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To PDF or Not to PDF

Posted by 21 May, 2017 Comments off
I made a garment out of my first PDF pattern.  I tried this the very first month I got into sewing.  I LOVE when I can get something instantly.  Just pay and download.  This sounds like something I would really like.  But.....there are over 100 pages.  I do exaggerate sometimes,...
I went to a sewing class this week at the store.  It was the "Catch All Caddy" class taught by Susan. It was the first hands on sewing class I have taken. Why would this be the first class I have taken considering my husband owns the store? BECAUSE, my...

Sewing Buddy

Posted by 7 May, 2017 Comments off
Guess what!!??  I have a sewing buddy.  Her name is Jordan.  She is 13.  She lives in Ohio. Here is what happened to me last week.  My best friend, Nicole, came to visit.  She actually came to do a speaking tour to promote her book "Kindness is Contagious",  but in...

Social Circle

Posted by 30 April, 2017 Comments off
Here is me in a nutshell.  I am a stay-at-home mom of an 11 & 13 year old.  Both of which are in every sport possible.  I work part-time for my husband doing social media & marketing (ha ha ha....jokes on him, I have no experience whatsoever).  The only reason...

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...