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You’ve heard me talk about the School of Sewing book on here multiple times. That’s because it’s the best book ever. I recommend it to everyone whether they’ve been sewing for years or just started. I think it’s the best. And I’ve been teaching out of it and that’s awesome, too. And I’m taking my teaching to the next level.

Starting in January, I will be offering a beginning sewing class  and an advanced beginner sewing class through Park Hill Community Education. Their Winter catalog isn’t out yet, but it should be soon and these two classes will be listed. Modern Sewing for Beginners starts on January 20th and consists of five sessions on Wednesdays from 6-9 pm. The next class is Modern Sewing for Advanced Beginners and starts on March 9th and consists of five sessions also on Wednesdays from 6-9 pm. All of the details will be in the catalog and I’ll link to it on my class page once it’s available. Both classes are using projects from School of Sewing exclusively. Cool, right?

I’ve made a lot of things from School of Sewing, but I hadn’t made them all. I figured I probably better. So I started at the beginning. Where it made sense, I went ahead and did the extra credit version.




I’ve made pillowcases before, so this took like 10 minutes total. I added the flange, but I probably won’t have the students do that.




I had made this bag previously, so I didn’t have to do it again. I didn’t want to purchase the additional pattern, so I didn’t make any other sizes. I don’t think it’s necessary anyway.




I had also made the apron previously, so that was another immediately completion. Again, I didn’t do the extra credit because I really don’t need a child size apron. This one I made for Andrew, but I wear it, too.


School of Sewing


I’ve made TONS and TONS of these fobs, but I’m actually out right now so I whipped two up…both the regular and extra credit versions. I’ve made a lot of zipper pouches, too, so this was super easy. I drew the applique myself and it turned out really well. Easy Peasy.




I’ve made pillows with zippers before, but this one was a bit different. I like it. I also like having binding on it.




I didn’t do the extra credit version of this either. I don’t need a bigger bag. This turns out fabulous. I was being an idiot while sewing it together and ended up ripping a lot out, but that’s probably because it was late and I was talking a lot. I wasn’t excited about this, but I was once I was finished. It’s cute.


Tablet Case


Tablet Case


So I’m an idiot again and can’t read directions, so I did the measurements wrong the first time, so I made it again. I still like how the first one looks, but I’m totally in love with the second one. That Cotton + Steel fabric combo is amazing. I’m not a big novelty fabric fan, but that makes me like it a bit. I think the first one would fit a Microsoft Surface possibly.




This is my all time favorite project from the book, I think. I did just a little bit of quilting. I used Linen for the handles and that was awesome. I love love love it.




So I’ve taught this as a class before so I have three of these. One purse and two totes. I use the totes all of the time. I think I rounded the corners on one and then boxed the corners on another.


Place Mats


These place mats look awesome, but I had to make another set. The shot cotton really moved with the quilting. And I got the selvage of the linen showing on the back of one.


Place Mats


Place Mats


So I dug into some of my favorite recent fabric purchases and made these. They are going to go on our dining room table. It’s small and round so I only have two place settings for it, which is perfect for us. Not that we cook or eat dinner there. Haha.

Finally, I’m not making the quilt and I’m not teaching it as part of these two classes. I teach Quilting 101 at Modern Makers and it uses that part of the book so I’d rather not compete with myself. Haha. I will recommend that people take that class through Modern Makers, though. I’m not making the quilt because I’ve made zillions of half square triangles in the last few years and I have plenty of quilts that I can show off that are close enough.

So I’ve now sewn entirely through School of Sewing. It was fun and I’m excited for the classes.






Speaking of classes, I taught another Linden class at Modern Makers. I had three students, but I was only able to get a pictures of these two. Everybody did a great job and left with a finished sweatshirt. The third lady didn’t like the top stitching on her neckline, so she was going to take it out when she got home, which is why I don’t have a picture. I’m in LOVE with the blue one. That Kokka knit is fantastic. I’m going to buy some, but I have to prepare myself for that type of expense. It’s’ worth it though.

Look forward to hearing more about upcoming classes!

I know that I’ve been doing a lot of apparel sewing this year, but don’t worry. I’m still quilting. And not just quilting quilting, but piecing quilting. I am really liking making clothing (mainly anything that’s from Patterns for Pirates), but I will always go back to quilting. It’s so satisfying to finish a quilt…in a different way from finishing an apparel item.

