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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Flypaper thoughts

  • If you are cooking onions people are going to walk into the house and say "something smells good"
  • Guaranteed
  • I cut out the Alder dress today
  • I am liking the look of this pattern a lot
  • Making it sleeveless in a denim stripe but you could wear a tee shirt and tights under it
  • I am in the process of teaching a Negroni shirt class in the evenings
  • So enjoying it
  • The guy with the tats who raises chickens and brought homemade fruit leather is making a shirt with mushrooms on it
  • Friday I am going to NYC to visit the kids and buy buttons
  • Holding on until then
  • Friday night we are babysittting a friend's nine month old
  • Just like home
  • I am really excited
  • Gone there enough to know exactly what where I want to go
  • Including matzo ball soup when I regroup at Katz's
  • Anyone need a sewing teacher?
  • In NYC
  • Frying up mushrooms also works
  • Last weekend had an old friend I had lost touch with in for a sew day
  • Sewed all day and talked
  • I felt like I had docked
  • Know what I mean?
  • In ten months I go part time and can sew when I want, not when I can
  • Who's counting?


Nana said...

Thanks for the pattern link. Love the pattern and went to the blog and saw several pattern variations. You are the one counting and rightly so.....time to sew is wonderful.

Anonymous said...

Hi Barb,
Good to see that you are back teaching sewing classes again.Lucky students.
I have a question about the Adler dress
pattern. Did you order a digital pattern or a print copy? I am a little nervous about the digital form.What would you suggest?
Have a good time in NYC and I won't hold you to buying just buttons.
Donna E

Janet said...

Ahhhh, 10 months! Me? 8 years. Oh well. I love the Negroni mushroom fabric and homemade fruit leather. I wish I went to NYC as often. Enjoy button shopping.

Lyndle said...

Re number one: this is an old trick my mother and grandmother taught us - when you see the men heading home, set the table and set an onion frying. Gives the impression dinner is on its way. Can't say I've actually had call to use it, being more of an urban sandwich-toaster and salad eater than a farm wife cook, but there you are. Secrets of ages.

SimpleFibreLife said...

I had to laugh at your point about the onions. I commented the other day on how great a roast in the oven was smelling. I wasn't smelling the roast. I was smelling the onion. :)

How do you find teaching a sewing class? Do you have any pointers?
I'm really interested in doing that here in Brisbane, Australia.

Sue said...

I love your flypaper thoughts. They remind me of my brain when my world is twirling and I just want to savor a moment or two. You capture the feelings in those instants. My son and girlfriend came in as I was cooking Indian tonight... Same reaction as onions/mushrooms. Then, they did the dishes. Delightful. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

I read a novel years ago in which the wife was having an affair. Her friend asked how she managed to keep her husband unaware. She answered that as long as she had some onions browning when he got home everything was ok. So for years when my husband, who has an international engineering career and is frequently away, arrives home and I have onions going I tell him my boyfriend just left. We have a nice laugh. PB