Hi! Thank you so much for dropping by! I am Jona (pronounced "John-uh") Giammalva and I am a sewing pattern designer, author, and lover of all things colorful and creative. My passions are sewing, home improvement, and my family (not necessarily in that order but there are days...). I started this blog in 2007 to share and document some of my sewing journey and while I still sew most of the time, it has evolved to include our many home improvement and decorating projects.

I have a terrific husband and we have spent the past 30 years raising our 5 above-average children (two have flown the coop and the other 3 are still here under our roof). Our life together began in Portland, Oregon but we made the move to Arizona 21 years ago thinking it would be temporary. Turns out it's a great place to stay (most of the year)!

My book The Essential A-line: Make 17 Flirty Skirts from 1 Basic Pattern was released in the spring of 2013 and you can find the details here.

I hope you enjoy my blog!

Feel free to ask questions or drop me a note (I love it!).