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Sunprinted Tablecloth and Napkins

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Way back (ah, decades ago!) when I was in college in Madison, WI, I met a vibrant, adventurous, elegant woman whose bohemian and artistic outlook was a revelation and an inspiration.  One of those friends whose free-spirited nature stills shapes me to this day.  When she got married this summer I knew I wanted to make her something special as a wedding gift.  I decided to make a sunprinted tablecloth and napkin set. (more…)

Christmas Stitches in August

Christmas Stitches in Festive Fabric Look! Holiday fabric!  Because, you know, sewists are the only people who are sweating it out behind an iron and sewing machine in the dog days of humid August heat while staring at snowmen, icicles and mistletoe.  It’s just a cruel truth.

Sadly, these aren’t for me (though they do have me thinking I should get a jump-start on holiday sewing).  Every once in a while I get to stitch up sample products for Cloud9 Fabrics with their upcoming fabric lines.  I’m so, so lucky to live only 20 minutes away from this amazing company.  Most recently, they asked me to make cloth napkins, potholders and an apron from their Festive fabric line which just shipped out to stores.  As you can see it’s Christmas / Wintertime themed but because it is designed by Jo Clark for Cloud 9 so the prints are cute, subtle and classy instead of tacky CHRISTMAS-in-your-face! 
Christmas Stitches in Festive Fabric (more…)

Support a Dreamer & an Artist

Support a Dreamer & an Artist

I feel positively bombarded with advertising every day and I think I’ve noticed it more these days because I’m not shopping for clothes for myself.  So, I decided to do some advertising for the dreamers and artists and the whimsical makers in my life. These are products made or dreamt up by my friends and comrades in the world of handmade…and that may make me biased but it also means that I can guarantee a purchase from one of these shops goes directly to a family.  The money spent on these things will go to groceries and haircuts and all those everyday things.  But beyond that it supports dreamers and artists so they can keep dreaming and artist-ing.  If our money is a vote, let’s vote for art, huh?  It’s a bit of a random list of things I really like right now.  Enjoy!  (more…)

The Great Pattern Hack :: The Sewing Rabbit hacks shorts to a skort!

Great Pattern Hack _ The Sewing Rabbit Hacked Shorts into a Skort

Yay!! It’s here! Today is the official kick-off of The Great Pattern Hack co-hosted by myself and Michael Miller Fabrics and we are starting off with such a great pattern hack! The inimitable Jess from The Sewing Rabbit loves bike rides with her husband so she pulled together an ingenious Skort DIY.  She hacked a pair of BurdaStyle shorts in peacock Seedling fabric. Such a perfect, happy summer outfit idea and she stitched up an adorable little girls outfit to boot! Catch all the details (and bury yourself in amazingness) on her blog!

Are you a pattern hacker? Then, play along!
I hate when blog hops feel like a party I didn’t get invited to and I don’t want this one to feel that way to anyone!  Do you tweak your patterns and stitch up magic just like Jess does? Then join in! Grab some Michael Miller fabric and show us your skills! Hack a pattern, any pattern, and share your creation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  Make sure to tag your photos so we can find you– @michaelmillerfabrics and @ahappystitch and use the hashtags #GreatPatternHack #MichaelMillerFabrics #AHappyStitch .

No time to stitch something new? Leave a comment and tell me about your favorite pattern hacking experience.  Let’s inspire each other, my fellow sewing ninjas!

There will be lots of giveaways —fabric and patterns!–throughout the hop so stay tuned!  Tomorrow we get to see what Kait, the behind-the-scenes beauty at Making It Fun the Michael Miller blog has sewn up!

The Great Pattern Hack team:
Monday 6/29 :: kick off with Jess Abbott from The Sewing Rabbit
Tuesday 6/30  :: Kait Witte from Making it Fun (Michael Miller Fabrics)
Wednesday 7/1  :: Flash Giveaway Day!
Thursday 7/2  :: Jane Kohlstein from Buzzmills
Friday 7/3  :: Me!  A Happy Stitch
Monday 7/6  ::  Rachael Gander at Imagine Gnats
Tuesday 7/7  :: Tamara Serrao at Kaya Joy
Wednesday 7/8  :: Betsy Blodgett from Indygo Junction
Thursday 7/9  :: Laura Titchner from Craftstorming
Friday 7/10  :: Kristin Timm from Skirt As Top
Saturday 7/11  :: Jessica and Ericka at Violette Threads
Monday 7/13  :: Celina Bailey at Petit A Petit and Family
Tuesday 7/14  :: Sanae from Sanae Ishida
Wednesday 7/15  :: Erin Sundet at Sewbon
Thursday 7/16 ::  Delia Randall from Delia Creates

Friday 7/17 :: Wrap up and Surprise Giveaway!!!

