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Ready for Hooded Towels

Did you sew for an hour yesterday?  I must admit that I did not.  Tuesdays are super hectic and by the time I could sew, I really needed to work on business things.  I promise I will do better today!  I have a huge stack of towels and fabric ready for hooded towels. I was supposed to have them ready by April…not that anyone paid me to have them by April…or paid me at all for that matter. April was just my own goal. Who knows why. But, hey, May is the new April.

(Ack! I get so distracted. This is really what a conversation with me is like. Ask my husband. He has to reign me in all the time.)

Anyway I’ve also be contemplating an outfit for my niece.  I’m so excited that I have another little girl to sew for!  And my cousin is having a baby girl too!!!  YAY! (There I go, down the rabbit hole.) Which one should I do first?

can't wait to make this
can't wait to make this

Kids Week Challenge


First….Did you see the Made by Rae final round?  My shirt did not make the final cut…but it was in the top 60.  Pretty fun!  And the shirts that are in the final are awesome!  The flickr group is serious inspiration! I was so happy to see Adrianna won.  Her shirt is totally awesome!  She is an awesome sewist. Visit her blog, you won’t be disappointed!

(Do you feel like I need an “awesome” intervention?  Yep, that would be awesome. 😉  I almost went back and added more “awesome” just to drive the point home….but I refrained….cuz I’m awesome.)

Second….. Meg over at Elsie Marley is having a Kids Week Challenge.  It’s too late to officially get on the list….but it’s not to late to participate!  Read more here and see pictures here.  Great way to bust that stash…and your kids will get clothes.  Win, win!

Have to test the twirl of every skirt

Third…. I’ve made this skirt available as a kit.  Haley loves it!  And bonus – most of the work is done for you since the squares are already cut!  There are 3 color options from the super super cute Summer Song fabric collection.  I love it.  I think it’s awesome.

Tilt-a-twirl skirt

And that is all.

Patty’s New Patterns

Just popping in to let you know that Patty Young‘s newest patterns are in the store.  As usual, they do not disappoint.  If you haven’t sewn with Patty’s patterns yet, you’re missing out!  Beautiful full color booklets, lots of instruction and tips! (And for new knit sewists, she doesn’t leave you guessing!  They are great!) You can find all of her patterns here.  I simply cannot wait for the knits to arrive!

I’ve gone back and forth, back and forth regarding if I should pre-sell the new knits that Michael Miller is releasing.  I have them all in the shop, ready to go….but they’re not visible yet.  Some of you might remember that I got burned big time with Mezzanine, then again, I didn’t blog about it or publicize it, so you may not remember.  Long story short, I pre-sold and then did not get my order.  You know the saying “Once bitten, twice shy.”  That is how I’m feeling about pre-selling Michael Miller fabrics now!  Just thinking about the possibility of a repeat makes my stomach hurt.  What do you think? Am I being overly paranoid?

Blogging Winners

Rules from Blogging Conference:

#1.  Update your blog.

(thanks for the pic, Julie)

Whoops. 😉

The weekend away was great!  I got to meet a lot of wonderful people.  So glad I got to spend time with my roomies.  They are all absolute joys.  Everyone was!  I got to meet awesome and talented women. (and yes, I wore a sweater.  I was a bit chilly…in Phoenix! Go figure!) The day I left was my husband’s birthday so….

Rules for leaving on your husband’s birthday:

#1. Give him an awesome gift with the help of family.

His family and I all chipped in to surprise him with this.  (And it really is awesome, btw.)  Seriously I can’t even communicate the wonderful-ness that is my husband.  He works so hard and never complains (well, okay, occasionally about the dishes!) and I was happy that he got a fun gift this year. (Not that rocks aren’t fun too…)  Thanks also to his brother for helping out with the kids while I was gone. 😀

Now that I’m home, I’ve jumped back into work because there are a few things that have to be done…like yesterday.  And I almost forgot…

Rules for having a giveaway:

#1. Pick a winner (or in this case, winners)

The blog winner is Sylvia Simmons and the Facebook winner is Patti Sloan!  Contact me and I’ll get these lovely solids and book sent out to you!

I really do have Moda projects to share with you…but I have to get back to that “should have been done yesterday” stuff.  Oh!  And I have these books to share with you too.  Do you get my newsletter?  If not, you might want to sign up!

Solids Rock giveaway

When I got back into sewing after my kids were born, Moda didn’t excite me.  I feel badly for saying this….but all their fabrics seemed like “old lady” quilt fabric.  Now, however, I feel very differently.  I LOVE love love Moda. I believe it’s a combination of my expanding fabric palette and the fact that they have brought really really great designers on board in the last several years.

Wonderful Color So when I knew it was time to add some solids to my inventory, I looked a few companies but quickly narrowed it down to Moda’s Bella Solids or at Robert Kaufman’s Kona Solids. And for me, Bella won. They just seemed softer and higher quality from the samples I compared. Not as stiff and loose. I didn’t conduct super official studies, but I wanted to send out a product that I felt confident in…and Bella won. Plus, I really appreciate that Moda sells to independent shops rather than the large chain stores.

