Author Archives: Darra Williamson

Inspiration Plus: Putting Those Decorative Machine Stitches to Work

Do you ever wonder what you can do with that mind-boggling array of decorative stitches available on your sewing machine? If you’re like me, you may have tried a few–satin or blanket stitch for machine applique, perhaps–but that’s about it. On … Continue reading

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The Latest from that Amazing Quilter, Gwen Marston (+ a Giveaway!)

At one time or another, I suspect we’ve all had the experience of meeting someone new and feeling that immediate “click” of connection–the perfect description of my first encounter (in 1989!) with legendary and beloved Michigan quilter, Gwen Marston. I wrote about … Continue reading

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“Animal” Attraction: Cats and the Quilting Life

As anyone with a feline in the family can tell you, there is a magical connection between cats, quilts, and quilters. You may remember my buddy, Scooter, who made the scene in an earlier (group) post, keeping a careful watch … Continue reading

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More Quilting Inspiration from Sue Rasmussen

Last spring, we invited talented quilt artist, teacher, and author Sue Rasmussen to write a guest post for us here at See How We Sew. The result was a delightful, two-part posting: part 1 a tutorial on Sue’s inventive, curved-piecing … Continue reading

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A See How We Sew Tradition: Our Annual Photo Album of Quilting Inspiration

It’s become a tradition here at See How We Sew to welcome the new year with a photo album of images that inspire us on our quilting journeys. Over the years, thanks to you, our wonderful readers, this has become … Continue reading

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Bookin’ It: Another Last-Minute Gift Idea for Fabric Lovers

Remember this package from my Tuesday post? Well, if you recall, I promised to reveal the contents in today’s posting. But first a little background. I’m lucky enough to be part of a group of five creative women who meet from time … Continue reading

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Feeling Frantic? Check Out These Last-Minute Goodies–Perfect for Stitchers and Crafters Alike

Can you believe that Christmas is just a week away? If you’re like me, the next seven days are jam-packed with holiday-related activities. As the classic embodiment of “last-minute Lulu” (to borrow a phrase from our sister blogger emeritus, Christie Batterman), … Continue reading

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A Bit of Inspiration from an “Errant” Quilter

Oops! Big goof on my part! Somehow or other, with the craziness of life, I mixed up our posting schedule and guess what? Today was my turn to post! So, until I get my act together with a “real” post … Continue reading

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A California Quilter Crosses the Pond: Part 2–A Feast of Stitching Inspiration (+ Giveaway)

The jet lag may be history, but I’m still bubbling with inspiration from my recent “holiday” in the UK. In addition to the Autumn Quilt Festival Malvern, which I shared in my Tuesday post, the trip provided a feast of ideas for future stitching projects. Sunday saw us … Continue reading

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A California Quilter Crosses the Pond: Part 1 — A Sampling of Quilts from Autumn Quilt Festival Malvern

Feeling a bit jet-lagged at the moment, but it’s all good. I’ve just returned from an incredible ten-day visit with my friend (and co-author), Chris Porter, and her husband Neil in Bristol, England. My last visit was in 2010, and Chris and I … Continue reading

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