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Tracy is available for lectures at your guild. Topics include:


Sew Supportive: Just Keep Sewing!
This lecture gives quilters and sewists ideas and product suggestions that help them continue sewing when they face the inevitable health challenges we all go through as we get older.
We Sew 2: Inspiring Kids to Sew 
What can you do to not only get kids interested in sewing, but also KEEP them sewing? Tracy shares some of her kid-tested techniques that get kids started young, develop a love of fabric and develop their skills as their interests and bodies grow! 


"Thank you so much for a fun presentation last night.  It was so nice to meet you. My sewing girls enjoyed themselves and so did I.  They were thrilled with the hand outs and the participation you provided in the meeting.  I do believe that they really felt apart of it.  They chatted about the meeting in the car on the ride home.   "K" went through her bag she won and the girls plotted the next project we are doing in our weekly sewing class. Gives me great pleasure knowing that my efforts in teaching these girls are starting to present a passion... Thanks again for a wonderful night. It was so inspiring for me." ~ Lucy, Aurora, IL

Email her today for her schedule and fees. or 630.885.6995

Tracy is a freelance copywriter with 7+ years experience in content creation, ghost writing, social media content writing and blog work. Since 2012, she can be found in the pages of Generation Q Magazine as an senior editor, writing book reviews, discussing informational sewing topics and designing projects for kids to sew. She also is a proud BERNINA Ambassador.
Tracy is not currently accepting new writing clients.

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