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BabyLock Partners with Humble Sewing Center to Help Local Safe-House

As you may or may not know, I teach sewing lessons on a weekly basis at a local safe-house for traumatized/exploited kids.  Here’s a link if you’d like to know more:

News from the Safe-House

Lessons have been going strong for about 2 years now, and everything is great, except – we have more kids than ever and not enough quality machines to go around….

Soooooo, I let the President of Baby Lock know what we’ve been up to and our present needs…..  the next thing you know, there are 10, yes, TEN brand new Baby Lock Molly’s arriving at Humble Sewing Center as a donation to the safe-house!!!!

Thank you BabyLock!!!

Thank you Baby Lock!!!

I told the ladies at our monthly Baby Lock Club about the donation and they agreed to be in the picture with me!  This is a wonderful group of ladies who meets with me once a month to share ideas, tips, and sewing techniques for Baby Lock sewing machines, embroidery machines, and sergers.  It’s always fun!  Drop in sometime!  Dates and details are on our calendar.

Today, I was able to deliver the 10 Molly’s to the safe-house!

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Here’s a photo of a safe-house resident getting familiar with the new machine.

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One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, TEN beautiful Molly’s all ready to SEW!!!

I’m SO thankful to get to spend time with these precious girls and help them learn a valuable life skill.

I’m also thankful to work with such a great team and boss at Humble Sewing Center

and

THANK YOU, BABY LOCK!!!!

Thank you for reading!

Jenny Gabriel, alter ego:  StitchinJenny

Easy Quilted Place Mats

FREE monthly sew club for kids will resume classes at Humble Sewing Center on Saturday, September 27th from 6pm-8pm.  Contact instructor, Jenny Gabriel via email if you would like to attend!

email:   info@stitchinjenny.com

Hi!  One of the things I love to do at our monthly Free Girl’s Sew Club is to KEEP IT SIMPLE!

So, we offer a variety of easy projects that can usually be completed in one 2 hour sewing session.

Often times, the project will use fabric strips from a Jelly Roll or fabric squares from a stack of Fat Quarters.  This is a convenient way to select a number of fabrics that all look like they go together pretty well and we can save time by not having to cut the fabric ourselves.  (Click these links if you have no clue what a jelly roll or a fat quarter is.)

Take a look at these easy quilted Place Mats that were made during our April & May 2014 Sew Clubs:

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The diagonal stripes were made from a stack of jelly roll strips that the girls organized in a pleasing manner and then sewed together using a 1/4″ seam allowance.  We made sure they had enough strips sewn together to have a pieced fabric that measured a little over 19″x13″.

Then, we made a “quilt sandwich”.  Basically, a piece of fabric for the place mat’s back was laid with it’s wrong side up, then a layer of quilt batting was laid on top of that, and lastly the pieced fabric was laid on top of the batting with its ride side facing up.

Each girl then chose a series of decorative stitches from her sewing machine and sewed either down the center of certain strips or she would sew right in the seam of two different strips.

After all the stitching was done (actually, this is called the quilting part) the quilt sandwich was cut into a place mat sized rectangle about 19″x13″.

The last step was to add the binding.  They were eager to try their skills on a larger quilt soon so I showed them how to make mitered corners.  See what a great job she did:

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If you have no clue how to make mitered corners, click on this link to a great tutorial by Jenny Doan of Missouri Star Quilt company.

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Some of the kids kept it really simple and just did horizontal stripes and used the “pillow case” method to finish their place mats.

That means:

  • After the strips were all sewn together, we cut the pieced fabric, batting, and place mat backing fabric down to the right size before we continued.  
  • Then we laid the batting down first, next we laid the pieced fabric with its right side face up on top of that, and last we laid the backing fabric face down (wrong side up) on top of the pieced fabric.  
  • We sewed around all four sides and left an opening for turning the place mat right side out.  
  • Then we sewed the opening shut and added some decorative stitches on some of the stripes to quilt the place mat.  
  • The process is essentially making a flat pillow that has a layer of batting inside so that’s why it’s called the “pillow case” method.  

april4This Mother/Daughter team opted to make a Crazy Patch version of the quilted place mat.  Here they are laying out their plans for the next pieces.

april7She’s stitching the next piece of the crazy patch.

april6Look at how well it’s all coming together!

The crazy patch method turned out to be most time intensive of all since it required more pressing and she had decided to have a 6 sided piece in the center of her crazy patch.  Usually, and likely due to ease of construction, most crazy patch quilts have a 5 sided piece in the center of each crazy patch block.

Her project did look beautiful though!

Thanks so much for reading!  I hope you enjoyed and visit again soon!

Jenny Gabriel alter ego:  StitchinJenny