Exciting New EZ Breezy Table Runner Class

It’s always fun to learn a new way of doing things.  I’m excited to share a new class I’m teaching at the Quilt Crossing called EZ Breezy Table Runner.

My class example that is displayed at the Quilt Crossing

It is such a fun pattern to make and last week I shared this project with several ladies and they really had a lot of fun sewing their very own table runner.  Here are a few photos from class.  I’ll be teaching this project again this fall, so come join in the fun!

 

Sue and Nancy (in background) laying out their slices of fabric.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Teri was eager to get started too!

 

 

 

 

 

Sandi and Diane were a fun team. Diane gave Sandi the class for her birthday!

 

 

Sally loved to see her fabric come together.

 

 

 

 

 

Evelyn has a fun collection to work with too

 

 

One of the gals had to leave early, so I did not get a photo of her with her table runner and I accidentally deleted a photo I took of Nancy working on her runner.  However, she was excited to share with me a picture of her completed runner (in photo below) and she said she has plans for several others for gifts.

Nancy’s completed table runner. Don’t you love her colors?

Happy Stitching!

Jane

 

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Patio Furniture Facelift

New reversible cushions and tablecloth brighten up the patio

 

This year our patio furniture covers were ready for a bit of a facelift, so I ordered some coordinating fabric and proceeded to freshen up our patio with new chair covers and a new tablecloth.  Here are a few photos of the process and the end results!  It was a fun project and really did not take that much time to complete and we sure have enjoyed them this summer.

Auditioning the fabric to see what to use where.

Once I traced the old cushions to create my pattern, I cut out and began to sew…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I used a zipper foot to help to sew in the piping for the outside edges of the cushions.

 

 

Trimming around the curves of the cushions…

 

 

 

 

 

Once I turned the pieced cushions right sides out, I simply sewed the opening closed and the cushions were complete!

 

 

Of course, I added ties and velcro tabs so the cushions can be attached to the furniture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What have you been sewing this summer?  I would love to hear about some of your summer projects.  Last week we made some skirts for Belén and Eloise to add to their school wardrobe.  I’ll share in a future post!

Happy Stitching!

Jane

 

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The Versatile Poppins Bag

 

The Poppins Bag

I’m excited to share a fun new bag I recently made… the Poppins Bag.  It is a large bag that measures approximately 18″ wide x 12″ deep x 14″ tall.  The larger size means that it is perfect for so many uses.

There are two pockets on the inside as well as two pockets on the outside of the bag.

The bag has two pockets on the outside of the bag and the inside of the bag to help keep everything organized.

This large, zipper-top bag is great for your sewing and/or knitting supplies.

Structural stays that frame the top of the bag keep it in shape and also allow it to remain standing open for ease of access.

You can customize the bag with your choice of fabrics and channel quilt the body of the bag to add body.  It is a great bag to use for a large fabric print that you just can’t bear to cut up.  I used 3 different Kaffe fabrics for the bag shown in the attached pictures.

I will be offering a class on how to make this bag at the Quilt Crossing on Wednesday, August 22 from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.   Once you sign up for the class, you can print a supply list from the website here.  Two weeks prior to the class, you will receive a class preparation document in your email to help you prep for the class.  It really is a fun bag to make!

Toby was a lot of help when I took these photos.

Happy summer sewing!

Jane

 

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Visit to the Windy City for Bernina University

Once again it’s that time of year for Bernina University.  This year we are in Chicago and having a wonderful BU.  Standby for a further update to this post including lots of photos of quilting celebrities we have had the pleasure of meeting with this week.

It has been an awesome time and can’t wait to share all the photos and stories with you.

Hope you are having an incredible time this June!

Happy Quilting,

Jane

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What Do You Do on Friday the 13th – How About a Little Quilting With Your Walking Foot Class?

On Friday, April 13th, we spent a very fun afternoon at The Quilt Crossing stitching and solving a few of the world’s problems during my “Quilting With Your Walking Foot I” class.

The gals sharing their adorable placemats

The ladies stitched together their placemats (the pattern is included with my class) and auditioned several different quilting designs that they will use to complete their placemats.  It was a wonderful group and they were all very excited to put their walking feet to work.  I can’t wait to see some of their finished projects!

In addition several ladies signed up for my upcoming “Quilting With Your Walking Foot II” class, and I look forward to seeing them again then.

Thank you, ladies, for a very nice afternoon.

Happy Stitching!

Jane

 

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Amazing Visit to Jinny Beyer’s Studio

 

We have arrived!!!

