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Friday Finishes


I've made a lot of bags. Usually about 2/3 of the way through I am cussing like a teenager and swearing to NEVER make another bag. This one was no exception... I think maybe bags just aren't my bag, but I persevered and it's finished! This is the Park West Bag from Sew Sweetness in prints from my new fabric line, Summer Lovin' (that is my pattern Equal Rights in the background). I love how big this bag is and the handles are long enough to wear on your shoulder. Here is a pic of the side Continue Reading

Christmas in July


In January I made a fun project for Quilters Newsletter's Best Christmas Quilt Magazine. The magazine is now available! I used Holiday Party from Michael Miller Fabrics to create a table runner and napkin set. This border stripe print was perfect for a table runner for my dining room table. I love the ball fringe detail at each end: The colors and coordinating prints made the most adorable napkins!   Holiday Party is available now, ask for it at your Continue Reading

Summer Lovin’ Fabric, Thread and a Giveaway!


It was more than a year ago when I started working on Summer Lovin', my new fabric line with Michael Miller Fabrics. It is a long, complicated, wonderful, exhausting process to go from idea to actual fabric and Summer Lovin' is finally shipping to stores now! This line has 22 pieces in yummy, summer colors that coordinate with Cotton Couture solids from Michael Miller: Azure, Lemon, Sprout, Stone, Watermelon and Wave. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I might have to go with Berry Continue Reading

Little Lovely Lindy – July’s Free Mini Pattern


Welcome! It's finally summer and we're kickin' off July with a firecracker of a mini designed by Cheryl at Unspooled. Cheryl is a friend of mine who used to live here in Richmond, but, sadly, now lives in Wisconsin. Cheryl is a master of all things sewing... she quilts, makes tuffets, teaches, plus she designs and makes ice skating outfits. She's did a "bang up" job on this mini and I love it!  Even if you're new to paper piecing, you can make this simple block. I made mine into a pillow for my Continue Reading