Vintage Notions :: Review & Giveaway

I have a special book to share with you today, it is a piece of history brought to light, and highlights the art of handmade!

Vintage Notions (as in ideas) is a big book chalk full of insights and inspiration.

Amy Barickman has beautifully compiled inspirational essays, cleaver sewing patterns, cooking basics, and beautiful illustrations from the work of Mary Brooks Picken.  Mary was an innovator of her time (1886-1981), she worked diligently to teach women the art of sewing, dressmaking, designing, millinery and cookery.  Women everywhere sang her praises, as she encouraged them to find happiness, and satisfaction in all aspects of life.  AND many of these principles can still be applied to my life today!

The book is broken down into months, as our projects vary with each season.  I love how it’s laid out!

A few highlights:

From 1923 – Re-model, re-cycle, re-use  ~  Yes, the same concepts nearly 100yrs later!

The images used in the book remind me of all the hand work my Grandma loves.  So pretty!

Each month includes a quick project, with complete directions.  The depth and variety in this book is fun to take in.  This book is a treasure that I am happy to have in my collection.

You can purchase your copy of Vintage Notions on Amazon, or via Indygo Junction.

For a more in depth look at some of the pages visit Amy’s site.

And so the giveaway today – a collection of 6 Indygo Junction Patterns, for one of you!

To win:

Leave me a comment!

Tell me something interesting about you learning to sew, or who taught you.

I’ll select a winner, via random number generator, Monday March 21.

Good luck –


ETA: The winner of the patterns is #79 – Pam!

Congratulations Pam – hopefully you have gotten my email by now :)

By | 2017-06-13T11:06:50+00:00 March 16th, 2011|give away, review|122 Comments


  1. april March 16, 2011 at 6:11 am - Reply

    First learned to sew in 4-H. My leader made me rip out the zipper until it was PERFECT!

  2. april March 16, 2011 at 6:11 am - Reply

    First learned to sew in 4-h. My leader made me rip out my zipper until it was PERFECT!

  3. Suzanne March 16, 2011 at 6:13 am - Reply

    Morning, Amy. I learned to sew from my mom who is an amazing seamstress. She used to say the same things every time I sat at her sewing machine and to this day, I can still hear her voice when I sit at mine.

    Vintage Notions looks like a great project book but also the kind of book one could curl up and read like a novel.

  4. Phyllis Wilson March 16, 2011 at 6:26 am - Reply

    My husband actually taught me how to sew a straight stitch but I learned to make quilts from reading blogs and the internet. I had a desire to sew when I was young but didn’t have anyone I knew that could teach me. I am thankful for quilting blogs.

  5. Trystan March 16, 2011 at 6:30 am - Reply

    I learned to blanket stitch while in the hospital having my son… I still haven’t finished it by the way… My mother in law, Heaven bless her, said to me as she gave me the project, “This is for you to do, just in case you get bored…” YAR RIGHT! What planet was she on?? I’ve not stopped since and he is nigh on 6!! LOL!!

  6. Becky M March 16, 2011 at 6:41 am - Reply

    hmm..I guess what’s interesting about me learning to sew is that my grandmother quilted and my mother sewed clothing. But I never really took an interest until a year ago. Neither of them sew anymore but I’m totally addicted!

  7. Deb March 16, 2011 at 6:44 am - Reply

    Long ago a group of friends purchased a Quilt in a Day book and worked together learning how to do it. Then I put quilting aside for almost 30 years and am just within the last 2 years getting back into it. Now i’m hooked!

  8. Kasey March 16, 2011 at 6:47 am - Reply

    I learned so sew initially by osmosis- sitting on my mom’s bed while she made me dresses as a little girl. Then, when I was about 8, I bought a “quilt kit” at Connor Prairie (a settler reenactment place) and had a doll quilt hand sewn by the time the three hour bus ride home was over!

  9. Naomi Vela March 16, 2011 at 6:48 am - Reply

    Hmmm, seems like I’m not the first person to start off this way….something interesting about me learning how to sew….I used to stress over zips, and now, just over 3 years down the track (my sewing career, so to speak!) I find them so easy peasy that I can’t believe I used to be so scared of them!


  10. Cayce March 16, 2011 at 6:49 am - Reply

    I come from a long line of Appalachian mountain women who sewed everything they had. My treasures are my quilts from my great-grandmother. The family tradition of quilting stopped with her, so I decided to revive it. Now I am getting more into garment sewing and am so thankful to have my mother and her mother still around to give me advice when I need it (and to inspect my completed items, seam by seam, ha!)! I’d love to add some of these patterns to my to-do list! I also can’t wait to get my hands on this book. Fantastic.

