ATTENTION FELLOW FABRIC LOVERS (or should I say “fabri-holics!) ~ ~ ~

I have decided to shift at least a portion of my focus to teaching but don’t have the classroom space. So, the stacks of fabric must go! I am holding a “Remodel Sale” so I can convert my storeroom into a classroom. I am planning on creating space for up to 6 workstations!

hand sewing

learning to use needle and thread

sewing lesson

stitching blocks together








There are LOTS of quilting cottons and flannel, Apparel and Special Occasion fabrics, batting and thread. All at “must go” prices!

fat quarters

bins of fat quarters

Fabric Shelves 1

just a teaser!








The sale will be on 3 Saturdays: April 29th, May 6th, and May 13th from 9-5. If you can, carpool! As a home-based business, parking is limited. If interested, contact me for my address and directions at old2new@comcast.net or call 253-318-1414. Hope to see you soon!

These things have I spoken unto you, that in me ye may have peace. In the world ye have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 ASV


DONE! A New Licensing

March 1st was the deadline for the Children’s Garment Construction online licensing ~ my 6th. Once again I was determined to use fabric and notions from my stash ~ and I did! The only items I needed to buy were the grommets for the backpack. 5 required projects and several technique samples were submitted during the 6 month time frame.


Girl’s Backpack

For the backpack, I used fabric from the “Shopkins” line. The same fabric was used for the ruffle and lining. It is a small version with a pocket on the front. My 7 year-old-granddaughter claimed ownership as soon as it was completed!

The Summertime Jumper was fun to make. I found I had 6 different fabrics in the “Olivia the Pig” line in my stash. I chose three for the contrast and used the black for the back as well. The lining is an all-over print with a beige background. The trim was made from a length of ecru eyelet and bridging. I trimmed the eyelet and attached that to both sides of the bridging before stitching to the dress. I made the spaghetti bias using a light-weight red batiste fabric.

Summertime Jumper

“Olivia the Pig” Jumper

Project number three was an adorable Boy’s Camp Shirt ~ don’t ask me why it is called that! I used an ivory batiste for the shirt, trimmed with a light blue batiste and matching blue buttons. These shirts are super easy and fun to make. I also found a light-weight denim, dark blue with light blue anchors, to make matching shorts (on my to-do list!).

Boys Shirt

Boy’s Camp Shirt

Another fun project was the Girl’s Tank and Skirt. Unfortunately, I did not have enough fabric to make it large enough for my granddaughter but she tried to wear it anyway! The fabric was a “sunbonnet sue” print variation with two coordinating prints. As I needed three prints, I went looking deeper in my stash and found that the pale lavender mini-check gingham matched perfectly!  This outfit was primarily made using the serger. The flirty skirt is always a little girl’s favorite!

Top and Skirt

Girl’s Top and Skirt

The last project was a PJ set for a little girl. I found the butterfly print and luckily ~ a knit for the top that matched. The spaghetti bias was done in cotton then stitched onto the top. I added a row of beige eyelet to the leg hems along with a bit of mock piping. This knit shirt was made on the serger, too.

Girls PJ set

Girls PJ set

This was my third online licensing, and as with the first two, I enjoyed the process! The site has a Gallery for posting of pictures, allowing students to talk about their projects. Visit marthapullen.com/licensing/ for more information on both face-to-face and online courses available.

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. If you really know me, you will know my Father as well. From now on, you do know him and have seen him.”  John 14:6-7 NIV

A look back and forward to a New Year!

As with most everyone, the last three months of 2016 were busy, busy, busy for me! Along with family obligations, holiday preparations, and the inevitable illness (plus a fall), I participated in a 2-day bazaar, created two projects for clients, 2 sets of pj’s for grand-daughters, and a few other gifts. My chickens are still laying and, with this cold weather, I am hauling water to them daily 😛 Still, I am looking forward to a profitable, but uneventful and rewarding 2017.
The bazaar the end of October was a lot of work, and although financially disappointing, I talked with quite a few nice folks. Hopefully, some the cards I handed out will prompt calls in the coming year. It was held at a beautiful location. I could watch ducks on the lake behind the building.
Ft Lewis Bazaar

Holiday Bazaar Booth

In late November, I received an order for a fancy heirloom dress (size 12 months), done in pink batiste with white trim and lace. The band was embroidered with matching pink thread and the slip is white batiste. I got it done and in the mail by the deadline ~ Dec 9th!

