Archive for the ‘Fabric Projects’ Category

NewHouse Women’s Shelter Event - Recipes of Hope

Saturday, April 3rd, 2010

On March 9th, I had the privilege of volunteering with Terry Grahl of Enchanted Makeovers at an event for NewHouse Women’s Shelter.  Enchanted Makeovers is a wonderful nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming shelters for women and children into places of peace and possibilities—not just where basic needs are met, but also spiritual needs for hope and beauty.

They sponsored an event here in Kansas City to benefit the women of NewHouse Shelter - a shelter for victims of domestic violence.  The event, called Recipes of Hope, involved cooking at Function Junction with the 30 women who live at Newhouse and sitting down to the meal at nearby Gifted Hands ( while sharing laughter, tears and fellowship.

Terry & our team helped to  set a beautiful table (see the pictures of the neat vintage box centerpieces) and made it a day to remember.  The raffle prizes and gift bags were all handcrafted with a special touch of love.  A beautiful quilt created by Debbie Maddy ( was awarded in a drawing. Each participant also received a full-filled gift bag that included beauty items like makeup, personal items, a pillowcase (donated as part of the Harper’s Fabrics participation in the 1 Million Pillowcase Challenge) plus each received a handmade apron to use in the cooking class with Rachel Gaffney (

It was such fun to mingle and fellowship with this courageous group of women and see how our community came together to help brighten their lives.  I encourage everyone to be a part of something in your community that helps spread the joy through crafting, sewing or just sharing your joy and love of life. Enchanted Makeovers is looking to build a partner network nationwide. Please visit Terry’s website to learn more about this wonderful charity.

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Inspiration from Sew Expo!

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

I wanted to share some photos from my trip to the Sew Expo In Puyallup, Washington. I was hosted by the Pacific Fabrics and Crafts booth, which has six locations as well as an online store. I presented two sell-out lectures Sew Vintage and Craft a Business:Sewing for Profit. Cheryl joined me to help out, and we had a great time working the booth with the Pacific Fabrics team!! I found some vintage treasures at the show I want to share with you. I also met some new friends whose businesses I want to share as well. Carol Saber of Japanese Textiles & Tours shares her jacket featuring vintage kimono fabric. Dyan Emery of Jennifer Osner Textiles share wonderful treasures including the gorgeous fuchsia and black crazy quilt I bought! Love the idea to take the vintage photo frame and use blackboard paint to turn in into a sign!!

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Pioneer Spirit Antique Show

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Nothing better than a morning of shopping at one of my favorite antique shows to kill the Winter blues. Here are show photos from my inspiring adventure. The theme: Crazy for Crazy Quilts!!!

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