Gardening Apron // Sewn


Today is my stop on the month-long His & Hers Sew-Along with MicroMod. Talented duo Alexia Abegg and Rob Bancroft are 2/3s of Green Bee Patterns, and I have enjoyed watching Green Bee grow! They do it all — fabric design, pattern design, and Alexia even has a new book out called Liberty Love: 25 Projects to Quilt & Sew Featuring Liberty of London Fabrics.

Alexia & Rob have been answering questions on each stop on the Sew-Along, and today’s question answers the perennial favorite: what is your favorite thing to barbecue?

Rob: My favorite meal to grill is pretty classic, but so good; sirloin steak & baked potato on the grill. I think Alexia’s favorite would be chicken kabobs. She made these for one of our first dinners together, and she still likes to make them.

Alexia: Rob’s favorite has to be hot dogs, good ones, either Nathan’s, or Hebrew National, all beef! My favorite is really not a meal, but it is grilled! I love grilled corn served like the Hispanic street vendors served it in our neighborhood in Brooklyn; with butter, crumbled cotija cheese, lime and chili powder/cayenne. So delicious!



I love microMod’s graphic prints, and wanted to make new aprons for my husband and I.  A few years ago, my sister in law Sam made me a great utilitarian apron with several large pockets–I use it all the time when I’m gardening or cleaning my house, and I had fun making this one in a similar style.  For my apron, I paired Seaweed in teal with linen and made some bias tape out of Vertigo in teal. I have to admit, I had a really hard time picking prints–the colors and pattern in this line are a lot of fun. microMod is part of Cloud 9’s price sensitive organic collection, which is a bonus in my book.  It is hard to see in the pictures, but the apron has multiple pockets, and I’m sure they will be filled with odds and ends soon.





Giveaway time! I have a fat quarter bundle of microMod as well as the Sally pattern  to giveaway.  Leave a comment on this post to enter the giveaway–I’ll pick a winner on Monday, April 22.

If you are inclined to share, I’d love to hear your favorite gardening tip. I have spent the week weeding and am trying to decide what to plant in my 3′ x 3′ vegetable garden (located in the front yard). Good times!

Image of Sally Romper and Dress Sewing Pattern

Here are the other stops on the His & Hers microMod Sew Along. Don’t forget to stop by Green Bee on May 1–there are some great final prizes, including fabric and a new sewing machine!

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April 2 – Alexia & Rob Green Bee
April 3 – Kelly at Kelbysews
April 5 – Amanda at the Craft Junky
April 6 – Rachael at Imagine Gnats
April 8 – Heather at alamode
April 10 – Holly at Bijou lovely
April 13 – Alexia, Michelle & Rob Green Bee
April 17 – Faith at Fresh Lemons
April 18 – Katie at Swim Bike Quilt
April 19 – Deborah at Whipstitch
April 20 – Jacey at Jaceycraft
April 24 – Jenny at the Southern Institute
April 25 – Amy from sukie don’t ya know
April 26 – Jen from Betty Crocker Ass
April 27 – Sara from Sew Sweetness
April 28 – Krista at Krista Withers Quilting
April 29 – Katy from I’m a Ginger Monkey
April 30 – Amber from One Shabby Chick
May 1 – Alexia & Rob Green Bee GRAND PRIZE
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  1. Pam
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    I love the idea of gender-neutral aprons! They are so practical, and this fabric and your design are wonderful! Thanks for sharing. My only gardening tip is plant herbs. Great for summer cooking! Thanks for the chance to win and for your inspiring blog.

  2. Becca Cleaver
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    Love those fabrics.

    I have a terrible track record with gardens, but I have learned a couple of things:
    Grow what you’ll eat. No sense in planting a bunch of tomatoes if you don’t like them.
    Grow greens. I’m a terrible gardener yet even I manage not to kill off my lettuce and kale. They are really easy to grow.

    Hmm. I just realized that you may not have meant veggies. Best of luck either way.

