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Happy New Year…a little late

The new year always brings new beginnings and new expectations.  Once again I have vowed to be more diligent at updating the website.  Not off to a good start am I???  It’s already February 12th.  I had good intentions, but getting started is always the hard part.

Once again I set some goals for myself for the year.  January’s goal was to get set up on Etsy.com .  I did that on February 9th, just a few days late.  I made the big step of selling my creations online, so we will see what happens.  I have a lot of people ask me if I do when I’m out at a show and friends kept telling me I should and I talked about doing it all last year, so now was the time.  My friend Megan, over at Stitch Cleveland help me get things set up.  So check it out!  You can find me at www.etsy.com/shop/quiltedcatdesigns .  It’s going to take some time to get it fully stocked and running smooth, but check it out and let me know what you think.

Well, February is half over and I haven’t started on this month’s goal yet, so I guess it might be a little late too.  February’s goal is design my own fabric on Spoonflower.  Wish me luck!

Yes, I’m still here

I know it has been awhile since I posted anything, but the last 6 weeks have been crazy.  It’s show season and I have had shows every 2 weeks for the last 6 weeks.  It’s been more about production and less about creativity.  I shouldn’t complain because given the current economy my shows have been good this season.

I did manage to attend two “creative” things last week.  The first was a day with Sue Hausmann over at Janie’s Sewing Corner.  I’ve know Sue from her many years from her association with Husqvarna Viking.  Sue is all about quick, fast sewing tips and  tricks.  She showed a great technique on ways to use piping to finish the edge of your garment.  You can either use it in the seam to make a reversible garment or use it as a facing in a techniques she calls “French Piping”.  Piping really isn’t as hard as it looks once you see Sue do it. 

The second and really fun event I attended, with my friend Heidi from Stitch Cleveland and my husband (yes, my hubby went), was a Project Runway Watch Party for Valerie Mayen who is a local Cleveland designer on this season’s show.  The show finished taping in July and now Valerie is meeting with her fans to watch the episode and give her comments.  Each week it is at a different bar/restaurant, so you get a tour of Cleveland too.  Follow her on Facebook and see where the next party will be.  So much more fun then watching at home alone in your PJ’s.  We’ll have to keep watching to see if she wins.  I’m voting for her. How about you?

Threads Magazine

Check out the current issue (#150) of Threads Magazine I have a tip in there for making “fake” buttonholes.  I had gotten some fabric at a flea market, which luckily did not fall apart when I washed it. I designed and made a jacket with 15 button holes.  Yes, 15 buttonholes.  They all were not functional buttonholes, but the buttons are what made the jacket.

Anyway, after much frustration of not getting good ends on my buttonholes due to the seam being bulky because of  the fabric and the fact that I put piping in the seam too. I had a crazy idea session with my friends Heidi and Megan at Stitch Cleveland and out of that we came up with a solution.  I stitched my decorative buttonholes on 2 layers of tulle netting, then I trimmed them close to the stitched, fused them on with Steam-A-Seam 2 and then sewed my button on top.  They look real and no one would know except if they looked at the underside and saw no stitching.

Here’s the completed jacket.  What do you think?