Anyway, here’s what I’ve been up to with quilting.




I went to a retreat near Lowell, AR, (again – #craftyweekender) hosted by the wonderful Susannah Kate. Susannah Kate has this great quilt pattern – Cascade Quilt. My friend Amy made one and I knew I wanted to make one, too. I even used the awesome Technicolor fabric line that I won at Sew OK, which is where Susannah Kate and I met. I TOTALLY love how it turned out. It was an easy pattern and very enjoyable to put together. I can’t wait to quilt it. I’m thinking swirls. 🙂



Since I made a swap item, I also got a swap item. Amanda of The Cozy Pumpkin made this awesome and super adorable stitching pouch/roll up/thing. I’ve used it a ton already. It’s perfect for any handwork I’m working on. And I always seem to have an EPP project going.

Bow Tie

Bow Tie

I showed you my first long arm project, but I’ve also done another one besides the Halloween quilt. Well, I also quilted a Halloween quilt for Amy. I’ve been busy with long arming. And I’m not planning on slowing down. I have a lot of quilt tops to get through. I can’t remember the name of the pantograph that I used for this Bow Tie quilt, but it was fun and something different. It wasn’t too challenging, but more challenging than a stipple. I probably won’t do it again, but it was fun to try. I have a lot of pantographs pinned that I plan to purchase and try for some of my quilt tops. I like the more modern pantographs. I had no idea they existed. I probably also need to start trying some custom stuff, but I’m still intimidated. Maybe after a couple of more quilts I’ll be ready to try custom. I think I could handle all over swirls.


The last quilting thing I have to show is some Block of the Month blocks for October. Modern Makers is hosting a Block of the Month and I got suckered in. Haha. We’re using Jaybird Quilts’ Park Bench pattern which requires her Hex N More and Sidekick rulers. I’m not really a ruler person, but I’m super impressed with these. It made these first two blocks go together so perfectly. Her instructions are also fabulous. I’m really excited about how this quilt will turn out. Elizabeth (owner of Modern Makers) is using Cotton + Steel for all of the blocks. She’ll be using some of their current lines and their upcoming lines, which is great that we get a variety. She is also hosting a sew day every month so we can work on our blocks together. I cut mine out at the last sew day and then sewed them up at a later time. I was being lazy and didn’t want to bring my machine. I’m going to piece this quilt entirely on my featherweight because it’s so perfect for piecing.

So that’s what I’ve been up to quilting-wise. I’ll keep you posted on how my long arm progress goes. 🙂

So I’m normally not a Halloween person. In fact, I don’t like Halloween really. However, my friends Amy, Sherry, and Quan do. Like a lot. And their enthusiasm for it has started to rub off.


Halloween Quilt



Spiderweb Quilting


So I broke down and bought some Halloween fabric that I liked and picked out a pattern that would highlight it – The Big Block Quilt. I found the sashing at Joanns. I went in for something else and saw it on display with the Halloween fabrics and knew it was perfect. I was planning on just using an orange Kona, but this adds so much more detail to the quilt. This also went together INCREDIBLY fast. Then I long armed it with a spider web pantograph. It’s perfect. I love love love it and I can’t believe how much I love it because Halloween isn’t my thing. But Halloween might become a thing for me just for the quilty decorations. Haha.


Halloween Place Mats


So since I was in the Halloween spirit, I knocked out these place mats. There are a panel so it was super easy. I also used Joanns fabric to back it with. I had the same situations as the orange. I saw the orange and then I saw the witches next to it and thought it would be perfect and cheap for the back. I meant to get black Kona, but again, something better came up. I still backed the Halloween quilt with black Kona, though. I barely quilted the place mats and just slightly outlined the spiderwebs on each mat. Again, I love these a lot more than I thought I would. I like walking into my kitchen/living room and seeing just these small touches of Halloween. Maybe you’ll see a Christmas quilt next!


Halloween Mini


I put this mini together for a swap gift. I desperately wanted to keep it, but I knew I could re-create it if I really wanted. The quilting on it is my favorite part. I didn’t get a picture of the back, but I wish I would have. I used some super awesome fabric. It’s at Fabric.com still and I’m really thinking about buying more of it. It’s part of Michael Miller’s Nevermore collection.


