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September: National Sewing Month

Happy National Sewing Month! September is a great time to tackle your growing project list, pick back up the craft that you may have set aside or dive right in and learn a new skill. Personally, I am working on hand stitching a new somerset star, finishing a quilt and starting (and hopefully finishing) a few projects to knock down my stash.

Somerset Star in progress

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Interestingly the observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month “in recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation. Tens of millions of Americans sew at home. Their efforts demonstrate the industry, the skill and the self-reliance which are so characteristic of this Nation.” In September of ’88, Reagan released Proclamation 5867 in which he expanded on the importance of home sewing, “sewing’s closest link to most of us, however, is undoubtedly its familiarity as a part of daily life in the home. That is because the sewing circle has so often been a link between grandparents, parents, and children; in its pleasures and satisfactions are found both a sense of individual accomplishment and an intuition of a larger human endeavor. In this way, a basic skill of family life is passed on, and an ancient art made new.”

Thankfully, sewing is experiencing a bit of a resurgence and I hope that it remains a skill passed down by family and friends. I was introduced to sewing by my mother and she continues to help and encourage my work. There as been more than one occasion where we video chat so I can get her sage wisdom when I am stuck!

What sewing projects do you have planned for September?


Somerset Star Pillow

What begins with a lot of cutting, folding, and ironing of fabric turns into something beautiful and a serious loathing of the iron for a few weeks afterwards? A somerset star. I needed a great gift for my mom for mother’s day and this particular pin had caught my eye so I decided to go for it. Ninety two 1.5 x 2.5″ folded rectangles later this is what I had:


I inset the star into a piece of fabric to make a quilted pillow following these instructions. This was by far the most complex project that I have done so far, it was the first time I had inset a circle, quilted on the round and installed a zipper. I am really happy with how it turned out and I have points ready and waiting for me to come back and assemble a few more.

A few in progress photographs of the cutting, folding, and actual stitching of the star.

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