J. Stern’s Tee to Dress Tutorial

j. sterns tee to dress

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Stern

Check out Jennifer Stern’s How to make a Tee into a Knit Dress! tutorial. To view the entire tutorial click here for Jennifer’s website.

Workshop Alert: Don’t Miss Piecing with Silks, Satins & Other Fun Fabrics

Hope Quilt Designed by Judy Zoeler

Hope Quilt by Judy Zoeler

Workshop alert!!! Are you a quilter who feels your repertoire is limited to only cotton? Then we have just the workshop for you. Join us for Piecing with Silks, Satins & Other Fabrics with world-renowned quilter Judy Zoeler. For one day only Judy will conduct a hands-on workshop, Saturday, March 16th at the Holiday Inn Express in Palatine, Illinois.

Judy will introduce 20 students to the joys of quilting with silks, satins and other fun fabrics. Using her patters and fabric kit, Judy will help students create a fan-themed quilt square and learn special techniques for working with these beautiful yet delicate fabrics.

Space is limited and early bird registration is still available; $60 for American Sewing Guild members and $75 for non-members. Early bird pricing ends this Friday, February 15th. The workshop pattern, kit and lunch are included in the registration fee. To register and for more information click here.

You don’t want to miss this all day workshop. Sewing friends, quilting and good food – what more can you ask for? Hope to see you there!

Float quilt by Judy Zoeler

Float Quilt by Judy Zoeler

Enjoying Hand-Sewing

In today’s world of computerized sewing machines that you can plug a USB drive, here are two videos that watch the hands with needle and thread. Maybe it’s the music along with these that make hand-sewing so beautiful to watch. Tell me, do you enjoy hand-sewing?

Did you ever wonder what the left-hand is doing on the underside as your quilting the top?


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Where has the summer gone?

Oh my! It’s been almost two months since I’ve written to you, dear readers. There’s so much to catch up with you and so many ideas and chapter information to share. I’ll be writing them and bringing  you up-to-date within the next week.

  • Updates about the Joplin Project First Day. There have been several recent inquiries if they are still accepting clothes. I’m finding out and will update you.
  • September is National Sewing Month! This year’s theme is about love; have you thought of ideas already?
  • Fall is around the corner and the Make It With Wool contest entries are due soon. Time is short if you haven’t started, but we’ll give you some tips that the Peoria ASG group shared.
And so many other things! To get us back in the swing of things, here’s an old Singer TV commercial. Sewing for economy hasn’t changed.
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