The Creative Fraud

My name is Becky Thompson and I’ve been married to my amazing husband Keith since 2001.  The only things I sewed for the first 20 years of my adult life were patches on my US Air Force military uniforms and a home dec project here and there.


My passion for stitching began watching my mother sew most of my childhood clothing.  She was a garment seamstress and did not quilt.  She used to say, “Well how many blankets can one person use anyway?”  Today, that’s blasphemy to my ears!  Here is my mom, dad, and me.


I crave the ability to create and that doesn’t come easy for me.  Unlike my left-handed mom who kept all the artsy-fartsy genes for herself (the Creative Hog) I am unable to create something from nothing.  I cannot “wing it”, I don’t get “visions”, and I don’t “feel” creativity.  It’s just not in my make-up – I’m not wired like that. I wish I was, and I try like crazy, but I even had a lady come over in 2006 when we moved into our current home to arrange the furniture and decorate.  Today, everything is as she left it.  I mean I did 20 years in the US Air Force myself so I wouldn’t have to choose my outfits.  Seriously.  When I did have to buy civilian clothes, I’d find something at Macy’s or Dillard’s I liked on a mannequin and buy the entire ensemble down to the shoes.  I figured somebody got paid to put that together so…boom.  Also, I can copy like a mad fool.  So basically, I’m a Creative Fraud.

Now, when I copy most of the time I don’t need a pattern.  I can take a photo and dissect the pattern in my head.  It’s more analytical than mathematical.  I’m REALLY bad at math – which drives me absolutely insane when I quilt…which is total math.  (Measure twice – or maybe three times, and cut once).  I make mistakes like it’s my job, and I’m a bit manic or maybe I just get bored easily, so I love having multiple projects going at any given time.  It’s not unusual for me to be sewing something with the embroidery machine humming along behind me and 5-6 quilting projects waiting in the queue.  One of my favorite things in the whole world is to spend hours in a quilt or fabric store.  I used to joke that my local Hancock’s should have given me my own parking space!  I tried like crazy to keep them in business…I really did.

I work full time outside the home sitting behind a computer so I spend as many sewing hours as possible at our coastal home on the weekends when we can get down there.  I have the greatest son and DIL in the entire world who blessed me with my fabulous grandchildren.  God has blessed me more than I deserve.


I work hard.  I play harder.  Why?  Because life is too short.

I’d love to hear from you (unless you’re a spammer or feeling snarky).
Email me:  powertoolswiththread at outlook dot com

And yes, I married the enemy.  Hook ’em Horns!  KState GameKeith and I at a Texas / K-State game in Manhattan, KS.


28 thoughts on “The Creative Fraud

      • Becky- try bobbin washers on your quilting machine to stop the tree nests on the back of quilts. Worth a try. Get them on line .mary

    • Het Becky, love your outlook on life. Been watching your YouTube videos & have a ?
      On Simply Appliqué what stitches does it use to appliqué. I know it satin stitches but what else? Could you share with me? I’ve found a good price so I’m ready for it. Thxs for any help u can give me.
      Gina Kelley
      From the great state of Maine

      • Hi Gina, I think it does a blanket stitch, satin, and a running or bean stitch. There are a lot of other stitches as well in the motif menu but I haven’t used that. I’m sorry, I just now saw your comment! I’d of gotten back to you otherwise. 🙂

    • Hi Becky. Just got my stylis/riper. It’s beautiful. Thanks Keith. So you have been married only 19 yrs, As for hubby and I 58, and they said it wouldn’t last. Lol. So enjoy your show. Not the embroidery part. Had one and for some reason it just drove me crazy. So gave it away. Well once again thanks. Keep up the good job. Jesus is LORD. Glo

  1. I enjoyed watching your quilt room makeover. I have my sewing patterns in the same containers. I was curious, when did you enlist in the Air Force. I joined in November 1973.

  2. Becky, i truly love your “Power Tools with Thread” videos. I started sewing today at 9:00 am and I had your videos playing all day while I sew on a quilt for my Granddaughter. So thank you for spending the day with me. On one of the videos you said that you made your husband’s boxer shorts, can you tell me how to do the fly? I was going to make some for Christmas last year and got stuck at the fly part and just put them away until I can figure it out. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  3. You listened to me all day? Girl, you should be crazy by now if you weren’t when you started. lol That’s a great idea for a video tutorial. It’s hard to wrap your head around the directions that some of these manufacturers give. Thanks for sharing your day with me!

