Monday, March 3, 2008


We are the Stitchin' Bitches...we've known each other since preschool days, have managed to survive school, marriage, and raising children and now finally have some time to do what we love...quilting! SB#1, SB#2, and SB#3 are our monikers. I suspect I'll be doing 99% of the posting. The other two are internet and blogging novices. Besides, SB#1 and SB#2 work way too many hours!

We call ourselves the Stitchin' Bitches because we admittedly act that way. While we don't critique other's quilts we do have a great time joking about those quilters and seamstresses whose dress goes overboard. You know what I mean...the head to toe quilted outfits, the funny hats, or even worse the tiaras we saw gals wearing at Sew Expo this year. We know they are having fun, but we have promised each other we won't go there! We don't cut each other any slack...that's what happens when you've known each other as long as we have.

We just got back from Sew Expo in Puyallup and had a blast! Last year I sent a text message to my son's girlfriend telling her I'd had a great time at Sew Expo. Note to self: always double check when using predictive text. Instead, she got the message that I'd had a great time at the Sex Expo. My son and her got a good laugh out of that.

Back to Sew Expo...Learned lots and lots this year. Thread Therapy was excellent and I think I understand threads and needles a bit better and how they effect how the machine runs. I've always known this, but Bob really drove the point home. I also took a one seam pants class from Louise Cutting. She's a character and when I left I really felt that for once I could get a pair of pants to fit correctly. I spent a few hours yesterday customizing the pattern and hope to actually make them tomorrow night. I'll let you know how that goes. I have challenges to meet like a large tummy and being short...add in a very short waist and it turns into a alteration nightmare.

We also took classes on different quilt-as-you-go techniques and found them to be interesting and something we all want to try. SB#1 already has tried this with success. I've done it once on my Millenium quilt, but SB#2 hasn't tried it at all yet.

We didn't spend tons of money at the vendors booths, but did manage to leave a decent chunk of change behind. I'm excited about the new plexi-glass sewing extension table I bought for my Viking Lily 555. It should be delivered this week.

My next post will be on how to make reusable grocery bags out of fabric. I made four of them yesterday in just a few hours and was impressed by how easy they were to make. Plus, they are big enough to actually carry some real groceries home. Now if I can just get SB#1 and SB#2 to post occasionally, life will be good.



Wammy said...

Can not wait to see the bags! I'll be checking tomorrow. I too, love to quilt but since moving back closer to home and having adopted two kids...just don't have enough time in the day. Oh, in a few years I will get back to it.

Stitchin' Bitches said...

Bag instructions will be posted over the weekend...Lots of pictures to take as I sew so it slows down the process quite a bit. Once you get going though, they are easy and fast to whip out!

Margaret said...

You are amazing! I don't do any crafts--but I do live in Puyallup.