I am really excited about this new book I just bought! It is Dancing with Thread by Ann Fahl. As you may know, I am working on improving my free motion quilting skills with sewcalgal's free motion quilt challenge (it is never too late to join!). In March, the featured expert was Ann Fahl. Here is my practice free motion quilting for that month. The book has 94 pages of beautiful and inspiring photos and instructions. Her quilts really speak to me and of course there are a few cats in there along with flowers and other animals as examples. I can't wait to get started!
Over the years, I have taught group and individual sewing lessons to children and adults. I really love watching my students gain confidence and start seeing all the possibilities opening up before them. Sewing is such a great hobby because it provides a creative outlet as well as opportunities for saving money (when you alter your own clothes or create gifts instead of buying them).
Here are some comments from past students after a class:
"Cynthia was an excellent instructor. I thoroughly enjoyed the class and plan to
continue to use what I have learned."
"I learned a lot in class. Some things I was never taught before I took this class."
Creating a simple rolled, top stitched hem is really easy to do!
Here are a pair of pants needing to be shortened. Decide how wide of a hem you want (here I'm doing a 1/2" hem.) For a 1/2" hem, double it because you will be turning it over twice. So I will need 1" hem allowance. Mark the new hem and then add the 1" hem allowance. Cut off the remaining fabric. Press up 1", then fold down 1/2" and press. The raw edge should now be enclosed.
Stitch close to the fold. All done! See the finished hem below. (Below left shows outside of hem, right shows inside of hem).
Good Feline Friday to you! I stitched the kitty above without breaking my thread- one continuous line and totally free hand. It was a fun warm up for this month's free motion quilting challenge on sewcalgal! You can still join in too. I loved the exercise this month by Leah Day.
Spontaneous and wiggly! Otherwise known as Double Stipple and Railroad Tracks. I did not have any of the special tools she mentions, but was still able to do it. I'll try the tools next time.
My daughter learned about psykopaint at school, in art class. You paint over a picture. There are different styles of painting to choose from. I experimented using a picture of Alice and Emma. The one above was my first attempt.
This one is paw prints!
It was fun to play around with, but now- back to sewing!