Saturday, July 30, 2011

The winner of the $25 gift certificate

Hi Everyone,

I know I said I was taking a break from the blog this weekend but you didn't think I meant I wasn't posting the winner did you? That would be cruel. First of all I want to say thank you to everyone I loved all of the quotes. I know it wasn't an easy task but I appreciate you all trying and I loved the home made ones as well as the famous ones. You all are the best and I am so blessed to have you!

Mr. Random said:


And number 30 was:


robin said...




"I aspire to be an intrepid quilter. To boldly sew where no man (or woman) has sewn before."

by me. ;)


Don't ya love it?! I will be emailing Robin.

Newsletter out tonight... or tomorrow if I run out of time....

Talk soon!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday Fun Day and The Usual Friday Giveaway

Hi Everyone,

Summer Camp has started...

Amanda has started a super fun little contest that you all might want to join in.... if you make one of her Glamps (that is a Glam Lamp) and send a picture to her you could win a super fun prize. And I will have a prize to giveaway here too. I am already hard at work on my Glamp design. I can't wait to show you. I will also know what you can win from me soon. Click here to get the low down 

How about this adorable quilt tutorial from Jana

Go check it out at the Quilted Fish

For my Friday Giveaway I want to celebrate the Terrain and Little Apples pre-cuts coming this week. So there will be two winners one will get a Terrain Charm Pack and one will get a Little Apples Charm Pack.

Rules:
1. Leave a comment
2. Tell a friend... tweet, facebook, or blog about the giveaway or Summer Camp and leave me a link to your post.

Giveaway ends next Friday at midnight 8/5/2011

I will be taking a break from the blog this weekend but be on the lookout for the Newsletter and check the sale section at the shop for some super prices on some super fabric starting tonight.

Just one more little Sneak peek of something else in the newsletter from Sally a tutorial for this:



Taza will be here Monday I feel like it has been forever since I ordered it... I can't wait.

Talk soon!

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Another Sneaker Peeker...,

Hi Everyone,

The Newsletter comes out this weekend... Uh Oh I guess I better start writing it huh?

This is another sweet tutorial you don't want to miss. My sweet friend Sally has made this little beauty up for you to try your hand at... ahhh Wrenly I love you so. Here is something else you should know about Sally, she is doing a giveaway and she has her own newsletter you can subscribe to. So go over to her blog and tell her I sent you.


Taza will be here Monday... this is such a gorgeous group:





Last night I cut out my next two FWQAL blocks and started sewing them so I will actually have something with my stitches in it to show you tomorrow (if I have to stay up until all hours to get it done).

Have a wonderful Thursday.... see you back here for Friday Fun Day.

Talk soon.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I got nothin'....

Hi Everyone,

I have bloggers block... seriously I have been so busy with the shop since Friday that I haven't sewn a stitch.

So instead I am resorting to stealing photos from Brooke ... okay I didn't steal it. She sent it to me. These are two more sneak peeks of her Tutorials for the newsletter this month. Above is a Dazzle table topper. She is a machine I tell you. I also tell you I am sooooooo lucky to have her as a freind and colleague.

Look what she made with the Terrain bits I sent her... sooo pretty!

I am also hoping to have a tutorial from one of my other friends that you have heard a lot about here. Maybe I will get to show you tomorrow. Next month I promise a Tutorial from me... really I need to get off my behind :) Oh my goodness... where does the time go?

Talk soon!

Monday, July 25, 2011

A Sneaker Peeker

Hi Everyone,

Here is a sneaker peeker of just one of Brooke's tutorials that will be in my newsletter this month. Isn't she the bomb? I mean really? Don't miss signing up for the newsletter (in the upper right hand corner of the blog) if you don't want to miss out on this and a few other things up my sleeve. As always it will be out the last day of the month.

I got no sewing done this weekend. I was totally bombarded with orders and some of the bolts of Pernilla's Journey are more than half gone already. This fabric is so amazing in person. It is so soft and drapey that it feels more like lawn or voile than quilting cotton. It is amazing! I need to take more pictures of it. Sometimes I completely mis-judge what people are going to buy and this is one of those times. I guess because the green and black are the ones I love I thought everyone would... but I think I sold more of the Chocolate over the weekend. The pink elephants are more than half gone already so I might have to see if I can order another bolt... they are so stinkin' cute!

Heirloom is gorgeous as we all knew it would be and it has almost a linen feel to it... smashing!

Sorry for all of the wordiness today... Have a great Monday!

Talk Soon.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

A winner, 69 new fabrics....and a Pinnie

Hi Everyone,

Heirloom and Pernilla's Journey came yesterday:
This picture cannot convey the total invasion... I have 1/3rd more fabric than I had before it came. Heirloom is way more gorgeous then even I expected it to be and Pernilla's Journey has detail...oh so amazing...