  11. jodi March 16, 2011 at 6:50 am - Reply

    My mom taught me most of my knowledge. I have many memories of her sewing, ironing, measuring us kids for dresses, coats, mufflers, etc., etc. Love it all, the smell of the iron, the noise of the machine, the feel of fabrics – it makes me feel close to her as I miss her dearly!

  12. Terriaw March 16, 2011 at 7:13 am - Reply

    I have been wondering about this book, so I was excited to see your review. It looks like a great book! I love seeing some of the vintage inspiration and illustrations. I also love hearing that it’s broken down by months, which makes sense to tie with our seasonal sewing patterns. My mom taught me how to sew with I was a young teenager. We started with doll clothes, then made a Hawaiian shirt (blouse), then moved on to a track suit. Through all those projects, I learned how to read patterns and do buttons, zippers and interfacing.

  13. Ruth Epping March 16, 2011 at 7:14 am - Reply

    What a great book. My mother taught me sewing, quilting and cooking all the old way!

  14. Garilyn March 16, 2011 at 7:21 am - Reply

    I first learned to sew from my mother, 4-H, and Home Ec in 8th grade! I loved it, and after taking a long break after that, I’ve been back at it for nearly 13 years.
    blessed.mama4 at

  15. Mimi March 16, 2011 at 7:21 am - Reply

    I am a self taught quilter, refering to books mostly but I have consulted with people who quilt in our small town and they have shared valuable tips!

  16. Sandy N.- March 16, 2011 at 7:23 am - Reply

    My granmother taught me to hand sew when I was little. After I got married, I was watching a quilting show with Alex Anderson and I just HAD to have a sewing machine. I didn’t have anyone to teach me hands on how to sew by machine, so I just winged it by watching tv and buying books and magazines.
    I would LOVE to win those patterns. I have been drooling over that bag pattern. So cute!

  17. Hanna March 16, 2011 at 7:23 am - Reply

    I am a new quilter and learning from my mom… she loves it and is sharing this love with me!! Now all I have to do is learn how to use her “new” sewing machine… if she ever leaves it! hehehe

  18. Carol March 16, 2011 at 7:31 am - Reply

    Would so love a copy of this book! I learned to sew with my aunt as 4-H leader. Also had assistance from my mom and grandmother who were great seamstresses too. Kind of a family affair. And I spent a lot of time ripping out and re-sewing.

  19. Elise shaw March 16, 2011 at 7:31 am - Reply

    Grew up helping my mom sew for me. Picking threads pulling out basting stitches, learning how to improvise when things didn’t quite work out. I saw this book at Sewing Expo! Loved it! Love you Babe, Mom

  20. Jacque March 16, 2011 at 7:35 am - Reply

    I sewed clothing and play costumes for my three kiddos for years…when they stopped liking what I made, I switched to making quilted projects! LOL

  21. Michelle March 16, 2011 at 7:38 am - Reply

    I taught myself to sew when I was determined to make myself a rag quilt! That was about 7 years ago. Now most of my work is custom and I am busy!!

  22. randi March 16, 2011 at 7:42 am - Reply

    what a fun giveaway!

    my grandma taught me to sew. she had a small closet full of notions, ribbons and fabric scraps, and i just loved rummaging through it. it seemed so full of possibilities!

  23. Patty March 16, 2011 at 7:56 am - Reply

    My WORSE memory is when I took Home Ec in high school. We had to make a plaid suit!!! Well I matched the plaids so well that the stripe matched all the way dow (both pieces, skirt and jacket!) I alway felt like a clown in it and so never wore it.
    I have never made a plaid ANYTHING since!!

  24. karen p. March 16, 2011 at 8:01 am - Reply

    I learned to sew dresses from my mom, but am mostly self taught in quilting.

  25. Linda March 16, 2011 at 8:21 am - Reply

    My mom taught me to sew when I was very young, probably about 5 years old. When I was young (in the very early 50s) you could buy (fused into red plastic frames) sewing “cards” that were red transfers that you did a running stitch on. I loved doing them so much that I moved on to doll clothes, and, when I was 10, made my first dress. I can still remember it. It was yellow and had a collar that dipped to a point in the back. I guess you always remember that sort of thing….8-)

    Thanks for the trip down memory lane and a chance to win those lovely patterns!

