Author Archives: Jill

About Jill

I write for the Sew News and Creative Machine Embroidery blogs. I love sewing, vintage and would love to get a comment from you!

FREE 4th of July Projects & Embroidery Designs

Looking for a few easy projects to celebrate 4th of July? You’ll find easy to make projects right here! Start by making your own family flag this year and use Creative Machine Embroidery magazine’s FREE fireworks design. Why stop at … Continue reading

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The Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along Week 2 – Converting a top to a dress

The Summer Breeze Top is appropriately named as it is such a light and breezy top to wear. To me, there is nothing better than taking a garment off the hanger, looking inside and seeing pretty finished seams. It just … Continue reading

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Gorgeous Fabrics – Tour their new website!

We all have our favorite places to shop online or locally or wherever we can, for beautiful fabrics. is an online retailer that has totally revamped their website so you can get garment fabrics to your door in order … Continue reading

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Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along – Week 1

Now that summer has finally arrived, at least in the northern hemisphere, I’m sure cool and easy to wear garments are what you are longing for. The Summer Breeze Top from Hot Patterns is perfect for just about any summer … Continue reading

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Free Stuff Friday – 1-2-3 Quilt

Notice how Friday’s are always good days. Hard to have a bad Friday, especially with Free Stuff Friday. In the latest issue of Sew News Jun/July issue Beth Bradley wrote a review on 1-2-3 Quilt by Ellen Luckett Baker. Ellen … Continue reading

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Meet the Designer Dawn Anderson Schons & a Giveaway!

Dawn Anderson Schons is a frequent contributor to Sew News and we’re all so lucky for it! She has a MFA in Costume Design and has a passion for fashion history and traditional tailoring technqiues. She runs sewing workshops and … Continue reading

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Enter to win a copy of SIA Vol. 8 + Learn about the contributors from this issue!

We’re all very excited for the latest Sew It All hitting newsstands June 17, or for a few lucky people it’s already at their favorite fabric shop or grocery newsstand and you’re all ready making the fun projects. This issue … Continue reading

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How To Join the Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along

Hello! We are getting ready for the Hot Patterns Summer Breeze Sew Along, starting on June 23rd! If you are new to sew alongs let me explain a few things and then I hope to see and hear from you … Continue reading

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Clara Dress Sew Along Final Week! Finishing Details

We are down to the final steps in completing our Sew Liberated Clara Dress. At this point, all that is left to do is finish the hem, sew in the buttonholes and attach the buttons. If you have not added … Continue reading

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Stitch Easy Travel Bags for Summer + Download a Free ePattern from the Latest Issue of Sew News!

Summertime is finally upon us! And after having snow on Mother’s Day here in Denver, we’re ready for it!  In honor of summer (and vacations!), read on to learn how to make quick and simple lightweight bags in various sizes. … Continue reading

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