22 October, 2016

Just Stop

Sometimes you just need to stop, slow down for a moment and then... take a photo.

21 September, 2016

Rachelle and Her Sisters

Wasn't there a movie years ago called "Hannah and Her Sisters?  Well, this is a story about
"Rachelle and Her Sisters".  Rachelle S., who lives in New York, is one of my very favorite and most loyal customers.  She had purchased a thread catcher for herself, then returned to my shop and purchased one for a birthday gift for a friend.

Over the course of the last few months, Rachelle has been choosing even more thread catchers from my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow to give to her mother and her four sisters.  These lovely ladies, who are scattered all over the country, get together each year at one of their houses and make a quilt. This year they gathered in Washington. They do a gift exchange and Rachelle chose to give each of her four sisters, as well as her mother, one of my thread catchers.

Hard at work!
She was so kind to send me photos of their get together.  Doesn't it look like a fun and productive time?

Oh, look!  There's a bowl or M&M's on the table!  

I'll be honest, I'm more than a little envious. No sisters for me and my mother passed years ago.  But I absolutely LOVE seeing these beautiful ladies enjoying their quilt making, my thread catchers and EACH OTHER.  It warms my heart!  Thank you, Rachelle, for sharing your photos.  It's almost like being a part of your family sew fest!

New! - Curry Bungalow Printed Patterns!

Just added in my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow.  All three of my thread catcher patterns IN PRINT !
I have had requests from buyers who do not have printers so in order to better serve my customer base, print patterns are now listed for my Sew Sassy Thread Catcher Pattern, Dreamy Dresden Thread Catcher Pattern and Sew In Style Thread Catcher Pattern.  The price for each is $12.00. First Class postage in the U.S. is $2.60.  Each pattern has a full color front cover with a materials and supply list on the back cover and black and white printed pages. Each pattern comes in a clear zip top bag.  Get 'em while they're hot !

04 September, 2016

Little Ruby and Linen

Fresh off of the machine and I just had to share! I have been working with a bit of linen these days.  I love the way that it feels as well as the added body that it has over my usual quilters cottons.  This just might be my new personal thread catcher.  Like I need another one...

31 August, 2016


Ahhhh, the power of Social Media!  My Sew In Style Thread Catcher Pattern was featured on Quilting Digest on Facebook this morning.  There has been a steady stream of cha-chings since!  Music to my ears!  It means so much to me that people love my products as much as I love designing and making them.

30 August, 2016


We have babies this year in the koi pond!  In nine years we've seen three hatches.  We suspect that there have been more but the fish usually eat the eggs early on and we rarely see fry.  But this batch has survived and we've got quite a large crop of probably about 20 small koi.  Most appear to be orange or orange with markings.  There are some other dark ones but they are much harder to see at this point. The big ones are all lined up waiting to be fed.

24 July, 2016

Surprise Collection!

I love surprises.  Have you ever discovered cash in your pocket and felt as if you had found it laying in the street like some kind of happy windfall?   Like it wasn't already yours anyway?  Well, that's how I feel about my "new" Needle Card collection.

My "new" collection
Case in Point. I have just pronounced my various vintage needle cards, scattered hither and thither in various baskets, cupboards and boxes, a COLLECTION!  Yep, I just realized that I collect needle cards!  I have been picking them up at various yard and estate sales for years.  I bring them home and stash them, sometimes with others, but most times not.  As I was recently doing a bit of organizing, I put them all together in one place for the first time. And just like that, I have an instant collection!  I love it when that happens!
One of my favorites and probably my most complete card.  
The artwork on the outside of the cards is the big draw for me.  Some feature ladies engaged in a happy sewing circle, Stepford Wives style.  I have lots of those.  That must have been a big theme back in the day when women were expected to happily sew with their hair all done up, snappily dressed and probably sporting heels, too!  Me... I like to sew in my pajamas.

Some feature a travel theme, even intergalactic travel!

Or animals. 

Others were free giveaway items used for advertising.  My favorite is the salt container.  

Similar shapes and design. 
This Asian needle card is very colorful on the inside and has an odd needle on the lower right.  There are instructions for using it, but it's Greek to me... in a manner of speaking.  Honestly, I don't know what language that is.

My oldest card, the Sewing Sociey Needle Book, dates from 1885.  I imagine a woman sitting and sewing with that very needle card over 130 years ago.

The Army and Navy Needle Book appears to date to around World War II and I believe that there was a series of different ships featured on various needle cards.

I am always on the lookout for more cards.  Now that I have them all in one place, I will know where to put new additions.

