Month: January 2008

SMS Quilting Month and Block-Along Kickoff!

At last, it’s February! We’ve been planning Quilting Month for a long time and have so much to look forward to. We hope you’ll check in often, because we’ll be posting at least once, if not 2 or 3 times every single day! We hope to encourage you to think about quilting (perhaps in different ways) and try your hand at some new skills…

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Pattern Review ~ Anna Tunic

Stephanie loved the style and detailing of Amy Butler’s new Anna Tunic. She gives it a very positive review and provides great tips too. It’s easy to tell just how beautiful Stephanie’s tunic is from her photos! Enjoy Stephanie’s review and her introduction.

* Please note that the design includes patterns for the Anna Tunic, cami, dress mini dress and fabric flower.

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Introduction ~ Stephanie

From Beth: From fire engine red skirts to her very own duct tape double, Stephanie is serious about sewing fantastic clothing. Stephanie graciously lent a little extra time and energy to our pattern review process, and we’re so glad she did. Enjoy Stephanie’s Creative Reveries and her Anna Tunic pattern review.

From Stephanie: Hi, I’m Stephanie from Creative Reveries. I live and play in Washington, DC. My mom taught me to sew at a young age but I didn’t catch the sewing bug until six years ago. I’ve been obsessed with sewing ever since. Last year I made the “big” leap into making clothes. It really wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be! Now, all I think about is the next dress or skirt I want to make. I’ll be selling some of my original skirt designs this spring on etsy. For those of you who are hesitant to sew clothes, I urge you to try. Your wardrobe will be filled with handmade lovelies in no time. When I’m not sewing or thinking about sewing, I like to crochet and paint as well.

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Introduction ~ Maia

From Beth: Maia knows bags. She makes beautiful wallets, handbags, wristlets, totes and more to sell in her glass beach shop, and a click into her Glass Beach blog shows her “extracurricular sewing” is full of even more creative bag energy! We were thrilled when Maia lent her expertise to a Amy Butler Sophia Carry-All pattern review, and we’re sure you’ll enjoy it too.

From Maia: Hi! My name is Maia and I design and create accessories from my sewing studio in Seattle. I have an on-line shop – glass beach – where I sell my handbags and wallets. I’ve been crafty most of my life but only started sewing in earnest a year and a half ago. Spinning with my drop spindle is my latest obsession and I’d like to learn how to crochet. When I’m not sewing or spinning, I’m keeping an eye on my two young daughters and husband.

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Introduction ~ Lina

From Beth: We highlighted Lina’s beautiful advent calendar in December. She always makes amazing things with great fabric combinations, so we jumped at the chance to have Lina review the Eco Market Tote pattern from Favorite Things. Visit Linaloo and Lina’s great review too.

From Lina: Hi, I’m Lina from Linaloo. I’m a crafty stay at home mum to two little ones, trying to break out of my curtain sewing comfort zone! I’ve been sewing curtains and blinds for the last five years but have only recently tried my hand at other projects. Now I’ve started I’m totally hooked and love the feeling of accomplishment of sewing from scratch!

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FFF Winners

The winners of 1 yard of free fabric are Terri, Sheila, Debra and Erin. Congratulations!

Thank you, everyone, for telling us about your heirloom linens. I was green with envy as I was reading them all weekend. Check back often this week, as we have lots of great ideas and inspiration on the schedule.

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Free Fabric Friday

Take a look at some of our wonderful new products. On Monday we’ll choose 4 people at random from among the comments to win 1 yard of fabric ($9.10 or less.).

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Create & Celebrate

We have a wide variety of Create & Celebrate notes to share today, including tutorials, giveaways, contests and more! For information on how to submit your own Create & Celebrate items, please visit this post.

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Introduction ~ Toni

From Beth: We’ve shown you Toni’s creations before and we are excited to have her review the ever-popular Vanilla House Sunday Dinner Apron. Toni sells her original children’s designs and more on eBay and Etsy. Find links to her shops, eBooks and designs at Toni Hamel Designs and on Toni’s blog.

From Toni: Hi everyone! I’m Toni owner/designer of Toni Hamel Designs. I am a self taught children’s wear designer and stay at home mom of my daughter Sophia (5) and stepson Dylan (15). I have been sewing for 5 years and designed jewelry prior to that. I love everything creative and I am so excited to get the opportunity to review this pattern for you.

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FFF Winners

Over 800 comments!  Well, that was a surprise–our first FFF post 11 months ago had 9 comments 🙂  Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your projects.  It’s fun to read what everyone is working on (albeit a little overwhelming at that rate!) The winners of one yard of fabric from the store are Amanda H, Gail, Rachel and Allison.  Congratulations!  (Emails were sent.  If you don’t see it, please check your spam folder.  We land there sometimes,...

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Free Fabric Friday

You read that right, it is the return of Free Fabric Friday! For those of you new here, we often give away fabric on Fridays, selecting the winners at random from that day’s comments. Before we get to that though, many of you have asked about what we have in store for the coming months.

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