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Join Us at Arlington’s Town Day, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014

September 13th, 2014

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Town Day is September 13, 2014
  1. Visit Our Booth at Arlington Town Day!
  2. Volunteer your help and save on your next class!
  3. Try our FREE Make & Take Project.
Town Day booths

Arlington Celebrates Town Day this year on Saturday, September 13, 2013. (Rain date 9/14)  There are festivities beginning on Friday evening at the playing field at the Boys and Girls Club.  The Activities culminate with a fabulous Fireworks show.  They shoot them off over Spy Pond.  But, you can get a great view of them from Robbins Farm park, off Eastern Ave in Arlington.
On Saturday, Town Day takes place on Massachusetts Avenue, from 10am-3pm.  The town closes Mass Ave between Pleasant St (Arlington Ctr) and Mill St, which is the traffic light right next to our shop.
Many of the towns businesses and organizations will have booths.  There are some great food booths, from India food from Punjab (my favorite Indian restaurant,) to Mexican (Zocalo my old neighbor on Broadway) and many others.  Churches and schools and arts organizations will be there.  And, businesses that service Arlington and the surrounding area LIKE US!
We won’t know where our booth is until we check in on Town Day.  But our Canopy is RED, so we will be easy to find.*******************************************************************************************

We will be having a Make & Take (FREE) project at the booth.
 We’ll be passing out free tape measures (for as long as they last,) and
taking registrations for the remaining spaces in our current session.
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HELP AT OUR BOOTH AND SAVE MONEY ON YOUR NEXT CLASS!

We could use some help at our booth on Town Day.  It runs from 10-3, but we have to start set up before 8:15 when they close Mass Ave, and through 3:30-4pm when we break down the booth.  If you can donate any time, especially for an hour or more, I will give you a $10 off your next class for every hour you help me in the booth.
If you would like to display something you made at the booth, I would love to have it for the day.  That way, people visiting can see items sewn by my students, not just me. Last time I had a booth, I had two 10 year old students display their quilts.  People couldn’t believe that they were only ten years old, having made such nice quilts.  I can use small quilts, clothing, bags, etc.  If you could drop off the item by 6pm Friday, that would be best, as set up is early Saturday morning.  Please attach a card with your name (age if you wish) so I know whose it is and visitors can see who made it.

To either Volunteer your time or a display item, send me an email.

Umbrellas that I made recently.
Join us for our rescheduled Umbrella Workshop.
Sunday, October 5, 2014  10am-2pm
Cost: $115, includes frame and pattern
Number of students: 8
  • You can make umbrellas yourself.
  • The frames are available online, as well as the pattern.
  • You can use laminated fabrics which repel water
  • But, you can also use quilting fabrics and waterproof them.

The Fabric Corner has a stock of 30 laminated cottons that I find very inspiring.  You can make a raincoat or rain poncho.  Cosmetic pouches would be nice.  Then, I got the idea that it’d be great to make an umbrella out of those beauties.

What do you do when you are trying to realize an idea nowadays?……Go Online!  So, I did a simple search and found some umbrella frames from a business called umbrellajoan.com, located in that rainy Pacific Northwest state of Washington.  I spoke with Joan on the phone.  She is very nice, and had some good advice about working with her pattern.  She’s been teaching people how to make umbrellas for over 20 years.

I waited anxiously for my supplies to arrive and made the first umbrella out of the green floral cotton laminate.  Then, because Joan says you can use quilting cotton, I wanted to make one out of some Amy Butler fabric I had ordered in blue but put a rim of the white coloration around the umbrella.  Being that I like to challenge myself, I matched the pattern between the blue and white fabrics, which you can see in the picture below.

 

Can you see how the pattern matches between the white border and the blue canopy?
When the umbrella was finished, I waterproof it with Nanodyze.  One of my students found this product a few years ago and it’s great.  It’s advertised for water and stain proofing kids car seats as it’s non-toxic.  I’ve only been able to find it on Ebay.  But, now there are two sellers, so the price has gone down by a third.  Here is a link for that.

If you would like to make an umbrella, it isn’t really all that hard.  I can order the frames and patterns ahead of time.  If you want to use quilting fabric, order the Nanodyze, too.  (You can waterproof it at home after it’s made.) I see this as a great gift to make.

