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Video: Sewing + Blogging Tips with Pellon Designers

I’m so excited to be back today sharing our second installment of the Video Chats at Craft Buds series! Last month, we chatted with bloggers Jessica, Andrea and Heather about their tips for writing sewing patterns as a business.

Today, I’m excited to introduce a chat on Sewing and Blogging Tips with my friends Sara Lawson, Kim Niedzwiecki and Erin Sampson. Through no fault of her own, Kim wasn’t able to connect with us during the video chat (we tried and tried!), but she is a super-fun and fantastic blogger, and you should definitely check out her site as well as her projects she’s designed for Pellon.

A Little Background:
I first met Sara and Kim at Quilt Market in Kansas City last spring, and I almost got to meet Erin then, too. I can tell you all now that they are fabulous, inspiring women, and I really think you’ll enjoy getting to know them!

In the 25-minute video (suggestion: go ahead and open in another window while you surf Pinterest…we won’t tell!), we chat about:

- Tips for blogging and how to connect with your readers
- Finding a balance between work/family life and your creative goals
- How you can become a Pellon projects designer
- And more!

What would you like to learn about blogging, writing patterns, etc.? If you have any questions for Sara, Erin or Kim, you can ask in the comments section!

Get Connected:

Sew Sweetness: Sara’s blog with free bag patterns and more!
My Go-Go Life
: Kim’s awesome sewing and quilting blog!
Pellon website
and blog: New site coming next month!
Just Plain Lovely:
Erin’s craft and lifestyle blog!

And you can follow them on Facebook: Sara / Kim / Pellon

 

Video: How to Write Sewing Patterns

If you heard the big announcement, you know that we’ve been working to launch the new Video Chats at Craft Buds series! We are excited to kick off the series today with a chat on How to Write Sewing Patterns with our fun and informative panel of experts.

How to write sewing patterns with an expert panel
Jessica Abbott, SewSet and Me Sew Crazy
Andrea Pannell, Go To Patterns and The Train to Crazy
Heather Valentine, The Sewing Loft

In this Craft Buds Video Chat, I interviewed Jessica, Heather and Andrea on the basics of designing sewing patterns, including:

-How to find and record inspiration
- Sewing a prototype
- Design and formatting of patterns
- Marketing and selling your patterns
- Legal issues and more!

Just a little background: I met these ladies in Salt Lake City this October while I was in town for Sewing Summit and the Jo-Ann Fabric & Craft Stores Girl’s Night Out Blogger Get Together, organized by Jessica. It wasn’t long before I learned how each of them is a true master of their craft, writing fabulous sewing patterns for children’s wear, women’s wear, accessories and home decor.

In addition to having truly great and inspirational DIY blogs, Andrea and Jessica have each developed online communities for sewing pattern creators, which you’ll hear more about in the video. I love what these ladies are doing to help celebrate and support independent pattern makers!

Heather’s background is in pattern drafting in the fashion apparel industry, and you can watch the video to see where her patterns will appear next. She would hate for me to say this, but she’s kind of a BIG deal! I definitely learned a lot from these ladies, and I know you’ll love what they have to say.

The video chat is about 40 minutes, so feel free to turn it on and let it play while you’re in the sewing room or while browsing Pinterest in the next window. We don’t mind. ;)

If you have more questions that we didn’t cover, please leave a comment on this post, and I’ll be happy to reach out and get you an answer from one or more of our experts.

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Announcing Video Chats + Giveaway!

I’m so excited to be participating in Margot Potter’s Shameless Self Promotion Blog Hop!

Not only is this a fun event to celebrate an e-book for crafty entrepreneurs, but everyone participating in the hop is taking some time out to practice that fine art of shameless self promotion. Easier said than done, because it can be a little difficult to toot your own horn. But, I’m going to give it my best shot with the tips I’ve learned from Margot’s e-Book.

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One of my favorite parts about the creative business is how generous other crafters are. Whether it’s the willingness to teach a new technique or let you in on their business savvy, I’m consistently impressed with the helpful attitude of creative individuals.

