Friday, January 31, 2014

Around the Block

Another fun quilt along I am doing this year is the Around the Block Round Robin quilt along! The first block is coming up soon, and I am excited to see this mystery quilt come together! Lots of great prizes as an incentive to join the quilt along too. You can check out the details at Patchwork Possepsst - sign up for her emails so you don't miss a block!

Monday, January 27, 2014

don't walk,

run! and grab your spot for the 3rd round of the denyse schmidt charm swap!

sign ups are now open and there are only 20 spots left! this round is being hosted by my friend andrea and the fabrics picked so far are beautiful. same rules as before - 2 fabrics, a yard of each, total of 112 charms. you can sign up for more than one spot (which I recommend, as you can cram 2 spots in a flat rate envelope). hope to see you over there!

Sunday, January 26, 2014


It's been a fun month! On the 15th, I got to hang out with some friends from KCMQG and do a little presentation/trunk show on modern quilts. We helped Denise kick off a learn to quilt program at the Don Bosco Senior Center in KCMO. Nikki & Tia and I all brought tons of quilts and tops to show. It was a really fun day. We all went to lunch afterwards, and then a quick stop at Urban Arts & Crafts - Nikki needed some sock yarn :)

This week I was asked to participate in a local authors event at the public library. Of course I said yes! I love my library! I took a few quilts and set up a table in the new books section. It was a fun night, I got to meet several of the other authors. But it made me a little sad, every person that stopped by my table said "I can't sew" or "I don't know how to sew" or "I can't sew a straight line." I really hate it when I hear that! Everyone can sew! Practice makes perfect! You can do it! OK, rant over. But really, you can.

I've been working on more bee blocks, including this flying circle of geese for Bee(ful) of Paper. I still have another block to make before I'm caught up, and since January is my month and I haven't sent out my kits yet, I better get off here and start cutting! 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014


Hey there!

I'm so behind on bee blocks. Here are Toni's for KC Scrappy bee. Sorry they are late.

Tomorrow I'll be speaking about quilts at the Don Bosco Senior Center in KCMO with my friends Nikki and Tia. We're doing a little presentation on modern quilting, and having lunch afterwards. Should be fun!

On the 21st I'll be doing a local author meet and greet at the Ottawa Public library. I'll have copies of Classic Modern Quilts for sale. Plus I'm baking cookies to bring, so if you live around here be sure to come by!

Sunday, January 12, 2014

the Great Fabric Destash!

Hey everyone!

Erin at twomoreseconds had the brilliant idea to do a sitewide instagram destash! It's happening this Wednesday night, and if you're not on instagram yet, I'd go ahead and sign up for this.  There's a beginner's guide at mashable. Here's a quick rundown on how selling and buying on instagram works, in case you're new to this form of selling.

You can find pictures of what people would like to sell
by searching the hashtag #thegreatfabricdestash .

See something you want to buy? 
The first person to leave their paypal address under the photo will get an invoice sent to them. If you want multiple things from the same buyer, be sure to mention that.  They might be willing to combine shipping.

Aw, man! Someone else already got what I wanted!
Go ahead and put your name down anyways. If the first buyer falls through, you'd be on the list.

Have any other questions? Leave me a comment and I'll try to help!

Hope to see you on Wednesday - I'm craftytammie over on instagram, and I'll be listing a bunch of vintage sheet fat quarter bundles, as well as some whole sheets, pillowcases, and some quilting cottons and notions! I may even have a few vintage embroidery kits.

Sunday, January 5, 2014

the Good Mother Myth review and giveaway

giveaway is now closed - congrats to #2 Natalie!

I love to read! I always have at least one book on my nightstand, and I visit the library once a week.  I tend to check out mostly craft books, but I read a lot of novels on my kindle and nook.

So I was excited to receive a copy of a new book to review. It's called the Good Mother Myth: Redefining Motherhood to Fit Reality. Edited by Avital Norman Nathman, who writes the blog The Mamafesto. It's a collection of 35 essays, by a variety of mothers. And I do mean a variety. There are essays by a porn director, professors, musicians, and even a transgender mom.

Given all that, and the fact that I don't get myself worked up about feminism, I wondered if I would be able to relate to these stories. And I have to tell you, I loved this book. I didn't rush through it, instead reading an essay or two each night before bed. Doing some deep thinking. Reflecting on my own motherhood and my success/failure as a mom. It was a perfect read for this time in my life. You know, new year, new you and all that.

I've been slowed down my my surgery and forced to "do less", which leaves me feeling like I am falling behind somehow. I feel as though I'm in a race and losing to all the other moms who didn't leave a price tag on a santa gift, who already have their tree down and are taking adorable pictures of their kids playing in the snow.

There is a story in the book about facebook which made me laugh. Those sunshiny photos people share are just half the story. You don't know if the mom behind the camera is yelling at them to stop squirming, or if she's still in her pjs with unwashed hair. If the mess in the living room has been cropped out and filtered.

I found myself with tears rolling down my face as I read one essay from a mom who had PPD and a colicky baby. I look back on those days and I can't believe I lived through them. That same screaming baby who had me on the brink of despair turns eight tomorrow. 

I often feel like as bloggers, we have a certain theme to uphold - clean house, happy kids, lots of fun activities. And when I have a lot of time between posts, it's because those things aren't happening! I can't do a photo shoot when I have dirty dishes in the sink and piles of laundry to fold. And I'm letting myself be ok with that. I could be fake, or I could be real. I hope you'd prefer the real me.

Would you like to read it? Yes? Just leave me a comment. Maybe share a defining moment of your own motherhood experience, or a memory of your own mother being real (mine is of my mom in her muu-muu, sitting at the cluttered kitchen table) Or if you have a book you think we all need to read, share the title. I'll choose a winner in one week. US only please.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

2014 - undaunted

oh 2013. Leaving so soon? I feel like I barely got to know you.

Lots of exciting things happened this year. My favorite? Our son Sawyer finally started talking (with the help of speech therapy and great teachers!) and actually, right now he's yelling nonsense as he marches through the house. So thrilling to have his voice added to the chaos.

I have a lot of memories to share another post, but today I just want to say thank you to everyone who reads this little slice of the web. It was a year of cool new things for me, and I'm hoping to continue that into 2014.

So what's my word for the year?


not intimidated or discouraged by difficulty, danger, or disappointment.

I am planning to submit more of my ideas, try to put myself out there more. Stop using the kids and the housework as excuses.  Focus on streamlining my daily routine so there is time for stitching, more than a few minutes every day. I have one more year before Sawyer starts kindergarten. It's time to do this. :) 

Part of that is knowing when to say no. I will have to be realistic about what I can handle. That's always a hard one for me.

What about you? Do you set goals, or choose a word? I'm not one for resolutions, usually, because I never follow through with them. So help keep me on task, would ya?! 

Happy New Year! Let's make 2014 the best yet!

xo, tammie


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