I am in awe of today’s guest. Katy of No Big Dill is one of the most amazing bloggers I have ever had the pleasure of following. The powerful mix of her stunning creations and her incredible photography skills have made her one of today’s top bloggers. Katy is an inspiration to so many bloggers out there. A Stay at Home Momma of 6…yes, you heard me…SIX!!! And she still finds time to make our jaws drop…

Her Tutorials Page is loaded with all sorts of amazing eye candy…

And of course with the recent addition of number 6, I think we are all secretly waiting for her to tap into her little man sewing skills, HA!

Katy’s is one of the blogs that I get excited over every post. Between her incredible photos, and her beautiful words, she is a natural author. She has a way of invoking feelings through her posts, which always keeps me coming back for more.

And as if I haven’t said enough about her, she also hosts one of my absolute favorite Series, Once Upon a Thread.

It is a Series that I never get tired of with my personal love of children’s books – she and her guests literally brings these books to life.

So just what could this inspiring Mama possibly want to tackle in the New Year?!!

Welcome Katy!

Hello! I’m Katy from no big dill, and happy to be here because it’s helped me think about some sewing goals I’d like to accomplish this year. I thought about some sort of new technique I haven’t properly explored or a fabric I haven’t played with enough, but when it came down to it, I realized what I really need to do is FINISH.

In my closet are several unfinished projects, left in their current state for various reasons. The coat pictured has been in there for YEARS…maybe 4 or 5? All that was left to do was the hems and closures. SO simple, and I had forgotten how much I loved the fabric and the style. I was glad it still fit!

So, I finished it, the perfect weight coat for the temperatures around here. So, I thought I’d put together a little list of decluttering your unfinished projects.

Do you love it? Does looking at your project make you happy? Do you picture wearing/using it, or do you just roll your eyes and shove it back in the closet? If it’s something that makes you happy, keep it and make goals to finish it: Tuesday-sew and cut button holes, Thursday-hem sleeves, etc.

Does it still fit your body or go with your style? Even if you once loved it, but no longer picture it in your home or wearing it, let it go. Give it to a friend who you know will love it, or donate it. You’ll just feel guilty every time you look at it in it’s unfinished state.

Do you just not have the time? If you still love it and it fits, don’t feel guilty about asking or paying someone to finish it. Maybe you could swap services for something that you do well and with less time commitment.

It’s just not your thing. I once attempted to quilt. I chose to make a king size Tumbling Block quilt for my first project. I finished about a foot of it and had all those teeny tiny pieces in my fabric stash for years and years and years until I finally admitted to myself that it just wasn’t my thing. Maybe one day I will get into quilting, but as much as I wanted to finish that quilt, I knew it wasn’t going to happen.

Once you commit to finishing or admit that it’s not going to happen, you’ll feel productive and/or relieved. It only took me a couple nights of hand sewing to finish this coat and now I can’t wait to go through my other projects to get rid of or finally finish. That’s my reSEWlution this year!


Katy, that coat is adorable. I am so glad you finished it! Talk about a job well done, it looks impeccable. I also love the list you give, it has helped me to determine what to do with a few projects I have had balled up in the corner. Thank you so much for being a part of the Series and sharing your ReSewLution with us.

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Thank you so much for stopping by, and until next time…Happy Sewing!