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The Only One

Posted by 23 April, 2017 No Comments
I did it.  My first traditional block quilt.  I chose "Only One Quilt" by Dory Cary because you can arrange the blocks anyway you want.  You need 6 yards of one fabric. No set pattern. The only real rule I had to follow was to cut the blocks wack &...

Just A Dart

Posted by 16 April, 2017 No Comments
A few weeks ago, my good friend Stacey's daughter, Katlyn, was asked to prom.  They went shopping "all over" for a dress.  They finally found one, but it didn't quite fit.  No problem, Stacey was thinking, I have Andrea.  She will fix it. I get a phone call from Stacey,...

Sewing Organization

Posted by 9 April, 2017 Comments off
I could use help here.  Believe it or not I am an organized person.  My THINGS are organized, my life is not.  I like everything to have a spot. There are lots of bits and pieces in sewing.  Fabric, needles, machines, ironing boards, thread, and notions galore... you get my...

The Burgum Quilt

Posted by 2 April, 2017 Comments off
Last week I went out for drinks with my "editors" otherwise known as my good friends.  After a few Moscow Mules, they informed me that my blog last week was not great.  "It was the WORST blog you have ever written." This is a quote, NOT a paraphrase.  I am...

Can it be?

Posted by 26 March, 2017 Comments off

I can’t believe it. Seriously, I made something without any issues. Not one! It’s not even April Fools Day. I made a quilt AND a pillow.  An “art” quilt & pillow. Art quilting is my favorite thing I have done so far on my sewing journey.  No rules. No pattern….

Right Sides Together

Posted by 19 March, 2017 Comments off
I seem to be drawn to garments lately.  Why?  Because you can finish 100 garments in the time it takes to make 1 quilt.  Seriously.  So, when it came time to pick a project to do for this weeks blog, guess what I chose?  A shirt.  A plaid shirt. A...
A few weeks ago, I called up Modern Textiles and asked them if they would pick me out 4 different fabrics, 3 yards each.  I did not want a say in what they chose. My goal was to be forced to use the fabric that they gave me. I tend...
First off, BRAVO to Joe for his blog last week!  This is what I learned from Joe:  You should practice before you actually start to sew and you should make mock projects before the real deal.  Brilliant.  However, too much work, so I will stick to my philosophy of, "It's...

Experiments in DIY Adventure Sewing

Posted by 26 February, 2017 Comments off
Hi everybody, Joe here, filling in this week for Andrea on the blog! I recently embarked on exploring some DIY adventure sewing, or as it's called MYOG (Make Your Own Gear). When Darren and I initially talked about the idea of doing a project for the blog, I should have...
I have made an appliqué quilt and two art quilts.  This is my first go around with a traditional block quilt.  I THINK it is called a block quilt anyway.  You cut up 8 million pieces of fabric in various sizes and sew them together.  That is what I did....

Live & Learn

Posted by 12 February, 2017 No Comments
I took my first class, "Intro to Garment Sewing" a few weeks ago with Jean Sando at Modern Textiles.  You want to know what I learned?  I learned I should have taken a class 6 months ago, before I started to sew garments. Below is a picture of Jean and...
I love knits.  I love the feel of them and how they stretch.  I just had to sew something with knit.  I needed a pattern that didn't have zippers, buttons, pleats, gathers, or anything funky.  Straight stitch only pattern.  I found this Grainline Studio pattern at Modern Textiles.  It said...
Have you ever tried to learn French, Spanish, or German?  Any language other than English?  If you have, you know that it takes time, studying, asking questions, and taking classes. Some say the the easiest way is complete immersion.  Sink or swim. This is how I feel learning how to...

Oh Quilting.

Posted by 22 January, 2017 No Comments
Quilting. I have respect for those of you that quilt.  It takes time, patience and precise measuring. All qualities I do not have.  Really, I have NONE of those things. That is why I wanted to start with a quilt that didn't require me to be precise. I started with...

Is this now my life?

Posted by 15 January, 2017 Comments off
I don't know exactly when the switch started to happen, but I am now the sewing expert among my friends.  I ask them if they have actually read my blog, because if you have, it is CLEAR I am no expert.  I am the opposite of knowledgeable in the sewing...