  26. Kay (Soubrette Art) March 16, 2011 at 8:23 am - Reply

    My Mom taught me most everything I know about needlecraft. She was wonderfully talented and could do everything from simple mending to fancy crewel work and embroidery. She also knitted, crocheted and tatted. A true inspiration for me.

  27. ga447 March 16, 2011 at 8:23 am - Reply

    My MIL made her own clothes she taught me to make jacket, never realized until now the gift that she gave me.

  28. Lindsay March 16, 2011 at 8:24 am - Reply

    I learned to sew on a Hello Kitty sewing machine, and taught myself. :)

  29. Alix March 16, 2011 at 8:24 am - Reply

    I learned to sew in costume crew for my theatre program in high school! I especially loved doing costumes for the period plays.

  30. Nicole Burton March 16, 2011 at 8:46 am - Reply

    My very patient grandmother taught me to sew when I spent weeks at her home during summer vacation. She started having me help with fabric and embelishments for a Sunbonnet Sue Quilt she was making and later let me make blocks of my own. Even though I love sewing clothing, bags, and home decor items, I guess that is why I have such a great love for quilting!! It is where I started.

  31. Nicole March 16, 2011 at 8:47 am - Reply


  32. Molly March 16, 2011 at 8:48 am - Reply

    I grew up with sewing in my family. One grandmother sewed for the public and quilted on the side, one grandmother sewed all of her family’s clothing, and my mom sewed clothing and crafts. There has always been a sewing space in my home growing up and now. I love having such a creative outlet.

  33. Christi R March 16, 2011 at 8:49 am - Reply

    I taught myself to sew dresses for my girls as a creative outlet when they were small. I felt like it was art but something they could wear and not feel bad when I spent money on it!

  34. Sally March 16, 2011 at 8:51 am - Reply

    Like many others, I took a class in seventh grade and loathed it. Much, much later, sewed for birthday party goodies and then started sewing gifts and getting creative about clothing repair. I joked to people that I was handstitching so that “someday I’ll be good enough to make a quilt!” And here I am, thoroughly ensconced.

  35. Gmama jane March 16, 2011 at 8:56 am - Reply

    I love all things vintage and just became the proud owner of some vintage tea towels and other handwork items via a new antique mall I came across in my travels. I’m relearning to embroidery and think the art of handwork is making a resurgence. Hope I win!
    Gmama Jane

  36. Chris March 16, 2011 at 8:58 am - Reply

    My mother taught me to sew! I am in college now and my dad just bought me a vintage Singer to sew on !

  37. Colleen March 16, 2011 at 8:59 am - Reply

    My mom and greatgrandmother taught me to sew. My first item was a nightgown for myself!

  38. GW March 16, 2011 at 9:01 am - Reply

    You taught me how to correctly do the binding on quilts. Thank you so much. I have seen so many instructions out there on how to do it, but they never seemed to make sense. Thank you again.

  39. Gill March 16, 2011 at 9:07 am - Reply

    I first learned to sew at primary school aged about 8 – a teacher recognised a spark and encouraged me! By the time I left at 11 I had hand sewn a skirt and a blouse for myself

  40. Donna March 16, 2011 at 9:20 am - Reply

    I taught myself to sew so that I could have clothes like the other little girls in the neighborhood (their moms sewed). I went from house to house begging their moms to help me with the tricky parts–it worked, cause eventually I learned how to do the zipper or buttons. Funny thing is I learned, but their daughters didn’t!

  41. Judith March 16, 2011 at 9:27 am - Reply

    My Dad taught me to sew. He taught himself after the 2nd World War by making blouses with parachute silk. He died 10 years ago today, 16th March. He would have been so interested in all the fantastic sewing going on now via the internet. I miss him very much.

  42. Susan Ingle March 16, 2011 at 9:28 am - Reply

    My grandmother taught me to sew together hexagons, to do embroidery, and to do swedish embroidery….I must have been around 5 or6 at the time. My godmother taught me to use a sewing machine when I was 8 and wanted to make my mother some pillow cases for mother’s day. My mother taught me how to make garments when I was in middle school. Today whether I’m at my machine or doing some hand stitching I remember them.