  3. Jill Froelich
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the chance to win this great fabric. Love the pattern, thanks

  4. Marika
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 12:56 pm | Permalink

    A gardening tip ? Ummm… it would be to spend time taking care of it !
    I don’t have a lot of experience yet so that’s all I can do !

    I love the pattern ! It would look so good on my niece :) (and I love the fabric too)

  5. maggie p
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    Absolutely gorgeous fabric!

  6. Karen
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Love our aprons, I always wear an apron around the house with a bigg deep pocke

  7. robin
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    I really LOVE those fabrics! As for a gardening tip – here are two – weed often to stay on top of things, and do it early in the day to avoid the heat. :)

  8. Lauren aka Giddy99
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 1:06 pm | Permalink

    I’m of no use gardening (all Death-thumbs). :( Love the aprons! Thanks for the chance!

  9. Posted April 18, 2013 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    I love your aprons and those fabrics are lovely – thanks for the chance to win. My best gardening tip is use a Japanese razor hoe for weeding. It is the best thing ever and anyone who does hand-weeding won’t regret getting one. You can do fiddly stuff like getting in around onions, and it’s so much quicker than any other tool. (I’m a self-employed gardener, sadly not in any way sponsored by the gardening tool industry :-) ) Good luck with your veg patch!

  10. Cindy Hennes
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 1:12 pm | Permalink

    Love the apron – Love microMod – Thanks for the chance to win!

  11. Posted April 18, 2013 at 1:13 pm | Permalink

    Love the aprons!

    The one year I did a vegetable garden, I was fooled by the name “dwarf bush cucumbers”. Don’t they sound all compact and cute? I planted six plants, lost three to a freak late frost for which I remain deeply grateful, then found out they were not as dwarf-like or bushy as the name had me believe. Six of them would have taken over the garden! Even with three I about had cucumbers coming out my ears. If you do grow them, watch out — they’ll trick you into thinking you found all the ripe ones, then the next day it turns out one the size of a baseball bat has been hiding from you and is now too weird and seedy to eat.

  12. L
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

    Love the cute retro fabrics! Not sure about the gardening tip–personally, I like the English cottage garden style where you plant so densely there’s no room for weeds (and no chance to see them if they do appear!)

  13. Selina
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Love, love, love that fabric!!

  14. Kathy D.
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    Love those aprons! Love the micro mod fabrics. Plant tomatoes and cucumbers–so good in so many dishes!

  15. Posted April 18, 2013 at 1:24 pm | Permalink

    Love the MicroMod designs. Not many great fabrics for men out there. As far as gardening goes I am no pro. However I do know that slugs and snails don’t like copper. YOu can buy copper tape to put around pots or garden edges. That way you’ll be eating the fruits of your labor and not the slugs & snails.

  16. Carrie
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Hi. I like the apron idea with many pockets. My daughter and I are working on trying to start a raised vegetable bed. I just finished building the cedar bed and now I have level the area and fill it with soil. So here is a gardening tip (which you probably already know since you’re not a beginner)…use really good high quality soil. It will help with your yield and tastiness of your veggies. Also, use a good fertilizer (Microlife as a good organic example) and be sure to rotate your crops.

  17. Deborah
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    I am completely useless at gardening – sorry! I kill every plant I try to grow! But I do love your apron and that lovely fabric!

  18. Gill
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

    Great fabrics!
    My gardening tip would be to grow what is expensive or difficult to find in the shops! I don’t bother growing things which are cheap and readily available! For example next month I shall be eating asparagus most days!

  19. Becky Greene
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    Love your apron idea and this fabric is gorgeous!!! We have herds of deer that sweep through our yard every day, so we don’t do much gardening – just juniper-ish kind of plants that deer don’t find tasty. Otherwise, we would be the most popular salad bar in town :-)

    One tip for wider spaces: When we moved in the weeds had taken over in some spots adjacent to the house. We cut up our cardboard moving boxes and laid them right over the weeds. We then covered the cardboard with a very generous layer of mulch – it has been well over a year and has worked great!!!!!

  20. Janet S
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm | Permalink

    Love the fabric.

    I plant, water and enjoy. IF they survive. I’ve learned through trial and error. Right now my hostas are shooting up and spring trees are bloomed or leafing out daily. Will fill my planters soon.

