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My little apple

May 27th, 2012

My youngest son asked if he can use my sewing machine. Whhhhhaaaaaaa? I heard what he said, but what *really* I heard was, “Mom, I think it’s so awesome that you sew, and like you I think it’s so empowering to make something instead of buying it, and I want to be just like you because you are so damn cool with your sewing ways“. Well. Something like that.

So naturally I asked him what he wanted to make (a pouch for his rappelling harness belt-thing), and off to JoAnn’s we went. When one of your kids wants to go to the craft store - you STOP EVERYTHING AND GO AND LOVE EVERY SECOND OF IT AND PINCH YOURSELF REPEATEDLY AND THEN GO HOME AND WRITE SOMETHING ABOUT IT IN ALL CAPS. Dear sweet child-o-mine knew just what he wanted and how much of it. Fabric. Trim. Buckle. Plastic. No shopping list, no notes. I told him I find it helpful to have notes and some sketches. He then pointed to his noggin and said his notes and sketches where in there. When we got home and set up my travel-machine, all I showed him was needle up - needle down button and the back stitch button. And to town he went.
My apples sews

My son was a total improv sewer (OMG!), and has a knack for 3D sewing just like his super talented grandfather (my dad, my sewing mentor). He just kept sewing, and building, and cutting, and sewing. And like me, he also had a knack for unsewing.
My apples sews

HOLY COW, THIS BAG IS GOING TO MAKE ME GO ALL CAP AGAIN. Yeah, I had to beg him to blog about it. I pretty much keep my family’s lives private and respect their wishes for privacy. But NOT TODAY. My apples sews
And now to talk him into making a quilt. An improv one of course.

Because I’m on a giveaway roll, I have another one. At Quilt Market, Mo and I were in line at the United Notions/Moda Home booth for Amanda Jean’s and Cheryl’s  Sunday Morning Quilts book signing (OMG, I love their book so much - and love them, too!), we met the fun ladies from Marmalade Fabrics who made the wait in line so much fun.  When someone from United Notions was handing out these darling Kansas City souvenir hankies to all of us in line, I squealed so loud that my new pals at Marmalade said they’d give me one of theirs to give to one of my blog readers.  How sweet is that. I know, crazy sweet!   Leave a comment by this Tuesday night ish, May 29th, and I’ll draw a name by Wednesday morning (which is noon-ish my time, PST).
Kansas City hankie

Edited in #1: Occasionally my website goes on the fritz (it’s old, really really old) and my blog doesn’t send comments to my inbox. I wanted to answer everyone’s kind comments, especially to you everyone one who said I didn’t look old enough to have a son that age (and he’s my baby, I have an even old son!). Seriously, it was so heartwarming to read everyone’s kind comments. It was a pretty big deal for me to discover my little sewing savant, and just as big a deal to me to get all these lovin’s from this awesome quilty-sewie-crafty community of ours. A huge big thank you. Major huge thank you.

Edited in #2: The giveaway has now ended, and I wish I had a Moda Kansas City hankie for everyone (that’d be a squeal en masse!). Using random.org for comments 1-156, the winner is #49 by Florence!

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165 Responses

  1. The fabulous Mary on Lake Pulaski allegedly said:

    That’s not just any ol’ souvenir hanky there! It’s like red and aqua wit scalloped edges! I heard you squeal.

  2. The fabulous Mel allegedly said:

    Dude, that is so cool that your son wanted to sew something! I work in the same way, building it up and cutting bits off until it’s just right.

  3. The fabulous Michele allegedly said:

    His bag is fantastic! He definitely has talent. That hankie is wonderful. I lived in KC for 5 years and I do miss it at times. It is a great city.

  4. The fabulous Natalie, the Chickenblogger allegedly said:

    High fives, and cheers, w00t-w00ts for our children who ask to sew! And seriously… what a nifty, good looking article he designed and made. Good kid. Good noggin’. Must run in the family.

  5. The fabulous Angela Greenwald allegedly said:

    I cannot even express how impressed i am with that bag that your son made. i’ve been sewing for 2 decades and don’t think i could have made something like that off the top of my head. holy smokes! love the hankie giveaway, thank you!

  6. The fabulous linda allegedly said:

    OMG!! I was at Market in KC but I didn’t get a hankie!! Should have stood in more lines. :)

    Would LOVE to win this - great, great souvenir.

    :) Linda

  7. The fabulous Tanya allegedly said:

    wow!! your son is VERY impressive. You must be so proud. I have made couple bags but I would not know how to make one like that if I did not have a pattern or a tutorial.
    BTW, thanks for a chance to win. :)

  8. The fabulous Michele T allegedly said:

    Your son has amazing talent!! I am totally impressed!! And thanks for the giveaway!!

