Something about a fresh haircut and a bike ride…

February 8th, 2015

Sew…there’s something wonderful about a fresh haircut (really short this time, huh?!) and a bike ride with a new friend.

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Feeling happy and FREE

 

Yesterday, our weather was a gorgeous 64 degrees, sunny and very little wind.  A perfect day to get out on my bicycle with my new friend, Lisa.

Lisa is in my Saturday morning Strength Training Group…and new to New Mexico. Since this was her first outside ride in New Mexico and because my knees were feeling a little tweaky, we chose a relatively flat road with a nice bicycle lane in Corrales and pedaled an easy 12+ miles with the time we had.

I have to say, it absolutely invigorated me.¬† The sunlight, the scenery, the sound of the pedals and wheels turning…and freedom. Just taking it all in and giving myself permission to simply “be” with no expectations.¬† What a wonderful experience.¬† I can hardly wait until next Saturday! New course…some hills…and more friends!

Today is our present…truly a gift.¬† What will you do with yours?

Pepper’s HotFLASH Quilt & Sew Parade!

February 1st, 2015

With 2015, comes exciting changes to SewThankful!¬† I’m so excited to tell you that I have changed the name of the SewThankful eNews to Pepper’s HotFLASH Quilt & Sew Parade.

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Although, to be honest…I may occasionally refer to it as the “eNews” for short.¬† Just because I take shortcuts sometimes.¬† I’m spicy like that.

In case you haven’t guessed already, I am Pepper.¬† My name is¬† Tracy Chapman and I will turn 50 years old in May 2015 (could there be a reference to HotFLASH here? hmm…). “Pepper” has been my unofficial (family) nick name for several years. This is the BEST time of my life and the name change reflects my decision for forward progress (emphasizing FUN) in this amazing adventure we call life.

Why is Pepper my nickname?¬† Well, mainly because I love just about everything about peppers…the colors, the shapes, the flavors, all the different varieties.¬† AND because their colors, shapes and flavors can all change (either subtly or dramatically as they grow).¬† They can be sweet, spicy or flaming hot.¬† They can be purple or yellow or green or orange or red (and many colors in between, including mult-color). They can be slender or plump…oh my!¬† Just like me.

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What’s the HotFLASH Quilt & Sew Parade all about?¬†

The HotFLASH Quilt & Sew Parade is the email “publication” in which I am your friendly guide to fresh, new ideas (some golden oldies too), new products, and HOT SAVINGS on sewing/quilting products, patterns & threads at SewThankful.¬† Of course, it will be thoroughly seasoned with inspiration, encouragement and occasional views of ever sew spicy New Mexico, the SewThankful Crew and my Tumbleweed Adventures.

Are you a subscriber? (Why not? It’s FREE and you may easily unsub yourself at any time).

If you are already subscribed to the SewThankful eNews, you don’t need to do anything, your subscription settings remain the same through the name change.

If you are not already subscribed, there are two super easy ways to subscribe now:

(1) On your cell phone, simply Text the word    SEWTHANKFUL
to 22828 and you’ll be added to our weekly email list. This option is currently only available to USA subscribers.

(2) Visit this page: http://www.sewthankful.com/SewThankfuleNewsSignUp.html to choose the list you want to join.

Thanks so much for reading today.¬† I hope you’ll join the parade!¬† It’s all about living a good life that is flavor-FULL and FUN!

CHILE

 

Make an easy and accurate template!

December 6th, 2014

I am frequently asked how I make templates for projects.¬† I’ve tried many methods over the years, but the one that works best for me and is absolutely the fastest, easiest and most accurate (in my opinion) is this:

1.  Always protect the original pattern/template piece.  Make a photocopy of your original template piece (make sure it is 100% the original size).

2. Use your favorite adhesive (i.e., I use regular school gluestick or fabric fix spray adhesive) and lightly but thoroughly coat the RIGHT side of the paper template.  Be sure not to over saturate or distort the paper.

3. Place a piece of Quilters Vinyl  or Collins Template Vinyl on top of the paper template (adhesive side to the vinyl).  The Quilters Vinyl should be slightly larger than the template piece(s). Make sure to smooth out any wrinkles.

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Collins Template Vinyl Sheets

  • Collins Template Vinyl is available at SewThankful in a package of six¬† 8.5″ x 11″ Sheets.¬† I ****LOVE**** to use these sheets when I’m making templates that take up the majority of an 8.5″ x 11″ page.

4. Allow adhesive to dry a few moments.¬† Check to make sure you’ve got a good adhesion of paper to vinyl.¬† If needed, add a little more glue or spray around any loose edges and allow to dry.

5. Carefully cut out template piece on the lines using nice, clean, sharp scissors so you have smooth edges.¬† Oh…did I mention?¬† Quilters Vinyl and Collins Vinyl are SO EASY to cut.¬† It’s like buttah baby…uh huh!

VOILA!¬† You have a FABULOUS template ready for tracing.¬† It’s perfectly cut and labeled with all the markings because you are using the actual paper template :-).¬† Template making joy…YES!

My Blue Jean Christmas Tree Ornament 2013 from Sew TracyLee Designs

November 30th, 2014
December 2013 Ornament Sewing Pattern

December 2013 Ornament Sewing Pattern

This PDF file requires a RECENT version of Adobe Acrobat Reader, available for FREE at Adobe.com

I thought I had posted this pattern on our blog last year after I sent it out in our FREE eNews, but apparently not.  :-) Holiday haze, I guess.

These are very quick and cute and make excellent use of small denim pieces!¬† They look great on the tree (or decorating a package) and as always, because they are fabric they don’t BREAK.¬†¬† They look great embroidered, beaded and blinged out! Use your imagination to make truly customized ornaments. AND…if you’ve got colored denim scraps laying around…YES…that works beautifully too!

Here is the link to the PDF pattern/instructions.

Here is the link to the PDF pattern/pieces.

©Tracy L. Chapman & Sew Thankful Inc. December 2013. All rights reserved.

Permission to print and distribute this complimentary pattern at no charge to others, for personal or NON-PROFIT use, for guild and group projects is granted provided all copyright information and references to Sew Thankful are kept in tact one each and every pattern copy printed/distributed.

Permission is also granted to individual crafters making small quantities of finished items to sell at their own individual craft fairs, boutiques, etc.

For any other use, please contact tracy@sewthankful.com to obtain the appropriate permission and/or licensing.

Tracy L. Chapman, Sew TracyLee Designs & Sew Thankful Inc. shall have no liability with respect to loss or damage caused directly or indirectly by the information contained in this project. Each person using this project is responsible for their own risk and results will be determined by many factors including tools and materials used, and individual skill level. No guarantees or warranties are either expressed or implied.

SEW THANKFUL and the SEW THANKFUL logo are a federally registered Trademark/Service Mark of Sew Thankful Inc.

Back to designing…Sew Sharky!

November 3rd, 2014

Sew…this is the prototype for my new downloadable sewing pattern design (coming VERY SOON to SewThankful.com).

Sew Sharky! is a shark hot pad with a pocket mouth for your hand to wear him like a mitt.¬† He will look awesome sitting on your table, waiting for a hot pot of food to rest upon him…or, hanging on the wall of your kitchen.

Sew Sharky is a Sew TracyLee original design!

I’ve got just a couple minor tweaks to make (mostly in the instruction/editing process), but I like him quite a lot. What do you think?

A dear friend from Jr. High School was my inspiration.  She loves sharks.  LOL.  This one will be a great one for any shark/ocean lover in your life.

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