There is something crazy good happening at our house these days. The kids are LOVING their mornings at camp and they are coming home at lunchtime to QUIETLY play legos in their rooms while listening to the (incessant and terrible) NOW 61 album on repeat. Later in the afternoon we head outside on some activity or pool time. You hear what I am saying? Are you picking up what I am laying down? The people are not fighting and have, in fact, gone all mellow! The sweet summer breeze is blowing into this house and settling all those school-day nerves into some kind of summery stillness. It has been 3 days of this, all of them in a row! It deserves to be documented that I’m talking about 3 days of the kind of summer reserved for scenes in happy family Hallmark channel movies. Whether it lasts or not, this moment is happening.
Also deserving of documentation is my newly made Ogden Cami. It carries the same ease of movement and elegant joy that this summer is promising right now. (more…)
A few weeks (possibly months? Dunno. Time doesn’t make sense anymore.)…whatever, let’s say “a while back” to be safe. The point is, I stopped in at Cloud 9 Fabrics to drop off some sample products I had sewn for them and Michelle was wearing an amazing Alice Top in batiste fabric. We got talking about it and pretty soon I needed to make one too. It looked so good on her and I couldn’t resist the simple but unusual design of this low-key top. (more…)
Happy New Year everybody! The book is officially closed on 2016 and personally, I was getting worried that damn door was never gonna shut. I know there are battles ahead in 2017 but it feels refreshing to be on the other side. I’m feeling optimistic and ready. Our family had a lovely, restorative winter break complete with waterpark adventures, puzzles, family time and so many games! (Friends with elementary-aged children, do yourself a favor and pick up the game Catan Junior.* It’s such a fun game for everyone!)
Looking back on 2016, I feel proud. Guys, I did it. I stuck to my continuing goal of buying no new clothing for a second year. That is two straight years of only making or buying secondhand clothes. My Nothing New Project is going strong with no end in sight. And, honestly, this has become a bigger focus of my attention that I will be talking about a lot more this year. (more…)
I am not at Quilt Market but it’s roaring along right now in Salt Lake City and shots from this massive quilting fabric market are clogging my IG feed. I have such mixed feelings about Quilt Market, part of me would love to attend but the smart part of me realizes that I would hate it. Big crowds, tons of things to see. It’s the worst kind of sensory overload for an introvert of my stripe. Either way, I get really jealous of everyone attending every time it comes around. I am consoled by the fact that I usually have some of my stitches in attendance. The lovely people at Cloud 9 Fabric have their office about a half an hour from my house and I’m so honored that they frequently hire me to sew samples for them. (more…)
Oh hey! It’s been a little while since I posted something with me in it! And, I have so much to share….scroll down for information about the giveaway if you want to skip my blathering on. I think I’m pretty interesting but, hey, I get it!
I have been in love with the Rain Walk collection of prints from Cloud 9 Fabrics since they were released. Designed by one of my sewing heroes, Anna Graham of Noodlehead, they exude her great grace and quiet but energetic style of classy. So, when my friends at Cloud 9 asked me if I wanted to play with them I was ecstatic. (more…)
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!
I am lucky enough to live twenty minutes away from the organic fabric company, Cloud 9 Fabrics and sometimes I get to sew samples for them! It’s pretty awesome because their fabrics are just straight up amazing. I was thrilled when they sent me the Small World fabrics from Rae Hoefstra to work with. Thrilled! I mean, LOOK, it is so bright and colorful and it’s corduroy but lightweight corduroy. It’s so perfect. I love all of the prints, they remind me a bit of some Boden textiles except they are also perfectly Rae! Cloud 9 asked me to make three things for them. So for my small world sewing I stitched up a music box jumper, a playtime dress and an abbey jacket. Mostly, I want to gush over this fabric but the patterns are really exciting, too and they deserve a review. Given that the fabrics have just been released AND it is Kid’s Clothes Week, it seemed a good time to show and tell. (more…)
Was your Instagram feed full of images from Quiltcon over the weekend? I know mine was and it was so inspiring. This humongous quilting conference in Austin, Texas hosted by the Modern Quilt Guild is amazing and the quilts look positively incredible (be sure to check out the winners. Unreal!). I was so bummed I couldn’t attend. So when the lovely people at Cloud 9 fabrics, the premier organic fabric company that just happens to be in New Jersey (represent!), asked me to stitch up some items for them to bring to Quiltcon, I was thrilled.Not only did I get to play with some of the upcoming fabrics they are releasing but I also got to have a few stitches of my own at Quiltcon…even if they were there having a good time without me. (more…)