I’m sitting here in my kitchen, watching it snow for the third day in a row.  So strange for the end of March, but it’s very lovely and I’m thankful that I haven’t done any new planting.  Hooray for procrastination! 

If you’re stopping by the blog for the first time this week, you should take a look at two pattern reviews we posted.  Rachel reviewed the Tea Party Sundress from Oliver + S, Liesl Gibson’s new pattern company.  Annika reviewed the very popular Emmeline pattern from Montessori by Hand.  If you’ve been looking for great new patterns from small independent manufacturers, look no further!

This week we received an eclectic variety of prints from Robert Kaufman.  The first image is a fantastic forest silhouette design, which comes in four different colors.  The center image is a leaf print on a cotton/bamboo blend.  This fabric has a wonderful soft hand that drapes very nicely.  The last image is a hip modern tree print from the Carnaby Street group.  There are several beautiful new florals as well, so stop by the store to see all the Kaufman fabrics

I also wanted to let you know that we have a contest coming up in April in which we’ll be giving away $25 gift certificates to the store.  We’ll have all the details for you on Monday, but for now, you might want to start thinking about that tutorial that you’ve been meaning to write (hint, hint.) 

For today’s contest, however, all you need to do is write a comment.  Tell us about the single best sewing tip anyone ever gave you.  Whether it’s how to fold your patterns, or how to hem a circle skirt, we want to hear about it!  We’ll randomly select four people to win one yard of fabric and announce the winners Monday morning.  Have a great weekend–go sew something!

PS–We moved to a new server last night and it’s always a nail-biting experience.  Please let me know if you have any troubles with the store or the blog.  Thanks so much!  kristin@sewmamasew.com