Pink Heirloom Fancy Dress

Pink Heirloom Fancy Dress

Slip for heirloom dress

Slip for heirloom dress

Two weeks before Christmas, one of the ladies I talked to at the October bazaar called (see, I knew all those cards would do some good)! She wanted a “Bingo Bag” for her daughter ~ in Seahawk fabric. I have to admit: I had to ask, “Just what is a bingo bag”? My grand-daughter was with me and while I talked to the client, she pulled up pictures on her phone. I created a pattern based on the client’s description (and those pictures) and delivered it 3 days before Christmas. The bag has 4 pockets on each side of the outside (for the daubers) and measures 8″x8″ and 5″ wide. This was fun to create!
Bingo Bag

Bingo Bag

The last major project were the pajamas for my grand-daughters, also in Seahawk fabric! Specifications (from my daughter) were for a button front and long tops. The green fabric is a micro-fleece and the print regular fleece. I used the same blue piping and buttons on both sets. They received them the day before Christmas, along with tickets to the Seahawk game that day!!
 PJ's version 1

PJ’s version 1

 PJ's version 2

PJ’s version 2

A note about sewing classes, right now I am working with clients one-on-one at my home. Soon, I hope to have a location to offer larger groups. Stay tuned for more information. NOTE: all items listed in this blog are available to order. Contact me if interested in your own bingo bag, PJ’s, or heirloom dress!
“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called, With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; Endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body, and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling; 5 One Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.
Ephesians 4:1-6 KJV

A Message of Gratitude

I attend the Church of Christ and today one of our members presented the message. His sermon was “Attitude for Gratitude”. The theme was that we as a society do not say “Thank You”, with sincerity, very often. Obviously, the message was to tell the Lord “Thank You” (and mean it) but I also feel it applies to our everyday lives.

Therefore, I want to say  ~ first and foremost ~ Thank You to the Lord for all my blessings; Thank You to my family and friends for your constant support; and Thank You to my clients/customers, new and old, for your business.

I encourage you all to read Psalms 103, David’s Psalm of Gratitude. I hope you find my blog posts informative and fun, and are encouraged by the scriptures at the end.

Survived the Street Fair!

Even ‘tho it was SUPER hot on Friday (88) and upper 70’s on Saturday, the street fair went well. I was moved to a new location from last year which resulted in an improvement in sales and orders. My grand-kids helped with setup, sales and tear down. Emily (grand-daughter) took the picture with her phone as I forgot my camera!

2016 booth

2016 booth

Thanks to all those who stopped by and a big thank you to the customer who left a positive post on the SquareUp website. Word of mouth is a big part of the growth of a small business like mine!

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity.” Colossians 3: 12-14

Save the Dates!

It is summer and street fair time again! I will have a booth at the Enumclaw Street Fair, this Friday and Saturday (July 29-30) so make plans to visit! I have been working on some new items along with my favorite projects ~ heirloom!

grommet purses

Grommet Purses with Sash

Some of my newest creations include Grommet Purses, Shopping/Tote Bags, and Quilted Wallets.

table runner

Musical table runner

There will also be potholders, table runners, rompers, dresses ~ honeysticks ~ and MORE!

In addition to the craft and food booths located along Cole Street, the Enumclaw Street Fair features a 3 on 3 basketball tournament for all ages, a 1K & 5K run for both adults and kids, a Family Fun Zone, and Entertainment: local music groups, entertainers and terrific bands on the main stage. Dancers, gymnastic teams and ballerinas will be sharing their talents on one of the side streets. The fair runs from 10-7 both Friday and Saturday. More information can be found at enumclawstreetfair.com.

Stop by and say HI!

“For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13

Another Licensing!

The first of May was the end of my second online Licensing “Teaching Beginning Sewing 2” (my 5th license) with Martha Pullen Company. I enjoyed watching the well-done videos by the many talented instructors, all of whom I have worked with in several other licensing events. Seven of the 24 projects included in the program were *required* to “graduate”. I have included several pictures.

This table runner is actually two pieces: the linen frame and a removable embroidered insert. Holiday prints could also be used for the insert. Several added an embroidered monogram to their inserts.

table runner

Decorative Table Runner

Being able to choose the fabrics and trims was major plus to the online version. I made a commitment to use as much of my <stash> as possible – and succeeded! I only had to buy one piece of fabric (sash on the grommet purse). I even had all the zippers and buttons I needed.

