life

how to stay on top of your busy life :: reminders

I was doing something that I do every month (or so) the other day–throwing out my old contact lens and opening a new pair. Believe it or not, this action kicks off a conundrum every time I do it. I am supposed to change out […]

fifteen minutes of creativity a day

What can you accomplish in fifteen minutes a day? In the spirit of “little things add up to big things”, a piece of wisdom imparted by my best friend in college, I’ve been participating in something called Marchalong this month. All this means is that […]

the humblest of meals

the humblest of meals

  My dad dropped in unexpectedly this week. And what I mean by that is that he lives in Idaho, and I live in Southern California–and he called me at 1 pm to say that he would be there by dinner. That’s the way my […]

Your precious handmades. Do you use them?

It all started with this coaster. I was having coffee with my friend Minki the other day and as always, we talking about sewing and the things we love to make. Then she said the nicest thing to me. “I learned from you to actually […]

What’s your color story?

I confessed a little secret of mine over on Instagram the other day. And that is that I am a bit (okay, maybe a lot) insecure when it comes to color. As a quilter, this is an area that I would like to work on […]

My favorite hand piecing tools

My favorite hand piecing tools

Six blocks down for the Fat Quarter Shop’s Patchwork Quilt Along. I finished them in about a week and a half and I can only hope that I can maintain that pace for a whole year. I am actually a bit sad that they are […]

is this crazy? a handpieced quilt project

This may be crazy. And I may totally fail. But I hope not. Ever since I learned to quilt, about seven years ago, I’ve wanted to make a hand pieced quilt. It seems so portable and charming and fun and a little bit crazy. I’ve […]

join me for hibernate :: an online retreat

I love Christmastime as much as the next girl, but I will admit to indulging in a big sigh of relief when it’s all over. The holidays can be a lot. A lot of a good–even wonderful–things, but still, a lot. Which is why treating […]

Piecing Makeover Blog Tour and Giveaway

Update: The giveaway is closed and the winner has been notified. Congrats to Marg! Welcome to my stop on the Piecing Makeover blog tour! This book by Patty Murphy is exactly the book that I need at this point in my quilting journey. This book […]

blog tour stop 13 :: tied with a ribbon

Tea party anyone? Jemima at Tied with a Ribbon has created these¬†absolutely adorable tea mats because they are just the perfect thing for when a friend drops by for tea. And ¬†because it is her turn on the Sew Illustrated blog tour! Click on over […]