Marie Osmond, who some of you possibly saw on Dancing with the Stars last year, is also a quilting enthusiast! She invites quilters to take the Marie Osmond Quilt Challenge! The Challenge offers a chance to win one of three wonderful prize packages each containing a Janome sewing machine, Quilting Treasures fabrics, Advantus storage accessories, Marie Osmond product(s) and much more.

You can download a copy of the application paperwork here from their website. Entries are due in by April 3, 2009.

We can help you plan & design your quilting project as well as help you through the construction phase. Give us a call at 518-695-4867 to see how we can be of help on this or any other sewing project.

Once upon a time…

Well, that’s how some fairy tales begin, but this is a different type of story. Possibly even a love story!

My husband’s grandmother used to sew. Back in the 1930’s many people did their own sewing – either to make complete clothing items or to do their own alterations. And Al’s grandmother was no exception. In fact, having come to the US from the region now generally known as Slovakia, she was probably even more inclined to do so.

The first thing she and her husband did after buying her house, was to invest in a state of the art sewing machine. Of course, back in 1930, this meant a Singer brand machine. Electricity, being a somewhat new-fangled idea at that time, was not universally available. In fact, the country was still in the process of adopting the alternating current standard pushed by George Westinghouse over the direct current approach pushed by Thomas Edison. As a side note – in 1924, at least part of Troy ran on DC. To offer a sewing machine that most people in the US could use, Singer was selling treadle operated machines – foot power!

But, as with so many things, Grandma’s sewing talents were not passed along to her children. The world had changed and by the 50’s and 60’s fewer people were making their own clothing and more professionals began offering tailoring services for alterations. And so, none of Grandma’s children learned how to sew and the Singer treadle operated machine sat as a decorative item. Eventually it passed along to my husband’s mother where it continued to serve in a decorative capacity. My husband’s father did, however, continue to maintain the machine keeping it in operating condition and looking wonderful.

On trips to my mother-in-law’s I would always manage to sneak a few peeks at the machine… Eying it from afar… Wondering how it would be to try it out…

And here is where this turns into a love story. Al’s mother, observant as ever, noticed my interest in the machine. Behind the scenes, she talked with her husband. And with her siblings, Grandma’s other non-sewing children. All of them know about my passion for sewing. And together, they made the incredible decision that Grandma’s machine should come to live with me!

I was stunned! This was truly a gift from the heart! The entire family was behind this gift, knowing that the machine was being passed along to someone who appreciated it and its history.

My father-in-law carefully dismantled it for transport and my husband re-assembled it here at my shop. So – just what does a 1930’s vintage Singer treadle machine look like? Take a look!

Welcome to the family!

This story will continue. The machine works but I have much to learn! It came with many more accessory feet than a current machine. But it also, happily, came with the instruction book. From that I now know this as a Singer #66, “Oscillating hook for family use” machine.

I do have some projects lined up for it so be sure to keep coming back to see how this love story “unfolds”.

…is in the planning stages!

As with the other quilting sleepovers done at Christ the King Church in Greenwich, NY, the quilts are being made for charity..

Attendees will arrive on Friday and leave on Saturday afternoon.

We’ll be creating a “quilt as you go” quilt. We are looking to have approximately 26 people to create 26 individual quilts that can be completed before everyone leaves! The quilts from this session are to be donated to a children’s hospital.

If this is something that you would be interested in, please leave us a comment with your email or give us a call!

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.

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!

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.

Emma Kate loves horseback riding and even competes. And – she loves to sew. The question then was – how to combine the two? She chose to make her own riding pants, also called jodphurs. here’s a couple of photos of Emma Kate wearing the jodphurs she made.

Emma Kate with jodphursEmma Kate with jodphurs - back

Victoria has finished her cotton pjs.  She modified a special blouse pattern for the top and used another special pants pattern for the bottom. The pajamas are made out of a bright purple cotton fabric with emerald green fairies. 

By the way, Victoria is only 9 and has been machine sewing for three years already! Congratulations Victoria!

On Monday, September 10, 2007, our Monday ladies group took a field trip to purchase materials for a new quilt project called “A Study in Blue”. 

Before we left me, myself & I, each of the ladies was given a list of supplies that they would be needing.  Included on this list were 7 or 8 different pieces of blue fabric, hence the name of the quilt. 

By the time we made it to the register, between us, we must of had 50 plus yards of fabric, mostly blue.

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