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Bringin' it back to the place where it all started... May 29 2014, 1 Comment

 ♥ Sew To Speak ♥

 

We're having a great, big, fun RELEASE PARTY, for my first fabric line, ARIZONA, at the shop (my momma'a shop, Sew To Speak) on Saturday, with snacks and drinks and GIVEAWAYS TOO!!! 

 

Here's all the details, from the Sew To Speak Newsletter :: 

 

 

Never been to our shop before?! 

You can find us at

4610 N. High Street 

Columbus, Ohio 43214


the booth >> first time ever >> Quilt Market >> I survived May 25 2014, 2 Comments

 

Wow. I don't even know what to say about this. Quilt Market felt so daunting. For weeks it consumed me. Now its over.

I've had a serious "come down" since last weekend and haven't had the energy to edit or even look at my photos... but I set aside some time to sort through them this morning and now I'm posting some here for you... I almost titled this post "a billion booth photos". ha. there's not quite that many.. 

 

anyways, I hope you enjoy them.

 

  

This super cool lamp and my industrial clothes rack where both made by my amazing husband!! without whom this booth (and entire fabric line) would have NEVER been possible!!

 

 

I'm so grateful to have had the opportunity to show at this venue. Pittsburgh was the very first market I attended with my mom, JUST 5 YEARS AGO!!! It was amazing. I remember feeling so inspired. I was awestruck by all the designers and their brilliant displays. I knew I wanted to be a part of this industry. That Market changed my life. As did this one. 

 

oh course I also posted on IG.. here are some of those highlights...  

 

 ^ my mom and I after a pretty emotional moment. ♥♥♥  

^ my favorite new Date Night Dress

 

^ my crew. I'm totally blessed to have these lovely ladies by my side for support and encouragement!!! 

^ here's a full shot of my booth along side my booth mate's, Sew Caroline! Caroline's line Gleeful is just as bright and cheerful as she is and I was so glad to share a space with that beautiful lady!!! xoxo

 

 

^ here we are getting things started! 

 

^ the view from above, captured by Caroline.


ARIZONA TOUR :: VERY SHANNON May 13 2014, 1 Comment

The ever so lovely Shannon of Very Shannon posted her Arizona project today plus an AWESOME tutorial for her Origami Bento Bag!  I love the shape of this tote and it would be perfect for so many things! I am difficulty pinning it for after Quilt Market! I think my girls would love them too... I think it might make the perfect pool side summer tote for all there little things while I lug the towels.

 

 

Go take a look at Shannon's post to see how you can make one and oh... I almost forgot the best part!! IT TAKES JUST 3 FAT QUARTERS!!! 

but you have the chance to win 8 if you go visit her ;)

 

>> xo April <<


ARIZONA TOUR :: MOLLY FLANDERS May 12 2014, 0 Comments

I am so excited to share today's blogger with you guys. Mary Dugan of Molly Flanders is a a brilliant quilter and a buddy of mine. She works Saturdays at our shop here in Columbus. If you come visit Sew To Speak you will see a slew of her amazing quilts!!! Her quilt style is very defined, and reminds me of the quilts you'd see in the pages of only the coolest UK magazines! She hand quilts each one with large sashiko stitches in perle cotton... She also makes intricate hand turned reverse appliqué creatures that make my heart burst. Just take a look... 

She said she was only doing pillow.... but then surprised me with this beauty too....

 

MARYYYYYYY!!! you are amazing!

 

Now go take a look at her post to enter another FQ giveaway and gush over all of her creations.

Ohhhh and ARIZONA ships to shops in just 12 DAYS!!! EEEK!!!  


ARIZONA TOUR :: MISS MAKE May 11 2014, 2 Comments

Today. Another stop on the blog tour. Another AWESOME blogger friend! Devon of Miss Make is posting and I want to steal her GORGEOUS dress!!!! It's her own self drafted patten.. something she's had in the works, and every detail has me smitten. The line up on that button placket?!! So. Good. The scoop of the back neckline. So. Pretty. Resting right at the knees. Perfect summer length, in my opinion. 

