Sewing Season 2014-15, Classes and Descriptions

Classes and descriptions for the 2014-15 sewing season
All the information you need for sewing this year can be found right here.

Quilting series: for those that are working on, would like to start or finish a quilt.
Limit 4 persons
Thursdays 9-noon
    2014: October 16, November 13
    2015: January 8, March 12, May 7

Individual Classes
all Thursday mornings 8:30 am -11:30 am (see specific dates listed with each project)

Microwave bowl pot holder
Thursday, October 2nd, 8:30-11:30 am
Great way to keep your hands from being burned when removing those hot bowls. These can be made any size and custom made for your favorite bowls. We will also discuss a slight design modification for a slightly different look.
photo by

Christmas Tree Skirt
Thursday, November 6, 8:30- 11:30 am
This is a free pattern from Riley Blake. You need to print this pattern and assemble the pattern pieces and cut your fabric prior to class. The tree skirt has a 48" diameter but the pattern is printed in three separate pieces that you tape together. If you do not need a tree skirt 48" you can choose to use any combination of the pattern pieces to make tree skirts of different sizes. You do not have to add the snowflake to the tree skirt of you do not want it.
photo by Riley Blake patterns

Re-usable gift bags
Thursday, December 4, 8:30- 11:30 am
(perfect for the holidays, especially in all that fun holiday fabric), but useful for anytime. All trees thank you!

photo by Simple Simon & Co


Classes and descriptions below were for the 2013-14 sewing season

September 12, and 26, 2013
October 10 and 24, 2013
November 7 and 14, 2013
December 5 and 19, 2013 (19th is the annual Holiday Party)
January 9 and 23, 2014
February 6 and 20, 2014
March 6 and 20, 2014
April 10, 2014
May 8 and 22, 2014

All Thursday mornings from 8:30 am until 11:30 am

Quilting series: for those that are working on, would like to start or finish a quilt.
September 26, November 7, January 9, March 20 and May 8
Limit 4 people

Individual classes
September 12, 2013  We'll start the year off with the favorite Jane Market bag. Many of you have this pattern because we have  made this before. I use mine grocery shopping all the time and I get comments all the time. Time to make more, and after the class, you can start making extra for your holiday gifts. Please purchase this pattern before the class via the link above.

October 10, 2013  Because we all use these, Basic cloth napkins. They are straightforward to make, you can choose your favorite cotton or linen fabric and make as many as you can get done in 3 hours. We will be using this tutorial for mitered corners. And using either of these tutorials for guidance.
DIY cloth napkins or DIY your way cloth napkins.

October 24, 2013 Gathered clutch by Noodlehead. Great little party bag with inside pockets for drivers license and CC. Make several and gift to friends. All directions and materials via link above.
photo by Noodlehead

November 14, 2013 Multi use (iPod, camera, glasses) case. Quick and easy to make this case can be modified with a small wrist strap, neck strap, or just go strapless an stuff it in your purse. All directions and materials via link above. This is a great stash/scrap buster project. There is enough class time to make more than one, especially of you cut your fabric in advance.
photo by Sew Mama Sew

December 5, 2013 Nesting Fabric Bowls by Nova. We won't get a whole 6 piece set done in class but we'll get several made. You will have to purchase the pattern via the link above before class, and the more work you do prior to class (like cutting out the fabric) the more bowls you will complete during class. The pattern is 35 pages long, but most of the pages have photographs showing all the bowl variations you can make with the pattern. In class we'll tackle the basic bowl.

December 19, 2013- Holiday Party. Slightly different take this year. Each person will make one handmade item and wrap it so no one knows (except you) what it is. (This item doesn't have to be sewn, as long as it is hand/home made), Each of us will then get to choose from among the homemade surprises, so everyone will have something special and hand made for the holidays. You should make what you do best- so if you make the best jelly, or cookies, or knitted scarves, holiday ornaments or tote bags, make one (OK more than one cookie please), wrap it up and be prepared to surprise someone.

January 23, 2014 Begin the year right with the Fold-up eco bag, a lighter weight, fold-up option to the thin plastic grocery bags. Unlike the Jane Market tote, this bag easily fits in your purse and is great if you do any traveling. The pattern is from the book, "i (heart) patchwork" by Rashida Coleman-Hale.  We will be tackling several patterns from this fun book which is available on The bag looks great in linen and is also a wonderful gift. Directions/supply list  provided when you sign up for the class, but if you are making any of the other projects I strongly suggest you buy the book.