  9. The fabulous Robin Lemke allegedly said:

    That is an awesome looking bag!! *SO* impressed!!

  10. The fabulous Christie allegedly said:

    That is one impressive bag! What a very talented son you have.

  11. The fabulous Karen allegedly said:

    That is a super cool bag your son made!

  12. The fabulous ida in central PA allegedly said:

    How AWESOME that your son is an inventive sewer! :)

    OOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!! That hankie is simply gaw-jeous!! :)

  13. The fabulous Laura Pearce allegedly said:

    Wow, he did an awesome job on that bag! Thanks for the giveaway too :)

  14. The fabulous Patti allegedly said:

    I can’t believe you son just whipped that up improv! I am so jealous! I’d still be reading instructions by the time he finished. Serious talent in your family!
    The hanky is so gorgeous, and yes, I’d love to win it. Thanks or the giveaway

  15. The fabulous Miranda Evans allegedly said:

    Sooo adorable!!!!!!

  16. The fabulous Kathy allegedly said:

    That is a great bag he designed and made - I’m very impressed! All his buddies will probably want one, now.

    Thanks for the giveaway chance!

  17. The fabulous Linda allegedly said:

    That is one FANTASTIC bag - wish I could do as well! But I’ll settle for hankie to cry into ;)

  18. The fabulous sarah allegedly said:

    Why is it that men who sew can totally see everything in 3-D in their heads? Whenever I get totally stuck on something Dave can always work it out in about 10 seconds.

    I would have had to have a pattern and at least 3 goes at making a bag like that! LOL

  19. The fabulous Jackie K allegedly said:

    Your sons’ bag is very impressive! A complete intuitive creator there :-)

    LOVE the aqua and red scalloped hankie, what a great gift from United Notions.

  20. The fabulous beth allegedly said:

    that is a totally awesome hankie to go with a totally awesome post! :D

  21. The fabulous Cheran allegedly said:

    He really did a great job on that bag! Very Cool!!

  22. The fabulous Christine M allegedly said:

    I’m very impressed with your son’s bag. Gorgeous hanky. I love that they give hankies for souvenirs.

  23. The fabulous Renee allegedly said:

    Okay, I’ll admit what everyone else was thinking - that the bag you pictured you would later say “haha, just kidding” then show a pic of the Real bag that he made. Nice job, son of Monica!
    And, sweet turn to give away a cute hankie!

  24. The fabulous Tara allegedly said:

    Good grief! Your son’s bag is amazing!

  25. The fabulous De allegedly said:

    Wow! Your little apple did an amazing job! Don’t think I could’ve carried that off with a pattern!
    AND I must have that hankie! I was born in KC but don’t live there anymore and really, really need it!! Thanks to your friend who shared for the opportunity!

  26. The fabulous Sharon allegedly said:

    Wow that pouch is awesome! and so is the hanky

  27. The fabulous Bonnie allegedly said:

    Oh my goodness, that hankie is SO COOL! I can’t believe how talented your son is, that bag looks totally professional! Here’s throwing my hat in the ring for the hankie…..

  28. The fabulous Lianne Alvarez allegedly said:

    I LOVE the story about your son. My son asked to be taught to sew at age nine. He is now a 37 year old attorney, married, with 7 children. He has sewn each child a silk and lace baptismal gown and coat. I’m sooo proud of him!

    By the way, I was born in K.C., MO. Transplanted to CA at age 7.

    Thanks for that great story!

  29. The fabulous Jen in NY allegedly said:

    Wait a second…your son made that bag, no pattern or anything? Wow! He definitely inherited his mama’s talent! I am so impressed!!

    That little hanky is beyond cute. I’d love to win it!! xo Jen

  30. The fabulous Becky Greene allegedly said:

    Talent obviously runs in your family!! Thanks for the chance to win the KC souvenier. My parents met and married in Kansas City and I would love to do something creative with this!

  31. The fabulous Cheryl allegedly said:

    Your son is too cool!!! I’m so impressed.

    Love hankies - I remember when I was young having them and occasionally stop by antique shows and flea markets looking for ones to buy.

  32. The fabulous Terri allegedly said:

    Im impressed! He doesn’t fall far from the tree, this hanky is very neat!

  33. The fabulous Jeni allegedly said:

    Wow! I don’t think I could even sew something like that! Your family clearly has good sewing genes :)

    And hello, that handkerchief is ridiculously adorable!

  34. The fabulous Laurel allegedly said:

    I’ve been sewing for 50 years and probably couldn’t make a bag like that without a pattern! Awesome! Was he so happy with it?

