We’re 5! Win one of FIVE $50 Gift Certificates!

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Today is our five-year anniversary.  (It’s fitting that it’s Mama’s Day weekend, isn’t it?)  It seems like just yesterday I started Sew,Mama,Sew!. I had one shelf in my basement with partial collections of Amy Butler’s Charm and Jennifer Paganelli’s Girlfriends. That’s it–about 20 prints. I won’t go on about it, except to say how much I appreciate Beth, Rebecca, Dena and Irene.   Hiring good people is the best business decision I ever made. And I also have to thank my husband who has accepted my affair with my laptop.  Finally, I’d like to give a big virtual hug to all our customers and readers.  Thank you so much for your business and your participation in our little sewing community!  It has been an amazing five years and we’re looking forward to many more.  I hope you’ve enjoyed it and will continue to hang out with us.

We had a lot of fabric arrive in April, but were too busy with Quilting Month II to tell you about it.  Check out these fabulous collections!

Beyond the Sea ORGANIC from Cloud 9

Gypsy Garden by Genevieve Gail

Freebird by Momo

Hedgehog and The Big E from Michael Miller

1933 by Chloe’s Closet

Tweet Tweet by Keiki

Happy Daisy by Chloe’s Closet

Before the juicy part about the giveaway, I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly say how proud I am of my very dear friends, Cindy and Lisa, who are spreading the word about organ donation by telling their story.  You can learn about their amazing kidney transplant here.  And if you aren’t already a registered donor, you can find out how to become one here and learn the facts about living donation here.  Love you, girls!

In honor of our 5-year anniversary, on Monday we’ll randomly select 5 people from the comments to win a $50 gift certificate to the shop.  You have to answer one of these questions.  1)  What sewing skill would you most like to learn in the next year?  or 2) What is the most fabulous sewn item you’ve seen on a blog or Flickr recently? (Include a link, please.)

Have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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1,224 Responses to We’re 5! Win one of FIVE $50 Gift Certificates!

  1. Sandy says:

    I would love to learn more about the art of hand quilting. I do hand quilt, but, it could use some help.

  2. elena says:

    This year I would love to learn to make a baby sling and some softies for children. And it will be great some tutorial or techniques for serger machines :D

  3. Tanja says:

    I would love to learn how to sew with knits. This “selvedge dress” blew me away! Link: http://vintagericrac.blogspot.com/2008/10/big-selvedge-project.html

  4. Holly says:

    I just bought a second-hand serger, and have been too scared to try it, so I’d love to see some tutorials/projects with that in mind.

  5. Colleen Butler says:

    My daughter and I would love to learn to crochet. I would love to make some of those cute crocheted mini animals.

  6. Erin Compton says:

    1) I would love to learn more fabric manipulation techniques and how to incorporate them into clothing and other projects.

    2) This pillow cover is AMAZING: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stitchindye/4604653483/in/pool-freshmodernquilts

  7. Mindy says:

    I would like to learn how to make scalloped edges on my quilts.

  8. Jessica says:

    Am I too late to enter this? I hope not!

  9. Care says:

    I’m very nervous about it, but I am almost ready to learn the basics of knitting!!

  10. Veronica says:

    I’d love to learn how to sew a dress. I think I’m going to attempt this one: http://grosgrainfabulous.blogspot.com/2010/04/frock-by-friday.html

  11. Marta says:

    I’m an American living in Italy and since my brothers asked me to make a memory quilt (our father recently passed away)I took up the challenge and took some lessons (hard to find over here!!) and the whole patchwork quilting world opened up to me….and so I’m new to it all!!!….and what beautiful fabric you have…oh…there are so many things that I’d like to learn….but at this moment I’d like to learn how to do “crazy” quilting so that I can use all those little pieces of fabric that I have!
    Thanks and happy sewing to everyone!

  12. teri pastorino says:

    i would love to learn applique of any kind. i want to decorate clothes i makde for my daughter
    teri

  13. Mary Beth says:

    I would like to learn how to properly (read:prettily) bind quilts this year. Thank you!!

  14. Bonnie says:

    Congratulations on five years! I love the site!

    I would really like to learn free motion quilting this year.

  15. bridget says:

    i would like to make NEAT frills(!)sounds simple doesn’t it…. but not had much luck yet! and thank you for an order placed around a year ago – it went to a friend in australia who had premature twins, one surviving. i know she found the distraction useful while waiting in hospital. (mum delivered everything to the hospital along with chopstick for stuffing and fibrefill!)it was a fab collection of fabric plus toy pattern.

  16. Diane Toycen says:

    Congratulations Kristen! 5 years already….wow -

  17. Samina says:

    I’d really like to learn how to finish putting a quilt together. I can handle the basic piecing, but I’ve never gone beyond that.

  18. Janie says:

    I would really like to learn how to draft my own clothing patterns so I can make simple comfortable clothing for my two young children. As well, I’m really liking this skirt at http://sewastraightline.blogspot.com/2010/03/domesticated-skirt.html Thank you for the giveaway!

  19. Doris says:

    I just purchased a 32 year old electronic Bernina, and my goal is to learn how to use every one of it’s fabulous features, but number one, is to learn how to use the darning feature to make my own eyelet designs this year! Yeah!

    Congrats on your success and milestone!

    Doris
    auntiedart(at(yahoo(dot)com

  20. Rachel Bates says:

    I really want to learn to handquilt this year. My first attempt has been awful but I am determined to beat it.

  21. Gretchen Thomas says:

    Oh free motion for sure!!!!!!!!

  22. Emily says:

    Most inspirational thing i’ve seen recently was found here at sew mama:
    http://sewmamasew.com/?p=6938

    I have two big projects I plan on tackling this year. A winter jacket for my daughter and a fitted couch cover for my couch. Just typing that out makes me nervous!

  23. Claudia says:

    I would sure love to win one of the five. Congrats on five years

  24. Kerrie says:

    I would love to learn ruffles, not sure how I would use it, but I find them so darn cute!

    This bag: http://wkdesigner.wordpress.com/2009/01/17/the-weekender/ Is my newest obsession. I might just have to tackle the tute.

  25. Elizabeth says:

    Applique!

  26. sarah lynne says:

    i would most like to learn hand quilting. i’m in the process of making my first quilt, which hopefully i’ll finish this year :)

  27. Miquela says:

    I would really love to learn how to free motion quilt. I am a self-taught sewer, so learning to have a little more confidence in my abilities would also be great!

  28. kathleen says:

    hope I’m not too late! I would love to make some japanese patterns, and of course before that order a book! I love the simplicity of them, just don’t know if I am good enough to follow it in japanese! I wish some company would invest in translating those awesome books! Congrats on 5 years, I love sewmamasew!!

  29. Jessica says:

    Congrats on the 5 years! The sewing skill I really want to learn this year is how to REALLY use my serger to make some really cute, comfortable clothing. My poor serger is SO under-used!

  30. Julie F says:

    Free motion quilting… followed closely by zippers :)

  31. Shaz says:

    This year I’m working through Cal Patch’s “Design Your Own Clothes” so I’m going to be all over anything related to garment fitting. Thanks!

  32. alison says:

    I so want to learn how to stipple quilt, but I’m intimidated. Thanks to your quilting month I have much more knowledge about this, now I just need to get the courage up to try it!
    I also want to learn how to make a roman blind for my large picture window.

  33. Lisa Eichholtz says:

    This year I would like to master quilt binding. I am pretty happy with my piecing, but I am never satisfied with the binding on quilts that I make. I end up giving a lot to babies (who are amazingly uncritical), but I’d really like to master binding!

  34. Rebecca says:

    This is a AWESOME giveaway! Hope I can still participate

    Would LOVE to learn how to use a Serger!

  35. Happy Anniversary!
    I love the Cherry Delight Picnic Throw over at Fresh Figs. It’s just soooooo pretty!
    http://figtreequilts.typepad.com/my_weblog/2010/05/cherry-delight-kit.html

  36. I would like to learn how to do zippers this year. I am scared to tackle them. Oh, and ruffles, too.

  37. GigiElle says:

    1) Sewing Skill: I need to learn about zippers!! I haven’t attempted inserting one, and am afraid to try!

    2) Best item I have seen: Tough one! I don’t know that I can pick one from the many I have seen.

  38. Kimberly says:

    Zippers. I haven’t been brave enough to try them, but I think I need to be.

  39. Shannon says:

    I love, love SMS! Happy Anniversary! Thanks for all the info that you share with us! :)

    There are actually 3 sewing skills I’d like to learn this year: 1) serging/how to use a serger; 2) drafting my own patterns (garments); and 3) free motion quilting.

    Thanks so much for the great giveaway opportunity! :)

  40. meg says:

    i would love to learn buttonholes! honestly, i have such a hard time getting them right…. but maybe it’s related to my archaic sewing machine.

  41. Thanks a lot for the giveaway!!!!!
    Happy 5th anniversary!
    This year I want to learn how to make a cathedral window quilt without to much imperfections!

  42. Carolyn says:

    How to machine embroidery. Looking for the machine first.

  43. Rose says:

    I am diligently working to improve my overall garment construction skills after a 25 hiatus from sewing.

  44. Tracy M says:

    I would really like to learn how to sew with knits, that just seems so scary! Happy Anniversary, keep up the great work!

  45. Micmacker says:

    I’d like to master the Bernina serger that a neighbor gave me. It belonged to his mother, who sadly has late stage Alzheimer’s. What better way to honor her than by creating something for her grandchildren?

  46. Karen says:

    I would love to learn how to make my own clothes. I have learnt so much from the SMS bag making & quilting tutorials, and now am keen to expand my skills, but am a wee bit nervous…..

  47. Janet says:

    Smocking would be the skill I’m most interested in!

  48. Jens says:

    I would like to learn how to do free-motion quilting – I don’t like my first attempts done from tutorials.

  49. Jodie W says:

    I’m going to learn how to make a piece of clothing that actually fits me!

  50. Christy says:

    Happy Birthday SMS! I want to learn quilting this year!!

  51. SewSofie says:

    I would love to learn how to free motion quilt.
    The most fabulous sewn item i’ve seen is in the following link. I think the quilting is awesome!
    http://vortex33.blogspot.com/2010/03/thread-sketching-attempt.html

  52. gina s. says:

    I would like to learn to use my new embellisher to it’s full potential. It’s still in the box cause I don’t really know how to get started with it!

    Hugs,
    Gina

  53. Madrona says:

    Hooray Hooray! Pick me! :)

  54. Brittney says:

    I want to learn to quilt this year.

  55. Heather says:

    1. I would love to learn the art of applique. I see all these incredible applique quilts and I would LOVE to learn to make these wonderful works of art!

  56. Andi says:

    Quilting!

  57. Wow, what an awesome giveaway! I am a fabricaholic! I’d love to learn how to sew an invisible zipper so I can take dress sewing to the next level!! =) Thanks for a chance to win!

  58. Joy Mosley says:

    I love the hedgehog prints and the tweet tweet prints!!

  59. Vicki C says:

    My goal is to learn free motion quilting. I have always said that I was too old to get good enough. I’ll turn 60 soon. But I still want to give it a try. I’ve just never had any success at it.

  60. Suzanne says:

    I would love to win this!!! How fun and congrats!! I would love to learn how to use a patteren – I can sew – but for some reason, I can’t figure out who to use a patteren if my life depended on it!!

  61. Jen L says:

    I want to learn to fit clothing to me, so I can embellish it and make it my own!

  62. Ang says:

    I’m anxious to start making some clothes for myself and my little girls. I just need a little more confidence and a little more time! :)

  63. Katie says:

    Happy five years!
    I would really love to learn free motion quilting, it looks amazing.

  64. Nancy R says:

    OH Happy Day! Congrats on the anniversay, 5 years well done.
    I would like to master quilting circles in the next year.

  65. Mel says:

    I would love to use a serger, that will hopefully be my birthday gift.
    I am also teaching myself how to quilt (by making one for my father in law, here’s to hoping it is not a total flop)

  66. Emily says:

    I would love to learn more hand sewn detail work that comes together quickly enough for me to do it more than once. I love how great those hand-sewn stiches look on a quilt or baby dress… but I’m so slow at it – need to learn some pretty and quick ways to it!

    PS Thanks for thos 5 years! I’ve only been aware of you guys for a year now… but this is the best site for tutorials and inspiration etc! Keep it up!

  67. Megan says:

    Happy Birthday! Only 5? Your best years are still to come, for sure!

    I used to have a serger, but the treading of the thing drove me NUTS. So any good serger tips – best models, stress-free threading, etc. would be helpful!

  68. Shelly says:

    This year I’m determine to learn free motion quilting. I also used the dresden plate block sew along during Quilt Month II and it turned out great http://sewmamasew.com/?p=6713. Thanks for all the great tutorials!

  69. Melissa says:

    I’d like to learn to make better fitted clothes and think this top is pretty awesome http://www.flickr.com/photos/49033016@N07/4502439376/in/pool-springtopweek2010/

  70. pieceLove says:

    I would love to sew a quilt on an old treadle. I love the idea of going organic, and being able to sew on a machine even when the power is off. Thanks!

  71. Janice says:

    I would like to learn to do a rolled hem with my serger. I’m too scared to try…

  72. Kate F. says:

    I want to master the use of my button hole foot!

  73. McKenzie Maughan says:

    I finnally got my own sewing machine and I’ve been sewing alot of new things but i would like to learn how to sew more clothes for my self!

  74. Nicole says:

    I am dying to learn how to use a serger this year. Keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll find one on Craigslist!

  75. Vicki says:

    I would like to learn to do invisible zippers.

  76. SewCalGal says:

    I would like to expand my machine quilting skills to be able to make beautiful free-hand feathers and really artistic machine quilting designs.

    SewCalGal
    http://www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

  77. Megan says:

    I’d love to learn to sew a garment that actually fits this year. Maybe I’ll start with something small for one of my girls.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  78. Mary says:

    Happy Anniversary! I would love to learn how to rouche. But I guess I should learn how to gather properly first, huh?

  79. MichelleB says:

    This year, I want to learn how to *really* make clothes–that means no lazy unfinished edges, no awkward fit problems, and for sure no ugly stitching. I’m tired of performing many skills, but having no skill at them!

  80. Devon says:

    I would like to learn to quilt and perfect binding. I have found so much inspiration here and will keep coming back for more.

  81. abby says:

    basically all i can do right now is sew a straight line. i am AWESOME at it. now i would like to learn how to add closures properly (like buttons, hooks and zippers) because stapling/hot gluing everything together is getting tiresome.

  82. Amy says:

    This year I want to learn how to use my brand new serger machine! Love the fabrics!

  83. Andrea P. says:

    I’ve been inspired by “Alabama Studio Style”, and I want to learn how to do similar hand stitching.

  84. Kim says:

    Happy Anniversary! I would really love to learn how to make my own pattern or do alterations.

  85. Jill says:

    Zippers. I am sca-a-ared to death of the attempt.

  86. carolyn says:

    I would love to learn to quilt properly. I dream of beautiful quilts for our cottage!

  87. K says:

    I’d love to learn how to use elastic thread

  88. heather t says:

    Hi – I would like to learn the skill of time management, so I have more time to sew! :P

    Other than that, I would like to learn how to free stitch on my machine so I can try some machine quilting in other than linear form.

  89. Robin Walston says:

    I’d like to learn more about putting a facing on an art quilt instead of binding.
    Thanks for sharing so much information.

  90. Michelle Cress says:

    I’d like to become more comfortable with my free motion quilting abilities. I would also love to have the time to become better at it! Love the new Beyond the sea and tweet tweet. very cool.

  91. Lauren says:

    Love that Gypsy Garden, the colors are wonderful!

  92. sabrina says:

    I am a beginner, in the next one year I would like to master my hemming and zig zag skills.

  93. Kathy says:

    Happy 5-Year Anniversary!

    I’d really like to learn to add a zippered pocket inside a bag/handbag. Many of the patterns I like don’t include one, and I’d love to be able to make that modification.

  94. Jessica says:

    I’d like to learn how to really tailor something like a dress shirt well.

  95. brittany says:

    oh my! hedgehog and the big e is so cute!

  96. Mel says:

    I’m determined to teach myself how to quilt this year. I’m going to start with a small quite for my baby girl!!

  97. kathyh says:

    One new project? One?

    Sew a knit t-shirt.
    This last weekend, my girlfriend and I figured out how to sew a t-shirt with the twisted knot at center front with seams running just under our (aging) bustlines. I now have a pattern of an old t-shirt to help size this for me.

    We played with draping and embellishments and settled on this flattering design.

    Having just bought out the Wheeler, Oregon fabric store (haha), I still have fabric lust for your new hedgehog fabrics.

  98. Great question! I would love to learn how to do reverse appliqué. I see it everywhere and even though I’ve read somewhere how to do it, I haven’t tried it out.

  99. Shawn says:

    I think the birch tree quilt I recently saw on Elizabeth’s site was just to darn cute and so clever. It made me want to start quilitng something just as cute right away. If you haven’t already seen it … check it out.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ohfransson/sets/72157623812814591/

  100. Sofia says:

    Happy anniversary!!!! I am hoping to learn sewing clothes this year!!! One of my favorite blogs at this moment is http://tearosehome.blogspot.com/. I really like her creativity!!!

  101. tammie says:

    i would love to be able to make buttonholes and master free motion quilting :)

  102. Heather L says:

    Congratulations on 5 years! I’m a bit of a beginner so just about anything is good to learn…How to be precise and accurate would be my top priority. I’m really a knitter and I find it easy to “fudge” a bit hear and there but I have a feeling sewing won’t be as forgiving…any help in that area would be nice!

  103. Tiffany says:

    I want to learn to use a serger. I guess I also need to learn how to spell it.

  104. Stephanie O. says:

    I have two skills I want to learn this year. 1: make my own patterns 2: sew something for me that really FITS WELL.

  105. I want to learn smocking!

  106. Fran says:

    Would love to be more proficient at putting
    a zipper in……especially a hidden one……
    good for pillows & purses. My goal this year !

    Happy 5th ! Glad to have found you !

  107. LiEr says:

    Congratulations on turning five! And thank you for the generous giveaway!

    Most wanted skill (not necessarily over the next year, but over the next five years) = free-motion embroidery (with treadle machine) especially with cutwork like mum and grandma used to do. Like this:
    http://www.ikatbag.com/2010/02/embroidery-as-defined-by-grandma.html

    and

    http://www.ikatbag.com/2010/04/when-mum-sews.html

    Most fabulous sewn thing I’ve seen on a blog recently – I haven’t seen anything that comes close to this, even though it’s not within the last 12 months – but it still takes my breath away with its ingenuity, preciseness and assiduity – bravo! Bravo!

    http://vintagericrac.blogspot.com/2008/10/big-selvedge-project.html

  108. What sewing skill would you most like to learn in the next year?

    I would like to learn to make a quilt. The precision cutting and accurate scant 1/4″ seams intimidates me a bit, but I’m ready to give it a go!

  109. Caroline says:

    I would like to learn how to use elastic thread to smock a little girls dress. And i am very inspired by the spring tops on the made by rae blog.
    http://www.made-by-rae.com/
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  110. Joanne says:

    I woud love to learn to hand applique curves and points

  111. Carolyn Wood says:

    I’d like to learn more about fitting garments.

  112. V Reed says:

    What I’d like to learn this year? Set in zippers to make great inside zipper pockets on bags.

    I came across this top on Flicker last week. I want to make one of my own. http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2749/4518147007_7b06164566.jpg

  113. RondaO says:

    I would love to learn how to quilt! I dream of making a quilt for each of my children’s beds. This year..this year!

  114. Sally says:

    I would like to learn about all the different ways to create sleeves. I’m always so nervous to try sewing sleeves on.

  115. JenD says:

    Zippers, zippers, zippers! I am constantly trying to improve. All of the tutorials I watch make it look SO easy and then when I go to add one to my project, it never looks nice. I would love to really learn how to make them functional and how to look good! Love your blog…happy 5 years!

  116. Tina says:

    I am learning to quilt, so I want to learn EVERYTHING! lol… Most recently I have had lots of fun doing/LEARNING the jelly roll quilt along and also a pinwheel quilt along.

  117. Shelly says:

    i really want to learn how to put in a zipper.. sad, I know, but I don’t know how to!

  118. nina says:

    Happy 5th Anniversary!!!

    1. Hand Appliqued T-shirts
    2. http://www.purlbee.com/dresden-plate-quilt/

  119. Bonnie says:

    Congrats on five years! The next skill I really need to practice is inserting zippers.

  120. Aubrey says:

    I want to get better at sewing clothing. Or upholstery for furniture. Using a serger might also be a good task to tackle.

  121. Diana says:

    Horray sew Mama sew is 5!

    In the next year I would love to learn how to sew a quick and easy quilt. I have tons of really nice quaters lying around the house and would like to do something with them. Thanks! Love you Mama!

  122. I’d like to learn quilting without being totally nervous. There are so many tops here waiting since I am afraid to screw them up.

  123. Nikki says:

    I would like to gain some confidence sewing knits and possible try some pattern drafting.
    Thanks for being fabulous!

  124. Laura says:

    Happy Anniversary. Bon Anniversaire. Feliz Aniversario. Chronia Polla. Herzlichen Glückwunsch zum Hochzeitstag. Love the fabric.

  125. Tiffany says:

    I would like to learn some more practical sewing skills to upcycle/DIY/etc. more of my clothes. :)

  126. Lindsay says:

    I’m just a beginner so there’s TONS of stuff I want to learn how to sew. We are moving into a new house, so curtains will be next!

  127. Danielle says:

    Happy 5th birthday!! Some skills I want to learn this year. Sewing with knit fabrics! I also want to learn to knit or crochet. But I’ll probably never have the patience to do those. One can dream though. Oh and to sew clothing. I want to try to sew more clothes for my kids and maybe even me.

  128. Emilee says:

    I want to learn to tailor something to fit me. I usually make myself only a-line skirts (fit the waist!) or peasant blouses (tighten that elastic). I’d love to figure out how to make something that really fits me well.

  129. Shannon says:

    I still don’t know how to applique. This fault keeps me from trying so many beautiful patterns. I vow to learn this year!

  130. Michele says:

    Zippers, how to sew them in correctly.

  131. Alexis says:

    Happy Birthday! SMS is always such a wonderful source of information & inspiration- congrats on 5 years.

    My goal for this year is to learn needle turn applique.

  132. carmel says:

    i would like to learn to quilt better!
    but i am waiting for us to find a new house so i can take my sewing machine out again..
    in the mean while i stitch :-)
    thanks!

  133. Rachel says:

    I’d like to learn how to make patterns of my tried-and-true projects.

  134. Jaime says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    I would love to learn more free motion quilting! I finally bought a machine that can do it, and do it well!

  135. Amanda says:

    I want to do a better job at cutting out patterns. Practice, practice.

  136. Angela H. says:

    What sewing skill would I like most to learn? Hahaha…all of it! I just got my first sewing machine almost a year ago, and I’ve only done a handful of projects on it so far. I think the hardest part for me is trying to figure out what people are trying to say in their tutorials. Like a “top-stitch”…what on earth is that? All the sewing terms I have to look up and then I always seem to forget them. It would be great if one day I remembered all the terms and didn’t have to look them up every time.

  137. dana b says:

    I got pretty obsessed recently with this sewing project: http://one-artsy-mama.blogspot.com/2010/04/how-tophone-cardigan.html i can’t wait to adapt it to my laptop and mp3 player!

  138. Erin Muree says:

    I really want to learn to applique. I have seen so many appliqued quilts that I want to make.

  139. Viquena says:

    I’m antsy about learning how to properly fit outfits to my body before I start sewing them. I started reading about muslins in my mothers Better Homes and Gardens Sewing Book, but I’m still a long way off.
    Congratulations on turning five! What a number!

  140. Kerry says:

    I would like to learn more about free motion quilting, or how to sew a slip cover for a chair.

  141. shelleyN says:

    Sorry I did not include a link. This dress is amazing. My husband wore a shirt and tie everyday at his previous job so I have MANY shirts to do this project.
    http://www.dana-made-it.com/2008/07/tutorial-shirt-dress.html

  142. shelleyN says:

    I started making clothing about a year ago. I am ready to get a serger now and am eager to research what I should get! I LOVE making clothes, especially for my two girls.

  143. Angela says:

    I would love to learn to quilt. I’ve seen AMAZING quilts and would love my own. They are also such a wonderful, from the heart gift. I would also love a serger (and to learn how to use it!).

  144. Dot says:

    Happy Anniversary!!Thank you for giving us so much joy and information.
    This year I would like to improve my free-motion quilting so it is even and looks less like my machine does totally random stitching.

  145. Amanda Gaskin says:

    I would like to learn to free motion quilt so that I could quilt my own quilts (I do now to some degree but only using my walking foot and decorative machine stitches). So many wonderful projects out there to provide inspiration–here’s one of my favorites: http://www.purlbee.com/felt-flower-winter-wreath/

  146. katielea says:

    This year I would like to learn how to make a cathedral window something.

  147. Katie H. says:

    I’m just a lowly little beginner, so I’m working on basic things like trying to keep seams straight – my sewing machine just runs away from me! As for the spectacular item, I’ve been eyeing this quick from lovelydesign since she first gave it to the public: http://www.purlbee.com/little-forest-quilt/ .

