Friday, May 24, 2013

Memorial Day Sale at


This Memorial Day weekend, join Craftsy in honoring the brave men and women who have served in the US Armed Forces. For every class sold this weekend, Craftsy will donate a portion of the proceeds to benefit a veterans' organization. Select classes will be on sale up to 60% off! This is an extremely awesome deal!  Go!  Grab up those classes! Have all the classes you want? Consider gifting a class to your favorite service member!

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Thursday, May 23, 2013

Schoolhouse Library from The Old Schoolhouse!

The Old Schoolhouse Magazine has just released a new resource for homeschool families!  Whether you're a first-time or seasoned homeschool family, there is something for everyone!  With over 175+ e-books or audio books in over 25 available topics such as: Arts & Crafts, Bible, Geography, Organization, and Special Needs, I'm sure you'd be able to find something for your family!

Here is just a partial list of available books straight from the website:

2 Study Guides from YWAM
Draw Write Now Sampler E-Book by Barker Creek
Heroines of the Past-Victorian unit study from Amy Puetz
Map Trek: Atlas and Outline Maps of World History from Knowledge Quest
Teaching Writing E-Book from WriteShop
15 audio E-Books from My Audio School in history and literature
A Glimpse at Carnivorous Plants Lapbook from In the Hands of a Child
Video from Jessica Hulcy on  “Learning as a Family”
From Frazzled to Focused: 7 Planning Tools for Busy Moms from Mary Jo Tate

Want to know the best part?  It is all available to you for a ONE-time purchase of $25!  How awesome is that?  You can't find a better deal for that many books for this low cost!

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Blogger Quilt Festival: My Entry #2

This quilt is my second entry.  I'll be entering this in the group or bee quilt category. It was made by my bee mates in the Comfort Quilts Bee for a little guy, Blake, who was diagnosed with Leukemia.  The colors were meant to be bright and boyish as he is only 2 years old. 

Size: Roughly 48" x 48"
Pieced and Quilted by Me with each individual block pieced by individual bee mates

Blogger Quilt Festival: My Entry

Well, I decided to throw my hat in the ring and enter this quilt into the contest under the baby quilt category.  I made this quilt for a friend of mine.  You can read more on that in this post.  This quilt was a first for me in that I'd never done as much intense machine quilting before!  The lines are about 1/2" apart.  It took me a lot longer than I expected to quilt it, to say the least!

Quilt measurement: 40 " x 40"
Special Techniques: All those lines I machine quilted on my home machine
Quilted by: Me!

Friday, May 17, 2013

Blogger's Quilt Festival Opens Today!

It's that time of year again!  Over at Amy's Creative Side, we are having the semi-annual blogger quilt festival!  What exactly is it you may ask?  It's bloggers from all over submitting quilts that they've made into one of many categories for others to vote on!

Here is a quote from Amy's site to explain how it works:

"As the Festival continues to grow, the organization of the Festival continues to evolve. To simplify the nomination and voting processes, and keep everyone from being overwhelmed by the volume of links, there will be a linky for each category, each with it’s own post.  I have conceded that each quilter may enter up to two quilts, each with it’s own post, in separate categories. Scroll down for links to each category.

Schedule of Events :

May 17 – 24 – Linky’s Open & Nominate for Viewer’s Choice on this post

May 24 – 30 – Vote for favorites in each of the categories

May 31 – Winners announced

With each category having it’s own linky, the need to nominate a favorite quilt in each category is eliminated.  Once the linky is done collecting your posts, everyone will be able to vote for a favorite in each category."

This time around, I'm sponsoring the prize for the winner in the Wall Hanging category.  I'll be giving away a copy of Tula Pink's City Sampler as well as some FQs from my stash.

