College of Idaho Summer Program Quilting Classes

This year College of Idaho is offering their first Summer Program.  Included in their class offerings are three quilting classes that I’m exited to share,  I will be teaching.

The quilting classes will be held in the Shannon lounge in the International Studies Building.  It is a former library and a lovely room, with large dome windows providing lots of light.

Our class will be located in the lovely Shannon Lounge

Our class will be located in the lovely Shannon Lounge

Classes will be held in June and July and course descriptions are below.  I would love to have you join us, as I think these workshops are going to be educational and a lot of fun.  Online registration will be available for the classes on Monday, April 20th.  To register for a class, simply go to the College of Idaho Summer Program Registration site.  Supply lists and additional quilting class information will be emailed to students upon completed registration.

In the interim, please contact me via comments, if you have any questions.  Here’s a brief summary of the classes I will be teaching:

Log Cabin Wonder Class

Scrappy log cabin block

Scrappy log cabin block

Using only 3 colors of banks

Using only 3 colors of banks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The log cabin quilt is steeped in tradition, but has unlimited possibilities.  We will be  using the traditional log cabin block as the foundation for this quilt.  With a twist and turn of your finished blocks, you can transform your finished quilt top.

Light and Shadow log cabin block in batiks

Light and Shadow log cabin block in batiks

Couple that with a myriad of color variations to create a true work of art – only limited by your imagination.   Students will have the option to use Electric Quilt software for design and layout of their quilt.  Upon conclusion of the class, students’ completed quilt tops will be displayed for a private showing for friends and families.

Skill level:  This workshop is designed for experienced quilters who have a fundamental understanding of color and quilting techniques.  Supply list and additional class information will be emailed upon registration.

4 Sessions – 2 hours each                               Cost:  $100

Dates:  Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m. on June 3, June 10, June 17 and June 24

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Beginner Strip Quilt Class

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This is a fun, interactive class for beginning quilters who want to learn or expand their quilt making skills.  Student will learn how to make a strip quilt in either twin (59″ x 77″) or baby quilt (39″ x 49″) size.  I will share fundamentals for rotary cutting, piecing, and general quilt construction, along with suggestions for the final steps to quilt and bind their masterpiece.  I’ll also provide instructions and demo how to make a matching pillow case.

Skill Level:  Student knows how to operate their sewing machine.  Supply list and additional class information will be emailed upon registration.

3 Sessions – 3 hours each                                Cost:  $60

Dates:  Mondays from 6-9 p.m. on June 8, June 22 and June 29th

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Spinning Windmill Paper Piecing Class

Spinning Pinwheel with Pink Border - Compressed

Spinning Pinwheel with Pink Border - Compressed

This class is designed for students with previous sewing experience who want to learn paper piecing.  Students will learn how to paper piece, along with color fundamentals and quilting ideas and choose whether to make a lap quilt or table runner with their finished blocks.

Students can use a coordinated collection of fabric or their own stash fabrics.  It’s exciting to see this project come together in so many unique looks from the same basic pattern.  Quilt pattern also includes instructions for a whimsical table runner.

Skill Level:  Student knows how to operate a sewing machine and has worked with rotary cutting set.  Supply list and additional class information will be emailed upon registration.

2 Sessions – 3 hours each                                     Cost:  $60

Dates:  Mondays, 6-9 p.m. on July 6 and July 20

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Since this is the first year for the Summer Program at College of Idaho, they are using one instructor for all the quilting classes.  Our hope is that this is just the beginning and we will be able to expand upon course offerings in the future.

Again, if you have any questions or would like additional details, please feel free to contact me by leaving a comment below.

I’m so excited about this teaching opportunity at the College of Idaho.  The facility is amazing and I am looking forward to three very fun, interactive classes and seeing both new and familiar faces.

I hope you can join us – it’s going to be a very fun time!

Happy Sewing!

Kind regards,

Jane
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It Takes A Kindergarten Class to Build A Teepee

I feel very fortunate to have our grandchildren living here in Boise.  It enables us to see them often and to be a part of their lives.  Now that Belen is in kindergarten, we also get the opportunity to volunteer in her classroom and on field trips.

