Monday, March 11, 2019

New life in my blog.

Spring Flowers, designs from Sweet Pea on batik
Is anybody out there? I have not posted an entry since last year in 2018. I get distracted by going in too many directions at once. There is Facebook and the blog and now Instagram.
It does seem like there are more connections outside my circle of friends by being on Instagram which includes a link to this blog. So I am coming back to blogging. I will be posting more of this journey into a new chapter of my life, it is not retirement. I love my Brother Dream Machine, Martelli Notions, Northcott Stonehenge and any line of batik fabric. I look forward to making connections with any or all of these companies. They say this is the way to get noticed and I love to talk about the thinks that I enjoy.

I have fun with fabric and want to share my fun with others. Here are a few of my recent creations. Stop back for more of my humorous stories of how patient my wife has been on this journey. There are already some stories on the older blogs. She is the one who encouraged me to get many of my best sewing tools, so I wouldn't keep borrowing hers. Enjoy the journey....

Within these photos you can see what I do with in the hoop embroidery. These flowers and sailboats are designs from Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery. The red, white and blue runners are what I do creating free form blocks from layer cakes. I hope to do a video and have a class outline for this soon.

Free form from Layer Cakes
I can't leave the blog without saying that all of these are available in my shop. I am a member of a co-op shopping experience at The Shops on West Ridge in the town of Greece, New York. I am in shop #407, The Shops are open Thurs. through Sun. 10 am to 6 pm. You can add your email address at the right to get updates when my new blogs are posted. You can also like my Sewing Husband Facebook page.

Sailboats personalized for Lake Ontario

Friday, November 23, 2018

Small Business Saturday

November 24th is Small Business Saturday. Come to The Shops on West Ridge, 3200 Ridge Road in Greece, New York. This is a collection of 200 small shops that feature Artisan Creations, Antiques and Collectibles. My shop #407 is one of over 15 shops with individually crafted items, a great place to start and maybe finish your holiday shopping. There are two full floor, so plan enough time for your visit, there is a Cafe for lunch or snack to refresh and continue shopping. Open Thursday to Sunday 10:00 am to 6:00 pm, check the website for additional days in December.

These are some of my applique items that may still be available, it first come and get it for unique items. I also have table runners, Christmas stockings, journals, mug mats and much more....

I will also bring what is left by then to the Eastside YMCA Crafts for a Cause event on Dec. 1st.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Thank You to all who are first time to my blog

A quick hello to everyone who is reading this because they picked up my business card at the show. Thank you for stopping by, thank you for looking and thank you for shopping. Remember my shop is #407 in The SHOPS on West Ridge and they are open Thursday through Sunday, 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. Plan to visit soon! If you are on Facebook, please go to my Facebook page SewingHusband and like the page, it will provide much more current information than the blog.

Craft Show at St Rita School 2018

Thursday, October 11, 2018


Hi there and welcome to my blog. Please sign up on the right, if you want to be notified when there is a new posting to the blog. I will be the first to admit that I do not post here as often as I should. So, if you are on Facebook please like my page @sewinghusband this has many more pictures and posts. My goal for 2019 is to start the video series that my wife said I should do two years ago.

As I write this post, I am getting ready for a busy weekend. The photo on the right is all projects that need to be finished today! Some just need a hanger while others need borders and backings. You may have visited with me at "Fight Night," an event to fight breast cancer, at The SHOPS on West Ridge Road. You may have also seen me at the St. Rita School Craft Show in Webster.

If this is your first visit to my blog, you may wish to go the the earlier entries to read of my humorous start to sewing. Yes, my wife is still speaking to me but is much happier now that I have my own sewing room and sewing machines. She encouraged me to get my Brother Dream Machine and software to create my own designs. The snowmen and flowers you see above are purchased designs. The hearts are my own creation. I have also created the "Home" below and have crafted some little tea lights for some fun holiday decorating.

My permanent shop location is at The SHOPS on West Ridge Road in Greece, NY. The address is 3200 Ridge Road, Rochester, NY 14626 and the shops are open Thursday to Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. This is a coop and I am not always in my shop. You may purchase from the shop at anytime, all items go through the front registers. If you would like to talk to me in person my schedule is listed on the sewinghusband FaceBook page.

Monday, September 3, 2018

The Snowmen are Coming

I love these guys and I have gotten a lot of positive encouragement from friends and family on FaceBook. The base of these projects comes from an in the hoop design at Sweet Pea Machine Embroidery Designs.

Each snowman takes over an hour, closer to two hours, to sew out in the embroidery hoop. I choose the colors for each part of the design through the fabrics that I apply as I sew through the multiple steps. I have five variations of snowmen to choose from. Once these are completed I play with how they are arranged as table runners or wall hangings. 

Here is my first set of snowmen all in black and grey. The blue snowflake border compliments the blue snowflakes in the designs of the snowmen. Below is a wide variety of ways that I have chosen to finish my creations. From single snowmen to groupings of two to five with a wide variety of borders. I continue to create these products as I get ready for upcoming shows and stock for my shop.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Christmas Stocking Promo Video

This is my first video on the blog. It is a promo for "First Saturday" at the Shops on West Ridge Road. This is a cooperative group of shops and I am one of the many vendors there. My shop is #407 on the upper level, in the back right corner near the Rest Rooms and the Cafe.

It is located at 3200 West Ridge Road in Greece and is open from 10 am to 6 pm on Thursday through Sunday. Every first Saturday of the month there are special events, live music and a treasure hunt for tokens that offer a surprise discount on your purchase.

I am also excited to offer classes on my Christmas Stocking. I am looking forward to teaching how to have fun with your sewing in a variety of ways. I was a Sunday School teacher for 16 years and I did product demos at Wegmans for about 8 years. After promoting KBS, Knowldge Based Service at Wegmans, I look forward to promoting FBS in the future, Fun Based Sewing. Below are some additional stockings already waiting for you in my shop. Stocking may be personalized for an additional charge.

Sunday, June 3, 2018

Photos on Fabric

I have finally found a product I like for photos on fabric, without a heat press. Many of you remember the photos on fabric that I produced at The Zachary Bear Store in Webster. The store closed over four years ago so I have not had a way to produce photos on fabric since then.

This spring, at the Lancaster Quilt Show I found a way to produce photos on fabric that I like the quality of again. Of coarse it meant a new printer to go with the right paper.

I have a few samples in my shop at The Shops on West Ridge Road. A wall hanging with vacation photos share memories and beauty of our Caribbean trip to St Lucia. The dog pillow has four shots of a friend's very photogenic dog. Photos may be emailed for items to pick up locally in Greece and will set up online ordering in my Etsy shop soon for orders to be shipped.

This is just a beginning of the many things that I have to offer. House photos on a pillow make a great house warming / new home gift. A pillow for a graduate to take to college could contain a host of memories. Birthdays, anniversaries, weddings and many occasions can be shared with photos on fabric. My wife even wants me to offer a variety of quilt labels.

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