Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Winner winner chicken dinner

Thanks so much for all of your sweet comments about my quilt. It was a fun one to make and I love the way it turned out. Sounds like everyone has some great summer sewing projects under way. Can't wait to get started on my next quilt here as well!

Via random number generator, the winner was #113 - GranChris. Hope you love 10 square of Botanics Chris and that you love sewing with Carolyn's lovely fabrics as much as I did!

I promise to try not to be such a stranger here! Happy summer sewing everyone~

Friday, May 30, 2014

For the love of Architextures and Botanics - And a giveaway!

I know everyone has a design crush. And I have one on Carolyn Friedlander. I've been hoarding my stash of Architextures and Botanics, as well as a healthy bunch of Robert Kaufman's Yard Dyed Essex Linen and waiting for the perfect quilt design to come to me. And it finally did.

Made this lovely a few weeks ago for a special someone and am absolutely delighted with how it turned out. And the stripey bottom of the quilt just seemed like the perfect finish.


The lovely ladies at Over the Top Quilting quilted it for me with big loops and I have to say I am simply in love with the way it turned out.

I love Carolyn's color choices and her designs are simply just so delicious, aren't they? And to top it off, she's simply a genuinely really nice lady that I really admire. It's been such a treat to get to work with her designs. And she has a new book coming in a few short weeks, Savor Each Stitch, that I can't wait to get my hands on!

I can hardly believe that its been so many months since I've posted here!! Been busy with other projects, but have been working to make more time to design new fabric patterns of my own and to find time to enjoy some sewing. There just never seem to be enough hours in the day and I'm finding that the creative side of my brain has been slow to turn on these days. That means it can be hard to design some days, so am finding that for me, its just better to wait until inspiration strikes. Lately my mind has just been on other wonderful things!! But I have been able to sit down and design a few new fabric designs lately that I'm pretty excited about. And that feels really great! Hopefully I'll have some new collections soon. Cross your fingers for me? :)

Back to my design crush!! My fabulous family at Robert Kaufman provided me with a 10 square of Botanics to share with you! Just leave me a comment here before EOD next Wednesday 6/4. Would love to hear what's inspiring you these days or what your summer sewing plans are!

Oh, and a little birdie at Robert Kaufman let me in on the news that they are reprinting a few of the prints from Architextures, so get ready to stock up on ledger (AFR13501-2 and (AFR13501-184) and the text (AFR-13502-15  and AFR-13502-12). They start shipping next month!! Make some room in your stash :)

Fiona admiring the quilting and perfecting her photo bomb techniques

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Book and fabric giveaway at Spoonflower!

First...How can it be that two months have passed since my last post?!? I think I've been using Instagram a bunch! (I'm lauriewis over there...)

And second and more importantly, the team over at Spoonflower is giving away a copy of my first book, Mastering the Art of Fabric Printing and Design! Hop over there to enter to win.

As part of their giveaway, they asked me to curate a bundle of 10 fabrics and they're including the bundle along with my book. Needless to say, it took me hours of pleasurably spent time to narrow my selection to just 10. So many amazing designs from so many talented designers to choose from!

Oh, and the bundle will also available for purchase in the Spoonflower Marketplace. Can't wait to order this bundle of loveliness!

I've been working on some new fabric designs here (yay!) and trying to squeeze in more time for sewing. I'll have to find the perfect project for these 10 lovely fat quarters. The Spoonflower giveaway goes through February 18, so make sure you visit their blog and enter to win. 

Wishing everyone a love-filled Valentine's day!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

SALE!! Holiday Pillow Panels

So you still have a few gifts on your list? And need a quick hand made project? How about a pillow panel? Just add some trim and a simple backing and voila! Instant holiday smiles.

All Holiday Pillow Panels are 20% off in my store. Quantities are limited and the sale price will only last until they're gone. So hop on over. I can ship within 24 hours of ordering. :)

Sunday, October 13, 2013

NEW Holiday Pillow Panels in the store

Who's ready for the 2013 Holiday Pillow Panels!? This year there are 6 designs and I can't wait to share them with you. I had so much fun with these new critters and hope they'll bring a smile to your face. They're all listed in my Etsy store and will be ready to ship within the next two weeks to give you plenty of time to get your pillows stitched up in time for the holidays.

Bear in Boots

Donkey in Holiday Wellies

Llama in polka dot hat

Llama in striped hat

Kitties with mistletoe

Birdes on Couch

A pile of pom pom pillow covers. 

And my ever present hair sharer. :) And yes, that is my bathtub. 
The light in my master bath is perfect for photohoot Sundays. 

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Giveaway winner!

Thank you so much for all the great ideas for holiday sewing projects! I'll keep today's post short and sweet and am going to dive right into congratulating the giveaway winner!

Via random number generator, lucky #13 mvink has won a copy of Amanda's book, Modern Holiday.
I always sew pj pants. This year I'm going to do up some hot pads and mug rugs! So excited. I love the designs in this book. Thank you for the chance!

Congrats! I hope you really love Amanda's book!

