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Sew Who Doesn’t Like Travel?

August 6, 2012 Leave a comment

What kind of day are you having?

Some days I’m having heat days.  Other days are chocolate days.

I even love the strawberry shake days.  Those are my favorite.

Now I spend a lot of time on Facebook.  (oh, come join me there if you’d like

… and I remember about six months ago when they began switching over the profile pages that the new marketing would be – not video marketing nor blogging – but picture marketing.

And I’m the type that “If your idea can fit on a bumper sticker or picture… you really need to get out more.”

But I’ve changed.

A picture can bring more than a 1000 words.

I have a friend Lesley Carter.

She is putting together a blog linking system so if I post a link to her blog … she’ll post to mine and we can rank higher in Google.  Funny how Google decides what is worthwhile.

Anyway, She travels the world and blogs and posts pictures of herself playing with dolphins, skydiving, rafting, mushing Huskys in Alaska or lounging in some of the most exotic of locations… And yes, I’m totally jealous.

Also, I see the picture and I am carried away to a travel day… where I am walking in the moist breezes of the Riviera, or climbing an anchient Mayan ruin on Dec 21st 2012 (lol)… all to say, sometimes nature can capture our hearts in a way words rarely can.

Life is a beautiful story.

And when we capture a scene… it brings out a little bit of lost Eden from our desires.

I have to say I love Lesley (and many others) in a non- well you know – way, because they have  captured slices of beauty, story, romance, adventure, art, poetry in a picture.  And I am captured.

I long to communicate my wisdom as simply as that.

Do you long to create a quilt or baby blanket that will be treasured in the family for 5 generations or longer… until it is tattered and worn beyond repair?

Oh, yes… please.

If you can bring your art into another’s sentiments… then you have something of greatness.

You have… pizza.


still giggling.

no, seriously…

It is wondrous to know that a moment of our creativity can immortalize us for ages.

Lesley is not alone in the travel/beauty pursuit.

She simply found this blog and liked an article… and I traced her back to her adventures was caught up in them as well and ta da… friends can be born and links shared and the dreaded Google tension relieved.  Actually, I don’t really care about popularity anymore… at least not in sewing blog.   I simply enjoy the outlet for writing.

And sew… there may be more pictures in the future.

But I hope you caught something of the wisdom shared… in words.

bring the beauty inside you to life.

Share your passion and art with everyone you meet.  Don’t be shy…  in a way it’s your glory.

Many blessings to you.


PS.  check out some of the cool things Lesley has done… and follow her if you resonate with her.

PSS  and like this or better comment (Google loves comments) and who knows who may follow after you and help bring LIFE to them or you.



Sew Funny Jokes

Rules for Quilting

1. Always buy fabric no matter how much you
already have
2. Sew All Day and All Night absolutely no
cooking allowed
3. Use a lot of spit for tiny droplets of blood, this
always makes the quilt personal
4. Always start a new quilt before the last one is
finished, this requires you to go back to step # 1



You Know you are a Quilter If……..
There’s more Fabric in the House than Food
“Fat Quarters” are not the heaviest part of your body
Your ironing board is always set up but you never iron clothes
You think of your job as an interruption of your quilting time
You pet Fabric
People are always picking threads off you
You can measure a scant 1/4 by eye
“Featherweight” Doesn’t mean Boxer
Your “UFO’s” are not from outer space
You clean up your sewing room & they think you are leaving



She Learned to Quilt on MONDAY.
Her stitches all were fine
She forgot to make us dinner
So we all went out to dine

She quilted miniatures on TUESDAY
she says they are a must
They really were quite lovely
But She forgot to dust

On WEDNESDAY it was a sampler.
She says stippling’s fun
What Highlights What Shadows!
But The LAUNDRY was’nt done

Nine Patches were on Thursday
Green,Yellow,Blue and red.
I guess she really was engrossed
She never made the Bed.

It was wall hangings on Friday.
In colors she adores
It never bothered her at all
That crumbs were on the floor

I found a maid on SATURDAY
My week is now complete
My wife can quilt the hours away
The house will still be neat

Well, now its only SUNDAY
I think I,m about to wilt
I cursed,I raved,I ranted
Cause the Maid has learned to QUILT !


Comment and please leave a joke or funny comment below.

