Monday, July 7, 2014

July Sew-Along Project and Link-up!

I hope you all had a wonderful June! Ours was busy and full of illness. We had two weeks that were extremely rough, with the hubby and I trying to juggle sick kiddos and work. But, hopefully we are on the mend and the next few weeks go smoothly, until we start Kindergarten and the boys bring home all kinds of new germs!

We also seem to be loosing steam on the sew-along. That's good news to the link-up participants from last month! Let's get back into the swing of things ladies (and possibly gents)! There are still five months, and FIVE amazing books to be won!

The winner of the book 100 Modern Quilt Blocks by Tula Pink is #2, The Crafter's Apprentice! Congrats again Wendy!!

This month I am trying to kill three birds with one stone. My sew-along post, a book review for Martingale and my MQG fabric challenge. 

I chose the book Strip Savvy by Kate Henderson for this month. The book include instructions for 18 projects to make from 2.5 inch strips, which is something I have a lot of also! 

The book is very well written, the instructions are very clear and I liked that she also shared how she quilted her projects, sometimes that is the part I struggle with the most. She also has very detailed instructions on piecing, basting and quilting your quilts, which I find a lot of books lack and is essential for new quilters! She gives great tips on how to sew HSTs without marking all your squares on the diagonal, and how to chain-piece. 

I was draw to the project Open Sesame, it looked fast and I loved the different layout for a traditional block and within a few hours I had 16 blocks sewn out already. And while I wasn't a huge fan of the challenge fabrics before I started, when this started to come together it grew on me. So much so that I bought more fabric, to make this into hopefully a throw sized quilt and also started to make tiny 1/2 sized blocks for a pillow to match. 



Some other projects from the book are Kaleidoscope:



And another personal favorite, Night Sky:


I highly recommend Strip Savvy for a beginner who wants to learn basic quilting and stretch out eventually and learn more techniques. 


Thank you again to my amazing sponsor for this Sew-Along, Stitch Craft Create has generously donated a copy of Hoop-La (and a free embroidery hoop!) to one lucky Sew-Along participant! Let's get back into the swing of sewing and sharing this month!!

Giveaway Rules:

To be eligible to win you have all month to make a project from one of your craft books and link it up at the end of this post. You can use any craft book or craft magazine of your choice, this is not only open to sewists or quilters, feel free to link up your crocheted, knitted, or any other crafty project you make. Please read the following carefully, I will delete posts that do not follow the rules!
  • Make a project from a craft book or magazine and either write a blog post or post a picture of your project on Flickr. Then link your project to the link party at the end of this post. You can enter up to two different projects, just make sure to link them separately. If you are not sure how to link up a project, you can check out this tutorial I found from Bargain Hoot.
  • If you are making quilt blocks (or scrapbook pages) pleas make enough blocks/pages to fill a 12x24 inch space. 
  • This is open to everyone, but I am going to ask international participants to pay for shipping on the prize if they win. 
  • The link party will be open until 11:59 PM Central March 31st. 
  • You can read more find more information about the Sew-Along on this post


Please feel free to share this Sew-Along, grab the button below and be sure to join the Craft Book Sew-Along Flickr group!


Thank you so much to Stitch Craft Create for sponsoring this month's prize. You can find many free sewing and knitting related projects on their Stitch Craft Create Ideas blog.


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Monday, June 2, 2014

June Craft Book Sew-Along Review and Link-up!

Happy June to you all! I hope it is going well for you already and your May was wonderful. Mine was so busy. We moved in the middle of May, and in the span of a week we had a new house, I had a birthday, we finally celebrated the boys' delayed birthday party, and I started a new full-time job. I can't believe all of that happened in one week! We are still digging out from our move, focusing mainly on getting the upstairs arranged, while neglecting what still lurks in our basement. Unfortunately my sewing stuff is inhabiting the basement (about 80% of the basement boxes are labeled "craft room" according to my hubby). And I have just been utterly exhausted by the time the kids go to bed, so sleeping has taken more of a priority in my life for the time being.

So, May had only a few people link up their projects. I hope you all continue to chug along with me! We are 1/2 way there! 

My favorite projects from the May link-up were this cute little table runner by Lisa Marie and A Blue Sky Kind of Wonderful's quilt. If you get a chance, stop by and send them some love for their beautiful creations. And you can catch the other projects (which were also very awesome) here

The winner of the book 500 Quilt Blocks is #4, The Crafter's Apprentice! Congrats!!

