Christmas Wishes from The Sewing Loft

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Christmas wishes do come true! The machine has been powered down and for the next few days, the focus is on family. My folks arrived yesterday to help celebrate the season. They came armed with goodies from home. Plenty of smiles and hugs to go around. Heck, even a big box of butter cookies from my favorite NJ bakery! Secretly, my girls wanted snow tucked in their bags but no such … [Read more...]

Splendid Sampler Block Progress Update

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Like many others, earlier in the year I started working on the Splendid Sampler Block patterns. I had high aspirations of turning this amazing fat quarter bundle box of Cotton & steel fabrics into something beyond words.   I got to block 2. Life got busy and my best intentions fell to the way side. Well, last week on Instagram I shared this photo and officially announced that I am … [Read more...]

2017 Sewing Retreats | A Stitch in Time

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Sewing retreats are a wonderful way to rejuvenate, and inspire our minds and bodies. Not only do you get to learn new techniques in a new setting, but meeting new friends is always exciting! Whether you are looking for a short retreat close to home or an extended stay far away, 2017 is shaping up to have a little something special for everyone. 2017 Sewing Retreats Quilts & … [Read more...]

Quick Sewing Patterns | Easy To Make

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Most stitchers like to have a few go to quick sewing patterns in their back pockets to make as gifts. So, I've rounded up 15 easy to make patterns to add to your line up. They are all quick, easy to make and inexpensive.   Quick Sewing Patterns   Sweetpea Pods- Make these cute bags in batches and never be caught without a gift again! Hold Everything- You can make this … [Read more...]

Starry Night Quilt Top Assembly & Layout

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Wow, this year went by so fast!! Last month I shared the very last block in the 2016 Block of the Month Sew Along, Wyoming Valley and now it's time to start stitching the Starry Night Quilt top together. I can hardly believe that we are in the final phase of our Starry Night Quilt Sampler.  When I designed this quilt, my goal was create something beautiful that would help improve your … [Read more...]

Handmade Holiday Gift Help | Extra Elves

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Are you feeling the crunch this holiday season? I know I am. I mean, we all want to make or buy the perfect gifts for our friends & family but this year, I'm feeling the pressure as the calendar counts down. So, I'm hoping a few semi handmade holiday gift packages will help me through.  'Tis the season... you know what I mean and I'd like to enjoy it while giving my handmade gifts. You … [Read more...]

Sewing Gauge | More than just a basic gadget

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Sewing gauge noun A ruler with a slider that typically measures 6" long. It is most commonly used for measuring short spaces such as hems in sewing. Sewing Gauge Details:  The adjustable slider on the ruler provides precise measurements. The ruler is marked with inches on one side and centimeters on the other side.   Common hem and seam allowances are marked along the … [Read more...]

Quilt My Ride | Fabric Car Cover

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Have you ever lost your car in the parking lot of the grocery store?  I have. I am usually the lady walking up and down the aisles using my clicker hoping to remember where my car is among the sea of white vehicles. If you are like me, you have probably tried creative ways to identify your car when you leave it in the parking lot. Fabric Car Cover Ideas   Stitch a fabric car cover, … [Read more...]

Bobbin Winding | Sewing Term

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Bobbin Winding - verb the process of winding thread onto a bobbin in order to use it in sewing Before you can sew with your machine, you must wind thread onto a bobbin and load it into place. The process by which you do this is known as bobbin winding. Learn how in this quick video.  Bobbin Winding Stats- How: If winding by sewing machine, always wind the bobbin before threading the … [Read more...]