Friday, September 12, 2014

Heather Ross Far, Far Away Fat Quarter Bundle Giveaway from Fat Quarter Shop

Today I have an awesome giveaway for you from Fat Quarter Shop. They are going to give one of you a fat quarter bundle of Far, Far Away the newest line from Heather Ross for Windham fabrics.
I am such a fan of Heather Ross. This line irresistibly cute. I ordered some for myself and it is even prettier in person. The fabric is soft and feels really nice. I am so excited that this collection was made into quilting weight cotton. The original release of Far, Far Away (2009) was a double gauze material and I wanted to get it back then but was never quite sure I'd use it in a quilt. With this release I knew I wanted to have some of it. Can you really resist the little princess and the pea fabric? I couldn't!

To enter leave a comment below and I'll pick a winner next Friday!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

National Sewing and Quilting Month

Good Morning! Did you know that September is National Sewing and Quilting month? Fat Quarter Shop is celebrating by hosting an  "I Love Sewing and Quilting" blog tour. The tour is to celebrate the art of sewing and quilting! How fun is that! Fat Quarter Shop challenged us to make something new to us. I do consider myself primarily a quilter but I have sewn all kinds of things.

There are 2 things that challenge me are darts (eek) and piping! I've tried adding piping to things a few times and it always comes out uneven and kind of bad looking. So I tried piping again on this tote and I think it's better than the piping I did on this bag. It is something I still need a lot of practice with. I do plan to tackle darts again someday.....maybe. Here are a few questions Fat Quarter Shop asked us to answer:

1.       How did you start quilting/sewing?
I started sewing Barbie Doll clothes when I was little. Then as a teenager I would sew patchwork up the sides of my pants and I embroidered everything! I really got serious about sewing when my first baby was born. I started making her dresses and clothes with a sewing machine my mother in law gave me. Then I discovered quilting in 2001 and never looked back. I HAVE to sew often or I get a little cooky :) haha! no seriously! 

That's why I love these little badges FQS made... It's so true! I have to sew something most days and always have to have a project going or I get overwhelmed with all of the creative ideas stuck in my head. Sometimes writing them down and drawing them out helps but a little sewing always does the job!

2.       When was the first time you knew that you were a quilter/sewer?

Oh, this took forever! I'd say about 5 years after I started quilting I considered myself a quilter. That was probably how long it took for my confidence to catch up with the skills I'd learned.

3.       Do you have any sewing/quilting horror stories or faux pas? Yes! my first quilt, it's was a mess! It's here.

4.       What advice would you give to someone who’s just starting out in sewing/quilting? Enjoy the process, don't rush it. Be confident in your choices and have fun. Practice is also the key to learning any new skill so Sew often, I recommend everyday :) 

Be sure to catch up with the other sewers and quilters on the blog tour and see what they made for the challenge!

Sherri of A Quilting Life
Charise of Charise Creates
Anne Marie of Generation X Quilters
Melissa of Happy Quilting
Elizabeth of In the Boon Docks
Jana of Jana Machado
Lynne of Lily's Quilts
Maureen of Made by Marzipan
Barb and Mary of Me and My Sister Designs
Melanie of I Heart Stitching
Kaye of Miss Print
Natalia of Piece N' Quilt
Denise of Pieced Brain
Stephanie of Quarter Incher
Jane of Quilt Jane
Heather and Megan of Quilt Story
Cheryl of Quilter Chic
Michele of Quilting Gallery
Allison of Quilting Mumma
Liz of Sew4Home
Sara of Sew Sweetness
Leanne of She Can Quilt
Erin of Why Not Sew?

So Fat Quarter Shop wants to challenge YOU to try a new project new with them! Share your projects on their Facebook, Google +, and Instagram using #fqschallenge !
They also have the cutest free quilt pattern to celebrate the occasion! You can find the PDF here . Enjoy!

Thanks for visiting!
Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

P.S. the tote is free pattern from Crafty Hipster made especially for a featherweight.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fat Quarter Style Winner!

Congratulations Heather! I'll get the book out to you ASAP! and thank you to all who entered.

Monday, August 25, 2014

:: Fat Quarter Style Book Tour and Giveaway ::

Hello! Welcome to my stop on the Fat Quarter Style book tour. Fat Quarter Style is Fat Quarter Shop's new book published through their pattern company It's Sew Emma. I was so honored and thrilled they asked me to be apart of the tour.

My block was Lattice and although I only had to make one block this pattern was so cute and really quick I decided to make the crib-size quilt.

