Thursday, April 13, 2017

Tunic Bible Muslin & Easter Embroidery

Busy sewing week !
 I finished this Easter Bunny table runner . It was a Sweet Pea Embroidery design . I've also been working on & have fine tuned my muslin for a tunic from The Tunic Bible . 
I had hoped to make a tunic dress for Easter , but the muslin took longer than I thought. But I wanted to make the muslin work correctly to hopefully save time the future ! 
I've only made one other muslin in all my sewing years , but feel this important step will take my sewing to the next level. 
I also had Embroidery club this week as well as Gourmet sewing ,oh , and also CCS charity sewing . 
I almost have last months Gourmet sewing project done . I didn't opt to make this months as I didn't want another unfinished project 😜 I also didn't make the Embroidery club project, but bought the pattern as I  Thought it was very cute . 

Happy Easter, Passover or other holidays you may celebrate! 

Happy Sewing 

Friday, March 31, 2017

Finishing up projects & more embroidery!!

Just finished up my February Embroidery Diva club project . 
The Rollie Pollie case
It was a challenge , but fun to sew . The club leader is a huge piping fan & encouraged us all to add piping to the ends of each piece of the case. I'm so glad she did as it really makes the pieces pop. 
Not sure if you can really see the piping in the top photo. 
I ❤️ Batiks so it was a natural to use them for this project.! 
I had a discussion with one of my favorite teachers at Bernina Connection ( actually have several favorites) anyway -she loves Batiks also an said the same as I did . I usually just get more because I hate cutting into the ones I have !!! Ha ha 
The bottom picture is of my great niece . I made her a "chocolate " bunny for Easter. You can just barely see the monogram on it . It's from Pickle Pie & ive made many of these for gifts ! 
On to a few Easter projects including a dress for ME. 

Monday, March 13, 2017

New top

 I made a new top last week . It's a Sandra Betzina Todays Fit pattern . 
It's my second version . I like the fit much better than the first one , but I'm no sure I Love this version . 
It's a brighter color than I normally wear , but hey different can be better too. 
The knit is pretty thin ITY I got at Stone Mountain & daughter last year. The pattern needs fabric with drape , but I do fiddle with the "knot" part . 
So I'll wear it a few more times to decide if it's a keeper .
Happy Sewing 

Friday, March 3, 2017

Garment mojo is back

I finally got my garment sewing mojo back this week .
I have been sewing a ton , but seem to always put myself & sewing for myself on the back burner. 
I made this Sandra Betzina Today's Fit pattern . I was fitted for this pattern by Sandra at her recent workshop I attended . It is a very flattering pattern & her fitting tips were great. I need to make a few tweaks next time, but nothing too major . The fabric was a combo knit set I got from Marcy Tilton fabrics when I attended Sewing Expo in Puyallup 2 years ago. 
I had never sewn with mesh & had been very intimidated. But I followed Sandra's knit tips & it sewed like a dream . 
I have another version cut & ready to go ! 
I'm taking advantage of the sewing mojo being back & making another version . 
Happy Sewing 

Friday, February 10, 2017

My sisters Christmas gift is finished 🤗

Yeah I finished my sisters Christmas gift 2106 
I've made the London City Bag 4 times now .
My sister wanted it in brown , and I did a brown & teal lining . 
It's a fun purse to sew, but even after the 4th  time I still have to follow the directions . 
I think it came out great & I'm giving it to her tomorrow. 
I've also been busy catching up on sewing onesies for the Layette bags my group gives to the hospital. 
I've done 60 in the last few weeks . 
Next up is finished up  the Sandra Betzina tunic I started at her workshop in January . 
Happy Sewing 

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sandra Betzina Sewing Retreat pictures

Google didn't like these as a collage , but here are some of the many items I purchased at Sandra Betzina's sewing retreat.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Sandra Betzina sewing retreat

