Month: June 2013

The Super Online Sewing Match

Do you have what it takes to compete against the best online sewists? We’ll be selecting 10 contestants to sew 5 projects over the next two months. One of them will win a Janome Horizon Memory Craft worth $5000! Take a look at the criteria and learn how you can throw your name in the hat!

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Craft Business Tips: 20 Proven Types of Blog Posts

While writing for your blog, you need to keep two audiences in mind: your readers who already know and love you, and search engines who will help direct more readers your way. Luckily they both thrive off the same thing–unique quality content. Need some ideas for great content? Below are 20 proven types of blog posts that you can use once a year or every week. Fill up your calendar, stick to your deadlines and publish a blog you can be proud of.

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Sewing Inspiration: Technicolor Quilt

TechnicolorSMelanie from melintheattic created this beautiful “Technicolor” Quilt. Her design was inspired by ombre patchwork quilts by Amy Smart and “Pink Greater Than” by Alissa Haight Carlton. If you love this quilt you’re in luck!– Melanie has a tutorial at melintheattic!

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Go + Sew: Camp Stitchalot

campstitchalotWe continue our new Go + Sew series with information on the upcoming Winter Camp Stichalot. We’re sharing information about modern sewing conferences and retreats so you can learn more, plan ahead and maybe even attend one of these fun events! Camp Stitchalot is a sewing retreat hosted by Pink Castle Fabrics in Michigan. Brenda from Pink Castle Fabrics gives us the details on the weekend retreat…

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Stars + Stripes Knit Dress

StarsStripes25SAnshu from Blooms and Bugs shows you how to make today’s Stars + Stripes Dress with knits. Today’s dress pattern is offered in a size 5T. Print the pattern, check out the construction and you can easily adapt the design for smaller or larger sizes…

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Sewing Inspiration: Birthday Wrap Dress

FeatureWrapDressSTasha has some really amazing, vintage-inspired sewing at By gum, by golly!, including her birthday wrap dress. Tasha used a vintage pattern from 1962, McCall’s 6617 and the fabric is from the Windham Fabrics Floursack Collection…

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Go + Sew: SewDowns

SewdownSWe’re starting a new series to share information about modern sewing conferences and retreats. We love this new trend! We love the idea of meeting in person, sewing and learning together. There are lots of events popping up, and we want to give you information you can use to figure out the best event(s) for you (and to save up for the fun!). Some of the sewing conferences and retreats sell out fast, so consider this your inside scoop for planning ahead!

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Summer Sewing Inspiration ~ Swimsuit

BombshellSWe love all of the Bombshell Swimsuits popping up this season. This white suit from Carolyn of Handmade by Carolyn is one of our favorites. Carolyn tells us a little more about the pattern and design, and how she loves her new “bathers!”

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Summer Sewing Inspiration ~ Polka Dot Napkins

PolkaDotSJane from Buzzmills added fabric scrap dots to her store-bought napkins for an extra pop of color. How are you adding color to your summer sewing? Email us so we can feature your latest and greatest project (or something you’ve seen out there lately that you just love)!

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Summer Sewing Inspiration ~ Rainbow Wall Hanging

RainbowSWe’re looking for fun, “WOW!” sewing to feature in coming months. Send links to recent projects you’ve seen or created to beth@sewmamasew.com! Right now we’re looking for gorgeous quilt projects, summery clothes, Christmas in July projects and more. Here’s a project from Jodie of Sew Handmade by Jodie!

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Dancing Queen Quilt Block

We’re excited to kick off our new site with an all new quilt block pattern from designer Elizabeth Hartman! Elizabeth is the author of The Practical Guide to Patchwork: New Basics for the Modern Quiltmaker: 12 Quilt Projects and Modern Patchwork: 12 Quilts to Take You Beyond the Basics. Her Oh,Fransson! blog is a go-to source for quilting inspiration, sewing guidance and more. Elizabeth did a year-long series on Sew Mama Sew. (Find the full list of tutorials and patterns here.) She has also contributed many additional projects over the years including our Color Blocks Placemat + Napkin Sew-Along and the Quilt Block Sew-Along

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Modern BOM Sew-Along: “The Pieces” Quilt Block

Designer Alyssa Lichner from Pile o’ Fabric is back with the June Modern Block of the Month! Today we have the “The Pieces,” an improv-style block. All of the blocks in our second Modern BOM are extra-large and include a PDF download with all of the instructions. Sew along with the Hour by Hour, March Up From Here and the Stained Glass blocks any time. Yardage information for the complete series can be found here. Learn more about Alyssa’s designs in her introduction

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Quilt Market: Robert Kaufman Fabrics

Robert Kaufman Fabrics brings us to our last Portland 2013 Quilt Market post. They shared fabric coming out this summer and into the fall. There were lots of pretty picks. We loved the plaid flannels perfect for Negronis, pajama pants and more. We even saw the new Kona colors! Don’t miss our other Quilt Market posts: Part One, Part Two, Handmade Bags at Quilt Market, plus upcoming fabrics from FreeSpirit, Cloud9, Birch Fabric, Alexander Henry, Michael Miller Fabrics and Moda Fabrics

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