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Today we are featuring a guest on our blog! We have mentioned Leona a few times. Sheila and Leona get together to sew and visit as often as possible, which ends up being at least once a month and more if we have a quilt show coming up. Some of you may have met her at the Portland Expo or at the Quilt Market in St Louis this past year. We hope you enjoy her creativity just as much as we do! Hello, Sewing Friends! I am a huge fan of the McKay Manor Musers pattern line and love thinking of new ways to use their sweet appliqués. As soon...

The Natural Wonder that is Yosemite National Park

For us Musers one of the places we have drawn a lot of inspiration from over the years is Yosemite National Park. It is one of my personal favorites as far as National Parks go, and I use to only live about 3 hours away! My mom and I went when I was pregnant with my first child, and it started a bit of a tradition for us to go back! We visited in November and expected to find some fall foliage but apparently we were a bit late in the season. It was a tad cold, but luckily I had my own built in heater keeping me warm. We...

Christmas Stockings

Christmas stockings

When I was little we had the hardest time making ourselves go to sleep on Christmas Eve because we were so excited for Santa to come. I think we probably woke up around 3 in the morning to go down and gaze in awe at the Christmas tree, and the presents, and the stockings lined up on the mantle. My mother hand knit stockings, complete with our name on the top, for each of her five children. We regularly found a little stuffed animal peeking out of the top. (This is a tradition my husband and I agreed to continue when we started a family of our own.) One year,...

Quick and Easy Christmas Gifts for Keeping You Warm From Your Head to Your Toes

Suede slippers, winter warmers, and twisty twirly scar

It seems like lots of people in the blog-iverse are sharing their holiday gift guides right now, and I figured we should too. I personally love getting, and giving handmade gifts. However, as we all know, this is a busy time of year. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have hours on end to devote to making handmade gifts for everyone on my list. So I’m sharing three of my patterns that make great, quick gifts. Any of these projects can be finished in about four hours from start to finish. With the weather getting colder, don’t forget to make a gift for yourself too! Let’s get started!...

An Attitude of Gratitude

It’s no secret that I love to travel. I think I got the bug from my father. Most of my siblings seem to have been infected as well. My first international trip was to Europe when I was in High School. We went to visit my sister and her family while her husband was stationed there. I have always been grateful for the opportunity to travel and see the world. But the more I travel, the more I realize I have so much to be grateful for. I am so very blessed to live in this time and in this place. We are very good at noticing the unusual or...

Jelly Bean Bag Pattern

We introduced Kayla’s Jelly Bean Pillow pattern at the Sewing and Stitchery expo in Puyallup, WA. It has since become one of my absolute favorite patterns. It is also makes a really fun class. I just taught it at the NW Quilting Expo in Portland, OR and I hear the class filled up three days after the schedule went live. If you’d like me to teach a class in your area, let me know. My friend Leona came to help me set up and run the booth at Spring Market in St. Louis. Ever since that day I believe she has been thinking of ways to build on the pattern....

That time I spent a couple weeks making a Halloween sign I just had to have

First off, and most importantly: Happy Friday the 13th! A few years ago, mom, Kira and I got a ton of wood block decorations from a place in Utah called Wood Connections. Seriously, that store is addictive. The idea is, the masterminds behind this store come up with adorable décor items made out of wood. They paint them and add cute papers until the designs are absolutely irresistible. The catch is, you buy the unfinished wood projects, and then you finish them however you want. It’s genius. You walk through the store and the cute samples make the unfinished projects practically leap off the shelves and into your basket. The...

Thanksgiving appliques

It’s the first week of October! So naturally, we’re talking about thanksgiving. I wish I could say I’m kidding, and while we will still be talking about Halloween in the coming month, we wanted to feature our Gobble ‘till ya wobble pattern now so you will still have time to make a blanket or any other project your heart desires in time for the holiday. We originally released the Gobble ‘till ya wobble way back in 2013 at the same time that we released the Tricks and Treats and Joy to the World Template packs. It was incredibly popular, and although we re-stocked our kits twice, we sold out both...

Trick or Treat Tote

As you may have noticed, our goal of adding a new post every Friday has quickly fallen apart. We’re not giving up though! We’ll try again next Friday. Anyway, back to the real reason you’re here. We’re still in Halloween prep mode around here and I decided to make Trick or Treat bags for my granddaughters this year. When my girls were young I sewed a bunch of their costumes. I like to think we all loved it! One year I made ‘bridal dresses’ for both of my girls. The puffiness of those sleeves would have given Princess Di a run for her money. Another year, Kira was Little Bo...

Halloween Shirts & Skirts

Halloween is just around the corner guys!!! I’m doing my best to get ready before the actual holiday this year, but it’s a bit difficult to get anything done with 3 littles running around!!! I’ve been creating some new Halloween decor and clothing, and playing around with my Silhouette Cameo in the process. So in this post I’m going to be highlighting using a Silhouette Cameo and Heat Transfer Vinyl to make some cute Halloween shirts! I did designs for you and your kiddos! Look at all these cute kids! 3 are mine and 3 I “borrowed” from a good friend to help me model the shirts. I put together...