• Will You Teach Me To Sew?

    Sometimes Crafter August 29, 2014

    I was actually a little surprised when my 6-year-old son asked me this question a few weeks ago.  “Suuuure…” I said  “What would you like to make?”   He decided he wanted to make a quilt for his Auntie Annie.  I told him to draw what he wanted to make, which of course ended up being this really complicated snow scene, so instead we sat down and looked at photos of quilts on Pinterest to find something.  I opted for an easier pattern since I wanted him to be the one making this, with only backup help from me. He…

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  • Quilting The Day Away

    Sometimes Crafter February 10, 2014

    It has been cold and snowy here these past few days, but I didn’t mind one bit.  I have been thoroughly enjoying quilting on my new machine.  It has opened up so many more possibilities for me and i’m so excited to explore them all.  I’m really glad to have a quilt waiting in the wings that needed some custom quilting attention.  I am so excited to see this one quilted, and it’s such a bummer I have to wait a little while before I can share it all with you.  I may not be able to share the whole…

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  • Collage Mini Quilts

    Sometimes Crafter January 24, 2014

    Don’t miss out on the giveaway Modern Sewciety is having for one of my calendars and a set of my PDF sewing patterns!  While you’re there, be sure to listen to our chat on the Podcast. +  +  + Brice and I spent the last week in California visiting family.  Because of his alternating kindergarten schedule, and the holiday weekend, we had a week off school (and then one day back for another long weekend).  My dad flew us down, and my mom tagged along, and we had such a great time with the family.  I love that my parents…

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  • Fabric Scrap Basket Pressing

    Sometimes Crafter May 12, 2009

    As an aside to my Fabric Scrap Basket tutorial, I thought I would talk about how I get my sides so crisp and square.  I press.  A lot. When I first finish sewing the basket together, this is what it looks like.  Very rounded from the top.  Not very “basket” like in the boxy sense. First I start by folding the sides in toward the center and pressing with the iron along what would be the bottom edge.  When I’m pushing the side into the center, I make sure to push it in only so much as to have the…

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  • Disappearing 9-Patch

    Sometimes Crafter February 21, 2008

    It’s coming right along! I got all of my 9-patches sewn…and then I began to cut the “disappearing” part. First down the center one directions… Then across the center the other direction… And I had all of those “disappearing” block pieces (36 to be exact) Then I had to square them all up (tedious!)… And finally, I started sewing them together! The fabrics are really cute, but part of me is not totally thrilled with it. They are too mtachy-matchy…not enough contrast. So i’m thinking i’ll have to do this quilt again. I’m going to go on the hunt for…

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