Congratulations to Charlotte S. for winning the Sort Your Stuff Organizer pattern. And congrats to Kim O. Jennifer K. Joan, Jenniffer H, and Sidney B for winning tickets to The Sewing Party! Please see your emails for a message from us. Thanks to everyone who entered!

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Win a New Pattern! Quilted Cook and Carry

The Quilted Cook & Carry is one of those no-brainer patterns – you have to have it! This versatile casserole carrier is easy to make and can be used to tote square, circular, rectangular and probably even trianguler casseroles and dishes.


The pattern comes with two options: a pieced version, which you see on the cover of the pattern, and a solid version.


The pieced version is comprised of four small blocks on the front, as well as four blocks on the inside.


So, how does it work? Well, your outside and lining are quilted over layers of batting and Insulbright, which will keep your food warm. The edges are then finished with bias tape. Then a strap is added diagonally from one corner to another. In the opposite corners, tabs with D-rings are attached.


Then, you simply look the handle through on D-ring…


And then the other. Pull up the handle…


And you are ready to go! When you get to your destination you can use the opened carrier as a small tablecloth to protect your surface. When not in use, the carrier folds flat for storage.

This is what we think of as stylish and smart design. Either pieced or solid, the carrier is pretty to look at, and it’s easy construction and functionality make it a smart project. Make one for yourself and all your friends. Then schedule a picnic and go!

Would you like to win a copy of the Quilted Cook and Carry? Simply leave a comment telling us your favorite potluck recipe and you’ll be entered. The contest will run through 12:00 pm on Friday, August 1st, for US residents only. Good luck!

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Fabric Friday! Dear Stella Flirt

Dear Stella’s new line Flirt is a lovely little floral line. The patterns themselves are classic flowers – I love the tiny rosebuds – but the grey background and rich lipstick pinks give the prints a modern and sophisticated look.

As we are in the midst of the heat of the summer, I thought it was only appropriate to create a girly, reversible sunhat using the Flirt line. This hat style is available in both adult (Reversible Sun Hat) and children’s sizes (Simple Sunbonnet).


The fun thing about this pattern is that you can mix prints. With this example I used just two.  The rosebud print creates a nice base for the main body while the larger print gives interest to the brim. On the other side I would reverse the prints. However you could use more than two fabrics – really you could mix up to four. Oh, the possibilities!


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The Sewing Party + Ticket Giveaway

What are your plans for November 8th? Well, if you have that day open, mark it off the calendar – you should go to The Sewing Party!

TheSewingParty_InstagramThe Sewing Party is the first ever online-all-day DIY event. For just $40 you can register to take advantage of more than 30 online classes that will be available on the day of the event and for an additional 90 days. There is truly something for everyone – classes include home décor, fashion sewing, quilting and upcycling, crafting, costume design, techniques for turning your craft into an entrepreneurial venture, and more!

If you register for The Sewing Party before July 31st you will receive a free Sewing Party t-shirt! Simply enter LETSPARTY in the promo code box at checkout that you will be contacted about sizes. We all love freebies!

Space is limited and likely to fill up fast! “The Sewing Party” participants can attend classes; chat with participants from across the country; interact with top bloggers and educational experts who are teaching; and explore the latest crafting and sewing tips, techniques and products in our marketplace. See more about the event in the video below!

Are you dying to go to The Sewing Party? Well we are sending 5 lucky winners free tickets! See how to enter to win below…

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Win a new pattern! Sort Your Stuff Organizer

Normally the area around my bed and sofa is a cluster of stuff. Remotes, cell phones, books, magazines, ipad, embroidery hoop, etc. Everything that you need to have easily accessible that tends to pile up. It turns out a lot of people have this problem, so we designed the Sort Your Stuff Organizer!


This pattern creates an organizer that can be used either on your bed or over the arm of your chair. It has 6 pockets that vary in size, giving you a place for everything from eyeglasses to magazines.

There are two versions of the pattern; one that uses two layers of fabric quilted over a thin batting. We used our Crossroads Denim for our cover sample, but you can also use cotton. The batting and the quilting are needed to keep the fabric from stretching and give it strength to hold heavier items.


The second version is made out of recycled denim. Because denim is so strong there is no need for two layers and quilting on this version, however choose denim that does not have any stretch in it, otherwise you may want to layer and quilt. You can also experiment with different colors of denim to create a layered look. In the sample we made we used two different pair of jeans and mixed and matched the outside and inside of the jeans to create a multi-colored look.