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Fall Classes begin September 6-12, 2014

September 2nd, 2014
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There are still some spaces left in our

Fall Sewing Classes
beginning Saturday Sept 6-12, 2014
Adult classes meet weekly for 3 hours over 6 weeks time.
Kids/Teens after-school classes meet weekly
for 2 hours over 6 weeks time.

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6 week session of Fall Sewing Classes!
Space is limited.
Maddie made her skirt, finishing just in time for her concert. Reminds me of myself and the many outfits I finished in the eleventh hour preceding a performance!
Whether you’re a beginner or expert sewist, you can find something to learn here at Laura’s Sewing School.  From learning how to set up your machine and mastering the basics.  It could be learning speed techniques, while maintaining the quality of your work, or even improving it.  Or, the details that bring your work from OK, to WOW!

Adult classes meet for 3 hours per week and are available M-Sat. either morning or evening.


Kids/Teens
after school Sewing Classes meet for 2 hours per week and are available on Tues, Weds and Fridays.  Open to Ages 9+

You can see our schedule at the bottom of this block.

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We offer:

Semi-private lessons which allow you to create  

what you want, at your own pace!

 

What does this mean?

  • First off, the classes are small in size, 5-6 students, so that we can give instructions to students, one on one, during the class.
  • We customize our instruction to the student.  We see how you learn, and if one way doesn’t work, we find a way that does for you.
  • We don’t specify a project for you to work on, you choose what you create.
  • We will help you choose a project that is right for your level of experience, but it is your choice of project, pattern and materials.
  • Because we work with each student individually, you can be a beginner in any of our classes.  (unless noted otherwise.)
  • Since there is no deadline for when you finish your project, you can work at your own pace.  There’s no right or wrong speed when it comes to learning to sew in our classes.

Here are some helpful Documents:
Basic Sewing Tools and Supplies List
Helpful Things to prepare you for your first class.Arlington’s Town Day is happening Saturday September 13, 2014.  We will have a booth with a free make and take project for attendees.  Expect a newsletter in the next few days with details of the event and a volunteer sign up.

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Summer Sewing is in the air! Join us later this month for our new session of classes!

June 10th, 2014

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Registration is now open for our Youth and Adult Summer

Sewing Classes
beginning June 23-27, 2014
Adult classes meet weekly for 3 hours over 6 weeks time.
Youth (ages 9+) Summer Vacation Sewing Classes meet
M-F, 2-5pm. Sign up for one week or as many as you wish.

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I finally finished the quilt that was on my design wall for over a year!  Here it is on Olivia’s bed.  Most of the fabrics are designed by Kaffe Fassett.  The border and a coordinating print are from Alexander Henry and inspired the other fabric choices.  The pattern came from a book by Kaffe Fassett.  I totally changed the colors.  Didn’t like the ones in the book but I liked the design of the blocks.

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I finished two quilts in the past few weeks.  In 2012, I made 8-9 quilts.  2013, I spent my sewing time on other projects.

Here is the other quilt I finished.  I couldn’t get a good pic of the whole quilt, but this is most of it.  The bulk of the fabrics are designed by Amy Butler.  The border and binding are Kaffe Fassett fabrics.  I got a quilt kit from Cottonseed Glory Quilt Shop in Annapolis, MD, when I was visiting my sister, Peggy.  This was a couple years ago.

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I quilted both of these quilts on the same day at Laurena’s Longarm Quilting Studio in Burlington, MA.  Usually, I do one quilt top at a time, as it takes me 3.5 hours to complete the stitching.  This day, I booked two machines.  One, I loaded the larger quilt on, and set it to stitch with a computer guiding the machine.  The smaller quilt I loaded and hand guided the machine.  I would stop to advance the other quilt when each row of quilting was finished.  It still took me most of the day, but what a reward to complete both.

You can learn how to use a longarm and rent time at Laurena’s studio.  Her web address is www.burlingtonlongarm.com

If you have no idea what a longarm machine is or how it works, check out this video of when I did my first quilt of 2012.

Longarm quilting at Laurena's in Burlington MA
Longarm quilting at Laurena’s in Burlington MA

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6 week session of Summer Sewing Classes!
Space is limited.
Summer Vacation Sewing Classes for Kids/Teens
ages 9+ begin June 23, 2014
Kirsten in a top she designed, drafted the pattern and made!
Whether you’re a beginner or expert sewist, you can find something to learn here at Laura’s Sewing School.  From learning how to set up your machine and mastering the basics.  It could be learning speed techniques, which maintain the quality of your work, or even improve it.  Or, the details that bring your work from OK, to WOW!
Back View of Kirsten’s Top
 
 
 
 
Adult classes

meet for 3 hours per
week and are available M-Sat
either morning or evening.
You can see our schedule below.

