I Sew For Fun Blog Hop and Giveaway

I have mixed emotions about my blog post today. While I am so excited about the new I Sew for Fun book and all the products that go with it, I feel sadness knowing that the author and my dear friend, Nancy Zieman, isn’t here with us able to share and promote her new book. As most of you know, Nancy was such an inspiration in the sewing community. She was an example of a woman entrepreneur who started her own business during a time when men pretty much ran the show in the sewing industry. She was focused, driven and creative all the while being one of the nicest, humble, most down to earth women I have ever met. I do not think there was a mean bone in that woman’s body.

I was supposed to film ‘Sewing with Nancy’ this past November 2017. In September 2017, my husband and I were on a flight to New Mexico to attend my grandfather’s funeral and I said to him during the flight…..I need to follow up with Nancy and plan the details for our filming in November. When we landed, I turned on my phone, checked my email and I had a note from Nancy cancelling our filming with her most recent diagnosis and informing me of her retirement. It felt like a pit in my stomach and I sent up my deepest prayers for her. But sadly, it was only a matter of months before her passing.  I miss you, Nancy……..we all do. Thank you for everything you did for our industry and for being a mentor to me as I’ve grown my own business. You will always have a special place in my heart.

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Matilda Sews: Shine Bright!

I'm so proud of my sweet Matilda. This year she really wanted to make handmade gifts for all the special people in her life. She got together with my mother-in-law and worked on creating some really pretty gifts for our entire family. While they were out shopping for supplies, Matilda found this piece of 'flip' or 'mermaid' fabric in the remnant bin at Hobby Lobby. She's always loved this type of fabric, so my mother-in-law got it for her to just play with at home. … continue reading

Happy 3rd Birthday, Josephine!

Dear Josephine, Today is your 3rd birthday. Wow! How did that happen so fast? I know I say this about all the kids, but I truly can't believe you are already 3 years old. Weren't you born just yesterday? I wanted to write down a few things that I would like to remember about you when you turned 3 years old and a few things that you might like to know about what you were like at 3. … continue reading

Happy 6th Birthday Caspian!

Dear Caspian, Happy Birthday! Today you turn 6 years old. I can't believe that you are only 6.......it seems like we have had you for forever. Today, on your birthday, here are a few things I would like to remember about you when you turned 6 years old and a few things you might like to know about yourself: … continue reading

Lessons with Lindsay: Summer Picnic Dress

Today I have a new Lessons with Lindsay video tutorial for you! This video is a step-by-step tutorial for my free Summer Picnic Dress Pattern. If you've never sewn my Picnic Dress before, I really think you are going to enjoy this video. I take you through every step of garment construction and share some of my tips and tricks with you along the way. Even if you are a seasoned sewer, I think we can all learn a few things from seeing the way someone else might put together a garment. So sit back, relax and enjoy today's video........ … continue reading

Prim and Proper Fabric Collection and Bundle Box

I'm excited to announce my 2nd fabric collection with Riley Blake Designs / Penny Rose Fabrics. My Prim & Proper collection will begin shipping to stores in August and I cannot wait to see what you all create with these fabrics! This collection is being released under the vintage division of Riley Blake Designs called Penny Rose Fabrics and I think it's really fitting seeing as though I was inspired by several different vintage feedsacks to create this collection. You may have seen some sneak peeks over in The Cottage Mama Instagram, but today I've got the … continue reading

Happy 8th Birthday, Matilda!

Dear Matilda, Today you turn 8 years old! Happy Birthday sweet girl! You are going to have such a great birthday today........I can't wait to celebrate you! Here are some things that I would like to remember about you when you turned 8 years old and a few things that you might like to know about yourself....... … continue reading

Lessons with Lindsay: 15 Minute Pillowcase

I've been waiting to share today's video with you all and I'm so excited that it's time! My free 15 Minute Pillowcase Free Pattern and Tutorial is one of the most popular posts here on The Cottage Mama and today I have a video tutorial taking you through every step of this pattern. Perfect for all of you visual learners out there like myself. … continue reading