You know how wise people like to say your life can change in an instant? Well, mine did. I've always felt I held a fine appreciation for life; but, I don't think I truly grasped how complex the human body is. Now after having witnessed the almighty power of one's heart; I am on a diligent quest to better understand heart disease and how we can supplement our western medicine and procedures with age old holistic methods to create a comprehensive wellness plan for my husband. I am currently reading The Wheel of Healing with Ayurveda by Michelle S. Fondin. This particular methodology encourages one to look inward and really tune in to what's going on. In addition she emphasizes the importance of pursuing your passion and purposefully seeking out joy in life---both of which are right in line with my objectives here at Sewspire! I have said it before and will say it again: I truly am so grateful to be alive in an age where I can reach thousands of people without even leaving the studio and want you to know I am more committed than ever to sharing, teaching and inspiring this beautiful community of ours.

P.S. Interestingly enough Michelle lives just a few towns over from me and she teaches classes! I don't know if I can make it happen...but, wouldn't it be cool if she was a guest on the vlog and got to talk to us about pursuing our passion in life?! 
Here is this week's live stream in case you missed it! We'll be back next Tuesday at 10 a.m. EST and hope to see you then!

Featured Creative Genius: Kimberly Corbett

Featured Creative Genius: Nancy Rodriguez

Featured Creative Genius: Turanga Leela 

Featured Creative Genius: Generando Bloques

Featured Creative Genius: Kimberly Corbett

Featured Creative Genius: Turanga Leela

To be featured as a Creative Genius use #Sewspire or @Sewspire on our Facebook and Instagram. Visit for detailed instructions on how to sew any of the projects featured. 
Unanswered questions from the live stream
Question #1: Karen asks, have you ever made a vinyl pocket on the front of a tote bag? 

Answer: I have not; but, I would love to find a good source for the clear vinyl. Perhaps someone in our community can share...

Question #2: Debbie asks, can you give us tips for using planners? 

Answer: You bet! My favorite planner is the Passion Planner and right now you can scoop one up for only $5! In regards to tips: I always write in pencil because it drives me crazy to cross out or make a mistake in my planner and I set aside a minimum of 1 hour to plan my week every Saturday. 

Question #3: Reba asks, do you know where I can find solid black twill fabric? 

Answer: I order my twill solids from

Question #4: Denise, asks, what kind of Pellon do you use?

Answer: Pellon Decor Bond 809 Firm Iron On Backing #1925944 for $2.77 p yard at Walmart.

Please submit your questions to and we will do our best to answer those on the next live stream or subsequent newsletter. 
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What do you think of my Classic Ticking Apron design?
Fellow creative genius Tina has requested an apron tutorial. Let me know if you are also interested and we can put together a sewing tutorial for this classic ticking style. 
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Thank you to those of you who have sent inspirational cards for our Sew Inspired Bulletin Board Project! As promised, I am writing back to everyone who sends a card to me: PO Box 427, The Plains, Virginia 20198. You are also invited to join the Happy Mail List for a chance to win one of many future drawings for finished projects, fabric, storage solutions and more. 
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