Monthly Archives: October 2012

Announcing Sew South: A Modern Sewing Retreat


We’re excited to share Sew South, a modern sewing retreat hosted by Ellison Lane Quilts, where you will sew, create, learn, play and connect with other modern sewists and bloggers!

Sew South is a boutique retreat, big on substance and style but small in size for a wonderful, personal experience.

It’s a place to be inspired, relax and learn something new. Come spend a weekend sewing, laughing, and creating. A spring weekend in the South sewing with friends, taking time for yourself, finding your inspiration: That’s the Sew South Retreat!

What’s included?
  • 4 Make & Take workshops including quilting and paper piecing, bag making and garment sewing taught by experienced sewists and bloggers
  • Plenty of open sewing time
  • A fabric field trip to The Little General in Winston Salem, NC
  • A cocktail reception
  • Breakfasts, lunches and snacks during the retreat
  • Fabric and goodie swaps
  • Opportunities to connect with other modern sewists and bloggers
  • A swanky swag bag
Sew South is March 21-24, 2013 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Come be a part of our inaugural year! I hope you’ll join us!
Tickets are $275 and go on sale on Wed., October 24 at noon, EST.
This retreat is limited to 50 people so don’t miss out!

Giveaway!

You can also enter the Sew South giveaway at Ellison Lane Quilts, and read more about her inspiration for putting on the event!

Fresh Picks: Halloween Crafts + a Guest Post

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite Halloween crafts and recipes, from Craft Buds and elsewhere. From Jack-o’-Lanterns to scary sweets, there’s holiday inspiration all around. Do you have a favorite Halloween craft tutorial? Please share the link with us!

Pumpkin Recipes for fall
10 Pumpkin Recipes: Savory and Sweet

Jack-o-Lantern T-shirt Easy Jack-O’-Lantern T-Shirts for Halloween

No Carve Pumpkins Halloween Halloween DIY Decorations: No-Carve Pumpkins

Owl S'mores Owl S’mores

Halloween Bunting Free Printables Halloween Bunting and Subway Art – Free Printables

unusual costumes for Halloween
7 Unusual Halloween Costumes

Oreo Spiders Halloween Party Food Oreo Spiders Halloween Recipe

Halloween Candy Apples
Spooky Forest Sticks for Candy Apples

Guest Post at Stash Books

Stash Books Projects - Craft Book Month

P.S. We’re over at the Stash Books blog, sharing some reader projects from Craft Book Month! Hop on over to see if your project were featured!

How to Sort and Organize Fabric Scraps

Organizing Fabric Scraps

In honor of the upcoming the Scrappy Stash Quilt Along at Ellison Lane Quilts, I decided to organize my fabric scraps by color.

Sorting fabric into piles may seem simple enough, but if your current fabric scrap bins look like this, you may be a bit overwhelmed!

Organizing Fabric Scraps
Although I love this vintage box, it sometimes runs over with fabric scraps, to the point that I no longer want to use them. But once sorted, scraps are much more fun to sew with! Here are some tricks I used to get my fabric scraps from a total mess to a pretty, well-sorted bin.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

Left: Scraps that are part of a collection can stay together. I just toss them aside for now. Right: Patchwork scraps that have already been pieced (if you think you might use them again) can go in their own pile.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

Left: Long strips of fabric can go in another pile, regardless of color. I like to keep these together for making a quick patchwork string block or you can pull from these to make scrappy long cabin quilt blocks. Right: All of my fabric scraps that are solids, regardless of size, go in their own plastic bin. This is because I make a lot of solids-only projects, so I like seeing them all together.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

Left: I keep a burlap bin filled with all of my white fabric scraps (and also off-white or linen). Right: as you sort, make a separate pile for black or grey fabric, and another pile for brown tones. These neutrals are some of my favorite scraps to have on hand!

Organizing Fabric Scraps

As you go through the rest of your fabric scraps, begin to sort by color groups. Here are my blue, pink and orange scraps. I am sorting mostly monochromatic prints. Monochromatic means that there is just one color within the fabric (or nearly one color).

Organizing Fabric Scraps

You’ll notice that I eventually intermixed my red and pink scraps. This works just fine for storage purposes, and you can always refine your fabric sorting later.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

Here are my fabric scraps that read as several colors in each print. Instead of trying to sort these, I’m just going to store them at the bottom of my cool stacking tub I got from The Container Store. I didn’t want to spend any money on fabric storage, but since I might be moving soon, I figured I should simplify my fabric stash and invest in a container that I could store in a closet if needed.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

Here you can see that I barely have any orange fabric scraps. This is okay! Also, my “purple” fabric scraps are more pink/fuschia. Use whichever categories make sense to you.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

Ta da! Here are my piles of monochromatic prints. I folded them in any way that makes sense. If you want to cut your scraps into manageable sizes (like 3″ x 3″ squares), feel free to do that now. Otherwise, you can always cut them later, when you’re ready to sew a project.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

I used freezer storage bags to store the piles of colored fabric. Press all the air out of the bags before closing so you can store them flat in your storage bin.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

My storage bin has a handled tray that sits in the top of the bin, which is the perfect size for storing fat quarters and large scraps. I’ve roughly sorted these prints by color.

Organizing Fabric Scraps

And here is my scrappy storage bin (left) with all of my loose and bagged fabric scraps beneath the white tray! To the right, you can see that my vintage box is once again a manageable scrap bin. (Inside are my solid scraps and scraps that are all from the same collection.) When I’m sewing and have a few new scraps, I’ll toss them in this bin until it’s time to sort again!

