Say Hello to My Little Friend!

If you have been following my sewing machine saga, you can join my husband in rejoicing that it is finally over! I BOUGHT A NEW MACHINE! So excited! After much debate on old vs. new vs. computerized vs. throwing the old one out the window….I went with the Husqvarna Viking Sapphire 930. And she is beautiful.


I decided to stay with the Viking (I had a Designer SE with the embroidery attachment) because I am familiar with it and I have oodles of attachments and those babies aren’t cheap! I didn’t go with an embroidery option, because I just don’t use it and the extra cost didn’t make sense for me. I purchased my machine from The Sewing Cottage in Andrews, Texas. I had a wonderful time meeting Norma and Kelly. They were kind and helpful and we had so much fun! If you are ever in the area, you really must stop by and see them. (she has a FABULOUS 30’s section too!). I also added the expanded sewing table and I can’t wait to try it! If you do not have a Husqvarna Viking dealer near you, you can check out the machine here: Sapphire 930 (affiliate).

Hmmm….now she needs a name! Sounds like a good reason to have a giveaway! What should we give away? I’m thinking someone out there would really like to have a Gingher Rotary Cutter!ODJFOEE2QTk2ODBFNjNEOUI4ODQ6ZmUxZmQ3ZmViZGU0ZTUyNzU4YmUwMzEyOWFmZWVkZDg6Ojo6OjA=

To enter the giveaway, you need to:

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  2. Leave a comment below with your name suggestion

The winner will be chosen Friday, March 23rd at noon!

Thank you for following along and for helping me choose a name! I’ve got to run! My classes start back up tomorrow and right now I’ve got some sewing to do!!!

Have  a peachy day!



My husband is a Genius!

I recently converted my husband, a faithful washcloth-user, to what I call a poof-user. You know the scrunchy poofs you use in the shower to exfoliate your skin? I love my poof and he started using one, and now he loves it. It’s a win-win situation. Less laundry to wash and we go through way less soap now. Seriously, the man could go through some soap! The only issue I’ve had is, what in the world do you do with the poof after you’re done with it? In our apartment in West Texas, I have two command hooks that we hang them on. This week we are home in Texas and there is no way I am putting command hooks on my marble shower! So, I usually hang mine on a shampoo bottle or something. This morning I get in the shower to discover this truth: MY HUSBAND IS A GENIUS!



Mind blown!!!! How did I not think of this? I got so excited I started yelling from the shower, “You’re a genius!” (not that he heard me or anything! Men.) When I went back in the bathroom to take a picture of this amazing feat of male ingenuity, I told him, “I’ve never even seen this idea on Pinterest! This could go viral!” So, here we are at the Carley house, changing lives with my husband’s amazing knack of practical simplicity. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s got to do it.

Have a peachy day!


Oh, my aching back!

I have been searching for a sewing chair that doesn’t break my back (or the bank). I did order the cutest chair from, but it arrived slightly damaged. After a laborious saga with their customer service, they did refund me the money and told me to keep the chair. So, being unable to find another chair that fit my cute, yet comfy mantra, I decided to make this chair work, I mean, it was free, right?

I first started out by trying to use a pillow behind my back. It helped, but every time I moved, wiggled or got up, the darn thing fell out and Fezzik (my puppy sewing buddy) thought it was a bonus lounging cushion just for him. The pillow was a step in the right direction, just not the final answer. I decided to look at our local office supply big box store to see what type of lumbar support cushions they have. The answer was – none. All of that is ordered online, which means you can’t try before you buy, and they were all so….ugly. I had searched and searched to find a cute chair, how could I plop such an ugly cushion on my super cute chair? Fashion can be painful, my friends.

This led me to my next thought, “I’ll just make my own pillow! And it will be cute!” I think I succeeded and here is what I did!

What you need:

5/8 yard of main fabric
1/4 yard accent fabric for tie backs
Filling – I used shredded foam

What I did: (I used a 1/4″ seam)

Main Fabric:
Cut two – 12 x 16 1/2″ rectangles

Then cut two – 4 1/2 x 16 1/2 pieces. I trimmed them so the top was 2 1/2″ and bottom was 4 1/2″ creating an angle.


