Saturday, November 1, 2014

Scallops are a Snap!

The focus feature of the Apple Pie Apron is the scallops at the neck line and top of the pockets.

These are not SCARY Scallops . . . these Scallops are a SNAP!

Just watch . . .
Oh yes, one note the photos are from two different Aprons. Don't let that confuse you. I just picked the best from two sets.

First trace the scallop patterns onto the rectangles of interfacing cut according to the pattern instructions.

Make sure you trace the sewing line and cutting line. If you are using fusible interfacing, trace on the GLUE side. Fusible bumps up. :)

Lay the interfacing on the right side of the fabric

Then starting on one side of the scallop stitch around the bottom stitching line only.

Now trim to within 1/8" of where you just stitched and cut out the rest of the scallop along the cutting lines. Do a little clip into the corners of the scallop taking care not to get too close to your stitching threads.

The trimmed scallop should look something like this.

Now turn the scallop inside out and press.

If you are using fusible interfacing the adhesive will fuse to the inside and help keep the fabric turned neatly to  back side of the scallop.

Place the scallop face side down on the back side of the apron bib or pocket. That would be right side of scallop to the wrong side of the apron or pocket. Pin and stitch around the neck edge with a 1/2" seam allowance.

 Pin the pocket scallop to the top of the pocket in the same way. Stitch.

Clip the curves and turn to the scallop to the front of the Apron or Pocket.

Press the neck edge or pocket edge so that the scallop fabric is rolled slightly to the backside.

Pin the scallop in place on the front and sew very close to the edge to top stitch through all layers.

Tip: To top stitch close to the edge, move the needle position slightly to the left and align the center mark of the presser foot with the edge of the scallop. Sew slowly and raise the presser foot with the needle down to adjust when going around the curves.

Scallops are a Snap!! Wasn't that easy and they look so great!

Easy as Apple Pie Scallops!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall Time must be Apple Time!

So who doesn't like apple pie?! 
I hope you will love the newest pattern from Sew Much Good as much as I do.
Here she is --
She was inspired by a vintage apron but she is timeless and current.

Scallops and a flared flounce give this classic apron a  feminine touch.

Fresh methods make it easier to sew than it looks and suitable for sewers of all levels.


Trust me on this one. No one should be hesitant to take on the scallops. 

With clear instructions and illustrations they are as EASY as sewing on a draw line.

The cross-over ties make it comfortable to wear. The long ties and scoop neck mean it can adjust up or down for length and the coverage around is wider than a standard butcher apron. One size fits most.

How about a SWE-EET blue?!

The paper pattern can be purchased from the BUY NOW button on the side bar or you can click HERE to visit the SEW MUCH GOOD ETSY SHOP where you will also find .pdf  Downloadable Patterns for sale.

Happy Sewing!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Punch & Cookies for Xmas!

Punch & Cookies is so looking festive for the Holidays with a new bow!!

The FREE BOW PATTERN can be downloaded by clicking here.

If you don't have your copy of the Punch & Cookies Apron pattern you can purchase a paper pattern from this blog or an instant download .pdf pattern at the Sew Much Good Etsy store.

Enjoy the bow pattern with compliments from Sew Much Good!

Happy Sewing!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Labor Day!!? Already???

Where did my the summer go? Well technically it's got another 3 weeks or so but you know what I mean.
So what has been going on with Sew Much Good in the last three month?

Lots, actually.

First I finished a quilt kit that I bought in . . . cough . . . cough. . . well, a while ago.
I bought it because I loved it the minute I saw it and I still love it!

It's now ready to take a place of honor in my sewing room.

Finishing this quilt was good on many levels. First it was one of those Unfinished Projects that is continually nagging. Done! No more nag! 

Then I really wanted it . . . not the kit in a box but the quilt. And now I have it!
It was my first actual quilt with needle-turn applique. I did it and I got better as I went along. Learn something. Honed a skill.

I still love colors after all these years. Very affirming. I'm glad I waited to finish it because the little paper template in the kit for the basket blades wasn't very accurate and now the Easy Dresden Ruler makes it a snap to get it right!

Kaylene Parry quilted it for me and I love what she did. You just gotta love the attention to detail that a good quilter gives.

I'm a big fan of quilted "feather" motifs.

Last, I love, love piping. Love it on smocked garments, collars, sleeve edges, button bands, pockets . . . everywhere . . . and quilt bindings!! Yay!

So much fun. This quilt just makes me feel good. Can you tell I am keeping it? It is actually the only finished quilt I own. All the quilts I have made have found homes with other people. Gifts of love. This is the one gift to me. :)

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Cutting Squares Fast!

I teach quilting at Just Sew in Highland, Utah.
The quilt one of my classes is making needs 160 - 2 1/2" white squares. The squares sewn on as half square triangles shape the petals in this Pretty Posies quilt.

That's a lot of squares.
So let's cut them as fast as we can.
Start by cutting 2 1/2" strips across the width of the fabric. You can cut 16 -  2 1/2" squares from 42" of fabric. If you need 160 squares it will require 10 strips.

Please note: For this tutorial I will only be cutting 24 squares for a smaller quilt.

After straightening the edge of the fabric I begin cutting the 2 1/2" strips.

Here I have cut two strips which is all I need for my small quilt. Continue cutting as many as you need for your pattern.


Without unfolding them, layer the strips with the selvage edges together.
You may layer as many as three strips on top of each other for 6 layers of fabric. If your rotary cutter is not sharp you may find 2 strips for 4 layers is better but not as fast. :(

Make sure your cut edges are exactly even. Don't fuss if the selvage edges on your folded fabric are not even. Keep the fabric folded as it came off the bolt. You have some 'wiggle' room on this one.

Holding your ruler down tight to keep the layers from being 'pushed' by the rotary cutter trim off the selvage edges.

 Now flip your stack of strips over so that your cut end in on the left and begin cutting your squares.

Here I have two strips in my stack so I am cutting 4 squares at a time.

Continue cutting toward the fold. Six cuts gives me the 24 squares I need.
If you are cutting more, when you cut the final stack of 4 squares from the layered strips, open up the folded ends and see if they are big enough for one more cut. If so, stack up these unfolded ends from the layered strips and cut them all at once

Squares cut fast!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sister Dresses!

I finished these sister dresses about 3 weeks ago
so it's time to show them off.
Both the dresses and the sisters!

These are my two youngest granddaughters, Allison and Hannah, in matching dresses and corduroy jackets.

The dress pattern is Annika and the jacket pattern is Blair, both by Maja's Heirlooms.

I had so much fun with these that I found an 18" doll that reminded me of Hannah. . . .

Well, you can see what I did . . . 

Stay tuned for the jacket. . .

Monday, February 24, 2014

As promised the pattern for O'Halloran's Heels, a whimsical, two-sided Irish table runner is ready. You can click on over to the Sew Much Good Etsy Shop and down load a .pdf file for printing.

The .pdf is for sale at an introductory price of $7.  So don't miss out. March is upon us!

While you are at the Sew Much Good Etsy Shop check out all the other patterns for sale. You may want to make an Easter Apron or two.

As soon as it comes back from the printer it will also be available in a paper pattern for shipping.

Happy Sewing!