Friday, August 19, 2011

News Flash: Organizer Patterns have arrived!!

Well finally! I was beginning to think there was an "anti-organization" terrorist group out to get me or something. It has been such a drama to get this pattern done! I know there are many of you who have been waiting, emailing, waiting, emailing...checking the blog, waiting some more...and you have been so very patient!

So let me just give you all a little heads up about this pattern:

1. This pattern is not for beginner sewers. (I am talking about the Art Supplies organizer specifically.)
That is not to say that you should shy away from it! I am just giving you a little warning so that you don't expect it to be super easy. If you are not a great sewer, but you want one anyway, consider hiring it out. brave and take it on! (just don't yell at me:)

2. This pattern originally was going to have another bag in it with 4 style options. But as I worked on it, it became really obvious that it was getting too long. (Which translates into too expensive.) I had to make a decision: Increase the price of the pattern by quite a bit) OR take some things out and add them into a new pattern we were already planning for spring market.
This new pattern is going to be the second stage of the organizer pattern, and will include the pieces we had to take out, along with some other awesome carriers for your technological devises.

3. There are still four great organizers with multiple style options for you to enjoy in the Deluxe Organizer pattern that just came in. You can make the Art supplies organizer, with two exterior styles, (this shows the wide strap and buckle version)

the Laptop Computer Bag in two sizes, with two exterior options,
(this shows the big flower exterior version)

the Travel Satchel, with two flap options, (this shows the scalloped flap)

and the Small Essentials Bag (for those female items we all love to carry around with us).

Retail customers can click on any of the patterns on the right sidebar to go to the pattern shop to order. ( I don't have the pattern picture up yet here, but I will soon. )
Wholesale orders: email me@

Thanks again for waiting!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Hello Hello! It's been a while...

Well you might think that since I've been A-WOL for so long that I've been locked away in a room at the top of a tower, or in a dungeon (more like it), but no, I've just been having a wonderful time on a little "VAY-CAY" as they say in So Cal. ...Crammed seven of us in a car and drove (many hours) to southern Cal to visit my daughter's family, and go to Disneyland, the beach, fave restaurants, shopping, etc...and had a blast! Then when the fun was over, we drove home and I stared at my computer and realized that I was really out of the loop, as far as work was concerned. (But it was well worth it!) So anyway, the news on the street is that my organizer pattern is way late!! IT IS!! I actually sent the WRONG file to the printer for the pattern cover, (which is this nice glossy, folded, double-sided, color card-stock number), and came home to a box of over a thousand of the wrong covers!! To say I was frustrated is putting it mildly. To say that I jumped up and down and screamed out loud at the sky is pretty accurate... but no four-letter words escaped my lips. Just: "NO WAY! I DID NOT DO THAT! NO WAY!! NO STINKING WAY DID I DO THAT!" (Or words to that effect.) So to clarify, the organizers will not be ready to ship until sometime late next week. I know, I know. I said mid-late July. I said that in full confidence that I could do it. But then I turned 50. I cannot be held responsible for anything that happens from this time forth. My whole life has become a big fat senior moment. Does anyone out there feel my pain?? Anyone?? Now I have to throw all of those beautiful, but all wrong, covers in the recycle bin. (Just trying to do my part for the environment.)

Anyhoo...please be patient with me and just wait a little longer. I promise they will come.

So I think it's time I gave a little sneak peek of the next line that is on the table right now. I will get to that, all in good time.

FIRST: Fiona's Fancy!! This collection is new for the fall, shipping in October/November, and being shown in my booth at fall market in Houston. It is rich and warm, full bodied (sounds like a commercial for a draft beer)...and a little, maybe a lot, more sophisticated than Lola's Posies. You can make all kinds of skirts, tops, bags, quilts, and even home decor with this collection.

Blue colorway:

Orchid colorway

Blush colorway

NOT TO MENTION the fact that there are 12 (count em) 12 laminate prints to go crazy with, and a laminated (or cotton) panel for making 2 cosmetic cases and a cute sunglass case with.
Check this out: (The panel comes in all three colorways)

And these (below) are what the finished products will look like!

Cosmetic case 1:

Cosmetic case 2:

And a case for your sunglasses, above.

The panels make it so easy...just cut and sew. The instructions are right there for you.

If you have not yet tried sewing with laminated fabrics, you really must! Truly, you must. I am loving them, (obviously), and they have been selling like crazy! I have lots of great ideas in store for sewing with laminate, so keep watching!

Now I said I would give you a little sneak peek of what's in store for next spring. I did say that, so here it is. This is just a little sampling of the collection that will be coming , and will be showing on paper at market in Houston as well. It's full of springtime color, sure to brighten things up after a long and dreary winter. (Did I say that? I'm not supposed to even think of winter, because then it will come)

These colors actually make my mouth water. I really am excited to sew with this collection. Can't wait!

...So let's keep dreaming of spring and maybe we can skip winter this year:) I really think I was supposed to live in a warmer climate. I know it's because I have not had time to ski like I used to. That's the whole problem. But that's a different story for another day.

Hope this gives you a little sewing incentive in case you are getting a little lax.
Watch for the organizer pattern...good things come to those who wait!

Take Care,