Thursday, October 18, 2012

Holiday decorating

I start Christmas/winter decorating the last weekend in November or the first weekend in December. With 67 days left till Christmas, that means that there is about 40 days before everything needs to be ready. Are your creating new items for the holidays? Here's a few ideas:

Here's a cute little vase pattern called Jingle Bell Vases pattern by Artful Offering. The materials list will create both of the vases.

Here's a new advent calendar pattern called Countdown calendar pattern by Hunter's Design Studio.  The window at the top allows you to use a featured fabric, a pieced block, or an applique designs.  Calendar size is 12" x 44".

Here's a cute little applique placemat pattern.  This is the Jolly Snowman Placemat and Napkin pattern by Country Appliques. The pattern includes the appliques placemat, napkin, and coasters.

There is also some Christmas table cloth fabric:

This is a 56" wide fabric with a border on each selvage with a very traditional print.  This will make a quick and easy table.  The first picture is of the Golden Double Border (81518-157). The second picture is Red Double Border (81518-337).

Can you tell I like Christmas?

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

New Items That Make Great Gifts!

There are many new items arriving in the store. The following items would be a great gift for a quilter:

Let's start with the Little Twister Pinwheel template.  This template makes easy work of creating pinwheels. Template size is approximately 3 1/2" x 3 1/2".  This template also comes with a pinwheel pattern to create a 19"x26" table topper.

This is the Charming 5in Square Template . Use this to create 5" square. Cross hatch marks allow for centering a print and/or center marks can be used to 2 1/2" squares or 2 1/2" x 5" rectangles. Comes with instructions to create an "I SPY ABC's" quilt.

The next item is for quilters and crafters.  Really good for when you're working on thick items or items that are hard to pin.

This is the Wonder Clips by Clover.  Use this clips in place of pins or in places that are hard to pin such as faux fur, leather or faux leather, etc.

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Inspiration, What's New, and "How many days till Christmas?"

One of the big items for fall/winter is a knit pencil skirt. If you like wearing the latest fashions but not always the price tags that go along with ready-to-wear fashions, you should give The Magic Pencil Skirt pattern by Pamela's Patterns a try:

This pattern gives you two waistline options - natural and a high waist.  The waistband is elastic so there are no zippers involved.  Instructions are given for selecting the correct size.  I would love to hear about the fabrics that you are using to make this skirt.  I will be trying a double knit.

There are so many new items in the store.  Patterns, fabric, and notions with more coming in every week.  Here's the link to check out "What's New" at eBay.  There are new items being listed at Etsy and Bonanza, also.  Here's a few of the items:

Here's two fleece prints from Camelot.  They are wonderfully soft.  The fabric remind me more of cudde cloth than fleece.  They are 100% polyester and 58/60" wide. 

There are new kits using the Easy Mitered Placemat instructions, the Caserole Kimono pattern by Legacy, and an Arts and Craft caddy using the Artful Bags pattern by Serendipity Studio. 

Did you know that this 70 days till Christmas?  Are you wanting to sew gifts or give sewing related gifts?  Remember, I can special order items for you.  Just let me know what you are interested in and I will check and see if it's available.

Happy Stitching!