5 saturday stash.

4.12.2014

I've got some pretty fabric and yarn to share with you today!  This beautiful stack of Eloise Renouf's newest collection for Cloud 9 called Shape of Spring came in this past week for a new project.  It will be available in stores in May.

I made a trip to the yarn store today and couldn't resist a few new skeins!  I love this Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk, it's so soft!

I've been eyeing this pretty Prism Merino Mia in Arroyo for awhile and finally bought some!  Not sure what it will become just yet but I really like the colors.

I've made some sock progress lately and finished the heels on this pair during my knitting class today.

I finished my first sock last week too on my Van Dyke socks!  I spent most of last night working on the second one.  It was a wild Friday night! :)

Hope to get some sewing done tonight so I have some things to share with you next week! Hope you're all having a nice weekend!

9 around here.

4.09.2014

I've been working hard this week on a few projects that are making my sewing room a total mess.  Thankfully fabric is pretty whether it's stacked up nicely or just thrown in a pile, and it's definitely the latter in here right now.











I'm in that stage where everything is half done.  Kind of frustrating because I am craving a finish!  Hopefully soon I'll have some actual projects to show here!

244 Giveaway from Discover Fabric: Pattern Dancers Bundle.

4.04.2014

I can't believe it's already Friday!  We are getting hit with yet another snowstorm today.  I am so over winter!  Today I want to introduce you to a brand new sponsor, Discover Fabric!

Discover Fabric is a new online fabric shop that opened in 2013.  They are a small but growing business dedicated to supplying the needs of quilters, crafters, and sewing enthusiasts. Their goal is to delight customers with colorful modern fabrics that inspire creative sewing projects. They offer designer quality fabrics, sewing patterns, books, threads, organic fabric,  organic cotton batting and many other sewing supplies. All fabrics are high quality quilting cottons perfect for quilts, apparel, and crafts.  They are continuing to add new fabric lines with lots of new designer lines on order that will be arriving over the next months.  Their fabrics are by companies/designers you know and love such as Camelot Fabrics, Riley Blake Designs, Blend Fabrics, Clothworks, Michael Miller, Henry Glass, Robert Kaufman, Marcus Brothers, Quilting Treasures and more on the way.  

You can follow Discover Fabrics on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+.  You can sign up for their mailing list here.

Here are a few things in the shop that caught my eye.

Blown Away by Josephine Kimberling.  Those hot air balloons and clouds are too cute and perfect for a baby quilt!

Andrea Victoria in Fuschia.  That Wishing Flower print is one of my favorites!

Pattern Dancers by Michael Miller.  I love a good rainbow!

Today's giveaway is for 1 yard of each of the five Pattern Dancers by Michael Miller prints above!  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post.  Followers get an extra entry by leaving an additional comment.  Please make sure to leave your email address so I can contact you!  I'll choose a winner on Monday (4/7).

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

Thanks Discover Fabrics for the generous giveaway and for supporting my blog!  Thank you all for supporting my sponsors!  Have a nice weekend!

7 Obsessed with Yarn Dyeing.

4.01.2014

Jeni came to visit this past weekend and we had such a fun time just hanging out, chatting, and working on some sewing projects.  We went thrifting, yarn shopping, and visited the alpacas too!
 We did some knitting at the yarn shop and bonded over our love of purple!
 I think the highlight of the weekend for both of us was dyeing our own yarn!
We used the book Hand Dyeing Yarn & Fleece by Gail Callahan, which I do recommend picking up if you're interested in trying this!  We dyed MCN High Twist Fingering Weight Yarn using Jacquard Acid Dyes.  We ended up dyeing two skeins each, deciding after the first one that we just had to do it again!  We probably would have done even more if it would have dried faster, as we didn't want Jeni to have to take home wet yarn!  Wet wool really doesn't smell very good.  This was the perfect project for the two of us, as we both really love playing with color.  Jeni was smart and dyed some versatile color schemes -- all different shades of gray and another with gray, black, and purple.  They are going to make some amazing shawls!
I went a bit crazy with my colors and made a purple, coral, neon yellow, gray and black skein first, and then a coral, teal, gray, and cream skein.  What I am going to do with all this bright yarn?  I have no idea.  I am honestly just happy to hang them up as-is in my sewing room and call them finished projects :)


We both decided we're hooked on yarn dyeing now and have plans to do it again this summer.  I'm guessing this isn't the last of the yarn you'll see from either of us, it's really fun planning out and mixing colors and so satisfying to see the finished product wrapped up in a skein!
I love getting together with friends for sewing weekends, and wish I could do it more often!  I think Jackson found a new favorite friend, and thankfully Jeni was very tolerant of my high maintenance pup :)
I'm already looking forward to my next sewing retreat now!  June can't come soon enough!

