Monthly Archives: August 2013

Giveaway! Fabric, Thread + More

One thing I love about the online sewing community is the  generosity of crafters. It’s hard to keep up with my favorite quilting blogs without hearing about a charity drive, a kind act or a giveaway of some sort!

 

Giveaway at Craft Buds!

 

Did you hear? Alissa is hosting the 4th Annual Action Kivu Fundraiser! Not only does this fundraiser support an incredibly worthy organization which helps women who are victims of the conflict in Eastern Congo by teaching them to sew. If you give a donation to the, here are some of the prizes you could WIN!

 

I entered the last two years, and last year I won an incredible set of quilt patterns! Today, I’d like to pay it forward and encourage you all to head over and make a donation. Any amount you can give is welcome, no matter how big or small!

Giveaway!

Giveaway!

Update: Congratulations to our giveaway winner, #34, Deborah K.!

1) If you give a donation of any amount to the Action Kivu Fundraiser, just come back and leave a comment here on this post, and you’ll be entered to win:

– 10 fat quarter set of Riley Blake Chevrons
– Olfa Ergonomic Rotary Cutter
– Coats & Clark Dual Duty thread!

2) If you can’t give at this time, please help out the cause by spreading the word! Share this giveaway on Facebook, Twitter, instagram or Pinterest, and you can leave a comment on this post. (Max 2 comments/entries per person!)

Entries open worldwide, and I’ll choose one winner via Random.org after the end of the fundraiser. Please note that you must make a donation or help spread the word by Monday, August 19 at midnight in order to win!

>> Go to the Action Kivu Fundraiser! <<

Don’t forget that you if you donate, you can enter to win bonus giveaways here and here!

 

Finding Time to Craft

Do you ever have trouble finding time to craft?

I often find myself in the mood to sew, and then I’m suddenly distracted by e-mails, the latest reality TV show or a game on my phone. Perhaps you find yourself in the same scenario, wishing you had more time to sew, knit or scrapbook, and instead you end up surfing the Web for hours at a time. Well, you’re not alone! And if you want to know the good news . . . there’s no need to get down about it!

The truth is that we all have productive crafting days, and we all have days that we just need to unplug. When you take time to watch a chick flick, spend some quality time on WeLuvBingo.com, or play with your kids, your finding those bits of inspiration that may just become your next finished craft project! For example, one of my favorite quilts that I’ve ever designed was created after a period of “crafter’s block.” I spent some time online looking for ideas, but I couldn’t come up with anything that really excited me. And then, after spending some quality time with my husband, he came up with the most brilliant idea for my next quilt!

In case you’re still waiting for inspiration to strike, here are some tips for incorporating more crafting into your everyday life:

  1. Take your hand-sewing project or portable knitting projects on the go. Whether you’re sitting on the bus or in the back aisle of the movie theater, there are lots of little moments for crafting if you really keep your eyes open.
  2. If you’re traveling and you can’t craft, why not download a crafty phone app? You can get inspiration from online crafting communities that might just spark your next big project idea.
  3. Pamper yourself. This may come as a given, but getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, eating right and drinking plenty of water—all of these things will contribute to your energy, including how much creative energy you have available.

What’s your favorite way to fit crafting into your daily life?

Ruffle-Edge Baby Blanket Tutorial + Giveaway!

Hello, Craft Buds! Lindsay here, and I’m guest posting today on the Shannon Fabrics blog with a tutorial for this super-snuggly baby blanket!

Have you ever sewn with Cuddle Fabrics? Shannon’s Cuddle collection is the softest, silkiest fabric ever… similar to a minky fabric you’d find at many fabrics stores. I’ve really enjoyed sewing with them, and the timing couldn’t be more perfect. My husband and I are expecting our first baby this January!

We won’t know for a couple weeks if it’s a boy or a girl. But, I was dying to cut into this chevron print Cuddle fabric in baby pink. So, I just went for it, and opted for a neutral white on the other side! The ruffle binding is a navy blue jersey I had left over from a dress. So I went with a little blue and a little pink. I really love the color combo!

Want to make your own cute ruffle-edge baby blanket? You’ll need 3 yards of Cuddle fabric (1-1/2 yards each for the front and back), plus some jersey fabric for the ruffle. The finished blanket is 45″ x 45″, and I’m sharing the tutorial over on the Shannon Fabrics blog.

Get the Ruffle-Edge Baby Blanket Tutorial

Giveaway!

Shannon Fabrics is giving you the chance to win 3 yards of Cuddle fabric of your choice, which is enough to make your very own Cuddle blanket! To enter to win, just fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Entries open to U.S. Good luck!

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