From the remaining main fabric cut:
One – 4 1/2″ x 16 1/2″ strip (for the bottom)
One – 2 1/2″ x 16 1/12″ strip (for the top)

From the accent fabric:
Two – 4″ WOF strips

Take your accent strips, fold right sides together and create a tube. Once done, cut your tubes in half. You now should have four tubes. Lay your tube on your cutting mat and mark a three inch angle on each end. Sew directly on this line. Cut off excess fabric and turn your tube right side out. Iron it flat.

Pin your ties to the right side of one of the 12 x 16 1/2″ body pieces. Pin it 2 1/2″ from the corners. Fold up the excess tie and pin it down so you don’t catch it while sewing.


Sew the 2 1/2 strip to the top of your body and the 4 1/2″ strip to the bottom.


Pin your angled sides to the body, right sides together. Make sure the 2 1/2″ piece is at the top. Sew that together.


Now sew the top and the bottom right sides together, leave a 4″ opening in the center for stuffing. I forgot to take a picture of this!

Next, pin your sides together and sew! When you’re done it should look like this:


Turn your piece right side out, stuff and hand stitch the opening closed! Viola! You have a super cute support cushion for your chair.

A note on the stuffing- I used ripped foam that came in a bag at my local craft store. My husband has a My Pillow, and this ripped foam is very similar to what is in his pillow. I thought it would add more support than traditional stuffing. I like the “bounce” it gives and it doesn’t flatten like a traditional pillow. Fair warning though, working with it is messy but it does vacuum up nicely.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial! Please let me know your thoughts and I’d love to see your super cute support pillow!



Free to Be Me!

I love to write. I mean, I absolutely LOVE to write. The problem is, I let life get in the way and I don’t take the time to write and before you know it, several months have passed and what have I written? “That’s a big NOTHING for the win, Pat!” (sorry, channeling Wheel of Fortune there for a second). Anyway, all of that to say, I’m sorry to you and to myself for neglecting both of us! I am going to attempt to do better.

Starting Four Peaches Fabric has been an interesting experience for me. I have learned a lot about fabric, patterns, blogs, quilters, Social Media (Instagram scared the Dickens out of me!), and I have learned a lot about what I like and don’t like. I like fabric. I like fabric a lot and I like helping people experience fabric and the amazing things you can do with it even more. My main frustration as a new shop owner is budget. Budget really should be a four letter word that should not be uttered in public company. Ugh. With a new shop budget, there is no way to have everything in your shop that you want to have. This forces you to pick and choose and try to figure out what people will like. Very stressful. And then, once you have that figured out, you feel like you have to find projects that support your fabric and patterns and this really limits your creative ability and totally stresses you out, because what you’d really like to be doing is just helping people create and have fun!! Whew! Just typing that was stressful! So, I have decided to be true to you and to myself and make a few changes around here. I still have Four Peaches and we will continue to provide you cool stuff at fair prices, however, you will also start to see things that I think are cool. These may be projects, or patterns or nifty gadgets. They may or may not include affiliate links (that means if you click the link and purchase the item, I get a small commission). The point is, I want to be free to be me and that means giving myself the freedom to be my crazy, creative self. I’m freeing myself from the anti-creative chains people!!¬† Be on the lookout for new, exciting things in the future.

Now, onto what I’m working on! If you follow me on social media, you know that I am taking nursing classes and just finished finals! That means Spring break baby! No beaches and partying for this college girl (read grandma)! That means sewing, sewing and more sewing! I started my beloved Dresden Plate four (yes four) years ago and I am determined to finish it! I didn’t start with a pattern, I just knew what I wanted in my head and went for it. My blocks are 22″ and I decided I wanted to hand applique each plate to each block (hence the four year span!). Once I finished that, I decided I would attempt the quilt as you go (QAYG) method with sashing. I have my rows of four done and now I need to attach those and figure out a border.

I hope to have a finished quilt to show you soon! I’d love to hear about/see what you’re working on right now! Drop me a message!

