1034D – Licenced to Serge

Not sure where to start? Feeling the fear? Check out these tips to get started with your new serger.

You must be wondering what happened to my serger I got for Christmas? Well, I’m embarrassed but I just never found the time! I enrolled in the Beginner Serging Class on Craftsy and then never found the time to watch it, and was afraid to make a start without knowing what I was doing. So while hubby was out an an event, I sat down with a big cup of coffee, my manual and my class and tried to put my fear aside. The lovely instructor in the class, Amy, is SUCH a sweetie and she gave me confidence that nothing terrible was going to happen if I just turned it on and pressed the pedal. She was right of course – it just worked. In fact it was absolutely fascinating to watch it work and then I just couldn’t … Continue reading

Valentines Kissing Fish Mug Rug Tutorial

Love this - so cute! I'll be making some for a wedding anniversary gift, but nice for Valentines too

Hi there! Amy from Friends Stitched Together, back with a new tutorial and a little confession: I’ve never been a huge fan of Valentine’s Day – I’m not really the flowers-and-chocolate type! This year though, I thought I’d challenge myself a little and come up with a tutorial for a holiday I’m not really into. The fish are made with tiny amounts of fabric, so it’s a great scrap buster! For two mug rugs, or one set, you’ll need: The Kissing Fish Mug Rug downloadable pattern 1/4 yard main fabric for the fishbowl. You could use a contrast for the back if you prefer. Small scraps (OR 1/8 yard of fabric each) for the body, tails, lips, and fins. You can mix and match as much as you want with this – I like to use at least two different … Continue reading

Finished my 2nd quilt

Making my 2nd quilt. Cherie Jubilee from a ready made kit. Love the mix of vintage and modern fabrics.

I did it. And I love it. My second ever quilt is finished. My first one was just a jelly roll strips quilt, but this one was following a proper (beginner) quilting pattern, and I made proper blocks and sashing and I suppose you could say it’s my first ‘real’ quilt. When I made the first one, I said I probably wouldn’t do it again, but I actually really enjoyed the whole process (well almost all) this time around so I know I’ll certainly do it again. Having the ready designed quilting kit made life so much easier. I used this Cherie Jubilee from Fort Worth Fabric Studio – it’s a kit they put together themselves and includes the pattern and all the fabrics you need to make the quilt top and the binding. Makes it nice and easy when … Continue reading

Starting on my second ever quilt – a WIP

Making my 2nd quilt. Cherie Jubilee from a ready made kit. Love the mix of vintage and modern fabrics.

I wasn’t sure if I would ever make another quilt.  My first one had turned out OK despite several trials and errors (especially errors) along the way, but it hadn’t especially been something I wanted to repeat.  Until that is, I gave it away to a friend for a baby shower gift and it melted my heart when she sent me a photo of it ready in the babies room, just waiting for the new arrival. So I’d been keeping my eye open for a beginner design that appealed to me.  Because I can’t get quilting fabrics on the island, I had already decided I would want to buy a ready made kit to make sure I had everything I needed and that all of the fabrics co-ordinated well.  It’s certainly possible to mix and match fabrics to buy online, … Continue reading

Scrappy reversible Halloween table mats

Great way to use jelly rolls or scraps for a scrappy look. Love the silhouette applique on the back.

  Halloween is a great time of year to have friends over.  Costumes optional, although with some of our friends, it’s sometimes hard to tell! Whether you are having a full-on party, just a few friends over for nibbles or a family dinner, it’s fun to put together a Halloween table setting.  I’ve been making a few things to share with you. Bargello Style Halloween Table Runner My Bargello-style Halloween table runner tutorial is being featured over at GYCT today as part of their 31 Days of Halloween series.  There is my usual video and a tutorial on how to make this reversible table runner. I’m using the same Jelly Roll today to make matching table mats, although in a different design. Scrappy reversible Halloween Table Mats These mats are quick and easy to make and a fun way to … Continue reading

50+ more Halloween sewing ideas

More than 50 Halloween sewing ideas for projects of all sorts.