Love ya.

Get Sexy in Sewing – Sarah’s story

So, I was going to do a story on “Does Sexy Sell in Sewing” and comment on how all the Pfaff marketing material spotlights an exotic woman in sexy sewn outfit.

Now, I know that works for beer commercials and cars and all kinds of things… but in sewing?

Yet, with the success of Pfaff, I can’t say that it has harmed them.

Well, I just met Sarah.

She’s a cute young gal who has been clubbing at night promoting certain liquors while she goes through nursing school.

I’m kinda shaking my head as I write this. lol.

Now she saw that as she’s been visiting with some of the strippers, people are selling them bikini’s for $45.

Now Sarah was like “What!?!

She tole me, “I know how much material goes into those skimpy suits and how much it costs.”

So she wanted to set her mom up who was home-bound with harsh arthritis to sew some cute bikinis and she’ll sell them.

So she comes in with a few trials she created.  And one problem was trying to get some elastic up the rear of the bikini bottoms to cup the buttocks appropriately.

And I have no idea.

Luckily, I shared the idea with a friend Shelley.

She was like… okay, reviewed her sewing and explained, for the bikini bottoms, you need to use a different stitch.  You have to use the three dotted zig-zag stitch.

That way there will be a nice smooth comfortable cover.

Now, I expressed some of my ignorance about the exotic dancing industry… and Sarah let me know in a PG-13 way what goes on in the industry and told a few stories.

So, I get the feeling Sexy does sell in sewing.

And sexy sewing sells well to a great niche audience.   –  What do you think?

What kind of audience do you sew to?

Leave me a comment and I’ll write back.



Create a Kite with Your Sewing Machine

Just talked to a Rod Thrall about how he makes kites. 

Make Me Fly

He was just finishing his first inflatable kite to fly at the kite Festival.  Unfortunately, didn’t get a lot of information, but will get an interview and many pictures at the end of July.

Totally looking forward to seeing the pictures of a furry bear flying in the sky.

Sew Blessings


P.S.  Now, this is not Rod, but I wanted to get a little project so you can see the details and get a big picture view of what goes on in the project.  Sewing will be a little different than glueing.  but I got the concept.

Deconstruct and Reconstruct Clothes

So, I know there are a lot of people our there creating some really cool fashion clothes and even making some real good money selling them.

So, I don’t care whether you want to sell or do business in this blog…

I just want to warm you up with a little teaser video.



I hope you got a few little tid bits from this.

This can be easy and often you can buy second hand clothes for cheaper than new fabric.  Just a little creativity and you can have your own unique style.

Create fashion… or just do it up as a gift for that fashion girl you know.

I’m trying to find some unique fashion designers here in Portland to interview and get their secrets on how they do what they do right here.

Sew Blessings



Sew a Baby Blanket in 20 Minutes? With a Quick 10 Minute Video

If you are looking for a quickie gift for a newborn or make something cute for your own child… this is a must see.

All you grandma’s can make Christmas gifts for your grand-kids in a day.  How’s that for cool?


Also a nice concept idea for a bigger blanket or lap blanket.

Also unveiling the mystery of binding for some people.

Please let us know what you think and if you make a blanket.. please send us a picture.

And I hope  you watch the last minute… pretty great ending.

Many blessings to you… Sew much more… with joy.


Watched Kids Learn to Sew at Camp

July 10, 2012 2 comments

Sometimes there is nothing cooler than seeing a bunch of little girls focused and challenged creatively and finding a gift that may last a lifetime.

In Beaverton, Nancy Bishop was teaching two classes of kids camp.  Their first project was a pot holder.  Lol, I sure wish my first project was less ambitious.

I tried to make nightclothes for my two children.

I wasted a lot of fabric and took a lot of frustrating moments to figure out cutting out a pattern correctly.

But here are a little over a dozen kids from eight to thirteen who are focused, quiet intensity, accomplishing tasks and finishing their work.

I great big hurray for all of them.

And they will be back tomorrow morning to start again.

I’m proud of them.

Actually, I kinda envy them.

I didn’t have much for talents or life-skills when I was a child.

And that makes me very happy for these girls.

Many blessings and have a great sewing day.


PS, leave a comment telling us what your first project was.  I’d love to hear it.