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2016 Sewing Highlights on Instagram

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It’s that time of year when we glance back and take a look at some of the top posts shared by The Sewing Loft in 2016.  This year, I thought I would start with a few sewing highlights from my Instagram feed. Sewing Highlights of 2016   As I scrolled through my feed, it became clear that I share so many things on Instagram that I'm just "working on", giving as a gift or just having … [Read more...]

Clean Sewing Space – End 2016 Right

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It's the last few days of 2016 and boy oh boy do I need to clean my sewing space! Like many out there, all of the holiday sewing and creative chaos really took it's toll on my sewing studio. There are fabrics on the floor, scraps everywhere and the desk is a hot mess. To be fair, I kinda want to just shut the door and walk away because I don't know where to start first. So, I'm gonna tackle … [Read more...]

Bobbin Winding Machine | Sewing Tool

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Bobbin Winding Machine - tool A small mechanism used wind thread onto a bobbin that is separate from a sewing machine.  Most home sewing machines come with a built in bobbin winder feature, however, some home sewing enthusiasts prefer to have a separate bobbin winding machine.  The portable bobbin winder enables the sewer to wind extra bobbins without having to stop and un-thread their … [Read more...]

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...]