Monthly Archives: August 2011

On the Road Again – Long Beach Quilt Festival and Two Outstanding Fabric Shops!

Twenty years ago if someone had told me one of my favorite things to do would be get in the car with a friend and travel to a quilt show I would have asked them what they were smoking! Who … Continue reading

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School’s in for Stitchers: Planning Makes Perfect!

As hard as it may be to believe, it’s back-to-school time here in Northern California. Where in the world did the summer go? As I write this, my stepson and his Dad are off corralling the usual supplies. Being prepared is … Continue reading

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What Does it Take to be a Maverick Quilter? An Interview with Alethea Ballard

Every so often you meet someone who just oozes talent and passion for her art. I knew the first time I saw the work of Alethea Ballard that she was going to go far. I admire her free-spirited approach to … Continue reading

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You Say To-may-TOE, I Say Tom-AH-to: An Ode to Summer’s Bounty Plus a FREE Classic Tomato Pincushion Pattern

Yum, it’s tomato season! Ever since my friend Tricia O’Brien published a tomato jam recipe on her blog Café Trix, I’ve been dreaming about pairing a perfect BBQ’d burger with caramelized onions, her super-juicy, savory-sweet jam, and a local cheese … Continue reading

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Great Bag, Great Pattern, Great Giveaway!

The first time I spotted a sample of this bag hanging in a shop I knew I had to make it. I’m very particular about bags (both shape and functionality) and I loved the look of this one! It’s absolutely … Continue reading

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“Embellish” Your Memories with a Quilted Souvenir

  Summer is winding down in the Northern Hemisphere, but there’s still plenty of time to toss a couple of things in your bag and head off for a bit of R and R. Kitschy mementos abound, but what better way for … Continue reading

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Serendipity Strikes: “Repurpose” a Dress with Fabric Flowers

In the midst of another busy week, I was able to find a few minutes to meet another “on-call project Mom” request…this time from my older daughter.  An upcoming wedding invitation provided the inspiration for this fun project, which grew … Continue reading

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Radically Ruched Roses, a FREE Quilt Pattern!

Remember my mathematically themed post from June 24th—The Algebra of Quilting? As promised, I’m offering an “official” pattern for my Radically Ruched Roses quilt today! Just click this FREE Pattern link to find the downloadable PDF. Here’s your caveat emptor:  As … Continue reading

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Amy Butler Visits See How We Sew!

We were thrilled when artist and designer, Amy Butler, scheduled See How We Sew for an appearance on her summer “blog tour.” (Wonderful concept, isn’t it? Like a book tour, but without leaving home!) We here at See How We Sew love, love, … Continue reading

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