After visiting with a friend last weekend, I realized that I had neglected to share a wonderful quilting adventure on my blog.  A couple years ago, I had the incredible opportunity to not only visit Jinny Beyer’s Studio, but to actually meet her in person.

I accompanied my husband, Marv, to Washington, D.C. and while he was at his P.A. conference, I had a full week of exploring Washington D.C. and was privileged to share some very special experiences, which I will write about separately.  In a nutshell, I visited Arlington Cemetery on Veteran’s Day, which was a real privilege; I touched a piece of the moon, visited the Smithsonian castle and several other National museums, toured the White House, waved at the Presidential Motorcade as it passed by… needless to say, it was quite a week and I gave my walking shoes a good workout!

One of Jinny’s many books

Towards the end of the week, however, I planned a visit to Jinny Beyer’s Studio.

Her website aptly describes the studio…  “Jinny Beyer Studio is located in the picturesque town green of historic Great Falls, Virginia. The shop is just 20 minutes west of Washington, D.C., but the surrounding area is anything but “big city”. In fact, Great Falls National Park is just minutes away.

The studio is a two-story, wood-framed building with big porches, exposed beams and glowing wooden floors. The first floor houses Jinny’s fabrics, quilts and books, as well as a unique selection of ever-changing gifts and accessories for the quilter and non-quilter alike. We’ve also got a terrific selection of handmade silver thimbles, chatelaines, and other sewing tools made by TJ Lane.

The top floor boasts a large, light-filled classroom, as well as the bustling work area for our kit-making and customer service staff.”

We were thrilled to walk in and meet Jinny!

The ladies who work at the studio were so helpful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we arrived at the studio, we found out that we were in luck because they were having an Open House that day and Jinny was in the studio.  Since Jinny is a world renowned quilter, designer and teacher, she is not always in the shop.  We were so pleased to get to meet her and she welcomed us and showed us around her studio.

Jinny was such a pleasure to meet.

Imagine having your own quilt shop that is entirely filled with beautiful fabrics that you have designed.

One of many of Jinny’s quilts

Everywhere you looked, there were beautiful quilts from Jinny’s patterns and fabric.  The studio is one of those places that you have to spend some time exploring because there is so much to see.

 

Another beautiful sample!

 

 

 

 

The more you looked… the more you saw.  It really was a very special shop!

 

 

All 3 of us were in quilt heaven!

 

The fabrics were beautifully displayed and it was easy to find coordinating colors for borders, binding, etc.

 

 

All 3 of us purchased this kit called Woven Ribbons

 

Of course, we could not leave without purchasing a kit or two.  We all purchased a kit for the Woven Ribbons quilt in this photo.  Jinny overheard us talking about changing the border and opened the kit and said – choose your new border and I’ll cut it for you.  We didn’t expect that and were very impressed.

 

One of the staff demoing some new tools upstairs

 

The staff were all very knowledgeable and friendly and interested in where everyone was from – it was a lot of fun to visit with them.  We were wishing that we had even more time to take a class and hang out with them.

 

 

Look closely to see the Versatile Wave reversible purse model

 

It was fun to see the reversible purse pattern that I teach as a class at Quilt Crossing, along with a number of kits for the outside cover from Jinny’s fabrics.

 

 

One beautiful sample after another…

 

The Woven Ribbons pattern kit

Everywhere you looked there were beautiful examples of Jinny’s designs and fabrics.  It was very impressive!

 

 

 

 

Virginia showing off her bag from the studio

 

 

In no time at all, we had filled our lovely red bags from the studio with a beautiful collection of kits and fabrics and other little treasures.   We were all so excited to think about where and when we would stitch them together to enjoy!

We had also worked up quite an appetite from all that intense shopping and decided to get recharged at a charming Irish Pub next door before we returned back to D.C.

The Irish Pub next door

 

 

We had a delightful lunch at The Old Brogue next door and planned our return to D.C. via Uber, which, in itself, turned out to be delightful.  Our driver was retired and loved to provide a bit of a tour of the area as we worked our way back to the Merriott.

It was a wonderful trip and I smile as I write this thinking back on such a fun day.

A very special thanks to Jinny and her staff for making our visit one we will always  remember fondly.

Thanks also to Carol for the reminder that I had not shared this very special trip to Jinny ‘s Studio.  If you are ever in D.C., it is well worth a trip to this amazing studio!

Happy Sewing!

