My Sewing Space- Take a Peek!

In this house, I sew in what was the formal dining room since we opted not to have a formal dining room. I was lucky enough to get a new tables for sewing and cutting and love all of the light from the bay window. I iron on top of the rolling fabric cart and stand at my laptop all the time. The kids play across the foyer in the playroom.

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A Little Paper Piecing Goodness- would you take an online class?

How are those scraps coming? Don’t you love peeking into everyone’s scrap storage?
Today’s stop on the Scrappy Stash blog hop is Courtney over at Mon Petit Lyons. Pop on over and check out her stash.

I’ve been working on my tote bag for the Mouthy Stitches Swap Round 2.

Mouthy Stitches 2

There is so much talent in this group that it’s staggering. We are all using the same pattern for the tote bag but then get to make a quilted tote in a style our partner would like.
This is what I’ve come up with for the front of my tote.

Mouthy Stitches Round 2
I have to admit that I kinda love it. I think my partner will too. 

I’ve got a plan for the back but can’t share that yet. I’m afraid it will spoil the surprise.

The pattern is called a Kaleidoscope Star, and I’ll post a template for it soon.

Now, onto some of those questions from the weekend.

Hadley asked, “What makes you blush.” lol well, I’d have to say the trashy steamy romance novels I read make me blush. I read all those 50 Shades and several others like it. Makes me glad I have a Kindle. I would be totally embarrassed if anybody (like my parents- eeekkk!) knew what I was reading.

Mom2Caleigh asked, “Do you live in NC? If so, where? Do you ever offer classes or visit quilt guilds?”
I live in Charlotte, NC which is a wonderful city. It’s clean, metropolitan without being too big, is beautiful, has great weather and the people are friendly. I was born here, grew up outside of Charlotte and my family all lives in Charlotte now too.

As for classes, yes I do!  I taught a beginning sewing class this summer and had a ball. I’d love to teach a quilting class as well. I used to teach elementary school so teaching plus sewing- that’s totally up my alley!  I’ve toyed with the idea of an online class too. Wonder if there would be enough interest? Maybe for a Christmas project or some paper piecing?

As for visiting quilt guilds, I’d be honored if someone wanted me to come. :)

Hope y’all are enjoying the Ask Me Anything series. More answers coming soon.

Be sure to come back tomorrow for the Scrappy Stash Quilt-Along Kick Off!!

Ellison Lane Quilts

The BIG prizes will be announced and there will be 5 giveaways tomorrow! You don’t want to miss it!



  1. Are you going to the International Quilt Festival in Houston?

  2. love the tote so far!!!

  3. Love your star Jen! I loved 50 shades too! I was happy to have my kindle also.

    I love the idea of an online class. Christmas paper piecing sounds awesome!

  4. I second Laura’s question! I’m in Houston and will be at the Quilt Festival. :)

    I often wonder how online classes work. Is it a video? A live streaming thing? I think I’d be interested.

  5. I would love to learn to paper piece.

  6. love that star

  7. Love the texty goodness on the front of the tote block :o)

  8. On line class would be great!
    That is all I can take since I live in the middle of nowhere!

  9. Ooh, your tote is amazing! What a lucky partner you have:). And I could totally see you doing online classes and speaking at guilds. It’s fun watching the opportunities unfold, isn’t it?!

  10. YES, Yes, Yes, – Oh did I say Yes to online Paper piecing classes!! I got a taste of it from a Craftsy BOM class – and I loved it!! We had a great instructor and I think with your personality you too would make a great instructor!!
    I also live in NC (used to be Charlotte) now in McLeansville, near Greensboro, also a beautiful place.

    Love the bag – is the star paper piecing? Enjoy all your tutorials and posts – thanks a bunch!!

  11. What is that handwriting fabric? I love it!

  12. That tote is soooooooo beautiful!

    Great answers!!!

  13. This is such a atunning block – the tote will be fab!

  14. I would love to take an online class for paper piecing!

    I’ve been wanting to learn, and I’m sure I can try it on my own, but a class is so much more fun. :D

  15. I have a question for you….When will we see you at the guild meeting again? Miss you and glad that you are doing well these days

  16. Yes! A class on paper piecing, please. Gorgeous block.

  17. I would definitely take a class on paper piecing if you taught me how to make my own paper pieced patterns or how to transform an image/drawing into a paper pieced pattern.

  18. Your tote is going to be stunning. Love the fabrics you chose for the paper piecing!

  19. A really big WOW! Loving this panel! I admire your precision too! Great work! Cant wait for tomorrow’s kick off! Scraps ready and raring to go!

  20. An online class is something I have considered in the past. There are some interesting offerings from Craftsy, but so far haven’t taken the plunge. I worry about finding the time to really stick with it.

    Love that Kaleidoscope Star!

  21. I would love to take an online course from you!

  22. Online class would be great! I have taken classes at Quilt university & Craftsy. Both work well. And Christmas is always a good theme

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