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Hollywood Scarf from “Just For You” + Giveaway!

Hello! In the spirit of Craft Book Month, I’m here today to show off a recent finish from the lovely sewing book from some of my favorite bloggers.

The book is “Just for You: Selfish Sewing Projects from Your Favorite Sew Can She Bloggers: 24 Simply Stylish Projects” by Caroline Fairbanks-Critchfield and Sarah Markos (Stash Books). If you haven’t seen this book, it’s a beautiful collection of sewing projects that you can make for YOU! There are clothing patterns and accessory projects including tops, skirts, bags and more. Each project comes with tutorial-style photos and pattern pieces so you can easily follow along and treat yo’ self!

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The project I made is the “Hollywood Scarf” by Venus Perez of the blog Suburbia Soup. (Lots of great contributors to this book!) The original project was designed in pretty Anna Maria Horner rayon, but I chose some coordinating AMH voile prints from my stash. The scarf is assembled with a pretty hood that is attached in a really clever way. This makes the whole project reversible, so you can pick two totally different prints. I love how the outer hood is designed to feature both fabrics.

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The lovely model in these photos is Ella, my friend Veronica’s daughter. Let me tell you… this girl is a pro! She frequently poses for Veronica’s blog, sewVery, and I’m a little jealous of the awesome handmade wardrobe she’s collected over the years. :)

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Let’s say you’re not feeling the hood one day. No problem! Just flip it down and toss the scarf around your shoulders for a more simple look. If the wind picks up, you can pull the hood up to save yourself from that windblown look. Each section of the hood and scarf are topstitched, which gives this project a nice finish that will hold up well as you wash and wear it.

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From cutting out the pattern pieces to sewing up the last stitch, I think this project came together in less than 2 hours. I appreciate that the projects in “Just For You” are quick to sew, because it’s easier to carve out that time to sew something for yourself if you know you can finish it in the same day.

I had the pleasure of meeting the “Just For You” authors, Caroline and Sarah, at a quilting event a little over a year ago, and they are just lovely. They are hosting a sew along all this year with the book where everyone wins!

Just For Your Sewlebrity Sew Along

Thank you Caroline and Sarah for inviting me to be part of the Sewlebrity Sewalong!
Join in and enter your project
and you might be featured at SewCanShe!

Giveaway!

Enter the giveaway to win a copy of “Just For You” by commenting on this post with something you like to do for yourself, when you get a little bit of free time. :) One winner will be chosen at random a week from the date of this post. (U.S. winner will receive a hard copy and non-U.S. winner an eBook.)

Announcing the True Colors Blog Tour

I recently got the chance to work with FreeSpirit’s new True Colors fabric collections, which are coordinates to go along with their other fabric lines. As you can see, they are absolutely gorgeous!

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Designers Heather Bailey, Anna Maria Horner, Jenean Morrison and Joel Dewberry each released a True Colors collection of gorgeous, vibrant prints.

Lottie Da and True Colors by Heather Bailey

At the end of this month, I’ll be sharing a quilt I’ve whipped up from Heather’s True Colors and the coordinating line Lottie Da. On Monday, 1/20, you can follow along with the True Colors blog tour for your chance to be inspired and enter some awesome giveaways along each stop of the tour!

Here’s the schedule:

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

Please make plans to join us in a couple weeks, and don’t forget to follow FreeSpirit Fabrics on Facebook to stay in the loop on all the happenings!

Craft Book Month: Sew-Fantastic + Clover and Violet

It’s time to see some more inspiring Craft Book Month 2013 projects!

Terri at Sew-Fantastic is sharing a cute zakka project from the book Patchwork Please! by Ayumi Takahashi (Interweave). On the boxy patchwork pouch, she says, “It gave me the warm feeling of piecing a quilt with instant gratification.” What’s not to love about that?

 

Check out more pics of Terri’s project at her blog!

 

Jennie from Clover & Violet is sharing a patchwork sleep sack from Anna Maria Horner’s book Handmade Beginnings: 24 Sewing Projects to Welcome Baby (Wiley). She’s got a new baby due in just a couple of months, and we can’t wait to see the action shots!

 

Read more about how Jennie adapted the scrappy trip along quilt pattern to make this project!

 

Want to join us and sew along for Craft Book Month 2013?
Did you see that we just announced the Craft Book Month Prizes?

Anna Maria’s Needleworks Notebook + Giveaway!

Today’s guest is none other than Anna Maria Horner, designer extraordinaire and author of the new book Anna Maria’s Needleworks Notebook (Wiley). The gorgeous hand-stitching book (I’ve seen it myself, and it is not to be missed!) releases mid-October, but you can pre-order now from Anna Maria or Amazon.

We’re excited to learn a little more about Anna Maria’s new book and her creative business! There’s also a giveaway at the end of this post.

