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Message from the Heart

This is an email I received from my son, Jake.  He is working in St. Louis helping the homeless.  I had the opportunity in the winter to visit him and was really impressed on the way this organization puts their heart and sole into helping the needy and understanding how to live simply and within their means.

Thank you for considering donating to this amazing cause.

 

Hi Mom,

 
Today is Give St. Louis Day, a 24-hour giving campaign that raises money for various non-profits in St. Louis.  Depaul USA, the organization that I work for, is taking part in raising funds for our new program, the St. Lazare House.  This program is among the first of its kind. All of the money donated to our program will benefit homeless young adults. Young adults who spend there days on the street are much more likely to end up in a never ending cycle of homelessness. Also, they are often mistreated. 60% report sexual abuse, 50% are already parents, 33% engage in survival sex, 46% are physically abused, 56% experience mental health issues and over 40% have been abandoned by those they trusted most. Depaul USA’s new program, the St. Lazare House, will be housing 15 young adults who are homeless. Our programs will help them gain the knowledge, experience and support they need to live a happy and independent life off of the streets. The St. Lazare House is set to open in early September and we need all the help we can muster! Every penny counts! Please consider donating to Depaul USA! For more info, pictures or to donate, please visit https://www.givestlday.org/DepaulUSA . Thank you very much and God bless.
 
Please be sure to pass this on to your friends and family!!
Love you lots,
-Jake Pandolfi
Skills and Techniques

Faux Pipping Technique

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Have you ever had the thought of adding a fine line to your quilt for framing or to give a pop of color or for a “piped” binding?   Sometimes is tricky to do.  I just learned this trick in my Fiber Interest Group.  I practiced a couple of times and it seems to turn out every time, and wanted to share this technique with you!

In my sample, I used a solid strip at 3/4″ wide by 8″ long.  The print fabric is cut into 2-1/2″ by 6″ strips.  We are going to add the solid in the middle of the two print pieces, and will only show about 1/16″ – 1/8″ wide strip.

  1.  Start with one print piece face up and the solid piece face down.  Right sides facing each other and the sewing edges of both flush and pinned.fullsizeoutput_e19Figure 2
  2. Use 1/4″ seam allowance to sew both pieces together.
  3. Press seem towards the solid fabric. (figure 2)
  4. Place other printed piece right sides together lining up the unsewn solid piece side (figure 3)
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5.  Flip over, align both edges together.

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6.  Using the previous stitch line and your presser foot guides, sew to the right of the first stitch line and the desired end width.    EXAMPLE:  In Figure 4, I know that the first job on my presser foot is 1/8″ away from the needle.  I will stitch a second line to the right of the first to achieve a 1/8″ piping.

7.  Press seam allowance to the second printed fabric on the wrong side.( figure 5)

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8.  Flip to the right side and you have a 1/8″ strip in the middle of your piece!! (figure 6)

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Hope you will try this. Please post a photo of your sample or how you used this technique! I would love to see it!

 

 

 

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Teaching Engagements

This week is a busy and exciting one for me!

Monday, April 3, I will be holding my last class for a very successful T-shirt quilt class at Sweet Home School’s Community Education.  I will be doing more classes, and will post when those are!!

Tuesday, April 4, at 6:30pm I will be doing a hands-on presentation on The Meaning of Color at the Newman Center on Skinnerville Road.  I’ll be talking about how colors effect our mood, spiritual meaning of colors, and bible references of the colors. We will be painting, so if you come, please wear a smock.

Wednesday, April 5, 6:30pm I will be at the Twin City Quilt Guild presenting my Trunk Show.  I am excited to tell my quilt journey and share my quilts!

Tuesday and Wednesday are at no cost to you. Please come and join these presentations! I would love to see you!

 

 

 

 

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Work from home ideas!

1. Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Business This is a great job for animal lovers who enjoy getting paid for caring for and playing with other people’s pets. Dogs and cats are the most common pets that need care when owners are away.

via 20 Business Ideas for Stay-at-Home Parents (5 min read) — Millionaire’s Digest

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Power Outage

Yesterday with the high winds and power outage around Western New York (our house being effected as well), I could not do the sewing that I wanted to do on my Papa’s Door quilt.  So I started painting a class that I will be scheduled to do at Carriage Quilt Shop hopefully in April!

The power was off for about 4 hours and this is how far I got.  It will be mounted onto a stretched canvas and some of the flower pedals will hang off adding interest.  This weekend, I will finish painting it and writing the directions.  I will be presenting this to them in a couple of weeks.

I’m very excited to start teaching again!