I’d like to pass some onto you to see what you think! So I’m giving away 2 (yep!) Fat Quarter Sets of all the solid colors I currently have in stock! (That is 27 total but just fyi, 2 are from Michael Miller. Their Jet Black and Jet Brown are must have in your stash!) And let’s not end there! Oh no!

Easy Quilt Projects

To go along with all the wonderful solid colors, I have 2 copies of this great book! Easy Pieces Quilts is chock full of projects, and not just quilt projects! There are bags, crayon rolls, placemats, skirts, scarfs and more. I’m really annoyed with myself for not ordering 3 copies so I could keep one for myself! 🙂

Easy Quilt Projects

(There are a few more pictures on my Flickr page.)

Comments now closed.  Winners will be announced shortly!

So you can enter 2 ways.
(and therefore 2 times)

#1.  Leave a comment here.

#2. Hop onto Facebook and “Like” my page.
(fyi, you are no longer Fans. You just like me. Much less commitment than becoming an official fan, does that make you feel better?!?!? 😉 )

I’ll pick one winner from the blog comments and one winner from my Facbook page.  But not until next week.  I’ll be gone this weekend….

Over the next several days, I’ll be highlighting many of the great Moda fabrics. (And by golly, I better have that quilt ready to bind before I leave town on Friday!) But you don’t have to wait on me. All Moda fabrics are on sale right now. 🙂

And can I just say that I love you guys! I don’t tell you that often enough.  I really appreciate that you support my independent shop!

PS.  Of course, international entries are always welcomed!

Spring Tops 2010 Contest

Just hopping on to make sure you know about this contest.  I realize that it’s pretty late in the game…but simple tops go together so quickly so you could whip one or two or five out this week.  Right?  (AKA – You have no life outside of sewing…Right?)  My goal was to sew more for myself this year and I’d say I’m doing just that!

new shirt for meSo I’ve entered 2 tops into the pool on Flickr.  The first top is my Marlo Top that I put straps rather than the ruffle….just like Haley.  It was a super easy change.  I put the casing along the front and back top edges, threaded 1/4 inch elastic into them and tried it on to determine how tight to pull the elastic.  The only think I’ll do differently next time is sew the straps at a slight angle because the outer edges kinda stick up.  It’s hard to describe.  Anyway the fabulous fabric is from Joel Dewberry’s Modern Meadow.  The print is called Picnic Plaid.  I love it!

The second top I finished yesterday and I think it may be my new favorite at this moment in time.  (I have to add that because I want to reserve the right to change favorites on a whim.)  One thing I love is the ruffles at the neck.  I rarely wear jewelry, so this kinda dresses me up even without a necklace. I can wear it with jeans (as usual) or wouldn’t it look cute with a summery skirt? Or some cute capris?

Melanie's ruffle shirt

The pattern is Simplicity 2599.  I didn’t make any changes really, but I did put 2 rows of shirring around the waist…and I think I like the result. It really did go together quickly. I cut it out and sewed it together in one afternoon. The fabric is more of Anna‘s voile. Gosh I love this stuff! Print is Diamond Mine in the sky colorway.  And just like a pair of comfy jeans, I feel the need to put an antique finish on all my pictures lately…so here that is for you. 🙂

And in my usual antique finish

Have you entered any tops into the contest? Will you please share pictures with me? Alrighty….talk again soon. And I even have a couple of things to give you! I haven’t done a giveaway in a long time!

Sunday Dress

Haley is currently 5.  She tells me “Mom, you’re as beautiful as a princess.” That’s pretty special, if you ask me!  This precious little girl looks up to me and I am so quick to focus on my flaws and inadequacies.  I’m really hard on myself.  And now I stop to think: What is that teaching my daughter about her self-worth? And what should I be doing differently? I actually have tears in my eyes thinking about it.  *sigh*

Mommy & Me outfits

I hope I’m also passing on positive characteristics.  As she grows, I hope that by watching me, she’ll learn that through persistence and hard work you can overcome fears and obstacles.  And that it’s okay to ask for help.  (Oh, who am I kidding.  I haven’t come to terms with that myself.  Why is it so hard to ask for help?) And it’s okay to try new things.  I really want her to learn that.

Wow, this post has taken an unexpected sentimental turn.  Anywho… my original plan was to show you our matching outfits.

Mommy & Me outfits

Haley’s outfit is from Pink Fig’s Lydia pattern and my skirt was made using Rosie’s Whimsy tutorial. (Found here.) The fabric is more great fabric from Joel Dewberry‘s Modern Meadow line. And this isn’t the last we’ll see of it, either. 😉

Oh, by the by, this isn’t the first matching set I’ve done for us.  I made myself the Schoolhouse Tunic (by Sew Liberated) to match her Kyoko (by ModKid) and I need to get the mini-kyoko made…then maybe we’ll do a quick photo shoot.  Gotta get in on this matchy goodness while she still thinks of me in the same realm as a princess.  Now…can someone tell me how I can become an actual princess?


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