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Recursive Sewing

I have a clear memory of a single conversation that changed the way I see the world.  The initial memory is of feeling frustrated and defensive.  Then the scene skips to a moment when my husband, before he was my husband, says something that grabs my ears and won’t let go, something that makes my brain skitter […]

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The Murder Mystery Quilt: Sew It to Solve It

FOR THE 2020 PROJECT, VISIT The Murder Mystery Quilt SITE! In the first grade, when I was six years old, my class did a unit on Ancient Egypt.  I was, as most children are, completely mesmerized.  The story of Howard Carter and his tenacious pursuit of discovery was–and remains, nearly 100 years later–absolutely captivating.  I adored hearing my […]

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The League of Adventurous Dressmakers: Superheroes Who Make Clothes

VISIT THE NEW-AND-IMPROVED LEAGUE SITE FOR 2019 AND BEYOND! When I was in college, I was required by the School of Theatre to do a semester in the costume shop.  Most of the other kids groaned and whined and did whatever they could to get around the requirement.  My reaction was more along the lines of, […]

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Prayer & Meditation Cushion Pattern

Introducing a new super fast and useful sewing pattern: the Prayer & Meditation Cushion! Whether you currently have a spiritual practice of any kind, there has been a ton published in the media recently about how meditation is becoming widely used by successful professionals to allow them to balance their work with their personal lives. […]

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Run Your Own Race Cross Stitch Pattern

Have you read Austin Kleon’s book?  I remember when it was first going around as a blog post, which he uploaded after he very first gave it as a commencement address at a small community college.  And now it’s a New York Times best seller, and available for your Kindle.  I just re-read it while […]

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All-Yellow Scrappy Trips Around the World: Counting Blocks

My all-yellow Scrappy Trip Around the World quilt is coming along nicely!  This has been my back-seat project for a while, the one that’s cut and ready to go, but waiting in a basket while I’m sewing other things (like curtains, or curtains, or maybe no-sew curtains).  When I made the first #scrappytripalong quilt, I […]