Monday, June 4, 2012

Gifts sent and received etc!

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I've missed you all so much! I apologize for my long absence here once again! I have so many things I want to share, so many to the point I am a bit overwhelmed! Of course I have tons of pincushions pics I want to share, but maybe it wouldn't hurt to talk about something other than log cabin pincushions just to give fresh air to this little blog?

The leafy potholder (or a mug rug?) above was a gift for a friend I whipped up last week. I used Leila's Scrappy Leaf Key Fob pattern that I had purchased a while back. (You can purchase her pattern in her shop!) This pattern has so many possibilities! Have you seen how she made not only some key fobs but also coasters and a potholder by altering the size of the same pattern? So fun! I was especially inspired by her potholder and basically couldn't help myself copying her! It was a lot of fun choosing fabrics for this potholder with the recipient's taste in fabrics in mind. I can't say any more about this gift since it hasn't made its way to her.. ;)


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This is a teeny tiny spool pincushion I made for Tara a while back. It made my heart sing to hear from Penny that Tara liked it so much that it is attached to her sewing machine now. I've made several of these pincushions for gifts but this is the only one I didn't forget to take a photo of.


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Along with the pincushion, I made these for her too; a fabric basket and a scrappy organizer. You probably know the basket pattern (hehe, the tute is here!). The organizer was made using a tutorial, once again, by Leila. (Yep, I admit I am a huge fan of her works!!)


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This too is something I have to make one for myself as well ;)

*Part of Purse Palooza*


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And this is a quilted tote I made for Amy using one of the signature bag patterns in Kumiko Fujita's ABC book. Although this book is out-of-print and is very hard to find, the construction of this tote is quite simple enough for most folks with some bag/purse experience to figure out how to make it pretty easily. I'd like to talk about this bag as a part of Purse Palooza (more about the event in my previous post.) Here are some questions Sara of Sew Sweetness, the lovely host of this fun event, has kindly prepared for us.


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1. What materials are needed to make the bag? What type of interfacing did you use?

    Cotton print, linen, fusible web (for applique), cotton batting, and medium weight interfacing (for handles).

2. What fabrics did you use to make yours?

    Most cotton prints I used for are Japanese fabrics. (Suzuko Koseki, Kumiko Fujita, etc.)

3. Illustrations/Instructions (were the instructions easy to understand? Were there step-by-step photos or graphics? Was anything unclear?)

    It is a Japanese book, so all the instructions are in Japanese, but just like many Japanese craft books, every instruction has at least a few step-by-step graphics that basically explains the flow well.

4. Modifications (what changes did you make to the pattern and why?)

    I enlarged the pattern so that it's good enough for a library tote.

5. Difficulty Level (beginner, confident beginner, intermediate, advanced)

    Maybe confident beginner.

6. Conclusion (any final thoughts about the pattern...did you enjoy it? Would you make it again?)
    I really enjoyed making this bag. Even though I've made this type of quilted totes many times in the past, this instruction called for quite a few things I had never tried before. For example, the way handles are sewn right onto the bag like this. You can see the stitching from the exterior. The short edges of the handles were raw when they are sewn to the bag. The raw edges were then to be covered by some fabric. I hand-stitched this linen tape instead to cover up the raw edges. Another thing new to me was that the lining fabric was used to bind the raw edges inside the bag. Basically, your lining is at the finished size plus extra at two side edges. These extra parts are used to cover up the raw edges inside the bag! Clever!

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I have been terrible at remembering to photograph my hand carved stamps before sending them. Here are three stamps I didn't forget to take a picture. Can you tell I am having so much fun curving stamps?


Lastly, I'd like to share with you some handmade lovelies that made my weeks!

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Oh you know how much I covet them, don't you? Charise has been such a sweet and generous friend who never ceases to stop spoiling me, hehe! Receiving these lovelies finally convinced myself it's the time I got a wall shelf for my craft room to display my favorite small crafted gifts ;)

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Doe is too aweome. Period. I am constantly inspired by all her projects, but lately we had a chat about dolly dresses and I told her how much I'd like some of them to hang up on the wall. And look what I found in the mail! I love them so much I could probably eat them no problem!


Purse Palooza 2012

In case you haven't heard about this event that kicked off today, 
let me share this post put together by Sara of Sew Sweetness
for guest bloggers (Yes, I'll be guest-blogging!)
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Announcing Purse Palooza 2012!!

This is a fun event, which I will be guest posting for in June over at Sew Sweetness to get you sewing a purse for the summer! Here's how it works:

1. Every weekday in June, there will be 2 amazing guest bloggers scheduled to share with you a purse sewing pattern review. The review will contain detailed information about what they thought about the sewing pattern, modifications they made, what kind of interfacing they used, and more! Get inspired!

2. Even more exciting...THERE WILL BE A GIVEAWAY EVERY WEEKDAY IN JUNE! That's right, 20 GIVEAWAYS! Your Giveaway Fairy Godmother is Kim from My Go-Go Life - she has some unbelievable giveaways planned!


