Reverse Applique Totems

Reverse Applique Fabric Totem Poles

Hello friends of first Fridays!  It's your old pal TJ of Studio Mailbox here reporting to you for my monthly post.  I have recently finished the best thing I've sewn since my killer T-shirt quilt and I came running right here to share it with you. Check out my reverse applique wall totems: Last winter I had marbled some large pieces of canvas.  Although I was really pleased with the results … [Read more...]

Patriotic Projects

Patriotic Projects The Sewing Loft

Hello friends of first Fridays.  It's your friend TJ from Studio Mailbox coming to you this month on the cusp of the great American party known as the 4th of July.  Since it's a national holiday I'll keep it short and sweet while still delivering some sewing inspiration and smiles. For the nearly ten years that I lived outside the United States this was the event I missed more than anything.  I … [Read more...]

From Curtains to Dog Bed

Unzip it to flip it

Hello friends of first Fridays!  It's your friend TJ from Studio Mailbox here to bring you the monthly tale of my latest sewing triumphs.  This time I came up with a relatively simple way to transform an old set of curtains into a doggie pillow and I'm excited to share it with you! Heather and I got puppies around the same time.  We've had many conversations about the trials we've faced with … [Read more...]

Shake Your Bootie

Post Operative Boot Cover

Hello Friends of First Fridays!  It's your old friend TJ from Studio Mailbox here bringing you your monthly dose of sewing humor.  As some of you may or may not know, Heather is currently recovering from surgery and laid up with one of those ugly black velcro boots on her foot.  Sew not fashionable!  Never fear, she is healthy and in good spirits despite the weeks of recovery facing her … [Read more...]

Vintage Sewing Machine Mania

All Saints Window Dressing Miani Beach

Hello friends of First Fridays!  I can't believe another month has rolled around on us.  I hope you all made it through April Fool's Day unscathed. Did anybody glue your pins into your pin cushions or put a light coat of clear nail polish over your thread?  Next year I should get us prepared and post Ways to Prank a Seamstress.  Imagine the fun we'd have with that! In March I shared Miccosukee … [Read more...]

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...]