Sunday, December 14, 2014

Giveaway Day Winner

The winner of the fox lovey pattern giveaway is comment number 32: Jodi, who said that her favorite thing to sew for a new baby are the Henry & Helga Elephants.  Jodi, check your email!

Thanks to everyone for stopping by!

Monday, December 8, 2014

Giveaway Day: Fox Lovey PDF Sewing Pattern

It is giveaway day over at Sew Mama Sew! I am participating for the first time by offering a free copy of my fox lovey pattern for one lucky reader of this blog.  To enter just comment below with your favorite thing to sew for a new baby.  You can enter through Friday, December 12th at midnight, EST.

You can purchase the fox lovey pattern, as well as my other patterns, in my Craftsy store (affiliate link) or in my Etsy store. In addition to the fox lovey, I have a set of three safari animal lovey patterns (affiliate link)

and a shark softie (affiliate link).

You might also be interested in some of my free tutorials.

It's getting close to Christmas but it is not too late to whip up a quick advent calendar using my tutorial for Christmas countdown rings:

I used to make these out of construction paper when I was a kid, but if you make them out of felt then you can reuse them every year!

With winter approaching, keep your little monsters warm with these scarves with claw mittens:

I also have a free pattern for a ruffled fabric basket which is perfect for Easter, but also would work well for Christmas with different fabrics:

Thanks for stopping by!  Don't forget to leave a comment below telling me your favorite thing to sew for a new baby by Friday, December 12, 2014.  A winner will be chosen randomly from the comments below and will be notified on Sunday, December 14, 2014.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Beginning a new quilt

I have a lot less time for sewing since school began this year.  Part of the reason is that I have taken on another non-tangible responsibility and am spending a lot of the time that was formerly sewing time on it.  It's a good thing for me, but for now it means less sewing is getting done.  I figured I would share what I am working on here even though it is not done yet, or anywhere near done.  I have started a new quilt.  I have been really itching to make a quilt lately.  It is less practical than sewing clothes for my kids or creating a new pattern to sell, but, with so little time for myself, I wanted to do something I would really enjoy.  I don't want sewing to be yet another job.

An idea had been bouncing around in my head for a while for a log-cabin-style quilt that I plan to use as a wall hanging in my dining room.  I wanted to use this blue fabric with little flowers that I have had forever.  I paired it with some yellow, orange, a lighter blue, and a dark brown, as well as the Kaufman Essex Yarn-Dyed Linen Blend in Flax that I loved so much in the last quilt I made.  The colors were inspired by a painting we have hanging in the dining room that we got at a starving artists sale about 10 years or so ago.

I sketched out my design for the quilt on an iPad app that I love, called Concepts.  It has been great for sketching out quilt ideas and other ideas while I am on the train or, in this case, on vacation. As I mentioned, it is a log cabin style quilt, but each strip around the center square (with the exception of the first one) is pieced from two different fabrics.  I played with the placement of the blocks on the app and discovered a fun secondary design when I turned the blocks so that the corner of one of the colors (the orange below in the picture) was always pointed to the middle of a four patch of the blocks.

When I got ready to cut out the fabrics I realized I didn't have enough of the light blue to use it as designed, so I decided to swap the light blue and orange.  And actually, I am happy I did - I think it works better that way. 

I'll have to share more on the cutting and piecing next time or this post will never get published.  Until then!

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