The latest: Ready, set, swimsuit!

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I wrapped on Epic Project on Sunday, and I’ve moved to my next sewing mission: a swimsuit. I’m fixing to make the retro-inspired two piece from Seamwork magazine: the Reno bikini top and high-waisted Dakota bottoms. I want to make a new suit for our Northwoods Wisconsin cabin vacation. I’ve got about two weeks until I’m […]

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 […]

Sewing tips: 12 sewing truths for rookie sewists

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I’m mostly a self-taught sewist. I took one two-hour class at a sewing machine store when I lived in Madison, and that’s been it for formal training. This means I’ve mostly learned by trial and error, online tutorials, and books and magazines. I’ve missed having a seasoned sewist looking over my shoulder. I imagine she […]

The easy way to calculate flying geese quilt blocks

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Last time I checked in RE: Bowie pillow, I shared fabric choices. The next step is cutting triangles for the flying geese blocks. And when it came to calculating triangle dimensions for my custom design, I did it the hard way. Then I did it the easy way. I will show you the easy way […]

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 […]

Choosing fabric for the Bowie pillow

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Quick update, y’all. I picked fabric for the Bowie flying geese pillow. The little lines (scratch marks?) have an industrial feel, which is appropriate for “Station to Station.” The black will be in the middle, then navy, then white. To refresh your memory, here’s the design: I looked for a navy print, but I couldn’t […]

A Bowie pillow

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I mentioned in this post that I got a graph paper notebook. This is what I’ve been working on: a David Bowie-inspired flying geese quilt pillow. My love of Bowie is well documented on this blog. In 2013, hubs MVH and I traveled to London, in large part to see the “David Bowie Is” exhibit […]

Cat plush or plush cat? Yeah, it’s a cat pillow.

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Cat plush for my office. These days, I’m all about pillows. Don’t know why. Maybe I have a subliminal need to get comfortable. Maybe there are too many sharp edges in my life. I think my pillow spree is about building sewing mojo. Lately I’ve approached creative endeavors with lightness, humor and openness to learning. […]

What I learned from the flying geese quilt pillow

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It’s done, and it’s a hit! P was mighty pleased with his flying geese quilt pillow. I’m not big on hyper-coordinated kids’ rooms, but it does look cute on his bed and armchair. Where it ends up day to day is the will of a 4 year old. This week, we’ve been “camping,” which calls […]

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