Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Welcome Sew Mama Sew Visitors

I'd like to extend a special welcome to anyone who might be visiting my blog today from Sew Mama Sew, and is looking for my binding tutorial. This binding method - around here it's also called "No Tails Binding" - is my hands-down favorite method, because it's easier... and so different than the way most quilters sew binding to their quilts. I encourage everyone to give it a try. And, if you happen to be in my area, I'm offering a workshop on it, Sunday, March 8, 2015. Click the "Schedule" tab above for more information.

Here's the link to Sew Mama Sew's "17 Best Binding Tutorials." Good information here!

Have you been sewing for Christmas? I have made only a few things, and find that since we aren't decorating - no tree because no one's coming to visit, nor are we going to visit anyone (after all, we moved south to get out of winter weather!) - I've been playing catch-up on an untold number of projects. Here are a few finishes.

This patchwork Scottie dog is for grandson LJ. It was easy to make with 2-1/2" unfinished squares, as I keep a big stack of precut squares ready for a variety of scrappy projects. I made sure a few novelty prints were included, so he can identify them as he gets older.

The other side.

Then, I set up my sewing machines like this, so it was nice and easy to swivel between the serger and the sewing machine to make some clothes.

For Austin, I made these flannel Angry Birds jammies. To make it a set, I bought a long-sleeved thermal shirt. It's fun and easy to sew short (or long) pants with this Kid Shorts Pattern from Dana Made It. It's a purchased download that comes in sizes 12 months to 10 years - a good investment. I have some more fun novelty prints to sew into shorts.

Then, I made myself a top. This is a newer pattern by Jennifer Paganelli of SisBoom, called "Tortola." Another purchased download. Have you noticed how much I like to shop from home?

The top is cut on the bias so it takes a lot of fabric. Made with voile, I like how it's really flowy. The pattern calls for two yards, even for a small, but next time 1-2/3 yard should be enough. I sure like how it turned out though I can't wear it yet because the weather is a little cool for a tank top. But, I plan to make a bunch of them.

And, I made "Iris" shorts from a purchased download Colette pattern. These appeal to me because of the no-button waistband, the side invisible zipper (love my new Bernina invisible zipper foot!), and front inset pockets that are not in the side seam.

I'm pretty sure this pattern will make a repeat appearance.

Since this spurt of clothes-sewing, I've returned to free motion quilting in an effort to get caught up with projects before January. I recently learned that First Time Quiltmaking, scheduled to begin January 5, is full with 20 students. So we - the Lifelong Learning College and me - added another class... and already 14 students have registered! Looks like 2015 is shaping up to be busy! Linda


  1. Thanks again for sharing your binding tutorial! Love your little Scottie, and oh you have a great system for sewing up clothes - you are getting so much done!

  2. Great projects, Linda! It's wonderful that you needed a second class for the new quilters. Isn't this your 4th or 5th group now? Scottie dog should be a big hit and I'll share the pj pattern with a friend. The thermal shirt to go-with is a good idea.

  3. Super busy, indeed! I applaud all of your projects and your enthusiasm for teaching. The students don't know how lucky they are!!

  4. Fun to see all your projects proceeding apace, as well as being able to peek into how you arranged your tables for efficient sewing. Very cool. And congrats on getting all your classes filled!

  5. Lots of great sewing here - and I just love that scotty dog. Did you design the pattern yourself? I have some Scots blood in my veins so I am really drawn to this little dog.

  6. Love the scrap Scottie dog!!! Adorable...for some reason I can't get a page for the "no tails binding"??? Happy Holidays!

  7. Very cute Linda. It will be enjoyed I'm sure

  8. I'm glad that the top turned out so well, Linda. Did you get that voile in KC when we were shopping together?

  9. That's an interesting approach to binding. I'll need to reread it again to fully grasp the concept. Love the little doggie. He's just so cute.

  10. Such a cute little scottie dog. A good way to use up some bright squares too. You are so talented -- clothes, toys, and quilts. That top is such a beautiful color too.

  11. The top is so lovely and the drapey look to it will look great on you. Like the shorts too, and the kids will enjoy the animals and pants. It's fun to do some clothes sewing once in a while. I've made a couple of infinity scarves which are fun to make and more fun to wear. Thanks for sharing.

  12. You are amazing. And you have a cute figure to go with those shorts 😊.

  13. Those are really cute shorts. Like *reallY*! Love those front in-set pockets. :)


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