My new friend Jennifer is a huge Joel Dewberry fanatic and she couldn't wait another second to come over and make her hand picked selections... she was so sweet and brought me this adorable new Pinnie:

She made it out of felted sweaters and even put purple pins in it... it matches my logo... so sweet!

Okay I know all you really wanted to know what who won the giveaway:

Mr. Random said:


And #34 was:


Heather A said...




Oh, my Lord! I can't believe what you had to endure! I'm SO glad yours turned into a happy story because, after all, happiness is the best revenge. But still, there must have been some days ... oh my! Talk about stress. I'm glad those days are over for you.

I seem to be especially smitten with Taza by Dena Designs for Free Spirit Fabrics. July! That's NOW!

I will be emailing Heather... I also promise never to tell my life story in a giveaway post again... LOL I really was not looking for sympathy I am so happy now and way better off than I would have been had this all not happened. I love my life and it is amazing and wonderful and all I do is count my blessings now... no sadness on my behalf please!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Friday Fun Day (delayed a bit) & The Giveaway

Hi Everyone,

I didn't get much sleep last night (Too excited about Heirloom and Pernilla's Journey coming today I think).

Some of the almost 39 prints in Heirloom
Our Friday Tutorial for The Quilted Fish is going to be slightly delayed today. So I thought you might like to see this fun tutorial from Sew Take A Hike a diaper wristlet with changing pad out of Laurie Wisbrun's new fabric, so cute!

On to the Giveaway... today I decided to let you pick your own. I am giving away a $25 gift certificate to my shop. You get to pick your own prize. You can even save it for future use with one of the fun lines that is coming later.



Okay this one you get to work for as well... Here is my favorite quote that uses the word "Intrepid":

"She'd not known she had it in her. She was feeling...well...rather intrepid..." Chloe Zanders - Dark Highlander by Karen Marie Moning (honestly if you haven't read her you don't know what your missing)

So your mission if you choose to accept it is... either come up with your own quote that uses the word Intrepid or find one from somewhere else. This is still a random giveaway so no matter the quote you can win. But I will be choosing a few for the pages of my website in the future.

Leave one comment with your entry quote and good luck. Giveaway runs until next Friday July 29th at midnight.

See you in a little while with a treasure of a tutorial from Jana...

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I saw something fun last night...

Hi Everyone,

I just happened to be on Twitter when Marisa posted a picture of Meet The Gang that she received.




That really gets the creative juices flowing. It is too bad we have to wait another 4 months to get our hands on some...

But at least a little of this:

Joel Dewberry Heirloom

And this:

Tina Givens Pernilla's Journey
Will be here tomorrow! So exciting!

Talk soon!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Do you Flickr?

Hi Everyone,

I felt positively not myself yesterday without a blog post :)
I know you saw this pillow. I made it for one of my must not miss swaps on Flickr. Do you ever swap on Flickr? I was speaking with one of the fabric reps the other day and she didn't know Flickr I was a bit surprised. Here are a few of my favorite swap groups (The ones I won't miss for anything.)


This is the Pillow I received from the latest round of The Pillow Talk Swap this is a group of hugely talented people that swap pillow covers on a regular basis. Some of the pillows in this group are true works of art.


UHG Main Item

This is the last item I sent off for  The Urban Home Goods Swap.

Scrappy Mug Rug Swap Package

This is what I sent for The Scrappy Mug Rug Swap. (her favorite color is orange)

My lovely Package!
And this is what I received.

So tell me... do you Flickr?

Talk soon :)

Monday, July 18, 2011

Happy Monday, More FWQAL, and Source For Inspiration

Hi Everyone,

I made 6 blocks over the weekend in an effort to catch up on the FWQAL:


Farmer's Wife Block #7


Farmer's Wife Block #8

Farmer's Wife Block #9

Farmer's Wife Block #10

Farmer's Wife Block #11

Farmer's Wife Block #12
 Now I think I just have to do 4 this week to be caught up to the rest of the group... I am really enjoying making these especially with my new old machine :)

Since I showed you all this:

I have had a lot of requests for tutorials and the like. I would so love to do that, unfortunately I learned this in a class and the person I learned from only had one stipulation, that we not teach others. She said we can sell what we make with her techniques but not teach because that is what she does. I totally respect that. So if you want to take her class here is a link:  http://christytomlinson.typepad.com/christytomlinson/workshops.html

I also wanted to give you a free source of inspiration, I know sometimes it is hard to come up with a few extra dollars to do something that you might not even like once you start... I like to save my money for fabric too :) ... so please check out one of the most creative women I have ever seen.... (okay you scrapbookers already know her I am sure) Her name is Donna Downey and she is really amazing. High energy and so much fun to watch. On her blog (at the link) you will find a link on the left side to Inspiration Wednesdays, every Wednesday she does a video post with some piece of art she works on... it will give you so many ideas... once she did a whole week full and I watched everyday. I find inspiration for sewing everywhere and this is no exception. As with anything enter this world at your own risk... it is an expensive hobby :)

So why is it happy Monday?