 

 

All Devon's work is like this! Go take a look. And yes, She has a FQ GIVEAWAY too :)

 

 


ARIZONA TOUR :: IMAGINE GNATS May 10 2014, 0 Comments

It's Imagine Gnats, Rachael Gander's turn to post for the great long 15 day fabric tour!! She's stitched up the a darling Roly-Poly Pinafore (a delightful childrens pattern of hers for babies and children 6 months to 10 years!!)

 

I can't wait to see it in REAL LIFE!! I think I might even get to put it on my little Camilla!!! It will be so precious with her blond curls and hazel eyes.

 

Take a look at Rachael's post to enter another FQ GIVEAWAY and see more photos of this cute little frock

 

 


ARIZONA TOUR :: CUT CUT SEW May 09 2014, 0 Comments

Kelly Costas of Cut Cut Sew is up to bat today with a GORGEOUS Nicola Dress in the Triangle Tokens Voile! I am crazy about all the bits of gold Kelly has tied in with this lovely dress. She is an incredible seamstress and I love following her work on IG! She's just so nice to connect with!

Take a look at all the pretty things on her blog and be sure to enter her FQ GIVEAWAY!!!

 

I can't believe there are still 6 more bloggers and projects to share! Each one is making me more and more excited about Quilt Market and the ACTUAL RELEASE of this line!!! It's due to ship to local quilt shops in just 15 DAYS!!! YAY!!! 

 

Here's the whole line up (again) so you can catch up or keep followin'!
Thursday, May 1 - Anna Graham / @noodlehead531
Friday, May 2 - Shelley Figueroa / @figgysstudio
Saturday, May 3 - Julie Herman / @jaybirdquilts
Sunday, May 4 -  Erin Sobon Sundet / @sewbon
Monday, May 5 - Jenna Brand / @howtobejenna
Tuesday, May 6 - Kelli Ward / @truebias
Wednesday, May 7 - Rachel Howard - @familyeverafter
Thursday, May 8 - Delia Randall / @deliacreates
Friday, May 9 - Kelly Costas / @cutcutsew
Saturday, May 10 - Rachel Gander / @imaginegnats
Sunday, May 11 - Devon Iott / @missmake
Monday, May 12 - Mary Dugan / @marysdugan
Tuesday, May 13 - Shannon Cook / @soveryshannon
Wednesday, May 14 - Penny Layman / @sewtakeahike
Thursday, May 15 - Katie Blakesley / @swimbikequilt

ARIZONA TOUR :: DELIA & RACHEL May 08 2014, 1 Comment

I'm sharing two amazing bloggers today, Delia of Delia Creates and Rachel of FamilyEverAfter.

 

 

Delia made an amazing Road Trip Case (pattern by Noodlehead > ♥!) using my Tribal Blanket print. I adore Delia's style and her photography is always so inspirational! Her site is loaded with tons of eye candy so be sure to pop over there and look at the rest of her project photos. SO. GOOD.

 

And Rachel stitched this great duffle bag. The bag is her own design and she has a tutorial for it on her post!!! Yay!!! 

 

 

Both bloggers have Fat Quarter bundles up for grabs. Another yay!!
>> xo April <<

 

 


ARIZONA TOUR :: TRUE BIAS May 06 2014, 1 Comment

The stunning Kelli Ward, of True Bias, is making her appearance on the tour today. She's sewn the most adorable backpack for her daughter, using Made by Rae's Toddler Backpack Pattern.

This pattern's always been a favorite of mine (you know how much I love Rae!!!) but this version is REALLY OVER THE TOP!! I love the front pocket Kelli added, and the way she fussy cut and centered the tribal blanket print onto every element... and the hardware... swoon.....

 

Kelli is also graciously allowing me to borrow this backpack for my market booth but I will absolutely need to copy it, so as not to be tempted to steal it for my own child.

