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Happy Independence Day to those of you who are celebrating in the United States!

This time of year, I always think of my grandmother. She passed away July 3, 1995 and I have missed her every single day since. She was my mother's mother and when my Mom visits the studio she always remarks how much Grandma Bonnie would have enjoyed my space and how proud she would be. The two of us held a common love for color. She once painted a giant rainbow on the side of my grandfather's shed, for fun. I'm not sure he loved it; but, all of the grandchildren were impressed! Whenever, I am about to push my creative genius to the next level I pause and think of her high spirit. 

If you have someone special, like my grandmother, who inspires you I hope you will reach out to them soon and let them know how much they mean to you while you still can. 
On June 30th I had the pleasure of teaching members of the Cabin Branch Quilt Guild how to sew my Ultimate Craft Tote. The class went very well and many of the ladies said it was their favorite class this year. For anyone who missed out, I will be creating a PDF Tutorial for the Ultimate Craft Tote soon and shall be sure to let you know when that is available for your sewing pleasure. 

To compliment my online design workshop which begins Monday, July 9th I will be announcing the dates for two new in person workshops next week. One class will be geared especially for beginners with little to no sewing experience and the other for advanced students. Both events will be held in The Plains, Virginia Sewspire Sewing Studio. 

In the meantime, be sure to checkout the yoga bag tutorial I shared last Saturday. This particular tote can double as a sewing machine bag, pool bag or ultimate beach tote! 
Here is last week's yoga bag tutorial in case you missed it! 

Featured Creative Genius: Barbara Webb Castle

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Schedule for upcoming tutorials 
Saturday July 7: Ultimate Commuter Bag 
Saturday July 14: Waxed Canvas Messenger Bag 
Saturday July 21 - Something fabulous (of course)
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Ted Talk of the week to stay inspired
Inspiration is everywhere and this week's Ted Talk is no exception---click here to watch Ashley's pick of the week: Stairs don't just get you from point A to point B. Architect David Rockwell explains how they shape your movement-- and your feelings.  

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