  148. Sam says:

    THIS! http://www.flickr.com/photos/twinfibers/4385771425/in/pool-1197421@N20
    I’m not ven sure what skills this pillow requires, but I’m pretty positive I don’t have them! I’m thinking applique is involved? I love this pillow!

  149. georgia says:

    I would like to finally figure out all the extra feet for my serger! I’ve had it for three years now and I just can’t bring myself to do it. Maybe I’ll make some YouTube videos when I do so no one else has to agonize over it too. . .lol!

  150. Shelly says:

    I’d like to learn how to sew a zipper in and have it look nice. I have sewn in one zipper so far and my topstitching was terrible (not to mention there was lots of the zipper visible), so I need to work on that…

  151. Jennifer P says:

    I just got a sewing machine for this past Christmas, and I’m starting to sew for my baby daughter (so far I’ve made 3 outfits). I’d most like to learn to applique this year… and quilt (fingers crossed)!

    The project that inspired my desire to applique is this one http://www.flickr.com/photos/22554961@N00/4400508951/in/photostream/ that Amanda Soule made from Meg McElwees “Sew Liberated”. There are just so many cute possibilities for children’s clothes with applique… and maybe a few for mommy too!

    And I LOVE that you group your fabrics in bundles that help me see great pattern/colorway combinations! I can hardly wait to use some of Michael Miller’s hedgehogs for a fall dress for my daughter! =0)

  152. Pattij says:

    I really really want to learn how to smock! Would love to find a class nearby!

  153. Blayne says:

    I want to learn how to sew curved quilted pieces.

  154. Jen says:

    Oh, what a lovely giveaway! Congrats!

    I’d like to learn how to sew little kids’ clothes using jersey and knits!

    Thanks

  155. kasey says:

    I would like to learn how to sew a zipper and a reversible dress for girls!

  156. tanya Barrett says:

    I would like to try some refashioning, haven’t ventured into that yet :)

  157. li says:

    I would like to learn to sew clothes for all my family.. : )

  158. Ponytail Patty says:

    Happy 5! I would like to learn to applique. I love to have a needle in my hand and try to make perfect stitches.

  159. Onne says:

    I just would love to win, because I am restarting making things after being ill for a lon, long time. This would help me.

  160. Tara says:

    Love the new fabric. looking to begin a new quilt soon. I so want to learn to free machine quilting. Another thing is to my double dress dummy to fit my clothes the right way.

  161. Kim S. says:

    I want to learn to make a man’s shirt and bow tie. Thank you for the terrific giveaway.

  162. Angie Flohrschutz says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    I have been quilting for some time but recently have become interested in attempting to learn to applique. I found this beautiful quilt along while reading your month of quilts a day and am amping up tp get started. http://dontlooknow.typepad.com/dont_look_now/josephs-coat-quilt-along-.html

  163. Vreni Kohler says:

    I LOVE everything Kellie from Don’t look now makes: http://www.dontlooknow.typepad.com/. And it seems I’m in very good company as you have featured her during your Quilting Month II. And I would love to be able to free motion quilt like her.

  164. Deb Cameron says:

    Wow 5 years, congratulations! That’s a real achievement! Keep up the good work, I just love everything you offer in your shop and your blog, well, it’s my all time favourite – interactive, great giveaways, such a wonderful sense of community and the information and tutorials you share inspire me every time I log on! Thank you!

    I would love to learn how to bind a quilt this year, and free motion embroider – I know I have all the tools now I just need to find me a patient and passionate teacher :-)

    Thanks again!

  165. J. Harmon says:

    I have sewn many dresses and shirts for my daughter but I have yet to sew in a zipper or make buttonholes. I want to overcome that fear and sew beautiful clothing WITHOUT elastic!

  166. Ana says:

    Button holes!
    I have a very old, very lovely Elna machine which doesn’t have a button hole function, so I have to do them manually, and they always wobble, and I always end up picking them out three times. It’s got so bad I’ve decided that the next jacket I make is going to my LFS for someone else to do them (properly!). So learning how to do non-wobbly button holes would really be useful!

  167. I would love to learn how to quilt!

    Happy Anniversary! I love coming here to see what’s going on in the sewing world.

  168. I want to learn how to sew and apply bias binding to a scalloped-edged quilt. I keep messing up on the “tube” way of making bias binding, and I’m too chicken to cut scallops!

  169. Kayanna says:

    Happy 5th Anniversary! This year I would like to learn how to put in a zipper. I’ve been avoiding them for way too long :)

  170. Kayanna says:

    Happy 5th Anniversary! This year I really want to learn how to put in a zipper. I’ve been avoiding them for way too long. :)

  171. rachel says:

    Happy birthday! In the next year, I’d like to learn how to do cathedral window quilting. We shall see!

  172. lauren says:

    I would like to learn to free-motion quilt this year.

  173. Kari says:

    This year I WILL learn to quilt on my own happy, little machine and stop sending quilt tops out to be finished by someone else. I found it liberating, years ago, when I realized that I didn’t have to do both (as the by-hand quilting was killing me) but now, I’m ready to learn and move on. It’s going to happen. And it’s going to be good.

  174. Erin M. says:

    I’d like to learn how to use a serger.

  175. Meghann says:

    In the next year I hope to learn how to make my first quilt! I just got a new sewing machine for mother’s day and I think it might just happen!

  176. lesli smith says:

    I just got my sister’s handmedown bernia and I would like to do more thatn just a zig zag!

  177. Anne says:

    Congratulations!! I’d like to learn to machine-quilt and line up the backing with the front of a quilt.

  178. Brandie says:

    Happy anniversary! I am hoping to figure out free-motion quilting this year. No more in-the-ditch for me!

  179. Lindsey says:

    Happy Birthday! I am still pretty new at sewing – especially clothes.I have been going round and round with collars, so this year I want to conquer the collar.

  180. Kim says:

    I really need to work on my hand sewing…so I’d like to tackle some neat applique projects….i have a few ideas in my que…just need to settle down and do it!

  181. aimee says:

    I would love to learn how to sew my own clothes! Those new fabrics are great!

  182. Debra says:

    I would love to be able to meander top stitch. I just can’t quite get that so I straight line stitch all my quilts.

    I thought this was such a perfect boy quilt
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7839174@N08/1362062076/in/photostream/
    If I hadn’t already made a quilt for my son, I’d be making one like this!

  183. Cricket says:

    I want to learn more about drafting patterns. I am pretty intimidated by the thought, but I am not very good at following directions either. So sometimes the things I make for my kids turn out a little questionable. But every mistake is a learning experience, right?

  184. Kris says:

    I want to learn how to attach a quilt binding without:
    a) piercing my thumb with the needle;
    b) burning my other thumb trying to pull and press short side of said binding from front of quilt to back of quilt;
    c) chopping off wonky binding in frustration; and
    d) swearing like a bipolar truck driver while doing “a”, “b”, and “c”.

  185. Michelle S. says:

    I’d love to learn how to quilt! At the age of 35, I got my first sewing machine, and hadn’t sewn since home economics class when I was 13. I was amazed at how the “basics” came back to me, but there is still SO much to learn! I love quilts, and would love to make my own someday.

  186. orangesugar says:

    I would like to learn how to make clothing.

    I recently stumbled upon this cathedral window pillow on flickr and think it’s fabulous.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lonestarminpins/3720127619/in/faves-orangesugar/

  187. Noelle says:

    I would love to master little girl dress-making. My daughter is now one year old, and I am very anxious to start making some little summer sun dresses!

  188. aSprinkling says:

    I would love to learn more about making kids clothes without long involved patterns. I’m especially a fan of refashioning.

  189. Michelle says:

    The thing I would like to learn is how to stipple. The free-hand sewing scares me to death LOL.. On day I will get brave and try it though.

  190. Claire says:

    I would like to learn how to sew fabric flowers, and more clothes. Thank you for helping me stay motivated to keep sewing!

  191. Katy Yo says:

    I would love to learn to make some summer capris for my office job but they would have to fit my new post-baby belly. :)

  192. Tracey says:

    Happy 5th Birthday! How very exciting! I won my very first (and so far only) giveaway at Sew Mama Sew – and it happened to be on my very first visit. I have to admit it totally sucked me into a world, that I don’t know what i’d do without it now!

    As for sewing skills to conquer this year – I really REALLY want to learn out to stipple quilt. It’s not that i’m not enjoying lines. But all the quilts I see with this style make me so jealous! This year its all about expanding that knowledge and really trying it at every chance I can get!

  193. Dacia says:

    I would LOVE to learn to sew clothes for myself this year. I have made simple things for my daughter (dresses, skirts) and I know it’s the same, just bigger… but I just can’t seem to do it! argh! This is my sewing goal for this year… sew something (or multiple things) for me!

  194. Patricia says:

    I would like to learn how to quilt. Congratulations on your anniversary.

  195. Bec Clarke says:

    I really want to learn how to do more than just seams on my overlocker. It can be so much more versatile.

  196. Megan says:

    I have loved your holiday ideas… I’m just barely a sewer, so I’d like to learn more basics.

  197. rae says:

    i am ready to learn to sew clothes! i have not made any garments yet and i am itching to make some cute duds for my kiddos! thanks for the opportunity and happy anniversary!! ;)

  198. Alicia says:

    I should welcome the opportunity to learn how to create and draft my own sewing patterns.

  199. Kim S. says:

    I really would like to learn various techniques using the serger. I only use mine to enclose raw edges for dressmaking but I know there’s alot more I can do with it.

  200. Hilda says:

    I want to learn to embroider!

  201. donna says:

    I love the Garden Tea Party Quilt Free pattern by Bari J with the collaged motif border……what a fun thing to do. I’m the big blocky quilter….love those can’t cut em up squares….and the wonderful motif’s ~ now I’m searching for my fav. fabrics to do one….can’t you just see this done in the old Belle line from Amy Butler? ooohhhh.

    heres the blog site:
    http://barij.typepad.com/my_weblog/2009/05/garden-tea-party-free-downloadable-quilt.html

    thank you so much!

  202. Valerie says:

    I would love to be able to sew clothing for myself that actually fits. I have a terrible time following a pattern and having it fit my body. Every time I try to sew clothing and it doesn’t fit…I’m convinced it’s my shape, not my inability to alter a pattern! I’ll just keep on trying.

  203. Kate Young says:

    Happy Birthday, Happy Mother’s Day. In the next year I would love to learn how to sew curtains and reupholster some things. Have been working hard on learning how to make bags and quilts with a lot of practice, practice, but next I would like to spruce up our home a little.

  204. JC says:

    I would really like to learn how to better bind my projects, especially curves.

    Some fun inspiration lately has come from this website: http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/ liking her designs and color choices!

  205. Melissa says:

    I would like to learn needle turn applique on curved edges. I can’t get a smooth edge to save my soul! Congrats on turning 5!

  206. J Strizzy says:

    I’ve been wanting to learn to sew with knits – I’m a little afraid of them.

  207. Lisabee says:

    The thing that immediately jumped to mind about what sewing skill I’d most like to learn in the next year was putting in zippers. Technically I know how to do it already, but I’m very uncomfortable with it and hate doing it. I’d love to learn to do it better so that I’m not so intimidated by it.

    Happy Birthday!

  208. Emma says:

    I would like to learn how to knit :). Thanks!

  209. jenn says:

    I would love to learn free motion quilting

  210. Jaime says:

    I’m a fairly inexperienced sewer, but itching to do more. I’m looking to learn to sew some clothes. Trying to work up to making a little outfit for my toddler to wear to my sister’s wedding.

  211. diane says:

    I just got a sewing machine for my birthday and I want to learn to quilt! The new fabric is fab! It is true eye candy!

  212. Steph says:

    Happy 5th Birthday! Thank you for such a fun and informative blog!

    I’ve really got to get back into sewing clothes which I did back in high school. I’ve been afraid to sew a zipper since then so I’ll say that’s what I want to master this year! And I hear that sewing buttons with the machine is much easier than it seems so I’ll be trying that too.

  213. Christine says:

    I would love to learn( and I am going to work on this,) altering patterns to fit perfectly! Those fabrics are so wonderful.

  214. Kristin says:

    I would really like to learn to embroider, I have seen so many cute projects that incorporate embroidery!

  215. Leslie says:

    I want to machine quilt my quilt tops. I just can’t seem to get the hang of it.

  216. Terri says:

    I’m a quilter and this is the year I am going to overcome my fear of piecing curves!

  217. Jessica says:

    I’d really like to learn some drafting and patternmaking techniques. I bought Cal Patch’s Design it Yourself Clothes and am hoping to start into it soon!

    Happy Birthday! I love your shop!

  218. Deb V says:

    I would like to learn how to put binding on a quilt better.

  219. shelle says:

    Five great years, thanks for all the inspiration!
    1. I would love to figure out my serger, I can thread it but tension is beyond my grasp!
    2. Best sewn item, this was difficult
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/9357899@N07/4579334890/
    I love Heather’s work and choice of fabric for such a wonderful utilitarian item
    and
    http://indietutes.blogspot.com/2009/07/bush-hat.html
    because sun hat time is upon us
    Thanks for the chance to win.

  220. katie says:

    i would really love to get better at making pants. I made PJ pants before but i would really love to learn to make everyday wear pants.

    great giveaway!

  221. Margaret H. says:

    Congrats on five years! I only found out about this site a few months ago, but now it’s my favorite one in the whole wide internet!

    I’ve been sewing for a few years and I’m so inspired by the projects and ideas I’ve seen here. I love following patterns and step-by-step tutorials but I haven’t come up with any of my own patterns or ideas yet. There are just so many awesome projects on this site, in books, and on other craft blogs, that I haven’t taken that next step of coming up with any of my own designs. So I don’t know if it really counts as a sewing skill, but my goal for the year is to get creative and design something from scratch, like a quilt pattern, a summer dress, or some cute baby gifts!

  222. Elizabeth G says:

    I love this quilt made from the Moda Tula Pink Plume line that I saw on Flickr recently:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/37086708@N07/4525096609/in/photostream/

  223. Jennifer S. says:

    Thanks for this giveaway! I really need to learn how to better sew clothes… sigh, but I’d rather just make simple pillowcases out of pretty fabric :)

  224. Natalie says:

    I need to re-learn how to put a zipper in!! I learned about 20 years ago but then went through a long sewing hiatus and need to re-learn.

  225. Gretchen says:

    Happy 5th birthday! Love the blog, love the fabric, love all the great ideas! (and I would LOVE to win one of your giveaways!!!!)

  226. Jenny says:

    I really want to learn how to smock so I can make summer blouses for my daughter & I.

  227. Chris says:

    Happy Anniversary! I’m wanting to learn more home dec skills this year. I love some of the new modern designs out there and want to make use of them. I can sew curtains and pillows but I want to learn to do more. I have an old chair I want to cover and make it look professional with pleats, cording and the whole 9 yards.

  228. Elizabeth G says:

    These past few months I have taken up quilting. This year I’d like to try my hand at free motion quilting. Thanks for the giveaway!

  229. SewLindaAnn says:

    I would like to learn to sew and create with fabrics other than cotton, for instance vinyl. Also, I’d like to learn about incorporating iron on vinyls with cotton.

  230. Melody says:

    This coming year, I’d like to learn how to free motion quilt. I have done straight line quilting a few times, but it’s time to learn more!
    Thanks for the great giveaway, happy 5th birthday! :)
    ~Melody

  231. Elizabeth says:

    I would love to learn how to sew with twin needles on my old Kenmore! And those are great new collections, the Momo especially.

  232. Sarah D says:

    I want to learn how to applique. I’ve seen a number of cute quilts I’d like to make, but not knowing how to applique is keeping me from it.

  233. Trudy M says:

    I would like to learn to sew a circle quilt

  234. lorena says:

    Happy Birthday! I’m having fun w/quilting and using cotton fabrics for other things but I really want to learn to sew knits. I’m intimidated by how stretchy they can be. I guess I just have to jump into it don’t I? Thanks for the opportunity to win your generous gift certificate! :)

  235. Linda says:

    What SWEET GIVEAWAYS!
    This coming year I want to improve my free motion quilting, I’ve done some but still need lots of practice. What I’ve done is ok, but not as nice as I’d like.
    Isn’t that “Happy Daisy” cute?
    Thanks for sharing,love,Linda

  236. Kristin says:

    I would love to simply learn how to sew!! Quilts, clothes, curtains, and little toys and such for my girls. I’m starting to collect fabric and do small easier things first.

    This is the most fabulous quilt I have ever seen! It’s from a blog called “Live a Colorful Life” on blogspot. http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_YbKyV61TesA/S-M5xSS7SvI/AAAAAAAACB4/7WUz4Mvd3Ac/s1600/IMG_4130.JPG

  237. Zee says:

    I’d love to learn the principles behind designing clothing patterns. Both so I could maybe design my own clothing and to be able to confidently adjust commercial patterns to better fit my body.

  238. jennee says:

    I would love to learn how to sew things for the home. Such as drapes, pillows, ect. Happy Anniversary!

  239. Shannon says:

    I would really like to learn to sew a piece of clothing, maybe a simple A-line skirt? I managed to learn to sew a zipper (hooray!) thanks to this fabulous tutorial (http://www.skiptomylou.org/2010/04/27/pleated-pouch-tutorial/), so I feel like if I can manage to do that, I’m sure I can figure out a skirt!

  240. DarcyLee says:

    I would like to learn to sew a dress that really fits me!

  241. This year I plan to enter the wonderful world of work quilts/art quilts.

  242. Crystal says:

    I love tutorials and they have helped me more than anything else out there. I think more tutorials. I have really enjoyed the quilting basics. How about long arm quilting? Any tutorials on those? But I have really enjoyed everything. Also I would like to see the scraps again that was fun.

  243. Lindsay says:

    I would love to learn to free motion quilt on my machine. I really just need to take the plunge and start practicing!

  244. Amy says:

    I would love to be able to understand patterns a bit better! I am a pattern hater, so I think I need to develop some technical skills–darts, gathering, working with different fabric. Sewing is so fun!

  245. Molly says:

    Happy Anniversary! I love this site and have learned soooo much from it. I would love to increase my machine quilting skills this year and would love to learn how to hand quilt. Also would like to learn how to put in a zipper.

  246. meg says:

    I would really like to start drafting patterns for myself. I need me some fancy duds.

  247. Katherine says:

    For this coming winter, I have a pattern for a twist on a classic peacoat. I want to make it well enough that I am proud to wear it. So maybe it’s not a singular skill I want to learn, but I am sure I will learn something nwe along the way.

  248. Caroline says:

    I would like to make my first quilt (for our first little one- due in August) this year.

    Happy 5 years!

  249. nadia says:

    btw u guys got me started to read about sewing online. Thank you soo much.

  250. nadia says:

    I am planning to learn how to use the my serger to make my daughter clothes.

  251. amber says:

    congratulations on the big 5!
    1. i hope to perfect the final steps of quilting and
    2. i love these pillows i saw on purl bee: http://www.purlbee.com/felt-flower-pillows. i can’t wait to make them for my living room.

    great new fabrics!

  252. Marci Girl says:

    Well I think I would love to learn to really machine quilt this year, and I would love to learn how to freestyle quilt. I have a serger and would love to learn how to use it more effectively this year also!!!! Thanks!

  253. Cara says:

    Well, I know of too many fabulous sewing items to single one out so I’ll say that I really hope I can get more comfortable with garment making in the coming year.

  254. gill says:

    WOW – 957 entries!!!!

    I’m determined to learn how to do piping!!

    Gill

  255. Christine says:

    I don’t see my post…I think it POOFED when the power went out.

    I want to learn to fit clothes, that I make for myself, better. I have dreaming about the outfit on the pattern cover and have it look nothing like that on me.

  256. Heather says:

    New skill, hmmm. . . sewing on jersey and knit materials. . . just don’t have that figured out quite yet.

  257. Cathy A says:

    A sewing skill I want to gain over the next year is what I’ll call tailoring. I want to know how to do a FBA and maybe change the armhole in a pattern to make it fit me properly–things like that. I’d love to make more of my own clothes that really fit!
    Happy Anniversary!

  258. Melissa says:

    Congrats on 5 great years!
    The skill I would most like to learn is how to modify clothing patterns to fit properly.

  259. Liesl says:

    I’d love to master buttonholes. That would open a world of possibility.
    Congrats on 5 years!

  260. Jenny says:

    Happy 5th anniversary! Congratulations, and thank you for the giveaway.

    The one skill I’d like to learn this year is quilting. I have been working on my first quilt squares for a few months now. Whenever I get a moment, I make an informal log cabin square with scraps. I almost have enough to start assembling and then move onto quilting… I am a little nervous but think all the awesome tips from quilting month here will help a ton!

  261. Ange says:

    I would love to learn to quilt. At the moment I am afraid I wouldn’t have the patience, or that I wouldn’t be able to sew all the layers neatly.
    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  262. laura says:

    I would most like to make some dresses for my little gal. Congrats on 5 years!

  263. Laura Reich says:

    I want to try and learn to sew clothes. Other than a couple of skirts, I haven’t ventured out yet.

  264. Erica says:

    I would love to learn how to free motion quilt. I just finished my first quilt and am excited to start on my next one.

    My favorite thing I have seen lately is this lovely quilt on Camille Roskelley’s blog:
    http://camilleroskelley.typepad.com/simplify/2010/04/the-calm-before-the-storm.html

    It is adorable!

  265. Diana says:

    I would love to improve my free motion quilting skills! I saw that a lot of people agree with me on that one too :) Yay for free motion quilting! It looks so useful to be able to do.

  266. Anya says:

    I’d like to learn how to do more with my serger. Thanks for the chance and congratulations!

  267. Lisa says:

    I just received a serger for my birthday. So, more than anything else sewing related – I want to improve my finishing on my sewn items, and maybe become more comfortable working with knits too! And, maybe make one garment for my girls without the use of a pattern – but that may be asking too much. Congratulations on year 5!

  268. Stacy says:

    Happy Anniversary! I would really like to learn how to create a buttonhole this year. I would also like to make more clothing for my children and myself.

  269. Leah says:

    I’m still learning to quilt, and for my next project I would *love* to learn to tailor my own clothes. So useful!

    The most fabulous thing I’ve seen lately is these cute plushies with balloons – http://www.flickr.com/photos/evangelione/4094928090/ – Adorable!

  270. Elisa says:

    Hi,
    First: Happy anniversary!

    I would most like to learn about to sew zippers! Everybody say they are hard!

    And I like “three little princess” tutus: http://threelittleprincesses.com/item_420/Pink-and-Brown-Dot-1st-Birthday-Set.htm

    http://threelittleprincesses.com/item_420/Pink-and-Brown-Dot-1st-Birthday-Set.htm

  271. Sheryl C says:

    I love everything about Kelli’s Don’t Look Now blog, but I am especially impressed by her quiltalong called, Joseph’s Coat. She posted one of the quilts from a participant and this is her finished quilt. http://www.flickr.com/photos/36227082@N04/4476429043/

  272. Lauren says:

    I would like more practice/perfection with free motion quilting.

  273. Rochelle says:

    On my list to learn: slipcovers. Also, Happy Fifth!! Your site gives me inspiration for projects everytime I look at it and it also gives me much joy!! Thank you!

  274. Hilary says:

    I would like to learn to sew in a zipper – I really should have tried that by now!

  275. Pam says:

    Hi! Happy Anniversary!

    Just discovered this wonderful site while looking for a tutorial on sewing an eye mask, but found so (sew) much more. Will be looking around ALOT!

  276. Staci says:

    Happy Anniversary! Wow, 5 years is quite an accomplishment!
    I want to take the plunge and learn to do a quilt block with curves! Eeeek!! I’m scared!

    Have to share this fantastic quilt with you! Found the pictures a few days ago and have gone back to look at it three times! I love it!

    http://lollyquiltz.blogspot.com/2010/05/x-marks-spot.html

  277. Judy D. says:

    congratulations on 5 years!
    i’d like to learn how to sew clothes for my baby-on-the-way…

  278. Meg says:

    1. I would like to learn to adjust clothing this year.

    2. My first sewing project, a stocking for my pets.

  279. Laura says:

    I would love to make a quilt in the next year.

  280. Amy B. says:

    Hi – I’m terrified of doing buttonholes on my machine. Don’t know why, I’ve never tried it. But I am.

  281. jill redding says:

    The sewing skill I would most like to learn in the next year. Precision Piecing. I am a “Liberated Quilter” but there are times when being able to be exact is necessary and I am a little to loosy goosey. So I am going to work on the quarter inch seam, matching points, pinning more often. measure measure measure!

  282. Java Jane says:

    Well I am in remedial garment sewing mode. I have not made clothing for a while (just household items, pajama pants or kiddy costumes). But I have decided to volunteer with 4-H to help a new generation of sewers…which means that I need to get up to speed on pattern fitting, various forms of zipper installations, details. Taking a break at the moment from stitching a dress! Next up is another tote bag, an expandable one with zipper for traveling.

