Sew Deadly – Issue #134

Posted on Apr 27 2016

Marcy’s Musings

I have a few quilting supplies in my shop, the Seven-Year Stitch, but my store mainly caters to embroiderers (as you probably know). Still, we crafty people enjoy all different kinds of projects; so when I ran across a tutorial for making a scrap quilt, I had to share it with  you.

All the information you’ll need is in this article, written by Janet Wickell. Take a look!

How to Make a Scrap Quilt - Moment Open / Getty Images

Killer Cakes – Issue #132

Posted on Apr 18 2016


If you don’t like the taste of traditional fondant, did you know there are alternatives? One is marshmallow fondant, and another is rolled buttercream.

Cake Central has a rolled buttercream recipe as well as a forum where bakers discuss the recipe and suggested substitutions. Check it out!

Sew Deadly – Issue #133

Posted on Apr 13 2016

Marcy’s Musings

embroiderypicLook at the simple, elegant embroidery on this linen kitchen towel. It’s called sashiko embroidery.

This form of Japanese embroidery uses “a form of running stitches to create beautiful patterns, which often repeat or create a tiled effect.” Read more, get free patterns, and see the step-by-step tutorial at About Needlecrafts.

As always, if you make this, please share a photo of your completed project! Happy stitching! 🙂

Killer Cakes – Issue #131

Posted on Apr 04 2016


I ran across this wonderful tutorial that I thought might interest you. Click on the photo below to check it out!


Sew Deadly – Issue #132

Posted on Mar 30 2016

Marcy’s Musings

Just in time for you to gear up for all your summer stitching, here are some pointers about transferring patterns! My friend Amanda Lee says she always has trouble with iron-on transfers, and she might try one of the other two methods below.

“They still make carbon paper?” she asks.

Yes, Amanda, they do. They even make some especially for embroidery.  😉


Killer Cakes #130

Posted on Mar 21 2016


Easter is just around the corner, so I thought you might enjoy this tutorial!


Sew Deadly – Issue #131

Posted on Mar 16 2016

Marcy’s Musings

Here’s a beautiful Celtic shamrock for you to cross-stitch! I realize you only have one day until St. Patrick’s Day, but I believe you could stitch this in a few hours. Get the pattern here.


Killer Cakes – Issue #129

Posted on Mar 07 2016


Here’s a tutorial for basket weaving in case you’re planning on making a spring flower basket or Easter basket cake this month!


Sew Deadly – Issue #130

Posted on Mar 02 2016

Marcy’s Musings

thestitchLet’s get ready for spring with some free cross-stitch patterns. Below are links to lead you to some really pretty ones. I especially love the bunny in tulips.

Bunnies on Parade

Bunny in Tulips

Coffee Break

Easter Memories

Easter Sunrise

Irish at Heart

Easter Chick

Easter Bunny


Sew Deadly – Issue #129

Posted on Feb 17 2016

Marcy’s Musings

Hi, there! Feeling Stitchy has a wonderful tutorial for the woven picot stitch.  Check it out to learn this beautiful method of embroidery.