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My Newest Pattern - The Paris Bag

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As most of you know that follow me I love to design patterns that are FUN, FAST & FUNCTIONAL. The really driving force behind that is -- I know that we don't have a lot of time to SEW so when we do find the time I want it to be productive.  Nothing says FUN better than finishing a project - am I RIGHT?  This design is from 1 yard of fabric and you get a bag plus a mini snap bag!  If your like me you love to collect fat quarters and 1 yard of beautiful cottons fabric.

This bag also makes a great gift for a baby shower - it can be used a diaper bag and then when the child is older they can use it as their book or school bag.  It works great for the gym, grocery bag or a day trip.  It
can easily be made in 2 to 3 hours.  I think it takes more time to iron on the Pellon interfacing to stabilize the material than it does to construct it.  I hope that this pattern becomes one of your favorites to make as it has become one of my favorite designs.

My Sweet Lilly - JOY!

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It's been 2 weeks since Lilly passed and it hasn't got any easier.  I sure miss that sweet little fur baby! She was my shadow, companion and lap/nap fur baby!  She passed on January 5, 2017 at 9:36 pm very peacefully.  In December she had developed Congestive Heart Failure and we were treating her with medicine.  She seemed to improve a little bit but then slowly decline.  She was always so active and never showed her age until recently. She was my Mother's Day gift in 2005.  I remember like yesterday the excitement and that cute little black bundle of JOY!!  I will continue to remember all the JOY and MEMORIES that she brought to my life!!  Sugar has had a hard time without her too.  She lays where Lilly did I think waiting for her.  Lilly would groom Sugar - it was the cutest thing!  Sugar has only know life with Lilly.  I have received such wonderful gifts honoring Lilly from my friends.  We did bury Lilly in the front left corner of our home because this is the only ho…

St. Charles - A Step Back in Time!

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St. Charles is such a quaint little town nestled in the back woods just 30 minutes west of downtown St. Louis.  It was like taking a step back in time, walking along the brick streets, brick side walks and the horse and buggy.

There were many unique shops including an adorable quilt shop - The Quilt Cottage.  And many unique clothing shops to enjoy! I would definitely love to visit again.

Day 7 - Loving St. Louis - SEW many REASONS!

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I've really been enjoying my visit here in St. Louis!  So many things to do but especially all the wonderful quilt shops.  More quilt shops today!  Only one regret... I didn't bring a sewing machine!!

From the Arch, to the City Museum, restaurants and SEW many QUILT shops!! There is truly no better therapy ...




Loving St. Louis - SEW it SEAMS

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Oh my I am having an incredible time in St. Louis!  If you're a quilter you may have thought you stepped into "Quilter's Paradise"!  The quilt shops in this area have been incredible - wall to wall fabric, crafts and supplies!  My dilemma - 50 lb weight limit on my luggage - not even funny not to mention the lack of foresight to budget a bit more.

SEW I have decided that I want to buy something that I can have as a souvenir from each shop so I started collecting the Row by Row license plates.  I just decided that today so I don't have the fabric plates from the other shops I have shopped before today.

My St. Louis Tote Bag Pattern Inspiration

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Merry Christmas to ALL - may you have a day filled with many blessings.
Since I purchased the St. Louis fabric from The Quilted Fox I have been thinking of a pattern design. I think a tote bag will be appropriate!
The blue fabric I will use in the tote bag pattern but the brown fabrics I will be making a purse from my new purse pattern that I have yet to name. I purchased the brown/black for contrast.  I actually can't wait to get home to SEW.  Each of ,my designs always have a story.  I hope to share the story of how my pattern designs evolve.

Christmas Eve 2016

It's hard to believe that 2016 is coming to an end.  So much has happened this past year. It was such a busy year of brides, wedding and alterations!  I got the opportunity to go to Quilt Market Salt Lake City, it was such an amazing experience.  I met SEW many amazing people.

Luke left for a 2 year mission trip to Chile.  Josh graduated high school and left for college in August. Mari and I started "The Sewing Studio" - teaching and inspiring SEW many in the Art of Sewing and Quilting!!

Spending the end of 2016 in St. Louis Missouri what a rich history this area has!  Enjoying the time off and the site seeing and the many quilt shops.  The Quilted Fox was a wonderful shop that had over 6,000 bolts of fabrics - it was a quilters heaven!  The Quilted Cottage was in St. Charles but they were closed today but will be open on Monday.  I can't wait to make it back there Monday.

What a GREAT way to spend the end of 2016!