  43. tania March 16, 2011 at 9:31 am - Reply

    I have learned to sew only 2 years ago on my own and with a friend. I used to be really into scrapbooking but havent touched it since sewing . Im hooked

  44. Cheryl March 16, 2011 at 9:32 am - Reply

    My first rememberance of sewing was watching my grandmother mending. I wanted to help, so she let me thread her needles as her eyesight was failing. This is such a sweet memory for me as a little girl. Her sewing, and embroidery on her tea towels was fascinating to me. I credit her with my interest in all needlecrafts and gardening. I can still picture her in the garden on her hands and knees planting pansies.

  45. Sharon March 16, 2011 at 9:35 am - Reply

    My mother taught me to sew when I was a child, I loved to make clothes for my dolls. I look back now and still can’t believe how much latitude I had with her, anytime I wanted I was allowed to sit down at her machine and play. Thanks.

  46. Miss Nancy March 16, 2011 at 9:44 am - Reply

    What a good book this is. Thank you for the review. I learned to sew in Home Economics class back in the day. I have loved sewing ever since. I took it up again in earnest in 1994 and have been taking classes and teaching myself ever since. Sewing of any kind is a wonderful skill.

    Have a super great sewing day.

  47. Alathia March 16, 2011 at 9:47 am - Reply

    I learned to sew in Home Ec. My mother hates to sew, but her Mom liked to sew. I guess it skipped a generation.

  48. Miss Nancy March 16, 2011 at 9:48 am - Reply

    What a lovely and interesting book. Thank you for the review. I learned to sew in Home Economics class way back in the day. I took it up again in 1994 and have been going strong ever since. I have taken many classes and have done some self teaching as well. Love sewing. It is a wonderful and relaxing skill.

    Have a super great sewing day.

  49. Jennifer March 16, 2011 at 9:56 am - Reply

    My grandmother taught me to embroider when I was about 10. My first project was a little rooster on a flour sack dish cloth.

  50. ImperaMagna March 16, 2011 at 10:01 am - Reply

    I learned to sew standing beside the sewing machine while my mother sewed, watching and asking questions. By the time I was a freshman in high school and took home ec (part of which was learning to sew)… I was already making my own clothes. I moved on to sewing curtains/drapes, totes, slip covers/upholstery, Halloween costumes, clothing for my children, and simple baby quilts. It wasn’t until the past two years that I seriously got into quilting.

  51. Muireann March 16, 2011 at 10:01 am - Reply

    My first sewing machine was a My Little Pony and I loved it! I used it Christmas Day to make a scarf with my aunt. I learnt from my mum and family, and at school but took a break of a few years until another aunt bought me a great Pfaff for my birthday and I haven’t stopped since.

  52. Sonia B. March 16, 2011 at 10:08 am - Reply

    Looks like a great book! I’ve been thinking, today, about how to teach my girls to sew. Summer’s fast approaching and they’ll need something constructive to do. Time to pull out the needle and thread ;)

  53. Sonia B. March 16, 2011 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Looks like a great book! I’ve been thinking, today, about how to teach my girls to sew. Summer’s fast approaching and they’ll need something constructive to do. Time to pull out the needle and thread. ;)

  54. lindaschiffer March 16, 2011 at 10:12 am - Reply

    I learned to sew pieces of fabric left over from making my Grandfather’s shirts to a newspaper as a tiny girlie (maybe 4 or 5) – early lessons in foundation piecing. :) My Grandmother was a very nuturing woman and I was the first grandchild. She cooked on a wood stove all her life (I’m originally from Appalachia – my Dad was from the western part of Virginia) and I remember sitting on a step stool near the warm stove corner in the early morning as she made breakfast, stitching bits to the paper. When I was a little older she taught me simple embroidery stitches by tracing the rim of a glass onto a feed sack dishtowel – then I embroidered it.

    :) Linda

  55. Melissa March 16, 2011 at 10:24 am - Reply

    Pretty sure I first learned to sew in 4H, but can’t remember what I made. Love your site and creativity!

  56. Marci Girl March 16, 2011 at 10:32 am - Reply

    My mom taught me to sew quite a long time ago (25 years.) She is still teaching me stuff today, whenever I have a quilt question, I go to her!

  57. Robin W March 16, 2011 at 10:43 am - Reply

    My sweet little grandmother taught me to sew :-)

  58. Robin W March 16, 2011 at 10:44 am - Reply

    My sweet littel grandmother taught me to love sewing

  59. pam March 16, 2011 at 11:33 am - Reply

    Home Ec in HS….took me a month to make my first skirt and I never wore it!!! thanks for the chance!! I love everything vintage so I would love to win this book!

