Dates Added

I just added dates to the patterns under "Links to my patterns" so you will know where to find the tutorials that go with them. Please find the tutorials under the year, month and day listed next to the pattern listed. Thanks and enjoy! If you have any questions please feel free to write me at the address in my profile.

Remember these are my own patterns that I drew the patterns for and wrote the tutorials for. I offer these patterns for free for you to make for yourself, as gifts, or even to sell BUT please do NOT claim my patterns as your own or put them on your website. You may put a link to my site on your website. Please be respectful. You would want the same respect for your patterns. Thank you. God bless.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Recent Projects

I can't believe this summer has gone by so fast, but having been very busy helped to make that happen.  I wanted to share with you some of the things I have been doing.

A long time young friend called and said he met the right gal and was getting married.  He had told her I sewed and she wondered if I would make some brides-maids dresses.  This is the pattern.  I think it is pretty--I went out and bought me one!!  :-D

I made a prototype just to make sure of the sizing.  I had to make some tweeks but not much.

These are the dresses.  They really are pretty!  And the girls wore them with a white ribbon around their waist.  I don't have a picture of that, but they looked very nice.  There were a LOT of compliments about them.


I made three.  They were so fun to make.  I still haven't made mine yet but I will!
           

This dress is a prototype of the first pattern the bride choose.  It isn't quite finished yet.  I have to put in the facings.  But this pattern ended up not being used.  It was too a-line for the girls.  Two of the girls just had babies and the third was pregnant so a-line didn't work.



The next thing I was to show you is the shower curtain I made from a quilt pattern.  There were 12 blocks but I chose 9 of them.  The applique was hand done.  There is not batting but I did back it and then I tied it off.  I think it turned out nice.  What do you think?



I had to hold the camera at a funny angle to get most of the curtain in.  Now that this one is done I am going to make one for the other shower--not this pattern, but I am going to make a quilted shower curtain.


Last but not least!  Are the quilts I made for my Wonderful Grandsons!   Aren't they cute!  These were so fun to make.



I hope you enjoyed looking at my pictures.  God bless

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pin Weaving for a Jacket

I have just recently finished a jacket with pin-weaving for the front and back.  Here is  my jacket and the pattern that I used is  called Williamsburg from the Park Bench Pattern Co.   This looks hard to do but is really easy.  This pattern works well for this kind of work because of the paneled front and back.  
Here is the link to their website:  http://parkbenchpatterns.com/
Here is what I did: 

You will need about 3 and 1/4 yards of main fabric and 1/3 yard of 10 to 11 different fabrics of the same color scheme but different tones.  Wash and iron all your pieces.  Your main fabric will make the sleeves as well as being part of weaving.  You may use the Williamsburg pattern or choose one of your own.  I will give directions using this one.

All Park Bench patterns are written in size 14, but she allows that you can alter as needed to make larger or smaller as you need.  What I have done with her patterns when unsure is I bought some inexpensive fabric in the color I like and made up the pattern with alterations.  Then I could see what I needed to do different if anything.

I had lined my jacket so instead of cutting two fronts and two backs I did four of each.  Which brings me to the point that this jacket with the weaving does has some weight to it.  It isn't too heavy for me, but it could be for some other people.  Also cut one back and two fronts.

I have a large styrofoam board that I used to pin the weaving onto.  This is not needed but it is useful.  My board measure about 12" x 40" x 3".  I gave directions without the use of the board because most people will not have one.  I used mine, that is covered with flannel, when teaching quilting classes, so I put it to use for the weaving as well!! 

Now that you have your sleeves cut out let's go on to the next step.  Of the main fabric and of the rest cut strips width of fabric and 2 1/2 inches wide.  You may just want to start with just about 10 to 15 cuts of each and then add to it if needed.

Now fold all the lengths in half long-ways and sew a 1/4 inch seam all the way down.  You can do chain stitching which saves a lot of time.  Chain stitching is when you sew one length after another without cutting them apart until all the lengths are sewed.  You can see that is what I have done here.  Once all your tubes are sewn you will need to turn them right side out and press.

