Monday, May 4, 2015

Busy Girl Sews Tour

I am so honored today to be a part of the blog tour for my dear friend Heidi Staples wonderful new book, Sew Organized for the Busy Girl : Tips to Make the Most of Your Time & Space!

Don't you just love that retro cover?! Heidi's book is like a breath of fresh air for me. It includes so many great tips and ideas for managing your time and organizing your sewing space as well as many super cute projects. I really love this book. I referred to it several times for organizing my sewing space and fabric. As well as the tips on fitting in time to sew. It's so encouraging because I know Heidi has little ones at home like I do and she is just as busy me, but you can still make time for sewing and maybe even get those littles involved in the process! Love that! 

Here's a peek at some of the projects in the book. This Baby Love set is so adorable! The Flutter Quilt is one of my favorites.

I also love this Starlet Mini! The pictures in the book are fabulous.

I wanted to make the Book Nook pillow. Here is the version from the book as well as the other 2 Nine-Patch Pocket Pillows in the book.

Here is the smaller version, a Deluxe Pincushion. I HAVE to make one of these!

But for now I made the big Book Nook pocket pillow.

My girls love it and stuff the pocket with all kinds of goodies.

I took some of those goodies out for sake of these pictures. They were promptly returned when I was finished!

They've used it outside to layout on a quilt and play. I think I should make another one so that the two little girls each have their own. 

Check out the other blogs on the book tour below:

March 30 - Lynne of Lily's Quilts (Tour Kickoff & Book Giveaway!)
April 6 - Jodi of Tales of Cloth & Angela of Cut to Pieces
April 13 - Lindsay of Craft Buds & Debbie of A Quilter's Table
April 20 - Leanne of She Can Quilt
April 27 - Fat Quarter Shop
May 4 - Erin of Why Not Sew?
May 11 - Jennifer of Ellison Lane Quilts
May 18 - Svetlana of SOTAK Handmade
May 25 - Lucy of Charm About You
June 1 - Maureen of Maureen Cracknell Handmade
June 8 - Becca of Bryan House Quilts
June 15 - Beth of Plum & June
June 22 - Jessica of Quilty Habit
June 29 - Caroline of Sew Can She
July 6 - Heidi of Fabric Mutt (Tour Wrap!)

Thanks so much to Heidi for letting me be a part of her book tour! You've done a wonderful job on your book!!! 

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin 






Friday, May 1, 2015

Sweet Tweets!

Hello friends! I am so excited to share my news with you!!! I was thumbing through Martingale's catalog today and my book was in it. It is such a good feeling to see all the hours and work that went into making this book come to fruition.
My book is available now for pre-order on Amazon HERE!!! I can't believe I just typed that :)
Thanks for all of your support with my bird quilts through the years. I appreciate it so very much.

I'll be back Monday with a project from my friend Heidi's (Fabric Mutt) fun new book. See you then!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Friday, March 27, 2015

Swoon Mini for the March Minis Challenge and a Giveaway!!!

A bit windy today!
Fat Quarter Shop had a fun mini quilt challenge for the month of March. Sort of a quilting play on March Madness. I chose to make the Thimble Blossoms Swoon mini by Camille Roskelley. I used some of my Aunt Grace prints for the swoon blocks. I ended up not following the pattern entirely because I added star cornerstones instead of regular squares. The blocks were a bit soft colored so I used a bright red Lecien Child's Smile print for the stars. I wanted to spice it up a little!!!

The pattern is fun and I love working with the smaller pieces. Minis are just adorable! and I can add it to my quilt wall. A lot of people are putting minis up and making quilt walls. I love the look of each and everyone I've seen. There are many on IG.

This is my favorite block in the quilt! That green Aunt Grace print is my absolute favorite right now!!!

So now for the fun stuff! Fat Quarter Shop is going to give away a mini quilt pattern to one of you lovelies. HERE is the link to their mini patterns. Take a look and leave me a comment telling me which you would choose.


FQS is also having a super fun giveaway of their own!!! Check out the details HERE!!! Join in on the fun and share your minis using the hashtag #fqsmarchminis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. 


P.S. I'll post the measurements for the star cornerstones on another post! 