Belen's K Class

Belen’s K Class

Every year Belen’s school has an annual Spring Fling fundraiser to help fund the school’s art program, along with purchase computers and misc. equipment for the school.  Each grade school class works on a project that is auctioned at the Spring Fling event.  This year I was asked by our daughter, Alecia, who is a room mother, if I could help on Belen’s class project.  I agreed and met with two of the other room mother’s, Kate and Amber, to brainstorm ideas for the project.

The book used to create the teepee pattern from

The book used to create the teepee pattern from

We thought it would be fun to make a teepee and have the children build stars to decorate the teepee.  We  decided to use a pattern that I found in the book, Growing Up Sew Liberated.

Drafting the teepee pattern

Drafting the teepee pattern

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first step was to actually draw up the pattern which I drafted on newsprint paper.  Next, Kate and I met at Home Fabrics and purchased the fabric and trim for the teepee.

Cutting the trim fabric

Cutting the trim fabric

Trim for the front door panels

Trim for the front door panels

While I was cutting out the pieces for the teepee and trim, Kate and Amber led an art class with the kids and helped them cut out their star points and centers.  These were then appliquéd to three sides of the teepee by Amber’s aunt, Trische Robertson.  In the meantime, I cut the trim pieces for the door panels and prepared the front of the teepee.  Everything was really coming together like clockwork!

We decided it would be fun to have the children write their names on the teepee, so I cut strips of fabric for them to write on.  We accomplished this in another art period with the class.

Aligning the name strips

Aligning the name strips

The children were so anxious to add their names to the teepee.  Since the fabric was a little difficult to write on, the adults helped hold the fabric still while each student wrote his/her name.  They were pretty excited to see the teepee coming together as you can see in the following photos.

The children practicing their names

The children practicing their names

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keakua' writing his name

Keakua’ writing his name

Amber helping James

Amber helping AJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate and her son, AJ

Kate and her son, James

Amber and her daughter, AJ

Amber and her daughter, AJ

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I'm helping Belen

I’m helping Belen

Proud to contribute!

Proud to contribute!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The class was happy to pose for the group photo shown at the start of this blog post.

 

Helping in Belen's classroom

Helping in Belen’s classroom

Once we had the signatures, I gathered up all the pieces and returned to my sewing studio.

Next step was to add the class information to an extra star and then appliqué it to the front of the teepee.  I used my embroidery machine to personalize the front star.  (Note:  the blur in the photo of the machine is intentional to maintain anonymity.)

Adding name strips to the base of teepee

Adding name strips to the base of teepee

Adding class info. to star (blurred for anonymity)

Adding class info. to star (blurred for anonymity)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I sewed the name strips to the base of three sides of the teepee.  Now it was time to sew the sides together.  I was so excited to see the teepee gradually come together!

Sewing sides together

Sewing sides together

Rounding the corners

Rounding the corners

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After I rounded each corner of the teepee’s side seams, I pressed and sewed a hem around the base of the teepee.  Next, I added trim to the top edge of the teepee to finish this upper edge.  Finally, I pressed the trim and pinned it over each side seam to create a sleeve for the poles of the teepee.

Hemming the base

Hemming the base

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Sewing on pole sleeves

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The book suggested bamboo for the poles, but I’ve found PVC pipe a good, durable  alternative.  Kate delivered four 5′ lengths of 3/4″ PVC pipe and Marv drilled holes in the top of the PVC pipe.  Once we put the pipes in the sleeves of the teepee, we tied the poles together by lacing a cording through the drilled holes in each pole.  To finish the bottom of the poles as well as to keep the tent from easily sliding off the poles, I purchased 4 PVC caps for the bottom of each pole.   It also provided a clean finish for the opening at the bottom of each pole.

I was so excited to have finished the teepee and I took it over to show Alecia and the girls.

Belen and Eloise inside the teepee

Belen and Eloise inside the teepee

Belen pointing out her name on the teepee

Belen pointing out her name on the teepee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think they were as excited as I was and Belen was quick to point out to Eloise some of the features of the teepee, including her signature at the base of the tent.  They had a great time “test driving” the finished teepee and it really did look cute with all the stars and trim.

