3 Ways to Gather

Gathering is a simple technique that is easy, even for beginners. You can stitch a long length of fabric to a shorter piece of fabric, creating fullness. Gathering is found in all types of projects. You’ll see it in garments such as gathered skirts and puffed sleeves as well as home dec items such as […] Read more…

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Hello Sioux Falls!

It has been over a year and a half since I travelled to teach and I’m finally going to get back out there. Later this month I am going to go to Sioux Falls, South Dakota to teach two one-day classes about my favorite subject – presser feet! I’ll be teaching at Heirloom Creations, owned […] Read more…

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7 Tips for Stitching Paper

If you like to explore sewing beyond fabric, paper is a logical step. Create greeting cards, mixed media art pieces, bookmarks, scrapbook pages, and other paper items. Making these types of projects is an inexpensive way to be creative because most, if not all, of the supplies needed may be things that you already have […] Read more…

Make Something Beautiful

You may remember at the first of 2021, I promised to post one art quilt a month. If you’ve been paying attention, you have also noticed that I’ve fallen behind on that promise. In an effort toward catching up, I’m posting a unique little quilt that I hope inspires you to have fun making your […] Read more…

Machine Embroidery Sneak Peek

Sometimes I forget how much fun I can have with machine embroidery. I’m working on a project I’ve wanted to stitch for a few years now and I’m loving it! It’s an OESD tiled collection called Modern Petals. Tiled collections are unique in that you stitch a number of small patches, called tiles. Then, you […] Read more…

Do You Pintuck?

I love adding texture to flat fabric. One of my favorite ways to do this is by stitching double needle pintucks. I’m working on an embellishment project, and I created a diagonal grid with pintucks. Add this technique to quilt blocks, pillow fronts, purses, and to almost any other type of project. Pintuck Supplies To […] Read more…

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