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Christmas Tree Pants Sew-Along - DAY 1

Friday, October 7th, 2011

Sew,Mama,Sew! Holiday Sew-AlongToday kicks off Day 1 of my Christmas Tree Pants Holiday Sew-Along (because not all trees like to wear skirts) at Sew,Mama,Sew!

Please join me today for Day 1, and the next and following Friday (October 14 & 21) for Day 2 and Day 3 of the sew-along.

Sew along with me and post your photos each week to the Christmas Tree Pants Sew-Along Flickr group for a chance to win sleigh-load of great goodies from the  Sew,Mama,Sew! Holiday Sew-Along.  Every photo you post in the Tree Pants flickr group is an entry!  All the SMS prize info is at the bottom of my tutorial on SMS.  Good times.

Day 1 is making 9-patch stars. Since I’m like my own Hair Club For Men, I’m participating in my sew-along too! The scrappy version.
Christmas Tree Pants sew-along - Day 1

For Day 1 we’ll make seven 9-patch stars. Totally do-able, right? So to make it easy on myself, I got a little mathie so I could get all my ducks scraps in a row. This is my formula:

From 10 strips, cut:
6) 4½” squares
1) 2½” x 12½” rectangle

From 1 strip, cut:
6) 4½” squares
2) 2½” x 12½” rectangle

From 1 strip, cut:
8) 4½” squares
Christmas Tree Pants sew-along - Day 1

Oh look, I just happen to have 3 little bundlettes of 5″ strips of a Holiday Happy & Happy Mochi Yum Yum combo.  Just lying around, waiting to go to good home.  Each Friday of my sew-along I’ll give one away.
Christmas Tree Pants sew-along - Day 1

Leave me a comment here to enter for this week’s bundlette.  Maybe I can schmooze you into telling me what your current fave 3-color combo is?  I’ll announce the winner here on this post next Friday just before I post the teaser post for Day 2 of the Tree Pants sew-along.
Christmas Tree Pants sew-along - Day 1

Friends don’t let friends have trees without pants - come sew with me!

October 14, 2011 Edited in:
Winner, winner! Give-away of the Day 1 Holiday Happy/Happy Mochi Yum Yum bundlette has now ended. Thank you all for joining in on the give-away! Using random.org for comments 1-186, the winner is: Comment #68 - Karen!

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Who wears the pants in the family?

Friday, September 30th, 2011

My Christmas tree wears the pants, and I make the excuses. So this year, the Year of No Excuses (ok, the Month of No Excuses)… I’m ahead of the holiday crafting, sewing and gift making time (that usually falls on December 26th for me), thanks to Sew,Mama,Sew!… this year it’s gonna happen in October. Oct. To. Ber.
Sew,Mama,Sew! Holiday Sew-Along

I’ll be participating in the SMS Holiday Sew-Along with my Christmas Tree Pants (because not all trees like to wear skirts) project. If you’d like to follow along with me, you can get all the info about the SMS Holiday Sew-Along here and see who else you can sew along with. Sew,Mama,Sew! has made a Christmas Tree Pants Sew-Along flickr group if you’d like to join that, too.
Christmas Tree Pant

I’ll be making my red & white Christmas Tree Pants, as well as making a scrappy version.
Christmas Tree Pants

Come sew with me - friends don’t let friends have trees without pants.

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Put a quilt on it…

Thursday, September 29th, 2011

When the Portland Modern Quilt Guild held our meeting slash picnic in Laurelhurst Park (that’s us, in the grove - behind the hula-hoopers), my friend Elizabeth asked me if I’d like to come along while she took photos of her quilt in the park.  Heck, yes!
Adventures in Laurelhurst Park

Fun watching Elizabeth try to keep the falling pine needles off her quilt. Trees vs Elizabeth - final score: 154 to 3.
Adventures in Laurelhurst Park

The fruits of Elizabeth labors can be found here.  And what Elizabeth indulged me in during her shoot and the rest of this story - can be found on my guest post on WhipUp.net today!
Adventures in Laurelhurst Park

(This post is best viewed with Right Said Fred’s “I’m Too Sexy” playing in the background)

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On your mark. Get set. Drool!

Sunday, September 25th, 2011

I just got a big box of Lecien fabrics designed by my Lecien sisters - and holy edemame and wow, wow, wow are they beautiful! Please don’t hate me - I show them not to make anyone envious of my loot, (especially since it’s not yet available) - but rather as a public service announcement.  It’s for the greater good.

1) If you’re going to Quilt Market and plan on going to Sample Spree - GET TO THE LECIEN TABLES FIRST. These puppies are going to sell fast.  Fast.  Fast, fast, FAST!  If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard, “I didn’t get there [Lecien table] in time!”… I’d be loaded.  Don’t make me make you give me a dollar.

