Category Archives: Just for Fun

Stitches from the Road

My husband and I are traveling in our RV with our two Bichon Frise dogs, Sammy and Morgan. Since living in an RV means that space is small. I had to make some decisions on what I could take with me on the road. My Babylock Ellisimo Gold is just too large for the RV so my Ellisimo Gold is waiting at home for my return.

After 6 weeks on the road, I was ready to embroider or quilt something. But, I did not have my machine with me. I decided to buy a new machine that would be more conducive to RVing. I selected Janome 9900.  It has a maximum embroidery area of 6.7″ x 7.9″ (170xx x 200mm), and the embroidery unit is small. It fits on the back of the machine and opens to the rear. The machine has a 9mm stitch with will be nice when I use decorative stitches. The 9900 has a maximum embroidery speed of 800 stitches per minute. With 200 stitches, 6 one step button holes, 175 built-in embroidery designs and so much more.

I’ve had my new Janome 9900 for a week now, and I love it. I’ve done some embroidery, after digitizing the designs, and am making a Christmas themed throw pillow.  Below are pictures of the embroidery designs that I created.  The letters are appliqué designs with a bean stitch inside the satin outline which adds a uniqueness to the design. I used a true type font for the ho and HO. I drew a funky H and created the ornament using a circles, lines and a hand drawn ornament topper. I will provide instructions on how to digitize the designs in a subsequent post as well as instructions on how to create the pillow.

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HOhoHO pillow

In the meantime, happy embroidering, happy quilting, and Happy Holidays. If you are in the market for a nice sewing/embroidery machine, consider the Janome 9900.  The staff at Humble Sewing Center (Sew Vac Outlet) will be glad to demo this awesome machine.

Stay tuned for subsequent posts about my HO ho Ho pillow.

Happy Stitching…

Who Won that Free book from the Blog Tour?

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And the winner was found VERY scientifically….

I went into my sleeping teen’s room this morning, nudged her and said, “Hey, pick a number between 1 and 39.”

She groggily replied with her random number and Liz is our winner!!!!

Liz says:

Lovely quilt. Looks like it would be a great stash buster.

Dear Liz,
You are the winner of the Quick Column Quilts Book give-away!!!!!!
Contact me at hsc.jennyg@gmail.com with your mailing address and I’ll ship this out to you!
Thank you so much for participating in the blog tour!
Happy Stitching!!!!
Jenny Gabriel alter ego: StitchinJenny

Round Pillows and Reverse Applique at Girl’s Sew Club

We made some wonderful projects this month at our Girl’s Sew Club!

I like to select projects that will help the girls to learn new sewing techniques each time they come to class.

This month, they got to practice the art of sewing around curves while they made a round pillow.

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They also learned to embellish their custom pillows with a fun technique called “reverse applique”.  The girls were encouraged to write their initial on the pillow or to draw a simple shape like a heart.

They then sewed around their letter or their drawing.

After that, they cut away the first layer of fabric to reveal the “peek-a-boo” fabric that was hiding underneath.

To top it off, some of them were even willing to try their hand at sewing piping around their pillows as well!

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It was an evening of fun and lots of happy kids with some REALLY cute pillows!

Take a look to see what I mean:

Working Hard:

Stuffing Pillows!

Stuffing Pillows!

Sewing her pillow closed all by herself!

Sewing her pillow closed all by herself!

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The only thing cuter than that pillow is her beautiful smile!

I LOVE those happy colors!

Look closely and you’ll see that she added a star above her M.So creative!

Mothers & Daughters Make the Best Sewing Teams Ever!

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Group Photos:  Look what we MADE!!!

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Each one of the girls deserves a big applause!  Everyone, and I mean each and every one of them did such a great job at class tonight!

Mom’s, you are amazing!  Thanks again for bringing your daughters to this class and helping them with their pillows!

Looking forward to seeing you next time!

Fill in the form below if you would like to find out about attending our next girl’s club!

Blessings,

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Jenny Haskins Contest….

