I was bound and determined to finish one more quilt top before 2015 ended, which is how I ended up in front of my sewing machine for the better part of two days. It was totally worth it, though, to finally stitch up the quilt top I’d planned about 18 months before. Beyond Netural by John Adams is one of those books that just clicked with me. I could see myself making every quilt in the book. They’re just so striking… Read more »

Last year, I chose a word for the year: evolve. I used it throughout the year to remind myself to be more, try new things, stretch myself. In many ways, I think I did. I took part in a handful of online mini quilt swaps, took some classes and learned new skills (free motion and hand quilting, English paper piecing and hand piecing). I used tools I have in new ways. And I initiated a couple of business related things… Read more »

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I don’t know that I’ll ever stop hacking patterns, especially my own. I get bored making the same thing over and over again, so tweaking things here and there just helps keep things fresh. When I was working on Modern Style for Girls, I kept thinking of new ways to hack the patterns in the book. At times, I had to force myself to stay focused because an idea was so appealing that I wanted to get started right away!… Read more »

My favorite ever pair of pajama pants are some jersey knit ones with Santas all over them, purchased at Old Navy years ago. So many years ago that I don’t even remember when I bought them. They are so soft and comfortable, I pretty much wear them around the house all year long in spite of the seasonal fabric. We stocked some cute Christmas knit fabrics from Riley Blake at the shop and Sarah suggested making a pair of knit… Read more »

  I have been planning a sewing tattoo for a very, very long time. I even have a Pinterest board dedicated to inspiration. But this one, this is completely me. I sent the artist a sketch of what I wanted and she tweaked it a little and I asked for a little tweaking and re-sizing — and this is the result. It’s small and simple, on the inside of my left forearm, and I love it.

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 »