May's Maxie Mail Subscription Sewing Box... Cool Tools 2019!

May brings one of my favorite things to Maxie Make’s Subscription Sewing Box: the annual ‘Cool Tools’ box! This year I was especially excited to include a new set of rulers, designed just for my subscribers…but I’m also happy to announce that I am now offering them on my website! One of the most often expressed frustrations quilters experience is loosing angles and points on half square triangles, quarter square triangles and flying geese. The problem usually lies in the trimming and not in the sewing. This ruler set answers the call for accurately trimming all sizes from 1.5” to 6.5”! And may I mention fussy cutting? Watch the video below and you’ll see how accurate and easy to use they are! (Two of my other favorite products are shown, too!) All proudly made in the USA!

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April 2019 Maxie Makes Subscription Sewing Box Reveal!

Are you ready to see what’s inside April’s Maxie Makes Subscription Sewing Box? This month, we learned so much as we worked with directional fabrics, curved piecing, scant 1/4” seam allowances and more! Subscribers received fabrics to complete a small quilted project and I took them through each step in the video tutorial, accessed on the Members’ Only page. Take a peek at all the beautiful fabrics (all Art Gallery Fabrics’ 100% pima cotton!) and the neccessary tools, included! Click the video below, or click here! For more information about a Maxie Makes’ Subscription, click here!

Maxie Mail Subscription Sewing Box Preview - March 2019

How did April arrive so quickly? While we are working diligently on April’s Maxie Mail Subscription Sewing Box, I thought I’d take a moment to share March’s contents with you. I get so many requests to preview what’s inside, so let’s take a peek! The video below reveals the contents and shares ideas, but each box is also accompanied by a step-by-step video tutorial, password protected and available to subscribers on the Members’ Only page. If you’re not subscribed, won’t you join us? Click here for more information, and if you have trouble viewing the video below, click here. For 10% off your first box, use the code below when you sign up:

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My Story and Bonnie Christine's Immersion Course

If you’ve ever dreamed of becoming a fabric designer, please read on. Or a quilt pattern designer. Or any other kind of surface pattern designer, for career or personal enrichment, read on. No matter your age or your circumstance, your dream is attainable.

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Today I’d like to share a little bit of my story with you, with hopes that it might encourage you to keep following your dreams. We don’t always know where our dreams will lead us, or where or when the journey will end, and that is part of the beauty of a dream. Dreams come true by setting goals and moving toward them. The most important thing I’ve learned about those goals is to not let them overwhelm you. Rather, let them inspire your small steps.

I fell in love with sewing at a very young age, as I watched my mother sew my clothes and dolls. I think I took for granted that this was how things came to be, by creating them. We didn’t shop, we sewed. So as soon as I was able, I began to sew my own clothes, progressing to my wedding gown, my husband’s suits and ties and clothes, and then to my own children’s clothes, wedding gowns and so on. Most recently, a joyful progression to sewing for grandchildren.

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Along that journey I owned two fabric shops. Teaching and sharing the love of sewing & quilting with others was what I loved most. Meanwhile, my daughter, Bonnie Christine, had embarked on a journey of her own that (I like to think) began in my shops. A love of fabric grew in her and has resulted in a career of fabric design, and perhaps more importantly now, a passion for sharing with you how to embark on your own dream through her Immersion Course.

At the age of 61, I decided to sell my fabric shop and completely reinvent my business online with a monthly sewing subscription box based on teaching sewing skills. Maxie Mail was born and I was teaching again, but this time to a much larger audience!

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To help keep my costs down, I needed to learn how to design the pages of my own sewing patterns, flyers, business cards and website graphics. I needed to learn how to use Adobe Illustrator.

Luckily, Bonnie was just about to teach the Immersion Course. I took her course, put in the time and learned how to use Illustrator! I learned how to draw, illustrate and write my own patterns and am so happy to present them to my subscribers! It has truly paid off in a very rewarding way.

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Today my business is thriving and it makes me fairly emotional to think about what I’ve been able to accomplish at my age and share with people all over the world through my subscription box.

I want to encourage everyone, at any stage in life, with any reason for wishing to master design (e.g. surface pattern, graphic design or simply personal enrichment) to just jump in; you won’t regret it! If you dream of being a successful artist, let Bonnie’s course, Surface Pattern Design Immersion help you tackle it. Enrollment opens for one week, once a year, and it opens today! (Feb. 19-26th, 2019.) Sign up today through any of the Immersion links in this post and you’ll automatically receive a free 3 Month subscription to my Maxie Mail Subscription Sewing Box!

I’d like to add that my journey is far from over, and I just take the road one curve at a time, waiting to discover what might lie ahead.