Sewing Blog & Website Highlights

 September is National Sewing Month

All links in my posts are orange. Any word with a double line beneath it is not my link. I apologize for this inconvenience. This change is effective beginning 09-10-2014.

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National Sewing Month; art from NationalSewingMonth.org

Disclaimer: I am not compensated by any person/company. All opinions are my own unless in quotation marks.

 Featured Sewing Blog 

Heather's photo on her blog The Sewing Loft

Heather’s photo on her blog The Sewing Loft’

Heather Valentine’s blog, “The Sewing Loft”  is packed full of fun & education.

  • Sewing IQ quiz which consists of 12 questions. It’s fun, educational & some of the questions are tricky! (read carefully before answering)Hint: Q8 is the trickiest!
  • Tips for Printing Patterns at home. Ever need some tips for ALL those pieces of paper? Hallelujah! These tips are great!
  • …& much more!

Did you know?

Joann fabrics classroom photoYou are most likely aware Joann Fabric & Crafts stores have classrooms where they teach crafts & sewing. However, the classrooms are not always in use. When they aren’t the store offers “Open Time” for your meetings. The cost? FREE!

This is great! My house just isn’t big enough for meetings and I would love to have a sewing circle.

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 Threads®  Magazine Article Highlights

 On Threads®  Magazine’s website offers many articles to help seamstresses gain expertise. There are lots of photos and the information is clearly written. A sewer doesn’t need to have experience to understand the directions.

Logo Threads Magazine Publisher

 The New column “Threads Daily” currently offers the following articles:

If you are an on-line member you have access to the “Insider” column.

“About Membership

Online membership provides you total access to premium Threads videos, articles, tips and much more. Plus, you get FREE tablet editions of Threadsmagazine with your paid membership.

Enjoy digital access to:

  • Videos from top sewing experts
  • Threads magazine’s most recent issues
  • A collection of essential resources from Threads
  • Exclusive articles, the Insider pattern collection, and our 360° garment viewer
  • Plus so much more! Scroll down to see all the benefits
That’s over $350 worth of premium Insider-only content!”

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Reader Tip

Plastic Bag Sewing Tip

Plastic Bag Sewing Tip Photo: Scott Phillips

 Use recycled bags for sewing tricky fabrics.

Betty Bolden from Bolton, Connecticut says, “I have found a simple solution for taming fabrics that are difficult to sew. If my fabric (such as batting, bulky or loose-weave fabrics, faux fur, or Velcro) doesn’t glide smoothly over the machine plate or gets stuck in the machine foot as I’m sewing, I use a plastic grocery or other store bag to help. I prefer the bags from Jo-Ann Fabrics because they are almost transparent. I cut the bag to make it one layer; if I have a lot of seams to sew, I cut the bag into strips about 2 to 3 inches wide. I place the plastic on top of or beneath the fabric and sew normally, stitching through the plastic. The plastic helps the fabric slide smoothly as the stitches are made, and a simple tug easily removes the plastic after the seam is complete.”
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“Do you have a good sewing tip? Send it in, and we’ll pay you if we publish it in Threadsmagazine. We’ll also select the cleverest tip in each issue, and the winner will receive a gift package from Taunton Press including Threads DVDs and other instructional sewing books.
Send tips to:
Threads Tips
POBox 5506
Newtown, CT 06470
or by email at:
ThreadsTips{at}taunton{dot}com
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 Giveaways & Events

#1 The daily entry on AllFreeSewing.com National Sewing Month 2014 Grand Prize Giveaway! Original post on Bagg Lady’s Buzz

#2 NEW The daily entry on AllFreeSewing.com giveaway book;  Start Stitching between September 15 – 29, 2014. Book review.

#3 NEW The daily entry on AllFreeSewing.com giveaway; 12 Yards of Assorted FreeSpirit Fashion Fabrics  (Coats & Clark) between September 15 & October 15, 2014. Plus a free eBook “How to Make Your Own Clothes; FreeSpirit Fashion Fabrics.

Site Logo for AllFreeSewing.com

Site Logo for AllFreeSewing.com

 #4 Get Ready for the Million Pillowcase Sew-A-Thon 09/19-20 Original Post here.  Event finished but Pillowcases are still needed!