 

Eloise checking it out

Eloise checking it out

A side with stars

A side with stars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Belen checking out the other side...

Belen checking out the other side…

 Auction

Now it was time to deliver the finished project to the school.  The next time we would see it would be the night of the Spring Fling Fundraiser at the Stueckle Sky Center, which was held on Friday night, 5/13.   It was a fun evening to share with my daughter, Alecia.

The teepee and matching pillow on center stage

The teepee and matching pillow on center stage

Fun evening with Alecia

Fun evening with Alecia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We were pleased to see the teepee on the left side of the center stage for the main auction items.  There were also a variety of silent auction items that we bid on and it was fun to see whether we had the winning bid.   I was able to procure some tickets for next summer’s Shakespeare festival and Alecia purchased a nice painting (shown below).

A striking quilt from 3rd graders

A striking quilt from 3rd graders

A silent auction item that Alecia purchased - love it!

A silent auction item that Alecia purchased – love it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After the closing of the silent auction, dinner was served and then the main auction began.  In no time at all, we saw the teepee on the overhead monitors, indicating it was the current item up for bid.

Bidding taking place on the teepee

Bidding taking place on the teepee

Teepee on overhead monitor (name whited out for anonymity)

Teepee on overhead monitor (name whited out for anonymity)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had a price point set for the teepee and it exceeded my price point after the second bid and then continued to climb until the final bid of $850.  It was fun to see the various parents bidding back and forth for the teepee and we were pleased with the final bid.

The teepee and matching pillow on center stage

The teepee and matching pillow on center stage

 

I would like to thank all those people who made this project a success.  Thanks first to the children for their amazing artwork, second, to the room mothers, Kate and Amber, and Trische Robertson for all their work and contributions towards the teepee, and last, but not least, a special thanks to a special Kindergarten teacher.  You are all the VERY best!

Happy Sewing!

Jane

 

 

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The Princess and the Pea for Eloise

 

Eloise's Princess and the Pea Quilt

Eloise’s Princess and the Pea Quilt

I’m very pleased to share that last night I gave Eloise her quilt and she was delighted and could not wait to put it on her bed.  The first thing she wanted to do, of course, was to find the pea!

Eloise with her Princess and the Pea quilt

Eloise with her Princess and the Pea quilt

Eloise pointing out the pea

Eloise pointing out the pea

For the last several weeks, whenever we were together, she would ask about the status of her quilt.

I was committed to finishing this quilt as it was made especially for her and had some unique features.  First of all, her mommy, Alecia, had asked me to make the quilt using fabric with the 1930’s vintage look.  I also had to incorporate Eloise’s favorite color, purple and began collecting fabrics and rummaged through my stash to come up with a good collection for her quilt.  I also used rickrack for the vine that twists around the border of the quilt.  I love the bit of whimsy that this added to the quilt.  I found a darling background print with little purple flowers that served as the perfect backdrop for the princess’ bed.  It was so much fun to see this quilt come together and watch as the anticipation built from Eloise.

She was particularly tickled when I added the crown with her name on it and she loved to search for the little pea under the bottom mattress when the quilt was on my design wall.

The crown for Miss Eloise

The crown for Miss Eloise

The pea peeking out under the bottom mattress

The pea peeking out under the bottom mattress

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once the top was finished, I had it quilted by Yvette Ebaugh, who did an incredible job on my original Princess and the Pea quilt.  Once again, she did a beautiful job as you can see in the following pictures…

The beautiful quilting truly highlighted the quilt

The beautiful quilting truly highlighted the quilt

Love how the woodgrain was quilted on the bedposts

Love how the woodgrain was quilted on the bedposts

 

 

 

 

 

 

Each mattress was quilted different

Each mattress was quilted different

 

 

 

I love how the quilting highlighted the pea

I love how the quilting highlighted the pea

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I made the label for Eloise’s quilt.  I always consider this the finishing touch for a quilt because it tells a bit of a story of the quilt, as in who it was made for and when, etc.

Sweet Eloise's quilt label

Sweet Eloise’s quilt label

I’m so pleased to have this quilt finished and tickled that Eloise loves it.  That’s what really makes it all worthwhile.