  21. Posted April 18, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! I love those fabrics. Actually, I love just about everything Cloud9 does!!

    My best gardening tip is to get a fig tree! Very bountiful harvest after just a few years and in a relatively small space. You just need lots of sunshine and regular watering. Yum!

  22. Posted April 18, 2013 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    I. WANT. THIS. please :-) I always make sure to plant bell peppers as I love them. If you plant cucumbers or squash – quarantine them!!!! They grow and attach to anything and everything.

  23. Posted April 18, 2013 at 2:15 pm | Permalink

    My favorite gardening hint is to loosely wrap the almost ripe tomatoes in tin foil to keep away the critters. It works. Also I saw a really cool tiered garden for a small space You can build one like this

  24. Lisa Marie
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    I don’t do gardening, so my favorite tip is live next door to a nice man who grows tomatoes. Bake cookies for him every now and then. Works for me!

  25. Posted April 18, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    My husband is the gardener in our family and he does a fantastic job. My tip is to be a good companion. My husband loves for me to sit in the backyard and do my hand-sewing or blogging on my iPad and keep him company while he does his gardening. Thanks for the opportunity to win your giveaway.

  26. Patti Smith
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    Just found you site, how fun!! Love this fabric line and as a food demonstrator I ADORE the aprons!

  27. Megan
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

    Super awesome aprons! I would love to win some MicroMod! Thanks for the chance!

  28. Elizabeth McDonald
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 2:53 pm | Permalink

    I love your aprons! I do not have a gardening “tip,” but I did try something new this year – planting leaf lettuce in our window boxes! The seeds came up quickly, and we have already made 3 salads for each of us — and there is alot more lettuce ready to eat! You pick or cut the leaves, and do not pull out the little plants, and they just keep growing MORE leaves!

  29. Posted April 18, 2013 at 3:13 pm | Permalink

    I’m sorry, I’m not a gardener. I’m afraid I have a brown thumb. I do love the Micro Mod fabrics, though.

  30. Jacque Dunn
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 3:27 pm | Permalink

    I would love to win the fabric bundle! It is lovely!

    My favorite gardening tip is to plant a hosta. My soil is the worst and nothing I do improves it but a hosta is not picky and they come back bigger and better every year!

  31. Christine
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Love, love, love the fabric. Thanks for the chance.

  32. Linda
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 4:06 pm | Permalink


  33. Crystal miller
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Pick me pick me!

  34. Joan Rodriguez
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 4:18 pm | Permalink

    Luv the apron. I’ve installed a drip irrigation system that is on a timer in our garden. With temperatures in the 90’s and over 100 throughout the summer our garden would be toast if we missed a day of watering.

  35. Posted April 18, 2013 at 4:31 pm | Permalink

    I absolutely adore this fabric line! My best gardening tip is to plant what you love. With all the work that is involved, you want to really enjoy what you are growing!

  36. Posted April 18, 2013 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for the chance! It’s been a couple of years since I have been able to do a garden, and I really didn’t know any tricks when I did, just always to remember to water them, and when it’s hot twice a day – at the roots in the morning, and all over the plant in the evening so the leaves and flowers didn’t burn up in the hot sun.

  37. Erica
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    Love that fabric! Thanks for the giveaway!

  38. Posted April 18, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Permalink

    Lovely idea! I don’t have any gardening tips, sadly. I have never had a green thumb, although I do like shopping at the farmer’s markets. :)

  39. liz
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for hosting the giveaway.

    your 3×3 garden sounds like a good candidate for square foot gardening since it maximizes yields by intensive and companion planting techniques :) Regardless of what method you choose, in a space that small I would stick to compact varieties of plants

  40. Posted April 18, 2013 at 6:39 pm | Permalink

    Favorite gardening tip…. plant a grape tomato plant they are wonderful little snacks. Thanks for a chance to win. Janita

  41. Melissa Leonard
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Permalink

    I have no garden tips because I have been know to kill silk plants however I love the aprons and the fabric.

