Special Request

In my family, everyone’s a critic. Yes, everyone, including my mother.  For someone like me, who dislikes being criticized, well, let’s just say my relatives make life interesting.  A couple of years ago, I made an open patchwork tote bag for my mom out of three different fat quarter prints in bright pink, white and…

A Little of This, A Little of That

I’ve posted this fat quarters apron and this “totally cute” apron, and have made several of each. Last Sunday, I wanted to make a holiday apron. With only four or five fat quarters and about half a yard of red-and-gold dotted cotton, my options were limited–until I combined these two patterns into one apron. Here’s how…

The Accidental Sewist

Maybe you’ve pricked yourself with a pin, or even caught your finger in your sewing machine.   Needles and scissors are sharp.  Sewing can be hazardous. And yes, I would know. Several weeks ago, I wound up in the emergency room after an unfortunate incident with a rotary cutter.  Four stitches! Ouch! So my hubby…

Trick or Treat, Chapter 2

When it comes to families, we all know the more things change, the more they stay the same.  So it is with my sister Jackie’s family. Two years ago, after her daughter Samantha was born, I made trick or treat bags for Sammie and her big brother Jake.  Then last September, Zack arrived! Hooray! (Poor…

Gypsy Romance Patchwork Throw

I came across this Gypsy Romance Patchwork Pom Pom Throw on Sew4Home, one of my favorite sewing sites,  several months ago.  Just a few days ago, I finally finished my interpretation of this project. Not all the fabrics shown were available, so I put together some additional patterns I liked from the Gypsy Bandana collection by Michael…

“Totally Cute” Hostess Gift!

We got back from Florida last Monday night, which meant I had only four days to come up with a hostess gift for a party on Saturday. Luckily, I remembered this “Totally Cute Apron Tute” by SewMuch2Luv  from a Pinterest board.  It was perfect for my friend Irmina, a fellow sewist who loves all kinds of…

The Stitch Regulator

Although I’ve had my Bernina 240 for years, I’d never used the stitch regulator (presser foot #9).  Did I read about it in the manual? Yes. Still, I didn’t really understand what the little thing was for.  Of course, I was judging: after all, it doesn’t  even look like a presser foot!  And yet, that’s the…

Color and Pattern–Fat Quarters Apron, Part 2

Eliza’s purple apron was such a hit, I decided to make one for Emily as well.  Again, using 5 fat quarters from my stash, I followed the Sew4Home pattern.  The inspiration for all this color was this rainbow rickrack I found at JoAnn.  Being printed only on the front, it was a little tricky to…

Fat Quarters Apron

A good sewing pattern, like a good haircut, will always look terrific–no matter how you style it. That’s how Eliza wound up with this very cute apron design from Sew4Home.com.  While Sew4Home’s apron is stitched in Moda’s Wee Woven Brights, I simply used some fat quarters I happened to have in my collection.  Although they…

Team Spirit

Inspiration strikes in the strangest places–like a WalMart, say, in Gainesville, FL.  Although I was searching for Florida Gator fabric, I never expected to find anything this cute.  Using Simplicity 4987–yes, again!–I stitched up this apron for my sister Jackie.  Her birthday is in two weeks. She’s an alumna, of course (Class of Nineteen-Never-Mind).  And…

Patchwork and Fat Quarters

Am I the only one who thinks  “Fat Quarters” sounds like a punch line?  Luckily for us sewists, that ‘s not the case.  A fat quarter is a panel of fabric measuring 18″ x 22.” They’re available at JoAnn Fabrics, ACMoore, and other fine retail establishments for $1.99–and often on sale for $ .99.  And two…

Forever in Blue Jeans: But Only if They’re the Right Length!

When I was in middle school, in the 1970s, my Cuban grandmother was horrified when we wore jeans–what farm workers wore to cut sugar cane in “el campo.”  It must have been hot, brutal work, far removed from our suburban comfort.  I never understood her aversion to denim;  in fact, all these years later, I’m still wearing…