Basic Serger Pillow with Hidden Zipper Closure

Happy Fall, sewing friends!
It’s time to start sewing for Christmas!
This is the October serger project that I am teaching
at our local Baby Lock/Husqvarna Viking dealer.

The pillow cover itself is just a basic, simple, no-frills cover.
The fun part is learning how to serge the hidden zipper closure.
Since very few supplies and fabric are required,
this makes a perfect inexpensive but heartfelt gift.
Once you learn the basics, the possibilities are endless.
So many options are available for personalizing this serger project.
The front of the pillow cover could be embellished with embroidery (machine or hand),
the front could be made from a large quilt block,
or the front could be made from a pre-printed block.
Sew many possibilities!
This is a serger only class, no sewing machine needed.
If you are in the local area, here’s your invitation to join the fun:
WHEN:  Wednesday, October 27, 2017
TIME:  9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. @ the Ogden Wimmer’s Sewing & Vacuum
– OR –
             1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. @ the Layton Wimmer’s Sewing & Vacuum
Please stop by the store to sign up so we know how many kits to make.
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Autumn Burlap Serger Wreath

Happy Sunday, sewing friends!
Autumn is quickly approaching here in the U.S.,
that is, according to the calendar, not the weather
But before you know it, it will be Fall,
the weather will be cool and crisp,
and we will be celebrating God’s good harvest
What better way to welcome in the new season than with a beautiful wreath

I will begin teaching Baby Lock serger classes locally at both Wimmer’s locations
(Layton and Ogden) in September
This is the first project we will complete with our sergers

We will use either a 3 thread overlock stitch or the wave stitch,
which is exclusive to Baby Lock, to finish the edges of the burlap
(I used the wave stitch on my sample)

And we will make our own wire-edged ribbon from these lovely autumn colored fabrics.
After adding various floral picks and signage, we will go home with a gorgeous new wreath.
Are you beginning to plan for a seasonal change in decorating?
Share with us what is your favorite item to change up during the seasonal changes.
Thank you for spending some time with me today, friends.  Have a terrific week.

Coneflower Season

Coneflowers are one of my most favorite of summer’s floral beauties

They’re reliable, they return to visit me every summer
and they always produce colorful blooms

no matter the environment – wet – dry- cool – hot
it doesn’t matter
they return.
And now, I can enjoy the beauty of the coneflower year round.
This quick, wool applique candle mat helps me get my coneflower fix
even when the cold winter winds are blowing and the snow is swirling
I added hot fix crystals for a little bling on the “cone”
From “Purple coneflower is one of the toughest, most reliable perennials on the market”
As you can see, my coneflower is indeed purple
But, it has some added burnt orange coloring
A very similar coloring to the coneflowers growing in my garden
I pressed the wool with my iron and held it in place too long,
thus scorching the purple wool!!!

Instead of hand stitching, I used my sewing machine for the applique
My #BabyLock #Sashiko did an outstanding job on those leaf veins . . .
and on the coneflower stem
The back of the mat is finished off with a simple, cotton fabric

This little mat is a lovely addition to my late summer décor
Enjoy the late season beauty of this great earth God has created, my friends.