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Run the Ball!  Score the Points!

Run the Ball! Score the Points!

I used to be the best WVU fan ever.  EVER.  Never missed a game, always knew the players and the current season standings, and all of that good stuff.  And then we had a baby and started our own businesses and life got in the way…and I’m officially the worst sports fan ever.

I’m trying to be better this year, Mountaineers.  I swear I am.
But when I decided that this week’s Feature Friday theme over at Thread & Grain would be football….I needed a shirt that represented my poor sports fan-ing abilities.

Brunch Blouse by Patterns for Pirates

Brunch Blouse by Patterns for Pirates

What?  Another P4P pattern release day?  Oh my stars!
I think you’re going to be happy with this one too, friends…because it’s a WOVEN dolman pattern.  Which means it’s quick, easy, and you can use your woven apparel fabrics that you’ve been hoarding without a plan for it.  Let’s talk about the new Brunch Blouse!

BLUE, GOLD + PLAID

BLUE, GOLD + PLAID

I have three letters for you: W. V. U. When Sara (from RP Custom Fabrics) showed us her tartans that she was running, I could not volunteer fast enough for the blue and gold version.  Seriously though.  If you live in West Virginia, you can't have enough blue and gold...

Witchy-Poo V2.

Witchy-Poo V2.

My Mom is 100% to blame for my love of Halloween.  She brought that love way back when we were kids.  The decorations, the creative costumes, the over the top kitschy element of it…everything is fabulous.  When we were growing up, Momma used to dress up in full character of a witch and visit our classrooms, to create a “witches brew” show for everyone.

Quality People Never Fear Equality | FREE Cut File!

Quality People Never Fear Equality | FREE Cut File!

Whenever something big happens and I start to feel super sad / down / helpless, it always helps me to create something that has a positive message to it.  It might sound silly, but forcing myself to find a positive message during a less-than-positive time makes me a little more hopeful.  I wish I didn’t ever feel the need to make these things.  But here we are again.

It’s a Vintage Lace Christmas!

It’s a Vintage Lace Christmas!

My friends over at Vintage Lace are running a Holiday/Winter round of fabulous fabrics and they sent me a few to play with.  Bonus on this round for me was that I actually designed one of the prints (offered in two colorways) that is available in this round.  I’m pretty sure there’s nothing more fun than sewing something that you’ve made yourself!!

Mama Nina by Made for Mermaids

Mama Nina by Made for Mermaids

Woohoo!  Another pattern release from Made for Mermaids just launched yesterday and it’s a good one.  This cutie is called “Mama Nina” and she’s a raglan high-low swing style dress that will make you swoon.  For real.

“Sierra” from Pretty Posh Prints

“Sierra” from Pretty Posh Prints

Not going to lie, every time I see one of my friends post something that they’ve made with Pretty Posh Prints fabrics, I get super jealous.  Brenda seems to have all of the pretty fabrics!  So when she asked if I’d want to help her promo her “Sierra” double brushed poly for the Fast Finger Sale that’s happening over there tonight….I didn’t hesitate.

Summer Cocktail + Wanderer Skirt

Summer Cocktail + Wanderer Skirt

When we received the schedule for the Cricut Conference, it said that the first night would involve a cocktail party.  SHIT.  Cocktail party?  I don’t have any cocktail dresses in my closet…because I have this issue of making a dress and only wanting to wear it once, and then giving it away or selling it.

Empty closet.  Fabric that I’ve been dying to sew into something.  And a short schedule before I had to leave for Salt Lake City.  I decided not to go as formal cocktail as I normally would, and went with more summer vibes.  I AM OBSESSED.

Mama Tara by Made for Mermaids

Mama Tara by Made for Mermaids

Thursday was a new release day for Made for Mermaids….and I’m just a little bit behind on the party.  But I still want to share with you about Mama Tara. The pattern is still totally on sale thru Sunday, July 30, so I’m not late.  I’m just coming in as a backup reminder!

I totally planned it out like that…………..

July BeeBox | Vinegar +  Honey Co.

July BeeBox | Vinegar + Honey Co.

Sharing my BeeBox make every month is becoming one of my favorite things!  Surprise fabric mail is so fun and the challenge of making something with them is so good for my creative spirit.  I also adore the little cards that are sent in each box.  I feel like Allison and Lauren are my bffs when I read them, and that they’ve put so much thought into what they’ve sent each of us BeeBoxers.

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Katy McKinley
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