Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Mini Quilt: Hadley Woven Star

Last year, I decided it would be fun to try something new and join a mini quilt swap. They are usually organized over on instagram, and its a really fun way to be involved with sewing something small for a fellow quilter. I participated in the #IGminiswap, and it was a lot of fun.

My partner liked traditional quilting, either in batiks or neutral fabrics. I went through my stash and thought this lovely Denyse Schmidt fabric (from her Hadley collection), combined with a few off-white low volume prints might do the trick. 

I had been itching to make the Woven Star pattern, and sized at 16 inches, it was perfect. It's a free download over on Stitch Supply Co.

The pattern is made of either tiny squares or tiny half square triangles (HST). Really fun and really easy to make.

One of my goals in signing up for a mini quilt swap was to use that as a reason to try a quilting technique that I had never tried before. For this mini, I decided to attempt Free Motion Quilting (or FMQ). I love the look of Loop-de-Loops. I armed my hands with my quilting gloves (yes, there is such a thing!), and off I went. A few of my loops turned out a little wonky, but not too bad for my first time!

I especially love how it turned out on the back side! 

All I had left was the binding, then voila! I loved making this quilt so much.

I bought my cute little labels from Pick Your Plum last year. And the wire sewing machine quilt hanger is from Ackfeld Wire.

I love this pattern so much, that I'm itching to make another. That's the only bad thing about signing up for a swap- you'll make one to send away, but also want to make one to keep! But that's also the beauty of quilting. I love creating pretty things for others to have and enjoy.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Fat Quarter Shop Fabric Giveaway

**Update: Congrats to Amber @ chiefhouseholdofficer, for winning the giveaway!

If you read my blog, then you might be a quilter/seamstress, and that means you've probably heard of the Fat Quarter Shop! Chances are, you love and adore them just like I do!

They have been with my blog since the very beginning. They were my very first sponsor. And since then, they're sponsored numerous every single one of my events including Sewvivor, Sewlebrity Crush, and several giveaways. I'm excited that today I get to offer another sweet giveaway for a $25 Gift Certificate. 

To enter the giveaway, scroll to the bottom of this post for more details. 
Here are a few more reasons why I LOVE the Fat Quarter Shop...

They have a wonderful selection. They always carry the exact fabrics I'm looking for. They consistently travel to events such as Quilt Market and QuiltCon, and stay up to date to bring us, their customers, the latest in all the fabric trends and selections.

Every package always arrives extremely quick, and in perfect condition. They take great care to package the fabric very nicely.

They offer excellent customer service, which is nice when you have questions or need help with an order. A definite must in my book!

They are very active with the online sewing community. This makes them extra fun to get to know. They recently launched a Quilt-along called Snapshots, where they launch a new block + pattern on the 15th of every months. It is free, but anything you donate goes directly to St. Jude's Children's Hospital, so its a great way to offer a bit of love and charity to a great cause. Anyway, I fell in love with February's block, Sew On and Sew On. I am planning on turning it into a mini quilt for the Cotton and Steel Mini Quilt Swap that I'm participating in over on Instagram.

Also this month, they launched a fun series called March Minis, (a spin off March Madness)! Fun!! Any mini quilts that you sew during the month of March can be shared on Instagram with the hashtag: #fqsmarchminis. You'll be entered to win a fun giveaway for participating. We'll see if I can finish up my Sewing Machine Mini in time to enter!

Now... on to the GIVEAWAY for a $25 Gift Certificate!

To enter, visit their website and take a look. Find your favorite fabric that you're crushing on right now, and then come back here and leave a comment on my blog telling me what it is! Please leave your email address.

For extra entries, follow the Fat Quarter Shop and/or Family Ever After on Instagram, and leave a separate comment for each.

So, that's 3 possible entries. The winner will be announced next Thursday, March 19. Good luck!