Category: General sewing thoughts

Musings about what I sew and why

I sewed my sign for the Chicago Women's March 2018

When I was in high school and college, I never marched in any kind of protest or statement march. I guess I decided I would wait until I was in my 60’s because this was my second! This year, I sewed my sign for the Chicago Women’s March. The theme of the march was March... Read more »

7 important lessons quilting and sewing have taught me

I prefer to sew on a daily basis but sometimes that doesn’t happen. I enjoy the heck out of quilting and sewing but I think I have gained more than just enjoyment from my hobby. I would like to share with you 7 important lessons quilting and sewing have taught me. 1. Mistakes – Who... Read more »

My next challenge is to improve my garment making skills

I like challenges in quilting and sewing, they keep me on my toes. My last challenge was to create a King sized quilt which is finally finished, leaving me free to try something new. I needed something new and different. I got a notification from Thimble Quilt Shop in Lockport and I signed up. I am... Read more »
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Is it better to start quilting fresh or after being a garment sewer?

Recently I attended a color workshop at a terrific quilt shop. We got to know each other at the start by telling the group how long we had been quilting. The answers ranged from not yet to my 33 years. I would say that the majority had been quilting for less than 5 years. The answers... Read more »

What to do if needle holes seem smaller or your eyes seem older

Lately I have had a bit of a dilemma and maybe you have had it also.  What to do if needle holes seem smaller or your eyes seem older? I already have bifocals, medications for eye issues and really excellent lighting. I needed a bit more help so I decided to try a new needle... Read more »

Old School sewing manuals have some good tips

My older daughter is a good hearted soul. She went to a recent fundraiser where a percentage of sales went to a child’s medical bills. She bought some cute things and spied some vintage booklets she thought I might like. And surprisingly, I did. Even though the publication date is 1948 these Old School sewing... Read more »
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Quilting is music to my ears - The sounds in my sewing studio

I sew and quilt by myself and often when no one else is home. I usually don’t play music, podcasts or television. Yet my personal creative space is not at all quiet, I’ve even written about it before. Quilting is music to my years and is played on the instruments which create the sounds in... Read more »

How to conquer our own personal quilt police and inner doubts

We all have doubts some times. I know I do. I just boxed up my Pulse quilt and I wanted to put a note in there that it’s OKAY if they hate it and just want to throw it out. I get nervous sometimes when I think I am going to be judged by strangers.... Read more »

I remember when I learned how to sew

Some events and memories stay with you.  I still have the fondest feelings and memories of when I learned how to sew. My Mother did not know how to sew so she really wanted her daughters to learn how. When I did, it was like the moon, the sun and the stars revolved around me.... Read more »
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I finally decided to sell my antique treadle sewing machine

My Mom used to collect antiques with a friend of hers. She would mainly buy small items and always looked for good deals. At the time, I didn’t really care that much about it but I should have paid more attention. Over the years, she gave me some items which I didn’t value enough. My... Read more »