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hand sewn quilt

A Gift To My Mother: My Hand Sewn Quilt

I’m so excited to show you my new hand sewn quilt!

My mom is getting older, and has been ill for the last few years. Because of this, I wanted to make this upcoming sewing project extra special.

As her birthday approached in September, I wondered what I could make her for a present. Having my sister Donna being her full-time caregiver, and my other sister Tonya helping out too, most things are done around the house (so there aren’t many things she needs)

After a few weeks of racking my brain, I decided a quilt was in order. I went to my go-to place for ideas (Pinterest) and began looking. I wanted something that would show her that she has a ton of people that love and care for her.

After a little while of searching, I found the perfect idea: a family tree.

I figured out my next steps and, with fabric in hand, began this project of love for my  mother.

Step 1: I selected my background fabric (a white-on-white pattern looking somewhat like clouds), and the tree fabric (which looks like tree bark). I cut out the bark and placed it where I wanted it to go on the white fabric.

Then, I applied “Wonder Under” – an iron glue – to stick it firmly in place. It ended up looking exactly as I wanted it to.

hand sewn quilt

Step 2: I then sewed around the outline of the tree with a blanket stitch. This added subtle detailing and ensured the tree stayed in place.

hand sewn quilt

Step 3: I looked online and found the perfect phrase to add to my quilt, as well as a heart with my parents’ names in it. I machine-embroidered these on with my fancy sewing machine, and took a look at my handiwork. I loved it!

hand sewn quilt

hand sewn quilt

Step 4: Now I wanted to make sure the names of our whole family were on it. These included my mom’s three daughters, seven grandkids (and their spouses), and 12 great-grandkids.

I wanted her to be able to identify which children belonged to whom, so I grouped them each family together – each daughter with her kids and grandkids – and put these families in different colored leaves.

I machine embroidered each name onto a leaf, and applied them to the quilt the same way I did the tree. I also blanket-stitched each leaf (like I did the tree), but with black thread to make them stand out.

Step 5: I chose very soft minky for the back – this is a very soft fabric similar to fleece, but is softer and thicker. I also found a red border to go around it, since that’s Mom’s favorite color.

hand sewn quilt

I decided not to stitch the minky into the quilt, as I knew doing so would bunch and tear the delicate fabric.

Here’s how it looked when all was said and done:

hand sewn quilt

Note: I completed this project with the help of my baby lock embroidery machine – it has many fancy stitches! However, you don’t need to have a fancy machine to make a quilt or wall hanging like this.

Instead of a blanket stitch around the tree and leaves, you can do a satin stitch, or just a zigzag stitch. Whichever you choose, make sure to follow the directions in your machine’s book.

For the phrase at the bottom, you can use machine embroidery, or can sew it on by hand. You can also write the words using fabric pens. There are many ways to get the job done!

This project was very difficult for me mentally, knowing that my mom’s time here on earth is short. But, through it all, I was able to take comfort in knowing that this project had a very personal message: “I love you. WE love you. And we want you to know just how much.”

Sewing Tip: I have said this before, and I’ll say it again: homemade gifts from the heart are always the best. It may be tempting to purchase a present from the store, but in the end a homemade gift speaks volumes, and is so much more meaningful. Not to mention, the process of creating is fun enough to make it all worth it!

I’m not sure what my next sewing project will be yet – it will be a surprise!

Happy Sewing!

JoLene

December 2012 Newsletter

There are many exciting developments with JoLene’s Sewing School. Now we have two locations to serve you! With classes and workshops held in both Woodstock and Happy Valley, you have even more options to learn to sew or further hone your sewing skills. Join us!

This Weekend: Last Chance for Gift-Making Workshops

Last month we had Christmas Workshops During Thanksgiving Vacation. They were mostly full and we had a fun time making gifts for our families. I just love these workshops; seeing these kids make heartfelt gifts for their friends and family members is so satisfying.

I know a few of you were unable to come and had friends who wished they had signed up. So I’ve decided to add two more last-chance options!

Join us on Friday, December 7th, from 4:00 – 7:30 pm, with pizza and pop served in the middle as a dinner break, or Saturday, December 8th from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Cost is just $30, which includes all the materials and gifts that the students will produce. The workshops will be held at my Happy Valley location, 16661 SE Rock Creek Court.

Contact me to register or for more information.

This is an amazing gift-creating opportunity. In just three hours, students can make between 7 and 10 items. What better way to get a significant jump on holiday gift-giving?

There will be 15-20 projects to choose from, which will provide a wide selection of potential gifts for children and adults, both male and female. All materials are provided, and will be cut and ready to sew!

Winter Break Workshops

I am offering four workshops for kids over the Winter Break holiday:

On the Wild Side (NEW). December 26th, 27th, 28th; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Make three wild animals stuffies – monkey, elephant, and giraffe. All supplies included. $130.

Become a DIVA. December 26th, 27th, 28th; 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. After this camp you will be one step closer to being a diva. Come make a tutu bag to carry your diva supplies, a diva skirt, leggings, diva tee shirt. $120. Supply list provided at time of registration.

Sock Monkey and More (NEW). January 2nd, 3rd, 4th; 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Make the old-fashioned sock monkey and sock monkey hat, made from brown, pink, blue, or the original red heel socks. All supplies included. $130.

Animal Hat Camp. January 2nd, 3rd, 4th; 1:00 – 4:00 pm. Come and make the cutest animal hat out of faux fur with scarf and mittens attached, plus matching animal slippers! All supplies included. $130.

 

Holiday Class Schedule

Monday, December 24th – Monday, January 7th: NO REGULAR CLASSES

Classes start back up on Tuesday, January 8th

 

Open Spots in the Sewing School

Have you been waiting for the perfect time to enroll in JoLene’s Sewing School? With two locations, in Woodstock and now also in Happy Valley, you have even more opportunity!

Classes are taught in Woodstock on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:15, 4:15, and 5:15.

Classes are taught in Happy Valley on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays at 3:00, 4:00, and 5:00.

For more information, and to register, click here.

 

Project of the Month: Make Your Own Umbrella!

A while ago, a student asked me to help her make an umbrella kit. Ever since then, I’ve wanted to make my own.

So here it is! I had such fun with this, from picking the fabric to the quick and simple assembly. It’s very easy to make; you just purchase the frame and pattern, all available at cool cottons, a fantastic fabric store on Hawthorne in SE Portland. There is only one pattern piece that you cut out 8 times, sew them together, and finish the seams. You put the finished cover on the frame, tack it down, and waterproof the fabric.

For more pictures and information on this project, see my blog, and stay dry this rainy season with your own personalized umbrella!

Tip of the Month: Beautiful Finished Edges

Do you need to own a serger sewing machine to have beautiful finished edges? No! While sergers are nice to have, you can finish your edges without one with the following tips:

  • The easiest way is just to use pinking shears. After you are finished sewing each seam, use the zig-zag pinking shears to trim the bare edge of seam, then press the seams open.
  • Alternatively, pink the edge as described above, then sew next to the pinked edge, and press open as before.
  • Finally, you can make a zig-zag stitch close to the edge and then press open the seams.

These tips help your project stand the test of time while looking and feeling good inside and out.
Don’t let the season pass you by without registering for a class or a workshop! You can contact me for questions or registration.

Happy Sewing,

JoLene Tunison
JoLene’s Sewing School

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