Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Olfa 35th Anniversary Block + Giveaway!

OLFA asked if I would help design a 6.5" unfinished block, to be combined with the blocks of other designers and incorporated into a 35th Anniversary Quilt for Houston Quilt Market this fall. How could I resist? The only stipulation was that the block had to include yellow.
Remember that time my husband used my rotary cutter to cut into a frozen pizza, fresh from the oven? 

Yes, I've tried to erase that day from my memory as well. Until now, when I realized I could turn that memory into a quilt block for OLFA's 35th Anniversary Quilt!

Olfa 35th Anniversary Block

This triangle block was easy and fun to put together, with some fabric scraps from Ann Kelle and Robert Kaufman. After improv piecing the triangle and sides, I used my new 6.5" Frosted Advantage ruler to square it up. 

Olfa 35th Anniversary Block 

I then cut a few circles with my GO! Baby and appliqued a simple rotary cutter, modeled after my blue-and-yellow 45mm OLFA Splash rotary cutter. I've never owned a tiny rotary cutter before, so I'm excited to try out this 28mm OLFA sent in my goodie box.

Olfa Rotary Cutter Pin 

How cute is this little rotary cutter pin? Oh my, oh my! I will wear it like a badge of honor, after having survived the pizza cutter incident.

 Olfa Turns 35!


My friends at OLFA sent along a box full of goodies for me to try out, and they are offering a mini version of the kit you see here (including an OLFA rotary cutter and a small cutting mat)! If you'd like to enter the giveaway, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. (Giveaway open in U.S. only.)

Good luck! And happy birthday OLFA!

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Where Did I Go?

I've been on a bit of a blogging break, due to sheer necessity. This blog in particular has been hard for me to keep up, since I've had less time to sew. But I dearly love you, sewing friends, and wanted to peek in and say hello! 

Here are a few of the other places I've been hanging out:

My living room: Elliot just turned 6 months old! Consequently, it's getting more difficult to keep him entertained by sitting him on the couch next to me while I finish up freelance work on my laptop. We've adjusted by introducing him the to exersaucer and doorway jumper, both of which make him growl with delight. He's also accompanying me to quilt guild meetings, eating solid food (loves it!), learning to sit up, petting the cat, and babbling like a pro (ma-ma-ma-ma-ma).

Craftsy: About once or twice a week, I'm over on the Craftsy quilting blog. Here's a post I wrote on stuffed animal sewing patterns, including my recent Hugh Manatee pattern release! I'm so happy to see your manatees.

Craft Buds: Just posted at Craft Buds this morning, and there's a my mom wearing a cute Goorin Brothers summer hat you can enter to win!

My sewing room: I'll be back soon to share more on my latest sewing project, which my friend Veronica and I worked on for a photo shoot featuring Ann Kelle fabrics (if you hop over to this link, you'll see our stack of colorful floor pillows in the center photo!).

Instagram: Can you believe I haven't even had much time to post on my Instragram lately? Here's a fun pic from a few weeks ago of me doing planks in the park with a group called Mommy Fit Camp. Joining this group is one of my best decisions in a long time (exercise + getting out of the house + making some new friends), and I'm more than halfway to my goal of losing the baby weight.

Happy summer!

Do you find it difficult to keep up with your blog this time of year? When is your best time of day to blog?

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Women's T-Shirt to Baby Romper


When my friend Raeanna asked me if I'd sew a project for Romper Week, I thought this would be the perfect motivation to do some sewing projects for fun and experiment with simple clothing patterns. The project I chose, is about as simple as it gets! Click here to check out how I did it. 

To see the full project, please head over to my other blog Craft Buds!

It's Romper Week!



For your chance to win one of several fabulous prize packs, you can link up your romper sewing project to the inLinkz collection below! We will begin voting June 21st through the 28th and the top three entries to the link party will walk away with an awesome prize!
1st place (voting) $30 credit to Girl Charlee Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop Romper Blank Slate Pattern Retro Romper
2nd place (voting)
Riley Blake Fat Quarter Bundle
Shaffer Sisters Betty Skirt Pattern Winner's Choice Sewing Mama RaeAnna Pattern
3rd place (voting) Fat Quarter Shop Fat Quarter Bundle Winner's Choice Muse of the Morning Pattern
Romper Week Linkup Prizes

An InLinkz Link-up Don't forget to enter the Romper Week Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win:
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