In Three Things

Three Things v.4

Just a quick, fun post today since June has been a crazy month so far. …both good and bad things happening (such is life) that I’m trying to balance and it’s been rough if I’m being honest. Lot’s of things to keep me busy though so I like that!


Three projects I’m working on: I have a big quilt deadline coming up for RJR Fabrics that’s been keeping me really busy and I’m loving every minute of it. I really do enjoy quilting but I have a hard time starting/planning a quilt project without some direction and a due date. I guess I just need a deadline for certain types of projects!

Tilly also invited me to try her newest sewing pattern, Agnes, along with her new online workshop for sewing with knits! This was such a sweet, wonderful surprise from her. I had been eying that pattern but money is a bit tight with all my kitties due for their booster vaccines this month (Tilly didn’t know that but the timing sure was good!). With all the other stressful crap going on in my life right now, something as simple as a free pattern was just the type of thing to make my day 🙂

The third sewing related thing that’s been occupying my time lately (and probably the most exciting thing!) – I’m working on releasing a PDF sewing pattern! If you’ve been following me for a while, you know I talked about doing this years ago and then chickened-out for various reasons and never did it. Well, the hardest part is now done so I can finally say, officially, it IS happening. More info on the Lucky Lucille Headband pattern soon!


Three TV shows I’ve been watching: I’ve been watching some foreign period pieces on Netflix lately that I quite like. I watch EVERYTHING with subtitles anyways so I have no problems getting sucked into foreign TV and film. I finished a show called Velvet a little while ago. It’s about seamstresses in a department store in the 1950s and I thought it was really cute. The costumes were great, too!

Now I’m watching another Spanish show called Grand Hotel. It’s an upstairs/downstairs type of drama that takes place in a luxury hotel in the early 1900s. I like it a lot so far, and the main character is a real dream boat (swoon!).

The third show I fell in love with recently (finished the seasons a month or two ago) is on AcornTV and it’s called A Place To Call Home. Warning: they advertise this show as addictive and IT IS. One weekend I caught myself hoarding food next to my bed so I didn’t have to get up and I could just keep on binge watching all day bahaha!! It’s set in post WWII Australia with a seriously interesting set of characters, so good!

Three songs stuck in my head: I’ve always loved Rockabilly music but I’ve been on a straight-up country music kick lately. Well, mostly old school country stuff that tends to be classified as Roots/Americana now. I recently found this video of Goldie Hill and her outfit just about made my jaw drop to the floor! Gah!

I also just discovered the brother duo known as The Cactus Blossoms and I’m totally in love! Totally in love as in, I want to find a way to travel from New York to Minnesota just to see them play live. …and also so I can just plain sit and stare at them. Because seriously… Here’s one of their videos if you need convincing: Crazy Arms via Vimeo. EPIC SWOON!

On the opposite end of the country music spectrum, I heard this super catchy pop tune and cannot get it out of my head. It’s embarrassing how many times I’ve listened to it. Forgive me in advance if you listen to it and then also can’t stop listening to it. No really, I’m sorry.


Three books on my to-read list: I just finished reading The Astronaut Wives Club and I REALLY enjoyed it. I think I read the whole book in two sittings. I can’t wait to see the show! Now I’m reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and I have mixed feelings about it so far but I’d like to see it through to the end. It’s a little intense and fanatical but there are definitely some good points to be made that I believe would indeed be life changing. Next on my list is David Coffin’s new shirtmaking book which I was given to review. I’ve only skimmed through it so far but it looks incredible!

Three sewing related links I found interesting: Audition for the Super Online Sewing Match II hosted by Sew Mama Sew! I had the honor of guest judging in the inaugural match two years ago and it was such an inspiring competition to watch. They’re looking for 10 ambitious sewers for what can be likened to the online version of The Great British Sewing Bee.

I took advantage of Heather’s shop re-launch sale and bought a copy of the Ginger Jeans. I probably won’t get to sewing them for a while, but I really loved Tasha’s post on her experience working through them.

Speaking of Ginger Jeans, I bookmarked this post from Where Heather Grows about more tips for sewing jeans. Definitely some great advice!

Three fabrics on my wishlist: This whimsical print from Rashida Colman Hale’s new collection: Zephyr, this new Rayon Chambray from Robert Kaufman’s House of Denim, and this cute vintage inspired floral by Betsey Johnson.

What are three things you’re into lately?


  • Veronica Lewis

    Hello Rochelle, loving everything you have been doing since you really started doing things your way. quietly watching and being inspired. Any ideas as to when you will be releasing the PDF headband pattern? As usual, thanks for EVERYTHING.

    • Hi Veronica, I tried to email you back a while ago when you asked about the pattern but I kept getting a failure to send notice. I’m still working on releasing PDF patterns but I have a lot of other stuff going on behind the scenes that is taking precedent. I wish I could give you a more solid date but it’s too soon to tell at this point. It’s still on my to-do list, though!

