Create the Perfect Fit Blog Tour


Earlier this year I had the pleasure of meeting Joi Mahon at the Baby Lock tech conference in St. Louis. Joi is a fashion designer, pattern designer, garment fit specialist, Baby Lock ambassador, teacher and now author! Joi has been sewing since she took her one and only lesson in 6th grade. When she was 14 she started working with a tailor, learning the fitting and altering techniques that educate her work today.


Joi is well-known in the sewing industry as a fantastic fit teacher. However, since not every seamstress can have access to Joi at all times, she realized that she needed to compile her fit techniques into a book – Create The Perfect Fit.


Joi’s book focuses on real people, real garments and real fit issues. The bulk of the book teaches the reader about various body parts to measure and how to easily increase or decrease a corresponding pattern. I love Chapter 10 where Joi demonstrates real-life fit issues on real people (i.e. not models). The techniques that Joi teaches in the book work for all shapes and sizes – after all, no body is perfect!


Joi has such an amazing talent as a fit guru and as a designer; those are her designs for McCalls Patterns, above. I was excited to see a trunk show of Joi’s work on display at the Baby Lock Tech Conference. See some of the images I snapped below of her beautiful work.


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Guess what – today we are going to give one lucky winner a copy of Create The Perfect Fit! To enter, simply leave a comment telling us your biggest fitting issue. Contest runs through October 27 2014. Good Luck!

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Holiday Gift List: The Quilted Kitchen

Yesterday I realized that it is time to get my ducks in a row and Christmas projects planned and started. Maybe some of you folks are better organized and are already knee-deep in gift-sewing? Good for you!

For those of you who haven’t started your gift planning, I will be posting quick gift ideas on Fridays as we get closer to the holiday season.

The Quilted Kitchen is a great project that is universally functional – I mean, who doesn’t need new oven mitts? Here you can see it in some adorable Christmas fabric from Riley Blake.


We created the square patchwork oven mitt as well as the double sided mitt. The pattern also offers instructions for a patchwork round hot pad and a pot handle protector.


The fun thing about the double sided oven mitt is that you can turn it upside down to use on the table as a trivet.


Kitchen projects are perfect vehicles for novelty fabrics that you wouldn’t necessarily use for garments or in a big quilt. In a small accessory like this, you can let your imagination go wild with fabric choices!



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You Made It! Woody & Sam


Sue Haussman’s 6 year old granddaughter Brooke loves owls and asked her grandma if they could make one out of fabric that Brooke picked out. Sue immediately thought of our Woody and Sam pattern! Brooke created Woody all by herself, even stitching the applique. Great job Brooke, the owl is adorable!!

Thanks to Brooke and Sue for sending us the pictures – we love to see our customer’s creations!




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Magic Pattern Challenge Voting

The Magic Pattern Challenge has closed for entries, but now it is time to vote. Head over to BurdaStyle to see the entries and vote for your favorite. The Grand Prize winner will receive a new Baby Lock Serger!

Also, for our Kansas City Area friends, stop by the Original Sewing & Quilt Expo in Overland Park this weekend to visit our booth and see The Magic Fashion Show, hosted by Amy. It will be so much fun!

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The 5-Way Wrap: A Fall Favorite!

With fall coming on strong, it’s nice to have an extra wrap at hand to ward off the chill. The 5-Way Wrap is one of our most popular garment patterns (it’s super easy to make and flattering – a killer combo!) But why is it The 5-Way Wrap? Don’t you just wear it as an open vest?


Nope! You can actually wear this one piece of clothing 5 different ways! My favorite is to fold it over and wear it as a cape, shown below.


But maybe you have a fantastic brooch you want to show off (a Fabric Flower perhaps?) then you will want to pin it at the waist.


Of course sometimes you don’t want to accentuate your waist. Then you can pin at the shoulder.


For a more sophisticated look, you can even belt it!


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The Magic Pattern Book Road Show


Starting this weekend The Magic Pattern Fashion Show will be traveling across the country with the Original Sewing and Quilting Expo. In fact, you can see Amy emcee the show this weekend at the Expo in Fredericksburg, VA. (See her full Expo schedule here.)

