Crazy Quilting

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During these hot days I find it is a perfect time to sew. I am creating several crazy quilt projects for an upcoming Lap Quilt block session for my club at the MAC center. 

Once I choose the color story for the project or block, I always like to decorate the center of my crazy quilt block with something special. Monograms are perfect way to personalize. I have created an entire Script Monogram Embroidery series you can purchase and download instantly. The monograms are lovely and can be used on all kinds of projects. Create a purse or create a stocking or create an ornament. The monograms are available for individual download or you can buy the whole alphabet.

    

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Sewing Class sale and web site changes at Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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I thought I would share some of my latest classroom moments with you. I also want to update everyone on some changes happening on my web site in the next few days and weeks at Jenny’s Sewing Studio.

I have a sale on a lot of the classes being offered at Jenny’s Sewing Studio. I am introducing a brand new shopping cart format on my blog and you might see some changes soon. To introduce some of the new sales formatting you can check out the classes at this new link.

It is possible my site might be off line as changes are made. If you shop and we are not available, check back soon.

Here are pictures from my students and recent club meeting for you to enjoy. I hope you will take advantage of the discounts on classes and our sewing parts which have been marked down 50 % while in stock .

Jenny’s Sewing Studio is working hard to keep up to date with the latest internet changes, Stay tuned and I will try to update as change happens.

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I love shopping for Fabric

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I love shopping for fabrics to sew. Fabric.com is a great resource for fabrics you need today. Just click on the fabric.com link and search for your fabrics. Here are some ideas for your future sewing projects!

Canvas is perfect for totes and purses and pillows!

Cotton prints!

Challis is wonderful for dresses, blouses and flowing kimono’s!

Fabric panels!

Team Spirit woven and polar fleece!

Fat Quarters are available!

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Update on our Lap Quilting Club

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Here is a detailed post of what we did in our May 2019 Lap Quilt club at the Mac center.  If you would like to join us please contact me at jenny@jennys-sewing-studio.com or text me at 410-543-1212. To read all about the Lap Quilt club you can click here!

Our Next Meeting

June 27th class will be used to complete the Fan and the Dresden plate. I would also like to prep several 9 patch blocks in class. Read the instructions below and make sure you are prepared. Note: I am only asking you to bring the fabric for the 9 patch, please do not sew them yet.

( Bring all your plastic templates, bring a plastic ruler and a blue fabric marker or chalk. Bring the Lap Quilt book. You will need at least 3 different contrasting fabrics for the 9 patch blocks. I recommend 5 different fabrics be used if you have them.)

For Churn Dash and Shoo Fly bring 2 contrasting fabrics pre-cut 11″ X 45″. For the Maple Leaf and the Ohio Star you will need to bring 2 other contrasting fabrics pre-cut 11″X 45″. The Ohio Star will also need one “E” square cut for the center of a 5th fabric. We will not sew these blocks, only prep them for the July meeting. ( please wait to sew these blocks until we do it in class)

To finish the Dresden Plate and the Fan blocks:

I suggest you cut out the wedges for the Dresden and Fan blocks using the templates from the Lap Quilting book. You will want to use either 2 , 4 or 16 different prints to compliment the 12 1/2″ back ground block when planning the Dresden Plate.  Using the power point presentation for Lesson 5, piece the fan and Dresden plate before class. Press the seams so they lay in one direction, I will give you suggestions and allow time for you to applique and do the centers for both blocks in class. I suggest you buy about a yard of “stitch and tear” to stabilize the backgrounds. Purchase a light weight fusible interfacing. Below I have listed all your needs for the May 23rd class.

Bring your machine, thread, scissors, stabilizer, open toe or applique’ foot,  pieced Fan and Dresden Plate to class with the pre-cut and stabilized background blocks ( as we did in the May lesson). You do not have to finish the Fan or the Dresden Plate blocks before class. Do not applique them yet! Bring any trims you would like. Please read the following detailed list and watch the power point presentation before class. Please double check your supplies before you come to class and make sure you have all your sewing machine feet with you. Also check to make sure you have all your fabrics and stabilizers with you!!!!