Maddie made her skirt, finishing just in time for her concert. Reminds me of myself and the many outfits I finished in the eleventh hour preceding a performance!
 
Vacation Sewing Classes are also available for Kids and Teens. 
These Afternoon classes meet from 2-5pm, M-F for 1 week at a time. That’s a 15 hour sewing intensive. Students will work on projects of their choosing, at their own pace.

Taught by Laura, with an assistant, the student/teacher ratio is 1:3.
and are open to kids ages 9+.
 
Lily in the Colonial Dress she made for her school’s Colonial Days celebration.

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I take classes, too!

 

Below, you will see the ottoman that I reupholstered.  I may teach sewing, but sometimes I take classes, too.  I joined the Friday evening class at Upholstery on Broadway, here in Arlington.  They moved into the space I had at 205A Broadway, when I moved to Warren St.  Kevin and Pamela do a great job teaching their students the fine craft of Upholstery.

 

This is the ottoman that I redid in Kevin’s upholstery class. I used fabric left over from having this chair made.

I had purchased the ottoman almost 16 years ago, with the intent to recover it with the fabric left over from having this chair made.  Well, it never happened. By the time I decided to take Kevin’s class, the fabric on the old version was shredding and the stuffing was sticking out.  It had tufting, indentations with buttons in the bottom of each, that I didn’t want.  I wasn’t sure how to change that, so I thought it’d be best to get some help.  It took 3 classes to strip and finish this project.

I wish I would have thought to take a before picture of the ratty old ottoman.  This is one of it in process.  It had been stripped of all the fabric and layers of dacron padding, foam and edge cording.  Lots and lots of staples to remove!!!!!  We took it down to a

rectangular wood box with sinuous springs across the top.

All the materials were replaced with better quality goods.
The picture above is what it looked like at the end of the second class.   What remained was to cover  it with padding and then the actual fabric.  I had two bushings missing which the legs screwed into. (See them to the right, set into angled piece of wood.) Luckily, I found replacements at the local hardware store, thanks Shattucks!
Here, you can see the legs, as I tipped back the ottoman.  You may also spy a black shadow to the left and below the ottoman, as Indigo decided to check it out when I was taking the picture!
The second project I did at the class at 
Upholstery on Broadway, was a rocking chair.
Now, I have to admit that I’m a trash picker.  If I see something worthwhile, I will take it off the curb and make it into something nice.  I’ve done that with dressers, painting and decoupaging them.  I found a lovely oak pedestal table with a leaf on the curb, when a neighbor down the block was moving…..I did it with a chair that I had Kevin reupholster for me as a barter for the sign I made for his shop.  You can see it when you drive by their place.
Here is the rocker at Ken’s shop, waiting for the finish.  It’s mahogany, with maple runners and back supports.
This rocker I found at least 3-4 years ago on Summer St, here in Arlington.  I loved the lines of the chair and thought it’d be great to refinish and reupholster it.  Well, being busy and with the onset of Rheumatoid Arthritis, the project was put on a back burner.
I realized that the best solution was to have someone else refinish it.  Plus, I wasn’t sure how to rebuild the chair from a frame.  Recovering is different than starting from scratch. So, I figured that upholstery class was just the place to do this.

I have used Pappas Furniture repair in the past. He doesn’t do refinishing, so he recommended Minuteman Refinishing in Somerville.  (He doesn’t have a website, but this link may work, as it’s a google page.)  Ken met with me at my house and took the chair after I accepted his estimate.  He was able to refinish and re-glue the piece and then deliver it to the Uphostery shop, all in time for me to start on it.  It took me 6 classes to finish.
I should have taken more shots of the process, but here, on the right, is the chair with the wood finished and I’m just getting the webbing woven on the back, which, unfortunately, you cannot see.  But, you can see the seat, which was done first. It has webbing, burlap, cotton batting, and foam.  It still need more cotton padding and the fabric.
Here is the finished chair.  I love the fabric, which I got from Fabric Corner, downstairs of my shop.  I wanted something fun and colorful.  It’s very comfortable, too.
It was a lot of work. I couldn’t have done it without the help of Kevin.  There is so much work that goes into Upholstering! You cannot imagine it until you do it.
I had to sew the back on by hand. The next photo is of that.  Since the chair frame is rigid, I had to use “T” pins to hold the fabric in place and a curved needle to do the sewing.  It went faster than I expected.
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Late Spring Classes begin the week of May 26th. This is a 4 week session which takes us to the end of the school year.

