Thursday, February 14, 2013

Valentine's Day Swap

Happy Valentine's Day!!
This month, I had fun participating in a Valentine's Day swap hosted by Sew Caroline and Rags to Stitches.
I was paired up with Beth, from Acres of Desire. Her blog is so fun to read and she takes some amazing pictures! She is so creative too. Look how she decorated the package she sent me:
It was too pretty to open at first! The inside had a nice surprise too:
Bright colored tissue paper!
Beth sent me a mug, chocolate candy, and a giftcard to Joann's! She is so sweet!
Thank you so much, Beth!!!  

Monday, February 11, 2013

Giveaway Winner!

It's time to announce the winner of my giveaway for Sew Grateful Week! It was so fun finding new blogs to read, and reflecting on what sewing and and the online sewing community mean to me.

Now for the winner, selected by
 The winner is Jill, who blogs over at Laugh, But Not Loudly. Congratulations Jill!!! You will be getting an email from me shortly.

Thank you everyone for entering!!


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Sew Grateful Week - Day 3

Today is the third day of Sew Grateful Week and it is all about sharing a tutorial, pattern or resource. I have decided to share some of my favorite sewing tutorials.

First up is Kay Whitt's invisible zipper tutorial. She shows you step-by-step how to insert an invisible zipper with a regular zipper foot. I refer to it every time I need to put an invisible zipper in a skirt or dress and invisible zippers don't scare me anymore!
Here is another invisible zipper tutorial using a regular zipper foot, from St. Gemma's Art and Needlework. I find it helpful to use both this tutorial and Kay Whitt's tutorial when I'm putting an invisible zipper in. The extra pictures and clear instructions are so nice to have.
This Pleated Knot Tunic from Me Sew Crazy is on my sewing to do list. I've been wanting to make some knit tops for spring/summer and I think this would be perfect.
This "I Spy" Game is also on my to do list, from The Cottage Home. It would be the perfect way to use up scraps and I know my younger siblings would have fun with it.

Here's another great tutorial for a knit top! This one is from Melly Sews and she even provides you with a free pattern to make it and detailed instructions for the collar.
This Bubble Skirt from EmmylouBeeDoo is so simple and cute! In the tutorial, she shows you how to make a size 2T, but she also provides instructions for how to adjust for any size! I have even made one for myself.

This Shirt Skirt is made from a T-Shirt and you don't have to hem because you just cut off the top part of the shirt. The waist is made by using elastic thread and shirring. The tutorial is from Sew Like My Mom, and it's something I've been wanting to try.
These hats are so adorable and fun to make. I have made one for my little brother. There is also a girl version that I have made for my little sister.
This tutorial from icandy looks like a great resource for making a basic tee. I just need to find myself some knit fabric.
This is a cute little clutch from Blue Susan Makes. I made some Christmas presents using this tutorial and it was very easy and straightforward. It's a good scrap busting project too, because the pieces aren't too big.
Well, I hope you enjoyed this little roundup of tutorials! Be sure to check out the other posts on tutorials and resources over at My Happy Sewing Place.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Sew Grateful - Reflection

My journey with sewing started when I was 11 years old. I was in 4-H and there was a local mom and quilter that wanted to teach those interested the art of quilting. I had never touched a sewing machine before, my mom didn't sew at the time and we thought it sounded like a lot of fun.

We started out learning the basics of quilting and we would meet up every week or so, to work on our projects. The very first quilt we made was a wall hanging with 2 inch squares. It was so frustrating because the squares were so hard to match up! I still have my quilt and although it looks terrible, it shows how far I have come since then (it also explains why to this day I like making the quilts where you don't have to match the squares!). I am so grateful for the enthusiasm the local quilter/mom brought to these meetings because some of it rubbed off on me and I kept sewing.

About a year later, I got interested in sewing clothes. My friend's mom sewed, so we got together and had  a sewing day making simple A-line elastic waist skirts. I entered that skirt in the fair that year and every year after that I was in the clothing project. Last year was my final year of being in 4-H. I took the challenge and made my first dress. It has been an amazing experience. I am so grateful for the opportunity I had to learn to sew through 4-H because without that opportunity I don't think I would be sewing today.

Somewhere down the road, I discovered sewing blogs and I was inspired to start my own blog. My first experience with blogging didn't last. Then, about a year ago, I started this blog to have a place to share my sewing projects and have been posting as much as I can. I am so grateful for everyone who takes the time to read my blog. Every comment makes me smile and keep going.

The online sewing community is so wonderful. Everyone is so encouraging, helpful, and friendly. We connect because of one common interest: sewing. I am grateful for the inspiration from other bloggers and the opportunity to share with each other.


Monday, February 4, 2013

Sew Grateful Week Giveaway {Closed}

EDIT: Thank you to everyone for participating! The winner has been chosen and it is Jill!
When I heard about Sew Grateful Week, I thought it sounded like a wonderful idea, so I decided to participate. Debi, of My Happy Sewing Place started this event in 2011 and it's an opportunity to give back and express gratitude to the online sewing community. I have been blogging for almost a year and I am always amazed at the response I get from the sewing/blogging community. Everyone is so encouraging and kind! It's so great being able to connect with others who share my love of sewing even though we're hundreds of miles apart!
Today's activity for Sew Grateful week is a giveaway! A giveaway is a great way to start a week of gratitude off! I decided to give fabric away.
Here's what's up for grabs:

One winner will get both pieces of fabric. I don't know the exact amount but they are both at least 1.5 yards. The one on the left is probably even 2 yards. The one on the right does have a piece cut out of it, but there is still a lot there.

To enter the giveaway:

  • Leave a comment telling me what you are sew grateful for.
  • For an extra entry, follow my blog and comment saying you did so.
  • Giveaway is open until February 10th at 7pm CST. 
  • Open Worldwide 
  • Also, make sure there's a way for me to contact you if you win.