  42. Posted April 18, 2013 at 7:48 pm | Permalink

    i have a black thumb so no gardening tips unfortunately. i love your aprons though!

  43. Posted April 18, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    I fail at gardening, so no help, sorry. Love the fabric, thanks for the chance!

  44. Jenny
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 8:06 pm | Permalink

    Super cute aprons! No gardening tips from me, I can kill a plant quicker than anyone, but thanks for the chance. I’d love to win!

  45. Melanie C
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE that fabric!
    My only gardening tip: Deer will eat your garden :) This was learned much to the dismay of myself and kids.

  46. Annette
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 8:18 pm | Permalink

    Love the aprons! Really cute combos of fabric and so useful. Thanks for the giveaway!

  47. marjorie
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Oh what gorgeous fabric….my fingers are crossed for a win…lol. Gardening…I love cucumbers and tomatoes. We plant a large garden though…everything from potatoes , beans, peas, carrots, turnip,cucumber and tomato….They are great during the winter…have fun with you garden!!

  48. Posted April 18, 2013 at 8:30 pm | Permalink

    My husband and I have a tiny front yard garden too. I am not sure I should give any tips, because I am a terrible gardener… Umm… don’t plant mint in your garden box. The tenants years and years before us did that and we are still weeding it out. Thank you for the giveaway!

  49. Jenni
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 8:43 pm | Permalink

    Craziest thing I’ve ever seen my mom do is use beer for pest control. When we had grubs eating the strawberries she put some beer in a shallow dish. The grubs were attracted to the beer and drown.

    Loving the colors in the fabric. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  50. Jenny
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 8:58 pm | Permalink

    My tip is to take care of your back when digging. Never dig the ground when it is wet and heavy. There is a perfect time when the soil is just right for digging, before it bakes hard. Grow what you love, never mind the “fashion”.

  51. Maureen
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    Would love a chance to win! Thanks so much.
    My favorite gardening tip is to crush up some eggshells and place in the pot when you’re planting tomatoes. The calcium helps them grow.

  52. Jenny
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    Never plant out tender plants before last frost date. Wait until the ground has dried out from the winter and before it is baked hard before you dig. It will be much easier. Look after your back. I didn’t and now I do all my digging with a trowel, kneeling. Plant what you love, not what is fashionable. Enjoy your garden.

  53. Cynthia
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 9:44 pm | Permalink

    Cute aprons….great idea~ love the fabrics!

  54. Cynthia
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Great idea ~ cute aprons~ great fabrics! Get those greens in! That’s my tip (for our area anyway).

  55. Posted April 18, 2013 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    My main tip with vege gardens is to use plenty of aged compost.

  56. mindingmomma
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    love the aprons, thanks for a chance to win some beautiful fabric

  57. Adele
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    Love an unfussy apron like the ones you made. Love this fabric line,too!

  58. Donna Lee
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    I really like the way you used the contrast bias tape- these aprons turned out great!

  59. barbara woods
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 6:59 pm | Permalink

    tomatoes we love them at our house. thanks for the giveaway

  60. Debbie
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 11:12 pm | Permalink

    I love this fabric. My son just got engaged and it would be fun to use it as an engagement gift for the couple.

  61. Posted April 18, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Permalink

    i’ve never used a garden or a grill apron and very rarely a kitchen apron. i love them, but i just don’t take the time to grab one…and then i wonder why i get so dirty. i’m also terrible about using garden gloves. but, a gardening tip is what you asked for. i had a small raised garden in wisconsin and i liked to plant runner beans on a trellis. i could get a big harvest out of a small amount of space and just 6 bean seeds. lacinato kale will grow tall and not spread out like chard. and brandywine tomatoes are totally worth it. you’ll only get about 5 fruits off of the plant, but they are huge and sooooo tasty.

  62. Allison C
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    My best advice is to be careful what and where you plant some things. Plants that will take over like mint, chives, etc. should be grown in pots or raised beds to contain them. We bought our house about a year ago and the previous owners let the garden go wild. I just discovered that we have a huge issue with chives…they are taking over everything! I pulled a huge grocery bag of them out just yesterday and that was only in a 6×3′ area!
    Also you should get your soil checked. It is cheap and informative. We sent our sample to UMass Amherst, but there might be another school near by that would do the analysis. Cost $10 and we found out we had a medium lead level so we built raised beds and bought soil.

