Friday, March 22, 2013

PB&J Giveaway Winner!

Hey ya'll! So I am a total dope and forgot to announce the winner of the PB&J fat quarter bundle during my last post (I'm blaming it on sleep deprivation)! Here we go - the winner is...

Congratulations Amy! Please send me an email with your address and the lovely people at Fat Quarter Shop will send your bundle out! To everyone else: If you haven't stopped by Amy's blog, The Needled Fig, I highly recommend you do - she makes cute things!

Also, I just wanted to say thank you so much to those people who left comments on my last post with suggestions on how to work around my new schedule and get some crafting done. There are some really great tips there and if anyone else has any ideas please feel free to leave a comment on that post too!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Be bold, be bold, and everywhere be bold. -Herbert Spencer

Hey y'all! So I'm still settling in at my new job and getting used to my new schedule (the time change helped nothing here!) and I've been having a really hard time fitting crafting into my life right now. With the travel to and from work I'm out of the house for 10 to 11 hours a day and frankly, I am just exhausted by the end of it. It's been really not fun, and I know that it will become easier once I get used to it again, but does anyone have any suggestions in the mean time? How do you fit crafting into your already full life?

I did manage to get a bit of sewing done on Saturday since I needed to finish a birthday present for my friend Kim. I decided to make her a pillow and thought that it would be an excellent chance to try making some X and + blocks which have been all over Instagram lately.

The finished pillow was made to fit an 18" square pillow form so I made 4 blocks (which finish at 7.5") and then added a border. The pillow has an envelope back and I used my Not Your Traditional Log Cabin Pillow tutorial from Sew, Mama, Sew to figure out all of my measurements. Since I wasn't quilting the pillow front this time around I added a piece of canvas the same size to give it a little more stability and to cover up the patchwork seams on the inside.

I used a bunch of different fabrics for this one and I just love the look! For the background of each block I used either the grey or white "sewing guide" print from Mama Said Sew; the added border around the blocks is black & white Sketch.

Most of the printed fabrics come from scrap bags I bought at The Workroom - I have blues, purples, and yellows (I also have greys but I didn't use any here). And I love how scrappy and fun it is! For the squares at the bottoms, tops, and sides of each plus I used a black and white print to set off the colours and bring everything together. I'm pretty happy with the way it turned out and I think Kim is too!

I've got a couple of other backlogged projects to share but I'll wait for another blog post. But seriously, if anyone has any suggestions for crafting with limited time or for getting used to a new schedule, let me know!

Monday, March 4, 2013

It's Giveaway Time - BasicGrey's PB&J!

Hey y'all! Once again, the lovely folks over at Fat Quarter Shop and I are teaming up to bring you a lovely giveaway! Oh yes, it is nice...

This time around we're giving away a fat quarter bundle of BasicGrey's brand new PB&J! This line is so new that only the pre-cuts are available so far (but the yardage should be available nearer the end of this month). I'm really loving the colours in this collection - very sophisticated, yet still fun, and the prints are great! I want the whole collection, but I definitely want reams of that white-ish grunge - I think it would make a fabulous background choice for a quilt I have in mind.

Yep, so pretty and yummy!

Okay, so I guess you want to know how to enter, right? You have two chances but please be sure to leave separate comments for each entry. Here's what you've got to do:

1. Leave a comment letting my know which item (fabric, pattern, bundle, etc)
is your favourite from FQS' Coming Soon page.

2. Leave another comment if you are a follower of my blog.

That's it! Two easy-peasy ways to enter! I will close the comments in a week (on March 11th) and announce the winner here on the blog. International entries are, as always, welcome! Also, please remember that I have comment moderation enabled so if you don't see your comment right away it just means that I haven't had the chance to approve it yet (duplicate comments will be deleted).

*the giveaway is now closed*