Monthly Archives: July 2016

The Stitch - Episode 112 Audio Only

We wrap up season 1 of The Stitch with a taping in front of a live studio audience at Red Hen Fabrics following our pattern launch party.  This show is a bit different since it’s all audience questions submitted during the party, so the topics range from needle & thread to Pokemon, and includes all the hazards of live filming (including some tech blips!).

A huge thank you to everyone who has tuned in in the past year! We look forward to coming to you TWICE a month in our second year!

This is the audio-only version of the video on YouTube. See show notes, photos, and more available on The Stitch TV Show page!

NOTE: This audio-only version of The Stitch is replacing my usual weekly HtbaS podcast; I’ll be back solo next week for the usual geeky fare!


WIP Wednesday: Spotlight

This week I’ve been catching up on projects like totebags and quilt tops as a little break before designing writing our next quilt pattern.  Technically our next quilt pattern, Lucky Star, comes out exclusively at Tiny Stitches in Marietta, GA tomorrow for their Christmas in July event.  We’ll bring it out online in a few months, but if you want a sneak peek, you can recall the Jingle Stars quilt of a few months ago.

In terms of quilt tops, the Kaffe top is now done (heretofore unphotographed since it’s a gift), as well as my Sparkling Gems top. I’m back up to a pile-up since that’s now 3 tops waiting to be quilted.  Here is Nina modeling on the Sparkling Gems top:

I’ve also got a new baby quilt project that I’ve just finished the blocks for (no, not for me- sheesh!), and will assemble the center for it as leaders and enders on this next pattern design. Today was a little challenging for my day job, so I’m looking forward to some stitching for the next couple of hours.

Sunday Stash - Squat

Well, nothing finished to report for the last two weeks, although I expect a wild turn around in that regard this week! I did receive some fabric for my birthday in the week that I missed reporting, so I’m sticking it in here today.

  • Used this Week: 0 yard
    • Sad trombone!
  • Used Year to Date: 200.25 yards
  • Added this Week: 2.5 yard
    • 2.5 yd for fat quarters
  • Net Used YTD: 96.5 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 64.25 yards (34% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 281

This week I give a recap of the pattern launch party for The Stitch, my escape room experience, doing yoga with cats, and what I’ve been sewing.  Stay tuned for a Rafflecopter giveaway over on to win a PDF copy of one of the new patterns! Next week’s episode will be the audio from this month’s The Stitch, and then I’ll be back the week after with just me.

Note: there’s an occasional electronic humming in this episode, which I think I’ve figured out the source of. It should be fixed in future episodes.

Books discussed this week:


WIP Wednesday - Beginnings

I’ve been working on pattern writing for one coming out next week in-person at a local quilt shop (online in a few months), so I can’t share that quite yet.  I wrapped up the top and back last night so I’ve got the opportunity to work on something else.

Since I’ve got an imminent pile-up though, I need to wrap up my Sparkling Gems top and another gift quilt; those will probably get taken care of at my guild sew-in tomorrow night. Of course, that’s not stopping me from being distracted by something shiny. This patriotic fabric assortment conveniently works with the pattern I’ve been writing up!

This week I also took some time to go do Yoga with Cats, which is a new thing that Good Mews is doing in the shelter.  My downward facing cat is pretty horrible, but I can rock the shavasana with the best of the them, like Savannah here.

The Stitch TV Show Pattern Shop Launch!

I started this draft as the launch party was winding down at Red Hen and we were gearing up for the onsite taping of the July show.  We’ll have even more exiting news that will come out in the episode (releasing July 28th), but for now… here are quilts that my nerdy little hands personally made from our pattern launch:

Stripper’s Knot

Lynn designed the original, and I made the simplified version from a layer cake:

I also made some other versions you can see on the official blog over on The Stitch TV Show blog (tabletopper and tablerunner sizes).


This is one of my designs, inspired by my Ted quilt from a couple years ago. I love the fabric palette here, and still love the technique of sewing all the scrappy bit together to make the accent border.

image copyright 77peaches enterprises LLC

Time After Time Table Runner

We had a spirited discussion whether “tablerunner” is one word.  To me it is, but Webster is a tricky old devil and disagreed with me, so I lost that fight.  Since we have instructions for four table runners, Lynn and I divided and conquered, making two each.  I got autumn and winter, so I designed a leaf applique and a thread painting design.

image copyright 77peaches enterprises LLC
image copyright 77peaches enterprises LLC

And now I’m busily working on the next pattern for hard copy release, as well as another for online, plus customer service and various other business responsibilities. Whew!  I’ll talk more about the launch party on this week’s podcast, and the awesome cake we had, because what is a party without cake?

HtbaS - Episode 280

This week is short and sweet since I’m frantically putting finishing touches on websites, storefronts and pattern for the launch of The Stitch TV Show Pattern Shop on July 16th! And my kids are home today and kept interrupting me.  I talk a bit about Morelli’s dental surgery and subsequent goofy behavior on painkillers and the mini-front yard rave we had for my birthday this week.

Books from this week:

Here’s Morelli in action (we call this his “treadmill”):

Note: this is normal behavior for him. But he’s still kinda high. #kittymomo #catsofinstagram

A video posted by Pam (@pantsfreesia) on

And after he settled down from rampaging a miniature city:


Sunday Stash - Busy Bee

Lots of panicky sewing this week as we continue to get ready for the launch party on Saturday, and I managed to squeeze in a finish to donate through my guild, too.  Rather than do a full quilt of all 12 blocks from the 30’s Saturday Sampler program, I opted to make 2 lap quilts with 6 blocks each.  Since we’ve finished 7 months in this program, I was free to make use of the first 6 blocks!

The sashing and cornerstones are cut from 5″ strips to make sure of some of my scrap stash, with two extra stars pieced onto the interior cornerstones. With an extra side border, that made the quilt about 48 x 58″, which is a good size for the target recipients (elementary school kids).

  • Used this Week: 12 yard
    • 2 yd for two 1-hour baskets
    • 5 yd for pattern sample
    • 5 yd for 30’s Sampler Quilt
  • Used Year to Date: 200.25 yards
  • Added this Week: 4 yard
    • 4 yd for border and backing for pattern sample
  • Net Used YTD: 99 yards
  • YTD Used for Charity: 64.25 yards (34% of total used)

See more stash reports at Patchwork Times!

HtbaS - Episode 279

Vintage Holiday Quilt - Finished!

Just in time for Christmas in July, I finished my Vintage Holiday Quilt (in June, but am slow in posting pictures, as usual).

Vintage Holiday Quilt

I made this from two layer cakes of Dear Mr. Claus by Cosmo Cricket, plus some yardage for the border. Borders were needed to make it king sized, plus it gave me an opportunity to get some fancy shapes on the border from my long-armer.
Vintage Holiday Quilt