Gee’s Bend quilters

I am so excited! Some of the Gee's Bend quilters are coming to my town Oct. 13-20 and will conduct a workshop and give a presentation at the local schools. The workshop is $125 and I'd love to attend, but with three high schoolers and Homecoming that month, it seems unlikely. I will definitely go to the presentation though. Should be interesting.

Gee's Bend Book

Gluten Free Coconut Chocolate Hazelnut cookies

I decided to bake tonight to keep myself from eating sugary, gluteny snacks. I came up with this recipe and am loving these. Even my stepdaughter approves. High praise indeed from a 14 year old. It’s not a fancy recipe but it works.

2 c. Gluten free flour Mix (I used white rice, brown rice, cornstarch and almond or Meister’s)

1/2 c nutella

1/3 c maple syrup

1/2 c coconut oil

1 egg

1/2 c walnuts

3/4 c unsweetened coconut

1 tsp baking soda

Bake at 350 for 9-11 minutes.


Treasure Trove

I work with some truly talented and wonderful women. The fact that one of them just got done running Beat the Bridge and brought me back freshly roasted Zoka coffee is just a bonus. She even loaned me her copy of 50 Shades of Gray. Guess I know what I’m doing Sunday.
Friday, we get off work for a half day during the summer. It gives me mommy time to do what I want. Today I felt like thrifting. I scored!
Vintage linens to sew with above. Bargain shoes below.
Vintage pattern .25.  I will be modifying it, but like the style.
Total for my thrifting booty? $5.50. That’s right, Born shoes for .50.
After my thrifting haul, I remembered Joann’s big sale this weekend. 5 for $5 Simplicity patterns.


Closest store is 45 minutes away. I didn’t really want to drive and I tried to figure out a way to score the patterns. My brain was working hard and BAM! I called Wal-Mart to see if they ad match Joann. I think I am the first person to ask that in our area, it took a little bit for the answer but they said yes. Win!

Maxi dress!  Actually, I’m making several views from this dress.



I’ve had a big crush on this Lisette pattern for quite some time.









This shirt will be great for casual and work use.  I think different fabric and finished will really lend versatility to this.







2363 will make a great Boho tunic and dress.  I’m not sure I can pull off that Maxi look at5’1, but I might give it a whirl. The 1940’s repro is for my fall wardrobe building.  By then I might be brave enough to try something a little more tailored. I am so excited that I got the 5 for $5 and didn’t have to drive.  More sewing in the future!

Sewing Book wishlist


I am a major book fiend.  I have a bookcase full of books, a children’s bookcase and a Kindle with a ton of books.  When I first started sewing again in January, I got my sewing machine and Colette’s Sewing Handbook all in the same week.  I picked up The Practical Guide to Patchwork by Elizabeth Hartman a couple of weeks later for my Kindle/iPad. I was hooked.  Since then, I voraciously read sewing and knitting blogs-last count in my Google Reader-98. Can anyone say obsessed?  I love checking blogs-the thing is, people who sew aren’t writing every single day, so I’m not reading 100 posts a day.  (but I would)

I’ve found some books on Amazon that I’d like to get and can’t decide which one to order next. On my wishlist is (in no particular order).

