May 2009 Archives

The Fabric Maverick says... Summer is here!

May 26, 2009

It is not June 21st, but the signs of summer are already here. School will be ending this week and pools are opening everywhere. I already hear the slap-slap of flip flops in the hallways. Just saying the word "summer" lowers my blood pressure several points even though I am still working full speed ahead.

Our team of sewing enthusiasts got together last week to talk about what we want to do this summer. The ideas were flying. We will soon begin a series of "Stash Buster" projects. You bought that material at a great price, but you haven't thought of a way to use it. We are going to help!. You will also follow along as we teach one of our own to sew. We will continue to chat with designers. If you are interested in someone special, let me know at We can always ask them. Chef Bubba will be back as usual with a tasty recipe or two. In fact, he has one today to get your summer off to the right start. He calls it his "little black dress" pasta salad because you can dress it up or down. It is also very light on the calories. It can be marked swimsuit friendly.

Vegetable Pasta Salad


 2-3 cups uncooked whole grain pasta (penne, rotini, etc.)

A combination of vegetables- zucchini, cherry tomatoes, black olives, scallions, etc.

 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese

1/2- to 1 cup balsamic vinaigrette

Cooking instructions:

1. Place water in a pan and bring to a boil. Add salt to the water. Add pasta and follow package directions. I used penne and cooked for 10 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water.

2. Place pasta in a large bowl. Add chopped cherry tomatoes, zucchini, black olives. You can add these in any proportion. You might also add summer squash, artichoke hearts, corn, black beans. If you like certain vegetables, add them.

3. Stir in 1/2 cup balsamic vinaigrette. If the pasta absorbs all the dressing, add more as required. I used South Beach Balsamic Vinaigrette. It has a great light taste!

4. Stir in 1/2 cup of parmesan cheese. Refrigerate. This can be made the day before.

If you want to make this more of a luncheon salad, you can add chopped ham or chicken.

This will make approximately 16 side salad servings at only 144 calories per serving.

 The Fabric Maverick wanted me to mention that today is the 26th of May. Only 5 days left until the contest ends. Enter now and win one of those fabulous prizes. Am I eligible? I need to check on that.

Have a good summer

Free Pattern Downloads!

May 19, 2009

  dress.jpg dress_skirt.jpg has quite of bit of creative talent on staff and we have been working hard to start bringing you free pattern downloads.  Jennifer in our customer care division is a certified pattern maker and she has been creating patterns of our favorite fashions. Our first download is my version of a skirt that I purchased from a well know fashion retailer. It is made with medium weight cotton lycra jersey and has a super comfortable folded "yoga" style waist.   After making my first skirt I quickly realized that this could also be worn as a top or a dress by simply unfolding the waist and adjusting the body position.  The skirt and waistband length can easily be adjusted as well. Wow...What about a tennis skirt, maternity dress, a beach cover up?  It is all here in this staple of a pattern!       

 This pattern is easy, quick and always in style. Please enjoy and post your version of the "Nancy" dress in our photo gallery.

Now Go Sew!


P.S.  Coming very soon...Stephen's Grandmother's (AKA Bubby) very own apron pattern.    Seweet!


The Fabric Maverick says... Italy is just a click away!

May 12, 2009

This is true for one lucky person. If you have been in the Sahara desert for the last 6 weeks, you probably do not realize is having a contest. The lst prize is a trip to Italy, 2nd prize is a Dell laptop and last but not least is the $500.00 Shopping spree at What you may not have realized is that you can register once a day and no purchase is required. Marketing has told me that over 50000 people have registerd as of last week. Of course, I am not eligible so you already have me beat. The deadline for registering is May 31st, 2009. Do not miss this opportunity. You just might be that lucky winner! If you want the insider's tips of traveling overseas, see Alanna Nelson's blog. Good Luck!

The Fabric Maverick gives gift tips for Mother's Day!

May 4, 2009

Mother's Day is Sunday. I know I would love any one of these gifts. I hope that a certain someone is listening. If not, I will forward this article to them. It is not subtle, but very effective.

1. A gift certificate.  I do not consider gift certificates as impersonal. I will take one any day.

2. Moda's Sweets Box: This is two mini honeybuns and pattern instructions in an adorable pastry box. All you need is a ribbon. A box of chocolates would be a nice addition.

3. Sidewinder Portable Bobbin Winder.  This is perfect for anyone who sews.

4. Craft Books. I love books! I am happy just reading them without ever completing a project. We have some great new books such as the Heather Ross Weekend Sewing Book and French General: Home Sewn. For the mothers who are interested in the recycling movement, there is Sewing Green.

5. Craftmates Easy Stack Ribbon Rack Storage Box-  I love storage boxes. This is to store ribbon. My ribbon always end up in a jumble. Not a pretty sight.

6. My favorite book this year has been the Jelly Roll Quilts Pattern Book. Throw in a jelly roll. Mom will love this combination and it is not fattening at all.

Friday, Chef Bubba will have a delectable, fattening dessert for Mom. Maybe she will share!

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