Category Archives: Fabric & Sewing

Taking A Break

I cannot believe how much time has passed since my last post!

We have been battling a pretty nasty cold — the kind that really knocks you flat. That would have been fine, but it also happened to be right before a major deadline.  (My next fabric collection!)

I wanted to stop in and say hi, but I have been in a fabric designing haze. I always think it would be cool to document this process better — but the truth is, fabric design is not very photogenic. (At least, not the way I do it.) It really reminds me of cramming for finals. Wearing the same clothes a few days in a row. Very little hair brushing. Paper everywhere.

I always think I am going to do a better job with the printing and shipping process, and then for some reason, I am racing to UPS just minutes before their last pick-up. This time, I didn’t have to chase the driver down the street or cry, so I think I’m improving.  Everything is with Andover Fabrics, and now it’s time to wait.

In the meantime, I have been getting some really sweet notes from friends who have started getting their copies of Handmade Hostess in the mail. It is hard to believe it, but the book is really out there! I have been busy working on book promotion stuff — writing magazine editors, connecting with bloggers, trying to set up some fun workshops and events. I will be honest and tell you that this part is really hard. I am pretty sure the only people who like promoting stuff already have jobs in marketing and PR!

(By the way, if you read the book and would like to help me out, I would love it if you’d write the first review on Amazon!)

I am doing something crazy and taking next week off. Saturday is my birthday, and we are going to celebrate with a little down time. I hope to come back here refreshed and ready for whatever’s next.

Until I get back, here are a few articles I’ve written elsewhere:

I hope you have a wonderful week. Stay well!

[image credit: my husband]

Hear Me on the Radio

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Just popping in to share some fun news. Next week, I am going to be on the radio with Pat Sloan.

I will be talking about where to find inspiration and sharing the story behind Handmade HostessYou can listen in on Monday, March 24th at 1PM PST by visiting this link or subscribing to American Patchwork & Quilting Radio in iTunes. It should be fun!

In the fabric and quilting world, Pat needs no introduction. She has published over 25 books, 100 patterns, and nearly 10 fabric lines. (I’m borrowing this bio from over here. Pat is so prolific, undoubtedly these stats have gone up since then!) Four years ago, she began hosting a weekly internet radio show where she chats about creativity and her passion for quilting.

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Fabric Line News

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To my fabric-loving friends:

After waiting a long time, I finally have some news to share. My new fabric line, Wild Abandon, is not going to be printed.

I know some of you have seen glimpses of it over at the Andover Fabrics website (or maybe even in person from your sales rep). The decision to drop the line came from Andover for business reasons.

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I wanted to share a few thoughts since some of you have asked me for advice over the years about the fabric design business.

First, I am proud of the artwork. I really pushed myself and created something I consider beautiful. Sometimes, that’s the win.

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A year or two ago, I would have been absolutely heartbroken. Now, I feel that this is confirmation that I am moving onto a different path.

The work of an artist — or in this case, a fabric designer — is to keep going back to the drawing board and to create new artwork. You must really love THAT part of it — the sitting at the blank page and starting again. It must be enough to keep you going when your work is rejected, unpopular, or needs revision. (And, believe me, I’ve had plenty of all three as all artists do. This is not the first line that has ended up on the cutting room floor.)

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The other aspects of designing fabric — the booths at trade shows, the occasional press, the sewing samples, the teaching, the moment when you first touch your fabric — are all great. In fact, any of them might get you excited enough to try. But, at its core, fabric design comes down to the design itself. You need persistence, vision, and the desire to practice at it continually.

At this moment, I am being called to a different practice: writing. As I mentioned in this post, I recently completed my first novel. I don’t consider this giving up. but giving in to another calling — one that, in all respects, I feel much better suited to.

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This will still be a creative space, and I’m excited to see how it evolves.

On a related note, I wanted to point out something some of you have probably already noticed. I recently made the decision to close comments. I want to let you know up front that I still respond to nearly every email and Facebook message I get and try to help people with their sewing and pattern-related questions. I consider you all my friends and will continue to support you in any way I can.

As bigger bloggers like Grace from Design*Sponge have noted, comments on blogs really took a nose dive last year. At this point, I’m getting an odd mixture of spam and the occasional troll! However, the thing that pushed me to this decision is that I don’t want to seem like I’m constantly asking for pats on the back. I am hopeful that we can have a better, more two-sided conversation over Facebook, Twitter, or on e-mail.

Thank you to everyone who has cheered me on in this journey. I feel very blessed and optimistic about the future.

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Handmade Hostess Workshop & Open House!

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Keli of Drygoods Design and I have been working on something pretty special — a Handmade Hostess Workshop & Open House. If you are in the Seattle area, then I hope you will head over to her beautiful shop in Ballard on Saturday, May 11th for this 2-part event. The Open House is free (no RSVP required), but the Workshop spots are limited so be sure to sign-up early!