[I promise I'll send it back to you Kelli! As hard as that may be... ]

 

Anyways, do your thing now and head to Kelli's site so you can see more photos of this precious pack and enter her giveaway! 

xo A

 

P.S. Remember, this is a 15 DAY TOUR!!!! That's 15 amazing bloggers and projects and 15 chances to WIN AN ARIZONA FQ BUNDLE!!!! 
 
Here's the whole line up so you can catch up or keep followin'!
Thursday, May 1 - Anna Graham / @noodlehead531
Friday, May 2 - Shelley Figueroa / @figgysstudio
Saturday, May 3 - Julie Herman / @jaybirdquilts
Sunday, May 4 -  Erin Sobon Sundet / @sewbon
Monday, May 5 - Jenna Brand / @howtobejenna
Tuesday, May 6 - Kelli Ward / @truebias
Wednesday, May 7 - Rachel Howard - @familyeverafter
Thursday, May 8 - Delia Randall / @deliacreates
Friday, May 9 - Kelly Costas / @cutcutsew
Saturday, May 10 - Rachel Gander / @imaginegnats
Sunday, May 11 - Devon Iott / @missmake
Monday, May 12 - Mary Dugan / @marysdugan
Tuesday, May 13 - Shannon Cook / @soveryshannon
Wednesday, May 14 - Penny Layman / @sewtakeahike
Thursday, May 15 - Katie Blakesley / @swimbikequilt
 
 

 

 


ARIZONA TOUR :: JENNA BRAND May 05 2014, 0 Comments

Jenna Brand (creator of the lovely Jorna Dress Pattern) made a GORGEOUS quilt for toady's stop on the blog tour and she's even provided us with a tutorial for it!!! 

 

Jenna is a dear dear lady, and crazy funny. I had a blast meeting her and some other very sweet gals while in Ann Arbor, teaching a weekend garment workshop with Rae.

Take a look at her blog post to enter her giveaway. You'll see more photos and the full view of the quilt. Plus, you never know, you could easily win and be on your way to stitching a quilt just like this one!

I am over the moon for you Jenna!!! Thank you dearly for being a part of the tour.

 

>> xo <<
April

ARIZONA TOUR :: SEWBON May 04 2014, 0 Comments

For today's stop on this fun 15 day Arizona blogathon, we are popping by Erin Sobon's blog SEWBON

 

 

Erin is such a sweet lady! I was delighted to meet her at Fancy Tiger when I was touring around Denver. She stopped by my little trunk show and I handed her off some Arizona to sew up a project of her choice. She made this fun  Tidy Tote to keep her sewing table nice and neat. It's so cute (and useful!). Win win!

 

 

 

Today's the day to enter Erin's GIVEAWAY!!! 8 FQ's of ARIZONA!! Go here!

 


ARIZONA TOUR :: JAYBIRD QUILTS May 03 2014, 0 Comments

Today, my lovely friend Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts is sharing her work in progress.... a STUNNING Northern Lights Quilt in Arizona!

 

 

I love her quilt designs and I am thrilled to see this one made up in my prints!
You can head to her post to see all the pretty pictures and to enter her FQ GIVEAWAY!

 

>> xo <<
April
 
Also you can catch up with the tour and keep following along...

 

Thursday, May 1 - Anna Graham / @noodlehead531
Friday, May 2 - Shelley Figueroa / @figgysstudio
Saturday, May 3 - Julie Herman / @jaybirdquilts
Sunday, May 4 -  Erin Sobon Sundet / @sewbon
Monday, May 5 - Jenna Brand / @howtobejenna
Tuesday, May 6 - Kelli Ward / @truebias
Wednesday, May 7 - Rachel Howard - @familyeverafter
Thursday, May 8 - Delia Randall / @deliacreates
Friday, May 9 - Kelly Costas / @cutcutsew
Saturday, May 10 - Rachel Gander / @imaginegnats
Sunday, May 11 - Devon Iott / @missmake
Monday, May 12 - Mary Dugan / @marysdugan
Tuesday, May 13 - Shannon Cook / @soveryshannon
Wednesday, May 14 - Penny Layman / @sewtakeahike
Thursday, May 15 - Katie Blakesley / @swimbikequilt

 

 


ARIZONA TOUR :: FIGGY'S May 02 2014, 0 Comments

Today, sharing on the Arizona Blog Tour, we have Shelly Figueroa of Figgy's patterns.  