2) Make your local quilt shop aware of these fabrics and ask them to go visit the Lecien booth at Market and place orders to fill their shop with happiness for you.

And now for the show.

Lecien’s newest designer (squeal!) is Natalie Lymer, and wow, wow, wow how beautiful her Woodland line is! So cute and so rich in color - every thread sings with cuteness and is pure Natalie. I love Woodland so much I cried. And then I hugged it.  And I’m soooo happy Natalie is a part of the Lecien family!
Woodland by Natalie Lymer for Lecien
Woodland by Natalie Lymer for Lecien
Woodland by Natalie Lymer for Lecien
Woodland by Natalie Lymer for Lecien
Woodland by Natalie Lymer for Lecien
Woodland by Natalie Lymer for Lecien
Woodland by Natalie Lymer for Lecien
Woodland by Natalie Lymer for Lecien
Woodland by Natalie Lymer for Lecien

St. Ives
Sarah Fielke does it again - another beautiful line I can’t wait to dig in and cut into. Something about Sarah’s designs that make my heart race and have me wanting to cut them up and put them back together again - and see what happens next! It’s like Sarah’s that beloved jr. high science teacher (like mine - Miss Edna Finger), and she’s got beakers of bubbling and gurgling ingredients, and you can’t wait to see what happens when they all come together. It’s gonna be magic!
St. Ives by Sarah Fielke for Lecien
St. Ives by Sarah Fielke for Lecien
St. Ives by Sarah Fielke for Lecien
St. Ives by Sarah Fielke for Lecien
St. Ives by Sarah Fielke for Lecien
St. Ives by Sarah Fielke for Lecien
St. Ives by Sarah Fielke for Lecien
St. Ives by Sarah Fielke for Lecien

Folk Heart
Every time Rosalie Quinlan comes out with a new line, I swear she’s crawled into my head and made it just for me. Now that I’ve seen Folk Heart, I’m checking for cameras and monitoring devices in my house. Rosalie captures all the things I love like no one else… vintage 30’s fabrics, modern fabrics, German looking designs and the candy colors I love so much. Thank you Rosalie for designing Folk Heart just for me for us!
Folk Heart by Rosalie Quinlan for Lecien
Folk Heart by Rosalie Quinlan for Lecien
Folk Heart by Rosalie Quinlan for Lecien
Folk Heart by Rosalie Quinlan for Lecien
Folk Heart by Rosalie Quinlan for Lecien
Folk Heart by Rosalie Quinlan for Lecien
Folk Heart by Rosalie Quinlan for Lecien
Folk Heart by Rosalie Quinlan for Lecien

Flower Sugar
I think I weep every time Lecien comes out with a new edition of Flower Sugar. I love you Flower Sugar - will you marry me?
Lecien Flower-Sugar
Lecien Flower-Sugar
Lecien Flower-Sugar
Lecien Flower-Sugar
Lecien Flower-Sugar

It’s already in stores and debuted at Spring Market in Salt Lake City, but I just now got my hands on it. Whitewash is by Meg Hawkey of Crabapple Hill, and is just as the name implies.  It is neutral utopia and so beautiful!  It’s calling to my inner harvest and begging me to use it in a Halloweeny way with some of my Happy Mochi Yum Yum.   Thinking I just might have found what I want to make -  my Swoon pattern from Camille!
Whitewash by Meg Hawkey for Lecien
Whitewash by Meg Hawkey for Lecien
Whitewash by Meg Hawkey for Lecien
~Whew. I need a nap!
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Scoodie in The Hoodie

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

Today’s the big day… my project day at camp for Lizzy’s 1001 Peeps Summer Camp! This year I’m making a scoodie (scarf + hoodie) to go along with my last year’s Dragon Slayer Satchel. This year my project is Scoodie in The Hoodie - scarf + hoodie all rolled into one, and fabric can be purchased at Sew,Mama,Sew!  Yardage will yield: one adult 12″ or one large kiddie 10″ and one small 8″ or medium 9″ kiddie sized Scoodie’s. Mix and match.
Scoodie in The Hoodie

1 yard outer fabric
1 yard liner fabric
10″ strip for prairie points

1. Cut six 4″ and six 5″ squares for prairie points. For each square, fold over (wrong sides together) diagonally, and press. Fold over diagonally again, and press. 4″ prairie points are for small and medium kiddie Scoodies, and 5″ prairie points are for adult and large kiddie Scoodies.
Scoodie in The Hoodie

2. Lay out your yardage of outer fabric, fold wrong sides together selvedge to selvedge.
Scoodie in The Hoodie

3. Cutting on the length, cut two 12″ units and two 8″ units. Repeat with liner fabric. *For a kiddie medium size, cut your fabrics in 9″ strips, kiddie large size cut in 10″ strips, so on and so forth, and tell two friends and they’ll tell two friends
Scoodie in The Hoodie

