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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Winner Winner!

WoW!! Thank you for all the fun comments about your favorite fabric lines, new and old! It was really fun to read all your comments and to look up the new to me lines. In case your curious, Doe from Carolyn Friedlander appears to be the most anticipated line along with the new Cotton and Steel and Elizabeth from Tula Pink. You all have great taste, I'm excited about all of those too!

And the winner chosen by the random rafflecopter was Mary D! I've sent you an email Mary and thanks to everyone for stopping by, see you all next year!

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day!

It's that time again...time for Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! I was trying to decide what to do for my giveaway as this year has been all about new types of creating for me. I've learned lots of new tricks and met some great new quilty friends as well. I started swapping and using Flickr and Instagram, I'm quilting and making things other than bags (really?!?!) Yea, really...although bags are still my favorite, hands down.

But what really stuck in my head this year, is the fabric selections! I had never really followed designers prior to 2013. I usually just shopped at JoAnns or Hobby Lobby and assumed that was all there was in the fabric world. My local quilt shop is geared more towards the traditional quilter, so it's rare that I find any fabric there that I like. But, once I jumped on the IG wagon, I really saw how amazing and beautiful the fabric world can be! I quickly became obsessed with Alison Glass, Katrina Roccella, and Jeni Baker to name just a few. I'm pretty much in love with all the Art Gallery Fabrics designers. My husband came across this meme the other day and it is totally fitting...

There is always new fabric and it's all amazing! I have definitely splurged a bit this year, and I'm really going to have to tone it down after Christmas...I mean, the house can only hold so much fabric and I can only sew so I figured I could share some of my goodies with my online friends. International entries welcome too.

I have a fat quarter bundle of fun up for grabs today, it includes prints from Arizona, Gleeful, and Dreamin' Vintage plus some texty scraps from my previous projects.  To win, just leave a comment telling me what fabric line was your favorite this year or which line you are most excited about that is coming soon. 

I'll start, and it was an easy choice for me. By far, my favorite line this year was Utopia by Frances Newcome. It is so gorgeous, my favorite colors, and bright and cheery. I really love it!

Priory Square by Katy Jones was a very close second. I'm hoping Santa has some of this stashed in his bag for me :) 

As for next year, I might just pass out from excitement when Melody Miller's Playful releases. The viewfinders are returning! If you don't know about the viewfinders,  go Google them. Then get a box of tissue, because they are almost impossible to find, and you will want them. I discovered them late and paid an unreal amount for just 1/2 yard that is going into a super special swap project. Thankfully we can all get some when this line releases in January.

I'll look forward to reading your responses and I'm guessing I'll probably be wanting more fabric when it's all over. Rafflecopter will be running through Saturday night. Please leave your email address or Instagram name so I can contact you if you're the winner.
Good Luck!

A pair of matching bags

Last weekend my mom visited and was kind enough to watch ours boys for a while. I think that deserves a new bag! I don't know what we would do without her, she is so helpful in our lives. I had made her a bag for mother's day and she requested something similar, with a light lining so she could see inside easily. I let her browse my stash a bit and she picked a great floral print with a navy background.

I dug through the patterns and thought I might give Date Night a try. I have loved this pattern ever since Erin from Dog Under My Desk started prototyping it, but I hadn't had a chance to make one. Overall it is a great pattern! The zipper installation is very different from what I'm used to, but it's not difficult and makes a nice smooth top. Erin's patterns tend to be flawless. It's no surprise to me that the pockets are perfect in this bag. They are just the right size and placed in just the right spots. The handle is a great length so you can carry on the shoulder or not. I really love the bag!


Inside, full of my stuff!

Only problem -it's a bit smaller that I had anticipated. I didn't think my mom would care for the littleness of it. I decided to keep it for myself. I'm using it now and it really is fabulous. I'm pretty excited to make another one...but I still needed a gift for mom.

So I decided to give The Steph in the City bag a try from Emmaline Bags. Janelle is another flawless designer and her bags are always spectacular. I bought this pattern ages ago, but felt is was a little too advanced for me at the time. I've progressed enough now that I had no trouble with it.  And it's awesome! This bag has an adjustable strap and an optional zip top or magnetic closure. I went with the zipper for the extra security. There is a divided patch pocket inside plus an inside zippered pocket, I do love me some pockets! It's big without being too big and has really fun pleats on the bottom for character. It also has a "belt" that wraps around the bag and connects to a shiny o-ring. I also love shiny things on my bags. This really is another great pattern that will be repeated by yours truly when the holiday sewing slows down! And we finally saw the sun for a snippet of time this morning, so I got some semi-decent pictures! Hope mom loves it.

Such a fun print!

A little Alison Glass on the inside (be still my heart!)

Zip top
I've been busy with some other goodies, but can't share until the holiday gifting is all done. Expect one giant post about holiday sewing in January!

Saturday, December 6, 2014


A few months ago I came across a post on Instagram for a miniquilt swap. It was right around the time that I had just started joining swaps, so of course I had to jump right in! There was almost a 3 month window of creating time, so I had no worries that this swap would be easy and fun. Well, as the deadline loomed closer and closer and my creative spark grew smaller and smaller, I started to panic just a bit.

I had no ideas for my partner, who is pretty awesome by the way. I had assumed they would pair people up with similar experience, so I was a bit intimidated because I am more of a wannabe quilter then anything else. My partner appears to be pretty the tears commenced.

I had no ideas, I had no confidence, I had very little I did what so many of us do. I shopped my stash of books and fabrics...and I finally remembered this tutorial from Jeni Baker. HSTs! I can do those! With a plan and some fun fabric choices, I finally got to work and this was the final product...I named the quilt "A Trip to OZ" It seems appropriate because my partner lives in Australia, so the mini is literally taking a trip to Oz, plus it reminded me of a whirlwind...spinning out of control like poor Dorothy in the tornado to Oz. I would have loved to quilt spirals on it, but that is a lesson for another day. I just did simple straight lines in a longer stitch length, following the diamond shapes.

And for the back I used one of my favorite polka dot prints ever. I have no idea what it's called, and I'm pretty sure it's from Hobby Lobby years ago, but it's very soft and pretty and I had just enough to back this mini.
And one very ugly name tag as well. I've seen some really pretty ones on IG and I must learn how to make a nicer one. This is just scrap fabric and a laundry proof sharpie. I had never labeled a quilt before, so I was again clueless...always more to learn!

As part of the swap package I also sent my partner my Rainbow Roadtrip case She had posted a very sad looking travel sewing case that was "on it's last leg", so I felt the Roadtrip case was a nice extra. Plus, it was really meant for a quilter with that fab text fabric. She should be receiving the package next week hopefully, and I'm hoping she loves it! I was happy with the end result, and I learned quite a bit from the whole process. Will I be joining another quilt swap anytime soon? Yes, I will...a rainbow quilt swap is starting up on Monday and I'm pretty psyched. Sometimes I need a deadline to get something exciting started in the craft room...until then it will be all Christmas gifts, which I will show off here if Indiana ever sees another sunny day so I can get some pretty pictures!

Stupid gray skies all day everyday....blah! At least I have pretty fabrics to brighten things up. Be sure to stop by next week It's Sew Mama Sew giveaway day on the 8th  and I should have a nice bundle of happiness for someone to win!

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