February 6, 2014 With Valentine's Day just around the corner, how about something for the men in our lives??? Make him a beautiful neck tie. This is the prefect time, especially if you've got helpers to pick out a nice piece of fabric and get to work! You might want to consider a nice Voile or some Liberty of London, slightly more expensive than cotton but not as precious as silk.  Or if you want something silly, choose a polka dot cotton or one of the prints that reminds you of him. Make it personal by adding a custom tag to the tie when you are done. All directions and materials via the link above. Make sure you print out and cut out the pattern before you come to class.
photo by The Purl Bee

February 20, 2014 Another project from "i (heart) patchwork" by Rashida Coleman-Hale. The (more than just for utensils) Utensil Basket. We use these for colored pencils, for make-up brushes and hair accessories. I guess they are also great for utensils, but I think they are too pretty to hide in a drawer. This is also another great scrap buster project.  Directions/supply list  provided when you sign up for the class, but if you are making any of the other projects I strongly suggest you buy the book.

March 6, 2014 It's never too early to think about summer travels. These zip-front pouches in 4 sizes are just right for all your printed travel material, iPads, books, travel journals and supplies, as well as stashing all the little things you collect on the road. You can even coordinate your material to match your travel destination. Much nicer than random papers floating around your travel bags. All directions and materials via the link above.
photo by Sew Mama Sew

April 10, 2014  You've got cords, and charging bricks, perhaps even some travel converters. How about a nice place to keep them. This Mini Box Bag makes keeping your electronic charging supplies close at hand. Make several in different fabrics. They are great for guys too! All directions and materials via the link above. Oh, and if you have a home for all your charging things, this is great for lip stick and mascara and other small things that get lost in the bottom of your purse.
photo by say yes to hoboken

May 22, 2014  Open sew- bring your I need to finish, I want to make some more, I forgot what to do….. projects and we'll get them done. Limit 5 people.


Welcome to the 2012-13 sewing season

You will find your links and pattern information, materials and other information here.

September 6, 13 and 27, 2012
October 18, 2012
November 8 and 15, 2012
December 6, 13- annual Holiday get together 2012
January 10, 17 and  24, 2013
February 7 and 21, 2013
March 7, 14 and 21 2013
April 4 and 18, 2013
May 2 and 16, 2013

All Thursdays from 8:30- 11:30 am

We will continue the year long quilting series with a slight twist, continuing the traditional quilt classes while adding in some quilted projects that don't take forever to complete.

September 6 and 13, 2012 (this is a 2 class project)
Quilted Kitchen Floor Mat
This is a great way to make something fun and try your hand at some simple piecing and quilting. This could also be a bath mat or a fun, bed side mat for your college kids.

September 27, 2012
Ear bud case
Great for keeping your ear buds from becoming a tangled mess. Also makes a cute coin purse. This is a great gift for the holidays and also for those kids you just sent away to college and are missing. What fabric you choose would make this for either a boy or a girl. These are easy to make in multiples and we should have time for at least 2. Print pattern from the linked site.

October 18, 2012
Quilting series- for anyone interested in starting, completing or just contemplating a quilt.  This class is also for people needing to finish a quilt in progress. Limit 5 people.

November 8, 2012
Covered note pad pen and paper holder
A variation of what you got last year for the Holidays gift, another possible holiday idea for you to give others. Also great for a sketch pad, perfect for your inner artist or traveler.

November 15, 2012
Quilted pot holder. Can never have too many of these for the holidays.  Also makes good trivets too!

December 6, 2012
Quilting- series for those interested in starting, completing a quilt. Limit 5 people.

December 13, 2012
Annual Holiday Party. Everyone is welcome. Same format as years gone bay. Potluck, and a surprise project.

January 10 and 17, 2013 (This is a two class project)
The Emmeline Apron

If you buy fabric here- this Etsy vendor will give your pattern for FREE.
You'll need to buy this pattern either on line or at Snappy Quilts. All fabric requirements listed on the pattern back. If you google search Emmeline apron, it's offered at lots of shops on line too!

January 24, 2013
Scrap Bucket. 

 Perfect to keep nearby while sewing to catch all the threads and fabric scraps. Print out provided for class participants. This is fun and quick to make. Could also be used to hold small toys or other loose items. It's also portable if you are ever sewing away from home.

