Some garment sewing – another hobby.

black-white garment

I love to sew, but I don’t usually have much time for it. So I had decided to take the month of December off to sew, do some other crafty things and, of course, enjoy the festivities which included not only Christmas, but the big wedding celebration of my step grandson, Lex, on New year’s day. It was a lovely month. Unfortunately, the day after the wedding, I got sick. The flue or a terrible cold – who knows, but I just felt awful and it took me almost a month to get over it. So now it is back to square one trying to catch-up again and finish everything that was left undone. And I am still sneaking in a nap now and then when I feel I need it.

I did however get several garments sewn. I am so pleased with how they turned out that I want to show  you a few of them,

The first one, the black and white top shown at the top of the page is part of on ensemble of black slacks with a black and white top. The top was made from leftover fabric from another project, what a bonus.

The next one is actually not new, but it was very plain so I jazzed it up a bit with some beads. Sewing beads is not my favorite job, but I was pleased with the result:

white with beads

I love sewing sweaters from knit fabric. It is so forgiving and this one went together very quickly, but looked a bit plain also. Fortunately, I had a good bit of fabric left over and I had seen lots of scarves or neck warmers on Pinterest, so I decided that was just what it needed. You’ll find lots of pictures on Pinterest and some instructions, but mostly it is just draping it over your body to see how it looks. In case you are wondering how I made mine, I am including some quick directions and a sketch to show you.

Here are pictures with and without the scarf:

white knit top

white knit Scarf

And here are the directions:

neck warmer

2 layers, approximately 8″ x 32″ (I used a thin knit lining for one).
Trim the corners at an angle as shown.
Place right sides together.
Sew close to the edge, leaving an opening for turning.
Turn inside out and top stitch along the edge, closing the opening at the same time.
Sew two buttons approximately 5″ and 7″ from the left edge.
Try it on to determine where you want the buttonholes.
Sometimes, buttonholes are hard to sew through thick material, but you can sew large snaps under the buttons instead.

This a very quick little project with lots of variations possible. Great for beginning sewists.

Have fun every one.




Easy and quick potholders.

I came across this video on YouTube on a super quick and easy potholder, coaster, or hotpad that I want to share with you. It requires very little sewing and you can make them any size you want.

The link is:

I know I’ll be making a couple of potholders for myself and as they have to stand up to heat I’ll be adding some insulbright to protect my fingers. You should be able to find insulbright at your favorite quilt shop or fabric store.

When you go to YouTube browse a bit more and you will find videos for the same idea but for different shapes, such as hexagons and circles. All are very easy to make and require very little sewing. They will make great little gifts.

Happy crafting,


Stars Within and an easy Tote

First of all a big Thank You to those of you who ordered my first paper piecing pattern “Flying High”. It was easy, right? I’d love to see pictures of your finished quilt. And how do you like patterns in PDF format? They can be downloaded instantly and there are no shipping and handling costs.

Today I have a link to a couple of videos. The first one is the October Strip Club quilt by Daniela of Cozy Quilt Design. Daniela did it again, she came up with a terrific design that looks complicated, but is actually quite easy to put together. Just click on the link to see how it is put together:

Pattern is available from or your local quilt shop.


The next video is by Laura Coia of Sew Very Easy. Laura shows how to use a paper gift bag as a pattern for a fabric one. If you are like me you probably have stacks of paper gift bags in all different sizes, but making them from fabric is special and they are so easy and quick to do. They make nice gifts all by themselves and become extra special when stuffed with something, a few fat quarters perhaps or some cookies or chocolate.

fabric-gift-bagsClick on the link to see how it is done:

Until next time.


Sewing over thick seams

Have you ever experienced tiny stitches, or the sewing machine stopping, when you try to sew over a thick seam? This happens because when the needle reaches the heavy seam, the front of the presser foot is pushed up and the foot is no longer level and therefore has not enough traction. There is an easy solution. You have to put something under the back of the presser foot so that the foot is level again. Some machines come with a special little tool for this purpose that are called height compensation tools or sometimes hump jumpers. If you don’t have this tool, don’t despair. Anything thick will do the same thing, an index card folded a couple of times, for example, as long as it is the same thickness as the seam so that the foot is level.

Here is a link to a YouTube video:


Happy sewing.



Do you couch?

I saw this couching method by Sharon Pederson on the daily blog of the Quilt Show and just have to pass it on. It is pretty ingenious. You can also find it on YouTube. Just search for Sharon Pederson – lesson 20. I have couched on some scrap fabric, but will have to try it on a real project one of these days. I wonder where I can buy that type of ribbon. Does anyone know?

New video of a strip quilt

It has been a busy couple of weeks. I have made a dent in my list of things to do. I am almost finished with designing new quilting patterns for the next month. Yeah! I have started and am about half way through my Spring cleaning and organizing. (This should have been done a couple of years ago). I was able to drop off a really large bag of clothing and items I no longer need or use at Goodwill and also quite a few electronic items that were outdated. Most places don’t accept anything electronic here in California, but I found one Goodwill that does and it was not too far away. I think they need a special license to do so. I am glad to be rid of those things as they were just gathering dust and taking up space, but how come I don’t seem to have that much more room in my closets?

I was also able to sew and embroider a new knit top. I’ll show that and my new quilting designs in my next blog as I still have to take a picture.  I am very pleased with how my new top turned out. I call it a top because it is too nice to call it a T-shirt and too thin to call it a sweater. I am sure there is a correct word for it, but I don’t know which one. Perhaps someone can enlighten me.

Anyway, I am just rambling on. What I really want to show you today is a video of my daughter Daniela, showing how to assemble her latest strip quilt. The pattern, Double Friendship Star, is available from or perhaps at your local quilt shop if they are smart enough to carry her patterns.

Double Friendship Star

You can find the video at YouTube at:

Happy crafting.


Christmas Banner

Xmas banner 1

I made a Christmas banner for my daughter. Is that the right term, or should it be bunting, or even something else? Anyway, whatever the correct term, it is now hanging in Cozy Creative Center. I should have taken a few more pictures of the shop. It is all decorated for Christmas and looks lovely and festive.

My Silhouette Cameo took care of the cutting and I did the stitching on my Bernina embroidery machine. It was quite a fun job, except that I made a mistake attaching the band to all the flags. I had arranged everything so nicely, all in the correct order, but when I lifted the banner up….surprise! It did read Merry Christmas alright, except that the words read from right to left instead of left to right. I still don’t know how that happened. I probably turned the whole pile over and started at the wrong end. So out came the ripper. It’s a good thing the letters themselves were not turned around. If that had happened I’d probably have said more than one bad word. Anyway, it did not take too long to fix it and it goes to show that no matter how long someone has been sewing, mistakes still happen.

I wrote up instructions on how I put it all together in case someone is interested. You are welcome to use it, but please don’t share it. You can share the link, but not the document itself. I put the instructions in a PDF so I believe you can print it out. The letters are rather large and I had to use a fairly large hoop, approximately 6″ x 10″ for the largest letters to fit. The embroidery/applique files for the letters are available on my website for $10 for the bunch, but the instructions are free. The banner can also be used for other occasions, such as birthdays, weddings, graduation, etc. Just add different letters. And, of course, if you are not into embroidery, you could always use vinyl.

To retrieve the instructions, please click on the link below.

Design instructions

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good night.