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 »

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There’s a reason this blog is called “Confessions of a Craft Addict.” Yes, I’m quite the crafty babe but I’m also the first person to confess my less-than-stellar moments. Like this one: I typically use my weekday off from work to catch up on household chores and errands. Today, that meant a trip to Home Depot (among other locations) to pick up a rain spout extension. Exciting stuff, right? On my way to the store, I decided I’d pick up… Read more »

I had no intention of doing handwork. Heck, I had no intention of ever quilting but you can see where that’s led. Handwork, though. That’s another animal entirely. It’s slow. It seems crazily meticulous. It’s slow. These are not things most would associate with me. And yet … It’s a little different for me, working in a quilt shop. Being immersed in a world of fabric and sewing and quilting and a variety of techniques that lead to these beautiful… Read more »

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My beautiful Pacific Crest quilt made me realize I’ve never made a quilt for my own bed. Honey and I have a beautiful queen-sized half canopy iron bed and buying bedding for it has always been a challenge. I picked up a fat quarter bundle of Dapper, the new line by Luke Haynes for Moda, at sample spree during Quilt Market in the fall. I’d met Luke at Quilt Market in Portland a couple of years ago and love his… Read more »