Oh boy, did we have a hectic August! It tends to be so every year, though, because both my husband and my son’s birthdays are in August… only 2 days apart! We also had a wedding out of town, which was great! And, unfortunately, I had to say good bye to a friend.

My coworker, Ricky Manginsay, passed away from cancer very young. I worked with him every day.. on our team we had our Director Rob Oliver, Ricky as the assistant director, and me as the lead Background artist. It was very emotional for everyone. I am happy to say that we have celebrated him as much as we can since he passed! And I took the opportunity to make something special for him (and his wife), and as a way for me to process/grieve. I’m only sorry I didn’t get to give it to him in person. He died the morning of the day I was to visit with a group of coworkers. I hope, with all my heart, that he may rest in peace and that his friends and family’s suffering is eased.

Sorry for the sad moment..there were a lot of great parts of August! Levi’s 4th birthday (puppy themed), the wedding of friends in Idaho, and how much family we got to spend time with thanks to 2 reunions!

Hello sewers! Can you believe its July already!!?? Less than 6 months until Christmas! Ahhhh!!! Ok, lets focus on the now… how are you doing with sewing your stash!!?? Have you gotten some projects done? Have you filled your shop more? Selfish sewing? Gift sewing? If you are like me, you haven’t made NEARLY the dent you meant to…

I began the year vowing not to do any swaps for a while, and I am happy to say I kept that promise! Except for the one I am currently hosting.. but that one is for SewMyStash so it doesn’t count!

January & February: I participated in the Valentines weekend challenge and finished up the Downton Abby swap that I had previously signed up for! I also had the precuts party challenge but I didn’t get to participate. Instead, I wrote a quilt block pattern for my Modern Quilt Guild chapter, the LAMQG. I did use some stash! The pattern is on sale in my shop! (Marching On Pattern)

March: In March I was no so disciplined. I did a little selfish sewing by making some scout tee’s… but I think only 1 of those was from stash. In fact, I *may* have visited Michael Levine in Downtown on their 20% off all cotton sale day. Oh.. yeah I did. Evidence:

See that stack next to my husband with the Heather Ross?? That’s mine. Whoops. See! I am not perfect at all!

April: I […]

Welcome to the SewMyStash Mini Quilt Swap! Below you will find the details and rules for this swap. It is open to international sewers as well as domestic! The ship deadline for international is October 3rd and final deadline is October 12th. My intention is for all packages to be received by the end of October. Since this is mostly stash sewing, everyone should be able to get started right away and finish easily within the deadline. There is no specific theme, you may request anything from your partner, including holiday related! The link to the google form is at the bottom of this post! Happy quilting!

 

The Details:

It must be a mini quilt ranging from 12″x 12″ to 24″x 24″
It needs to be 75% stash at least! Really try hard for this, guys! Its the honor system, but its also the fun/point of this swap!
Lets try to keep the extra goodies to yardage or scraps from your stash or other little things! No need to go on a shopping spree. You are welcome to use more stash to make something small, of course!
We will be using the #SewMyStashMiniQuiltSwap hashtag as well as hashtags for swap mamas (example: #LeasasStashSewers)
Be aware that people will be pulling fabrics from their stash for you! I recommend being generous with your info on the sign up form and with your posted mosaic.
Know that this swap is open to all skill levels, but we will be attempting to pair people up who would fit well […]

Only 6 more months until Christmas!!! Yay!! The concept of “Christmas in July” is not a new one, especially in the crafting/sewing world. I love Christmas time and really wanted to get SewMyStash2015 involved in this concept, though I did alter it slightly so that its more friendly to those who celebrate Hanukkah, Kwanza and the Winter Solstice.

This challenge will be about using up those holiday fabrics, or making those holiday themed patterns as well as handmade gifts to give! Rules below!

Anything holiday! Fabric, pattern, gifts for others… make anything you want!
75% stash, approximately
Every finished item is an entry to the giveaway (multiple small items count as one. like stocking stuffers of ornaments, etc)
Completed (basically) by July 31st (Harry Potter’s birthday!… ahem)
Spread the word! I’m not going to require that you post or blog about it, but if you get a chance, spread the word! Its always more fun the more people doing it!

