Sunday, June 26, 2022

National Sewing Month, Sew & Tell, and a Mid-year Review

In December I participated in the 2022 Planning Party... When I recently took a look back at what I had planned I realized there wasn't much planning that happened. I was overwhelmed by the options and ideas that I had, so, I did what many do...  I didn't make any plans!  😜

"As I look to 2022...  I see a blank slate.  To be honest, there are many options and when I step back and look at them, I get a bit overwhelmed.

I keep considering hosting another sew along... yet I think I want to expand with the two that I completed this year.  I am partnering with a quilt shop in Raton, NM to offer a block of the month event with the Pieces From the Past patterns.  The owner also expressed interest in the Santa Fe Trail BOM when the Pieces from the Past is complete."

If you have been following along this year at all, you have seen that I did, in fact, start a new sew along - Pieces in the Garden and tells the story of my maternal grandmother, Tressie Teegarden.  Given her married name, and her and Grandpa's love for tea, the fabric I will be using will reflect the flowers often found on vintage tea sets.  It will be a row quilt, because... well, gardens are planted in rows!  The blocks chosen are based on the story of a Bride-to-be and the many quilts she would have made as she waited for her special day.

Here's a question for those participating in this sew along. I am working on a block that will be a 4" block that can be traditionally pieced OR foundation paper pieced.. which would YOU prefer?  Traditional?  Or FPP?

I have enjoyed the monthly classes at the LQS in Raton, NM.  Many of the participants are beginning quilters but all have taken on the most challenging blocks and have happily seen an improvement of their skill level and confidence.

An unforeseen project that I have started to birth will take place during September which is National Sewing Month.  Brenda over at Songbird Designs is helping to coordinate and plan with me.  It will be a month-long celebration that will be kicked off with a blog hop and a 30-day photo challenge.

Want to participate in the hop?

All you need to do is Sew something that ties into the theme and then write about it:
Your “something” could have a tropical or surf feel.  It can be clothing, a quilt, a bag, a toy, or whatever you choose! it might include some tropical themed fabric or novelty print… or not.

A hop, if you are not familiar, is like a "show and tell" online.
We offer inspiration to each other with our projects, tutorials, or patterns.
You have about two months to sew something and join in on the fun. 

Readers enjoy hearing about the inspiration of a project, how you made it and they always like to see pictures. 

The basics:  

Post on your assigned day at 12:00 am Eastern time.
The hop will be September 1st through the 7th.
Have a giveaway or don't have a giveaway. It's totally optional!
Visit everyone's blog on the list and leave a sweet comment. Make friends!!!! 
And anyone can follow along

Want to participate?

Send me an email with the following information:
Your first name
Your email address
Your blog name
Your blog URL

The instagram 30 Day photo challenge will be a simple daily posting or sharing of various sewing notions related to that day's number.  For example... Day one could be one thimble, or one pair of scissors, or one seam ripper... Day 2 could be two pins/needles, or two pairs of scissors...  Day 13 could be 13 spools of thread.  

Hashtags:  #NationalSewingMonth2022 #NationalSewingMonth2022Day1 (change the day’s date each day, ie. #NationalSewingMonth2022Day2, etc.)

Are you ready to partner with us for these on-line events?  Are you interested in the blog hop?  Can you offer a prize?  A digital pattern, a fat quarter, some thread or even a gift card discount code?  Send an email to the above email address letting us know how you want to join and support the events.

One of the other "new" things I started this year is a weekly link-up party called Sew & Tell.  Participants can link up blog stories or social media posts that show your recent progress on projects.  If you share a link, please be sure to link back on your blog post and if you are using social media such as instagram or facebook, please use the hashtag #MLSSewandTell 😊

One last item... Has anyone else noticed that bloglovin' has been out of commission?  For over a month for me!  What's the deal????

Leave a comment on any of these topics... I adore hearing from you and having conversations with my on-line friends.  

Keep Piecing!


Linking with:

Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt
Design Wall Monday at Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
This & That at Days Filled with Joy
To Do Tuesday at Texas Quilt Gal
Mid-week Makers at Quilt Fabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter
Stitch Sew & Show at Life in the Scrap Patch
Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation
Off The Wall Friday with Nina Marie
Brag About Your Beauties at From Bolt to Beauty
Peacock Party at Wendy’s Quilts and More
Friday Foto Fun at Powered by Quilting
Finished or Not Friday at Alycia Quilts
Mid-Year Check-in at Quilting Jetgirl
Sunday Stash at QuiltPaintCreate
Scrap Happy Saturday at Super Scrappy
Patchwork & Quilts at The Quilting Patch


  1. If you use Bloglovin’ to follow blogs, try Feedly instead. I’ve used it for years. There’s a free version for up to 100 blogs, and paid versions with more blogs.

  2. Lots of fun happening on your blog! Looking forward to joining in! Thanks for linking up to Monday This And That! xx

  3. I prefer FPP myself. I get better points that way.

  4. I would prefer Foundation Paper Pieced. Love your blog! I learn so much about not only quilting, but history. Thank you so much!

  5. Interesting hearing about your 2022 plan! That made me go back and look at mine. I listed 2 parts--I'm doing great on part 2, part 1 not so much! I've been pretty much sidetracked by SALs, which I love to participate in! I've got my Get On Board With Sewing started and am excited about your blog hop!

  6. Yes Bloglovin is really messed up. I follow several blogs and have had loading problems for a long time now.

  7. I will email about the blog hop - I'm interested. I would like to add your Sew and Tell to my sidebar - do you have a page I can direct folks to that explains it? I added my table runner post to your linkup.:)
    I saw on Bloglovin's IG account that they are "working on the issue", so who knows.
    Thank you for sharing your post with us at To Do Tuesday!

  8. My blog stopped showing up in Bloglovin in 2020, so I switched over and have been using Feedly as someone else mentioned above. It sounds like while you didn't make a lot of plans for the year, you have made some great progress on what you wanted to accomplish. And I look forward to September, I sent an email about it and look forward to getting more details!

  9. It sounds like you have had a really productive year so far! May you continue to have a lot of quilting fun and joy in the remainder of the year.

  10. What a fun, very full post Melva. I’ve shared on my blog the Blog Hop and your linky party. 😉

  11. What fun to teach a group of beginners and see them grow and learn! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  12. Bloglovin' is driving me crazy! I get frustrated and just give up but I feel so disconnected with so many blogs right now!