When I visit crafting events, conferences or trade shows, it’s such a bonus to connect with other crafters in person, and to have an actual conversation. I’m sure you agree that face-to-face is often much more rich than “speaking” with your blogging friends via comments or even instagram (although that can be great, too!). I’ve decided that I absolutely have to connect with more crafters on a regular basis, and decided that if face-to-face isn’t an option, I’d focus on the next best thing.

Introducing . . .

Video Chats at Craft Buds

I’m excited to bring you a new Video Chats at Craft Buds, a fun new video series where we’ll join some of your favorite craft designers, bloggers and business pros on Google Hangouts! It is going to be so much fun, and I can’t wait to share more. In the coming weeks, we’ll be posting video chats with some fabulous, inspirational people!

- Meet a Fabric Designer (Who would YOU like to chat with?)

- Better Blogging: Tips from Your Fave Craft Bloggers

- Getting Published in Craft Magazines and Books

- How to Start a Quilt Guild or Sewing Circle

- How to Design Sewing Patterns

- Advanced Social Media: Growing An Online Presence

- Photography Tips for Bloggers: DIY on a Budget

- How to Sell Your Crafts Online and in Stores

Everything that you love about Craft Buds is still going to be here, at the same place. We’re just adding video chats to our normal format, which will range from free tutorials to handmade business advice! With our new weekly video features, I hope you’ll join us and get to know some truly great people.

About The Book

Now that I’ve let that cat out of the bag and got you thinking, let’s chat about this great new book!

The Fine Art of Shameless Self Promotion is workbook geared toward creative entrepreneurs of all types, from craft bloggers to TV personalities. Author Margot Potter shares how she very smartly developed her brand, The Impatient Crafter (TM), and learned to promote herself, including her many books and the products she’s aligned herself with. Along the way, she shares sage advice about time management, dressing for success, online marketing and being your own cheerleader.

The book is filled with exercises so you can get out a pen and paper and journal your own thoughts, fears and plans on the spot. It’s an excellent way to capture your own creative journey and help reign it in. Some of my favorite quotes from the book are just chock full of wisdom:

It’s so easy to start giving away little pieces of your freedom, and before you know it, you feel like you owe everyone so much, there’s nothing left for you. It’s okay to say, ‘No.’

Who can’t relate to this advice? And then there’s the inevitable comparison game. I know from talking to many craft bloggers that they struggle, as do I, with feeling guilty when they compare themselves to other creatives who make more, blog more, and do more than they are able. Margot has an answer for that, too:

“Competition is a myth. Let it go. It’s a big one to which most people fall victim…. What if we all woke up and realized that the only person we are in competition with is us?”

Book Excerpt

The book gets very hands-on, such as this workshop in logo design. Margot asks some great, pointed questions to get you thinking about your logo, how it represents your brand, and more! Check out this free book excerpt, about your logo and branding.

Giveaway!

One lucky Craft Buds reader will get a chance to win this new e-book. To enter to win a copy (open worldwide):

Just leave a comment on this post telling me which of these video chats you’d be most interested in! I’d love to hear who YOU would like to me interview as a special guest in our video series. Think big! If I select your idea, I just might contact you to see if you’d like to video chat with us and ask your own questions!

We’ll choose a random winner on Friday, 12/7!

Congrats to commenter #24 Domenica, who said: “All of them sound great. I would especially like to see the video on creating your own patterns as I am in the process of starting up my own website. I would love for you to interview Pauline from Funky Friends Factory. She creates some fantastic patterns!”

Margot also has a mega giveaway of $150 worth of craft supplies, so head over for details on how to win!

Dress Up a Summer Hat with Goorin Bros. + Giveaway!

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Summer is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors, and a great summer hat can help keep you cool. Goorin Bros. has a new poolside collection of summer hats, and although I had a really hard time choosing, I chose this beautiful chocolate brown straw hat with red accent as my favorite.

The hat is the called “Mrs. Davis” and although this style is not available on their website, there are several comparable styles of floppy hats like the Mrs. Perfecta and Sun Kissed. I also found some really pretty cloche hats (think The Great Gatsby) and fascinators that, frankly, I’m not sure I could pull off. But they are adorable, nonetheless!

