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Call for Quilts for Japan

18 Mar

I found this article from Quilter’s Newsletter and felt the need to share!

Quilters Newsletter has long enjoyed a friendship with Patchwork Tsushin, a leading Japanese quilt magazine. So when Editor in Chief Naomi Ichikawa emailed

via Call for Quilts for Japan.

Tomorrow, March 19, 2011, is National Quilting Day.  I plan to spend the day sewing away, and now I have a goal!!  I know there are lots of quilting events tomorrow, and lots of fundraisers for the tragedies facing Japan, combining the two seems a natural conclusion for me!  The deadline for quilts is April 30th.  I hope to have at least one quilt top finished tomorrow.  As usual, I will post photos of the results!




What to do When Your Kids Grow

9 Feb

Two years ago I promised my daughter I would make her a dress to wear for her first day of kindergarten. I purchased fabric that was brightly colored with letters and sock monkeys on it (she loves sock monkeys!). It was a total pain, I even put in a zipper! Dang, I must love this kid. I got the dress done just in time for her first day of school and she loved it. It immediately became her favorite dress and she wore it at least once a week.


She is now in 2nd grade. Imagine her disappointment when she tried to put it on recently and the zipper broke. She had grown quite a bit, so her favorite dress no longer fit her. My mother in law came over one weekend and while she was here we went through the kids clothes to give a bunch of them away. She donates to a local battered womens shelter so I frequently send things home with her to donate when she comes to visit. She put the sock monkey dress in the pile of giveaway clothes. She must not have realized how attached my girl was to it! Well, when grandma wasn’t looking, she fished it out of the pile and hid it under her bed.

One day while doing some serious deep cleaning I found the dress wadded up in a ball under there. I asked her about it and she told me the story of how she rescued it from being given away. I knew I had to do something with this dress because it was so special to her. I asked for her permission to cut it up and make some new things for her from the fabric. She loved the idea and quickly agreed.

Out of this one dress I ended up with a banner for her wall with her name on it, and a really cute little bag. I even reused the tag I had sewn to the inside of the dress that says “made with love by mom”.

Banner for her wall

Inside made with dress lining fabric

The point of this post was to inspire you to use what you already have to  make something new. I know my daughter would have been upset had I just given away this dress that was so special to her. I’m glad I could repurpose it to make something she will be able to use for a very long time. If you look closely at the bag, you will see some stains on the fabric that she got on it when she was playing in the mud or rolling in the grass. Those stains are memories and thinking about how they got there makes me smile.


Dresses (and britches) for Africa

28 Jan

I had something else in mind for tonight’s blog, but when I came across this, I decided it was much cooler than my original subject.

When you were a child did you ever receive handmade clothing? We know our children have, and they cherish them very much. We have seen the gratitude on our kids faces countless times from getting things that were made for them by someone else (usually us). We think that every child should have something handmade. There are kids in Africa who very little or no clothing. So Lizze and I are going to spend this Sunday making dresses for girls and britches for boys. They’ll be shipped off and given to little girls and boys who need and will appreciate them.

The link to the blog explaining the charity is here:


There you will find the address to ship your finished dresses and britches, as well as a pattern you can use for the dresses if you don’t have one already. The dresses are a very simple, pillowcase dress style so they don’t take long to make at all.

If you are in the Seattle area, Pink Chalk Studios will be hosting a sew-in on Saturday, January 29th from 10am – 2pm. Here is a link to their blog for the info if you’re interested in participating:


This is something very small that we can do in one afternoon to make a HUGE difference in the lives of children. Please consider making a few or getting a small group of friends together and having your own sew-in! You’d be surprised how much little things like this can do to boost the spirits of children in need. Not to mention how it will make you feel knowing you are doing something to make a difference!


Who are we?

16 Jun

Hello, we are Selina and Elizabeth (better known as Lizze). Since this is a new blog we’ll start off  by telling you a little about ourselves.

First of all, we met online through a quilting group for moms. We would chat back and forth until one day, we decided to have a craft night with a few other ladies in the group and it was there that we met face to face for the first time. It is a bizarre experience to meet someone in person that you have only known online. Not to mention a little scary. But we are so glad that we did! We have had many adventures so far including several concerts and an impromptu trip to Canada. We have become the best of friends.

Selina grew up in Yakima, WA. She was married at 19 and has since had four children. She now lives in Puyallup, WA with her gaggle of children, loving husband, three crazy kitties, and a pug named Bijou. Selina has been sewing for about five years.

Lizze was born and raised in West Seattle. She was also married at 19. She has two gorgeous children, two kitties, and Todd the Pomeranian. Lizze has been sewing for a long time. She made her first quilt in high school and hasn’t put the sewing machine away since.

As many compliments as we get on our handmade items we decided to open a shop on the Etsy website.  We use only the best quality fabrics and threads for our wares. We both do all of our own quilting. Please check out our shop and tell us what you think. Good or bad, we can take it! We love feedback and appreciate any help in knowing what things could use a bit of work.

Come visit us at http://www.thewanderingstars.etsy.com

Best Wishes,

Selina & Lizze