Miccosukee Indian Patchwork

Misccosukee Tribe Patchwork

Hello friends!  It's TJ from Studio Mailbox and I'll be your host for this First Friday post.  Since we're celebrating National Quilting Month around here I thought I would share some amazing cultural inspiration with you. Last month my family and I escaped Minnesota for a long weekend in Florida when we stumbled across an Indian Village. Some of you might know I'm married to a German which … [Read more...]

Free Motion Valentine

Let's get sewing with TJ of Studio Mailbox

Hello dear readers!  It's TJ from Studio Mailbox tuning in for a First Fridays post.  For those of you new to this, I tune in on the first Friday of each month to bring you some sewing inspiration laced with a little humor.  (Or at least I try)! Valentines Day is a big event at our house.  Not only do I get to assist my grade school son with treats for his party but on top of everything it's my … [Read more...]

First Fridays Year in Review 2014

embroidered personalized quilt label

It's TJ from Studio Mailbox here to share my first post of 2015!  For those of you new to The Sewing Loft, I tune in on the first Friday of every month to bring a little sewing humor to your lives. I can't believe another year has snuck up on us.  I hope you're all off to a happy and healthy start. I wanted to be sure and let you guys know that I did indeed finish the T-shirt quilt I had … [Read more...]

Wrapping up the T-Shirt Quilt

T-shirt quilt WIP

Do not let the title of this post mislead you dear friends of First Fridays!!  It's your old friend TJ here from Studio Mailbox about to fill you in on the on-going saga of my quilting progress.  Last month I shared with you how I switched gears and started a T-Shirt quilt to practice my skills while getting a holiday gift ready.  I had fully expected to stroll in here and report how awesome it … [Read more...]

Going on a Denim Break

T-shirt quilt

Hello friends of first Fridays!  This is your old pal TJ from Studio Mailbox.  I'm here on the first Friday of every month to bring you a dose of sewing humor and check in with this fabulous creative community.For those of you who've been following my posts you already know that my original plan was to eradicate the piles of denim in my studio and come out on the other side with a quilt.  Through … [Read more...]

Transitions Between Projects

TJ is here talking about those in between transition projects. The Sewing Loft

Hello Friends of First Fridays! It's TJ from Studio Mailbox here to update you on my year-long journey with denim. Can you believe October has rolled around already?  As it gets dark earlier and earlier I can't help but think that it's nature's way of telling me to get sewing.  If this isn't the perfect time of year to start a project that requires some handwork in front of the TV at night, I … [Read more...]

TJ Celebrates National Sewing Month

marbled paper machine sewn

Hello everybody!  It's your old friend TJ here from Studio Mailbox tuning in for the first Friday post of September.  I have appreciated all the support and tips from TSL readers as I've undergone my work with my denim quilt project.  This month we're interrupting the regularly scheduled program to celebrate national sewing month! Sewing means different things to different people.  As a mixed … [Read more...]

Snippety Doo Dah

Sewing Large Quilt Pieces

Hello Lofty Sewers!  It's TJ from Studio Mailbox here bringing you an update on my quilt project this fine first Friday in August. Snip, snip, snip.  I am so proud to report that all the sewing is done.  Snip, snip.  And now all I have to do is go around - snip, snip - with these clippers - snip, snip - and cut these little lines - snip, snip - around more than 300 of these squares!  Argh.  … [Read more...]

Like Sewing Water

Minky, Soft and Cuddly fabric cutting

Hello Friends of First Fridays and a Happy 4th of July to my US peeps!  It's your old friend TJ from Studio Mailbox here to share with you where I'm at on my quilt project.  Can you believe it's July and officially more than half way through the year?  *Gulp* Last month I posted about the backside of the quilt and how I chose the softest cuddliest fabric imaginable to finish this baby off.  As … [Read more...]