Yep, I found this little beauty on the side of the road. She looked lonely, so I stopped to say hello. I noticed that she seemed to be a sturdy little girl. All parts were intact as she sat firmly along the curb. I began to wonder why she would be cast off, so I invited her home with me.
I find so much inspiration on the internet, especially on Pinterest. Obviously, I like to peruse sites that have sewing content and have collected some really great ideas that I want to try – every single idea. Alas, it will never come to be but I can give it my best shot.
How many times have you put a bowl of soup in the microwave and when it is finished cooking you reach in for the bowl believing it not to be too hot to handle and then quickly realize you were so wrong about that assumption? Then you proceed to run to the table, soup splashing as you scurry, and when you arrive at the table you realize you don’t have a placemat or trivet or pot holder to sit it on. Then you trip over your own feet to get back to your kitchen linen drawer to get something to sit the hot bowl on so you don’t ruin the finish on your tabletop. Heating up that yummy bowl of soup has turned into a dangerous mission. Ah, but there is a solution to this dilemma.
Today we celebrate Memorial Day – a day to honor our veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice for love and freedom of country and countrymen. Their bravery and courage have provided one of the greatest blessings one can have as an American.
As we begin a season of patriotic holidays, I thought I would make a simple applique banner to celebrate this great country. I happened to have a little package of 5 denim pennant banners with grommets already in each corner, so I am going to make use of them. You know my motto – if you’ve got it, use it!
I love comfort food. Who doesn’t? Any kind of soup or stew is a comfort food in my opinion.
Tonight’s dinner definitely fits the bill.
Sausage and Collard Soup
A friend gifted me with a nice collection of upholstery samples some time ago. They are nice samples of chenille and ultra suede. Some are placemat size, a few are pillow top size, and some are small in size – approximately 9 x 6 inches.
Weird title, right?
What does making a pincushion and staying out of trouble have to do with each other??
Let me explain.
As you know, I have mentioned teaching a sewing class at my church. One Saturday as I was helping one of my younger students individually, I felt a tap over the head with a yard stick. I looked up and my precious mentor had been the one to capture my attention. At first I thought she was just goofing around but then realized that I had broken a cardinal rule of a sewing teacher. I’ve sewn for forty plus of my almost sixty years and I had done a very bad, bad thing as a sewing teacher. It is something I have done all my sewing life but would have never wanted my students to know. I had a pin in my mouth!
Christmas will be here in fifteen short weeks! Can you believe it?! It’s very difficult to believe when we’ve had 90+ degree temps here in Georgia for almost 80 days. Oh my goodness, I am so ready for a dip in the thermometer. What better way to forget the heat and humidity than to think of Christmas!
Our sewing ministry is planning to sew for, collect items, and put together 25 boxes for Operation Christmas Child this year. I’m not sure when the deadline is for the boxes, but I’m sure it is towards the end of October or early November. I’ll post a few of our projects here as we get them together.
Today I got out the Mod Podge, scrapbook paper, and recycled cigar tin to make a little sewing kit for an older OCC child box.
I’ve mentioned the sewing ministry that we started at church here before. We’ve been plugging along now for about three months and this past week we made a zipper bag. It’s nothing new, but I sort of made things up as I went along and promised our most enthusiastic student that I would do a tutorial.
Go get a glass of sweet iced tea now because these instructions are long. I’m trying to cover everything for those who are new to sewing. Don’t be overwhelmed. This is really not a difficult project. I’m just the type that wants every single step pointed out, so I try to make my directions as concise as possible.
I’ve had a lot of fun lately with raw edge applique. It provides a great creative outlet without the tediousness of turning under the edges that I can never seem to get right.
I’ve been using the blanket stitch on my little Brother XR1355 machine and I love it. It does a great job; nice even stitches, and it covers the raw edges nicely. Actually it’s not easy to even see the raw edges unless there is a stray thread.
I made this project to hang in the Sewing Ministry room. Isn’t it cute?!
The ladies of the Quilt Ministry and I have started a sewing ministry. It all came about when Connie became gravely ill a few years back.
It was a scary time first, because my dear friend was so sick, and secondly, I worried about the fact that our quilt ministry would suffer. We still had Barbara, my other precious friend and mentor, who along with Connie keeps us going in the right direction but I feared that Connie might not be well enough to continue on with the ministry. I have come to rely on the both of them as friends and mentors.
My thoughts turned to the fact that sewing is not widely practiced among the younger crowd which made me worry for the future of the quilt ministry. So after Connie recuperated, we sat down and hashed out some ideas for this new ministry. Our church trustees welcomed our proposal for a new ministry with open arms and dedicated a room specifically for us.