Having fun with clothesline.

Don't miss Club this month at Decorative Stitch and Speedy Sew.  We are playing with rug making, fabric folding and clothesline.  It is a class that has been fun to make all the samples for and embellishments from my jewelry box.  My husband is very excited about this project.  He never knew you could make clothesline come to life with fabric.

I'll add a few pictures after class today.  

Decorative Stitch-Shelby Township Tuesday June 12 1:30pm and 5:30pm

Speed Sew-Saginaw June 18 2pm and 6pm

Hope you can join us!



Cutting Mat and Ruler Tote Project

Simply Stable Tote for all of your cutting tools!
Materials Needed:  7/8 yd. for each outer & lining fabric 3 yds. of belting for tote strap or make using Simply Stable covered with fabric Batting or Simply Stable for foundation of tote 2-25” zippers Additional is fabric is needed to add pockets. Optional ruler pockets, scissors and other quilting notions.  (NOTE: Amount will vary depending on how many pockets you make)

Create your own quilted fabric. Simply sandwich a 7/8 yd. piece of batting between two 7/8 yd. pieces of fabric and sew across the top using your favorite quilting design. Great way to practice your crosshatching.  This tote is designed to hold an 18″ x 24″ rotary cutting mat, 6X24” ruler and cutter. You can increase or decrease the tote size to hold larger or smaller mats, just make sure your tote is 2″ wider and 1″ longer than your mat when folded in order to hold it securely.  When planning pocket placement on the inside of your tote, keep in mind that it will have two top edges because the tote will fold in half when you carry it. Make sure your pocket openings face up when the tote is closed.

1. Using your rotary cutter, self-healing rotary mat & ruler, cut your quilted fabric to 26x38″  2. Make button loops for sides of the tote by cutting two 6″ pieces of binding and sewing down the long side of each piece to close the binding. 3. Measure 5″ from one short end of the tote and pin a binding piece at that spot. Pin the second loop on the opposite long side, making sure the pieces are aligned. Sew each end in place to make a loop. 4. Pin belting on the outside of the tote, looping it over the top of each side to create an oval shape. Make sure the ovals are centered on the short sides of the tote. These loops will become the handles of your tote. 5. Securely stitch belting to the quilted fabric. 6. With right sides together stitch zipper around the three outer edges of the tote.  using instructions with zipper package. Two zippers will join at top of tote for opening.  

Make the pockets:
1. Lay out the OLFA rulers you want to carry on the inside of your tote. This will help you determine where to place the pockets. 2. To cut fabric pieces for pockets, use the following formula: (ruler width x 2 + 1″) + (ruler length + 2.5″). Example: If your ruler is 6″ x 12″, you will cut a 13″ x 14.5″ piece of fabric. 3. Fold each fabric piece in half, right sides together, and sew the long edge and one short edge, using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Leave the remaining short edge open. 4. Turn the pocket right side out and press flat. 5. Hem or bind the top open edge to finish the pocket. 6. Make as many pockets as you need. 


Happy Quilting and Enjoy your tote!



Favorite Serger Threads

Madeira's Aerolock Premium Serger Thread is a top quality, core spun thread guaranteed to last through frequent washes or strain. Like all Madeira thread, each cone undergoes extensive quality testing to ensure flawless stitches every time. Each spool is 2,000 yards long and is 100% core-spun polyester.  Less lint than you get with cotton threads.

30 wt. Metallic Threads: Add some glamour to clothes, quilts, and home decor projects by sewing with Madeira 30 Wt. Heavy Metal Embroidery Thread. It fills in fast and looks rich.

6 wt. A thread with amazing luster producing a dramatic effect. Use in upper and lower loopers of your serger; 110 yd. spools; 6 Wt. 100% rayon; Thread locking spool eliminates drop off and tangling problems; Machine washable up to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, dry cleanable, and colorfast;

Rayon serger thread: For a decorative finish with shine, use rayon serger thread in the upper and lower loopers of your serger. Madeira Decora Thread has amazing luster.  Madeira Decora. Length 5m. High Lustre 4 strand divisible 100% rayon hand embroidery thread. Decora is a beautiful thread made with viscose rayon which has a very high sheen, reflecting light differently to cotton, giving a unique look or highlight to your work. Madeira Decora has a slight twist.







Serger Retreat

A spring serger retreat has just been added to the calendar.  If you are interested keep reading for the details.

Where: Drury Inn Frankenmuth

When: May 17-20

Who: Anyone with Baby Lock serger or you may get a loaner serger from Decorative Stitch, in Shelby Township.

How: 1 fabulous project each day with all the supplies provided (except basic serger thread).  Stitch File Sample book provided for you to fill with all the many techniques that you will be learning.

Cost: $400.00

Other information...

$50.00 Deposit will reserve your place, refundable if space is filled

If you and your roommate would like to arrive on Wednesday there will be an additional $50.00 per person .

Everyone will have their own 6" table.

Cutting table provided with 3 pressing stations.

Please email me if you have any other questions...also share this with any one that might enjoy this retreat.

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Ideas for Long Arm Quilting


Ideas for Long Arm Quilting

Do you have a favorite mitten pattern?  So, I thought it would be fun to make a pair of quilted mittens.  Here are the steps:

Load frame with fleece and quilters cotton.  Both of my fabrics are black with a colorful variegated 30 wt. thread. I quilted all of the fabric about 1/2 yard.  Once it was quilted removed from the frame and cut the mittens out.  Serge the edges on my serger and put together on my sewing machine.  To finish the edge around the wrist I made a small cuff.  Hope you enjoy make, wearing and gifting these mittens as much as I have. 


Happy Quilting,





New On Line Classes

You asked for more classes on the Pro-Stitcher Premium and here you go!  Two classes have been uploaded to the Sew at Home Site with Baby Lock!

Enjoy, watch for more to come.

Happy Quilting,


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Couture Dog Jacket


Couture Dog Jacket


No friend should be without this adorable quilted jacket.  It is the best gift to give your best friend.


Supplies Needed (for a medium jacket size):

½ yard fabric for lining and outer jacket , this fabric may be piece or solid fabric

Cotton or wool batting for interior

½” sew in Velcro for closure (measure section A and B for length)

Quilting Frame, Quilting Machine and Robotics

Binding for finishing outer edge 2 ¼”  by the measurement of C, D and E.


1.       Quilt fabric yardage and stitch the pattern piece according to your pets size.  You will need to quilt a left and a right side piece.

2.       Remove fabric from frame and cut on the digital pattern line.

3.       With right-sides together stitch the left and a right side pieces.

4.       Cover the seam with a ribbon or binding. 

5.       Bind edges C, D and E of pattern.

6.       Sew on Velcro positioning opposite pieces from each other.

7.       Stitch buttonhole for leash placement.

8.       Take your dog for a walk and see how it fits!

Happy Quilting,


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