Monthly Archives: July 2012

Giveaway! Bella and Liberty Fabrics

At Craft Buds, we believe in coming alongside crafters who want to start their own handmade business, and today I’d like to introduce you to Sara of Sew Sweetness! Yes, she made all of these amazing outfits. And she wants to write sewing patterns and teach you how to do the same with step-by-step, easy-to-follow patterns.

Sara has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help her raise the funds to start drafting sewing patterns for clothing. She also makes some of the best FREE bag and purse tutorials online. We want to support her in this new endeavor, so we’re giving away some lovely fabric in support of Sara’s new project. Sara says:

My Kickstarter goal minimum is to raise the money to buy a package of quality garment pattern drafting software, which will allow my patterns to be available in sizes XXS-XXL. I would like to produce my instructions as a PDF. All pattern pieces would be included, as well as full-color step-by-step photos and very detailed sewing instructions. The finished patterns would be available online as downloads.

I wish I could do this on my own, but I just can’t! I work at a pet store on the weekends so I can stay home with my kids during the week while my husband is at work, and I think this is a way that I can not only better myself, but help my kids learn about hard work and that it’s possible to do something that you love.

Giveaway!

To enter this giveaway, visit Sara’s Kickstarter campaign and make a donation of any amount ($1, $5, any amount!). Then come back here and leave a comment letting us know you’ve donated.

One randomly drawn winner will receive the soon-to-be-released, oh so cute Lotta Jansdotter Bella Fat Quarter Bundle! (image courtesy redpepperquilts.com)

 

One randomly drawn winner will get this gorgeous charm pack of Liberty Art Fabrics from Sara’s stash. (See more drool-worthy pics of this fabric from Sara’s Quilt Market post, here!)

Besides being one of the nicest, most generous sewists in blogland, Sara is a mom to two adorable kids and she is extremely passionate about teaching others to sew. Let’s help Sara kickstart her new handmade business! As a bonus, you can donate for one of the set amounts and can pre-order Sara’s dress patterns or get some other fun rewards once Sara meets her goal!

Sara’s Blog | Facebook | Twitter

 

So, if you’d like to enter to win one these prizes, just pop on over to Kickstarter, make a donation of any amount, and then leave us a comment to say you did! This giveaway is open worldwide and closes on Friday, August 10, 2012.

Update: Congrats to our winners, #40 Cassandra (Bella fat quarter bundle) and #7 Carlyn Jane (Liberty charms)! Thanks to all who donated, because it looks like Sara is going to beat her original fundraising goal!

QuiltCon Block Challenge

Have you followed the QuiltCon Block Challenge?

The assignment is to create a modern quilt block inspired by the colors of the QuiltCon logo. QuiltCon is the inaugural modern quilting conference of The Modern Quilt Guild, to be held in Austin, Texas this February 2013! Here are just a few of the stunning blocks in the Flickr pool.

SBAMQG QuiltCon blocks July Meeting
Flickr/capitolaquilter (SBA Modern Quilt Guild entries)

QuiltCon Block
Flickr/AQuiltingJewel

Fabric stack and quiltcon challenge
Flickr/Sewmama123

QuiltCon block
Flickr/liveacolorfullife

Elephant Crossing
Flickr/ircabbit


Flickr/ReannaLilyDesigns


Flickr/vardewoman

The 20+ winning blocks selected by Elizabeth Hartman will be included in a quilt to be raffled off to one lucky winner, and the other blocks will be made into charity quilts. Very inspiring! The deadline for entries is August 15, so there’s still time to design your QuiltCon block.

QuiltCon happens February 21-24, 2013 in Austin, Texas. Conference registration opens August 30, 2012, and modern quilters are welcome to submit quilt entries to the show between August 1 and November 30, 2012.

Is anyone going to QuiltCon? Are you making a block for the QuiltCon Block Challenge?