Roll up Jewelry Bag

Roll up Jewelry Bag with 3 inside zipper pockets

These projects were well-written and, although focused on beginners, even *experienced* sewers would enjoy making them! Each covered a different technique, including quilting.

quilted pillow

Stars Over Alabama quilted pillow

Participants in the class could upload photos of their projects to the “gallery” page. Such a wide and colorful variety! It was fun to see how each person interpreted the projects.

Grommet Purse

Grommet Purse

I have made several grommet purses, in a variety of colors and prints; customers really like the stylish look and multiple inside pockets.

As much as I enjoy the week long *face-to-face* events, the online classes allowed for working at my own pace (we had 6 months to complete the 7 projects) sandwiching them in-between other life activities!


Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.”  Colossians 3:15-16


Sew Expo Time Again

The 44th edition of the Sewing & Stitchery Expo at the WA State Fair and Events Center in Puyallup, WA runs this week, Feb 25 to 28th. I have been attending for at least the last 40 years. I don’t remember the exact year I started but I do know it was the last year it was held in the Tacoma Dome.

I am only taking one class this year (scheduling conflicts) but look forward to wandering the aisles and drooling over all the new fabrics, patterns, and notions presented by the several hundred vendors.  Some vendors are favorites and will be definite stops in my wanderings: Dolls R Sew Fun (long-time friend), Michelle Marketing, Inc (templates), Trims on Wheels (trims, zips and more), All About Blanks, Superior Threads (time to replenish) and, of course, Fine French Laces is a must! And these are just a start!

This is also a grand time to meet up with family and sewing friends ~ and make new friends. Folks come from all over; through the years I have enjoyed visiting with ladies from Nova Scotia, Texas, Oregon and Canada, just to name a few. Speaking of Canada, I am meeting a sewing friend from BC for lunch – we actually met at a Martha Pullen Licensing event in Alabama! We are really looking forward to reconnecting.

For more information, check out Sewing & Stitchery Expo for tickets, class listings, times, and location.

I will post pictures and a rundown of my visits (yes, plural – at least two days will be spent at the show) next week.

“She is energetic and strong, a hard worker. She makes sure her dealings are profitable; her lamp burns late into the night.” Proverbs 31:17-18

Holiday Dress

Typically, as part of my decision process prior to creating a garment, I consider the initial function of the garment, colors that fit the occasion, long-term use of the garment, and any embellishments.

For this holiday dress, the fabric came first! I sometimes wander around my favorite fabric stores, looking for inspiration. Recently I found an elegant print of cream and red (almost burgundy) with a gold highlight. Isn’t it great!


elegant cream and red print

I immediately fell in love with it and started visualizing the garment style that would fit. Sometimes I flip through the pattern books for that “spark”, other times I know right away what I want to make.

With this fabric I knew immediately that a simple but *flirty* dress with a large sash and bow would be fantastic. This decision necessitated a hunt for the coordinating accent fabric and this is Christmas print was a perfect match!


elegant cream and red print

The ‘old-word elegance’ of the print also dictated an eyelet trim for the ruffles. Additional ruffles could be added to increase the length, if necessary.


eyelet ruffle

As I wanted the sash and ruffles to be the focal point, I kept the neckline clean and added a gathered feature to the sleeves for an additional accent.


Holiday Dress

Although the sash has a definite holiday pattern, the dress could be worn on many different occasions quite easily. This dress is currently available in size 5; other sizes can be made for those family photos!

But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshipers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
John 4:23

Seahawk Dresses

Another holiday project was a dress for my granddaughter’s birthday. Being huge Seattle Seahawk fans, my daughter and I thought this would be fun for all!

I found two Seahawk prints and two coordinating prints, one a green dot, the other in white. All 8-year-old girls love to *twirl* so I wanted ruffles. The shoulder straps were a bit long (I turned them under and tacked in place), but that will allow for long-term use! The waist also was a bit big, so I added ties (not pictured) to snug it in.

Seahawk dress

Seahawk dress

Paired with a matching green t-shirt, it turned out darling! And, she loves it!

Of course, we could not leave her 12-year-old sister out, so I made a skirt for her. Again paired with a matching green T-shirt, it was a real hit!


Seahawk skirt

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” II Timothy 1:7