Anna Maria Horner

Photo: Anna Maria Horner

Congrats on your third book release! Where did you find your inspiration for this project, and what do you love about hand stitching?

Thank you so much! I have been making embroidery and needlepoint since I was a little girl. The inspiration to collect projects for a book came about as I was just trying to figure out how I would want these disciplines presented to me as a reader/maker. It was important to me to make a book that could be just as inspiring for the novice as it is for the experienced needlecrafter. And doing that meant making sure there was lots of inspiration for the final usage of a worked piece, whether that be in a frame, a bag or a some fashionable application.

I love hand work. I love the slower pace and the connection that it has to drawing and painting. Simply said I know, but there are many crafts that I like, and only a few I love. Embroidery and other related needle crafts just happen to fall into the love category for me.

Is writing a book similar to designing a new fabric line?

Yes and not really. They are similar in the devotion I develop to each through out the process, but the language is all together different. The language of a fabric collection is almost entirely visual apart from the narrative style I attach to it with the collection name, then print and color names, and so on. I try to propel the story of the collection through those names. I think of a book as a literal conversation between myself and the reader, and in my category of sewing and how-to, it is of course also educational. The book as well has a visual element, which is in part the projects that I develop, but also the photography, how the pages feel, what the fonts look like, and all these things are speaking to the reader as well through the subconscious. So it’s important to me to get them right, so I am making my “story” unique and inspiring the reader.

Photo: Anna Maria Horner

Your designs and your career are inspiring to so many creative people. What lessons have you learned in your career that might help us?

I think having support is a huge bonus. If you have the luxury of not having to be the main bread winner in your house, then it might lighten your stress to take a few risks, or just spend a good amount of time developing your ideas. Then again, I have always found having to win a bit of bread can be pretty inspiring, too. We all work differently, so sometimes your productivity and creativity formulas are more or less a direct product of your environment. If you can, get to know what kind of conditions put you at your best and try to get there as often as possible. You might travel down a path the dries up after a while, but simply continuing to work on something will eventually bring you to what you were meant for, if you’re paying attention.

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From reading your blog, it seems that you stay busy with family, design projects and teaching opportunities. Do you have any secrets to keeping a work/life balance?

It is not an easy balance, and I do get it wrong sometimes. The hardest thing for me to do is take time to take care of myself. Over this past summer though, I have demanded taking off on a run 3 to 4 times a week, which has left me feeling better than ever. Running has helped me keep my energy where it needs to be for work and for my family, even though it takes time out from both. But the payoff is much bigger than a couple of hours a week. I also find that saving slower-paced projects for evenings when I can work on them in the midst of my husband and kids is not only more enjoyable, but it lightens that daytime load.

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Those are wise words! What’s next for you?

I always have a new fabric collection (or two) in the works as well as new sewing patterns. After the launch of the book, I will be introducing Field Study Rayons, Voiles and Velveteens, the Escape Artist bag pattern, the Flight Map quilt pattern and also some palettes of tapestry wool to continue growing my needleworks product. And there’s loads to look forward to next year, including some reprints of older fabric favorites and also linens!

Thanks for the sneak peek, Anna Maria! We can’t wait to make projects from your new book!

Giveaway!

Wiley Craft is generously giving away a copy of Anna Maria’s Needleworks Notebook. To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below telling us one thing you’ve learned from our Q&A with Anna Maria. We’ll choose a random winner on 10/4/12.

Congrats to commenter #179, Lori!


Winner + Charm Swap Update

The winner of the Modern Fabric Studio giveaway is:

#161 Rebecca who said, “I’d buy a bunch of FreeSpirit designer solids!  THANKS for the chance!”

Great choice Rebecca! I’m loving those colors, too! Maybe you’ll even make one of these:

Summer Sample Quilt by Faith at Fresh Lemons

Summer Sampler Quilt by Faith at Fresh Lemons

Sale!

The Thanksgiving Sale is still going on over at Modern Fabric Studio through November 27th! I just picked up some of her awesome Sale Fabrics at an extra 10% off with free shipping. I got some Anna Maria Horner Little Folks Voile at $8/yard and Valori Wells Birds in Sage at $5/yard. So cute! Of course, I had to add a few other lovely things to take advantage of the free shipping for $35+ orders.

Little Folks Voile Coloring Garden Valori Wells Birds in Sage

Here are the details again:

The sale ends Sunday, November 27, so that’s one week from tomorrow. Happy shopping!

 

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Thanks to the awesome Amanda for hosting this giveaway and a big congrats to Rebecca!

Charm Swap

Also, here’s an update on the Aqua, Yellow and Gray charm swap hosted by Craft Buds and Crafty Girls Workshop. The charms are in the mail and some people have received! Aren’t they awesome? This is Melinda’s haul.

