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Shoppin’ at Sew Bee It on way to Atlanta Original Sewing & Quilt Expo


Photo’d are my selections that I bought either 1.5 or more yards of – in 3/4 yard increments – as 3/4 yard is always enough to one of my Creative Sweatshirt Jackets. Then…the excess will end up in one of my Kits that I sell at the shows and when I visit guilds.

I can’t wait to atach that whirly print with patches of Texture Magic on the back, stitched, and then ‘textured’ when I shrink the Texture Magic on the back…those whirly gigs will just POP! I’ll put it on either Mustard or Denim sweatshirts, and probably combine it with parts of jeans – of course! I ‘see my Transformed or Worthy pattern in it.

The piece at the upper right was in a group of corals and greens – colors i’ve decorated my home in in the past – and still love, so I had to have a piece of it. I think I’ll end up segmenting it as I have done on the PeriKona jacket in my Transformed pattern.

The solids at the left, I’d seen recently at another shop. They are from Kaufmann – I forget the name, but they are 55% cotton, 45% silk. Sheen on one side. Can’t wait to try my Dupioni fur – bias strips layered with them. I also think this fabric has enough ‘drape’ quality to it that it might work in the insert draped back on my Celebration pattern.

In the center then are 2 colorways of a large floral – ‘see that on my Refined pattern. And, the one on the far right is a ‘Quilter’s Tweed’ – like a photograph of wool tweed – with a solid black background.

In the foreground is a blotchy soft mix of hemp, brown and orang – just scrumptious…!

Hope I can sleep tonight after petting and ‘imagining’ over my stash additions from the day…again – if not, my mind will be creating jackets with them.

Sew Bee It has even opened a large, sunny room where they have lovely yarns. I’m always on the hunt for a textured black with some character – so I was tickled to find this Zinnia Black that is 74% cotton, 26% nylon.

Sew….if your travels get you anywhere near Chattanooga, TN – just hop over the state line to Ringgold in the NW corner of GA, and you’re there. Let your GPS take you there – 6103 Alabama Highway, Ringgold, GA. http://www.sew-bee-it.com/.

Chatting along the way, Glenda helped me decide on a succint description of what my career is these days – I’m a ‘Wearable Art Designer’ who travels the country teaching my techniques to sewers of both quilting and garment persuasion at guild workshops, shops, and sewing expositions. AND – operate an active sewing-related webstore supplying notions and creative sewing supplies. ” How’s that sound? Seems lately when people ask why I’m traveling so much I’m at a loss for words and hesitantly say that “you’re not gonna believe this but …. my niche is transforming a sweatshirt into a stylish jacket – so I’ve written a book, patterns, and 2 DVD’s about this and creative sewing…” I think the first try sounds better. Help – comment with your suggestions!

Oh – have LIVING at the printer – another blog post to come…


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For Londa’s books, patterns, and supplies as described in her sewing escapades, please see Londa’s Creative Threads – http://www.londas-sewing.com

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