If you could have 2 more hours…what would you do?

Would you spend it with family or friends? Would you get some extra sleep? Would you use it for sewing, quilting or being creative?

Rengar Kitty (left) and I would love to know.

Please share your thoughts in the comments below. Note: I have to approve comments to prevent nasty spam from appearing so it may take a bit of time for your post to appear.

The above picture of Rengar Kitty was taken when he was just a few weeks old but his first birthday will be creeping up soon. He’s very curious and loves to help me sew and quilt (in his own special way). He does have one blue eye and one green eye (this is known as Heterochromia), but he definitely is NOT deaf as people sometimes suspect.

There’s Something Good Coming…

A little sneak peek…

In addition to working on ways to produce more videos and facebook live events, I’ve been super busy designing and pattern writing and I SOOO want to burst at the seams from excitement of nearing completion and release of this pattern.

Sew TracyLee – authenticity contemplated: I’ve had so many designs bottled up inside me for so many years but struggled with how to best capture and release them. Often times I find my ideas run at cross purposes with popular culture and this complicates things. Let me explain.

For example, I absolutely love recycling, up-cycling and re-purposing. This obviously runs counter to a “buy it now for the cheapest price possible,” “dispose and buy more” society. I suspect some of you may have similar feelings? Sew…

One theme you will see recurring in my new patterns is encouragement to “use what you have” on hand to make something beautiful, something useful, something to give or share. My designs will NOT be all about buying the latest fabric line (not that there is anything wrong with that either if you can afford it–pushing that is just not where my heart is right now).

My new designs are intended to be about investing a tiny bit of time, a little bit of thoughtfulness and genuine love to create something beautiful that will last–hopefully using mostly what you may already have on hand. Bonus points if you use it to share your love of sewing with others (children, grandchildren or friends who might want to learn how to sew).

Other themes you will see in my coming designs are utility, usefulness and combining passions to complement each other. I’m not a fancy girl. Let me be abundantly clear here, there’s NOTHING wrong with fancy girls, I’m just not one of them. So my designs will not be super elaborate and fancy; though I hope many will be pretty and offer some beauty/enhancement to utility.

Last but not least, most of my new designs will be smaller projects that will be relatively quick and easy to complete while making great gifts for friends and family.

Are you curious about what’s to come? I hope you’ll stay tuned. The next Sew TracyLee pattern will be coming very soon!

As always, I genuinely welcome and appreciate constructive comments and feedback. Please remember that to protect viewers from spammers, spam-bots and nastiness, I have security settings that require me to approve each comment individually. Since I can’t be online 24/7, it may take a minute for your comment to appear.

Why do you sew?

Utility, gifting/making, personal joy, creativity, purpose, passion, expression, art, mental health, self care, or some other reason. Why do you sew?

I have been thinking a lot about this lately.

Clearly, there is no single correct answer for everyone. There’s just the right answer for you–for each of us individually–at any given point in time. How we answer today might be different from our answer in 2 days or 5 years.

For me? I guess I sew for all those reasons and because it seems to be one of the main outlets for the “maker, gifter and problem solver” in me. Also because it connects me to the past, present and future all at the same time. The past: I can not walk into my sewing room or pick up a project and not think of my sweet Grams who taught me how to sew. The present: During this time of Covid-19, sewing helps keep me grounded each day in doing something positive…even if it’s only thinking about sewing and mentally working on the next project. The future: Making gifts for children or grandchildren; stitching love for them and pouring out my heart of hope for their future gives me hope for the future. Sewing. It’s part of who I am. It’s just what I do.

I’d love it if you would chime in and share your thoughts with me in the comments below.

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