wishing you peace and comfort, friends.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
A little break
Monday, December 17, 2012
Holiday Craft Bash: Wrap up
Good morning! I hope that the tutorials shared during the Holiday Craft Bash have helped get your house holiday-ready! I had so much fun sharing with you. It was certainly challenging and there were a couple of stressful moments, but overall, it was a great experience. I learned a lot, and I am so happy I was able to work with Meredith, Jessica and Debbie!
To recap, here's a list of the tutorials provided:
Scrappy Classic Stocking
Randot Table Runner
Winter Night Pillow
Christmas Tree Farm
North Pole Tree Skirt
Abominable Snowman Stocking
Leg Lamp Pillow
Frosty Advent Calendar
Buddy the Elf tree skirt
Charlie Brown ornaments
Flowering Pleats Pillow
Vintage Embroidered Tree Skirt
Christmas Table Runner
Santa Canvas Wall Hanging
Christmas Tree Coasters
Hexagon Tree Skirt
Christmas Plus Pillow
Zig Zag Table Runner
Embroidered Gift Tags
Happy Trees Mini Quilt
Thanks for playing along with us! As a grand finale, some pretty awesome final prizes have been arranged! There are two grand prizes. First, you could win a fat quarter bundle with ELEVEN prints of Kate Spain's Cuzco line!Sewn Studio.
The second prize, from Anna Maria Horner, is a THIRTEEN-pattern collection.
Lovely prizes, yes??
To enter, share a project you've made from one or more of our tutorials over in the flickr group! That's it! Each project is a separate entry, so get to making!
Meredith will draw two winners this Friday, December 21st.
Good luck, friends!
Monday, December 10, 2012
Let's get this winner announced, first thing!
The winner of this mega box of scraps is sshuttrbugg!
She just responded to my email, so I will be shipping her scraps out asap! Thanks to all of you that entered. I will definitely do another scrap giveaway!
Saturday, we had our third annual cookie day at my mom's. A few friends came, and we made dozens and dozens (and dozens!) of cookies. Each person brought a couple of recipes, and at the end of the day, we went home with a nice variety of tasty treats!
Sadly, I didn't get pictures of all cookies, but my friend Julie made these homemade oreos!
Amy made these candy cane crinkle cookies.
I made this cranberry pecan shortbread. I also made these chocolate peppermint crinkle cookies for the second time.
I'm off to make my fourth (and final, for 2012) tree skirt! Yay for custom orders!
Monday, December 3, 2012
SMS Giveaway Day!
This box holds just over 2.5 pounds of scraps. Yes, 2.5 POUNDS. I love to use scraps, and I thought I'd share the love!
Some of these pieces are more like fat quarter size. There are lots of modern fun fabrics in here!
To enter, just leave a comment (only one!) and make sure I have a way to contact you (if you are a no-reply blogger, you have to leave me an email address!).
I usually include international winners, but for this giveaway, U.S. participants only. This box is too heavy to economically ship elsewhere!
Thanks for visiting today. I'd love it if you came to visit another time, but I know you've got tons of giveaways to enter right now! Head on over to Sew Mama Sew to enter more giveaways! I'll choose a winner Friday morning!
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Thursday, November 29, 2012
HCB: Zig Zag Table Runner Tutorial
Today, I've got a Zig Zag Table Runner for you. This was almost the tree skirt, but I felt it would be better suited for a table than under the tree.
Directions below are for 1/4" seam, unless otherwise noted.
List of materials:
-1 charm pack (or forty 5 inch squares)
-1/2 yard of coordinating solid
-1 yard of backing fabric
-FQ of binding fabric
-60 degree triangle template
1)Sew charms into pairs.
2)Next, sew the pairs into four-patches. (if you are using a charm pack, remove two squares). You should have ten four-patches.
3)Cut your solid fabric into 8 1/2" strips along WOF.here!), cut eleven triangles from your solid fabric.
6) Alternating solid and scrappy triangles, sew three rows of triangles.
9) Cut your backing fabric slightly larger than the front.
11) Quilt as desired. I chose to quilt the scrappy triangles in a free motion loop and the solid portions in "organic" zig zags.
Thanks for checking out the Holiday Craft Bash tutorials, and thanks especially to Meredith, for inviting me to contribute! It was a challenge, but very fun!
And be sure to check out the last tutorials from Jessica, Debbie and Meredith this week! Please make sure you add any finished projects to the flickr group!
Monday, November 19, 2012
I had a busy week, although I didn't end up working on all of the items I mentioned last week.
I have the x & + bug.
I now have fifteen blocks! I've been cutting for them as I cut for other projects. They are so fun to make.
I finished the top for that postage stamp pillow I mentioned last week.
On a whim, I cut into my Happy Drawing panel and stitched up these fun little stuffed animals for Mr. Oliver.
I think they will be a fun gift for him!
I intend to stitch up a few extras.
I'm also working on a set of stockings for a custom order. I really love these fabrics together! I'm using my tutorial found here.
In knitting news, I finished a shawl on Saturday, and started a hat!
I haven't blocked the shawl yet, but I hope to do so soon. And the hat is about halfway done already! I love how fast a hat can happen.
I probably won't be back in this space until the weekend.
For those of you in the states, have a very happy thanksgiving! And for the rest of the world, have a wonderful week! <3
Thursday, November 15, 2012
HCB: Happy Trees Mini Quilt
When I was planning my project for this week, I wanted to use some of the scraps generated by my Hexagon Tree Skirt.
fabric scraps, cut into triangle shapes
Fusible interfacing (I use Pellon SF 101)
Batting (approx. FQ size)
Fat quarter of background fabric
fat quarter of backing fabric
1/4" yard of binding fabric
small scraps for tree trunks
Basting spray I use the June Taylor brand, found at Joann) or safety pins
2) Cut out all pieces.
4) Plan your layout. Make sure you work with at least a 2" border, and lay out the trees in a desirable fashion.
At this point, it's helpful to take a picture of your layout!
6) Continuing with the remaining tree pieces, applique your happy trees.
I tried to create some movement with wavy lines. Have fun with this!
Please be sure to check out the other tutorials from this week!
Debbie and I were thinking along the same lines. Check out her Christmas Tree Farm mini!
Meredith is sharing her santa canvas (that you might recognize from our graphic!), and Jessica made a Frosty Advent Calendar! As always, if you make something from our tutorials, please add it to the Holiday Craft Bash flickr group!
We're taking a break for the Thanksgiving holiday next week, but I'll have my last installment up the following Thursday!
Monday, November 12, 2012
A little Shoo-fly, for my month of do/Good Stitches, in blues and grays.
Some super scrappy improv, for a "to be determined" project.
I really love this kind of sewing. Using up little bits and making fun shapes. That's what it's all about.
I finished this pillow in time for my craft show, and it sold. Now, a friend has asked for another similar pillow! So, I'm cutting some 2.5" squares today.
I also decided to make some progress on my long-lingering Single Girl quilt top. I finished the third quarter blocks this weekend.
And finally, I intend to finally sew a second Prairie Braid this week. I've got the scraps cut to size.
Variety is the spice of life, right?
Enabler alert: Pink Castle is having a one-day sale with the code "VETERAN20" for 20% off everything.
Have a wonderful Monday, full of patchwork!