This lame photo does not express how excited I am about The Curious Quilter’s Postage Stamp Quilt Charm Swap! But you can see that I am digging out my scraps and gearing up to participate!
If you have been tiptoeing around the idea of creating a postage stamp quilt, now is the time. Mary is hosting multiple swaps all throughout 2012. This will give you access to lots of different fabrics without having to go a huntin’ for them. And this is a real blessing, because these quilts have THOUSANDS (well, like 1-5 thousand, depending on your size.) of teeny tiny squares. I’ve been using a lot of duplicates, and that’s making it quite a bit harder on me than if I’d been patient and collected unique squares!
And I’ve discovered through Mary’s swap that I am not even in the craziest group of us crazies! Some of the folks out there are making these quilts out of ONE INCH SQUARES. I know, I’m astonished too!! But I decided to help them out and I’m using my teentiest, most tossable scraps to make them some squares.
So head on over to The Curious Quilter, get a little info, and sign up to join the swap!! You might even get some of that fancy schmancy strawberry fabric* for your project!
*Fancy schmancy strawberry fabric is pictured above, in all its glory.
Hop on over to That Mama Gretchen for a chance to win one of our 20 Little Toes headbands! A big thanks to Gretchen for hosting this giveaway!!!
If you miss out on the giveaway, you can always check out our Etsy shop or our 20 Little Toes Facebook page for more headbands and other cute accessories!
Head over to The Curious Quilter for some tips on how to tame your stash of 2” squares! Obviously, I need to heed her advice!
I love how my box says “Big Smile”!
And, if you’re intimidated by the prospect of gathering 3 or 4 thousand squares for a quilt and need a boost to get started, Mary is giving a way a set of 500 2” squares! (Or 80 5” if you’d prefer…) Or, if you’re like me, and you have 2000+ squares already, but you could just use some more, enter away 🙂
But who can blame me! They’re soooooo pretty 🙂
I apologize, because I announced the winners in the comments on February 2nd. I’m assuming the winners didn’t see those announcements. Here’s the official call for winners! I need your email addresses so I can find out how to get your fabrics to you.
If I don’t hear from you guys by March 15th, I’m choosing new winners from the set of people who left contact info.
The winners of Giveaway #1 are Wendy for fabric #1 and Angie for fabric #2!
The winner of Giveaway #2 is Mariel!
***Update*** I just figured out how to track down some of the emails, and I’m giving the winners until the end of March to reply 🙂 So sorry to keep dragging this out, I just want to give the winners a fair shot!!
I bought this fabric with the intention of making curtains, but after several years of procrastination, I now know I don’t actually want sheer blue-brown curtains!
I haven’t recently measured this, but I think there are around 5 full yards! It would make great fabric for layers in a formal dress. I’m not sure what the fabric is, but it is translucent and is blue with brownish tones from different angles.
Leave a comment to enter. Please include your email address in case you win! (Also, check out giveaway #1 for more details and for a chance to win other fabrics!)
I’m in the process of clearing out my studio (ugh), and I’m finally having to admit that there are supplies I will never use.
So, I’m give you guys a crack at them!
Starting tonight, and throughout the month of January, I’ll be offering several giveaways. All the giveaways will close at midnight, January 31st, and everything will be shipped out in February.
I’m going to keep it simple. Just leave a comment about which fabric you’d like to win and leave an email address where you can be reached. (Obviously if I know you, I likely have your email address, but it wouldn’t hurt to leave it just in case!)
Fabric #1 is a real treat! I bought this several years ago with the intention of creating bags. I did cut pieces for a duffel, but never really had the motivation to sew it together. This is a pleather maybe? I’m not always great at knowing what my fabrics are, especially the ones I bought before I became *ahem* a professional. But it’s has a shiny textured surface, and sort of looks like baby blue reptile skin. If you win, you will receive a solid uncut piece of 25”x40”, with some scraps, and all the pieces I cut for the duffel bag.
Fabric #2 is a heavy fabric, possibly a lightweight upholstery fabric. The colors are mostly country blue and sage with a hint of yellow and salmon.
This is a good thickness for bags, and there is enough fabric to actually cover a chair if you so desired. The winner will receive a 3.5 yards of this fabric (51” wide), and *if* I can find them, the pieces to a large tote I cut a few years ago.
This year I participated in a Craft-It-Forward chain on Facebook. Basically, you copy and paste the details, and whomever replies receives a craft from you, made in 2010 and sent by the end of 2010. In turn, they must also copy and paste the status and send a craft to whomever replies! On and on… 🙂
I had 2 repliers, Jennifer and Kristen! I just completed Jennifer’s craft not 1 hour ago. I decided to have my girls create a wish-list so I could tailor their prizes to them. A few of Jennifer’s favorites were green, purple, and elephants, and she also mentioned she’d like a large tote bag to haul around her son’s stuff.
Well, wish granted! Meet… the Mammoth Bag!
Named not only for the elephant appliqué, but for the fact that it’s unreasonably large 🙂 I made this pattern once before and I forgot how huge it actually is.
Dexter really liked the button eye.
Someone did not like being put inside the bag. I can assure you, however, that this bag will, in fact, hold a whole toddler.
I was excited to get a notification from Dolly Donations announcing that if we hurry and send in our dolls, they can leave the US for Haiti on December 18th!! If you have time to throw some together, there is still a little time to get them there!
I wish I had more completed, but I’m very glad I got to participate. I have more cut out, so I’ll try to slowly make them and just send out what I have when drives are announced.
These were great practice dolls. I’m hoping we’ll eventually have a little girl in our family (It’s looking like my brother’s baby is going to be a boy as well!). I’m really glad I’ve found an outlet for my girly creative energy! Some of these babies are kind of funny looking, but it was a nice opportunity to figure out the best techniques. For example, take it easy with the eyebrows or your doll will look like a Marx brother!
They have faux fur for hair (faux fur for, say that 3 times fast!), acrylic painted faces, very simple scrap dresses, and coordinating diapers.
I stumbled across a cool opportunity to touch young lives through crafting! Dolly Donations collects handmade dolls for children who have nearly nothing. Here’s a brief mission statement from Sarah, the founder:
“My mission is to make a difference in the lives of those less fortunate, especially orphaned children around the world ……. to provide them with a source of comfort …… to send them love, one dolly at a time!”
I love this idea. There are so many ways that children need help, and I have dolls who need homes! I can’t wait to participate (I just missed a drive that closed 3 days ago, but they hope to do another before Christmas) and I’m hoping to encourage others to join in! You don’t have to be great at sewing and Sarah provides free patterns and tutorials. (Make sure to read the FAQ section and the Mission Statement. They definitely accept dolls that are different from the provided pattern, but they request that you send multiples so that doll doesn’t seem like the “special” doll. Also, the request dolls and not animals or monsters etc because studies have shown that children respond better to dolls, providing comfort to the child.)
The free pattern is designed to use up scrap fabric, so that’s perfect for you stash busters out there!!
I just stumbled upon this challenge from Elsie Marley via Homemade By Jill. I’m so excited… I already made kid clothes today, so I’m already participating!! If you’re interested in playing along, go to the Elsie Marley link and sign up! It’s just a week, and even if you don’t have a kid at home, I’m sure you know a kid somewhere out there you can give your projects to!