May 16th, 2014

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Umbrellas I made this past week!
  • You can make umbrellas yourself.
  • The frames are available online, as well as the pattern.
  • You can use laminated fabrics which repel water
  • But, you can also use quilting fabrics and waterproof them.

The Fabric Corner has a stock of 30 laminated cottons that I find very inspiring.  You can make a raincoat or rain poncho.  Cosmetic pouches would be nice.  Then, I got the idea that it’d be great to make an umbrella out of those beauties.

What do you do when you are trying to realize an idea nowadays?……Go Online!  So, I did a simple search and found some umbrella frames from a business called umbrellajoan.com, located in that rainy Pacific Northwest state of Washington.  I spoke with Joan on the phone.  She is very nice, and had some good advice about working with her pattern.  She’s been teaching people how to make umbrellas for over 20 years.

I waited anxiously for my supplies to arrive and made the first umbrella out of the green floral cotton laminate.  Then, because Joan says you can use quilting cotton, I wanted to make one out of some Amy Butler fabric I had ordered in blue but put a rim of the white coloration around the umbrella.  Being that I like to challenge myself, I matched the pattern between the blue and white fabrics, which you can see in the picture below.

 

Can you see how the pattern matches between the white border and the blue canopy?
When the umbrella was finished, I waterproof it with Nanodyze.  One of my students found this product a few years ago and it’s great.  It’s advertised for water and stain proofing kids car seats as it’s non-toxic.  I’ve only been able to find it on Ebay.  But, now there are two sellers, so the price has gone down by a third.  Here is a link for that.

If you would like to make an umbrella, it isn’t really all that hard.  What I’d suggest is that you order your frame and pattern online.  If you want to use quilting fabric, order the Nanodyze, too.  When you receive that stuff, bring it into class and we will get going on it.  I see this as a great gift to make.  I plan to make more shortly.  I’ll be posting pics on Facebook as I finish them.

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for our next 4 wk session of sewing classes!
Space is limited.  This will end when the school ends.  Then our summer session will begin.
 
Sarah in another dress made with fabric from Sawyer Brook!

Our next session of Sewing Classes will begin the week of
May 26-30, 2014

Whether you’re a beginner or expert sewist, you can find something to learn here at Laura’s Sewing School.  From learning how to set up your machine and mastering the basics.  It could be learning speed techniques, which maintain the quality of your work, or even improve it.  Or, the details that bring your work from OK, to WOW!

Renee’s puppy looks a lot like ours.  Remy is a 12 week old labradoodle (sp?)  She made this cute raincoat out of laminated cotton.  Hope it fits for a little while.  They grow so fast.
Adult classes meet
for 3 hours per
week and are available M-Sat
either morning or evening.
You can see our schedule below.
Classes are also available for kid and teens.  These After-School classes meet from 3:30-5:30
and are open to kids ages 9+.
Bottle cozy for her Dad

 

Michelle and her roller shade
Elena’s Feather quilt.  She did a beautiful job.
The only difference in this schedule is that there is no class on Monday mornings, or Tuesday evenings.  And, this session is for 4 weeks, so Adult (3hr)  classes are $190 and kids/teens (2hr) are $145.

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Olivia and Indigo had an immediate bond.

New Addition to our School!

His name is Indigo and many of you have met him already.

Sharon and Indigo

He’s getting bigger every day.  I got him from a poodle breeder in Maine, up near Auburn.  He was born January 7th.  I brought him home in the middle of March.  He was just under 7 pounds then and now weighs in at almost 13 pounds.  My friend, Netta, has his brother, who they call Moose.  They’ve attended a month of puppy school together and now we have them working with Percy’s trainer every Sunday.  He is really sweet and gets a lot of attention.  Come say “hello” sometime to our new family member.

Jen caught Indigo climbing out of his enclosure.  He sat on her lap as she sewed.
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New Classes begin February 24-March 1, 2014

February 3rd, 2014
 
for our next 6 wk session of sewing classes!
Space is limited.
 
Sarah in her dress made with fabric from Sawyer Brook!