3. At the end of the event, you will get a chance to show off your purse in order to win some amazing prizes!

Sara's free tutorial: Caliti Convertible Clutch

Pattern Review Schedule


June 4 - Sara @ Sewsweetness (tutorial: bag interfacing)
              Kim @ My Go-Go Life (Urban Jungle Bag)
June 5 - Meg @ Fashioned by Meg (Anna Maria Horner Art Student Tote)
              Lindsay @ Lindsay Sews (Posie Rosie Little Things Jane Market Bag)
June 6 - Kaelin @ The Plaid Scottie (Oliver + S Day in the Park Backpack)
              Colleen @ The Busy Bean (something from Amy Butler's Style Stitches book)
June 7 - Bree @ My Crafty Crap (Jenna Lou Designs Mabel Bag)
              Ayumi @ Pink Penguin (Signature Bag from Kumiko Fujita)
June 8 - Tamiko @ Patchwork Notes (Hexagon Patchwork Bag from Playful Patchwork)
              Jessica @ A Little Gray (Pat Bravo Verona Bag)
June 11 - Jessica @ Sew Crafty Jess (Amy Butler Spice Market Tote)
                Amy @ amylouwho? (V. and Co. Favorite Bag)
June 12 - Sara @ The Pretty Pickle (Charlie's Aunt Casablanca Clutch)
               Lindsey @ LRStitched (Noodlehead Envelope Clutch)
June 13 - Erin @ 2 More Seconds (Keyka Lou Bucket Bag)
               Caroline @ Sew Can She (V. and Co. Carry All Tote)
June 14 - Ali @ a squared w (bag from I Like Orange Too)
               Rachael @ Imagine Gnats (Jen Giddens Pocket Tote)
June 15 - Holly @ Bijou Lovely (Noodlehead Go Anywhere Bag)
               Katie @ There and Back (Sweet Pea Pocket Purse)
June 18 - Monique @ Sew Fun by Monique (Millie's Market Tote from Happy Home by Jennifer Paganelli)
               Katie @ Swim, Bike, Quilt! (Green Bee Scoop Tote)
June 19 - Jennie @ Clover and Violet (Lunch Bag from Pink Penguin)
               Joanna @ Shape Moth (Emmaline Bag)
June 20 - Jen @ Bettycrockerass (While Baby Naps Metal Clutch)
               Krista @ The Spotted Stone (The Sometimes Crafter Amanda's Knitting Bag)
June 21 - Katy @ The Littlest Thistle (Noodlehead 2-4-1 Tote)
               Terri @ Sew-Fantastic (In Color Order Lined Drawstring Bag)
June 22 - Elizabeth @ Don't Call Me Betsy (Amy Butler Weekender Bag)
               Sarah @ Fairy Face Designs (bag from the Bag Making Bible)
June 25 - Amy @ Sukie Don't You Know Who I Am? (Amy Butler Sophia Bag)
                Heather @ {House} of a la Mode (Retro Mama Granny Bag)
June 26 - Julianna @ Jednoiglec (Charlie's Aunt Kitchen Garden Bag)
               Jeni @ In Color Order (Bari J. State Street Tote)
June 27 - Kerry @ Very Kerry Berry (bag from Suzuko Koseki)
               Michelle @ I Like Orange Too (Left Bank Granny Bag)
June 28 - Kay Whitt @ Sew Serendipity Studio (tutorial: adjustable strap with metal slider)
               Amy Barickman @ Indygo Junction (tutorial: installing grommets/magnetic snaps)
June 29 - Melissa @ Bittersweet Designs (Bella Nonna Boutique Shoulder Bag)


Sara's free tutorial: The Underwater Stripes Bag
Contest Rules


1. Check out all the purse pattern reviews throughout the month and get inspired to sew up a purse of your own!

2. Join the Purse Palooza 2012 Flickr Group.

3. Link up your completed purse to the Flickr Group BETWEEN JUNE 4th and JULY 11th. Your purse must be created and photographed between those dates; purses made prior to June 4, 2012 will be disqualified. The purse may be of your own design, or made from a sewing pattern.

4. You may link up to 2 views of the same purse. More than 2 photos of the same purse will be removed from the group.

5. There is no limit to how many purses you may enter, as long as they were made between June 4th and July 11th, 2012.

Sara's free tutorial: The Urban Jungle Bag

The Prizes


First off, there will be a team of lovely judges that will choose 1st through 6th place. ALSO, 3 randomly chosen winners will be picked out of EVERYONE who completes a bag! Some great chances to win!!

1st Prize

* $50 gift certificate from Fat Quarter Shop         
* 3-pack of books from Martingale Publishing
* $50 gift certificate to Zipit
* $70 Pellon gift pack
* fat quarter bundle and sewing pattern from Art Gallery Fabrics


2nd Prize
* fat quarter bundle and sewing pattern from Art Gallery Fabrics
* 3-pack of books from Martingale Publishing
* fabric bundle from Sew Fresh Fabrics
* $30 gift certificate to Spoonflower

3rd Prize
* fat quarter bundle from Art Gallery Fabrics
* 2-pack of books from Lark Crafts Publishing
* $20 gift certificate to The Quilted Castle

4th Prize
* fat quarter bundle from Art Gallery Fabrics


3 Randomly Chosen Winners
Pink Chalk Fabrics
$20 gift certificate to Pink Chalk Fabrics


The Sponsors


Thank you to all of the lovely and extremely generous sponsors!
Art Gallery Fabrics // Artsy Crafty Babe // Noodlehead // Izzy and Ivy // Serendipity Studio // Martingale & Co. Publishing // Betz White // Sis Boom // Atkinson Designs // Mommy's Thimble // Lila Tueller // Sew Fresh Fabrics // Bari J. // C&T Publishing // Keyka Lou // Clover and Violet // Indygo Junction // Marie-Madeline Studio // Pellon // Pink Chalk Fabrics // Lark Crafts Publishing // The Quilted Castle // Fat Quarter Shop // Craft Apple // iThinkSew // Emmaline Bags // Bag Purse Frames // Zipit // Oliver + S // Ellen Medlock Studio // Charlie's Aunt Patterns // Spoonflower


Grab a button, and let's get this party started!!

Sew Sweetness


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Thank you Sara for allowing us to share this post!