 


Shelly is a dear friend who once lived much closer to me. We met through my mothers shoppe, Sew To Speak, here in Columbus and we started working together for a brief time before she moved to the hip city of Portland, OR. I am so glad I had the chance to spend time with her and that our shared passion for sewing keeps us connected!!   I'd like to think Shelly got her start here in Ohio before she left us and launched her super fabulous line of children's clothing patterns. 
Shelly made her EOS Blouse and I'm giddy that she'll be sending it to me for my daughter to wear!

 

 

 


Go, head over to her site to take a look. She's got a fabric bundle to GIVEAWAY too!!!! 

>> xo <<
April

ARIZONA TOUR :: NOODLEHEAD May 01 2014, 0 Comments

First up on the amazing ARIZONA TOUR is the dear Anna Graham of Noodlehead

I am so grateful to Anna for starting things off... I am completely in love with her design aesthetic. She is an incredible pattern maker, specializing in the very best bags and if you haven't tried out one her pattern, you ought to!  

I recently made a Road Trip Case that I am so smitten with. I felt very proud as I stitched hexies on the airplane, to and from Denver. I had my Arizona Road Trip Case on my lap and it was perfect for every little tool. Anna certainly sparked my love of vinyl with that bag and I can't wait to stitch another for my daughters rainbow loom! 

 

For her post Anna knock my socks off once again with two gorgeous Super Totes! Go take a look at her post now and remember there is FABRIC TO WIN!!!  


Hey peeps, a pretty sweet blog tour is gonna kick off tomorrow!! April 30 2014, 0 Comments

 

 

...just a quick heads up... it all starts tomorrow and you won't want to miss it.. because these super talented bloggers are gonna share some cool stuff, and they'll each be GIVINGAWAY a bundle of ARIZONA!!!! 

 

Here's the blogger roster [including their IG handle, cuz I'm an instagram junky, and if you're a junky too than you might want to follow them all there.. not to mention all the delicious peeks they've been posting!!!!]

 

Tomorrow, May 1 - Anna Graham / @noodlehead531
Friday, May 2 - Shelley Figueroa@figgysstudio
Saturday, May 3 - Julie Herman / @jaybirdquilts
Sunday, May 4 -  Erin Sobon Sundet / @sewbon
Monday, May 5 - Jenna Brand / @howtobejenna
Tuesday, May 6 - Kelli Ward / @truebias
Wednesday, May 7 - Rachel Howard - @familyeverafter
Thursday, May 8 - Delia Randall / @deliacreates
Friday, May 9 - Kelly Costas / @cutcutsew
Saturday, May 10 - Rachel Gander / @imaginegnats
Sunday, May 11 - Devon Iott / @missmake
Monday, May 12 - Mary Dugan / @marysdugan
Tuesday, May 13 - Shannon Cook / @soveryshannon
Wednesday, May 14 - Penny Layman / @sewtakeahike
Thursday, May 15 - Katie Blakesley / @swimbikequilt

 

I'll also be posting a link here everyday, so stay tuned!

 

>>xo<< 
April 

 


travel - prep - travel - prep - travel - - - >> and other CRAZY makings April 18 2014, 0 Comments

My head feels like it's spinning... or maybe this is just my brain's new and constant state... I am preparing for Quilt Market. I'll have my first booth and launch my first fabric line, and speak at my first schoolhouses... meanwhile I'm jet-setting and perhaps loosing my mind (but in only the best possible way, right?!)

