A Valentine’s Day Tote

Valentine's Day is almost here and Schoolhouse Patterns has the perfect gift idea for you. Make your sweeties a Valentine's Day appliqued tote. It's such a quick, fun sew. The tote is 9"x9" and is just the right size to hold a book, a gift card or two, and plenty of Valentine's Day sweets to … Continue reading A Valentine’s Day Tote


Hmm…4 years

Boy, that went fast! Things are humming along here, like usual. We're just a little older. Since I wrote last, we've had a few first days of high school and a couple of graduations. Girls went to college, girls came home. We've had proms, musicals, concerts, awards ceremonies, and birthdays. I thought having little kids … Continue reading Hmm…4 years

Sweet as Honey – a blog tour

Hello all and welcome! If you've been following the Sweet as Honey Blog Tour featuring Bonnie Christine's Sweet as Honey fabric, thanks for stopping by. I'm honored! I'm Cindy, owner of Schoolhouse Patterns and am so pleased to have been able to participate in the blog tour. I just happened to be on Instagram at … Continue reading Sweet as Honey – a blog tour

Do you know my Granny?

  Well, you should know my Granny. Her name was Geneva Nezelene Day, but she went by Nez. Granny was a generous, fiesty woman who loved to feed people, listen to Bluegrass Gospel, and to quilt. She was not afraid to create and she used what she had. She was humble, loving, and I miss her. … Continue reading Do you know my Granny?

‘Round here

Believe it or not, there is no snow on my front lawn. For now. It's a beautiful 60 degrees today, cloudy, but nice. Tomorrow, on the other hand, 36 with snow/sleet/rain. Bluh. Just thought I'd let you know what's up 'round here. My oldest daughter, Celia, turned 16. Her sisters made a fabulous cake for … Continue reading ‘Round here

From the archives

I'm not sure if I can actually say it's from the archives since Schoolhouse Patterns is only one year old. Nevertheless, I wanted to give you a little reminder that I have a free pattern for you to make a little something for your valentines, big and small. I wrote The Mini Tote pattern back … Continue reading From the archives

The Dotty Stocking

The holidays are here. I hope you all had a great Thanksgiving. We had a wonderful time with family, ate a lot, shopped a little and generally enjoyed the restful weekend.  We even had time to get out the Christmas decorations. When we moved this fall, we decided to leave our nine foot Christmas tree with … Continue reading The Dotty Stocking

Spooky Sale!

I know, it's frightening.  Christmas is only 8 weeks away. You should probably get going on that holiday sewing. Fortunately for you, all of the instant download sewing patterns in my Etsy shop are only $5 for the next little while. Hurry and stock up. Sale expires at 11:59 pm on Halloween. Of course, there's … Continue reading Spooky Sale!

New Pattern! The Super Cameron Tote.

Hi all, I have something very important to share with you. I wanted you to know that I have a new pattern listed in my Etsy shop. It's The Super Cameron Tote. That may not seem like important news, so let me explain.      This is Cameron. Super Cameron. Cameron is my cousin's son. … Continue reading New Pattern! The Super Cameron Tote.

A Summer in Review, Instagram Style.

Hello friends, It really has been a whole summer since I wrote anything here. It's no secret that blogging is not my favorite, but I probably should write more than once a quarter. A lot has happened since my last post. I thought I would write the update with lots of pictures and as few … Continue reading A Summer in Review, Instagram Style.