Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!!

Today is Pie Day! The day we make all the pies. Except this year my kids are in school today, so I'm delaying pie day a little to do most of the baking in the afternoon.
Last year's Cherry. my favorite!
We're making 2 Lemon Meringues, an Apple, and a pumpkin. And maybe something else if the kids come home and request something different. In my family growing up we always made a pie per person on Thanksgiving. I feel like we aren't quite to that level, my kids have consume a little more to justify that tradition here or else I eat all the pie. :)
Last years pies...hey we made the same one's then!
I pulled out the Thanksgiving decorations yesterday, you know so we could enjoy them for a day at least.  I discovered a garland I made last year that I wanted to show you.  After all you can't have a holiday without a little crafty garland hanging somewhere, right?

I made this using the Waste Not Garland tutorial on Anna Maria Horner's blog.  Actually the fabric for it came from a free scrap bag they sent me when I ordered some fabric from their shop a couple of years ago.

 I also put out a little festive centerpiece on a piece of printed burlap from Joann.  I intended to sew a black border on this table runner but maybe next year I'll get to that.

And then of course I hung up our traditional Thanksgiving banner. Yay!

I hope you all have wonderful Thanksgiving!!

Monday, November 24, 2014

I'm on the Modern Sewciety Podcast!!!

I'm pretty excited to say that I'm on the latest edition of the Modern Sewciety Podcast.  Caroline and I chat with Stephanie and share the behind the scenes story of our new book Just For You: Selfish Sewing with Your Favorite SewCanShe Bloggers. Go and have a listen!!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Dress Mash Up - Take 2

I sewed up another dress for Meredith using the pattern I made from our first Dress Mash Up. I made a few alterations in the pattern for this one. We totally love how it turned out!! Isn't the fabric fabulous? She picked it out from Girl Charlee.  It's one of their Ponte de Roma knits. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sewing Soiree and Book Signing party

I hope you are following along with our Just For You Blog hop this month.  We are already on week 3 and there have been lots of chances to win a book of your very own.  You can check in daily at SewCanShe to see whose going to be next.
Over the weekend we threw a Sewing and Book Signing party at Sew Central for all our local peeps to see our projects and sew with us.  It was so fun to have our dear friends come out and support us.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Fabric finds

I totally forgot to show you my Sample Spree scores from my recent Quilt market trip. Sample spree is an event where some of the fabric manufacturers and vendors at quilt market get a chance to sell some of their goods at wholesale prices for shops to purchase for sample making and such.  Some of the tables have swarms of people around them until they just sell out.

Monday, November 10, 2014

Region 4 Quilt Con Charity Quilt blocks

Hi sewing friends! This weekend I finished up some quilt blocks that I made for the MQG Quilt Con Charity Quilt Challenge. 

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Just For You: Painter's Clutch and Venna Tote

Thanks for joining me today!  I'm so excited to show you my projects in our new book Just For You. But before I get to that I want to give you a little more info on what inspired this book and what Caroline and I  hope you'll do with it.

We know that as sewists we mostly sew things for our children, grandchildren, for our home, or for gifts to give to others.  We wanted this book to be full of projects that you'd want to sew for yourselves. We wanted you to be inspired to take a moment for yourself and sew something you can use, wear, and enjoy. After all we can serve others more fully when we make sure we take care of ourselves. Our book is organized into 12 chapters, one for each month of the year, with 2 projects in each chapter.  We hope you will challenge yourselves to sew a little something for yourself each month. What do you think? Are you up for the challenge? Okay lets get onto my projects 

This first one is my favorite, it's called the Painter's Clutch. Can you guess why?  Those handles! They are made from paint stirring sticks. Yep, plain old free paint sticks with couple coats of spray paint.

After I sewed up my first prototype I carried it around all year as my main purse. It's just the perfect size. I love that I can carry it like a fold over clutch and tuck it under my arm or hold onto the handles  when I need a little something extra to grip. And isn't that that model daughter of mine just so cute!

The inside has a single divider so your keys don't scratch your phone.  And there is a nice little invisible snap to keep it closed so your stuff can't so easily escape.

My other pattern in the book is the Venna Tote. I designed it originally for Caroline when we did our quilt market swap

My favorite thing about this one is the size.  It's big and can carry all sorts of things. I think it even makes a great diaper bag. 

I also like the cute look of the belt cinching it up a bit. The belt loops that turn into handle make for an interesting construction technique. And the flower is a little nod to my original tote bag designs. Before I started blogging much, I used to make little tote bags to sell at local craft fairs. They always had some type of flower or bow embellishment.
 I'm so glad for the opportunity to finally have a couple of my designs in real pattern format. I hope you enjoy sewing them and using them as much as I have. 

Now for a little fun! I get to give one of you lucky readers a book of your very own so you can sew something for yourself to use and love. Just enter in the rafflcopter widget below. US winners will receive a book to hold in their hands courtesy of Stash Books, International winners will receive the eBook version. And don't forget to visit all the stops on this month long celebration to see who else contributed to Just For You and their fabulous projects.  The link list below will fill up as the posts and giveaways go live. 
Happy Selfish Sewing!

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