The extremely little sewing I have done this past month was a few blocks on a long ago WIP, a baby blanket I started before my little girl was born. It was originally planned to be a crib quilt, and then wall hanging, but I have never finished it, even though the blocks are simple to make. So it went on my list to make, although in a much bigger size for my girl as her twin sized quilt. I was only able to get 18 more blocks made, but that is better than nothing. 



These blocks are from the book Simplify With Camille Roskelley.  The initial quilt is supposed to look like this when finished: 


Adorable, right? I haven't decided if I wanted to add the scallop border to the larger quilt when I get done, I haven't even decided if I wanted to make the entire quilt out of these blocks or add white space and make it more modern. Time will tell. Maybe this will get done once my sewing room is a little more organized. Right now it looks like this: 


Any sewing right now is done on the very small sewing table, which still needs to be unwrapped and put back together by the hubby.


 My cutting table is a mess of cabinets, sitting next to each other, waiting for my countertop to go back on the top. 

 Some of the other cute quilts from this book are All in the Family


and Dream Big.




I love Camille's style, since I consider myself more of a modern traditional quilter. If you are also interested in more projects from this book, you can find it on Amazon, or many other craft stores.

Thank you again to my amazing sponsor for this Sew-Along, Stitch Craft Create has generously donated a copy of 100 Modern Quilt Blocks by Tula Pink to one lucky Sew-Along participant! Sew Sweetness even had an entire sew-along for this book, you can go to her blog post to see all of the blocks in the City Sampler quilt from the book. 

Giveaway Rules:

To be eligible to win you have all month to make a project from one of your craft books and link it up at the end of this post. You can use any craft book or craft magazine of your choice, this is not only open to sewists or quilters, feel free to link up your crocheted, knitted, or any other crafty project you make. Please read the following carefully, I will delete posts that do not follow the rules!
  • Make a project from a craft book or magazine and either write a blog post or post a picture of your project on Flickr. Then link your project to the link party at the end of this post. You can enter up to two different projects, just make sure to link them separately. If you are not sure how to link up a project, you can check out this tutorial I found from Bargain Hoot.
  • If you are making quilt blocks (or scrapbook pages) pleas make enough blocks/pages to fill a 12x24 inch space. 
  • This is open to everyone, but I am going to ask international participants to pay for shipping on the prize if they win. 
  • The link party will be open until 11:59 PM Central March 31st. 
  • You can read more find more information about the Sew-Along on this post


Please feel free to share this Sew-Along, grab the button below and be sure to join the Craft Book Sew-Along Flickr group!


Thank you so much to Stitch Craft Create for sponsoring this month's prize. You can find many free sewing and knitting related projects on their Stitch Craft Create Ideas blog.


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Saturday, May 3, 2014

May Craft Book Sew Along Review and Link up!

I have to apologize. I completely failed to sew a project this month. I don't know what I was thinking, that maybe after we closed on the house I would have time to sew something up?! I was very naive!! And on top of that, I am late posting this because I had a job interview this past week that I had to prepare for. Since I have been off of work for 5 years, you can imagine it was a rough interview. But I am holding out hope that they saw some potential in me. I will keep you posted! ;)

So here are some projects that caught my eye from the April Link-Up party:

Spring on my Wrist bracelet by Crafter's Apprentice


I love this bracelet so much! I may have to get back into jewelry making soon!


A shoutout to my uber-talented guild ladies Mary Claire who made this beauty and Cindy who wrote the book.


Thank you to all of you who linked up your projects in April, I really love seeing all your creations! If you didn't get a chance to look through the projects, you can see them all here

The winner of the book Crochet One Skein Wonders  is #1 - Mary Claire! Congrats!



So for this month I am going to pull up one of my first sewing projects. Some of you may have seen him before, but maybe not everyone.


I started Slim Sheepy for my little girl's first Christmas present. Although I didn't finish her until just recently. 


Slim Sheepy is from the book "I Heart Patchwork" by Rashida Coleman-Hale


The pattern is very well written for this little stuffy. When I made Sheepy, I was just getting back into sewing and most of my previous projects had been rag quilts. I think I was afraid of finishing the embroidery on the face and that is why I didn't finish her until recently. The only thing I need to change is make the skirt waist a little longer, my Sheepy is a little more plump than the pattern calls for.

