Thursday, April 24, 2014

Weekender Sew Along

Hey everyone!

I am really excited to announce a new sew along that kicks off next week.  My friend Christen at Love by Hand has organized a Weekender Sew Along with Nicole at Modern Handcraft and myself!

I made my very first Weekender bag earlier this year and I love it!  I decided to piece all my pockets and then quilt them before assembling my bag and I plan to make my next one in a similar fashion and would love it if you'd join us.

I know this bag can be a little intimidating, so we're splitting up the process over several weeks and sharing how we are making all the parts and any modifications that we incorporate as we sew this bag together. With a little patience and some denim needles you can totally do it too!  Will you join us?

Here's our schedule of events: 

Wed. April 30 - Planning - Fabrics & Materials
Wed. May 7 - Cutting, Interfacing, Making the Panels
Wed. May 14 - Sewing the Outer Bag Together
Wed. May 21 - Finishing the Bag & Link Up
Wed. May 28 - Winners Announced

And with any Sew Along, of course there will be prizes!  We are excited to be sponsoring along with some other great companies - which will be formally announced next week. :)

If you need the pattern, you can snag one here (and at 15% off now through 4/30/14)!
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Off to plan my new bag ....

Happy Sewing!  :-)

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Basket Tutorial

Hey again!  (Two posts in two days ... I know, right?!)

Since Easter is coming up fast, I thought I'd share my tutorial from a couple of years ago for these cute baskets.  You can find the tutorial here.

Happy Sewing!  :-)

Monday, April 14, 2014

Weekend Sewing

Hey folks!  Hope you had a great Monday!

Recently, I've been working through some stuff and it was strongly suggested that I slow down and take some time for my self.  So, in an effort to complete my homework assignment, I took Saturday and sewed ALL day!  I got quite a lot accomplished ...

I made a another little Sunshine Mini Mug Rug.  These are super easy and charm & scrap friendly.  (See the tutorial here.)

Finally bound my Lazy Sunday quilt in Scrumptious!  The bias stripes are perfect for bindings.  :-) I still need to photograph the finished quilt.

Then I got this striped binding on my St Louis 16 patch ... another quilt I need to photograph!  (Which I just realized I made the top for this in August ... oops!)

Then I moved on to making pouches!  Kate Spain sent me a mini charm pack of her upcoming line called Horizon.  It's really pretty!  I especially love the aquas and the blues in this line.

This aqua pouch turned out cute.  I used some teal perle thread from the Clover Sunshine sampler.

Then I made a blue one.  (More thread from the sampler and, of course, my new favorite neutral - Mochi Dots in Putty!)

That was so much fun I started prepping to make more ... including some with the awesome new Dottie prints.  (Charms, mini charms & yardage of Dottie just came in!)

By request, I am working on a tutorial for this little pouch - so be on the lookout for that soon!

That's all for now!

Happy Sewing!  :-)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Shop Updates - Linen, Perle & More

Happy Thursday!  A few shop updates for you today ... here's what's new: 

Bloomin' Fresh by Deb Strain is a fun, happy collection filled with bright colors, cute banners, chevrons, & dots.  Perfect for spring! 

We loved these Banners from the Bloomin' Fresh collection so much that we made them our Stash Worthy Special this week - save 15% when you buy a half yard bundle of all four. 

We are still waiting on the Mochi Dots to come back in stock, but we have some beautiful neutral Mochi Linen Solids now available for your next project - the weight of these are great for bags and pouches!

We loved the opportunity to provide these perle samplers for Alison Glass's workshop at Sew South this year and now you can get your hands on a sampler too!  A beautiful rainbow of 10 colors (5 yards of each color).  Grab a perle sampler here.  (Learn more about the project they made here.)

And, we are so excited to be offering some limited pre-sale opportunities for Heather Ross's Far Far Away reprint.  These bolts will arrive in the shop July 2014.  Preorder now and we will ship as soon as it comes in!

Hope you are having a great week!

Happy Sewing!  :-) 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Shop Updates

Hey there friends! 

I've neglected the blog a bit, so if you follow me on Instagram (@sewlux), some of this may be old news to you!  New collections now in the shop ... 

8 Days a Week just arrived the other day ... I  could NOT resist these numbers and months prints - they are totally fab.  If you like the Ikea Britton Numbers kit, you will love these.

Color Me Happy by V & Co is another great collection of prints and colors!  There are some awesome blenders in this one!  In fact, we loved it so much, we've made our next BOM available in this collection.

There are still a few cuts left in this collection as well as April Showers - the BOM starts June 1st.  Come on and join us!  Learn more here.

Then there is this new Sweetwater Quilt Label print ... which is also a great low volume too.  :)

I am working on some other fun things ... including some posts about making Super Totes, the Weekender and more!  Stay tuned!

Happy Sewing! :-)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Design Challenge : Stephanie at Quarter Incher

Hey y'all!  I am really excited to introduce a blogger to you today as part of our Design Challenge Series. I "met" Stephanie through our Club Medallion BOM (she's been making a super awesome quilt with the PDF subscription!).  She's got a great sense of color and has an awesome project to share with you!  I asked Stephanie to tell us a little about herself and here's what she said ...

Hi everyone! My name is Stephanie and I blog over at Quarter Incher. I'm a native to the north San Diego area and can't bring myself to move! I promise I'm not too spoiled! I'm married to a wonderful man and have a spunky little girl who keeps me on my toes. I'm currently pregnant and due with a baby boy next month! I've been sewing for a little over 10 years with a gap in there somewhere. I learned most of my sewing skills from my mother. She's been quilting for over 20 years and has become my quilting buddy. It's been an awesome journey since I've started blogging. I'm always learning new techniques and meeting new people! It's been really fun so far!

What is your favorite sewing tool or notion? 
Currently, I'm loving the Clover Hera Marker! It's amazing at marking up quilting lines or Half-Square Triangles.

What kind of machine do you use? 
I use a High Speed Straight Stitch Brother Nouvelle 1500s and love it. It doesn't have all the fancy things the new machines have but it's fast. Faster is always better in my world.

What is your favorite color combination? 
What isn't my favorite color combo? I use so much color in my projects because it's too hard to pick only a few!

Check out Stephanie's version of our Club Medallion BOM! Read more about her progress here.  
(Photo by Stephanie of Quarter Incher.)

What is your favorite sewing supply/room organizational tip? 
I like to organize my scraps by size first then color. I use my scraps in 90% of my projects so they rarely ever get sorted into the color category. It's a good idea to keep them organized though.

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Stephanie chose a great bundle for her project!  Run on over to see the tutorial for these super fun baby blocks!

Bundles available here while supplies last. 

Happy Sewing! :-)

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Just In : Mormor by Lotta Jansdotter

Can we say wow?!  The colors in this line are a-maz-ing!  Beautiful, modern prints and gorgeous colors make this collection a must-stash.  We have the complete collection of 20 prints in yardage as well as a FQ bundle of all 20 available.  Order your favorites here!

Happy Sewing!