Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year from Crafty Girls Workshop

From NOW (6:00pm Central Standard Time) until MIDNIGHT (12:00am CST)

use the coupon code


to get

20% OFF

your entire order, EVEN SALE ITEMS!!

GO NOW!! VISIT THE SHOP!! Tick Tock time's a wasting.

Oh and did I mention, that all your fabric purchased will count toward the 25 Yard Dash?? IT WILL!

Happy New Year (be safe everyone),

Thursday, December 30, 2010

25 Yard Dash - Have you been training?

Are you making resolutions for the new year? Something like "Run more, eat better, finish those unfinished objects (UFOs) hanging out in my closet, etc" Well, now you should resolve to buy MORE fabric from Crafty Girls Workshop because when you do you'll get special REWARDS! And of course, if you start sewing you'll probably forget to eat anything NOT healthy, and you'll be running to the mailbox and you'll get your UFOs finished! (see sample resolutions above) So, yeah, you should really buy more fabric from Crafty Girls Workshop.

Here's how the 25 Yard Dash works (I'll even be the one to keep track of your yardage purchases!):

  • 25 yards purchased = 25% discount on one order!
  • 25 MORE yards purchased (total of 50) = FREE SHIPPING on one order (if you're local, you'll get another coupon)
  • 25 MORE yards purchased (total of 75) = YOUR CHOICE of FREE SHIPPING or 25% discount code
  • 25 MORE yards purcahsed (total of 100) = a PERMANENT coupon code just for you to use FOREVER
Now, perhaps you want to purchase more than just yardage? Maybe you want to buy some fat quarters or other precuts? Well here's how that converts to ADD to your REWARDS:

There is literally no time like the present to get started. And keep your eyes glued to this blog for extra ways to earn more yardage credits in coming months.

Happy Shopping!


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

New to the Shop

There are SOOO many new fabrics and patterns that just arrived this week now available in the shop! I just can't wait to make up some sample napkins and placemats with this CUTE fabric:


and a little bit of this orange and yellow plaid to go for the binding or accent is perfect.
Happy Stitches,

Monday, December 27, 2010

Special DEAL THIS WEEK ONLY: Fandango by Kate Spain

To view the entire collection in stock click here

To view the charm packs click here

To view the 1 yard bundle click here

This is a one week only special! What a great way to use up that cash that Santa gave you for Christmas. OR why not treat yourself because you made it through the holidays! Be sure to grab some yardage if you buy the charms or you might regret it later. And don't forget to check out all our great patterns both electronic AND printed! Ready, set, shop!!

Happy Stitches,

Friday, December 24, 2010

Handmade Holidays

NOTE: Sorry for the lack of pictures, two reasons for that 1) Blogger doesn't let me add more than one picture to a post and 2) I don't really want to risk any of the recipients of gifts reading out what I made for them before they get it!

I'm amazed at myself. Every year for the last six or so years I've said I was going to make gifts for everyone on my list. Then at the last minute I ran out of time (because 12 months just isn't enough!) and ended up buying gifts for people. Amazingly, this year, perhaps it's because my list of people to give gifts to is shorter, I've been able to make gifts for pretty much everyone! And the funniest part is the reasoning behind giving handmade this year was different. Yes it's because I know a handmade gift is special and more love goes in to making it than in just picking out an item at a store, but mostly it's because I didn't want to go SHOPPING! Is that lazy or lame? Here I am, in my studio four days of the seven day week (and more if you count that I come here after work every day) and I just decided, I can make gifts for people. And I did it. Mostly I just made pillowcases but I think they are personalized enough to the recipient that they will really like them. The gift I'm most proud of is a wallet I made for my brother in law. I used fabric from a shirt found at goodwill and it only took me maybe an hour at the most to make it. I hope he likes it and can get some use from it. I'm probably going to make one for my dad for Father's day or his birthday. The thing is brother in law is difficult to find gifts for, he's vegan and doesn't use anything with animal products and other than that, I don't know much about what he likes. So when I decided to make a wallet I had a feeling he'd like it, even if he only uses it for a little bit. In fact, the tutorial I found after searching and searching the Internet ALL day yesterday was actually REALLY good! It's on a blog called Quiltish which I am actually and very happy I found. Well, I'll do my best to take some pictures of the pillowcases and other gifts I made this year. Maybe with the recipient and their smiling faces! In other news, I brought my doggy Starbuck up to the studio with me today and she was pretty good. It was nice to have a little company even if it's the four legged kind. She likes to stand on her hind legs and look out the window at the passing cars. I didn't get the organizing that I'd planned to do accomplished but the gifts are made so that's an accomplishment in itself, even it if it IS Christmas Eve!

Happy Holiday Stitches!!!


