Monday, May 12, 2014

Thesaurus Fat Quarter Bundle and Riley Blake Bolt End Basics - Giveaway

Hey everybody, it's one of the best days of the year - Sew, Mama, Sew! Giveaway Day! For the next four days, use the links on the Sew, Mama, Sew! web site to discover sewing blogs and enter to win some serious swag.

I'm pleased to offer two different bundles of fabric goodness this time around. The first is a Thomas Knauer Thesaurus fat quarter (18" x 22") bundle by Andover.

The bundle includes 8 fat quarters, for a total of 2 yards of prints in lovely greens, blues, and browns.

My second giveaway bundle was inspired by a fit on spring cleaning that hit over the weekend. The fact is, my pile of bolt ends/remnants from my online shop is overflowing and something must be done.

This bundle includes a piece of Riley Blake Designs' small chevrons, small dots, and solid quilting cotton in both navy and gray. The size of each piece varies, but the winner will receive a total of 2 yards. These fabrics are great for patchwork quilts, applique, or simply stash building. Thank you in advance for helping me clear out some much needed space.

Please use Rafflecopter to enter. I know not everybody loves it, but it sure makes life easier for us giveaway bloggers. You've got up to six ways to enter the giveaway. The easiest is to leave a comment with the answer to this question:

What is your favorite thing to sew?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Now for the fine print. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only. You must enter by May 16 at 5 p.m. PST. I'll contact you by May 18 if you're the winner, and fabric bundles will be shipped by May 20th. Two winners will be chosen at random.

Thank you in advance to new blog and social media followers. You absolutely make my day!


P.S. Good luck with all your giveaway entries! I hope you win something great.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Craftsman Baby Quilt Featuring Cindy Lindgren's Amelia Harper Fabric

See that sweet baby wrapped in a quilt in Arts & Crafts Homes and the Revival magazine? Her name is Amelia Harper and her great aunt is Minneapolis illustrator extraordinaire, Cindy Lindgren.

Not only does Cindy create beautiful art prints and cards, available in her Etsy shop, but she also designs fabric for Modern Yardage. So, when she found out here niece was expecting, she started designing a fabric collection to decorate the new baby's nursery. Isn't that sweet?

Do you know about Modern Yardage? This family-owned fabric company uses the latest technology to print fabric digitally rather than the traditional screen printing method. They use environmentally-friendly water-based textile pigments (yeah!). But one of the "greenest" things about Modern Yardage is no waste. Fabrics are printed on demand as they're ordered, rather than thousands of bolts that may or may not sell. And no worries about a fabric being sold out or unavailable at a later date. Another cool feature of Modern Yardage fabrics? All prints are available in three scales, so you can choose the size that best fits your project.

Watch the first short video on the Modern Yardage News Feed page if you'd like to learn more about their process.

Cindy enlisted the help of a number of talented sewing friends to help create inspirations for the Amelia Harper fabric line launch. You can see these beautiful samples here on Cindy's web site. Here are a few of the items that were recently on display at The Linden Tree in Minneapolis. I was so thrilled when Cindy asked me to design Amelia's quilt. We met several times to discuss the fabric line, her style, and she shared with me some of her favorite baby quilts she found on Pinterest. Armed with Cindy' jpeg images, I got to work designing an Arts & Crafts-inspired modern baby quilt pattern.

I'm pleased to offer the Craftsman Baby Quilt pattern, featuring Cindy's Amelia Harper collection in Monarch, here on my blog.

More photos of the finished quilt are available on Cindy's blog here.

I really enjoyed sewing with the Amelia Harper fabrics. Modern Yardage prints their designs on pre-shrunk poplin, which has a denser weave than typical quilting cotton. It's got a lovely crisp hand, which makes for beautifully accurate seams.

And now a few details about the Craftsman Baby Quilt pattern.

  • It's fat quarter friendly (hooray!)
  • It's easy to assemble and fun to piece
  • It's great for large scale prints
  • At 35" square, it's small enough to keep a baby warm without swallowing him/her whole
  • Use a different print in each large panel or use just one print for a cohesive look
Here are some digital samples using the different Amelia Harper color collections:




And finally, yes, you could conceivably use other fabrics. Here I've used Tamara Kate's Les Monsieurs Aviator collection from Michael Miller. If you make a Craftsman Baby Quilt, using Amelia Harper fabric or something else, I hope you will post it in the Mini Mushrooms Flickr group I just created. I'd love to see your creations! 

A bright quilt on a dreary day

Happy sewing,