I recently found this quote, and it's definitely a favorite right now;  From Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland - The Hatter says to Alice “Have I gone mad?" Alice replies "I'm afraid so, but let me tell you something, the best people usualy are.”


Well, I hope Alice is right, because I often feel as if I'm loosing it.

 

The family and I just took a lovely little trip, slightly north of home, to Cuyahoga Valley. We rode a beautiful train and visited museums and spent such a wonderful time together. My mind was slightly calmer there and it was hard to come back home, but when we did, there was an important package waiting for me.  A smallish box, full of beautiful, supper soft, perfectly folded yards of MY fabric. The first cuts of the finished goods, HERE, for me to start making [ALL THE THINGS]!!  [insert super happy/excited and cringey smile emoji here]!  

 

So I've been spending lots of time sewing, however now it's time to pack my bags again. This time I'm flying away to Colorado, one of my very favorite states. I'll be visiting some fabric shops and wrap-up another little secret I've been working on. The first day there will be spent on the set of Sew It All (that was the secret part) and after that I'll get to spend time with with some great ladies... I really hope you'll join us if you're in the area!!  

 

On Thursday, April 24th, I'll be at Fancy Tiger Crafts for a meet and greet from 6-8 PM - I adore Amber and Jaime! My mom and I have had a delightful time getting to know them over the past few years, eating and chatting together at markets. They've come to Columbus for a yarn show and we've had the pleasure of showing them around our town so I'm excited to get to see their. 

 

(photos stolen from Fancy Tiger's facebook page.. )

 

After that, I'll take my show on the road, north to Fort Collins, for another meet up at Mama Said Sew on Friday, April 25th, from 6-8 PM. Angela is delightful and all the ladies at their shop are so much fun, I'm really looking forward to spending time their. They're having a great drawing for a $50 gift certificate so you should totally come!! 

 

(photo from Mama Said Sew's site)

(more photo credit here)

 

I'll be bringing along my new fabrics to show plus a traveling trunk show of my patterns and some giveaways too!!! This mini tour will also be the debut of my printed Riding Peplum and Party Dress pattern.

 

In all honesty, I get a little nervous in these types of situations, but it would be far worse to be standing around all alone, so please come and bring your friends!!!

 

>> - - xo - - >
   April

Sew To Speak is 6 + Rainbow Unicorn's Are Magic!! March 21 2014, 0 Comments

Our shop's sixth birthday party is tomorrow and we decided to go crazy by celebrating with a "Unicorns and Rainbows" theme!!

Being that I adore making softies (did you know that?!... I really do!!! I don't have enought time to do it often but I love to)...

anyways, being that I adore making softies, I decided to stitch up a magical little rainbow unicorn of my own..

 

 

 

and because I love my mom, and she asked me to do it, I made it into a pattern for you all to use too....

 

So here it is!! 

BE WARNED:  IT'S NOT FANCY!!! 

This is for FUN and it's FREE! Also I drew it up in about 20 free minutes this morning... (it's not to be indicative of the professional patterns I sell)  ...just a quick drawing scanned from my sketchbook... and written in my awful chicken scratch! ...BUT if you're semi familiar with softie making or if you're feeling adventurous, you can likely use it to make your own magical little unicorn (or horse) friend.  

 

 

To make it you will need:
Felt for body
Pearl cotton and an embroidery needle
Black thread and a smaller needle for stitching eye
Yarn for mane and card stock if using the doll-hair making method I suggest. 

 

Here is a link to Wee Wonderfuls yarn hair tutorial - the best way to make doll hair! To make the mane, simply follow her steps for wrapping yarn around card-stock and machine sewing, remove card-stock and attach yarn to horse by hand... cut loops, trim and style as desired... trim bangs and make it funk! Have fun.... for the tail, loop a few strands of yarn around your fingers, attach to the bottom, trim and style. 
 

 

If you do make it, I hope you'll post a photo of it on IG or facebook or something! I love seeing the amazing things you all make :)

hey! let's give it a hashtag.... maybe... #RainbowUnicornAreMagic!

yay. 

tag your creations so I can see them, ok? 