We have been busy creating beautiful new samples from The Magic Pattern Book not only for the Fashion Show, but also for The Magic Pattern Trunk Show that will be visiting a retailer near you! The trunk show will feature 13 Magic Pattern projects in fashion-forward fabrics from Robert Kaufman, Free Spirit & Westminster Fabrics and Crossroads Denim from James Thompson, as well as some of our favorite original samples seen in the book. Each chapter is represented so you will see finished projects from The Tank Top, The Skirt, The Dress, The Cardigan, The Coat and The Accessory.


I love that trunk shows give customers the opportunity to see the finished garments in person. They can see the finishing techniques, look at all the unique details and maybe even try a piece on to see how they fit. I hope that you are able to visit The Magic Pattern Trunk Show to view the finished Magic Pattern projects and be inspired to create your own.

See The Magic Pattern Trunk Show at a retailer near you!

Oct 1 – Oct 15: Sew Inspired Simsbury, CT

Oct 20 – Nov 3: Crooked Stitch Rocky Mount, VA

Nov 7 – Nov 21: Mea Bernina Lawrence, KS

Dec: Pins & Needles – Stores throughout Ohio

Jan 19 – Feb 2: Sew Biz Radford, VA

Feb 9 – Feb 23: Sewing Arts Center Santa Monica, CA

Feb 9 – Feb 23: Bernina Sewing Center Topeka, KS

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The Magic Pattern Challenge – Deadline Extended!

BIG NEWS! The deadline for submissions to the BurdaStyle Magic Pattern Design Challenge has been extended to 10/6. So you have 6 more days to create a project from The Magic Pattern Book (Find the Francesca and Adelaide pattern here for FREE) and enter to win a Baby Lock serger. Get sewing!

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One Week Left for The Magic Pattern Design Challenge!


BurdaStyle Magic Fashion Contest – have you entered yet?

You have one week left to enter to win a Baby Lock Imagine Serger! Use any pattern from The Magic Pattern Book, and enter your project on BurdaStyle. We are also offering free downloads of the Adelaide top and Francesca bag, in case you are unable to get the book.
You can submit your entries until September 30th, then voting will run from October 1st thru the 7th. The Grand Prize winner will be announced on the 8th. Good luck!

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Halloween Home Decor

I thought you could use a little Friday sewing inspiration…why not get a jumpstart on your Halloween decor today? All three of these patterns are available as an instant download. You can be sewing in just a few minutes!

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Nancy Zieman’s Quick Column Quilts Blog Tour

Hello and Welcome!
We are so happy to be a part of the celebration for our friend Nancy Zieman’s new book, Quick Column Quilts. This book is a great new take on modern patchwork. Most quilt designs are based on squares, triangles, circles, or a combination of those tricky geometric shapes. That can be incredibly intimidating for beginner quilters. Nancy has come up with an alternative – quilting with columns! This patchwork method is much faster and less complicated, while still giving you a clean, modern design which will look striking on your bed or wall. Modern. Streamlined. Quick. That says it all, doesn’t it?


When reading the book, the Hit and Miss Table Runner really caught my eye. How could it not, with those large-scale hexies. I know what you’re thinking – hexies mean the dreaded Y-seams. Nope, not with this pattern. Here you will create hexagon halves stitched columns. So much easier. Another aspect of this quilt hit me – it’s Crossroads colors! Do you see it? You could recreate this using Midtown Moss, Soft Aqua, Downtown Teal, Metal Grey, Mustard Seed and Weathered Indygo. Solid quilting projects are perfect venues for our Crossroads Denim, especially a table runner that gets a lot of use.



The Tumbling Tumblers Column Quilt is another good project for Crossroads. I love the use of negative space in this design. To recreate the quilt as close to the original as possible, you would use Mustard Seed as the background with French Vanilla, Periwinkle, Cactus Pink, Eggplant and Soft Aqua.


But wouldn’t it be fun to switch it up a little with Soft Aqua in the back combined with White, Charcoal Black, Metal Grey, Downtown Teal, French Vanilla and Sweet Potato? How pretty would that be?


Are you loving these patterns as much as we are? Want to get your hands on a copy of this book – along with a Baby Lock Tempo Sewing Machine, as well as a whole slew of notions, tools and fabrics?? Of course you do! To enter to win this fabulous prize, hop on over to Nancy’s blog and follow the contest instructions. Good Luck!


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