BessTop Pattern Release

Last month I did some pattern testing for the amazing Rachael of Imagine Gnats. Over the short period of time I have gotten to know Rachael, I am more and more in awe of her humor, devotion to her family, generosity, and talent!

The first bit of introduction to her talent was when I bought this dress for Callee:

sweet Callee

I have purchased a couple patterns from her before I tested this one – an embroidery pattern:

and a dress pattern for Callee (I am sewing one today for her with a Super Hero twist):

BUT the BessTop!  Oh I love my BessTop Dress!! Here are a few shots of that one during the testing:

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sorry about the undergarment problem and the blurry picture – I hate taking selfies!!!!

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Maybe I should leave the picture taking up to the pros:

If you are looking for a comfortable dress/top then this is the one for you! I love my dress and plan on making myself a couple more tops and dresses using this pattern!! I love it!  Watch Rachael’s blog because I am sure there will be much hoopla coming with great ideas! BUT believe you/me……..YOU WANT THIS PATTERN!!!  I am ever so happy I tested it!!!! Thanks Rachael for letting me play with you – Great Job!

I have a ton of sewing to do before Miss Callee gets here FRIDAY!!!  Gotta run!

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Fun Stuff

Today I am going to rattle on about all kinds of “stuff”. The online Urban Dictionary defines stuff as “everything you can think of”. Well, I’m not going that far but I do plan on covering quite a plethora of things.

Let’s start with a party announcement! I have bragged on my online friend, Sarah of Narcoleptic in a Cupboard, before. And for just a minute I am only speaking to those of you that know and/or follow her/her blog. I am planning a baby shower for her. Oh yeah, did I forget to mention she is preggers? YEP!! She is with bean (click and read all about bean). N.E.Way….

In case you missed the announcement on Sarah’s blog, Susan and I planning an Online Baby Shower for her. There is much more detail on Sarah’s blog if you need it. BUT the jest of it is this….until the day of the event (sometime in November) – we will meet & chat in Flickr. The day of the event we will hold a TweetChat!

The FlickrGroup is private but you can request access via Flickr or by emailing me. I hope to see you there!!!

Let’s see, where to now? How about a picture of Callee wearing a shirt I made her? I love this shirt! I blogged about it at the end of July but this is the first I have seen of her in it…..

callee in circus shirt

Her mom likes the shirt and the way it fits so much she has requested more. So I am in search of some fabric for that. Which leads me to some recent fabric shopping. I simply need to brag about a couple shops!

Let me prerequisite this next section by saying all opinions are mine! I have no sponsors – not because I don’t want any but more because I am not sure I understand them. I mean I understand how they work for a blogger who designs quilt patterns or clothing patterns but for someone like me? How would that work? I have my ideas but never known a shop owner (in the US anyway) well enough to make that happen. N.E.Way….

Back to my fabric shopping….let ‘s recall my #swoon2013 quilt I have been working on. It contains all of Lori Holt‘s lines. Since she recently came out with a new line, Gracie Girl, I needed to obtain some of it so that I could ensure all lines are included. Normally I would simply go to Fat Quarter Shop since that is my “go to” shop. BUT lately I have been on a “save money” kick (I’ll explain this in a minute) so instead I went on a search to see what I could come up with.

Low and behold a quick search lead me to Fanciful Fabrics! Let me just say, she has some amazing prices. Seriously, I saved almost $20 on this FQ bundle. While that is substantial I was still hesitant. Hesitant because sometimes when things are cheaper they are (a) not what they appear or (b) slow to arrive. But I decided it was significant enough to take my chances.

Let me just say, I was NOT disappointed!!! I got my package SUPER FAST!! I immediately sent the owner an email praising her prices and her super fast shipping. She was ever so nice!! While not my story to tell, she has a very interesting and honorable day job! When referencing the prices here is what she said:

” I think that fabric is too expensive, so I try to keep prices lower so that people can enjoy this wonderful hobby but not break the bank, like I usually do. I cannot afford every print of every line, but maybe some day. 🙂 I do it because I enjoy it, not to get rich. LOL…..”

I did a quick comparison of some other bundles. I found some that were almost 1/2 the price of other shops online, jelly rolls and fabric by the yard at 25% less than other online shops. And if that’s not enough, she also has vintage items, notions, trims, buttons, handmade items and more. I think I’m in love!!!