 

- xo -

April 


>>> the BIG reveal <<< March 05 2014, 31 Comments

today is the day . . . the one I've been so anxiously waiting for. . . . .  

It's finally here!!!  

I can show you my secret project . . . 

 

 

IT'S FABRIC!!

 

Many of you already guessed that. Thanks so much for all you excitement and anticipation! . . .(and patience... {smiles and winks})!

I have been dying to share the whole story with you and now that the day is here, it feels quite surreal!

 

For years, I've dreamt of designing fabric. While ordering for the shop, and attending Quilt Markets, I've thought to myself "wouldn't that be fun"?! You know. . . to have a fabric line!  To have sewers use your designs to make their visions a reality. To have people wear your prints.. to quilt with them and wrap up in their warmth.. to have your work woven into the incredible patchwork of this creative community we're in.

I want to do THAT 

Still, I can't quite wrap my brain around it.

It's overwhelming.

THIS is my chance, and I feel so many different emotions... the strongest of which is honored!

Even to have the chance at "that". . . I feel honored.

 

When Pat, the owner of Art Gallery Fabrics, first reached out to me about this project last fall I was simply shocked to get a message from her! I must have said "yes", "yes, yes" and "oh my goodness, yes", at least a dozen times throughout our first chat. My head was spinning I was so thrilled. Now after working with, and learning from her, I feel blessed beyond words! She believed in my abilities and my vision and allowed me to express myself fully through this line. 

I'm so happy with it!

 

So.. it's happening. I've pinched myself, but it's true, and I can't wait to hold the actual fabric in my hands!  I long to cut it up and sew it into dresses, bags, cushions and quilts. . . I want to make ALL THE THINGSSSSssssss!!!!!

 

 

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The collection is called Arizona.

 

It's inspired by my love of the South West and tribal design. Even though I grew up in the Midwest, I was always surrounded by images of the South West as well as Native American art as a child. My parents honeymooned in the Grand Canyon and I remember cherishing their photographs, souvenirs and stories. 

In high-school I fantasized about traveling after graduation. I wanted to take off, across the country in my little pick up truck. To camp in the desert.. to watch the sun set over canyons and to capture all it's stunning colors with my camera... I was a bohemian and I wanted to be a cowgirl. I had romantic visions of riding horses through the mountains. Independent and free.

This collection expresses the spirit of that wild, dreaming girl... 

 

It is very tribal and the colors are predominantly feminine and romantic, though I've tried to offer some gender neutral pieces as well. 

 

I've put my heart into this collection and I feel satisfied and proud.

I really hope you're as excited as I am!!!

 

  

The yardage releases in May.
I can't wait to see what you make with it!!!
Take a look at the Limited Edition video on Vimeo for more info!

 

>> - - - xo - - - >
April

 

 


stream of [self]consciousness... February 28 2014, 8 Comments

Laying awake tonight... Restless and itchy inside. I feel the urger to get something out of me...

 

I'm often posting (on various social media) with the exclamation of "hey, look!!" and "yay" and "thrilled" 
but I just need to be honest and say that I feel self-conscious about doing this.

 

In fact if we were speaking in person about my work, I would probably feel really awkward and uncomfortable.

 

I shared at a guild meeting tonight and I felt that way.
It's something I've been struggling with more and more lately.... 

 

For some reason it doesn't feel so strange on the computer screen, to say "hey, look at this thing I did..."  "I really like it"
however, in real life, I get all tongue tied!  

 

 

What is this fear/discomfort and how do I get rid of it?

 

It's really important for me to work through this.
I want to be able to share myself. I want to feel confident. 

 

I've poured so many hours into this project and I love it so much.

 

I don't want to seem ungrateful, when I awkwardly say.. "oh, it's really no big deal..."       because that is far from the truth! 
It's a huge deal, to me, and I am very grateful!!  I'm proud, but I'm scared.

