Category Archives: reflections

famine and abundance

When I started this blog I was in a season of creative abundance. Not only did I have the equipment, tools, and supplies for sewing, but I had time and mental resources aplenty to devote to this therapeutic hobby. I could easily spend 10 hours a week sewing; I hardly had to think about when […]

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the love-letter quilt

Last summer during a week-long heat wave, I relocated my sewing setup downstairs by the air conditioner. I studied a YouTube tutorial for paper piecing, and practiced on scraps. Then I picked up my cut out triangles and started a quilt for my son. I made this quilt for my boy, because our world would soon be […]

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a birthday for my Berninas, plus how I found both of my machines for under $1000

A little over a year ago I faced a pricey reality with my sewing: If I wanted to sew the things I wanted to sew, I’d need a new machine. For a little over three years I’d been sewing on a little Singer Brilliance that Josh bought me for Christmas the first year we were […]

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the hormonal, meltdown dress of tedium, plus an essay on motherhood

I really wanted a new dress to wear on Mother’s Day. I wanted to feel pretty, and I knew the pattern I wanted to use: the Davie dress from Sewaholic. It’s a knit dress, which means two things: 1) comfort and 2) maternity-friendly. I bought a length of medium-weight ponte in Denver, knowing that it would […]

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#idhtbptbb: it doesn’t have to be perfect to be beautiful I finished a life-changing book the other day. Technically it’s home decor book, but really it’s a life book. And maybe it’s even a sewing book. {The Nesting Place: It Doesn’t Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful, by Myquillyn Smith} Myquillyn, the author of […]

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