MS 176: Kelly Bowser from Kelby Sews

MS 176: Kelly Bowser from Kelby Sews

I bet there are so many listeners who have made Kelly Bowser’s hour basket from her very popular tutorial. I have followed Kelly for a long time and knew this would be a fun chat. And it so was. Kelly is such a fun creative and we talked about her journey with sewing and how she landed her own sewing show! She gives some of her tips for quilt layouts to help you get a better idea of what your project with look like. This is such a great chat. Make sure to check out the show notes for links of what we mentioned.

Kelby Sews

Kelby Sews Tutorial

Kelby’s Patterns

Quilting Company videos

Craftsy Shop – Hearts and Bees

The hour basket

Rainbow Craft Room with Hour Baskets

Susan Morgan – @sumorgan

Angela Pingel

–Quilt Layout tools–

Layout for Instagram (Apple) (Android)

Scrapbook App

Melissa from Sew Shabby Quilting

Erin Michaels – Paint by Number fabric


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MS episode 175: Daryl Cohen (fabrichick) and Giuseppe Ribaudo (Giucy Giuce) from Andover fabrics

MS episode 175: Daryl Cohen (fabrichick) and Giuseppe Ribaudo (Giucy Giuce) from Andover fabrics

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Andover Instagram



Daryl’s Instagram – @fabrichick

Giuseppe’s Instagram – @Giucy_Giuce

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Free Quilt Patterns from Andover

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MS episode 174: Lesley Hill of Homeday Studio. Modern Handmade Home Goods.

MS episode 174: Lesley Hill of Homeday Studio. Modern Handmade Home Goods.

I love getting to chat with creatives I follow on instagram. I don’t think I will ever tire of saying that. It is just so much fun to learn about the creative process of others and also how they fit being a creative into their daily lives. I was so honored to have Lesley on the podcast. We had a great chat about all things sewing and I really wanted to know more about how Lesley runs her handmade business. She chats about pricing, photography, products, and so much more. It was a lovely chat and I really was inspired by her design sense as well. I just love her work and I know you will too. Click to listen or find the podcast on iTunes and Stitchr.

Homeday Studio

Homeday Studio Blog

Homeday Studio Shop

Homeday Studio on Instagram

Lesley’s newsletter

Homeday Studio upcoming workshops

CreativeLive Photography classes

Days for Girls – How Lesley gives back


Austin Kleon

Of a Kind

3rd Story Workshop



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NEW Cricut EasyPress 2 Review and project

NEW Cricut EasyPress 2 Review and project

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Cricut. The opinions and text are all mine.

I am so excited to share the NEW Cricut EasyPress 2 with you. I went to Cricut’s Mountain Make-a-Thon in July to teach a class on Podcasting, and Fonts in Design Space. Gosh was that the most fun I have ever had teaching and learning since I did get to pop in to several classes while I wasn’t teaching. They announced their new EasyPress 2 machines at the event and in THREE different sizes. I love that Cricut listens to their customers and really revamped the new machine to meet the needs of the customers and then some. I got to preview the EasyPress 2 before it was even available to the public which is super exciting.

The new EasyPress 2 comes in three sizes, 6×7, 9×9, and 12×10 all in a FABULOUS raspberry color. I will be using the 9×9 today which is a great size for things like t-shirts, pillows, and pretty much any project. I thought it would be heavy but it is lightweight and easy to use. It has an automatic shut off feature which is something I always need with anything that has heat – hello busy mom life. Cricut is always updating their products so the EasyPress 2 has a USB for easy updates.

The great thing about the new EasyPress 2 is that it is super easy to learn and it heats up in 60 seconds or less. You can control the temperature, up to 400 F, with ease on the digital display which also has a timer which takes the guesswork out of your projects with different materials. Cricut even has a super helpful guide online for the EasyPress that I reference with every single project to make sure I get great results. Oh and it has a little safety base it stays in when not in use so it won’t knock over easily.

Okay onto the project because the fun part of the EasyPress 2 is using it to make gorgeous projects. I am not a big Fall person but I love Thanksgiving with a fire in the fireplace. I enjoy a holiday that doesn’t involve gifts but does include a lot of food. I wanted to make a project that I could use as a visual reminder to use this season to be Thankful for the blessings in my life. Let’s get started.


Cricut Machine – I love my Cricut Maker

Weeding tool

Cricut EasyPress 2

EasyPress mat

Iron on vinyl of your choice – I used Cricut’s iron on foil

Decorative Cotton Pillow

Design Space Project

Open the Design Space Project and resize to your pillow cover. Remember when using iron on to place your vinyl shiny side down on the cutting mat and reverse your image.

Weed your design and turn on your EasyPress 2. I referenced the EasyPress chart for the Cricut iron on vinyl and set to the correct settings.

