It’s been so much fun to read along with each stop of the Hack that Tote! blog tour. I’ve loved seeing what each of the talented folks who’ve taken part have done to tweak the bags from the book to suit their needs. A big “thank you” to these wonderful folks for being a part (be sure to check out each to see what they’ve whipped up and enter their giveaway): 9/27 C&T 9/28 Sue O’Very 9/29 Gen Q Teri Lucas  9/30 Patty Murphy 10/1 Vanessa… Read more »

After more than two years of working on back-to-back books, I’ve been a little burned out on sewing because I have to. Nothing takes the enjoyment out of something for me quite like the feeling that it’s work. And, while I do have some things to sew for Hack That Tote!, I am pretty giddy about having little sewing-by-obligation on my plate for the near future. It’s rather liberating, but also a little intimidating. I am far more productive when… Read more »

The only thing harder than not talking about the book you’re writing is not talking about the book your friend is writing. While I was hammering away at the book that would become Hack That Tote!, my friend Patty Murphy was across town working on her own book, Piecing Makeover: Simple Tricks to Fine-Tune Your Patchwork * A Guide to Diagnosing & Solving Common Problems. Every so often, we’d touch base to encourage each other and chat about our progress on… Read more »

When I’m short on sewing time, I tend to gravitate to knit patterns. They typically are fast to cut and sew, which means I can get something finished — or close to it — in a small amount of time. I’ve been tinkering with a self drafted leggings pattern for a while now and was eager to get it right. Don’t get me wrong: It’s not a particularly difficult task. I just tend to half heartedly do my measurements or… Read more »

My daughter starts sixth grade today. I’m not quite sure how that happened. Part of me thinks she should still be toddling about on chubby baby legs and taking naps. She’s mostly excited about starting her middle school adventures (and maybe a tiny bit nervous) and I decided some mama made clothing was in order. A photo posted by Mary Abreu (@thatcraftaddict) on Aug 6, 2016 at 8:56am PDT I have tons of odd pieces of knit jersey in my… Read more »

I’ve been trying to sew more for myself lately. It’s sometimes a challenge, carving out time to sew, and I sometimes feel guilty for sewing for me instead of sewing for work. Honestly, if I don’t make time to sew for fun, sewing just becomes all work and that’s a total bummer. A photo posted by Mary Abreu (@thatcraftaddict) on Jul 30, 2016 at 8:09am PDT   Intown Quilters had a major sale on Kokka fabrics, so I picked up… Read more »

A year ago, I was eagerly awaiting the release of my second book, Modern Style for Girls. A year ago, I was wrapping up my third book, Hack that Tote! Only a handful of people knew I was writing another book, each of them sworn to secrecy. I wanted my second book to have time to build an audience, without the distraction that comes with another book. So here I am, less than a month until my third book launches… Read more »

Today is STEM Day here in Georgia, a day for schools and companies to increase awareness of career paths in science, technology, engineering and math. Miss L’s school observed STEM Day a day earlier and invited parents with STEM careers to talk to their child’s class about what they do. To: Teacher From: Me Subject: STEM day My job isn’t typically considered STEM but if you are still looking for speakers, I’m happy to come share about my work and… Read more »