.
Hope to see you in class soon.
Placemats– For Beginners and Intermediate sewers. Our placemats will explore many different sewing and quilting techniques. This is a great way to learn binding, strip piecing, use of decorative stitches, free motion quilting, and some placemats will cover the use of your serger. Let’s make some creative mats for each season of the year. The first ½ hour will be used to pick your colors and purchase fabrics. Choose between Braided Mat, Free Motion Mat, Applique mat, Reversible Quilted Mat, Strip Pieced Mat, and Watercolor Mat. Free Pattern for most classes. Take this class again and again to learn a new technique. Fee is $30.00. See more information on the placemats at this link. To enroll call Hancock at 410-677 3461
Wednesday May 7th 1:30-4:30pm (your choice)
Wednesday May 21st 1:30-4:30pm (Flag serger placemats..Bring your serger)
Wednesday June 25th 1:30-4:30pm (your choice)