Sunday, March 1, 2015

Giveaway Winner and More Giveaways!

Hello Everyone, most people seemed ready for Spring
And I ended up making 2 cute bee cushions.
I also made this table runner for a swap package and I love it so much, it can be used for half of the year, one side is Spring and in her favorite colors
And the other side is perfect for summer.
So cute right, my kids wanted to run off with the bitten Popsicle ice-cream I had to chase after them several times because they kept taking the applique piece away and pretending to eat it, before I got it sewed down.

I also got in some FMQ this last month, I think my favorite type of FMQ is matchstick, it doesn't have to be perfect and it always looks so cool.

The winner of the first bee pincushion and extra goodies of 2 pins (flower pin and snowman pin), 3 Fat Eighths that go with the Sunflower palette, a bundle of mini charms from Notting Hill Joel Dewberry (that I used for the above Spring table runner) and a spool of Thread made in Greece.


#29 Fenna said: Love the bee, Mara! Out here the weather is like a yo-yo. Cold (as in -20/-30 C ) one week, with lots of new snow and then 'warm' (as in a few degrees above or below zero) for a couple of days, just to go back to cold. Really looking forward to spring :)

Well Fenna I hope this brings a little warm weather your way :)

Didn't Win, no worries I have one more to giveaway and this package is so pretty!
There is a catch to this one, though I would like to have your vote on my fabric frame that I made with the Heart's Content Contest held by the Fat Quarter Shop.

Go on over to the Jolly Jabber and place your vote, I personally love mine the best, but if you like on of the other's better, then I won't nay say you, then come back over here and tell me you voted!
A bee pincushion, 2 pins (a flower and snowman) a fabric basket, 3 fat eighths that match the jolly bar (30 5x10" brick charms) of Bee My Honey and 2 spools of thread made in Greece.

For a second chance to win this bundle go to my Instagram account (link in the side bar) become a follower, if you aren't already and tag one person.

My friend Shirley of Simple Sew is having a Huge Giveaway and Shop Discount on her blog SimpleSew on Monday be sure to check it out.
Also Mel of Missouri Mel has moved her Giveaway Round-up to a new home and she has a giveaway going on till March 6th.
There is such a thing as Giveaway Karma, you need to have giveaways yourself and also you should share any giveaways you come across, Giveaway Karma, of course this is only if you like Giveaways ;) and if you don't like giveaways I would like to know, lol.

My giveaway ends March 8th, next Sunday.  Good Luck and don't forget to vote for my fabric frame, Thank you!

Linking up to Fresh Sewing Day

Love the bee, Mara! Out here the weather is like a yo-yo. Cold (as in -20/-30 C ) one week, with lots of new snow and then 'warm' (as in a few degrees above or below zero) for a couple of days, just to go back to cold. Really looking forward to spring :) - See more at: http://secretlystitching.blogspot.gr/2015/02/poor-neglected-blog-giveaway.html#comment-form
Love the bee, Mara! Out here the weather is like a yo-yo. Cold (as in -20/-30 C ) one week, with lots of new snow and then 'warm' (as in a few degrees above or below zero) for a couple of days, just to go back to cold. Really looking forward to spring :) - See more at: http://secretlystitching.blogspot.gr/2015/02/poor-neglected-blog-giveaway.html#comment-form
Love the bee, Mara! Out here the weather is like a yo-yo. Cold (as in -20/-30 C ) one week, with lots of new snow and then 'warm' (as in a few degrees above or below zero) for a couple of days, just to go back to cold. Really looking forward to spring :) - See more at: http://secretlystitching.blogspot.gr/2015/02/poor-neglected-blog-giveaway.html#comment-form