  283. Sherry says:

    This little bonnet is so beautiful! I don’t know why I like it so much? I know that angry chicken has a pattern available. I think that I need to buy it. http://www.flickr.com/photos/15428558@N08/3793048462/

  284. Hannah says:

    I’d love to be able to modify clothing patterns to actually fit like they’re supposed to! No guarantees that I’ll be tackling this one in the next year, though…

  285. Eliane T. says:

    I would like to learn how to make a purse or a clutch.
    Thanks for the chance and congrats <3

  286. amiliab says:

    I would love to learn how to serge…I love the look of it and am going back and forth about buying a serger.

  287. beverly says:

    Happy Birthday!!
    I’d like to improve my skills at custom fitting clothes. It seems I’m mostly winging it, sometimes w/ success & sometimes not.

    As far as amazing stuff online, there’s a lot of it. I can’t recall one particular item, but there are a lot of creative & gifted people on burdastyle.com.

    Thanks for everything on this site! It has really helped expand my sewing skills!!!

  288. Kitty says:

    I’ve recently been learning to quilt–cutting, piecing, etc. but now want to be able to quilt my projects. I would love to learn free-motion machine quilting as well as hand quilting. Happy Anniversary!

  289. PAM says:

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! What a great web site I stumbled upon this morning. You are book marked and I will be returning.

  290. Jordan Durbin says:

    I’m hoping to learn to smock, too! I just had a baby girl after three boys, so smocking is pretty necessary :)
    And this is my favorite new/old blog site! Full of gorgeous little girl gowns. http://oldfashionedbaby.blogspot.com/

  291. Beth says:

    I would love to be able to draft my own patterns! Happy Anniversary!

  292. Jane says:

    Happy 5th Anniversary. I would love to learn both hand and machine applique…for clothes, homegoods and quilting.

  293. Vicki says:

    I would like to learn more about writing patterns. Happy Anniversary!

  294. Kim says:

    Happy Anniversary! I would love to learn tips on sewing with knits.

  295. I just got a serger and I would like to fully understand it. I’ve done a few different stitches, but I want to learn all of them and master them.

  296. Abbington says:

    I’d love to learn how to use an overlocker (serger) properly, and I’d also actually like to know how to do a little bit of simple maintenance on my machine.

    Happy 5th anniversary!

  297. Jane says:

    For me it’s machine quilting. And, I’m booked in to learn all about it at the end of June! Can’t wait!

  298. naomig says:

    Happy Anniversary!! I am planning on learning to uphulster this year… can’t wait!

  299. Vickie E says:

    The technique I’d like to try is liberated quilt making. I am a very points matching person, I need to free myself.
    As for a really cool project out in blog world. http://twinfibers.blogspot.com/2010/01/voile-scarves.html voile rocks.

  300. Hannah says:

    I’m fairly embarrassed to be posting this, but I am terrified of zips. My basic sewing skills are quite good, but I can’t really make any garments because of my chronic zip-avoidance. This summer, I am going to sit down with my mum and ask her to show me how, until I can put a zip in properly!

  301. Jennifer says:

    I would like to learn to sew clothes. I’d also like to master the ladder stitch.

    Congrats on five years.

  302. Ashley says:

    Happy 5th sew mama~ I so want to learn how to quilt! I am brand new to sewing and LOVE IT!

  303. Marcelle says:

    So far I have sewn some bags and small items but for next year I would really like to learn how to sew clothes, mostly by cutting and sewing neat lines.

  304. happy says:

    1. I’d like to learn to embellish an outfit.

    2. This is my fabolous find today:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/anotherrealm/4396255882/

    Happy birthday sew,mama,sew.. I love you

  305. Katherine says:

    I’m hoping that 2010 is the year I learn how to set in sleeves. I have made my daughter several dresses, but they’re all jumpers or sundresses, because sleeves scare me.

  306. Robyn Lawrence says:

    Oh boy…in the next year I’d just like to learn how to sew some sort of clothing item. I’m on my 3rd grandchild for goodness sake and I’m should be making them some clothes!

  307. jenw says:

    i would love to conquer my fear of sewing with knits! happy anniversary!

  308. Shannon says:

    I would love to finish a quilt. I get so many ideas but they don’t come to fruition.

    And I love this: http://homemadebyjill.blogspot.com/2010/04/pintuck-tunic-with-bloomers.html

  309. anita says:

    i want to learn how to smock. and make cute oliver+s patterns that fit ME.

  310. Stephanie says:

    I would love to learn any technique pertaining to quilting (mostly free motion quilting). I *think* I’m ready to tackle a quilt.

  311. Joanna says:

    I’d love to learn to sew clothes!!!!!!!!!!!:)

  312. mindy says:

    I’m going to learn how to sew clothes this year. I have the perfect excuse to start– baby’s due any day now. The projects can be little and if they don’t turn out, he’ll outgrow them soon anyway!

  313. Nicole Lamb says:

    I am hoping to not only learn how to quilt this year but also just to improve my general sewing skills!

  314. Sylvie says:

    Happy Birthday Sew, Maman, Sew!
    I would like to try smocks and male this kind of things:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mamephotos/2464931919/

    Thank you for the giveaway!

  315. Renee!! says:

    I have a friend that sews lots of neat things and I’m quite envious. I recently became the owner of my mom’s old sewing machine and am learning to use it. I would LOVE to make a quilt, or 20…to give as gifts!

  316. Beth T says:

    I want to learn how to applique–both needle-turn and machine applique. I’ve done the fusible web applique with hand-stitched finish, but want to round out my skills. Thanks for the chance to enter this great giveaway–I would love to get some of that adorable Tweet Tweet fabric!

  317. Eve Nicole says:

    I’d like to learn to make cute bags. My bags never quite look as professional as others I’ve seen. Congrats on your anniversary.

  318. Nicole G says:

    I’d like to conquer circles in my quilting in the next year.

  319. ara jane says:

    now that i’ve tackled quilts i have an itch to learn how to sew clothes. but it’s so scary, making something that has to fit… eek!

  320. Kylie says:

    I would like to learn how to applique this year. It’s not something I’ve been highly interested in up until now, but I’m starting to spot more projects I like that require it.

  321. Linn says:

    HaPpY FiFTH aNNiverSARy!!! I would like to learn to do curves and circles in my quilts….Improve my machine quilting skill, lots of room for improvement.

  322. mommymae says:

    happy birthday/anniversary, sew, mama, sew!

    1. i’d like to learn to modify clothing patterns

    2. my friend kristin made this adorable & painstaking block for a bee. http://www.flickr.com/photos/14408438@N02/4563575584/ too, too much!!

  323. sharonj says:

    I have always machine pieced and hand quilted my quilts. I would love to master machine quilting! Done a bit, but have a ways to go. Happy Anniversary and thanks Sharonj.

  324. SueP says:

    Happy 5 years. Hope you have many, many more.
    I would like to learn how to be more creative and think “outside of my box”. I appreciate all your ideas!

  325. Susan Fogel says:

    I forgot: the skill I want to perfect: using my new Lutterloh Pattern System perfectly!

  326. Jill says:

    I would love to learn more applique. I always shy away from both hand and machine. Congrats on five years!

  327. Laura Tawney says:

    Happy 5th anniversary! I would most liket to learn landscape quitling techniques and make a landscape quilt. Thanks for the opportunity to enter your give-a-way!
    Laura T

  328. Erin says:

    Congratulations on five years!

    I’d like to learn how to free motion quilt — we’ll see if that gets accomplished this year.

  329. Susan Fogel says:

    Congratulations on your 5th anniversary!
    And Happy Mother’s Day. Here in Mexico Mother’s Day is Monday. so I get to celebrate twice.
    I just came across this blog today and I love the implicity, and quality of her work:
    http://sunnygalstudio.blogspot.com/2010/05/tulle-time-part-deux.html
    Keep Sewing!

  330. Candice says:

    I have been trying to learn how to incorporate leather into my crafts…I would love to learn how to work with thick and difficult to manage materials like leather. Congrats on the fabulous business!

  331. Claudeen says:

    Wow, congrats on 5 years and a wonderful site. This year I would love to learn how to sew dolls clothing.

  332. Bonnie says:

    Purchased a pleating foot for my machine mmonths ago and have not tried it yet, so that’s what is next on my list.

  333. britt says:

    Congratulations on your fifth birthday, Sew Mama Sew! I would really love to learn flat pattern drafting and alterations. Hopefully this will be the year!

  334. Tracey J says:

    I’d like to learn new quilting techniques…

    I love your blog/shop. :)

  335. Allison S. says:

    I have not yet successfully made any clothing for myself (or anyone else)–I can make craft projects galore, but not clothes. I’m hoping to complete a project this summer!

  336. Anorina says:

    Happy 5th blogoversary! Thank you so much for a fantastic site to visit. Your fabric selection is gorgeous and I love all the tutorials. I often go through the older ones for inspiration.

    I’d probably like to learn how to make clothes for my daughter… and for myself. That’s one sewing skill I’d like to master.

  337. Mama24Monkeys says:

    What a generous giveaway. I would like to learn how to freehand quilt really well this year.
    kbsteuber at yahoo dot com

  338. Katrina H says:

    I’d like to learn how to free motion stipple quilt with my sewing machine!

    LITTLE PEEPS!
    It’s a project featured on http://www.vanessachristenson.com

    http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_1eI7tS4s_Bg/S6bxLzhAK4I/AAAAAAAAVMI/iwAlPgTEaH4/s1600-h/a5.jpg

  339. Gayle Grier says:

    The skill I would most like to learn is how to stick to a project until it is complete! I have a stash of PAASS (Projects At A Stand Still)you wouldn’t believe! Sometimes I think I am more of a project collector than a quilter. But I keep trying. Thanks for this wonderful giveaway opportunity and for your truly tremendous blog.

  340. stephanie says:

    My grandmother just gave me her serger that she no longer uses! I can’t wait to learn how to use it and to get started on my list of projects requiring sergering:)

    Oh, and congrats on the 5 year anniversary!

  341. Erin says:

    I would like to learn about sewing zippers!!! help!!!

  342. Peggy says:

    I currently make alot of quilts and quilted items. I would like to expand my skills on my Serger, to use it more, especially to make home decorative items, such as curtains and shades.

  343. Heather Sjo says:

    Congrats! 5 years is a great mark. I would love to find time to take a sewing class, everyone has something unique and interesting to pass on. I’m lucky and learned everything from my mom. It would be nice to some day pass a little something on to her.

  344. Happy Anniversary! I’m just learning to sew and the next skill on my “to do” list is– button holes! I just rec’d my Amy Butler fabric and pattern for the “Liverpool” tunic/dress. I will have lots of opportunity to learn :)

  345. Shelly says:

    Whoops, I didn’t quite answer the question. I recently made these for my girls’ teachers for teacher appreciation week…http://noodleheads.blogspot.com/2010/04/gathered-clutch-tutorial.html I didn’t add the divider or card holders and they were fast and fun to make!

  346. Mindy says:

    Congratulations! I enjoy this blog and site so much!

    I really want to learn to adjust a pattern to fit me the first time, that is my sewing goal for this year. Or I could just diet and exercise and get down to the Barbie like shape most patterns are made for;-)

  347. Shelly says:

    Happy Anniversary! I would love some new fabrics to make my littles some fun summer dresses!

  348. graciegreeneyes says:

    Zippers and buttonholes.

  349. graciegreeneyes says:

    I am going to master zippers. And buttonholes. Really.

  350. Gina F says:

    I am really going to delve into quilt making this year–an exciting new adventure!

  351. Audrie says:

    I’d love to learn to sew clothes… really hope I’ll make the time to do it.

  352. Darlene Lindsey says:

    Happy 5th AND happy Mama’s Day! I would LOVE to learn how to quilt on a long-arm machine. It’s my dream to own my own machine someday, and I hear people who have one say how scary it was to use the 1st time. So my hope is that if I can learn how FIRST & THEN get my machine, maybe it won’t be so scary. Plus, I LOVE playing with the machines at my LQS ;)

  353. Becky says:

    I really want to master quilting, making quilts, quilting bags, etc!!

  354. Cindy Rutledge says:

    I would like to learn to make tailored slacks.

  355. Mary Margaret says:

    Congratulations on 5 years!! I reeeallllly want to make a quilt this year. Time to quit pondering and get on with it, I think! Also, I’d like to truly master my rolled hem foot…we have a love/cuss relationship! ;)

  356. Andrea says:

    Happy Anniversary! I really want to learn how to use a serger ~ I have never tried working with knit fabrics before (well, a couple of times, and my sewing machine chewed them up and choked on them…).

  357. aicha says:

    conglaturations on your 5th!
    I would love to be able to make different types of dress!

  358. Sylvia says:

    Next to crocheting, I love to sew. I get a sense of accomplishment and I enjoy sewing gifts for other people.

  359. Stacey says:

    Patterns. I want to learn how to read patterns. I am afraid of the terminology.

  360. Andi says:

    I want to learn how to smock along with any other skill I can pick up along the way.

  361. Erin Zackey says:

    Ooo, I know this sounds simple, but as I’m a beginning sewer I would like to know how to gather. I need to be able to make my little gal some skirts! Happy 5!

  362. Ann G. says:

    Love your site and giveaways. Would like to know how to make a summery top.

  363. VickiT says:

    Happy Anniversary. That’s awesome for you ~ 5 yrs. Great job.

    I know for sure that this year I WILL learn how to use my very expensive paper weight er…936 serger I mean … that has never been used yet at home. I must learn to stop being afraid of that machine and use it. I know the classes I took were fun so it’s just getting over that fear. That’s my #1 objective for this year.

  364. Shannon says:

    The one sewing skill I would like to learn in the next year is how to put in a zipper. It frustrates me every time and I have to take it out and have my mom put it in for me.

  365. miriam sappington says:

    Quilting month was such an inspiration. The one new skill I want to learn (if you can call it that), would be to handsew quilt binding.

  366. Heather says:

    Happy 5th! I would really love to learn applique this year. I’m thinking of taking a class,

  367. emily says:

    next year i really want to make some hexes i’ve seen a ton of beautiful projects with them and have not had time to try it out! CONGRATULATIONS on TURNING 5!

  368. Ruth says:

    I’d like to learn how to alter patterns to fit me. I can sew for my daughters but I never like anything I make for myself because of the poor fit.

  369. jenn says:

    I just started sewing a few months ago, but I would love to learn to quilt so I can make a quilt for my toddler with scraps of her baby clothes. Too precious to forget.

  370. I would like to conquer applique…

  371. Darla says:

    I would love to learn some heirloom sewing technickes, like how to smock, etc. It’s hard to find even books that teach that.

  372. elana says:

    1. i would love to learn to make a pattern (especially from something i already have!) and make my own dress.

    2. i love this shirt! http://www.dana-made-it.com/2008/07/tutorial-90-minute-shirt.html

  373. Love the new fabrics. They’d be great in some of my new projects.

  374. Ashley Ann says:

    I want to learn how to make pretty dresses this year! Happy anniversary!

  375. lisap says:

    A perfect rolled hem on silky fabric has always been elusive to me!

  376. Chris says:

    I would like to learn how to sew curves.

  377. Amy says:

    Please enter me! (1. I’d love to learn paper piecing and tatting. (2. http://www.flickr.com/photos/25022692@N04/3875567453/in/faves-36272417@N06/

  378. Mary says:

    I’d like to learn to sew clothing, but I also don’t think I have the patience for it.

  379. candice says:

    I just saw Alison’s Irish chain quilt here http://www.cluckclucksew.com/2010/05/modern-chain-quilt.html
    and I can’t stop thinking about it. It may go on my ever growing list of projects! I hope I win!

  380. D says:

    I am going to try out tops2 this summer – I make skirts, but am daunted by tunics, shirts, etc. Hope I win!

  381. I would love to learn how to design dress patterns for my daughter myself (rather than using a pre-made pattern). One of these days I’ll experiment with it … one of these days!

  382. marilyn podoll says:

    I want to try a “small” quilting project for my new thing to learn and Teesha circus provided this video on fabric journal. http://teeshascircus.blogspot.com/2010/04/fabric-journal-video-last-in-series.html

  383. bess says:

    congratulations on 5 years! this year, i’m finally going to tackle binding a quilt – this is the year!! :)

  384. Lisa says:

    I’d like to learn both sewing with knits and free motion quilting this year.

  385. Catherine says:

    I want to make my first quilt. I’ve sewn clothes and crafts all my life, but never tried a quilt. Thanks for all the inspiration!

  386. That Beyond the Sea collection is calling my name. Gorgeous. A skill I’d like to learn is… to sew. I’m totally a wannabe and read lots of sewing blogs to get inspired. But it doesn’t help that I sold my sewing machine (that I used one) about a year ago. But I’m going to keep trying.

  387. Norma says:

    I would love to learn how to alter clothes patterns to fit me! I’m short so that’s always an issue!

  388. Rose L says:

    Need to learn how to use a walking foot. I love this cute little quilt: http://www.flickr.com/photos/incig/3244563735/

    Congrats on 5 years – I love this blog, it is so inspiring! Keep up the great work. :)

  389. I would like to recover my mom’s love seat. That what I want to learn this year. The latest most fabulous thing I saw was this here chair: http://howaboutorange.blogspot.com/2010/05/thing-made-from-my-fabric.html

  390. Dagmar says:

    Happy Anniversary! I will try to learn how to machine quilt free motion. Hopefully this year! Thanks for all the inspiration you provide!

  391. Steph says:

    Happy 5th! Here’s to many more. :)

    Zippers. I must learn zippers. There are too many cool things I want to make with zippers in them, and I am horrid at installing them.

  392. Rebecca says:

    I love this site and the fabric. Great customer service as well. I want to learn how to bind a quilt this year!

    Thanks!

  393. Sandra says:

    I would love to learn to smock! Oh, congrats on the 5 years!

  394. Stephanie says:

    I would love to learn how to make curtains. And not just the sew down one seam….then the next seam….I’m talking about pleats, and gromments…the good stuff…LOL! I don’t have a link to my favorite thing I have sewn but its a christmas tree skirt that I quilted last year. Took me all year too and I gave it to my elderly grandmother who loved it to death.

  395. Maeve says:

    I love any of the quilts on http://www.redpepperquilts.com – they are all beautiful. I’d like to learn how to cut and sew my deceased husband’s shirts to make quilts for my daughters. And If I win a gift cert, I’ll buy fabrics to go with those shirts to make those quilts (3 of them!) from SewMamaSew! Thanks!

  396. Kathleen says:

    Great giveaway – thanks!!

    I would like to learn to move beyond patterns into real original design… am taking some classes – hope they get me all ‘inspired’ and creative!!

    love your blog… thanks

  397. Tram says:

    I would love to get better at sewing fitted blouses. Being “top-heavy” makes it difficult to sew clothes that fit well. Happy 5th!

  398. Meghan says:

    Love those Michael Miller fabrics! The sewing skill I would most like to learn in the next year: curved piecing. I have taken it upon myself to make a king-sized double wedding ring quilt for my parent’s 49th wedding anniversary, in August 2012. If I can get it pieced this year, I’ll have the next year to hand-quilt it :)

  399. Freda says:

    I found this little gem on flickr and I want to make one of my own so bad! http://www.flickr.com/photos/23615787@N02/4538862585/in/faves-fredamessick

  400. Anna says:

    I am just learning how to sew clothes for my young girls. I would also like to learn how to sew a quilt.

  401. Shelley C says:

    This year I will tackle several new to me things. One is setting blocks on point which I’ve never done (blush), and the other is making a yoyo tablecloth..a whole tablecloth not just a topper. I have the fabric and the yoyo making waiting…now to figure out how to go about it….

  402. Heather C says:

    Happy 5th!

    I would like to learn how to make my own custom fitted slipcovers and/or how to upholster furniture.

  403. jenny says:

    I would really like to learn how to sew to my proportions! I am ready to make a shirt or dress that doesn’t either look like a complete tent or rip at the shoulders if I so much as move. ;)

  404. Cristi says:

    This year I would love to learn how to make my own skirts and dresses. I can never find the styles that I like in the store, so I want to make ones that I like and actually fit my body!! This whole sewing thing is just blowing my mind!!

  405. Rachel says:

    I would like to sew with a knit fabric. Never tried it and now’s the time.

    Keep up the great work!

  406. Dee Johnson says:

    I would love to learn to machine applique this year – HAPPY 5TH BIRTHDAY. Thank you for all the information your site provides.

  407. Robyn says:

    I just recently started hand sewing hexagons. Now I need to learn how to piece them together! Happy 5th!

  408. Amy says:

    I would love to learn how to quilt. I have a baby on the way, and I would love to make his crib quilt!

  409. Kathy says:

    I would love to learn to alter a pattern. I can follow a clothing pattern to the T, but if it needs a bit of altering I’m lost. Thanks

  410. deanna says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    I would like to make this pillow…
    http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_lJZcmNv9Jx0/S6knFbF2LOI/AAAAAAAAA7w/HJJ5B7u5jmU/s1600-h/DSC_0071.JPG

  411. Katie says:

    Happy 5 years!!!

    I would love to learn how to free motion quilt. It would be so fun to make a beautifully quilted quilt. I claim that my lack of ability is my machine’s fault, but it’s actually me.

  412. Rachel says:

    I LOVE the Gypsy Garden!

  413. Susan P says:

    i would love to get a serger and learn how to sew with knits and have better seams. =)

  414. Beverly says:

    Happy Birthday! How fun, 5 years!

    The greatest thing I’ve seen recently is this top over at Crafterhours. http://crafterhours.blogspot.com/2010/04/spring-top-week-top-take-2.html
    Too cute!

  415. Sara says:

    I would love to learn how to sew knits without weird puckering and stretching. A whole new world would open up…

  416. Bonny says:

    I would love to learn how to sew apparel. I’m fairly new at sewing and I generally stick with cotton, so working with fabrics that have stretch seems like a daunting task. It would be so great to wear my own pieces!

  417. ElizabethB says:

    I am thrilled to have my “first love” in the textile arts, sewing, renewed. I checked the blog every day and bookmark projects.

    I am determined to use up stash of small squares so look forward to using them when I learn the technique of the Quick-Piece Tiny Squares <http://sewmamasew.com/?p=1398

  418. FREE MOTION QUILTING. lol I’ve been dying to try it but who has the time?! I like to make handmade gifts for everyone’s birthday and for holiday. In fact mothers day is sunday and I am still working on the gifts.

  419. Victoria says:

    I am a beginner quilter, and love the look of free motion quilting or stippling. That is what I would like to learn–when I get the foot to do it with. Right now I am working on stitching in the ditch. I know, sounds silly, but I want to do it well. Thanks for your blog, love it.

  420. kim says:

    Happy 5! I would love to learn to piece circles. I would also like to try sewing clothing. These quilts are amazing- I really like this one.http://www.flickr.com/photos/amyandthomas/3417276534/

  421. Ellen says:

    (2)This dress: http://buzzybeesworld.blogspot.com/2010/04/fo-burda-112008111-dress.html

    The skill needed to execute something like this dress so perfectly. It’s just a gorgeous dress.

  422. Lori Krause says:

    OOps forgot to add this: I want to learn more about needle turn applique.

  423. Lori Krause says:

    This is by far the best sewing blog/shop online! Always inspires me to create something unique. Lots of help and instructions as well. Happy Anniversary!

  424. April says:

    I’d love to learn shirring. For some reason, the tips and tricks I try just don’t work. I’d also like to master sizing and adapting patterns, but I think that just takes a level of trial and error I haven’t been willing to put up with yet!

  425. Kimber says:

    I’d like to master invisible zippers, lapped zippers, in-between-the-lining-and-exterior zippers … and I also want to be able to make a great-looking shirt collar. In other words, sew grown-up clothes!

  426. Sandy says:

    I want to master a flat felled seam.

  427. Christine Treter says:

    The blog “Ivory Blush Roses” has photos of beautiful hand embroidery on crazy quilts. The author has recently posted info about “woven cloth” covered with more hand embroidery. The latter looks like a fun project for hand sewing. http://ivoryblushroses.blogspot.com/

  428. Linda says:

    Oh, what a lovely opportunity! There are always fabrics on your site that I am drooling over. I would love the chance to indulge.

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

    Linda

  429. Mary Beth says:

    I’d like to learn how to hand sew more properly!

  430. I would love to learn to make my own clothes.
    So the skills needed for that, which is what I don’t know;)
    Happy 5th year anniversary!

    Debbie

  431. sy says:

    i’ve been wanting to finally start making a quilt after seeing all the beautiful works out there.
    here’s one i saw recently that i love
    http://purlbee.squarespace.com/wedding-quilt/

    congratulations on 5th year!

  432. Margaret says:

    I want to learn how to sew soft toys! My son is 4 months old and I have a couple of patterns (Heather Bailey’s stackers, and a grab ball or two) that I want to make for him — I just have to get over my nervousness of small rounded objects that will be tightly stuffed and roughly used.

  433. Courtney says:

    I’d love to learn more about hand and machine quilting as well as doing more quilts with scraps with both quilting fabric or random reuseable fabric. Happy 5 years to you!

  434. LFinn says:

    I would love to learn how to smock–my little girl is almost “too big” to wear smocking, but I think it is beautiful, and makes for wonderful keepsakes! Thanks for a great website, and congrats on 5 years!

