Thursday, October 29, 2009
Happy Stitches to You,
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
EQUALS: A great gift for a beginning sewista!
Do you have a young sewing enthusiast in your life? Someone who is interested in getting started but a little nervous about taking that first step? Why not pick out a fun and funky short stack from the Bloom and Grow collection or the Just Dreamy group and add to that the Fall issue of Quilts and More? I just can't say enough about Better Homes and Gardens' publication for the beginning sewista (or sewist), Quilts and More! The patterns are awesome and easy and always include more than just quilts. They have tote bags, pin cushions, pillows, table linens, and they always include a color photograph guide at the back of the magazine that explains terms that are used in sewing and quilting. That is a great go-to guide when you need a little reminder about cutting on the bias or how to put on binding. The Fall issue has lots of inspiration and a perfect pattern for using a fat quarter bundle.
Or perhaps you have some friends who are a little more experienced and would like to venture out a little more? Check out Quilting Arts for the artistic side or the Quilting Arts Holiday issue if you'd like to MAKE your gifts this year, you know there IS still time!
stitch which has been all abuzz around blogland lately. Some of my favorite bloggers have patterns featured in this issue! This is a super duper issue and is jam packed with patterns, suggestions, ideas, and inspiration! The photography is amazing and it's a great way to stretch your quilting wings beyond quilting and explore the world of sewing. Our price on these special big issues is $4 less than regular retail because we know that we're an online store and you'll probably have to pay shipping, so we want to help out by offering a discount to our wonderful customers.
Last, but not least, we're happy to offer this commemorative issue of Quilt Scene that is all about the 35th annual International Quilt Festival that took place this year in Houston. 35 years and still going strong! This issue features all sort of wonderful photography of the quilts as well as projects that you can do and to inspire you in your quilting endeavors! We have 5 issues available and we hope you'll go grab one before they're all gone!
I hope you'll stop by and check out our new "magazine aisle" and perhaps consider adding a short stack to your order so that you can give someone you love not only beautiful fabric but the perfect inspiration to go with it! Until next time.
Happy Stitches to You,
Friday, October 23, 2009
For example, this awesome bundle of 1/4 yd cuts, 9 pieces of Sweet by Urban Chiks. It's a bargain for only $22.50, it's been viewed over 200 times and 10 people have put a heart on it, but no one has grabbed it! I really have no idea why not, it's adorable!
I think it's super duper cute! I also think that there is just enough time to get yourself one of our Christmas bundles and make up these cute stocking for family and friends. I don't have any children, but I have three dogs and this year I need to make a new stocking for our newest addition. I'm thinking this would be just about right for her stocking. So hurry over and get it, we only have 5 of those patterns to give away!!
Thursday, October 22, 2009
And even though it looks like there are only Halloween ideas in there, don't be fooled, in fact there are A LOT of non Halloween articles and projects to try. We only have ONE copy at the moment, but we have 5 more on order (in fact, I believe they will be arriving on Monday) so if you'd like a copy and the one we have is gone, please convo us on Etsy and we'd be happy to take you pre-order for it. Click the picture above to visit the listing for the magazine. I hope you'll consider taking a walk on the artsy wild side and try out a new magazine. There are more to come. I hope to feature them in the next couple of days. Until next time.
Happy Spooky Stitches to You,
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
- CUTE Kids' garment patterns
- ADORABLE ways to embellish store bought clothes
- Altered and mixed media in quilting is HOT HOT HOT (think: painting on fabric!)
- Think outside the blocks
- Funky, bright, and beautiful fabrics abound
I hope to cover each of these plus more in future posts. In the mean time, please visit our shop and help us clear out our current inventory. We have A TON of new stuff on order and would LOVE to have lots of space (in Regina's spare room) to put the items when they arrive. There are still many, many things in our sale "bin" and don't forget the Secret Item over there in the side bar. FREE shipping, even International, if you purchase that item, and if you buy something else along with it, we'll cover the shipping up to $5 on that as well. Until next time.