  60. Barb Colvin March 16, 2011 at 11:34 am - Reply

    My great-grandmother taught me my first stitches–cross stitch embroidery on checked gingham. There were many aprons made with this type of embroidery. I remember a matching set in turquoise checks for my mom and me. My heart smiles :)

  61. Nadila March 16, 2011 at 11:41 am - Reply

    I learned to sew from the book and youtube.I made my firts quilt and bag and so proud of myself.

  62. KATHE March 16, 2011 at 11:43 am - Reply

    My maternal grandmother (who worked in a factory making girls’ dresses) tried to teach me on her treadle sewing machine which didn’t work for me as there were too many things to do at once – it was like walking and chewing gum which I can’t do either. I think my mom tried to teach me but I learned the basics in Home Ec in high school and pretty much taught myself everything else over the years.

  63. Deonn March 16, 2011 at 11:48 am - Reply

    I learned to tie quilts at the feet of my mother. Literally. I helped push the needle and yarn up through the quilt on the frame. I began sewing through 4-H at age 10, and have many fond memories sewing with my two sisters and mom upstairs in the sewing room making 4-H projects, clothes and Christmas presents. I taught my triplet daughters to sew and quilt, and history repeats itsself daily in my own sewing room.

  64. Kathleen March 16, 2011 at 12:55 pm - Reply

    I know I took an afterschool class but don’t remember that. I do remember learning from both of my older sisters, spending time at their homes… happy memories.

  65. Kathleen March 16, 2011 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    I know I took an afterschool class but don’t remember that. I do remember learning from both of my older sisters, spending time at their homes… happy memories.

  66. Loree Ellis March 16, 2011 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    My mom taught me to sew when I was a little girl. I had a toy sewing machine that really worked. We made a simple little 4 patch doll quilt top. Since then I have made all sorts of wonderful things from broomstick skirts in the 90’s. To civil war era clothing for my family to wear to reenactments.
    I am curently working on my second quilt. This on is being donated to relay for Life. It will be raffeled off to raise money for Cancer Research.

  67. Kathy (QuiltMonkey) March 16, 2011 at 1:14 pm - Reply

    My mother taught me and my sister to sew when we were young. We always had some sort of needlework to do. I picked up quilting from her and even though I had made a couple of simple quilts when I was a teenager, it didn’t really click with me until I was about 20. Lots of great sewing-related memories in my past!

  68. Carol in E TYN March 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm - Reply

    I took 2 yrs. of Home Ec back in the day and the rest I have learned on my own or friends who have shared with me. I love to sew and quilt and am partial to 30’s quilts. Thanks for the giveaway.

  69. Suz March 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    My dear Mum taught me to sew!

  70. Liz March 16, 2011 at 1:46 pm - Reply

    I remember my mom teaching me how to embroider when I was really young. My Grandmother taught me how to crochet, although that particular skill has not stuck with me very well :)

  71. Marianne Duvendack March 16, 2011 at 2:04 pm - Reply

    Mom taught me to sew, using her machine, an old Singer treadle that had been electrified. The stitch it has is “FORWARD.” There was no way to guess the stitch length, except to say to yourself as you turned a knob,’the longer she stands, the shorter she grows.’ Two full years of jr. high home ec were also great!

  72. Jopsy March 16, 2011 at 2:06 pm - Reply

    In like to sew, only work gets in the way!
    My Mum taught me to sew, my Grandma was a seamstress, now I have my own little girl she is learning to sew :)
    I love buying old sewing books at charity shops & carboot sales

  73. Kim P. March 16, 2011 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    I learned to sew from my mother and 4H. I remember a fantastic teal knit dress with hot pink belt and flowers that I made for my sixth grade fashion show in 4H. It was soooo 80’s.

  74. Patty Ojeda March 16, 2011 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    I learned how to sew in high school home ec class. The first thing I made was a paisley long skirt with the ruffle/gathered piece on the end. I really loved that skirt! LOL!

    Now, all I do is make quilts and an occasional craft.

  75. Nancy March 16, 2011 at 3:10 pm - Reply

    I learned to sew at a summer program when I was 10. I was very thin and we didn’t have much money to buy clothes and have them taylored. I took every home ec. class offered through high school. While raising my children I only sewed occasionally. Now they are grown and I have rediscovered sewing and am learning to make quilts. It’s been 50 years since I learned to sew and I finally have a good sewing machine!

