March 2008

The circle of the year is still turning – but it finally looks like winter may someday end!  It also means that tax-time is approaching!

Finances may be running tight but there are still many options left for those of us who can sew – or who want to learn to sew!

We want to brighten up our surroundings! Take down those heavy winter drapes and replace them with bright colorful window valences. Add some cheery throw pillows to bedrooms and living rooms. Brighten your kitchen with some new placemats, napkins and table runners. Inexpensive and relatively simple. We can either create these for you or teach you how to make them yourselves.


Check out the Our Current Classes page for all the latest information! We are pleased to again offer a variety of programs for all ages!

When you are ready to register, please call us at 518-695-4867.

The season for First Communions is fast approaching! If you have not already picked out that special outfit, now is the time.

At me, myself and I, we can help you either create an original work of art for your daughter or granddaughter to wear or we can teach you how to make that special dress on your own.

Please give us a call at 518-695-4867 so that we can help you decide which approach works the best for you!

Last fall five members of our Monday Ladies group started “A Study in Blue” quilting project. As of today, Judy, Linda and I have finished ours and Donna’s quilt is in the finishing stages.

I am so proud of everyone for sticking it out for this project! Quilting was a new area for these ladies and as such took them out of their “comfort zones”. It was a learning process for everyone. Each week, during our Monday meetings, we’d plan out the next stage of the project. During the week, the ladies would work independently on their projects with everyone progressing at their own pace.

Everyone is already looking forward to our next project which is already in the works!

Congratulations ladies!

Tis the season for all of the annual events that cry out for a special dress!

For the school age ladies, proms, junior proms and spring dances are just around the corner. For others, its fast approaching the peak of the wedding season! We can help!

If you are a somewhat experienced sewer, we can help coach you though the creation of that special outfit. Still somewhat new to sewing? Not ready to take the plunge alone? Have no fear – we can help! Come to our shop and we can help you design, select patterns and fabrics and then help you actually create the outfit.

Give us a call at 518-695-4867 and lets talk about how we can be of help.

Its time now to dig into your closets and see what’s there for your spring wardrobe! Its time to unpack those storage bins and remove those garment bags. Its time to take an inventory of what you have and determine what you will need for spring.

If you are like the rest of us, you took advantage of those end of season sales more because the price was right than because the item was a perfect fit! Optimism sometimes runs rampant during those sales.

Perhaps a few of the garments need to be altered? A little tweaking? Some adjustments? A little longer? Or even – shorter? Were you one of the lucky (read that as “hard working”) ones who stuck to your program and managed to lose weight over the winter?

If any of this applies to you and your spring wardrobe – we can help! Just give us a call at 518-695-4867!

The folks over at Christ The King Spirtual Life Center are organizing another quilting retreat. This one will be held on March 28 & 29. People will gather at the Center at 4 on Friday and stay overnight through Saturday. The theme for this retreat will be patriotic quilts for a group called The First Responders. Those who participate will need to bring their own sewing machine with bobbins & thread, a task light and extension cord, rotary cutter with cutting board and scissors along with your usual sewing notions and tools.

Registration is required. Please call us here at me, myself and I at 518-695-4867 for further information. We hope that many people will take advantage of this opportunity – it will be such fun!

Remember the old days when families planned their Easter outfits to the last detail? New shoes, corsages, fancy hats, suits for the boys… everyone always looked so nice! This was an occasion for the entire family to get together and family portraits!

Although times have changed, Easter is still a time to celebrate – both the religious aspects as well as for family.

At the White House, there has been an annual Easter Egg roll for children of all ages. Here in Schulyerville we also have an annual celebration – the Easter Egg Hunt & Roll, which is associated with the Greater Schuylerville Youth Program. You can download the flyer  – Schuylerville Easter program 2008.

Celebrate with your family and enjoy.

In February I had the fantastic opportunity to travel to Florida to meet some wonderful ladies and to take some valuable sewing courses. And – I also had a ton of fun!

I went to a three day sewing retreat held at a lakeside fellowship camp near Ocala, Florida. Arriving in Orlando, I was picked up by my good friend Nancy who has traveled with me many times before. We then joined several other sewing friends who had never been to a retreat like this one.

There were several nationally known sewing experts at the retreat. Nancy Zieman opened the retreat with a morning long session about her work and career. Stephanie Kimura taught the making of a hip bag and also provided an evening seminar showing the progression of her projects during her career.

my Bamboo Goddess Hip Bag

Paula Scaffidi. led us in the creation of an incredible four-sided vessel project which can be seen on this page on her website. Emily Carter led the group in creating a velvet and silk shawl using the serger.