Happy creating, and remember to be true to yourself!


She Blinded Me With Science!


Four Peaches Fabric will be on the road again! We will head home on Friday and spend some time with our Houston friends and family before heading on to our next adventure. With this in mind, we decided to take advantage of what will be our last weekend here in Pennsylvania and visited someplace we hadn’t been – the Carnegie Science Center. This five story building is full of hands-on science exhibits to thrill the young and not-so-young visitor. There are water exhibits, space exhibits, health science exhibits, robot exhibits, a four season model train village, a planetarium AND a vintage, real-life US Navy retired submarine. Let’s start with the space exhibits!



There is a model of the Space Station that you can walk into and experience a slice of the life the astronauts live in space. It was very interesting. Somehow, the only usable picture I took was of the space toilet, but hey, I bet you haven’t seen one before!




We enjoyed the health/medical exhibits. Most of the life size displays were under glass and we discovered there was a very good reason for this! The bones, hearts, skulls and other body parts were preserved specimens from real life people. Kind of gross and interesting all at the same time! From here we entered roboworld. There were several robotic models including a robot playing basketball. He was a really good shot. It was here that I learned that I am shorter than C3PO.


From roboworld, we moved to my second favorite exhibit of the day – the miniature train village! Growing up, my Uncle Jack had a miniature train village in his basement. I remember being in awe of the tiny houses and trains and the details! My Uncle Jack would love this village! It covered all four seasons and went through a full sun cycle, so there was day and night. The pictures truly do not do it justice.

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We followed this magical experience with a laser light show in the planetarium. I had never seen a laser light show and it was pretty cool. I do not do well with moving, 3D theaters and I only felt strange twice, so that is good! Nobody wants to be the girl that tosses her cookies in the middle of a theater!

From here, we moved onto my favorite part of our visit! The USS Requin submarine!
On January 1, 1945 the US Requin entered the water for the first time. It was home to 81 brave, American soldiers at a time, who served their country with honor. The USS Reguin was decommissioned in 1968, but was used as a training submarine from 1969 – 1971. Today she serves as a good-will ambassador educating her visitors about life and science aboard a submarine in the mid-20th Century. Preserved within her 312-foot-long hull is the technology of a bygone era. The trip through this submarine is very awe inspiring. There is no way that I would have been able to board this vessel and go under water! We also realized that Hollywood has seriously misrepresented the size of the doorways in these subs! Items of note: I LOVE all of the dials and gauges, you’ll see white handle coffee cups hanging on the wall and I figured since we started this journey with a space toilet, we should finish with a deep sea toilet!

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I hope you have enjoyed learning about our trip to the Carnegie Science Center. You can find more information on the center here. If you find yourself in the Pittsburgh area, it is a fun day trip. It’s also right across the street from Heinz Field, another fun place to see! Goodbye until next time!

Wholey Fish Batman!

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One of the perks to being on the road is getting to experience new, interesting places that aren’t necessarily on the well-traveled tourist path. Today we ventured into downtown Pittsburgh to see the Wholey Fish Market. The Robert Wholey & Co Inc. has been around for 100 years and carries fresh fish and seafood at amazing prices. As amazing as the prices are, the experience itself is priceless. I had never seen such stacks of fresh fish and even tanks of live fish! For a small fee, they will clean and cook your fish too.

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And like any good shop, they also had interesting notions!


In addition to the take home offerings, they also had hand rolled sushi and an onsite cafe! I ordered the lobster mac and cheese (I LOVE MAC AND CHEESE!) which is handmade in their store daily. ‘Twas tasty!


After our fish adventure, we walked the downtown shopping district which is full of street vendors and more awesome food! I found a bakery specializing in handmade biscotti! Who can pass that up, right? On our travels, we spotted this interesting craft car. Every inch of it was covered in bling! Yes, those are Barbie doll legs on top!



Once we were good and exhausted, we stopped for coffee for the drive home. Fish, bling, biscotti and coffee. The perfect ending to a perfect day. I’m hoping the good weather holds so we can go see more of this beautiful area next weekend!

Goodbye until next time!