How To Survive A Summer Remodel

The photo below is one room in my house. The entire house is basically a giant construction zone.

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Remodel work is never done

Just recently I had a 40 yard roll-off in the driveway. We didn’t think we’d fill it, but we did, embarrassingly so. Funny thing is, now there are two other households with roll-off’s in their driveways! We’ve started a trend.

If you have done any kind of remodeling or redecorating in your house, once you paint one room, you end up doing the entire house. That’s how it is in my home. I’m planning on having this all done by September (2016) at the latest. It’s going to be close, as the only time we’re able to work on it is on the weekends. And, I should clarify. When I say ‘we’ I mean not me but someone else.

What has been completed is:

  • Ceiling popcorn texture has been removed.
  • Drywall slapped up.
  • Walls of living room have been painted.
  • Fireplace has been painted and fixed with a new mantel.
  • All manner of junk and debris has been removed from house, garage and yard (most of it).

Whew, that is a lot of work someone else is doing! Now we’re moving into phase 2: tile and painting the other rooms.

As for me, I need to stop by the fabric store and pick out some new fabric for the chairs I’m reupholstering, oh and I need to find some fantastic fabric for curtains. Such exhausting work this remodeling.

How about you? Is your summer filled with remodel and redecorating jobs? Have any tips?  Let me know on the blog!

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Hide & Seek Dory Quilt Kit with Embroidery Design Collection
Celebrate the release of Disney’s Finding Dory with the Hide & Seek Dory Quilt! Featuring officially licensed fabrics from the movie, the quilt design features interactive bubbles, made as traditional appliques or in-the-hoop, so little hands can actually find Dory.

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Picnic like a pro with the summer Picnic Quilt Kit!


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If there’s one thing I love about summer, it’s picnic season. As soon as it’s warm enough, my family prefers all our meals outside. These days – with two small children – our picnics aren’t quite as leisurely as they once were, but we do enjoy ourselves.

Does your family have a favorite picnic blanket for summer meals al fresco? We do – a plaid sheet from the 70s (in brown and orange, no less!) – but we might be due for an upgrade. If you’re in the same boat, liven up your summer outings with this set of punchy little picnic sayings. Designed by Mollie Johanson of Wild Olive, the Good Eats embroidery design collection packs a definite superhero vibe. How cute would these look on a hand-sewn lunch bag, cooler bag or picnic backpack?

PicnicCollection 225x300 Picnic like a pro with the summer Picnic Quilt Kit!In the meantime, the Instant Picnic Quilt Kit (above) is the perfect canvas for these colorful sayings. Created with high-quality Cotton + Steel fabrics, the kit includes all the fabric yardage (including the backing) you need plus the embroidery designs, which come in two sizes. After the embroidery is done, the quilt comes together quickly: large-scale squares are pieced together, the quilt is tied, and the binding is created by turning the excess backing to the front to cover the raw edges. Stitch up this quilt in an afternoon or two, then enjoy an heirloom piece for years to come. Whether you find yourself picnicking in an idyllic orchard or a city park, enjoy, friends!

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Disney’s Finding Dory Movie Excitement and Quilt Project

Have you seen Disney•Pixar Finding Dory yet? Did you love it? We’re all super psyched over here at CME, so we’re celebrating with a fun and easy machine-embroidery-enhanced quilt project.

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Hide & Seek Dory Quilt

Cute, don’t you think? The central panel is a print showing Dory, Nemo, Martin, Destiny, Hank and Bailey. Around the edge there are in-the-hoop stipple-stitch “bubbles” that can be lifted up to reveal… Dory, of course! The quilt itself is machine quilted in fun under-the-sea designs, including coral, seaweed and fish. Continue reading

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American Pride

It’s time to start on your festive Independence Day decorations. Are you hosting a patriotic party this year? If so, the Fabulous Fourth table setting kit is perfect and on sale!!4th Table Kit American Pride

Begin with an easy tablecloth and add a cute bunting, coordinating cupcake toppers and party favor sparkler wraps. Kit includes fabric for tablecloth, bunting and cake toppers, bias tape for bunting, instructions, bunting template, and the Fabulous Fourth embroidery designs.

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If you choose to go without the alphabet, fireworks or stars are always a great choice!

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Or add this charming Independence Bear to placemats, napkins, t-shirts, or fun gifts.

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No matter how you choose to celebrate our great nation, I hope you are able to spend it with the ones you love. We are lucky to live in America and I am proud to be an American.

Happy Independence Day to you and your family!

-Jessica

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Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery Series – Episode 4 Preview!

Hello fans of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine. We are excited about the latest launch of a new machine embroidery series. This series teaches and inspires both new and experienced machine embroiderers to get the most out of their machine investment and create beautiful embroidered projects.

