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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!

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!

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!

 

Win a Janome Sewing Machine, Fabric, Thread + More!

With the arrival of spring and Mother’s Day just around the corner, we want to help you celebrate with a big crafty giveaway. Enter the Spring Into May Giveaway for your chance to win one of six HUGE prize packs. The total of all prizes is valued at more than $2,200!

Janome Magnolia 7325 Sewing MachineJo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores

Fat Quarter ShopSew SweetnessAurifilPellon

Coats + ClarkSewCanShe.comAndover Fabrics

Go To PatternsFreeSpirit FabricAurifilImagine Gnats

Sew South (Sewing Swag) • Kindle Fire (Blogger-sponsored prize)

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To enter the giveaway, simply “Like” all of the Facebook pages below, and fill out the Google form letting us know you did. We know you will love them just as much as we do!

Make sure you only enter ONCE, because this form is shared on all of the participating sites. Duplicate entries will be deleted, and giveaway ends Friday, May 10th. Good luck!

Giveaway now closed. Winners announced in separate post.

No purchase necessary. For alternate entry, e-mail lindsay(at)craftbuds(dot)com with your full name and the subject line “May Giveaway Contest.” The sponsors will ship all prizes within 7 days of the end of the giveaway. Giveaway ends Friday, May 10th at midnight EST. Once the giveaway ends, winners will be chosen using Random.org and contacted within 24 hours by e-mail. This main contest post at CraftBuds.com will be updated with winners’ names once we’ve heard back from them. Winners will need to respond within 48 hours to claim their prize or another winner will be chosen. International entries are welcome; Some giveaways open worldwide.


Go enter more Giveaways at Sew, Mama, Sew!

Giveaway! Fabric, Thread + More

Would you like to win this gorgeous bundle of Michael Miller Gingham fat quarters from Westwood Acres?

How about a this amazing little set of jewelry tools from Whimseybox?

You can also win a Storybook Set of Coats and Clark thread!


One lucky winner will win all three of these prizes! But hurry, because you only have until Monday, April 1st! Repin the following pins and fill out the form below to enter:

1. Click on the Scissors picture and repin

2. Click on the Mustache picture and repin

3. Click on the Owl S’mores picture and repin

4. Click on the Picnic Blanket picture and repin

5. Follow CraftFoxes on Pinterest

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Giveaway now closed. Congrats to #228, Nancy B.!


Rules: Giveaway will end on Monday, April 1, 2013 at 11:59 pm (EST). One random winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary. Must be 18 years of age or older and a resident of the U.S or Canada. to enter. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with Facebook or Pinterest. Facebook and Pinterest will be completely released by each entrant. One entry per person. Entry includes filling out the form above including name, e-mail and pinning. One entry for filling in the form. For an alternate entry, please e-mail lindsay(at)craftbuds(dot)com and write “Pin It Giveaway” in the subject line. You are providing the information to the bloggers who will in no way sell or give your information to anyone including Facebook or Pinterest. Winner will be chosen using Random.org and will be notified via e-mail within 48 hours of the giveaway close. Winners will be announced on the post, not on Facebook. The winner must respond within 48 hours of receiving the email or a new winner will be chosen. No purchase necessary.

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!)

Craft Book Month: Week 2 in Review + Giveaway!

It’s the end of week two! Let’s see what our friends have been making this week on the Craft Book Month blog hop!

Sunday 9/9:

Bianca @ Sweet Diesel Designs

Kendra @ missknitta’s studio

Monday 9/10:


Tara @ Sew Tara

Jennie @ Clover and Violet

Tuesday 9/11:

Terri @ Sew Fantastic

Amy @ amylouwho

Wednesday 9/12:


Julianna @ Projektownia Jednoiglec

Erin @ Two More Seconds

Thursday 9/13:


Jennifer @ Ellison Lane Quilts

Elizabeth @ Don’t Call Me Betsy

Friday 9/14:

Cindy @ Live a Colorful Life

Lindsey @ LRstitched

 

 

FreeSpirit Fridays Giveaway!

Visit this blog hop links this week, then tell us in the form below which of these statements is FALSE.

a) Sweet Diesel Designs has “sassiness” in her blog header.
b) missknitta’s studio has yarn in her blog header.
c) Sew Tara has a sewing machine in her blog header.
d) Clover and Violet has triangles in her blog header.
e) Sew Fantastic has sewing machines in her blog header.
f) amylouwho has a little girl in her blog header.
g) Projektownia Jednoiglec has a sewing machine in her blog header.
h) Two More Seconds has photos in her blog header.
i) Ellison Lane Quilts has the word “modern” in her blog header.
j) Don’t Call Me Betsy has a sewing machine in her blog header.
k) Live a Colorful Life has circles in her blog header.
l) LRstitched has an umbrella in her blog header.

FreeSpirit Designer Solids

Answer correctly, and you’ll be entered to win this mega fabric bundle from FreeSpirit (1 fat quarter bundle, 1 design roll and 2 charm packs of FreeSpirit Designer solids)! We’ll choose one winner a week from today’s post, and you can play again on our third and final FreeSpirit Friday, 9/21.

Congrats to last week’s FreeSpirit Friday’s winner #192, Carmen Nuland with the correct answer “h) Fabric Seeds has triangles in their blog header.” She will win a fab bundle of FreeSpirit Fabrics!

Don’t forget to work on your craft book project and link it up the last week of September for our Craft Book Month party with prizes!

Craft Book Month Blog Hop: Week in Review + Giveaway!

Let’s see what our friends have been making this week on the Craft Book Month blog hop!

Sunday, 9/2

Kristy at Hopeful Threads

Kristy @ Hopeful Threads

Jolly Jabber

The Jolly Jabber

Monday, 9/3

Me Sew Crazy

Jessica @ Me Sew Crazy

Patchwork hot pad

Amy @ Stitchery Dickory Dock

Tuesday, 9/4

Tula Pink Pillow

Sara @ Sew Sweetness

Olive and Ollie

Heather @ Olive and Ollie

Wednesday, 9/5

Knit Socks The Busy Bean

Colleen @ The Busy Bean

Patchwork quilt top at Fabric Seeds

Sarah @ Fabric Seeds

Thursday, 9/6

Stitched in Color

Rachel @ Stitched in Color

Improv Sewing skirt

Bethany @ CraftFoxes

Friday, 9/7

Birthday Board Simple Home

A Prairie Sunrise

Dare to Be Square Bunny Rabbit

Katie’s Korner

 

FreeSpirit Fridays Giveaway!

Visit this blog hop links this week, then tell us in the form below which of these statements is FALSE.

a) Hopeful Threads has a chevron blog header.
b) The Jolly Jabber has a pink blog header.
c) Me Sew Crazy has children on her blog header.
d) Stitchery Dickory Dock has a clock on her blog header.
e) Sew Sweetness has hexagons on her blog header.
f) Olive and Ollie has craft books for a blog header.
g) The Busy Bean has roses on her blog header.
h) Fabric Seeds has triangles on her blog header.
i) Stitched in Color has a patchwork quilt blog header.
j) CraftFoxes has a fox in the blog header.
k) A Prairie Sunrise has a sunrise in her blog header.
l) Katie’s Korner has a bench in her blog header.

 

FreeSpirit Designer Solids

Answer correctly, and you’ll be entered to win this mega fabric bundle from FreeSpirit (1 fat quarter bundle, 1 design roll and 2 charm packs of FreeSpirit Designer solids)! We’ll choose one winner a week from today’s post, and you can play again on our next FreeSpirit Fridays, 9/14 and 9/21.