259 Giveaway from Quilt Sandwich: Spring Bundle.

3.28.2014

It's finally Friday!  It's been a busy week.  I'm really excited because my friend Jeni is coming to visit today!  We've got a weekend full of projects planning, including some yarn dyeing!  Hopefully I'll have some things to share with you next week. :)

Today's giveaway is sponsored by Quilt Sandwich, an awesome online fabric store run by two fabric-obsessed sisters, Becca and Kris.  They've both been quilting for over 15 years!  The shop specializes in modern and contemporary fabrics from well known designers and stocks a ton of great prints.  You can follow Quilt Sandwich on Facebook, TwitterPinterest or the blog to keep up with what's happening in the shop.

Quilt Sandwich is giving away a beautiful spring bundle today, including 1 yard of this gorgeous floral from Alexander Henry (called Flores de Coyoacan from Folklorico) plus 4 half yard cuts of these Makower polka dots!  I think these would make an awesome quilt, pillow, or table runner to bring a little color inside for spring!
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post!  Tell me what your favorite color combination is at the moment.  I'm looking for some new combinations to dye some yarn!  Followers get an extra entry by leaving an additional comment.  Please make sure to leave your email address so I can contact you!  I will choose a winner on Monday (3/31).

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

Thanks Quilt Sandwich for the great giveaway!  Hope you all have a nice weekend!

6 New Items in the Shop!

3.21.2014

I'm really excited to share a little project I've been working on lately!  I've decided to make a few new items for my shop.  I've been on the hunt for a pretty knitting gauge and thread organizer.  I wanted something modern and also something that would look pretty in photos if I'm using it with my projects.  Call me superficial but beautiful things are important to me! :)  Anyway, I have a few different items in the works, but the first ones just came back and I am in love!

First up, a pretty little knitting gauge!
The knitting gauge is engraved with "i heart knitting" and a little heart.  It has needle sizes 0-17, along with a ruler to check gauge on your swatches.

Next, a thread organizer and needle minder to keep track of all your embroidery floss and needle during your stitching projects!
Great for cross stitch, embroidery, hand quilting, etc.  Engraved with "i heart stitching" and the same cute heart design.  There are 27 holes to keep your floss colors organized, and a little magnet to keep your needle in place when you're not using it.
Both designs are laser cut and engraved into 1/8" thick walnut.  I think I'll be hand waxing them too to give them a bit of shine.
They are available for pre-order in my shop now!  $14 each, or get both for $25!  They will ship by the end of April at the latest.  I only have US shipping options listed at the moment, but if you're international please send me a message and I will give you a shipping quote!

122 Giveaway from Little Pink Rose: Textures

Good morning!  It's supposed to be spring around here but it's still looking very much like winter unfortunately.  I spent the past few days working non-stop on a new photography website, Holly DeGroot Photography, and I'm glad to be able to give my eyes a little break from staring at my computer this weekend!  TGIF! :)  Today I have a fun giveaway for you from my sponsor Little Pink Rose.

Little Pink Rose is an online fabric store featuring modern fabrics, patterns, notions, and gifts.  You can follow Little Pink Rose on Facebook and Pinterest to hear about the latest collections and sales going on in the shop, and check out Marcia's blog for some pretty quilts!  Marcia has a sale going on this weekend on her newest fabric lines, so make sure to check it out!  Use the code "BIJOULOVELY20" at checkout to get an additional 20% off this weekend too! (expires 3/24)

Today Little Pink Rose is offering up a pretty Textures FQ bundle plus one yard panel to one of you!
To enter, simply leave a comment on this post.  You can get an extra entry by signing up for the LPQ newsletter here (on the left).  Please make sure to leave an email address so I can contact you.  I'll choose a winner on Monday (3/24).

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

Thank you Little Pink Rose for the giveaway and thank you all for supporting my sponsors!  Hope you all have a nice weekend!
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