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.

Coins for Comments

Please help Lori out today. She is a great blogger over at Babes in Hairland. She normally posts about cute hair bows that she makes and how to braid hair but today she is offering to donate 10 cents for EVERY comment she receives on her post to help a family that lives here in the US who is trying to adopt two children from HAITI. One of the children is missing after the earthquake but the other is OK and at the orphanage. PLEASE visit the blog (click the underlined words) and leave her a comment. Then PLEASE PLEASE pass this on to ALL your friends through e-mail, Facebook, Twitter, blogging, social networks, shouting from the rooftops, whatever you think will get more people to help her out. Thanks soooo much!!

Anna

January 24, 2010. Tags: , . Quilting. Leave a comment.

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.

I am Blissfully Domestic?

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Click to visit Blissfully Domestic

I chose the image above because it’s the only one I could see myself doing, and I’m NOT pressing clothes in that picture I’m using the iron to press my FABRIC! Haha. Actually, I haven’t been very blissfully anything lately, but perhaps today is a new day and change CAN happen today. Last week was rough, really really rough, and I won’t go into details, but let’s just say I’m going to do everything in my power to avoid a week like that again.  I am just so incredibly grateful that I have such a loving and supportive family around me who are willing to give everything of themselves to support me, and I believe I’m the same way toward them. Since I work full time, being blissfully domestic means getting some sort of dinner ready by about 7:30 pm, doing the dishes and laundry when I can, and hoping I can make it to the weekend. There was very little joy to feel in these doledrum sort of chores, but perhaps that can change too. I guess I have to CHOOSE to find the joy in them. If the dishes are done, then I have a clean sink. If the laundry is done, then I have clothes to wear to work (and so does hubby), if dinner is cooked, we have something nice to eat, besides fast food. There are good sides to the chores. And, if I get the chores done, then I can go be domestically crafty and do some fun sewing or quilting project. Today is a new day and the beginning of my new outlook. I’m going to strive, from now on, to see the joy in all things, EVEN dishes and laundry!

Hope you have a fabulously domestically blissful day.

Happy Stitches,

Anna

P.S. I couldn’t figure out how to copy the “rules” for blissfully Domestic day, but they are at the bottom of the post that I linked to when you click that cute picture up above there. Or you can click here.

P.P.S. If you’re feeling Blissfully Crafty today, check out our shop because we’ve listed LOTS and LOTS of new fabrics and CUTE kid’s clothing pattern. More will be coming this week!

November 10, 2009. Tags: , , , . Quilting. 3 comments.

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.

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.

Easy Peasy Pillowcase Tutorial

OK, I’m going to give this a whirl. I think I can write a tutorial, why not? I mean, my real-life job is as an instructional designer, which is just a fancy pants way of saying that I write instructions for things. I can do this, OK, here we go.

Want to make a REALLY easy and REALLY fast gift for a special someone in your life? Why not make them a couple of cute pillowcases to decorate their beds and send them off to sweet dreams each night?

Finished pillowcase plus a quilt I made to match (free pattern below)

Finished pillowcase plus a quilt I made to match (free pattern below)

Supplies for ONE standard 20″ X 26″ pillowcase (great for a twin bed, double these supplies for two cases):

* 3/4 yd non-directional fabric (for body of pillowcase)

* 1/8 yd fabric for small accent band

* 1/4 yd fabric for outside band

*Sewing items such as sewing machine, coordinating/matching thread, scissors, rotary cutter and mat, iron

Cut the fabric:

From the main body fabric, cut a rectangle 26″ x 42″

From the small accent band fabric, cut a strip 2-1/4″ x 42″

From the outside band fabric, cut a strip 8-1/2″ x 42″

Fold and press:

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Fold the 2-1/4″ strip in half lengthwise and press.

Do the same with the 8-1/2″ strip.

Attach accent band to the outside band.

 

PC_sew_band

Using a 1/4″ seam allowance, line up the raw edges and attach the accent band to the outside band.

Attach the body fabric.

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This is where things get a little tricky, but it’s OK, I’ll walk you through it. Lay the accent band piece so that the raw edges are up. Then line up one of the long edges of the body fabric with the raw edge of the accent/band fabrics. Make sure the small accent piece is sandwhiched between the two larger pieces. Stitch together with 1/4″ seam allowance.

PC_bodyfabric_Closeup

Close up of how to put layers together.

 Got it? Good. You’re almost done!

Press bands and sew pillowcase body

Press the bands forward so that they lay flat and the small accent band is on top of the outside band.

Fold the entire piece in half with right sides together and stitch along the bottom and side seams. Backstitch at the beginning and end to secure the threads. (Backstitch means stitch forward a couple of stitches, then press the reverse button, if your machine has one, and stitch backwards over the same stitches.) If you don’t have a reverse stitch, that’s fine, you can just tie threads off.  At this point, you’ll probably want to turn right side out and press the side seam flat or at least to one side so that it lays nicely, wha-la you are DONE!

Optional finish, zigzag the inside edge:

zigzagseam

To prevent the seams from fraying with repeated washes or to give it a more finished look you can go back and do a zigzag stitch over the seam allowance. When you do so, make sure that the outside points of the stitch go over the edge of the fabric. Also, be sure to stitch over the seam allowance of the outside bands as well.