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Modern Holiday Blog Tour and Giveaway

As a fabric designer, it is such an amazing feeling to see your fabric made up into projects that people have put so much love and time into. When Amanda Murphy contacted me last year about possibly using my Brr! collection in a quilt she was working on for her new book, I was absolutely over the moon. And today, I'm happy to be sharing some sneak peeks from Amanda new book Modern Holiday: Deck the Halls with 18 Sewing Projects Quilts, Stockings, Decorations & More

The book is filled with beautiful projects and some really fun embellishing approaches. My favorite is the Brr! quilt... (No shocker there!) but I'm itching to try some of the other projects too. 

The back. Squee!!

The stockings are definitely on my list! I would love to make them up using my new Holiday Sweet Tweets. I'm especially fond of the 1st two stockings and see loads of fun possibilities fussy cutting some chairs and tweets. :)

And now for the giveaway! If you'd like to win a copy of Amanda's book, just leave me a comment here and let me know what your favorite thing to sew is for the holidays. Please leave your comment before Wed morning 7/22/13 and make sure you leave me a way to contact you. (If the winner is from the US, a hard copy of the book will be shipped from Stash publishing and if the winner is international, Stash will email an e-copy.)

To prep for the holidays around here, I'm getting ready to start on some new pillow panels for my Etsy store. Remember these guys? I was thinking of bring them back and I'm hoping for a few fun new designs as well...I'll just have to see how well the creative juices flow! Any requests?!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Sew Pretty Giveaway Winner!

Wow! I am beyond tickled at how excited you are about Sew Pretty! I can't wait to see pictures of all of the sewing machine covers, PJs, sewing kits, quilts and other fabulous stuff you have planned for it. I had a great time reading all of your comments!

Via random number, congrats to lucky #86 Carrie P!
It is such cute fabric. I would make a new sewing machine cover if I were to win and of course the little organizer. thanks for a chance.

Thanks so much Carrie! Your FQs of Sew Pretty and a PDF of the adorable sewing kit pattern from May Chappell will be on their way to you super quick!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Sew Pretty Giveaway....and a super cute little sewing kit pattern!

Who's ready for some new fabric? I'm super excited to share some sneak peek shots of one of two new lines for Robert Kaufman shipping this fall. Meet Sew Pretty! I had so much fun designing this line and hope you're as excited to start sewing with it as I am to see what you make. Sewing machines, pin cushions, scissors, thimbles, buttons, thread, safety pins, tape measurers, buttons... and of course my weapon of choice, the trusty seam ripper!

Thread selvage!

A few weeks ago, I was on Instagram and spied an adorable sewing kit project from Lee over at May Chappell. And I was beyond tickled when she agreed to make up a version of her All Sewn Up sewing kit using my Sew Pretty line. Sew, sew cute, right!? 

Her pattern is available here and she's selling a kit that includes all the supplies you'll need (except fabric) and the pattern. 

Sew... to share the goodness, Lee and I are each giving away a FQ set of Sew Pretty + a copy of her sewing kit pattern. Enter to win here by leaving me a comment before the morning of Monday 7/15/13. I'd love to hear what you'd make with Sew Pretty! As always, international entries are welcome and make sure you leave me a way to contact you. After you leave a comment here, hop over to May Chappell where you can enter to win her giveaway as well. Good luck!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

I went over the edge!

You may remember a few weeks ago, I posted about raising funds for the Central Texas Make A Wish foundation? And that if I could reach my fund raising goal of $1500 that I would be rappelling/abseiling down the side of a 32 story building here in Austin?

Well thanks to the generous support of family and friends, I met my $1500 goal! I was able to be part of a group that helped Make a Wish raise over $324,000 dollars to spay for amazing wish experiences for kids suffering from terminal illness. 100% of the proceeds will be going directly towards funding wishes for these kids (often the last great experience some of these kids get to have) and I'm so touched at the support, words of encouragement and financial support I received. 

If you look closely at the picture above, you can see a tiny little me coming down the side about 1/2 way down the left side of the building? I'm not gonna lie. It was pretty scary! Especially taking that first step over the edge. 

So you're all harnessed in and you step over the safety railing and just sit back into the harness until it takes your weight. I definitely felt a teensy bit insane... That's why the safety railing is there, right!? I kept asking the safety guy "So I let go of the railing now? Now? Are you really sure? Super duper sure?" At least I made everyone on the roof laugh. :)

Oh, and I decided to wear a tutu. It made the kids smile.
You can tell how tightly I'm holding on but that's what sheer glee looks like. :)

Between the adrenaline and the physical effort, it was a bit of a work out. In order to go down you have to squeeze on the brake to let it up and then you just use your feet to sort of bounce/walk down the side of the building. I had visions of being all Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible and very smoothly descending....Not so much. :) I did ok most of the way but ended up getting spun around somehow and couldn't stop giggling. I think that was also about the time I heard my friends on the street below hollering my name (love those people so much) and that got me back on track. It took me just shy of 7 minutes to make it down the 32 stories. The fastest person was 1 minute 3 seconds (zoom!) and the slowest was 21 minutes. Nearly 200 went over the edge over a 2 day event.

Tutu, coming over!

And she's off!

Feeling very Tom Cruise...

And then not so much!

Still spinning! And laughing really hard.

HUGE smile all the way down!

Wahooo!!! I did it!!

Back on terra firma. A glass of champagne and a little curtsy. 

Feeling pretty proud of myself!

Part of my cheering squad

Big hug and kiss to all of you for all of your support!

Photos courtesy of my friend Brian Gray (unless stamped with the MAW logo and those are courtesy of the MAW foundation)