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

Happy Sewing!

Jane

Note:  If you would like to make your own Princess and the Pea quilt, it is available as a pattern that can be purchased locally at the Quilt Crossing or online at Craftsy.

 

 

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Welcome Wyatt

Our niece, Mandy, is expecting and recently found out that she is having a baby boy.  As you can imagine, everyone is anxious to welcome a new bouncing baby boy to the family.

Last Sunday, her mother, Romy, gave her a baby shower and it was fun to make a few baby boy items, as I usually am sewing for our two granddaughters.  I found out the baby’s name is going to be Wyatt and the nursery has a “Whale” theme.  I was in a time crunch to make a baby quilt, so thought instead I would purchase a cozy blanket and add a whale appliqué with my embroidery machine.  Below is the baby blanket I prepared for our new nephew.

The Appliquéd Whale Baby Blanket I Prepared for Wyatt

The appliquéd whale baby blanket I prepared for Wyatt

To make this blanket, I was so fortunate to first find an adorable chevron patterned plush baby blanket in the exact colors I wanted to use.  In addition to that, there was a really cute whale bib that I determined, with a few minor adjustments, would make an adorable appliqué for the blanket.  After purchasing the bib, I carefully cut away the long blue straps and pinned the body of the whale to the blanket.

Baby blanket I purchased

Baby blanket I purchased

Adorable Whale Bib

Adorable Whale Bib

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then I sewed an edge stitch around the appliqué to attach the whale to the blanket and was pleased with the end result.

Sewing the whale to the blanket

Sewing the whale to the blanket

Next, I focused on a few more items for Wyatt.  While shopping, I found a set of cute onesies that had a nautical theme and one of them even had a print with tiny whales.

Set of nautical onesies for Wyatt

Set of nautical onesies for Wyatt

Custom onesie for Wyatt

Custom onesie for Wyatt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s always fun to personalize a few items for a baby shower, so I embroidered another Onesie with Wyatt’s name.

Customizing Oshkosh T-Shirt

Customizing Oshkosh T-Shirt

Something for Daddy too

Something for Daddy too

 

 

 

 

 

 

Since there are usually a lot of baby items that include a comment about Mommy, I thought it would be fun to personalize a little shirt that Daddy would like too.  I added “Daddy’s Helper, Wyatt” to a cute little Oshkosh T-Shirt that I had purchased – it was fun to choose the designs to complement this cute little shirt.

Adorable Whale Cake

Adorable Whale Cake

The shower was a lot of fun and Romy did a great job with the “whale” theme, including an adorable whale cake.

Mandy holding her new whale blanket

Mandy holding her new whale blanket

Best of all, Mandy received so many wonderful gifts and seemed to really enjoy herself.  I was tickled that she also enjoyed the items I had made for her and Wyatt.

Have you made any shower gifts lately?  If so, I would love to see them.  It seems with Spring around the corner, there will be more shower invitations for bridal or baby.  Such a fun time of year.

Happy sewing!

Jane

 

 

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Belen’s First Quilt

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of watching our grandchildren, Belén and Eloise after school.  We spent some time outside playing on the swings we have for the girls and when the temperature dropped, it was time to move inside.

Both girls have project totes at Nana’s house and in no time they busied themselves drawing pictures and coloring.  Belén was very focused and was coloring, then cutting paper, and asked if she could use some scotch tape.  She continued to work on her project for quite awhile and then proudly announced, ” Nana, I made you a quilt”!  And, as you can see, she sure did!

Belén's First Quilt - Made from Paper

Belén’s First Quilt – Made from Paper

She was so very proud and I was touched by her beautiful quilt.  I think next time she can make one with fabric.  It will be exciting to see what she comes up with!

I hope you are having a wonderful day!

Jane

 

 

 

 

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Cuddly Corduroy Dresses

Since Thanksgiving was so late this year, the month of December seemed very short and Christmas Eve arrived in no time at all.   I usually make our granddaughters some of their gifts and this year I decided to make dresses that they could wear during the school year, instead of just for the holidays.

My two sweet models, Eloise and Belen

My two sweet models, Eloise and Belen

After discovering some incredibly soft small wale corduroy fabric, I went in search of patterns that would be suitable for corduroy.

