Skirt Tutorial Turns Out Great!

I have a bad habit of buying fabric before knowing what I want to make with it. Do you ever do that? This time it was this lovely black and white cotton/poly fabric with a striped border at the top and bottom and a swirl pattern between. When I¬†bought it, I envisioned a skirt but…

December 2013 Newsletter

The holidays are upon us and I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving. I did, as always surrounded by friends and family. We ate delicious food and had lots of fun. And now I am looking forward to Christmas, my favorite holiday. There’s much to appreciate about the season – the joy and twinkle…

New Sewing Studio

My new sewing studio is finally finished! We moved into a new home with our daughter Stephanie and her family in August 2012. Hard to believe that it’s been over a year already! The first thing we did in our new home was put together my sewing studio, where I held classes throughout the year…

Cool Cottons (JoLene’s Fabric Shop Series)

When I think of some of my favorite fabric shops in the Portland area, they are often small, independent, locally-owned stores. I’ve decided that I’ll periodically feature some of these shops here, sharing some real gems for you to explore! As I approach cool cottons¬†fabric shop at 2417 SE Hawthorne, in Portland, I enjoy that…