Here is what the finished pillowcase looks like:

pillowcase_train

As you can see in the first image, you shouldn’t feel limited to just cotton fabrics for the pillowcase body. I used a soft, snuggly fabric called Minkee for the pillowcase that matches the backing of the quilt I made above. So, now, that you’ve made the pillowcase, I’m sure you’d just LOVE to have a pattern for the quilt shown above too, right? I mean, don’t we all just have a ton of old jeans laying around the house that we’ve been wondering what to do with? OK, so here are the patterns, a PDF for the pillowcase tutorial above AND the quilt pattern! Yippee a twofer! Now, go and tell all your friends about these great patterns (if you think they are great.)

Right click and select Open in new Window

PDF for Pillowcase Pattern

PDF for Quilt Pattern

Happy Stitches,

Anna

I added this as part of the Gifts You Can Sew guide on Skip to My Lou

September 7, 2009. Holidays, Quilting, sewing. Leave a comment.

Two Great Projects Need Your Help

I just found out about two great projects that really need your help. One is called The Pink Slipper Project. Here is what the website says about this project:

Warming the hearts and toes of those who will spend this winter living in women’s and children’s shelters.

Please see what you can do, it’s a really easy pattern, just one seam. Make some for your friends and while you’re at it, make a few pairs to send in to the project. Plus, share this with all your guild friends to help spread the warmth!

The second project is called Hope Squared which is sponsored by a great organization called Margaret’s Hope Chest which is providing quilts for many different, wonderful reasons. This particular project is to help homeless children in the Michigan area to each have a quilt to keep them warm this Christmas season. They are working to get 100-200 quilts by Christmas! Please visit the blog and the website for more information about this project. You can also see Carin’s post on the Quilt N Stitch forum which has the address to send quilt tops or completed quilts to. Thanks for your support!

Please, please share this with anyone and everyone that you might know who could help. You can also add links for any other project that you would like us to know about in the comments for this post.

Happy Stitches,

Anna

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P.S. I’m adding this to the Blissfully Domestic post links because I hope that by doing some good for others we’ll feel more Blissful.

September 6, 2009. Tags: , , , , , . fabric, Quilting, sewing. Leave a comment.

Some Cool Stuff in the Works

I took Friday off so I coud have an EXTRA day to this three day weekend to spend doing some housework and yes, even SEWING! Well, yesterday, I slept late (LOVED THAT!), did a load of laundry, called my mother in law (fellow Crafty Girl) and decided to head over to the shipping and receiving department of the Crafty Girls Workshop to take a look at our newest merchandise shipment. OK, so the S&R dept is actually Regina’s house, but that didn’t matter to the UPS guy. I packed up my sewing machine, several honey bun rolls and headed over there. OH DROOL! We got in some BRAND NEW fabric!! Yes, it’s new and yes, it’s exciting, should I let you see it? Oh, OK.

Mill House Inn Fat Quarter Bundle - 40 fabrics!

Mill House Inn Fat Quarter Bundle - 40 fabrics!

One fat quarter bundle (be still my heart!!) of Mill House Inn from Joanna Figueroa. (Hopefully more of this to come a little later) And six, yes, six of these…

Mill House Inn Honey Bun - 40 1 1/2" strips

Mill House Inn Honey Bun - 40 1 1/2" strips

Can you tell how beautiful it is? We also got a set of six honey buns of the NEW Simple Abundance by Bonnie and Camille, a mother/daughter team of fabric and pattern designers. This is their second line and it’s JUST as beautiful (if not more) than their first line Cotton Blossoms. So without further ado, here is a picture of the honey bun.

Simple Abundance Honey Bun - 40 1 1/2" Strips (2 repeat)

Simple Abundance Honey Bun - 40 1 1/2" Strips (2 repeat)

I just noticed that Camille has a really nice new pattern out that uses a Simple Abundance layer cake. Unfortunately, we are feeling rather lucky to even have gotten any of the Simple Abundance line at all since we were told it was too late to order it when we placed our first order, BUT if you hop over to Camille’s site and see that pattern and think it looks like something you’d like to make with a different layer cake, hop back here and let me know so I can get it on order ASAP.  In the mean time, I’m going to go and drool over the new honey buns, no, I’m just kidding but Regina OK’d it for me to take one of each and see what fabulousness I could create out of them for samples! Yipee! Oh, and lest I forget the second part of my post, I decided to join a Quilt Along! It’s at a great new blog I found by Quilting Dad, named John. In fact, he was a guest tute writer on Moda Bakeshop. And the Quilt Along is for a Wonky Log Cabin, which I have totally been DYING to make, so here’s my chance. I just hope that I can catch up in the next two days. So I guess that’s it. I hope this wasn’t too much of a chatty post. Happy stitches.

Anna

P.S. Check back tomorrow, I’ll be posting pictures of at least two of the items I’ve already made with some honey bun strips!

September 5, 2009. Tags: , , , , , , , . Crafty Girls, fabric, Quilt Along, Quilting, sewing. Leave a comment.

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