Archive For 29 April 2013

The Tank Team

The Tank Team

Have I told you how much I enjoy teaching people how to sew? It’s a surprise even to me! I mean, I knew I liked teaching after leading the EFL classes in Vietnam and it’s blatantly obvious that I love sewing, but putting the two together has been a slow merger. Silly, I know. This…

I love getting mail

I love getting mail

Who doesn’t get a little thrill when there’s a package with your name on it at the front door? It’s one of my favorite ways to come home. On Tuesday, I got two packages–an order and a surprise. Abby Glassenberg‘s newest book, Stuffed Animals: From Concept to Construction, came across my desk at work late…

Happy children because of YOU

Happy children because of YOU

Thanks to each and every person who helped out with my sewing drive last fall. I think we may have lost one box along the way, but I realized with this last shipment that if I forked over the extra for Express Mail, it really does get there faster. I mailed two boxes last Friday…

Thank you, Thomas.

Thank you, Thomas.

I first heard of Thomas Knauer back in 2011 when he was releasing his first line with Andover. It was a lovely collection called “Pear Tree” and I remember seeing him in Houston at Quilt Market carrying a bag he had made out of this lovely large-scale partridge-in-a-pear-tree print. I was too shy to say…

Another shipment

Another shipment

Thanks to the support of Gen Q mag and Teri (craktpot on Flickr) I was able to pay for a second box of items. I paid for this first one, filled with pants and dresses. And they paid for this box, double the size and cost, but filled with 40 Popover dresses, 12 pairs of…

Support “Sew Em Be”

Support “Sew Em Be”

Sewists , crafters and quilters are always willing to lend a hand and thanks to the help of dozen, in 2012 I was able to gather more than 200 items for the children in Tam Ky. Since then I have sent package to the Quang Nam Baby Orphanage as my own budget afforded. As more…

Thursday’s To-Dos

Thursday’s To-Dos

Learn more about interlining and interfacing for couture jackets so I can re-do my daughter’s and make it perfect. Print out these maps and make something cool. Make this tote/clutch, even without the tutorial (it seems to have completely disappeared?) Make every item in the new Stuffed Animals book by Abby Glassenberg.

On deck: Grandma’s Quilt

On deck: Grandma’s Quilt

Finally got one of Great Grandma Massingill’s quilt tops from my mom. She’s been holding onto three of them since her grandmother passed away in the mid-80s. For nearly thirty years they’ve just been waiting for someone to finish making them into quilts. Well, the time has come.

Happy Birthday, Threadbias

Happy Birthday, Threadbias

I’m proud to say I’ve been on Threadbis since the beginning. I’m not even sure how I stumbled onto it early last spring, but I did. It’s been inspiring watching the site grow and develop, adding more sewists and quilters every day. They were super great in helping me spread the word about last fall’s…

Look! It’s us!

Look! It’s us!

Five years ago my two kids and I moved in with Jennifer and her son. Somehow it work and worked well. Audrey and I moved out last fall when we had the opportunity, but ¬†Stuart stayed on. It wasn’t until a couple years ago that anyone seemed to take notice of the arrangement. First, we…

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