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I am an awesome:
I have been married for 27 yrs. to my hard working hubby, have 7 beautiful children, and have been home educating since my oldest (now 26) was 4yrs. I have been sewing since I was in grammar school. I never had lessons but muddled my way through and continue to learn something new every day. I have recently learned to crochet and have reacquainted myself with embroidery. I also love to read, research, and teach. Seeing the joy and excitement someone, especially children, gets from learning something new is a thrill for me.
My sewing interests are:
garment, drapery, home decor, quilting, cross stitch, embroidery, hand sewing
My sewing machine(s):
I have a Viking Huskvarna Constitution 200, which I've had for 21yrs. and has just recently gone on the blink, but I think it's only the power cord. I need to get it checked.

My mother-in-law gave me her old Bernina 2000DE overlock, which I still haven't completely figured out. It works but has some quirks that she is apparently familiar with, but I am not. :)

I also have a Huskylock 1003 LCD which I bought off of Ebay, but again, I'm trying to familiarize myself with it. I have never used sergers before, but have a goal to work on these machines this summer. :)
I am interested in patterns such as:
I have always found myself buying first Butterick, then McCalls, and occasionally a Simplicity pattern. I have yet to try Vogue or Burda.

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Deco Pillows

Posted on June 10, 2014 at 2:46pm 0 Comments

Made these pillows for a customer recently.  He is doing a spare room in a vintage decor, and he provided the fabric/materials.

These are 14" stuffed pillows with a thin linen vintage cowboy print for the front, and chocolaty brown vinyl for the back and a 3" skinny brown suede fringe for the trim.  

He texted me after he got them home and "placed" them and said he thought they looked great.  So, I'm happy.  :)…


Magnetic PinHolder

Posted on November 16, 2013 at 11:39am 0 Comments

Love this magnetic pinholder idea found at Skip To My Lou!  It's such a cute idea! Definitely want to try this.  




My Newest Additions!

Posted on August 8, 2013 at 7:34am 2 Comments

It's funny the things you can get excited about!  Well, I'm excited about 3 new additions to my sewing room.  

First up is this lovely pair of vintage 1950's Wiss Model C Pinking Shears.

Even though it' obvious that they have been used, they cut beautifully.  I'm so happy, because my current pair, even though much "younger"…


Finished Cushion Covers

Posted on June 24, 2013 at 4:54pm 0 Comments

Been sewing outdoor furniture cushion covers for customers.  Here are a few of my 

latest ones.…


Making Piping for Customer's Cushion Covers

Posted on June 20, 2013 at 12:19pm 0 Comments


Cutting, piecing, sewing, 36 yds of piping.  In my best pirate voice, " it down, stitch it around, 35 yds of piping on the floor..."

I've sewn a lot over the years but I've never done piping before and it's very time consuming, especially on a project this size.  I cut and pieced the fabric the "old school" way but have since now found a…


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At 2:28am on May 4, 2013, Arlene Hanna said…

Hi Ags,  Re, the time frame on hats.  Guess I spend about 10 to 12 hours on  a hat plus more time to make the attached flower. Generally I set aside 2 days to make a hat and 1day to just make flowers. Since I sell my hats at craft shows I do spend the time be sure every detail is OK.  I think your gardening accessories is a good idea.  Your daughter will love it.  Thanks for your comments.

Arlene Hanna

At 1:19pm on January 5, 2011, Birdie said…
Thank you : )
At 12:17pm on December 21, 2010, Ags said…

Thanks Angee, I appreciate it!

At 7:03am on December 21, 2010, Angee Barbe said…

Hi Alie.  You can find the pattern at this link:

Make sure you share it with us!  ;)

At 4:50pm on September 8, 2009, Derenda said…
Hi Alie, I received my fabric right on time and I love it. I have a project all planned out for it as soon as I get these civil war dresses done. Thank you so much. Derenda
At 1:23am on August 12, 2009, Robyn said…
Hi Alie,

I drew your name in the garment-fabric swap. I'd like to ask if you have any special requests or perhaps any special dislikes in fabric. I wouldn't like to send you something you hated!

At 11:44pm on July 18, 2009, YarnJourney said…
Hi Alie, sorry it took me all day to get back to you. The pattern number is 3544. I made some patterning changes, added facings for sewing buttons and buttonholes. Also for some reason the style lines at the shoulders of the apron are different on the pattern pieces and the picture on front of the envelope. The real look is shown on the direction page though. I smoothed out the line to get a look more like the pattern envelope.
At 8:04pm on July 17, 2009, YarnJourney said…
Hi Alie, the apron is a Simplicity pattern. It is one of their retro reissues. I don't have the number right now. Do you want me to look it up? Joyce
At 9:23pm on July 7, 2009, HeyJudee said…
Glad I could help.
At 7:42pm on June 7, 2009, Susan said…

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