Friday, November 28, 2014

Lined Drawstring Bags + DIY Holiday Giveaway!

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Lined Drawstring Bags

Hello! I hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving. Ours was a very quiet holiday at home. After missing a family gathering because I came down with a bug, my husband had to work (from home) on Turkey Day. So, we did what any busy American family would do and bought a pre-cooked turkey at the grocery, and dinner was on the table about 10 minutes later. I love time savers!

Lined Drawstring Bags

I wanted to share these lined drawstring bags I whipped up over the past week. They are a custom order for a baby shower gift (toss a diaper and mini pack of wipes in each bag, and they are easy changing kits to toss in your purse when you're headed out).

Lined Drawstring Bags

All of the fabric is by Ann Kelle and Robert Kaufman. Isn't it cute?! To save myself from sewing my own drawstrings, I bought some braided cotton drawstring cord on eBay.

 DIY Holiday Giveaway


Since I don't have any more little bags to give away, how about these 3 copies of the new DIY Holiday magazine from Interweave? Inside, you'll find sewing, knitting, crochet and all kinds of winter crafting ideas for your inspiration! Enter via the Rafflecopter form below.

1 winner will take home all 3 copies, so you'll have a copy for you and two for some of your crafty friends. Giveaway open in U.S. only.
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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

OLFA Anniversary Quilt, Craft Fail Book + a Giveaway!

Photo Courtesy of OLFA

I wanted to send you a glimpse of the OLFA 35th Anniversary quilt, which I had the privilege of making a block for.

Andrea, the talented quilter who put it together, blogged about her experience. You can visit her post to see my block and read the funny story I wrote about it with my submission card!

If you recall, I made a block based on my husband's interesting decision to use my rotary cutter for slicing into a frozen pizza. (No pizza cutter? Improvise!)

Well, wouldn't you know it . . .

My husband's devious ways are forever immortalized in a brand new book, CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong by Heather Mann. And I received my copy in today's mail!

The book is filled with all kinds of examples showing you what happens when crafts don't go as planned. I think we can all relate to this, and I love the idea of a community of crafters willing to own up to their failures just as much as the successes. It's real. Honest. Refreshing!


So, here's to us! All of us. Do you have any craft fails (or those you'd like to blame on your significant other) worth mentioning?

Leave me a comment with your biggest craft fail, and I'll let my hubby pick his favorite. I'll send one winner my extra copy of the CraftFail book!  

Winner will be chosen one week from the date of this post and entries open worldwide!

Congratulations to Ashley!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Blogger's Quilt Festival: Echo Wall Quilt

I wanted to re-share a quilt I made earlier this year for the Blogger's Quilt Festival!

Echo Quilt

The Echo Wall Quilt is a pattern from Ali Winston's book Quilt Lab (Stash Books). I switched up the colors, but otherwise followed her awesome pattern all the way through.

Echo Quilt

The arcs are created with freezer paper templates for accuracy. I also followed her suggestions for straight line quilting, to "echo" the suggested movement of sound in the design.

Echo Quilt

I love to make quilts and give them away, but this one still happily lives in my living room!

Echo Wall Quilt: Finished Size: 29-1/2" x 41-1/2"

Check out the rest of the entries and vote for your faves starting November 1st!

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