Setting for the EasyPress 2
295°F / 146°C
Pre-heat: 5 sec
Apply: 30 sec
Post-heat back(leave liner on): 15  sec.
Cold Peel

Position your vinyl on the pillow and use the above settings to complete your project.

Enjoy the reminder to be Thankful for the Blessings in your life this season.

Reserve your EasyPress 2 today! Pick your size and reserve yours today – 6” x 7”, 9” x 9”, 12” x 10”.



ModSew- Modern Ditty Bag edition 2 with Janome, Sulky Threads, Havel’s Sewing, Hobbs Batting, and Windham Fabrics

I am so happy to be back on this space showing you my latest project. I was asked to do a back to school project for my sponsors, Janome Sewing Machines, Sulky Threads, Havel’s Sewing, and Hobbs batting. I love working with these amazing companies and I am so honored they believe in me and the podcast. I also would like to thank Windham Fabrics for the amazing Kinder fabric by Heather Ross. I think this fabric line is the perfect line for any teacher, oh who am I kidding, it is perfect for everyone! I mean look at how cute it is. All the heart eyes. Okay let’s get to some of the details on this year’s Modern Ditty Bag. If you want to make your own and see last year’s bag check out the tutorial on Janome’s blog.


I started making the Modern Ditty Bag last year for a back to school post for Janome. I would see the teacher’s at my girls school carrying around a bag that held essentials when they weren’t in the classroom but the bag was not pretty and this maker couldn’t handle that. I always like to give teachers something useful for their classrooms and so the Modern Ditty Bag was born. It is a simple bag with an outside pocket to hold their walkie talkie that they need to be able to grab quickly. I don’t put pockets on the inside, although you could, but I find sometimes clipboards and such get hung up on the inside pockets. I like to have fun with the fabrics and usually make scrappy versions of the bag but you could use one fabric or a couple for a completely different look.


I used several fat quarters from Heather Ross’s Kinder fabric line and tried to use some contrasting colors to make it fun. The handles are pretty long so I used several prints but you could also use a fat quarter to keep them simple. I had to get a little peek of that cute fox on the strap! That is the fun thing about this fabric line there are so many hidden creatures you discover when you are using it on a project. I love those little details that I think Heather does so well. The denim on the bottom is from my fabric stash.

I used Sulky’s Cotton+Steel 50 wt thread on the entire bag for piecing, quilting, and topstitching. I love Cotton+Steel threads and if you ever listen to the podcast you know I have always loved neutral thread colors until I discovered this line. I love that the colors go so well with modern fabrics. I used Bright White, Neon Yellow and Light Red for this bag and I love how well it matches the Kinder fabrics. I am learning all of the cool features on my new Janome Skyline S9 so I did some decorative stitching on the bottom on the bag. I know I know the Skyline S9 can embroider but I am not quite ready to show you my beginning skills just yet. Soon I promise.

One of the important things about bag making is using stabilizers to give it some strength and help it stand up when you set it down. I like to use a combination of Hobb’s cotton batting and Sulky’s Soft n’ Sheer Extra, an iron-on, cut-away, permanent stabilizer. For the bottom of the bag I used a denim and quilted it with Hobbs cotton batting then ironed on the Soft n’ Sheer Extra. I don’t like to quilt too much on the Soft n’ Sheer so that is why I quilted with the batting first then ironed on the stabilizer. I also used the stabilizer on the straps, the panels (after they were sewn together), and pocket. I love the Soft n’ Sheer because it gives the bag some stability but doesn’t make it too stiff.

I never make a sewing project without my Havel’s Pink Extra Large cutting mat with my all time favorite 60mm rotary cutter. I love using a bigger rotary cutter because I am impatient and often use it to cut through several layers of fabric. Yep, you read that right it will cut through several layers at once! You can get your own pink mat and rotary cutter for a great price using the code MODERNSEWCIETY7 for $7 off $25 order. You can’t beat Havel’s prices so go check out their store!

I love making these bags and I think I need one for myself! I hope you make your own and if you do make sure to use #moderndittybag so I can check it out.

All opinions are my own on the products mentioned but supplies were provided by my sponsors to make this project.

#SewBetterWithSulky #BackToSchoolSewing #windhamfabrics #hobbsbatting #havelssewing #janome #modernsewciety #kinderfabrics


MS episode 171: Carole Prevost from Carole’s Cricut Crafts. Cricut Expert and Mountain Make-a-Thon Teacher

MS episode 171: Carole Prevost from Carole’s Cricut Crafts. Cricut Expert and Mountain Make-a-Thon Teacher

Join me as I get to know my fellow Cricut instructors for the Cricut Mountain Make-a-Thon in Salt Lake City, Utah July 30-Aug 1. I am so excited to be teaching this year and I hope you will join us for days of fun and learning.

Carole Cricut Crafts on YouTube

Carole Cricut Crafts

Extra Large Tote Bag tutorial

Reversible Tote Bag tutorial

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