  63. diane
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 12:30 am | Permalink

    nice apron, nice fit…great fabrics to sew with! Front yard garden??? fantastic, plant everything that will grow! fresh veggies are the best.

  64. sarah
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 12:40 am | Permalink

    I love the micro mod!

  65. Michelle Holloway
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    My husband is now disabled and does most of the cooking. I have thought about making some womens aprons but not ever considered making one for him. Hmmmm, good idea!

  66. Jamie
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 1:33 am | Permalink

    What a sweet apron! I really love the first version and the fabrics in it. Good luck with your garden. I have quite a green thumb but not for vegetables. Our yard is partial shade at best. I really like the original book Square Foot Gardening.

  67. Tamie
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    My favorite tip would be to do a little each day- weeding, pruning, etc. and then there won’t be a lot of work to do at each time.

  68. Carmen
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 1:55 am | Permalink

    You’re weeding and planting?! I’m just praying it doesn’t snow again tomorrow so we can maybe get our garden ready by the end of the month :( I guess my advice is, when you have limited space, grow what you really love and what might be harder to find at farmer’s markets.

  69. Posted April 19, 2013 at 2:06 am | Permalink

    If you grow basil, be sure to remove the flowers early and often to keep your basil tasting it’s best. Thanks for the chance to win!!

  70. Posted April 19, 2013 at 2:38 am | Permalink

    I love your aprons! But I don’t garden so I’m no help :)

  71. Am L
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 2:59 am | Permalink

    Love the apron idea! Thanks for the giveaway, microMod is gorgeous!

  72. Sandra Hubley
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 3:10 am | Permalink

    My tip~be a better gardener than I am!! I have really good intentions, really I do. I grow from seed, and get things in the ground but then the weeding is my worst chore. One tip I have is~if you have perennials, share them with others. Sharing is fun!

  73. Debra Lee
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 3:18 am | Permalink

    I use the black gardening fabric and cut holes for my plants so I have no weeds!

  74. Posted April 19, 2013 at 3:44 am | Permalink

    Love the aprons…My best gardening plan (I am on my third planting in my raised beds)….plan and study what to plant when, when to harvest and this way you can get a spring/summer and fall garden (2 harvests a year).

  75. Gayle
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 3:51 am | Permalink

    Cute, cute, cute! The fabric and the aprons. My youngest son is just shy of 6’5″ but I don’t think I could get him to wear an apron.

  76. Nikki
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 4:13 am | Permalink

    I love to grow tomatoes!

  77. Anne
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 4:22 am | Permalink

    Great prints! The more I see of them, the more I like them.

  78. Posted April 19, 2013 at 4:25 am | Permalink

    LoveThe combination of the fabrics.The apron is so cute.

  79. marilyn Kennelly
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 4:36 am | Permalink

    Love the feeling of accomplishment. Definition of weeds is anything you don’t like, so if you like dandelions keep them !

  80. suzanne
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    garden tip: i hate those tacky metal tomato cages for staking, i use the long bamboo sticks you find at a craft store (usually in the dryed floral section)

    love that fabric! thanks for thr chance to win!

  81. Posted April 19, 2013 at 1:41 am | Permalink

    Love your apron. Does the garden get a lot of sun? How about tomatoes?

  82. Posted April 19, 2013 at 6:08 am | Permalink

    Great apron and lovely fabrics! I started to sow (Pflücksalat) pick salad?(no idea what it is in english, sorry.) But you just take the big leafes from the salad and not the hole one. So I have salad for a long time. That is very practical.

  83. Posted April 19, 2013 at 6:34 am | Permalink

    The aprons look fabulous! I would plant herbs and also veges that you would use regular basis – sometimes companion planting helps with pest control too.

