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Are You Hooked?

Are You Hooked?

Well, Im trying to be…Hooked on Yarn Arts that is! I come from a family of “happy hookers” but all I can muster is single and double crochet…planning to treat myself to some quiet time this Winter, hoping to learn more.

On to my projects! To prove Im committed to learning more I stitched up a Yarn Minder Bag and Creative Maker Supply Case, woot woot! Both patterns are by Sara at Sew Sweetness. That bag is huge, like there is literally 3 mega skeins of yarn inside and it still looks empty! Ill be able to keep a project and my Creative Make Case in it and more if I need to. This makes me happy…grab and go, and big enough for all the tools. Thank You Mathew for the perfect fabric! and Thank You Sara for your great patterns!

Yarn Minder Bag and Creative Maker Supply Case

Cute Sheep, Crochet Blocks, Balls of Yarn and more! Thank You Mister Domestic and Art Gallery Fabrics! To see all the fabrics go to the Hooked by Mister Domestic Look Book

shhh, I had to trim down the paper pad
I love the Eyeglasses!!!

Keeping it real, that is the zip pouch that is cut out but not finished…real life is ruining all my fun this year! I know Im not alone… Have You Voted?!?! Stay Safe Folks!!!

One last question: If you are…How long have you been Hooked on Yarn Arts?

Playroom Project Party!

Playroom Project Party!

Heya fellow fabric lovers!  Thank You Mathew for this adorable Fabric Collection and for Hosting the Party!

okay, who loves the Selvages? Me, Me, Me! And these little hands prints are just too cute to not be seen 🙂 Which then leads to how I incorporated this cutie…


My projects for the party… a Muffin Head Lunch Tote with a Sew4Home Water Bottle Sling and 2 of Amista Baker’s Popcorn Pouches for utensils and condiments or coins for vending machines.


but that Harlequin print, swooon! I used it in all my Projects!

And because I have to post my projects pic for Playroom by Mister Domestic for Art Gallery Fabrics Lookbook! #BucketListCheck ❤ See, I used the Funloving print here too.

Playroom by Mister Domestic for AGF Lookbook Dec2019


Find Mathew’s Playroom Blog Party List of Master Makers here. My fellow party goers have all created Beautiful projects, make sure to check them out and keep following,  Mathew has 3 more weeks of Master Makers lined up! There is serious talent going on in this group of Sewists, Thank You for letting me be a part of it, Hugs! And Thank YOU for stopping by my little space on the big ole www!

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ps…Fat Quarter Shop still has Half Yard Bundles and more, if you’d like to get your hands on some before its gone, wink wink 🙂



Catch & Release Project Party

Catch & Release Project Party

Sew Excited!!! Its my day for Mister Domestic’s Project Party and I get to show off my projects! Thank You for the Adorable Fabric and to the Designers of each of these projects…you make me proud to be a #Bagineer, a #MachineEmbroideryTester and a #CreativeTeam:Sew member of the Sewing Community and I appreciate you!


1.A Little Moo Designs Calathea Crossbody Bag with Omas Place Machine Embroidery Designs Striped Boxy Bag (InTheHoop, 6×10) for the front slip pocket. You get 2 pockets in 1, woot woot! 

2.Charm School Wallet, Minikins 2 Bundle pattern by Sew Sweetness   

3.Guitar Strap (Video) by DBMakers



Click on the Party Banner above to go to the Full List of Makers and follow along to see all the Awesome Projects!

Thank You MathewArt Gallery Fabrics for this Fun Party and for letting me play with Catch&Release! And Thank You to all the Creators who shared their incredible skills too!

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Catching Up…

Have you heard? Mathew is hosting a Project Party featuring the Sewing Communities finest Creators projects for 6 weeks! Get the details and schedule here or click on the pic, make sure to go back through the weeks, so many Beautiful Projects! Catch&Release by Mister Domestic for Art Gallery Fabrics is available online and in your local quilt shops now.


I’m forever humbled Mathew, Thank You for having me and sharing your talent and optimism!!!

A few sneak peaks on Instagram @vintagebarngirl


Thank You for making it this far and make sure to come back tomorrow…my Catch&Release Project Day!

