Saturday Techniques New Format

Techniques on Saturday will be trying a new format for the next few months.   Instead of a program on a specific technique, we will offer sewing mentor advise on YOUR project.   What project are you working on, or wanting to start ?   Members will pick a pattern and fabric of their choice to bring to the meeting.… Read the rest

Beginner Freemotion Stitching

ArtJournal-300pxFollowing Maggie’s Table Topper / Table Runner Sew Along, I want to share this with some of you that might be new to freemotion stitching/quilting.

Bernina has developed this little eBooklet (downloadable for free here) to try several beginner stitches techniques.

At the end all the different exercises are combined in a little art book.… Read the rest

Week 6: Table Runner / Table Topper Sew Along

Binding your Quilt

We are almost through with our project. All we have to do now is trim our quilt and bind it. Let’s Begin.

1. Trim your quilt. Line up your ruler with a straight line on your quilt and trim along the edge of the quilt. You will need to move your ruler along carefully, lining up to the straight line each time.… Read the rest

Week 6: Vogue 8897 Sew Along

It is hard to believe that this is the last session of this project. I would like to thank you for joining the Plano ASG chapter and me for our first (but surely not the last!) Sew Along. Our chapter has SEW many talented members, and you won’t want to miss what we present in the future.… Read the rest

Plano ASG Show & Tell Event

showtellHave you participated in the recent quilt and garment sew along led by Maggie and Louise? Or maybe you’ve finally perfected that garment that’s been a challenge, or conquered a new quilting technique. No matter what you’ve been working on bring your finished work of art and share your story at the Show & Tell event – Saturday March 22nd from 10am – 12pm.Read the rest

Week 5: Table Runner / Table Topper Sew Along

Making the Quilt Sandwich and Quilting

How many times have you made a quilt top from a magazine or a commercial pattern and, after guiding you step by step thru completion of the quilt top, the next instruction is “quilt as desired”? Frustrating, isn’t it.

I will be the first one to tell you that I am not a great “quilter”.… Read the rest

Week 5: Vogue 8897 Sew Along

How is your dress/tunic coming along? Are you happy with it so far? I can’t wait to see all of them at our event.

1. I want to address the subject of “grading” a seam. When a seam is enclosed by a facing, collar, or cuff (just to name a few instances), it will lay flatter if the seam allowances are graded.… Read the rest

Week 4: Vogue 8897 Sew Along

Have you missed our Sew Along post this week?  I know I have been eagerly awaiting them. 

Since this is our very first attempt to host a sew along we are learning quite a lot!  Preparing and posting these blog tutorials is a significant amount of work, especially for Maggie and Louise! Read the rest

Week 4: Table Runner / Table Topper Sew Along

Have you missed our Sew Along post this week? I know I have been eagerly awaiting them.

Since this is our very first attempt to host a sew along we are learning quite a lot! Preparing and posting these blog tutorials is a significant amount of work, especially for Maggie and Louise!Read the rest

Week 3: Table Runner / Table Topper Sew Along

Block 2

Block 2

Prior to making the following cuts, trim your selvage from the ends of your fabric strips as shown in the previous posts.

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TIP: A handy tool to have before starting this block is the Marti Michelle Perfect Patchwork Corner Trimmer ($5.00). It can be purchased at almost any quilt shop.… Read the rest

Week 3: Vogue 8897 Sew Along

Cutting the garment

1. Once all of the corrections are made to the pattern, you are almost ready to cut out your garment from your beautiful fabric. Your fabric should be prewashed and pressed already. Hopefully you have straightened the grain using the information from Sewing.org (opens PDF file). I will mention that some fabrics have a finish on them that prevent you from straightening the grain.… Read the rest

Week 2: Vogue 8897 Sew Along

Welcome back! This is week 2 of our Sew Along, and I hope you are excited and ready to get started. By now you have bought a pattern, read the back of the envelope and all of the instruction sheets. Hopefully you have found some fabric that you love and gathered all of the necessary notions and tools.… Read the rest