Jane

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Panel Pets

Sometimes you can make a few simple projects from pre-printed fabric panels.  It’s a fun, fast and easy way to share the joy of sewing as you make your own stuffed panel pets.

The girls loved their completed Panel Pets

A few months ago, the girls and I found an adorable panel that contained 4 sets of Mama animals and their babies.  Belén and Eloise asked if we could please sew them up one afternoon.

The panel contained 4 different sets of animals

Belén was especially eager to help and she started to cut out the various pattern pieces for each set of animals.

Belén was a big help cutting out the pattern pieces of the panel

 

Next, we paired the pieces right sides together and stitched them along the outer edge (as indicated on the panel).

Preparing the pieces

Then we made small clips inside the seam allowance and turned the various pet pieces right sides out and pressed the seams.  Belén was a big help with part of the process.

B turning the sewn pieces

Belén turning one of the calves right side out

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Of course, Toby wanted to get in the act too.  After I gave him a quick bath to clean him up from his trip outside, he entertained us all, as you can see. He can be quite the little dancer with Belén.

Toby was a lot of help as well

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stitch by stitch, the panel pets began to take shape and the girls were excited.

Eloise was very excited to start playing with Mama Oink and her piglets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we finished turning each of the animals to the right side, we stuffed them and sewed the seams shut.

Soon we we had finished a dozen panel pets and the girls spent the remainder of the day creating stories around their new panel pets as you can see.

 

Mama Baa and her lambs

Mama Cluck and Chicks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belén holding Mama Moo and her calves

It really was a fast, easy and fun project to make with almost instant gratification.

Next time you are in a quilting store, check out their pre-printed panels and you may find your own little treasures.

What have you been sewing this month?  I’d love to hear about it.

Happy Sewing,

Jane

 

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Dayna’s Stitcher’s Garden Quilt

Dayna’s Stitcher’s Garden Quilt top

One of the joys of teaching quilting is getting to see what your students create from your classes.  Yesterday, Dayna Ferrero came by the Quilt Crossing to show me her completed quilt top from the Stitcher’s Garden class at Quilt Crossing.  It was gorgeous!  All she needs to do is trim the batting and put the binding on and it will be a welcome addition to her guest room.

One of Dayna’s Pillow Shams

In addition  to the quilt, she also made a few extra blocks so she could incorporate them into two pillow shams.  Such a great idea and what a lovely way to welcome her guests.

Thanks so much for sharing your finished project, Dayna.  I’m so excited for you and your quilt is beautiful!

What projects have you been working on lately?  I would love to hear about them.

Happy Stitching!

Jane

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Derik’s Thoughtful Gift, A Cribbage Chest

A very special handmade gift from our son-in-law, Derik, that I just had to share…

For Christmas each year the adults in our family draw names.  This year was no exception and on Christmas Day we shared one another’s gifts and revealed who our “Secret Santas” were.

Cribbage Chest made by Derik

Marv’s was a particularly mysterious gift.  It was wrapped and was the largest present under our tree, or should I say next to it, because it would not fit under the tree.  We learned that our son-in-law, Derik, had drawn Marv’s name and then set about to make a very special gift indeed.

The wood burned Sparrell and sturgeon on the front side of the chest.

As Marv began to unwrap his gift, it was clear from the start, that Derik had gone to a lot of work to make this very unique gift.

Beneath the gift wrap was a wooden chest.  On the front of the chest, Derik had wood burned “Sparrell” and a sturgeon fish.

Marv and his Dad did a lot of sturgeon fishing after his parents moved and retired on the coast of Washington.  This was a great tribute to some very special times that Marv spent with his Dad.

 

The open chest

When Marv opened the chest, the purpose of the chest became very clear.

Marv and his Dad loved to play cribbage and would play almost non-stop when we were on vacation or together.  They enjoyed challenging one another.

Inside the chest were playing cards, pegs and three custom-made cribbage boards.  Marv was speechless.

Marv’s Cribbage Board with pics of him and his Dad with their sturgeon catch

 

 

 

 

On the top cribbage board, Derik inserted photos of Marv and his Dad with a day’s catch.  It was so much fun to see these photos again and relive their excitement of sharing their sturgeon catch.

 

Second cribbage board, with a map of the peninsula on Willapa Bay

On the other two cribbage boards, Derik had wood burned into the boards a map showing Willapa Bay, where Marv’s folks lived during their retirement.  He also wood burned, “Charlie’s Board” as Charlie is Marv’s nickname and he was especially called that by his Dad.

Of course, there is also a sturgeon depicted on each of these boards as well.  They really are something!

