New Website!

I’ve built a new website.  I’m not sure how you’re following along, but the new site is located at  versus

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I’m working on trying to transfer the subscriptions for this blog to the new one, but if you’d like to signup again you can do so at the new site.

I hope you’ll come visit!


xo Lindsey


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Hoop-La E-book Winners!




Meghan eschbaugh

Your project turned out so cute! Great job!




Such a fun idea for a book, I’ve never seen it before. Thanks for the chance to win :)


Congrats ladies!  I’ve sent an email to each of you.

Have a great weekend!



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Circle 7 :: Amy’s Quilt




For August I received Amy’s quilt.  She had originally requested 16 patch blocks and sent 2 off as her starter to the quilt.

In July she decided to give us free reign and told us to go for it and make whatever we’d like!

Jennifer had the quilt before me and she made the beautiful hexy/star strip at the top.

When I got the quilt package it contained 6  blocks and the long strip.     I stuck them on my wall and waited to see if inspiration would come.

For 2 weeks I looked at everything and rearranged the 16-patches.   I kept feeling like it was hard to go in a new direction with so many of the previous blocks still intact.

Hopefully no one will be mad at me for taking their blocks apart!

I split 4 of the blocks in half and used them to frame a long dash block that I made.

I felt like it helped give the quilt a new start, tying in with Amy’s decision to go a different direction.

Amy I hope you think so!

I also added in the diamond block for the next person to use as she’d like.

Love the cheery colors and am excited to see it grow!




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Craft Book Month :: Hoop La! + giveaway

Today is my stop during the 3rd annual Craft Book Month at Craft Buds!

My book choice is Hoop La! : 100 Things to Do with Embroidery Hoops by Kirsty Neale.


This book is full of ADORABLE ideas for making hoops and all are small projects.   I’m a beginner at embroidery and I chose this book as a way to practice my skills and end up with something cute to hang around the house.

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Now,  when I say adorable, I mean seriously so so cute.    Pretty much every single one is something I would love to make and that’s hard to say about 100 projects.   Well done Kirsty!

The projects combine embroidery and appliqué along with lots of creative ideas for embellishing your hoop from wood staining to crochet.

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At the end of the book there are instructions and photos for embroidery stitches, how to crochet and tips on appliquéing.   Pretty much everything a beginner needs.

I chose to make 1 of the hoops from a 3 part series called ‘What’s Cooking”(shown below).

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This project combines fused appliqué and embroidery.  I would have never thought to combine the two and it really adds such a fun dimension to the finished project.

My stitches are far from perfect, but the process was relaxing and I enjoyed having a project that could travel easily with me.



If you think you’d like to try out some of the hoops, leave a comment and I’ll draw  (2) winners and send you an e-book version of Hoop La!   Open to US and International readers.     Open until Friday, Sept 6th at noon EST.

There are also giveaways all month long when you link up a project made from a craft book.   Details on the hop and contest below:

xo Lindsey

Blog Hop

Week One

Monday 9/2: Fabric Mutt / LRstitched

Tuesday 9/3: Stitch This! The Martingale Blog / Stitched in Color

Wednesday 9/4: Fabric Seeds / Pile O Fabric

Thursday 9/5: The Feisty Redhead / Rae Gun Ramblings

Friday 9/6: Sew-Fantastic / Clover + Violet

Saturday 9/7: A Prairie Sunrise / Small Town Stitcher

Week Two

Monday 9/9: Hopeful Threads / Go To Sew

Tuesday 9/10: The Sewing Rabbit / Sewing Mama RaeAnna

Wednesday 9/11: Marci Girl Designs / imagine gnats

Thursday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / amylouwhosews

Friday 9/13: Lindsay Sews / 13 Spools

Saturday 9/14: Inspire Me Grey / Angela Yosten 

Week Three
Monday 9/16: Sew Very / Craftside
Tuesday 9/17: The Littlest Thistle / CraftFoxes

9/1-9/30: Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, October, 1!
2012 Craft Book Month Projects (L to R):

Sew Crafty Jess, Sewing Rabbit, Stitched in Color, MissKnitta’s Studio

To participate in the month-long contest, just link up any project you’ve made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You’ll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc.


1) One entry per person. 

2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2013. 

3) Create a new blog post or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2013 or later) and link back to Craft Buds/Craft Book Month in your post or photo description. In your post or photo description, make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.

4) All winners chosen via Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!


Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1-30 and you’ll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors!

No time to make a project? You can also follow Craft Buds all month long for your chance to comment and win some new sewing and quilting books for your library.

 Craft Book Month at Craft Buds


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Illustrator Class

Why is it that when you have a gazillion things to do, you have a sudden desire to start something new?   Will I ever stop doing that???

Probably not.

My latest project is an Illustrator class online at Skillshare.

I saw an ad on Facebook to take the class for $10 (normally $20).   They must know I like a good deal.

I took an Illustrator class at a local college late last year and really didn’t feel like I got a good grasp.   The class covered so many topics that it felt overwhelming and I wanted to hurry up and make something!

With this class, it’s all video tutorials.    The teacher is really down to earth and we are actually making something from the get go.

Our project is to take a graphic advertisement and reproduce it.

I found a vintage needle ad online that I’m using.


I’ve been working a little bit each day and I’m actually DOING IT!  yay!!





One of my dreams is to attempt fabric design and I finally feel like I’m understanding how to use my sketches to create something digital!

I haven’t given it enough thought to know if I just want to design for the sake of learning or if I really want to attempt ‘designing’.

I’m just really really excited to have had an interest to learn something and be able to actually do just that.   And not have to leave my house, yay internet!

Hopefully I can get this finished up soon.  I was surprised to realize the lettering is the hardest part.