I used Lori Holt's Vintage Happy line and it worked out just perfect because this book gives cutting instructions for fat quarters and Lori has these wonderful prints in her lines that are already fat quarter size. So if you purchase 1 yard you get 4 different fat quarters and that's what my pattern called for, see...perfect!

I was having so much fun making this quilt that I made half-square triangles right away from my leftover block pieces and I used them on the back along with some yardage. 

The book includes 12 quilt patterns in 4 different sizes, Crib, Twin, Lap or Queen. The instructions are really clear and easy to follow. I think all of the quilts are really fun and they go together so quickly.

Fat Quarter Shop has generously given me a copy of the book to giveaway to one of you! Just leave a comment here and I'll pick a winner Monday, September 1st! (September already, really?) As always you can just say hi or hey or if you want tell me what blocks you've seen so far and what fabrics you might like to use to make them. I think that everyone has done such a great job and they all have put their own personal touch on them. It's so much fun to see. Good Luck!

 Visit these other stops on the tour to see more blocks from the book!
August 2nd: Fat Quarter Shop Kick off
August 4th : The Sassy Quilter
August 6th : My Quilt Infatuation
August 8th : Leigh Laurel Studios
August 11th : Sew Can She
August 13th : Jana Machado
August 15th : Stitchery Dickory Dock
August 18th : Freshly Pieced
August 20th : Bijou Lovely
August 22nd : Film in The Fridge
August 25th : Why Not Sew?
August 27the : Pretty By Hand
August 29th : Diary of A Quilter
August 30th : Fat Quarter Shop closing of tour
Happy Sewing!
xo Erin 

P.S. I had to include this pretty picture from the photo shoot!

and this one!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Miss Kate Winner!!!

Thank you to Green Fairy Quilts for this wonderful giveaway and thank you to all who played along!!! Have a great weekend!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Friday, August 1, 2014

:: Miss Kate Giveaway from Green Fairy Quilts!!!

How about we start this weekend right?! I have an awesome giveaway for you from Green Fairy Quilts today. Clint and Judy are generously giving away a fat eighth bundle of Miss Kate Flannel to one of you lovelies!!! Miss Kate is the new line from Bonnie & Camille for Moda. Yardage isn't even available yet so this is super exciting to be able to play with these beautiful fabrics ahead of time. I would love to work with this flannel, too. I think a rag quilt or this quilt would look great with this. I hear Moda flannel is really nice. Have you used it before? if so, what did you make?

Green Fairy Quilts has Moda pre-cuts on sale all the time and FREE SHIPPING in the U.S. I love that! They have other pre-cuts of Miss Kate and many other fabric lines and designers. And when I was browsing I saw today's Daily Deal is Simplify by Camille Roskelley 50 wt. Aurifill 12 large spools of thread!

To enter sign-up for Green Fairy Quilts newsletter HERE. Then leave me comment. If you've worked with the Moda flannels before tell me what you made with them! Thanks and good luck!

Have a great weekend!!!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

:: Pink Heather Ross Sew Together Bag ::

I made another Sew Together Bag. This time I used a scrap I got of Heather Ross's VW campers from Katy on Instagram. I thought I would probably hoard this fabric forever! Turns out I needed another bag for my sewing stuff so I decided to use this little scrap I had. And I was able to get 3 ~ 3 inch squares from the scrap. Pretty good, I think! I may have mentioned we used to have a VW camper years ago when my husband and I were dating. Well, it was his and then we started dating and it became ours, ha, funny how that happens! It was really fun BUT if you have or have had an old VW you know that you are working on it as much as you are driving it or more even. So eventually we sold it. Traveled cross country. Came back, my dad gave me his VW Bug and that's what I drove for years. My dad also had a VW Super Beetle that he got after he gave me the Bug. So you see, we really like Volkswagons! Well, I still like them but I'm not to sure about the Hubs! He's worked on them way too often I think.

I love this fabric and love my new bag just as much as my little Bug! I quilted some big stitches around each block and on the zipper tabs.

I wanted to keep the colors simple. For the sides and binding used some hot pink gingham and hot pink Swiss Dots both by Riley Blake.

For the inside I used the Swiss Dots again and Moda's Dottie Tiny Dots. I got the tiny dots from Shay's shop Simply Sweet Fabric. I'm pretty happy I didn't break any needles this time. My walking foot fell apart though so I have to work on that. Now, to go fill 'er up and get back to work!!!

Happy Sewing!
xo Erin



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