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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Monday, November 3, 2014

Upcoming "Just For You" Events!!

Hi everyone. Happy Monday! I just wanted to pop in and tell you about our Just For You blog hop that we're kicking off today. Our new book, Just For You: Selfish Sewing with Your Favorite SewCanShe Bloggers, started shipping last week and to celebrate it's release we are having a month long blog hop featuring all our contributors, where you'll get a chance to get a sneak peek of the projects and lots of chances to win your very own book.  Caroline is starting it all off on the SewCanShe blog so hop on over for all the fun details.

Tomorrow is my day to share so be sure come back and see my Painter's Clutch up close!

Oh and for all you local Brevard County Sewists we are having a couple of Project show off and Book Signing events this month.  The first one is tonight at the Eau Gallie Public Library.

And November 14th we're throwing a Sewing Soiree at Sew Central in Merritt Island. COME!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Quilt Market Recap

I attended International Quilt Market this past weekend. It was so much fun.

 I went with Caroline to help promote our new book.  We were able to do a Schoolhouse presentation and show off all the projects in a fun fashion show.

We recruited a bunch of friends and attendees to help us out. I wish I had some pictures of everyone walking the runway.
We also got to give away some books and sign them.  It was really fun to talk to people and hear how they were excited to use our book.  Thanks for snapping this pic Girl Charlee.

We also taught a little Make and Take based on a simplified version of the Foxy Cell Phone Cozy in the book.  I know you are getting excited to see all the projects in the book. Just so you know we are having a month long blog hop full of sneak peeks starting on Monday so stay tuned and I'll get you the details.

While I wasn't "working" at quilt Market I was able to walk around and see all of the wonderful displays and eye candy. I took pictures of my favorites and since I know my mom and sister at least are dying to see them here is my photo dump. :) I'll do my best to label them but no time for links today so if you like what you see google it!

Look at this fun display of lusciously draped Joel Dewberry Rayons. They feel just like butter.
 Heather Bailey's pretty booth with her AMAZING new owls.

Anna Maria Horner's Honor Roll love.

And she is reprinting a combination of her Little Folks and Good Folks lines all in quilting cotton!

Kaffe Faucett. I love the bookcases quilt!

A fascinating quilt by Denise Schmidt. and that dress is amazing.

I love Carolyn Freidlander's modern style. And that couch! Look, even the back of the cushions are quilted.

Cool tents at the Alexander Henry booth

David Butler's fabric. Hooray for fabric that is a little more manly.

I loved this quilting detail on the bags at Amy Butler's booth. She has the best ribbons too.

Tula Pink love

The sweet set up of my roomie, Jennifer Heynen. I didn't get a very good picture so I stole this one from her. She makes the cutest stuff.

I got to meet up with Maureen Cracknell and see how her booth came together. Can  you spy my bags?

She won best new exhibitor. Woohoo!

Kristina Rocella's booth

It was fun to meet up with Sara from Sew Sweetness. She has amazing bag patterns and always has cool Quilt Market outfits.

Bonnie Christine's Hello bear collection.  Did you know her little boy is named Bear?

The Charley Harper booth.

I'm such a sucker for these bold prints. Here's a little fox footstool.

Sample spree was wild as usual with the Cotton and Steel table being the craziest that I went to. Here they are with a table almost bare 30 minutes into it.  I'll save my fabric finds for another post.

Perhaps the most fun about quilt market is seeing people you only know online. The best surprize was when I walked onto the floor that first day and ran into my first blogging friend Nikki from the Girl Who Quilts, I had no idea she'd be there, but it was so fun to meet her in real life. She is a long arm quilter and was there helping her friend in her booth.

I got to room with Heather from Girly Charlee (left) and meet up with Stephanie from the Modern Sewciety podcast (Right)

There was more, so much more, including a whole quilt display with 100's of beautiful quilts. I really had so much fun and am so grateful for the opportunity to go.