259 Giveaway from Fabric Spark: FQ Bundle

7.18.2014

Happy Friday! It has been yet another busy week here, I hope you all had a good one!

Today I'd like to introduce you all to a new sponsor of mine, Fabric Spark! It's a shop based in Canada, and is all about loving fabric and seeing it as inspiration. The owner Daryl is super sweet and buys what she loves, which usually means she wants to make something each time new fabric arrives in the shop!
Fabric Spark has a great selection of fabric, with lots of prints we all know and love, and some really awesome prints that are a little less common.  Here are a few of my favorites that I hadn't seen before!

Fabric Spark is having a summer sale this week, with 25% off any purchase of $50 or more until midnight on Saturday using the code "Summer Sale"!  Make sure you check it out.

I had the opportunity to curate a bundle for the Fabric Spark shop recently, which was fun!  You can find it here.  I love those Dreamin' Vintage prints mixed in with some really graphic blenders!  Today Daryl is offering the chance for one of you to win this exact bundle!  
To enter, simply comment on this post.  As usual, followers get an extra entry by leaving an additional comment.  If you follow Fabric Spark on any social media (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter) you can also get another extra entry.  Please make sure to leave an email address so I can contact you!  I'll choose a winner on Monday, 7/21.

Update: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to our winner, Ronnie!

Thanks so much to Fabric Spark for sponsoring my blog, and to all of you for supporting my sponsors!  Hope you have a great weekend!

6 Brambleberry Ridge.

7.14.2014

It's been quiet around here lately as I have been trying to balance work, sewing, and photography.  It's the busy season for senior portraits, which is really fun, but that means less time to do other things.  I just finished my last big deadline sewing project for a little while, so now it's time for some fun!  I'm going to cut into Violet Craft's new line, Brambleberry Ridge this week and do some simple sewing.  I wanted to share some photos of the fabric first though, because it's just so pretty!
Coral, Mint, Lilac and Taupe, with lots of metallic gold accents.  I'm sure you all know by now how much I love these colors!
This collection has a good mix of prints, including deer, lace, plaids, dainty florals and triangles.  Plus more of those birds I just can't seem to get enough of.

Here it is all stacked up!  Isn't it gorgeous?
I was lucky enough to get some advanced yardage from Violet and the team at Michael Miller Fabrics.  I'll be sharing more about my project later this week over on their blog.

Brambleberry Ridge is in shops now and can be found at Fat Quarter ShopStash Fabrics and Bobbie Lou Fabric Factory.

5 Hand Dyed Yarn Love.

6.26.2014

I wanted to share the yarn that I dyed during the sewing retreat in a little more detail today!  I spent the whole afternoon and evening one day teaching Jacey and Deedee how to do it and then dyeing some of my own yarn.  It was a long day and our backs were sore when we were finished but it was really fun!

Here are all the skeins I dyed.  I didn't branch out much as far as colors were concerned, so they all kind of go together.
 


This skein of fingering weight MCN ended up being my favorite.  I copied one of the color schemes Deedee had come up with, and added some hot pink to make it my own!
This one is a mix of spruce, teal and seafoam.  It's not as exciting as some of the others but probably more practical :)
I love indigo and hot pink together, so I added those to this DK MCN along with some light gray and a spot of mottled color.  I'm really happy with this one too!
I was trying to channel my inner knottygnome for this one.  Her Electric Youth handspun yarn is so awesome, so I tried to use similar colors here.  It's really bright, but still not as cool as the handspun!
This is actually two skeins of DK MCN, which I dyed in an indigo bath that seemed to be a little defective!  It's not the deep indigo color I had hoped for (Jeni just dyed some this past week that turned out great!) but I do still like the muted blue color.
The dye process went much faster this time since I brought along an old microwave for us to use (you can't use it for food once you use it for yarn!).  It would've taken us forever to steam all of the yarn in a pot!  I am still totally in love with yarn dyeing, so it was definitely worth the microwave sacrifice.  Can't wait to do it again soon!

11 Chalet Sewing Retreat.

6.25.2014

I was able to get together with a few close friends a few weekends ago for our annual sewing retreat.  Though we did not actually stay in a chalet this year, we opted to call it the same thing.  We stayed at a farmhouse in New Glarus, WI, and it even had a barn quilt!  
There was lots of chatting, eating, and of course sewing.  It's so nice to spend time with friends doing something you all love!  I started working on a new quilt using some Cotton + Steel basics!



Anna ended up taking these pretty trimmings home to share with the birds.  I want to see these woven into a nest!
We also dyed a ton of fabric and yarn while we were there!  It's nice to be able to do these types of things outside, as they can get a little messy!
Here are the fabrics I dyed, some using Jacquard fabric dyes, and some using indigo.  I just love the colors we ended up with!
 I had to take some photos of them with the peonies, they were meant to be together!
We also dyed a bunch of yarn, which is always so fun!  I love being about to experiment with color combinations.


I also took a ton of photos while I was there.  Here are just a few!  The flowers were beautiful there.








Here are the quilt tops that got finished while we were there.  Good job Deedee, Jacey, and Jeni for being productive! :)










 
And lastly, just few photos of the group.  I miss these girls so much already and can't wait until next year!
 Amanda and Jacey

 Jeni and Deedee

 Jacey and Deedee taking a selfie! :)

 Jacey and Deedee

The whole group!  Deedee, Amanda, Jacey, me, Jeni and Anna
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