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Kismet Trinket Boxes and a delayed Winner

Kismet Trinket Boxes and a delayed Winner

Please tell me Im not the only one who’s fallen down the Holiday rabbit hole that runs from Thanksgiving straight through to the New Year! Okay, lets catch this up 1st…my Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop Winner from  is #1! Thank You so much Sherri and watch for an email from me looking for your mailing info 🙂

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Next Up…Have you seen Sara’s new Kismet Trinket Boxes pattern?

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It’s a Value Pattern for sure…for $5, its Fat Quarter Friendly and quick to stitch in 3 sizes each!  This is the Large Square and Medium Round that I tested and the 2nd picture includes the Small Round. Love that Fabric? I totally do, they’re 3 of my faves rolled into 1…its Derby Style by Melissa Mortenson (Polkadot Chair) for Riley Blake Fabrics 🙂

Thanks Sew Much for stopping by and hope to see you again soon!




Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop

Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop

Hi Everyone! Im so happy to be participating in the Sew Pro Stars Blog Hop and there are 2 awesome giveaways at the bottom! The Sew Pro inaugural event was this past September and was for entrepreneurs looking to break into the professional world of Sewing. Sara Lawson of Sew Sweetness Patterns and Brenda Ratliff of Pink Castle Fabrics, true sewing professionals in their own rights and the fellow professionals they invited to share their experience and expertise were off the charts incredible…Pat Sloan, Tula Pink, Mimi G, Kristen Link of Sew Mama Sew,  Abbey Glassenberg of While She Naps, Craft Insustry Alliance and more!  Each shared their story of creating, knocking on doors and making the dream live.  Fan girl moments: I sat next to Pat Sloan during lunch Saturday, wheee and I carried my Tortoise Bag (Thanks Again for letting me test Sara!) made of Tula Pink Ponies, turned out it was the main print for one of her classes I attended, pinch me!!! Yaa, I’m just cool like that, ha, not really but man, I felt like a Star!






Just a few of the things I took away…

  1. Keep Knocking on Doors!
  2. There are no mistakes in creativity!
  3. Mean what you say and say what you mean!
  4. There will never be a “Perfect” time to start!
  5. It’s okay to be your loudest Cheerleader!

When I was checking in, Sara was at the table with Kim (yeah, Go Go Kim!) and as she introduced us she mentioned that I “always have a horse somewhere in my projects” so my Sew Pro inspired project had to be…Feed Sack Fun! I did what I do (test patterns, Thank You Designers!) and tested this pattern , its The Laume Clutch By Needle&Thread (&free on Craftsy!), Thanks Lauren!


I made a paper template of the main piece to mark on the feed sack where to cut for the front and back…fussy cutting, swoon. Really, it’s the Template that makes all the difference in this project and really, for all fussy cutting. With 10 horses here we go through quite a few feed sacks in a weeks time so you’ll be seeing more of these 🙂


Make sure to stop by all the Sew Pro Stars blogs to see what Sew Pro inspired for them…

SewPro Stars Blog Hop Schedule

Monday Nov 14

Lisa Peterson –

Sherri Noel –

Andi McElvain –  

Tuesday Nov 15

Vanessa Behymer –  <<< you’re here

Pam Cobb & Lynn Rinehart –

Sherry Shish –

Joanne Kerton –

Lisa Nielsen –

Wednesday Nov 16

Carmen Ross –

Anne Beier –

Jessica Caldwell –

Pamela Morgan –

Thursday Nov 17

Maryanna Powell –

Cathy Smith –

Lissa LaGreca –

Paula Mamuscia –

Angie Tackett –

Friday Nov 18

Becca Fenstermaker –

Holly Stockley –

Teri Seal –

Trinia Braughton –

Deanna Wall –

***Enter the Sew Pro Giveaway below to win a Fabric Bundle and Patterns***

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****And to win my Feed Sack Laume Clutch…just leave a comment here and Ill pick a winner next Tuesday 11/22/16****

Thanks Sew Much for making it this far! I can’t finish without also Thanking all the new friends I met and made, Thank You Ladies for a great weekend!!! Hope to see you again here, on Facebook or Instagram!