February 7, 2013
Mail Organizer tutorial. Perhaps not as much sewing as a normal project, but this finished project is great for home, office, kids rooms and dorm rooms.

February 21, 2013
Quilting- series for those interested in starting, completing a quilt. Limit 5 people.

March 7 and 14, 2012 (This is a two class project)
Quilted pillow cover. A small quilt that's really a pillow or a small pillow that's really a quilt? you decide. Fun and easy to make. Perfect for tossing around the house or for the dorm room. The cover is removable and washable. A great introduction to simple piecing and straight line quilting for someone thinking about giving it a try.

March 21, 2013

Lily Pocket Purse

You'll need to purchase this pattern, by Lazy Girl Designs.
A practical fun over cross body bag when you just need a few things, but need to keep them organized.

April 4, 2013
Rosy Wedge Bag. Perfect for spring and a great idea for the special girls friends and mother in your life.

April 18, 2013
Japanese Knot Bag

Another fun little bag, great for evening or a gift. Depending on the fabric you choose it can be dressy or casual. This bag is intended to be made from just 2 fat quarters of fabric and some interfacing. Have fun picking what fabrics you will use. Printout of instructions will be provided for class participants. I have also found, that in the right colors, this would be a wonderful little bag for guests, to fill with toiletries and hang over the door knob to the guest bathroom. Or not to belabor the point, a great little organizing bag for teenage girl hair stuff, or in multiples, nail stuff, well, you get the picture. It has a looped handle so it can easily be hung from a hook or a knob.

May 2, 2013
Quilting- series for those interested in starting, completing a quilt. Limit 5 people.

May 16, 2013
Open sew, limited to 6 people. Come finish up your unfinished projects or get inspired for some summer sewing.


BELOW is the 2011-2012 sewing season

Please refer to this page for all things regarding the 2011-2012 Sewing Season. Class lists, projects, photos, links and ideas.

I will not be providing paper directions this year with very few exceptions. You will need to gather and print or bookmark on your ipads/laptops directions for each project. Having the directions in advance will let you (if you want) cut your fabric in advance. Bring directions to class please, by which ever means you find most convenient.

Detailed Descriptions by Date/Class

Thursday, September 8, 2011     8:30-11:30     Blue Bird Sews Pincushion
     You do not need to make the central button a covered button if you do not want to. Any fun larger sized button will do. For the weight in the pincushion there are several options including washers (big ones work well- can get these at ome Depot-, BB's (I used these) or filling the pincushion with crushed walnuts, or anything with some "weight" if you don't want to use fluffy stuffing. IF you use the fluffy stuffing (I did) you need to weight your pincushion with something. If you have further questions, you can email me.
The template for the pincushion is in the tutorial. It and the directions are free.  Please print it out prior to class. I have freezer paper to transfer the image if you do not.  If you have an ipad, you can keep these directions on that and bring it to class. (BUT don't forget to print out the pattern).
This is my pincushion, done in the new Habitat fabrics from Free Spirit, you can read about what I said HERE. This is a great scraps project.
Thursday, September 22,  November 3, 2011; January 5, February 16, April 5, 2012     8:30- 11:30
5 classes, for 4 quilters- last years group given first priority.

                                                             Year long quilting series
"Out of the Blue" Front Range Modern Quilt Guild Solids only Challenge quilt.  You can read about my Robert Kaufman Kona Solids Challenge quilt HERE and some unexpected recognition, HERE.

The back- this quilt will be part of a fund raising charity auction for Prostate Cancer Research.  If you would like more information about Prostate Cancer Research Happenings at the Urology Center of Colorado or how to participate in the associated Blue Shoe Run, you can contact me through my blog.
Block-a-palooza quilt, front

Block-a-palooza quilt back
Hands-2-Help Charity Quilt Challenge, "Dare to be different"- front

Hands-2-Help Charity Quilt Challenge, back

Thursday, October 6 and 20th, 2011      8:30-11:30      The Jane Market Bag

I received this Jane Market bag in a swap. I think the grocery list is a hoot.

For my Mother-in-law

You have to purchase The Jane Market Bag pattern, but it comes as a PDF right from the internet. It is $6.00 but well worth it. You will end up making these as your default go to bag.  The bag is fast and easy.  There are so many ways you can make this bag and adjust the pattern to suit your needs (groceries, school, travel)- just to name a few. Here are some other Jane Market Bags to look at. (The black and white check number I made for a swap. The pocket is pieced scraps. 