If you’re interested too, you can use my student referral for $10 off the class. *Update, the coupon only works if this is your first skillshare class.  So if you’ve already taken a course of any kind with them, it won’t work. boo!

The Ins and Outs of Illustrator by Brad Woodard


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Patchwork Please SAL Reminder

Just a reminder that the second half of the sew along will be hosted by my sweet partner-in-crime, Deb, from A Quilter’s Table.

You will link up for the remaining weeks on her blog and she will do the Monday posts for weeks 11-19!

Hope you’ve had a great week!



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Circle 7 Bee :: Courtney’s Quilt

I am really beginning to have fun in this bee.   I had Courtney’s quilt last month and her theme was ‘favorite things’.

My favorite is the geek glasses from Sew What Sherlock.   It was a really great paper piece pattern, highly recommend.  (You can find here for $2.50)

Amy’s quilt just arrived yesterday so I need to start brainstorming!   I finally feel like I’m getting in a groove with contributing to these.

I was really nervous on the first two quilts.  Worrying that I would get it ‘right’.   Worrying if I was adding something meaningful to the quilt.

I’m embarrassed to admit how often I doubt myself.     In my design work, in blogging and life in general.

I have so many ideas unshared and many that I have shared that I have yet to accomplish.

What the heck!

I know I’m not the only one with self-doubt, but ugh it’s annoying!

I had just planned to share pictures  but apparently I needed to give myself a public pep talk.

Baby steps, a little each day.    Start your idea, don’t think about how you will finish it, just start.

Don’t get so wrapped up with the details, learn and enjoy the process.

You are creative.   It’s okay if not everyone likes what you do.   You are doing it for you, no one else.

Take this day and make it count.    Each moment be purposeful.

xo Lindsey



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Sewing Summit :: Sewing With Leather Class

Tomorrow begins registration for Sewing Summit 2013.   It’s only 8 weeks away!

I will be teaching a lecture and a hands on class for Sewing With Leather.

I wanted to share the pictures and description in the event you are interested in this class!

I will be offering the lecture and tote pattern for purchase after Sewing Summit for those unable to attend.


Lecture :: Sewing With Leather
In the first of this two-session class, we will learn tools, tips, techniques and troubleshooting to get you on your way to using leather in your sewing projects.   Leather not only adds durability to your handbags and accessories but also adds a professional and polished look.   We will start with the different types of leather and where to source all the way to caring for the finished product.   You will walk away with inspiration and know-how to add a little bit of luxury to your handmade goods.
Hands On :: Sewing With Leather
In the second session we will take the knowledge we acquired and use it to make a tote bag.  In this class we will be working with suede and will learn three ways to use the leather on one handbag.    The techniques we cover will take a simple tote bag and turn it into a bag that gets noticed!


I love sewing with leather and am really excited to share!!



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Zakka 2.0 Week 10 :: Bloom Time Quilt

Week 9 winner, # 17 Linh!



Hi all!   Today starts Week 10 of the sew along and the 1st day of school at my house.    It’s been a busy morning!

This week’s project is the largest in the book, the Swedish Bloom Time Quilt.    Kerry from Very Kerry Berry is sharing the quilt she made for her daughter today and it is a beauty!!

The prize for linking up this week includes (3) yards of fusible fleece from Pellon, a $50 gift certificate to Mountain of the Dragon and a Bernina welcome pack that includes a tote bag, lap top sleeve, fabric bundle and a Bernina drinking glass.




You may link up your finished project today through Sunday August 11th at 11:59 pm EST for a chance to win the Fusible Fleece from Pellon, the $50 GC to Mountain of the Dragon and the swag bag from Bernina.

To link up your project, click on the frog below and follow the instructions.

One entry per person, please.

Next week Debbie will pick up the weekly postings, so be sure to visit her at A Quilter’s Table starting next Monday!

There will also be a drawing for the 2nd quarter of projects for a $50  GC to the Fat Quarter Shop.   Be sure to link up your projects for week’s 6-10 if you haven’t done so yet.

Have a great day!



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My Scrappy Box, tips for steps 11-13

One of the hard parts of a pattern can be making sure that you and the author are on the same page.

We all understand things differently based upon our experiences and when a pattern does not have many diagrams it can be hard to move forward when something doesn’t make sense!

First thing to note is that I believe there is a piece of Errata on page 78 in the yellow tip circle.   Instead of reading 6 1/2 it should read 5 1/2.

This will not concern you if you make the box scrappy as the book shows.  I chose to do a solid exterior and had I followed the tip bubble, my piece would have been too large.


Because this is a book pattern I can’t be too explicit with a tutorial, but I’ve tried to show with a little more detail how steps 11-13 are completed.

Step 11:

You are simply drawing a box 1/2″ in from each edge that will be your stitch line.   You will start and stop 1/2″ in from each side which will later allow you to fold up into a square shape and stitch your box together.


Step 12 and 13:

Your lining will remain unsewn which leaves an opening and allows you to insert the interfacing.   I’m showing step 13 here, but they are essentially sewn the same.



You will pull the lining up and away from the pocket/patchwork piece.   I recommend starting in the center and sewing to one end and going back and finishing the other side.

(My stitching is brown and hard to see, not the black edgestitching you see more clearly.)

This is helpful because to leave the lining free you need to pull a bit as you reach the end of your piece to expose and help the side seam of your piece lay flat.

Below you can see that I am pulling my lining a bit to give room to keep sewing to the end of the piece.


You want to stop right on the stitch line from the side seam of your pocket/patchwork piece.   I’ve circled below what I’m talking about.    This will be 1/2″ in from the edge.


I hope this helps you some.   It’s hard to explain without giving too much away!

I’m happy to help through email if you have any detailed questions.  I want you to be successful!

xo Lindsey

P.S.  I chose to machine stitch my side seams, so that is why my box has more rounded corners.


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