Announcing the ‘Lazy-Ass Cats’ Blog Tour + Giveaway!

 

Lazy Ass Cats Bed Coloring Page

Dear Craft Buds readers:

I’m excited to tell you all about a project I began last year, which is now in print thanks to a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign. It’s called Lazy-Ass Cats: A Coloring Book for Adults.

You can pick up Lazy-Ass Cats: A Coloring Books for Adults on Amazon.com and at Mascot Books, among other retailers.

LazyAssCats_Cover

Inside the book, you’ll find some fun coloring pages that are not overly detailed. This is my favorite kind of book to color, because it’s actually relaxing! Here’s what some fans of the book had to say:

 

  • I started adding up how many books I needed—one for my nephew, one for my sister, five for my dance friends, one for me. I quickly reached 10 because the coloring book fits everyone in my life! And I’m starting to think I might need a second order.” – Kate Hinson
  • “I showed my girlfriend this book, and it was love at first sight,” says Kickstarter backer Storm Casey, who picked up the book as an early Christmas present.
  • “Unlike other adult coloring books, the line drawings in this one are deliberately made to be simple—Conner wants people to feel free to add in their own doodles and details.” – DesignTAXI

 

Lazy Ass Cat Meow Coloring Page

I’m celebrating the release with a blog tour of some wonderful coloring book and cat-centric blogs, and there’s a book giveaway at the end of this post.

 

Join us on the Lazy-Ass Cats blog tour!

May 9: Adult Coloring 101

May 10: Mascot Books Blog

 May 11: Craft Buds

May 15: Melissa’s Mochas, Mysteries & Meows

May 16: Portraits of Animals

May 17: That Cat Blog

May 18: Coloring Book Addict

Lazy-Ass Cats Blog Tour

Sale!

Through June 1, 2017, I’m offering 20% off all orders placed on LazyAssCats.com with the coupon code purr20. Coloring books make a great gift for cat lovers, people who love to color, and even those who don’t consider themselves to be creative. Save now.

 

Giveaway!

Enter to win a copy of the Lazy-Ass Cats coloring book. To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this blog post telling me something you love or something that annoys you about cats.

I can’t wait for you to color the book! You can pick up your copy at:

LazyAssCats.com

Amazon.com

Barnes + Noble

MascotBooks.com

A hard copy will be sent if the winner is located in the U.S., and a digital copy will be sent if the winner is outside of the U.S.

Retailers, would you like to sell Lazy-Ass Cats? E-mail Lindsay for wholesale info!

Wonder Woman Movie Release: DIY Popcorn Bags + Free Printable

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #WonderfulMovieNight #WonderWoman
Dr Pepper and Orville Redenbachers

Are you excited for the new Wonder Woman movie? I have my calendar marked for the release date, June 2nd.  As far as summer blockbusters go, this is a film I can really get behind. Movies are the perfect excuse to get together with friends and reconnect with each other while letting loose and having a fun night out! And what’s a party without salty and sweet snacks?

Wonder Woman PromoKit

I was surprised with this special package the other day, with all kinds of fun stuff inside to help me get ready for Wonder Woman! It included:

  • An awesome Dr Pepper® and Wonder Woman radio with Bluetooth, so I can connect to my phone and stream music
  • Orville Redenbacher’s® Butter Pop-Up Bowl popcorn featuring Wonder Woman on the packaging
  • A Dr Pepper tote bag, perfect to grab and go, and a drink Koozie

 

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Of course, I had to pick up some of my favorite treats at Kroger to get ready for my girlfriends to come over. We thought we’d get the party started a little early with Dr Pepper and Orville Redenbacher’s® in DIY popcorn bags. Look for the special display in store featuring Dr Pepper and Orville Redenbacher’s® with limited-edition Wonder Woman packaging, or check the soda and popcorn aisles (sometimes by the nuts).

DIY Popcorn Bags and Dr Pepper Floats

Save $2.00 on Orville Redenbacher’s® Popcorn and Dr Pepper® Soda when you buy ONE (1) Orville Redenbacher® Popcorn, any variety (6pk) and ONE (1) Dr Pepper® Soda any variety (.5L 6 pk)  Expires 5/21/2017 Limited Time Offer; while supplies last

Download the digital coupon from Kroger.com (only available for a limited time!) and enter the “Who’s the Hero in your Life” contest!

#WonderfulMovieNight Sweepstakes

No Purchase Necessary, Twitter A/C Req’d.,50 US/DC only, 18+, Ends 5/21/17.  Rules: https://gleam.io/f6gdL/wonderfulmovienight-sweepstakes

 

DIY Popcorn Bags and Dr Pepper Floats

Being surrounded by my friends reminds me of all the strong women in my life who show their super strength by being heroes everyday… to their families, their friends, and the wider community. A film like Wonder Woman reminds me to look for greatness in the everyday, and to be a champion for others in my life! Their friendship is always worth celebrating!

