Quilt Top Almost Done!

You might see my new feature over to the side called My Design Wall. I think it’s going to be neat to show what is on my real design wall, maybe that will motivate me to get it finished so I can change the picture. Case in point, I finished most of the quilt top I’m making out of JUST ONE charm pack and a yard of Moda Bella Solids Mint. This is what it looks like so far:

Love U Charm Quilt

I love how it looks with those cute fabrics all framed out in the solid green but I think it needs a little more kick, so I’m going to add a wider border of this cute coordinating Love U ABCs in Blue that we just received yesterday. Won’t it be cute?

Love U Blue ABCs by Deb Strain

I’ll probably use another yard and put a nice wide border, maybe around 3″ or so all around it. This is a completely made up pattern, but it’s not exactly rocket science. I think I’ll use this same fabric for the backing and a cute Essential Dots Royal Blue  for the binding.

Essential Dots Royal Blue

I think it’s going to be totally adorable! I love trying to come up with new ways to use those charm packs. I think of it as a challenge each time we get more of them in. So, do you think this is cute? If you’d like to buy the supplies, just let me know and I’ll make it into a kit which will be super easy to purchase all at once. Otherwise, what are YOU working on right now?

Happy Stitching to You,

Anna

P.S. It only took about 3 episodes of Robin Hood, 45 minutes each and about 4 trips downstairs to let the dogs in and out to get everything put together today. Now I have the Robin Hood music stuck in my head!!

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February 23, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Crafty Girls Workshop, Crafty Tuesday, fabric, Quilting, sewing. 1 comment.

The New Webstore is LIVE!

The Crafty Girls Workshop Webstore is now OPEN for business!

Here it is, all in its shiny newness. You can click the image to visit the shop. This site has been a work in progress for several weeks and I’m so proud to say that our new website is up and running!! The address is:

http://craftygirlsworkshop.com

I hope you’ll add us to your favorite, bookmark us, tweet about it, tell your facebook buddies and share the good news! I also hope you’ll like the new site and want to visit us often. Our Etsy store is still alive and well but we will be phasing out the fabrics and patterns listed on there (to avoid double listing and an inventory headache) and turn it into a place to share our shop samples that we would like to sell. One of the best things about the new web store is that through it we have the chance to offer you the opportunity to purchase as many yards as you need without having to charge extra for listing fees! We are also setting the pages up so you can easily choose a fat quarter, 1/2 or 1 yard cut of each fabric! With Etsy, we didn’t have the ability to make partial yards available but with our new store it’s easy as pie! I hope if you get a chance you’ll stop by our shop and maybe sign the guest book to say hi. I’d love to hear feedback from you too.

In other news, it’s been sort of a challenge to keep our Crafty Girls Workshop blog updated and work on this blog. As you can see, I’ve changed the theme around a little. In the process I sort of lost a lot of my widgets or at least the space for them so I’m really working on cleaning up the blog. I hope I’ll be able to post more of my personal finished projects on here and keep this blog going. I sort of miss being able to just ramble on about sewing without having to promote the shop. But I also haven’t had much time to sew since I always seem to get sucked into the bloggy vortex (case in point, I should be sewing right now!) Well, I’m off to work on a cute quilt I’m making as a sample for the shop (always working, haha) so see ya later!

Happy Stitches to You,

Anna

February 16, 2010. Crafty Girls Workshop, fabric, Quilting, sewing, UFOs. 2 comments.

