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March Madness?

class covid kids quarantine sewing

March Madness?

(originally published as my March 2020 newsletter, cross-posted here)Okay so everything went to sh*t.It's a pretty unexpected series of events.Everything we thought we'd be doing today or yesterday has changed over the course of the last few weeks, and the world seems like a different place. I'd published a new class and was so excited to share, but now it all seems useless and my work and life seems pretty irrelevant.Everyone is in my thoughts (yes, my anxiety spirals are doing quite well and spinning swiftly as I type), and I'm doing the hermit thing more than usual.That aside, I've compiled...

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Pre-Surtex Sneak Peek

DIY illustration sewing surtex thanks tradeshow

May Flowers bring Spring...  & Surtex! I cannot believe it's May and time for Surtex!! It's heeere!! I've been prepping all year long for this surface design and textiles industry trade show, and it feels a little unreal that it's only a few days away.  May flowers are an appropriate metaphor I think. I've been planting seeds since last year, and now is when they are starting to bloom... My seeds (preparations) included creating over 180 images, making booth banners, promo bookmarks, promo books, fabric swatches, greeting cards, brochures, and sewing some hand-printed zip pouches! My fellow members of Finch &...

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Super Simple Patchwork Quilt WIP

moving quilt sewing travel WIP

How do I deal with the stress of moving internationally?  I multitask like crazy, make lists, post stuff for sale... and do a simple patchwork quilt to deal with the need to do machine-like sewing and stash-busting. Saturday... 4.5" scrap squares that have been hanging around for a while later that day... sewn into strips and today! nearly done with the quilted top I still have five more rows to add, then sashing, then quilting!Lots of progress!  Hurrah for the feeling of pseudo-accomplishment!

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Toddler Streaky Legs & Moneta

baby DIY fabric kids MeMadeMay sewing

That felt really weird typing the title to this blog post, but yes, admittedly my son is now a toddler and most definitely not a squishy baby anymore!  I finally finished one of his "Streaky Legs" poofy pants this weekend! The Facts ⁃ Fabric: <1m single jersey, <0.3m ribbing for cuffs ⁃ Pattern: Ottobre "Streaky Legs" pattern ⁃ Year: 2014? ⁃ Notions: waistband elastic ⁃ Time to complete: 1 day for tracing and cutting, an hour for sewing ⁃ First worn: May 16, 2015 ⁃ Wear again?  He has no choice! hahah! ⁃ Mods? Nope, they fit great on him. and I finished Moneta from Colette...

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On the Sewing Table and Post-Pregnancy Body Reckoning

motherhood quilt sewing WIP

Do not fear, my fellow sewing enthusiasts, my sewing table has not gone unemployed these last few months; not entirely unemployed at least.  I signed up for Kid's Clothing Week which was two weeks ago and also Me-Made May as inspiration to get my sewing-mojo back and... wait, let me backtrack here... What happened to my sewing mojo? SEWING mojo, where are you?!  I don't yet have an answer for that. I have been tracing patterns and cutting fabric, but haven't really finished anything!  I start a project, and then migrate back into illustration and leave these projects all folded in...

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