(Do you wish you lived nearby, but don’t? Well, I have something special planned for you, too. I’ll get to that in a moment.)

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Workshop (5/11 from 1-3:30pm)

My hands-down favorite project from the book are these fabric flowers — and based on everyone’s reactions to them, I think they are your favorite, too. I am going to be teaching a class where you’ll make a fabric flower that you can use as a centerpiece, mobile, or even a really gorgeous gift wrapping embellishment.

The workshop is the week before Mother’s Day, so this would be a fun treat to bring your Mom to or just a chance to get a head start on her present. You’ll need some basic sewing machine skills, but these flowers are beginner-friendly. (And if sewing isn’t your thing, then hold on because I have something for you, too!)

The workshop is $35, and there will be refreshments, goody bags (!), and some sneak peeks of my next fabric line. Enrollment is limited, so if you’re interested, be sure to sign up here.

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Open House & Book Signing (5/11 from 3:30-5pm)

In the afternoon, we’ll open up for a Book Signing and Open House. Everyone is welcome. There will be door prizes, a beautiful, simple craft you can make and take home with you, and refreshments (think: dessert)!

No sewing or crafting experience necessary, but if you’d like to, we’ll be making some paper flowers from the book.

Last year, I got the chance to go to several book signings, and while it was a total treat to meet some of my favorite authors, I sometimes wished there was more to do. I really want every single person who attends to know that there are a few special treats planned just for them.

If you are local, then please help spread the word! I still feel a little bit like the new girl in town and really appreciate the support.

IMPORTANT: To reserve your spot in the Fabric Flower Workshop ($35), go here to sign-up. The Open House is free and open to the public — no RSVP necessary.

For my non-local friends: I always feel bummed reading about cool events that I can’t attend! So, I am going to be giving away some extra goodies from the workshop right here on the blog. It’s my way of saying “Wish you were here!” Stay tuned for details.

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Handmade Hostess Blog Book Tour

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My book, Handmade Hostess, is now available in stores – and to celebrate, Stash Books is kicking off a blog book tour. Over the next few weeks, these talented bloggers will be featuring reviews, insider looks, and even a few little extra goodies. You’ll catch some glimpses of the sewing, crafting, and baking projects and hopefully leave feeling encouraged. It makes my day when someone opens up the book and says, “I can make that.

Rebecca (my sis + co-author) and I wrote this in the foreword to the book, and I want to extend this welcome to you, too: This is our way of throwing open the door and welcoming you to the party. We hope these words and images inspire you and help you shower your own special people with love.

Blog Book Tour Dates

Enter for a chance to win a free copy of the book at each stop!

3/19 – Sew Mama Sew - Don’t miss the Fabric Feather tutorial.
3/20 – Maggie from Smashed Peas and Carrots - great review!
3/22 – Blair Stocker from Wise Craft - a peek inside + extra tips!
4/2 – True Up - me talking about using different types of fabric

 More Nice Press

I’ll be updating this post each day with links to the actual blog posts, so you can find them all in one place. Thank you to these wonderful bloggers for supporting us.

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Taking a Break

Taking A Break

I cannot believe how much time has passed since my last post!

We have been battling a pretty nasty cold — the kind that really knocks you flat. That would have been fine, but it also happened to be right before a major deadline.  (My next fabric collection!)

I wanted to stop in and say hi, but I have been in a fabric designing haze. I always think it would be cool to document this process better — but the truth is, fabric design is not very photogenic. (At least, not the way I do it.) It really reminds me of cramming for finals. Wearing the same clothes a few days in a row. Very little hair brushing. Paper everywhere.

I always think I am going to do a better job with the printing and shipping process, and then for some reason, I am racing to UPS just minutes before their last pick-up. This time, I didn’t have to chase the driver down the street or cry, so I think I’m improving.  Everything is with Andover Fabrics, and now it’s time to wait.

In the meantime, I have been getting some really sweet notes from friends who have started getting their copies of Handmade Hostess in the mail. It is hard to believe it, but the book is really out there! I have been busy working on book promotion stuff — writing magazine editors, connecting with bloggers, trying to set up some fun workshops and events. I will be honest and tell you that this part is really hard. I am pretty sure the only people who like promoting stuff already have jobs in marketing and PR!

(By the way, if you read the book and would like to help me out, I would love it if you’d write the first review on Amazon!)

I am doing something crazy and taking next week off. Saturday is my birthday, and we are going to celebrate with a little down time. I hope to come back here refreshed and ready for whatever’s next.

Until I get back, here are a few articles I’ve written elsewhere:

I hope you have a wonderful week. Stay well!

[image credit: my husband]

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