It’s late September and I really should be…

Name that tune! (Sorry, for some reason I have all kinds of song lyrics going through my head this week) It all started with seeing an Earth, Wind & Fire feature on CBS Sunday Morning (my favorite show!) and seeing footage of this tune. Watching that video just totally cheered me up. Anyway, back on track:

September is National sewing Month (yep–has been since 1982!). A proclamation in 1982 from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month read “In recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.” Hooray for the home-sewist! In 1982, my Mom was raising five kids, her oldest was headed off to his first year of college that Autumn, the second was a Junior in high school, the middle (ME!) was an 8th grader, my little brother in 7th grade, and my baby sis was a 1st grader. My mom sewed ALL of my Dad’s shirts (button down with collar and set-in sleeves, thank you very much), many clothes for my brothers, and nearly all of my and my sister’s clothing, including our lovely box-pleated plaid school uniform skirts (ick). She also did in-home daycare. How she found time to sew, I have no idea. But, I know some of she did to save pennies. I’m not sure that one could sew clothing cheaper than buying it anymore, but in the 70s and 80s, she could.  I really need to dig us some photos from my childhood to show you some of my mom’s mad sewing skills.

So, what have I been sewing this September?  I’m working on a quilt for the grandbaby:

Gemma PiecingI have 18 blocks made (thanks to our MQG sew-in time this past Saturday!) but I’m torn on the layout. Updates to follow.

I’m working on some wonky log-cabins using hoarded Heather Ross, Amy Butler and Sandi Henderson prints (a gift for someone):


I have grand plans to do some garment sewing for myself (I have since January 2012, but not much is happening on that front). Maybe next month. sigh.  You’ll notice these two are both sleeveless dresses, I could have them ready to wear by the time Summer comes around again…

Clothing Sewing Vintage Pattern1


Trina and I have been sewing blocks for the recent launch of our Building Foundations Sampler QAL, here are my blocks (Moda Bella white with all Kaffe Fassett prints):

Building Foundations QAL Collage

Building Foundations Sampler QAL

Join us over on the Row House Creations blog, and follow along or join us and share your pics with us via the Facebook page or the Flickr group!

We’ve also been busy marketing our patterns to wholesale distributors. Last week we were picked up by United Notions/Moda and Quilt Craft Distributors (in Canada)! A major accomplishment for our business.

What have you been sewing lately?

Do you join in Quilt Alongs? Will you join in on our’s?


6 thoughts on “It’s late September and I really should be…

  1. Hi Doris– What is it they say about great minds? I opened my email to send you a note and here was yours. My reason for writing was to ask if there is any time in your busy schedule (who knows when?) to make one of your custom onesies. I have a new granddaughter coming Nov. 14 and would love to have one for her. There a are a variety of occasions to use it for, so the time and size are flexible. They are Chicago Bears fans, so is it possible to use the Bears logo, but with a baby bear? I have a Bears blanket in the making – along with bibs, burp cloths, bassinette sheets & blankets and crib size sheets & blankets in a variety of designs. Incidentally, what is with today’s cottons? So many of the pieces come out of the dryer looking like they have been slept in and sometimes steam pressing is not much help. I know these kids are not going to steam press a baby sheet! Are the quilting cottons more stable? Look forward to hearing from you. Have a great day today enjoying the beautiful Fall weather! Love today’s examples!


    • Kay, absolutely–I’ll see what size onesies I have on hand and email you! As for the cottons, I do find the licensed novelty prints are often not the best quality–I had some Curious George fabric a few years ago that did not wash up well. I guess that’s the price we pay for having the licensed images!

  2. The tune, I think, is “Maggie May”, sung by Rod Stewart, but I don’t remember if he was with the Small Faces then, or solo. (So now you know how old I am…)

  3. Oh, I knew immediately that was Rod Stewart. The song takes me back to my high school dating days! I’ve done so many quilt alongs and been in enough bees that I won’t do any more block-type ones. I mean. How many sampler quilts can I use? Sorry to be a downer on your idea. But I bet it’s a success. Many newer quilters are ready to learn basic skills by making a variety of different blocks. I really hope it goes well for you two.

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