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Shabby Shapes Winner!

The winner of the Shabby Fabrics Shabby Shapes is

Kathy E.

Thanks to all who entered! Have a great day!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Remaking That Vintage Quilt I Found at the Thrift Shop....

I found this beautiful vintage quilt at the thrift shop a couple weeks ago. It's in need of some repair but only on a few blocks. I love the block the maker used. I asked on IG if anyone knew the name. I haven't been able to find this exact block so if you happen to know I'd love to hear from you! I have already figured out the measurements to remake it. I'll share them here in another post. After examining the quilt I found that the quilt top is hand-pieced which made me love it even more.

Some of the fabrics in the quilt are so pretty! It's a lot of fun to see them all. I thought it was funny that I pinned a couple of quilts that look similar to this one weeks ago. Then found this one at the thrift shop. I didn't even realize how similar the block style is until I was looking through my quilting board a few days ago to find a different quilt I had pinned.

I'm going to remake this quilt and I'm really excited about it! This is a test block I made. For the actual quilt I'm going to use a FQ bundle of Milk, Sugar & Flower by Elea Lutz that I got from Simply Sweet Fabric. I'm planning on using Kona Ice Frappe for the parts that are solid purple in the quilt. I can't wait to see how it turns out. I'll be hand piecing the center of the block and will machine piece the rest of it.

I had to get another shot of the Milk, Sugar & Flower bundle before I open it up and start cutting. Deep breath...those bundles are so hard to open!

I hope all is well where you are. I have been off Instagram for over a week, not by choice, but an issue with our wifi router again. I'm hoping the new piece comes this week. We'll see.

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Shabby Fabrics 2015 Blogger Challenge! and a Giveaway!

Today I'm sharing a mini quilt I made for the Shabby Fabrics 2015 Blogger Challenge! I got to choose a couple of my favorite packs of Shabby Fabrics Shabby Shapes for the quilt. Shabby Shapes are pre-fused laser cut applique shapes. All you have to do is peel the paper from the back of the shape and then iron it onto the surface of any fabric or material.

I chose a medium size Butterfly set with printed fabric. They are about 3 inches in size.

I also chose the small size Tulip Set with pin dot. They are about 2". To make the quilt I divided my tulip set in half and placed them onto each side of the lower half of the quilt, leaving space between the flowers for a couple of butterflies. I tried to make the butterflies look like they were flying out and up. It reminded me of freedom and lightheartedness that I feel coming out of a long dreary winter. It just looks like Spring to me! 

I fused the pieces into place and then stitched around each piece one time using free-motion applique. I stipple quilted it adding a little loop-De-loop here and there. The binding is a pretty pink Flower Sugar print by Lecien. My daughter claimed this quilt in a snap! Which always makes me happy when one of my kids really loves something I make. I think it's just adorable and it was a really fun and quick project.

Shabby Fabrics is going to giveaway a set of Butterfly Shabby Shapes to one of you! Leave a comment below for a chance to win. 


Check out the lovely bloggers who are a part of the Blogger Challenge! They are all giving away a set of Shabby Shapes so be sure to stop by their blogs for a chance to win too!
Monday, March 16:
Challenge introduction post on The Shabby (shabbyfabrics.blogspot.com)
Tuesday, March 17:
Paula at The Sassy Quilter (http://www.sassyquilter.com/)
Wednesday, March 18:
Daniela at On the Cutting Floor (http://www.onthecuttingfloor.com/)
Erin at Why Not Sew? (http://whynotsew.blogspot.com/)
Deby at So Sew Easy (http://so-sew-easy.com/)
Thursday, March 19:
Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts (http://www.blossomheartquilts.com/)
Marni at Haberdashery Fun (http://haberdasheryfun.com/)
Friday, March 20:
Melissa at Happy Quilting (http://www.happyquiltingmelissa.com/)
Mahriam at Three Owls Handmade (http://threeowlshandmade.blogspot.com/)
Melissa at Polkadot Chair (http://www.polkadotchair.com/)
Monday, March 23:
Blog challenge summary post on The Shabby
Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Daysail Winner!

The winner of the Daysail FQ bundle is Taryn V.
Thanks to all who entered!!!
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