Tuesday, March 10, 2015

QuiltCon Prep

QuiltCon has already come and gone, but I was so busy prepping for it, then experiencing it, and then recovering from it that I'm just now finding time to blog about it.  I took a break from actually quilting anything to sew a bit of a wardrobe for QuiltCon.  While it wasn't necessary, I was motivated by everyone posting pics on Instagram of what they were making. And yes, I got caught in all the hoopla and made a few items, even sewing with knits for the first time! Do NOT be afraid of knits!!

The first thing I made was a Lela Tunic using Hoopla and Everyday Fun (Jennifer Heynen for In The Beginning Fabrics), black & white, of course!  I bought this pattern from Green Bee Design & Patterns a while back, with plenty of time to sew it before QuiltCon.  Of course, I didn't use all that time to sew for QuiltCon. Why would I want to do it ahead of time when I could wait till the last week to sew my wardrobe? Ha ha! This was a great pattern!  I did use my seam ripper a few times, but I'm not much of a garment maker and should really read the directions a few times before cutting/sewing.  
See those leggings I'm wearing in that pic? Yeah, I made those, too.  Those are Virginia Leggings by Megan Nielsen Patterns.  This was my first pattern with knits. Oh my goodness! This is one of the easiest things I've ever made. Seriously, people! I could wear these all day, and I have plans to make a lot more of these, maybe even some capri leggings for the summer!  

Next on my list was a Lane Raglan by Hey June.  I bought some brown knit fabric from Joann's just to make a practice one, but I was running out of time and didn't have time for practice and really didn't want a brown top, so I went straight for a safe fabric - black and white.  I figured if I didn't like how it turned out, I'd still wear it because, well, it's black and white.  And anyone who knows me knows that I really dig black and white :) 
I'll admit that I need some practice with my neck band.  And the sleeves are way too long.  I'll be cutting the waistband and cuffs off of this baby to make it fit a little better.  Again, I'm not a garment maker. 

And then I made another Lane Raglan out of Geometric Bliss (Jeni Baker for Art Gallery Fabrics), using Laguna Jersey for the sleeves.  I seriously love this shirt. Yes, I still need to practice on the neck band (have I mentioned that I'm not much of a garment maker?), but I still really love it and it's so comfortable!   I will definitely be making more of these! So versatile!  As you can see, I didn't add a waist band, and I shortened the sleeves to be three-quarter...you know, to show my tat!  ;) 
And last but not least, I made a Scout Tee by Grainline using Cotton+Steel Ephemera double gauze.  THIS. IS. SO. SOFT.  I could live, eat, and sleep in this every single day....forever.  I need more double gauze in my life.  OK, it's a bit big on me, but I've learned from my friend, Caroline, who has been sewing garments (and a lot of other amazing stuff!) for a long time, that I've been using the wrong measurements.  Blah! Now I know. 
And now that I know, I'll be a better garment maker.  And to quote Maya Angelou, "Now that I know better, I do better."  

Stay tuned for more on my experience at QuiltCon! 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Winner of SewMamaSew Giveaway

Wow! I can't believe how many entries I had for the SewMamaSew giveaway! Thank you all so much for stopping by! It's been so fun reading each and every one of your comments about your holiday plans, traditions, etc.  

Our Christmas will be quiet, just me and my dude.  But hopefully our son will be able to come home for at least a day or two.  Crossing my fingers!  

I chose the winner the old-fashioned way.  I wrote down every single name (except duplicate entries) and put all the names in a bag, and my dude picked BRENDA as the winner of the $20 gift certificate to Winter Creek Cloth

Brenda said "Am looking forward to my traditional home made prime rib with all of the trimmings for Christmas dinner with friends.  BTW, just discovered WCC a few weeks ago. Good shop."  

Congratulations, Brenda!  I'll be contacting you shortly with a coupon code to enter when placing your order with Winter Creek Cloth.  

And don't forget to mark your calendars for the big year-end online blowout sale at Winter Creek Cloth from December 22nd to December 31st! 

Monday, December 8, 2014

SewMamaSew Giveaway 2014


Hi everyone! Thanks for stopping by my blog for the SewMamaSew Giveaway 2014!  Have you checked out some of the awesome giveaways??? Oh my goodness! I will definitely be entering to win some of the great prizes!  

I'll be giving away a $20 gift certificate to Winter Creek Cloth  If you haven't visited their website, please do! Amazing prices & selection!  The owners, Dana & Lynn, are friends of mine, and they are sweet sisters from Alabama :)  Dana and I belong to the Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild.  
$20 Gift Certificate

I'm not going to make you jump through hoops to win this gift certificate.  I want it to be fun, and that's it.  So....all I want you to do is comment anything, absolutely anything, about the upcoming holiday season - if you're traveling to spend time with family, if you have any family traditions, if you like to make holiday items for your home, if you like to bake for your neighbors - you get the picture.  Just share something about your holidays.  

Giveaway will remain open until Friday, December 12th at 5:00 PM EST, and winner will be contacted no later than December 14th.  

Thanks again for stopping by, and good luck!  

Friday, November 7, 2014

The Sewing Party

Are you going to The Sewing Party?  It's tomorrow....bright and early for those of us on the West Coast. I'll admit I was a little bummed when my quilting peeps starting posting about Sewtopia in Salt Lake City, but I love that this online sewing retreat is happening.  For only $40, those of us who registered will have access to 30+ classes for 90 days! You can't beat that!  I'll still be in my jammies when it all starts, and I'll have my coffee in hand.  Heck! I'll probably just haul my Keurig upstairs and settle in for the day!  