I also have previously made the dishtowel from this book and it's my favorite one to use. 


If you don't have "I Heart Patchwork," I really recommend buying it, or seeing if you can check it out from your local library. You will not be disappointed!


Thank you again to my amazing sponsor for this Sew-Along, Stitch Craft Create has generously donated a copy of 500 Quilt Blocks to one lucky Sew-Along participant! I just recently bought a copy of this book because of the amazing block ideas. The book is divided into 10 chapters and I really love how the authors showed variations on the blocks. Hopefully next month is I get situated in the new house I can showcase some blocks from the book!

Giveaway Rules:

To be eligible to win you have all month to make a project from one of your craft books and link it up at the end of this post. You can use any craft book or craft magazine of your choice, this is not only open to sewists or quilters, feel free to link up your crocheted, knitted, or any other crafty project you make. Please read the following carefully, I will delete posts that do not follow the rules!
  • Make a project from a craft book or magazine and either write a blog post or post a picture of your project on Flickr. Then link your project to the link party at the end of this post. You can enter up to two different projects, just make sure to link them separately. If you are not sure how to link up a project, you can check out this tutorial I found from Bargain Hoot.
  • If you are making quilt blocks (or scrapbook pages) pleas make enough blocks/pages to fill a 12x24 inch space. 
  • This is open to everyone, but I am going to ask international participants to pay for shipping on the prize if they win. 
  • The link party will be open until 11:59 PM Central March 31st. 
  • You can read more find more information about the Sew-Along on this post


Please feel free to share this Sew-Along, grab the button below and be sure to join the Craft Book Sew-Along Flickr group!


Thank you so much to Stitch Craft Create for sponsoring this month's prize. You can find many free sewing and knitting related projects on their Stitch Craft Create Ideas blog.


Craft Book Sew Along at Live. Love. Create.




Tuesday, April 1, 2014

April Craft Book Sew-Along Post and Link-up!

How is it already April? The days are flying by here, we are four weeks away from closing on our new house, as long as we get some last minute seller issues out of the way. But, I was able to get some sewing done this month, and actually have my April post up on time! I hope to continue to see your projects every month, please remember to use a craft book or magazine for your project though! 

To continue along with the Craft-Along fun, here are a  few highlights from March's link-up

Rebecca Bag Take Two by Marci Girl Designs





Thank you to all of you who linked up your projects in March, I really love seeing all your creations! If you didn't get a chance to look through the projects, you can see them all here

The winner of the book Quilt Improv is #1 - Marci Girl! Congrats!



This month I wanted to make some spring clothes for my little girl. I recently received The Cottage Mama's new book Sew Classic Clothes for Girls from my parents for Christmas. 

Lindsay's book first caught my eye for the amazingly adorable jackets in it. 


I decided to make the Swing Smock Top and Frock from the book. This book includes a CD of all the patterns in the book, so you have to print out your pattern pieces, tape them together aligning the triangles on each page together, and then cut out your desired size. The patterns are for girls sizes 12 months - 10 years, only the even sizes are printed. My little one is between a 2T and 3T, so unfortunately a 3T wasn't an option. I had my hubby print out the pattern at work since we were out of ink (and it was 30 pages!). I initially had planned to draw my own pattern lines between the 2T and 4T size, but hubby printed the pages out a little small, my 2x2 inch print square measured about 1 7/8 x 1 7/8. So I figured that the small difference in print size was enough to cut out the 4T size, and it worked out well. 


Initially I was wondering why it looked so long on my little model. There was no way she was able to use the pockets at this length, so I went back to the pattern and discovered that there was a frock length and a top length, and you guessed it, I cut the wrong one out. The frock length is pretty cute too though.


After a little ripping and recutting I was able to shorten it and the little one loved being able to use pockets!




The pattern directions were very easy to follow, and at the beginning of the book Lindsay goes over some basic techniques used in sewing garments, like making your own bias tape and how to insert piping . Her instructions were a little different constructing the bodice than I was used to, but it turned out so adorable, I already have another top ready to go. This was my first attempt at piping, and although the "how to make piping" section was missing from the book, I was able to figure it out without any headaches. Lindsay was very quick to answer any questions I had too. 

I used fabric covered buttons for accents in the front and for closing the dress in the back. the little bit of teal popped just enough to make this top perfect. 