  435. Lorraine says:

    I’d really like to learn how to do pleats on a bag…also, piping. I’ve read some tutorials on it that have left me more confused.

    Happy Anniversary!

  436. caitlyn says:

    Happy fifth anniversary!
    The skill I would love to learn is how to hem pants. I am under five feet tall so I *always* have to pay for alterations!

  437. Eileen says:

    I love the fat quarters and other fabrics for baby skirts! I recently tried your ladies flutter top pattern and I LOVE it. I am a beginner but it proved to be a perfect match for my skills while still challenging me! Thanks!

  438. Coleen says:

    I love this quilt… plus she called it “Holy Scrap Quilt, Batman” which instantly makes it #1 in my comic book loving heart.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/loosetooth/162641883/

  439. Pia says:

    I LOVE that new Gypsy Garden fabric!

    My new sewing challenge/skill-to-acquire: how to sew knits.

    Congratulations on your 5th anniversary!

  440. Rebecca says:

    Sewing Skill to learn: fitting pants! I’ve tried to learn this in the past 10 years, but it never seams to stick.

  441. Stephanie G. says:

    I love to learn how to sew knits without a serger. I’ve been loving Spring Top Week at http://www.made-by-rae.com

    Thanks for the great giveaway!

  442. I’ve been piecing and sewing for years – now it’s time to learn to do that actually quilting on my quilts. And I have even signed up for the quilting class. Can’t wait!

  443. stacy says:

    quilting makes me a nervous wreck….cutting into that gorgeous fabric and then sewing all over the top…ahhhh….

    but this year, I’m going to do it. sigh.

  444. Alicia says:

    I have loved the tutorials on this site. I would love a few more machine quilting techniques in the coming year. Something a little more than stippling.

  445. Amy K-P says:

    I really want to become more knowledgeable about quilting. I have taken 1 beginner’s class but want to learn a LOT more!

  446. Kerstin says:

    Happy 5th Anniversary! I would like to learn how to free motion quilt, so far I can only do straight lines!

  447. Julie says:

    Happy birthday, SMS! Thank you so much for all the wonderful tutorials and giveaway chances! Right now I’m working my way through learning to quilt, one step at a time, but I’d also really love to learn how to make a simple garment for myself. Nothing too fancy, just a simple top, for example, that doesn’t look ridiculous on me or like I sewed it together with my feet. As for great stuff I’ve seen online, there’s almost too much! But I can’t get over this Dresden Plate by ‘the workroom’ on Flickr, it really knocks my socks off:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/theworkroom/3868643369/
    And I love these Xs, by flossybossy on flickr, so much that I’ve tried to favorite it more than once!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/flossyblossy/4504272543/

  448. Stephanie says:

    I would like to learn about sewing knits and I would also like to learn free-motion quilting. Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Anniversary!

  449. kelli says:

    Those Hedgehogs are awesome!

    I would love to sew for myself using a sloper.

    One of the coolest things I’ve seen on Flickr is a cool skirt:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/twinkledesign/393338769/

  450. julie says:

    Happy 5!!! I would love to learn more about fabric selection to create an interesting and balanced quilt. Thank you!

  451. Kate says:

    I’d really love to learn to sew knits, specifically for apparel. I’m pregnant, and having lots of trouble finding any maternity clothes that I love, so necessity may eventually get me motivated to tackle this!

  452. Jackie says:

    Happy 5th Anniversary! It’s very fitting that you’re celebrating this event on Mothers Day weekend.

    The sewing skill I’d like to learn in the next year? I’d like to really perfect my piecing skills for quilting. I do ok but points really are hit or miss for me.

  453. Debbie says:

    I’d like to learn how to draft my own patterns for sewing. Congratulations on five years! I love the fabric collections!

  454. Cat says:

    1) I would love to learn to free motion quilt. I am just not sure I have the creativity for it. We shall see.

  455. Carol McClendon says:

    I would love to learn how to machine quilt with my old machine that I still love to sew on. I love your blog and enjoy it often.Thankyou so much for sharing .

  456. I want to learn how to sew knits.

  457. min says:

    Happy 5th! I first discovered you via Handmade Holidays 3 years ago. Now I check you daily. :)

    I am a busy mom, so I’d love to learn how to make helpful items….a sturdy duffle bag, perhaps? For overnights/sports/etc.

    Or maybe a kid’s backpack.

    Thanks!

  458. Liz B says:

    Congrats on 5 years! One thing I’d like to learn more of is finishing garments so they don’t look “homemade”. Like how to use the blind hem foot on my machine or get better topstitching results (although I learned a lot already!!)
    Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

  459. Kayren says:

    I’d like to learn how to sew in a zipper.

  460. alli b says:

    I would love to try my hand at applique. It looks amazing, but I’ve never taken the plunge.

  461. Jamie says:

    I would like to learn to sew clothing for my kids — which means mastering my sewing machine, rather than using it sparingly and with great trepidation.

  462. Kristy says:

    Awesome giveaway! This year I am going to learn how to properly bind a quilt. And how to make the binding myself instead of buying the premade stuff.

  463. floribunda says:

    I’ve been sewing and quilting for a long time, but somehow I drifted away from making clothing and forgot how to make things that fit! So that’s the skill I’d like to (re)learn in the next year.

  464. Tonya says:

    I would love to learn how to quilt!!

  465. Jennifer says:

    Happy anniversary! I want to learn how to use a serger, or if I should get a serger, or …you know, serger-y stuff. I’d love to learn to smock and make complicated clothes, but I’m trying to be realistic.

  466. Dee Wilson says:

    This next year, I’d like to become proficient at making buttonholes and installing zippers. I’ve been skipping lots of projects just because of zips and buttons!

    Here’s a project I’m going to start asap–an interchangeable organizer for my many bags!
    http:/
    /www.thegivingflower.de/patterns/Purse_Organizer_Recipe18_11.pdf

  467. Terriaw says:

    Congrats on your anniversary! I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog for at least the past couple years I’ve been part of the blogging community. I would love to re-learn sewing clothing this year. The most fabulous handmade item I’ve seen is this chiffon ruffle flower handbag: http://www.etsy.com/listing/37610045/grey-chiffon-ruffle-flower-handbag?ref=fp_feat_12.

  468. Meredith says:

    I’d love to learn to sew a tailored, sleeveless sheath. Congrats on the anniversary!

  469. I would love how to learn to do pintucks. I’ve seen how they’re done but I’d love to be able to practice and perfect them!

  470. liko says:

    i would love to just make a quilt already. i have done toys and clothing, but i haven’t yet ‘gone there’ in the quilting department. i enjoyed your recent feature on quilts!!

  471. Lisa M says:

    Happy Anniversary!!! I would love to learn to make a purse, I’ve made lots of totes, but would like to try something more technical, now just to find the time…..

  472. Robin says:

    Happy 5th! I’d like to learn more creative stitching. My back stitch is beginning to bore me. Guess I need some motivation to branch out. Have used other stitches but haven’t taken to it much. :)

  473. taryn says:

    my quilting skills are pretty sorry, so I would love for those to get better this year.

  474. Melanie Senko says:

    OKay. first thing happy birthday!
    I would so love to learn how to use my ruffler foot.. seriously.
    and hows this for fabulous.. I saw this on a blog the other day http://noodleheads.blogspot.com/2010/04/gathered-clutch-tutorial.html

  475. Alice says:

    I’d most like to learn how to quilt in the next year: I’m making that one of my aims this summer.

    As for amazing sewn things I’ve seen, I’d have to say some of the quilts you guys have showcased here in the past month.

  476. Andi says:

    Happy Anniversary! I am so thankful for this vibrant sewing community you have created at Sew, Mama, Sew!

    I want to learn how to quilt by hand, how to sew with knits and slippery fabrics, and how to create my own patterns.

  477. Rachelle says:

    Free motion quilting for sure. Right now I have only done straight line quilting and I need to branch out. I love your blog and check it everyday. Thanks

  478. ~Helena~ says:

    I would like most is to learn free motion quilting, I’m still intimidated by it. Congrats on 5 years

  479. gabriella says:

    Ok. I have been studying how to sew together a quilt. I’ve cut my fabric, and now I’m scared to death to move ahead. I’d love to be able to finish it in the next year! (I’m a beginning sewer, so it explains my fear!)

    I am a teacher, so when I found these great ideas for teacher gift crafts, I almost cried with excitement! I’d not only love to be able to sew these, but also be able to OWN these!
    http://soyouthinkyourecrafty.blogspot.com/2010/05/teacher-gifts-week-3.html

  480. Lindsay says:

    I am loving the jersey/knit trend right now and I’ve done some basic sewing of knits, but I would love to figure out how to use a walking foot so my projects don’t get all stretched out as I sew. Thanks for the opportunity!

  481. karen says:

    Congrats on your anniversary – I would really like to learn different styles of machine quilting

  482. MelodyJ says:

    I would like to learn how to sew period. I want to learn both hand and machine sewing.

  483. Diane says:

    I would love to learn to machine quilt using something besides straight lines!

  484. H30mel says:

    I LOVE this plus quilt from ara jane! I am going to make a twin size one for my son’s room- collecting fabric right now!

    http://whatarajaneloves.blogspot.com/2010/02/finishing-another-quilt.html

  485. Joyce Moore says:

    I love your website/blog and I love these new fabrics! Congratulations!

  486. Audie says:

    I want to learn to sew clothes!

  487. Ariane says:

    Free motion quilting is something I’d like to have the guts to try this year. I saw many beautiful examples during Quilting Month, so thanks for the inspiration!

  488. jo says:

    i absolutely LOVE the “1933″ and “Freebird” collections, well, all of them really, i would like to have them all in my living room on the table and just FEEL every piece of fabric there, like running fingers through hair, only BETTER!! LOL!

  489. SaraD says:

    I am in love with the swimsuits Amy Karol just made her three daughters over at Angry Chicken!

  490. Jessica says:

    I would love to learn a better way of quilt binding. I really suck at it… :(

  491. Nicole in VT says:

    I’d like to learn how to make clothes from patterns this year. Before I do that, I want to make this dress: http://rowena.typepad.com/rostitchery/infinity-dress.html

  492. Liann says:

    I just started quilting a few months ago and love the look of free-motion quilting. It’s very intimidating and I’d love to gain the confidence to learn how to start doing it. :)
    Happy anniversary!

  493. Liz says:

    Happy Anniversary!
    I’ve been dabbling with sewing for a couple of years now, but this year I really want to make myself a bed-sized quilt and quilt it. I’m intrigued (and a little scared) by free-motion but I need to give myself the push to get it done.

  494. Carrie L says:

    Happy anniversary! I would like to try hand quilting this year.

  495. Lisa says:

    Happy anniversary! I’d interested in reupholstering and other home projects, and more hand-made gift projects.

  496. Ashley W says:

    Beautiful fabrics! Can’t wait to finish a couple projects so I can purchase more fabric! (That’s my new rule from my husband :) ) I am going to attempt free motion quilting this year. I can finish a top in no time, but it’s the quilting that scares the dickens out of me! Wish me luck!

  497. Sonya says:

    I recently purchased Martha Stewart’s huge book of sewing and am so excited to learn how to sew my very first quilt! My husband has been asking me to buy a new duvet so hopefully I’ll be able to make a custom quilt and duvet cover. Might take me awhile though;)

  498. Sara says:

    I would love to learn to sew clothes for my daughters :) and myself.

  499. Ms. Fine says:

    I’m not certain it is a sewing “skill”–it seems more like an entire genre–I’d like to become really proficient in making clothes–all of the techniques that go into that. It’s a goal to be able to buy a shirt I love and recreate it, while doing it in the most sewing friendly way. Does that count?

  500. Liz says:

    in the next year I would like to learn how to draft my own patterns.

  501. Rebecca says:

    Wow!! Happy Anniversary. I think I will definitely be ordering some Freebird and Happy Daisy. I love those color combos. I plan on learning more about clothing construction. I love how the pieces go together. I really want to find some cute patterns for little boy clothes.

  502. Sorahart says:

    The sewing skill I would love to master this coming year is free motion quilting! I just bought a darning foot for my machine yesterday and have had so much fun practicing. I’m almost ready to go to town on my darling quilt that needs to be finished!

  503. bonnie says:

    I could use info on easier ways to bind a quilt or free motion quilting

  504. Katie says:

    I’ll answer both:
    1) What sewing skill would you most like to learn in the next year?
    Free-motion quilting!
    2) Most fabulous sewn item?
    “Work Quilts” from BooDilly on Flickr – here is a detail shot:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/boodilly/4299120014/in/set-72157622662604613/

    Congratulations on your fifth anniversary!

  505. Sara says:

    Happy 5th, Sew Mama Sew! I plan on becoming an expert at pattern making this year! And darts! Why is it that something so little and straight can make me pull my hair out?! Great new fabric collections. I would LOVE to win a gift certificate to gobble some of that up…

  506. Katie says:

    Happy Birthday! I have to say that I would love to perfect my doll and toy making skills. Any tips on this would be excellent!

  507. Amanda says:

    I would love to learn how to free motion quilt! I just finished my first quilt but quilted it with straight lines because I was just too afraid (intimidated)to try free motion. On the next one I want to try it!

  508. Kris says:

    I would really like to get more confident with sewing garments for my girls!

  509. Kadybug says:

    I want to learn to hem pants!

  510. Lauren says:

    The most fabulous sewn item I’ve seen on a blog lately has got to be the Little Monsters quilt over on don’t look now. The colours are amazing!

    http://dontlooknow.typepad.com/dont_look_now/2010/04/little-monsters-on-the-loose.html

  511. Jessica says:

    I am planning on learning how to quilt!

    The most fabulous thing I’ve seen on a blog recently is not a thing but a place. Check out the new sewing lounge recently opened by my friends here in Montreal!

    http://www.emelineandannabelle.com/

  512. Diana says:

    I really, really want to learn to do pintucks. Lets get some cute fabric to do learn how :)

  513. I would love to master interfacing and or top stitching. I fail at both :-( I need to practice practice practice LOL.

  514. Rosemary says:

    Although I have been sewing for years, I would love some tips and tricks on garment construction. I am also looking for instruction on working with knits. Happy Anniversary!

  515. wow, it took me a while to get here. The thing I most want to learn how to do is sewing wise, is how to make a cover for my couch. Or, just to reupholster it altogether. It is so dingy looking. I still haven’t found the perfect fabric but when I do I want to make something that looks fabulous. I have ideas in my head as to how I might approach the subject but I will probably buy a book or tutorial of some kind before I start. Thank you for the opportunity to win such beautiful fabric. I love it! Christi

  516. Michelle M says:

    Free motion quilting is something I would like to learn, but first I need to buy the proper foot for my sewing machine.

  517. melanie says:

    hmm i’d love to take a try on quilting, my mom taught me how to sew when i was 13, but never had done quilting, seeing past month’s great projects make me wann try….

  518. Corinne says:

    I want to learn how to use a serger!!!

  519. Melody Nicholson says:

    Happy 5th! You have a wonderful site. Here’s to many more years!

    I’m going to go with the sewing skill because there are so many great projects I’ve seen lately. I would really like to try (and hopefully master) sewing my own clothing. Not just for me but also for my husband, my niece, the little kids in the family–everyone! I think I’d like to start with knickers–a girl can’t have enough fundies!

  520. Shannon says:

    Happy Anniversary! You guys are the best :) I would love to learn free motion quilting this year, as well as overcome my shirring anxiety. Both skills have people that make them look so easy (*cough* Elizabeth Hartman, *ahem* Dana of MADE) but with four little ones under foot, nothing is easy. :) And I happen to know for a fact that these ladies have amazing sewing skills and they could make just about anything look deceptively easy. But maybe this will be my summer (I’ve got to fit it all in before Baby #5 comes in November!)

  521. Happy Anniversary!!!…..I would like to learn how to sew clothes. I know a lot about quilting – not so much about clothes.

  522. Jeni says:

    I have to learn how to make a quilt!! I have another baby on the way and we need some personalized baby and big sis blankets!!

  523. Bailey says:

    I would like to learn how to sew with knits and elastic thread. The best thing I have seen lately that has inspired me is Paintbox quilt by Elizabeth from Oh Frasson. I was introduced to her blog, through your site! Thank You!

  524. Wendy says:

    Happy Birthday! The sewing skill I would most like to learn this year is how to make my own patterns!

  525. annie smith says:

    the quilting skill I’d most like to learn in the coming year is free motion quilting on my home machine.

  526. Birgit says:

    I am going to sew a skirt and a quilt this year – really I will! I am so inspired by some many of your contributors but my favorite has been tallgrassprarie studio – of all the quilters I have read she is accessible and is not hampered by location or tradition but rather explores and explores and is ever so open to newcomers.

  527. Congrats on your blogiversary!

    I will learn to use my serger. I am currently petrified of it and afraid to break it…I will get past that fear! :)

  528. liz says:

    I’d love to learn how to design my own patterns for all kinds of sewing (quilts, bags, stuffed animals, etc.)

  529. Emily SEmily s says:

    I need to learn how to make clothing. Especially since I have a little girl who needs some summer dresses!

  530. emma says:

    Oh my, I’d love to learn how to sew clothes. I’ve done a small quilt, but the idea of trying to get something to fit my–or someone esle–is terrifying!

  531. Kayla says:

    I would love to learn to quilt or embroider this year!

  532. Sharon says:

    Congrat!!! I would like to learn to free motion quilt. I know it isn’t as scary as I think it is!

  533. Natalie says:

    I am determined to learn how to do free motion quilting. Especially after the great tips in quilting month. Congrats on your 5 year anniversary. So glad to have found your blog and store. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

  534. Amy says:

    I’d like to learn how to break sewing projects down into tractable chunks. I’ve got a list of so many things I want to make and some of the projects feel really overwhelming!

  535. Jennifer says:

    Just came upon your site, and I’m really liking it. I’ve purchased some cute boy fabric to make my boys (3 1/2 and 20 months) some big boy bed quilts. I’ve never done much detailed piecing so that’s what I’m hoping to accomplish.
    Some beautiful work out there I really like Cluck Cluck Sew and her latest finished quilt. http://www.cluckclucksew.com/2010/04/finished-hunky-dory.html
    Hope I win!

  536. Maria says:

    I am loving Ms. Novita’s (verypurpleperson’s)reversible bag – it’s well made and very cute. http://verypurpleperson.com/2010/04/reversible-bag-pattern.html

    Happy 5th year anniversary! Keep up the wonderful things you do!

  537. Vicki K says:

    Well, I would like to figure out how to make elegant slipcovers for some awkwardly shaped dining chairs. It’s been churning in my mind and I’m not quite sure how to go about it.

  538. Stephanie says:

    I’d really love to learn how to make great clothing. The whole perfect fit thing is what holds me back, but I bet I could get the hang of it!

    Thanks for the give away and happy site birthday!

  539. Jessica says:

    I absolutely *love* the swimsuits Amy Karol made for her girls on Angry Chicken. (http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2010/05/let-the-swimming-begin.html) My four-year-old son doesn’t like to wear shorts (go figure!), so I’m thinking about making him some swimming pants or even a swimming superhero-style suit? I’d really like to learn how to bind a quilt, too.

  540. Ana says:

    I would love to finally master the serger this year!

  541. Julie says:

    I would really like to learn how to free motion quilt instead of always shipping them off to be quilted. It would be great to say that I did the ENTIRE quilt on my own :) .

  542. leah says:

    i would LOVE to learn how to sew with elastic thread. or how to use a serger.

  543. Isa says:

    Congratulations!
    You do such a great job for the virtual crafting community!
    I would love to learn to sew on invisible zippers. I think zippers are the most difficult thing to sew, and would really love to learn how to do it properly.
    Thanks for this giveaway.

  544. Chancy says:

    I would love to learn either paper piecing or sewing curves. Thanks for the giveaway and congrats!

  545. Kim says:

    I’ve just recently started sewing again after a 20 year hiatus! Crazy I know! I really love learning more and more about quilting and free motion sewing. I’m busy building my stash and was totally WOWed by these photos and quilt.
    http://www.filminthefridge.com/2010/04/28/a-wonderfully-wonky-string-quilt/
    I only wish that Ashley would put up a tute for Wonky strings…

  546. Molly says:

    Congrats on your 5 years!!! A huge milestone! I would like to learn how to use my serger for more than just binding the seams! I know there is so much more it can do, but I need to take the time to learn it!! That’s my goal. And read more SEW MAMA SEW!!!

  547. craftydill says:

    I would love to learn more about garmet construction. Happy 5th Birthday!!

  548. Martha says:

    I want to learn how to quilt. I’ve attempted to start but keep derailing myself.

  549. Julie says:

    I want to learn how to properly bind a quilt!

  550. Laura says:

    I’ve been taking quilting classes and I would love to actually complete one of my several half finished projects! I would most like to master free motion machine quilting.

  551. Erin says:

    I’d like to learn to sew with stretchy fabric.

  552. Crissy says:

    Learning to quilt is definitely at the top of my list. Lord knows I have enough fabric to make SEVERAL! :)

    Happy anniversary!!

  553. melissa f. says:

    this is the year of the welt pocket.

  554. Lahni says:

    I’d love to learn to pin tuck to make a little dress for my baby. I think it’d be so cute on just the bodice.

  555. Jo Garrett says:

    I really want to try to make a few smocked dresses for my girls this next year. They are so pretty, but smocking intimidates me. Maybe I’ll be brave and give it a go this year! :)

  556. Christine says:

    I would like to learn to use my button hole function on my sewing machine.

  557. Mama Lusco says:

    I want to finish my first quilt and conquer my fear of zippers. Thanks for the great shop and blog and congrats on reaching 5 years!

  558. Leia5630 says:

    I would love to see posts or tutorials on basic clothing construction without premade patterns. I want to be able to whip up a shirt without the need to price patterns together to get what I want. Right now I am really enjoying Made by Rae’s Spring Top Week. There are some great shirts and fabric choices.

  559. Sarah D says:

    I am hoping to sew clothes this year – mostly for my little ones but maybe for me too. I also want to work on my machine quilting skills. I appreciate everything I have learned from the talent gathered at this site!

  560. Ginger says:

    What a great giveaway. I would like to learn English Paper Piecing.

  561. Jennifer says:

    Congratulations on 5 years!

    I am just beginning to learn to sew so almost any technique is new to me but I would love to learn some projects that allow me to repurpose the clothes that I have that are now several sizes to big. i.e. turn a pair of slacks into a pencil skirt.

  562. Ashley O. says:

    I’m definitely wanting to learn how to quilt. I absolutely love quilts and have been dying to get better at it!

    http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2010/5/4/calling-all-southern-california-crafters-purlsohocom-is-hiri.html
    Gorgeous quilt with rainbow colors, my fave!!

  563. susana says:

    Happy, happy! I would like to really learn (as in, practice) pattern alteration and fitting, so I could make more garments and fewer muslins. Thanks for the giveaway!

  564. Erin says:

    I would love to learn more about the little details for making clothes. Like different types of seams, linings, etc.

  565. Julia says:

    I would love to practice more on zippers. I am sure I can do it but I haven’t ever done it.

    This pillow is so cute! http://www.etsy.com/storque/how-to/how-tuesday-pillow-with-rosette-clusters-from-felt-furnishin-5095/
    I see so many cute things in the quilting world that I can not pick one.

  566. Lynn says:

    My goal is to learn to sew from a pattern…I have bought four and opened them…they scare me to death! I thought I picked something simple, I thought wrong…

  567. Heather says:

    I learned to sew just over a year ago and your site has been such a resource as well as a source of inspiration! Thank You!! In the next year I would like to learn how to serge and be able to construct a simple knit dress for my girls. I asked for a book on sergers for Mama’s Day, so hopefully that is my first step. Thanks again and Congrats!

  568. PaulaK says:

    I need to learn free-motion quilting but my old Kenmore really does not cooperate so I guess my next goal will be applique! Congratulations on your 5 years. Time flies when you are having fun!

  569. Yolanda says:

    Sew, Mama, Sew! –

    Good afternoon. I would love to learn to sew clothing. I look at blogs and patterns and it would be nice to be able to sew a blouse, a skirt or some slacks. Thanks for the opportunity.

  570. burlap+blue says:

    would love to learn some hand embroidering skills this year!

  571. Aimee says:

    I’d love to learn to free motion quilt too – I’ve tried unsuccessfully a few times, I’d love to really get it down!!

  572. Amy S. says:

    I would love to sew a skirt using the serger I have newly aquired… really struggling to get the tension set right!

  573. I would like to learn to neatly put in an invisible zipper this year. The fabric collections above are lovely!

  574. Jeannie says:

    Congradulations on five years!!
    I would love to see more surger sewing how to’s.

  575. Sheetal says:

    happy Anniversary! You started with fabric in your basement and had the guts of steel to part with it, wow! I’m such a hoarder, I would never manage that!!!! I’d like to learn how to sew clothes…I’m so intimidated by having to stitch something that needs to be worn!

  576. Cathy says:

    I want to learn more about garment construction.

  577. Melissa S says:

    I would love a tutorial about binding curved edges, like a skirt or shirt that scallops at the bottom. I always have so much trouble with those! Thanks for the chance; your blog is awesome!

