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Heirloom and Hunstville

As many others know, traveling to one of Martha Pullen Company’s events is well worth it! I attended the Heirloom I Licensing in September ~ this was my third licensing (+ one School of Art Fashion) in Huntsville, AL and, as always, I loved every minute.

Side note: There will be a change in the way Licensings are presented, beginning in 2015. Licensings will now be at other locations than Huntsville, AL. They have two Licensing Events planned to take place in the Southeast in the summer, plus two more planned for Orange County, California, the first part of November. For more information, visit

Connie Palmer
Connie Palmer
Kathy McMakin

Kathy, Connie, Alicia and all the staff are fantastic! We got (notice I said “got”) to *play* with wonderful fabric, glorious trims and learn new techniques. The “icing on the cake”, for me at least, is all the new friendships formed during the week.


40+ ladies filled that room with the lovely sounds of sewing machines, delightful conversation, “that looks great!”, “can’t wait to do that myself”, “look what I did!”, and prayer (of course!).

finished projects
Pillow, Thread catcher & Roll Pillow cover

Included in the 20+ projects were everything needed to produce 2 christening gowns, bibs, bonnets, place mats, laptop cases, nightgowns, and more! I focused on the techniques, not the finishing, which I did once home. Techniques included lace shaping, incorporating embroidery, lace, and ribbon with batiste, gingham or knits to create a “fabric”, pinstitching, shark’s teeth, pin tucks ~ and lots more. I love to do Heirloom!

martha and sue
Martha and Sue

We had a surprise visitor as well! Sue Hausmann came through town and Martha asked her to stick around for a few days. She gave a very entertaining presentation on the history of the bra!

martha_dr joe
Martha and Dr. Joe

Martha Pullen visited with us at lunch, presenting a session on business acumen. Dr. Joe Pullen accompanied her to two of our dinners as well. They are such a sweet couple!

martha and me
Martha and Me

I will always have fond memories of my trips to Huntsville. We really did sew “from can until can’t” as Martha once said, and I came home exhausted, exhilarated, energized and eager for more.

“She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.” Proverbs 31:13

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Multi-pocket Tote Bag

My granddaughter liked a tote bag I had made during a Martha Pullen Licensing so much that she asked me to make one for her friend’s birthday. She picked out the fabrics and I got busy!

As the original pattern creates a LARGE tote bag, I adjusted the measurements a bit to better fit an 8-year-old’s stature. The quilting was created by stitching the main fabric onto batting. I used a 1″ gridded pellon and followed the lines, stitching every 2″ on a diagonal. I can’t sew that straight free-hand! I used a walking foot to prevent puckers.

I used the blue ‘frosted’ fabric for the outside of the bag. One side has 2 vinyl pockets, trimmed in an accent fabric. The bottom and straps are purple ‘frosted’ fabric.

bag front
bag front

The other side of the outside is a zippered pocket which I trimmed in the lining fabric for a “pop” of color.

bag back
bag back

The lining is a zebra print with 3 open pockets on one side (purple) and a zippered pocket on the other (in blue). The bottom corners of both the outside and lining were stitched to create a box pleat.

inside bag
inside bag

It was a hit with my granddaughter and I am now making another for her own!