Friday, October 15, 2010

Platter of Silver Spoons

Are you still enjoying an Indian summer?  Last weekend was glorious for flea markets and craft shows.  With the upcoming holidays just 2 1/2 months away, I am still hunting for gifts.  Still looking for gifts?  I admit this year I'm an early bird and have only one gift left to find or make.  Yes, I shop and make gifts throughout the year so I can get them mailed on time and enjoy the holidays... Some years I'm more successful than others.  Here are a few special gifts I found last weekend - appropriate for any sewing enthusiast.

Silver spoon pin cushions

Amy of repurposes barkcloth curtains and vintage linens into dresses and accessories 

Button.  Button. Who's got the button... bouquet?

Pattern Bouquet
So, this is what happens to those patterns that cannot be refolded into their envelopes!

How many sewing enthusiasts are on your holiday list?

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Yes! I Made This! ... Forever Friends

September 2010
American Sewing Expo, Novi, MI

Sewing is a creative hobby.  We may find ourselves sewing alone in the solitude of the night, but eventually we share our love of sewing one way or another with others - maybe as gifts or meeting friends for a fabric spree, shop hop, guild meeting or quilting bee.   No doubt about it, we enjoy sharing.   Thanks to you for sharing your love of sewing by purchasing a Yes I Made This! button.  Your donation went to the Dress for Success program to assist women to economic independence.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Yes! I Made This! ... Fish, Wildlife & Other Creatures

September 2010
American Sewing Expo, Novi, MI

This is not a large photo gallery, but very worthy to see the wonderful workmanship in machine embroidery and some applique.  Whatever your favorite creature, it is fun to see them in fabric and thread!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Yes! I Made This! ... Vests, Tunics, Dresses and More

September 2010
American Sewing Expo, Novi, MI

I love vests - just ask my husband.  He thinks I wear too many, especially in the winter.  Vests are very practical allowing me to layer clothes without a great deal of bulk.  I especially love vests for pockets.  Good secure pockets mean I don't need the burden of carrying a wallet - I'm not a purse person. 

I love dresses too - just ask my husband.  Before we married  my wardrobe was 80% dresses.  In fact today as I write, I'm wearing a dress.  Funny thing is I find this dress the equivalent to wearing a pair of favorite jeans - comfortable and maintenance free. 

Whether you love vests or dresses, you will find them both here with lots of personality.  Enjoy! 

Monday, October 11, 2010

Yes! I Made This! ... Machine Embroidery

September 2010
American Sewing Expo, Novi, MI

I love machine embroidery - especially the ingenuity and enthusiasm embroiderers use to adorn their clothes.  Machine embroidery takes a plain garment over the top to extraordinary.

Since you dropped by the SCHMETZ booth, no doubt you also saw Soni demoing Creative DRAWings.  Yes, I'm plugging Creative DRAWings because it is a terrific product allowing users to actually concentrate on designs rather than all those complicated sequences that eventually lead up to a design.  And for you quilters, Creative DRAWings now works with Quilt and DXF file formats.  Imagine the fun!  For the latest info, check out .

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Yes! I Made This! ... Totes, Bags & Clutches

September 2010
American Sewing Expo, Novi, MI

Do you carry a purse?  Do you cart "stuff" around?  I've become pickier about how my personal items - driver's license, cash, credit card and lip stick - are organized.  A simple wallet just won't do for all occasions.  And sometimes you just want an attractive tote for all those papers and other "stuff".  Check out these 35 totes, bags and backpacks. 

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Yes! I Made This! ... YoYo's, Dog Collars and...

September 2010
American Sewing Expo, Novi MI

This group of photos is the most diverse.  Check out fabric painting, bobbin work and a terrific "trick or treat" apron accented with prairie points.  Do these projects inspire you to try a new technique or something outside your comfort zone?

Yes! I Made This! ... Young Ideas

Young Ideas!
We are always thrilled to see young people enthused about our sewing hobby.  What terrific ideas and fabrications they have!  From totes to skirts to finely designed ensembles, these girls enjoy their creative hobby.  There are only 8 pics in this group, but they are mighty!  How are you sharing your love of sewing with young boys and girls?

Friday, October 8, 2010

Yes! I Made This! ... Jacket Joy

Jacket Joy!
36 jackets, nearly 50 photos.  Look for your photo with the SCHMETZ "Super" Needle.  These photos are the first of 8 sewing catagories from the September 2010 American Sewing Expo in Novi, MI.  Enjoy!

Friday, October 1, 2010

Yes! I Made This!

Last week's American Sewing Expo in Novi, MI is now stitched in our memories.  SCHMETZ, Islander Sewing, Junk Jeans People and Ghee's each sold Yes I Made This! buttons to benefit Dress for Success, a charity that helps low income women prepare for the job market by supplying appropriate work clothes.  Buttons were $2 each.  Each buyer was then photographed with the SCHMETZ "Super" Needle.  Yes, our own red carpet event with YOU the sewing star!  Before posting our button sales . . . .  and before I figure out how to post over 200 photographs, here are a few favorite garments to tease you.  Enjoy!

Stunning Reversible YoYo Jacket
based on a Detroit Free Press pattern by Jocelyn Brown found in the June 2010 ASE Newsletter.

Button! Button!  Who's got the button?
An ingenious use of old buttons stitched between scarf front & back!

A show stopper patchwork jacket - bright and cheery... just like its creator! 

Clever fall maple leaves of leather & assorted fabrics
 sandwiched between the tote and a shimmering exterior.

Stripes and polka dots. 
Wait there's more! This is a stunning reversible vest with a cute back pack.

Chipper Tote!
Stop!  Don't throw your potato chip bags away! Tote um! 

Tadaa! Rosette Wool Felt Pillow Kit made in class!

Photo close-ups of each project will be shown in later postings.  Thanks everyone for s...e...w... enthusiastically participating in Yes! I Made This! 

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