Thursday, May 7, 2009

May Girls In Stitches

We're looking forward to a fun night in Mt. Juliet. Bobbie Jo has graciously opened her doors to us and I am really looking forward to working on the demo project with her. She will be instructing us on making this cute cinch sack backpack.

Remember, Girls In Stitches is meant to give you a night to relax and let your hair down, so don't feel obligated to do the demo project, bring something that helps you relax. Or...if you want to come and finish a project that you just can't get done at home...that's fine too.

Bring a snack and something to do and we'll supply the friendly banter.

Thursday, May 28, 2009
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

comment or e-mail if you need directions or a supply list.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Our Next Girls In Stitches Night: March 26th

I saw a clever organizer in a Better Homes and Gardens specialty magazine a while back and decided to see if I could make one. It turned out great and will be the demo project for this month's Girls In Stitches.

We're going to meet at my house in Mt. Juliet again and you are welcome to bring any project you would like to work on, or feel free to follow along as we stitch together this simple wall hanging organizer.

Just in Time for Spring Cleaning, this versatile organizer can be adapted to any project or function needed. Scrap booking, painting, kid's art supplies, jewelry or just odds and ends you need separated from your keys by the back door, you can make this project work for you. You can decide the location and size of the pockets, or you can make it exactly as I did this one, perfect for keeping notes, patterns and tools for sewing projects.

Thursday, March 26th is our next get together and we'll meet from 6:30 to 9:00. Bring a snack or a drink and hopefully we'll send you home with a finished something or another.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

One Night In February

We had a marvelous time at our last Girls In Stitches night. There were some new faces and a couple from our old group as well. The snacks definitely took a back seat this time, with just a few passers by grabbing at the edibles available in the kitchen. It was mostly down to business and business it was. Amber (and Madison) guided the apron makers through the steps to complete their projects. The adorable fabrics and creative pockets were adapted to the recipients of each apron. It was fun to see how quickly people caught on and took off with their aprons.

There were other projects in the works as well. Amber Hunter started on a pair of mini Mary Jane's, I got a little stuffed bunny cut out and Bobbie Jo was able to get some tedious ironing done. Kris even set us up with some music while we worked.

One thing that is happening with our group is a transition to a mother/daughter type fellowship. Amber often brings Madison and that has always been enjoyable to hear her take on things and watch her get creative with the scraps we leave around us. She now has her own little machine and does a few projects on her own. Last month Karin brought her daughter as well and this month my friend Gabrielle brought two of her girls. Gabrielle had expressed to me that she was looking for something like our gathering so that she could spend some quality time with her girls, learning something valuable and productive. I had always thought of our Sewing Parties and Girls In Stitches nights as a time to get away from the kids, but I am seeing such value in the way the younger girls are catching on and bringing such fresh thoughts and ideas to our gatherings. Even as a mother of only boys I am touched and really gratified in seeing their joy in accomplishing things with their mothers. I had that growing up. I have fond memories of going with my mom to the "Sewing" at church. I loved sitting with the women around the quilt frame and listening to them, sometimes making a few stitches of my own and just enjoying the security and camaraderie of like minded women. I hope that as our Girls In Stitches evolves we can offer that same warmth and wisdom to the young girls who join us. God bless our daughters.

I do want to post one picture which I snatched from Amy's blog. She finished an apron, and it turned out so cute. Here is one of the things we accomplished on Thursday:

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Next Girls In Stitches Night: February 26

Thursday February 26, 2009
6:30 - 9:30

Join us for a girl's night of fun and creativity.
Bring a snack, any project you may be working on,
or learn to create our demonstration project.

The Swing Into Spring Child's Apron
Skill Level: Beginner

(At a cost of $5.00 you will have the option to personalize
your apron with a machine embroidered name on the front.)

We're meeting at Mary Kelso's house in Mt. Juliet.
Directions will be e-mailed to those attending as well as a
demo project materials list for those interested.