06 July, 2016

Buried in Pincushions

I'm a little obsessed with pincushions.  Can you tell?  I recently made up a few example pincushions for a Make & Take Class that I taught at our local quilt show.  The class went swimmingly but now I'm trying to figure out what to do with the prototypes. They were fun to make and each one uses a variety of coordinating fabrics, which is why they are so STINKIN' CUTE!  I'm thinking that these would make great little gifts for anyone who sews or quilts.  Just listed at my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow .

I may need a 12 step support group! But then, do I really have a problem?  I just love making pincushions.  Is that so wronnnggggg?

22 May, 2016

Pincushion Rich !

Who needs another pincushion?  I certainly don't but I just keep making them anyway!  I've been working on a prototype for my stand alone Dreamy Dresden Pincushion Pattern that I plan on offering on Etsy.  I love the way that the tiny Dresden block looks against the neutral linen body of this pincushion.
Small prints work best for these tiny Dresden blocks and the sweet little prints from the "Lil' Red" line by Stacy Hsu are just PERFECT!

So then I decided to make another from some of my Fig Tree fabrics.  This one looks pretty nice, too, if I do say so myself.  I don't know what it is about putting these tiny bits of fabrics together but I just love them.
 This one actually belongs to the Dreamy Dresden Thread Catcher that I just listed at my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow.

Then I decided to make a travel pincushion to go into my sewing basket for use when I go to my hand sewing group.  I wanted it to be an emery pincushion for keeping my fine needles clean and sharp.  So... I love the pincushion, but it is much too large and HEAVY for my sewing basket.  The little pieced block for the top measures 4 inches.  Not so huge, right? But this baby weighs a whopping 2 lbs!  It feels like I have a brick in my sewing basket!  It's back to the drawing board for my travel pincushion, but I do love this one...

And check out that exquisite little vintage button in the center of the pinwheel!

Yes, it's true.  I am PINCUSHION RICH!

13 April, 2016

It's the Little Things

You have likely heard the phrase, "It's the little things that count."  Sometimes those little things can made a big difference!  Take buttons, for example.  I am completely captivated by tiny vintage "twinkle" buttons.  These are sometimes called "mirror back" buttons. They are amazing little things no matter what they are called.

I try to pick up little lots of them from time to time on eBay.  I never pay much for them, although one certainly can!  I just buy the ones that I think will complement the pincushions that I make for my thread catchers.  These little works of art are the perfect finish for items made from vintage-look fabrics.

                                                 This hexagon button is EXQUISITE!

                                      And this tiny one looks pretty on a Dresden pincushion.

                                                                         Another tiny beauty!

And another!

I keep my collection of twinkles in a little velvet draw-string bag.  They jingle like gold coins. My own little tiny treasures!  I love to open the bag, spread them out and choose just the right button to go on my pincushions.  Like I said, it's the little things...

03 March, 2016

Just In Case...

Just in case you wondered how my new Larkspur fabrics made up into new Sew Sassy Thread Catchers, here are a couple of photos.  They're just plain bee-yoooo-teeee-ful!

Interestingly, when I first looked at these fabrics, I thought that it was going to be the light aqua blue floral in the top photo that was going to be my favorite.  Don't get me wrong.  It's VERY pretty.  But as it turns out, it is the warm grey color, called "Cobblestone" by the designers that is my very favorite!  It's divine!

Available in my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow

07 February, 2016

My Lucky Valentine

My Mr. T. knows that he's a lucky guy.  He's married to me..., but that's just ONE of the reasons that he's so incredibly lucky.

He knows that FABRIC makes me happy, lots and lots of fabric, and he never, ever takes issue with my many purchases.  Heck, he probably thinks that I could be crazy for DIAMONDS or something! He's getting off cheap! But it's fabric that makes my heart go pitter-patter.  Well, and him, of course.  Although we did not "know" each other as children, we did attend the same schools from elementary through high school.  I remember him from when I was 10 years old.  He was the tallest (and handsomest...) boy at at Peachland Elementary.  We started dating when I was 18 and he was 19 and he has been my Valentine ever since, 47 whole years worth.  That's some kind of a record/miracle these days. We like to say that we grew up together because we were such incredible BABIES when we got married!

But I degress.  I wanted to show you my new fabrics. I always look ahead at the various lines scheduled for release and have been waiting for this one.  It is the new "Larkspur" line by 3 Sisters for Moda.  I have been searching for a line with the same feeling as the old Moda, "Luna Notte" line. Do you remember it?  It had beautiful soft colors, lovely prints and a bit of a vintage feel, which I totally love.  I've had wonderful success selling thread catchers made from those fabrics.  But alas, there appears to be very little left on the planet probably because I purchased most of it! When I saw the photos for "Larkspur", I knew that it was the perfect line for more thread catchers using my Sew Sassy Thread Catcher pattern like this one.  I will be getting started with my new Larkspur fabrics this afternoon, but I had to lay them out and just gaze lovingly for a moment. Ahhhhhh!, such a feast for the eyes...