  4. Hello! I love watching you AND JOY! I am fascinated by how Youtube has us all connecting and even getting out from behind our computers to meet. I sell quilt fabric through Facebook (even though I am trying to go out of business but have a ton of inventory before I can) and would love to send you a box of free fabric. It is my way of supporting Youtubers that I enjoy. Send me an email with the address you would like me to ship.

  5. OMG. Here I am in Port Lavaca at 3:00 in the morning and I was blessed to find you! Will be spending time getting to know you better today. I too love Before it’s a Quilt.

  6. Hi Becky! I came to check out your videos because Joy Bernhardt mentioned you in her videos. I am an avid subscriber now. I turn on your YT vids and let them play while I sew. I bought an embroidery machine because your stuff looks so cool! Mind you, I previously had no interest in embroidery. Thanks for all the inspiration you provide, and they wonderful chats! XXX, Tina

  7. I have a Baby Lock Ellisimo I purchased at least 8 years ago. Use it a lot and it still is running wonderfully. I was watching your vid on making that cute shells table runner. I want a snap hoop! Watching you use yours made me AGAIN need one like that! Now all I need to know is which one should I buy, size wise?
    Truly enjoy your You Tube lessons.

    • Awesome! Buy the largest one your machine can handle. Easy to do smaller projects but you’ll regret it if you spend that much money and then realize you want to do a project that requires the larger hoop. Enjoy!

  8. I’ve been following you a while on Facebook and EAT up your You Tube videos, but this is the first time I have visited this site and read your history. I picked up on a few tidbits of your history from your videos, but what an amazing woman you are. Serving your country, raising a son, and giving your heart to a K-State man-I will forgive you of that, I am a big HORN fan also! (Big smile!) Your attitude is uplifting. Most of us have trouble with math and coordinating fabrics for projects. Thank goodness for kind, willing quilt shop ladies who will guide us in the right direction. Please keep the you tube videos coming, you are a joy to watch and we all get lots of good tips and leads on great fabrics and patterns from you. Love it when you visit quilt shops and show us around right along with you. About to purchase a new machine for my “golden” years of quilting – wish me luck!!

  9. Would someone please share with me to steps for creating an Applique from a machine embroidery pattern/design? I am pretty comfortable with computers but having a differculty with Simply Applique. Perhaps Becky could do a video on the proper steps.

  10. I just LOVE YOU. Im learning from you. I just watched you sew in the hoop a book cover. Where did you get that design?
    Were going on Sat. to try and find an embroidery machine. Our local Sewing shop only had 1 and its there not for sale. The Covid19 has shut down everything. After seeing your all Brother I’m hoping to get Brother or Baby Lock.
    I have a HV Designer 1 USB and my new laptop Win.10 will not except my 5D. I’ve tried to down load patterns from Embroidery Library got them on my stick but my machine tells me there’s nothing on the stick. I’m wondering if you can do a show about this.

  11. Becky, you called my bluff…you could have been writing about me. I’m only creative when I can copy. And yes I have bought the entire outfit off a store manaquin as well. I too was in the Air Force. But only stayed one term. Found love in the same shop and he was getting out..otherwise I would have done my 20 too..loved the Air Force.. I found you on YouTube searching for an electronic cutting machine. I want it for applique. Just started on a monthly with shabby fabrics and am loving it. So wanted to find a machine that cuts fabric. I am torn because I have the cricut version 1 and tons of cartridges but I’m strongly leaning towards the dx 225F. Know any discounts coming up? looking at both embrillace and simply applique. I want to do the composition cover in the hoop, so ordering the file from juju. Thanks so much for your tutorials. Congratulations on your retirement-thanks for your service.

  12. Is there any information on what kind of tape you use in your “Tape forest?” The technique is wonderful….ensures flat sewing surfaces and you don’t use pins!

  13. Hi Becky love your blog I ordered Amelie Scott book edge to edge I can’t seam to download it it says her site is not a secure site not to use I have tried a few of her sites same thing can you let me know what I’m doing wrong please and thank you Yvonne

  14. Question, is the scan and cut play book for the new two blade scan and cut necessary and/or worth the money for someone that plans on buying a scan and cut?

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