Author Archives: Laura Nownes

Lessons from the Mother of a Pinterest-Mad Bride-to-Be

  Ahh, Pinterest: Is it a blessing or a curse? Events seemed so much easier thirty years ago when I was planning my wedding. When I looked for ideas and inspiration I simply purchased the current bride/wedding magazines to see … Continue reading

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Adding Special Touches to Wedding Accessories & Giveaway

  With less than five weeks to go until the big  day, we are wrapping things up here with some small projects. As much work as it’s been, I’m excited by the attention to detail that my daughter has put … Continue reading

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Another Wedding Update and a Giveaway too!

There is so much to share with you today, but I promised myself I would limit it to just two items. I’m sure I’ll have many more updates next month. First, I want you to see the lovely robes I … Continue reading

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A Heartfelt Gift for a Special Friend, Diana McClun

I’ve know for several months (or should I say years?) that this past month would mark a landmark birthday for my dear friend, Diana McClun (see a follow-up post here.) Wanting to give her something extra special, I spent time thinking about … Continue reading

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Easy Mitered Corner Napkins, a Tutorial

It’s no surprise that my daughters know the difference between good fabric and the not-so good stuff. When my daughter Molly was ordering linens for her upcoming wedding, the choices she had for napkins were not up to her high … Continue reading

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Bow Tie for a Little Guy, a Tutorial

As you might imagine, with less than four months to go before the first of two big weddings, I find myself knee deep in projects. Please don’t read this as a complaint because I am loving every minute of it. It … Continue reading

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Quilt Show Twofer: Bay Area Quilters Strut Their Stuff

Our peach and pear trees are blossoming; California golden poppies are in early bloom; the local birds with bright, fresh feathers are singing and searching for nesting spots; and the papers and catalogs are replete with full-color Spring fashions. Yes, … Continue reading

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Pop Rox, Carol van Zandt’s New Fabric Line, Part Two + Giveaway

Welcome back to Part Two of my interview with fabric designer, Carol van Zandt. While doing a bit of homework on Carol, I learned that she sewed clothing as a child, and later created home decor. Designing fabric inspired her … Continue reading

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“Go for It!” Says Fabric Designer Carol van Zandt — Part One

Have you ever thought you might like to try your hand at fabric designing? Jennifer touched on this subject in an earlier post while writing about Spoonflower, a popular online design site. I have the pleasure of knowing the talented … Continue reading

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A See How We Sew Quilt-Along!

As you may have read in my last post, all of us here at SHWS have been working hard to design a new quilt to share with you. We’re calling this project Quilt-Along-with-SHWS. You can join in whenever you like, and the patterns … Continue reading

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