  • Quilters will need to cut at least 2 – 12 1/2″ back ground blocks to prepare for the fan and Dresden Plate. You will also need to purchase about a yard of a sheer to lightweight fusible interfacing for your applique. 
  • Bring a black sharpie pen to trace the applique’.
  • I will bring the Sun Bonnet pattern for every student. We are doing an applique Sun Bonnet, not the pieced pattern in the Lap Quilt Book.
  • Purchase some “stitch and tear” or “tear easy” stabilizer.  You should be able to buy the stabilizer by the yard or in a package.  I have provided links for you to purchase the stabilizer from. Make sure you purchase a lightweight stabilizer you can tear away. Fuse the stabilizer to the back of each 12 1/2″ block as we did with the Sun Bonnet Sue block,
  • Please bring black or dark brown or dark gray  thread for the applique stitching. The color thread you pick depends on your quilt fabric colors .
  • If you would like to introduce decorative stitches to your blocks for a special accent, gather a few colorful  threads for your additional decorative stitches.
  • For the Fan and the Dresden Plate you will also need a narrow lace edging, rick rack or some prepackaged 1/4″ maxi piping. I will be bringing a very limited supply of snap on piping feet to the class in June. If you want one please reserve it as I only have 3. I also have several adjustable zipper feet to sew on the piping. Click on links to see the feet. Both feet will help you get close to the piping as you stitch it.
  • Bring your machine to the class threaded with a neutral to finish the centers of the Fan and Dresden Plate. Also bring the thread you will need to applique the  Dresden and Fan blocks. I used black. If you have an applique foot, bring it. I will bring a few extra applique feet.
  • Bring your 1/4? foot and regular all-purpose sewing foot for your sewing machine.
  • For the Fan cut the wedges  and the 1/4 circle. ( If you need help sewing the fan or Dresden let me know ahead of class.) Sew the wedges 2 by 2, then put 2 wedges and 2 wedges together to form 4 and them sew the 2 sets of 4 together to form 8. Press the seams to one side. Wait for class to sew the 1/4 circle to the fan. I will show you some tricks.
  • For the Dresden Plates pick 4 fabrics and make 4 sets of 4 wedges. Sew the 4 sets together to form 16 wedges. Press the seams to on side. Wait till class for me to show you some tips on the center circle. Watch the power point presentation for hints.

If you want to keep up with our Lap Quilting progress you will need to do some home work each month and this page documents the steps we have covered since January 2019. For hands on help, you can enroll for “one on one classes” with Jenny to catch up. Just email jeny@jennys-sewing-studio.com for help and with your questions.

This month’s lesson

May 23rd was lesson five for our Lap Quilt club.

The lesson for May has been extended into June. In May we did the Sue Bonnet Sue applique and learned what stitch we had on our machine to do the blanket stitch applique. We will use the same stitch on the center on the Dresden Plate in June.

Our May class was on the Sun Bonnet Sue block. We used an interfacing technique to applique and to create the block.

I gave everyone  a pattern for Sun Bonnet Sue. The first step was to trace the parts of the applique on the rough side of fusible interfacing using a sharpie marker. With rough side of interfacing to right side of the fabric, the next step was to stitch the applique piece with the straight stitch. Stitch was done on the drawn black line, overlapping at the beginning of the stitching to complete. Next the applique piece was turned. Some pieces required the sewer to cut a small slash in the interfacing then then turn the piece through the slash to the right side. I showed how trimming the applique with pinking shears on the curves will reduce bulk in the seam. The next step was to place the completed applique on a stabilized 12 1/2? block. I used stitch and tear light weight stabilizer on the back of the 12 1/2? block to keep the fabric from puckering when stitch the edges.

Most students used the blind hem at a 3 width and a fine stitch length to applique with. If you have an electronic machine you can use the blanket stitch. Test stitch to adjust the width and length of the stitch before you apply it to the block. Everyone was going to take the applique block home and continue to finish the applique. They can also apply and lace or trims they desire. I also used decorative stitch to complete my Sun Bonnet Sue block. Once you have completed the block you can tear off the stabilizer that was ironed to the back. Next apply the border to finish the block. Finally you can quilt the block and border.

 

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Happy Memorial Day!

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Beautiful weather helps us make our own memories during Memorial Day 2019. We are flying the Red, White and Blue to say we are proud to be Americans. Thank you to all who have given their lives to make us free! We are able to live in peace and enjoy life in the USA. I am enjoying my friends, the flowers and my mom this weekend. Hope you have a great Memorial Day too.

 

 

 

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Fabric.com

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Here are some great ideas from Fabrics.com to inspire your sewing creativity!

Jenny’s Sewing Studio can design a class around any of these special pattern and kit ideas. Just email me at jenny@jennys-sewng-studio.com


June Tailor Quilt As You Go Placemat Pattern Venice 6 Pcs

June Tailor Quilt As You Go Placemat Pattern Venice 6 Pcs

June Tailor Quilt As You Go Placemat Pattern Venice 6 Pcs June Tailor Quilt As You Go Placemat Pattern Venice 6 Pcs

From June Tailor this placemat pattern contains a set of 6 placemat patterns and 80% cotton 20% polyester batting. Final project measures 19” x 15″.     