APQ site logo

APQ site logo

#5 Don’t forget the KAL/CAL began 09-09-2014. It’s not too late to start!  Original Post here. Clues 1 & 2 are already published.

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#6 If you haven’t registered for the Wild & Crazy Cuddle Giveaway remember registration ends 09-30-2014 Original Post here.

cuddle giveaway 09-01- to 09-30

 #7 If you haven’t left a comment to register for the Storage Solutions giveaway by Threads magazine & Go-Organize Original Post here.

Threads website contest ad

Threads website contest ad

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Please accept my apology. I missed a week of posts due to unforeseen events in my life.
Tomorrow New Charity Highlight
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Charity Project & Seamstress Highlights #6

 

September is National Sewing Month

 

All links in my posts are orange. Any word with a double line beneath it is not my link. I apologize for this inconvenience. This change is effective beginning 09-10-2014.

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National Sewing Month; art from NationalSewingMonth.org

Disclaimer: I am not compensated by any person/company. All opinions are my own unless in quotation marks.

100 Quilts for Kids

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Quilters’ Highlights

By this year’s hostess

The 2014 Hostess of 100 Quilts For Kids is Heather. Her blog is Quilts in the Queue.

100 Quilts for Kids is an annual charity quilt drive. It runs from August 01 through September 30, 2014.

From its beginning in 2010 to present the goal is to encourage quilters donate a quilt to a child in need. The quilters who take part will be entered into a drawing to win prizes donated by Sponsors of 100 Quilts for Kids 2014.

How to join copied from Quilt in the Queue.

100 Quilts for Kids Link Up Party! Here’s how to join in:

  1. Make a quilt (finishing a quilt in progress also counts!)
  2. Donate a quilt to a child in need tothe charity of your choice.

    Donation ideas link

  3. Link up your quilt using the linky tool. Finished quilts only please – no work in progress shots. You can link using a photo from a blog post, Instagram, Flickr, Facebook, or a Threadbias account. Use the 100 Quilts for Kids button or   #100quilts4kids or otherwise mention the event and how others can get involved. Be sure that you indicate where your quilt was donated.
  4. Be entered to win some of our fabulous prizes! Each quilt linked up will be one chance to win! See the list of sponsors linked above for a list of the prizes. Please note that prizes thatrequire shipping (fabric bundles, books, paper patterns, etc) are only open to US participants. Not to worry – there are many PDF patterns and gift certificates available for international friends!

    Sponsors List & their donations

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DC Modern Quilt Guild

Katie (Blakesley)  (photos below) started the 100 Quilts for Kids quilt drive several years ago when she was a member of DC Modern, so we owe a lot to her in terms of starting this wonderful tradition in our guild,” as found on the DC Modern Quilt Guild website.

As of this writing (09-12-2014 @ 10:54 P.M. PST) there are links for 59 quilts. Below is a random sampling.

 

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Don’t Forget

#1 The daily entry on AllFreeSewing.com National Sewing Month 2014 Grand Prize Giveaway! Original post on Bagg Lady’s Buzz

#2 The daily entry on AllFreeSewing.com Giveaway Twisty Twirly Faux Scarf Kit(s) Ends 09/15 Original Post here.

Site Logo for AllFreeSewing.com

Site Logo for AllFreeSewing.com

 #3 Get Ready for the Million Pillowcase Sew-A-Thon 09/19-20 Original Post here.

APQ site logo

APQ site logo

#4 Don’t forget the KAL/CAL began 09-09-2014. It’s not too late to start!  Original Post here.

banner CAL KAL Sept 09- Oct

#5 If you haven’t registered for the Wild & Crazy Cuddle Giveaway remember registration ends 09-30-2014 Original Post here.

cuddle giveaway 09-01- to 09-30

 #6 If you haven’t left a comment to register for the Storage Solutions giveaway by Threads magazine & Go-Organize Original Post here.

Threads website contest ad

Threads website contest ad

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Ta Ta until tomorrow! Charity List  & Seamstress highlighted!

Disclaimer: I am not compensated by any person/company. All opinions are my own unless in quotation marks.

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