Sewing Room News

The season has definitely shifted to full blown fall around here.  We had a great rainy weekend and the colors are gorgeous.  The shot above was taken a few days ago up at the pond on the edge of our property.

I have a few fun things to share with you.  You may have noticed that Craftsy has been evolving and changing over the past year or so.  They started to carry their own brand of fabric (Boundless) as well as yarn (Cloudborn).  Now they are offering a subscription plan to the videos offered for sale on their site.  This is an interesting proposal for those crafters that regularly purchase and view Craftsy videos.

The subscription is similar to that offered on Creative Bug but the Craftsy site offers many, many more classes in all sorts of subjects than Creative Bug does.  Of course, you get what you pay for, right?  The Craftsy subscription comes at a higher price.  For $14.99 per month, or $120.00 per year, the subscriber has full access to all of the classes in the Craftsy library.  There is no contract tying the subscriber to the plan for a certain number of months to enjoy full access.  (Of course if you pay for a year up front, you are subscribing for the twelve months.)

The interactive qualities, class notes, and discussions, are all available with the subscription. But you do not own the class, meaning when you decide to cancel the subscription you will no longer have access to the classes.  I think there is merit to their plan. Right now, Craftsy is offering a two week free trial of their subscription service.  Certainly worth taking advantage of, especially if you were considering purchasing a class in particular.  You now have the chance to watch the class and decide if it covers what you need before purchasing it.  There are lots of options how to utilize this new service.

As for sewing and fabric news, I am working on finishing up the binding on my nephew’s jersey quilt.  I decided to machine stitch it to both the front and back.  I am somewhat sure my nephew will not look at the binding and wonder why his Aunt Bernie didn’t hand stitch the back of the binding.  😉  Also, the quilt is made of jersey knits that have been stabilized.  It is pretty heavy and I don’t want the binding to come apart when the quilt is laundered.  I found one spot where the quilting stitches look a bit funky on the back side and I will take those stitches out and repair it on my machine.  I think I have thread that is close enough so it won’t be noticeable. Hopefully I will finish that up and then have a fun finish to share with you.

Last week I got lucky on my thrift store prowl.  I was having lunch with my mother in law who lives about an hour or so from me.  I saw a local thrift store that looked interesting and stopped in.  They had three rolls of knit fabric, each one 60″ wide.  I really love the color of one roll, a dusty purple and I grabbed it.  It was taped tightly so I couldn’t unroll it and check to see if it was in good shape. But I decided to take the chance on it.  If it didn’t turn out to be clean and in good shape, my $12.00 was going to a good cause (Hospice). But guess what?? It turned out to be really nice fabric and there is probably at least five yards on the roll. It will be fun to sew something up with this. I am not sure exactly what yet.  Nightgown? T-Shirt? There is plenty on the roll so maybe both?? As always, I look at a piece of fabric and it is so fun to think of the potential in it.

Hoping your week is going well and you are fitting in a bit of sewing time here and there!

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10 thoughts on “Sewing Room News

  1. Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts

    It’s always fun to grab a special ‘find’ at a thrift shop or garage sale. Have fun sewing with that pretty fabric! I’m going to machine stitch a binding this afternoon. I’m not good at it yet, so I figure I need all the practice I can get! 🙂

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Honestly Beth, I am not terribly proficient with machine stitching bindings but I think this is a safe one to do. He won’t mind some little imperfections here or there. This is a good chance to practice.

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  2. Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl

    It sounds like you are in the home stretch of finishing your nephew’s TShirt quilt; congratulations! I look forward to seeing how it came together. And what a cool fabric to find. I hope your fall is off to a great and cozy start; the rain sounds delightful.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Yes, definitely wrapping Sam’s quilt up today. Which is good — I have a lot of my want-to-do list so it feels satisfying to check on off the list. 🙂

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  3. Wendy

    I’ve only made one t-shirt quilt, and that was many years ago. I well remember how heavy it was! I honestly can’t recall how I did the binding. Now I’m hoping it stayed together! I have a bag of t-shirts from my daughter that have been waiting in my line of projects (don’t tell, but I’m dragging my feet just a bit on this one!). What a nice find at the thrift shop!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      That bag of shirts will wait patiently until you are ready to deal with them! The nice thing is a t-shirt quilt is a pretty quick project since you aren’t really doing any piecing — One day Wendy…. you’ll get to it!

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  4. Kate

    Sounds like you got a great bargain with the fabric. Interesting about Craftsy, I don’t know if they are doing it in the UK and it would be great to view a class before deciding whether to purchase it, however, I could buy several classes for the annual cost. Good for those who do several different crafts though.

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    1. Bernie Post author

      I bet they would provide the same free trial in the UK. Our virtual world has become so small – no reason to have a different policy for this sort of thing.
      I am pretty excited to play with that knit fabric. Soon…. very soon!

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  5. Kristi

    Thanks for the Craftsy news. I haven’t purchased a class from them in awhile. Love your find at the thrift shop! Well done!

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  6. Mari

    We are in full-blown fall as well. A hard freeze tonight! Should be good for turning those final leaves. Interesting about Craftsy. Too bad quilting videos make me sleepy! Something about the hum of the sewing machine. . .

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