Best Sewing Products Ever

Sewers and Quilters love tools and gadgets, especially when it makes sewing easier, faster, and lessens frustration. Sometimes I become aware of a tool and think, “I wish I had this a long time ago!” It’s hard to know about all the great tools and gadgets, resources and books, that are out there unless someone […]

Felt Animals for Kids to Sew

I designed these felt animals for my hand sewing class and the pdf sewing patterns are available in my Avery Lane Etsy shop and Craftsy shop. We had a full house and all the kids loved sewing their animals! The kids were as young as 6 and as old as 11, with some in between […]

New! Hand Sewing Projects

It’s time for handmade gifts. I love working with soft wool felt and hand sewing. I’ve been preparing for a class I’m teaching to young children. Felt stuffies 🙂 I love how the sketches turned into really cute animals. Here are 2 finished projects. A cute little turtle… An owl I’m not quite finished with […]

Fall Quilt Market Sewing

I’ve been sewing and designing  a lot in the studio this month. I finished several doll pieces for my friends at Andover fabrics for their booth at the Fall 2016 International Quilt Market. I was working up until the deadline, so I didn’t take proper photos of all the things I made for them. Luckily,  […]

Fall Sewing

I love the fall season, though it blew in here with a pretty big storm this year. The leaves are changing, weather cooling in the evening and morning hours. Here are some of the projects I’ve made for my friends at Majestic Batiks for their Fall Quilt Market Booth coming up in Houston, Texas.   […]

New Pattern

As usual, I’ve been pretty busy around here. It seems I could start most posts with that sentence. Today is no exception. I’ve been getting ready for our Youth Quilt Guild meeting this afternoon, creating the step-by-step story board and cutting out the fabric kits for the kids to sew an uneven 9-patch block. Quilt […]

Doll Days Design Challenge Winners

First off it needs to be stated that judging this 18 inch Doll Dress Design contest was difficult! Many judges said they were having a hard time choosing!  In the end it was extremely close. Thank you to all the dress designers that entered.  It was amazing to see all the possibilities with just one […]


I hope to post the winners of the Doll Days! Dress Challenge soon. I’m still waiting on 2 judges. It’s clear that it’s been hard to choose just 2. All the dresses are so cute and the sewists very talented! The structure of the contest was a design challenge–Use the Vintage Party Dress Pattern from […]

Doll Days! Dress Contest

It’s time for a design challenge! A Doll Days! and Riley Blake sponsored doll dress design challenge. To Enter: Sew a dress using the Vintage Party Dress pattern from Doll Days! Sew an Everyday Wardrobe for 18″ Dolls (get the eBook here) Embellish or modify to create your own style, or sew it as written […]

Kids Sewing for American Girl Dolls

The summer just seems to be cruising along. Last week’s winning entry was Ingrid…she sent in a photo of her doll’s Simple Top she sewed using her copy of Sew in Style. Congratulations, Ingrid! Your doll’s top looks awesome. Ingrid also made the skirt–super cute!! Though things were slow last week with just the one […]


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