    Be a proud mama–you’ve earned it!

  35. The fabulous Vicky allegedly said:

    Oh, I would like to win this handkerchief … so very vintage!

  36. The fabulous Dani allegedly said:

    such a cute giveaway!!!

  37. The fabulous Johanna allegedly said:

    Wow! I love how guys have a knack of seeing things. Kinda annoying at times though :) I see an engineer on your hands!

  38. The fabulous Gretchen allegedly said:

    I just adore the hankie-not only for the most wonderful color scheme but for the buildings! I love anything printed with old buildings on it.
    Also–OMG your son! So creative!! This project just screams–PDF pattern. Any chance he can write up his notes?

  39. The fabulous Deborah Cade allegedly said:

    Your little apple made you one happy Mombie!

  40. The fabulous Lynn allegedly said:

    Just popping in to say that I must have been very near to you in that line. I got one of those hankies too. I didn’t make it for that book signing but I was first in line for Elizabeth’s. I just stayed and waited for the next one. Those hankies are just too sweet. Especially for a hanky collector such as myself.

    Also, older son has done a few sewing projects. I love it just as much as you. It is great to see them create, isn’t it?

  41. The fabulous Aunt Marti allegedly said:

    First of all, I cannot believe you are old enough to have a son that big! Tell him great job on the bag, and thanks for letting Mom blog about it!

  42. The fabulous Deb H. allegedly said:

    What a lovely hankie! Thanks for the giveaway.

  43. The fabulous Carrie allegedly said:


  44. The fabulous Bridgette allegedly said:

    It is indeed clear to see that your little apple stayed very close to the tree! Not only that but HE WAS PAYING ATTENTION!
    That is one awesome bag. I have begun seeing more customers of the male persuasion at JoAnns. At first I felt a little threatened, THIS IS A WOMANS TERRITORY SONNY JIM!
    But now I watch, and take notes :)

  45. The fabulous HillBill allegedly said:

    Hey when you’re ready to marry him off you let me know. Not that I’m the marrying type, at least not until we have marriage equality throughout the country, but you get the point.

  46. The fabulous Sue Preece allegedly said:

    What a talented son you have! Neither of mine have ever expressed an interest in sewing at all but one of my older son’s female friends wants to learn after seeing a quilt I made for him so I shall have to live vicariously through her instead!

  47. The fabulous Heather allegedly said:

    Your sons bag is awesome! Amazing talent, must come from mom of course! Thanks for he giveaway.

  48. The fabulous Cindy @ tops to treasures allegedly said:

    Wow! I’d love to share my world with one of my boys.

  49. The fabulous florence allegedly said:

    oh how awesome it is to have a son like that,,,,,,,how truly proud you must be,,,having three of my own, i know that feeling also,,,,,,and like a comment above, i to thought you to young to have such an older son,,,,,

    On to the hankie,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,ahhhhhhhhh, that would loook sooooooooo good in my new sewing room, in a lovely frame i could make for it,,,,,,,being here in kansas city, or an hour from the city,i am not a store or designer, so no chance to ever have that hankie, unless i find one in a box from an auction,,,,,way down the road someday, lol,,,,,

  50. The fabulous christina allegedly said:

    that bag is awesome!! i could never improv sew something like that!!!

  51. The fabulous Carol L. allegedly said:

    I think it’s awesome, I would totally love to win this. Your son has a natural talent, truly, did you shed a tear of joy? If you squealed this much for a hanky I would love to find out what you did when you got a fat quarter bundle.

  52. The fabulous Kylie allegedly said:

    Oh wow! I am so impressed by your son’s bag! It’s all 3D and everything and improv!! Wish I had that sort of knack for sewing something out of my head!

  53. The fabulous Rita allegedly said:

    mothers and their sons! how blessed we are, and they do make us proud. each in his own way! what a sweet, sweet hanky - i love it! please count me in, and thank you for this grand opportunity!

  54. The fabulous Nancy allegedly said:

    Totally impressed with your son’s amazing bag..and no pattern…

    Would love to have the handkerchief.. I was at the Modern Meet-up and won NOTHING!! I was so sad… winning might make up for that…

  55. The fabulous Mary Ann allegedly said:

    Talent runs in the family for sure. Love the hankie, it would look so cool in my aqua sewing room!

  56. The fabulous Pat S allegedly said:

    That is one awesome bag your guy created - I am so impressed! And I love that hankie - so pretty. Love the colors and the scalloped edge - how nice of the Marmalade gals and you to share!!!

