12 days of Christmas Blog Hop Winner and a thank you

October 26, 2011

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First, I would like to give all of you my heartfelt thanks!!!  I was so blown away by all of your lovely and generous comments on my sewing kit!  Thank you, thank you thank you!!!!  I REALLY hope to see some of the kits that you guys create!  I am sorry that I didn't get to reply to all your comments but there were 388, WOW!   xoxoxoxoxoxo

Now on to the winner of the $25 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop!!!


Heike, I am emailing you right now to get all of your info.  Congrats, how fun!!!  Thanks again everyone and I hope you will come back soon to visit me!  :)

I also want to thank Jennifer and all of the other fantastically creative women that were involved in this blog hop, I was so honored to be a part of it!




shop update: Ruby is here!

October 20, 2011

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The fabulous line Ruby by Bonnie and Camille is here and in the shop!!  It is so stunning, I can't wait to sew with it!   I also have some patterns coming tomorrow so make sure you check them out!  Some that have been around for a little while and some new ones.









Welcome!!!  I was so thrilled when Jennifer asked me to be a part of the 12 Gifts of Christmas Blog Hop!  What a fun way to get in the Christmas spirit and make some really great gifts!  Jennifer started out with her adorable double sided placemat tutorial.  And make sure you check out Ayumi's organizer basket tutorial, SO cute!  Make sure to leave them a comment to so that you are entered in both giveaways!!!



For my tutorial, I am giving you alternate options for my really fun travel sewing kit tutorial.  Click on the link for the full tutorial or you can always find it under the tutorial tab at the top of the page.  I LOVE these kits!  They are perfect for hand sewers and those of us that like embroidery but they are also a great gift for quilters (all those hand sewn bindings) or even someone headed off to college (everyone needs a mending kit at some point).  As always, if you have any questions or if something isn't clear PLEASE let me know!!!

By far, the most popular of all of the kits I have made has been the patchwork one!  If you want to make one with patchwork squares you will need to alter the measurements slightly.  You can, of course, use any type of patchwork that you want but the squares just don't work with my original measurements.  

So, here is what you will need to cut instead!:
  • 40  2"x2" squares
  • for the interior panels: cut two (2) at 5 1/2" wide x 6 1/2" high and cut one (1) at 5 5/8"wide x 6 1/2" high
  • for the pockets: cut one (1) at 5 1/2" wide and 4" high and one (1) at 3 1/2" wide x 6 1/2" high
All of the other measurements will be the same as in my original tutorial!

After you have your 40 squares all cut out, you need to arrange them in the order that you want them sewn.  The layout will be 4 rows of 10 squares each.  You will have something that looks like this:



We are going to sew the squares together with a 1/4" seam allowance.  If you have a 1/4" foot for your machine, this is the time to get it out!!  I always mark my rows with a small # in the top corner of the first square of each row so that I don't have to worry about mixing up the rows.  

Once they are all pinned, I lay them out and check the layout one more time to make sure I don't want to move any around.


Then sew your squares into the 4 rows of 10 and press all of your seams.  I press mine open but if you prefer to press them to the side go for it.  :)

Then pin your row one to row two, with right sides together, making sure to line up all of those seams as perfectly as possible.


Sew them together using a 1/4" seam.  Repeat this step until all 4 rows are sewn together.  Press all of your seams. 


Yea!!!  Patchwork complete!!  Now just continue on with the tutorial, just remember that you will need to use the adjusted measurements for the inside panels and pocket pieces that I listed above.  

I have one more variation for you!  :)  Instead of turning under the top edge of the scissor case and stitching it, you can bind the top like this:


After you print out the scissor case pattern, you will need to cut off 3/8" from the top of the pattern.   Use this adjusted pattern piece to cut out your scissor case.  Then bind the top using the same method that I use in the tutorial to bind the pocket pieces.  So simple but it gives it a different look.  You will then have a really fun sewing kit to give to a lucky friend!!!