The edges of the organizer and the pockets are all finished with 1/2″ double fold bias tape. We used the kind you can find at the store, but you can always make your own.

Ready to get organized? Enter to win a copy of the Sort Your Stuff Organizer by leaving a comment below telling us where you need this most. The contest will run through 12:00 pm Friday, July 25th for US contestants only. Good Luck!

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Floral Stitch Mitts Winner!

Congratulations to Julie A. who won the Floral Stitch Mitts pattern! Julie, keep an eye out in your email for a message from us. Thanks to everyone who participated, remember we are giving away patterns all summer!

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Fabric Friday: Cotton & Steel

One of the most anticipated fabric releases for the last year has been the new Cotton & Steel collections. This new company features 6 talented fabric designers; Melody Miller, Rashida Coleman-Hale, Alexia Abegg, Kim Kight and Sarah Watts.

This fabric has some fun larger scale prints, so, you really want a large surface so you can enjoy the design. That is where a good bag pattern comes in! We paired the In-Style Suitcase Bag with Sarah Watts’ August collection. For the main body we used a print that features a lion lounging in a bed of flowers. For the straps a colored-splattered cream added a nice contrast.


For the Ideal Duffle bag we mixed three prints, a floral and plaid from Alexia Abegg’s Hatbox collection and a navy and white dot from the Cotton & Steel basics line. For the quilted body we used the floral and paired it with contrasting plaid straps. The plaid also adds a design element on the side pockets. To ground the colors, the navy works perfectly on the outside pocket and zipper facing. Too cute!


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Win a New Pattern! Floral Stitch Mitts

If you liked the Fruit Stitch Mitts we showed you on last week, you will love these Floral Stitch Mitts!


This pattern contains two vintage inspired floral designs, and two sizes of mitt. The embroidery on the designs is simple enough for beginners, using Straight Stitch, French Knots, Back Stitch, and comes with stitch diagrams.


The star shaped pattern is the larger size. We stitched these mitts on Crossroads Denim, which is a great weight both for embroidery and for heavier duty items like kitchenware.


The mitts are made with Insul-bright to protect your hands. The outer fabrics are quilted around the design to the Insul-bright and lining. We used invisible thread so that the quilting remained unobtrusive. Bias tape is used for the binding and loop. You can make your own, but we used 1/2 inch double fold generic bias tape.


As fun as it is to use different colors of embroidery floss, we wanted to see how the designs looked in one color. We love this gold design on the green! Another option for embroidery would be to use your machine to embroider the designs.

This contest is now closed.

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Fabric Friday! Sarah Watson’s Arcadia for Cloud9 Fabrics

Have you seen Sarah Watson’s Arcadia fabric line for Cloud9 Fabrics? It is lovely. It makes me think of summer, the outdoors and little girls dresses. Although not officially a dress, I thought Arcadia would be a perfect match for our Pint-Size Pinafore pattern. This sweet apron can be worn over leggings and a t-shirt, or sewn up the back for a classic dress.


First I paired Arcadia’s Flutterflies print in Coral with Michael Miller’s Cotton Couture Sun solid. I love how it turned out!



My favorite print from the line is Mushroom March in Coral, which I paired with Michael Miller’s Cotton Couture in Shell. So cute! Did I mention the best part of this fabric line? It’s organic! So no flutterflies or mushrooms were harmed in it’s creation.
mushroomWhat do you think, would you use Arcadia for clothing for girls, or would you rather use it for yourself? I can think of a few things I might like, but would love to hear your ideas as well!


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Win a New Pattern! Fruit Stitch Mitts

One thing we tried to focus on when designing this year’s patterns line was functionality. We wanted you to be able to really use your finished project – but we also made everything cute enough that it can be given as a gift. The Fruit Stitch Mitts are a great example of this. Functionality + Cuteness!


These mitts were inspired by vintage embroidery patterns that are often found made in tea towels and dish cloths at antique shows. We love the special quality that embroidery gives a project, but tried to modernize the look for today’s customer.


Although you can’t see it in the image, these aren’t pot holders, they are oven mitts. The hand slides in at the bottom of the fruit. Each side of the mitt is contains Insul-bright batting to protect your hands. The inside is fully lined.


To win a free copy of the Fruit Stitch Mitts pattern simple leave a comment below on your favorite kitchen tool. The contest will end at 12:00 on Friday, July 11th for US contestants only. Good Luck!

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