      • Veronica Lewis

        No worries. Thank you for the update and enjoying everything else your doing anyways in the meantime.

  • Kate

    Hi Rochelle, you might have seen some of these already, but if you’re after some other show recommendations… Anzac Girls is about Australian nurses during WW1, Cloudstreet is another Australian one set during 1943-1963 (disclaimer- I haven’t actually watched that one because I love the book it’s based on and the characters in the show don’t look like they do in my head. It has some good actors though, including a few from Miss Fisher). The Bletchley Circle is a British post-WWII thriller. Lilies and The Forsyte Saga are two good British ones from a few years back. And I don’t know if you can get it outside Australia, but My Place was a show aimed at kids but it’s a gorgeous show for history fans, it spans 260 years and tells the story of all the kids who lived in a particular house over that time.

    A Place to Call Home is filmed around where I live. Fun fact- “Ash Park” is actually called Camelot. When the family who own it bought it around fifteen years ago it was pretty much derelict and they’ve been doing it up since then. They’ve done an amazing job of bringing it back to its former glory.

  • Amaia CE

    Hi Rochelle! I love your blog, it’s cute. May I recommend another Spanish tv show, El Tiempo Entre Costuras, it’s a short series about a seamstress that worked as a spy during the Spanish War. I enjoyed it so much, as well as the couple of spanish shows you mentioned !

    • Thank you, and thanks for the recommendation! That sounds like a great show!

  • Amalie Thorlund Haahr

    On the subject of tv-shows.. I can recommend “call the midwife” a great BBC serie set in the 1950’s London – so just the right periode cloths wise. An other great BBC production is of cause “Downton abby” set in 1910-1930. There is also at cute serie called “Landgirls” You can finde all three on Netflix (if not on the US then try Canada or Denmark).

    • Yes I’ve seen all of those shows and I love them! We must have very similar tastes 🙂

  • Thank you very much, I hope you end up enjoying some of the shows! 🙂 I bet your great grandmother’s patterns are incredible and will serve as amazing inspiration for your eBook collection! Keep the lemonade coming 😉

  • nrs

    Hi there, I found your site via Sew Mama Sew and I am in love with it. I am looking forward to your first printed pattern. Thank you for sharing your great ideas and thoughts with the community.

    • Thanks for stopping by to say hello! I’m happy to hear you’re in love 🙂

  • Veronica Lewis

    Brilliant read, thanks for sharing. The programs sound good. I will take a look at those. I too love watching similar programs. You have been very busy. Super excited about the headband pattern. As always entertain, thought invoking, appreciate your time.

  • Your description of the kind of month that June has been for you sums up this month (and whole season, actually) so far me as well. Here’s to the hope that things veer more on the positive side for both of us as we head into summer.

    Big hugs,
    ♥ Jessica

    • Uhhhggggg! I’m sorry. What can you do though, right? Just throw your hands up, do your best, and try to put things in place for a better summer 😉 <3

  • Betsey Johnson makes fabric that you can buy? I love this!

    Great collection of thoughts… it’s so nice you putting the time together to show us your things… I will not click on that youtube link though… songs get stuck in my head sooooo easily at the moment and I don’t want another one!!!!

    • I know! I love her and I had no idea you could buy her fabrics! And yes, you probably shouldn’t click on that YouTube link then hehe! 😉

  • I totally feel you with how June is turning out, lots of life things. Hope your quilt turns out. Good luck and hang in there 🙂

  • Sara

    also, you might like Granite Flats. It is set in the 1960s. I think it is cute and interesting

    • Good to know! I will check that out, too. Thanks 🙂

  • Sara

    fun stuff! I will have to check out those netflix recommendations!

  • Thanks for the mention Rochelle! That rayon chambray looks and sounds amazing!

    • Doesn’t it?! I need some more button-ups in my life and that sounds like the perfect fabric.

  • Doesn’t the Astronaut Wives Club start tonight? I set my DVR up to record it since you said the book was so great 🙂

    Agnes is going to be soooo cute on you!

    • Thanks, Erin! And yeah, it started on the 18th and I’m already behind haha! I gotta get caught up.

  • Paula Atwood

    I’ve been running around like a crazy person recently- I feel like I’ve barely been able to do my job let alone anything like sewing or reading… And the fact that all of my machines and my books are in boxes…
    3 things that I’ve been into recently:
    -newest season of Hannibal
    -nesting (look at these chairs!!
    -listening to Pokey LaFarge non-stop

    Can’t wait for your headband pattern!

    • Yeah I bet you have been going crazy with the move! Hope everything settles soon.

      Dude. Those chairs!!

  • Piper

    Oh Rochelle, I love it when you do this kind of post. It makes me feel like a kid in a candy store!

    • Thanks, Piper! I started with a rough paper copy of my pattern and then rebuilt it line by line with Adobe Illustrator.

      • Piper

        Thanks! I wonder if their are any software programs just for pattern drafting out there….

