In less than a week I have to give a speech to 70+ quilters. In my mind, quilters are at the top of the sewing hierarchy. People ask me all the time if I quilt and are often surprised to learn I don't. The guild actually invited me to speak because they want to hear my entrepreneurial story.  I should mention they booked me a year ago and I am just now writing the speech. I work best under pressure. When I was employed as a newspaper writer I would always wait until the last minute to write all of my articles. Lucky for me, I consistently received positive feedback from my editor. You may have heard public speaking is the most common fear. I am no exception; however, I am hoping my time here on YouTube has expanded my speaking skills. Back in my PTO Presidential days, I would have rather died than take the podium to speak at Back to School Night and remember trembling as I stepped up to the mic and addressed hundreds of parents. This time is different because I have a backup strategy to combat my nervousness! I am just going to pretend I am talking to our beautiful Sewspire community and am fairly confident that will work better than picturing my audience naked as so many recommend. LOL. Wish me luck my friends!

XO, Andrea

P.S. Ashley will be recording the talk and we will share it with you---even if I tremble. 
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: Carol Tedesco O'Neill

Featured Creative Genius: Therese Hofmann Withey

Featured Creative Genius: Clozelle Harris 

Featured Creative Genius: Karen Hill Worley

Featured Creative Genius: Tracey Seymour

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Unanswered questions from the live stream
Question #1: Laney asks, I am interested in the design workshop. Will this be avaliable online or only in person? 

Answer: Yes! The first session of the workshop will be online. If you haven't done so already please sign up for the email notifications at More information on how you can register will be available in next week's studio update/vlog on June 21st. 

Question #2: Tina asks, what videos are included in the read only membership at The Fourth Seam? 

Answer: All of the written and video content is included in the read only membership on The Fourth Seam and the 12 segments are as follows: 
-Setting up your Etsy Shop 
-Perfecting your product
-Pricing to stay in business
-Creating your sales page
-Using the Etsy dashboard
-Telling your story
-Time management
-How to find your customers
-Providing stellar customer service
-How to package and ship with style
-The ebb and flow of online sales
-Staying inspired and growing your business 

Question #3: What weight thread do you recommend for bag making and what colors do you use? 

Answer: I use Gutterman Cotton 50 weight colors 829 and 919. 

Please submit your questions to and we will do our best to answer those on the next live stream or subsequent newsletter. 
Tutorials with zippers 
Schedule for upcoming tutorials 
Saturday June 16: Classic Ticking Apron 
Saturday June 23: Waist / Bum / Fanny Pack 
Saturday June 30: Yoga Bag 
Saturday July 7: Ultimate Commuter Bag  
Summer sewing projects for kids
When working with children, the most important factor to consider is the length of their attention span. You will want to choose a project that results in a finished product they will use and be proud of. I recommend teaching children how to sew the three ring binder cover with zipper pocket or library tote bag. You can easily break each project into smaller segments for children with short attention spans. 
On Thursday we will be announcing another Happy Mail winner during the weekly studio update. You are 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. This week's giveaway is a flat rate envelope of fabric remnants in celebration of reaching 24,000 subscribers on YouTube. Everyone is invited to enter! 
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Ted Talk of the week to stay inspired
Click here to watch Ashley's favorite Ted Talk of the week: Drew Dudley's talk on everyday leadership. 

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