Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sewing] Sewing Pattern Line Art

Hi friends, for the last few weeks I have been spending time building a new sewing pattern collection! My goal for this collection is to focus on a wearable wardrobe that fits my current lifestyle, true body frame and reflects my sewing skills.  In the past when I shopped for sewing patterns I focused on the colorful front picture of the envelope featuring the garment made up in a beautiful fabric often wore by a equally gorgeous fashion model!  This time around I have used the sewing pattern line art as my guide for choosing patterns.

I have found that the line art gives me a true silhouette of the featured garment helping me to better determine if the garment will attractively fit my body frame.

I also found that line art highlight all types of the seam lines, darts, sleeves, pockets, plackets, slits, closures of the garment allowing me to determine if I have the sewing skills to complete the garment.

Now with each sewing pattern purchase I take time to read the pattern envelope and guideline sheets.  I make notes on the front envelope cover to help me remember useful tips for future construction of the garment and to aid me in purchasing the "right" fabric for the project.

It has really helped that Hobby Lobby had a 99 cent sale on Simplicity patterns and Joann's had a 99 cent sale on McCall's patterns this week.  I brought this wardrobe essential at Walmart for affordable price!

Thanks for visiting my blog and comments are warmly welcomed!

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Needlecraft| Counted Cross-Stitch Moon &Stars

Welcome friends, take a look at my Moon & Stars counted cross-stitch project!

I love the way the snow white embroidery floss pops against the black Aida cloth!  The pattern for Moon and Stars can be found in the book, "Cross-Stitch to Calm" by Leah Lintz. (To find the book click here: Cross-Stitch to Calm.)

Enjoy your crafting and thanks for visiting!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Crochet| Sophisticated Square Doily

Hello everyone!  Take a look at my Sophisticated Square Doily that I finished crocheting in June 2017.

I crocheted this doily using Aunt Lydia's Bamboo Crochet Thread.  The thread is so smooth and silky; however, unfortunately this thread has been discontinued.  The "free" crochet pattern for this pattern is by Kristen Stoltzfus.  The pattern can be found on Redheart. (click this link

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Monday, July 31, 2017

Sewing| Flamingo Shirt

Hello friends, I am pleased to present my Flamingo Shirt!

This shirt was so much fun to make.  I made it in June 2017 as part of the Make a Garment a Month Sew-Along hosted by Sarah Liz creative head of Sarahlizsewstyle Blog.  (Click here to visit sarahlizsewstyle.)

I followed sewing techniques from Craftsy "The Classic Shirt Tutorial," used Simplicity 1538 pattern and the fabric is Flamingo by Brother Sister Design Studio Line from Hobby Lobby Stores.

Thank you for visiting my blog!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Quilting| English Paper PiecingTravel Kit

Hello everyone!  I have fallen in love with a new craft, English Paper Piecing, a hand stitched technique that uses templates cut in a variety of shapes to create beautiful patchwork pieces.  For my first project, I have made an English Paper Piecing Travel Kit following the tutorial of Haley Pierson-Cox creative head of the blog Red-Handled Scissors.

What do I love about English Paper Piecing (or EPP for short)?  To my great surprise, I totally love the hand stitching.  In this project I learn how to tack stitch, whip stitch and ladder stitch!  Working with hexagons to make the pretty patchwork flower was delightful.

I also love that English Paper Piecing is very portable craft.  An EPP project fits nicely into my little travel kit and I can happily work on that project during a long car ride, waiting in the doctor's lobby or even on my lunch break it work!

Click here (Tutorial: English Paper Piecing Travel Kit) to link to Haley's tutorial.

Thanks for visiting with me!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Quilting| Slash & Half-Square Triangle Quilt Blocks

Hi friends!  I have been away from blogging for quite some time.  I am returning but keeping it very simple.  Here we go.... I'm working on quilt blocks from the Craftsy Block of the Month 2012 Feature with Amy Gibson.  I plan to make 20 blocks that technique - half-square triangles, string quilting, basic applique, foundation and English paper piecing, curved piecing and more.  In the end I plan to have a colorful throw-sized quilt!  Here are the blocks I have made in July 2017:

Block 1: The Aterisk Block - This is a "slash" block.

Block 2: The Wonky Pound Sign Block - This is also a "slash" block.

Block 3: The Balkan Puzzle Block - I made this block using the magic half-square triangle method used by Jenny Doan of the Missouri Star Quilt Company.

Block 4: The Chunky Chevron Block - I made this block using the drawn-line half square triangle method.  I used Fons & Porter Quarter Inch Seam Markers to make line drawing a breeze.

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday's Minute| Regina's Crafting Motto

Welcome to Monday's Minute: Regina's Crafting Motto

Hello Friends. This little motto is how I am currently managing by crafting world!

Have a great week crafting!