Let us know if you're coming!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Baby Gifts

I purchased a new book recently and have already made and given away the first project from it. I don't want to plagiarize so I will not post the instructions to the project but I will show you my pictures and you can see why I recommend this book. It's called "Gifts For Baby" by Catherine Woram and has 30 simple projects that are just adorable. These little Mini Mary Janes, took me several hours but I couldn't give you an exact time because of the amount of interruptions I deal with. I will say it took longer than I expected, but it was not so long that I am discouraged from doing it again. I am confident that I will be faster then next go-round.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

As Requested

Child’s Valentine’s Goodie Bag Tutorial


2 pieces of felt fabric 9” wide x 18” tall

1 yard grosgrain ribbon (1” wide)

1 square of felt fabric

Embroidery floss

1. Take one piece of your 9x18 felt and fold in half, right sides together. It should now be 9” x 9”.

2. Using the fold as the bottom of the bag, sew up both sides, using a 1/4” seam allowance. This is the outside of your bag.

3. Do the same with the other 9x18 felt. This is the lining of your bag.

4. Take the corner of your bag and flatten it into a triangle. (Think line up side seam with center of bag bottom). Place bag in sewing machine with tip of triangle lined up with sewing plate. Stitch straight across the triangle.

5. Do the same to the other bottom corner of bag. When you turn bag right side out, you should now have a flat bottom to your bag.

6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 on the bag lining.

7. From your square of felt, cut a heart shape that will fit nicely centered on your bag.

8. Using embroidery floss, blanket stitch your heart to the front of your bag

9. With bag turned right side out and lining turned inside out, slip the bag inside of the lining. Now, your bag and your lining should have right sides touching each other.

10. Line up side seams and pin the sides together.

11. Cut your grosgrain ribbon in half. These will be your handles. You may choose to cut your handles even shorter if you’d like.

12. Line your first handle up between the bag and the bag lining. Make sure the “loop” of your handle is facing down between these layers and the ends of your handles are lined up with the top of the bag.

13. Pin your handle in place and pin the bag to the bag lining along that same side.

14. Repeat with other handle on other side of bag. Make sure that your handle lines up with the other handle you just pinned to the other side.

15. Starting just before the right side of your handle on one side of the bag, stitch bag, bag lining, and handles, going all the way around the bag until you’ve sewn over all four sections of handles. Stop before completing the full circle, as to leave you and opening for turning everything right side out again.

16. Turn everything right side out. Tuck your lining into your bag.

17. Folding in the raw edge on your opening along the top, top stitch around entire top of bag.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

January 13

We had a good time last night. There were 5 of us total and I was the only one not creating a bag from the demonstration project. Amber did a great job of running from machine to machine keeping everyone stitching and making progress. I was running from spot to spot trying to keep kids out of trouble and make sure everyone knew where the trash can and bathroom were. I did sit down a crochet a little and actually continued that course after the last of the guests were gone. It was nice to sit quietly by the fire, hot tea and a little bit of cake on the table beside me, crochet in hand and consider what went well and what could have been better.

One thing I really enjoyed was the fact that we set limits and didn't over emphasize the food. In the past I loved our meals, I loved how much time and attention people put into the dishes they brought and it became a focus of our meeting with themed food nights and lots of time spent around the buffet. I loved it, but I think we got less and less done the more we focused on it. I also put a time to begin and a time to end on the flyer. In the past we didn't set a limit and there were some nights we were in each other's living rooms late, late, late into the night. Last night everyone left around 9:00 and there was still time to clean up a few things and wind down before going to bed.

I wish that we could have handled the instruction time a little differently. I would have loved to be able to teach everyone the same step at the same time. Had everyone brought their own sewing machine that might have been possible. Some people do not yet have machines so there was a lot of back and forth and working around each other. It worked out, and Amber handles things like that without a problem, I am just a sucker for order and really had to step back and just be available to service my machine or answer sewing questions when I could. I had a great time doing that, and I guess what I'm really saying is, I could not have done what Amber did. Everyone seemed very happy with what they went home with and I have to say some of them were really cute.

Amber Dunn and her sister Ashleigh made large totes instead of the Valentine bag, It was the same thing just on a larger scale. They also opted for lining their bags which turned out very, very cute.

Karin and Amber Hunter made the project, as advertised, for their school age girls and they turned out very cute.

Amy was unable to make it at the last minute and asked that the step by step tutorial for making the bags be posted here. I will try to do that. I did take a few pictures but not nearly as many as I'd hoped. Thankfully the instructions are not difficult and between myself and Amber, I am sure that we can communicate the steps needed to complete the project.

It was a lot of fun and I'm looking forward to next month's meeting. As soon as we know what will be happening we will post here as well as send out an e-mail and e-flyer.