Teach the One 2 Sew

teachtheone2sew

teachtheone2sew

Today is the day we finally get to announce something that we have been working on behind the scenes for National Sewing Month.  We have teamed up with baby lock to bring you a new series…..called “Teach the One 2 Sew.”

At the beginning of the summer, liZ and I attended a sewing conference where we were able to be with some amazing sew-ists and glean from them and their wealth of knowledge…and at the end of the conference we were all going around the room and sharing to each other about our favorite parts of the conference.  Craig, a dear baby lock friend, asked us all to look around the room and see all of these amazing women who sew.  And although I am paraphrasing, because I don’t remember his exact words, he said something to the effect of “what if all of you taught one more person to sew, we would double this community!”

liZ and I took separate planes home that day, and the whole plane ride I kept thinking about what Craig said. And then it hit me (and I started tearing up on the plane—I am sure people were wondering what in the world was going on with me), WHAT IF EVeRYoNE in the WHOLE ONLINE SEWING COMMUNITY taught just one person to sew?  Can you even imagine what that picture would look like?  It would be phenomenal.

I have found over the years and it is absolute truth that people who sew are some of the nicest people on this planet. We as sew-ers are givers, we give quilts away to those who are sick, we make baby gifts, we give away dresses and skirts we make for others—and I think it becomes a personality trait—we are givers.

So, we went home and we got to work…..and for the month of September we are going to focus on “the one” and teaching one new person to sew.  We will be sharing stories from sewists who taught “the one” as well as easy tutorials and project that you can use for a sewing lesson.

And we are hoping (really hoping) that each of you will join us in this effort—-Will you teach just one person to sew? Will you share of your sewing gift with just one person?

It doesn’t have to be a grandiose project, it can be one simple lesson.  And while it could be a whole classroom of people, it really can be someone who already lives with you. It’s the thought of giving of a gift to someone that can touch their lives.

I am sharing more of my story at Totally Stitchin’ today …..for for now….will you leave us a comment if you are in?

There are more things to share including some great prizes that have been donated for this project–both for the teacher and the learner….but we’d love for you to be involved in sharing the gift of sewing.

~Elizabeth

Keep Watching…..

Today we will post the winners of the prizes for Skirting the Issue….

…but I need an unbiased hand to choose from the bowl of names…..

So hang on.

The post will be up soon and if you donated a skirt or two to Skirting the Issue you’ll want to check and see if you are one who will receive a prize!

-liZ

 

Actually…wait….we didn’t realize it was September 1 and not still August 31st…..which means we need to start Teach the One today  BUT winners will be announced on Saturday…and I’m super excited about it!

Lemon Curd (and cute tags to go with it!)

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lemon curd details_edited-1Aside from sewing projects, some of my favorite gifts to give are fast and easy homemade recipes. Some of my favorites include cinnamon rolls (I need to share that recipe someday–it’s a good never-fail one), homemades jams and my all-time favorite thing in the world–anything lemon.  So, homemade lemon curd is always a great gift in my book for those that I know that love lemon too….

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The Playhouse Teepee Pattern

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For years (literally) Elizabeth and I have talked about putting out our own line of patterns. And I have no idea how many hundreds of hours we have spent drafting the patterns for this dream line. Countless dresses, skirts. sleeves, and collars have been drafted….and are lined up ready to go so it’s kind of funny that our first ever pattern to be released is a teepee pattern!!!!

Although…if I think about it….a playhouse teepee made for adventures with children only seems fitting to be our first pattern. Especially when considering that Elizabeth and I started (and restarted) sewing again for and because of our children. And so today we are beside ourselves with excitement to officially release our Playhouse Teepee Pattern!!!
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Even as I’m typing this I can’t believe it is for real!  We finally are releasing a pattern!!!  (It seems too good to be true!)  Right now the pattern is for sale over in our shop for $12.95.  (You can find the listing for the pattern in our shop HERE.)  The PDF version will be out soon (really soon we promise!) but for now we only have the paper version available and they are ready to be shipped out this minute!

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I remember the day that we decided to make a teepee.  Elizabeth and I were in my basement and began construction with water weenies and a sheet to make the first prototype…next we moved on to using the bean sticks from my garden and some crazy 80’s fabric…and during this process my husband came downstairs and asked what in the heck we were doing!  We told him we were working…obviously!!  :)  But from those beginnings came this pattern and we just love it.

