The mySewNet Blog on the PFAFF Icons

Cathy Ellsaesser Pfaff Sewing Machines, sewing, Sewing blog, Sewing tips Tags: , , , , ,

So, I have some blogging competition! Ha! I know I have a lot of blogging “competition”, but the one I want to talk about is the blog that is on the PFAFF Performance and Creative Icons. Of course, it’s not really competition at all. I love that right there, at my fingertips, while I’m at […]

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Piece by Piece: The Beauty of Paper Piecing With the Add a Quarter Ruler

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Back at the July Sew Fun, Lisa demonstrated paper piecing using the “Add a Quarter” ruler. There is a block in the Alaska quilt I am making that suggests using paper piecing. So, I thought I’d try that technique, use the ruler, and write about it. The idea behind paper piecing is that you can […]

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Make 8 Half-square Triangles Using 2 Fabric Squares

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Photo of block made with half-square triangles

One of my UFOs is a quilt with different scenes from Alaska. Each block has a different quilting block as feature, along with an appliqué. The block for the bear has sixteen 1¼” finished (1¾” unfinished) squares made from half-square triangles. Now, I am really new to piece quilting, so tricks and hacks that make […]

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What’s The Buzz? What’s Happening at RMSV in May!

Cathy Ellsaesser Bernina Sewing Machines, embroidery, embroidery business, How to, sewing, Sewing tips, Special Events Tags: , , , , ,
Blog header for May Special Events

Two May special events are coming to our Rocky Mountain Sewing and Vacuum stores.   We continue to bring you the best in sewing and embroidery instructions with a visit from Melanie Coakley Starting Your Own Embroidery Business,  and another BERNINA event,  Fear No Fabric. Start Your Own Embroidery Business Are you looking for a fun opportunity […]

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Oooo! La La! French Seams

Cathy Ellsaesser Fashion, Home decor', How to, sewing, Sewing tips Tags: , , , ,

I am making a set of draw curtains for my granddaughter’s bedroom. She picked out some sheer fabric and a taffeta lining. Since the outside fabric is sheer, and the lining ravels, I decided to join the panels together with French seams. These seams are perfect for lightweight and sheer fabrics, and are among the […]

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Sewing With Laminated Cotton: A Child’s Beach Bag

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Beach bag made with laminated cotton and flag nylon

Laminated cotton is slippery stuff!  I love it, though, and have used it many times to make items that I need to be water and stain resistant.  I recently made a beach bag for a little girl, and I want to share with you some of the techniques I found useful in working with laminated […]

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