It’s A Sewing Party!!!

Mark your calendars! November 8, 2014 is a first of its kind sewing and crafting educational event. If you love learning online The Sewing Party is the place for you. For one day sewing and crafting classes will be taught by leading bloggers and DIY educational experts.


Attendees will have the opportunity to attend over 30 classes, and will be able to access the classes 90 days after the event.… Read the rest

All about member Lu Peters

shear-accident-smallWe are proud to have the very talented Lu Peters as one of our members.   She is a frequent attendee of the Toujour Couture neighborhood group, that meets the first Thursday of the month at Fabrique! fabrics.  AND Lu will be teaching one of our workshop seminars at the upcoming “share fair” on September 27th.… Read the rest

Not a size 2? Neither are most of the rest of us!

keep calm with curvesOne of the reasons you may sew is for fit.  I know I have fitting challenges with asymmetrical hips and a tummy that curves out instead of Jessica Rabbit concave.   Big and baggy, or stretched way too tight flatters no one.  How to gauge whether a style or pattern will look good on your figure?  … Read the rest

Indie Sewing Month


I never heard the term Indie Pattern Company until I started to research sewing related items on the internet. It didn’t take me long to figure out these companies are popping up everywhere. They are even showing up at sewing and quilting expos and specialty fabric stores.

It’s easy to overlook indie pattern companies for a number of reasons.… Read the rest

Vintage, what is old is new again

simplicity halter

Have you notice the resurgence of vintage?  Simplicity and Vogue have been re releasing vintage patterns, Butterick has a line of retro inspired patterns with the designer Gertie of the blog ““.  Pattern review is running a vintage sewing contest.  I adore the 1950’s playsuit by Madssews.

I started sewing very early on, but in all the moves from high school to college, from this place to that place, I only kept one of my patterns from my high school sewing days.  … Read the rest

Beginner Freemotion Stitching

ArtJournal-300pxFollowing Maggie’s Table Topper / Table Runner Sew Along, I want to share this with some of you that might be new to freemotion stitching/quilting.

Bernina has developed this little eBooklet (downloadable for free here) to try several beginner stitches techniques.

At the end all the different exercises are combined in a little art book.… Read the rest

Quiltin’ Bs Broken Star/Lone Star quilt

Hello Ladies,

Our next meeting of the Quiltin’ Bs will be Thursday, January 23 at 7:00 pm. We will begin working on a Broken Star/Lone Star quilt.

Broken Star - Lone Star

I know it looks complicated, but I think everyone will be able to do it.

If you would rather have something less complicated, we can simplify it in several ways.… Read the rest

Follow us on Facebook, Pinterest and Meetup

The Plano Chapter has forged into new territory – social media – so if you follow any of the below (and if you don’t give one or two a try)

FACEBOOK – find us at please “like” our page.  AND follow Mary Jo’s lead and post your current creations, or any creation.  … Read the rest

Petit h at Hermès: Don’t throw anything away!

Thank you Lu and Jami for sending in this article!


petithLike me, you probably have a box of scrap materials lying around somewhere – patches of lace, a nice length of grosgrain ribbon, buttons and any other bits and bobs that in true “Mum” fashion, might become useful one day – she thinks wistfully.Read the rest

An Unexpected Gem in the Wilds of the Pacific Northwest

(Sheryl sent me this to share with you all:)

I just got home from a wonderful trip British Columbia.  While we were wandering the area we bumped into this awesome studio/gallery/workshop housed in a cluster of yurts!  The owners were so friendly and loved showing us and telling us about all the work both in progress and displayed. … Read the rest

Art Under The Microscope

The University of Michigan Health System and Fiber Artists@Loose Ends have partnered to show artistic interpretations of scientific images. Online they’ve teamed up with to show a selection from the traveling exhibit Art Under the Microscope.

“The exhibition Art Under the Microscope presents impressive scientific imagery interpreted through textile arts, a perfect blending of art and science.… Read the rest