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Wing it! A cutwork pillow tutorial

I love cutwork, don’t you? Especially when my embroidery machine is doing most of the work! Here’s a fun project if you’d like to follow along – let’s make a winged pillow! I used my new “Winged” cutwork designs for the flap on this pretty pillow. Click HERE to see that set. However, you could use any […]

Foyer Forest

There’s a forest in my foyer! A very nicely behaving one too – NO shedding needles and no leaves to rake, just lots of pretty stitches! Want to make a forest for your house? Read on! You will need: Assorted green quilt weight cottons (a fat quarter of three different green prints will do the […]

Tag! You’re It!

Have you noticed how babies make a bee-line for any shiny, soft bits of fabric hanging off things? That’s probably why taggie blankets are so popular. Well, Baby Kate needed a taggie blanket, but not just ANY fabric would do for my little princess, ha! Luckily I had a stash of silk velvet, truly fit […]

Put a Heart on it!

I fell totally in love with this super sweet T-shirt. It says “just sew everything” on the front and since I totally believe in THAT, you know I needed this shirt! Classic Sewing magazine has them in their online boutique, so go get yours! There are other sewing motifs too, all cute as buttons. I might be starting a collection, ha! […]

Stash-busting Headbands!

I’ve got scraps, have you got scraps? Uh-huh, I bet you do… and I bet you wonder why you’re saving them too, just like me! Turns out I was saving them for my granddaughter! During a recent visit I whipped up a fabric headband for Baby Kate just for the fun of it. She looked SO […]

Ruffle Up Baby Bonnet

Who can resist a fluffy, ruffled bonnet around a sweet baby face? Definitely not me! I made these bonnets a long time before Baby Kate arrived, but just recently rediscovered them while cleaning out a bunch of old trunk show treasures. So glad Baby Kate doesn’t mind modeling! The raw edged silk organza ruffles are […]

Tulip Petal Sun Hat Made Reversible

I just fell in love with The Cottage Mama’s Tulip Petal Sun Hat pattern, and since Baby Kate was heading to the beach for the first time, of course she needed Gramma to make her one! I had trouble deciding which cute Riley Blake print to use for the outside, so I decided to make my Tulip Petal hat […]

Success! A Onesie Dress!

Have you got an almost new onesie your little one has gotten too tall for and you just hate to part with it because it’s so cute or barely worn? Well, my own sweet grand daughter just outstretched a whole set of onesies that were brand new. No worries! I’m turning them into dresses and you can too! Here’s how… […]

Double Gauze Tips & Tricks!

I’m still in a double gauze mood – LOVE this stuff for baby things. Right now I’m busy hemming blankets for my house. Gramma needs blankies for baby visits too, right? (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Riley Blake Designs just came out with a beautiful line of double gauze solids and prints. I am […]

Car Garage Pillow – Beep Beep!

How cute is this fabric from Riley Blake Designs! I love pretty much everything they come out with, but this Wheels 2 print by Deena Rutter just fired up my imagination. Of course it meant I had to make car designs… and not just sew-them-on-something designs, but play-with-me designs! Check out this little set of made-in-the-hoop […]

Double Delight – Double Gauze!

Awaiting baby is making this Gramma antsy. I’m finding it best to keep busy, and best part of being busy is there’s a pile of pretties for this baby-to-be stacking up quickly! I’ve discovered the delight of stitching heirloom worthy burp cloths from organic double gauze. (Gramma’s are crazy like that.) After making several 36” […]

Lie DOWN, linings!

I love lined things, don’t you? Lining just makes the difference between a nice project and a really LOVELY project! I love little lined dresses, lined purses, lined totes and even lined Santa stockings like these. But lining things can be challenging. For one thing, they don’t always like to stay in place. Have you ever had trouble […]

Nest your hot pot!

I’ve been amazed at how easy it is to stitch up quick and uniquely pretty projects with my new Baby lock Destiny! With quite literally a few simple clicks I can create in-the-hoop happiness from scratch! Follow along with me and let’s make a classic, fun hot mat to nest a hot pot come dinner […]

Monogram Your Pots!

Monogrammed pots! I’ve been saving these beautiful pots for just the right project and today, after knocking all the sewing stuff off my table for the fifth time, decided they had a much needed task to do – organize my cutting table! I don’t know about you, but when I’m working on something I tend […]

Pretty Posy Headband

Make a fabric-covered flower headband and give it to a sweet little girl (or two) – who wouldn’t want a fancy topper for their noggin? Even not-so-little girls can enjoy these pretties! 😀 I used my Pretty Posy design set to create the flowers for the headbands shown here; however, you don’t have to have an embroidery machine to make […]

Carnation Skirt – a Serger Project!

Once upon a time there were two little girls… Who loved to giggle and loved to twirl! One of my best remembered pleasures of childhood was having a twirly skirt to twirl in, how about you? Thanks to the terrific talent of two of my Baby Lock educator friends – Sue Kostroski and Missy Billingsley – I […]

Applique Pop!

Make your appliqué designs POP! Fearlessly appliqué those beautiful, bold prints in your stash… and feel free to use white, sheer or lighter colored fabrics over dark and high contrast fabrics. YES, you can! So what happens when your appliqué fabric is white and your background fabric is dark or rather brilliant? Yep. You get […]

Riley Blake Halle Rose Dress

I had the pleasure of meeting the dynamic duo behind the awesome Riley Blake Fabrics line last year and I was blown away with their down-to-earth niceness. Since I have been a Riley Blake fan since their beginning it was so cool to meet them and to find out they really are as special as their fabric […]

Malibu Tote (Part 3)

Let’s finish it up! Up to this point you have pieced, appliqued, quilted and joined together the lining and tote bag pieces with the straps. Right? Okay, now we’re going to subdue those fat seams, box the corners and make a sturdy bag bottom insert. I love byAnnie’s Soft and Stable. LOVE, love it! But just like any […]

Malibu Tote (Part 2)

Let’s make straps for your tote! Everyone has their favorite way to make straps, and I vary them according to my project. I decided to go with an old standby for this one because I wanted to put Sashiko stitching on my straps. (Show off that sweet stitch you know, ha!) This meant I wanted […]

Malibu Tote (Part 1)

Traveling soon? I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking about a place with mountains and crisp breezes and it’s only May here in South Carolina, yikes! What in the world will I be thinking in July? Just in case you are planning a trip – or not – you need a new tote, right? I’m […]

Heart Sachet

Did you know your embroidery machine can “sew” in the hoop? Yep. Not only does your machine do lovely embroidery, but it also can SEW things together for you – right in the hoop! (Now if it would just do my ironing too, ha!) This is a fun, calorie free, sugarless Valentine treat, and it’s for YOU. […]

Borderline Crazy!

Does the thought of embroidering continuous designs all lined up perfectly make you borderline crazy? I know. Hooping is perhaps one of the hardest parts of embroidery. There are about a million hoop aid things etc. floating around in the great embroidery ’sphere, and some of them are quite awesome. However you probably have everything […]

Turkey Finger Puppet

“Run, run, as fast as you can, you can’t catch me – I’m… Tom the turkey?”Okay, getting my holiday jingles crossed here but if there ever was a good line for a turkey around Thanksgiving it would be that one, ha! Here’s a turkey that won’t have to skedaddle – make this fine fellow from felt and […]