Summer Sew Camp!

I am so excited to announce a project I’ve been working on for weeks and weeks… Summer Sew Camp! This is a week-long set of projects designed specifically for teaching kids how to sew.

Summer Sew Camp

First of all – YES! Adults can play along as well (of course!) But I have designed this with kids in mind. Before we get down to things, let me answer a couple of questions I know you’re going to ask:

How much does Summer Sew Camp cost?

It is free. The instruction pages are free. The videos are free. And they will stay free. It is my pleasure to pass on my love of sewing to the next generation.

How old do kids need to be to participate?

That is up to you. With 100% support from an adult, I think a child as young as 6 would have fun “helping” to make these projects. And older kids will be able to make them with little or no help. If children can operate a sewing machine, wield a hot iron, and are comfortable with scissors and pins, then they can make all of these projects.

What about rotary cutters?

No rotary cutters. I made all of these project instructions and videos without using a rotary cutter. Yes, really.

When does it start?

It is all live right now. You can scroll down to watch all the videos in the playlist. Or, if you prefer, you can subscribe below to get daily emails for a week with all the links you need!

I’m sure you have more questions … I answer lots of them in this video:

If you’d like to get started, you can download the introduction and get a detailed supply list by clicking hereyou’ll also find the full instruction packet here.

I also made a quick video just for kids … so if you’d like to show your child this video (it is less than 3 minutes long) to find out if Summer Sew Camp sounds like fun to them, check it out here:

You absolutely don’t have to subscribe to access Summer Sew Camp. You can head to the link above to download the files, and head to my YouTube Channel to watch all the videos.

However, if you’re like me, your email inbox helps you organize your life. If you sign up below, I’ll send you an email with links to the supply list and intro details, and starting on Monday, you’ll get an email each day with the two lessons for that day. When the week is up, you won’t get any more emails from me unless you subscribe to my main mailing list.

 

Summer Sew Camp!

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Welcome!

I always recommend buying supplies at a local quilt shop, whenever possible. Local quilt shops have experts right behind the counter who can help you with just about any project. Every place we have lived, finding my LQS (Local Quilt Shop) has been as essential as finding the grocery store and a new dentist! However, if you need a quick link to a couple of the supplies I mention in the video, you can use these affiliate links:

Pins at the Fat Quarter Shop
Fabric Scissors at The Fat Quarter Shop or Fabric Scissors on Amazon
Fabric Marking Pen at The Fat Quarter Shop or Fabric Marking Pen on Amazon
Rectangle Quilting Ruler at The Fat Quarter Shop or Rectangle Quilting Ruler on Amazon
Square Quilting Ruler at The Fat Quarter Shop or Square Quilting Ruler on Amazon
Sticky Back Velcro for Fabrics on Amazon
Sew-in Magnetic Snap on Amazon
Heavy Weight Interfacing on Amazon
Fusible Fleece at The Fat Quarter Shop or Fusible Fleece on Amazon
Polyfil Stuffing on Amazon

If you’d like to watch the whole series, it is all in this playlist. There are 13 videos and it is over 250 minutes that teaches over a dozen projects. I don’t recommend you binge it all in one day!

Or you can head to my YouTube Channel and Subscribe there.

A Baby Lock Partnership

Hey Quilting Friends!

I’m over-the-moon excited to share with you that I am now an Influencer with Baby Lock! This is such an incredibly amazing opportunity, and I’m thrilled! They have so many incredibly talented influencers on their team, it is an absolute dream to be in their company. Today is another day where I’m absolutely pinching myself in disbelief that this is what I get to do. If I could, I’d go back in time to third-grade me, and sixth grade me, and ninth grade me, and so many of the other past versions of myself who stressed about what she was going to be when she grew up, and whisper in her ear. While she is wondering, “Should I be a teacher? Do I have the talent to be an Artist? What will it be like as a woman in business?” I would tell her not to worry. She has a place in the world, and it just hasn’t been invented yet.

As part of my work with Baby Lock, I’ll be sewing on two of their machines. The Baby Lock Jubilant, which you’ve already seen me sewing on. It is a fabulous machine that I can quickly pack up to take with me to a sew in, and is great to stitch on at home. The second machine is the Baby Lock Aria. I can’t even tell you all the fabulous things this new machine can do, because I’ve barely finished taking it out of the box! Here is the video I took of the unboxing process. If you watch through to the end you’ll see the magic of the needle threader on this machine!

Also, I find the best way to learn a new machine is to just jump in and start. So, after I set up my new Baby Lock Aria, I stitched up a mini quilt, basted it, and did some free motion quilting. It has been months and months since I did any free motion quilting, and it felt so good to move fabric under the needle again. I need to do it more often. Lots more often.

My mini quilt isn’t quite done yet – I need to finish the quilting in the blue corners and edges. But I had lots of fun putting this together.

And here is the back. For reference, that center part is 11 1/2″ square. So yes – those are some tiny stitches! And the Aria was such a dream to stitch with. The stitches are tiny and perfect and I just love it.

Let me know if there is anything about these machines that you’d like me to share with you! I can’t wait to learn more about my new Aria and explore all the amazing features it has!