Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dog Collars, 5 Petal Flowers, Bubble Skirts

Ok, what do the above items have in common? 

They're all fun sewing projects organized by the National Sewing Council - host of The Sew Creative Lounge last month at the CHA Chicago Craft Super Show at Rosemont.  Nearly 400 people - of all ages - completed one of 8 free Make & Take projects.  Check out these happy kids with their projects.

If your furry friend already has everything -  make a one-of-a-kind dog collar!

Have bare flip flops?  Embellish them with little fabric flowers.

Sewing up a Bubble Skirt in less than 90 minutes . . .

and having fun wearing the newly made Bubble Skirt!

Just have fun sewing with friends!
It's the cat's meow!

Look for more creative sewing events scheduled by the National Sewing Council!

Friday, August 20, 2010

2010 SCHMETZ Portfolio Designer - Linda McGehee

Linda's Favorite Needle:  Ask and Linda will tell you Topstitch . . . Metallic Twin . . . Jeans . . . Universal. . . . and . . . well you get the idea.  Linda has a favorite needle for every type of work she does!

Linda has a diverse sewing background from garments to handbags, piecing to heirloom, surface manipulation to combining techniques.  She travels the globe demonstrating and lecturing from her many books and patterns.

Bags Galore is Linda's newest DVD.  Get motivated to create your own handbags.  Linda shares informative techniques to create an array of handbags.  She covers products, basic construction, pockets, straps, snaps, zippers - everything to make dynamite bags!

Linda loves zippers.
I adore this black lace zipper with the dainty floral zipper pull.

My favorite is the clear zipper above in an array of neon colors. - I have an idea for a wrap using that neon yellow! - I just need more time for sewing up all my ideas!

You will find Linda at a variety of sewing shows around the country.  Her company name is Ghee's.  Check out her booth for terrific handbag hardware - high quality hardware -  frames, clips, feet.  If you can't travel to a show, look for her teaching in a store near you or check her website at

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Sewing & Sharing - Changing Lives One Little Dress At A Time

Little Dresses for Africa
What project have you created recently to help someone else?  Recently I visited Priors and Sew Forth in Imperial, NE.  What a wonderful, well organized store with a broad range of quilting and fashion fabrics.  This small town store is remarkable!  Every town & city too, should be so lucky to have a local fabric store.

Ann, Jackie & Janet
Prior's and Sew Forth
Janet on the right is the owner.  She and her staff are delightful and true quilting & sewing enthusiasts.  In fact they participate in a wonderful non-profit program, Little Dresses for Africa. Simple dresses are made from pillowcases and sent to orphanages in Central Africa. To date with contributions from 49 States, over 50,000 dresses have been distributed to over 13 countries.

A Tower of Change
Prior's has already contributed over 100 dresses to Little Dresses for Africa, with their next shipment ready any day now.  Dresses are shipped to Nancy's Notions in Beaver Dam, WI for distribution.

Want to combine your love for sewing with sharing with others?  


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Garden Inspiration

August is here!  How does your garden grow?

My front garden is very young with all new fresh plants.  What a pleasure it is to watch new vines and branches sprout.  Now the ultimate waiting game begins -  hoping leaves and flowers will sprout with an abundance of color dancing through my garden.  My expectations are even greater for next year . . . 

 . . . . yet simple pleasures are found in a fleeting moment as a bright and happy little finch visits my favorite Harry Lauder Walking Stick Tree.

Sewing is sometimes like gardening - starting simple, sometimes getting help and building upon your ideas - and along the way sharing.  Read my next blog on sharing.