We at Humble Sewing Center needed to stitch out samples of the projects for the upcoming Jenny Haskins event. (It’s not too late, there are a few seats left! Call the store to register! 281-446-1818)

We were encouraged to personalize our samples and we’d like to see who’s projects get the most votes…..  So, we are posting a few of them here.  You can comment below to let us know what you think!

Brooches & Hair Accessories

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Flower A

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Flower B

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Flower C

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Flower D

Toilet Paper Holders

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TP Roll A

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TP Roll B

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TP Roll C

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Ipad Covers

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Ipad B

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Ipad C

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Ipad D

Lots of Fun at Girls’ Sew Club Feb. 2014

As you who already visit our blog may know, I offer a monthly sew club for girls and their moms/mentors at Humble Sewing Center.

If you are interested in joining in on the fun, Click our calendar for more details.

I must say, this month’s club was the one of the best so far!  We had a BLAST making some amazing Bone Neck Pillows.  What’s a Bone Neck Pillow you ask?  Well, check out these pictures and see for yourself!

NOTE:   COMING SOON – a very abbreviated tutorial for those who attended the class and want a few reminders so they can make MORE Bone Neck Pillows and be superstars when they sell them or give them as gifts!

Precious MOTHER/Daughter TIME:

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Super MOM!
Super MOM!

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Learning a Life Skill and LOVING it!

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Sweet Little Smile and  a finished Bone Neck Pillow!

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Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the mom’s who stayed and helped with sewing!  You made the night a complete success!

I’m looking forward to seeing you all soon!

I’ll be posting a supply list for March Sew Club ASAP.  I hope to see you there!

Note:  Please remember to contact me and let me know if you plan to attend the next club.

Thanks for visiting!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Sewing with my Daughter part 2

Today, my daughter finished up making her “Ugly Doll” that she named, “Alex”.   She had me help with sewing on his eyes, but other than that, she did it all herself! I’m so proud of her!!!

Way to go Mar!  I want one, too!

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It's true love!

I’m teaching sewing classes all day tomorrow from my in-home studio so, it looks like I’ll be able to post Part 3 of the T-Shirt Quilt on Sunday afternoon or early Monday.

See you soon!

Let’s get sewing!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny

 

Just for Fun…..

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My great grandmother, Jenny Black, lived to be 94 years old.  Not only could she make custom tailored suites, but she was full of laughter and a little  mischief, too.

I’m convinced she lived so long, in part, because she new how to find things to laugh about – and she was ok with laughing at herself.

“A merry heart does good like medicine.”  Proverbs 17:22

Have a great day and a Happy New Year!  Lot’s of new and creative ideas are bubbling over in my little head.  Can’t wait to share….

Let’s get sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

The Reason I Sew…

My Grandma aka: GiGi

Over the years, I find that I sew for a number of reasons.  Sometimes it’s for hire but mostly it’s for love.

I sew because I love my Grandma, my mom, my husband, my kids, in short, my family and my friends.  I sew because I like to give my loved ones something that is one of a kind, that only I can give.  I sew because I enjoy the process of making the gift almost as much as the moment of giving the gift and seeing the look on their face when they open it.  (See my GiGi’s face?  Her smile makes my day!)

When someone takes the time to hand make a gift, whether it’s sewn, painted, or glued & taped, it’s like giving away a part of themselves.  The gift is sort of a token that says, “I love you.  I stopped everything else I was doing to take time to focus only on you and create this for you.”

I don’t know about you but, sometimes, when I make a gift instead of buying one, I’m not sure if what I have given is adequate.  In the end, I shouldn’t worry.

It’s always adequate to tell someone that you love them.  Whether it’s through sewing, baking, sending a card, a phone call, a visit, a hug…. taking the time to say, “I love you” is always a precious gift.

Well, that’s all for now.  Thanks for reading!

Why don’t you take a minute to let me know your reason/reasons for sewing.  I’d love to know.  Or better yet, take a minute to tell someone how much you love them.  It’s a gift that only you can give!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego: StitchinJenny

Sewing Machine Nostalgia with Betty Hutton

Hi Ladies! and any Crafty Gents!