  76. Tiffany March 16, 2011 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    oh I so love the idea of this book. I love vintage notions!! My grandmother made quilts for me when I was young and I SO wish she was here today to see what she started without even knowing it!!

  77. Karen H. March 16, 2011 at 4:21 pm - Reply

    My mother taught me when very young. I amde most of my clothes in Junior high and high School.

  78. Angie Spendlove March 16, 2011 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    I’m a beginner to sewing, mostly self taught – late at night! I have several friends that help me out too. The only thing I have really sewn is a pillowcase dress for my daughter when she was in a body cast – I would love to learn, and do more. What can I say – it’s fabric – I think once you touch it your addicted! Thanks for the chance!

  79. Angie Spendlove March 16, 2011 at 4:49 pm - Reply

    I’m a beginner – self taught, usually in the middle of the night! I do have several friends that have helped me out too. The only thing I’ve really sewn besides some quilts is pillow cases dresses for my daughter when she was in a body cast. I’d love to learn more – I believe fabric is addicting LOL – Thanks for the chance!

  80. Munaiba March 16, 2011 at 4:54 pm - Reply

    I learnt to sew in spite of my school sewing lessons. I have to say those beautiful dresses on the remodel last season’s frocks page make me want to start dressmaking.

  81. Ruby Bundy March 16, 2011 at 5:11 pm - Reply

    I learned to sew when I was about 10 yrs. old. My Mom & a wonderful neighbor taught me. It was a necessity if I wanted to have fashionable dresses for school & church. We used a lot of feed sacks because my dad was a dairy farmer and we had unlimited bags. How I would love to have some of them! I am 70 yrs. old and have never quit sewing. Since retiring from a career of teaching Home Economics, I am enjoying piecing quilts as well. So you see I would really appreciate the give away! Love your blog and all your great ideas. Keep stitching!

  82. Jennifer March 16, 2011 at 5:13 pm - Reply

    My Mom is an avid seamstress (even doing my wedding dress) so when I left home she offered to buy me a sewing machine. I gaulked at the idea and thought I’d never need that. We’ll 8 years later I’ve had to buy myself a machine and sewing in one of my favorite things. I’m learning something this with every project and feel like I can’t get enough information.

  83. Paula L. March 16, 2011 at 5:19 pm - Reply

    I’m learning to sew and quilt by myself with tutorials I find in the internet. It’s been hard but I’m loving it. Two days ago I made my first pinwheel block and it was such an accomplishment for me! I followed a fun video tutorial at The Pioneer Quilter and it’s as they promised, fast and easy!
    Thanks for the chance!
    ap_lemos at yahoo dot com

  84. Becky in Georgia March 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    My Dad’s cousin, we called her Aunt Grace, taught sewing lessons during the Summer. Mom and Dad enrolled me for two summers. I’ve loved sewing ever since. Take care!

  85. Billie K March 16, 2011 at 5:47 pm - Reply

    I learned to sew in High School.

  86. Pam March 16, 2011 at 5:53 pm - Reply

    Oh I would be delighted to possess that book!

  87. Pam March 16, 2011 at 5:57 pm - Reply

    Okay, I’ve been sewing since a small child. I was inspired to sew by my grandmother and later on my Mom. The latest, greatest thing I learned was to PRESS THOSE SEAMS OPEN (instead of to the side) and I learned that from YOU, AMY! Thank you, my quilts are laying flatter.

  88. Pam March 16, 2011 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    I learned to sew in Home Ec in 7th grade. We made an apron and a tote bag to put our shoes in that had 2 zippers. That’s all it took and I was hooked. I bought my first sewing machine the following year for $39 and it was new!!

  89. Carla J March 16, 2011 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    I learned to sew in 8th grade home economics. Went on to make my own clothes, fancy dresses, maternity clothes, baby clothes, halloween costumes, production costumes, and now I quilt and make grandbaby items.

  90. Anne March 16, 2011 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    I’ve read reviews of “Vintage Notions” before but didn’t realize it contained projects! As for learning to sew, I recall making clothes for my Chrissy doll when I was age 11. My mom wouldn’t let me use her machine, so our neighbor gave me an old class 15 machine. I still have that old machine, and it’s much older today than it was then. I still have Chrissy and the 70s-era attire I lovingly fashioned for her!