  1. Little Bits Quilting Bee: 20 Quilts Using Charm Packs, Jelly Rolls, Layer Cakes, and Fat Quarters by Kathreen Ricketson
  2. The Complete Photo Guide to Perfect Fitting by Sarah Veblen
  3. A Field Guide to Fabric Design: Design, Print & Sell Your Own Fabric; Traditional & Digital Techniques; for Quilting, Home Dec & Apparel by Kimberly Kight-  I want to get my husband to read this.  He is an artist and I want him to do some fabric for me. 
  4. Alabama Studio Sewing + Design: A Guide to Hand-Sewing an Alabama Chanin Wardrobe by Natalie Chanin
  5. Shape Shape: Sewing Clothing Patterns to Wear Multiple Ways by Natsuno Hiraiwa 
  6. Pattern Magic 2 by Tomoko Nakamichi
  7. The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook by Nora Abousteit
  8. Design-It-Yourself Clothes: Patternmaking Simplified by Cal Patch
  9. Building Patterns the Architecture of Women’s Clothing by Suzy Furrer
  10. Alabama Stitch Book: Projects and Stories Celebrating Hand-Sewing, Quilting and Embroidery for Contemporary Sustainable Style by Natalie Chanin
  11. Simple Modern Sewing: 8 Basic Patterns to Create 25 Favorite Garments by Shufu To Seikatsu Sha
  12. The Best of Knitscene: A Collection of Simple, Stylish, and Spirited by Lisa Shroyer
  13. My Grandmother’s Knitting: Family Stories and Inspired Knits from Top Designers by Larissa Golden Brown
  14. Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts by Jacquie Gering, Katie Pedersen
  15. Knitting Everyday Finery: Practical Designs for Dressing Up in Little Ways by Mel Clark
  16. Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection: 400+ Easy Embroidery Designs by Aimée Ray
  17. Chic & Simple Sewing: Skirts, Dresses, Tops, and Jackets for the Modern Seamstress by Christine Haynes
  18. Sweet Shawlettes: 25 Irresistible Patterns for Knitting Cowls, Capelets, and More by Jean Moss
  19. Stitch by Stitch: Learning to Sew, One Project at a Time by Deborah Moebes
  20. Denyse Schmidt: Modern Quilts, Traditional Inspiration: 20 New Designs with Historic Roots  by Denyse Schmidt
  21. Sublime Stitching: Hundreds of Hip Embroidery Patterns and How-To by Jenny Hart, Alexandra Grablewski

It’s a big list, I know.  Any suggestions on any of these books?

I did pre-order a book today. Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing: A Modern Guide to Couture-Style Sewing Using Basic Vintage Techniques by Gertie Hirsch of Gertie’s New Blog for Better Sewing fame.  I love her blog and am so excited to read her book.  Hooray for preorders.   Something to look forward to in the fall. Congratulations to Gertie and her book! The cover is awesome.

Gluten free cupcakes-the easy way

So, sometimes with MCTD, I get home, I’m tired, I want to sew, blah, blah blah. Insert your version of busy here. I wanted something sweet last night. Not often do I crave sweets. Lots of gluten free goods require a gazillion flours (hello $$$) or preprocessed stuff usually tasted like some version of cardboard. There are some good alternatives out there.  I used a baking mix, GASP, last night and made cupcakes.

See, we’re lucky enough to have a “salvage” store around here.  They get all kinds of wacky stuff and it’s owned and run by the Amish. Well, lucky for me that translates to occasional dirt cheap finds on gluten free products. Cake mix for $1. So, I mix up the batter, throw in a cup of raspberries frozen from the farmer’s market last year and add in a little hazelnut oil. Oh yes, moist, delicious, raspberry hazelnut cupcakes. How do I know they are good?  Kids eat them without knowing they are gluten free. Hee hee. Plus, how can they be bad? They’re purple and sparkly.


Great Coworkers

Birthday gifts

Only great coworkers give you double chocolatey tea stuff and notebooks. Notebooks are like my crack. I can hardly even decide what to write in them. This one will be dedicated to sewing and knitting sketches though. How perfect. Now to run across campus and get a new Micron.

Backyard retreats

I need a place that I can use to sew and read, drink some wine, chill. With an unemployed husband (the company he worked for went under) and 4 teenagers, I could use a respite.  This cottage shed from HGTV’s Rate My Space is pretty cute.  I like the cedar shake shingles, color and french doors.  Maybe a little bigger porch so I can put a swing on it. Nothing better than a porch swing and wine.  You should try it. Like NOW.


This prefab bungalow from Kanga Studio is pretty sweet too.  I could even option in a kitchenette and bathroom.  Hmmmm. Wait, if I do that the oldest teenager will want to live in it forever.  Scratch the kitchenette.

I guess I’ll start my dream list for now…