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Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

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The Ribbon Panel — EZPZ Placemat

Sunday, March 23rd, 2014

Spring is in the air…sew…I was re-organizing some things and found a bunch of grosgrain ribbon in pretty, Spring-like colors.

I couldn’t help myself, I just had to make something.  Here’s what I came up with in like 30 seconds (this is FAST):

RibbonPanel

How I did it:

RibbonPlacementLine

I measured 1.25″ in from each outside edge and marked it lightly. Then I cut colored ribbon to desired length. My panel is 15″ x 19″ so I cut two colors 15″ long and two colors 19″ long.

PinRibbonPlacement

I placed the outside edge of the ribbon along (just barely covering) the lightly marked placement line. Then, I pinned well.

Finally, I top-stitched both long edges of the ribbon.

Whew, that was FAST…and fun.  I love grosgrain ribbon!!!

Now, all I need to do is follow my instructions found in my EZPZ Fast & Fab Reversible Placemats sewing pattern to turn my panel into a professionally finished reversible placemat.

This would be super easy to customize to any dining table or decor…just pick the colors you need. Oh goodness, it doesn’t get much easier!

2011 Havf a Heart Christmas Ornament Sewing pattern

Sunday, December 18th, 2011

Click here for the instructions in PDF format for quick and easy printing – requires a new or updated version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Click here for the pattern piece(s) – requires a new or updated version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

 Havf a Heart fabric ornament sewing pattern

Havf a Heart™

Heart Ornament or pincushion in 2 sizes

©Tracy L. Chapman & Sew Thankful Inc. December 2011.  All rights reserved.

Permission to copy 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 (doing their own sewing themselves)  to make reasonable quantities of finished items to sell at individual craft fairs, boutiques, etc.

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Make your ornament as plain or fancy as you desire.

Make it plain! You can use a single fabric (all 4 hearts the same color) or go scrappy with all 4 hearts different fabrics.  Make it fancy! You can make a truly special, customized ornament by using a solid fabric as one side (half) of the heart. Use the plain side as your canvas!  Embroider a name, date or special message. Or draw, paint, write, appliqué, embellish with beads, buttons, silk ribbon or hand embroidery, or other creative, personal, artful ideas.

Please read entire pattern carefully all the way through at least once before you cut or sew.

Two Sizes – Finished Measurements:

  • Large – approximately 4.75” high x 5” wide, depending on how full you stuff it
  • Small – approximately 3.5” high x 3.5” wide, depending on how full you stuff it

Materials required for EACH ornament: 

Large

Light Fabric: 12” x 6”

Medium to Dark Fabric: 12” x 6”

Polyfil  or cotton  stuffing such as Sweet Dreams by Quilters Dream

Batting Scrap: 6” x 6” (thin, flat cotton batting or poly fleece preferred)

Template Plastic

Ruler or straight edge for marking

Pencil

Thread

Hand needle

Awl

Ribbon (silk, organdy, satin, etc.) you can use up to .5” width if it is a thin ribbon such as organdy or silk. .25” widths are recommended for bulkier ribbons

Optional: Sew Easy Tweezers or Crochet hook

Small

Light Fabric: 9” x 4.5”

Medium to Dark Fabric: 4.5” x 4.5”

Polyfil  or cotton  stuffing such as Sweet Dreams by Quilters Dream

Batting Scrap: 4.5” x 4.5” (thin, flat cotton batting or poly fleece preferred)

Template Plastic and

Ruler or straight edge for marking

Pencil

Thread

Hand needle

Awl

Ribbon (silk, organdy, satin, etc.) you can use up to .5” width if it is a thin ribbon such as organdy or silk. .25” widths are recommended for bulkier ribbons

Optional: Sew Easy Tweezers or Crochet hook

*Note: Depending on the width of fabric, you should be able to get 3 +  Large or 4 + Small ornaments from .25 yard of light + .25 yard of medium to dark fabric . Directional fabrics may yield less. You may also choose to make the ornament from a single fabric or from 4 different fabrics for a scrappy look. I recommend making one with contrasting fabrics first so you get a good feel for the construction process.