Aqua Yellow Gray charm swap

Anna certainly had her work cut out for her, as she cut more than 20 yards of fabric from her shop into charms for participants. Thank you Anna! You made it so easy for us to participate.

Sale Alert: I picked up some $5.99 fabric from Anna’s shop the other week, and there’s still loads of good stuff left!

We are voting on the theme for the next charm swap over at our Facebook page. So head on over and cast your vote for your favorite color combo or design. Polka dots, anyone? Have a great weekend!

Giveaway: Modern Fabric Studio

Today, I’m excited to introduce a new online fabric shop to you, with a special sale and giveaway for Craft Buds readers at the end of this post.

And since we love to highlight craftepreneurs, I chatted with Modern Fabric Studio owner Amanda Norton to get the scoop on how she started her handmade business.

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Amanda, what’s your sewing story?

I have always been into crafting, but I started sewing only a few years ago. One day I came home from work. It was snowing and I knew I wouldn’t be going to work the next day. I went and bought a sewing machine that night and locked myself up in my apartment and taught myself how to sew! I have been LOVING it ever since!

What made you decide to start up Modern Fabric Studio?

I fell in love with the designer fabrics I sewed with, and I have always wanted to own my own company. So, in short, that is how Modern Fabric Studio started!

What fabrics or designers are you loving right now?

My favorite designer is Anna Maria Horner. She was the first designer I started sewing with so I’m in love with all her fabrics! I’m also loving Tina Givens’ new line, Lilliput Fields. The fabrics are absolutely gorgeous! And of course I love Amy Butler’s new line, Lark!

Amy Butler Lark

What do you do when you are not busy creating or running the business?

I live with my boyfriend and our 5 month Chocolate Lab puppy, Hooper. I actually have a full time job in addition to Modern Fabric Studio, so I can definitely say life is a bit busy at times! I love to sew and I love crafting. I am a “Do-It-Yourself-er” at heart!

Modern Fabric Studio

Sale!

Just in time for the season of thanks, Modern Fabric Studio is hosting a Thanksgiving Sale starting today, where you can get 15% off all Anna Maria Horner, Valori Wells and Etsuko Furuya / Echino fabrics through November 27th.
  • Amanda is also offering free shipping for orders of $35 or more for the duration of her sale!
  • Plus, get an extra 10% off your purchase with the coupon code craftbuds.
Valori Wells Wildfield in Cherry

Valori Wells Wildfield: Now 15% off

Little Folks Voile from $8 per yard

Little Folks Voile from $8 per yard!

LouLouThi Voile

LouLouThi Voile: now 15% off!

 

Giveaway!

Amanda is offering one Craft Buds reader $25 shop credit to spend on anything in the shop. And with her ultra-affordable Sale Fabrics (designer cotton prints starting at $5 per yard and designer voile starting at just $8 per yard) that’s a whole lotta fabric to love . . .

To enter:

  1. Stop by Modern Fabric Studio and leave a comment telling us what you’d like to buy with your shop credit.
  2. Subscribe to Modern Fabric Studio’s newsletter and leave a comment.
  3. Like Modern Fabric Studio on Facebook and leave a comment.

That’s 3 chances to win! This giveaway is open worldwide, and we’ll choose one lucky winner on Saturday, November 19.

Fresh Picks for Wednesday, 6.15.11

Knitted Bus Yarn Bomb

Yarn Bombed: We couldn’t forget about National Knit in Public Day last Saturday, thanks to this Knitted Bus image from Magda Sayeg of Knitta Please, via The Telegraph. Amazing!

Corn on the Cob Cupcakes @ I'm a Mom

A Little Corny: What’s not to love about Jaime’s take on Corn on the Cob cupcakes? You’ll never guess what she’s used for butter!

Ice Cream Dress and Bonnet @ Made by Rae

Peekaboo, I See You: She’s done it again. How adorable is this Ice Cream Dress (and Peekaboo Bonnet) at Made by Rae?

Anna Maria Horner

Business Tips: Anna Maria Horner blogs about being in the craft design business, in which she attempts to answer that all-important question, “How do you do it?” Her insights into the years of struggle and perseverance that have led to her dream career are encouraging and enlightening. A must read! (Above photo by Carolyn and Me)

Large Canvas Tote @ Make Lemons

And finally, we are thrilled to see Julie’s take on Mary’s Tote Bag Tutorial, which she posted at her blog, Make Lemons. Fabulous bag, Julie, and roomy enough for stashing summer pool gear!

If you’ve made something from any of the Craft Buds tutorials,
why not link them up at our new Flickr pool?

Tutorials @ Craft Buds

As always, we’ve got some lovely giveaways this week, so stop by and enter to win some handmade goodies or craft supplies!

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