Goorin Bros Hats

This brown sun hat comes with a pretty red trim and a women’s Goorin Bros. bronze hat pin. The great thing about this hat is that the cap is fitted, so you can measure specifically for the recipient to get a great fitting hat that won’t blow away in the wind.

Mrs. Davis Hat from Goorin Bros.

This hat was a gift for my mother, and I decided to dress it up for her with a pretty fabric flower to coordinate with the ribbon. To make the flower, I used the Accuquilt GO! Baby fabric cutter and a red seersucker twist fabric print from True Blue by Ana Davis for Blend Fabrics.

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I tried out the flower die pictured, but ended up switching to the 5″ circles die instead. I then folded 6 fabric circles in the same way I did in this Pretty Petals Pillow tutorial, stitched them together and pinned to the hat ribbon with a safety pin. It was so simple!

If you’re looking for a summer hat, check out the poolside collection from Goorin Bros., and perhaps you can even win one today!

The Poolside Collection from Goorin Bros. on Vimeo.

This is a sponsored post from Goorin Bros. I received a compensation for this post, but all opinion are my own.

Giveaway!

Would you like win a summer hat from Goorin Bros.? Enter the giveaway via the Rafflecopter form, and we’ll choose one lucky winner on Sunday to receive their choice of a FREE Goorin Brothers hat (men’s and women’s styles available) from the poolside collection.

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Goorin Brothers Hat Sale
Be sure to check out the current 50% sale on Goorin Bros. hats! Good luck!

Panasonic Cordless Iron Review

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A couple months ago I was ironing some pieces for a quilt. The best place for me to set up our iron has the plug on my left and I iron with my right hand. I’m constantly trying to get the cord out of the way so I don’t accidentally iron and burn up the cord. I needed a break from ironing so I checked my e-mail and had literally just received an e-mail asking if I’d like to try out a Panasonic Cordless Iron. My answer was YES!

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I’ve had the iron for awhile now and have been able to give it a good test run. I will definitely be using this iron now to replace my old one! It comes in a pretty carrying case with handle that has worked well just for carrying it around the house. It would be especially great for someone taking it to quilting or sewing groups. There’s also a charging base with a retractable cord. The iron has a lot of great features. One of my favorites is that the water tank is detachable so I can just take the tank over to the sink and fill it up. No more trying to pour water into a hot iron! The water tank also has a lid to seal it shut.

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There are 3 steam settings to choose from; off, low or high. The steam also works vertically so you can use it to steam a hanging garment. Just push the steam button! I tried to take a photo but it turns out it’s difficult to steam a shirt and take photos at the same time. You’ll have to take my word for it that lots of steam comes out! There’s also a spray mist button which works great on stubborn wrinkles. I found the steam to be nice and steady while ironing and I didn’t get any water spots on my fabric.

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The iron is just a few ounces heavier than my old Black and Decker. It heats up using the charging base so there are no batteries or anything to worry about in the iron. It heats up in less than 2 minutes and it’s ready to go. You do have to get used to putting the iron back in the charging base so it can stay hot. After using it once or twice I got used to putting it back in the base rather than setting it down on the side of the ironing board. Every couple minutes I’m moving my fabric or clothing around and putting the iron back in the base to re-charge so for me it works really well. It might be an issue for someone that doesn’t set their iron down for long periods of time.

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I’m used to a non-stick sole plate but I was pleasantly surprised with how smoothly the stainless steel sole plate worked. There are 3 temperature settings for high, medium and low. There’s a chart to help you choose the correct setting for each type of fabric.

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So to sum it up, you get lots of great features along with no cord to deal with! Ironing is so much easier now that I don’t have a cord in the way. Because the only cord is the base that plugs into the wall, it keeps everything out of reach from my kids so I appreciate the extra safety too.

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If you want to get your own Panasonic NI-L70SRW (just in time for Mother’s Day!) you can order it directly from Panasonic for $59.95 with free shipping. You can also use that link to get more details on the iron and see more photos, or visit here to see a 1 minute demo video.

Disclaimer: I was provided with this iron free of charge in exchange for my review. All opinions are my own and were not influenced in any way.

