Thursday, September 11, 2014

See You in September

Here it is the start of another school year and nearing the end of the calendar year, and I'm sure many of us are wondering where the time went!  For some of us it passed happily in our sewing spaces, and we had proof of it at our September meeting with all the show-and-tell items.  Check out all the pictures below!

In other news, we spent the meeting preparing for Make A Difference Day.  Having decided to benefit the local VA hospital, we discussed what items they needed the most.  Wheelchair bags were high on the list, followed by lap robes and walker totes.  From the patterns we had, we figured out what we needed to cut and began pulling fabric out of the stash, determining what its best use would be based on size and weight.  We cut out quite a few wheelchair bag pieces along with a few walker totes.  October's meeting will be more of the same, along with a little sewing of the items to have some ready for the middle of the "assembly line" on the actual day.

Nataly's gorgeous prom dress!

Pat made a cool summer blouse.

And she did her Christmas sewing over the summer.
A nifty door-hanger basket to hold keys or cell phone.


Lovely clutch purse / wallet


Wallet open to show inside.

Veronica's mother-of-the-bride dress

A skirt with godets for a floaty look

Elaborate quilt back!

Connie's quilt - love the colors!
Maura's shawl-collar sweater - sewn, not knitted

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Now you see it...now you don't: Invisible Zippers

Last night the Sewphisticuts were treated to a demo of installing an invisible zipper.  Judy L, despite suffering a bout of back pain, came through for the group and shared with us her knowledge of invisible zippers.  She discussed the zipper construction, considerations for placement, and how the invisible zipper foot works.  Then she installed one in a sample piece of fabric.  An interesting side note covered how to make sure the fabric on each side of the zipper matches, something you need to do if your fabric is plaid, striped, or if the zipper crosses a waistband or other seam perpendicular to the zipper.

In other business, the group decided that for Make a Difference Day in October, the project will be walker and wheelchair bags for Castle Point VA hospital.  Several members volunteered to organize the day.  More information will be on the way later.

Maura's baby quilt for a friend's grandbaby
There were quite a few show and tell items.
Peggy's summer top

Cindy's bracelet

Judy's swimsuit

Peg's bag to carry her cutting board, ruler, and machine table

Linda's ipad bag

Linda made a graduation gift for her grandson

Connie's placemats

More placemats

Summer colors in a quilt

Wall hanging