• “Road Rules”

    So… in a recent post we told you about the cool bag contest that will take place at next year’s Road to California Showcase. Cash prizes and merchandise totaling $1,000 will be awarded and the bags or purses can be any size or style, uniquely designed or made from a pattern.  The official Road to California […]

  • Laying it Out for Paducah

    So… It’s time for us to get serious about planning our very first display at AQS QuiltWeek in Paducah, KY, coming up soon, April 22-25, 2015. In case you don’t know it, the Paducah show is the largest of its kind on the East Coast and as a vendor it’s really hard to get into. […]

  • The StudioKat Snippet

    So… just before Quilt Market last Fall, we began posting on Instagram primarily at the insistence of my daughter who knows WAY more about social media than I do, and besides… she’s yet to steer me wrong in this area so I trust her advice. But just between you and me, I honestly can’t say […]

  • Avoiding Overwhelment- Be ProActive

    This is the 3rd and last post in a little mini-series about overwhelment and yes, overwhelment really IS a word!  So anyway… in our last post I shared a list of ways to care for yourself during those times when you’re feeling inundated, and in today’s post I’d like to suggest some ways in which […]

  • On Finding Your Tribe

    So… we just recently returned from a family trip to Disney World in Orlando, FL. The purpose of our trip was to celebrate our grandson’s 5th birthday, so of course we included his mom, dad and baby sister in our plans (what can I say… they were a package deal)! We had a wonderful time […]

  • Post-Release Notes

    So… my big plan for tonight is to get in bed by midnight. For the last few weeks I’ve considered it a victory to get in bed by the entirely unreasonable hour of 1 am, but quite honestly there’s been all too many nights where I was up much later than that…  (or is earlier […]

  • April 2015 Handbag of the Month

    Congratulations to Sharon Anderson ! She and her “luminous Porta-PocketsPurse Insert won our 2015 “Purse Insert of the Year” contest in a close contest over Gretchen McClain. Her prize? … a $25 virtual gift certificate and a permanent place of honor in our “Handbag of the Month Archive“! To see her winning entry just click […]

  • Self-Care for the Overwhelmed

    This is the 2nd post in a little mini-series we’re doing about overwhelment and yes, as we’ve already  explained, there really IS such a word as overwhelment!    So anyway, in our last post I shared some ideas that I’ve found to be helpful when I’ve got too much to do and not enough time […]

  • A Purse Challenge for “the Road”

    So… you might remember that recently I was asked to make up one of our bags in Road to California’s special 20th anniversary fabric for display at the conference we we attended in late January.  (You can read more about that special Wrapsody bag here and you can see how it looked on display at […]

  • 5 Ways to Improve the Look of your Project

    So… it doesn’t really matter whether you’ve been sewing all of your life or if you’ve just completely your first project, everyone wants to get the best result possible when they sit in front of that sewing machine. But here’s the thing, based on some of the phone calls and pictures I’ve received over the […]