May Giveaway Day! Sew Mama Sew!!


Comments are now closed.  The winner of the fat quarters and the book is #359 (picked by the random integer generator) So, Kelly Jo of knit. Frog. Repeat – you are the winner!

It’s pracitally a holiday.  Hundreds of blogs are participating in the fabulous Sew Mama Sew givewaway day and I’m in on the action too.  Up for grabs are three fat quarters from one of my favorite new lines, Wonderland as well as the lovely book Stitched In Time by Alicia Paulson of Posie Gets Cozy


The giveaway is open until the 31st, lots of time to enter.  It couldn’t be easier….leave me a comment and I’ll draw a winner at random.  Don’t rush off to enter somewhere else though. – tell me what you’re working on, what fabric you just bought or your favorite quilt pattern.  Something.  A friendly hello will do too ;-)  Good luck to everyone, and if this is your first visit here…welcome.

Sunday Stash – On a Monday ‘Cause It Feels Like Sunday


Solids.  They’re kind of the unsung hero of fabrics.  My belief however is that they provide breathing room to let the prints you choose shine through.  I’ve been finding out about Essex cotton/linen blends, solid poplin, vintage sheets and of course, Kona cottons.  They make every color under the sun, and for around $5 a yard, you get a lot of bang for your buck.  For instance, you could make something like this…

fave solids

Love it.

So, I was so glad to see this collection of Kona Cottons available at  and I scooped one up right away.  Go…get one of your own!  See what modern, graphic kind of greatness you can dream up with it.

Happy Mother’s Day

I want to say to all the moms out who may be reading this – have a wonderful day.  Being a mom isn’t always easy, it’s messy, sometimes lonely if you’re home with them all day, and it’s a great challenge to be the one who must think of new things to do, to find the perfect book to read, to repair something that’s been broken several times, and to always have the perfect answer to difficult questions.  But, of course, it’s the best thing in the world when you laugh together and when you have a good day, especially if there hasn’t been too much frustration or more than the average time-outs.  Being a mom is pretty great overall.  Especially if they walk in carrying this for you:


This is now the happiest spot in my house.  The tuberoses smell like perfume. 

Later, when it was time for bed, the girls wanted to sleep together and so they did.  This is what they looked like right after they fell asleep:


(note the comfy quilt…) Awwwww.  And here they are about an hour later:


(camera strap inclded because I was laughing and trying not to make noise)  They’re like puppies who just fall asleep on top of each other.  I change my mind…this is for sure the happiest spot in the house.

So, I want to salute all you moms out there who are raising your kids.  Hug them a little tighter today and contemplate your good fortune.

A Girl & Her Dress

My older daughter loves dresses.  In her perfect world, she would wear one every day and she’s felt that way since she was about 18 months old.  When I first started sewing about a year ago, I knew that I really wanted to make dresses for my girls.  While I haven’t made much in the way of clothing, and certainly skirts outnumber the dresses, the dresses I have made – she absolutely loves.  She chose several feedsack fabrics for me to make dresses for her after watching the movie Kit Kittredge, the American Girl movie that came out last year.  Here’s her favorite… (and note the posing for the camera!!)



This was a great pattern.  It’s Simplicity 4927 and it’s a good beginner’s pattern. Go on…make one. She’ll love it.

Amy Butler Squares


I love piecing these.  They’re addictive, given the beautiful Amy Butler fabrics and these beautiful colors.  The idea for this quilt came directly from this quilt. I’ll also be putting white sashing around these blocks because I think that’s what really makes these colors POP! In any case, I’m happily spending quite a bit of time sewing this week. I barely have time to fit in my regular life. That’s good right?!