  84. Posted April 19, 2013 at 9:14 am | Permalink

    Love the apron, my husband is inclined to wear one so I might just make him one rather than make do with the shop bought one, and it’s his birthday next month..
    Gardening – ours is currently being trashed by the builders working on our extension so I have no tips right now but I’d love someone to come and help put ours straight when the builders have gone!

  85. Holly
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    love this range and I am enjoying the blog hop and meeting everyone. I am harvesting lots of endive and baby spinach at the moment (AUS). I find starting off with ‘blood and bone’ and/or cow manure mixed through the soil or potting mix, and watering in the seedlings with seaweed emulsion. And plenty of water! But that could be a function of my climate! have fun!

  86. Laurie
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 10:26 am | Permalink

    I only plant tomatoes they need plenty of water and sun I use miricale grow and the have grown to be over feet tall before. THANKS FOR THE CHANCE!

  87. Marie D
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    I love grape tomatoes and peppers from the garden. They’re so much sweeter when fresh picked. Your aprons are super cute!

  88. Posted April 19, 2013 at 2:52 pm | Permalink

    Love these aprons! Unfortunately, I can’t really help with gardening advice – I live in an apartment with no outdoor space, though I have always wanted a little herb garden.

  89. Posted April 19, 2013 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the chance to win! I love this collection.

  90. Cheryl
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Our soil is really poor where I live so I do not have a garden other than a small strawberry patch. I do support our local farmers at the farmers market though

  91. corinne
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    OH, what a great idea for a gift, his and hers aprons. Tomatoes plants grow larger tomatoes when given extra calcuim. So when the plant starts blooming add 1/4 cup of powdered milk to the soil around each plant. Make sure you mix the milk well into the soil. We do not want critters to come to the garden.

  92. Jacklynn Grimm
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    Love your aprons – my husband the cook may even be inclined to wear them! I have no gardening tips to share, I live in an apartment and we have a small balcony to put a few plants on – last year we grew some of the best basil. Thanks for the give away!

  93. Jennifer T
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 4:25 pm | Permalink

    That fabric is too cute.

  94. Kim Jalette
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    Katie – I love these graphic prints!!! Hope they will be available locally soon :) Really enjoyed the class with you at Capital Quilts last Saturday, improv is fun! Bonus – my birthday is April 22 (actually pre-dates Earth Day) and would love to win the giveaway :)

    take care,
    Kim Jalette

  95. Heather
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    My favorite plants to put in gardens are English Lavender and Hostas. I also love our butterfly bush, but that gets pretty big. Love the apron!

  96. Lynda H
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 4:57 pm | Permalink

    my favorite food is potatoes – so I planted potatoes wherever I could – tucked them in beside my flowers even – good fillers to keep weeds away. I have loved this line from day one – would love to win some.

  97. Rachael
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 6:24 pm | Permalink

    I only have a couple pots of herbs in a windowsill, since I live in an apartment, but oregano is the best growing of my few plants.

  98. Lisa E
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

    This is really lame, but I don’t garden. My husband does all the yardwork. So I guess my tip is “marry someone who likes to garden”! Thanks for the great giveaway.

  99. Allison D
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    Great apron! I have a few friends who are servers and want me to make them aprons so this might be just the print I should use for them!

  100. Rebecca Burns
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 6:44 pm | Permalink


  101. Abby
    Posted April 19, 2013 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    Plant lots of soft herbs like parsley, basil, coriander and mint then toss large amounts in your salads. The extra flavour with some juicy tomatoes and there is no need for dressing. Makes it healthier too. My favourite has cous cous or quinoa also.

    Thanks for the great giveaway.

  102. Christine Sherman
    Posted April 20, 2013 at 1:22 am | Permalink

    Love this fabric!! I just learned that epsom salt is really good for the garden!

  103. Posted April 20, 2013 at 1:29 am | Permalink

    Good call on the colors for the grilling apron to hide the charcoal marks. And, I like your choice of bias tape fabric with the fabric that you used for your apron. It adds a nice definition to those curved corners.