That’s it! All you have to do now is decide what to make! I’m hoping to use ALL of my Cherry Christmas fabric by Aneela Hoey.

I would really love to make a tree skirt using this free pattern from Amy Butler. I want to try and include my wedding veil as trim! Its the only piece from my wedding day that I kept and I have been trying to think of what to do with it for years. I hope it works out! **Side note: I love the way Posted in SewMyStash Tagged , , , , , , 3 Comments

Are you guys ready for the next challenge??!! It’s PRECUTS!!!!

That’s right! Use up those mini charms, charms, jelly rolls, honey buns, layer cakes, Fat quarters, Fat eighths, dessert rolls, honeycombs and turnovers! We all have them… looking so yummy stacked pretty in our fabric cabinets and on our shelves… looking like our very own fabric store……… AHEM…. let’s use them! We will be using the hashtag #SewMyStash2015PrecutsParty to share our work together! There will be another giveaway at the end. Details for everything below!

Rules!

1) Your fabric must come from a precut bundle. I will accept your own precuts as long as it’s from all the same collection, or manufacturer, or designer. I believe most manufacturers make precuts, but the most popular are Moda and Robert Kaufman. But in case you didn’t know, Windham Fabrics and Cotton + Steel make them too! (I only just discovered this while researching for this post!). Anyway, the point is to use up coordinating precuts!

2) Again, sew anything you want!! This will be a common rule! It does NOT have to be a quilt! Precuts are super great for pillows, fabric baskets, backpacks, and bags too! This challenge may not lend itself well to apparel sewing, so if you make a lot of clothes, break out of your comfort zone and try something else!

3) Yes, you may purchase fabric you need for background/sashing, backing, binding, bag hardware, etc. Just use precuts that are in your stash!

4) This must be complete in 4 weeks! That’s […]

Welcome to the first challenge¬†for SewMyStash2015! I’ve called it a weekend challenge, even though it starts on a Monday. I didn’t want to leave out any sewers who primarily sew during the week (ie: stay at home moms, part time workers, or work at home moms). Also, it gives everyone fair time to pull their fabric and work out their ideas for the project. Ok, ready!?

It’s a Valentine’s day challenge! Rules:

1. You must incorporate hearts! That could either reflect in the project/pattern you chose, or some Valentine’s Day fabric you have in your stash.

2. You may sew any project you like: mini quilt, bag, purse, clothing, pillow, anything!

3. You need to finish (basically) by the end of the weekend of Jan 25th (Sunday). I say basically, because I don’t want to encourage someone starting a queen size quilt that they can’t finish. The point of the challenge is to get a quick project done, using your stash and therefore making you feel awesome about yourself!

4. You must use approximately 75% from your stash. That pretty much means only backing or binding or that sort of thing can be new. Extra points if you use 100% stash! (Extra points can only be redeemed for pats on the back)

5. Use the hashtag #sewmystash2015challenge1 on your finished project! There will be a giveaway…. of some sort… and I will be using the images in that hashtag as entries.

That’s it! Need some ideas?

Robert Kaufman’s Pixelated Heart pattern is an awesome modern take on the […]

Hello SewMyStashers! By now, you should be into your first project (at least) using your stash! I am a little behind because I need to finish up my #DisneyQuiltSwap2015 mini quilt, and then I’m all aboard!

I wanted this post to focus on getting over the quilter’s block. What I mean by that is similar to writers block. You have fabric you want to use, but are not sure the best project or pattern to showcase it the way it deserves. OR you have a pattern you have always wanted to make but are not sure which fabrics to use. I’m going to show you some of my approaches and I hope they help you!

Pinterest!

Pinterest is my usual go-to. I like to see what others have done with that fabric or the pattern! It gives me great ideas! For example, I have always wanted to make a quilt showcasing my Heather Ross fabrics. So I search for fabric + “quilt” or “pillow” etc. Pretty straight forward. Think about the fabric you are using. Heather Ross fabric is novelty and has lots of character in her illustrations. You wouldn’t want a pattern that cuts it up a lot. Something with fussy cutting would be the best way to showcase. A polaroid pattern or monkey in the middle… or a churn-dash. You get the idea.

You can use the same approach for a pattern you like but are not sure which fabrics would be good. Ive always wanted to do a plus quilt […]