Our next session of Sewing Classes will begin the week of February 24-March 1, 2014

Whether you’re a beginner or expert sewist, you can find something to learn here at Laura’s Sewing School.  From learning how to set up your machine and mastering the basics.  It could be learning speed techniques, which maintain the quality of your work, or even improve it.  Or, the details that bring your work from OK, to WOW! 

Norma and the baby quilt she finished.  Unfortunately, you cannot see the great turtle print flannel and this is the back of the quilt! 
Adult classes meet
for 3 hours per
week and are available M-Sat
either morning or evening. 
You can see our schedule below.
Classes are also available for kid and teens.  These After-School classes meet from 3:30-5:30
and are open to kids ages 9+. 
Elena's Daughter in dress she made  
Laura showing how to sew a button

Town Day in Arlington

September 28th, 2013

 

Ana, Laura, Jacqueline, Galen and Connie. Elena is taking the picture.

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We had a great time on Town Day.  The Town of Arlington celebrates everything Arlington each September.  The festivities begin on Friday evening with fun family activities at the Boys and Girls Club field, with the evening culminating in a spectacular display of fireworks over Spy Pond.

The next day, Saturday, Mass Ave is closed off between Pleasant St and Mill St, which is the corner our shop is located closest to.  We packed all of our stuff for our booth the night before and were able to catch the fireworks over the treetops.  We are not give our booth location assignments until the morning of Town Day.  I found out that we were the 4th booth from Mill St, and could have walked all our equipment over there.  We did walk it back at the end of the day.

Regardless, we had a wonderful time and met many new people.  We offered a make and take project for free.  It was elastic band bracelets, or many kids know them by the name Rainbow loom bracelets.  My friend Alixe’s daughter, Helen, showed me how to make fish tail bracelets without a loom.  They are so easy and look so cool.  We had kids and teens and adults, both male and female making them.  We went through 6,000 ELASTIC BANDS!  If we hadn’t run out, we could have gone through at least a thousand more!  There was a little boy who wanted to make a bracelet so bad, he was picking bands off the pavement.  It was nice to get the help cleaning up.

 

You can see how popular this project was.  By the time this picture was taken, I had run out of my supply of multi-colored bands, so I pull out my back up supply of red, orange, pink and yellow bands.  The color didn’t stop the boys from wanting to make more bracelets.  I had 6 chairs and had people standing around the table and others grabbing a handful of bands and standing at the display tables.  I even have a couple of bracelets that I wear from this project.

You can see the two I have.  There are 2 easy ways to make elastic band bracelets with your fingers.  This style is called a fishtail.  If any of you want to learn, just bring in some bands and I’d be happy to show you.  I had some great help last Saturday at my Town Day booth.  Two of my Wednesday after school Students, Galen and Jacqueline were great at teaching the project.  They were hugely enthusiastic.  Also, my adult students came to help, Elena and her daughter Ana, Connie, whose top was on display and now in the shop window, Colleen and Liz.  My daughter, Amelia, helped with set up and some of the teaching at the beginning.  Thanks to all who helped.  I couldn’t have done it without your help.

 

Pictures of Student’s Work

December 6th, 2009

The following pics are from 2009.  These are just a portion of what students have accomplished here in their classes.

March 27th, 2009

Gumdrop Pillows!

February 19th, 2009

Amy Lou's daughter, Addy, on the pillow that inspired us all.Amy Lou and the Gumdrop pillow I made for her as a baby shower giftCloseup of top of Amy Lou's pillow, check out the kaleidoscope effect made by fussy cutting the panelsBotton of Amy Lou's pillow, cutting the panels in the same place on the fabric creates a wonderful kaleidoscope effect.Katie pretending to sleep on the cushions.My niece, Katie, on her sister, Sanna's, PillowBottom of Katie's pillow, this is the smaller, 18Top of Katie's pillow

All the rage here at Laura’s Sewing School, we are having such fun and interest in making Amy Butler’s gumdrop pillows that I have scheduled a one day workshop for us to go wild and make them together.  I will order the stuffing and patterns and you will purchase the fabric of your choice.  You can see the details (dimensions, materials list) about the pattern on Amy Butler’s website.
These cushions are made of drapery weight fabric.  You can find that weight of fabric here in Arlington, at Fabric Corner, at Freddy Farkel’s in Watertown (also known as Fabric Showplace) and online.  Fabric Corner just ordered a large selection of Amy Butler home dec fabrics and they have received 12 of them! They will go fast, especially because they will be posting them for online sale, too. So, you may want to get there as soon as you can to pick up the fabric.  If the weight is fine, it can be any brand of fabric.  You just don’t want a fabric which is too loosely woven, or unravels easily.  Fabric.com has a nice selection of Amy Butler printed twills if you want to use her fabric designs.  There are 8 panels, all the same, which are sewn together like sections of an orange.  They are packed with a LOT of stuffing.  I found hand sewing the first one, Amy Lou actually did that work since it was her project, rather tedious.  So, when I made MY first one, I used an invisible zipper to close the pillow once it was stuff.  Much easier and quicker.