Giveaway!



Enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Fat Quarter Shop!!  Woo hoo!!  Go visit their shop and leave me a comment telling me what you would get with your $25 if you are the lucky winner!  We will choose one winner via Random.org on Oct. 26.  {please note that this giveaway is now closed!!!}

Also, please visit Ellison Lane Quilts and leave one comment on her tutorial to be entered to win the GRAND PRIZE of a $250 gift certificate to Fabricworm!




And just for stopping by, you can take advantage of a generous 15% off discount at Fabricworm with the coupon code fw12days through the end of the blog hop.

Make sure you visit Faith tomorrow over at Fresh Lemons Quilts!!  She will surely have something awesome to show you!  :)



Friday, October 14- Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts
Saturday, October 15- Ayumi/Pink Penguin
Sunday, October 16- Amy/ Lots of Pink Here
Monday, October 17- Faith/Fresh Lemons Quilts
Tuesday, October 18- Penny/Sew Take a Hike
Wednesday, October 19- Kati/From the Blue Chair
Thursday, October 20- Lee/Freshly Pieced
Friday, October 21- Elizabeth/Don't Call Me Betsy
Saturday, October 22- Melanie/Texas Freckles
Sunday, October 23- Lindsay/Craft Buds
Monday, October 24- Amanda/A Crafty Fox
Tuesday, October 25-Vanessa/Little Big Girl Studio









Let's get ready for Christmas!!!

October 12, 2011

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I was so super excited when Jennifer asked me to be part of her 12 Gifts of Christmas Blog Hop! I know it's hard to imagine that it's already that time of year but yep, it's here!!  It's time to get organized and get those machines running and churning out awesome holiday gifts!  This is the perfect way to get motivated!
For 12 days, starting this Friday, you will find a tutorial for a great handmade gift on the blogs below:

Friday, October 14- Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts
Saturday, October 15- Ayumi/Pink Penguin
Sunday, October 16- Amy/ Lots of Pink Here
Monday, October 17- Faith/Fresh Lemons Quilts
Tuesday, October 18- Penny/Sew Take a Hike
Wednesday, October 19- Kati/From the Blue Chair
Thursday, October 20- Lee/Freshly Pieced
Friday, October 21- Elizabeth/Don’t Call Me Betsy
Saturday, October 22- Melanie/Texas Freckles
Sunday, October 23- Lindsay/Craft Buds
Monday, October 24- Amanda/A Crafty Fox
Tuesday, October 25-Vanessa/Little Big Girl Studio

In addition to a free tutorial to make some awesome gifts, each blog will also have a giveaway from a great sponsor. Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts will have a grand prize on her blog’s tutorial of a $250 gift certificate to Fabricworm! WHAT??  Yes, you read that right.  Can you imagine the fabric yumminess that you could buy with $250!?



Fabricworm is also offering a generous 15% off discount during the 12 days of the blog hop with the coupon code fw12days.
There is a Flickr group set up to join and share what you make. I hope lots of you will join us!!  Come back on Sunday for my post. :) Also, feel free to grab a button over there on the left and help to spread the word.






    shop updates

    October 6, 2011

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    oops a daisy floral, AB full moon dots and meadowsweet

    I've added 4 travel sewing kits to my shop.  They will make great gifts for the holidays and I love making them!  :)  Here are the other ones that are in there now.

    joel dewberry heirloom

    anna maria horner loulouthi

    lizzy house 1001 peeps

    I also have some really great chevron twill tape in the fabric shop!  I haven't had a chance to use any yet myself but it has been really popular.  I can't wait to see how it will be used by everyone, so many possibilities!









    convertible clutch pattern winner!!! yay!

    October 3, 2011

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    Thanks so much to all of you that entered!!  The winner is.....

    who happens to be...


    YAY Audrey!!!  Go get some of that Loulouthi!!!  :)  I am emailing you now.  






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