166 RJR Solids Blog Hop & Giveaway

4.18.2014

Happy Friday!  Today is my stop on the RJR Solids Blog Hop!
I'm excited to share these happy pillows I've been working on lately.
I chose to go with a pretty bold color scheme for these, using RJR Cotton Supreme Solids in Hot Pink (217), Rio (331), Tickled Pink (330), Emerald City (329), Putting Green (290), Tiffany Box (291), Pewter (351), Gale Force (282), Black (34) and Optical White (33).  I added in a few prints to give a little extra interest.
Accuquilt had recently sent me a few new dies to try out, which were perfect for this project!  For the triangle pillow, I used the Equilateral Triangle Die with my Accuquilt cutter to cut the triangle shapes.
I used the Clamshell Die to cut the shapes for the clamshell pillow, which saved me a ton of time!
I machine pieced the scallops and then hand appliqued them to the front of the pillow.
I did a bunch of wavy quilting on the clamshell pillow before adding on the top piece.  I used variegated Aurifil thread in 28wt which gave it a really cool texture.
I quilted the triangle pillow in diamond shapes.


I added in some hand quilting with Cosmo metallic gold floss to finish off the clamshell pillow.  I love how it turned out!
Overall I was really happy with the RJR Cotton Supreme Solids.  The hand of the fabric is really nice, somewhere in between Kona Cotton and Cotton Couture or Art Gallery.  Soft, but with a good weight to it, if that makes sense?
Jackson wanted to model with the pillows too!  He always seems to walk through the middle of my photoshoots.  At least this time he sat down!
Then he got tired :)
RJR is giving away a fat quarter bundle of the solids I used in this project!  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post!  I'll choose a winner on Tuesday, 4/22.  The giveaway is open to US and Canada only.  Please make sure to leave an email address so I can contact you!
Make sure to check out the rest of the blog hop on this facebook page!  Lots of pretty things being made with these solids.  You can find RJR Cotton Supreme Solids at Pink Castle Fabrics!

122 Shimmer Blog Hop & Giveaway.

4.17.2014

Welcome to my stop on Jennifer Sampou's Shimmer Blog Hop!

I was really excited when Jennifer asked me to participate.  I love metallic everything, and am thrilled that metallic fabrics are becoming more popular!  Shimmer is Jennifer's latest fabric collection for Robert Kaufman, and all the prints have the prettiest metallic sheen to them!  The colors are really sophisticated too, so I thought they'd be perfect to make some fancy clutches with!
I picked out a few of my favorite prints from the collection and started working on a new clutch pattern, which I am calling the Luxe Clutch!  I wanted to incorporate some asymmetrical shapes to make it a little more interesting, so I experimented with inserting the zippers at several different angles.
I used a gold metallic vinyl on one side of two of the clutches, which really brings out the metallics in the Shimmer fabrics!

Using two different fabrics also makes them reversible, which is pretty fun!
The linings are all Shimmer prints too, and while they are hard to photograph they are really pretty in person!


I am in the process of writing up a Luxe Clutch pattern, which will hopefully be available soon!  I plan to sew up a few more clutches to perfect the shapes, they are fun to make and pretty quick too!
Robert Kaufman is giving away a charm pack of Shimmer today, in case you want to make something with it too!  To enter, simply leave a comment on this post.  I'll choose a winner on Sunday, 4/20.  Please make sure to leave an email address so I can contact you!

Update: This giveaway is now closed.  Congrats to our winner, Tyler!
The blog hop is almost over, but make sure to check out Jennifer's blog tomorrow for the last stop and check out what beautiful projects everyone else has already made on the tour!  Check out the Shimmer Look Book too for even more inspiration!

April 1: Robert Kaufman/Jennifer Sampou
April 2: Janice Ryan – Better off Thread
April 3: Alissa Haight Carlton – Handmade by Alissa
April 4: Julie Herman – JayBird Quilts
April 5: Natalie Barnes – Beyond the Reef
April 6: Stash Books – C&T Publishing
April 7: Amanda Jean Nyberg – Crazy Mom Quilts
April 8: Lee Heinrich – Freshly Pieced
April 9: Cheryl Arkinson – Naptime Quilter
April 10: Christina Cameli – A Few Scraps
April 11: Elizabeth Hartman – Oh Fransson
April 12: Faith Jones – Fresh Lemon Quilts
April 13: Gemma Jackson – Pretty Bobbins
April 14: Katie Blakesley – Swim Bike Quilt
April 15: Amy Smart – Diary of a Quilter
April 16: Laura Nownes, Jennifer Rounds, Pati Fried, Darra Williamson – See How We Sew
April 17: Holly DeGroot – Bijou Lovely
April 18: Jennifer Sampou – Wrap Up

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!
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