Sunday, April 29, 2012

the Portland Peel listing is finally live!

Phew - after a whirlwind of writing up materials and documents I finally have the listing for the "Portland Peel" template set up in my shop.

What is the "Portland Peel"?  It's an easy way to make an orange peel block, or many variations thereof. Check out the PDF ideabook available on my sidebar. Print some pages out and color them in - maybe you'll catch the Peel fever too!

I can't stop cutting and making these blocks, they're just too damn easy to sew up - 2 seams per peel, simple. It's an easy curve, so "advanced beginner" sewists can do this in a snap. As long and you can sew a 1/4" seem pretty consistently, you can make this block.

So, all you local Portlandians - Did you know that Modern Domestic is doing a curves 101 class featuring this 'pattern'?  AND they'll be carrying the template sets there starting this Tuesday I believe, so save shipping and buy local!

Thursday, April 12, 2012



I haven't sewn in weeks, maybe even a month.  First my machine had to be repaired and was gone for 2 weeks. Then I had a really bad day and ended up in the ER with a kidney stone (that's a first for me - uh, ouch!), then the doc that I saw a few days after my problem passed told me a need a procedure 'right away' because there were some big stones left in my kidneys. He assured me it was easy and I'd be fine by the same evening. Not so much.  So a couple weeks later, a week long visit from my Mom :)  and a big round of stomach flus rotating through the house and here I am. Needless to say I wasn't able to keep up with my Etsy shop over the last couple weeks, I have a LONG list of convos that I'm trying to catch up on now (so sorry), and I'm hoping to re-open tomorrow.

The PMQG's April meeting is next week, and we're all supposed to bring in a challenge block using the Michael Miller Cotton Couture Solids that we got at the last meeting. So this afternoon I spent my first available healthy timeslot in awhile and sewed. It felt great! But it had me thinking the whole time - why do I always make things so damn complicated and hard for myself? I think this translates in to more areas of my life than sewing. Going to work on that...  and I'm going to steam the heck out of that block.  Cheers all!

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

I'm Going, Are You?

I just bought my ticket. Anyone else going? I heard the first 50 tickets sold out in less than 5 minutes...

I had a really great time there last year, and know I will have a blast again this year.

The list of teachers looks pretty cool so far!

So how about it - join me?