I placed another order this past weekend. The wonderful Leanne is queen in our Modern Stitching Bee this month. She has asked for this block:

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Leanne’s example block!

See those low volume QST? Well, she has requested directional fabric of some sort. I didn’t have any – what better reason to shop? So I set out for a coupon code (it was a holiday weekend after all) and a shop with a smallish bundle of text prints (a void in my stash). I found this bundle:

and I found it at WestWood Acres who also had a free shipping coupon code for the weekend. The part I am here to brag about….My bundle arrived today! I placed this order on Saturday (maybe Friday) regardless, she had to ship my order the same day! I love that!! And it was a decent price. Again, into saving money!

My favorite thing about this shop is the created bundles. I love it when shop owners make their own custom bundles. For example Amanda has the following listed: In The Navy, Tarnished Silver, Text the Rainbow, and Solid Bundles to match other lines. I am not linking to each bundle but you can find them all in her shop!! Again, there might be some love involved!!

In summary, this weekend I found 2 new shops I would highly recommend!

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Now, about that saving money! I desperately want to FQRetreat….DESPERATELY!!!!! I have a plan to make that happen in 2014. Of the many things on that list to make it happen is selective fabric shopping. I also recently started making my own laundry soap, fabric softener, and many other household “chemicals”. When I calculate the amount saved it goes in a special account along with a designated amount each month. I am mixing all this with a bunch of prayer….serious prayer!!!

I will end today with another picture of Callee in the same shirt. I like this picture more because it shows her attitude. One that, dare I say, she comes by honestly:

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This picture is ME in a nutshell!!! And with that I end today’s post! Have a great day!

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Clara aka Cindy’s Project

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I am so blessed to have met (virtually) some special people through my blog, Cindy of Fluffy Sheep Quilting is one of those people. She has a super online fabric shop and a super fun blog. When Cindy put a call out for people to make quilts for her ….I rushed to the front of the line.

Who doesn’t want to play with the newest and bestest fabric? Especially Happy-Go-Lucky!!

Cindy's Project

After receiving this package, I got to work. Cindy and I had already agree on a design. I used a tutorial from Moda Bake Shop called Happy Weekender by Kim of My Go-Go Life. It was super quick and easy. The only thing I changed was size & fabric placement on the back.

clara on ladder

Let’s talk quilting…I decided (with the help of some IG friends) that randomly placed straight lines were the way to go with this one. So I started stitching. When I was all done I hung it up to IG a photo and could have croaked!!! My lines weren’t straight they were more slow moving arcs. I have grown to love it, but it wasn’t my intention. I have since seen a great technique for keep your lines straight. I guess Clara wanted curves. This shot of the back shows the quilting best:

clara back

Now, about that binding. If you have been reading here for any amount of time, you know I hate (HATE) hand sewing the binding down on quilts. I have tried several times in the past to do machine binding but with mediocre to poor results. Lately I read where Leanne (She Can Quilt) was using touch as encouraged by Mari and it was working. (I sure hope it was Leanne). So I decided to try it!!! Worked like a champ!!

clara up close binding

I really enjoyed working on Clara and I hope Cindy is able to sell lots of fabric when she is displayed!!

clara on a cabin

 

Quilt Stats

Name: Clara
Made for: Fluffy Sheep Quilting
Fabric: Happy Go Lucky by Bonnie & Camille for Moda
Thread: Coats & Clark 100% cotton for piecing and quilting (I really need to order some thread)
Batting: Warm & Natural 100% Cotton
Size: 45″ x 50″
Quilting: randomly placed straight slightly curved lines
Pattern: Happy Weekender by Kim – My Go-Go Life for Moda Bake Shop
 
Time to pack Clara’s bags….she has an international trip to make!!
 
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Charity Churn Dash Blocks

The lovely Sarah of Sew Me blog is collecting Churn Dash blocks for a Siblings Together Quilt. Being here in the states it is difficult to make a quilt because it is so pricey to ship a quilt overseas. Since Sarah is collecting blocks, this allows me to make a block (or 4) and ship them to her, therefore, be a part of Siblings Together. Such a lovely thing for Sarah to do!

