Just wanted to let you know that today I'm a guest blogger on American Sewing Guild's blog!
I've been a member of ASG for a more than 14 years. They have always been a great organization for those who love sewing. They have a wonderful web site at http://www.asg.org/.
Recently they have made great strides in electronic communications. Available for members only from the web site are the Notions Magazine on line edition, chapter newsletters and FREE sewing webinars! And this is at no cost once your membership fee is paid. You can even join on line and pay your dues with a credit card!
My guest blog topic is teaching kids to sew, and my blog model is my oldest granddaughter, E. We hope to make this a recurring appearance as she develops her sewing skills.
Friday, March 9, 2012
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Hard to do on the Internet...
All of the patterns used in the book are in public domain. I know because I bought the book. Yep, my interest in the project made me go out to Amazon.com and buy a copy. Because, you know, I love books, and I love sewing, so books about sewing are like a little piece of heaven!
The book contains a CD with templates, but beware -- depending upon what printer you use, you may have to adjust the size of the templates slightly. I made the first block exactly as my little Canon printer showed them, and the finished block was a little on the small side. There are no construction directions either, so you have to look for directions elsewhere. That's why Randy's cutting and sewing directions would be so helpful.
I decided to go into my bin of green fabric, and toss in some light neutrals. Last night I finished up my six blocks for the month of February. I started at the back of the book with the first pattern, and they're in alphabetical order. So this month I did these blocks. Sorry about the photos, some of them are a little crooked and the flash was too close.
Attic Window: an easy block, kind of fun to do. Not too challenging but I used a piece of fabric from my 'grass' fat quarter in the smallest triangle.
Autumn Tints: Why is this called Autumn Tints?? The illustration shows the larger squares using a fussy cut, but I just used a fabric I liked.
Basket: I put some floral fabric 'in the basket'. Baskets are not empty at my house!
Basket Weave: here I used almost the last piece of a fat quarter with apples on it.
Bat Wing: Uh, I have to tell you I hate this square, and I will never make it again! The odd angle had me ripping twice on each wing at least.
- Broken Sugar Bowl -- four patch, HST