 

Maybe the truth is that I don't want it to be a big deal, because if it's a big deal, then I could potentially be a big flop.

 

Putting ones work out into the world is terribly scary. Especially when it's something as objective as design...
and I often feel like an amateur.

 

Finally, I just want to ask that the world be gentle with me.

I'm just a beginner. 

 

 


Blossom Issue #2 February 22 2014, 0 Comments

 

I had the honor of writing a short essay for Amy Butler's beautiful magazine, Blossom. The second issue just released and you can read my little note on page 200...

 

 

 

I was truly flattered to be asked by Amy herself to contribute. I must say that she is one of the dearest women and it is no shock that she has had all the blessings and success that she has. She exudes every bit of the love, beauty and kindness that you see in the pages of this publication and I am so grateful for her personal support and encouragement!! It's the sort of thing that really blows my mind when I look back at the last few years.. at my creative journey. I am so blessed, by the acquaintances, the colleagues and the very close friends I've made in this short time... Had anyone told me 5 years ago my life and community would grow into this I would have shook my head in disbelief!
 

 

Now back to the magazine... there is so much heart in this one issue!!  All the people that contributed to it have shared in such a genuine way. It's incredibly inspiring. 
Be sure to read Ali Dejohn's story of Making The Markerie... I found her words so touching. I can deeply relate to her feelings of guilt and confusion, as if something was missing, before the pursuit of a creative life. I also put my creative outlets on hold when I was a new mother, and even though motherhood was the greatest thing that ever happened to me I felt as if I lost part of myself for quite a while. Sewing is what brought me back. It made me myself again.
Now, after reading what Ali shared I am determined to go on one of her retreats!!!!

 

 

 

 

xoxo

April

 

+ Just in case you didn't know Blossom is entirely free!! Such an incredible gift to be shared! ♥

 

 


I've been keeping secrets. February 05 2014, 7 Comments

I have a bit of [REALLY BIG] news I've been holding back... I still can't spill ALL the beans yet, but I'm able to start dropping a few little hints :)

Obviously it involves sewing. It's a collaboration of sorts..

 

A special _______. A beautiful _____. With _____ and _____ and ______. 

 

I know, I haven't said anything at all have I?

 

Well let me say this,

I could have never imagined, when I first began sewing, all the adventures my craft would take me on. All the doors it would open. All the ideas it would inspire. 

My mother was a sewer and her mother before her, as well as many of my aunts. It is one of the few constants in my life. 

For as long as I can remember, I've always had love, the support of my family and the ability to make things (especially from fabric).

Sewing has forever been an outlet me. A tool for self expression. 

Throughout grade school I prided myself on buying clothes from the thrift-store and altering them with my mom's (now vintage) Bernina. I loved having things to wear that no one else had (even though some of those things were ridiculous)! My ability to sew gave me choices. I had the power to take something and make it something else. It was liberating.

Then, about 6 years ago, after my mom and I opened our fabric shop, I really began to grow in my craft.  I started using patterns and devouring their lessons. However, I couldn't resist the urge to alter things a little. I don't know when it happened, but I decided to try drafting my own patterns. I used large sheets of craft paper taped together and even sheets of newspaper. I started making my own designs from beginning to end. No more altering what already was or using a pattern for a guide. I just did my own thing. And my own "thing" was surprisingly wearable. It was thrilling!

Now, sewing has liberated me in a whole new way, and while my machine hasn't seen a lot of action over the past few months...

(It's mostly sat, right here, rather quietly, waiting...) 

 

my creative attention has been directed elsewhere. I've found another outlet.

Instead of my machine and sheers, I've had other tools close at hand. Tools I've held before, but never used in this way.  Again I find myself devouring their lessons and enjoying them equally!

 

It's so hard not to say more! I want to share the "news" with you right now!!! But perhaps you can guess what I'm up to?!! 

 

I will share other bits and pieces throughout the month, with a full reveal in March!

 

Hope you're excited. I know I am!