Quick Quilting Tips: Pinning Alternatives

Welcome to readers of Amy Smart’s Fabulously Fast Quilts blog hop! I’m happy to visit today to share my favorite quick quilting tip, along with the other bloggers on the tour.

If you are like me, you appreciate shortcuts in quilting, like using pre-cut fabrics and chain piecing blocks. If you are familiar with her blog Diary of a Quilter, you already know that Amy Smart is a talented quilter who loves to teach fast and efficient quilting techniques.

I’m here to share with you my favorite quick quilting technique, which has to do with pinning. Actually, it has to do with not pinning! While I do frequently use sewing pins to piece curves, I tend to ignore them when it comes to many other patchwork shapes.

Quick Quilting Tips Pinning Alternatives

 

Tiny Stitches Method

Okay, hear me out. This is my favorite pinning alternative, and I like to call it the “tiny stitches” method.

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First off, I press all of my seams open. This is a great way to ensure accuracy when joining patchwork blocks.

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Next, sew a few stitches back and forth (think of them as small “tacks”) over just the intersecting seams.

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Open up the block, and check your work for accuracy.

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See how accurate this is? Once you’re satisfied with your tiny stitches, you can fold the right sides of the fabric back together and sew along the entire length of the seam. And no pins are required!

I like this method for two main reasons:

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1. Pinned fabric still shifts. See how the seam is off? I prefer to hold the fabric in place with my fingers when it is directly under the presser foot.

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2. I find that these tiny stitches are more accurate than pins, and they save me time in the long run. If I find that the seam doesn’t quite line up just right, it’s easier to pull out just these tiny stitches than to pick apart an entire seam.

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Fewer Pins

If you simply must use sewing pins, an alternative to heavy pinning is to use just a few pins at the seams where patchwork pieces meet. I often use this method if I’m piecing squares, where accuracy is important, but not as critical as when I am trying to achieve precise, triangular points.

Use two, four or six pins. Pin as much as you’d like, and if you are still not getting the accuracy that you desire, you may wish to try this next method.

Basting Glue

Another pinning alternative is to use basting glue instead of pins. My friend Alyssa of Pile O’ Fabric has a great video tutorial sharing her glue basting technique, which will save you from having to stick yourself with pins ever again!

For more time-saving quilting tips, make sure to check out the rest of the posts on the Fabulously Fast Quilts and Quilting Tips blog hop!


Monday, April 28
Sachiko Aldous of Tea Rose Home
April Rosenthal of April Rosenthal Designs
Jennifer Mathis of Ellison Lane
Tuesday, April 29
Jen Wilding Cardon of Stitch This! Martingale Blog
Amy Ellis of Amy’s Creative Side
Lori Holt of Bee in my Bonnet
Wednesday, April 30
Faith Jones of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Melissa Mortenson of PolkaDot Chair
Amy Gibson of Stitchery Dickory Dock
Thursday, May 1
Lee Heinrich of Freshly Pieced
Lynne Goldsworthy of Lily’s Quilts
Jeni Baker of In Color Order
Friday, May 2
Katie Blakesley of Swim Bike Quilt
Lindsay Conner of Craft Buds
Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life

Knit Bess Top by Imagine Gnats

I was so excited when Rachael of Imagine Gnats e-mailed us this pattern as a “thank you” for Craft Book Month back in September. It looked really cute and flattering on any size, and it comes in sizes 2-20! And this week, Rachael is hosting Selfish Sewing Week so it’s a great time to make something for yourself!

I decided that my knit tops are the ones I wear the most, so even though this pattern isn’t technically meant for knits I went for it and I’m so glad I did! Here’s the final product and I’m so happy with how it turned out. Now I’ve got a flattering, comfortable, and stretchy shirt.

Because I was using a stretch fabric, I went down a size from what the size chart recommended. If you’re not sure on size, line up a favorite knit shirt on the pattern and mentally add a 1/2″ seam allowance to determine size.  If I were making a non-knit shirt I would have gone with the size recommended. The pattern was awesome and the way the sleeves are incorporated is genius, the pattern is just two pieces! There’s a front piece and back piece that has the sleeves incorporated that wrap around to the front. I made mine a colorblock version so it was 3 pieces, plus some strips of knit to finish off the neck, arms, and hem. The instructions and accompanying photos were easy to follow and this was a relatively fast project to sew.