And to make it even better we were able to put one together using our new Four Corners fabric line!  (Which just arrived in the warehouse and is shipping to stores this week!!!)

We are excited today and feel so so thankful for all the opportunities that we’ve had.

-Elizabeth and liZ

PS:  Watch for the doll kits coming next week to make the dolls that you can see pictured underneath the teepee!!!

A Bento Box Quilt

Bento Box Quilt

Bento Box Quilt

It’s that time of year again…for me anyways.

The time of year when I start planning out Christmas gifts…and handmade quilts are always in the mix.

Last year I made 5 quilts for gifts, each one very different, and I enjoyed every minute of choosing the fabric, patterns, and designs for each one.

This Bento Box quilt is the one that I made for my Grandparents last year.  I used Moda’s Little Black Dress 2 line of fabric and it turned out nicely.

But this year I’m planning one for them that uses a really bright palette and a very different pattern…..yes, definitely a bright palette….and maybe includes curved shapes!!!

I realize that it’s only August but inside my head Christmas quilt planning has already begun!

Let the Christmas quilt making commence!!!!!

-liZ

Double Chocolate Cookie Recipe

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double-chocolate-cookie-recipe

Every Friday night we have a pizza, treat and movie night with our family.  It’s one of those traditions that I don’t know how much longer it will last as they grow up and become teenagers…so for right now I am holding onto it for as long as I can.  We usually order out pizza (but sometimes do homemade) and then a treat.  I am all for easy treats for movie night and these cookies fit that bill.  They are gooey and chocolately inside and you can add anything you want into them–I usually add chocolate chips, nuts, or some leftover candy from the pantry.

These cookies were the basic recipe with 2 reese’s peanut butter cups added in.  (I wished I’d had more than 2 because it wasn’t quite enough, but it was all I had and they were still super yummy.)

Double Chocolate Cookie recipe:

1 c. butter

2 c. sugar

1/2 c. Hershey’s cocoa powder

2 t. vanilla

2 eggs

1 t. baking soda

pinch of salt

2 c. flour (high altitude add 2 T. more)

Cream the butter and sugar, then add eggs, vanilla.  Sift together cocoa powder, salt, soda and flour and stir into the wet ingredients.  Then add your chocolate chips or candies, or whatever you have.  Bake for 8 mins at 350 degrees.  Cool on a wire rack.

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Enjoy!!!

~Elizabeth

Sewing Snippets

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hexies

Have your kiddos started school yet?  It’s been a whirlwind around here…new schools, new schedules and I am feeling a bit frazzled.  I know I will get it under control but it’s going to take awhile. So, sewing was kind of taking a back seat last week’s craziness.

But, the good news is….that kindergarten starts up this week and I am hoping to catch a few minutes of sewing time throughout the week. I have been missing it!

The only project I have gotten done in the last little while is some handi-work with some hexies and I am slowing becoming addicted to doing them. They are soooo fun! This picture is from instagram (you can find us @simplesimonandco) of the first flower I made, but I think I am up to five now. They are super awesomely fast and great to make!

The hexagons are from Sue Daley Designs and the fabrics I am using are Cotton and Steel.  I am doing them all in shades of pink and navy, and although I am not sure I will have enough for a quilt top (I only bought 8 fat quarters) maybe a fun pillow might be a good start to paper piecing. I adore Sue’s way of doing hexies because you glue them first and it is super fast to glue bunch for a flower and then sew them all together at a later time. You can check out her method on you tube HERE. It’s a good car pool project 😉

What sewing snippets have you been working on? I’d love to hear…

~Elizabeth

 

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Teach the One 2 Sew

Today is the day we finally get to announce something that we have been working on behind the scenes for National Sewing Month.  We have teamed up with baby lock to bring you a new series…..called “Teach the One 2 Sew.” At the beginning of the summer, liZ and I attended a sewing conference where…

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Keep Watching…..

Today we will post the winners of the prizes for Skirting the Issue…. …but I need an unbiased hand to choose from the bowl of names….. So hang on. The post will be up soon and if you donated a skirt or two to Skirting the Issue you’ll want to check and see if you…

Read More »

lemon curd details_edited-1

Lemon Curd (and cute tags to go with it!)

Aside from sewing projects, some of my favorite gifts to give are fast and easy homemade recipes. Some of my favorites include cinnamon rolls (I need to share that recipe someday–it’s a good never-fail one), homemades jams and my all-time favorite thing in the world–anything lemon.  So, homemade lemon curd is always a great gift…

Read More »