  578. Kathie says:

    Happy five years. I am aiming to figure out some applique & stenciling techniques. Something to jazz up the children’s clothes I hope to start making.

  579. Heidi C says:

    OOh, I’m really digging Micheal Miller’s Hedgehog and The Big E.

    I would like to learn how to do/use piping. It’s something that has eluded me for some time.

  580. Liza M. says:

    I love to quilt, but I would really like to learn how to make garments…especially dresses!

    I’ve recently been stalking this quilt, made my Rita of Red Pepper Quilts. Everything she does is perfection!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/redpepperquilts/4541508511/in/set-72157607481499797/

    Thanks for the opportunity!

  581. Jenna H says:

    I sew a lot of clothes and crafts, but in the next year I want to learn all about quilting.

  582. Joy says:

    I would love to learn how to make tailored garments, particularly pants. I also want to get really good at free motion quilting.

  583. ariel says:

    these fabric postcards are awesome! i’d love to make some and mail them to my sister-in-law in japan.

    http://needledmom.blogspot.com/2008/04/fabric-postcard-tutorial.html

  584. Annika says:

    Last month I made my first tied quilt. And now I would like to learn how to do it properly!

  585. Jessica says:

    I am learning to sew blouses and dresses this year. I don’t think I’ll ever make it to pants, but these are new territory for me for sure! Especially since I don’t do well in breezy/tunic-y tanks because they make me look like I have no waist and therefore adds a lot of pounds to my frame, so I’m working out the kinks of fit and alterations.

  586. Theresa says:

    I would really love to learn how to sew clothes without getting so frustrated!

  587. Amy Gray says:

    I would really like to learn how to finish the projects I start! :)

    Besides that, I really want to make a nice raincoat with a very fun lining…

  588. Carmen says:

    Congratulations on turning five! I would love to learn free-motion quilting!

  589. upstatelisa says:

    I would like to learn how to use my serger!!!! Happy anniversary!

  590. lynn says:

    HAPPY ANNIVERSARY! This year I would like to learn to do applique in all forms…and I want to really master my machine. I have a great sewing machine and I want to be worthy of it…and use all of it’s features.

  591. Lauree Myler says:

    i would love to learn to machine quilt and this is the most fabulous thing that i have seen lately:

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/17193646/hi-mr-giant-sequoia

    thanks for a chance to get some free stuffs!

  592. 2) What is the most fabulous sewn item you’ve seen on a blog or Flickr recently? This gorgeous modern pineapple quilt!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/msalleycat/4455789751/

  593. Megan L says:

    I would love love love to learn how to free-motion quilt. I know the technical aspect, but have never tried it!!

  594. Sarah says:

    I really want to learn to work with knits. I’ve had a book on it and some knit fabric for months, but have been afraid to dive in to that first sewing project.

  595. Mama Spark says:

    I would like to learn how to free piece letters and other things like houses. I am enjoying the whole liberated,modern movement!

  596. Fawn says:

    I’d really love to learn how to do free motion quilting (on the machine of course). I’m about to start my first true quilt and I’ve designed a simple one and have started cutting out fabric pieces. But I love Elizabeth Hartmann’s work on Oh Fransson! and it’s all free motion quilting:)

  597. Mandy says:

    I’m really liking the Moda Bake Shop Blog… http://www.modabakeshop.com/search/label/Seasonal
    Such cool stuff!!! :) I’m also eager to learn how to quilt. A friend (the one who introduced me to you and to a love of sewing) is thinking about holding at quilting seminar this summer for some of us (mamas ourselves) who would like to learn! :) Thanks so much! Great job on 5 years!

  598. kim says:

    gosh, i just want to learn to make a smocked top or dress!

  599. Rene says:

    Happy 5 years!
    I would really like to learn how sew clothes for myself :)

  600. Lisa says:

    Wow, congratulations on five years…can’t believe it’s already been that many years! I definitely want to improve my free motion quilting (practice is in order) — straight lines are good, just need to get the flow of the free motion quilting. The most spectacular sewn item I have recently seen is the Supper Quilt http://www.thesupper.net/

  601. Alicia says:

    I would like to learn how to – and get comfortabling with – hemming my own clothes.

  602. Liz says:

    Happy anniversary! I’m so glad your blog (and forums, and shop) exist. They really helped me get started with sewing after years of toying with the idea. This year I want to learn how to make my own bias tape. I have two fabrics that are dying to be put together into a beautiful circle skirt, but that’s going to mean turning one of them into bias tape.

  603. melissa says:

    i would like to learn the japanese art of sashiko! and maybe some other cool embroidery stitching… happy anniversary!

  604. Krista says:

    I would like to learn to paper piece/foundation piece a mariners compass block..

  605. sarah says:

    I really want to conquer buttons and zippers…elastic can only take you so far:)

  606. Jodie says:

    I am definitely ready to take on a quilting project for the first time ever. Though when I say “ready” I really mean after my baby (who is due in 2 weeks) arrives and we’ve “settled” in. :)

  607. Gale, Ky quilter says:

    Happy Anniversary and thanks for sharing with us. I would love to learn to free motion quilt. I piece and quilt by hand but have started making purses and would love to learn to free motion quilt small pieces.

  608. Janna says:

    Does it count if I say I want to learn to use my quilt binding “system” I bought at Sew expo in Seattle last year? I hate hand sewing and REALLY want to make some more quilts – I really think I’d whip em out if I could get this system figured out so I didn’t have to think about my bindings, I could just sew em on:) mmm, would LOVE that!

  609. Erin says:

    I want to step up to inserting zippers and making collars and sleeves. I think the cutest thing I have seen in quite a while is the can-can skirt: http://www.dana-made-it.com/2008/07/formerly-known-as-turkey-dressing-skirt.html

  610. claireel says:

    I want to learn how to do french seams this year. I think you have a tutorial which I will check out when I find the right project.

  611. Elizabeth Durand says:

    This is embarrassing — I’m pretty adept at sewing, but I’ve never really learned how to use the zigzag stitch! Ever since my 8th-grade home ec teacher (I was new in that district that year) refused to teach me how to do it because she “knew” I knew how, I’ve been wary. For most of my sewing, I use my grandmother’s Featherweight rather than my much newer other machine, thereby avoiding the issue altogether, but it seems to me I might find zigzagging a very useful addition to my repertoire.

  612. Melissa P says:

    Congratulations on your 5th! This year I plan to learn to how to make clothes.

  613. Erin says:

    I want to learn to do zippers, sleeves and collars so that I can step up to proper clothing making, not just sticking to the ‘easy’ patterns which don’t include any of these things.

    I think the cutest pattern I have seen blogged this past year is Dana from MADE’s can can skirt. Adorable!

    http://www.dana-made-it.com/2008/07/formerly-known-as-turkey-dressing-skirt.html

  614. Tanya says:

    I would love to get a zipper right, that is my sewing goal. I love the ruffled clutch tutorial here, it will help with my zipper http://noodleheads.blogspot.com/

  615. Sarah says:

    I am determined to hone my pattern drafting skills and begin repurposing old garments into new and beautiful pieces.

  616. Teresa says:

    I’ve just bought a few clothing patterns and am about to jump in head first -there’s so many great patterns out there! i’d definately like to see more of that. plus any tips on sewing garments or altering garments or patterns.
    Happy 5th anniversary! yay!

  617. I just made the cutest skirt ever and now my next project is to make a large bag for the beach. I need to learn how to use all of those fusible fleece and interfacing things to do that.

  618. Heidi M. says:

    What beautiful fabrics! Thank you for the give-away opportunity!

    I would like to learn about different types of fabrics (coomon to exotic)and how one could integrate them into a useable item (a bag for example) and how they would stand the test of time, wear-and-tear and washings! I’ve always played it safe with quilting cottons and would like to have some fun!

    The most fabulous sewn item I’ve seen is on Flickr:a beautifully created quilt, with very relaxing colors: http://www.flickr.com/photos/44429618@N06/4341699672/in/pool-mqa/ and it was also blogged on http://www.sewtacey.blogspot.com/

    Have a wonderful day!

  619. Dayna says:

    What beautiful new fabric collections! It’s almost overwhelming to think of all the projects I’d like to do and to see all of the fabric choices. Sometimes I just don’t know where to begin!

    Anyway, just today I saw this project: http://sohappytosew.blogspot.com/2010/05/linen-cookbook-cover.html

    It made me covet! I want one, too.

    Congratulations on the growth and prosperity of your site. I’m certainly glad you’re there!

  620. Xandi Hamilton says:

    I think paper piecing quilts is the next goal. Loved quilt month!

  621. Happy 5th Anniversay looking forward to many more sewing years!

    1. I am a self taught sewist and still have loads to learn but i would love to learn how to create my own patterns whether clothes or bags.

    2. Sew 4 Home always posts great tutorials its like every project they post is on my To Sew List
    Here is their link http://sew4home.com/

  622. Patty says:

    Happy 5th anniversary, and Happy Mother’s Day. I would love to learn to hand quilt. So far, I cannot get the hang of rocking the needle. Mostly I just stick myself.

  623. Tara says:

    I am going to learn how to free-motion quilt on my home machine this year…..really, I am.

  624. Corrie says:

    I would like to learn free motion quilting.

  625. Angelika says:

    Happy 5th anniversary!
    I would like to learn an easy way to sew curves.

  626. Annette says:

    I am in the process of learning to quilt. I am very excited about it, as I haven’t been able to sew for the last 9 months! I was pregnant, and for some weird reason sewing made me sick, like motion sickness or something. So my machine was collecting dust for the full nine months :( But now my beautiful baby girl is here, and I am back at it!

    PS. I LOVED the quilting month series. It made me more eager to start it, and maybe a little more confident that maybe I can pull this off;)

  627. Beth says:

    I would like to become more comfortable with free motion quilting. I really like my lines and grids, but I think the walking foot needs a break.

  628. charlotte says:

    i want to learn how to embroider, crochet, and free motion quilt!!!

  629. Katie says:

    Yay! Congrats! This year I most want to learn how to free motion quilt. That’s what I said last year, but I never managed to, so hopefully this year will be better.

  630. Tosca says:

    Happy birthday SMS! This year I’d like to do more complicated garment construction, venture beyond quilting cotton fabric (but they are so pretty!), and learn to sew fearlessly. Next year, I’ll tackle quilts…

  631. Jennifer B. says:

    I would love to learn how to make baby clothes.

  632. Jan says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! This is my year to learn and feel comfortable quilting-I’m warming up to hand quilting right now but I still feel challenged with free motion quilting. Happy Birthday!

  633. bonnie says:

    congratulations on 5 years, I enjoy your blog and visit it daily and I have gotten many wonderful tips, and made some of the projects

  634. sherri s. says:

    Yay, Happy Birthday–I hope there is cake involved in your celebration. And yay also for organ donation: my brother had both a cadaver liver donation AND a living donor kidney transplant. I look forward to a world where anyone who needs a new organ can get one!

    AND a giveaway (yay again): this year I’d like to learn how to resize vintage sewing patterns…they never seem to fit me quite right and I know there are techniques for altering them for our more, um, modern physiques. Thanks for the giveaway!

  635. I would love to learn how to free hand quilt. I can’t figure out how to do it on a regular machine. All of the material gets stuck together.

  636. Laura says:

    I want to learn the correct way to free motion quilt. I have two quilt tops that are finished and ready to be quilted so I’m ready to go!

    I cannot get this beautiful rainbow circle quilt out of my mind: http://www.purlbee.com/the-purl-bee/2010/5/4/calling-all-southern-california-crafters-purlsohocom-is-hiri.html

  637. Lisaloo says:

    I would love to learn how to make ginormous tote bags from these great burlap coffee sacks I have! Maybe lined with a bright, Hawaiian fabric, preferably repurposed from an old mumu…

  638. Kelli says:

    First up–HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I love Sew Mama Sew and it’s always the first blog I check. Y’all are so very generous with your time, ideas and fabric!!!
    In the next year I’d like to learn time management–I know, not a sewing skill, but essential to getting more sewing done! Okay, okay, a sewing skill I’d like to learn…more about garment sewing for me. I can handle patterns for my little ones, but when it comes to trying to fit me and then sewing on non-quilting cotton fabrics scares me. I’d love to jump in with jersey or silk or something, but I’m afraid to waste the fabric since I’m not sure it’ll fit or look good on me.

  639. Melissa says:

    I want to learn to sew stretchy fabrics! Knits and spandex, here I come!

  640. maureen p says:

    i’m still a beginner so i would like to work on garment sewing – reading patterns, sewing buttons and zippers, etc.!

  641. I would like to master button holes!! And free motion machine quilt a large quilt!

  642. ~Michelle~ says:

    Happy Birthday SMS! And I would like to endeavor to add some texture to my sewing – smocking, shirring, pintucks, etc. :)

  643. Char says:

    I would like to learn how to quilt properly, not the made up version that I’ve been doing.

  644. Kristin says:

    I’m counting this as a sewing skill: I want to learn about colour and design in quilts. Thus far I’ve just been muddling around, using three or four prints within the same family from the designer. I want to really be able to create some masterpieces!

  645. Nikki says:

    I would love to learn more about advanced garment sewing. I’m an avid quilter and I have sewn many garments for my daughter, myself and my husband. But when I read through the pattern instructions I always feel like “ready made” garments are constructed differently.

    I love that there is so much out there for beginners. I’d just like to see more advanced techniques!

  646. Jenn says:

    I am someday going to sit down with my serger and figure out the whole rolled hem thing!

  647. Rachel says:

    My goal for the year was to do the Weekender, and I’m on my third. My next task will be to learn to quilt.

  648. Andrea says:

    I really want to learn how to hand applique.

  649. Sara R. says:

    Oooh, I would love to learn better finishing techniques for apparel: bound buttonholes, blind hems, etc. And my favorite project I’ve seen lately is this beautiful patchwork pillow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/twinfibers/4385771425. I love how the bright colors peep through the white.

  650. Holly says:

    definitely a quilt. I am cutting out squares of all the kids jeans as they have holes and I can’t resell. Eventually I am making a jean and plaid material quilt for the boys.

  651. Morgan says:

    I’d like to learn how to sew clothing beyond a simple skirt.

  652. Ruth says:

    I absolutely need to learn how to use my darn Serger! The poor thing has just been sitting there for years…never getting a bit of attention.

    Happy Birthday! I LOVE SMS!!!

  653. Kate says:

    Happy Birthday! I’m going to learn how to sew an invisible zipper and make it just that, invisible!

  654. Carla says:

    I’d love to learn to quilt well. I am currently working on my first quilt and I can’t wait to become more proficient!

  655. Kristina says:

    I would like to learn how to do free-motion quilting.

  656. Addy says:

    I’m going to try to do machine quilting this year.

  657. Heather K says:

    I’d love to learn how to do a really, really nice zipper. That’s all – I’m easy!

  658. Alisa says:

    Your kidding! 5 years?? Wow. I remember winning a yard of free fabric back when you would get about 80 comments on Free Fabric Friday. Now you’ve already got 500 comments. Congratulations!

  659. Chris Kloberdanz says:

    This year I would like to improve my free motion quilting.

  660. Sigrid says:

    I’ve been collecting fabric for awhile, and I really want to make a “real” quilt, one to sleep under.

  661. Brenna says:

    Happy Anniversary!!!

    I would LOVE to learn mor about quilting.

  662. Kacey says:

    i would really like to try a quilt with applique. i’m new to the sewing world, so i have a lot to learn!

  663. Megan says:

    I’ve love to get better at free motion quilting and sew some dresses.

  664. It seems to simple, and silly, but this year I’d really like to learn to sew a button hole. I’m sure all I need to do is practice, but it seems so intimidating!

  665. So many cute new fabrics! I want to learn how to machine quilt with my sewing machine this year.

  666. faith says:

    Oh my goodness. I love all those fabrics. I can’t pick a favorite.

    1) What sewing skill would you most like to learn in the next year?
    I would really like to learn how to sew cloth diapers and some cute tops/shirts I would also like to learn embroidery It dresses things up so nicely.

  667. Balinda says:

    Wow! There are a lot of people that like fabric. This year I want to get at least all the tops that I have started pieced. I think I have 8 (wow that seems like a lot).

    Happy Birthday and congratulations.

  668. Lisa Lee-Oswald says:

    Happy Anniversary! I would most like to try some quilting techniques like English paper piecing.

  669. Kathy says:

    I would like to learn how to quilt. I’ve been lurking for about a year and need to make the jump!

  670. Ana V says:

    I want to really learn how to make clothing. I keep picking up fabrics for dresses or so, but have been too worried about messing it up to actually get started.
    And I would also like to try quilting…I’m thinking a baby quilt to start with…

  671. Christina says:

    I really want to learn to sew knits! Happy bday SMS!

  672. Debbie says:

    I would love to learn how to quilt from start to finish. The quilting series has gotten me motivated, just need to jump in.

  673. Hannah says:

    I want to learn how to sew clothing, beyond pj pants. And I want to learn how to sew with zippers…they kind of scare me. =)

  674. Laura says:

    I’d like to learn how to quilt. I love the Gypsy fabric!

  675. Emily S says:

    This year I’d like to learn how to machine quilt, and perhaps actually finish some of my projects!

  676. Holly U says:

    I’d love to learn how to make stuffed critters so I can make one (or 6) for my son.

  677. Sequana says:

    I’m a quilter and would really like to learn how to do trupunto. I’ve been watching for some online lessons somewhere.

  678. Sarah Childress says:

    Love these fabrics (love is an understatement!)
    Next year (or hopefully this year), I want to learn how to do free-motion quilting on my machine. I have asked for the walking foot for my birthday (fingers crossed).

    The most FABULOUS item I’ve seen was actually featured on YOUR site as the quilt of the month, “Birds of the Feather”, Gone Aussie Quilting. I have NEVER seen such popping, beautiful colors! It makes me happy everytime I look at it!

  679. Even though I’ve been sewing for nearly 50 years, I’m still intimidated by zippers. I’d like to sew a perfect zipper placket this year!

  680. ofelya says:

    happy birthday SMS! this year i would like to learn some quilting (and hardanger embroidery, and applique, and spinning, and weaving, and …)

  681. Krystina says:

    OoOoOOO! Another giveaway! Geez thanks guys!

    I’d really like to do some free motion quilting. I keep reading about it, but I haven’t yet gone out and tried it. I’d also really like to learn how to set a sleeve in properly because I’m not very good at it for some reason.

    I know you said “or” but I’m also going to add the most fabulous thing I’ve seen on a blog lately. It was actually on your blog, http://sewmamasew.com/?p=6892. Love that quilt so much.

  682. JJ says:

    Button Holes!

  683. Jaclyn says:

    I want to learn how to free motion quilt! It scares me!

  684. Elizabeth says:

    I would like to learn how to alter clothing patterns to actually fit me! But I suppose first I should learn how to figure out what the directions are telling me! I’m a “improvisational” sewer, and I think I need to learn to follow the rules a bit more!

  685. Erin says:

    I would love to learn how to sew with jersey knit. I think someone else said that, too, but…Ditto!!
    I love SMS!!!

  686. LaDonna says:

    I’d like to learn free motion machine quilting.

  687. April says:

    i would like to learn to make a quilt. I see them everywhere and they are always so gorgeous.

  688. Sara says:

    I want to learn quilting! I want to see if it’s possible on my sewing machine, and I’d love to start with some very small skill-building projects.

  689. Courtney says:

    i totally want to make this bag: http://bit.ly/bE9Gvc but i’m terrified of following directions… i’ve had BAD results in the past (i’m more of a do-it-yourself quilter)…

  690. I would love to make a quilt. I’ve been saving totes of scraps for forever, and I need to take the time to finally make something for myself, not just for my business!

  691. Jenni Warner says:

    Every time I order from your shop I am in love with what I get. It comes wrapped so pretty and I love telling everyone I know to go on and get something. Just the package that comes is fun enough! Can’t wait to get some of the new stuff! I love what you guys do! Thanks!

  692. Peggy L. says:

    there have been far too many cool items posted to note! i love everyone’s creativity…

    i would like to learn how to sew clothing and read patterns better. it takes time … so maybe i should wish for more time in the day!

    thanks!

  693. Ashley says:

    I’ve been sewing THINGS for awhile – throw pillows, baby blankets, bibs, etc. This summer my goal is to sew something I’ll actually wear! That, and make a big luxurious quilt for my queen bed (I’ve only made baby quilts and lap blankets)

  694. Courtney says:

    happy anniversary! yay for being 5… i wish we could all be five again sometimes! hehe… i’d love to try quilting on my machine… i’ve never had the guts to try it out. we’ll see!

  695. Lisa says:

    This may sound odd, but I’d like to learn how to properly use a pattern. I’ve been learning to sew on my own (it’s a lost art among my friends) and I am intimidated by patterns. I’ve been cutting them out, pinning them to the fabric, and then cut again. It’s hard to be exact, especially with large pieces.

    Also, when cutting large pieces of fabric for, say the back of a quilt, is it better to use scissors or a rotary wheel? If the latter, just how big of a self-healing mat do you need?

    Feeling dumb,

    Lisa

  696. alexis says:

    happy 5 year!
    the sewing skill i’d most like to learn is how to do proper alterations. i can hem and shorten straps, but i want to learn to take in darts, add pockets, etc. my favorite tutorials are always ones where someone takes a mens shirt from the goodwill and refashions it into a dress or top.
    have a wonderful weekend and mother’s day :)

  697. Cinnamon Sangria says:

    Congratulations on your 5 year journey. I hope you have many many more milestones. I love your site, thank you for all you do for the sewing community. As for what I’d love to learn: 1. Sewing with sheer fabrics or knits or well anything outside of my comfort level and 2. How to fit clothes better.

  698. Tomi says:

    I want to learn how to make a slip cover for my couch. My cats have destroyed the current cover. Also, I want to learn to sew a few articles of clothing.

  699. Dani says:

    Yeah for 5 years!! This is by far the most visited blog/website on my computer. THANK YOU!
    This next year I would really love to learn to quilt. I have made a small doll quilt with one SEW-MAMA’s tutorials but have yet to venture in to real big adult size quilts! :) Thanks for inspiring!!

  700. Andria says:

    I want to learn to applique.

  701. Katrina says:

    5 years – very exciting! You have definitely created a spot filled with inspiration. So much so that I am dying to learn to quilt in the next year. So, to start, I guess I need to learn how to cut fabrics to the appropriate shape / size…

  702. lucy Johnson says:

    i would love to learn how to sew whilst my 1 1/2 yr old tries to ‘help’.
    ….actually, i would love to learn how to machine quilt.

  703. Wendymoon says:

    Wow awesome giveaway! I love the Beyond the Sea fabrics. And in the next year, I’d like to learn how to free motion quilt really well. I’ve been trying, but so far I stink at it. ;-)

  704. Jeanne says:

    I’d like to learn how to adjust clothing patterns for a proper fit.
    Congratulations on five years!

  705. Eleanor says:

    I’d like to learn how to install an invisible zipper. And where to buy a walking foot. Happy Birthday!!!! <3

  706. Julianne says:

    I want to take the plunge and do long arm quilting …. we’ll see

  707. Melanie says:

    I really want to learn how to quilt! I recently saw a quilt with circles on it ( It might have been here!) it was so adorable!!

  708. Katie says:

    Congratulations! Thank you for making your shop and site a go-to place for inspiration and gorgeous fabric. This year I am going to learn how to sew a real bag, not just a tote, but something with pockets and zippers and everything. Also, I really want to make soft shoes for my new baby.

  709. VanessaC says:

    The sewing skill would you most like to learn in the next year is to well…work my sewing machine myself!!!! Ugh, it’s so complicated to start out and I really want to make a baby quilt for one of my besties who just had her first baby. That is my ultimate goal. Happy 5 years to Sew Mama Sew :)

  710. The skill I would most like to learn in the next year is how to properly alter patterns to make the end product fit perfectly. The most fabulous sewn item I’ve seen recently is this black dress:

    http://crissybaker.blogspot.com/2010/03/procrastinate-much.html

    It’s the first one, the black dress, spadea s-391. I wish I could find that pattern… I LOVE that dress!

  711. Kate says:

    What sewing skill would you most like to learn in the next year? Well, I have never sewn a buttonhole or a zipper. Obviously I’m a beginner, but I will be attempting buttons in my next project. The fabrics are lovely. Thanks for the giveaway, hope to win :)

  712. I’m hoping to learn more about quilting this year.

  713. Karen says:

    I’d most like to perfect skills to make a truly hidden hem on the machine.

  714. Jane W. says:

    I would like to learn how to hem a skirt.

    I’m continuously inspired by the projects I see at Polka Dot overload:

    http://www.polkadotoverload.com/2010/04/hows-my-hemline-polka-dot-work-outfit.html

  715. Amy Hodge says:

    I would love some tips on how to sew with jersey knit fabrics, or if that’s not quite your speed, how about explaining to me why lightweight interfacing is heavier than heavyweight interfacing!! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  716. jm says:

    What sewing skill would you most like to learn in the next year?

    I would like to learn to make a shirt with sleeves!