  57. The fabulous Donnell allegedly said:

    That bag is awesome! Your son did a great job.

  58. The fabulous Kathie L allegedly said:

    He did a great job!! pass that on. thanks for the giveaway. kathie L in Allentown

  59. The fabulous Thimbleanna allegedly said:

    Wow — that’s awesome about your son! He has a future in pattern design!!!!

    Now. Hand over the Hankie and no one will get hurt. How do you always manage to be in the right place at the right time? (Well, except where I was at market, of course!!!)

  60. The fabulous Emily allegedly said:

    That hanky is squeal worthy! I grew up in KC and have family there that I visit often.

  61. The fabulous Chen allegedly said:

    I’ve been sewing for 4 years and I’m pretty sure I couldn’t make a bag like that. Good for him :)

  62. The fabulous Pamela allegedly said:

    Wow, that bag is really impressive! And I love that hanky, I have a collection (well, I have two….) and this would make a great addition!

  63. The fabulous Fran allegedly said:

    Your son is very creative. Cute hankie.

  64. The fabulous Jenelle allegedly said:

    He did a fantastic job! I’m pretty dang impressed that this is his first time sewing. :)

  65. The fabulous Lindsey allegedly said:

    SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. He just sat down and made that?! Holy swiss cheese!! The post title is obviously appropriate, the apple definitely didn’t fall far.

  66. The fabulous Penny G allegedly said:

    I am from Florida, but my elder daughter got married in Kansas City.

  67. The fabulous Marco Solorio allegedly said:

    HOLY EFFING COW!!! (All-caps runs strong in the family) I cannot even convey how impressed I am with the bag he made. Seriously, the fact he did this from what he planned in his head and was his first creation… holy effing cow (again). I mean that thing looks like something you’d buy in a sporting goods store. I’m not BS-ing here. Seester, please tell my nephew that my mind is completely blown. He should make custom hiking gear on the side and make sweet cash. No joke. WOW.

  68. The fabulous Nikki allegedly said:

    Wow, your son has some sewing talent! So sweet!

  69. The fabulous Pat V. allegedly said:

    Wow! Cool bag and very, very cool story! Would love to win the hankie — I’ve been collecting interesting hankies for a quilt. Plus it’s the closest I’ll probably ever get to quilt market!

  70. The fabulous Irene allegedly said:

    LOVED reading this Monica. Had to read it again to Christ who chuckled as well. Eddie made a pillow today from some shark fabric from Mo. It is great to see those little apples sew!

  71. The fabulous Rebecca allegedly said:

    I LOVE THAT BAG! He did a great job! I don’t think I could make that if I tried WITH a pattern! Thumbs up from me!

  72. The fabulous Pam allegedly said:

    Mama’s son has a brand new bag! Insert James Brown riff here! Thanks for sharing! And if I win the Kansas City hanky I promise to never use it for anything yucky!

  73. The fabulous Joan allegedly said:

    Your son has his momma’s mad sewing skills!

    How cool is that bag?

  74. The fabulous Katie allegedly said:

    oh em gee that boy can sew! Hardly surprising though…..

  75. The fabulous Jmb craftypickle allegedly said:

    This story made me cry from the sweetness. What an awesome bag!! Yay momma!!!

  76. The fabulous Lisa E allegedly said:

    How the heck did your son come up with that bag? SERIOUSLY IMPRESSIVE. (See, you’ve got me doing the all caps thing.) He’s very handsome — at least from the back.

  77. The fabulous Krista - Poppyprint allegedly said:

    I’m trying to figure out when it would not be creepy for your son to marry my 13.5 y.o. daughter.

    And yes please on the hanky. I will use it to dab my eyes at their wedding.

  78. The fabulous Quiltjane allegedly said:

    You have shown me there is hope for my boys! What a fabulous bag. He is a genius like you.

  79. The fabulous Brenda allegedly said:

    Love that your son wanted to sew his bag and look how great it is!!!!!

    I missed out getting the hankie somehow….:(

    Love your fabric!

  80. The fabulous louise allegedly said:

    he made the bag?!!!!!! i am totally blown away! the apple doesn’t fall far……………and, thinking of an apple - he could have appliqued one onto the side of the bag - bet he’ll love that idea!! xxx

  81. The fabulous ppam allegedly said:

    Super love the kiddo. What a nice politte young man. He is what moms of girls hope for. The hanky is just an awesome bonus. I am always a winner being your friend. ??