 

As for sewing with knits, there’s definitely some things you can do to make it easier when using  a sewing machine rather than a serger. First of all, make sure to pre-wash your fabric! When sewing, I used a ballpoint needle and my Janome even feed foot to ensure that the top and bottom fabrics didn’t get stretched at different rates.You can check out this YouTube video to see the even feed foot in action (video is by Ken’s Sewing Center). When feeding in the knit fabric, I let it have just a little slack so the machine was pulling the fabric through all on it’s own without me pushing or pulling at all.

I also set my machine to use a special stretch stitch (button #6). The icon looks like a lightening bolt on my Janome QDC4120. For each seam, I started and ended with a regular straight stitch so I could reverse and lock the stitch in place. Then I switched to the stretch stitch for the length of the seam. I wanted this shirt to be durable so I did each seam at least twice (first the recommended 1/2″ seam allowance, then again at 3/8″) and then topstitched most seams. If you don’t have the lightening bolt stitch, a narrow zigzag will give you similar results.

The only thing I did that wasn’t in the pattern was to topstitch the neckline a second time closer to the neck opening after doing the intial 1/2″ seam. It helped the neck look smoother with the knit fabric, but I think it would have been fine with a single seam on a non-knit version. The method for finishing the shirt was new to me (basically sew a strip of knit fabric to the outside of the shirt with a 1/2″ seam allowance, then fold it to the inside and topstitch down) and turned out great.

And as for the fabric, I used this reversible knit from JoAnn’s in black (what I used in this post) and stocked up on orange (also shown below). One side is a tiny stripe and the other side is solid with a very subtle (almost nonexistent) sparkle effect. It looks a lot different on the JoAnn’s website so I can’t guarantee it’s a match but the item numbers match up to what’s on my receipt. After this top turned out so well I’m excited to make a few more!

If you have a serger (hopefully I’ll get one someday), this knit shirt could be made in no time! But even without the serger, it was a fast sew with the right techniques and I’d definitely recommend this pattern in a knit fabric, or woven fabric as recommended in the pattern. Happy sewing!

 

 

Frosted Easter Cookies: A Craftsy Class Review

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I’ve always been so impressed by the frosted cookies I’ve seen online, but I never thought I’d be able to make them! So when I had the opportunity to take the Craftsy class, Decorating Essentials: Designer Cookies with Autumn Carpenter, I jumped at the chance. With this class there are 9 online sessions. They cover the dough, royal icing, run-sugar, fondant, painting & flocking, designs and displays. The class teacher, Autumn Carpenter, also gives some cookie templates and shows you how to decorate those specific shapes. 

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Autumn does a great job explaining each topic thoroughly. By the time I had watched all the videos I was ready to try my hand at some cookies! I was a little apprehensive but it turns out I had no reason to be. I made these cookies with my mom and we were both surprised and excited as each step turned out perfectly. Autumn supplies all of her recipes and they worked great. First we made our cookies in the shapes of bunnies and carrots.

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Next we followed Autumn’s techniques to outline our shapes then fill them with color.

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We ended up with a great set of bunnies…

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… and carrots!

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After the cookies dried we packaged them up into Easter gift bags with jelly beans and one of each cookie. For both my mom and I, these were our first cookies using this techniques and we couldn’t be more pleased! The class taught me everything I needed to know for great results.

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If you’ve never taken a Craftsy class, now’s a great time to try! It’s free to sign up and they even have some free classes. You can find cooking, baking, sewing and quilting classes and more on their site. The website is easy to navigate and new classes are being added all the time. Besides classes, you can also find supplies and there’s even an Easter sale going on right now!

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I was provided with this class for free in exchange for a review. All opinions are my own. The links to Craftsy and the Designer Cookies class are our affiliate links. 

Heather Bailey Clamshell Quilt: True Colors Blog Tour + Giveaway!

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Today is our stop on the FreeSpirit Fabrics “True Colors” Blog Tour, and we thank you for stopping by Craft Buds! We are Mary and Lindsay, and we use this space to share sewing and crafting tutorials, handmade business tips and more.