Now you are ready to start weaving.  Lay your first piece face down.  Your ruler shows two differnt angles, 30 and 45 degrees.  You choose which you would like to use.  The picture on the left is the 30 degree and the one below is 45.  It doesn't matter which you use.
Start lay your tube down on the back or under-side of the piece.  Start by fill the piece with tubes all going in the same direction.  You will want to pin the tubes at the top and at the bottom to the piece.
Now start weaving in the upper corner in the opposite direction.  Weave over and under the strips you have already laid down.  Make sure your next tube you are weaving is woven opposite of the first tube.  Where the first goes over the next tube goes under and so on.  Pin tubes in place at each side.
Weaving process. 
Once you have the weaving done in both directions trim all excess tubing around the piece.  Now you are ready to stitch around the piece to hold all the weaving in place.
Stitch all around on the piece.  You can see I have turned it up-side down and some of the tubing is peeking out at the top, which is good to see to make sure you catch it all.  Be sure not NOT sew on your pins.  If it is hard for you to catch them to pull them out sewing like this then transfer all the pins to this side.
Piece sewed all around.
 Do this process above with both the front pieces and the back.  Now you are ready to complete the jacket.  Follow the jacket pattern directions from here on out.  And your jacket is complete.
Close up of weaving.












I finished up my jacket by laying the front woven panels on the front sides with the sleeves and top stitched down.  I did the same for the back on the back sides with the sleeves.

Then I covered the raw edges by top stitching a tube made of the main color over the edges.  Top stitch the tube along the edges to give it a finished look.

This weaving technique can be used in many different ways.  It can be used for potholders--this might be a fun first weaving project.  It can also be used on table runners, scarves.  It can be use on yokes of blouses or dresses to give them a fun and different look.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and have a lot of fun with it.  God bless!

Monday, September 19, 2011

From the Prewitt Kitchen--Salmon Soup!!

Fall is here and now is the time for wonderful, home-made soups!  
And I have just the thing for you that is very healthy and will warm you!
Here are a couple of soups I am sure you will enjoy!

Salmon Soup

Serves 4

In a large sauce pan melt a 1/2 a stick of butter and stir in 1/4 of a green pepper, 1/4 of a red sweet bell pepper, one celery stick, 1 large carrot all chopped.  Cook until soft then stir in 8 to 10 fresh tomatoes, washed and cut up and 1/2 cup frozen peas.  Cook until it is a bit soft.  Sprinkle in garlic and salt and pepper to taste.  Add a touch of cayenne pepper.

Put all ingredients into a blender and blend for about 1 minute.  There may be some chunks and that is ok.  Return to pan and add 4 ounces of Jarlsberg or Swiss cheese grated and 1/2 cup cream.

In the meantime broil 1/4 pound of salmon until golden brown, about 10 to 15 minutes.  Discard any skin.  Chunk up and put in soup.  Heat through and serve hot!   MMMMMM Good!!  Enjoy!!



Here is a variation of the salmon soup.  This is just a bit different and with no meat.
 Red Corn Chowder Soup
 Makes 4 servings
In a large sauce pan melt 1/2 stick of butter and saute 1/4 green pepper, 1/4 red sweet pepper, 8 to 10 cut up fresh tomatoes.  Sprinkle with garlic powder and with salt and pepper to taste.  Sprinkle with cayenne pepper.  Saute until peppers are soft then blend in blender  for about 1 minute.  It may still have chuncks and that is ok.
 Return to sauce pan and add 1-1/2 cups of corn.  You can use frozen.  I had some corn on the cob left over and I cut the corn off and used that.  Yummy!!
Add 1 cup of cheddar cheese, grated and 1/2 cup of cream.  Heat through and serve.  OH MY but this was yummy!!!  Enjoy!
 

