Part Two:  How to Make the Christmas Tree Patchwork with Lights

christmas tree patchwork

The sewing part of the Christmas tree patchwork with lights is easy to do.  For sewing machine newbies, the turns and corners of the tree may be a little more tricky to sew.  My tip for you would be to draw the seam allowance with an erasable fabric pen then sew over it. … Continue reading

Mrs Santa, Christmas Apron Pattern -an Easy Project with Lights: Part-One

Christmas apron pattern

I thought this time I’d share with you a Christmas apron pattern.  This is an easy project with lights too!   I’m sure it will put a smile on the faces of your holiday dinner guests. I live in Singapore where Christmas decorations go up right after Holloween.  It’s difficult not to get … Continue reading

Cascade Cardigan Pattern – Perfect Mid Season Wear For Nonknitters

Cascade cardigan pattern

In both the Northern and Southern hemispheres, the change of seasons seems to have come on a little late.  Down here we’ve only just had our first few days of somewhat warm weather.  Personally, can’t wait for the warmth to come back for good.  For all you in the Northern … Continue reading

An Introduction to Sewing Sweater Knits

sewing sweater knits

Ah, sweater knits! These highly textural, stretch fabrics can be cozy, lacy, casual, or sophisticated. With a good sweater knit and a little practice, you can cut and sew a sweater in a day or less, even if you can’t knit or crochet. Yes, they’re enabling. And they’re beautiful. If … Continue reading

Stitch ‘n Swap – a Book Review

Book review for Stitch and Swap. Book filled with small sewing projects in all sorts of topics for things that you can make as gifts or to sew and swap with others. Details on how to run a sewing swap also included.

This week I had the chance to peruse a review copy of this fun book Stitch ‘n Swap!  The book is full of practical tips for organizing a swap, everything from choosing a theme, and putting together a group to setting guidelines and dealing with dropouts. Sew, Give, and Receive. These are the basic … 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 … Continue reading

More Quilting History Passed On For Generations: Part 2

quilting history

European-American Quilting History In my last article about quilting history called Learn Some Quilting Traditions Passed on for Generations, I mentioned the fact that the African-American quilting tradition is not very well documented. The European-American quilting textile tradition, on the other hand, is only slightly better documented I’ve discovered. Learn Some Quilting … Continue reading