Wednesday, July 16, 2014

The "Take Note" Notebook Wallet Tutorial for Imagine Gnats

I'm stopping in briefly today to let you know about my first contributor post today over at Imagine Gnats. I posted a tutorial to make a fun and easy project that I think a lot of list makers and note takers will appreciate. :)


Stop by Imagine Gnats to see more images of the finished project, plus the complete tutorial.

Monday, June 9, 2014

I'm a Contributor!

I'm really excited to finally share some news that I've been keeping under my hat for a bit. I'm joining the team of guest contributors over at Imagine Gnats



I've been a follower and fan of Rachael and her amazing work since the beginning of my blogging career, and I couldn't be happier to have the opportunity to share my projects and tips over in her space as well. :)

She has put together a great team of folks to cover a wide range of sewing and crafting topics; from apparel sewing, to kids sewing, to quilting, and beyond. If you're interested in fabric and making stuff with it, there's someone contributing who's covering exactly what you love to do! :)
Today Rachael is introducing all of the newest additions to the contributor team, so stop by Imagine Gnats to read up on all of our profiles. Also make sure to check out some of the other creative projects, tutorials, and tips that Rachael the current contributor team have shared. There is a lot of inspiration to find!

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Bee Blocks / do. Good Stitches Love Circle

At the beginning of the year I had the opportunity to join the ladies of the do. Good Stitches Love Circle.  Like all bees, we make blocks each month that are compiled and sewn into quilts by members of the group. The great thing about do. Good Stitches is that each finished quilt is then donated to a worthy cause.

May do. Good Stitches Love circle blocks
"Delectable Mountains" blocks for May
The Love Circle donates our quilts to "Wrap Them in Love", which benefits children living in poverty. Each of the other circles in the do. Good Stitches network (currently 25 groups, I believe; in Europe, Canada, and the U.S.) have their own charities that they donate to, which means that the breadth and reach of the whole group is pretty impressive. 

April do. Good Stitches Blocks
String blocks for April
I wanted to share the blocks that I've been working on with my bee mates over the past few months. The variety in the types of blocks that we've sewn has given me the opportunity to try some new things and experiment with some familiar blocks in different ways. 

March Blocks / do. Good Stitches Love Circle
EPP Flowers for March
The thing that I really love about being in a bee is that I'm always being encouraged to approach quilting with a fresh outlook, whereas when I sew by myself for self-directed projects I have the tendency to fall into the things that I know and have had success with in the past; be that certain patterns, color schemes, or techniques. It's good to get a little nudge every once in a while to step outside your comfort zone. ;)

February Blocks -- Love Circle
Scrappy Improv Log Cabin blocks for February
February Blocks -- Love Circle

Our fearless bee leader (and the founder/ organizer of do. Good Stitches) is Rachel, from Stitched in Color. She would be a fantastic person to chat with if you have any questions about the bee or would like to find out more about joining do. Good Stitches. 

On a personal note, I'm really glad that I had the opportunity to join this community of stitchers and contribute my talents to a valuable cause, even in a small way. I'm also excited for the months ahead with lots of new blocks to experiment with and new skills to gain. 


Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Sign-ups! / Wild Pacific Mystery Charm Swap

Sign-ups begin today for the Wild Pacific Mystery Charm Swap! I've been having so much fun planning this swap and getting your feedback along the way, but now it's time to get this swap officially started and get some fabric ordered! ;)


This time around, our theme is a mash-up of the two original themes/palettes that were voted on previously, and ended up being liked pretty much equally: Wild Meadow and Pacific Wonderland.

Wild Pacific combines the best of both, celebrating the colors and feel of the pacific coast--with ocean meeting meadow and forest. The color palette will be full of cooler colors with lots of evergreen, ocean blue, violet, and deep shadow. Mixed in are pops of lightness and warmth with fuchsia, gold, and cream adding sparkle to the deeper colors. 

Wild Pacific

These images are a repeat from the last posting(s) on the swap, but they give a pretty good idea of the mood, color, and overall feel that our charm packs will have. Here are some fabrics that I quickly put together to show a representation of the types of fabrics I might choose for the packs:

Wild Pacific Fabric Mosaic

You may be wondering what is the "Mystery" part of the Charm Swap? It basically means that I will be curating and cutting the charm packs myself to provide each swap participant with a fun surprise. You won't know what the your charm pack will contain until it arrives, but I promise that it will be a beautiful collection of charms based on our theme, Wild Pacific. All you need to do in order to participate is to sign-up and pay your swap fee via Paypal. I've included more info about the logistics of the swap below, including the sign-up form.

Pink Chalk Fabrics

All of our fabrics will be selected by me from our swap sponsor, Pink Chalk Fabrics. Their online store has a huge selection and I love working with them. Plus they're local to me. :)

SWAP DETAILS:

(Please make sure to read the following info very carefully before committing to the swap by submitting the form below.)

Shares:
  • For this swap, I will be offering full shares, as well as a limited number of half shares:
    • - A full share will contain 112 charms with 2 charms each of 56 different prints. 
    • - A half share will contain 56 chams with 1 charm each of 56 different prints.
  • Shares will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • I will make every possible effort to provide each participant with their preferred share size, however, the number of full and half shares available will ultimately depend on the results of the sign-up. 
  • All charm packs will be shipped before the end of July. 
  • I will ship using USPS First Class mail. Shipping times will vary depending on your location, but I'll drop everyone an e-mail to let them know when the charms are on the way.
Payment:
  • Participants will buy-in via PayPal. (I will send you an invoice directly through e-mail.) Before you sign-up, please make sure that you will be able to make your payment via PayPal, as no other forms of payment can be accepted.
  • All PayPal invoices must be paid within 48 hours after being sent via e-mail to secure your place in the charm swap. Any shares not paid for after 48 hours will become available to the next person in line. This allows me to purchase our fabrics as quickly as possible. 

Costs of the swap (including all shipping costs)*:

U.S. residents
     -Full share: $34
     -Half share: $24
Canada
     -Full share: $42
     -Half share: $32
International
     -Full share: $48
     -Half share: $38

The swap is now full! Thanks for your interest in joining! I will be sending out confirmation emails and invoices shortly.
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