Tuesday, 24 September 2013

I sewed!

There's a commercial on T.V. where a woman finally gets a good night's sleep and she runs a flag up a little flag pole that says "I slept!" I feel like running a little flag up that says "I sewed!" I feel so happy right now that I finally got something finished. I have been too exhausted at the end of the day lately to sew but I went to bed early last night and "I slept!" and this morning I had energy to sew. I made two "Lazy Days" skirts with Briar Rose fabrics. The pattern is a free pattern at Oliver + S.

 This little orange Nanny Bee skirt is perfect for fall for my daughter.
 She absolutely loves strawberries so it wasn't hard to pick this fabric for her other skirt.

These are super easy and fun to sew. I made both in an hour and a half - so basically 45 minutes each. I have had these ribbons for a few years in my scrapbooking/card making stash and they went perfectly with the fabrics. Serendipity!

I am linking up with "Fabric Tuesday" and "Sew Cute Tuesday". Buttons for those are in my button bar. Happy sewing! :)

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Briar Rose Winner!

The winner of the bundle of eight Briar Rose fat quarters is Abbigail (comment #34) who said: "Oh, I'd love to win these beauties!" Congratulations! Thank you so much all of you for entering and for all your kind and encouraging words. I really appreciate all of you. "Abbigail" I have sent you an email to get your mailing info.

(My superrific cell phone photo of my computer screen with the winning number generated by Random.org)

Last Day for Briar Rose Giveaway

Today is the last day to enter my Briar Rose giveaway of one of these cute fat quarter bundles. Make sure to leave a comment on the giveaway post for your chance to win. :)

Friday, 20 September 2013

Cutting Like Crazy

I cut, and cut and cut all morning. Now I need to replace my rotary blade! It turns out I went a little crazy when I bought the fabric for the "Penny Candy" quilt. I have enough to sew one for me and one for a gift. And then I still had enough to list a roll of 40 strips in my shop if one of you wants to sew one. Plus even more to make Christmas table runners so then I listed some charm squares too.

They never look as nice as the ones from the factory when you roll them yourself. *sigh*

Anyway, now I am on to strip piecing which is much more fun than cutting. :) I am so proud of myself getting going on a Christmas quilt in September.

I got my first shipment of Divine Twine today too! Excitement!

I think these colours will be lovely on Christmas gifts. I know I am jumping ahead of Halloween a bit... but I did also get orange and black twine. I guess that's it for my little break. It's back to the sewing machine for me. I am determined to have these Christmas quilts done this year. I hope you are enjoying your Friday. It is lovely and sunny here today. :)

Thursday, 19 September 2013

A Perfect Day to Start a Christmas Quilt

It is chilly here today (east central Alberta, Canada). The temperature was at zero degrees this morning so the kids had to wear pants to school with jackets and hats! It was the first frost of the fall too. So it's I great day to start a Christmas quilt!

I spent the morning cutting these lovelies.
 Fat Quarter Bundles for my shop. (My Etsy shop button is in my button bar.) One if these will be given away to one of you. (Scroll down to my previous post to enter my giveaway if you haven't already done so.)
 And one will be given away on the Canadian Quilt Talk pod cast on Thursday October 3rd. I am sponsoring the "Quilter's Corner" segment. If you have a funny or inspiring quilting story of 200 words or less, send it in to Brandy Lynn and you could win! I won the Chicopee jelly roll in the summer, remember? For my skinny dipping story? Oh, you missed that one? Darn! ;)

You can find the previous pod casts (say, for example, you wanted to hear my skinny dipping story) and more information on Brandy Lynn's blog or on her website.

So, anyway, that's what I was up to this morning. This afternoon I plan to start cutting these fabulous Christmas fabrics by Monica Solorio-Snow of The Happy Zombie. These fabrics are from her "Holiday Happy" line that came out two or three years ago.
 And I plan to use them to make this quilt. The "Penny Candy" quilt in the "Strip-Smart Quilts" book by Kathy Brown. (Published by "That Patchwork Place".) I've only been meaning to do this for two years since the book came out in 2011! I hope I have enough fabric to make two of these quilts. One for me and one for a gift. I collected these fabrics from 3 or 4 online shops back in 2011. I actually wrote to Kathy to ask her the name of the fabric line and she emailed me back and told me! I was so happy she did.

So I'll be cutting strips this afternoon. At least until I have to go to work. (I got a part time job in a ladies fashion store.) I love those Gnoma Clauses on the fabric! Santa gnomes... too cute!

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Blogiversary Giveaway!

***Comments are now closed and a winner has been drawn and announced. Thank you. ***

Life got crazy busy here and started moving really fast! I've moved to a new town, started a new part time job and have my kids signed up for sports and music lessons plus back to school. My poor blog has been a bit neglected lately. So to make up for that I am hosting a little giveaway! My two year blogiversary was in August. (I can't believe it's been two years already!) And I have over 100 hundred followers. Yay! Thank you everyone! So to celebrate that and make up for not posting as frequently as usual I am giving away a fat quarter bundle of the Briar Rose fabrics that I have in my Etsy shop.

My supplier was not able to get the entire line in for me so I have 8 quilting cottons out of the Briar Rose line plus one of the jersey fabrics. After waiting two months though I decided to just have them ship me what they had and cancel the rest. In the meantime I have ordered the Wall Flowers line by Allison Harris of "Cluck Cluck Sew" for Windham Fabrics. Fingers crossed for better luck on that one.

For my giveaway I have 8 fat quarters - one of each of the fabrics in my Etsy shop. These are Canadian Fat Quarters so they are quarter metres (rather than quarter yards) so just slightly bigger. To enter just leave me a comment on this post or send me an email if you are not a registered blogger. (My email is in my blogger profile.) If you are a no reply blogger please make sure to put your email in your comment. Write it out like this: Charlie Brown (at) Snoopy (dot) com so that spammers can't get a hold of it.

If you would like extra entries here are a few things you can do to get them:
1.) Follow my blog and leave a comment telling me you do (or tell me you are already a follower).
2.) Follow my etsy shop - the button for my shop is in my button bar on the right side of my blog. Leave me a comment telling me you followed or favorited my shop.
3.) Follow my on Facebook and leave a comment telling me you did (or that you already do). The Facebook button is also on the button bar on the right.

So that's four chances all together. Good luck! I will close the entries on Sunday night (September 22nd). The winner will be drawn by a random draw of all the entries received and announced on my blog. I will also email the winner. Anyone can enter. Thanks for hanging in there with me. :)