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Jacket Complete

20190803_130030.jpg The Sandys have completed the jacket.  Sandra Charles, on the left,  is a fabulous seamstress and she spent a few Fridays at Open Studio teaching Sandy Schwalb to sew.  The jacket was made with antique fabric given to Sandy by her aunt in New York City.  It’s beautiful but a little fragile with which to work so it was a challenge.  It  turned our terrific.  Nice work girls!

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Kids Sew Quilts

20190730_153359.jpg At the second day of our Sewing Camp the kids finished their Rag Quilts.  They chose their fabrics on Monday and started sewing and yesterday they finished them.  They were so proud of their work….as they should be!  They learned to choose fabrics, how to sew a pillow and a quilt, how to sew by hand with needle and thread and how to use  machines.  They even got to try a 1946 Featherweight.  And when I was asked if I bought it new I had to laugh.  Kids!!!

 

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Yesterday we started our sewing camp for kids with two young people learning how to sew with a machine and by hand.  We made a pillow.  The kids chose their fabrics and we made beautiful reversible pillows.  And we got started on a rag quilt.  Stay tuned for those today!

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Kids Should Learn to Sew

machineThis year for the first time we are offering a “Sewing Camp” for Kids at The Studio on Monday and Tuesday, July 29-30.  I learned to sew when I was very young.  My grandmothers and mom taught me first and then when I was in school my Home Economics teacher took me to the next level.  This is something that I have used my entire life and is a skill that all kids, girls and boys, should learn.  Why you might ask?  Sewing not only helps you to produce something useful and creative but it teaches other skills too….like math skills, problem solving, self-control, how to focus as well as patience.  (That last one I might have missed.  LOL)  If you have a young person, ages 7+, we have a great two day session planned.  Click here to register.

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20190505_171203.jpgBarn Quilts are beautiful. They have been around for hundreds of years. In the past, farmers used different types of folk-art including quilt-like blocks to decorate their barns. People chose blocks to reflect particular meanings. They have had a resurgence in the last 20 years with many states offering Barn Quilt Trails or Tours. A barn quilt can be hung on the exterior of your barn, house, porch, garage, gate, shed, gazebo, chicken coop or boat shed to be shared with admirers from the road. They are also finding their way inside homes and offices. We have another class to paint a Barn Quilt on May 14th at 2 pm.  Click here for more info and to register.

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The Top of Virginia Quilters has me come to their meeting yesterday to talk about Barn Quilts.  It was a delightful group of ladies and I enjoyed my visit with them.  Thanks Susan for inviting me to come.  And the very best part was the show and tell at the end of the meeting.  These quilters are GOOD!!!

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We had a great day at The Studio yesterday making memories with T-Shirt Rag Quilts and one Rooster specialty!  What fun!  Lots of laughs! And Lincoln really helped too.

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