I hope you all had a lovely Monday!  I spent the day working on my promised “Place Mat Love Part 2 – The Binding…”  For now, I’ve got some pictures to share and soon, yes, very soon, I will actually be posting my very first official video tutorial which details the “how-to’s” of putting this baby together with NO hand sewing required!!!  Woot!  LUV those sewing tips!

But, before I share place mat pictures, please join me in a moment of cinematic nostalgia with the lovely, Betty Hutton, singing, “The Sewing Machine Song.”

Wasn’t that fun? I hope you liked it as much as me. She was one great performer….

Anyway, here’s a few pictures (a sneak preview) of what I’ve been up to today. And I will be posting the binding video just as soon as possible.

Getting Started.... Cutting out front, batting, and backing 14"x20" & Marking a grid on the front fabric...

My friend and yours, the "Curved Safety Pin"

All pinned up and ready to quilt!

Quilted!

All Done! Ooops, you blinked and missed my binding trick.... Stay tuned for the video.... Coming SOON, I promise!

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Back View - Close up

Thanks for reading!  That’s all for now, except a friendly reminder that there is STILL time to register to win our current gift give-away.

Please Click on the image below for details:

Let’s Get Sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Sewing Room Make-over

Note to all visitors:  Our 1st Gift Give-Away is winding down but, there’s still a few chances left for you to win!  Click this link and be a winner!  Please?  Gift Give-Away

SEWING ROOM MAKE-OVER

Having a sewing/crafting room all to yourself that is truly just for you, is a real luxury.  Sometimes this is achieved by the joint efforts of a husband-wife team.  And, sometimes, it must be achieved slowly, over time, in stealth mode…..

Over a period of about 4 years, I slowly overpowered an entire room of our home with all of my sewing/crafting supplies.  This was a deliberate process.  At first I started out with putting a regular computer desk into our spare bedroom.  This desk often did double duty as a sewing table, but it was just too high to use comfortably.  So, eventually I “had” to bring in an official sewing desk.

Before: Functional, but Drab

Then, it became difficult for me to prepare meals in my kitchen because my large counter-top was also my fabric cutting area.  So, I “needed” to buy a fold-away cutting table and large rotary cutting mat.

Before: Naked Cutting Table & lots of storage underneath

Anyway, having a room all to yourself is a real treat.  But having one that is decked out with your own personal touches is even better!

So, here are a few pictures of my room AFTER I decided I would also use it for teaching sewing lessons.  I really enjoy using this space for teaching classes and for creating my own projects as well.

AFTER: Same Room, Lots of Changes...

AFTER: Cutting Table - wearing a skirt (still storing stuff underneath!)

StitchinJenny In-Home Sewing Studio w/ White & Green Arrow Sewing Cabinets

If you like these cabinets, you can get them at Humble Sewing Center.  Note:  I added the skirt to the white one.  You can check out more from Arrow by clicking this link:  Arrow 

As you can see, I like “cute” looking vintage decor.  By the way, if you look at the 1st “Before” photo, there is a dark brown chair with a piece of blue fabric draped over it’s back.  That chair was once my Grandmother’s and I have since painted it pink and re-upholstered it to go better with my pistachio green sewing desk.  I think she’d like it…

Even though I absolutely love this room, I can understand if the pink and green theme may not be quite your preference.  So, I am posting a short video clip of our beloved, Nancy Zieman, giving us an inside peek at her personal sewing room aka “Dream Sewing Studio by Koala.”   It is VERY classy and amazing.

Gotta mention:  Humble Sewing Center is also a dealership for Koala and they always have some great deals.  For more dream room options from Koala, just click this link:  Koala

Happy viewing, shopping, sewing, and crafting!

Let’s get sewing!

Jenny Gabriel – alter ego:  StitchinJenny

p.s.  Have you entered our give-away yet?  There’s a contest link at the top of this blog post.  Yep!  Way up there!