Saturday, September 3, 2011

September PAM Sunflower. 3-Dimentional technique

This month's Placemat-A-Month is a Sunflower with a 3-D technique. 
 There is  so much beauty in all the the seasons.  Autumn is known as the season where things start dying.  Yes the leaves turn their shades of red, yellow and brown and start to fall of the trees, but there is still so much other color around!!  Just look at these gorgeous flowers!!
Zinnias
Bachelor Buttons
Mums
Trumpet Vine with Mint surrounding it.
Our feature--the Sunflower
 Here is what you need for each placemat:
 1 yard of background fabric
1/2 yard of thin batting or Timtex
1/4 yard yellow
1/4 yard green
scrap piece for center of sunflower
scraps of batting
Fusible web such as Heat N Bond or a sheet of Stitch Witchery

The pattern can be downloaded from the right side of the webpage under "Links to my patterns".
 Cut two backing fabric from the yard and the thin batting 14-1/2 by 18-1/2 inches.



Of the green cut 1-1/2" wide and 9" long.  Fold in half length-wise wrong sides together.  Sew done 1/4" from raw edge.







Flatten with seam in
the back and press flat.



 






Place thin batting behind the front of the backing fabric.

Pin stem into place and stitch down on both sides along the edge.
Fold the yellow fabric with right sides together.  Trace around the petal template 20 times.  Sew on the line on three sides of each; the two sides and around the point.  DO NOT sew across the straight of the bottom.  Leave that open for turning.  It will get sewn under the center of the flower.

Cut around each piece leaving about 1/8th to 1/4 of an inch around each one. 






Cut on the line at the bottom of each piece.
This is the front
Turn to the right side and pleat each side of the petal.                                              
This is the back
Rabbit ears!!
This is all 20 petals pleated with pins.
Divide all petals into two even groups. 



Cut center of the flower and two battings.  Place the battings in the center of the flower center.





Take a petal from each group and pin one  at the top and one at the bottom of the center.  Make sure the ends of the petals go to the batting.   The batting is about 1/2" smaller than the flower circle for this reason.


Between the two petals place one of the groups of petals.  Then place the other group of petals on the opposite side.
All petals pinned in place.
Now set your sewing machine to the widest zig-zag stitch and make the length very short so the stitching will be very tight together.  This is a satin stitch or applique stitch. Sew all way around the center with needle hitting the outside of the brown fabric on the right side.


Fold the 1/4 yard of green fabric in half with wrong sides together and sandwich in between the fusible webbing and fuse together with hot iron.  Cut out each leaf as stated on pattern.  Doing the fusible/3 demential will consider the higher number on pattern.  If you wish to just applique them on use the lower number indicated on the pattern pieces.


To make 3-D:  Starting with the bottom two leaves
Start sewing in the center of the widest part and sew toward the point. 



When you reach the point put your needle down into the fabric and turn your fabric all the way around to go back.




This is the time to make the smaller veins off the center vein.  Take a few stitches forward, stop and turn the back of the foot in the direction you want the vein and sew in reverse a few stitches toward the edge of the leaf but not right to it.  Then go forward toward the center vein again.


You can click on picture for larger view.

Then turn the back of the foot to the opposite side.  Reverse stitching and then come forward.  Do this on all leaves.  


The leaves at the very top; you will need to pin the flower petals out of the way.  I just did the center vein on these small leaves.
Almost done.
Place back fabric face down.
Place top on top of it.  So the wrong sides are together.
Now you are ready to bind in the way you choose.  I serged around mine.  I used three decorative thread in the upper looper.





I hope You enjoy this pattern!  God bless!!

Dates Added

I just added dates to the patterns under "Links to my patterns" so you will know where to find the tutorials that go with them. Please find the tutorials under the year, month and day listed next to the pattern listed. Thanks and enjoy! If you have any questions please feel free to write me at the address in my profile.

Remember these are my own patterns that I drew the patterns for and wrote the tutorials for. I offer these patterns for free for you to make for yourself, as gifts, or even to sell BUT please do NOT claim my patterns as your own or put them on your website. You may put a link to my site on your website. Please be respectful. You would want the same respect for your patterns. Thank you. God bless.

Pre-Op for Sweaters and Shrugs

This "Pre-Op for Sweaters and Shrugs" is to help you with sizing. There is a place for arm length, body length, wrist size---every thing you need to keep track of to make my sweaters and shrugs. The download button is on the right. You can copy off as many as you need sweaters and shrugs for. If you have any questions about this please let me know and I will try to help.