Friday, September 28, 2012

Feline Friday- Fabric Collage by Rosemary Eichorn

You have already heard me raving about the workshop I attended with Rosemary Eichorn, well here is a fabric collage by her, perfect for Feline Friday!
She has written a wonderful book The Art of Fabric Collage too.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Tennis Racket Case

I sewed this tennis racket case for my daughter, using the instructions from Gig Bag.
Fully lined with a zippered pocket and a zippered closing.  The strap is a cotton web belt.
It actually matches a skirt I made for her, earlier this year.

Remember to allow an inch at least, all around, for ease.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Clinton Kelly of What Not To Wear

I am so excited because I just got to see Clinton Kelly of TLC's What Not To Wear in person!
He spent an hour commentating a fashion show and then answering questions at our local Macy's.
He is charming and really funny.
He says peplums, lace, snakeskin, teal and burgundy are really big looks this fall.  Make sure you add shine, print, texture or color to each outfit to make it interesting.  All of your metals don't have to match (earrings, necklace, rings, purse hardware, shoes etc.).  He also pointed out that the hardest colors to wear near your face are black, beige, yellow and red.  It depends on your skin undertones.  If you have a red face, then wearing red draws attention to that-same with yellow.  Wearing beige can draw attention to any skin imperfections and black can draw attention to wrinkles.
I could have listened to him longer, but he had to catch a plane so he could go to the Emmy's tonight!

Friday, September 21, 2012

Feline Friday- Fabric Collage

Last weekend I attended a wonderfully inspiring workshop by Rosemary Eichorn.  She taught us how to do fabric collage and now my mind is humming with the possibilites!
Here is my finished collage- I call it "Bird's Daydream (or Cat's Nightmare)".
It is all free motion stitched, raw edged.  It is roughly 21"x22". 
The name comes from the bird eyeing the much smaller cat.
Here is a close up.

Monday, September 17, 2012

Free Motion Quilting

Paula Reid is the expert for Sewcalgal's September free motion quilting challenge.
Here is my sample:
I'm pretty happy with it.  My machine is having a tension issue, it makes loops on top or bottom sometimes.  My printer has quit talking to my computer, so I couldn't print the design off.  Instead I put a piece of tracing paper over my computer screen and traced it with a marker- not real exact!  Aside from that though, I look forward to doing more!

Friday, September 14, 2012

Feline Friday

I attended the first day of a wonderful workshop on fabric collage taught by Rosemary Eichorn.
It was so much fun, I can't wait to go back tomorrow!  I do not have a photo yet, but my project does have a cat on it!
Happy Feline Friday!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Brighton Blouse Class

This blouse has fitting darts at the bust line, a flattering asymetrical neckline and hem,
Class is September 22 or 24-25, 2012
Head over to Quilting Adventures to register!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Feline Friday

I have had an exhausting first week back at school!  So happy to be getting reacquainted with my sewing machine though!  This is the view, while I am sewing.

This is what I feel like doing after my whirlwind week!


Tuesday, September 4, 2012

National Sewing Month

With the kids back in school, I will be getting some sewing done again.  And how appropriate is that since this is the beginning of National Sewing Month!
I plan to celebrate by sewing, teaching sewing classes, attending a sewing workshop,
shopping at my local fabric store, 
and attending my local sewing guild meeting.
How will you get involved? 

or a man (yes I know plenty of men sew- I've taught some how to!).