If you are new to machine embroidery, you’ll love this new series. If you need a refresher this series might just be the thing to get you back to creating beautiful machine embroidery garments, crafts and quilts.

You can purchase a subscription to the series on QNNtv or purchase the entire series now for 24.99. 

Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery will guide you through a variety of topics including:

  • different types of embroidery designs
  • stabilizers and threads that are available
  • how to embroider on ready-made-projects
  • embroidering on difficult fabrics
  • different stabilizers & how to use them
  • the basics of embroidery software, and so much more.

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This series is great for those that sew garments, quilts and/or crafts. As long as you have an embroidery machine and you want to learn all there is to it, you’re all set! Just sit back and find out how fun machine embroidery can be.

Each week on the Sew News and CME blogs will be presenting a very quick preview of the latest episode.

Episode 4 is all about stabilizers. You’ll learn about the different types,what they are, how to use them and more.

Watch a quick preview of Episode 4 of Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery

You can purchase this as a subscription to QNNtv.com or purchase the entire series (26 episodes) here for only 24.99

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Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

You’re almost there! We’ll finish the purse today and you can finally see what you created over these past six blog posts. This post will focus on the finishing details, such as the handles and straps.

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This type of handle is usually used to leather goods that don’t fray, so creating the same look in a woven fabric takes a little bit of hand stitching, but the finished look is worth it.

Fold one handle-end upper edge 1/2” toward the wrong side; press. Mark a 1/4” seam allowance on the side and lower edges.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!With right sides together, position one handle end over one handle short edge; pin. Stitch using a 1/4” seam allowance and pivoting at each corner. Repeat to stitch the remaining handle end to the opposite handle short edge.

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Trim the seam allowance to 1/8” and trim the corners.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!Turn the handle end right side out using a chopstick

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Press flat. Topstitch the handle end 1/16” from the perimeter.

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Press each handle long edge 1/2” toward the wrong side. Center one cording length over the handle wrong side, aligning the end with the handle-end folded edge.

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Fold the handle in half lengthwise, enclosing the cording within handle and aligning the folded long edges; pin. Whipstitch to secure the handle long edges.

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Repeat to construct the remaining handle.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!Insert one handle end into one D-ring on the bag front and fold TK” with wrong sides together; pin. Hand baste 1/2” from the short end.

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Topstitch 3/4” from the fold.

 Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!Repeat to stitch the opposite handle end into the opposite bag front D-ring, making sure the handle isn’t twisted.

Fold the strap in half lengthwise with right sides together; pin. Stitch the strap short end and long edge using a 1/4” seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance to 1/8”. Turn the strap right side out using a long dowel.

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Trim the stitched short edge 1/2” from the end. Fold each strap short end 1/4” toward the wrong side; press. Press the strap flat. Topstitch the strap perimeter.

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Insert one strap end into a swivel clasp and fold the strap end 1”; pin. Topstitch 1/8” from the short end. Repeat to attach the opposite strap short end to the remaining clasp, making sure the strap isn’t twisted.

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Attach the clasps to the strap D-rings.

For an additional embellishment, create a quick and easy zipper fob with your monogram for the front pocket. You’ll need a 1/2” swivel clasp, 2 1/2”x6 1/2” scrap of leather or faux leather, mediumweight tear-away stabilizer and embroidery design letters 1/4” tall.

Hoop three layers of tear-away stabilizer. Center the leather scrap right side up over the stabilizer; secure the perimeter with painter’s tape.

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Open your initials on the embroidery machine screen. Rotate each letter 90º and position the surname letter near the screen lower edge center. Position your first-name letter over the first, making sure they are properly aligned.

Thread the machine needle with 40wt. embroidery thread and the bobbin with matching bobbin thread. I used thread that matches the color of the leather. I think it gives it a subtle, yet sophisticated look. Place the hoop onto the machine. Embroider the design.

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Remove the hoop from the machine and stabilizer from the hoop. Trim any jump threads. Carefully tear away the stabilizer from the design perimeter. Trim the leather using the zipper fob pattern. Insert one fob short end through the swivel clasp and align the short ends. Topstitch the fob near the swivel claps bar. Attach the clasp to the pocket zipper.

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To make a zipper pull for the purse zipper, cut a 1”x5” strip of leather or faux leather using the template. Topstitch the leather 1/8” from the folded short end. Open the ring slightly, and then insert the ring through the folded short end.

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Insert one ring open end through the purse zipper, and then squeeze the ring to close. Move the leather to cover the ring opening.