Cut It Up Day

girl cutting fabric

Cut it Up day

I know, it’s ironic, I belong to a Yahoo e-mail group called Stashbusters, but yet I’m attempting to co-own an online fabric shop, which requires me to purchase fabric. Actually though, it has reduced the amount of fabric I’ve been able to purchase for my personal use, mostly. So, on this group of over 5000 fellow stashbusters, they have certain days when they post somethig to motivate us to get out there and do something. Sunday is Cut It Up Day. I am really glad I don’t have to cut everything with scissors like the girl in the picture above. I get to use my rotary cutter which is really the best invention since the remote control! I’m planning to cut into the many, many kits I’ve accumulated over the last, ahem, week, and also those from the Houston International Quilt Show I attended two years ago. Yes, I went shop hopping with Regina, my co-conspirator–I mean business partner– for Crafty Girls Workshop. We were doing market research and along the way, I couldn’t resist grabbing a few kits. Now I want to get them cut and ready to make into quilts. Since most of what I bought was for little boy quilts, I might end up making them and trying to sell them. Who knows, I don’t have any kids, and I only have one male dog. I don’t know what I would do with so many little boy quilts. I just fell in love with the fabric. (Don’t tell the Stashbusters though.) Oh, isn’t that picture above just adorable? I remembered I have this cool book of royalty free clipart that is great for decoupage, scrapbooking and apparently adding to blog posts so as not to bore people with just my text. OK, so I’d love to know if YOU are planning to do any cutting in preparation for sewing any time this week, please let me know by adding a comment on this post. And if you absolutely hate cutting, stop by Crafty Girls Workshop and check out the assortment of precut fabrics we have. I also posted about a really cute tutorial for a children’s activity tote that Moda Bake Shop posted yesterday. It turns out we have ALL the stuff to make those totes and I’ve added it as a KIT to our shop! I hope to hear from you soon.

Happy Stitches to You,

Anna

P.S. Sorry for the lack of posting activity. Please stop by my blog for Crafty Girls Workshop where I post at least once a week. Evetually I’m going to figure out how to combine these two blogs, but at the moment I need to go and get cutting on my fabrics!

January 17, 2010. Tags: , , , . Crafty Girls Workshop, Cut It Up Sunday, Quilting, Stashbusters. Leave a comment.

A Cardmaking Mood

Sometimes I venture into the crafty realm outside of just sewing and quilting. Way back before I started sewing I actually played with rubber stamps and scrapbooking. Today, for some crazy reason, I was inspired to make a couple of cards for fall and Halloween. I know most people don’t exchange cards for those reasons, but my birthday is only four days before Halloween and when I was younger, my favorite colors were even orange and black! I also noticed that I had some of those clear stamps that were for Halloween so I thought “hey, why not?” and started playing. The first one I made was a lot like those cards I made WAY back a few years ago that look like a sort of log cabin quilt block. Here it is:

spooky_card

It’s not actually crooked, too much, it just scanned in that way.

The second was inspired by a cute pattern for an adorable embroidery project I found on a new (to me) blog call The Sometimes Crafter. I LOVE the name of that blog because that totally describes me too! She had this cute pattern and instructions available for free and since I was playing with paper, I decided to trace them out onto my scrapbook papers and make it into a card instead. I like her tree better, and I might even go back and add some more paper to give mine a little more heft. But I think it came out cute anyway. By the way, I {heart} my Xyron Create-a-Sticker machine!

Thank you Christina Lane for this cute pattern!

Thank you Christina Lane for this cute pattern!

So stop by and tell Christina a big thank you for her cute pattern! I think there is still time to stitch this up into a cute trick or treat bag! Too bad I don’t know anyone who will be trick or treating this year!

I’m sorry for my absence from this blog for awhile. I’ve been spending all my time updating the Crafty Girls Workshop blog. I also just haven’t had any time to do anything sewing related so there hasn’t been anything to report on here. Bummer, who would have thought that opening an online fabric/sewing/quilting store would actually give me less time to sew and quilt! Until next time, I hope you get to  have a lot more time for crafting than I have.

Happy Spooky Stitches to You,

Anna
DIY Day @ ASPTL

October 25, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , . Crafty Girls Workshop, random stuff. 1 comment.

Quilting Arts Online Open Studios Event!

One of my favorite magazines to read, that comes out only a few times a year is the Studios edition of Cloth, Paper, Scissors. The Fall 2009 issue is just about to hit the shelves, and here’s a sneak peak of the cover and link to purchase your copy!

studios_cover

I’m already inspired just looking at it!! I think I just finished pouring through the Summer Issue, I guess I’m a little behind the times.  So Cloth, Paper, Scissors has invited their readers to share pictures of their own studios to help promote the fall issue! But, we aren’t going to post those pictures today, you have to wait until Saturday, October 3! Until then, go an get yourself a copy of the Fall Issue of Studios and have fun reading about other people’s places for creativity. I will be ~ahem~ cleaning up my space a little and then sharing the pictures on Saturday. And Quilt Market is NEXT WEEK!! Check back for pictures about that and check the Crafty Girls Blog for great ideas for Christmas Projects and Market Updates! Until Next Time.