  717. Heidi Monkey says:

    My favorite sewn items always come from here:
    http://www.etsy.com/shop/bettyoatmeal. I particularly love these items.

    http://www.etsy.com/listing/35578055/egg-nog-cocktail-dress-oleg-cassini

    and
    http://www.etsy.com/listing/35583154/one-way-trip-to-texas-1940s-style-blouse

    for their use of vintage patterns and vintage and modern materials in such clever ways!

  718. Sherrie says:

    I’ve been amazed with Kellie from Don’t Look Now! Her free motion quilting and creativity are truly inspiring! This has been my favorite for some time, and it was nice to see it show up in last month’s quilting posts. http://dontlooknow.typepad.com/dont_look_now/2010/02/two-.html

  719. Kelsey D says:

    I want to learn how to make my own patterns.

  720. Kathy says:

    I’d love to learn to make a cathedral windows quilt. Maybe not a whole quilt – that seems like a lot of work. Maybe just a pillow…

  721. Bertha says:

    I would like to learn how to sew garments for adults! I’ve been quilting for years and have sewn a few simple dresses for my toddler, but sewing clothes for me seems so complex!

  722. Malorie says:

    I want to learn how to sew with knits.

  723. Sarah M says:

    I really want to learn how to make clothes. If not for me, at least for my 4 month old son!

  724. Judi B says:

    Other than learning to finish my sewing projects, one skill that would assist me in that is to learn to sew a quilt binding.

  725. Leah says:

    I would love to learn how to embroider. I think it would be to embroider my logo onto my camera bag…

  726. Carly G says:

    I have been waiting and gathering fabrics to start quilting!! I’m absolutely loving the Beyond the Sea collection!

    1) I’ve been waiting to start quilting, but I really want to be a pro at the actualy quilting part of the process…
    2) For example, look at these FABULOUS quilts I’ve come across:

    http://crazymomquilts.blogspot.com/2009/12/tide-is-highlazy-summer-days.html (i LOVE this blog! and this amazing quilt)

    http://dontlooknow.typepad.com/dont_look_now/2010/04/little-monsters-on-the-loose.html (probably one of the most intricate and amazing pieces of work I’ve ever seen! if I had a son, I would love to have this for him!)

  727. Amanda says:

    I’d like to learn to sew with knits.

  728. Mandy says:

    The most pressing skill that I would like to learn this year is how to sew with a pattern. It seems like such an obvious thing that anyone should be able to do, but I’m terrible with diagrams and following instructions…especially when the instructions are scant.

    I’ve got a pajama pattern cut out for my little girl…now I just need to cut the fabric and start trying to put it all together.

    Happy anniversary – I do so love this site!

  729. Maggie says:

    Beautiful fabrics! I just got a Japanesse sewing book, so I can’t wait to try it out. The pattern sheet is intimidating, but I am determined to try!

  730. Jenny says:

    i really need to figure out applique. not be so intimidated, open up some new doors with it!! happy anniversary!! 5 years!!

  731. Shauna says:

    Congratulations on five great years! I’d like to learn to smock before my own five-year-old is too old for it.

  732. Matthias Kirch says:

    I would love to learn smocking. I have two little boys and some sweet overalls with smocked tops would be adorable. My favorite project I’ve seen this week is a simple duvet cover at Prudent Baby http://www.prudentbaby.com/2010/05/diy-duvet-cover-tutorial.html. I just made one of these for my son as well. Sometimes it is the simplest projects that have the most impact.

  733. Carole Lee Criddle says:

    Happy, happy anniversary! For me a new skill would be to learn to machine quilt, free style. I think I found some tutorials to help motivate me because I have been a little fearful (self-doubt) about whether I can do this. I love your new fabrics, wish I had time to sew more!

  734. Silka says:

    I suppose I really must get over my fear of free motion quilting.

  735. Megan says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    I would love to REALLY learn how to free motion quilt (you know, so it actually looks good and everything). And I’d love to learn how to buy fabric without depleteing my bank account! But with your great new collections, I don’t think that’s going to happen anytime soon!

  736. Beth Ellen says:

    I would like to learn how to sew clothes that are fitted to my body–I usually stick to loose-fitting styles or just sew handbags and quilts!

  737. Jingle says:

    I would love to learn how to effectively use a machine! I hand sew everything I do right now, and while I enjoy it, it takes a lot of time for larger items! I would love to learn how to really do a nice job with a sewing machine!

  738. The sewing technique that eludes me is installing a zipper. I have such a mental block!

    Favourite thing I’ve seen lately? Definitely this:
    http://idreamofquilts.wordpress.com/2010/03/22/boardwalk-quilt-more-coming-soon/

    Congratulations!

  739. Kristine says:

    Happy 5! I want to successfully use timtex in a project! Or actually successfully make a dress.

  740. Hilary says:

    I really want to learn more about garment construction, and how to sew ruffles. Congratulations on your 5th anniversary!

  741. Jean says:

    I would like to learn applique too!

  742. Sally says:

    I have only recently started quilting and I am hooked. I would love to learn how to do good free hand quilting as I really like the effect it gives.

  743. Amy says:

    Happy Anniversary! Congratulations on building a wonderful business. I really don’t have one thing in mind for the upcoming year. I just like to add a new challenge to each project so that I keep learning.

  744. Stephanie says:

    buttonholes!!! I just tried to make some, but just failed miserably….it may be a machine issue (my reverse feed dogs lever is broken — i’m not sure if it’s because the connection is loose, or if that motor just can’t go in reverse anymore.)

  745. shannon says:

    I’d love to learn how to sew on knits and stretchy materials. On that same subject, I would also like to learn about sergers. Happy Birthday Sew Mama Sew, you inspire me every day!

  746. molly says:

    Wow, gorgeous new collections. I love Hedgehog and the Big E!

    The one technique I really want to learn this year is patternmaking, or at least the basics of garment construction so I can try to duplicate some of my favorite skirts!

  747. KristieS says:

    I’ve been crazy for quilts lately, so I’d really like to learn quilting. Fortunately, I have a family member who can teach me!

  748. Michaela says:

    I’m hoping to finally learn how to make (more importantly finish!) a quilt… I can understand the piecing, but get lost when it comes to actually quilting and binding. Thanks for a wonderful blog and website, and congrats on the anniversary!

  749. Sarah says:

    I would like to learn how to quilt. It seems so intimidating to me; I don’t even know where to start.

  750. Rachelle says:

    Happy Anniversary!! I’ve found SO much inspiration for quilting from your blog – I’d LOVE to learn more about free motion quilting. Thanks to a blog post, I found out my machine came with a walking foot – HOORAY!! – AND it can do SO MUCH MORE than I was using it for. Thanks for the inspiration!

  751. Pamela says:

    I’d like to try smocking.

    I can’t pick just one fabulous project, there’s too many!

  752. Amber says:

    I would love to learn how to free motion quilting. Happy birthday

  753. Valerie says:

    Free motion quilting! I need to learn this so I’ll save some moolah from sending my quilt tops out…;)

  754. Lisa says:

    I’d like to make some Roman blinds. I know I’ve seen some great tutorials but I can’t recall where at the moment. I know they are easy to do, I just haven’t done any yet and I really want to!

  755. Charity says:

    I would love to learn how to quilt. I know it is just a matter of taking a class and practice practice practice :) I am getting the fabric together for a quilt for my son now, so we will see how it goes :) Thanks for the little birthday present to us! Congrats :)

  756. Melissa C says:

    I want to learn to piece curved seams and free motion quilt.

  757. Emily says:

    I am going to learn how to do zippers and buttonholes this year. LOL I know I can do it, just sceeered!

  758. Jenny says:

    I’d like to figure out how to do grommets! Does that count as a sewing skill? I know that Jacquie at Tallgrass Prairie Studio has a tutorial, so I say yes. And then I’ll make some potholders with grommets.

  759. Marilyn says:

    Congratulations on 5 years. I have been sewing for years, but I still need some confidence to the quilting world. I love your website.

  760. molly says:

    Congrats to you! I’d love to learn foundation paper piecing.

  761. Carol says:

    Congratulations on 5 years! I’d like to do heirloom sewing for baby in the coming year.

  762. Brooke says:

    I really want to become proficient at free motion quilting. I tried it this week and realize it’s going to take A LOT of practice!

  763. Christie says:

    Happy 5th!

    I love to embroider but I end up with a lot of little projects floating around the house. I’d love to learn about more projects that mesh embroidery with other skills like quilting and sewing.

    I’d also like to learn more utility hand sewing skills. I can do a little hear and there but I’m intimidated by construction a project entirely by hand.

  764. Connie says:

    Happy Anniversary!

    I am new to sewing… mostly I want to learn how to make things for my house, such as quilted pillow covers, curtains, throw blankets. Some of the most amazing sewn things I’ve seen are the quilts and handbags you have featured on your blog. I also like the blog U-handblog (http://u-handbag.typepad.com/uhandblog/). The bags she make are amazing!

    Thanks!

  765. Char says:

    I’d like to learn how to sew welting on a pillow or cushion correctly.
    Happy Anniersary!

  766. Kelly says:

    It’s hard to chose just one thing – I’d like to learn to embroider *well*, quilt *well*, or smock at all!

  767. Pumpkinmama says:

    Happy Anniversary! I am going to conquer my fear of sewing curves this summer. Circle-quilts, here I come!

  768. Annie says:

    Happy Anniversary!!

    1) What sewing skill would you most like to learn in the next year?
    I would love to learn embroidery so that I can personalize my sewn gifts even more.

  769. Jeanie says:

    free motion quilting!

  770. KZ says:

    I would love to learn more paper piecing for quilts. Happy 5th!!

  771. Christine says:

    I would love to learn how to make clothes that FIT me well…vs seeing the picture on the pattern, think that this would look good on me and then be disappointed by the way the sewn pattern turns out.

    I should be able to fit along the way so the final product looks and fits well on me.

  772. 2hippos says:

    Congrats on 5 years! I really want to learn how to make a skirt (basic A-line). I’m very confused by clothing patterns, and would love some step-by-step hand holding for skirts.

  773. DebbieKL says:

    I love the Tweet Tweet by Keiki collection! I recently bought a serger, so I’d really like to get good at using it this year!

  774. Amanda says:

    So this past year I’ve gotten sewing basics figured out…for the most part….this year, I need to learn to use the serger and not be so scared of it. So I’m an ultra beginner compared to all of the mamas on here as you can tell, but inspiration leads to lots of learning!!

    Thanks for sharing :)

  775. Ammie says:

    I would love to see a variety of clear and helpful zipper tutorials, so I can try out lots of techniques for installing regular and invisible zippers. I always struggle with zippers.

    If that’s too boring, I think applique tutorials would be fun. Or maybe a tutorial about making neat pleats.

  776. Joy newman says:

    I’d love to learn how to quilt! Thanks for all the posts and happy anniversary!

  777. AmyAspen says:

    Congratulations on your 5th anniversary! I recently found your website and I LOVE it!!!

    I have started to sew some clothing and would like to learn how to work with knits, sew cuffs, and sew zippers. I am also working to improve my free motion quilting skills.

  778. Ashley says:

    Happy Birthday!

    I am currently learning the basics of sewing. One thing I’d love to get down is knowing what applique is/means. Also the difference in fabrics so I’m not so lost all the time!

  779. delitealex says:

    Congrats on your Anniversary. I would like to learn to sew clothing for my kids and myself.

  780. Sonya M says:

    I would like to learn to sew clothing for myself from a proper pattern. I’ve been sewing for my kids, but just easy things like pyjama pants, appliques, shirt refashions, etc. So, I’d like to actually get into the world of “real” sewing.
    Congratulations on your anniversary!!! I love your blog!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  781. Pamela V says:

    I have to learn to get neckline zippers in without one side being higher than the other!
    I would also like to improve my applique skills.
    Oh and of course learn everything about my new longarm….

    Happy Anniversary to one of my favorite blogs!

  782. Valerie says:

    I have always wanted to learn to draft and/or resize a pattern. Happy Anniversary! You have really developed a wonderful resource for sewing mamas!

  783. Jody Wenner says:

    I’ve been looking at your site from the beginning! It has inspired me to become better at sewing as I’ve stayed home raising my daughter, so thank you!!!

    I have just dabbled in quilting, but I am now planning to really learn. Even signed up for a local class!

  784. Lisa K. says:

    I’d like to sew cute clothing for my one-year old daughter. But I guess the REAL lesson I need to learn is some time management so that I can eke out an hour here or there to actually sew while raising said baby!

    :o)

    Happy Anniversary!

  785. Llamabean says:

    I would like to learn smocking and incorporate it into a quilt some how.

  786. I am working on a quilt at the moment, and would love to be able to do free motion quilting. I have bought the darning foot – just need to finish the quilt to try out my new toy!

  787. Mikaela says:

    I would like to learn smocking.

  788. Jessie says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary! I started reading your blog only a few months ago, and quickly became so engrossed that I would spend every lunch break pouring over the archives. Without question, every day I saw countless projects that amazed and inspired me. Yet, through all of them, one bag has stood out in my mind–the Wizard of Oz Travel Bag by Hope of Going Sewing Crazy (http://sewmamasew.com/?p=167). Amazingly, I apparently have some taste since she was Bag Month’s winner in the “Other” category. The childish humor (that’s a compliment to me) in the fabric and the nod at a bowling bag is the perfect combination for me!

  789. Magali says:

    Hi, what a wonderful thing you do… and full of joy with these friends you have. Tresure…

    Next year I’m eager to learn how to quilt free motion. Already learning here with you, tnks.

    Also I want to share that the most beautiful quilting ever is here in you site:

    http://sewmamasew.com/?p=7036

    It brings me so good feelings with all these colors…

    Hope I win :>P

    hugs

    Maga

  790. Amy Sparrow says:

    I would love to learn free motion quilting. It’s not that I haven’t tried, I’m just not good at it!

    Happy Anniversary!

  791. tracy_a says:

    Happy anniversary! You ladies do a fantastic job here!

    I would like to learn to sew knits. Also – I need to conquer fear of buttonholes and zippers.

    I also need some way to deal with multiple sized patterns for my growing daughter – I don’t want to cut a size 6 if the pattern goes up to size 12. I think it’s probably got an easy solution, but it is holding me up!

  792. Jen says:

    I have never made a quilt so I would love to learn to do that!

  793. Maureen says:

    Happy Birthday SMS!! I would love to learn more about sewing with knits on a regular machine. I am very interested in refashioning and I’m just dying to make my little girl a dress from a Little Blue Boo pattern using some of big bro’s t-shirts. Thank you for all of the inspiration and wonderful tutorials you have shared on the SMS blog!

  794. Susanne says:

    I’d love to learn how to free-motion quilt. I love hand-quilting but picking up machine quilting would let me create more, faster. Happy Anniversary!

  795. Ann says:

    Happy 5th. I would like to learn to applique.

  796. eadaoine says:

    I would like to learn to do quilt binding by machine so it looks really professional!

  797. Congratulations! I’d like to learn more about handquilting and hand piecing.

  798. Tina says:

    Happy Anniversary!!

    I would love to learn how to quilt. I am always in awe of the gorgeous quilts I see featured here on your blog.

  799. Tong says:

    Happy 5th!! I would really like to learn how to make clothes for myself and my boyfriend. I taught myself how to sew last August and have been mainly sewing small items and also quilting, I’d love to start getting into making clothing for adults!

  800. Colette says:

    you HAVE to see this FaBuLoUs quilted sewing machine cover with an OWL pincushion to match!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/35562744@N03/4579448544/

    PS – that Gypsy Garden is fantastic!

  801. Rachel J says:

    Have fun celebrating 5 years and good luck in the future.
    I would like to learn how to applique.

  802. Shiloah says:

    Happy Anniversary, Sew Mama Sew! I would love to learn how to sew garments. I am giving it a whirl soon with some dress and skirt patterns. Wish me luck!

  803. Victoria Vallieres says:

    I’ve been a quilter for many years…I started off making tied quilts when I was in high school, then moved on to hand quilting for many years…I’m learning to machine quilt with a walking foot…I’d like to learn free motion quilting for my next quilting skill…

  804. jamieS says:

    Congrats of 5 years! I would love to learn to use my serger that is still sitting in the box! (Shame on me… I know)

  805. Alex says:

    One thing I want to learn this year is how to machine sew cathedral window blocks!
    Congrats on the 5 years!!!

  806. I would love to learn how to bind better, and also stippling. :)

  807. Noel says:

    I would love to learn how to sew sleeves this year. Simple, right? But I have mangled every sleeve I have attempted.

  808. Cinnamon says:

    I really want to learn how to sew darts, pleats, and gathers! Everything has ruffles on it these days, but I’m afraid to try them. Oh, and if I could learn how to sew with knits that would be awesome.

  809. Jenn Ward says:

    I’ve been sewing for years, but I’m fairly new to quilting (just finished my first quilt!) and I would love to learn more about it – in particular free motion quilting. I loved the post you had on here a week or so about it. It gave me inspiration! Love your blog! Thanks!

  810. Char says:

    I’m obsessed with learning to FMQ in tight spirals, inspired by examples on the Don’t Look Now blog. Here’s a link to a quilt that is another variation of spirals: http://www.flickr.com/photos/cera979/2787076971/in/faves-wadewoolley/

  811. Cheryl says:

    Happy Birthday and Thank You for the giveaway. I would like to do free motion quilting.

  812. Karin says:

    Happy anniversary! I love reading your blog. I may not always comment, but I am here every day. :)
    If I could learn one thing over the next year, it would be to learn how to machine quilt. I’m ready to move on from the stitch-in-the-ditch” and grid quilting!

  813. alex says:

    Happy 5th! I’d like to learn about pattern drafting.

  814. jodie says:

    I would really like to learn how to applique good. I have tried a few letters here and there on a quilt, but I would like to have it look more professional. congrats on 5 years, that is so awesome!

  815. Aparna Mulgund says:

    Happy Anniversary!
    I would like to respond to question #1. The sewing skill I would like to learn in the next year would be Stipple quilting. I have made quilts, but never tired my hand at stippling, now I have a new sewing machine that would help me do it, and I would love to learn to stipple all my quilts.

  816. Sarah S says:

    I want to get better at garment sewing. Just have to do more of it! I was so, so inspired by all of the Spring Tops made for Spring Top Week at http://made-by-rae.com

  817. Megan Presley says:

    I want to learn how to do free motion quilting (particularly stippling). I practiced doing this once and just butchered it, so I’d love to really learn how to do it properly.

  818. Munaiba says:

    Happy Anniversary. I’d like to learn free motion quilting.

  819. Shannon says:

    I would love to learn how to do applique to make cute baby/toddler t-shirts by fancy-ing up plain onesies/t’s! Happy anniversary!!

  820. Lynnette says:

    I would love to master some clothes sewing, I just can’t seem to understand some small details.

  821. Mary P says:

    I really want to learn to sew zippers!

  822. There is so much I still have to learn. I want to learn how to quilt but I think a closer reality would be to learn how to sew girls dresses. Id love to sell them someday but right now the goal is to dress my two little girls:)

  823. MamaBee says:

    I loved quilt month, and am hoping to revisit a lot of those tutes after I move across the country and get my sewing space reestablished.

    Other than the quilting, though, I think I’d like to learn more on pattern drafting.

    Congrats on five years!

  824. Leilani says:

    I’m a beginner (I’ve always been more of a cook), but my goal is to use my kidlets’ baby clothes on some heirloom quilts. So I want to learn how to make quilts. :)

  825. Katie B says:

    Congrats on 5 years! I’m in love with this quilt I saw on Flickr recently:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/30382184@N07/4421482662/in/faves-39042939@N06/

  826. Kate Paullin says:

    1) What sewing skill would you most like to learn in the next year?
    I would just like to hone my sewing skills a little more. Also, I would like to be able to blind stitch things closed a little better/less conspicuously.

    2) What is the most fabulous sewn item you’ve seen on a blog or Flickr recently?
    I follow the blog “Make It And Love It,” (http://www.makeit-loveit.com/) who recently posted a giveaway with a company that has the cutest penguin backpack (http://minimebabygear.com/catalog.php?item=352&catid=34&ret=catalog.php%3Fcategory%3D34).

  827. gillian says:

    I would love to learn how to fit clothes I make better…and put my cute pink and white polka dot dress form to use! Thanks for the giveaway!

  828. Dominique D says:

    I would love to make a quilt! a applique one…not the traditional squares….But I would really just like to learn to sew straight lines with neat stitches :s

  829. Jessica says:

    I’d like to learn to use a serger–but I need to acquire one first. :)

  830. Jaye says:

    Answering question 1, I would like to learn how to sew garments using mostly if not totally with my serger.

  831. Aditi says:

    I think I’d really like to learn to sew some clothes. As for something amazing I’ve seen – I know you featured her during Quilting month but I had JUST discovered Don’t Look Now a few months ago and spent an entire week perusing the archives. Truly stunning and inspirational!

  832. Kim says:

    I would love to learn how to adjust a clothing pattern to my actual size so I don’t have to do major altering at the end of a project.

  833. Diana says:

    I would like to learn how to dye my own fabrics and create my own quilt designs from them. I also need to break down and learn how to do zippers, der….this is a mental block – I am sure I can do it, I just avoid it at all costs!

  834. Elaine says:

    I would love to learn how to free motion quilt, with purpose. Now I just do it like a drunk sailor!

  835. Alisa says:

    Happy 5th anniversary! I’d love to learn more about garment construction. It would be fun to turn all the lovely fabric out there into tops and skirts for my girls and me. Thanks for the chance to shop without guilt. :)

  836. Lisa says:

    Congratulations on 5 years! I really, really want to learn to free motion quilt (well!).

  837. Leanna says:

    I would love to work up the courage to create a quilt. Congrats on five years!

  838. abby o says:

    Happy Birthday!! What a great blog. I am having a little girl this summer and am dying to make some little clothes for her but I’ve never been very good at clothing…that’s what I hope to master, er, well, at least get the hang of a bit this year.

  839. Anita says:

    Hum, I think I would like to master hand quilting. I think it would make a great project to keep my hands busy when sitting in front of the tv.

  840. Lynn says:

    My goal for the year is to learn how to handquilt and finish handquilting something! The most amazing thing I’ve seen recently (and the inspiration to learn how to handquilt) is this quilt from Calico and Ivy: http://calicoandivy.blogspot.com/2010/03/voila.html

  841. Abigail C. says:

    After quilting month, I am more inspired than ever to learn to quilt over the next year!

  842. Jocelyn says:

    Congrats on your 5 year anniversary! I would really love to learn two things. One is how to knit and the other is Applique. Thanks for entering me in your very generous giveaway!

  843. Tabitha says:

    I would like to become a better quilter and learn how to cut things properly (I know I don’t right now. I also really want a serger and if I got one I’d need to learn to use it! I think that would be so much fun:)

  844. jana says:

    Congratulations! I really enjoy visiting your site.

  845. Elenaor says:

    Congratulations on turning 5! I just started quilting last year and found this forum through tags on flickr; it was very comforting to know there was always a really great resource to go to if I got stuck!

    This coming year I want to learn how to do hand quilting.

  846. Becca says:

    I would most like to learn to quilt in the next year! I was paying super-close attention during Quilting Month & can’t wait to get started!

  847. Lael says:

    Since alot of my inspiration comes from your blog….I’ll have to focus on something I’d like to learn: Freehand machine quilting…i beilieve your blog has provided some hints on what I need to do with my LOWER end machine but I’d really need a step by step.

  848. Kelly B. says:

    I really want to try hexagons this year. I’m terrible at hand sewing, but I love hexies! My latest fav is this mini quilt: http://www.flickr.com/photos/23615787@N02/4538862585/in/faves-48226404@N08/

    It’s so colorful!

  849. DianeY says:

    This is my year to learn to free-motion quilt! I never knew you could do it on a home machine until I stumbled on all these wonderful blogs. I’m away from home right now, but as soon as I get home, I have a date with my machine!

  850. Shawnee says:

    Sewing skill I’d like to learn this year…. Zippers. My mother does wonderful things putting in zippers on pants, dresses, pillowcases. Different types of zipper casings, that’s what I would love to learn this year. Mine are always bunched up too tight and I can never figure out what I’m doing wrong.

  851. Nicole says:

    Happy Anniversary!! I’d love to learn how to free motion quilt this year.

  852. Ashley Dyer says:

    http://www.designmom.com/2009/12/potato-print-clothing/

    I LOVE this project for “Potato Prints” because its a project I can do with my 4 year-old (a boy, and too young to sew!) on aprons and bags I’ve sewn to get him interested in hand-made items and the feeling of creating something yourself! He LOVED it and made some great things for his teachers.

  853. Jeni says:

    Happy 5 years! I would love to learn how to sew a top that has sleeves!

  854. Paige says:

    Well, I recently learned free-motion quilting (April’s posts were helpful, thanks!), and I’d like to continue practicing that. I’d also like to dust off my zipper sewing skills…I’ve been avoiding zippers!

  855. Erin Waters says:

    Awesome giveaway…The sewing skill I would most like to learn would be quilting. I really want to make both my girls quilts to have on their beds.

  856. leigh7911 says:

    I want to learn how to sew knits on my machine – no serger just yet. I’d also like to learn how to make pants that fit!