Introducing The Great Pattern Hack

The Great Pattern Hack -a pattern tweaking blog hop with Michael Miller Fabrics and A Happy Stitch

I am so excited to introduce to you…The Great Pattern Hack! Remember back when I mentioned visiting Michael Miller Fabrics?  Well, at that visit we came up with the plan to collaborate on this super fun blog/fabric/pattern celebration. Here are the details:

What is the Great Pattern Hack?

The Great Pattern Hack is a two week celebration of bloggers, fabric, pattern designers and creativity that will run from June 29 to July 16th. Co-hosted by Michael Miller Fabrics and me, each day of the blog hop, a blogger will “hack” a pattern, using awesome patterns and brand new Michael Miller fabrics. Each blogger is using an existing pattern but making it their very own.

What is wrong with the patterns? Why do you have to hack it? It sounds so mean.

Nothing! Nothing is wrong with the pattern. Not a thing 🙂  We are pattern hacking to mix it up and have some fun. We have invited some of the best, most creative, lively blogging sewists to share how big ( or little) tweaks can offer so many versatile options without big ( or scary) efforts. Think of us as sewing ninjas armed with fabric, scissors and thread!

How can YOU get involved?

Do you want to join in? Grab some Michael Miller fabric and show us your skills! Hack a pattern, any pattern, and share your creation on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.  Make sure to tag your photos so we can find you– @michaelmillerfabrics and @ahappystitch and use the hashtags #GreatPatternHack #MichaelMillerFabrics #AHappyStitch .

There will be lots of giveaways —fabric and patterns!–throughout the hop so stay tuned!

Our Dream Team of Bloggers:
Monday 6/29 :: kick off with Jess Abbott from The Sewing Rabbit
Tuesday 6/30  :: Kait Witte from Making it Fun (Michael Miller Fabrics)
Wednesday 7/1  :: Flash Giveaway Day!
Thursday 7/2  :: Jane Kohlstein from Buzzmills
Friday 7/3  :: Me!  A Happy Stitch
Monday 7/6  ::  Rachael Gander at Imagine Gnats
Tuesday 7/7  :: Tamara Serrao at Kaya Joy
Wednesday 7/8  :: Betsy Blodgett from Indygo Junction
Thursday 7/9  :: Laura Titchner from Craftstorming
Friday 7/10  :: Kristin Timm from Skirt As Top
Saturday 7/11  :: Jessica and Ericka at Violette Threads
Monday 7/13  :: Celina Bailey at Petit A Petit and Family
Tuesday 7/14  :: Sanae from Sanae Ishida
Wednesday 7/15  :: Erin Sundet at Sewbon
Thursday 7/16 ::  Delia Randall from Delia Creates

Friday 7/17 :: Wrap up and Surprise Giveaway!!!

I can’t wait to get started and show off all the amazing creations! Stay tuned for great hacking inspiration!

this baby of mine :: baby cloud mobile, dreamy swaddle blanket & artist rolls

new baby shower gift! A little over a year ago I was invited to join a community of bloggers, The Creative Mamas. We commune on Facebook; gathering as bakers, writers, designers of small imaginary worlds, sewists, hand-printers, and everything in between. It’s grown to be a group providing great support and inspiration for me.  I rely on those ladies for so much.  Heck, I am not afraid to say it…I love them!  The creative mojo and entrepreneurial smarts they possess is unparalleled!   Today is a special day for this group because we are celebrating a whole new life added to the collective.  Yay! (more…)

stamped thank you cards

Thank you for helping me grow! | hand-stamped thank you cards

At the beginning of this year, I put aside the sewing machine for a little while and picked up ink, paper and a rubber carving block.  I’d been thinking about how to say thank you in a meaningful way to some of the amazing people in the blogging world that I was feeling honored to have worked with.  Thank you for helping me grow! | hand-stamped thank you cards

I wasn’t sure what direction the whole project was going to go in but I wanted to make something handmade and heart-full.   (more…)

wooden quilt blocks

March! I’m positively thrilled you are here.  Winter might end after all!  I’m spending this week catching up on old projects that are more creative in nature… little less predictable and more creative adventuring.   Bit of whimsy here and a bit of “I wonder how this will turn out” there.

Wooden Quilt Blocks  Toys for Grown Up Who Quilt

I’m a true believer that inspiration and creativity require play. I was pondering this while planning gifts for two quilter friends, two people who are especially supportive of my creative exploration. I came across these positively stunning blocks for babies from babee and me, which featured half-square triangles.  I knew right away that blocks like that would be perfect for quilters who are always playing around with half-square triangles!  I got myself some blocks and made these wooden quilt blocks…toys for grown-ups who quilt! (more…)

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