Tag Archives: pattern


Crossroads Embroidery: Back Stitch

Welcome to the fourth video in the Crossroads Embroidery Series. During the remaining videos in this series, we will be learning some basic embroidery stitches and I will be sharing a FREE embroidery design with each tutorial. Last time, we learned the Cross Stitch and today I’m excited to teach you the Back Stitch. In […]


Passion for Pincushions

Have you ever thought about that old standby, the tomato pincushion? This favorite sewing notion – one of the first tools any new sewist receives when they start sewing – was actually developed during the Tudor period in England. Pins and needles were highly valued items at the time and decorative pincushions, including the tomato, […]


Vintage Made Modern: Scrappy The Clown

Yo-Yo sewing projects are a favorite vintage find of mine. I love seeing the inspiring combination of fabrics, which were likely made from the scrap bin and can be a great snapshot of vintage fabrics. One of my favorite yo-yo patterns that we updated is Scrappy the Clown. I saw many different variations of this […]


Free Image Friday! 1930’s Style

This is an illustration from a vintage pattern. The dress styles are so interesting, with their squared off necklines. I wonder what they looked like in person? To download this free image, be sure to click on the image first to see the full size image. Then right click (Mac: control+click) and save to your […]


Original Sewing & Quilt Expo, Lakeland

After two busy weeks of shows, QuiltCon in Austin, TX and The Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, WA, I have a few days at home before I head off to The Original Sewing and Quilt Expo in Lakeland, Florida. If you will be at the show, you can find me in the Early Times […]


Vintage Made Modern: Dapper Dan

Did you (or your parents) keep any of your toys from when you were little? Most everyone has one or two special items that they just can’t part with. One of my favorite childhood toys was Dapper Dan. He was a good friend to me when I was young and to my kids when they […]


Vintage Made Modern: Timeless Toys

There is something special about creating a stuffed toy. You make something with a distinct personality that will enrich someone’s life.  Also, making a stuffed toy requires different sewing skills than we normally use while sewing a quilt or garment. This makes a fun challenge for a sewer looking to learn new techniques. While it […]


The Indispensable Kimono

As the fall chill moves in it is time to have a robe by the bed, ready to throw on in the morning! Whether you prefer a light flannel or thick terry, having an attractive robe is a way to keep cozy and look stylish. I find after a season of wear, my robes can […]

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