Category Archives: Sewing


A quilt for Emma

An embarrassingly long time ago I picked out a pattern, bought fabric and even did a little cutting for a quilt for Emma. A few weeks before we went on vacation my little nesting instinct kicked in and I actually finished all of my cutting and started sewing the squares.

Crossing my fingers the progress continues…



Valentine Garland

The other day I was cruising through my blog reader and came across this post from Made by Rae for Valentine garland. I think is super cute so I made some for myself.

After preschool, Emma and I stopped by our local, awesome, newly moved fabric store – Fancy Tiger – and picked up ten $1 felt squares. Emma ran around the basement while I cut out hearts and while she was napping I literally whipped this up. I showed it to Emma  after her nap and she said “beautiful”. Seriously. She just melts her wanna-be crafty mommy’s heart.

Table runner

Way back last fall I drug Matthew to a fabric store to pick out some fat quarters and linen to make a table runner I found via The Purl Bee. I spent lots of time measuring our table and deciding on sizes and fabric combinations for my patches. I felt like Betsy Ross hand-sewing my patches to the linen. Yes, I realize I was not making the American Flag – you get my point though.

When I got to making the quilt sandwich and binding my project stalled. I found those two steps to be pretty intimidating and it took me until August to pick the project back up.

This is all a long way of saying the table runner is finished. I am now on to napkins which I hope to complete by Thanksgiving!

So, what have I been sewing…

The store that made me want to start sewing is Fancy Tiger. It’s located here in Denver and my super creative friend covered wooden letters of Emma’s name in fabric she got there. Once I saw the awesome fabrics I was too intrigued to stay away from the store. It’s not your mom’s fabric store folks. Okay, if your mom is super hip, it might be her kind of place.

Matthew’s mom and I went to the store late last summer, but I didn’t get around to sewing the Oliver + S pattern I purchased for Emma that day until recently. When I bought the fabric and pattern I was a little nervous I was in over my head. All my previous sewing experience was with my mom. She did all the math to figure out how much of each supply we needed so when I got to the counter at Fancy Tiger and realized my pattern called for lining and interfacing (what?) I didn’t really know what I needed or how much.

Who knows what gave me the courage to finally sew the swingset tunic pattern. Gosh darn it’s cute.

So stinking cute I decided I just had to sew another one…

Sew(ing) obsessed

My mom and I worked on different projects together. Truthfully, I would come up with some crazy project and my mom would always lovingly indulge my ideas. I did a bit of the sewing, like straight lines and stuff, but my mom did most of the work.

I’m not really sure what pushed me to start sewing now. Maybe it’s all those cute fabrics and little girl clothes – I think I am hooked.

I’ve been using a 60 year old Singer Featherweight sewing machine that belonged to Matthew’s grandma, Ruth Ellen; threads, scissors, pins and a seam ripper (of course) that belonged to my mom.