Sarah made up a very nice tutorial and here are the blocks I put together using her tutorial:

charity blocks

Sarah asked for blue, gray, red, orange, or green. She didn’t want any florals so that she could focus this quilt for a boy. I didn’t realize how much my stash was focused on a girl until I tried pulling fabrics for these blocks…I need to work on this!!!

Originally I forgot to add these to my July List – I am glad I remembered!!

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Not Here Today…

Instead I am at Clover & Violet, guest blogging for this….

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Go check it out, it’s guaranteed to give you a chuckle…me hand stitching? Probably not!!! BUT I did complete a project!! Oh, and a heads up….for every comment you leave on any Clover & Violet post during the Season by Hand series you are entered in their giveaway…I have already won a super prize!!! I won a Summer Sampler entry by The Frosted Pumpkin!! Cool, no? You better go comment!!

**Don’t forget about my giveaway going on**

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I won!!!

It has been such a long time since I have been able to say that! I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am about this!!!

I won a jelly roll of Shades of Black by Me & My Sister Designs for Moda from 1 Choice 4 Quilting (now there’s a mouthful).

1 Choice 4 Quilting carries a great selection of pre-cuts and they carry a large variety of Bella Solids along with many other things. You really should take the time to check out her shop….you won’t be disappointed!!

I hope to get the chance to interview Nicole for the podcast soon. I bet that would be a great interview as she has been sewing since she was about 5 years old….wow! right?

Between yesterday’s goodies from Lisa and today’s giveaway wins…..I am loving my postman!!!

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I Need Your Help!

Recently I shared my Sugar Block Club blocks. This BOM is hosted by Amy at Stitchery Dickory Dock. She is a very talented quilter but beyond that she has her hands full with her family. She is a mother of four – two girls and a set of identical twins – and to top it all off they recently moved! Oh and did I mention, she is cute as a button herself?!?! Well, she is! I don’t know how she finds the energy to get dressed every day, let alone sew anything!

I am giving you a bit of a background because Amy is currently running a giveaway for those of us that are participating in the BOM – actually two giveaways in one. One is a random draw and the other is for the block with the most “likes”. This is where I need your help. I need you to go to this link… HERE … and look for the block labeled QiTG June, then click “like”. Simple no? Well, it would much simpler if I could just show you a picture of my block and you look for that but for whatever reason my linky picture didn’t work! But I will show you June’s block just for squats & giggles….

June
June

Thank you, in advance, for helping a girl out. I would like to tell you to click on your favorite but that wouldn’t guarantee me a win so let’s not go there.

Oh, and before I forget, I have something for Lisa C who sent me a spectacular package….

There was a piece in there I don’t have so a great big thank you!!!

Well, that is all for today….please go click for me and check out Amy’s blog. She has some great Tutorials, Patterns, and inspiration. Oh and she was behind the 2012 Craftsy BOM. I think you will also enjoy the giveaway post!!!

Ta for now!

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Something to Shout About….

Every now and then I find something in my blog surfing that I just have to share with y’all. Today is your lucky day!!!!

I am a follower of Quilting Lodge. The Quilting Lodge (an actual online quilt shop) is lovely. Read all about their history here. Here is a picture of the quilt they designed and that you will have after this Quilt Along. It’s called the Texas Teardrops:

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Isn’t it gorgeous?

Quilt Along Information:

  • Easy Pace….Weekly scheduled, starting tomorrow. You have time to gather fabric & miscellaneous notions. 
  • Fat Quarter or Scrap friendly. They have some great bundles in their shop for this QAL!!
  • There is a minimal $5.00 charge for the pattern on Craftsy….no biggie in my opinion – seriously look at that quilt!!!!!
  • Prizes!!! Who doesn’t love the chance to win cool prizes…I know I love the chance to win them. 

You can read all about this fun Quilt Along on her Texas Teardrops QAL page!

I think I am going to stitch along. I am notorious for falling behind but I will do my best to keep up. We will see how well I do….I think I am going to use up some Christmas fabrics I have in my stash. I am all about stitching out of my stash this year! So far so good!

As many of you know I have been playing with Callee for a few days and I have 3 more to go! Here are a couple of fun pictures from the last couple of days:

Easter Bunny
Easter Bunny (who has Limp Ear Syndrome)
Jump to Me
Jump to Me
Ride 'Em Pony
Ride ‘Em CowGirl

I will be back tomorrow to summarize my finishes for the Q1 FAL!

