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It’s Time: A Going Out of Business Sale

Let’s start with the sale details!

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My 41 traditional PDF patterns will all be on sale for $2.50 each through Friday, 12/2 at 11:59 p.m. eastern. You’ll also be able to purchase my whole collection of 41 PDF patterns, plus the out-of-print Emmy Dress & Top patterns, for a special price of $75. That’s a total of 43 patterns, making them less than $1.75 each!

My 16-pattern Go Fish PDF Collection will also be on sale for $16 through Friday, 12/2 at 11:59 p.m. eastern. (These patterns will no longer be available as individual PDF patterns.)

No other discounts apply! If you have difficulty using my main site on a mobile device, try my Etsy shop instead.

If you’re not familiar with my PDF patterns, you can read more about them here: Fishsticks Designs PDF Patterns

For a limited time, you’ll still be able to purchase my traditional patterns in paper form through your local quilt shop, and I plan to continue distributing my Go Fish paper patterns through local quilt shops for the foreseeable future.

Now a little about the why …

This little business that I started almost ten years ago grew so fast, and it felt like a perfect fit for me. So many things have changed over the years, though. The PDF pattern business has grown up in the last decade, and so many talented new designers have come on board. You sewists have so many choices now! Because of the life changes that we’ve experienced over the last two years, I have so little time to devote to my business … I just can’t keep up. (Honestly. I had planned to start this sale on Black Friday, then Cyber Monday, and now it’s nearly Tuesday.)

My sewing friends who have kept up with me know that we accepted a fostercare placement of two siblings nearly two years ago, and the youngest was diagnosed a few months later with a complex medical condition. They’re a part of our family now, and we anticipate adopting them in the coming months. (I’m excited that I’ll get to share them with you for real!) I’ll admit that I’m a little bit sad about walking away, and I hope that I’ll be able to start fresh again someday when life settles down a bit. Right now, I need to make family my priority.

Don’t think I’m disappearing, though! I’m still sewing, and I’m hoping that without the stress of my pattern business, I’ll be able to share more on my blog. Some changes will be coming here soon, too!

The Sewing Machine Hideaway ~ Free Pattern & Tutorial

I promised you a fun and practical tutorial, and I think this one checks off both of those boxes perfectly! In our new house, my studio is off to the left as soon as you walk in the front door. I would love to put in French doors so that I can close it off, but for now, I have to keep it neat and clean … at least while I’m not sewing or when we’re expecting company. Having a pretty cover for my machine helps a ton! When I can squeeze in the time, I’m planning to make one for my serger, too. Continue reading

Around Here

It’s so quiet around here … on my blog, I mean … definitely not at home. My days are still mostly filled with medical appointments and therapies for our two little ones. I’m learning to navigate this world where parents of little ones with special needs live, and I’m trying desperately to find balance. It’s hard. I almost always feel like I need a nap. I consume a ridiculous amount of coffee.

In December, we moved to a house with a floor plan that works better for us, and we started a remodel of the new house as soon as we were in it. The construction felt like it was never ever going to end. I don’t even have words to express how thankful I am to have a finished house without strangers randomly appearing. We’re finally starting to actually settle in!

Our things have been finding their places in our new space. (I love decorating with vintage books!)
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Black Friday Sale 2015

Happy Black Friday! Enjoy 40% off of all Fishsticks Designs PDF Patterns in the Main Shop and Fishsticks Designs at Etsy. (If you’re mobile, the Etsy shop loads a bit easier.) Sale runs through midnight eastern tonight. Sale prices in the main store will show when you add a pattern to your cart. Happy sewing!

Riley Blake Back-to-School Blog Tour!

Jamie and I are participating in the Riley Blake Back-to-School Blog Tour today! He’s going into second grade this year, and, like most second-graders, he definitely has his own opinions. He’s been a little bit tough lately when it comes to letting me sew for and then photograph him. This time, I involved him in the whole process. He was really excited that I let him help me choose the fabrics for his outfit, and then he loved having a say in where and how to take the pictures. He did a terrific job, too! Continue reading

The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt Prep

I’m so sorry that it’s been so quiet here this past week. We had a little one get sick, and my week was full of appointments, medications, treatments and so much driving. I feel like I buckled, unbuckled and re-buckled a thousand carseats over the last seven days! Thankfully, everyone is on the mend now, and I was able to steal a little bit of time this afternoon to do some quilt planning!

Starting next month, there’s not just one, but two blog sew-alongs that will be working their way through the 2014 edition of The Farmer’s Wife 1930s Sampler Quilt. Quilt-along number 1 is taking place over at Very Kerry Berry. Sew-along #2 can be found at Gnome Angel. Continue reading

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