Monday, November 24, 2014

I am not a blogger

Well, you can probably already guess that.  My last post was in April!  I have many friends to blog regularly and I'm always amazed that they can keep up with it.

Over the past year, I've been a very busy mom.  My daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia and I poured myself into learning everything I could about it.  I researched therapies, worked with the school district and found a wonderful tutor for her.  Since then, we've started homeschooling, so that has been a huge transition for our family.  It has really smoothed the road for both of our kids.  My daughter also has a chronic medical condition and my son is gifted, so public school was rocky at best for both of them.  After a difficult start, we love homeschooling and I'm so happy that we made the change.

I am starting to feel like I'm coming up for air and look forward to working on some new patterns in the coming months.

I hope all is well with you and yours.  Don't forget to come up for air during the holidays!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

New Pattern Release - Quiet Time Reading Pillow

Would you like a little quiet time?

Sew up a cozy Quiet Time Reading Pillow for your kids.  It's perfect for curling up with a favorite book.

View B (shown here) has a contrast panel with an optional applique.  View A is made of a single fabric.

The pillow has two side pockets with elasticized tops.  Perfect for stowing an MP3 player.

There is also a carrying handle on the top so it's easy to move from room to room, or maybe even outside under that big oak tree.

Not a monster fan (how could you not love this guy)?  There are four other applique patterns included.

 Of course, you can add any design you like or leave it off all together.

Have trouble stuffing things and having them turn out looking good?  I used to avoid making anything that required stuffing until I learned a few of helpful techniques.  These are included in the instructions for the pattern:

  • Pillows will look so much better if you construct the pieces with fabric and fusible fleece sandwiches.  This really helps smooth out any lumps and bumps.

  • Don't add big huge handfuls of stuffing.  Tease the stuffing into smaller bits before putting them in your project.  Again, helps reduce lumps and bumps.

  • Use enough stuffing.  This is especially important for this type of project so that it will keep it's shape.  I've listed the minimum amount of stuffing that you'll need for each section of the pillow.  Keep in mind that fiberfill varies, so you may need a bit more or less depending on what type you use.

The finished size of the pillow is approximately 24 inches wide and 14 inches tall.  It's a good size for most kids up to age 10.

This pattern now available in my Pattern Shop.

Happy Stitching!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Yay - Spring!

It's finally here.  

I think that every year I worry that it might never come.  March seems to be such a long month when I'm ready for warmer weather.  Today, the weather forecast is calling for a high of 70.  Ahhhh.  It's been sunny and pleasant all morning.  I've opened the windows and am enjoying listening to the birds, dogs, and of course the neighborhood chickens.  I'll be taking the pup to the dog park this afternoon, for sure.  Then maybe later I'll do some sewing in front of the open window.  Bliss.