I do love how this top turned out and have fabric on order to make sweet little capris from this book too. The little one will be all decked out just in time for Easter.


This month, Stitch Craft Create has generously donated a copy of Crochet One Skein Wonders to one lucky Sew-Along participant! This book has 101 projects you can make from one skein of yarn. From baby booties to a stuffed alligator and pillow, this book has so many projects to choose from.

Giveaway Rules:

To be eligible to win you have all month to make a project from one of your craft books and link it up at the end of this post. You can use any craft book or craft magazine of your choice, this is not only open to sewists or quilters, feel free to link up your crocheted, knitted, or any other crafty project you make. Please read the following carefully, I will delete posts that do not follow the rules!
  • Make a project from a craft book or magazine and either write a blog post or post a picture of your project on Flickr. Then link your project to the link party at the end of this post. You can enter up to two different projects, just make sure to link them separately. If you are not sure how to link up a project, you can check out this tutorial I found from Bargain Hoot.
  • If you are making quilt blocks (or scrapbook pages) pleas make enough blocks/pages to fill a 12x24 inch space. 
  • This is open to everyone, but I am going to ask international participants to pay for shipping on the prize if they win. 
  • The link party will be open until 11:59 PM Central March 31st. 
  • You can read more find more information about the Sew-Along on this post


Please feel free to share this Sew-Along, grab the button below and be sure to join the Craft Book Sew-Along Flickr group!


Thank you so much to Stitch Craft Create for sponsoring this month's prize. You can find many free sewing and knitting related projects on their Stitch Craft Create Ideas blog.


Craft Book Sew Along at Live. Love. Create.




Sunday, March 30, 2014

Book Review - Cute Quilts for Kids

As part of my Craft Book Sew Along, I joined Martingale Publishing to review their most recent book releases. So over the next few days and weeks I will review the books I have been sent.

The first one I want to review is Cute Quilts for Kids by Kristin Roylance. I wish my kids were small enough for baby quilts, these are so adorable!

I especially love how Kristin incorporated texture into the quilts, making them visually stimulating to little ones, and also fun to touch and feel. As you can see in her quilt Butterfly Kisses below, all of the butterflies have raised wings to feel and play with.


Another adorable one for a girl I found was You Are My Sunshine. Here Kristin adds ruffle strips to the quilt and around the flowers. 


But let's not forget the boys, Kristin also has some adorable boy quilts in this book. The title quilt is called Are We There Yet and features a stop sign pocket to store toy cars in. 


She also has an adorable dinosaur quilt and a few more ideas for boys. 



Cute Quilts for Kids  has a great beginner section if you are new to quilting. Kristin goes over what you will need to make the quilt and includes instructions on how to finish and bind the quilt. But it is also great for veteran quilters who want to learn some new techniques, especially if you want to learn how to incorporate texture into your quilt or other projects. 

You can buy Cute Quilts for Kids on Martingale's website.

Star Crossed Pattern Blog Hop and GIVEAWAY!

Hello and welcome to the final day of Krista's Star Crossed blog hop! I am excited to share with you her new pattern, Star Crossed. 
I love the how Krista mixed traditional blocks to come up with this gorgeous layout and I can see so many variations of the pattern you can make with just a few fabric changes. The pattern comes in four different sizes Baby, Crib, Throw and Queen.




Be sure to check out Krista's upcoming patterns on her website Four Robbins Designs.

Krista has generously provided me with one PDF pattern to giveaway! Leave a comment and let me know what your favorite quilt block or pattern – traditional or modern. And you can visit some other friends' blogs for more chances to win:


GIVEAWAY CLOSED~ winner is #2 Suze


Tuesday 3/25  – Kyndra at Sewlio Designs
Wednesday 3/26 – Melissa at Missouri Mel
Thursday 3/27 – Kristy at St. Louis Folk Victorian
Friday 3/28 – Casey at The Studiolo
Saturday 3/29 – Cindy at Hyacinth Quilt Designs
TODAY– Kelly at Live Love Create
And, in case you don't win, you can head on over to Craftsy where Star Crossed is also available for purchase. Best of luck to you all! I will draw one winner next Sunday, April 6th. 

Monday, March 3, 2014

March Craft-Along Post and Link-up!