Happy Stitches (and happy reading),

Anna

September 28, 2009. Crafty Girls Workshop, Organizing, Quilting. 1 comment.

A Giveaway to Celebrate…Whatever

Well, it’s not my blogaversary, it’s not my 100th or anything hundredth post. Hmm, according to the stats, Akismet (whatever that is) has protected my blog from 3,999 spam. So I suppose that’s worth celebrating. So I’m going to offer something as a bribe incentive to have you answer a few humble questions. Please just answer the following questions in the comments below and I’ll enter you in a drawing for a giveway. I know, you probably want to know exactly what it IS I’m going to give away. Well, here it is…

zipper_pouch

So, what do you think? It’s a zippy pouch, made with 1-1/2″ honey bun strips (see my post over on the CGW blog about other things you can make with a honey bun). Now that I’ve learned to insert a zipper, an invisible zipper, I actually want to do it again! Now, the zippy pouch will probably only be with similar fabrics to this because this one is being used and you probably want a brand new one, right? But I lined it in a totally cool lime green linen so I’ll do that with the new one as well. So is that good enough? Now you’d like to know the questions. OK, but, before I get to them, you might know your way around giveaways and want to know if there are MORE ways you can enter. So here’s the deal, I’ll give you the questions, then I’ll tell you a few more ways you can get another entry. Then I’ll publish this and see if anyone out there actually reads this enough to want to give me some feedback. Thanks sew much!!

Questions:

1) Do you shop online for gifts or gift making supplies?

2) If you do shop online, how would you prefer to see items listed,

a) by category, i.e., fabric, patterns, home sewn items

b) by price range, i.e., Gifts Under $5, $5.01-$10, etc.

c) some other way I can’t think of

See that was pretty easy, wasn’t it? Here are some additional ways you can get an entry into the drawing. PLEASE be sure to add your e-mail address in your comment so I can contact you if you win. PLEASE leave a separate comment for each additional entry.

  1.  Post about this giveaway on YOUR blog
  2.  Twitter (Tweet?) about my giveaway
  3. Post about this on Facebook
  4. Visit my shop and tell me your favorite item(s)
  5. Add this blog to your blogroll
  6. Add this blog to your blog reader thingy RSS feed
  7.  I hate to do this, but I’m dying to see if it will actually work. Purchase something from my shop or website and I’ll give you 5 additional entries.
  8. Visit the Crafty Girls Workshop blog and become a follower

So how is that? If you answer both questions and do all those things, you’ll get at least 10 entries in the giveaway! Wow! How’s that for awesome!? OK, I have to go take care of my furry children now. 

Happy Stitches, Blogging, and Shopping,

Anna

September 16, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Crafty Girls Workshop, fabric, Give Aways, sewing. 25 comments.

Enter a New Giveaway!

I just found a giveaway on a very cute blog called Red Gingham written by a sweet girl from New Zealand named Sarah. She is about as crazy about quilting as I am so I was so excited to find out she was giving away some really neat items that represent her country. How awesome is that!? So here is the link. She gives you lots of ways to enter and there is still time.

You can also go over to Crafty Girls Workshop and get my craftygirls e-mail and drop me a message with your name and address and I’ll send you a pincushion! Yes, a cute one with a ribbon tab that is great for pinning it to your design wall! Two giveaways for the price of one, yippee!

Happy Stitches,

Anna

P.S. I know, I’m going to sew something on that LONG list of Christmas gifts, starting this afternoon.

September 10, 2009. Crafty Girls Workshop, fabric, friendsday, Give Aways, Goals, Holidays, Quilting, sewing. 1 comment.

Handmade Christmas 2009 page updated

I’ve added some links to projects I’m going to make for people for Christmas this year (hopefully), so if you need some ideas you might stop by that page. Boy do I need to get going! At least now I sort of have a plan of precisely what I want to make for everyone, including the guys! Don’t forget, if you have some projects you can post them on there too. Just add your blog link to the comments section. I’d add a Mr. Linky but I’ve heard it doesn’t work here on WordPress, bummer. Oh well.

Happy Holiday Stitching!

