Flashback to 1973

March 13th, 2016

When I was 9 years old, my Sunday School teacher made a lifelong impression on me when she taught me to crochet. I had not seen her for at least 35 years, and my dad was invited to speak at our old church. I was so happy to visit with her at the church’s homecoming. She never knew what a big impact she had made on me and how she influenced what I am doing now to teach girls 7-12 to sew, knit and crochet. attica

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Workout Scarves from Jersey or Interlock Knits

December 21st, 2014

These great scarves are a quick project and I will be giving some away as Christmas gifts.  I use them after a workout or for a walk in the park and they are great to throw in the laundry.  No pattern is necessary – fabric required is approx. 2-1/2 yards length and approx. 22-26″ wide before seaming long edge.  Ends are slightly tapered.  I can get 2 scarves from 2-1/2 yards, and I may piece together the extra strips and combine 2 colors – gray and lime, gray and pink?  Next one will be pink or pink polka dots.

Dark Gray and Light Gray chevron patterned fabric by Riley Blake from Fabric dot com

Chevron jersey knit by Riley Blake from Fabric.com


Lime jersey knit fabric from Hobby Lobby


Gray interlock knit fabric from Joann Fabric and Crafts

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Crocheted Necklace with Swarovski crystal pearls

December 11th, 2014

Two necklaces shown here made with Swarovski crystal pearls in colors brown and deep brown. One necklace has 5mm crystal pearls and the other is 6mm. Both are approximately 36″ in length and doubled.

For details of other colors, sizes and pricing, see attached pearl necklace flyer

swarovski-crystal pearl- brown



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AQS in Charlotte & Chattanooga, 2014

December 15th, 2013

I am super excited that the quilt show is coming to 2 locations close to Atlanta in 2014, Charlotte in July and Chattanooga in September.  Displays, fabric, machines, notions – inspiration for every quilting, sewing and needlework enthusiast!

View details here:  AQS-Chattanooga-2014, AQS-Charlotte-2014

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dress form word design with sewing terms

August 1st, 2011

dress form design dress form word art with sewing terms

original in
chocolate brown and dusty blue

variation with red text and
dress form name in stand

Inspired by Sophina

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Owl Needlework Design in Pinks

May 30th, 2011

Owl Needlework Design in Pink and Brown - DMC floss

The owl design in pink and brown.  I am finalizing the steps and illustrations for the pattern for final review before sending to the printer.  Now that I have finished the pink, my favorite is the gray and brown and blues.  What do you think about the pink?

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Needlework Cat Buttons – New Colors

April 24th, 2011

I am taking a new look at an old design. It is such a fun pattern, I am trying new color schemes.

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Bright-Eyed Owl on Blackwork Moon Needlework Pattern

April 2nd, 2011

This little cross stitched owl is perched on a branch with beaded flowers.  His eyes are worked in a ribbed spider web stitch,  stitched over rings.  The blackwork moon behind him gets its dimension using a 2-1/2″ covered button form.

Design size is approximately 3″ x 3-1/2″, and frame size is 5″ x 5″.

Buy the finished and framed piece.

Fabric from Wichelt Imports, Inc.
8” x 8” 32 count Confederate Gray Belfast linen
5” x 5” 32 count Antique White Belfast linen
DMC® 6-strand Embroidery  Floss
932 – Light Antique Blue
931 – Medium Antique Blue
930 – Dark Antique Blue
3752 – Very Light Antique Blue
762 – Very Light Pearl Gray
3781 – Dark Mocha Brown
840 – Medium Beige Brown

DMC® Satin Floss
S3371 – Coffee Bean (Eyes, Nose, Feet)
S931 – Antique Blue (Eyes)

Mill Hill Antique Glass Beads
03002 Midnight
Mill Hill Glass Seed Beads
02021 Gunmetal

Other Materials
2-½” half-ball button form – for moon
2, ⅜” (outer diameter) plastic rings – for eyes
4-⅞” x 4-⅞” acid free foam board (⅛” thick)
White felt or interlining:  4-⅞” x 4-⅞” and 3” x 3”
Fabric/Craft glue
Size 26 tapestry needle
Beading Needle

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Pattern Matching – Large Print

February 27th, 2011

Started on a new project with large print fabric with 1 yard repeat and 1/2 yard half drop. The fabric is from Ikea, and no longer available, so we are seeing what our options are for a little girl’s room.

3 yards of fabric side by side

Fabric shifted 27″ and approx. 12″ from selvage to match.


It is so much easier to use photoshop to work through this and have discussions!

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Fabric flowers

September 4th, 2010

teal fabric flower with amber beaded center

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