Because I found out that Heirlooma nd Pernilla's Journey will be here on Friday... yay! So many pretty fabrics.
Have a great day!

Talk soon...

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Winner winner! And more FWQAL

Hi Everyone,

I know you want to know who got some of this:

There are two winners today!

First Mr. Random said:



And Number 67 is:



scottylover said...







Flora & Summerhouse please! As much as I love the Ruby line I don't think it works well with what you have already. LOVE the Robin egg blue in Summerhouse. YUMMY!

Sandy A



And number 45 is:

Caren said...


I didn't read every single comment, but since I don't have a quilting program, I had to click on the green scissors (instead of the blue ones). Anyway, I am swayed by my color preferences, so I will just state my opinion - Ruby for sure, and Summer House. I do not like Flora (I'm sure there are many who would, though). Hope these comments help you out, chickie. You're doing a great job at keeping us informed on whats out there!


Sorry to everyone that had to figure out it was the Green scissors not the blue ones (on my monitor they look almost the same) And as to the comments. I picked Flora (sorry Caren) I feel that you will have lots and lots of places to get Ruby though, so I am sure that you won't be deprived :) You both will be receiving a 5" double charm pack of Terrain. I will email you both in a moment. If you don't hear from me please email me.

Here are my latest two blocks for the FWQAL. I think I could have gotten more contrast on #5 but, oh well, I like it anyway...



Farmer's Wife Block #5


Farmer's Wife Block #6


I hope you all have a wonderful weekend and get some sewing done :)

Talk soon!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday Fun Day... the Giveaway (of Course)...I Win!... and Cards

Hi Everyone,

Are you ready to get your Summer wardrobe on? Check out this adorable skirt tutorial from Johanna on The Quilted Fish's blog


Anyone that had purchased from my shop before can tell you that I send a "Thank You" card with each order. It was getting a little expensive so while Joann had a sale on paper crafting stuff I stocked up on cards. Erin and I decided to decorate them yesterday. So the next few weeks you will be getting hand made cards by us :) Mine are terrible but if you get one of Erin's that is a treasure :)

The kitchen table at craft time

Some of Erin's cards

Some more of Erin's cards


Okay this is a very abbreviated short story of my life... If you don't want to hear it skip to the giveaway below... if you decide to read just remember it has a happy ending. About 11 yrs ago my ex-husband decided that he was in love with someone else and left me with a 2 yr old and nothing. Took all of the money out of the checking account the whole nine yards. Since he was in the Army all of our household goods followed him. Including my amazing never missed a stitch never needed repairs Viking sewing machine. For anyone that has been a sewer for any length of time you know there are just some machines you never want to be without. So the machine I loved my amazing Selectronic 6570 was lost forever. (he didn't do paperwork to keep the storage, free storage, so they took everything and auctioned it) There ensued the seemingly endless quest to find a machine that could ever match up to my old girl. None ever has. Cut to a year ago. I found two Machines on Ebay that were similar to my old one (one almost exact just a different color) so I bought them knowing they would take work to get going. I thought I would use parts from one to fix the other (this worked great) thanks to a father that was extremely mechanically oriented I had no worries about pulling the screws out and getting my hands dirty. These are all mechanical machines so no worries about electronics or anything. I took them apart fixed the best one with parts from the other. Just one thing I didn't feel comfortable doing myself (gear timing is scary) so I sent it off to the hospital this week. Thanks to Dr. Joe and the Electric hospital it is back. I am thrilled and excited and I have a perfect 1/4 inch seam again with no guess work. No skipped stitches no sideways sewing from motors that aren't tough enough to handle my pedal to the metal style. I am just so so happy. So I Win! I now have the best husband ever and the best sewing machine ever!



 On to the Giveaway... well of course it has to be Farm Fresh... this is an adorable collection so many possibilities. The winner this week will get a fat quarter pack of the green colorway (including the red gingham and red dots that are not here yet)


Imagine you see red gingham and red dots in the picture :)

Rules:

1. Go to the Coming Soon page and let me know which of the fabric lines you are most anxious to see in the shop. I added a ton yesterday (now just waiting for pics of Amy Butler's new line) so go check them out. Leave a comment letting me know what you like best.

The giveaway, as always, goes until midnight next Friday, July 22nd.

See ya tomorrow with the winners of the Terrain charm packs.

Talk soon.