Lottie Da and True Colors by Heather Bailey

Today I’m sharing a quilt I’ve sewn from Heather’s True Colors and the coordinating line Lottie Da. I also used four solid fabrics from my stash.

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I chose to work with a traditional Clamshell Quilt pattern, because I loved the way to blocks show off individual fabrics, and I feel the curves really complement the floral and geometric prints in the fabric.

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In case you are wondering about the gorgeous longarm quilting, it is the work of Suppose Create Delight! I couldn’t be more thrilled with the variety of quilting patterns in each individual clamshell, not to mention the super-quick turnaround and great pricing. I definitely recommend their services!

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Clamshell Quilt Assembly Tips:

- If you have a die-cutting machine, you can cut out these blocks quickly and easily! I used the Accuquilt 8″ finished Clamshell die, and there is also a 4″ Clamshell die available.

- If you do not have a die cutting machine, no worries! Check out Latifah Saafir’s free patterns for an 8″ Glam Clam or 12″ Glam Clam quilt, each with printable templates and detailed assembly instructions.

- I recommend using a design wall to lay out your fabrics until you are happy with the arrangement.

FreeSpirit True Colors fabric collections

If you aren’t familiar with FreeSpirit’s new True Colors collections, they are vibrant coordinates meant to blend well with other fabric lines. Pictured above (clockwise from the top left) are: Joel Dewberry, Anna Maria Horner, Jenean Morrison and Heather Bailey’s True Colors collections.

Color plays a huge role in our lives, but it’s not very often that I take the time out to recognize the beauty of the colors around me. This video shares more about the True Colors collections from each designer’s point of view.

Follow along with the tour for more chances to win!

1/20: Sew4Home
1/21: Stitchery Dickory Dock
1/22: I’m A Ginger Monkey
1/23: The Sewing Loft
1/24: Ellison Lane
1/27: Diary of A Quilter
1/28: Material Obsession
1/29: Craftsanity
1/30: Stitched in Color
1/31: Craft Buds
2/3: Jaybird Quilts
2/4: Melissa Peda

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Giveaway!

Leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite classic quilt pattern or block for your chance to win a fat quarter bundle of Heather Bailey’s True Colors collection.

Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. We’ll choose one random winner one week from the date of this post. Good luck!

Bid Now! Announcing the Sari Bari Charity Quilt Auction

Years ago, my friend Sally surprised me with a gift: a tote bag made from recycled Indian saris. The name on the label was Sari Bari. I already knew Sally had great taste, because she tends to buy products from organizations that also do good in the world.

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When I went to the Sari Bari website, I learned that the organization actually employs women who have been exploited in the sex trade or who are vulnerable to trafficking. In addition to their gorgeous baby quilts that sell like hot cakes, the online shop carries a number of handmade bags ranging from simple totes to messenger bags and makeup pouches. If you are looking to shop for holiday gifts for guys, look no further than Sari Bari’s laptop sleeves or the men’s tee, on sale.

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2013 Sari Bari Quilt Auction

But what I REALLY wanted to talk with you about is the exciting online quilt auction and raffle which starts today! This video shares a little bit more about the quilts you can bid on. (Oh my gosh… the elephant quilt at 2:55 must come to live with me. So cute!) And I also learned that my friend Amy was one of the talented volunteer quilters who made this event possible, so I’m anxious to pop by the auction and see her quilt.


All proceeds from the auction and raffle will go toward supporting Sari Bari’s ongoing freedom work! The quilts often go for very high prices, and the auction organizers wanted a way for everyone to get to be a part. So this year, there’s also the option to buy a raffle ticket for the chance to win one of the unique quilts for freedom. You will be able purchase your raffle ticket for the quilt you choose via www.saribari.com

How to play

You may place bids and purchase raffle tickets at any time between 5pm November 1 and 4:59pm November 10, 2013. Winners will be announced November 11, 2013. If you’d rather just make a direct donation, visit www.saribari.com/donate. All gifts are tax-deductible.

Follow Sari Bari on Twitter and Facebook for updates!

Head over now and see the quilts!

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