  • Oooo, I was just looking at the Agnes pattern yesterday! The idea of sewing with knits is a bit intimidating to me (seems like an entirely different skill/tool set!) but I’m realizing more and more how much happier I would be with some knits in my closet. (Aka…. no ironing!) I think the Agnes may be the first knit pattern I try!

    • Personally I find knits so much more enjoyable to make (and wear) when I can use my serger to put them together. Because of that, I’ve been avoiding any type of stretchy project that involves top-stitching, which has really limited my range of projects. I’m hoping Tilly’s class with help me with some of the regular machine knit things that I had trouble with in the past 🙂

  • Carolyn

    That rayon chambray!!! I almost fell off my chair when I saw it online a few days ago. I actually hope I don’t run into it in person anytime soon because my credit card will be helpless. 🙂 Looking forward to seeing your quilt project! I absolutely love the bright colors and have no doubt the finished piece will be stunning.

    • Thank you, Carolyn! I’m excited to share my quilt next week!
      My reaction to the rayon chambray was pretty much the same as yours lol! I fell off my chair then promptly ran and hid my bank card until a later date when I can come back for it. Oh yes, that fabric WILL BE MINE! 😉

  • VickiKate

    OK, Crash and Burn is now stuck in my head. Im on a country kick too, so the recommendations are great! I hope the rest of the month is kind to you all!

    • Haha! I warned you! Sorrynotsorry 😉

      Thank you, my grandparents are in town this weekend and it’s been wonderful. June is definitely going to end on a good note 🙂

  • jannapyj

    I got sucked into Grand Hotel, but can’t watch it while sewing…I can’t read subtitles and sew a straight line. :o) I started watching it simply for the costumes and to improve my Spanish, now I’m all wrapped up in the story! I can tell you right now, Velvet is now on my list of shows to watch! Especially since it’s in Spanish!!!

    I just finished listening to the handsome Cactus Blossoms and am hitting repeat! I swear you find the best music for me. :o) I bet you loved their shirts! I know I did/do!!! You need to do a double point on your next Archer, or have you already done that?

    It seems to be the time for quilting…I just started cutting pieces for Elizabeth Hartman’s Fancy Fox quilt. :o) I plan to piece the blocks on our upcoming long car ride to and from Tennessee. It will be for my new nephew, Oliver (AKA: Ollie) due in September. Isn’t his name just darling? I know, I’m biased. :o)


    • Oh I definitely can’t watch Grand Hotel while sewing either! I’ve been watching an episode every night before bed. I’m on season two now and it’s getting good!

      It’s so funny you mention their shirts because as soon as I found The Cactus Blossoms I thought wow, they’re supper talented! …and ridiculously handsome! …and holy crap those shirts!!!!! and then after that I stopped staring at their faces and couldn’t stop checking out their clothes haha! Yep. I’ve definitely been planning some more button-ups with western influences. 😉 😉

      p.s. Ollie is absolutely the cutest name! Looooooove that fancy fox pattern!

  • I’m a Spanish teacher and we watch the TV show “El Internado” in my upper level classes – it’s essentially like the TV show “Lost” but in a boarding school in Spain – it’s so much fun! One of the main characters of that show is Yon Gonzalez, who is the protagonist of Gran Hotel — if you ever get a chance to see early Yon, you should! Gran Hotel is on my list this summer — my students were the ones who told me it was available on netflix finally ! 🙂 Good luck on your PDF pattern — you’re amazing, and you can do it!

    • Wow that’s so neat!! Yeah I do really like him as an actor so I’ll have to check out some of his other stuff.

      Thanks for the luck and encouragement <3 <3

  • Want me to go see the Cactus Blossoms at the Turf on your behalf on July 24th? If you come here I will absolutely go see a show with you!

    • YES PLEASE!!! Just hold up a sign that says “Rochelle can’t be here but she wants you to know she’s in love with you both” bahahah! Not creepy at all, right? No please don’t do that. That’s a bad idea 😉

      But if I do ever make it out that way it would be so fun to meet up and see the show together!

      • The local Current is playing is playing “You’re Dreaming” right now, and I thought of you right away. You’re synonymous with the Cactus Blossoms!

  • Evie

    OH MY GOSH!! Gran Hotel is seriously the greatest TV show ever made. I’m super glad they finally put the last season on Netflix, although my heart hurts that it got canceled after three seasons. And you are so right about Yon González. Totally dreamy.

    • They always cancel the best shows!!! So unfair! I hope they at least ended things on a good note. I’m working my way through season 2 now.

  • ‘ A place to call home’ is one of my “I only watch it for the clothes”. It got axed by mainstream TV but picked up by pay TV – waiting for season 3……Is Grand Hotel in Spanish (so hard to watch subtitles and sew – lols).

    • I’m waiting patiently for season three as well. Grand Hotel is in Spanish with English subtitles so I most definitely could not watch it while sewing haha! I have a hard time watching anything while sewing so I usually listen to music instead and try to keep my eyes fully on what I’m working on 😉