  91. MarciaW March 16, 2011 at 7:32 pm - Reply

    I learned to sew from several people – starting with those 4-H kelly green skirts and white tops BEFORE I was of the age to be in 4-H (about 7/8). It was fun yet strange because we were in a two room schoolhouse and the second floor was supposedly condemned and off-limits. That’s where the extension agent set up the sewing machines to teach us. We felt like there was a big secret in that we could go upstairs to the forbidden area. My mother taught me a lot about sewing garments, and later quilting. My grandmother did too during summers – have you ever sewn stretchy knits on a treadle? All of these were before we had AC – in Florida.

  92. Jackie Gilbert March 16, 2011 at 7:47 pm - Reply

    I was lucky enough to have two grandmothers that sewed and quilted. They both inspired me and helped me to learn. My mom could sew, but didn’t have the passion for it that they had, but she was always encouraging me. I still have my paternal grandmothers Singer treadle machine (made in 1927!), and I still use it occasionally –

  93. Charlotte March 16, 2011 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    My Mum also taught me to sew. I remember that every single school holiday, one of my projects would be to design and sew a new pencil case. I had so much fun.

  94. Victoria March 16, 2011 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    My grandmother finally agreed to teach me to sew when I was 4 because she discovered that I was creating doll dresses from Kleenex and rubber bands. It was then that she understood why I kept begging for blue and pink tissues.

  95. Lynnet March 16, 2011 at 9:12 pm - Reply

    I started sewing with my mother when I was in Jr. High and we found we were a very good sewing team. She taught me short cuts and hints that she had learned throughout the years. I just started quilting last year and have a dear sweet friend who has been guiding, teaching, and encouraging me along the way.

  96. Jill March 16, 2011 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    I learned to sew in home ec and remember making matching blouses with my best friend. I have not stopped since.

  97. Cecilia March 16, 2011 at 9:24 pm - Reply

    My Mom taught me how to sew when I was 32. I finally decided to learn so that I could make clothes for my two girls. She bought a simple Kenmore sewing machine for me. I didn’t start quilting until 3 years ago and I love it.

  98. Lynnette March 16, 2011 at 10:31 pm - Reply

    I guess my first experience with sewing was Home Ec class in high school though not much was taught and even less was learned!! :-)
    nettecan at hotmail dot com

  99. Christine M March 17, 2011 at 1:08 am - Reply

    This book looks so lovely. I’m sure it would be one I’d just love to sit down with a cuppa and get inspired.

  100. Catswhiskers March 17, 2011 at 6:04 am - Reply

    My mother was a brilliant dressmaker and made wedding gowns embroidered with beads and all that. They were beautifull and took months to make.
    I have always been just making crochet stuff.
    After my mother’s death I decided that I should do ‘something’ and then I started with quilt making.
    Now… I wish I had started sewing much earlier!
    Thanks for the chance

  101. Mary March 17, 2011 at 7:43 am - Reply

    What a fun book to look through!

    I was one of those ADD kids and my mom put me in front of a sewing machine when I was about 4 years old. I loved the machine and was intrigued by how it worked. Thus started my sewing career.

  102. Rochelle March 17, 2011 at 7:53 am - Reply

    My beautiful Nan taught me to sew, she was an amazing seamstress who specialised in hand beaded wedding gowns. When we could not afford a beautiful gown for the ball, she would ask us to bring her a picture of the one we wanted from a magazine and she would, as if by magic, just whip it up.
    She was so great and taught me everything I know about sewing. I shared some wonderful times with her.

  103. Deserae Fiedler March 17, 2011 at 8:20 am - Reply

    My mom taught me how to sew! :)

  104. Nichol H March 17, 2011 at 8:21 am - Reply

    Growing up my mom always made our clothes, when I was 8 I wanted to learn how to sew and I remember her teaching me how to sew on one of her projects. It was a skirt she was making for me. I got to do the whole thing from start to finish, she showed me how to cut out the pattern, lay it, pin it and piece it all together….to this day skirts are the one thing in the clothing dept. I can make. :) I have loved doing it ever since. Now I just quilt, but I will make an occasional skirt. :)

  105. Vicky March 17, 2011 at 8:47 am - Reply

    I started hand sewing doll clothes when I was nine or ten years old. I would send a few coins to the Wright Trim Company and in return they would send me an envelope filled with bits and pieces of their trim. I was so excited when the mailman delivered my envelope filled with goodies that I could use to decorte my little dresses!