Last year I published a collection of more than 50 Halloween sewing ideas so this year when I started looking around at recently posted projects I didn’t expect to find many new ones.  Boy was I wrong!  Looks like the bright colors and spooky fabrics are addictive and Halloween sewing is HUGE!  Especially Halloween quilting, maybe that’s a project for me for next year. In the end, I had to cut back on the projects I included or this page would take 5 minutes to fully load!  Even then, there are still another 50+ free sewing ideas and projects here, all with a Halloween theme.  Grab yourself a big bundle of holiday fabrics and go to town – both big and small projects, easy and more involved to choose from. Halloween sewing ideas   {Right click and open each project … Continue reading

Autumn or Fall mug rug pattern

Fall mug rug pattern. I love these easy applique ideas for seasonal home decor.

With all the talk recently of Back to School sewing projects and Fall or Autumn on the way, I’ve actually been just that little bit homesick for the UK.  It’s been years since I visited and even longer since I moved away in search of everyday sunshine, but I still remember the seasons.  There was always a very distinct Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.  Here in Cayman where the sun shines every day, we have 4 seasons as well. Hot, Hotter, Scorching, Still Hot.  I do miss the time of year when the leaves turn golden, russet and burgundy – and then the trains stop running because too many leaves fell on the line. So here is my little reminder of home and the trip we would take every Autumn to the local Westonbirt Arboretum to see the trees in … Continue reading

Faux chenille baby blanket

The most adorable chenille style baby blanket. I want to make a full sized on for my own bed. Just takes a bit of patience!

After my recent attempt at quilting and all the adventures, failures and very steep learning curve that went into making a baby quilt, I decided for my next expectant friend, a different approach was in order. Pinterest to the rescue for inspiration and I came across this tutorial for a faux chenille baby blanket. Although the end result is lovely, it didn’t look easy and even the writer had plenty of problems along the way. Never to be daunted, I gathered my materials and got to work. Materials needed: Top layer – I used this cotton panel above.  Any good quality non-stretch fabric should work. (See HERE for other cute panels to use.) Quilt binding, or make your own Underneath – shaggy layers, I used 3 pieces of flannel.  Try with 3 or 4 layers. Basting spray Patience – lots of … Continue reading

My first (and last?) quilt is finished

Beginner quilt - my first ever quilt. A jelly roll baby quilt.

I got through it in the end and finished my first ever quilt, but it wasn’t without plenty of errors and snarling along the way.  I started this a couple of weeks back, then got to the point of spray basting it all together, but wasn’t sure how to actually ‘quilt’ it. I’d already made a bit of a problem for myself because I hadn’t thought in advance about what size it was going to be, and you know how one problem often compounds to make a project a disaster?

My first quilt – a WIP

My first quilt - a jelly roll quilt for baby - a work in progress.

Did you read the review of the FREE Piece, Patch, Quilt class that I took.  It really did give me all the skills I needed to make my first quilt a success – except I hadn’t really thought it through properly when I ‘designed’ my quilt.  Before we go any further, don’t worry, this is not turning into a quilting site, and the way my first ever quilt is going, I’m not sure there will ever be a second! But sharing things that don’t quite work out is often more fun than those that do…

Oliver the Owl Pillow – Fun with Fusible Applique

Making an Owl applique cushion. Fun with Fusible Applique.

Have you seen owls have been everywhere the last couple of years.  So I wasn’t surprised when one of the expectant moms-to-be in my circle asked me to make her an owl cushion for her nursery, but not one that was ‘too cutesy’. I’ve dabbled in applique before, and designed a couple of small mug-rug type projects for the Spring Mug Rug and the Nautical Mug Rug. They were really fun to make. But I really was making it up as I went along in terms of my technique, materials and especially my stitching.  For this project, I wanted it to be really special, something I could be proud of for a new baby’s nursery, and I wanted a really good owl applique pattern.  I’d had my eye on a course called Fun with Fusible Applique and remembered that it … Continue reading