Archive for September 2017

What fun it is to be a student while I construct the Cinderella costume

I am really good at being a student and taking classes. I liked it so much, I became a teacher. I may be retired from teaching but I still love learning. I want to tell you what fun it is to be a student while I construct the Cinderella costume for Zara. I am really... Read more »

Fall Sewing is the bald headed stepchild of the sewing world

What season do Americans prefer? Spring, according to this poll. This surprised me as I see so many IG and FB posts about loving fall. However, I don’t see that love being carried over into quilts and other projects. In fact, I follow a lot of quilters on various social media platforms and I’ve concluded that... Read more »

8 Favorite things of mine today

With all the recent catastrophic weather all over the states, the world really, I have been counting my blessings. I am always thankful for my family, my health and my wonderful condo in my town. But there are daily little pleasures for which I am grateful. Let me tell you about 8 favorite things of... Read more »

Follow along as I make my first triangle quilt - step one, cutting with Marti Michell's fab template

My quilt guild has a challenge whose reveal is in October. The challenge is a “Dime” challenge, or do something that has 10 of something in it. Add to that Zara’s desire for a rainbow colored quilt for her newly decorated room and I have a quilt to make. I have been wanting to use... Read more »

How the Garcia Girls lost their Accents book club food and fun

How would you like to read all about my How the Garcia Girls lost their Accents book club food and fun? I thought so! It is the first novel by Julia Alvarez with many themes that relate to all of us. I love book clubs and sewing for them. Do you remember the fantastic literary fabric... Read more »

Sewing for a Frankenstein book club and Halloween

Have you ever read the original Frankenstein by Mary Shelly? Me either! But that is about to change. My classics book club is reading it and will discuss it in, when else, October. I have to figure out what I am going to be sewing for a Frankenstein book club and Halloween. I am eager... Read more »

The struggle IS real in quilting and sewing

I see a whole lot of “the struggle is real” on Twitter and Facebook. 99% of the time, it’s tongue in cheek. (Does anyone use that expression any more? I’m old, my references are old. #thestruggleisreal.) I think quilters have exaggerated complaints to add to the pile and you know why? The struggle is real... Read more »

10 Things you don't know about me

Have you noticed that I’ve been blogging again on Wednesdays? Yes, I have and mostly they have nothing to do with quilting or sewing. I like to wander off topic sometimes and today is another of those days. I have written a lot about myself the past 5 years. (I can see some of you... Read more »

DIY Literary table runner for the book club win - a step by step tutorial

Isn't this a great table runner? Want to know how to make one? Let's do it step by step.
I love reading books and I love sewing. Obviously, I am not alone as Heather Givans of Crimson Tate designed a fabric line called literary and it’s all about books and reading. I bought a bundle of fat quarters and some yardage. Then I wished I could make quilts, clothes and more quilts out of... Read more »

Add a modern perk to your bed by making easy solid pillows

I have been sewing all summer long for our bedroom. But here is the last post about sewing with green fabric, not forever, but for a while. I finished our new quilt and I didn’t want to put our old pillows on it. I decided to change things up and I will share with you how... Read more »
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