Sunday, March 22, 2015

Low Volume Deal

It's been awhile since I have participated in Sunday Stash, has stash been coming in, YES, have I blogged about it, NO, bad blogger...

Today though I just have to share with you a really, really good deal!  And you have to act fast.
Sew Me A Song (all my links open in new windows, so click away) is having a shipping deal, $12 International!  $2.50 US and $9.00 Canada, ends today March 22, Sunday!  She can fit in 10 yards to a Flat Rate Envelope.
She has some really cute bundles, like the Texting While Sewing Encouraged.

But here is a really fantastic and fun swap, Simple Sew is doing a Fat Eighth Swap, you send as many F8's as you want and she will swap them out for different ones, so here is what I did, I ordered my fabric from Sew Me A Song, go to Shirley's blog for a discount code of 25% and since shipping International was so cheap, I just had everything sent here.  When it arrives I will cut out 6 Fat Eights and keep a Fat Quarter for myself, I ordered 4 different 1 yard fabrics, (well technically I ordered 10 yards, but some are for other things, hehe, got to fill up that package) so I will be sending Shirley 24 Fat Eights and I will get 24 F8's back!

This is what 24 F8's look like!
This is already in my stash!
 Of course if you want you could always just say order 4 half yards and have them shipped directly to Shirley for only $2.50 and she will do the cutting for you and send you the 4 you purchased plus 12 different Fat Eights or you can do it how ever you want, but it is a good deal and I love good deals!

Be sure to head over to Flickr to see what other members are contributing, you might see something you just have to have and will want to join in on the fun.
Go here to sign up!
Read what Low Volume means here!
Linking to Sunday Stash.

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,   Thank you everyone who voted, I did not win, oh well I personally still love mine the best, lol, 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

I am entering this mini in Le Challenge's PASSION theme :)  My passion is my family if my husband and kids weren't in Greece, I would not be here either, lol.  The country is beautiful but the only thing keeping me here is my family and after my family is sewing, so I sewed up a little picture frame of my family! 
I made this during this last month for the Fat Quarter Shop Challenge, below is what I wrote.

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.
Linking to Le Challenge