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Popover Poncho tour day 5! December 05 2014, 1 Comment

It's been so fun to see all the beautiful ponchos 'popping' up!! Today is the last day of the tour so here's a recap of the last two stunning Popovers! 


Kelly from Cut Cut Sew made another stunning black and white Pendleton poncho. She and Jaime are #ponchotwinsies! I'm not at all surprised because they both have amazing taste, and who could resist this fabric?! 



Erin of Sewbon made a cozy piece with a loosely woven grey wool. It looks so very soft. Like a blanket you can where anywhere :)


That's the end of our tour!! Take a look back at all the amazing posts and enter all the giveaways!




And check out the #popoverponcho on Instagram for more Popover Poncho goodness. 

xo April

Popover Poncho tour day 4 December 05 2014, 0 Comments

I have two more Popover's to share today...



Anna Graham of Noodlehead made her poncho in this stunning black and white plaid coating. I love the scale of the plaid for this piece and all of Anna's photos show it off so well.


Delia used a casual sweatshirt fleece for a super cozy outcome. The peek of black and white stripe knit at the cowl and pocket linings are so smart and so very Delia! 


They're both offering up a copy of the printed pattern for GIVEAWAY! Head over to their blogs to see how to win one!


xo A


Popover Poncho tour day 2 and 3!! (oops) December 03 2014, 0 Comments

Well, oops, I forgot to post yesterdays recap. But now you get more pretty Ponchos in one post!! 


These ladies have sewn three totally different yet totally awesome Ponchos!!!


Today, Jaime from Fancy Tiger shared this ridiculous (in the best way) black and white poncho in Pendleton Jacquard. Her shop, Fancy Tiger, stocks this print as well as several other Pendleton pieces. That's where I snagged the stunning fabric I used for The Popover Poncho cover. 


Yesterday, Ashley shared her herringbone shetland flannel + Liberty of London poncho on her blog, Everything Else We Do. I love this combo, especially when you see the special little peek of Liberty along the underside of the bias trim!



And Caroline showed up a super fun Poncho in a woven blend. This one makes me want buy a huge loom and weave my own cloth to sew another... I've been dabbling at woven wall hangings lately but I don't think my little lap loom would cut it. 


They each have a printed copy of the pattern to giveaway, so be sure to take a look at their blogs!!


Happy PONCHO Sewing,




Popover Poncho tour day one!! December 01 2014, 0 Comments



The first poncho tour posts of are up and these ladies have made two AWESOME ponchos!! Take a look at 


 Finch Sewing Studio and Lucky Lucille!


Nicole made a her Popover in a gorgeous grey wool and Rochelle made a casual sweatshirt fleece version in a beautiful burgundy color.

Announcing : Awesome Popover Poncho Tour and PRINTED PATTERNS!! November 30 2014, 3 Comments

Hello lovely friends. I hope you all had nice holidays filed with delicious food! I certainly ate my share.


I'm excited about this week, because I have an awesome blog tour planned for The Popover Poncho! and THE PAPER PATTERNS ARE SHIPPING TO STORES THIS WEEK!!!! YAY!



To celebrate the new arrival I've lined up nine super cool sewers to share their ponchos with you via their blogs and social media. Take a look at the list and check these people out because they will each have a copy of the printed pattern to GIVEAWAY!!! DOUBLE YAY! 


Monday Dec 1 -  Finch Sewing Studio and Lucky Lucille
Tuesday Dec 2 - Sew Caroline and Everything Else We Do
Wednesday Dec 3 - Fancy Tiger
Thursday Dec 4 - Delia Creates  and Noodlehead
Friday Dec 5 - Cut Cut Sew and Sewbon


Also, I'll be posting a nightly recap of their Popover Ponchos, here, as well as on my IG, Facebook, twitter and Pinterest feeds.
Follow along for lots of Poncho inspiration!


xo April




PS: The 25% OFF - PDF - pattern sale continues! Use the code 25THANKS, good until 11:59 PM Monday!





PATTERN SALE to say thank you! November 27 2014, 0 Comments

I just want to take a moment to let you know how grateful I am for all of you!
I hope you'll enjoy 25% OFF any and all PDF patterns on my site,
this Friday 12 AM through Monday 11:59 PM. 






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Happy holiday sewing to you all,
xo April

Modern Prairie Sewing Book Tour August 27 2014, 51 Comments

Modern Prairie just hit the bookshop sleeves and I'm delighted to share it today!


I first met the author, Abi (Abigail Long) years ago in Houston, TX and I've been seeing her and her sisters at trade shows every year since. I adore them. They always remember my name, but I'm a little embarrassed to admit, I've often confused theirs. Honestly, I'm not that bad with names but each one of their's starts with an A, and they all look so beautifully alike. When I see them I'm both excited and worried because I might have called Abigail by Achaia or Apphia by Abiah, or any combination of those. Finally, I think I've mastered who's who but I will always, lovingly refer to them as The Long Sisters and I will always look forward to their smiles and giggling. 

Abi has done a fantastic job with her first book. She's incorporated lots of tips and guidance for beginning sewers as well as a nice variety of projects.

For my stop on the book tour I decided to whip up the It's A Cinch, obi belt. It was a fun quick make and I love how easily it dresses up a simple T and chambray shorts. 



I combined leather with two of my Arizona prints. This warm orangey colored leather, on the out side, paired perfectly with my Canyon Wall print for the ties and I used my Desert Blanket print on the inside. Because I'm less of a bow girl, I like that the ties are quite long and I double wrapped mine around to make a simple knot at the back. I also skipped the interfacing because the leather gave the belt plenty of structure. I think it'd be a beautiful accessory to pull in the waist of a maxi length Staple Dress or a long tunic over leggings. I'm ready to dress for fall!! How about you?!





There are lots of other wonderful bloggers making up projects from Modern Prairie...

Jenny Fish <> Pam Kitty Morning <> Jona G <> One Billion Stars <> Sew Caroline <> Melissa Stramel 

Take a look at what these ladies've made and be sure to visit Abigail's blog, The Modern Prairie Girl, for great giveaways, August 29th - 31st!!


summer... August 04 2014, 0 Comments

Well its been a long time since I had work news to post here so I thought I'd just fill the page with a few IG photos from the summer. 

A little photo log of what I've been up to...


Saw babies hatch.

Gave gifts.

Ate berries.

Made things with other berries.

Picked colors.

Said farewell (for now) to a friend.

Enjoyed Lake Cumberland.

Got new toys.

Got fancy at our street festival.

Made a little dress.

Celebrated seven!!

Saw my old ceiling.

Got some press.

Enjoyed North Bar Lake,  Little Glen and Big Glen and Lake Michigan.

Saw a boatstache.


Got a little more press.

Made a big dress.

Got fancy for a wedding and took a photo that made my husband look like he has a mullet. It's a tree.

Witnessed a beautiful union.


I can't believe its nearly over... my oldest goes back to school in just 16 days! I'm ready and I'm not ready. I do best with the routine of the school year but it will be a challenge getting back into it. 


Hope  you've had a lovely summer!!!


xoxox April





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 <<

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 <<
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 <<

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!




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 - - >