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!

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!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Baby Moccasins for Craft Book Month

I'm back today to share my second project for Craft Book Month at Craft Buds.

You still have three weeks to join in and create a project from any craft book for a chance to win some awesome prizes!

Baby Moccasins

This project is also from the book "Little One-Yard Wonders" by Patricia Hoskins and Rebecca Yaker (Storey Publishing). I made the Baby Moccasins, a pattern by Sue Kim.

Baby Moccasins

Notice how I have more photos of Elliot not wearing the baby shoes than I do of him actually wearing them. This photo shoot had me laughing hysterically, because every time I squeeze his foot in one shoe, he'd managed to kick the other shoe off. Hah! Can anyone relate?

Baby Moccasins

I actually didn't much mind... I think his feet look cuter with nothing on them. He does like to nibble on the shoes. With that in mind, I'll probably pop the buttons off before having him "wear them" again.:)

I did change up the pattern to feature a different fabric on the sole (non-slip or "footie" fabric) and a contrasting fabric on the inside. I think these will be more practical once Elliot starts walking, and I really like that pop of black opposite the sole.

Baby Moccasins
These fabrics came from FreeSpirit, and they're designed by Parson Gray. I think it's fun to see something as delicate as baby shoes in prints that are designed to be more masculine and edgy.

Baby Moccasins

All in all, I found Sue's pattern from the book to be easy to follow and really adorable. It's been a while since I took the time to hand sew little details like this on a project, and I found it relaxing.

Craft Book Month

September marks the 4th Annual Craft Book Month at Craft Buds! This year, we're excited to celebrate all month long with a blog hop of inspiring craft book projects and LOTS of giveaways for sewing along with a sewing, knitting, cookbook or other craft book of YOUR CHOICE.

If you are a craft book hoarder, you are not alone. Several years ago, I had an urge to dust off my craft books, unfold those crisp pattern sheets and put those patterns to good use by actually making some projects. :)

2014 Craft Book Month Blog Hop!

I've teamed up with some fabulous bloggers who will be showing off their projects made from craft books, all month long!

Monday 9/1: Fabric Mutt / Lindsay Sews
Tuesday 9/2: Rae Gun Ramblings / Craftside
Wednesday 9/3: The Feisty Redhead / The Fabric Studio
Thursday 9/4: Marci Girl Designs / Small Town Stitcher
Friday 9/5: LRstitched / A Prairie Sunrise

Monday 9/8: Hopeful Threads / sewVery
Tuesday 9/9: 13 Spools / Lisa Liza Lou
Wednesday 9/10: Stitch This! / My Sewcial Hour
Thursday 9/11: The Littlest Thistle / Fabric Seeds
Friday 9/12: Sew Sweetness / Clover + Violet

Monday 9/15: Inspire Me Grey / amylouwho

Link Up

9/1-9/30: Link up your craft book project at Craft Buds from your blog or Flickr account, and enter to win prizes. To participate in the month-long contest, just link up any project you've made from a pattern in a craft book. That easy! You'll tell us a little about the book, the project, how you personalized it, etc. Winners will be announced on Wednesday, October, 1!


1) One entry per person. 
2) Your craft book project must have been completed in 2014.  
3) Create a new blog post, instagram, or Flickr photo (dated September 1, 2014 or later) and link or refer back to Craft Book Month at Craft Buds (#craftbookmonth for instagram) in your post or photo description. Make sure to list the craft book you used and provide a link if possible.  
4) All winners chosen via Some prizes available to international winners, so please join us!


Visit Craft Buds and link up your craft book project during the window of Sept 1-30 and you'll automatically be entered to win some fantastic prizes from the Craft Book Month sponsors!

Craft Book Month at Craft Buds

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