4. Pin two 12″ units at an end (to from one long 2 yard strip). Watch your directional print, and pin rooftops at the top. Repeat with liner fabric, and 8″ units.
Scoodie in The Hoodie
Scoodie in The Hoodie

5. Place 3 prairie points to each end of the strip, and layer outer and liner units, right sides together with the prairie points tucked neatly inside. Pin.
Scoodie in The Hoodie

6. Leave about a 3″ opening (between red and green pins in photo) for turning about an inch from the center seam, and stitch around all four sides.
Scoodie in The Hoodie

Trim corners off, turn and press.
Scoodie in The Hoodie

Fold unit over in half on center, outer side together. Measure the length of the your center seam, and that will be your side seam’s stitching length to form the hoodie.
Scoodie in The Hoodie

Stitch a ⅛” seam from the hoodie’s tip/pointy part to your marked point. Your stitching will also close your turning opening.
Scoodie in The Hoodie

Go forth and live the scoodie life.
Scoodie in The Hoodie

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Sewing hacks: Gift Card Monsters + Giveaway

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

When the nice people at Basic Grey asked me if I was interested in having some fun with their products, and as soon as I spotted these A-freaking-dorable Monster Gift Cards… I think I replied a OHHECKYEAH even before I finished reading the entire email.
Gift Card Monsters

These gift cards holders were screaming to me (one even ingested a fly) to “sew me on to something”.  And funny thing… they said it in robot-voice.
Gift Card Monsters

I thought the monsters cards would be a great “secret pocket” sewn inside a kid’s jacket to hold notes with important or emergency info.  Or keys.   Or money.  Or gum.   Feeding the monster.  Also fun, the monster cards are so great slip-stitched on to the backs of quilts.
Gift Card Monster hacks

Use to put in secret notes - like when your little kiddle goes off to Grandma’s or a sleep-over - and put in a little “I love you” note.
Gift Card Monster hacks

When I give a quilt I’ve made, I usually give instructions like:
- Launder like everyday laundry.
- Do not use fabric softener.
- You better use this quilt and not store it away.  I expect to see stains and wear… signs it’s been loved and used.  Don’t make me come over there and kick your [body-part of choice].  The little monster “pocket” would be perfect to slip the instruction note in to… or just a note, “why yes, this is a quilt made with Kate Spain’s Central Park and Terrain, and backed with my Happy Mochi Yum Yum - and yes… it’s a blog post for another day“.
Gift Card Monster hacks

Here’s the give-away juicy juice:
I’ll draw four winners, one winner for each Monster Gift Card plus a package of Basic Gray buttons with each monster card.  Leave a comment by Saturday 8/27 before the stroke of midnight (11:59 PM PST) to be entered.  I’ll use random.org to pick the four winning numbers.
What would you feed the monster?

August 28, 2011 Edited in:
Winner, winner, monster dinner!  Give-away of the Basic Grey gift card monsters & buttons has now ended - and are all enveloped up and will soon be heading out to the winners! Thank you all for joining in on the give-away! Using random.org for comments 1-335, the winners are:

Edited in:
Winner #1: Comment #65 - Tracy
Winner #2: Comment #161 - Char Billow
Winner #3: Comment #190 - Liz Boswell
Winner #4: Comment #291 - Keri P

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Why I was pee’ing all over myself…

Tuesday, August 9th, 2011

… because of this:

American Patchwork & Quilting October 2011 issue, and it features me. Yes, me! OHH. MMM. GEE… me! Profiled!! I still think they came to my house accidentally, and there’s another Monica out there still waiting for the Better Homes & Gardens crew to show up. PLEASE, rush out a buy this issue before it’s discoved they have the wrong Monica and the issue is recalled!!
American Patchwork and Quilting - October 2011
Oh, and I have a project in it too - Bubble Runner! I’ll let sweet Sarah show it to you - because I’m off to hunt for some towels and a mop.

1001 Peeps Summer Camp!

Friday, June 17th, 2011

Today’s the big day… the 1001 Peeps Summer Camp! kicks off at Sew,Mama,Sew!

Last year I was a camp counselor and did the Dragon Slayer Satchel project for Castle Peeps Summer Camp 2010 - I must have done something right (or didn’t get caught doing something wrong) - Camp Director Lizzy has asked me back for a second year of camp counseling!

This year I’ll be following in the same theme as last year: abode protection apparel. Not to spill too much, but it’ll be something made with 1001 Peeps fabric the little peeps can wear to protect the fortress.

Camp kick-off!
     June 17: Sew,Mama,Sew! Name That Peep + give-away + wish Lizzy a Happy Birthday!
Camp Counselors!
     June 24: Alexia Abegg
     July 1: Lemon Cadet
     July 8: Fat Quarterly
     July 15: Quilt Asylum
     July 22: MrsMcPorkchop
     July 29: Flax and Twine
     August 5: House of A la Mode
     August 12: Make Something
     August 19: Whipstitch
     August 26: Happy Zombie

Last year was so much - and I know this year will be even more fun!