Friday, February 20, 2015

Hearts Content Thread box Contest

The Fat Quarter Shop (FQS) Introduced the cutest boxes of Aurifil!  They are filled with 7 small spools of Aurifil and a mini charm pack, plus a free pattern!  I just love them, this one is the Heart's Content created to go with Edyta Sitar's fabric collection, I also ordered 2 extra half yards of Heart's Content and used some wool felt and embroidery thread that I purchased through Alison Glass.
A picture from my tablet and that I put on Instagram.
You see the FQS sent out a challenge: To enter our contest, all you need to do is to purchase the Heart's Content Thread Box, then use the mini charm pack and Aurifil thread to design your own quilt (or even mini quilt) with additional applique pieces. Your quilt should use at least one original applique shape that you have designed. The free heart stencil included in the thread box will not count.  (you can read the FQS blog post here) and (watch the video with Edyta and Kimberly on YouTube)

One of my New Year's resolutions was to learn and practice more Applique methods, plus I just happened to have gotten this fabulous book!  Alison Glass Applique, the essential guide to modern applique.
The Fat Quarter Shop also has some great YouTube videos about different types of Applique including several from Edyta and I just love her accent.  My first applique was the heart shaped one, given in the Aurifil box, I used fusible web and raw-edge appliqued it with a close together machine zigzag stitch, next time I will do the wider zig-zag stitch.

Next I created my own applique design, an Arrow, and I used the Reverse Applique method, but again using fusible web and then using embroidery thread to stitch around the arrow shape.
Then I decided to try my hand at turned-edge applique... again... the last time I did it it was miserable fail, but this time with the help of the book and watching a few videos, well let me show you a picture.
Aurifil 1103, included in the kit fit perfect with the wool felt color!
I made an adorable bunting, with my husbands last name, SAKKAS, I love his name, it's a Palindrome (go ahead hit the link and read what a Palindrome is, I know you want too, I will stay right here) 
Palindrome is Greek, my husband is Greek, but sadly enough for the Greek women when they have a last name, they take the ending S off, so if I wanted to change my name to my husbands I would be Mara Sakka, my daughter is Katerina Sakka, but my son is Nikolaos Sakkas.  This last name gender difference is very helpful when you are trying to pick a doctor and you want a female or male, just look at the last name and you will know, I haven't found it useful for any other reason.
Okay so back to my bunting, do you see the left 2 pieces, well I did not follow Alison's guidelines about how to cut sharp outward points, I thought cutting that close to the point would mess it up, nope I really should have listened to the pro, cause you can see a real difference between when I did it my way and when I did it the correct way.
I really need to follow helpful directions.
Now let's combine those 3 applique items and guess what you have my very own Vintage Fabric frame.
I can see myself making one of these for each different season, this one reminds me of winter, I would love to use the Daysail Aurifil box for a Summer themed fabric frame.
I kind of made the family sign, it was a Paris print, why does everything have to be about Paris?
I bought a Meteora dishcloth (where we live) and cut and glued it onto the Family frame.
With out the standard 4x6 printed photograph the space looks like this.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Poor Neglected Blog-Giveaway!

My poor neglected blog, how I have deserted you since discovering Instagram and loosing my camera cord....
Now I enjoy easily taking photos with my tablet and quickly showing off what I am doing directly to Instagram and then followed by Flickr or even Facebook (that's mostly just for family).  Of course the photos are very grainy and I haven't found a way to share them anywhere else, but I do have this one photo before Instagram took over my life.
 I made a couple extra 4" squared bees for the teenytinyblockswap and I thought they would make perfect pincushions, would you like a little summer bee flying your way to you!  I will be making them up in a few days.  I can't wait for summer and warm weather, it hasn't been freezing cold or extremely snowy here, but still my favorite time of year is summer.
Speaking of summer look at this pretty little red sunflower.
 A Quarter Inch from the Edge is hosting a "Heart Kona" linky, I love Kona, do you?
I used Play Crafts Palette Builder to find my matching Kona's, and the photo is from Wikipedia. 

And speaking of bee's and Kona, you can go over to Buzzin Bumble and enter in Lara's Kona Card giveaway, I would so love to win this, I have several Kona's okay over 100 that I don't even know the name of, help!

Tell me how your weather is in your part of the world and I will pick a winner to receive a bee pincushion and I just might add a few pieces of Kona :)
Giveaway ends March 1st, Good Luck