Kids absolutely love this pillow. They have found it as a great place to sit and bounce and roll on or off.  Adults do find it useful as a footrest.   You can make them with one fabric or two.  If you cut it from one fabric, you fussy cut it, making sure that it is cut in the very same place on the fabric, for all the pieces.  This makes interesting, kaleidoscopic patterns, especially if the fabric has symmetry.  You can see this on both of Amy’s pillows.  Even though I used 2 fabrics in the pillows for my nieces, I did cut all of the large-scale, patterned fabric in the same place.  There is an octagonal patch on the top of the cushion.  I fussy cut that, centering it on a flower or pattern.

I propose that the workshop be on Sunday, March 15th.  From 10am-4pm.  That should give us plenty of time to work and eat and stuff and finish one gumdrop cushion.  The next one, you will be able to do on your own and much faster.  I will provide the stuffing and the pattern. You provide the fabric, thread (good quality polyester like Gutermann or Mettler) and an invisible zipper in a matching color.  The only part of the zipper to show will be the tab.  Buy a 12-14″ zipper or longer.  It will work for either size pillow.  And, if you have to buy a longer zipper to get a color match, it is very easy to shorten.  Better too long than too short!  The Fabric Corner sells invisible zippers and the presser foot to apply it to your project.  I just talked to them about ordering enough for all of you.  The presser foot is adaptable to most sewing machines and can be used over and over again.  It is reasonably priced and worth buying.

I will have to price out the patterns and stuffing.  So, I will have to get back to you on the price for the class.  I think that we can have 5, possibly 6 students for the day.  Let me know if you want to take the class and I will let you know the price.  If the 22nd of March is better than the 15th, let me know.  I am flexible about the date.  If you are available during the day, M-F, I could possibly meet with you for a workshop on a Thursday.  I am excited about this project.

Pictures of projects from my old website

January 28th, 2009

Here are just a few photos I had posted on my Wirkkala Designs website.  I thought that I would copy them here.  The first is of the curtains and pillows I made for the Master Bedroom in my old house.  You may recognize them, since they now hang in the front windows on my Sewing School!

Second picture is of a lamp I found in the trash.  I cleaned it up, had it rewired and made a lampshade out of some Elephant print fabric I have, which you may recognize from a quilt I have pictured below and in another post.  I glued the trim on with white glue.  I prefer double sided tape nowadays.  Less messy, instant tack and no burning potential when using a hot glue gun.  This picture was taken at the base of the stairway, leading to the 1/2 bath on the first floor of my old place.  The painting on the wall is a watercolor I did.  I copied a picture of leaves scattered on the forest floor.

The third picture is of my daughter’s crib, from when she still slept in one.  Of course, she slept with the side on, but the picture looked much better without the railing.  I made the dust ruffle, bolster pillow, the bumper pads and the duvet cover for the crib-sized down comforter.  (The only place I was able to find that size of down comforter was at the Company Store in Wisconsin)  Amelia still uses the duvet and even though she is too long for it to cover her, she takes it with her on sleepovers and, at home, has me put it on top of all her other blankets.  Once I pieced the top, I backed it with cotton batiste, stitched those layers together in the ditch so that it would keep the patchwork seams from fraying in the wash.  It has worked well because this cover has been washed many times in the last 8.5 years.  Don’t you just love the walls behind the crib?  They were painted during the 4 days I was in the hospital when I had Amelia.  The painters did this beautiful paint effect.  Plus, they painted faint cloud images on the ceiling.  Dave Matuccio and his crew did the work.  Great guys.

Master Bedroom right after I finished it, note curtains, both red print and sheers, and pillow on bed.  Plus, chair I had made out of a gorgeous tapestry. Lampshade and painting I madeCrib with dust ruffle, bumpers, pillow and duvet cover I made

Elephant Walk Quilt, done with freezer paper piecing and hand applique, machine quilted Closeup of Elephant Walk Quilt Center