Dress Pattern for Belen

Dress Pattern for Belen

I found an adorable Laura Ashley pattern from McCall’s for Belen and for Eloise, I found a Cynthia Rowley design.  The pattern originally had short sleeves; however, I modified it and made long sleeves instead.  It will make the dress a lot warmer for Eloise to wear.   I used the sleeve pattern from another Simplicity pattern and eased it to fit the ruffled dress pattern.

This was originally for a summer dress, but I added long sleeves for warmth

a This was originally for a summer dress, but I added long sleeves for warmth

I decided to make the ruffles for Eloise’s dress out of coordinating corduroy fabric.  I thought this would be a fun way add some interest to her dress.

Coordinating fabric for dress ruffles

Coordinating fabric for dress ruffles

Her pattern had 4 sets of ruffles that encircled the skirt and bodice of her dress so to save time and labor, I used my handy dandy ruffler attachment foot #86 for my Bernina machine.  It made it so much easier to create the ruffles.

The ruffler attachment #86 from Bernina

The ruffler attachment #86 from Bernina

Here’s a picture of foot #86 in action, ruffling the chevron fabric.  It’s fun to watch it work its magic!

Creating ruffles with the ruffler foot

Creating ruffles with the ruffler foot

Once the ruffles were in attached to the dress, I added the sleeves and Eloise’s dress was complete!

Next, I turned my attention to Belen’s dress and followed the pattern instructions to join the body of the dress to the yoke.  I liked how it was coming together, but felt it needed a little punch!

B's original dress

B’s original dress

I trimmed away some of the bottom edge fabric around the skirt of the dress and sewed on a pink corduroy border at the hemline, which is one option on the pattern.

Dress with pink trim along hemline

Dress with pink trim along hemline

I thought it would also be fun to add an embroidery design to the pink yoke of the dress, so after scouring my embroidery folders for just the right design, I stitched a design to the front of the yoke of the dress as shown below.  I like how it added a bit of interest to the dress yoke.

Close-up of the embroidery design on B's dress.

Close-up of the embroidery design on B’s dress.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now both dresses were complete!  Best of all, the girls were thrilled with their dresses and pleased to model them for me.  Of course, they will wear them with cute little tights, and won’t be barefoot as they are in the following pics.  They were having a good time posing for these pics as you can see.

The back of the dresses

The back of the dresses

The girls in their dresses

The girls in their dresses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Silly girls...

Silly girls…

Eloise in her ruffled dress

Eloise in her ruffled dress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In addition to the dresses, I also made some covers for tablets and will share those in a future blog along with a new scalloped placemat pattern.

I hope you had a wonderful holiday as well!

Happy Sewing!

Jane

 

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Trunk Show for Rick Rack and Polka Dots

It is always exciting to share new ideas and ways to do things.  I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to do this locally in Boise for the customers at the Quilt Crossing (QC).  I have the pleasure of working at the QC every Tuesday, where I am a Bernina Sales rep.  In addition, I teach classes at the QC and enjoy sharing techniques that I not only use in the creation of my patterns for Rick Rack and Polka Dots, but also from other designers and educators.

Sharing some of my patterns with our customers at QC

Sharing some of my patterns with our customers at QC

This Fall, I was asked by the owners of the Quilt Crossing to provide a Trunk Show of my patterns from Rick Rack and Polka Dots at the store.  I was pleased to do so and showed 10 of my patterns and samples from my line of patterns.

Answering questions

Answering questions

Several of the ladies in the audience had attended some of my classes and were great about sharing their experiences.

Sharing a new pattern with the ladies

Sharing a new pattern with the ladies

This was a good venue to also share some new patterns that I was about to release along with some of the patterns that I currently teach in my classes.

If you would like to view a list of QC classes (including those I teach) you can do so at the QC website .  Just click on the link for the current newsletter.  To see some of my patterns at the same site, you can do so under “Local Designers”.

 

Discussing some history on a pattern idea

Discussing some history on a pattern idea

It’s fun to think about what my passion for sewing has grown into – a small business and job that I genuinely love!  It is an industry that is continually evolving and I relish and appreciate all the new capabilities we are now able to utilize with our amazing sewing machines and innovative sewing/quilting tools.