Anna and Regina
Crafty Girls Workshop
Sunday, October 4, 2009
I just posted a NEW secret item right now! Remember, if you purchase the secret item, you'll receive FREE shipping, (and if you order more than just item, we'll cover your shipping up to $5!) If you live outside of the US, you could be saving a bundle! Back tomorrow with some more Christmas gift ideas.
(and happy shopping)
Saturday, October 3, 2009
On the Fritz blog - a cute blog about being a young army mom, she's giving away MARY KAY goodies!! You can still enter for the next couple of hours. So far only 4 people have entered so let's just attack her with bloggy comment LOVE!!
I really want to sew today.
If you stay I don't have to mow,
Rain, rain, please don't go!
How's that for a great poem!!!!
It's raining and grey and yucky outside, but that's fine with me! I'm going to play with several different sewing/quilt related things I've been brainstorming (haha, no pun intended) about all week while I was "stuck" at work! Lots of ideas rattling around up there! Anyone else doing some fun sewing today?
Friday, October 2, 2009
These cute stockings can be whipped up in no time flat and would add some warmth to any hearth for the holiday season. Look at that cute red and white striped binding around top edge! I live in Texas and a few years ago I decided that since we don't ever have snow here, I'd start to bring my own snowmen to my house. I think this snowman stocking is just so cute!
And look at these Santa wool patterns. This pattern has many different ways to create Santa. You can do one on a burlap or osnaburg background and frame him up, or create the cute Seven Santas table runner, or even create some 3 dimentional Santas to guard the cookie plate on Christmas Eve! Perhaps you aren't in the mood to stitch up some Santas but you'd still like to try some wool applique, check out this lovely Baltimore Penny Rug pattern we have. Isn't it beautiful? I think this would be a great way to learn since the motifs are about the right size to learn the applique process.
And last, but not least, look at this amazing wool applique quilt! The finished size is 48"x65" so it's a really great size. It would be beautiful hanging on a wall or decorating a bed and it certainly would be warm! We don't have a lot of need for this in San Antonio, where the high today is 87 degrees, but these beautiful motifs could be broken up and put onto decorative pillows, a sweatshirt, or even a lovely wool totebag.
I hope that you'll think of wool in a new way after reading this and see what patterns are out there. It really is fun to do, I think the best part is that felted wool doesn't fray, so you don't have to worry about turning the edges under, it even lends itself perfectly toward the folksy not so perfect look. (Which I totally love, wonky is beautiful you know.) Please let me know if you have any questions about wool applique. It's one of my favorite techniques and I'm happy to help you out if you need it!
Thursday, October 1, 2009
And if you like that, you can even get the entire kit! It includes the red fabric with white polka dots and ALL the DMC thread you need to finish the embroidered designs, oh and the towels, of course. The red ric rack is up to you, unfortunately, we had some trouble sourcing it but these towels will still be adorable without the ric rack. That leaves it open for a little more creativity.
Or if you'd like to make something a little less holiday oriented, we have a lovely Flowerpot Tea Towels/Floursack Towels stitchery pattern available here. I think one of the best things about this type of pattern is that it can be used over and over again. What a great housewarming present this would make!
I'd also like to mention a faraway friend of mine who lives in Australia, Jenny of ELEFANTZ, she has a fabulous blog, and she also designs the prettiest patterns that combine embroidery and just a little bit of super easy applique. You can purchase her designs from her Etsy shop and there is a very good chance that we'll begin to carry them later on this year (especially if we hear from YOU to say you'd like us to offer them.) Remember that kitchen decor, especially soft and large flour sack towels embellished with a little embroidery or fabric, make a wonderful gift for the holidays, birthdays, and especially as a house warming present. I hope you enjoy this idea and will check back again soon for some more holiday gift ideas.
P.S. Don't forget, there's still time to pick up that SECRET ITEM with FREE SHIPPING!! That would make a great gift for someone as well and it's already finished!!