  104. chrissy ortman
    Posted April 20, 2013 at 2:47 am | Permalink

    I love when my husband catches slugs in his garden with cans that he’s halved and filled with beer! This is gorgeous fabric, thank you for the chance to win!

  105. Posted April 20, 2013 at 3:08 am | Permalink

    My garden advice is to compost if you don’t already. It really helps the soil.

  106. Jo
    Posted April 20, 2013 at 4:05 am | Permalink

    I love the apron and those fabrics are fab! We have a much larger back yard than I can cope with. We grow all sorts of veggies, but I tend to grow the ones that I know can just about survive on their own as I usually run out of time (and often energy) to do much more than water them during the summer months!

  107. Lou D
    Posted April 20, 2013 at 5:28 am | Permalink

    Absolutely loooove Micro Mod…. And love that it is so unisex….. Great inspiration with the aprons! This blog hop has so many great gift ideas… And enough time to make them before Christmas…:-) love reading your inspiring blog and very happy to have found it.

  108. Heather
    Posted April 20, 2013 at 6:23 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the giveaway. I really enjoy fresh lettuce from the garden, fun to watch it grow too.

  109. Heather Hambrick
    Posted April 20, 2013 at 6:25 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the giveaway! I love to grow lettuce in the garden, fun to watch and oh so tasty. Enjoy!

  110. Posted April 20, 2013 at 1:30 pm | Permalink

    Love the apron! Well, lately I have been keeping it simple in the garden and nice ground cover (Pachysandra) makes up for little weeding time. Thanks for a chance!

  111. Dell
    Posted April 20, 2013 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

    Unfortunately, I didn’t inherit my mother’s green thumb. But, I do have do luck with herbs. One thing I learned only plant mint in a pot or it may take over your entire garden.

  112. Casandra
    Posted April 20, 2013 at 10:47 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for hosting this giveaway . My favorite gardening tip is to have children along with your new crop every spring. They keep the weeds out of your heart and can help with the weeds in your garden too!


  113. Deb W
    Posted April 20, 2013 at 11:54 pm | Permalink

    Favorite gardening tip: your garden, whether veggies or flowers, will never look like the magazine pictures! Remember to enjoy the time spent digging in the dirt, sun on your back, listening to the birds, and occasionally swatting the usual mosquitoes. Gardening, like sewing, is so rewarding.

  114. Posted April 21, 2013 at 1:58 pm | Permalink

    My favorite gardening tip is to make your own compost. So much more nutritious if u use your food and veggie scraps

  115. Heather Braun
    Posted April 21, 2013 at 5:03 pm | Permalink

    Great tutorial! Perfect timing, we’ve been grilling a lot lately and I really want to make my husband and myself one! Probably my daughter to for her little grill! Thanks for the chance to win!

  116. Posted April 21, 2013 at 7:49 pm | Permalink

    I love this fabric-thanks for the opportunity! My gardening tip is to offer to help out the neighbors. After years of planting and killing seeds/plants in my own yard, that’s my new strategy. It’s worked great :)

  117. janiecej
    Posted April 21, 2013 at 8:05 pm | Permalink

    love love love those tiny prints. perfect for my hexies.

  118. karrie smith
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 12:44 am | Permalink

    My daughter, who’s in horticulture class in HS, said Beer is a pesticide. Don’t use salt to kill slug/snails because it will kill the roots in the plants. She can’t remember anything else bc her brain is “shut off” from class from the weekend

  119. Mims
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    I’m completely unqualified to offer any gardening advice. But I love your aprons!

  120. Posted April 22, 2013 at 10:24 am | Permalink

    I wish I could help with gardening advice–my garden looks horrible, and I run at the sight of a slug. I should be embarrassed to admit that, but there it is! Love the apron!

  121. Patricia
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 2:45 pm | Permalink

    Do a little at a time in the garden and it’s not so overwhelming!

  122. Sadie
    Posted April 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    Love the aprons you made – it’s no where near warm enough here yet to even think about a BBQ (I’m in Scotland)
    Growing your own veg is so satisfying – I’d suggest to plant courgette (zucchini) they are easy to grow and very versatile :-)
    Thanks for the chance to win xx

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