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ATTENTION FELLOW FABRIC LOVERS (or should I say “fabri-holics!) ~ ~ ~

I have decided to shift at least a portion of my focus to teaching but don’t have the classroom space. So, the stacks of fabric must go! I am holding a “Remodel Sale” so I can convert my storeroom into a classroom. I am planning on creating space for up to 6 workstations!

hand sewing

learning to use needle and thread

sewing lesson

stitching blocks together








There are LOTS of quilting cottons and flannel, Apparel and Special Occasion fabrics, batting and thread. All at “must go” prices!

fat quarters

bins of fat quarters

Fabric Shelves 1

just a teaser!








The sale will be on 3 Saturdays: April 29th, May 6th, and May 13th from 9-5. If you can, carpool! As a home-based business, parking is limited. If interested, contact me for my address and directions at old2new@comcast.net or call 253-318-1414. Hope to see you soon!

These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye may have peace. In the world ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 ASV


Have Machine, Will Travel

I recently traveled by car from the Seattle area to central California for a family reunion. As usual, I took my sewing machine and supplies.  As I am usually in the middle of one or more projects, traveling can affect deadlines. Besides, I sew most every night anyway!

sewing supplies

sewing supplies

Depending on my travel schedule, I might not take the machine in for a single night. This trip I was in the hotel for three days. I have two travel machines; this one is my Bernina Aurora 440. My only setup option was a round table and I had to use pillows to make the chair high enough.  There was an ironing board however, so that was handy. As most of my supplies are still in boxes my travel iron was not handy, so my Oliso traveled with me too. I love that iron!


room setup

The projects and fabrics filled one suitcase. The red boxes held all my tools: scissors, bobbins, tweezers, etc.

lap quilt

lap quilt

This setup was at my cousin’s for one afternoon. We had a nice visit while I sewed! All that is left to do is the binding!

Multi-pocket Tote Bag

My granddaughter liked a tote bag I had made during a Martha Pullen Licensing so much that she asked me to make one for her friend’s birthday. She picked out the fabrics and I got busy!

As the original pattern creates a LARGE tote bag, I adjusted the measurements a bit to better fit an 8-year-old’s stature. The quilting was created by stitching the main fabric onto batting. I used a 1″ gridded pellon and followed the lines, stitching every 2″ on a diagonal. I can’t sew that straight free-hand! I used a walking foot to prevent puckers.

I used the blue ‘frosted’ fabric for the outside of the bag. One side has 2 vinyl pockets, trimmed in an accent fabric. The bottom and straps are purple ‘frosted’ fabric.

bag front

bag front

The other side of the outside is a zippered pocket which I trimmed in the lining fabric for a “pop” of color.

bag back

bag back

The lining is a zebra print with 3 open pockets on one side (purple) and a zippered pocket on the other (in blue). The bottom corners of both the outside and lining were stitched to create a box pleat.

inside bag

inside bag

It was a hit with my granddaughter and I am now making another for her own!

Wonderful Seattle Weather and quilting!

Seattle and the Pacific Northwest are beautiful with sunny skies and super warm days! The mountain has been “out” in all her glory !!!

My daughter-in-law’s mother was moving (it’s been a busy few months for our family!) so I made this throw for her as a house warming gift.

This fabric was in my stash and in one of the first boxes I unpacked. There was a center panel and eight coordinating fat quarters, plus about a 1/2 yard in an ninth print.

The first border, sometimes called a “piano” border, was created from the eight prints.


fabric strips

These strips were sewn together, cut into the width I wanted and stitched together for the lengths needed (sides and top/bottom).

strip piece

strip piece

piano border

piano border

I did not have enough fabric for the outside border to go all the way around. Luckily, there was enough of the border strips to make corner squares. Quilting was a simple stitch-in-the-ditch around the center panel and piano border.

corner squares

corner squares

I chose a beige backing which was rolled to the front to bind the edges. She really liked the final result!

finished throw

finished throw

More quilts, bags and other garments to come in future posts!



My First Post!

This is uncharted territory for me – so y’all have to bear with me! Although the tagline refers to Heirloom Sewing, I also enjoy sewing garments, gifts and quilts. I have 5 granddaughters and two grandsons for whom I enjoy sewing/creating. Journey with me as I share my love of sewing with you.

The Sewing & Stitchery Expo, held at the fairgrounds in Puyallup WA, was this weekend. 4 days of vendors, shows, classes and fun! This event is almost an annual pilgrimage for me, for over 20 years now. Dedie, a very good family friend, and I spent all day on Thursday. Saw lots of bright, colorful fabrics, wonderful (and tempting) notions, met friends – both new and old. A fun time was had by all!

I visited with another long-time friend, Nadeen Ward (on right in photo) of “Dolls R Sew Fun”. She designs patterns for 18″ dolls, carrying supplies & accessories and now ~ a book on sewing for dolls. Great work, Nadeen!

nadeen_me 2014 expo