Sewing & Quilting Blog

Ideas and inspiration from artist & fabric designer Tara Reed

Shirt and Shorts using At the Lake Fabrics

Shirt and Shorts using At the Lake Fabrics

Cotton fabric isn't just for quilting! Suze at BERALUS VINTON DESIGN made the cutest coordinating Shirt and Shorts featuring fabric from the At the Lake collection. Apparently the blue plaid is a parent-favorite for kid's clothes - Amanda Cotton...

read more
How to Make Drawstring Lunch or Project Bags

How to Make Drawstring Lunch or Project Bags

I've been enamoured with these drawstring lunch bags or project sacks for a while and decided my At the Lake fabric would be fun to give it a try!  There are so many ways to use these!  Make them smaller for a young girl's purse or use it as a...

read more
Lake Themed Parker Pack

Lake Themed Parker Pack

Riley Blake, the manufacturer and distributor of my fabric lines, created and posted the CUTEST backpack (the pattern is called the Parker Pack by Sassafras Designs). They used one of the 4 designs on the quilt panel from my At the Lake fabric...

read more
How to Add Pockets to a Circle Skirt

How to Add Pockets to a Circle Skirt

It's been a LOOOOONG TIME since I sewed dresses for a little girl... so it warmed my heart and brought me back when I saw the cute dress "with pockies!" that Amanda of SewingCotton.com made for her daughter with the blue plaid from my At the Lake...

read more
FREE QUILT PATTERN: At the Lake Panel Quilt

FREE QUILT PATTERN: At the Lake Panel Quilt

FREE Lake Panel Quilt Pattern Looking for a quick, easy and free lake themed quilt pattern? This pattern uses a panel and prints from my At the Lake fabric collection from Riley Blake Designs. The four squares on the quilt panel are used to create...

read more
How to Make No-Sew Fabric Pinwheels

How to Make No-Sew Fabric Pinwheels

The 4th of July is for Pinwheels! Learn how easy it is to make fabric pinwheels without even sewing - a great craft for Independence day and to do with kids.Whether you are having a 4th of July party or just want to add a patriotic punch to your...

read more
Gnomes in Love Fabric – Sneak Peek!

Gnomes in Love Fabric – Sneak Peek!

Gnomes in Love Fabric coming in November 2021While gnomes have been gracing gardens for years the nordic gnomes with ample beards, round noses and no faces have become the hot new decorating trend.  Traditionally associated with Christmas they are...

read more
Barn Quilts fabric – Sneak Peek

Barn Quilts fabric – Sneak Peek

Barn Quilts Fabric coming in August 2021THE FABRIC  INSPIRATION I didn't grow up on a farm or even in the country but I have an early affinity for barns. My dad was a college professor and an avid reader. I have many memories of trips to Baldwin's...

read more
I’d Rather Be Playing Chess Fabric Sneak Peek

I’d Rather Be Playing Chess Fabric Sneak Peek

Chess Themed Fabric coming in October 2021THE INSPIRATION... I have memories of sitting over a chess board with my dad when I was little, learning the rules about how each piece moved and learning to think a few moves ahead. When my son was little,...

read more