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Hats Off to the Online Craft Community!



The thieving site is DOWN!

Thank you, thank you to everyone that stepped up to support indie designers and put your foot down against the violation of selling  free patterns without permission!

Thank you for not being afraid to speak up and take action. If we don’t say something to protect ourselves and our crafty friends, who will?

THUMBS UP to each and every person that stepped up to help!


Random Monday Thoughts

Thank you to every single person that has helped spread the word about the pattern theft that has taken place against Fandom In Stitches and many of my designer friends.

I have taken as many measures as I can to rectify the situation and can now only wait and see what happens. Your support of myself and the online crafty community is much appreciated!

Binding a super secret project!
On a more positive note, I mailed off a super secret project this over the weekend. I wonder what it could be?!

And now, a quote from my favorite headmaster:

We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided. Lord Voldemort’s gift for spreading discord and enmity is very great. We can fight it only by showing an equally strong bond of friendship and trust. Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.
~Albus Dumbledore

And, as a happy aside, have you seen Aalia’s wonderful Doctor Who-inspired Prayer Leaf tutorial?

Until tomorrow, my dear friends!


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pink and white fleur

Featured Pattern: 6″ fleur-de-lis to paper piece, just $2 on Craftsy!


For the first time in three and a half years, there will not be a TTMT today. I’ll be back to explain in a couple of days.

In the meantime, be sure to check out my Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks Blog Tour post for a chance to win a free copy of Vol. 6.


Featured Pattern Set: Holly Jolly, just $6 on Craftsy!

Lavender Love Affair

Kenmore 158.523My spiffy “new” Kenmore 158.523

I spent almost 24 hours resisting the siren song of the lavender sewing machine before heading back to Goodwill to see if she was still there.

It was…I bought her.

Her…because she’s lavender!

Boy, does she ever weigh a ton! The machine came with a plastic case in good condition and has the power cord/foot control, but was missing a presser foot/screw and the bobbin case.  There was one cam already in place, but no other accessories. I have oodles of old Singer supplies, so I’ll have to see if I have any that will work with this beauty.

When I got her home and plugged in, the light didn’t come on and I got no response from the motor. I didn’t have time to play with, so I just set everything aside until I a little more time. Goodwill has a 48 hour return policy on electronics, so I figured, worse case scenario, I could take the lavender lady back.

After a little fiddling, I ended up cleaning the contacts for the power supply and the motor absolutely purrs! She needed a new light bulb, and I happened to have the right one on hand, so I popped it in.

I found a presser foot in my sewing stuff that fits just fine. All she needs now is a bobbin case and  I think we’ll be good to go!

With a little Google-fu, found the exact (and vintage!) bobbin case on Mule Wagon Sewing for $9, half of the cost of the actual machine! Once it gets here, I’ll let you know how she sews!

From the research I did online today, I think she’s from the mid-1960s. If anyone knows for sure, I’d love  a definite date!



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Lavender Temptation

Kenmore Sewing MachineI freaking love old sewing machines.


I have three vintage Singers, and have had as many as five at one time.

What? I gave two of them away…and they have all been unbelievable bargains I found at thrift shops.

I saw this lavender Kenmore beauty at Goodwill today, and boy did I want to buy it.

I really, really did.

It was missing it’s foot & foot screw as well as the bobbin casing, so I didn’t buy it. I promised myself no more machines unless they came with all their parts. That followed buying a machine with no power cord and no foot control…

For $20, though…SO tempting.

So tempting, in fact, I’m contemplating checking in again tomorrow, just to see if it’s still there.

Seriously, folks, a lavender sewing machine! It was even cooler in person…

What do you think? Should I break my promise to myself and “adopt” this little beauty?


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Fabric Shopping!

I picked up these fun fabrics yesterday afternoon during a quick stop at the new Austin-area quilt store Remnants:fiber[culture]!

I think I might be having a bit of a thing for dots at the moment…

The store’s owner, Jessica, is an energetic and enthusiastic quilter and the store is an awesomely eclectic boutique setting. Jessica offers fantastic mod fabrics as kits, yardage, and bundles, as well as edge-to-edge long-arm quilting for a penny an inch.

The Austin Modern Quilt Guild meets there once a month, too, how cool!

In case you’re out and about in Austin, here’s the address of this cute and quirky shop:

10435 Burnet Road
Suite 106
Austin, Texas



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