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June Tailor Quilt As You Go Placemats Patterns Casablanca 6 Pcs

June Tailor Quilt As You Go Placemats Patterns Casablanca 6 Pcs

June Tailor Quilt As You Go Placemats Patterns Casablanca 6 Pcs June Tailor Quilt As You Go Placemats Patterns Casablanca 6 Pcs

From June Tailor this placemat pattern contains a set of 6 placemat patterns and 80% cotton 20% polyester batting. Final project measures 19” x 15″.    


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June Tailor Quilt As You Go Placemat Pattern Venice 6 Pcs

June Tailor Quilt As You Go Baby Bibs (3)

June Tailor Quilt As You Go Baby Bibs (3) June Tailor Quilt As You Go Baby Bibs (3)

From June Tailor this Quilt As You Go Baby Bib set is as easy as three simple steps! Patterns are print on cotton/poly batting and come with a set of 3 different bib patterns. Finished project size is 9” x 12″ and you will need 1/4 yard each of 5 fabrics 1/2 yard of backing fabric and 1/3 yd of binding fabric.   

 

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News from Jenny’s Sewing Studio

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Boys and Girls ages 10 years and older are invited to enroll for the beginner sewing lessons. Class is 2 – 3 hour sessions. Sessions are scheduled “one on one” and I can provide a sewing machine if needed for the classroom. You will learn to sew seams as you make to easy projects. We will then use a regular pattern to cut and sew pants. Book your class early for the Summer vacation.
 
Once you complete the basic sewing class you have “sew” many choices. I have made a few suggestions and framed some classes around some patterns I was inspired by. I hope I see you in class soon and you keep up the sewing practice, practice makes perfect!
 
Beyond the basics BoHo style! Enroll Now! Easy Fashion Sewing for the beginner. Make yourself a beautiful Kimono using Simplicity 8172. Two -3 hour sessions include reading the pattern, layout, cutting, construction and sewing a bias facing. Read more about sewing this lovely fashion in my personal “Sew-a-Long”. I am planning to write several blog articles when I construct my personal garment.
 
Beyond the basics Shirt– If you decide to make a skirt you can pick from any  commercial pattern. Purchase the pattern by hip size. Bring fabric and notions like zipper, all purpose polyester sewing thread, elastic, or buttons to class.
 
Beyond the basics for Boys and Men! If you have taken a Beginner Sewing Class with me and are ready for a new challenge, learn to make a  short sleeved button down shirt with a collar. Make a tropical themed shirt that looks cool doing the hot Summer months.
 
Retro Sewing for the intermediate! Try a beautiful shirt waist dress, Butterick 6672, to sharpen your sewing skills. This dress is lovely and a great garment for the Summer season. Learn fitting, interfacing, facings, pockets, buttonholes, casings, hemming and more making this lovely dress.
 
Beyond the Basics Fit and Flare is a very flattering classic style of dress. The garment features a fitted waist, a center back zipper, gathered or pleated shirt, darts or princess lines, a jeweled neckline or split neckline, facings or lining in the bodice and can be sleeveless, have short , cap or long sleeves. To fit, cut, mark and sew this dress will probably take us 3 – 3 hour sessions. When you have completed this session you are ready to tackle some of the most advanced fitting and sewing projects.

You are invited to attend the monthly Lap quilting club at the MAC center in Salisbury, MD. Register now for $5.00. You can also register at the door each month. Our next club meeting is May 23rd at 2 pm in the Bradford room at the MAC center. Come and sew with us! In our next Lap Quilt session we are learning to applique’. I am inviting all attendees to bring a machine and try out the techniques used to create the Fan, Dresden plate and Sun Bonnet Sue block . I will supply a pattern for the Sun Bonnet block in class. I will list materials to bring on the Lap Quilt club page. We are now on Lesson 5. If you would like to join our group, I can bring you up to date in one on one lessons.   All beginner’s are welcome. Need more help or have to miss a lesson? Take a class with Jenny’s Sewing Studio for a follow up “one on one” session  and make new Lap Quilt blocks each month with sit and sew help. Sign up for one hour, two hours or three hours of instruction on quilting, sewing machine use or sewing help. By the end of 2019 you will have a finished quilt. Join the fun! Follow the links and Enroll Now! Here is the club outline. The outline is revised often. Our next Lap Quilt Club meeting will be at the Salisbury MAC Center at 909 Progress Circle and in the Bradford room on Thursday May 23rd at 2:00 pm.  The fee will be $5.00 a session. Enroll Now at this link! Sign up for our blog newsletter updates.  

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