  82. The fabulous Rebecca T allegedly said:

    Gee… I sure hope my kiddos end up with that same sewing interest and ability. My 5.5 year old daughter definitely has a creative streak. My son at 3.5 is much more interested in cars. But who knows where they’ll be in 10+ years :-)

  83. The fabulous Charlotte allegedly said:

    Wowser! That is amazing! I would totally go all caps on it too!!!! My kids are a bit littler than yours (the oldest is 12) but I have everything crossed that this happens to me one day ;-)

  84. The fabulous therese allegedly said:

    Wow.. your son’s talents are amazing!
    Please pick me. I would love to add something with such a beautiful American theme to my sewing area. Love it!

  85. The fabulous WandaFish allegedly said:

    Tell me it’s lined with Gnoma Claus!!! Seriously, Wow! Talented son, great bag :)

  86. The fabulous Cindy allegedly said:

    Your son’s skills are amazing! I couldn’t have done that with a pattern. Thanks for sharing your KC loot!

  87. The fabulous Julie allegedly said:

    Wow! That is such an impressive bag! Remind him that his buddies are going to want one too! If I had been in line at Market, I’d have squealed over that hankie, too! Super cool thing for Moda to do!

  88. The fabulous Lizzie | Swedish Scrapper allegedly said:

    The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!
    Nice bag!

    That Kansas City hanky is exceedingly sweet!

  89. The fabulous Melody allegedly said:

    What a wonderful hanky! I was born and raised in Kansas City (MO of course LOL). I remember seeing Robin Williams at Starlight Theater when Mork and Mindy was on TV. Parents and their kids were leaving in droves after the first 5 minutes of the show. Apparently they were expecting to see Mork! We had a very special name for the Liberty Memorial that I won’t share in mixed company (nice people and dirty mouths) but you didn’t go there after dark when I was a mid to older teen.

    My son asked me to go to Joannes with him to get stuff to make a hoodie. He has this idea of making them and putting his art designs on them. I have a feeling that after he finishes one he’ll decide it’s easier and cheaper to buy hoodies to put the design on but I’m going to enjoy the project while it’s happening.

  90. The fabulous Ruth Fidino allegedly said:

    Great bag! One of my sons has the itch too. He has the knack for 3D things too. I credit years of Lego building. He has made messenger bags and bike hats. Also a quilt for his girlfriend. I love sewing men!

  91. The fabulous Dell allegedly said:

    Great bag made by your son. I can’t get my 14 yo daughter interested in seeing. By her age, I was making a lot of my clothes. Thanks for sharing.

  92. The fabulous Alexis allegedly said:

    Your son did an awesome job - that bag is great!

  93. The fabulous Sue allegedly said:

    Your son did a fantastic job on that bag! I wish my daughter would show some interest in sewing - my granddaughters look like they might someday. I love hankies and would just scream if I were lucky enough to win. Thanks!

  94. The fabulous Lisa allegedly said:

    First, amazing what your son came up with, my husband borrowed my sewing machine once, things didn’t turn out too bad, but not as well as this!

    And WOW to that hanky! I collect the old ones, and saw this one someplace else, but just knew I’d never see another, thanks for the chance to maybe own one. :)

  95. The fabulous Aunt Spicy allegedly said:

    Total rockstar pouch, very impressive! And the hankie is super sweet!

  96. The fabulous Maxine allegedly said:

    Get out of town…That pouch your son made rocks…Talent runs in the family I see. And the hankie is so great..thanks for the chance to win

  97. The fabulous Kathy allegedly said:

    This weekend I will see cousins that we lived with in Kansas City 55 years ago. Vintage is my love, and this special hanky is a poignant picture of a wonderful weekend ahead.

  98. The fabulous Sandi allegedly said:


    *I* would be flipping my lid over that baby. wow!

  99. The fabulous Erin K allegedly said:

    That bag is so impressive! and that hankie…also impressive!

  100. The fabulous Melody allegedly said:

    Wow! Your Son has the Stitchy Gene! We all know he got that from You! That is an awesome bag!

    I hope someday my Son will ask to use my machine. I too would drop everything for my sweet Son.

    I am sure you will bask in the memory of this great day forever! I am happy for you!

  101. The fabulous Laura K allegedly said:

    Wow what a talented young man! That is one awesome bag. Tell him he did good! Thank you for the chance to win the really cool hankie.

  102. The fabulous Sharon S allegedly said:

    Know how you feel. Loved it when my daughter took up quilting too. Thanks for the give away.

  103. The fabulous elsa allegedly said:

    THAT IS ONE AWESOME BAG YOUR SON MADE!!! I’m really impressed!
    My son asked to teach him how to sew, so he could make his jeans into skinny jeans. His friends were so excited that he started doing it for them too ~ and t-shirts too! He doesn’t do as much as before but wants to make a quilt (which I’m thrilled about, but don’t tell him).
    Thanks for the giveaway ~ my family is from that area of the country ~ would be fun to have a hanky from there!

