Quilt Market 2014 Prep

I had the opportunity again this year to sew up some pretties for a few fabulous designers for Fall Quilt Market. Before I sent them off, I snapped a few pics and I thought I’d share them with you today. In case you aren’t familiar, Fall Quilt Market is a giant trade show that is…

Focus on Fall- Greenstyle Creations

One of the best things about sewing for my kiddos is the satisfaction of knowing that I not only made something that they can wear, with my own two hands, but that they LOVE wearing it and ask to wear it again and again. I’m pleased to add these great Greenstyle Creations patterns to my…

Distant as the Milky Way

I’ve had such a blast getting to know Frances from Belly Buttons Boutique and Frances Newcombe Design.  We’ve emailed and messaged and even talked about Skyping!  I love getting to know creative people and it’s always fun when you find things in common. Her new line, Cherie, from Art Gallery Fabrics, lives up to the…

Charlotte Apron Dress, Parson Gray Style

Last month Lindsay, from The Cottage Mama, posted about this amazing contest and giveaway on her blog.  All you had to do was sew up one of her gorgeous patterns and then post it in her group on Facebook.  Easy peasy, right?  I didn’t think I was going to have the time, but then people…

Twirly Tallulah

My last post mentioned how much fun I’ve had playing with patterns from my employer, Izzy & Ivy Designs.  While a lot of modern sewists rely heavily on PDF patterns, Izzy & Ivy started out as a paper pattern company.  I have the benefit of drawing from those patterns as well, so I really have…

Tallulah + Evie = Tallevie

I’ve had a lot of jobs in my life.  I started out cleaning bathrooms in office buildings in High School and working in a dry cleaners in college.  I’ve worked retail at Bath & Body Works and in a bank.  I also taught music for 9 years before I had kids and then the year…

Lily Giggle Blog Tour: Jujube Dress

Once upon a time, in the early days of Snickerdoodle Stew, Lily Giggle patterns (affiliate link) made a Christmas appearance. And then a Valentine’s Day encore. Needless to say, when Lily Giggle went on hiatus at the end of 2013, the PDF pattern world had a tiny hole in its collective heart.  You can imagine how excited…

One Thimble: Honey Gum Dress by Ainslee Fox

Over the seven jeweled hills, beyond the seventh fall, In the cottage of the Seven Dwarfs, dwells Snow White, Fairest of them all. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, 1937 I seriously can’t get enough of this dress.  I’ve tried my hardest to not get suckered into making too many character dresses, but the minute I…

My New Addiction

Talk to anyone that does anything crafty, and more often than not, you’ll find that they have collections of things they have accumulated over the years: fabric, buttons, patterns, printed papers, yarn.  Notice I said “collection” and not “hoard.”   I find that I can’t throw away even the smallest of scraps because there might…

Lovely as a Summer Day

C’mon…sing it with me… La la la– la– la la, La la la– la– la la My cherie amour, lovely as a summer day…. I’ve seriously been singing Stevie Wonder ever since I laid eyes on Cherie, this amazing, French-inspired fabric from Frances Newcombe and Art Gallery Fabrics.  It just whispers open air markets and…