Click here for the project instructions in PDF format for quick and easy printing – requires a new or updated version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Click here for the pattern piece(s) – requires a new or updated version of Adobe Acrobat Reader.

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta 2011

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

My dear husband, Jeff, recently decided to take up road bicycling with me so we could experience some wonderful adventures together.  I have done a fair amount of bicycle riding, but I’ve never seen the balloons by bike.  So…

This morning we took  a nice 14 mile ride and here are a few pics:

Hot Air Balloon Deflating 

Balloons Galore

Jeff...and hot air balloons in the background

Jeff on his bike

It’s really amazing to see so many balloons in the air all at once. It still excites me after more than 15 years of seeing it and being around them.  I have to say that seeing them by bike was even more incredible than I thought it would be. It’s hard to explain the glorious, peaceful, graceful beauty…just makes me happy to be alive and celebrate life.

My plan is to get more close ups of the balloons this week.  Let’s all pray for continued good weather so the balloons can launch, everybody can stay safe and I can hopefully get some great pics to share.

Half & Half Apron – Sewn Samples – Project Kits

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

This week I was busy sewing samples and making up kits for the Half & Half Apron project sheet (instructions by Karen Montgomery of The Quilt Company).

I’ve got to say I LOVE this little apron pattern/project.  It works up so easily and so quickly and the results are fantastic.  All the seams are finished and quite professional looking.  The pocket is fantastic–though it blends in with the apron body so you need to look closely. You could add lovely monogramming or other cool embroidery to the pocket very easily before stitching on the apron.

Here are the samples I’ve sewn so far:

FandingoOrangePinkDaisies_FeedsackTrimTies

Half & Half Fandingo Dark Pink/Orange apron sample

Fandingo Pink Floral

Half & Half Apron Fandingo Pink Floral sample

Tracy’s Review & Tips

1. The Half & Half Apron project sheet is very well thought out, nicely illustrated and very easy to follow step-by-step.

2. Unfortunately, there is no specified seam allowance on this project.  I used a 1/4″ seam allowance throughout and it worked perfectly.

The only place that might require a slightly deeper seam allowance is at the waistband since gathers are used and it may be tricky for beginners to deal with “gathering lines of stitching” that close to the fabric edge and stay within a 1/4″ total seam allowance. If you need to go a wee bit deeper than 1/4″ when sewing on the waistband, the project will still come out very nice.

3.  For those who do not know how to do “gathers” there is no instruction on how to perform that technique.  There is one illustration that gives you some clues.

Here is how I prepared my gathers: I make two parallel lines of long machine basting stitches very close to the edge of the fabric.  On one end of the lines of stitching, I find the bottom thread tails for each line of stitching and pull gently.  This creates a ruffling effect and you can slide the fabric gently to spread the gathers evenly to the center of the apron.  Repeat  on the other side until gathered fabric is even across the project and project dimensions are correct.

4. After I finished the apron instructions, I added top stitching to the waistband and ties — all the way around.  You could use decorative top stitching for an even fancier result.  The reason I added the stitching to the waistband and ties is that I know it will help keep the ties flat when I wash the apron in the future.  Without stitching, the ties are likely to “tube up” and twist in the washer and dryer making it more difficult to press flat.  Top stitching also adds more durability and a nicer overall finish to the ties.

These kits make gift making go sew much faster!  And…once you’ve made one, I bet you’ll be burning through your stash whipping up even more great combinations.

Kits also make FANTASTIC gift giving ideas for fellow quilters or sewing enthusiasts…since this particular kit includes the fabric and the project sheet of instructions, all the recipient needs to get started are rotary cutting supplies, thread and a sewing machine.  What quilter doesn’t already have an ample supply of those tools?