Patty sharing a few comments as well

Patty sharing a few comments as well

I was thrilled to have the opportunity and so appreciate the owners, Patty and Laura, for inviting me to present my patterns and asking me to share my journey.  It was a genuine pleasure.  I also want to thank those of you who attended either  Saturday or Sunday’s presentation and so appreciate your interest and thank you for being such a good customer.

Happy New Year

This also seems a fitting time to wish you all the very best in the New Year!  I have a feeling 2015 is going to be a great year!

Happy Sewing!!!

Jane

 

 

 

 

 

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Quick & Colorful Baby Quilt

The Quick and Colorful Baby Quilt Pattern

The Quick and Colorful Baby Quilt Pattern

Baby quilts are so much fun to make.   A few years ago I made one to welcome a friend’s new baby.  I wanted it to be a more simple design and to incorporate the giant rickrack.  We coordinated the fabrics with the nursery colors and used a variety of plaids, stripes and polka dots, more on the masculine side for a baby boy.  The result was a fun baby quilt that is still in use today.

The sweet baby boy who received the quilt.

The sweet baby boy who received the quilt.

The grandmother of the baby has told me over the years that I should make a pattern for this quilt and after making a similar quilt for a new nephew last month, I decided to do that.  I’m pleased to announce my new pattern for the Quick and Colorful Baby Quilt.

You can create a themed quilt and include a relevant book as part of your gift

You can create a themed quilt and include a relevant book as part of your gift

The pattern provides detailed instructions that step you through the construction of the quilt.  I love how versatile this quilt is as you can totally change the personality of the quilt by your choice of fabrics and trims.  You will notice that the first quilt I made, I used giant rick rack down the center of 3 of the fabric strips.  For the cover quilt on the pattern, I used 4 different colors of large rickrack that were sewn on multiple seam lines to add a bit of whimsy.

Lots of trims and fabric to choose from to make your quilt extra special.

Lots of trims and fabric to choose from to make your quilt extra special.

 

Another view of the Clifford themed quilt

Another view of the Clifford themed quilt

Another fun idea is to create a themed quilt and include a relevant book as part of your gift.  For the cover quilt, I used a variety of Clifford themed fabric.  When I sent the gift to my nephew, I included a copy of a Clifford book as part of his gift.

With all the great fabric available, there are so many possibilities – your color options are endless!

 

Another way to personalize your quilt is to quilt the baby’s name into the border of the quilt.

 

 

 

You can also personalize your quilt by quilting the baby’s name in the border of the quilt as well as adding a personalized label on the back of the quilt.  I like to include the birth date and statistics on the quilt label.

With the holidays, just around the corner, if you are looking for a fast and easy  baby quilt pattern, I think you will like this pattern.

It is available locally in Boise, Idaho at the Quilt Crossing and also available online at Craftsy.

I hope you enjoy making it as much I have.

Happy Sewing!

Jane

 

 

 

 

 

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Creating Memories with Grandma Jill and her Granddaughter, Emily

One of the things I enjoy the most is teaching someone to sew or giving private lessons. Recently, I was asked if I would be willing to give lessons to a grandmother and her granddaughter. I was excited to do so and this morning they arrived at my home to learn how to make a Noteworthy Notebook Holder from my pattern of the same name.

Jill with her granddaughter, Emily

Jill with her granddaughter, Emily

I was delighted to meet Jill and her granddaughter, Emily. They had done their homework and had both read read through the pattern and were well prepared with all their supplies.

In no time at all they had cut out their fabrics and were ready to sew.

In no time at all they had cut out their fabrics and were ready to sew.

Once we discussed the various fabric pieces that were required, they cut them out and were ready to construct their notebook holders.

They were both so excited as they watched their notebook holders come together. Their fabric choices were really fun and colorful.  They were good students and did a great job of listening and following instructions.

Trimming the curve of the flap of the holder.

Trimming the curve of the flap of the holder.

Determining the position for the snap closure

Determining the position for the snap closure

 

Step by step, we followed the Noteworthy Notebook Pattern  to construct their notebook holders.

