The World of Sewing Fiction

Looking for something to read?  There are over 30 fictional novels revolving around sewing.  Here are a few to whet your appetite.

Add a comment below if you have another book to suggest.

Hardcover Elm Creek Quilts  (I, II, & III) Book

Jennifer Chiaverini is a historical fiction bestselling New York Times author best known for the “Elm Creek Quilts” series in addition to several collections of quilt patterns that were inspired by her novels.… Read the rest

To Box or to De-Stash?

by Maria Quian
After many years of just dreaming about it, the right house came along. My current house is in Texas and I am moving to Colorado. It is a now or never situation for many reasons.

But in life, all good things also come with other not so good things we must do.… Read the rest

Planning for Fall Sewing

I decided to try something different this fall, actually planning out more than one garment :). To start off I used my custom coquis from the https://www.mybodymodel.com/ app. I walked through Erin’s online class called “paperdolls for adults”. I was inspired to pull out some markers, patterns, fabrics and plan out an entire fall wardrobe.… Read the rest

I decided to try something different this fall, actually planning out more than one garment :). To start off I used my custom coquis from the https://www.mybodymodel.com/ app. I walked through Erin’s online class called “paperdolls for adults”. I was inspired to pull out some markers, patterns, fabrics and plan out an entire fall wardrobe.… Read the rest

The Curse of the Chanel-style Jacket

by Marie Barrese
Ever wonder why some sewists have a stash of beautiful bouclé’s and silks? And usually it’s not just one cut, but several. Some also have the trims and buttons that coordinate with the fabric, and they may even have the patterns needed to complete the garment. What garment you may ask, and why are these items still in their stash?… Read the rest

Saving a Quilt with a Past

by Jane Dempsey

When I graduated from high school, my grandmother gave me a hand-pieced quilt. Since Grandma Ann didn’t have the money for new fabric, my mother bought the fabric. My grandma and mom didn’t have a wonderful relationship, so their cooperation with each other was noteworthy. In the past, Grandma made all quilts out of pieces of dresses that had worn out, and my mom knew I would like a pink quilt.… Read the rest

Dollmaking in the time of COVID

By Jami Roux

The Covid lockdown gave me an opportunity to practice my doll making skills. When the lockdown began my first thought was to make a doll as I didn’t need to sew more clothes for myself. I also knew everything to make a doll was in my stash.

With all the time to sew, I have made fourteen dolls for gifts, group challenges, tested new patterns, and just because I wanted to try something different.… Read the rest

My “Duh!” Moment Finally Arrived

by Beverly Vance

For the past few years (since my retirement), and especially during our long seclusion while the pandemic wreaked its havoc, I’ve been so thrilled at having so much time to sew that I just kept churning out garments and buying more fabric. Unfortunately, too many of those makes are orphans – they don’t go with anything else.… Read the rest

Asa, COVID, and the State Fair Sewing Contest

By Debbie Reid

Exciting Update!

In the 2021 Texas State Fair, Asa won a 1st Prize Ribbon for his jacket. If you’re going to the fair you can see it in the creative arts building, in the kids corner.

Original Article below

Every week one of the grandkids come over for “Grandma Night.”… Read the rest

Sewing Slump…Conquered!

by Kris Peterson

I was recently asked to write a blog post for Plano ASG, the topic to be determined by me! First, I have never written a blog, and have actually read very few; secondly, I had no idea of any topic that would be of interest to anyone! And to top it all off, I have been in a huge sewing slump, which showed no signs of ending.… Read the rest

Want expert needle knowledge?

The Hoopla Sisters will host a Zoom meeting on Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 10:30 am with Rhonda Pierce, spokesperson for Schmetz Needles and Grabbit.

Rhonda will be speaking about needles for piecing/quilting, sewing with knits and machine embroidery… something for everyone. More information about Rhonda and her presentation can be found here.Read the rest

Fireside Chat with Ann Williamson

Creative inspiration Alert! Our newest Fireside Chat with Ann Williamson is sure to get your creative juices flowing full force. Watch our 30 minute chat with her to learn about her creative process, her love of kimono silk, and her fun interaction with Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Follow Ann on her blog and Instagram.… Read the rest