Hey, 2020… Good Riddance!

The last time we posted was back in February. Ohhhhhhh, sweet sweet February. Does anyone even remember February?!?

Cheekiness aside, life has clearly changed in unimaginable ways, and we sincerely hope that everyone reading has weathered the COVID storm safely so far. We remain grateful everyday that we’ve stayed healthy, and we continue to do our part to stop the spread. As so many amazing sewers did, Courtney spent any free time this spring sewing masks for community members here in Richmond.

She found that kids’ masks options were extremely lacking in those early days, and the incredibly popular mask pattern put out by Craft Passion included kids’ sizes which got great reviews from her family and friends that used them.

This Fall, Courtney’s brother got married, and she made masks for all the guests to ensure that they would feel safe. Her now sister-in-law had the great idea to make them more fun by printing custom fabric at Spoonflower.

Right about the time that masks were available everywhere, virtual school began, and the pandemic started changing our lives in new ways once again. So our absence of posting this year can be summed up as “masks masks masks” and “covid covid covid.”  Not having time to sew means that we also didn’t have time to create new content, market our patterns, or finish our latest pattern, Let’s Jet.

As a result, and understandably, our sales have dropped off and we’ve reached the difficult decision that we aren’t able to sustain hosting our own shop. It was a a lot of work to build the shop, but it was a great experience and we’re super proud that we were able to give it a try. Our shop will disappear before the end of this month, but our paid patterns will still be available through Etsy, and our free patterns will be available on our site for download.

While we’re sad to see our Shop go, we certainly won’t shed any tears to see 2020 go in a few short weeks! Cheers to that!

It’s a Morning After…ish

We posted last week about our favorite time of year – our annual sewing retreat – and this year, one of the bags we sewed up was our Whole Shebang. That pattern always holds a special place in our hearts because it was the very first pattern we ever created. #sniffsniff

But since it was our very first pattern, we now realize that we have learned a LOT in the past six years. So when we re-sewed the pattern for the first time in a few years, we decided there were a lot of clarifications we wanted to make.

Most of the changes we made were adding additional, helpful details to the instructions. But we also differentiated between height and width in the cutting list to help when determining yardage for directional prints, which is something we plan to do for all of our patterns that don’t currently include them.

None of the changes we made are considered corrections, but we made enough edits that we have replaced the version of the pattern that’s available for sale. If you purchased the pattern before 2020 and would like a new version, please contact us and we will be happy to send it to you!

5 Patterns, 3 Days, 2 Girls, and 1 Sewing Machine

January for us means one important thing… OUR ANNUAL SEWING RETREAT!!

Any time spent at Ali’s river house is always special, and this year we added an extra day because we committed to something new – an actual sewing retreat! We are so excited to announce that we were asked to be teachers at this year’s Virginia Consortium of Quilters bi-annual retreat in Smith Mountain Lake, Virginia. We will be teaching full-day workshops for our Stowaway and Whole Shebang bag patterns, but we also offered to teach our Wine Totes, Winezies, and All Charged Up free patterns as fillers, so we knew we needed to spend a lot of time refreshing our minds about all five patterns.

We spent the first day making decisions about fabrics, notions, and then Cutting.All.The.Things.

Oh, and we went grocery shopping. SUPER important step.

And of course, beautiful sunsets are just gravy.

Day two was super productive and before lunch we had two amazing finishes – Wine Totes and All Charged Up.

Since it was a (cold, but) gorgeous day, we made sure to get out of the house and headed to historic Gloucester Virginia for a delicious lunch at LuLu Bird’s Kitchen.

After lunch, we refocused and finished out day two with another fabulous finish – Stowaway.

On our third and final day, we focused on our last two fun finishes – Winezies and Whole Shebang.

Neither of us have sewn Winezies in a while, and we remembered how nice and quick they come together, as well as how cute they are! The versions we sewed up in this sweet winter flannel would make amazing hostess or holiday gifts.

We both were a bit blown away by the beauty of this Whole Shebang after we finished – it gave us all the *heart eyes*

We both felt so rejuvenated after sewing together and being creative together for three days in one of the most peaceful places in the world. Until next year!