Deep Thoughts

Deep thoughts about creative living.

5 Sew Pro convention takeaways for every sewist

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Online sewing star Mimi G. pulls up some floor during a session with fabric designer Tula Pink. I returned from Sew Pro, the convention for sewing-business owners, filled with drive and inspiration! It was a fabulous gathering of fabulous creatives who were generous with their knowledge and enthusiasm. I feel connected to the sewing community, […]

So you want to be a sewing professional…

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If you had told me a year ago that I’d be looking at sewing as a profession, I would have said something snarky in the manner of Wayne Campbell. A year ago, I had just started a new gig as a marketing consultant, and I was excited to show off my mad skilz. Fast forward […]

Sewing and standing up for your body

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The Everywhereist, aka travel blogger Geraldine, recently wrote a post that disturbed me. It was a good post and a necessary post, but it disturbed me nonetheless. In a nutshell, she was bullied to the point of an anxiety attack during a trans-Atlantic flight. The man sitting behind her threatened to shake her seat if […]

Quilt love at the Wisconsin State Fair

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One of my favorite events, the Wisconsin State Fair, wrapped this weekend. It sounds corny, but it’s a great time for the whole family — good eats, animals of all shapes and sizes, and the best people watching of the year. I love to poke around the 4-H exhibits, and I was especially hot on […]

How to survive a long-term sewing project

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This is how I feel when I’m in the middle of a long-term sewing project. I’m proud of how Epic Project is coming together, and I’m excited to share it with its future owner (and with you guys, natch). But, it has been challenging — not throw-in-the-towel challenging, but huh-I-should-have-done-that-differently challenging.I’m sewing something extra special […]

Little Miss Perfect and her sewing machine

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Husband Mark said something to me recently about sewing that made me pause. He said I never seem happy with anything I make. He said he doesn’t know what my favorite creations are, because I never seem satisfied with anything I’ve sewn. Whoa. He did, however, say that there must be something about sewing that […]

Minor sewing room makeover, major impact

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I’m not talking sewing room demolition or anything here — just painting and other minor updates. Even though they’re small changes, they’ve made a big impact on my sewing mojo. Plus, it’s always fun to creep on other people creative spaces, so here’s mine. My sewing room, which also is our home office and guest […]

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