And when I'm all done with my retreat for the day, I'm sure I'll have my sewing mojo back that I seem to have lost over the last few weeks, and I'll be ready to make my pre-QuiltCon items....you know....a new wardrobe, a new bag or two, and, of course, I have a few quilts that I've started and haven't finished.  Winter Creek Cloth just happens to have a few things I need for those projects, and they're also having  a festive giveaway (see bottom of this post for details).  Here are some of my faves!  No, I won't be making my new wardrobe out of cupcake fabric.  Hmmmm......

This would be perfect for holiday gift giving!
Perfect for all kinds of projects!

OK, about that giveaway I mentioned earlier...Winter Creek Cloth is giving away a Fat Quarter Bundle of 25th & Pine by Basic Grey for Moda.  How fun would it be to get started on a Christmas quilt to have ready in time for the holidays?  If you already get their newsletter, then you know how to enter to win.  If you're not yet signed up, go to their website - www.wintercreekcloth.com and send them an email with I WANT TO WIN in the subject line, then be sure to sign up for their newsletter so you get your monthly reminder about their awesome giveaways! 
25th and Pine bundle

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Around the World Blog Hop

A big thanks to Caroline Press at Trillium Design for inviting me to join the Around the World blog hop!  Caroline is the secretary for the Corvallis Modern Quilt Guild.  I get to hang out with her one Saturday each month sewing at our monthly sew day and one Friday night each month at our meetings. Her quilts are absolutely stunning, and she also knits....and works....and has two kids at home.  And if you like paper piecing, she has some really awesome patterns!  Just go to her blog for the links, or go to her Craftsy website.  

OK, let's get on with the questions!   

1)  What am I working on?
The answer to that would actually be another question.....what am I NOT working on? I have some issues with finishing projects.  I just get too excited about a project so I start it without finishing the one I'm working on. Sometimes I work on both of them....or all five of them at the same time.  Sometimes something comes up....like a birthday, and I need to stop what I'm doing and make a birthday quilt.  Or someone has a baby, so I have to stop and make a baby quilt.  You get the picture.  I'm trying to stay current, and focused, so I've recently been working on Halloween/autumn projects.  I finished this cute little pillow over the weekend.  The pattern is by Nicole at Modern Handcraft.  
and here's a little table runner for my entry table, something I found in a pile in my sewing room.....I started it last year.  Ha ha! 
and I'm also still working on my Aviatrix Medallion, pattern by Elizabeth Hartman of Oh Fransson!  I think I just have two borders left and then I'll be done with the top.  I wonder if it'll ever get quilted. It's huge - 80x80.  

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I think this is a very interesting question because I don't think I really have a "style." Well, at least I don't think I do.  However, when I showed the CMQG a pattern that I bought recently, Caroline said "That looks like something you'd make."  Not sure what that means, but I'll take it because it was a really cute pattern - Breeze Blossoms Quilt by Violet Craft. I just see something I want to make and I make it....or at least start to make it ...or dream about making it :) 

3. Why do I write/create what I do? 
I have always been a maker of some sort - crocheting, knitting, cross-stitching, sewing, and now quilting. I just love to create something with my two hands. I started quilting after seeing all of the quilts displayed at the cancer center where I was having my radiation treatments in 2007. I had always thought that I'd like to quilt some day, so I just decided to start.  I've never been much of a writer, but I was inspired by all the other quilting bloggers and I wanted to start keeping track of my quilting journey. When I mentioned this to my dude, who happens to be a very experienced writer, he encouraged me to just do it, and that was almost three years ago! 

4. How does my writing/creating process work?
Process?  Ummm.....am I supposed to have a process? Maybe that's why I can't seem to finish anything! 

Well, that's it for my turn in the Around the World blog hop. This blog hop has been going on for months, so I'm just going to add some links of some of my online friends whose blogs I'm sure you'll enjoy.  
Kevin the Quilter
Kelli at Seriously..I think it needs stitches
Jamie at Busy Bee Quilts
Cath at Wombat Quilts
Nicole at Mama Love Quilts
Allison Sews
The list could go on and on and on, but I'm going to stop there.  Take a few minutes out of your day and check out these very inspiring bloggers! 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Winter Creek Cloth Monthly Giveaway

Have you checked out Winter Creek Cloth lately?  They have some pretty cool new lines in!  Horizon by Kate Spain, Elementary by Sweetwater, and Paint by Carrie Bloomston.  

And speaking of Paint, you can actually win a cute Paint Tote Kit this month, just by sending an email to Winter Creek Cloth.  If you're already signed up for their newsletter, you know that you just need to reply to their newsletter email with QUILTS in the subject line.  If you're not signed up yet, just click here to go to their website, send them an email by using the "contact us" link with I WANT TO WIN in the subject line.  Simple, right? Who wouldn't want the chance to win this kit? And you even get to choose your color!

Giveaway ends October 15th! 
Winter Creek Cloth is also participating in the FabShop Hop again. Click on the link in their side bar and search for the hidden bunny to be eligible to win some fun prizes! 

Paint Tote by Carrie Bloomston