Have you ever seen something and just instantly fell in love, knew “this is the one”? That’s kind of what I felt the first time I saw a dahlia quilt. Curvy, colorful, big and beautiful. Of course, it’s also the kind of project that makes me think, “Can I do this?” When I came across the Dahlia quilt pattern from Prairie Grass Patterns, I knew I’d found my entre to the quilt of my dreams. It took me a little… Read more »

disco allie by mary abreu

Now that I’ve gotten past some big deadlines, I’ve suddenly found myself able to sew things just for fun. Just because I want to. It’s liberating and intimidating, all at the same time. Some days, I can’t figure out where to start so I end up doing fun things like laundry. Others, I head to the sewing machine and don’t move until it’s time to get my daughter from the bus. My session with Allie the Owl fell under the… Read more »

Welcome to my website! I’d love to connect with you so please consider signing up for my monthly newsletter, chock full of my sparkling wit and maybe a free pattern every now and then. Modern Style for Girls is finally here! It’s such a crazy thing to see it “out there,” where anyone can buy it and sew from it. The book includes three basic garments — bodice, skirt, pants — that you can modify to create a variety of… Read more »

There’s a gentle breeze coming in from the windows at my house. I can see the leaves dancing in the afternoon light as I sit at my dining room table with Miss L, helping her with today’s homework. Fall might be my favorite time of year. I love the crisply cool mornings, the leaves changing colors, football games. For me, summer is about going with the flow but fall is projects and new beginnings. I’m in the midst of preparations… Read more »

I’ve joined the weird, wonderful world of Periscope! It’s a live-streaming app that allows you to interact. I honestly have no idea what I’m doing but I’ve been using it and I really like it. I’ve added a link in the sidebar of my website that not only links to my Periscope but tells you when I’m live broadcasting so you can watch on the web. This afternoon, I shared some peeks at Modern Style for Girls on Periscope and… Read more »

My love for Lizzy House knows no bounds. In addition to being an amazingly talented artist, she’s also just an incredible human being. Smart, kind, warm. The kind of person to whom you’re just instinctively drawn. Seeing her at Quilt Market in Minneapolis this past May was a complete surprise and filled me with such joy. It was wonderful to hug on her and catch up — including chats about her newest fabric. Lizzy and I have chatted about knit… Read more »

The fine folks over at Sew Mama Sew posted a link on Facebook today to a blog post by author Christine Haynes about the closing of Sew L.A. If you’ve not yet read it, I highly recommend it before you go any further. Go ahead; I’ll wait right here for you. Welcome back! I commented on the link but decided to elaborate on my thoughts here because it’s my blog and I have thoughts. Many, many thoughts. As someone who… Read more »

I am beyond excited to be a guest on the Aug. 10 episode of the American Patchwork & Quilting Podcast with the delightful and oh-so-talented Pat Sloan! Tune in and listen as we chat about my books, sewing and a bit of my costumed hi jinks. You can listen to the show live, starting at 4 p.m. Eastern time.