  857. Christie says:

    I hope to learn how to user the serger I got for Christmas last year. I can do straight seams, but still have a long way to go on learning to adjust the tension, thread it, and sew curved seams.

  858. Becky says:

    Happy Birthday! I like the Hedgehog and Tweet! I would love to learn a way to baste quilts that doesn’t require me to crawl around on the floor!

  859. Brooke says:

    I would really like to learn how to sew my own clothes well…so that they look unique but not so that people can automatically tell that I have made them.

  860. I need to tackle knits. I’ve been shying away, but it’s time to branch out from sewing cotton garments.

    Congrats on five years in the biz (no small feat), and thanks for all the wonderful inspirations. You do good work.

  861. Barbara Snyder says:

    I would like to learn how to do couture hand stitching.

  862. 4vs1 says:

    Happy 5 year anniversary!! I am so thankful for this site. I am very new to sewing and your site has provided me with so much help and links to lots of free tutorials.

    The thing I am most wanting to learn to do this year is smocking. I have 3 daughters and just love smocked clothing. I have actually bought some elastic thread and it is sitting in my sewing box just waiting for me to get brave enough to try!!

    And I don’t think I could pick a fabulous project I have seen – there are so many. But after quilting month, I have to say, I am in awe of all the amazing, beautiful quilts people are creating!!

  863. Kristy V. says:

    Happy 5-year anniversary!
    I’d love to learn to sew clothing..it intimidates me so much.

  864. courtney says:

    I would like to learn how to do embroidery like this: http://www.marlamallett.com/suzanis.htm. WOW!

    Congratulations on 5 years — I’m looking forward to many more :-)

  865. Amy says:

    Congrats! I would like to start learning how to do some basic applique. I just got a new machine, and I think now is the time to learn how to use it in different ways other than just a straight stitch :)

  866. Jessica says:

    Happy Anniversary!!! I am a newbie sewer so I would like to continue to work on my basic skills and I’d also like to learn how to use the button hole maker feature on my sewing machine. And I’d like to tackle adding a zipper. I know if I learned how to do this it would open up even more wonderful projects!!!
    Thank you for the inspiration!

  867. Sarah E. says:

    Well, I’m hoping to get a new sewing machine for my bday and I’d really love to learn how to do shirring the right way! I know it’s a simple thing, but it’s a challenge on my machine right now. And not so much a “skill,” but I’d love to learn how to make shirts for ME, not my girls, me!

  868. Holly Walsh says:

    Happy Five Years of making me smile!! (and many many other sewers too). We’re so glad you’re here.

    Well, last year I got over my fear of putting zippers in, so this year, I’d really like to try learning reverse applique. I’ve been seeing it all over the web and rally loving the look! Just check out this tote bag with two layers of reverse applique that was on Craftstylish:

    http://www.craftstylish.com/item/2306/how-to-reverse-applique-a-tote-bag

  869. Tricia L. says:

    I would really love to learn free motion quilting. Everytime I have a quilt basted I chicken out and grab my walking foot. Great giveaway! Congrats on 5!!!!

  870. Kat White says:

    I would love to learn the freehand machine stitching quilting. That probably means, I should learn the basics of quilting first, however. But the blog on machine freehand recently posted was really inspiring.

  871. Emily says:

    1) i would love to learn to machine quilt
    2) i’ve loved this quilt: http://sewmamasew.com/?p=6930. it’s so bright and inspiring!

  872. Betsy says:

    I want to start sewing with pintucks!

  873. Jenniffier says:

    I would like to learn how to sew a handbag. New to sewing, so I don’t have many skills yet.

  874. 1. I’m going to learn how to quilt. I’m a new sewer and I will quilt something in the next year. I will. Right?

  875. holly says:

    Happy Birthday!

    1. I would like to learn how to draft my own patterns, and more about garment construction.

    2. The most fabulous thing I have seen is Angry Chicken’s swimsuits sewed for her daughters. Seriously. SWIMSUITS.
    http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2010/05/let-the-swimming-begin.html

  876. StephanieS says:

    I like this pretty scarf from Made blog.

    http://www.dana-made-it.com/2008/07/tutorial-summer-scarf.html

  877. Jane says:

    Congratulations on the 5th anniversary. It is a great accomplishment. I enjoy the blog and shop, you have wonderful fabrics and wonderful contests and giveaways. In fact I think SWS is the benchmark blog.

    I am really going to try machine quilting on my DSM this year as for inspirations I really love the Maritime Beauty pattern on Sew-Karenly Created http://sewkaren-lycreated.blogspot.com/2010/04/late-breaking-beauty.html

  878. Deanna says:

    I’m working on applique. It has its own beauty and I would like to add that dimension to my quilts.

  879. Beth says:

    Quilting month really inspired me. I am a newby at it but would really like to learn freehand machine stitching as straight lines get boring. My goal is to complete a baby quilt by the end of the summer (probably straight lines) and then move on to the freehand.

  880. Ashley says:

    A very happy 5 year anniversary – what an accomplishment!!
    I’d very much like to learn the proper way to sew garments. I try, but I’m afraid I’m lacking many of the necessary skills! :)

    As far as something fabulous – how about this little mini quilt? Love it! http://www.flickr.com/photos/frenchtoastcake/4582647703/

  881. sarah says:

    I’ve been losing a lot of weight and starting to realize just how ridiculous it is to have to buy all new clothes. So I’d like to learn to tailor my clothes so that they last me a bit longer!

    I really love the embroidery on this bag: http://thelongthread.com/?p=5940 It’s subtle but really adds to the whole item.

  882. I have never sewn a zipper, so that is on my to-learn list. I’m currently working on a dress with a zipper so I should have that tackled within the week. My next to-learn would be how to alter clothing/patterns to make them fit.

  883. Christina says:

    Congrats!!!

    I’ll answer both questions. 1. I would love to learn to sew with knits in the next year. I’m a bit intimidated by them right now. 2. The most fabulous sewn things I;ve seen lately are all the awesome tops at Made by Rae for Spring Top Week. So much amazing talent!
    http://www.made-by-rae.com/2010/05/top-of-tops-day-5.html

  884. Mel H. says:

    I would like to learn how to make time to sew. :)
    As for an actual skill–the machine is fun, but my hand sewing skills are horrid. I bet there is a ton of things I could learn.
    Congrats on your fifth!

  885. Kathleen C. says:

    I love sewmamasew! Congratulations to all of you.
    The sewing skill that I really want to learn? Machine quilting. I’ve been a hand quilter for many years, but have only machine quilted straight lines on a small quilt. I just have to learn some free motion quilting! I tried once and ended up flustered and discombobulated and frustrated–then I laughed at my attempt, so this is the year.
    Thanks for this wonderful giveaway-my old TOTs need a shot of brightness.
    Kathleen C.

  886. denise power says:

    I would love to actually learn how to care for my machine better. I have had two sewing machines (both very old and very used), and I just had to throw in the towel for the second because I just cannot figure out what is wrong with them! everything people said was probably wrong just wasn’t it… so I just need to suck it up and purchase a good machine, and LEARN HOW TO TAKE CARE OF IT!! :) does that count as a sewing skill?? :)

  887. amy says:

    I would really like to learn how to sew my own clothes that are well fitted, not boxy. This means that I probably need to learn how to alter patterns as well as how to sew with knits and really get to know different types of fabrics. I would imagine this is trial and error to learn so I’ve just got to get started.

  888. Madeleine says:

    First, a BIG congrats on your 5 years and on your growing up into a great big shop and a great reference for people like me who are new to sewing.
    1) What I’d like to learn in the next year is to make my own quilt from A to Z.
    2) I see a lot of great stuff everyday on the internet. People are so skilled and inspring, it’s amazing!! One of my favorite blog is Ashley’s Film in the fridge. That’s the first quilter I followed. I found her blog by accident while searching for something else and she made me fall in love with sewing. If I now own a sewing machine, it’s really thanks to her wonderful quilts. What I want to share with you today is one of the first quilts for which I had a crush … which was followed by many others!!!! http://www.filminthefridge.com/2009/06/30/second-time-around/

  889. ?Oh my…I just love all those fabrics. Hedgehog and the Big would be my fav at this moment.
    I would love to learn applique. I think I need to go buy interfacing or webbing or something? I tried just cutting it out, but it looks all wonky. :)
    Thanks for the give-away and happy HAPPY 5th!!!
    xoxo

  890. Berrie Hamby says:

    What a generous gift to offer your customers! Happiest of anniversaries! Here is a link to one of my favorite sewn items. http://www.flickr.com/photos/littlebitsys/3200143837/in/faves-moonchild_studio/

    xoBerrie

  891. Julia in WDM says:

    I want to learn to make apparel. is that a skill? AND the most fab items I’ve seen come from adventuresindressmaking.blogspot.com — of course, it’s apparel!

  892. Rebecca Wolowiec says:

    The sewing skill I would most like to learn is how to use a serger. I am trying to save money to buy one by the summer. I make things for my etsy shop and the serger would make things go a lot faster.

  893. SusanW says:

    Oh boy, two things actually, the first would be how to use a serger and the second is how to sew a straight line! thanks

  894. Claire says:

    Sorry, I forgot to include my answers!

    1) I will most likely learn to hand-stitch a lot neater.
    2)Fabulous sewn item is linked below:

    http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/05/flashback_hand-sewn_free-range.html

    They are soooo adorable!!!!!!!!

    Claire(again)

  895. sarah says:

    I would most like to learn how to install zippers! I’ve never done it and think it’s time to figure it out!

  896. Rachel says:

    I am really looking forward to learning applique this year. How about an applique month?

  897. SmilynStef says:

    I primarily sew on my paper craft creations, but I would love to learn how to make a small coin purse or other fun little storage bags this year. Thanks for the chance to win … love the color combinations in those awesome fabric collections.

  898. Becky says:

    I would like to perfect my machine quilting skills. I have done it a few times on small projects, with varied results. I guess I’ve already learned about it, but could use more practice. Maybe a sew-along for table runner, baby quilt, potholder, something to practice on. I love sewmamasew by the way! Happy Blogabirthday!!

  899. Robin Baker says:

    happy anniversary!

    this is from dec 2009 so not super new but i love it…http://grosgrainfabulous.blogspot.com/2009/12/its-my-party-skirt-grosgrain-giveaway.html

    but almost everything she makes is fabulous!

  900. Corvus says:

    When I was a child I told my mother I wanted to be an organ donor, and I’ve never changed my mind. Come to think of it, though, my liver probably isn’t suitable -I caught Malaria a couple of summers back, and it can lie dormant for years. Hmm. I should probably get that into my medical records.

    As for sewing skills: pattern drafting. I plan to start by heavily modifying a pattern from Built by Wendy Dresses, then… go from there. My plan is not very well thought out.

    The most fabulous sewn item I’ve seen lately is probably this: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/SpriteStitch/~3/stJpET0zShw/

    I want a Zelda quilt. Or maybe Mario.

  901. Sara says:

    Congrats on 5 years! I’m planning on improving my free-motion quilting. I am VERY far from mastering that skill:)

  902. Claire says:

    I looove the hedgehog and tweet tweet fabrics. Happy 5th!

    claire

  903. Margaret says:

    I already posted but I wanted to add another one. Happy Mother’s Day to everyone who reads this blog. When I read all the posts for Quilting Month and checked out all the links to great blogs, I was amazed at how many young mothers with small children were doing so much great sewing. I am on the home stretch with mine (graduating from highschool in 2 yrs) and I am in awe of how the young moms are juggling their kids and their creativity!

  904. Sara says:

    The Tweet Tweet and Gypsy Garden looks fun!

    I would LIKE TO LEARN: how to free motion quilt!!!

  905. Suzanne says:

    Congratulations on 5 years!! It’s amazing to see how your business has grown!
    I would really like to try sewing with knits sometime soon – I’m a little scared and other projects seem to step in the way all the time.

  906. Amy says:

    I am just starting out a new business venture of sewing custom made handbags and love your page! I will hopefully be ordering many fabrics in the near future! The sewing skill I would like to learn in the next year is doing embroidery. I think it is something I’ve always been afraid to try, but I think I will attempt it soon!

  907. Margaret says:

    The sewing skill that I would like to learn in the next year is machine quilting. I’ve tried it a few times but still rustly. I have mostly done hand quilting and I love it but…that lovely stipple quilting is what I want to learn how to do. By the way, Happy Anniversary! I love your online store and fabric selection :).

  908. hanna says:

    I would love to learn more quilting techniques. I’m really a beginning sewer so any basic tech. would be appreciated.

  909. elle says:

    I think I’d like to learn how to sew those clothesline totes.

  910. Lynne says:

    Wow! Gorgeous fabrics!
    I would most like to learn to do shirring and buttonholes. I started sewing about 6 months ago and still have a lot to learn! Congrats on the anniversary and thanks for the giveaway!

  911. Susanna says:

    i most want to learn to sew quick, attractive baby clothes. I’m going to be needing baby clothes in another 6 mos or so :) and I also know I won’t have much time to finish projects before they’re outgrown. That’s my goal this year!

  912. Kathy Stanford says:

    In the next year I’m planning to learn free-motion machine quilting. I’ve only ever quilted small project using straight lines. I’m looking for a machine foot to use for free-motion quilting and I’ve barrowed a few books from the library…I can’t wait!

  913. Desiree says:

    Happy Anniversary! What a wonderful accomplishment :) I would love to learn how to quilt. I know there are many wonderful ideas and teaching opportunities on your site, I just have to sift through them and dedicate my time to it. Thank you for the opportunity to win. -dez

  914. Julie W says:

    I’d love to learn how to smock….it only I can find the time!!

  915. Hannah Shaw says:

    I would love to learn how to make a handbag with a zipper closure on the top instead of using a magnetic snap. Zippers have always kind of scared me, i overcame that and figured out how to install an inside zipper pocket. So now I just need to take another leap……

  916. Maria says:

    I’m a new sewer and zippers are completely beyond me! I’d like to master the zipper this year.

  917. Happy Fifth Birthday!! One of the fabulous sewn items I have seen on Flickr lately is http://www.flickr.com/photos/jrcraft/4565521416/in/pool-freshmodernquilts.

  918. Ashley says:

    This year I want to learn to use non-fusible interfacing and make myself a pretty diaper bag, and make my husband a new kiteboard bag for his kites. :)

  919. Liz says:

    I would love to learn to smock! I’m so envious of anything smocked and just have visions of pretty (unpractical) nightgowns in my future.

    Most fabulous thing I’ve seen recently? It’s this: http://pinkandgreenmama.blogspot.com/2010/03/home-made-fabric-tree-stump-fairy-house.html

    It reminds me of books by my favourite children’s author, Enid Blyton.

  920. Kaylee says:

    I’m an organ donor!! and a blood donor!!I’d really like to learn how to landscape quilt, with out a pattern. I just want to create somthing I’ve seen.

  921. I will answer question 1. I would like to learn how to perfect free motion quilting. I LOVE IT!!

  922. em ell says:

    in the next year, i’m hoping to start on my first quilt!! :D

  923. Tammy says:

    Sewing skill I want to learn: how to free-motion quilt on my machine!

  924. Sarah says:

    I would most like to RE-learn how to sew in a zipper…so it looks good!

  925. Steven says:

    I want to learn piecing curved sections of a quilt. I saw a quilt somewhere (I can’t remember where) that was varying shades of browns and pieced in a way that looked faux bois. I want that.

  926. Kimberly says:

    Congratulations on 5 years! You all do such a good job. You know, I think I would like to know more sewing fundamentals – I’ve been so self-taught that I wish I knew more “tricks of the trade.” Small tips (rather than large scale project instruction that I don’t have enough time for) like that are so helpful and easy to put into practice.

  927. The most fabulous sewn item I have seen is this felt corsage tutorial on Craft.

    http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/04/how-to_felt_dahlia_corsage.html

  928. Ohhh Congrats on the 5 years!! I’ve been a faithful reader of your blog for over a year now :) I’m drooling over the new fabric. here are my answers:
    1. sewing skill: Applique
    2. Ruffle Dress tutorial by Christine Haynes (if you don’t have her book, you need to have it)
    http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2010/05/how-to_sew_a_ruffle_dress_and.html

    Happy Mothers day all :)

  929. Steph W says:

    Congratulations and happy anniversary!

  930. Carolyn says:

    I’d like to learn how to properly do a button hole with my buttonhole foot. I can do them, but they always look terrible.

  931. Sarah says:

    In the next year I’d like to learn how to do embroidery. I’ve bought some supplies, but I haven’t sat down and started yet. I think that embroidery would add a lovely touch to some clothes for my daughter – if I can do a decent job :)

  932. shiela says:

    This year I will learn more quilting. I’ve been wanting to try quilting for a long time and I finally feel ready for the challenge!

  933. KristenA says:

    I would love to learn how to improve my free motion quilting…

  934. shiela says:

    This year I will learn more quilting. I’ve been wanting to quilting for a long time and I finally feel ready for the challenge!

  935. Judy says:

    I consider myself an entry level sewer. I’m good with straight lines, and that’s about it. I’ve signed up for a free motion quilting class at my LQS and would love to learn how to place zippers as well (I’m on a tote bag kick right now and adding those monsters would be a great addition!).

    I love string quilts, but don’t have the gumption to try yet. Here’s one of my faves, from Ashley at Film in the Fridge (http://www.filminthefridge.com/2010/04/19/another-string-quilt-completed/)

    And I’m an organ donor too! Can’t take them with you, can ya? :)

  936. Connie Jagolinzer says:

    My goal, in the next year, is to learn to make beautiful quilts. I love to sew for my kids, but your site has inspired me to use those billions of scraps I have accumulated over the years.

  937. Melanie says:

    OK! I’m really hoping to get binding curves down this year…I can manage tank armholes, etc. when they have a facing to attach, but I’m still struggling with just binding them, especially with knits (i’ve been a cotton fabric girl since I started sewing over 10 years ago, and I’m just now getting brave enough to try some different types of fabric, like stretch velvet and knits). Oh boy! I get the greatest tips from this web site, and I love the new fabric collections. thanks for five years of sewing, ladies! :)

  938. Jenni S. says:

    1) I would love to sew a dress that actually fits!

  939. Heather says:

    Happy anniversary! I would really, really love to learn to free motion quilt. I’ve only done straight line quilting but I love free motion. Time to study Elizabeth Hartman’s instructions and just dive in I guess :)

  940. Jacquie says:

    I love the cathedral pillows that I’ve seen quite often lately. I especially love this color combo:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/35939871@N05/4417852587/

  941. Dianne says:

    What sewing skill would you most like to learn in the next year?

    i want to make a zig zag quilt for my friend’s son when he transitions to a “big boy bed”. I’ve found those triangles daunting but I want to give it a try.

  942. Sonja says:

    The sewing skill I would most like to learn in the next year is how to work with stretch fabrics. I’m scared of them! Happy Anniversary and Happy Mother’s Day!

  943. Nichole says:

    I’d most like to learn how to use my serger better and how to do shirring on clothing. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  944. Meredith S. says:

    After reviewing all the amazing quilts that have been posted this month, I would love to master quilt making. I have a few beginner patterns in mind, and hopefully I will be able to start on my conquest soon!

  945. KerryQ says:

    I would like to actually complete a quilt! So far, I’ve been collecting fabric and piecing. I want to learn to baste, quilt and bind! I’ve got to take the leap!

  946. Debbie Bishop says:

    Happy Anniversary!!!and thank you for this blog. I’ve learned a lot and gotten so many great ideas. I would really like to learn more about buttonholes and zippers. These two items really keep me from doing much in the way of clothing and they scare me. Once you really mess up on it, the outfit is toast, pretty much. I’ve entered so many of your contests and have yet to win, maybe this week will be the charm. Thanks again for all you do.

  947. BethG says:

    Congrats on the anniversary! It’s awesome that you have such an understanding husband.

    I would love to work on my curved piecing this year. It’s so scary to me, and I avoid it like the plague!

    BTW, love the new fabric! I need to check it out in more detail.

    b.

  948. Debra G. says:

    Happy Anniversary! I want to learn embroidery / applique. Sounds simple, right? For some reason it catches my attention lately both online and in magazines.

  949. Suzanne says:

    I would like to learn to hand quilt in the coming year. I’m just beginning to learn to machine quilt (I’m working on my second quilt ever) so I obviously have some learning to do there as well. It was beautiful fabric that convinced me I needed to start sewing again after taking 20 years off and my mother who originally taught me to sew so your post today is quite fitting.

  950. Kati says:

    Love that hedgehog fabric!
    I’d like to learn to make dresses for my little girl. Everything I make now (crafts, etc) are all WAY simple so I need some help.

  951. Megan says:

    I would love to learn how to do smocking and how to use a piece of smocked fabric!

  952. Andrea says:

    Right now I’m working on perfect my seams, making sure they match up perfectly! In the last month I learned how to do a french seam! I love the finished look it gives!!
    Congrats on 5 years!!!! Keep the good stuff coming! :)

  953. Amy S says:

    I want to be able to sew my own clothing. I’m not brave enough for that yet, but I really want to be able to say I did it!

  954. I’d like to master sewing with knits and putting in invisible zipper this year. Thanks for the fun giveaway!

  955. Karen Compton says:

    The sewing skill I would like to learn is quilting. I loved quilt month!

  956. I still need to learn to quilt. I have done a potholder and a couple quilt tops, but I would really like to learn more about QUILTING. I know this site will help me do that. I’m thinking of quilting a checkers board for my niece soon…

  957. Sally says:

    This year, I really hope to make my first dress! I also need to learn how to make button holes :)

  958. kim says:

    1) i want to learn to quilt! it was my new years resolution and uhhhh its may…i need to get started!
    2)my farmer’s market dresses! http://www.flickr.com/photos/48651722@N04/4498963106/

  959. Amy says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary–and a big thank you for all the amazing inspiration you provide! I’ve been working hard on some quilts, but my enthusiasm kinda fizzles once I’ve finished a top. So….the sewing skill I’d most like to master in the next year is machine quilting.

  960. Becky M says:

    I would love how to use the elastic thread in my sewing machine. I’ve heard it’s easy but I have yet to test that theory. : )

  961. Liz says:

    1. I want to learn to do paper piecing. 2. My link isn’t recent, but I found it just yesterday. I want to make this for my daughter: http://www.polkadotchair.com/2009/03/skirt-tutorial.html

  962. Maryb says:

    Happy Anniversary! The skill I really want to learn is quilting. I suppose that’s more like a set of skills, but it’s the plan.

  963. Hmm – what do I want to learn?? Wanted to learn about putting in an invisible zipper – but you covered that recently – Thank You! Most fabulous sewn item seen – I have to admit to being inspired everytime I browse through various blogs – the incredible talent out there and willingness to share (obviously too many links to share!). Congratulations on your 5 years – Thank you for the fabulous service, wonderful introductions and inspiring projects :)

  964. Ann says:

    I would like to learn how to properly use my rolled hem foot.

  965. Nanna says:

    Fabric, pretty fabric!
    Congrats!

  966. Diane says:

    I love your website! What a great resource for sewing. I am determined to learn to free motion quilt this year. Happy Birthday – Sew Mama Sew!

    Diane

  967. mindy says:

    I want to master sewing on knit fabrics.

  968. Aunt LoLo says:

    Whooo…what I would most like to conquer in the next year is SHIRRING. Or buttonholes. I’ve never tried either. Heh.

  969. mia says:

    i hope to learn more embroidery stiches and make a mural of my sons name for his room

  970. Erica Ferguson says:

    I would love to learn how to sew with knits. I have 2 boys and it seems that all the cute patterns involve knits.

  971. mamalang says:

    I want to learn how to make clothes this year. I know how to follow a pattern, but I want to create from scratch, no pattern necessary.

  972. Sally says:

    Happy Anniversary! 1. I’d like to learn foundation paper piecing this year; all those backwards/forwards instructions are intimidating! 2. I read a lot of blogs and I’m inspired every day; the latest photo that really got under my skin was a Halloween DJ quilt made by Mary with a stunning layout. (http://mequilter.blogspot.com/2009/11/quilting-update.html)

  973. Patty says:

    I would love to know more about zipper applications. Zippers with linings, invisible zippers, separating zippers, etc.. I’ve been sewing in zippers for years, but I never feel quite comfortable while doing it, and the outcome is seldom quite what I hope it will be.
    Congrats on the 5 years, and thanks for so much info over the years.

  974. needlenose says:

    The skill I would love to learn in the next year is hand embroidery. More specifically sashiko.

  975. Julia says:

    I would love to learn how to smock in the coming year. I love the look of the traditionally smocked little girl dresses.

  976. Meredith says:

    1) I would love to learn how to pintuck well.
    2) I love these little on-the-go notetakers by GetSassed: http://www.etsy.com/listing/42039765/designer-carryall-clutch-michael-millers

  977. Melissa says:

    I know it’s been done many times, but I could still use tips for free motion quilting. I just can’t seem to get the hang of it!

  978. Renea says:

    The new sewing skill I would like to learn is turn under applique. I applique all the time but I use the satin stitch to sew down my pieces. Thanks for the chance at winning your wonderful giveaway.

