Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Holiday Sewing: My Very Favorite Story

Merry Christmas Eve! Just wanted to pop in and share my favorite Christmas sewing story from my holiday season:

For those who haven't caught on, I'm crazy about my cats. I'm a crazy cat lady in her mid 20's. It's bad. I had never had a cat before a little over a year ago, and now I have two fluffballs who are just the cutest. Last year I had taken a leftover stocking to hang for our only cat at the time, Ares. But now we have two cats! Who love to snuggle! And who needed matching stockings.

So, I had been going on and on ad nauseum about Lizzy House's upcoming line Catnap. I kept telling Stephen that it was perfect, but wasn't reaching stores until late December. I was just talking out loud one day when I said I should just email Lizzy House herself. 


I must have been feeling quite loony, because I felt a little ridiculous going to her website to her contact form and sending an email that basically read like this:

"Hi, I must have your fabric for my kitty stockings. Nothing else is acceptable. Please sell me some of your fabric before I can get it in stores. Please don't judge the things I'm willing to do for my cats to have Christmas stockings. Please don't notify the police that a crazy lady is begging for fabric. I promise to name my next kitty after you. Or my first born child. You're fantastic, k thanks bye."

[Some of those are direct sentences taken from the email. You can decide which.]

And wouldn't ya know, Lizzy House was tickled at my email and agreed to send me some Catnap. Seriously guys, she's nice. As far as I know, she didn't put an Internet restraining order on my craziness, but she might have told her friends that she's got a fangirl. And Catnap is so richly colored and the fabric feels great.

This IG photo isn't the best quality - my apologies!

And I have no shame. Because my baby fluffs are going to have matching stockings to tear into tomorrow morning. I do plan on adding their names to the cuffs for next year, but I just ran out of time.

I hope you have a very merry Christmas and open up lots of fabric tomorrow :)

Monday, December 16, 2013

Giveaway winner and the holiday sewing never ends

Hi to all you new followers out there, and hi to all you followers-for-a-while! I updated my SMS Giveaway post with the winner, so please check back in. I do apologize for not replying to everyone's comments - there were a lot of you!

I totally meant to announce the winner over the weekend and then this happened:

So you know, I was a little preoccupied ;) That ornament accompanied the ring, as we swap ornaments with each other every year, so we can build up our stash of meaningful ornaments [see, I stash more than fabric]. I'd say this year became pretty meaningful!

In other less sparkly news, I still have a backlog of some Christmas projects to share, but I think I'll just let the photos do most of the talking:

Munki Munki Christmas pillow - a new FMQ trial - I'm not so much a fan of it. The FMQing, not the pillow. I love the pillow!

Some inspiring geometrics. That turned into this...

An almost-but-not-quite finished advent calendar. I've been sewing on the buttons as I hang the daily ornament. Because you know, sometimes you just lose your steam at the prospect of 24 buttons and making binding. It will all get done in the end :)

I have one Christmas project left to share, and it's probably my favorite story so far, so check back later in the week!

Monday, December 9, 2013

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day! - Giveaway Closed

**This giveaway is closed.**

Congrats to Kathy, from Aspiring Amerliorant, for being winner RNG #30! She's got some little boys of her own, and wouldn't an orange and blue quilt just be perfect for them to share! I have sent her an email, but if I do not hear back from her by Friday 12/20 then I will pick a new winner.

Thank you to all who entered, I had a great time reading everyone's comments.

Ah, the time when Christmas comes a little bit early for some lucky giveaway winners, thanks to Sew Mama Sew's biannual Giveaway Day! Welcome to my little space of the Internets, where I parade my cats, my sewing mistakes, snippets of my life, and occasionally have something finished to share ;)

I've participated in several of these since I've been blogging, and I thought this time around I'd do something a little different!

I'm giving away 150 HSTs in oranges and blues. The solid is Kona White. All the oranges and blues are designer, quilt-shop quality, with a couple Kona solids thrown in, and one Moda Crossweave. The images above are just some of the fabrics in the stack. The HSTs are 4.5" unfinished, and will require trimming. The seams are already pressed open. It's almost half and half between orange and blue, but there are maybe 10 more blue HSTs in the bunch. For those who would want to know, I piece with Gutterman polyester thread.

I'm also throwing in a length of Kona blue [not sure exactly what the shade is, but it's a medium blue] that is just a few inches shy of a full yard. So basically sew those HSTs together, cut up that Kona for some binding or backing, and you almost already have yourself a quilt! :)

The triangles are all left over from my X Marks the Spot quilt earlier this year, and I just don't want to make another quilt from them. They need a new home!

Here's the rules:
This giveaway is open worldwide (U.S. as well as international entries welcome) and will close on December 13th at 5 p.m. PST. I will announce who the random winner is by Sunday, December 15th.

Here's how to enter:
* leave a comment on this post
* to get a second bonus entry let me know that you are my follower, or become one and then let me know

**Please make sure that you have an email address attached to your comment, or I will have to pick a new winner!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Holiday Sewing - Small Projects for Gifting

Whoa. I totally meant to be back here and post more last week. However, I just woke up from my too-much-turkey-and-stuffing-and-shopping coma. 

But I digress.

I finished up my sister's gingerbread pillow before she had to head back home last weekend. I did not finish my own pillow and I didn't make my other sister a pillow. Nor did I take pictures of this finished pillow. Because of that coma. [Don't worry, my older sister got lots of Santa gnomas to make up for her pillow loss.]

Then I decorated for Christmas! I have one sweet and sour fluffmuff kitty who was all up in our Christmas tree jam last year, and then we got another kitten earlier this year. So I wasn't playing any games with those guys. But I LOVE ornaments and decorating, and I wasn't willing to give that up. Enter: our living room ledge. This is the weirdest space and previously held no regular decorations. It's just so...big...

Now it holds awesome paper stars from IKEA, a double garland wrapped in lights by yours truly, a giant empty box wrapped as a present, and a light-up glass present. Plus, ornaments! I have a 2.5 ft real tree that has no ornaments on it as well. Take that cats!

As far as sewing goes, in addition to the decorations that I was making last weekend, I whipped up some quick sachets to send in all the care packages to friends I was mailing out. Because who doesn't need their underoos and socks to smell like a field of lavender?!

All you need is some orphan charm squares, the filling of your choice, and a funnel. And really, the funnel is just optional for your convenience! 

My charm squares are from Seaside by October Afternoon. I looove the line, but I've had the charm pack for quite some time and hadn't used it, so I figured I might as well hop to it. Plus it's a great collection that is cohesive, yet has prints that are masculine-friendly and prints that are very feminine. The back of the sachets are navy Essex linen, which I thought might breathe better to release the scents. My fillings are lavender and cedar shavings. Feminine and masculine ;) I bought both from an Etsy shop, which had excellent service. However, I was so offended by the terrible service I received at the first shop that I approached to purchase the items. Let me just say, the fact that it's online and your customer isn't directly in front of you does not mean you can treat them badly!

Anyways, you sew the charm squares up with a normal 1/4" seam, leaving an opening about an inch, or large enough to put your funnel into. I realized throughout this process that if you're filling your sachets with cedar shavings you might want a larger hole. Clip the corners, turn right-side out and press.

Fill them as much as desired. Hand-stitch the opening closed. My hand-stitching isn't invisible, but hopefully the recipients don't notice.

Gift wrap as desired! [My mom makes those cute little tags, aren't they adorable?!]

Sachets go so quickly assembly line style and are a fantastic item to just have on hand for a last-minute thoughtful gift.

Happy sewing :)