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Modern Applique Illusions by Casey York – Book Review + Giveaway

Modern Applique Illusions

Modern Applique Illusions: 12 Quilts Create Perspective & Depth by Casey York features a unique offering of quilt projects that combine applique with traditional art techniques of vanishing points and perspective to create an illusion of depth in the surface design. I remember the first time I saw Casey’s work in the Modern Quilt Guild…

Abby Glassenberg Podcast Episode #32: Kathy Mack of Pink Chalk Studio and Kristin Link of Sew Mama Sew

Kristin Link and Kathy Mack

I had the pleasure of being interviewed along with Kristin Link on Episode #32 of Abby Glassenberg’s While She Naps Podcast Series. We talk about our experiences of owning an online business in the craft industry and how we decided it was time for a major change in direction. Enjoy! Kathy

Present Perfect by Betz White – Book Review

Present Perfect Cover

Present Perfect: 25 Gifts to Sew & Bestow by Betz White features a fabulous array of sewing projects with gift giving in mind. Just in time for holiday sewing! Betz’ intro to the book lovingly shares the story of her mother’s love of sewing for her and of teaching Betz to sew. The ultimate gift!…

A New Direction

Shop Photo

The Short Version: All inventory (fabric, printed sewing patterns and notions) is being liquidated to create space for new things to grow. The Pink Chalk Fabrics web store will continue to sell printed and downloadable sewing patterns. Pink Chalk Studio moves full steam ahead with a focus on teaching and new pattern designs. The Long…

Essential Sewing Reference Tool by Carla Hegeman Crim – Book Review + Giveaway

Essential Sewing Reference Tool by Carla Hegeman Crim

The Essential Sewing Reference Tool: All-in-One Visual Guide by Carla Hegeman Crim captures in a single volume answers to our what-is-this and how-do-I-do-that questions we often ask ourselves while sewing. Whether you’re a veteran sewist or new to the craft, this handy all-in-one guide covers the nuts and bolts of sewing tools and techniques with…

Quilt Market Trend Post Giveaway Winners

Rail Fence Tote

An incredibly strong drive to clean up loose ends overtook me this afternoon. Things are flying off my desk that have sat here for months! Here are the winners of the Fall Quilt Market 2013 Trend Report giveaway: Misty Bee – A signed copy of 1-2-3 Quilt by Ellen Luckett Baker! Nicole – Make a Splash Slice…

Fall Quilt Market 2013 Trend Report

Tula Pink

Fall Quilt Market 2013 was held last weekend in Houston, Texas. This open-to-the-trade wholesale show takes place twice per year. Houston hosts the Fall show which is then followed by Quilt Festival (open to the public). Each May, the Spring show rotates between 5 cities located across the US making it more accessible to quilt…

You Are a Winner

Kathy

This blog post title can be interpreted in several different ways. 1) A self-affirming message to myself that it’s never too late to get back on track and feel good about progress (however incremental). The Where I Sew Month winners are 2 1/2 months overdue, Quilting on the Go was reviewed in June – really?…

First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting by Christina Cameli

First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting

First Steps to Free-Motion Quilting by Christina Cameli is a fabulous new book that combines learning to free-motion quilt with a clever idea of how to get in the practice time that will hone your skills. As the author points out in the introduction, many of us get hung up on finding an accessible approach…

Where I Sew – Bari J. Ackerman

Bari J Studio

I am a fabric, sewing pattern and surface designer. I love to create. And, I love to share ideas and dreams with other creative people. The Bari J. brand debuted in 2004 featuring handbags and accessories. In 2009 I changed the focus of the business to fabric and surface design and sewing patterns. My first book,…