Skull Raglan


Skull Raglan


I LOVE LOVE LOVE this shirt. I used the Women’s Raglan pattern from Patterns for Pirates. The black is Robert Kaufman that I bought from Modern Makers. The skull fabric is from LDG Showroom. I have more of it and can’t wait to use it. The best part of this is the elbow patches! LOVE! I promised myself that I will wear this all year long and not just around Halloween. Hold me to it. Ok? This was a project I worked on during the Crafty Weekender retreat along with the place mats.


Amy's Halloween Stuff


Amy's Halloween Quilt


Amy's Halloween Items


Amy's Pillow


Since Amy is so into Halloween, I want to show what she’s been up to. I quilted the quilt for her using the same spiderweb design as mine, but I don’t have a finished pic of it yet. Her whole house was decked out for Halloween and I think she basically only works on Halloween stuff when we sew together. It’s her holiday, for sure.




Amy also just got a new kitten. His name is Oliver and he is a Cornish Rex. She got him from the same breeder where we got #Hashtag. He is sooooooo soft and cuddly. He slept on my lap for quite a bit while we were over there. It makes me want another kitten.


Steampunk Costumes


Steampunk Detail


Steampunk Detail


Steampunk Detail


Steampunk Detail


Steampunk Detail


Steampunk Detail


Steampunk Detail




The theme for our costumes this year was steampunk. I thought we all did a great job. I’m proud to say that I didn’t make a single part of my costume or Andrews except for my skirt. And it was salvaged from a dress and took about 10 minutes to whip up. That’s just because the skirt I ordered from China didn’t make it here in time, which I was prepared for. Haha.


7 Layer Dip


Rice Krispies


We went over to Amy’s house on Halloween to hang out. Her husband made delicious chili and I brought these things. They also had spooky gin and tonics! We all went out the weekend before, too, so we were able to wear our costumes twice. I think we’re going to wear them again next year.


Kory and Group


I also helped out another friend for Halloween. Her team at work was going to be at a summit out of town that week and there was going to be a costume contest. They came up with the idea of a circus. I didn’t help at all with the animals – those were apparently found at Target, which was a great find. But an even better find was the Ringmaster’s jacket. It came form a thrift store and was the PERFECT jacket to start with. I took it in a bit, added the shoulder detail using the existing shoulder pads (which I tore out) a felt cover, and some awesome trim that Kory found at Joanns. I also added the gold trim around the jacket and a set of sequin gold tails. The tails aren’t visible in this picture, but imagine the most obnoxious gold sequin fabric and that’s what the tails are made from. They are lined in a really cool black rayon lining, though, that has some cool texture. I was sooooo pleased with the jacket. I’m not a tailor at all, but this was fun. It came together so easily, which was mostly because of the awesome jacket and trim that Kory found. I find out tonight if they took the prize. I don’t know how anybody could’ve beaten them.

I hope everyone had a Haunted Halloween. KC definitely had a great Halloween weekend with the Royals winning game four of the World Series on Halloween and then winning it all the day after. We could hear the crowd at Power and Light from our condo and they were LOUD! Once we won, the noise was insane and it went on forever! We didn’t mind, though. The city deserves to celebrate! It was a pretty special weekend.

I’ve done some community service blocks and projects for the Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild before and posted on here. We’re in a new year so we have some new initiatives.


Community Service Block


The national modern quilt guild is sponsoring a community service project for QuiltCon. Guilds have to stay within certain guidelines and create a quilt to submit. Then the quilt will be returned and donated to a local children’s shelter. We have to create “strata” using certain colors. Obviously, I chose “light teal” because I have a great abundance of it. The strata block was really easy and took no time at all. I’m really excited to see how the quilt turns out!




The other project our guild has going right now is we are going to be providing the KCK Police Department with homemade stuffed animals to give to children who are taken out of violent situations. I whipped up these two adorable elephants using the tutorial from Birch Fabrics. Cute, right?

I love being able to give back this way.

The other exciting thing that’s been going on lately in my sewing/quilting world is that I’m starting to long arm. No, I don’t own one, but I’m renting time on one. Quilted Memories in Overland Park makes a couple of their long arms available for use. You have to be certified, so I took the certification class and have been renting time.




This is the first quilt I long armed. I just followed their stipple pantograph and I’m ready to move on from that. I’m looking at other pantographs. I think I’ll do pantographs for a while and then try out some custom quilting. I’ve done custom free motion quilting on my domestic machine, so I’m not scared of it, but I’d like to get extremely familiar with the long arm machine before I move on to that. I plan on renting a lot of time to knock out a bunch of quilt tops. I’ll keep you updated with my progress.

