keyka lou sale reminder

December 28, 2011

I just wanted to remind everyone that there are only 3 more days to get your hands on the keyka lou patterns that are being discontinued!!  They will disappear on January 1st.  Don't miss out on them!!!

made with the box wallet / pyramid pouch pattern

They are a steal at only $3 each!!  All of you that sell on etsy or at craft fairs should know that Michelle welcomes you to sell items made with her patterns, with proper credit of course.  :)

Christmas sewing

December 22, 2011

I didn't get as much Christmas sewing done as I was planning.  I did get something made for the little girls though!

My girls LOVE dolls!  They play with them every day, sleep with them, dress them, wrap them up, you get the idea!  I had made Pippa a couple of dolls but I hadn't made one for Adelaide.  She is so attached to this doll that I had kinda figured she would reject any other one that was offered.  Well, about a month ago she said she really wanted a doll like Penelope's.

I thought a smaller doll would be better, more portable and less likely to drag on the ground and get filthy when being toted around.  This pattern proved to be the perfect size!!!  Of course, the dollies needed little quilts of their own!

Adelaide's, of course, since yellow is her favorite color.

For Adelaide's little set I used all of the mustardy yellow prints that I could find in my stash.  The little frog print in the center is from a Heather Ross print that I made her 1st birthday dress out of and I was so glad that I had a little left.  There are a few squares from Heather's latest line too.  I backed it in this simple print from ruby that matched the pale blues in some of the squares.


Turns out that a charm square is the perfect size for the little doll's body!  For Penelope's doll and blanket I used one of the Walk in the Woods charm packs.  I used sundae in ruby for the binding as it goes really well with the colors and style of the charms.  I backed it in one of my favorite Heather Bailey prints. 

I have said it before, dolls are not my favorite things to sew.  This pattern however, was lovely!  It came together really easily and was a quick sew.   It would make a great first doll!!!  I have a feeling that I will be making a few more of them.

The little quilts were so easy too.  I cut out 25 - 3 1/2" squares and just sewed them into 5 rows of 5 and then sewed the rows together.  SO easy!!  Make sure to use your 1/4" foot if you have one.  I cut my binding at 2 1/4".  I like a rather narrow binding and I like it to fit snuggly to the edge of my quilt.

Christmas gifts for the teachers

December 20, 2011

My girls go to the most wonderful preschool!!  It's small and caring and just wonderful!  There are 18 kids and 4 full time teachers.  There is also a teacher that comes once a week to help out and a music teacher that comes once a week.  All of the teachers are fabulous!  They are loving and kind and really care about each and every one of the kids and their families.  They are also the kind of women that really appreciate a homemade gift.  Can you tee that we love it there?  :)

I never want to make them something for their homes since I don't know what styles they all lean toward or what color schemes they have there.  I try to keep it pretty simple and fun.  Something they can use every day in their normal lives is always what I'm going for.

This year I made each a mug rug with a matching coffee sleeve.

fabric: ruby by Bonnie and Camille

fabric: Denise Schmidt for Joann fabrics

fabric: happy mochi yum yum by Happy Zombie

fabric: scraps of MM ta dots, Ab full moon dots and sunspots  and an AMH scrap

fabric: happy mochi yum yum by Happy Zombie

fabric: Denise Schmidt for Joann fabrics
For each set, I used natural colored linen paired with the quilting cottons I had chosen.  I had a lot of fun making all of them and I think the teachers were happy with them.

 Just a note about sewing with linen, PREWASH IT!  I do not generally prewash my fabric if it is for a quilting type project as I really like the crinkly look that you get when you wash your quilt for the first time.  However, linen is another thing all together!  It will shrink quite a bit more than cotton.  I actually wash my linen in hot water which I never do normally.  Also, linen tend to shift around like crazy.  Spray starch is really your friend when it comes to sewing with linen.  Spray that stuff down with starch and iron like a mad woman!!!

 I found the insulated cups at Bed, Bath and Beyond for $4 and Vanessa said that she found some at Joann fabrics as well.

