As the daylight stays later this time of year, my lovely daughters struggle to go to bed at a reasonable hour and have been requesting some curtains for their room. They have wooden blinds, but they’re not particularly stylish and let a lot of light in through the cracks. In order to achieve the light-blocking that is necessary, I have set out to sew them lined drapes. True confession: I hate sewing window treatments. They are big and awkward and just squares when finished. Good thing that I have Michelle!
Pinterest has become the new go-to for inspiration. You can geek out for hours finding sparks of imagination for pretty much any decorating idea, menu, paint color or sewing project! We pin things constantly, carefully categorizing them onto different boards, but how often do we go back and actually make the projects that we pinned in the first place?
Part of what we’re happy to provide to our BERNINA machine owners is quality education. It starts with your first Machine Owner Class where we cover the basics–proper threading, buttonhole making, memory functions, Temporary Altered Stitch Memory, plus more! But your machine can do so much more and I’d love for you to join me for my two new BERNINA classes, Specialty Presser Feet and Needles and Thread.
Who doesn’t want a new spring wardrobe? I certainly don’t feel sad stashing tall boots and heavy coats and opting for brighter colors. This season, there are loads of great classes that can get you started on sprucing up your spring wardrobe. — READ MORE —
Every other week, we’ll be profiling one of our customers to find out a little bit about their sewing life. This week the MD Sewist Spotlight is on Alex Leavens. Read all about Alex’s adventures making stuffed bunnies, sewing ties and ax covers, and channeling Chuck Norris.
Take the pain out of mindless gathering and give the #16 Gathering Foot a try!
Last Monday I introduced you to my latest quilting project. It is now nearly done! All quilted and mostly bound. I, unlike my dear Michelle, love to hand bind. So that process does take a bit longer, but is going along quite nicely and will be easily done in time for the birthday at the end of the month.
Yesterday I left MD and had to make a few stops on Alberta Street before heading home. I happened to park right in front of Red Sail, and I have been dying to get in there and see my new neighbor’s store. It was so lovely! I immediately saw some familiar pieces from past MD teachers: classic accessories from Zanna Printed Textiles and Cipriano Designs. I got to meet Stacy, the owner and chat about business and find out she is friends with my neighbor, duh, it’s Portland! Everything was impeccably displayed and her good taste in design is oozing throughout the store. Her iconic sailboat logo left me dreaming of summer.
I hate shopping for items that never fit right anyway. It’s what lead me to start making staples like t-shirts and jeans. Being embarrassing low on undergarments now has me on a mission to master some new basics like bras and panties. When you think about it–they’re pretty small, use minimal supplies, and should make for quick work.
Two little girls, a new bedroom, and not much time make for simplified quilting inspirations. Luckily, on my Pintrest board, I have some pretty, quick and modern quilts to use as inspiration. I have also really been wanting to try my hand at the quilt frame/820 set up, and have a little girl who is about to turn 4 and would appreciate a quilt for her birthday.