Enjoy this tutorial for Wonder Woman inspired ice cream floats and themed popcorn bags!

DIY Popcorn Bags + Ice Cream Floats

  1. To make these popcorn bags, download the free printable PDF star graphic.
  2. Print the graphic on white cardstock and cut around the circles.
  3. Use a paper cutter to cut 2″, 2.5″ and 3″ strips of red, blue and yellow cardstock or scrapbook paper. Stack them and glue with a glue stick. Alternate vertically or horizontally on the paper lunch sack and glue in place.
  4. Add the star graphic on top and add your guest’s name or monogram!
  5. To make the ice cream floats, add two scoops of ice cream and fill the rest of a glass with Dr Pepper. Add a straw, and enjoy!

DIY Popcorn Bags and Dr Pepper Floats

If you try these DIY popcorn bags and ice cream floats, I’d love to hear about it!

Bonus Project! Hope Throw Pillow

Hope Applique Throw Pillow

I hope you enjoyed my Home Sweet Home mini quilt project for Baby Lock’s Sewlebrity Love of Sewing Challenge. I’ve decided to share a bonus project that I came up with, using the same fabrics leftover from my original quilt. The background on this is a blue feather print designed by Simple Simon & Co. for Riley Blake Designs, and I chose a mustard yellow solid for my applique.

This pillow reminded me of the famous quote by Emily Dickinson: “Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.” It’s a reminder to all of us that it’s okay to stop and breathe, and wait for tomorrow. Because there is always hope around the corner.

To make this project:

  1. Download a free PDF of the applique! Print out page 3.
  2. Follow the basic tutorial on how to use the Baby Lock Destiny II’s IQ designer to scan in your design. I’ve used a running stitch for my placement stitch and outline stitch, and a 1mm satin stitch for the outline, which gives it a shabby chic look. Use a thicker 2mm or 3mm satin stitch if you’d prefer to cover those raw edges.
  3. Need help stitching out your design on the Destiny II? I’ve made a video for that, too! Or, just use your favorite method to raw-edge applique the design onto your pillow front. I’ve used Steam-a-Seam double-sided fusible web.
  4. Add fusible fleece to the wrong side of your pillow front. Quilt if desired, or just leave it as is.
  5. Measure your pillow front, and create an envelope pillow back to fit using the method of your choice, or follow my envelope pillow back tutorial here.
  6. Before sewing the front and back together, add piping if desired. Here’s a great piping tutorial by Christine Haynes showing how to do just that.

I’ve left the dimensions off this project on purpose, so you can customize it to fit your desired hoop size, applique design or pillow form. Once you’ve made an applique throw pillow, you’ll be a pro and won’t need these directions the next time around!

Home and Hope Applique Sewing

Thank you so much for joining me this week for the challenge! Make sure to go back and check out any of the 12 projects that you might have missed for lots more inspiration and tips to help you celebrate your love of sewing!

Sewlebrity Love of Sewing Challenge

Here’s my sewing challenge posting schedule so you can follow along!
3/16: Introducing the Baby Lock Sewlebrity Love of Sewing Challenge
3/20: Video: Delivery Day + “Home Sweet Home” Mini Quilt Supply List
3/22: Video: Sewing an Applique with the Destiny II
3/24: Free Pattern for the “Home Sweet Home” Mini Quilt + Video (IQ Designer How-to)
3/28: Bonus Project! Hope Throw Pillow

Free Pattern for the “Home Sweet Home” Mini Quilt

Baby Lock Destiny II and Home Sweet Home mini quilt

Today I’m sharing the next video for my Sewlebrity Love of Sewing Challenge project, plus the free pattern for my “Home Sweet Home mini quilt. It’s a darling little mini quilt to hang in your living room, entryway, or even your sewing room! Because, let’s face it, most of us feel at home when we’re in front of the sewing machine.

In this video, I’ll demonstrate the full process I went through to make my own applique using the Destiny II’s IQ Designer, a feature which allows you to scan your own image into the sewing machine and sew it. Amazing, right?! If you are still considering whether or not to get the Destiny II, this may be a game changer for you!

I’ve included a free downloadable PDF of the appliques, so you can use your favorite method to applique the word home and the house outline onto the quilt, even if you don’t have an embroidery machine to do the fancy stitching for you! Below, you will find the complete project instructions:

Home and Hope Applique Sewing

Project: Home Sweet Home Mini Quilt

Materials:

  • 1/2 yard each* of 5 fabrics (I used assorted Riley Blake prints and solids)
  • Tear-away embroidery stabilizer
  • 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of double-sided fusible web for applique, like Steam-A-Seam 2
  • Free applique pattern print-out (3 pages)

* You’ll have enough extra fabric to make my Hope Throw Pillow bonus project, which I’ll share next week! A fat quarter will work for the yellow, turquoise, and gold stripe fabrics.