  979. britt says:

    1) hand applique 2)http://dodgebutterfly.blogspot.com/2010/04/quilt-top-done.html
    Adorable gnome quilt top!

  980. grace says:

    I would love to learn how to put in a zipper. In all my sewing I’ve never done that.

    Happy 5 years!

  981. Anne Marie says:

    I would love to learn how to quilt – starting at the beginning – advancing on!!

  982. Mary Pluhar says:

    I haven’t sewn since I had my kids, for maybe 5 years. What I’d really like to do/learn/practice is how to make garments for myself and my daughter that we’d ACTUALLY wear out in public. We live on a ranch in Montana, so the toughest part about sewing is obtaining the “parts”…the notions and fabric!

    Love your website and I read it frequently…it’s on my FB, too. Sewing has come a long ways since I was in high school home ec!

  983. April says:

    1.) I tried sewing a shirt again last night. Disaster. Just cutting out the pattern was a disaster. I need to learn how to resize patterns properly to fit me. And how to then sew them. And well, everything about sewing clothes. haha.
    2.) I LOVE this modern twist on churn dash and think about it all the time. Yes, I’m weird. http://www.flickr.com/photos/38764535@N08/4125620540/in/faves-violetjane/

  984. Sandi says:

    Congratulations! You’re officially out of the toddler stage. This year, I really want to learn to applique, maybe even hand applique.

  985. Pam says:

    Weelllllll since http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelklothphotography/4581063267/in/pool-excellenceofcats/ doesn’t exactly qualify as “sewn”, it would have to be: http://www.flickr.com/photos/pompomrouge/3776310473/
    Not the best photo but I love the concept…who doesn’t love polka dots?

  986. Chelsea says:

    I would like to free-motion quilt this year.

  987. Michelle says:

    Happy Five-day!

    I definitely need to learn to serger – so I can use the serger that’s gathering dust in my closet.

    I tend to prefer practical sewn items, so this totally hit my wow! I need to make that! button:
    http://sewastraightline.blogspot.com/2010/04/rolled-kitchen-towels-tutorial-and.html

    Rolled reusable kitchen towels? With wee snaps to attach them? And the whole shebang just goes on your regular paper towel holder?!?

    Sheer. Genius.

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  988. Sarah Craig says:

    OK! What sewing skill would I most like to learn this year? I’d probably most like to get a really good handle on free-motion quilting. My current attempts look a lot like toddler art! So I’m reading everything I can find about how to do it better. Here’s hoping I win!!! Thanks for hosting a great give-away!!

  989. QSOgirl says:

    I would really, really like to have the chance to sit down and learn how to free-motion quilt. And for some AMAZINGLY cute patters, and wonderful inspiration, I love http://www.ikatbag.com/

  990. Samantha says:

    I’d love to learn hand-sewing. I love my machine, but one of my favorite parts of the quilt-making process is the hand-stitching the binding. I’d love move beyond that to hand-quilting, embroidery and maybe even hand-sewing on some clothing.

  991. Michelle says:

    One of the most fabulous sewn items I have recently seen is here: http://riflemade.squarespace.com/blog/2010/4/1/invitation-avi-kate.html
    It’s a genius use of embroidery for wedding invitations

  992. Congratulations on 5 Years. WOW…that’s wonderful. Love the new fabric designs. I would love to develope quilting skills.

    Have a God Filled Day
    Shirley

  993. Bonney says:

    Congratulations!! I would love! to learn how to attach a bias binding to my quilt by hand!! I’m sure there are lots of tutorials out there but I’ve never quite grasped it!

  994. Melissa says:

    Happy Anniversary! I love all of the new collections, so many amazing choices. In this next year I want to expand my free motion quilting skills. Currently I can stipple and loop de loop and that is about it. I was so inspired during quilting month and learned there are so many more options. I would like to learn to incorporate stencils into my quilting. I would also like to learn, and hopefully master, some new free motion patterns, like feathers, flowers, and pebbling. I loved those!

  995. Jessica says:

    1)I would love how to sew in a zipper, terrified of it:(
    2)Tia Curtis over at Camp Follower Bags makes some pretty amazing things especially her bags out of old loved ones military uniforms, check it out sometime!!!
    I hope I am one of the five to win, wouldlive to order some new fabric:)Thanks Sew Mama Sew

  996. alison says:

    Happy Birthday!
    I have two skills I’d like to learn this year. The first is the elusive zipper and the second is to be able to hand sew well. I rely on my machine for everything, in particular I’d like to hem by hand – such a useful thing to be able to do.

  997. Aubrey says:

    Over the next few months I am looking forward to learning applique. It’s a technique I have never used. Thanks for all the inspiration the last few weeks.

  998. Lindsey says:

    Woo-hoo! Congratulations on your five year anniversary. This year I would like to purchase a walking foot and a darning foot for my new sewing machine and learn how to free motion quilt.

  999. Paige says:

    I would really like to get more adept at free-motion quilting – the possibilities would be endless!

  1000. Deb says:

    I’d really like to get proficient at applique and learn how to free-motion quilt w/o being afraid of messing up a nice quilt.

  1001. Alegria says:

    I have just finished my first hand quilting class and now I’m hooked! I’m looking forward to learning how to machine quilt this year. Congratulations on turning 5!

  1002. Helen Bridges says:

    The sewing skill i’d most like to learn this year would have to be raw-edge applique. Have seen some wonderful quirky designs that i’d love to try out.

  1003. Tara says:

    I would like to learn how to freehand quilt. I could make the most adorable baby quilt with Michael Miller’s Hedgehog and the Big E!

  1004. Mona says:

    I would love to learn to applique. I know the basics, in theory, but I’d love the inside info on how to satin stitch around curves and corners without bunching, how to do it by hand, and project ideas.

  1005. Erin says:

    I would like to learn to make softies or other three dimensional toys for the wee ones in my life.

  1006. Maddie says:

    I would like to refine my quiliting skills ( well on my way after last month!) and learn more about fitting especially for those withwhom have been blessed with a lot up top! Oh.. and I would love to see a bit of time dedicated to those with home embroidery machines. I have had one for years and many other people are buying them now that the price is coming down.. here is some info http://freshstitches.blogspot.com/

    As to what I have seen that is cool…. Love this photo from TallGrass Prarie Studio http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_IEqTHc0aMzg/SiOiw1hYrhI/AAAAAAAACb0/lNIvOGLODLE/s1600-h/DSC06933.JPG

    and I am personally having tons of fun with this poject myself
    http://freshstitches.blogspot.com/2010/05/strawberry-fields-forever.html

    Ohhhhh hows about something about the new Japanese fabrics and sewing books?..hmmmmmm

    Maddie, full of ideas

  1007. Linda Clark says:

    1. scalloping borders the easy way. 2. Free motion quilting.

  1008. Lucy says:

    The sewing skill I want to learn is making and attaching a binding for a quilt. OMG I love that Beyond the Sea fabric.

  1009. Jennifer Singer says:

    1) I would LOVE to learn how to free motion quilt!
    2) This is the most amazing sewn item I have seen recently…http://sewnbyellen.blogspot.com/2010/05/i-can-get-distracted-pretty-easily.html

  1010. angela says:

    Sewing in zippers!

  1011. Helen Conrad says:

    I would like to relearn how to put a zipper in. Also want to say that I have gotten so much from your blog, learning skills and getting great ideas. Thank you for doing such a great job.

  1012. amanda says:

    Congrats on five wonderful years and on being so successful at what you do! You guys have really made a name for yourselves! I really want to learn applique.

  1013. Rossie says:

    I’d really like to learn to sew knits, particularly dresses.

  1014. Hmmmm…sewing skill….I think I’d most like to learn how to do buttonholes well. I’ve had a really hard time with it and I’m askeered.

    Oh, and I want to try working with knits.

  1015. Jane says:

    I’d like to improve my machine quilting. Happy five year anniversary!

  1016. Meghann P. says:

    I would love to learn how to put zippers into a garment or a bag – my sewing skills are very basic, and I want to expand what I’m able to do.

  1017. Beth says:

    I would like to learn some pattern design and alteration skills. And I would love to try out some of those techniques on the beautiful new fabric you have here!

  1018. Sudi-Laura Overstreet says:

    I would love to learn how to applique properly in the next year. I can muddle through, but it is not something I am confident with. That, and Cathedral Windows :-)

  1019. Ruth says:

    I would LOVE to learn how to hand quilt! :)

  1020. beth says:

    This year I would love to learn to use the serger that my mother passed on to me a couple of Christmases ago.

    I don’t know if this set of little dresses could properly be classified as fabulous, but I think they’re pretty sweet, and as a grandmother of a precious little girl, I like to gather ideas for sewing for our little Clara. I love Alicia’s style and the way she gathers fabric from surprising places for these little dresses. The final post in this set if you scroll all the way down is of her husband, Andy, making a baby quilt. Not that is pretty fabulous! http://rosylittlethings.typepad.com/posie_gets_cozy/baby-things/

  1021. joycie says:

    i really would like to (and really need to) learn how to make button holes!! sounds so simple yet i have been such a chicken to even give it a try…so that is my goal to face my fear and learn to make some button holes!!!

  1022. Susie says:

    Hello

    My sewing challenge for this year is to learn to quilt – thanks for Quilt Month, btw – it has given me loads of inspiration!
    The most fabulous item I have seen on blog recently – definitely this top: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelannn/4562758517/in/pool-springtopweek2010

    Love it!

    Happy 5th birthday!

    Susie

  1023. Melanie says:

    Happy Anniversary!

  1024. Mary Bielecki says:

    I just got a sewing machine for christmas last December and I’m new to sewing. I have made dresses, a robe, pillows, pocket purse, and super hero capes so far. I would love to learn how to use the device to make button holes on my machine as well as some of the different stitches that are on my machine that can make some beautiful edges. I’ve really enjoyed sewing and I’m trying to convince my husband to make a sewing room for me.

  1025. Amy says:

    I would most like to learn two things this next year… zippers and how to sew with knits!!

  1026. Erica says:

    I would love to conquer sewing knits in the next year!

  1027. Courtney says:

    I would love to learn shirring in the next year.

  1028. Kate says:

    I want to learn how to make well-crafted clothing. You know, stuff that fits, doesn’t get holes in the crotch, and really, how to put the sleeves onto things.

  1029. Nana says:

    I would love to become proficient in free motion quilting.

  1030. Lorenna says:

    I would like to learn how sew on silk fabrics, and the most fabulous thing i have seen this week was this headband (http://onmysideoftheroom.blogspot.com/2010/05/flower-headband-tutorial.html).

  1031. Greeblygreebly says:

    The sewin skill I would most like to learn is how to make clothing from a pattern. Yes, embarassingly enough most patterns are a complete mystery for me. I need “understanding patterns for dummies” or something.

  1032. kelly jo says:

    My goal for this year is to become more comfortable with free motion quilting. I’ve been shying away, afraid it will be too difficult, but my first attempt turned out way better than I thought, so I’m ready to dive in! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

  1033. michele says:

    i just got an embroidery machine so I would like to learn to use it.

  1034. Amy says:

    I love your blog! Congratulations on 5 years! There are a few sewing skills I would love to learn how to do, but the one I want to do most is quilting. I’ve made just simple patchwork quilts and applique quilts, but I’ve never followed a quilt block pattern.

  1035. MsCleaver says:

    My two big sewing skills I’d like to learn are pattern drafting and working with knits!

  1036. Myssie says:

    I just read this post by Hillary at Angry Chicken, she’s sewn bathing suits for her kids!! Bathing suits, I can’t get over how fabulous.
    http://angrychicken.typepad.com/angry_chicken/2010/05/let-the-swimming-begin.html

  1037. Beth says:

    I’d like to learn how to do an envelope-style pillowsham. Probably not too hard, but I just haven’t gotten to it yet.

  1038. Christina says:

    I want to learn how to freehand machine quilt. I’m very scared of it, but it would make quilting a lot cheaper than sending my creations out! And I LOVE Gypsy garden! Reminds me of my time in Spain!

  1039. Robyn Brown says:

    I would love to learn to applique like Kellie of Don’t Look Now. Here is her link:
    http://dontlooknow.typepad.com/dont_look_now/2010/04/catching-up-.html

    I really want to do her Monster’s quilt.

  1040. Joan C says:

    I recently (as in last month) started sewing again and I need to brush up on all my skills. My priority for the next year is to master making button holes on my new machine.

  1041. I’d like to master curved seams in my quilting in the next year. I just never seem to get them to lay flat!

  1042. Kaye Prince says:

    Congratulations – 5 years is a big milestone! Let’s see…I’d definitely love to learn how to do some free motion quilting this year! I’ve read tutorials, tips, etc but I’m a little chicken to try it out; I guess I just need to bite the bullet and dive in!

  1043. Carly says:

    Wonderful giveaway! Congrats on 5 years! I would love to learn free motion quilting in the next year!

  1044. Mary Jo says:

    Learn how to make button holes. I’m embarrassed to be lacking that skill.

  1045. Nicole says:

    Congratulations!!! Such lovely fabrics, wonderful inspiration and fun projects! As for advancing, I would love to improve my seamstress skills now that I have jumped into clothing projects for my babes. Have a beautiful weekend and Happy Mother’s Day!

  1046. Michelle says:

    I would like to learn to make my own patterns!

  1047. Lindsey says:

    1. I would like to learn how to raw edge applique for quilting purposes…and I would also like to learn more about free motion quilting..like the delicate and intricate little swirls and spirals…looks so lovely! And congrats on your 5 year blogiversary! So wonderful.

  1048. Carrie Grassmyer says:

    This summer I would love to sit up a quilting rack in my home and allow all the ladies that visit to work with me. This way I may learn great tips, have sweet fellowship, and a treasure to keep!
    Thanks for the site…..it is a true inspiration to me.

  1049. joyce says:

    I’d like to learn quilt good feathers next year.

  1050. Barbara says:

    The sewing skill that I would most like to learn in the next year is making my own clothing patterns.

  1051. Zegi says:

    I want to learn some proper finishing techniques for the inside of a garment. Patterns skip over that and I see blogs where people show their lovely insides and sometimes even how they did it but I’m a little unclear how you choose which technique and so forth. Love the blog, thanks for the contest!

  1052. Jennifer says:

    There are a lot of sewing skills I’ve already learned in the past year– it’s amazing! Now I think I’m on quilt pattern design. I won a copy of EQ7 and I think this is really going to help develop my skills of pattern design. I specifically want to learn how to create more complex layouts (without fussing with all the math). The few times I’ve tried it I’ve dismally failed.

  1053. Peta-Jane says:

    Happy 5th Anniversary!
    I have to say, I have you as my home page when I open my internet browser, so I won’t miss anything on your blog!
    I would love to know how to sew curved seams in quilts easily!
    I struggle so much ..there must be a few good tips and secrets to the perfect curved seam out there????
    cheers,
    PJ

  1054. Alex says:

    Congratulations to your 5-year anniversary. I hope a lot of other years will follow :-)

    Cheers

    Alexandra

  1055. Jaclyn says:

    I’d like to learn more about garment sewing. I am totally lacking in that area!

  1056. Beth says:

    lovely new things!! Wow!! I would like to try to sew myself a top with the lovely Anna Maria Horner voile. I have been back to sewing with quilting but haven’t attempted to sew clothing since 1985 or so – I’d like to try working with the viole and with knit. I’ve seen so many inspirations with Rae’s Spring Top Week – and have loved the ones made with the voile – including Rae’s own! http://www.made-by-rae.com/2010/05/raes-prairie-girl-top.html Here’s a link to the flickr pool with all the entries! http://www.flickr.com/groups/springtopweek2010/pool/

  1057. tanja says:

    First of all: Happy Birthday!

    I would love to learn Quilting! I’ve got wonderfull Heather Ross Mendocino fabrics and want to bring them together to a quilt, but I need to learn a lot. I’m so happy, it was Quilting month with all these great tricks and tutorials, so I guess, I will start a quilt soon. I just need to check out where to buy the batting.

  1058. Darcy says:

    What a great anniversary give-away! Congrats on all your success! My favorite thing lately is the Anna Maria Horner Voile quilt from Red Pepper Quilts – it just blows me away and I can’t stop admiring it, everyday :-) http://www.flickr.com/photos/redpepperquilts/4541508511/

  1059. Sarah McCoy says:

    Congratulations on 5 years! I only recently started reading so I’m enjoying going through the archives :) This year I would like to learn how to machine quilt. Presently I hand stitch many pieces and send out even more to a longarm quilter. I want to tackle the whole process start to finish!

  1060. Stella says:

    I want to learn to pintuck, so far I just don’t have the patience. This cute but simple design for bloomers has been my favorite thing to make lately.

    http://www.colettepatterns.com/blog/colette-patterns-news/free-pattern-to-download-the-madeleine-mini-bloomers

    Did I mention the pattern was free?
    I love Colette patterns.

  1061. Dianne says:

    I would love to learn to applique this year. I have a new machine that I’m exploring, and I think this may be the year ;)

  1062. Dru says:

    Thanks for the great giveaway! The sewing skill I would most like to learn next year would be learning how to do the math to make up my own squares…any size I wanted.

  1063. Sandra G says:

    Thread painting intrigues me and I plan to learn how to do it.

  1064. Patricia says:

    Happy Anniversary and Happy Mother’s Day too.
    I would love to do some applique…simple, I know, but I’ve never done it. I would also like to learn how to quilt my own quilt. So far, I’ve only attempted quilting placemats.

  1065. Katie says:

    The sewing skill I would like to learn is stippling. My machine has the capability for free motion quilting…I just need to learn to use it! And do it well!

  1066. TiinaK says:

    Happy anniversary! Your shop has wonderful fabrics! Most wonderful quilt that I have seen is the Monsters quilt: http://dontlooknow.typepad.com/dont_look_now/2010/04/little-monsters-on-the-loose.html

  1067. Candy says:

    Congratulations!I love the shop and blog. I would love to learn how to paper piece and applique, I find both very intimidating.

  1068. hilary says:

    I want to learn how to free motion quilt (or work up the guts to try primative handquilting). I also what to work up my guts to work on sewing with knited fabrics.

  1069. erinmalia says:

    oooh, i would love to learn how to machine quilt. then i could make something really beautiful with those fabrics.

  1070. Erin says:

    I would love to finish learning how to quilt. I’ve gotten halfway through the process (pieced a top, pinned the layers) but I need to be brave and finally quilt it and finish it!

  1071. Danielle says:

    i am looking forward to stepping out further from dress making to trying quilting and more craft-based projects. congrats on 5 years!

  1072. amylouwho says:

    I would love to learn how to smock! I have 2 little girls and smocked dresses are the cutest things. I’d also like to figure out how to manage my time so that I can still get a lot of sewing done and spend time doing the daily jobs of raising a family… That’s not really a sewing skill though….

  1073. kelly says:

    In the next year, I would like to make the move to sewing clothing — specifically sizing patterns and customizing fit. I would also like to learn how to finish what I start :)

    Lovely fabric, and congrats on 5 years!

  1074. Molly says:

    In the next year, I would most like to learn how to free motion quilt (instead of having my mom do it all for me!). Those are gorgeous new fabrics!

  1075. to applique better!

  1076. sarah minns says:

    I would like to learn some dressmaking skills this year.

  1077. Laura says:

    I’ve been doing a lot of clothes making/thinking lately. I’m not sure if it counts as a skill but I’d really like to make pants that fit! I have a horrible time finding “real” (i.e. non drawstring/elastic waist) pants that fit so it would be nice to sew my own.

  1078. Mary Ann says:

    Happy birthday! I love your site and all the ideas you post. I’d like to learn to do applique and also how to do grommets and snaps( now that I’ve conquered zippers and buttons.)

    Thanks for the chance to win!

  1079. Jodes says:

    I want to learn how to fit clothing properly in the next year so I can make awesome clothes for myself that actually fit well :D

  1080. Sarah says:

    I love all the collections, especially 1933 and beyond the sea organic. I hope to delve more into sewing clothes this next year.

  1081. Lynn Osborne says:

    I would like to learn how to free motion quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

  1082. katy says:

    I would love to learn how to sew a zipper into a skirt. Sewing is so new to me! Your fabric is beautiful to boot.

  1083. Gwen says:

    1) I would like to learn how to sew with knits without a serger.

    2.) This: http://www.spritestitch.com/?p=2797

  1084. Amy Harry says:

    I know this may be impossible, but I want to learn to use a dress form to fit a dress or skirt (like on Project Runway). I’ve been teaching myself to sew for the past year and have made skirts, a coat, dresses, and a bunch of home dec items. Your box cushion tutorial in summer sewing projects is my favorite link. I made 2 to practice, then made giant bolsters for the back of my sofas- all thanks to you!!

  1085. DianeM says:

    Congratulations! What an awesome accomplishment :)
    I’d love to enter your Anniversary-Celebratin’ Giveaway….the sewing skill I would most like to learn is how to do the buttonhole applique stitch by machine, how much that would speed things up & it always looks so neat yet still handsewn…
    Here is a link to a wonderful project that drew me in…I found the punch on Ebay so I could exactly match her project (just in case you want to as well)
    http://mousechirpy-polkadotpineapple.blogspot.com/2010/04/petite-posy.html
    Congratz again!
    Smiles, DianeM :)

  1086. Isabel Coelho says:

    Happy Anniversary!
    1- Next year, I would like to learn some more stuff for babies and todlers. Here, I´ve found some amazing things, but I can ask for more, can I? :)
    2- I love this idea – what can you do with fabrics?
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/margaridapintassilgo/703544055/in/set-72157594224997227/

  1087. Kt says:

    This year WILL be the year I learn to quilt. I’ve got some lovely red and aqua fabrics and just need to get some white for the sashing…here goes!…

  1088. Jaime Blais says:

    I love the freebird fabric you have available, it’s my new obsession :)
    Here’s a link to retro-mama, I just adore the easter egg tutorial she’s posted here
    http://retro-mama.blogspot.com/2009/03/easter-is-in-air.html

  1089. Sarah says:

    I’d love to learn all about zippers.

  1090. Laura says:

    I do quite a bit of sewing, in a variety of sewing areas, but I would love to enhance my quilting skills & knowledge.

  1091. Joan Brown says:

    Congratulations!!! On your 5 year anniversary.
    Joan

  1092. Heidi says:

    Is quilting a skill? I’ve been so inspired by Quilt month I’d like to learn how to quilt and applique – first a mini then a full size!

    Cheers and congrats on your anniversary!

  1093. Tanya Holt says:

    THis year I want to try and learn abit more about sewing with stretch fabric.

  1094. Silvia says:

    Thank you for this great giveaway! 1. I have always been intimidated by machine applique. I would like to learn it.
    2. You can find really amazing things on blogs or Flickr. Lately one of my favourites things are Dear Jane quilts. They are awesome. I really like the colors of this one: http://www.flickr.com/photos/redwork-in-germany/3342964991/

  1095. Nichole Lenneman says:

    Congratulations!!! Love the fabrics. The sewing skill I’d most like to learn is how to read and use a regular clothing pattern. I now use tutorials or pictures but patterns seem to have a language I don’t understand.

  1096. jackie says:

    I would like to learn how to free motion quilt this year. I’ve been doing a little bit of machine quilting but so far only straight lines. I’ve really enjoyed following your blog, lots of great ideas!!!! can’t wait to see what’s next!!!

  1097. Samantha t says:

    Happy Anniversary! I would love to learn how to sew with stretchy material! I’m a real beginner, but feel I attempt projects that are outside my skill set! Sam x

  1098. Thank you for this opportunity! Sewing skills….Hmmm I have none! I just try and try and try. I would really like to work on my quilting skills, I honestly have none, but binding scares me, so I tend to stick to rag quilts. I truly would love to be able to make a quilt that I would be proud to give to someone other than myself!

  1099. Liz Halbisch says:

    I’d really like to learn how to NEATLY mitre the binding of a quilt.

  1100. Jamey says:

    I would like to learn how to properly draft and cut my own patterns.

  1101. Linda says:

    What beautiful fabrics!
    To improve a sewing skill…hmmm..Definitely would have to master serging. My daughter bought me one last year for christmas and it has been collecting dust ever since.

  1102. Tally says:

    I would like to learn sewing jersey, preferably on a normal household machine. With that skill I would line skirts with stretchable fabric.

  1103. Sarah McGrath says:

    Congrats on reaching the 5th anniversary of your fantastic blog! Great work!

    1) I would most like to learn how to use a sewing machine. I only hand-sew at the moment and I would love to do some bigger projects with my machine.

  1104. betsy says:

    I would love to learn how to sew curves. That is always so frustrating to me.
    I hvae not seen any sewn projects on any blogs I read. If you send me the links to some I will gladly search. Thank you for the chance to win.

  1105. I would really like to get my top-stitching skills upgraded. In my opinion great topstitches can make a plain garment look like a million.

  1106. Alice S says:

    I would like to learn how to crochet, but I guess that’s not really “sewing.” Here’s a cool quilt that I would like to make soon, “The Modern Chain Quilt.”

    http://www.cluckclucksew.com/2010/05/modern-chain-quilt.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CluckCluckSew+%28Cluck+Cluck+Sew%29

  1107. Katrin says:

    I definitely want to learn how to smock. So cute for kid’s dresses