I will say – after long arming this, I put the binding on with my serger and I will never go back again. It was soooooooo easy and I love not having to trim with a rotary cutter and ruler. You should try it. I recommend it.

Have you figured out how my brain works yet? I like to do a lot of prep work and then I like to accomplish a lot. Everybody thinks I’m extremely productive, and I am, but there’s also some smoke and mirrors to how productive I am. I come to events and retreats and sew days with items ready to sew so I don’t have to do the prep works that take so much time. It means I get a lot of gratification all at once. Haha.

Anyway, I’m at the point where I’m ready to do some serious sewing, so here’s what you should look for soon.



Photo Courtesy of Patterns for Pirates on Craftsy


Can you tell I really like Patterns for Pirates? My mom and I have been sewing up Judy’s patterns like crazy. It’s amazing how they work for so many body types. And they are so comfy. And easy. And modern. Yeah, we’re big fans.

Anyway, I’m going to make this Layer Me Up Shirt, but I sized up quite a bit because I don’t like things right next to my skin. The sleeves are going to be the below print and then I’m using a teal cotton jersey that I got from LDG Showroom for the solid. I like having the fun flair of the sleeves.


Photo Courtesy of Hawthorne Threads

Photo Courtesy of Hawthorne Threads


I recent used this fabric for a Linden, but I had some leftover and thought it would be perfect for the sleeves of this shirt. I didn’t buy the fabric from Hawthorne Threads – mine came from Modern Makers here in KC.

Continuing with the Patterns for Pirates kick…



Photo from Patterns for Pirates


You’ve seen this before. I don’t have a picture of the fabric I’m using because it came from LDG Showroom. It’s an awesome Brushed Poly Spandex Knit in two colors. It’s super soft on one side and then like performance fabric on the outside. I’m also using Patterns for Pirates’ add on to this top and adding a hood and kangaroo pouch to make it like a real hoodie. It will definitely be lounge wear.


Boyriend V neck

Photo Courtesy of Patterns for Pirates on Craftsy


You’ve seen this before, too, but I have two more cut out. Again, I don’t have the fabric because I’m using a waffle knit that’s teal with black tigers on it that I got at a retreat for one and then a nice light coral striped jersey that I bought at Modern Makers before it was actually Modern Makers. I sized this one up, too, so it wasn’t so tight.


Pumpkin Spice

Photo Courtesy of Patterns for Pirates on Craftsy


I made one of these already out of the Aztec Multi sweater knit that is so awesome, but I need more because it’s sooooo comfortable. The first fabric I’m using is another sweater knit, but it’s more loosely woven than the Aztec Multi. It’s gray and teal striped and I got it from LDG Showroom. I’m using faux leather that I got from Girl Charlee for the sleeves, which I think will be really awesome.



Photo Courtesy of Girl Charlee


Then this sweater knit from Girl Charlee is what I’m using for the other one. I want to add an elbow patch to this one and I’m thinking a brown faux leather would be awesome, but that will all depend on if I have time to buy it and for it to ship by the time I’m ready to sew this up. We’ll see.


Free Spirit Tank

Photo Courtesy of Patterns for Pirates on Craftsy


And my last Patterns for Pirates prepped item is another Free Spirit Tank using a neon green workout fabric that I purchased from LDG Showroom.

Judy is going to release a cardigan pattern soon and I’ve already bought some maroon sweater knit from Joann’s for it and I’m just waiting for the pattern to release. You’ll probably see that finished soon, too. 🙂

Moving on from Patterns for Pirates…



Photo Courtesy of Wiksten


You know I’ve made a million of the Wiksten Tanks before and I’m ready to make another. I modified the pattern a ton to get the perfect fit for me, so it’s really a super modified Wiksten that I’m making.


Chevron Knit

Photo Courtsey of Fabric Worm


I’m using this Birch organic knit that I bought at Modern Makers for it. For loving chevrons so much, I actually don’t have a lot of clothing that’s chevron. This will help.

So that’s all of the apparel I have prepped. Besides apparel, I am in the process of cutting a Halloween quilt and hope to put that together soon. I also bought a Halloween panel that I’m going to turn into place mats. Ideally, I’ll have those done before Halloween. Ha. Wish me luck!

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