Hope you are all getting your last minute sewing gifts finished!!  :)

Keyka Lou pattern sale and news

December 19, 2011

Michelle from Keyka Lou has just announced that she will be discontinuing 16 of her patterns!!  I'm kinda sad!  A few of them are favorites of mine.

They will disappear on January 1st!!!  The good news is that until then, all of the patterns to be retired are on sale for $3!!!

Go check out the sale and snap up the patterns before they are gone!

Here is one that I am so sad to see go!!!  It's such a great bag!!

charm school handbag
This one is still in my shop if you don't want to make your own!  :)

SMS Giveaway Day winner!

December 17, 2011

Thank you all SO very much for your sweet comments on my sewing kit and for taking the time to visit and enter!  I had such a great time reading all of your comments and learning what you all do Christmas morning!

Ok, on to the winner!!!

and # 239 is.....

CONGRATS the whimsical bee!!!!  I will email you to get all of your info!!  :)

Oh and I think I must try this monkey bread that so many of you mentioned.  :)  If anyone has a recipe that they love, I'd love to have it!

Merry Christmas!!!

shop update: new (early release) precuts

December 15, 2011

I got some really cute precuts in today!  All of these lines won't be out until spring but I got in on a few of the early releases that Moda sometimes offers.  LOVING Aneela's new line!  The yardage will be in stores in February and I'm so excited.  I've ordered the whole line!!  Woo hoo!

For now I have some charm packs!

I also have charm packs of the new Fig Tree line, California Girl

 and Cosmo Cricket's Salt Air.
I also have one FQ bundle of Salt Air!
The colors are so great on all of these lines!

Make sure you have entered the giveaway, it ends tomorrow night!  :)

Sew mama sew giveaway day!!! {now closed}

December 12, 2011

***please note that this giveaway is now closed***

Welcome!!!  If this is your first time visiting, I'm so glad to have you and of course, welcome back to all of my regular readers!  I love giveaway day, it's always so fun to go around and see all of the goodies that everyone has to give!

I have two goodies for this round of Sew, Mama, Sew giveaway day!!!

The first is one of my travel sewing kits!  This one, by far, got the biggest response from my awesome readers and so I have saved it just for this occasion!

***please note that all of the notions will not be included in the giveaway, they are for display only***

In addition to the sewing kit, the winner will also get 3 FQ's of Chemistry by Cosmo Cricket and a FQ of the coordinating Bella solid!  I just got these in my shop and they are so fun!  Perfect for making cute goodies for Valentine's day or for someone who loves pink.

So, if you would like a chance to win, please leave me a comment on this post telling me what you and your family do on Christmas morning!  Do you have a fun tradition?   Even if you don't celebrate Christmas, what do you do (everything is closed so I'm sure you have some fun tradition!)?

For a second entry, let me know that you are a follower!  :)

Make sure that I have a way to contact you if you are the winner!!!  If your email is not connected to your blogger profile, please include it in your comment!!!!!

I will be happy to ship internationally  I will close the giveaway on December 16th at 8 PM EST and will announce the winner the next morning.

Good luck and please come back and visit me!!  :)

If you aren't the winner but still want to make your own sewing kit, you can find my tutorial here.

***please know that I read and really enjoy every comment!!  I usually reply to my comments but this event is way to crazy to be able to keep up.  Just please be aware that I am so thankful to all of you that take the time to comment!***

a little tease

December 6, 2011

I'm going to be a bit of a tease today!  :)  No, not that kind!!!

I just wanted to give all of my fantastic readers a little sneak peak of what I will be giving away for Sew, Mama, Sew! giveaway day!  Mark your calendars ladies, it starts on the 12th!!!  It will last for an entire week this time, thank goodness.  So please stop by if you would like a chance to win something scrappy and fun (and also useful!)!!

Here is my tease!!!  If you don't know what it is you will just have to wait until the 12th! {insert Dr. Evil laugh here}

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