Posted on April 13, 2015
Ever since my Sewing With Kids series yeeeaaars ago, I’m always on the lookout for sewing projects I can do along with my children. They went to Montessori school as little ones, so scenes like this are not uncommon at our house:
I stretch a piece of unbleached muslin in an embroidery hoop and we draw a shape using felt tip pen. Then they “trace” it with floss and an embroidery needle. It’s “sewing work,” and they love it.
Each of them, though, would gleefully move beyond this simple project to make something a little more substantial. They regularly go through my scrap basket–to which they know they have unfettered access–and I discover that our boy has made scarves or vests for his dinosaurs, or that our girls have made clothes for their dolls. I’m always on the lookout for the kind of project that we can make together–and there’s a new e-book out that does just that.
Posted on April 10, 2015
At last, at last!! The Overmost pattern is BACK!
I originally released this pattern back in 2010, and it has been one of my best-selling styles. Over the years, I have loved and used and my children have worn and worn and worn this design, and I couldn’t be more excited to give it a much-needed facelift and release it back into the world!
Posted on March 30, 2015
***Registration extended!! I’ve had a special request from a dear friend who wants to spread the word about the Sewing Buddies! I’m extending registration until April 1 at noon Eastern to allow folks to get all signed up and ready to go. Matches will go out on the same schedule as previously announced. If you HAVE NOT filled out the survey form, Buddies, make sure you get it done by April 1!!
Today at midnight TOMORROW AT NOON registration will CLOSE for the 2015 Sewing Buddy Project!! We’ve got a great, amazing group of folks who are looking for YOU to come play along with us. We’ll be sharing videos, project ideas, downloadables, charity sewing, and community ALL YEAR LONG. I can’t wait to see everything you’ll make and all the friendships that will be formed in our online group space.
Register to join the group, fill out the online form, and you’ll be on your way! Registration closes
at MIDNIGHT Eastern time tonight Wednesday at NOON, and all matches will be mailed out no later than April 2, 2015. Can’t wait to introduce you to your Buddy!!
Posted on March 26, 2015
Back in January, I put together a list:
I called it the #2015SewingList and shared it on Instagram. (For the record, I don’t really like the term “bucket list,” but for the purposes of easily communicating my goals for making a list of all these projects, it’s a good handle, so we’re gonna roll with it.) My idea was that all of us–ALL of us–have a pile of projects we’re wanting and waiting to do, and just need a little encouragement to get them done. Making a list of project categories seemed like an efficient way of organizing them, making a checklist to work against, and maybe getting myself a little motivated.
Posted on March 24, 2015
One of the things Sewing Buddies have done over the years of which I am most proud is sewing for charity. There are some really amazing organizations around the world and right here in the US that do incredible work and make a lasting impact in people’s lives through simple sewing projects. I recently learned of a new one that moved me far more deeply than I would have expected, and that I hope you’ll consider following and promoting, even if you never sew a stitch for them.
This is Days for Girls. They are an organization whose mission is to provide education, employment and dignity to girls all over the world in one simple way: allowing them to have a private period.
Posted on March 23, 2015
I’ve got a couple projects up and coming to share with you! A great power session class covering details and finishes; and an episode on PBS with collars and collar techniques. Click through for more details and links to each, and come play with me!!
Posted on March 20, 2015
The Maya Angelou quote I mentioned is actually a Zora Neale Hurston quote (oops), and is from Their Eyes Were Watching God: “There are years that ask questions and years that answer.” You can find more Zora Neale Hurston quotes here (and quotes that are actually from Maya Angelou here).
Posted on March 16, 2015
Short version: The Sewing Buddies are BACK!! Sign up here for 2015.
Long(er) version: I started the Sewing Buddy Project six (!!) years ago in response to a survey I conducted here on the blog that seemed to indicate that one of the biggest things that would help most of us get more of our sewing goals met was to have a friend who would sew alongside us (literally or figuratively) and keep us motivated and excited about our sewing projects. Sewing Buddies were my answer: a system of pen pals who all love to sew and want to get to know other sewing folks.
I never imagined it would last so long or be such a big hit.
Posted on March 4, 2015
While I was at QuiltCon, I had the privilege of teaching a quick demonstration at the invitation of the ladies from Cotton + Steel. Naturally, the first idea that popped into my head was to share my on-going passion for continuous bias tape. Yes! More CBT converts! More bias tape projects! BIAS TAPE FOR EVERYONE!!
I made little giveaways to share, lengths of bias tape wrapped around cardboard, as takeaways for the folks who came by to visit. Doing a demonstration in a setting like this is always a little funky–it’s a little bit of a fishbowl, and it’s hard to tell if no one is paying any attention or if everyone is paying attention. Turns out, having some goodies to give away is a great method for giving folks a heads-up that something fun is about to happen. YOU get some bias tape! And YOU get some bias tape! EVERYONE gets some bias tape!!
Posted on March 3, 2015
QuiltCon, QuiltCon, QuiltCon! WHEN will everyone STOP talking about QuiltCon?!?
Not today, I’m afraid.
I was there in Austin when 10,000 modern quilters gathered from all over the world–as far away as India, over 9500 miles–to learn and be inspired and meet up and hug a LOT. It was, honestly, everything everyone has said it was and maybe even a little bit more. Imagine: every time you turn a corner, you see another dear, dear friend whom you don’t see often enough, and you race toward each other for giant hugs and super fast chatter. That’s what this was like. Like a junior high dance, except everyone was really nice and in an incredibly good mood. I’m totally in withdrawal.
Make-and-takes at the Cotton + Steel booth! Image via the MQG blog.
I volunteered while I was there, and it was such a great way to visit with friends and make new ones, to see the show and to feel like I was contributing to something that makes an enormous impact in a lot of people’s lives. I helped set up booths and hang quilts on the show floor before quilters began arriving, I welcomed folks in as they entered the ballroom for the QuiltCon Awards Ceremony, and I even spent a day with Anna Maria Horner in her Mod Corsage workshop (along with Denyse Schmidt, pretty much guaranteeing that the entire day was both magical and hilarious, because those ladies are hysterically funny).
I even took one whole day to enjoy a workshop for myself–I know, you can really pack some stuff into four days, right? I was actually scheduled to do another half-day workshop during the weekend, but as I was packing my bags to leave on the plane, realized that it was just too much. I dropped the half-day workshop so that someone else could pick it up from the wait list, and stuck with just the one full-day class: the Emphasis quilt with Carolyn Friedlander.