So, head on over and vote for your favorite quilts!  I know I will!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

PLPS7 aka Pretty Little Purse Swap Round 7

I recently participated in a swap on flickr where you create a one of a kind pouch for someone and where you also receive one.  This group have three different levels of sewing difficulties: easy, intermediate, and advanced.  I chose advanced as I've been getting pretty confident in my pouch-making abilities.  I must say that I was not disappointed in the pouch that I received!
Here is the pouch that I sent out: I modified a pattern out of Zakka 2.0

Outside: Front and Back Panels opened up to see both sides.  It closes up with two zippers that meet in the middle.
Inside: Filled with some goodies for my partner.
Handmade Needle Case Close-up:

What I received: A gorgeous zip pouch with three internal zip pockets!  In my favorite Joel Dewberry line!  She also sent me some remnants of Aviary2, twill, bunny buttons (we both own Mini Rex Bunnies!), pins and embroidery tracing paper.  I love it so much.  As I told Mary, the only problem I have is what to fill it with!

Here is a picture she posted on flickr of the bird she made on the front:

Lovely, isn't it!

Well, I should get back to sewing those quilts since they won't quilt themselves up!

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Sew Fresh Fabric's Bundle Giveaway!

Sew Fresh Fabrics Summer Contest

Sew Fresh Fabrics is having a contest where you can win some yummy fabric!  12 FQs to be exact!  How can you enter?  Well, you need to make a mosaic of 12 fabrics from their shop with the theme or inspired by SUMMER and add your mosaic to the Sew Fresh Fabrics Flickr Group.

Here's what you need to do:
1. Start off at Big Huge Labs Mosaic Maker and create a 4 x 3 mosaic to show off your 12 FQ choices.
2. Open another tab on your computer and head on over to Sew Fresh Fabrics to pick your fabric choices.
3. Pick a fabric to go into your bundle and right click on it.  Then click on "copy image URL".
4. Paste the address into the URL box.
5. When you've filled all 12 URL boxes, click on "Create" and your mosaic will be created.  This you can then directly upload to flickr.  You can also choose to save and upload manually if you prefer.
6.  Add your mosaic to the Sew Fresh Fabrics Flickr group and include a title and description if you would like.
7.  You can enter as many mosaics that you'd like.  All entries are to be added to the flickr group by the end of May and two winner will be chosen and announced shortly thereafter.

Here is my entry: I'm calling it "By the Sea Shore"

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mother's Day!

Mother's Day is almost upon us and I wanted to share with you what my Mom is going to be receiving.  First off, I pattern tested a lovely wallet for Sara of SewSweetness that I really hope my Mom enjoys.

I made it using the extra fabric I had leftover from the tote I made her.  She helped choose the fabrics and I love the combination.

I hope she really enjoys these!  I will be shipping them out most likely today or tomorrow loaded up with goodies from the grandkids!

WIP Wednesday 5/8/13

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

It's a crazy place around here!  The kids are nearing the end of school, only a few more weeks!  I have customer quilts all over the sewing room, in boxes ready to be chopped and reassembled, as well as quilt tops that I want to finish for friends as well as my home.  I think the easiest way to show this would be to give you a small glimpse into crazy!  :)

Here are the boxes of to-be-quilts:

When all is said and done, these will end up being six different memory quilts!

Another customer quilt:  top is in process of being assembled!

Here are the quilt tops for home and shop:

I'm also participating in a fabric basket swap over on flickr and have cut out the pieces for this little project:

I don't have much going on, really!  Haha!  Linking up over at Lee's!

Monday, May 6, 2013

A Lovely Year of Finishes: May Goal Setting

A Lovely Year of Finishes
It's time to set down some goals again!  This month I have many things that just need to get done.  They are crowding my sewing space and need to make their way to their new homes!  I'm going to try to go big or go home this month.  It may just kill me, oh well!

Customer Quilt #1:

All of the blocks are now sewn.  I just have to make them into rows, then top, then sandwich, quilt and bind.  Nothing big!  (alright, ya'll can stop laughing!  I hear you!)

Customer Quilt #2:
A memory quilt.  I have all squares cut, just need to fuse on some interfacing to stiffen their backs and then repeat quilt-making process all over again.  (Again, stop laughing!)

Well, that should keep me right busy as well as all the other things I have going on daily.  :)

Linking up over at Fiber of All Sorts!  Go, check out the other ambitious quilters out there.  Who knows, there may be some a bit crazier than I!


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