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We’re finished! We’ve created a designer-inspired purse with a geometric embroidered panel and cool gold hardware.  Mystery Sew Along Part 6: Finishing!

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Big Duck Canvas Warehouse provided the 15-ounce navy blue duck fabric: (800) 704-6138, bigduckcanvas.com.

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Learn Expert Home Decor Tips & Tricks with Pam Damour

Pam Damour, known as the Decorating Diva, is an interior designer that has been beautifying homes for over 30 years. Pam has written several top selling home decorating books, has taught world-wide through in-person classes, DVD’s as well as online instruction. You won’t find a more knowledgeable and down-to-earth instructor.

Pam damour ss3 Learn Expert Home Decor Tips & Tricks with Pam DamourIf you’re interested in learning insider secrets to the home décor industry, want to start your own business or simply want beautiful draperies in your home, Pam Damour’s Window Treatment School is the one to take. In Pam Damour’s Window Treatment School, you’ll learn key techniques for creating beautiful draperies. Techniques that go beyond the basic how-to book or course. You’ll learn pattern matching, how to achieve perfect corners and curves.

Plus, a simple way for making perfect pleats. In addition you’ll learn fabrication sequence, proper pressing, mounting, installation of draperies and:

  • How to calculate yardage
  • Create contrasting facings
  • Add trims
  • Difference between linings and interlinings and how to construct them
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Pam’s special patterns make it super easy

With the patterns and course materials included, you’ll know how to make custom window treatments to add value to any home or business. The possibilities are endless when you know how to do it yourself.

To register and more information check out CraftOnlineUniversity! Class Starts May 31.

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Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery Episode 2 Preview

Hello fans of Creative Machine Embroidery magazine. We are excited about the latest launch of a new machine embroidery series. This series teaches and inspires both new and experienced machine embroiderers to get the most out of their machine investment and create beautiful embroidered projects. If you are new to machine embroidery, you’ll love this new series. If you need a refresher this series might just be the thing to get you back to creating beautiful machine embroidery garments, crafts and quilts.

Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery will guide you through a variety of topics including:

  • different types of embroidery designs
  • stabilizers and threads that are available
  • how to embroider on ready-made-projects
  • embroidering on difficult fabrics
  • different stabilizers & how to use them
  • the basics of embroidery software, and so much more.

ABME 450x3001 Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery Episode 2 Preview
This series is great for those that sew garments, quilts and/or crafts. As long as you have an embroidery machine and you want to learn all there is to it, you’re all set! Just sit back and find out how fun machine embroidery can be.

Each week on the Sew News and CME blogs will be presenting a very quick preview of the latest episode.

Episode 2 is all about embroidery threads. You’ll learn about the different types, colors, needle choice and more.

Watch a quick preview of Episode 2 of Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery

You can purchase this as a subscription to QNNtv.com or purchase the entire series (26 episodes) here for 24.99

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You’ll LOVE These Embroidery Designs!

Lovely new embroidery designs for machine AND hand embroidery. The best of both worlds from Jenny Hart!

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Hand Embroidery Designs For Your Machine

As I watch more episodes of Absolute Beginner Machine Embroidery, I’ve become much more confident using my embroidery machine. On Pinterest, I noticed a pair of white denim pants with a fun embroidery design on the bottom on one leg. It was a pink flamingo, just on the one pant leg. I thought it was really cute.

It’s something really easy to do with an embroidery machine. But, instead of a a pink flamingo, I think I might give one of Jenny Hart’s new designs a try. Not sure I’m going to do white, since my lifestyle and white clothing don’t mix. But, I have plenty of pants to try.

You might not be familiar with Jenny Hart. Jenny is the owner, artist and talent behind Sublime Stitching. Jenny’s hand embroidery designs are quirky, sweet, sometimes cheeky, but never boring. Now, Jenny is the latest talent to join the Sew With Me series.

This series, featured in Sew News through out 2016 features sewing super stars. Jenny Hart is our first hand embroidery artist. Lucky for machine embroidery lovers she has digitized four exclusive designs for Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery fans. If you’re a fan of hand embroidery or machine we’ve got you covered!

Question for the day: Do you hand embroider, or are you strictly machine embroidery only? Let me know on the blog and I’ll be showing off my latest machine embroidery creation!
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Islander Sewing Systems Certification Course

Islander Sewing Systems Certification Course brought to you by Sew News and hosted by Craft U.

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This course will run from May 31st 2016 through September 6th 2016.

You may be asking yourself, “What will I get out of the Islander Sewing System Certification”? This course has a lot to offer for all types of sewers.Janet Pray 300 Islander Sewing Systems Certification Course

Janet Pray of Islander Sewing Systems has written in her own words what each and everyone of you may get out of the course:

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