  106. Marcia Kosturock March 17, 2011 at 8:52 am - Reply

    I learned very early.. that it is not okay to put your younger brothers finger under the needle and step on the peddle.. Oh, I got a paddling!!
    My momma taught me to sew, a lot after this incident.. but she did learn not to leave her machine ON and unattended with little ones around.

  107. Sue Goodin March 17, 2011 at 11:37 am - Reply

    I was taught to sew by the most amazing woman, My Grandmother.
    And on a treadle at that. She was a super woman lived to be
    10 1/2 and smoked a cig with me the day before she passed.

  108. Julianna March 17, 2011 at 2:28 pm - Reply

    What a gorgeous patterns!

    I’ve learned everything from the Internet friends and bloggers. Now I’ve got some sewing friend living near to me, so they help me when I’ve got problems.

  109. Sarita March 17, 2011 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    My mom taught me to sew. Thank God for mothers!

  110. Jen B. March 17, 2011 at 4:56 pm - Reply

    I’m pretty sure the first project I ever finished was a Halloween costume for my son. :-)

  111. Janel Miller March 17, 2011 at 5:04 pm - Reply

    I have been teaching myself to sew for about two to three years now. I started with kitchen curtain valences….and then on to quilting…fun! fun:)

  112. Evelene Sterling March 17, 2011 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    I learned to sew in junior high school and have been sewing ever since. When I was little my aunt showed me how to hand sew clothes for my barbie doll. I was lucky to be born into a family of sewers. bimbi9at verizondot net

  113. Evelene Sterling March 17, 2011 at 7:45 pm - Reply

    I learned to sew in junior high school and have been sewing ever since. When I was little my aunt showed me how to hand sew clothes for my barbie doll. I was lucky to be born into a family of sewers. bimbi9atverizondot net

  114. beth March 17, 2011 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    A little less than 3 years ago I hopped in my minivan with my 3 sons and a brand new sewing machine. We headed to West Des Moines (about 3 hours away) to hang out with my bestie and her kiddos. During the day we did fun things with the kids. At night we sat in her kitchen, matching sewing machines side by side and she taught me to sew. I learned how to make a 9-patch tote bag (lined) and a leaf appliqued oven pad. I never even opened my instruction manual. FUN times! I have been sewing ever since! Thanks for the chance!

  115. Megan March 17, 2011 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    Sewing was something my Mom taught us girls growing up. During the summertime when we were out of school and had nothing else to fill our time, each weekday she would have an activity planned for us- usually something homemaker-ish but not always. Fridays were sewing days! The most memorable thing I learned to sew was my first quilt- I made a baby quilt that my daughter now loves and sleeps with nightly. I LOVE to quilt, and though I am not very experienced yet I do love it and I am thankful for a mother who introduced me to it!

  116. Janet March 17, 2011 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    I just recently reacquired my mother’s featherweight sewing machine, the machine I learned to sew on when I was four or five. My sister had taken it to Australia after my mom died, and then out of the blue asked me if I wanted it a couple of years ago. YES! I’m happy to have it home.

  117. Carla March 18, 2011 at 1:28 am - Reply

    My mom taught me to sew clothing when I was a teenager. But I didn’t keep it up. Now in my 30’s I’ve picked it up again (on my own) as I couldn’t find the kind of pj’s my sons like in the stores, so I’ve sewn some pj’s, bags and now I’m working on my first quilt. Every once in a while I run into something that doesn’t make sense, I’ll ask my mom and she’ll explain it to me. But most of the time I just work it out on my own. :)

  118. Cassie March 18, 2011 at 7:55 am - Reply

    I learned how to quilt from books and internet… then over time I joined a block of the month group at the quilt shop and learned even more.

  119. Stephanie C. March 18, 2011 at 7:09 pm - Reply

    I learned to sew in good old home ec class in 6th grade. 15 years later I taught myself to quilt with the help of the internet.

  120. thepricklypinecone March 19, 2011 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    I learned to sew in high school textiles class, my first ever project was a childs hat, not that it held together long enough to go on any babies head. Thankfully I have improved!

  121. Linda March 19, 2011 at 8:44 pm - Reply

    I learned to sew in junior high in home economics!!

  122. Machelle March 20, 2011 at 6:49 am - Reply

    That Vintage Notions book looks very interesting! and on another note,I want you to know I found your tutorial on mitered corners on borders very clear and helpful!

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