Getting PEPy with GLITZ January 21 2014, 0 Comments

YAY! Lucky me.. I got my hands on some Glitz by Michael Miller,  just pre-release, and oh how I love it!! I thought it would make such a great New Years Peplum Party Dress so I whipped up this one for NYE... and of course Amanda looked incredible in it, not to mention the fun we had dancing around at the Hart and Honey studio!

 

The gold glittery print is perfect for the girly swing of the skirt and romantic shape of the hemline... I wish I could get all dolled up and wear it everyday. Sadly, I must except my reality, I'm a momma, and date nights, though we try to have them regularly, don't often call for this level of dressy.

If only I was a little girl.. I could wear gold dots everyday!!!! 

{INSERT DAUGHTER}

 

Ah-ha!! A mini me!!

 

 

 

It just might be true, that the only thing better than being a little girl, is living vicariously through one. In "fashion sense" that is! 

 

[Hey. Don't get any ideas! I'm still a maker of women's wear sewing patterns.] 

 

This being said, I had to try my hand at a mini version!  and again, lucky me, Michael Miller sent just enough of the Quarter Dot Pearlized in Confection to cut out a tiny second dress. My "mini me" wanted her Party Dress to look just like the big one. 

 

After I made it, I had to put on the original to play dress-up with these cuties. It was an entirely different setting than the grown up studio in my last journal post, but every bit as fun!!

 

We giggled and shared the dress with one of my daughter's best buddies. I only wish I'd had the time to make another before her mom, Suzanne, snapped these photos of us. They would've made some seriously cute twinsies!!

 

 

 

Both girls agreed with me that the Confetti Border Pearlized in Mist would also make a darling dress!! 

 

Now I just need to get cutting...

 

Happy GLITZy Sewing,

April


✧ Cheers!! ✧ December 30 2013, 1 Comment

to a beautiful New Year!!!!

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[Peplum Party Dress in Glitz by Michael Miller]

 

 
[Peplum Party Dress in Palos Verdes voile by Cloud 9]

 

[Peplum Party Dress in Anna Maria Horner Dowry cotton from Sew To Speak]

 

I panned on sharing more from the #HolidayPepalong photo shoot just before the Christmas holiday, instead here they are, just in time for New Years Eve... delightful Peplum Party dresses, fit to ring in 2014! 

 

[Riding Peplum in Anna Maria Horner Field Study voile from Sew To Speak]

 

We had quite a nice time taking these photos (all by Suzanne Gipson ♥) at the gorgeous studio of  Hart & Honey, in Grandview, Ohio. The owners Ashley and Lily, are two amazingly talented ladies and it was an inspiring space to send the afternoon. The light was brilliant and Amanda was stunning as always.. I pretty much wish my whole world looked exactly like this... brilliantly clean with warm wooden accents, pretty dresses hanging on an industrial rack, softly painted chairs and a scull above the doorway. Yes. Just like that.

 

Perhaps I'll make my world look like this in 2014.. I think it will be a year full of makings... 
and I'm excited at the thought of it! 
>> - - - HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! - - ->
April

 

 

 


#HolidayPepalong December 17 2013, 0 Comments

Perhaps you're still busily making gifts... 

but if all your package's are wrapped, then seize the moment and make yourself a festive dress!! 

 

It's a very good thing that the Party Dress pattern sews up FAST because I just finished this red deer dress less than an hour before today's shoot, 

and now here it is...

 

 

The main fabric is Lineage in Coffee by Anna Maria Horner.. a gorgeous print with a beautiful backstory, the back is a knit lace I've had for sometime now, both are from our shop, Sew To Speak.

I'm very blessed to have the dress modeled by lovely friend Amanda and photographed by Suzanne. We shot at the gorgeous studio of Hart & Honey.  I can't wait to share the other photo's... I'll probably be posting them here and in various other places in a few days. They are pretty much magical. The waiting might kill me. 

 

Join me for a #holidaypepalong on IG and Facebook ;)

 

Merry Holidays!!!!
April
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