Happy Valentine’s Day! On today’s episode, I chat with Frances O’Rourk Dowell. Frances is a fiction novelist/author, mostly of young adult fiction, but also more recently, of Quilt Fiction. Some of you may have read Birds
Happy February!! Here we go - this new year has taken off at breakneck speed. In this minisode, I talk about current projects in my studio, and happy to report that
My podcast guest this week is Sara Lawson, from Sew Sweetness Patterns!!!! Sara is a bag pattern designer and has two weekly live facebook and youtube video shows, AND
Welcome back to Part 2 of my conversation with owner and creator of 5 out of 4 Patterns, Jessica Pierce. There is a small outtake of our pre-recording
Happy New Year Everybody!!!
On the first segment of this episode, I chat about
Best Sewing Stuff of 2018
On this mini-sode episode, I recap the previous Sugaridoo episode with some sources of craft shows with crochet, knitting, yarn and possible amigurumi for you to find in 2019. I also give a progress review on
Irene Staal of Sugaridoo is my guest today on Make and Decorate! I found the Sugaridoo YouTube channel earlier this year, and immediately subscribed. Irene’s YouTube channel is
This mini-sode is jam packed with tips, crafts, shopping and more! Check out the links below
Happy Thanksgiving! This is a super special episode with Podcaster, Stephanie Kendron from the Modern Sewciety Podcast. We have a great conversation about all things creative and inspiring from sewing machines, to fabrics to podcasts.
The above photos are tablescapes - one is my own table :) the rest luxe tables are of clients.
You can find ready made table linens to use as is or embelish a little for your own custom look.
Below are photos of gifts I have made for client and/or host/hostess gifts.
I am adding some new episodes to the in-between weeks of my Make and Decorate podcast. I call them “Mini-sodes”. This week I have a lot to chat about, I did some fleece sewing with my niece, Ava, then had my beloved Bernina machine in the repair shop, only to learn
On this episode I give a full recap of the Sew Sweetness Retreat I attended the last weekend of September. There was a guest instructor from Blue Calla Patterns, Celine Alleart, and we made a bag from her pattern, The Boronia Bowler Bag. Sara Lawson was also an instructor, and we made the cute crossbody/messenger style bag from her pattern called the Satellite Bag.
Also, I review a couple of subscription boxes I recently started, the fall FabFitFun box, and Grove Collaborative (all natural products)
I finish the episode with a segment on interior painting tips. Many people in the northern hemisphere are heading back indoors and sprucing up their homes for the holidays. Learn about paint quality, finishes and choosing colors for your home. I talk about mostly Benjamin Moore paint, but also give tips on big box store paint lines, as well as introduce you to a high end natural pigment paint from the UK, Farrow and Ball.
Have you ever taught a kid how to sew, quilt or craft? We often hear from adults on how to teach children how to sew and craft, but on this episode, we get a glimpse of what it is like to be a kid learning how to sew from my 10 year old niece, Ava. I started teaching Ava to sew when she was a wee 5 year old, and since then she has learned how to
My first podcast guests!!! On this episode, I enjoy a great conversation about multiple types of creative hobbies and crafts with fellow podcasters, Dori and Katie from Hobbies up to Here.
This episode covers a couple of niche machines in our sewing world, sergers and coverstitch machines. These machines are often feared and misunderstood due to the complex looper threading process on a lot of manual machines. Some people may even have a serger just sitting around collecting dust because they do not know how to use it or have the patience to try to thread it. Fear not...
In this episode of Make and Decorate, I share my journey through 2 decades of purchasing sewing machines, serger/coverstitch and embroidery machines. I have learned so much over the years as I have invested in the most important tool of not only my hobby, but now also my profession - sewing, serger and embroidery machines.
My Chronological List of machine acquisitions:
Podcast Show Notes: Episode 2 Things to Consider Before Buying a Sewing Machine
$ Basic Sewing/Quilting machine: Brother CS6000i https://www.amazon.com/Brother-Feature-Rich-Stitches-Auto-Size-Buttonholes/dp/B000JQM1DE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1532909779&sr=8-3&keywords=brother+cs6000i+sewing+machine
$$ Mid-range Heavy Duty straight stitch machine; great for bag making, quilting and garment sewing. This machine is considered to be a semi-industrial home sewing machine. Juki TL2010Q https://www.amazon.com/TL-2010Q-1-Needle-Lockstitch-Automatic-Tailoring/dp/B00AAZU1KE/ref=sr_1_4?s=arts-crafts&ie=UTF8&qid=1532910251&sr=1-4&keywords=juki+tl-2010q
$$ Lower Mid-Range price point available from dealer; ok, so in the podcast, I said don't get caught up in "Project runway/Laura Ashley" branding of machines....well the Innov-is line model I was talking about is a limited edition Project Runway machine - still a good option, except is does not have a knee lift. The machine in the photo to the left, is the next model up, Innov-is which does have a knee lift! Very good feature to have especially for quilters.
Links to Sewing Machine Manufacturers:
Husqvarna Viking http://www.husqvarnaviking.com/