FWQAL - 105 to go!

Monday, June 13th, 2011

I’m up to six blocks on the Farmer’s Wife Quilt-a-Long! I feel like I’m on a roll. Actually, all I want to do is make blocks. We had Chinese food the other night, and I was so hoping my fortune cookie’s fortune was going to read, “You will soon travel to an all expenses paid FWQAL 2 week retreat in the French Alps with all your friends. No need to worry about cooking, working, yardwork, laundry… just have fun and sew, sew, sew“.   (apparently my fantasy fortune cookie fortunes are colossal)

There are things I learn with each block:
1. Use the templates and don’t rely on my math.  The Bat Wing block almost drove me Bat-S crazy - until I used the template and not my (air quotes) math (/air quotes).
Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 5

2.  Learn to STILL not rely on my math - and print out the templates.  For real this time.  I don’t know what I was thinking with Block 6’s math, and some how I goofed. But in keeping with the spirit of the Farmer’s Wives stories in the book (I heart them so), I decided the Farm Wife of the 1920’s would never, ever toss a goof block and used what she had.  Or improvised.  I’ve seen vintage quilts where the quiltmaker has pieced tiny, tiny, tiny pieces just to make one piece for a block - and all the more beautiful the quilt is.
Farmer's Wife Quilt-a-Long - Block 6

For anyone doing the FWQAL who like me hates to waste all the paper printing the templates, I have a somewhat solution by merging as many templates as possible onto one sheet of paper using Photoshop (CS5).  I can not help with Photoshop/give tech help - but… if you have Photoshop and know how to use it, here’s what I did:  I opened a pdf file in photoshop, and then opened a second file.  I dragged template 2 on to file 1… and so on and so forth.  The templates are active and respond like layers.  I saved that file as a PSD, and then printed it.  I’m sure there are other ways and solutions too, but that’s what worked best for me.

Cotton Floss book tour & give-away!

Saturday, June 11th, 2011

I am so excited and so honored to be kicking off the Cotton Floss book tour! Cotton Floss is a brand new stitchery, quilting and sewing book by my dear friend Natalie Lymer of Cinderberry Stitches.  It is freaking amazing!  So cute you’ll be weeping on all your pages.

I’m so thrilled about Cotton Floss - it’s as if Natalie set out to create everything in the book just for me. Natalie has some other great news, but I’ll let my new sister share that.

This is Natalie.  ISNT SHE CUTE!  And look at her adorable space where she gives birth to all that cuteness (like Flat Nat - who traveled to me all the way from Australia and now makes her home in my studio!).

Shroomy love - I’m soooo going to make those!

There’s sooo much stuff in Cotton Floss that I want to make, and so many more of Natalie’s beautiful photos I want to show… but I have to not be greedy and let the others on the blog tour be able to use them, too. And the others tour members are like a stitch-n-laugh sleep-over dream team! Seriously, I want to have a slumber party with all of them!!

Cotton Floss International Dream Team tour dates:
Sunday 6/12    Me!
Monday 6/13    Amanda
Tuesday 6/14    Pam
Wednesday 6/15    Sarah
Thursday 6/16   Krista
Friday 6/17    Bari (Bari and I are in cahoots!)
Saturday 6/18    Shari
Sunday 6/19    Paige

Here are some of my pics… I just did a little 4″ finished block with one of Natalie’s drawings from the book, and surrounded it with 2″ finished squares. I think Flat Nat is eying it as a quilt for her - and it’s just her size.  A little bit of Happy Mochi Yum Yum
Cotton Floss by Natalie Lymer

Some Lecien COSMO floss (which is like cotton butter) and Flat Nat’s needlebook
Cotton Floss by Natalie Lymer

and finally some stitching in the truck while Hub’s was driving - and not finishing it because it got dark. (Dear Oregon, more street lights, please).
Cotton Floss by Natalie Lymer

And finally the giveaway! Natalie so kindly gave me a copy of Cotton Floss to give to one lucky winner. I thought I’d throw in a little charm pack of Happy Mochi Yum Yum in case the winner wants to make a Flat Nat quilt too (maybe there’s someone small and flat in their life, too).
Cotton Floss by Natalie Lymer
To enter, please leave a comment by noon Thursday (PST) on 6/16, and I’ll have random.org draw a number/winner!

♥ About Flat Nat
♥ Buy Natalie’s patterns & goodies
♥ Buy/Order Cotton Floss

June 16, 2011 Edited in:
Winner, winner, Cotton Floss dinner!  Give-away has now ended.  Thank you all for joining in on the give-away! Using random.org for comments 1-473, the winner is:

Comment #347 - Nichole!

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