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Entry Level Sewing Machines for the Beginner Sewist


I was so honored to host a student in my sewing room this weekend! Thank You Caitlyn, I loved helping you and am so looking forward to seeing you again in 2 weeks. Her 1st lesson, her 1st zipper pouch and a key fob too…you go girl, go!!! I’ll work on gathering the rest of the photos too and post them, we had SEW much Fun! As we were talking about what is a good 1st new machine, I started thinking about “what would I recommend for a new sewist”, hmmm. Well, with a little help from around the web and a draw from my own machine experiences (good and bad, ggg) I’ve picked 3, one is computerized and two are not but all 3 have a top/drop-in bobbins. In my honest opinion, it’s the single thing that can make or break a new sewist and so worth the extra few dollars for this feature on an entry-level machine! ok, here’s my lineup with Amazon links for more info and pricing…and all 3 are budget friendly, because you’ll need $$$ for supplies and a fabric stash too  🙂


Brother CS6000i


Singer 4423 Heavy Duty

Janome 2212 Full Size

Janome 2212 Full Size

I have to give credit at the below link too…incredible source of info, Thank You for sharing!

If you made it this far, Thank You and if you have any questions post them here and I’ll do my best to get you an answer.

Holiday Sewing


Fall Gift Box Set

Here they come, are you ready? Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Wheeeee! I love quick to stitch handmade gifts this time of the year. When Nancy at Embroidery It asked on her blog for folks that would like to collaborate…Thanks Sew Much Nancy!!!



I chose the ITH (in the hoop) Fall Gift Boxes Set and they are perfect for fast stitching and for cuteness factor!  Stitch each box with a few supplies you probably already have on hand (felt and fabric), put a small treat or candies in the center, tie them closed with ribbon or twine  and set one by each place setting. Done and adorable! If you have time you could stand a name card in one of slits on each to use them for place cards too.



The “quick to stitch holiday gifts” seem to be becoming a theme here so watch for more over the next few days and weeks 🙂

Happy Happy Holidays!!!



Wristlet Wallet Tutorial at Whimsy Fabrics Blog

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Have you seen my tutorial for the VBg Walkin’ Wristlet & Button Wallet for Whimsical Fabrics? You can find the full tutorial at Danielle’s store blog. My usual go-to wallet/wristlet is an ITH Machine Embroidery design (quick! and easy!) but when Danielle asked about a wallet I knew what I had to do, create one! So with a very basic sketch I started adding in all my favorite techniques (ie, shortcuts, lol) and Walkin’ Ribbon Wristlet & Button Wallet are born! Oh, and they weren’t ALL old techniques…Im the proud new owner of KAM Snaps and Pliers (totally rawks in ease of use!) and some Adorable Riley Blake Buttons! Pssst…Danielle has these adorable Buttons here and I hear she might be going to carry KAM Snaps in the very near future too, wink wink!

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Danielle’s lovely fabric choices, Riley Blake Sidewalks for the Button Wallet and Riley Blake Chevron and Gracie Girl for the Wristlet…Love them all, Thank You!

Ok, Ill leave you with a few more photos to send you off and if you stitch one up,  please please please send me a pic and let me know how it sewed up for you 🙂

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***reposting to catch up 🙂 Thank You again for having me Danielle!***

Holland Road Bag

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“Yes, I made this Sew Sweetness Holland Road Bag” Thank You to all the folks compliments I’ve gotten on this bag, from friends, family and strangers alike 🙂 Sara created this bag with the Beginner Sewist in mind, with basic pattern pieces, small curves, easy slip pockets, a little hardware and a button. You can easily add to this bag with advanced techniques and additional hardware too if you are a more experienced bag maker.

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I made it even quicker by using Cotton Webbing for the handles and adding just 3 slip pockets instead of the 6 called for. I’m using mine as a tote to hold my tech/phone wallet and checkbooks so less pockets works for me…and I was running out of sewing time that day, LOL!

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Oh that awesome Feathers cover and Print lining fabrics? It’s from the Cotton&Steel collection…and I should have bought more, swooon! Thank You Sara for the awesome bag and Thanks friends for stopping over. See ya next time!

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