sewing

In case you were wondering…

How many bobbins can one spool of Gutermann 1000m thread wind? *not a sponsored post* I just really like Gutermann for the quality & longevity of their thread. I’ve only ever used it, even though I’ve tried other brands, but I come back to this one. I made costumes for a show about 25 years ago, and they are STILL going strong, after literally thousands of washes. The fabric wears out before the seams do. So when I quilt or sew anything, I’m using Gutermann. …fun fact….I’ve been keeping all…

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sewing

The Year of Not Buying Fabric

You guys.Omg. You guys. It’s three quarters  through July and I HAVEN’T BOUGHT ANY NEW FABRIC. (yet) No really. I’ve made a sort of deal with myself that I need to clean up and get through my stash this year.It’s…too much. When I’m moving bins and bins of fabrics around (but I do know exactly what’s in each bin, y’all… I really do) and still having to go buy more fabric….I think it’s gone past the Stash phase and I’m teetering dangerously close to Hoarder status. So.I decided last year…

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Janome sew

By the way… NEW Machine!

For Christmas, I received the most wonderful gift ever….. My new beautiful Janome QDC4030!!!! I had my old Brother machine for 12 years; the same machine sewed every curtain, every quilt, every costume for every show I’ve been in or costumed for the last 12 years. And that’s a lot. And never a problem, it was a midlevel machine and did everything I asked it to….but alas, the quiltmaking was starting to prove too much. Tension was never right, no matter what, thread breaking, rough edges on the bobbin case,…

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rail fence

Tools of the Trade

Here is a post about What I Have Learned About Quilting…so Far…. Or; Use the Right Tools For The Job.This is a short note on what I’ve learned the past few years, that are the basics if you’re just starting out. Like any professional trade,you need the right tools to get the job done right. The best, most efficient, and accurate jobs all use the proper and correct tools.For example:  you could mow your  entire lawn with the weedwacker (and you know who you are if you’ve done it) but…

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life rail fence sew sewing

I love MAIL!

These days; all it seems we get in the mail are bills and flyers. But I have a secret confession.     I love mail. I love receiving it, I love sending it, I love mail. AIEEE!!! There it is. My horrible confession. Maybe it started as a kid when in 4th grade we started Pen Pal programs with kids at another school in the US, and then continued over the years corresponding with friends made at summer music school; who knows. I just love getting mail. There’s nothing more homey…

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