31 January, 2016

Tutorial - Make Your Own Iron-On Fabric Labels

I wanted to share with you how I make my own iron-on fabric labels.  These labels are probably not suitable for items that need laundering, but they work great for that professional finishing touch for my thread catchers.

I use June Tailor Colorfast White Printer Fabric, shown here.  I purchase the 10 pack and ALWAYS use my 50% off coupon at JoAnn's.  This package yields 360 labels!

The next step is to print the labels.  I created a document in Word with four columns.  I lined up my little Curry Bungalow logo in the four columns, evenly spaced.  I put the fabric paper through my printer and this is what my label sheet looks like.  Always press thoroughly with a dry iron after printing to set the ink.  These labels can handle some moisture. I actually saturated a label and the ink did not bleed, but I have not attempted to launder anything with a label on it.

Now, it took some trial and error to figure out how to best attach my labels to the back of a thread catcher.  Once the stabilizing paper is removed from the fabric, you just have, well...  just fabric.  I needed something to make my labels into iron-on labels.  I hit upon the idea of using HeatNBond Ultrahold on the back. You can purchase it in small packages, a five yard roll or as yard goods on a bolt.

I press my printed fabric page onto a piece of HeatNBond cut to the same size as my page.  At this point, I thought that I had the whole iron on label thing covered, but my finished labels were a bit see through with the fabric print on my thread catchers showing through the label.  I wanted something less transparent. After removing the paper backing from the HeatNBond, I pressed it to a sheet of white printer paper.  So again, I have a great label, it has a nice crisp feel to it, the fabric does not show through, but it has a paper backing.  It's back to the HeatNBond for one last layer pressed onto the back of the paper.

One more time, in a nutshell. I have the printed fabric paper as the first layer.  Remove it's paper backing and press onto a sheet of HeatNBond.  Remove the paper backing from the HeatNBond and press to a sheet of white printer paper.  Press the printer paper to another sheet of HeatNBond and your label sheet is complete.

The next step is to cut the labels.  I draw lines between the columns with a heat sensitive Frixion pen. 

Then cut the labels into horizontal strips using the rotary cutter.

I like to use my 3mm scalloped pinking shears to get the cute little scalloped edge for my labels. Yes, I could just cut them straight with regular scissors, but these look so much CUTER! Lightly press with the iron if any of the Frixion marks remain after cutting.  

Press these fabric labels onto your product and when I say press... I mean PRESS!  Do not move the iron back and forth.  If you do, the layers of the label may separate with the heat being applied.  Give it a really good pressing, then let the label cool. 

I hope that you have enjoyed this little tutorial.  Again, these labels will not work for everyone or for every product, but they are the perfect branding solution for Curry Bungalow!

UPDATE - Since posting this tutorial, I have done some experimentation to see if my labels are indeed colorfast.  I laundered a label and was pleased to see that there was absolutely no fading of the printer ink. None at all!  But... and there is always a "but", isn't there?  The paper backing that I ironed on to make the label more opaque did not fare so well.  This issue would be easily corrected by adding another layer of the fabric printer sheets rather than the card stock.  

And because I can never just leave anything alone... I have begun stitching around my labels before I iron them onto my product to give the appearance that they are actually sewn on.  That's just another little touch to make a better and more professional looking finished product.  

21 December, 2015


Are you one of those people who never win anything? Well, so am I. So, imagine my surprise when I found an email waiting for me this morning from Kate Spain, yes, THAT Kate Spain, informing me that I had won a giveaway on her blog, "The Drawing Board".  See it here. 


Kate, (I call her Kate because we are just that familiar, don't you know...) had a giveaway for a lovely fabric bundle and quilt pattern. To enter, readers were asked to comment about what they were doing for someone else this holiday season. I posted my comment and read the others. Lots of great ideas and I have copied and saved a few that appealed to me. My comment was chosen randomly and I won the bundle! Over seven delicious yards of fabric plus the pattern!  What a nice surprise.  

And for the record, our family really did have great fun buying gifts for the three foster kids that we "adopted".  They are a five year old girl, a three year old boy and a two year old girl.  It was a real FEEL GOOD project and we are already making plans to do it again next year. 

Wishing each of you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

03 December, 2015

Total Deliciousness !

I could be putting up our Christmas tree and doing other decorating, but what am I doing?  Making thread catchers, of course.  I have new fabrics and when that happens, everything else is put on hold.

I just bought the new "Hyde Park" line from Blackbird Designs.  The soft and understated colors made up beautifully in my Sew Sassy design.

And... I am still making yo-yo's.  The navy blue one in "Gooseberry" fabrics is just too cute for words.  Just listed in my Etsy shop, Curry Bungalow