Thursday, November 17, 2011     8:30-11:30     Structured Fabric Baskets Option 1 or Option 2
     These have multiple uses: Great for lockers (the small ones), craft areas, gift giving, bathrooms, college dorm rooms
The basket (comes in 2 sizes) is on the left, the wine tote (Class description below) is on the right.

Thursday, December 1, 2011 8:30-11:30            Insulated wine tote
        (after clicking on this link, under the top tab, PROJECTS), choose, home decor and then scroll
         through the project box until you get to the wine tote. It's a PDF file and you can download it or        
        or print it out. If you have an ipad you can download this as a PDF file right into the apple
        bookcase. (see photo above right)

Thursday, January 19, and February 2, 2012     8:30-11:30      iPad/Kindle or Nook Case (e-readers)
     **Note for ipad2 owners with the magnetic front cover (purchased from apple). Please use the following measurements for your ipad if you are keeping the magnetic case on at all times:  15.5"x 9" and 10.5" x 9". If you have your ipad2 without the magnetic front cover the original measurements given in the pattern apply. The dimensions for the first generation ipad are given in the link at the bottom of the file. If you have a nook, or some other device like an ipad/e-reader the pattern is easily adapted. 

2 ipad cases

closer view of buttons and closures

Thursday, March 1st and 15th, 2012      8:30-11:30          Box Pouch

Box pouch for the man in your life- this is big enough to fit, chargers, ipod, pens and pencils and a digital camera. The pattern is free. Just click on the live link here.
Box pouch from scraps. 

a bit more feminine, great also for school supplies or a small knitting or sewing project
I used my box pouches for carrying all my electronics chargers/cables/ converters during our last European trip and another pouch for a hand sewing project.

Thursday, April 12, 2012     8:30-11:30    Embroidery (hand-stitching)
No longer your grandmother's handiwork (although that's nice too……)

Good links for patterns: Sublime Stitch and Urban Threads. Urban threads is a site where you can download the patterns instantly while Sublime Stitch sends them in the mail (so keep this in mind).  You will need, an embroidery hoop (a few dollars for the bamboo ones at Joann's) 7" is a good size- and the size I will have fabric for you to use. If you want a bigger hoop, please purchase your own fabric. You will also need to purchase embroidery needles and embroidery floss- all of these available at Joann's or Michael's. I will have the transfer paper and the transfer pens for you to use to put your chosen pattern onto your fabric.

        Purchase: 7" embroidery hoop
                         embroidery sewing needles
                         embroidery floss
                         a pattern of your choosing

       Provided: fabric for transfer
                       transfer medium
                       iron etc.

       Bring: small scissors
                  a sense of adventure

Basic techniques will be covered in this class- the possibilities for embroidering on other medium (jeans, towels, napkins, pillows, dish towels, felt) will also be discussed.

Thursday, May 3, 2012     8:30-11:30 Flirting the Issue (a free skirt pattern)
I selected cotton voile by Anna Marie Horner (GoodFolks) by Freespirit. Seemed only fitting- it is her pattern after all!!

I like the smaller pattern as the border

side view

I modified the waist band (after I actually read the directions)

Simple muslin lining. Super easy! (Just like the patterns promises)

A super easy fun skirt by Anna Maria Horner- along with a story too. If you proceed down the page, there is a link to the PDF pattern that you can download for free. This skirt would be lovely in the new voile fabrics that you can purchase at Fancy Tiger (on south Broadway), or at Snappy Quilts in Englewood (near the TJ Maxx on Orchard and University),  or order on line. Because this has a beautiful waist band that is gathered stay away from heavy fabrics like denims, corduroy etc. Shirt weight cottons and chambray would also be lovely as would silk (although this would be harder to work with- it's slippery). Read the directions to figure out how much fabric and elastic to buy.
(NOTE: I modified the pattern again in the amount of fullness I wanted in my gathers, decreasing the amount by about 10". I did this for 2 reasons- one, I do not need additional fullness about my waist and hips, second, the width of this voile and the print payout just screamed for the modification).

Thursday, May 17, 2012     8:30-11:30   Open Sew- come finish your projects before summer
     Limited to the first 5 people who sign up. This class is free.

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