 

Cutting:

For applique block:

  • Cut (1) 14.25″ x 11.5″ background (or start larger for hoop, and trim down)
  • Cut applique fabric and double-sided fusible into a rectangle larger than the PDF pattern, for each the word home and the house image

For house blocks (cut 1 each in different fabrics: gold stripe, turquoise, yellow, and blue):

  • Cut (4) 7.5″ x 4″ for flying geese roof
  • Cut (4) 6″ x 5″ for house

From background (cream dot) cut:

  • (8) 4″x4″ for flying geese roof
  • (8) 1.5″ x 5″ for house blocks
  • (2) 1″ x 8.25″ for sashing between house blocks
  • (2) 2.5″ x 26.5″ for left and right borders
  • (2) 2.75″ x 18.5″ for top and bottom borders

For prairie points (gold stripe):

  • Cut 12 squares 3″ x 3″

Mini Quilt Assembly:

All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless otherwise noted.

Embroidery Hoop house

1) Hoop the stabilizer and background fabric into the 8″ x 12″ embroidery hoop. Follow along with the video for directions on using the IQ Designer to make your appliques. Remove the tear-away stabilizer and press. If you aren’t using an embroidery machine, you can use the PDF pattern to make an applique in any method of your choice. However, it won’t be nearly as fun!

Flying geese roof

2) Make the flying geese roofs. The Destiny II’s needle beam works great for this! I also fold the squares diagonally and press to mark my diagonal line before stitching.

House Blocks Tutorial

3) Add 1.5″ x 5″ sides to the house bases. Attach the roof pieces to the house blocks. Trim the blocks.

Home Mini Quilt assembly diagram

Quilt Assembly Diagram

4) Add a piece of 1″ x 8.25″ sashing between the house blocks in each row. Press the seams toward the center. Then, attach the house rows to the top and bottom of the center applique block, referring to the quilt assembly diagram above.

5) Add the left and right borders.

Prairie Points

6) Make a prairie points by folding a 3″ x 3″ square in half diagonally. Press. Fold in half diagonally again and press. Space 12 prairie points evenly on the top and bottom borders, according to the quilt assembly diagram. Baste in place 1/8″ from the edge, then sew on the top and bottom borders. Press the prairie points away from the house blocks.

Home Sweet Home mini quilt sneak peek

7) Make a quilt sandwich. Quilt as desired (I used a wide meandering design) and bind your quilt!

 

Here’s my sewing challenge posting schedule so you can follow along!
3/16: Introducing the Baby Lock Sewlebrity Love of Sewing Challenge
3/20: Delivery Day + “Home Sweet Home” Mini Quilt Supply List + Video
3/22: Sewing an Applique with the Destiny II + Video
3/24: Free Pattern for the “Home Sweet Home” Mini Quilt + Video (IQ Designer How-to)
3/28: Bonus Project! Hope Throw Pillow

 

I hope you enjoyed this free mini quilt pattern, and I hope to see you back next week for a look at the hope throw pillow project I created with the Destiny II!

Sewing an Applique on the Destiny II

Home applique design

I’ve made many applique quilts in the past, but I’ve never used an embroidery machine to do so. Let me tell you, I’m in love with the Baby Lock Destiny II for machine applique and embroidery projects! Applique in particular is so versatile, especially when you realize that you can create your own designs quickly and easily on the Destiny.

Later this week, I’ll show you how to design your own applique pattern right on the Baby Lock Destiny II, using the amazing IQ Designer. But, perhaps you’ve never sewn an applique before and need a little primer. I’ve prepped a short video to show you the basic steps needed to sew a machine applique design on your embroidery machine! I hope this gets you excited to try and create some of your own applique patterns in our next lesson!

On Friday, I’ll be back with full instructions for the Home Sweet Home mini quilt. If you’re already familiar with the IQ designer and want to get a head start on making your applique, here is a free PDF pattern to print and use for this week’s projects! Print out pages 1 and 2 for the mini quilt and page 3 for the hope throw pillow project.

Sewlebrity Love of Sewing Challenge

Here’s my sewing challenge posting schedule so you can follow along!
3/16: Introducing the Baby Lock Sewlebrity Love of Sewing Challenge
3/20: Video: Delivery Day + “Home Sweet Home” Mini Quilt Supply List
3/22: Video: Sewing an Applique with the Destiny II
3/24: Free Pattern for the “Home Sweet Home” Mini Quilt + Video (IQ Designer How-to)
3/28: Bonus Project! Hope Throw Pillow

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