  104. The fabulous Dawn allegedly said:

    That is an amazing creation for someone who has never been in front of a sewing machine before. I think your son must have inherited some of your sewing genes, too! BTW, I collect hankies with state motifs on them, so I would be over the moon to win yours!

  105. The fabulous katie r allegedly said:

    So fun to share what you love. His talent is impressive too! The Kansas city fabric is BEAUTIFUL! :) Have a wonderful holiday weekend!

  106. The fabulous Morgan allegedly said:

    Whooooa. Your son did an amazing job! I can’t believe that’s his first project! And that hankie is cuuuuute! Thanks for the giveaway!

  107. The fabulous Patti allegedly said:

    So, when is the pattern coming out for that nifty lil’ bag? AWESOME!

    Love the hanky…*squeal*

  108. The fabulous Laura Fadden allegedly said:

    That bag is really cool!!!! Keep him going!! The hanky is very cute, too!!!

  109. The fabulous Dianne Mitzel allegedly said:


  110. The fabulous HillBill allegedly said:

    Oh snap he sews in his socks too. Funny thing, I couldn’t make out the brand on your machine there, Juki? Ikea? Ikea doesn’t make sewing machines, do they? Oh yes, they do and little Sy the sewing machine is super cute.

  111. The fabulous VickiT allegedly said:

    Amazing! Your son did an AWESOME

  112. The fabulous VickiT allegedly said:

    OK well now I guess I’ll keep my fingers away from keys it shouldn’t be touching until AFTER my entire post is done. Grrrr Sorry for that last comment. (I tried but don’t see a way for me to delete that comment)

    SOooooooo anyway ~ Your son did am AMAZING job on that bag! Wow. Maybe all his friends are going to want one just like it and you’ll be showing him how to set up his own business making and selling those. How cool would that be?

    That hankie is so awesome. I had seen one of them on another blog and just loved how great it is. What a wonderful momento for anyone, especially those who were at Market.

  113. The fabulous Mary Anne Drury allegedly said:

    OH MY GOSH !!! WE Mama’s LOVE LOVE LOVE our baby boys !!!!! My baby boy is about the same age as yours (LOVE the sneaker under the sewing table …..and I’ll bet the other one is somewhere in the living room). WHAT a talented kid !!!! (must take after his Mama !!!) That is serioulsy an unbelievable GREAT repelling line thing holder bag - off the top of his head - first effort sewing !!!!! AMAZING (but guy-cool since it’s sports related ) :)

  114. The fabulous Jen Duncan allegedly said:

    VERY impressive bag. I can only imagine how proud you must be :-D

  115. The fabulous Heather K allegedly said:

    I don’t even know what to say, except that we share a lot of mom-pride. Makes my eyes moist to think about my guy, and I’m sure you’re the same way!

  116. The fabulous Kasi allegedly said:

    OH. MY. GAAAAAWD! Love it!!!!

  117. The fabulous Tonya allegedly said:

    Wow! Your son has some serious talent!!! I love souvenir hankies and that was so sweet of the ladies from Marmalade Fabrics to give you one for a give-away.

  118. The fabulous Ranelle allegedly said:

    Holy Hell! That’s one hot hankie. Will be sitting here with my fingers and toes crossed hoping for a miracle! : )

  119. The fabulous Miriam allegedly said:

    Just came over from Deb at works in progress and I am SO impressed with your boy. That is totally inspiring and hope filling (mine are 6 and 3 so it’s a while ’til I’ll let them be free and easy with the machine!)

  120. The fabulous Diana allegedly said:

    Great Bag, he did a fabulous job!! The souvenir hankie is fabulous. Look like the many I inherited from my mom.. Would love to add to my stash. I see a hanky quilt in my future.

  121. The fabulous Brenda allegedly said:

    My grandson, age 8, likes to draw out little Mario toys and have them make them for him. He also likes to cut out little felt “clothes” for his wrestlers. I have high hopes for him!

  122. The fabulous Anita allegedly said:

    Wow! He did a fantastic job.

  123. The fabulous Judy allegedly said:

    That takes particular skill, to be able to disassemble things you’ve seen from LL Bean or REI and be able to reassemble it, especially since hiking and climbing gear tends to be very tightly engineered and designed.

    Color me impressed!

  124. The fabulous PersimonDreams allegedly said:

    That is incredible! Wove that he made it himself - gives me hope for my girls someday…

  125. The fabulous Annemart Berendse allegedly said:

    Isn’t your son a talent! Incredible, without pattern and all. Kudos to him!

