Monday, June 22, 2009

A little late...

Here are some pics of a purse I completed awhile back...another linen, patchwork infusion!

I decided to keep this one, finally finished the straps, and am currently using it. I used rivets for the first time - lots of fun, but a little scary & tricky. I guess the idea of cutting a hole in a newly completed bag is a little nerve-wracking - it's just like those damn grommets!

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And here's something a little special: a while back I received an email from Elizabeth in the Netherlands. She was requesting scrap fabric pieces to make an international quilt for her soon to be niece/nephew. Quilters from all over the world sent her pieces. In return I received this lovely little package - some pretty prints, and a lovely bookmark. I can't wait to see how her quilt turns out - isn't that such a lovely idea???

Other random tidbits:

-MishMash StashBash is in full swing!!! It's my first time organizing anything like this, and so far I'm loving it.
-I've been swapping like crazy over at Designer fabric swappy-poo
-We're going on our first portage trip of the summer in Algonquin Park...time to get my paddling arm ready.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Sharing some crafty love...

Have you heard about this yet?

I seen quite a few crafters participate in Craft Hope, and felt it was my turn to jump in.

"Craft Hope is a faith-based, love inspired project designed to share handmade crafts with those less fortunate. It is our hope to combine our love for crafting and desire to help others into a project to make a difference around the world."

During their last project they received 405 dollies!!!!!! That's a whole lot of crafty love!!!!

Project 3 is just beginning. This time around they are requesting blankets, booties, and beanies for newborns. They have teamed up with The Miracle Foundation, to get these handmade goodies to to Bhawani, Rourkela and Sooch Village childrens homes in August.

They are also requesting sewers, knitters, and crocheters alike, to sumbit any pattern that you can release, for them to use on their website.


MishMash StashBash update:

Still looking for one last quilter!!! Could it be you??? Click this link here to jump to the post to read all about it, then email me (kerrycase [at] gmail [dot] com) and get your name on the list!

Thursday, June 18, 2009

MishMash StashBash Quilting Bee

We're still on the hunt for members...if you are interested, check out this post here and comment!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Feeding My Fabric Obsession

Horray!!! I got my package for the Sew into Summer Fat Quarter Swap. These pretty pieces are from Ronit at Two Hippos. Aren't they pretty? She thoughtfully sent a FQ of the flower print along with a fat eigth of the egyptian generous!

More lovely pieces recieved include my fat quarter bundle of Arcadia. I'm loving this colour palette.

And I scored some Olive Rose by Valorie Wells too! This bright blues are brillant!

And I also uploaded more fabric pics available to swap. I'm becoming obsessed with this group!

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Check out the Designer fabric - stash - swappy - poo at Flickr and see what your stash can get you!

Quilting Bee Anyone?

Anyone up for a quilting bee?

So I'm loving my Live Piecefully quilting bee, and was on the prowl for another to join. My sister, Carm, found this stash busting quilting bee - loved this concept, but unfortunately we were too late to join.

Soooo....why not start one ourselves???

A similar concept really...all about stash busting, sharing our talents, and pushing the limits of our creativity.

So are you in???

Wanna join us???? Or want more info???? Just post a comment here, or email me - make sure to include your contact info.

We're in the process of setting up a Flickr group for this bee, and will be providing all info needed to participate.


Just some general info about this type of quilting bee:

Those who wish to participate in the MishMash StashBash Quilting Bee need to :

~ have a sizeable enough stash (scraps or otherwise) to coordinate with pretty much any color thrown at you
~ be willing to send anywhere in the world
~ not necessarily have experience - 'newbies' welcome
~ have a Flickr account and enrol in the group


Quilting Bee Currently Full.
If you are still interested, leave a comment and I'll keep your info for the next time round...(or if we get enough people, perhaps another group??? Something to think about.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Spending time at the Post Office

Well I've chosen my 4 FQ for the Sew into Summer Fat Quarter Swap - I didn't want to post pics of them to ruin the surprise.
I wrapped each up, placed them in identical envelopes, and sealed them. Then I mixed them up and wrote each recipients name of it. So I have no idea who's getting what FQ. Kinda makes it a little surprise for them and me too! So they're off in the mail today.

Also sending out Kat's June Block for Live Piecefully, and my Charlie Clutch to the winner of the SEWN giveaway, Why Not Sew?
So lots of mailing to do today.

I've also posted some pics of fabric available to swap - check out the pics here in the Flickr group. Let me know if you're interested!
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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Pretty Things

Just showing off some new fabric purchases. Anna Maria Horner's Good Folks:

Oh la la!

How splendid!

Not sure what I'm gonna do with it but it's pretty! Perhaps some of the projects shown here will help guide me.

Oh YES. And I was a winner during the Sew Mama Sew giveaway.

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I was the lucky recipient of an original shibori dyed silk scarf from Becka! It is so pretty, soft and silky! Becka does alot of fiber arts (being a teacher of it), which I know nothing about...but boy does her blog and this scarf make me want to start throwing the dye around. Check out her blog Becka's Project Journal here, and also her etsy shop here, where you'll find some very unique and pretty items. I actually just went and purchased this cute little key ring!!

Quilt-a-long progress...

So I changed by mind - instead of using my previously posted fabrics for Dana's quilt-a-long, I decided to use some Portobello Market. I purchased this collection to make a quilt for my Dad & Stepmom - this is totally the colour scheme of their rec room - very traditional. So with people talking about planning Christmas presents already, I figured I better get a jump start and get sewing...

I was able to get 39 12.5" squares. We're in Week 4 of the quilt-a-long and are piecing together the quilt top. But when I put mine together like so (see below), I find it's too busy. I'm not crazy about this fabric to begin with, because it's too traditional for me, so this placing is not winning me over.

I think I'll have to insert some sashing, maybe cut up some more blocks...i dunno. I'll figure something out.

If you're not in the quilt-a-long, go check out the groups Flickr page...lots of pretty stuff happening there! It's crazy to see how many are doing this project together!
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SEWN Giveaway Winner!

The winner has been chosen!!!

who said:

"Thanks for entering my giveaway and letting me know about yours! I love your bag. I think brown and blue look so good together. For inspiration I usually save any crafty website or blog in my favorites and when I get a chance I check them out."

Congrats!!! I'm sending you an email right now!

Thanks to all of you who entered! This was a lot of fun, and I will definitely being doing it again soon! I found some great links with all of your help!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Live Piecefully Quilt Bee - June - Kat's Block

So with the start of June came my first ever experience with the Live Piecefully virtual quilting bee. June is Kat's month, and she sent out these beautiful Tree Top Fancy prints. I have done improv quilting before, but not quite like this. I was terrified to cut into it thinking "this isn't my fabric". But I did it and here's the result. I quite like it...I made a boo-boo so that's where the thinner border came in. I hope she likes it! To check out the other blocks, go to the Live Piecefully flickr group - we're just getting started, so there's lots more to come.

***Seven more days till the deadline for the SEWN launch giveaway - to enter, click here***
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