On April 19 Our President, Lydia Stevenson, visited with the Sewing Stars

(formerly the Nomads and Kingston NG)


Here are some nuggets from her presentation -


There are really so many blogs and websites that I haven’t mentioned.  My email inbox is usually full of updates from all sorts of websites/blogs. Here are just a few that you may or may not have explored.


Clothing related

Rhonda’s Creative Life Sewing clothing with interesting design. The blog started in February 2009. One of the pages on this blog “A Directory of Sleeve Styles.” She has only two styles currently but the plan is that 52 sleeve styles will be available.  Rhonda has just posted a new Sew Along for a dress. These sew alongs are posted on coordination with Sew News Magazine. She hosts four week-long sew alongs through her blog. Past sew alongs are posted. In addition to clothing construction, she also shares recipes. Take time to explore each of the tabs from the site.



Seamster Patterns

I found this site because I needed help with sewing sewing fold over elastic (FOE, another acronym to remember!). There aren’t very many patterns available to purchase for my taste; however, they have videos on how to construct their patterns that may be helpful and adaptable to other projects.



Pattern Review

Extensive information and first-hand experience reviews on a large number of topics: patterns, machines of all types, shops, notions, websites, classes, fabrics, sewing tips, etc. They also have online classes with top designers and have free access and a paid access for $30 per year. 



Heirloom and sewing for Children

Peggy D Designs

Peggy Dilbone has been teaching over 20 years, sharing her enthusiasm for heirloom sewing, machine embroider and serving.  Patterns, DVDs are available on her website.



Kari Me Away

Kari Mecca has been a frequent visitor on Martha Pullen's Sewing Room on PBS. She has been a contributor to Sew a Beautiful magazine, which us no longer in print.  She is currently a contributor to a brand new magazine called Classic Sewing (www.classicsewingmagazine.com). Her children's clothing are very original and her embellishments are fascinating. Her online shop has a lot of trims, ribbons, and fabrics for sale.



A Bit of Stitch

Evy Hawkins is another of my favorite designers, even though I don’t sew children's clothing. She has a classic whimsey to her embroidery designs (both machine and hand). She is a Babylock spokesperson for the Sashiko machine and Embellisher. I’ve taken classes from her and love her style and designs. She has a Craftsy class “Create Cutwork with Machine Embroidery.” Evy is also a contributor to Classic Sewing Magazine.



Quilting related

The Quilt Show with Ricky Tims and Alex Anderson offers high-quality online shows with top quilt and fabric art designers. A large forum of members offer comments and post their completed quilts. Yearly BOM is sponsored with well-known designers who also video tape the monthly BOMs so you can sew along. There’s lots more, so go explore.



Pages From Make It Simpler Notebook with Anita Grossman Solomon

She has cleverly redesigned how to make quilt blocks simply by using paper templates, but it's not paper piecing.  Her techniques make making Monkey Puzzle block, wrenches, stars, and twists very easy, accurate, and quick.  What more can one ask? http://makeitsimpler.com


Make It Simpler Blog with Anita Grossman Solomon

Anita Grossman Solomon uses a unique piecing technique used as a template for sewing and cutting blocks—similar to Thangles products.


Follow this link to see how her simple blocks are created. It's a preview of her Craftsy class. I purchased the class on a 50 percent off sale Craftsy offers quite regularly. The class included a 64-page e-book with patterns and instructions, in addition to the video lessons that are part of the class. Craftsy is another site with so much to offer.



Anita is also an Electric Quilt designer. But EQ is another whole program!



Also investigate websites on your own for free patterns and inspiration.

Fabric , thread, stabilizer, machine manufacturers usually have free patterns and machine embroidery designs. Online fabric stores are also great resources.

Look through your magazines to see what websites they print. As a matter of fact, most magazine websites have a lot of resources, too.