Anna

P.S. I’m not sure if it shows up on the sidebar, but I just posted something new on The Crafty Girls Workshop blog as well. Stop by and check it out! And there is still time to enter the drawing for the pin cushions!

September 9, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . Crafty Girls Workshop, Give Aways, Holidays, sewing. Leave a comment.

A Giveaway and Other Cool Stuff

Hurray! Crafty Girls Workshop hit their 30th sale! To celebrate we are having a giveaway on the Crafty Girls Workshop blog. It’s easy to enter (I list 5 different ways to get your name in the drawing) and I am going to choose 3 winners! One for every 10 sales!  Also, if the blog post reaches 100 comments I’ll draw another name for another little something special.  Do you want to know what the first three prizes are? Well, I made some easy pincushions and even added a little ribbon loop so that you can hang or pin them to your design wall. I found out from the quilt retreat I attended back in July that  life is so much easier when the pincushion is actually attached to the design wall. No fussing with trying to hold the pin and the quilt at the same time. So I made three pincushions and now I’m going to give them away! You’ll have to visit the CGW blog to see a picture, sorry, I don’t have the picture with me at the moment. So please hop on over there and enter the drawing. You have until next Wednesday 09-09-09 to enter.

Other Cool Stuff

I am totally in love with the patterns in this book. (Available here.)

fast_and_furious_booklet

It uses so many different pre-cut fabrics and has so many fun projects that I can’t wait to get started on some of them. This one book has 17 different projects which comes out to just about a dollar a project! That is such a great buy since I’ve bought entire quilt patterns to make just one quilt that cost me $9.00.  The projects range from table runners, place mats, coasters to tote bags and baby quilts. There are projects you can make for yourself or your children or make to give away as gifts. See that tote bag on the front made from strips? It’s made from jelly roll (2 1/2″) strips but wouldn’t it be a cute way to give a fellow sewista/quilting friend a jelly roll and a pattern too?  We have one set of jelly rolls listed at the moment that I think would make an absolutely adorable kid’s quilt and we’re all set to get some more pre-cuts very soon.  Or make up one of those totes and fill it with yummy candies or even some embellished dishcloths for a friend’s new home!  At our Crafty Girls meeting last weekend, we had so much fun learning to embroider flour sack towels. Then, you would never believe what Moda decided to feature as their next Bake Shop project! Embellished flour sack towels!! At the moment we’ve listed a kit to make 12 towels with pretty Christmas embroidery designs(including the DMC floss) but we had a few flour sack towels left over and would be happy to sell them to anyone who is interested. (Just drop me an e-mail or comment.) We hope to be able to list these as a pretty regular item on our site very soon.  Well, making three pincushions and working on more hexagons was the sum of my crafty weekend. I just wanted to take a break from my non-stop, never slow down life. It was a nice relaxing break too. Until next time.

Happy Stitches to You,

Anna

August 31, 2009. Crafty Girls Workshop, fabric, Give Aways, Holidays, Quilting, random stuff, sewing. Leave a comment.

Oolong and Ginseng, my turtles

Aren't they sooo cute?

Aren't they sooo cute?

Can you tell from the picture how small they are?  They are only about the size of a 50 cent piece. I am glad I decided to try the Macro setting on my fancy pants camera. What do you know? It works great! I decided that the name Rooibos was too hard to pronounce and understand, and we wouldn’t want the babies to get teased when they go to school, now would we? So I decided on Ginseng instead. Don’t ask me which is which because at the moment, I have no idea! I do know that one of them is a little more shy than the other so that one would probably be Ginseng.  I am hoping they will learn to recognize my voice and swim to the side of the tank when I say hi to them, like my hubby’s turtles do.  You can tell I lead a really exciting life when getting two baby turtles is the highlight of my week.

Happy Stitches to You,

Anna

P.S. We’re having a HUGE sale in our shop! We’ve marked down several sewing garment patterns and some of the older fabrics by 10%! That means we have SEVERAL items for less than $5 or $10.  This is a great chance to stock up on patterns and fabrics to give as gifts or make for yourself. I hope you’ll stop by! If you mention that you heard about the sale from the Sew Good Sew Far blog, I’ll send you an extra surprise with your purchase.

August 25, 2009. Tags: , , . Crafty Girls Workshop, fabric, random stuff. Leave a comment.

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