living a dream


I have always loved to craft and to teach, so when the opportunity to teach a craft class at my local fabric shop presented itself it didn't take much for me to say an emphatic yes!

I wanted to start out with a fun project for beginners that didn't require any sewing skills. 

As with any project, I found my inspiration in really great fabric.  This pretty red work pattern lent itself so easily to a Spring banner and a little hand embroidery.

I love the way it turned out.  I could see it not only strung on a fireplace but wouldn't it be cute hung across a window with the sun streaming in.

If you would like to join me and make one for yourself (or to give as a gift) I have twelve spots available at the Sew N Sew in the adorable downtown Village of Glendora, CA.


The Village itself is worth the trip with its tree lined streets and quaint mom and pop businesses and is located 20 miles east of Los Angeles.  The shop is directly across the street from Knot Too Shabby which specializes in wonderful painted furniture and sells both Annie Sloan and Miss Mustard Seeds paints.

The class is scheduled for March 4, 2013, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  If you know me, the premise for our get together is to make a banner but this morning will be about so much more.  Next to my love of crafting and teaching is my love to entertain.  My head is swimming with ideas for this day and many future classes.  The fee is $25.00 (this includes everything you'll need except basic sewing supplies and embroidery floss) and can be paid in the shop or by telephone (626) 852-2223.

I am so excited about teaching and to teach in the Village is like living a dream.  I would love it if you could join me.  I can't wait to put some faces to your kind words.

xo, Patty


  1. Have a wonderful class, Patty. I'll be waving from Canada! :)

  2. Patty, is there any way that I could buy the kit for the banner? It's a little far to travel for the day! LOL

    Just let me know.


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  4. Patty,
    That is so adorable. I love the red and white. The message of "HOME" and warmth is so cheerful! I hope your class fills up. Congratulations and have a great time.


  5. That sounds like so much fun! I hope your class fills in no time.

  6. Patty your post is very timely...see my post from yesterday. I am so excited for you and your dream. Really wish I was closer I would love to take your class!!!! They are adorable :-)


  7. What an adorable banner! It just looks precious on your mantel. I would LOVE, LOVE, LOVE to take your class. For a minute there I even considered the drive down for the class. I am in Sacramento though. How fun!

  8. I was wondering if I could buy a kit or if you would share where you gotthe material. It's a bit far to travel frm Ohio. Thanks.

  9. You brought back memories to me of when I used to work at a quilt shop and taught classes. It was so much fun and I loved it!! I do miss it, but we had moved to a differnt town and it was too far for me to continue working there. Have fun at your class!!

  10. Oh how cute Patty! Oh that I was CA! Will you sell a kit? Thanks, Angela

  11. Hi Patty,
    How fun! what a great thing to be doing. I love all the red and hand stitching. I know your class is going to be so wonderful..I wish I could join in.
    Have a sweet day, Elizabeth

  12. Hi Patty, your bunting is adorable. Have fun with your class:)

  13. Patty,
    If wishes were so that I could, I'd join you!!!
    Kansas is a l o n g way from California...and I have a speaking engagement the very next day!!!
    Have a wonderful time!!! I'm thrilled to see some of your dreams coming true!
    Thank you for sharing this milestone in your life!
    Happy Valentine's Day from my~heart~to~yours!!!

  14. Oh Patty, you are just soaring higher and higher!

  15. It is just darling, I would love to attend, but a little to far to drive from Michigan. I hope you update your post and reveal all your fabric choice. I would love to know the brand.

  16. I'm so happy you have this opportunity Patty! I wish I was close enough to come join you. I love your fabric choices, what a darling banner:>)

  17. I love the banner Patty! You are going to be such a great teacher! I know you will have a full class, and lots of fun! Isn't that the shop that we went to? I loved it!!!
    So excited for you!
    xo Kris

  18. That is simply adorable, Patty. Too bad I live in Texas; I'd love to attend this workshop.

  19. That is an adorable banner. If I didn't live in Tennessee I would certainly attend. It
    sounds like a fun time. I love make and take classes as I never find the time to do
    a craft on my own! Good for you. I am sure you will be an excellent teacher!

  20. Well good for fun!! Enjoy the class...that is just great! These are cute!

  21. I am working on a baby quilt using a panel of that Simple Life fabric...the pale pink ! :) I just did the outline embroidery around 9 panels and started the handquilting ! :)

  22. This looks adorable...have fun with your class!

  23. I love your banner and wish I could join your class but I live just a bit to far...Michigan! Have a fabulous successful class. Lynnie

  24. What a darling banner. Love the red and white. You will make a great teacher because you love what you do. I miss teaching and if I knew we would be in one spot long enough, I would love to teach quilting again. Last year in July we were close enough, but as of right now don't know where we will be in March. Have fun. Lucky students to get you for a teacher.


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