Third cribbage board that Derik made

 

 

The more we looked at the boards, the more impressed we became as there was so much detailed work on each board.

One can only imagine the amount of time and effort that Derik gave to make such a special gift.

But, that is not the end of the surprises contained in the Cribbage Chest…

 

The limerick that Derik burned into the underside of the cover of the chest.

In addition to the beautiful artwork that Derik had burned into the cribbage boards and the outside of the chest, he also wrote a limerick about Marv and his Dad and had burned that into the underside cover of the chest.  It reads,

“Once there were some men from the coast

Fishing and cribbage greats, the locals did boast

You’ll be over the barrel, skunked by a Sparrell

If you decided to play

It’s at your own peril.”

Looking down into the cribbage chest – along with book of rules for cribbage.

 

His limerick was very clever and oh so true.  There still, however, was another surprise contained within this amazing gift.  If you look into the chest (which also came with a Handbook of Cribbage rule book), you would see the cards, rule book, 3 cribbage boards, a small leather bag with pegs for each board and if you removed all those, you would discover that the chest had a false bottom.

The Treasure Map from the 1985 Goonies movie that was filmed in Astoria, OR

 

 

You could carefully lift out the false bottom, and it would reveal a Treasure Map from the 1985 Goonies movie that Derik had burned into the bottom of the inside of the chest.  We were (and still are) all blown away by all the work and detail Derik had incorporated  into this very relevant and meaningful gift for Marv.

Ready to play the next challenger…

 

 

Of course, the cribbage boards have already been played when we had our First Annual Cribbage tournament with our kids and grandkids the week after Christmas.  Now the Cribbage Chest remains in our game room and Marv is ready for the next challenger.  He’ll be pleased to play and share his special gift from Derik.

One last note, for any of those who know Derik, you will recognize his artistic talents at work.  He is truly a wonderfully, talented  artist.  However, for this project, he taught himself how to wood burn, because he had never wood burned before.  As you can see, he did an incredible job on his first and very special, wood burning project.

Thanks again, Derik, for your thoughtful gift that is already a family heirloom!  It really meant a lot to Marv and all of us and we so love and appreciate you!!!

 

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Gift Ideas for Most Any Occasion

I’m always looking for ways to personalize my holiday gifts each year.  One easy way to do so, is to choose a themed fabric that is meaningful for the recipient.  I want to share a few gifts I made this year for Christmas, because all of these gifts could be used for most any occasion throughout the year.  Some of them have free links to free patterns.  Here are a few gift ideas to consider:

Burrito or Roll It Up Pillowcase

Choose a themed fabric and add complementing fabric for trim and cuffs.

Pillowcases are always a great gift and with the clever roll-it-up or burrito method, you can make a pillowcase in no time at all.  A great source for a free can be found at the All People Quilt site for American Patchwork and Quilting

You will be amazed at how quickly they sew together and they really are a lot of fun to make.

Ten Minute Table Runner

Several table runners folded in half lengthwise

This popular free pattern has been around for several years and is another great gift idea.  It only requires 1/3 yard of focus fabric and 1/2 yard for your border and background.

You can get a free pattern for this fast and easy project at the Utah State University Cooperative Extension website.

You can achieve some interesting variations depending on whether you fold the fabric to the front or the back when sewing the final end points as shown in the following photo.

End points folded to the front on the top table runner and to the back on the bottom table runner.

 

Have a good time choosing your fabrics and customizing your table runners.  This is a great beginner pattern and can be somewhat addictive!

 

 

 

Hopeful Hatchlings (Stuffed Animals)

There is a darling new book called Hopeful Hatchlings by Jessica George from the Sweet Brian Sisters.  The book that has patterns and instructions for 10 adorable baby animals. Each of the animals will fit inside a Zipper Egg and a pattern for the egg is also included in the book.

Our granddaughters were very quick to point out their favorite animal in the book.  I told them their selections would be part of their Christmas gifts.

Eloise chose Paddy the Penguin in her egg

Belén’s favorite was Dalton the Dragon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Choose a fun fabric for your eggs to complement the little animal who will live within.

These really are a lot of fun to make and the girls were thrilled to get theirs as you can see.

Eloise her Paddy Penguin

Belén with her Dalton the Dragon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think there were be other Hopeful Hatchlings hatching around our house for future occasions.  They really are quite charming and somewhat addictive!

I hope you are enjoying the holiday season and will be able to try some of these gift ideas.

Happy Stitching!

Jane

 

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