Monday, November 28, 2011

winner, winner, chicken dinner

Here's the winners of the free Betty patterns:

Kathy said...

I think it's called Betty because Betty is one of my all-time favorite names that is fun to say. Remember on Lavern & Shirley when Lavern got on the loud speaker when they were working in a kitchen (I think) and kept calling Shirley, "Betty please... Betty please... Boy that's really a longshot to get that one right. But it was a fun memory.

Dollwood Farms said...

because the fabrics look to be from the 50's and Betty was a popular name? lol IDK. :)

and here's the winner of the 7 American Jane Fairy Tale Friends layer cake squares:
Patticakes said...

Love this bag and would LOVE to win your giveaway! Thanks for the opportunity!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Posted... and a giveaway!

I am so excited to tell you that my 4th pattern has posted today at Moda Bake Shop!

This time it's a tote bag, and it's been great to take to the library and everywhere else my girls and I have gone in the last month.  It's a really quick pattern, and I very much enjoyed putting it together.

I was working with the American Jane Fairy Tale Friends line, and it's so cute.  And I'm sharing.
Would you like to win this stack of 7 layer cake squares?  It's enough squares to make a tote bag, but you'll need to purchase yardage for the lining and handles and sashing.    Details on how to enter below...

I have another announcement!  I'm very excited about this too:

I have fabric in my etsy shop.  and it's cute.
It's Daisy Cottage by Riley Blake.  I have a giveaway for it too... so after you enter my layer cake giveaway, click here to enter the other one!

So to enter my giveaway for the 7 layer cake squares:
1.  Leave a comment telling me who you're going to make a bag for using them.  That's one entry.
2.  Want a second entry?  Become a follower or tell me that you already are one.  Just leave another comment for that second entry.

Best of luck!  I'll choose a winner on Tuesday November 15.  Be sure that I have a way to contact you if you win.

And don't forget to click over to my other giveaway...

Friday, November 11, 2011

Pattern giveaway

my exciting news.....  

new stock in my etsy store!
It's Daisy Cottage by Riley Blake.

I have fat quarter bundles.

And I have a quilt pattern in the store that I have written specifically for this fabric.  
It's easy.  It's quick.  It's fun!
Finished size is 50" x 65".

What a deal!

I also have yardage available.  Don't you love the chandeliers?  And the top print.  I can just picture an apron made out of it......

 Anyways, I have a giveaway.  I'm giving away 2 copies of the pattern!  

To enter:
1.  Take a guess at why it's called Betty.  Just for fun.  That's one entry.
2.  For an additional entry, become a follower or already be a follower. And tell me in a second comment.
3.  Want one more entry?  Blog about it.  And leave another comment with your blog post address.

Please be sure that I have a way to contact you.  If you are a no-reply blogger, then please leave an e-mail address so I can find you.

I'll choose 2 winners on Tuesday November 15.  Best of luck!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Spider Progress

I decided a while back to start a spider selvage quilt.
{I'm not sure what I was thinking... I'm never going to have enough selvages to finish this!}
But I really, really like it.  I'm enjoying working on it little by little.  It's my go-to project when I'm stressed and just want to work on something for a while.
Here's how many I have so far.   Each block is 8.5" square.  I'm using Bonnie Hunter's method.

I'm using selvages with about 3/4 of an inch of the fabric on it.  If you have any selvages you'd be willing to donate to the cause, please let me know!  I'd be glad to send you some (selvageless) fabric in return.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Leaf banner -- fun project with kids!

I did a fun project with my kids today, and it was so fun that I wanted to share it so you can do it too.

Now here 's my criteria for a really fun project:
entertaining for at least an hour
kids learn something
accessible for a wide range of ages

And I have to tell you that this one hit all the marks!

For this project you will need:
a package of coffee filters
washable markers
drying rack
water sprayer (old windex bottle or similar)
needle and thread

 Buy yourself some coffee filters.  Get them for cheap at the dollar store.
 Iron them flat.  You can do 8 or 9 at a time.
 Cut them into leaf shapes, again 8 or 9 at a time.
 I made 2 different shapes.  I was going for a regular leaf and an oak leaf.  My kids called them hearts and stars.  oh well.
 Let the kids color on them with WASHABLE markers in fall leaf colors.  (If they are not washable, they won't work)
 Get a water sprayer (like an old windex bottle) and spritz them.  Better yet, let your kids spritz them.
 When they get wet, the colors will run together like a watercolor.
 Hang them up to dry.  Be warned, this is messy.  They drip.  But it's washable marker, so if you do it on tile, it will wipe clean easily.
They turn out pretty!
 Here's an example of how the spritzing changes them from this....
 to this!
 Once they are dry, thread a needle and run it through the stem part of each leaf.
and you will have a beautiful fall leaf garland!
My daughter enjoyed it so much that she drew a heart on on our hands "because we did a good job."

Huppah and more shoe clips

Last week I posted about this quilt that I made as a wedding present, and I wanted to show you a picture from the wedding:
This is the huppah with both tallits (prayer shawls) draped on it.  I constructed the huppah canopy (from an IKEA sheet!), which was fun.  And it didn't fall on anyone, so that's good.  
It was a beautiful wedding.  
They loved the quilt.  
The bride asked me to show it to her 93-year-old grandmother, whose late husband's prayer shawl hangs on the right side.  That was awesome.

Had another set of shoe clips to show you.  
My mom went with me to both the wedding and Quilt Market, and she asked me to make her some shoe clips too.  (Here's mine if you haven't seen them)

So here's mom's shoes with the clips.  Just a simple bow with a pair of earrings destroyed to make the center stone.  Very easy, but very cute.
Here's the back.  I see more shoe clips in my future.....

If you arrived here by searching for how to construct a huppah, e-mail me and I'll be glad to help you out.