June block of the month

We’re starting the final border this month. That means there are just four blocks to make each month from now until the end of the year. This month we’re learning … Continue Reading →

cloth diapers, Babyville Boutique, PUL

Cloth diapers, cute booties and leaks

Angela finally managed to sleep long enough for me to get a dozen cloth diapers in a newborn size finished, which means we’ve been putting them to the test for … Continue Reading →

cloth diapers, babyville boutique, diaper cuts, PUL

Two for one, making the most of scraps

Normally when I buy PUL for making cloth diapers I purchase 22 inches of yardage. That is more than enough to make four cloth diapers from one width of fabric, … Continue Reading →

The Forgotten Seamstress, Liz Trenow, historical fiction

Add ‘The Forgotten Seamstress’ to your summer reading list

“The Forgotten Seamstress” is not your average sewing novel. The story opens in 1970s England as a graduate student researching treatment of the mentally ill, interviews a woman who spent … Continue Reading →

cloth diapers, Babyville Boutique, DiaperSewingSuppies.com, PUL

Pretty in pink

Angela is so teeny tiny that the 42 super-cute cloth diapers I made her are WAY too big. They’re for babies 8 to 20 pounds and at just under 6 … Continue Reading →

soft book, fabric book, fabric panel book, Mickey Mouse, baby gift, easy sewing project

Soft books make great baby gifts

I have managed to complete one sewing project since I’ve had Angela, a soft book for my nephew’s first birthday. He is absolutely in love with Mickey Mouse, so when … Continue Reading →

Angela Week 1

A little quilter is born

The wait is over. My husband and I welcomed Angela Elizabeth Soebbing into the world at 2:49 p.m. on May 8, 2014. She was was 5 pounds, 14 ounces and … Continue Reading →

fabric basket, Aspen's Line, Avlyn

Sewing room to nursery: Fabric baskets, cubes and toy storage

One of the top items on my registry was a cube shelf to double as a bookshelf and toy storage. My husband and I are both writers, so instilling a … Continue Reading →

60 More Quick Baby Knits, Cascade Yarns, Staggered Rib Blanket

Labor, sharp objects and my husband

Occasionally I go to a knitting night at my local yarn shop called the Knaughty Knitters. It’s a fun bunch. There’s usually wine and everyone is always willing to make … Continue Reading →

cloth diapers, soakers, microfiber terrycloth, diaper flannel

Ready or not

There is a pretty good chance I’m going to have the baby early, possibly today or tomorrow even. About a week ago my blood pressure spiked. It wasn’t so high … Continue Reading →