Author Archives: jmullins

A preview of Sew Beautiful issue #151

“Makes My Heart Sing” Sew Beautiful Dear Sewing Family, I probably should not even be talking about the newest Sew Beautiful since it is not on the newsstands yet; however, I am going to anyway. Have you ever read a book or a magazine and it simply made your heart sing?...

Another Licensing Class plus see what Martha is busy filming!

HAND SMOCKING TIP FROM LORRAINE I figured this out several years ago since I do a great deal of smocking and teaching smocking classes. I have found if you pleat across the straight of grain on any garment even for insets; then count in 7 pleats on each side; then when...

Do you keep your old issues?

Dear Sewing Family, We have just returned from a super fabulous Love of Heirloom Sewing Retreat in Tucson, Arizona with Cathey’s Sew and Vac with Baby Lock!! What an event!! What fun with 128 students from all over the country including as far away as Connecticut! Ladies I loved being with...

The Perfect Kid/Teacher Project

Dear Sewing Family,   Would you like to see a great kid project? Teacher project? For several years I did this project for an art project with some of my grandchildren’s classrooms. I cut up some quilt fabrics. We cut squares of plain muslin. We embroidered the child’s name on the...

Love of Licensed Teacher Week!

Letter (this week) from Debbie, Martha Pullen Licensed Teacher (many times) from Tennessee Dear Martha, I have 7 signed up for my premier class Saturday. The store has really talked it up and they must like my samples. I have missed teaching and am amazed at how easy the prep is...

Enter to Win a Bejeweled Velvet Pincushion!

ENTER TO WIN! In our October/November 2013 issue, we featured something wonderful in our “Our Picks” section (page 21).   “Sewing is truly a luxury when you use one of these handmade velvet pincushions, filled with 100 percent emery grain to sharpen pins and needles.” The creator of these beautiful Bejeweled...

Beginning Heirloom Sewing & Lace Shaping with Martha Pullen herself!

Dear Sewing Family, My first thoughts today are with the people in Colorado. I pray all those missing will be found. I pray comfort to those who have lost loved ones. I pray strength to those who have lost everything. I know we are all praying for more rescue workers to...

Martha remembers…

Dear Sewing Family, How could any American ever forget 9/11? My guess is that you and I remember exactly where we were when the news broke about the twin towers being hit. My son called me. I was glued to the television set the rest of the day along with most...

Rwanda Sewing Sisters

      Dear Sewing Family,   As you know, I love my sewing sisters in Rwanda, Africa who take sewing lessons with Africa New Life Ministries. One of the greatest trips of my life was in September  2011 when I traveled with my sister, Mary Nixon, Dianne Berryhill and Anne...

Christmas stockings & a Zany alphabet

Dear Sewing Family, I get excited about Christmas starting the Fourth of July! That is the official Christmas season for me. Years ago someone made me this adorable crazy patch Christmas stocking made of about everything but the kitchen sink then embellished with “regular” machine stitching (not machine embroidery) then lots...