  126. The fabulous Kim allegedly said:

    Pick me! Pick me! I need some of your son’s natural talent. I’m more enthusiasm than skill!

  127. The fabulous Dianne Barnden allegedly said:

    I would so love to win your giveaway. Last year we travelled to stay with my quilting pen friend in Harrisonville. On day 3 of our visit my friend had a scad episode (spontaneous coronary artery dissection) which is similar to a heart attack, while i was glad to be there and with her we did miss some of our local sight seeing schedule. I did have a totally awesome visit and after 3 days in hospital my dear friend was close to good as new.
    I know that the hankerchief would be a perfect momento of my trip and boy I could of done with a hankerchief like that at the hospital as many tears were shed both of terror and joy.
    with Love Dianne

  128. The fabulous DianeP allegedly said:

    Wow! Good job youngest son! Happy climbing to you!

  129. The fabulous Pattij allegedly said:

    I’ve been sewing for a LONG time and know I couldn’t do that without a pattern! Great job!

  130. The fabulous 3LittleBrds allegedly said:


    I may have to throw my comment into the ring for my 8 year old daughter - she is on a hankie collecting spree. She uses them for table clothes for her dolls. :)

  131. The fabulous Marie allegedly said:

    First of all LOVE that your son wanted to sew and not just asked you to sew for him. And HOLY **** what an awesome bag!!!
    Second my Great-great Aunt Maude lived in Kansas and we would drive out there from upstate NY in the 70s to visit here. While there my sister and I started to jump rope in the living and caught heck for it from my mom until….Aunt Maude spoke up, picking up the jump rope she said “If those girls want to jump rope in this house they dare.” then she proceeded to jump rope (at the ripe young age of 76)! Gosh I loved that lady:-) Thanks for the give away and thanks to Tammy and all the ladies at Marmalade! xo

  132. The fabulous carrie allegedly said:

    What an awesome hankie!!

  133. The fabulous Lisbeth allegedly said:

    That hanky is fab. I live here in KC, and oh! how I wished I had a reason to go to Market (or, you know, was buddy-buddy enough with someone who did go)! I know those places! I’ve been to Union Station, I’ve run past Liberty Memorial during the KC Half-Marathon - I think I might just need that hanky!

  134. The fabulous Robyn allegedly said:

    I need this little hanky more than anyone else. My brother lives in KC and his wife is from KC and this is begging to be made into a pillow to sit on their bed. I really hope it is me. I am planning it all out in my head and I really want it. I hope you have a fabulous day and are able to get the boy quilting.

  135. The fabulous Lisa allegedly said:

    I lived in KC for 20 years and the hankie brought back a lot of wonderful memories!

  136. The fabulous Kristyne allegedly said:

    Never mind the giveaway (although it is super cute) … OMG!!! DUDE!!! I’m sure I’m totally old enough to be your son’s mom too, but my daughter’s are 9 & 11 … think we could work something out?! Arranged marriages still exist, don’t they? LOL! That boy has serious skills. Kiss him on the forehead for me. And maybe even throw in a cheek pinch. He’s adorable. Just like his mama.

  137. The fabulous Stella Snyder allegedly said:

    As soon as I scrolled down & saw the hankie reminded me of my mom & grandma, both actually used hankies. My only child had some sort of (home ec) in middle school. That’s when he feel in love with the sewing machine. Thanks for sharing, & letting me share. Stella

  138. The fabulous Keri F allegedly said:

    Thank you Monica for the giveaway! I luv vintage hankies and this print is so cute. Luv it!

  139. The fabulous Claire Jain allegedly said:

    Yes! I am so the same way when any family member shows any interest in some crafty action. He does have some 3D sewing skills. Definitely inspiring me to work on some pouches I’ve been thinking about! I’m so impressed :-)

  140. The fabulous Anne W allegedly said:

    OH MY GOSH your son should sell his pouches! I’m so impressed! My favorite part of your post is this: “When one of your kids wants to go to the craft store - you STOP EVERYTHING AND GO AND LOVE EVERY SECOND OF IT AND PINCH YOURSELF REPEATEDLY AND THEN GO HOME AND WRITE SOMETHING ABOUT IT IN ALL CAPS.” Because that is EXACTLY how my mom responds when I need something for a project! It’s so lucky to have endless encouragement for creativity - parents are the best

  141. The fabulous SuzK allegedly said:

    That bag is amazing! He did a great job. 3 or 4 years ago my son and his buddies decided to be characters from Spaceballs for Halloween. He was going to be Yogurt and bought this inexpensive, very shiny, satiny green fabric and trim and using my Featherweight, made his costume (without a pattern), complete with a long train so his legs were covered (the character is a spoof on Yoda and is short-the kid is 6′!) I wouldn’t have touched the project with a ten foot pole. I even had to leave the room because I assumed there would be drastic problems I wouldn’t be able to fix. In 2 hours he had an amazing costume. Maybe we should think less and just sit and sew! :0)

  142. The fabulous Niamh allegedly said:

    Your son did an AMAZING job (and worth every capital letter!)…he really has a knack for this…and his noggin did a great job at getting the supplies! Well done!