Thursday, December 23, 2010

Design Wall, continued


Here's what I worked on yesterday with a new pattern I just got in from Threaded Pear. It's called Sugar Free and uses either a Layer Cake and a Jelly Roll (for a bigger quilt) or 2 charm packs and a Jelly roll (that's what I'm using) I finally decided to just chop up my yummy precuts of Figgy Pudding from YEARS ago! I love the Basic Grey fabrics, especially their holiday lines. In fact, I REALLy regret not getting any yardage at the time of getting these precuts because finding yardage of Moda Figgy Pudding is practically impossible. Luckily their newer line called Fruitcake is a little easier to get. I think it's rather hilarious that it's about two days before Christmas and I finally got inspired to make a Christmas quilt! But this pattern is SOOOO easy I mean, I literally started on it yesterday and the top is really ALMOST done. I think I'll be able to get the top finished tonight. I LOVE patterns like that. In fact, I'm thinking about having a Sugar Free quilt workshop, just come in and spend some time making this quilt. I bet you could get it done between 6pm and midnight. Unfortunately, I don't have much in the way of Christmas fabric in stock, but I bet this would also make up pretty awesome with a Sugar Pop Charm Pack and Jelly Roll. Sorry about the horrible picture, it's a rather grey day and the lighting isn't very good around here.

Happy Holiday Stitches,

My Design Wall

Here at the Studio, I am fortunate to have an entire wall for my design wall. After brainstorming about different options to make the wall useable (i.e. putting up insulation board etc) my dad found some acoustic tiles at Home Depot for about 43 cents each, yes I said 43 CENTS. So to cover an entire wall that is about 10 feet in length, it cost about $8.00! The acoustic tiles work well because I can pin in to them easily (just creates a pin shortage around the place) but I figured out that I could pin a flannel sheet to the wall and then just stick the blocks on that (DUH) maybe in the new year I will get some flannel yardage and consider actually using some sort of adhesive to attach it, but for now pins work.  SO, to get to the point, this has given me some room to put up projects I'm working on (and those of other people who create things in the studio). I've had this funny Hello Betty Honey Bun quilt up on the wall for quite awhile. Now that it's up there, the idea of putting ALL those tiny blocks together is sort of daunting. See?

And no, I haven't even bothered to count how many of those pieces there are. So the pattern is an Amish Brick pattern and the fabric is a Hello Betty Honey Bun, so I'm calling it Hello Brick Wall. I plan to add a small grey border and a large border in Jade, both Bella Solids that I LOVE. In fact, making all those tiny bricks was pretty easy, just strip pieced them, one 1 1/2" honey bun strip and a 1 1/2" grey strip made it pretty quick, then chopped them into small 2 1/2" units. Now I just have to sew all those together!

Well, since Blogger is being a real pain right now and not letting me add more than one photo (WHAT IS WITH THAT!?) I'll have to continue this post later. Geez!

Happy Holiday Stitches,

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Crafty Girls Workshop Registration NOW OPEN

Click here to sign up for classes

We're now accepting registrations for classes at Crafty Girls Workshop!

Click any of the links below to see the available classes and sign up ONLINE!
Space is limited to allow for personalized instruction.
Never fear, classes will be taught multiple times a month and some will repeat monthly.

Or just come in for

Open Studio Time is just that, time for you to come in and work on a project using my machines and cutting tools. Perhaps you need a little bit of guidance or advice, that's part of the Open Studio benefit.
Studio Hours:
Weekdays by appointment during the day, OPEN 5pm-8pm
Weekends 10am-5pm and after 5pm by appointment
I'm looking forward to meeting you at the studio very soon!
Happy Holiday Stitches,

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Busy with Trees

Happy Holidays to All
Here's the tree in my studio. It's much prettier in real life (sort of like me, haha).

Here's another tree I've been working on, just today a little bit. I've been dabbling in something called ThreadPainting. I'm sure I'm not doing it exactly right, I haven't had the time to watch the YouTube videos yet. But it's been super fun playing with some new variegated thread I got at Quilt Market.

Here's what it looks like:
It's sew fun!!

That is all done with thread.

Pretty don't ya think?

In other CLASS news, I finished listing A TON of classes on the website today. Registration is officially open! Class sizes are limited so please drop by and sign up ASAP.  Click on the link for Classes on the left or the Class Calendar. Well, the weather here hardly feels like Christmas but perhaps that will change this week, you never know here in Texas. Sometimes it's warm and the next day it will be fridgid.

Happy Stitches,


Monday, December 6, 2010

Crafty Girls Studio is OPENING SOON

Coming soon to San Antonio, TX in fact, it's already here, I'm just working on finalizing the details for our January Calendar,

Crafty Girls Studio
1100 Broadway Suite #311
San Antonio, TX 78215

Do you want to learn to sew?
Do you want to meet other people who enjoy crafty projects?
Do you need a Crafter's A.D.D. Support group? 

If you are in or around the San Antonio, TX area (or happen to be driving through) please feel free to stop by and get your craft on! Very soon I will have all the new classes posted on the webstore for you to sign up and pay your registration online! Spaces in the classes will be limited to 6 students so be sure to sign up for the newsletter to find out all about new classes and class openings. There is also an open studio option, meaning if you need a BIG place to spread out your project, with irons and cutting boards set up ALL the time, plus a sewing machine for your use while in the studio, then sign up for OPEN sewing time.

This weekend all the artists in the building are opening their studios for the world to see their art! I hope you'll stop by to see some great art and see what's going on in the Crafty Girls Studio! It will be a great chance to sign up for January classes! There will be door prize drawings and a make and take for you!

Think you'd like to attend? Please visit my Meet Up page to RSVP.

Happy Stitches,