Welcome to March, my Craft Book Sew-Along friends! I have to ask... when will Spring be starting? After another snow storm and no school today, this mommy is in desperate need of some warm weather! I realize I am late posting this again. I am going to apologize now since I may be late again in the next few months. We found a house and have a contract on it, so the last week has been full of stress and scheduling inspections, and packing. And what did I decide to start packing first? My craft room, so all my books are currently in boxes. I wasn't thinking too straight there!

To continue along with the Craft-Along fun, here are a  few highlights from February's link-up

SimpleSew's Vintage Quilt Revival block (I may have to steal this when I work on a quilt for my girl)







Thank you to all of you who linked up your projects in February, they were beautiful! If you didn't get a chance to look through the projects, you can see them all here

The winner of the book Quilting Modern is #7 - Lisa Marie! Congrats!



For March I dug out a book that was in the easiest box to open, remind me again what I was thinking when I packed these away!?  Anyway, I found Sweetwater's Simple Home and found a cute and FAST market tote pattern. At least I thought it would be fast. 



I opted to use a pretty printed linen from Joanns for the bag, rather than burlap like the book called for. I'm not one for scratchy things rubbing against my skin, so the burlap was nixed!

I had no problems constructing the outer bag and the lining, although it might have been easier to sew it with Y-seams on the corners like the pincushion I did in January. But when it came to the handles I was completely confused... maybe it is because I was trying to sew at 10Pm after a stressful week? 

The directions state to turn your outer bag right side out and your lining bag inside out. Insert the outer bag into the lining and baste. Then it went on to constructing the handles. I could not understand how to sew the handles to the bag and then attach the facing strip by following the directions. So... I just sandwiched the handles between the outer and liner layers (luckily I had not basted these together) and skipped the facing fabric since I used the same fabric for my handles and lining anyway. 

Note: now that I read my post over again, and after my morning cup of caffeine I may have figured out how to add the handles with the facing. I plan on making another one of these anyway so I will try it on the second one and let you know how it goes. 

Tip: Make sure you leave a hole to turn the bag right side out, the book skipped that step too.

I added side pockets to the ends which was easy to do, I just cut another outer bag piece that was 2 inches shorter than the end pieces. I think I use a 0.75 inch hem, but the pockets on the ends are pretty narrow (3.5 inches) and I'm not sure I will use them much. I will let you know, maybe I can fit a loaf of French bread or something in them. At least it is cute, functional, and helps save the planet from one more plastic bag. 



There are some other cute projects I want to do from this book too, like everything listed in the Family Room section (that pillow almost made it this month, but I would need to make three to save the family from endless fighting)



And the Guest Room quilt (now that we may have a guest room in the new house!)


Sweetwater's Simple Home can be found on Amazon.com and Banes and Noble, and probably other brick and morter quilt/sewing stores. 

This month, Stitch Craft Create has generously donated a copy of Quilt Improv to one lucky Sew-Along participant! This book by Lucie Summers features 12 contemporary quilt blocks and shows you how to use color, prints, and shapes to create modern, one-of-a-kind quilts. Here is a little video from Stitch Craft Create with more projects from the book to entice you:




Giveaway Rules:

To be eligible to win you have all month to make a project from one of your craft books and link it up at the end of this post. You can use any craft book or craft magazine of your choice, this is not only open to sewists or quilters, feel free to link up your crocheted, knitted, or any other crafty project you make. Please read the following carefully, I will delete posts that do not follow the rules!


  • Make a project from a craft book or magazine and either write a blog post or post a picture of your project on Flickr. Then link your project to the link party at the end of this post. You can enter up to two different projects, just make sure to link them separately. If you are not sure how to link up a project, you can check out this tutorial I found from Bargain Hoot.

  • If you are making quilt blocks (or scrapbook pages) pleas make enough blocks/pages to fill a 12x24 inch space. 
  • This is open to everyone, but I am going to ask international participants to pay for shipping on the prize if they win. 
  • The link party will be open until 11:59 PM Central March 31st. 
  • You can read more find more information about the Sew-Along on this post

Please feel free to share this Sew-Along, grab the button below and be sure to join the Craft Book Sew-Along Flickr group!


Thank you so much to Stitch Craft Create for sponsoring this month's prize. You can find many free sewing and knitting related projects on their Stitch Craft Create Ideas blog.


Craft Book Sew Along at Live. Love. Create.





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