  143. The fabulous Jayme C allegedly said:

    Soooo cute!!! I LOVE it!!!!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

  144. The fabulous Kelley allegedly said:

    What an awesome bag!! He did a terrific job.

  145. The fabulous Annette allegedly said:

    Are you kidding me! I’ve been sewing for twenty years and I don’t think my bag would look that GOOD. Good for him, then again, look who his Mom is :)

  146. The fabulous Jen (bettycrockerass) allegedly said:

    You are such a good Mama!

  147. The fabulous Violet Craft allegedly said:

    THAT IS AWESOME!!!! I completely understand the need for caps usage here. REALLY, REALLY, AWESOME!

  148. The fabulous Kathy L allegedly said:

    You son did a wonderful job !!!

  149. The fabulous Nancy allegedly said:

    The bag = awesome! Totally.

    The hankerchief is awesome. Would love to win it.

    And, of course, your blog is awesome.

  150. The fabulous nurse payne allegedly said:

    OMG!!! That is so cool that your son wanted to make his own….and he did such a FABULOUS Job on it!!!! Soooo true, when the kids say craft store am soooo all over it! LOL! Thanks for the opportunity to win!! Hope you had agreat day! Nurse Payne

  151. The fabulous Michelle Kitto allegedly said:

    I LOVE that hankie! An boy howdy! Your son did an awesome job on that bag. It looks professional!

  152. The fabulous Rose k allegedly said:

    Great bag! Love that hankie!

  153. The fabulous Rose E. Glasses allegedly said:

    Sewing is engineering. Music is a language. These are two things I believe. I loved how you described what you “heard” when he wanted to use your sewing tools!

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    Sew on!

  154. The fabulous Sally allegedly said:

    Well that is just shocking. How can somebody who has never sewn before whip up that masterpiece? It has to be in the blood. Seriously, I can’t believe that (1) he didn’t just say, “Mom, will you make this do-hickey for my climbing supplies, and (2) he created that from an imagine in his head. The whole thing leaves me shaking my useless head.

  155. The fabulous dana allegedly said:

    That hankie is super sweet! Didn’t even know they made hankies like that anymore.
    But, let’s talk about that bag your son made!!! Holy Intuitive Stitching, Batman! That’s pretty damn impressive!!!!!

  156. The fabulous Rita allegedly said:

    Wow, lady! Your sons got the talent~ Totally amazing! And that hankie is SuhWeet!

  157. The fabulous Michael allegedly said:

    I’ve been wanting to make some, just haven’t gotten up the nerve to yet! Looks beautiful…

  158. The fabulous Tina allegedly said:

    Dearest—- I missed your entry b/c my own amazing son was visiting and I put it all on the back burners. That is not why I wanted to leave a ringy dingy—— but just to say:

    Your Sewing Son? The f’ing BALLS baby!

  159. The fabulous April Rosenthal allegedly said:

    Holy crap about your kid. That bag is COOL! Tell him great job, from blogland!

  160. The fabulous Lee allegedly said:

    The coolest- the bag your son made!!

  161. The fabulous AnyoneCanQuilt allegedly said:

    THE. BOY. SEWS. Let’s have a moment of silence. That’s THE cutest thing I’ve ever seen. And not only is it adorable, but what he made looks so awesome!!! His genius is showing, just like his mama’s. XOXOXOKMA!!

  162. The fabulous SewTara allegedly said:

    Wow, he did a great job! That bag is great!

  163. The fabulous SewLindaAnn allegedly said:

    That post was hysterically fabulous! Just what any great mom would feel like!

  164. The fabulous Nic allegedly said:

    Just found your blog and had to comment on this post. Even though you posted it over a month ago.

    Wow. Seriously wow. Could he possibly send me some of his design/sewing voodoo? Or whatever he has that makes him able to make something that looks like it came from a shop.

  165. The fabulous Doxiegirl allegedly said:

    OMG….. Yes, you need to use all caps for that boy and what he has made. Does he need a Grandma???? I want to sew with him !!! What a kid !!!!!

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