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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Vintage Patterns

One of the joys of selling sewing patterns is getting to look at them, see the different styles, see how little some classic styles have changed and the different sewing techniques required. This Butterick Pattern 3326 is a good example of our older patterns. It is designed by Evan-Picone with many classic details. The jacket has a funnel neckline, two-piece long sleeves, welt pockets and is fully lined. The front wrap skirt is also fully lined and in two lengths so depending on the fashion fabric chosen can work for the office or a party. The blouse is a classic long sleeve back button blouse, with front pleats/tucks, and a stand up collar.

You may not want to use a pattern as is, especially as it may be hard to find it in your size, but taking some of the details from an older pattern can bring a special touch to your sewing. So many of our patterns today focus on how fast and easy it will be to make that those special details may be missing. Come visit our store today and see what you can find to give that couture touch to your garments!

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Missing Art Quilts

Please help 4 quilts come home! Following a quilt exhibition, 4 quilts remain missing. Please check this blog to see pictures of the missing quilts and to find out how to contact the owner if you see them up for sale or at any other place. Two of them were made by Sarah Smith, who just posted a 3-part article on the Jamone site about free motion quilting.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Sewing Patterns Simplicity 9207 Christmas

One of the joys of having a pattern store is finding 'old' friends in more ways than one. 41 years ago I moved away from California as a teenager and left a boyfriend behind that I have never seen again. However I did run into him on line and both my husband and I enjoy corresponding with him via email. He has been selling all sorts of things on line over the years and his advice is what helped us get started selling on line. He came upon a large batch of sewing patterns that he thought he could resell until I talked him out of it and bought them from him. Going through the boxes of patterns from this old friend, I found patterns that I considered old friends as well. Patterns I have made over the years, or patterns I had planned to make and never quite got that far. We have all done that haven't we? This Christmas pattern, Simplicity 9207 was one of the patterns I received and it brought back many memories of Christmas long ago as I made the Christmas tree skirt, and it has been used every Christmas for over 30 years now. Do you have any favorite patterns? We would love to see them and hear your stories.

Charitable Donations

We have heard many nice comments about our donating 10% of this months sales to feed the hungry. Since we started this business, we have always donated a portion of our proceeds to charity, but have never really mentioned it other than when we collected for the Japan tsunami relief. While money for us is always tight, we are fully aware of how blessed we are. We would like to be a help to others that don't even have adequate shelter or food. How nice it would be if we as sewers could lend our support to others that theirs and their whole families lives depend on their sewing. Does anyone know of a sewing related charity that assists our sewing sisters (and brothers) in third world countries that we can take on as a permanent monthly donation and help to them? Thinking particularly of women that by starting their own sewing business are able to support their family. Would love to hear some great ideas or have links sent to us. Thank you and our best wishes for a happy holiday season!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Secrets of Embroidery Machine Designs

Secrets of Embroidery, has a sale going on now. With a purchase of $30 or more, you get a set of 37 seasonal designs for free. There are also some new FREE designs without a purchase, so if you haven't visited there in a while, you need to check out what is new, including instructions for a free project. Secrets of Embroidery, is you haven't been there before, carries designs from MANY businesses, so it is easy to find the designs you need and the designer you are looking for.

We are getting into that time of year where we are so busy that it is hard to keep up with everything, but visiting your favorite design sites you may find just that perfect thing that you need to finish off a project now or get ideas for next year's crafting.

I personally am still working on my kids wedding quilt and hope to have it finished by Christmas. I'm into quilting each block currently and then want to attach the quilted blocks together to make the whole quilt so I don't have to quilt a whole queen size quilt. As the late Doreen Speckman said once, 'machine quilting a whole quilt is like wrestling an alligator!' I'm not into wrestling them either and I'm enjoying the quilting process for this original quilt.

Embroidery Library

Embroidery Library, one of my favorite machine embroidery design sites, is having a terrific sale on Christmas designs. Currently 100 designs are only $1.00 each. AND for this weekend only, from 11-11-11 through 11-13-11 you can purchase 11 designs of your choice for $11.11. It is also time to pick up your free designs for the month, so is you haven't popped on over their lately, do so now!

Wednesday, November 02, 2011


It is November and we are having a beautiful fall day. My birthday was a few days ago and it gave me a good chance to reflect on the blessings that have come my way. We are not a wealthy family by any stretch of the imagination, but compared to many in the US and aboard, we are most blessed. We wanted to share with you that for the month of November 2011, 10% of the proceeds from our patterns sales will be donated to the local food bank in our town. This is our way of giving back to our community and to help those close by. Visit Moonwishes Sewing and Crafts to see what a fine collection of sewing patterns and other crafting items we have available for sale.