Free Episodes of The Quilt Show

March 10, 2012 Leave a comment

Big news here! In honor of International Quilt Day (March 17, 2012), The Quilt Show (, the web TV show hosted by Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims, will “open” all of its shows from the first nine series—that is, from show 100 through show 913—for the entire weekend of March 16–18. This means that for three special days, everyone will have the chance to view these 117 shows, featuring some of the quilting world’s leading artists, for FREE.

—From the Sewing Friends group on Facebook

I know, this is a Wearables blog, so why am I posting about a quilting show? Well, I thought some of you might make quilts as well as garments and would therefore be interested. I had also spied their Quilting for Garments episode and thought “Ah ha! Wearable!” but alas, that show is from series 10 (which is not included in the free episode bonanza). 😦

The Quilt Show

Photo: The Quilt Show’s hosts, Alex Anderson and Ricky Tims. Click the image to go to the show’s episode list.

By the way, Sewing Friends is maintained by Phyllis (she’s our chapter secretary, but the group isn’t officially related to ASG Houston), and she posts various tips, sales notices, links to tutorials, etc. Group members are welcome to share their projects and ask sewing questions, too. It’s a closed Facebook group, but you can request to join it.


Casserole Carrier (made by Mary Jane)

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment

This isn’t a wearable project, but a lot of people seemed interested in the casserole carriers that Mary Jane showed at our last meeting. If you want to make one for yourself, here’s how:

Casserole or Pie Carrier Tutorial by Crafty Gemini

The tutorial is actually a video, which generally isn’t my favorite thing. Videos can be useful, of course, but they also can be frustrating when the lighting is too dim, the sound is garbled, etc. Well, have no fear because this video is GREAT! I was really impressed by how well Vanessa (Crafty Gemini) presented everything.

Below are some photos I took of Mary Jane’s casserole carriers (click on a thumbnail to see a larger image). BTW, if you could donate some carriers to the chapter, we’d appreciate it! We’re going to sell our chapter cookbook plus kitchen items such as these at conference.

Using a Croqui

February 13, 2012 Leave a comment

When I go through patterns, I have a hard time figuring out if something that looks good on the model (who is probably 6′ tall and is, you know, a model) is going to look good on me (5’2″ and not a model). So I’m intrigued by this croqui thing, particularly when I saw how this blogger used hers. Has anyone made a croqui* before? Do you find them useful? I’ll see if I can get DH to take some photos of me so I can make one, too.

*Y’all probably know this already, but a croqui is “a silhouette that you can use to study your figure and diagnose fitting issues” (definitition shameless plagiarized from Sewing by the Book).


From blog post So … This Is My Body

What’s most obvious about the one on the left is that I absolutely do not have that slim little waist in the pattern image, so it’s not going to look like that on me. The sleeves (which I wasn’t planning on) are probably a good idea as they make me look more balanced. Not a terrible look, reminiscent of Glee’s Rachel Berry, if that’s what I’m going for.

The image on the right, however, shows me that my rectangular-shaped body doesn’t change the shape so much. And the v-neck doesn’t widen my square jaw.

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Holding Pattern Overnight Bag from Modcloth

January 20, 2012 Leave a comment

If boring baggage is becoming a pattern, try this charming, vegan faux leather overnight bag on for size! This cute carry-all is perfectly tailored for a quirky crafter, or a jetsetting Jane looking for a vintage-inspired valise. The stitchery-style prints and darling button details conceal enough space to stow all of your sewing supplies, souvenirs, and other accoutrement. In a shirtdress, wire headband, and Mary Janes, your seamstress style is stunning by any measure!

Okay, the description is a little over-the-top (notice how it specifies the whole outfit? “Shirtdress, wire headband, and Mary Janes…”), but still, it’s a cute bag. I’m impressed that it’s vegan, too! I don’t need an overnight bag, though, so I’ll just admire it from afar. 😉

Holding Pattern Overnight Bag from Modcloth

Holding Pattern Overnight Bag from Modcloth

Magnetic Bookmark Tutorial

January 16, 2012 Leave a comment

Remember Charlotte’s big bag of goodies from the Quilt Festival? One of the items that caught my eye was the magnetic bookmark. While pondering what to post on the blog, I saw a post on someone else’s blog about this magnetic bookmark tutorial. Perfect! So without further ado, here is the tutorial as well as two related links:

Magnetic bookmark

Happy 2012!

January 1, 2012 Leave a comment created a little annual report for the blog, which included some fun surprises (I have readers from other countries??). Thanks to everyone who has taken the time to visit! It’s nice to know I have some readers out there in cyberspace. 🙂

As for 2012, is there anything y’all would like to see in this blog? Links to patterns? To other blogs? Something else? Just let me know, and I’ll do my best to oblige!

Happy New Year!

24 Beautiful Purse Patterns

December 11, 2011 Leave a comment

Not sure what to make for the brown bag gift exchange? Here’s a list of projects from Tip Junkie: 24 Beautiful Purse Patterns. What’s great about Tip Junkie is that she includes photos and brief descriptions of the purses — sooo useful! Plus all of the patterns are free. 🙂 Enjoy!

24 Beautiful Purse Patterns from Tip Junkie