Sandra Betzina Sewing Week 
Wow -where to start!!!
She is so amazing & amazingly generous with her time & knowledge. We started on Sunday with an escorted trip to 3 San Francisco area fabric stores-Stone Mountain & daughter, Piedmont & Fabrix 
Stone Mountain & Piedmont were my favorites. It was especially helpful having Sandra there to help guide with choices . She has such a great eye. I added to my stash at both of these places. 
The sewing retreat is at a great hotel in downtown -Marine Memorial . Rooms are very spacious & meals were great. Breakfast & lunch included. Happy Hour on the INCREDIBLE VIEW 12 th floor is also included.
I had only attended last year for the first time , but most of the other ladies have come every year for 10-20 years. All very nice ladies-most more advanced than I am . But they were also very generous with their help & knowledge. 
I did not get much finished, but got lots of patterns fitted by Sandra . 
She brings a truck show of her garments & leaves them there all week. It was a fashion show everyday when Sandra arrived 😍 She has great taste & always wore something of hers. 
We all had a great time everyday trying on her garments. I was seated near the mirror & I loved it. Ladies would come by all day trying on something different . There were 10 sewers, Sandra & her wonderful assistant Elke. 
The Marine hotel is right around the corner from Britex-another great SF fabric institution. 
It was fun to run over there to look at fabulous fabric .
I'm so sorry this is Sandra's last year of teaching & doing these retreats. 
It was a fabulous week & I learned so much !!!
Sandra also has dinner one night in her historic home which was fabulous !

Monday, January 16, 2017

Fabric shopping with Sandra Betzina

We had a great day fabric shopping yesterday in San Francisco! We made stops at Piedmont Fabric, Stone Mountain & daughter & FabriX.
Sho & tell in the van back to the hotel was great! 
Sewing with Sandra starts this morning !!
I can't wait !!!!!!

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sandra Betzina retreat -Here i come !!!

I'm so beyond excited that I'm heading to San Francisco on Sunday for a week of sewing with 
Sandra  Betzina !!!!!!
This will be my second year attending this wonderful workshop in San Francisco. I am much better prepared this year . I even made zipper pouches for everyone. Last year I found d out AFTER I got there that the ladies brought gifts for each other. So this year I'm ready . I used a Pickle Pie -Sew Trendy bag pattern . I found garment sewing related fabric & had a ball making these. 
I sent the first one to Kyle from Vacuumingthealawn . I won her giveaway of a wonderful calendar & wanted to send her a thank you gift. 

I'm still sorting which of Sandra Betzina's patterns I'm bringing & which ones I'll use . Sandra was great last year with fitting tips ,sizing etc. I made the mistake last year of bringing non Sandra patterns -what was I thinking ????
Anyway I'm set this year -just need to narrow down my 10 choices to 2-3 . 
Sandra gave us so many tips & I learned sooooooo much ! 

Can't wait until Sunday !! 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Christmas sewing is finished -almost !

I finished the last 2 of 3 Christmas projects I had hoped to get done in 2016 . But I am now ready for 2017 ! 
The JOY pillow was a Divas project at Bernina Connection for October . It's a design from a very talented local digitizer Fabric Confetti ! Vanessa Fromm is a great designer & makes such fun projects . 
The Believe pillow is from Christmas 2015 . A Bernina project from Gourmet Club ! 
It's a Kimber  Bell design . 
Vanessa Fromm  has the best zipper technique for pillows ! 
As I hinted ne more project to go . 
I promised my sister a purse -the London City Bag . 
It's cut out & 25% sewn . 
It will hopefully get finished this week . I have done no charity sewing since before Christmas . I need to kick that in gear also . 
I made 620 onsies in 2016 out of the 2000 our group makes for the local hospitals . It truly takes a village to make those 2000 layette bags which each contain 8 handmade items .
Happy Sewing to n 2017 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

A Sew great day

Today was such a fun day ! 
My 4 yr old great niece saw my sewing studio over Christmas & asked if she could come & sew with me! I wondered if she would forget, but hoped she wouldn't 
Her mama kept texting me saying that 4 yr old great niece is so excited to sew with Aunt Murryullen.
I was beyond excited !!
So today was the day. 
We made a colorful pillowcase. She couldn't reach the pedal & didn't like sitting on my lap to sew. We will have to resolve the pedal issue so she can actually sew. 
She had fun looking through my fabric. In fact she asked if my room was a fabric store - hmmmmmm
I do have lots of fabric . 
We're making hair bows next week per her request 😍

A very fun day !!