 

 

 

In no time at all, they were ready for the  final step of attaching the snaps to hold the flaps in place. We used the Babyville Snap Pliers to set the snap closures for both Notebook holders.  Babyville has a great collection of snaps to choose from. The pliers come with easy-to-follow instructions and “Presto!” their holders were complete!!!

We fussy cut the fabric so the flaps highlighted the design of the border print fabric as seen in this picture of the front sides of their notebook holders.

We fussy cut the fabric so the flaps highlighted the design of the border print fabric as seen in this picture of the front sides of their notebook holders.

 

 

The two beautiful border print fabrics Jill and Emily chose were stunning as they wrapped around their composition notebooks – as shown in the next few pictures.

 

 

 

The border fabric the girls chose was a beautiful cover for their holders - this is the back side of their holders.

The border fabric the girls chose was a beautiful cover for their holders – this is the back side of their holders.

 

I’m not sure who was having more fun sewing these projects… Grandma Jill, her granddaughter, Emily, or me. They were delightful students and it was a lot of  fun to see the great relationship that Jill and Emily shared.

 

 

Best of all, they loved their completed projects and were pleased to hold their works of art for one last picture.  In addition, they were already planning to make more holders for gifts.

What an amazing time to share together - what a great team!!!

What an amazing time to share together – what a great team!!!

This was a very fun private lesson.  It warmed my heart to see these two wonderful ladies work so well together.  I was also very touched by the thoughtful message on the card they gave me.

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This is what makes it so much fun to share my passion for sewing.

I’m honored to have been invited to share a very fun morning with this great grandmother – granddaughter team.  It was very special indeed.

Happy Sewing!!!

Jane

 

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Noteworthy Notebook Holder – Fun New Pattern!

It’s always exciting to share a new pattern and this week I will be introducing two new patterns.  The first pattern I’m excited to share with you is the Noteworthy Notebook Holder.

New Noteworthy Notebook Pattern

New Noteworthy Notebook Pattern

This is a very versatile pattern in that you can virtually make it any theme you want simply by your choice of fabrics.  You only need 1/3 yard of focus fabric and 1/3 yard of lining fabric, so it is a great pattern to use up some of those fabrics in your stash.  (See the pattern for additional notions and supplies required.)

Holder with fabric trim.

Holder with fabric trim.

If you like, you can also add a strip of your lining fabric to the front of your holder for an attractive fabric accent as shown on the holder with the bird designs.  To make them even more personal, you can use a typewriter to type a favorite quote or relevant message on a piece of trim for the center of your trim piece.  I did this for a number of holders I made for my 3 sisters when they were here for a Sister’s Reunion in July.  It was fun to share quotes that were relevant to each of them on their notebook holders. There are several suggestions for trim ideas included in the pattern.

Holder using a border print

Holder using a border print

Another fun idea is to use a border print as your main focus fabric.  It’s almost magical to the see the effect of letting the fabric itself be the main focal element.

Flip the pattern to make a holder for a left-handed person.

Flip the pattern to make a holder for a left-handed person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you have a left-handed person on your gift list, simply flip the pattern to make a holder for that works well for them. This is a very useful gift as the flap helps to keep all your papers in place and is securely fastened to the front of the holder with a snap.  I used both Babyville and Snap Setter snap fasteners and snaps for my holders.  They come in a wonderful assortment of colors and styles.

The holder has an pen holder and optional business card holder.

The holder has an pen holder and optional business card holder.

The holder easily accommodates a standard size composition notebook (9 3/4″ x 7 1/2″) which are available at Office Max or Target, etc.  The handy pen holder keeps your pen in place and instructions are also included for an optional business card holder.

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My sister, Kathy, seems delighted!

My sister, Vicki, with her new notebook holder

My sister, Vicki, with her new notebook holder

 

Once you have made your first holder, you will be amazed how quickly you can make more  holders. If you would like to share any you make, please send me a picture as it is so much fun to see them.   You can email it to me at rickrackandpolkadots@gmail.com.  The patterns are available locally in Boise at the Quilt Crossing and can also be purchased on Craftsy.

I hope you enjoy making them as much I have.

Happy Sewing! Jane

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