I am a published sewing and quilting author with several books and many magazine articles to my credit. My most recent book, How to Make a Quilt was published in August 2014 by Storey Publishing. ...
I am a published sewing and quilting author with several books and many magazine articles to my credit. My most recent book, How to Make a Quilt was published in August 2014 by Storey Publishing. I've written two other successful books for them-- The Quilting Answer Book and The Sewing Answer Book. I learned to sew from my great grandmother, two grandmothers, and my Mom when I was barely in grade school and I've been sewing ever since. I added quilting to my repertoire in the 1980s and worked for a major quilt book publisher as Managing Editor and then Editor-in-Chief for 5 years. Now I have my own business, designing quilts and tote bags and anything else that strikes my fancy. Go to www.joyofsewingandquilting.blogspot.com to see my projects and whatever else I'm up to. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you find something you'd like to make in my Craftsy store!
Chicken scratch embroidery on gingham was a favorite stitchery style in the 1930-1950s---the heyday of apron making. My grandma made lots of these aprons, but my favorite is this simple holiday style with cross-stitched trees and little bows with jingle bells. It takes only 1-1/4 yards of fabric, the sewing is easy, the embroidery is simple cross stitching, and it's easy enough for any beginner. The rickrack is "embroidered" onto the apron by hand with contrasting embroidery floss. The style is just like the basic half-apron I made when learning to sew in 4-H--an easy one to embellish for other seasons and reasons.
Bonus: I've included my favorite recipe for iced and decorated Christmas sugar cookies!