Giveaway! Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters

I recently got the chance to review a copy of the book Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters (Lark Crafts). The book is written by four members of the Fat Quarterly e-zine team, Katy Jones, Brioni Greenberg, Tacha Bruecher and John Q. Adams, and includes patterns for 60 quilt blocks and 12 complete projects ranging from quilts to home decor.

Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters contents

What makes this book unique is that quilt blocks and projects are broken down by shape, starting at the very basic squares and rectangles blocks and progressing through circles, triangles, stars, polygons and diamonds. Once you’ve conquered basic patchwork and the more beginner-friendly “shapes,” you can use those skills to build up to more advanced blocks which use techniques like applique and paper piecing.

Star Block Circles Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters

One of my favorite blocks in the book is the clever “Star Pinwheel,” which uses fusible web to adhere sliced stars to half-square triangles for a really dynamic block with positive and negative space. Even if you don’t quilt, this would be a great accent to clothing for kids or adults.

Quilt Circles Fat Quarterly Shape Workshop for Quilters

The “Dream Garden Diamonds Quilt” uses bold piecing and modern fabric choices, for a clean and fresh look! Overall, I think this book would be a welcome addition to any quilter’s library, because the blocks range from beginner to advanced. Some of the paper-pieced patterns are really unique and 60 blocks can be mixed and matched for a sampler quilt or repeated over multiple rows and columns for a DIY patchwork quilt.

My Project

I decided to make a “Bowties & Blooms” quilt blocks from the book in the colors yellow, aqua and gray, which I’m collecting for a modern sampler quilt. The block finishes as 12.5″ square, and stitches up pretty quickly! You can make this block with the free pattern excerpted with permission from Lark Crafts.

Bowties Blooms Quilt Block

Free block patterns from the book:

Bowties + Blooms (pictured)

Courtyard Garden Block

Pentagon Flower Block + template

 

Giveaway!

Would you like to win a copy of this book? Lark Crafts will send a copy to one lucky Craft Buds reader. Enter to win by completing the Rafflecopter widget below.

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How to Shorten a Belt

Shorten-Belt-Craft-Buds

I recently bought a dress and thought, “This would look better with a belt.” The high waistline meant none of my current belts would fit (without a long flap hanging off), so I found a faux leather one for $1 at Goodwill and set out to alter it to fit an empire waist dress. Here’s how I did it.

With non-fabric scissors (so you don’t dull out your good shears), snip into the back of the leather holding the buckle.

Cut completely across, then snip off the excess leather tab as pictured.

Now use your scissors to cut open the remaining flap and release the buckle. Snip through the thread only, not the leather belt.

This is what your belt should look like disassembled.

Use your scissors to widen the hole for the belt prong. I wanted to shorten my belt by about two inches, so I widened the hole by two inches.

With the belt buckle positioned underneath the belt, slip the prong only through your newly created hole to the front side.

Pull the belt buckle through until the prong catches on the end of the long hole you cut earlier. Fold back the end of the belt and hold together with your fingers.

Temporarily hold together the belt ends with the buckle sandwiched between. The tiny leather loop should also catch just inside of the folded leather back. Before sewing, test out your belt to see if you have an ideal fit.

Take your belt to the sewing machine. I removed my presser foot to sew through this thick leather material. Warning: Take extreme caution when sewing without a presser foot, because your fingers can easily slip beneath the needle without the extra protection of the presser foot.

To move the leather through the sewing machine without breaking your needle, turn the sewing machine’s knob with your hand instead of using the foot pedal to create a slow and steady stitch. With matching thread, slowly stitch through both layers to attach the end of your leather flap to the belt. The leather loop should be positioned just inside your stitch line. I like to sew this step with the belt face up for a clean stitch line.

Flip your belt and machine stitch a line across both layers just beneath the buckle. Again, slowly stitch by turning the sewing machine knob with your hand, and trap the buckle inside your stitch line.

Here is the back view of the completed belt. You can see that both the small leather loop and the metal buckle are trapped inside the newly secured and stitched fold. It’s now ready to wear!

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