Thursday, May 28, 2009
Well, I don't know about you, but I am completely in love with the pre-cut fabrics from Moda. When I first fell in love with sewing and quilting about five years ago (wow, has it already been five years?) I would just drool over the fat quarter packs because it meant I could get just a little bit of every fabric in a line. Unfortunately, I usually found it to be cost prohibitive, because $100 for fabric seemed like a lot (hasn't that changed!) Then, when they introduced the charm packs it was like a sign from above! Now I could get a piece of every fabric and only have to pay around $8 or $10! But what to do with those little collections? I've found a few projects to do with them, but I still have several untouched charm packs in my fabric stash. Well, I think you can guess where this is going, imagine my surprise when Jelly Rolls were introduced! I guess I am just a sucker for pre-cut fabrics. I mean, it seems to have really reduced the amount of time I have to spend cutting so I can spend more time quilting! The funny part is I have yet to really dig in and make anything from the Jelly Rolls or the Honey Buns. And I noticed that Moda has something new coming out soon called Petit Fours, which I believe are little tiny squares of each fabric, probably about 2-1/2" I am sure I'll love those too, even though I usually prefer to strip piece squares. That's why I haven't fallen in love with the Turnovers. I just can't imagine trying to sew all those triangles, I really just prefer to "cheat" by using two squares, draw a line down the middle and sew 1/4" on either side. I suppose that works if you're making half square triangles but if you want to do something like a snowball quilt, getting yourself a Layer Cake and a set of Turnovers would probably be easier. Recently I mentioned to a shop owner that although I love the Honey Buns and have been buying them like crazy, I still don't really know what to do with them. She suggested buying a charm pack and Honey Bun in the same line and using the strips to frame out the sqares. That sounded like a pretty good idea to me. So of course I bought the fabrics, but have yet to try the pattern! So, what do you think about pre-cuts? I mean, I'm giving away a charm pack so of course I have seen that over 150 people really like the idea of charm packs, but are you as smitten with them as I am? Please leave me a comment (this is still market research you know) if you are as in love with them as I am. We hope to have some new items to put in the shop soon. I've noticed that 25 people have responded to the poll on the sidebar. While that's great, I would love to have 50 or 60 responses to get a better feel for what I should offer on the Crafty Girls Workshop. Thank you to everyone who has commented to enter the drawing by the way. I feel like I'm making so many new friends!
Happy Stitches to You,
The Techy-Crafty Girl
P.S. Have you visited the Moda Bake Shop? It has tons of great "recipes" a.k.a. patterns and instructions for making cute things with all their pre-cut fabrics!
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
And last but not least (this is my favorite) an upcycled denim apron. Regina (the master seamstress) took a denim skirt that was headed for the trash and added some cute country charm by putting a pieced row of squares along the bottom with some vintage looking lace trim! There is a pocket on the front which is handy for keeping track of your timer and it is lined for extra protection from spills.
These are all FEATURED items in our shop this week. If you purchase any of our featured items, we will send you a special surprise with your order. Also, if you are purchasing this as a gift for someone special and would like a card made to go with it, just let me know and I'll include one at no extra charge!
Thank you and happy shopping!
The Crafty Girls
Anna and Regina
Friday, May 15, 2009
Friday, May 1, 2009
The website will have just about everything you can think of that you would want online as a sewer. There are forums, online advice from industry experts,conversion charts, colour wheels, free patterns and class listings.
There will be interviews with all your favourite designers, quilters, pattern makers and authors. There will be tutorials with me and with other sewers from here and overseas, podcasts and coverage from shows and articles about all manner of exciting things.
In honor of the SEWN Launch Party, I am hosting a GIVEAWAY! Yippee!! Hmm, what should it be this time? How about another charm pack, plus a yard of fabric and a pattern? I think that sounds pretty good, That will be just enough to make an adorable table runner just in time for Christmas. And even better, since I know people have different tastes, I'll give you a choice either:
Figgy Pudding by Basic Grey for Moda (my favorite so far) or
Glace by 3 Sisters for Moda (a very close second.)And remember, I'll add a yard of coordinating fabric and the pattern for a cute table runner. Now I think that's a giveaway that can't be beat!
This giveaway has a pretty loooong time for entering, since the "rules" on Sarah's blog say we will announce the winner on Monday, June 8 (about the time that the SEWN website is set to launch.) Here are some ways you can enter my drawing:
1. Become a follower of this blog.
2. Visit Crafty Girls Workshop and see the cute aprons, pillows, pillowcase kits, and baby items we have for sale (and hopefully buy something but no purchase is necessary.)
3. Comment on this blog to tell me your favorite charm pack (of the two above) and something about yourself.
4. Post about this giveaway on YOUR blog, and add the link in the comment for this blog.
5. If someone visits your blog and comes to this blog and enters and tells me they came here from your blog, I'll give you an extra entry!
Whew, that's a lot to keep track of. Hopefully it will make it extra fun though!
Oh, and I'm not the only one participating in the giveaway madness. Sarah has a ton of links on her blog to all the other people who are helping celebrate her new adventure. So go over there and visit her blog (after you've entered here) to see what else you can enter to win!
Happy Stitches to You,
The Crafty Girls
NOTE: PLEASE PLEASE give me your e-mail address in your comment as well, since I will need to notify the winner by e-mail. Thank you!