Monday, June 29, 2009

machine binding tutorial

machine binding is not the traditional way of binding a quilt, but i'm not a hand sewer so it is my personal favorite.

there are many ways to bind a quilt, but this is the way i like to do it:

wof is an abbreviation for width of fabric and everything but the finishing top stitch is sewn with a 1/4" seam allowance. i like to use a cotton thread for the top thread in my machine
and an invisible thread or clear thread for the bobbin. this gives the top a nice finished look and leaves the bottom stitch less visible.

i like using my walking foot when putting on binding, but if you don't have one it's not necessary. if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask!


xo sas

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

don't interrupt...

how many times have you told your kids,
"don't interrupt mom, while i'm talking on the phone."
i know in our house it's been many.
here's my son's solution:

he showed me this sign with the bag of chips...

VERY clever boy...

don't they amaze you...
the things they come up with : )

xo sas

it's been busy around here...

we HAVE grass!!! we worked on it all day friday, weeding, leveling and laying it out. thanks guys, for all your help. it was a must have before the kids are done school for the summer. we would be so cooped up if we couldn't play outside.

i shipped off my first order from my shop ....

these lovely stickers are from one of my favorite etsy shops... green originals go check out kathy's shop and tell her i sent you!

gotta go, i have a secret project that needs me...

xo sas

Monday, June 8, 2009


anna's end of the year ballet recital is coming up and costumes had to be made for pictures on saturday.  there are 3 girls in the class and they are dancing to the little mermaid.  my friend made the skirts and i did the tops. they were a hit with the girls! you could tell they felt like little princess's in them; which is exactly what we were hoping for.  


can't wait to see them dance!!

xo sas

Friday, June 5, 2009

fashion dilemma

O.K. ladies... i know my way around a sewing machine, but i'm not so good when it comes to fashion. HELP!!  i was at Aldos the other day and bought these beauties. 

i thought they were going to be $39.99 but they ended up being $59.99 because of the color. so more than i expected. 

should i keep them?

should i not keep them?

if i keep them, what do i wear with them???? 

thanks for your help!

xo sas

Monday, June 1, 2009


i've never made clothing before and thought a skirt for my daughter would be perfect for my first attempt. i found the tutorial here, i switched it up a bit by adding 6" strips instead of a full piece of one fabric but i think it turned out GREAT! most of the fabric is from the PRETTY PLEASE line by Jennifer Paganelli, which i LOVE, with a few random pieces thrown in.  

she was having so much fun spinning, she got going to fast and fell over :  )

that's my girl!  

if you are thinking of making a skirt, this one's a good one to start with!! OH, check out the house on hill road  blog for more FREE tutorials and FUN idea's!

xo sas