Scrappy Quilt Along

I hope you will consider sorting your scraps in time to join the Scrappy Stash Quilt Along hosted by Ellison Lane Quilts! It kicks off October 9 with giveaways, special sales, discounts and all the details to get you started.

Sponsors: The many prizes offered to those of you that join our quilt-along are graciously donated by the following sponsors.



Timeline

Scrappy Stash QAL starts October 9.
Scrappy Stash QAL ends November 13.
Link up finished quilt November 13-15.
Prizes drawn November 16.

Blog Hop

The following fabulously talented ladies have so kindly offered to share their scrap secrets with you as well as helping spread the word about the Scrappy Stash Quilt-Along. Be sure to stop by each day and check out their scrap storage!

10/4: Craft Buds <<You are Here>>
10:9: QAL kick-off day at Ellison Lane Quilts!
10/10: Maureen Cracknell Handmade (QAYG tutorial!)

Win Sewing Swag

Can I tell you how excited I am that Craft Buds gets to be a part of this in just two short weekends?

Jessica at Me Sew Crazy has done a fabulous job organizing this event, as a tag along to Sewing Summit!

But wait! There’s more… you can win great prizes, too!

Stay tuned for pics and updates from Sewing Summit!

Until then, head over to Me Sew Crazy and enter to win!

Winners! Craft Book Month

It’s time to announce the Craft Book Month winners! All winners were randomly selected from the 127 entries received. Winners, please e-mail Lindsay@craftbuds.com to claim your prize!

4 winners! $25 Gift Certificate from Fat Quarter Shop: 89 Heidi @ Fabric Mutt, 86 Rachel , 67 Carrie P., 37 Vera
Craft Book Month Winners!

3 winners! Dual Duty XP Thread Set and Anniversary Tin from Coats & Clark: 60 Terry @ Toohey’s This and That, 48 Kristan @ Doodle Do Designs, 44 Sarah Norman

1 Winner! Anna Maria Pearl Cotton gift box, Anna Maria Embroidery Floss gift box and Anna Maria patterns courtesy of FreeSpirit: 17 amylouwho

Craft Book Month Winners!
1 Winner! 6×12 Frosted Ruler, 45mm Ergonomic Rotary Cutter and a 12×18 Double-Sided Self-Healing Rotary Mat from OLFA: 78 Dana @ WaterPenny

1 Winner! Prize Pack from Pellon: 119 Debbie H

1 Winner! Fat quarter bundle of Sweetwater’s new collection “Noteworthy” from Moda, United Notions: 25 Inspire Me Grey

1 Winner! Fat quarter bundle of V&Co.’s new collection “Simply Color”  courtesy of Moda, United Notions: 92 Karen @capitolaquilter

Craft Book Month Winners!

1 winner! Complete collection of 10 sewing patterns from Amanda Murphy Design: 110 Carmen

1 winner! Scrap Basket Sensations book and fabric Wee Folks jelly roll courtesy of Fabric Seeds: 113 Jenelle @ Echinops & Aster

1 Winner! Pieces of Hope fabric bundle from Riley Blake Designs: 80 Laurie @ Dodging the Butterfly

1 winner! Three patterns of your choice from SUCH Designs: 70 Joanna@ShapeMoth

Craft Book Month Winners!
1 winner! $25 Shop credit from Zipit: 120 Tiffany

1  Winner! 100 Moo Mini Cards to advertise your handmade business: 66 Lisa Marie

1 Winner! Three Modern Quilt Relish patterns of your choice: 12 Sweet Diesel Designs

1 winner! Little Stitches book from Stash Books: 22 Live a Colorful Life

Craft Book Month Winners!

1 Winner! Anna Maria’s Needleworks Notebook from Wiley Craft: 50 svetlana

1 winner! Pair of Generation T books from Workman Publishing: 43 Darcy @ Modern Cozy

1 winner! Skip the Borders from Martingale & Co.: 2 Me Sew Crazy

1 winner! Sew Merry and Bright from Martingale & Co.: 13 missknitta’s studio

Craft Book Month Winners!

1 Winner! Heart Felt Holidays and Stash Happy Applique books from Lark Crafts: 124 Becky Greene

1 Winner! Grow Your Handmade Business book from Storey: 97 Brandy Fishback

1 Winner! “Yarn Bombing” book from Arsenal Pulp Press: 90 Jessica

Final FreeSpirit Fridays Winner: #98 Marian
Craft Book Month Winners!

Congrats to the winners, and we hope you’ve been inspired by craft books! This event would not have been possible without our amazing Craft Book Month sponsors:


 

Thanks for joining us for Craft Book Month! Stay tuned in October, when we’ll be teaming up with some other bloggers for a Scrappy Stash Quilt-Along and the Tula Pink Sew aAlong.

Ongoing Book Giveaways:

Improv Sewing (Ends 10/2)

Simply Fat Quarters (Ends 10/3)

Anna Maria’s Needleworks Notebook (Ends 10/4)

Craft Book Month: Expert Q&As

Did you miss some of our expert Q&As for Craft Book Month? Catch up with each of them below for some inspiring craft book stories!

Mary and Carol of Project Linus, Lark Crafts authors

Kristy Zacharias, Art Director for C&T Publishing / Stash Books

Cynara Geissler, Marketing Manager for Arsenal Pulp Press

Emily Neuburger

Emily Neuburger, Storey Publishing author

Angela Yosten, Stash Books author

Elizabeth Maxson, photographer for Quilts from the House of Tula Pink (F+W Media)

Nicole and Debra, Storey Publishing authors

It’s Sew Emma Patterns and Fat Quarter Shop authors, self-publishing

Anna Maria Horner

Anna Maria Horner, Wiley Craft author

Are you one of our lucky winners? Thanks for crafting and reading along with us!

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