The Kite Festival – I Need a Cording Foot!

So Rod calls me, he says, “I need a cording foot.”

So, I’m scrounging around looking for one… and not to be found.

“Uhm, Why?”

“Well,” Rod says, “My wife wrote on Facebook that we would have our inflatable Bear Kite at the sewing festival this weekend… And people told me I have to have a cording foot.”

“Oh, well, I can probably get one tomorrow.  The only other place I know to get one is at Montavilla Sewing.”

“Yeah, I know. I just didn’t want to drive there.  My wife just bought a hole bunch of hair and put it on the kite… so I am now committed to finishing this kite.  We’re leaving tomorrow so that won’t do.”

Well, I was able to get a cording foot from a sewing center.

He was pretty happy.

I told him “You better get lots of pictures of this Flying Hairy Bear.

He said, “I always do.”


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.


Volunteers Quilting Souls Together

July 12, 2012 1 comment

I got to speak with Debbie Turner today.

Quilting Souls Together

Debbie leads the Portland chapter of Quilts of Valor on the second Tuesday of each month.

Here is a bunch of volunteers joining together to create quilts for servicemen or veterans touched by war.  It is an gentle way to help heal a brave heart.

Debbie was surprised by the overwhelming support.  This Tuesday will only be the second time they have met, but already there are over 70 people signed up for her newsletter wanting to stay informed.

And the club is already near full.

Yet, there is always a need for quilters, materials, fabric, Long-arm Machines and even money.

There is nothing about politics in this.  This is about relationships and compassion.  As well as joining in a community of quilters for a wonderful cause.

As of today:  Iraq 4483 killed

Quilts of Valor

Afghanistan  1849 killed.

There is a need for hurting souls and families.

This week, Quilts of Valor have awarded 232 quilts to servicemen or veterans.

And they have helped create 67125 quilts since it’s inception.

There is also a chapter in West Linn at HollyHill Quilt Shoppe.

If you feel lead to volunteer, quilt, donate fabric, materials, long-arm machines, or even money… please contact Debbie Turner at

Everyone is welcome.

Many blessings my quilted souls… may your love be sewn in the threads of our lives.


PS, Leave a comment of the name of someone you know who’s a servicemen past or present.  Then like this post.

What’s Sewing in 1949.

I know this has been going round the Internet for a bit, but this is too rich.

Advice from a Singer Sewing Manual from 1949

Prepare yourself mentally for sewing.  Think about what you are going to do… never approach sewing with a sigh or lackadaisically.  Good results are difficult when indifference predominates.

Never try to sew with a sink full of dirty dishes or beds unmade.  When there are urgent housekeeping chores, do these first so your mind is free to enjoy your sewing.  When you sew, make yourself as attractive as possible.  Put on a clean dress.  Keep a little bag of French chalk near your sewing machine to dust your fingers at intervals.  Have your hair in order, powder and lipstick on.  If you are constantly fearful that a visitor will drop in or your husband will come home and you will not look naturally put together, you will not enjoy your sewing.


lol, now I don’t even know where you would get French chalk… te he.

But above all the sexual politics of the 1940s, the one thing they are trying to communicate is that sewing is to be enjoyed.  It is a privilege and delight.

We must enjoy it.

Have a beautiful day.


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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.