Who has Two Thumbs and is Excited for Her DVD? (THIS GIRL!)

Oh my gosh. It’s here! I feel like I just taped it! (Well, really I sort of did!)  So here I present to you: Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today’s Quilter!
14QM15 Just a few short weeks ago I was in the studio and nervous as hell, and now the DVD is ready for PREORDER?

Here’s the write up:

Quilting Arts Workshop: Heirloom Sewing Techniques for Today’s Quilter
Smocking, Pintucks, Gathers & More
with Cheryl Sleboda DVD – 76 minutes
Take your next sewing project to new heights by adding an unexpected twist—fabric manipulation!
Learn the basics and beyond of vintage sewing techniques that can transform your quilts from flat to fabulous.
Award-winning quilter and heirloom sewing expert Cheryl Sleboda takes the mystery out of smocking, pintucks, pleats, and gathers, and will soon have you applying these simple and effective techniques to your own quilts and home décor projects.
After an overview of the history, tools, and materials used in dimensional sewing, Cheryl deftly describes and demonstrates each technique. Her shortcuts and tips simplify the most mystifying designs into easy-to-follow steps. Imagine creating smocked inserts for a sampler quilt, or a charming vintage-inspired pillow with a contemporary flair. Soon you’ll be creating your own dimensional designs using the time-tested methods demonstrated on this video.

I’m so excited I can barely stand it! And of course, it’s got a skull on it… it wouldn’t be mine unless it did, right? 🙂  Want to preorder one for yourself?  Check it out here!!

I’m planning all sorts of cool stuff and giveaways and more for the release, so I hope you will stay tuned.

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My turn on the My Family Quilt Blog Hop!

QUILTS everyone!Well, readers, I am the last stop on the “My Family Quilt” Blog Hop.  Let me show you a few quilts from my family.

Louisa Busch

Louisa Busch. If she had a Facebook, I hope this would be her profile picture.

This is Louisa Henrietta Busch.  She’s my great grandmother in law.  See, my family doesn’t have any quilters that I know of.  My grandfather was a wonderful tailor, and could sew pretty much anything, and was actually big into plastic canvas sewing for a while.  My grandmother made some baby quilts for my younger brothers and sisters and cousins, but even then she wasn’t what I would call a “quilter”.  Nope, the first hardcore quilter I had ever come across was my husband’s great grandmother, who I never got to meet, but is rolling in hot tied-quilt style here in this picture.

picture of an old picture

My husband’s family are the crafter’s/maker’s/homesteader’s dream. Got a hole in that beautiful caned chair? No worries, we can fix that. Hooked rugs, porcelain dolls, weaving rugs (the braided and on a loom kinds BOTH), cross stitch, embroidery, knitting, crochet, macrame, basket weaving, or make a broom?  These ladies have you covered.  Aunt Beck, Aunt Idie, and Aunt Ruth were Grammie’s sisters (Hilda Viola Ely).  The four of them were an ever expanding resource of crafting. They could make ANYTHING. We have lots of things that they did make in our home, and it’s wonderful.My family quilts

Back to great grandma.  She’s the queen of tied quilts made out of whatever fabric she has on hand.  So when I come into the family in 1996, I ended up marrying the owner of a couple of of her tied quilts.  When I taught myself how to quilt, my first big quilts were tied, just like hers.  The two quilts on the right in the picture above are hers.  That grey checkered 9 patch was modern before ladies knew what modern quilting was.  This blue and yellow one on the left was made by me, but we tied it on her antique old quilt frame rails that she made her quilts on. (Insert time machine noises to take you back to the year 2000…)


Me, and my MIL, Beth

I pieced the quilt specifically to tie as a family.  Aunt Beck and Grammie were the only sisters left, and they called a bunch of fiends and relatives to come tie the quilt.  Here is a picture of all of us from that day.

Grammie, Aunt Beck, and me

Aunt Beck, me, and Grammie (Hilda)

So in the end I didn’t come from a family of quilters, but I married into a family of Makers, and they sure taught me a lot. I’m thrilled to have two of great grandma’s quilts, and to have had family help tie a few memories into my own.
Go back and check out the rest of the wonderful blog hoppers and be sure to leave comments! 🙂
Oct 1. – Sylvia Lewis
Oct 2. – Judi Hurwitt
Oct 3. – Deborah Massie Boschert
Oct 4. – Sheila Frampton-Cooper
Oct 5. – Pokey Bolton
Oct 6. – Frieda Anderson 
Oct 7. – Lisa Chin
Oct 8. – Cheryl Sleboda <<== That’s me!

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Vintage Textile Thursday #1

I love me some vintage textiles!!!

Check out this HILARIOUS set of His N Hers pillowcases.  Yep, that’s panties and boxers.  The blue thread used in the embellishments and crochet bled a little at some point, so they were super cheap at the textile dealer I got them from.  I just adore these…
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Vintage goodness

I love vintage linens.  I don’t just love them… I LURVE them (as my friend Melly says).

Every year, my quilt guild hosts a rummage sale.  You bring your unwanted sewing related items, and the guild sells them to other members and the proceeds go to fund the programs the guild puts on.  Each year I am the rummage sale coordinator.  

The job of the coordinator is not hard, but the one singular perk is that you get first pick.  And Oh my goodness, this is why I do it.

Look at this stuff!  It’s so dreamy!  

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