Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Fun Christmas Tree Skirt

With fall quickly approaching I decided it was time to update my old Christmas Tree skirt.  I headed out to Wineberry Fabrics and found these wonderful prints...
I just bought a Ten Degree Wedge ruler and was excited to give it a try.  I cut wedges and stitched them all together, quilted and bound.  The results...a very cute tree skirt.   

I enjoyed making this so much that I couldn't resist purchasing more fabrics so I headed back to Wineberry Fabrics and bought these for the next skirt.
 When I got a closer look at the selvage I was pleased to see that one of our local artists Cynthia Frenette designed the lovely Poinsettia fabric...
 I can hardly wait to get started on the next one.  I'm creating a pattern including pictures with step by step instructions.  If you would like to make a wedge Christmas Tree skirt  I'm teaching the class at Wineberry Fabrics November 9th and at The Cabin on December 3rd.  For more information you can email me at or visit Wineberry Fabrics at for their class list.  

Happy Stitching,

Friday, August 23, 2013

Fall and Winter Retreats, Classes and Friendship Bear Hugs

A quick note to let you know that I had to post the class list in several posts.  Please take a look to the right in the blog archive and you will find the following:

1) Loon Lake Retreats
2) Fall and Winter Day Retreats at The Cabin
3) Classes on Getting to Know YOUR Sewing Machine and Serger
4) Technique and Project Classes
5)  Christmas Projects
Click on the link and the page will open. I hope we will see your smiling face at Loon Lake and here at The Cabin. 

Friendship Bear Hugs.
During retreats I have had a some time to cut and sew a few Friendship Bear Hugs blocks.  I currently have 153 little 3" blocks stitched and 75 cut and waiting to be stitched.  I have been saving fabric for this quilt for years and hope to be able to make about 500 blocks before I'm done using all my favorite fabrics.  Here's a little picture of what they look like hanging on my design wall.  

They will be set with sashing and look like this.

Eventually they will all be together in a quilt that looks like this. 

Happy Sewing,


Christmas Projects

Little Zippered Bag

This little zippered bag has a vinyl lining so the bag keeps its shape and can be wiped clean inside with a damp cloth.  Get a head start on your Christmas gifts this year.  This is a great little bag for sewing accessories, make-up, small knitting projects and more.  Techniques featured on this project include working with vinyl, decorative straight stitch machine quilting, easy zipper insertion and precision top-stitching.  This is a perfect project for the beginner sewer and for those who would like to improve on techniques.
$55.00 includes lunch and pattern
10:30am - 4:30pm Tuesday, October 15 or December 4
Sewing machine.  Supply list.

Christmas stocking featuring foundation pieced Santa

Get a head start on your Christmas sewing while creating a whimsical stocking.  Techniques include foundation paper piecing, precision piecing, straight line machine quilting, free-motion quilting and finishing techniques.  A great class for the confident beginner and up.
$55.00 includes lunch and pattern
10:30am - 4:30pm
Monday, September 16 or Saturday November 23
Sewing machine.  Supply list. 

Wedge Christmas Tree Skirt

With Christmas just around the corner join in on the fun of creating this quick and easy Wedge Christmas Tree skirt for your Christmas tree this year.  Begin by cutting and strip piecing your fabrics.  Next cut the fabrics with the 10° wedge ruler and sew all the wedges together.  Finish with stitching in the ditch and binding.  A lovely addition to your Christmas decor.  
$55.00 includes lunch and pattern
10:30am - 4:30pm  Tuesday, December 3
Sewing machine.  Supply list and a little bit of before class preparation

Snowflake Pincushion and Thread Catcher

With a head full of tiny glass beads and mittens and earmuffs made of wool Snowflake provides the greatest of care for your pins and needles.  She also helps keep your sewing area tidy, simply remove her hat from her head and she will hold it open for you to catch stray threads and fabric bits while you sew.  This is a fun project for all ages and stages of sewers.  Snowflake makes a wonderful Christmas gift. Join us during this festive season and create a delightful little Snowflake of your very own.
$65.00 includes lunch *kit and pattern
10:30am - 4:30pm Tuesday, December 10th
*Kit includes glass beads, eyes and nose along with all the fabrics.  You only need to bring thread to match.
Sewing machine.  Supply list.