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Bloggy Business

I have been ill for the past few days so it feels wonderful to be back in the “land of the living” today. I will spare y’all the nasty details and just say “being a migraine sufferer SUCKS!!” That’s all I have to say about that!!!

Now I have a winner to announce from the Charm Madness Blog Hop. A few days ago I posted a tutorial for a Charm-ing Apron. The giveaway is for the Apron I made. The winner is …

who is….

Chiska please email me by Friday with your address so that I can send your apron to you! I will redraw on Saturday morning if I haven’t heard from you! I do love doing giveaways.

Another little tidbit of business I need to take care of….

Way back in January I hinted about a tutorial I was writing for Fluffy Sheep Quilting’s newsletter. Well, that newsletter is going out on Friday. My tutorial is for some placemats to celebrate someone special or someone’s special day! Here is one of the four I made for the tutorial (a sneak peek for y’all):

callee placemat

I am not the only one that wrote a tutorial for this newsletter. The incredible Annabella wrote one as well. You really need to go and sign up to receive these newsletters!! You don’t want to miss out!! Here’s how: (1)go to the Fluffy Sheep Quilting Website, (2)scroll down to the bottom right corner, (3)enter your email address in the box below “Newsletter”, (3)click on “Subscribe”. That’s it….All done!

Also, don’t forget the Charm Madness Blog Hop is not over. You can get the full schedule here. There are some great tutorials!

Oh and one more thing!!! The first quarter of the Finsh A Long is about to come a close. Get your finished lists ready and get next quarter’s list ready!! So much to do!!

Phew….I think I have all the Bloggy Business out the way! Oooo Oooo I almost forgot…..guess who will be here tomorrow?????   That’s right…..My ‘lil Angel….Caaaaaaaaalllllllllllleeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!! Get ready for picture over load!!! Do you follow me on Instagram! I really load IG up with pictures of her! I am gapquilter on IG.

I will back soon to round up all my finishes for the quarter!

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Charm Madness Blog Hop

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I have been hinting around about writing a tutorial and making a project for an upcoming Blog Hop….well, Are you ready?! It’s finally here … the Charm Madness Blog Hop! Tutorials, a Linky, giveaways, and prizes … see the complete schedule below. And find updated links to all the posts as the blog hop progresses over the next three weeks here.

The Charm Madness Blog Hop Participants & Schedule

Tuesday 3/19 – Jennie at Clover & Violet
Wednesday, 3/20 – Jess at Sew Crafty Jess
Thursday, 3/21 – Rhonda at Quilter in the Gap (Right Here!!)
Friday, 3/22 – Jenelle at Echinops &Aster
Sunday, 3/24 – Week 1 Giveaway Post

Tuesday, 3/26 – Lori at Lori H Designs
Wednesday, 3/27 – Kelsey at Kelsey Sews
Thursday, 3/28 – Lindsay at CraftBuds/LindsaySews
Friday – 3/29 – Jennifer at That Girl, ThatQuilt
Saturday, 3/30 – Stacey at The Tilted Quilt
Sunday, 3/31 – Week 2 Giveaway Post

Monday, 4/1 – Alyce at Blossom Heart Quilts
Tuesday, 4/2 – Wendi at prsd4tim2
Wednesday, 4/3 – Elizabeth at Don’t Call Me Betsy
Thursday, 4/4 – Ginny at Fish Creek Studio
Saturday, 4/6 – Leona at Leona’s Quilting Adventure
Sunday, 4/7 – Week 3 Giveaway Post

Three Ways to Win Prizes

• Enter the three weekly giveaway drawings on Sundays during the blog hop at the Sew Lux blog.
• Link up your own charm project – Linky post will be open for entries between 3/23 – 4/6.
• Enter the Grand Prize Winner Giveaway by counting the total number of charms used in all the blog hop tutorials. Complete the entry form on 4/7 or 4/8.
All entry posts for prizes will be on the Sew Lux blog

Save on Charm Packs!

Save 10% on all charm packs and mini charm packs now through 3/22 at sewluxfabric.com. Discount will be automatically applied at checkout.

Fun, no?! See ya soon!

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