Friday, December 31, 2010

I'm just saying 2011 - Sew we Quilt ! Behind the Seams!

Yes, how quickly one year rolled into another..
Happy Happy NEW YEAR...
and with that a NEW LOOK,
but before I share all the goods on this one...

I would like to take this time to thank all those
who were in our December Banner, left to right,
to Wendy, for your gotta have it shoes, to
  Michelle for your delightful Wreath,
Ariane for your whimsical  Santa,
Carla for your irish chain,
to Elizabeth for your seasonal quilt.
You were all winners, and it was joy 
to come in every day to be embraced by
your talent...

When I am gathering all of your quilt photos.
there is always ONE that stands out for me..the one I blend
all others with...Decembers was Wendy's...
Your whimsical booties did it for me.
sew with that said
you are the winner of this collection
from Shabby Fabrics who is our sponsor
for Banner quilts each month.
You have won this collection
called Parisvile Ocean..
Lucky lucky you...sew well deserving!

Thanks to all who entered, all those
who were in our banner and always
to our Sponsors, today Jennifer
at Shabby Fabrics who always surprises
us with amazing giveaways...
Thank YOU!

OK, now for our NEW LOOK!.
( stories behind their quilts will be in tomorrows post)
along with a NEW YEARS giveaway winner)
mmmm who's quilts do these belong to? 

Behind the SEAMS...

What I have noted since I took over the 
1st of OCTOBER, 2010
was we all love to see each others stash. But there is 
 sew much you can do with managing it and with
Teresa's stash cave which brought us all to a HALT 
in a WOW way,  I noted right after that
 we were kinda of stuck...
( where do you go from here, how much
more impressed were we all going to be
after that? NO tell me...lol)
Love ya to bits Teresa, many thanks
actually for giving me an AHA moment...

(when inviting guests from the past who posted
their answer would be.." I have nothing else" lol)
That spoke volumes for me, we have to give them
more to talk about than just their stash.

( oh and please let me share with you had it
not been for Rae Ann and Stash Manicure
debut, we would not all be here for today...
Sew a big thanks goes out to her and it
is indeed Heart Felt)

Sew I brought forward new guest speakers
who showed tutorials, trunk shows, stories about the
quilts they have made, comedic quilters like Nan,
...And WOW, the reception
was overwhelming. YOU commented more frequently,
you wanted to see more, I wanted to see more...

Sew WE Quilt
at Stash Manicure, makes perfect sense to me..
I am listening, I am watching and I am acting....

This year you will be welcomed to contribute:

 tell stories about why you made a special quilt...
We all love to hear those stories...

We will have many new tutorials on quilt blocks, table runners,
 mug rugs, small projects...
when we had these- again- comments soared...
I know you noted it if you were a guest speaker...
what applause I heard...

More comedic and entertaining guests who will
have us all questioning..can we really staple that quilt to our wall? lol
( goodness me Nan can bring the chuckles)

Trunk shows from the privacy of our own homes, it is inspiring
to see where you came from and where you are now in your
quilting endeavors.
(Millies comes to mind- again- comments soared)

 We will have MUG RUG contests,
Small quilt contests, prizes for best in show, most creative,
and worst...or shall I say, good effort lol..

 oh and GIVEAWAYS, you have seen
nothing yet...We embrace new Sponsors monthly, and their
gifts are very generous and I get to share them with all of you....
( which was evident over the holidays...
we had 14 days of giveaways
Remember lol)

Sew you see, a NEW YEAR brings some new direction.

that is what we do!
This is who we are...after all is said and done
at Stash Manicure, we want to hear 
what you would like to share...

Be it new gadgets, new finds in the fabric world,
new designs of your own...
This is YOUR BLOG, what do you
want us to KNOW about YOU?

Step forward, share with me what you 
would like to do as a guest blogger...
I will supply a date..even serve  you a cup of tea...
( I will have a good strong coffee lol)
 ( Ok, enough operational  stuff, isn't it time
for a year end, month end giveaway?)

Will you look at this GIVEAWAY...
I know kinda of takes your breath away..

Ok, YOU must be a FOLLOWER 
(take your mouse, over to the right, where the follower
button is and click...yes you've got it)
Leave a comment, of course you will.
Tell me, oh please tell me...
As a guest blogger in 2011
what will you be sharing with us?
( ok, that should do it) 

Our month end giveaway is NOW..
this tote from MICHAEL MILLER is filled
with 19 fat Quarters from the Ginger Blossom collection.
Thank you Micheal Miller!

They are our  NEW SPONSOR and have sent
some delightful Fat quarter bundles...
Ohhhh my is all I can say...
Oh Yeahhhhhh!

oh forgot to add, draw will be NEW YEARS DAY!
Happy New Years!

P.S. The answer for Mom at coxwill dot com
YES the WINNER will get the TOTE and 
 all its CONTENTS...I know lol...
Editor note ( that is me silly)

I would love to add, those who do 
not have a blog, you quilt right?
Ok, you can be a guest POSTer...
Why not? You have quilt stories in you,
why should that stop you..
No, it won' and shouldn't, sew please
if you want to, step on up...
We are most interested.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Strippy, Scrappy, FABULOUS Casserole Hot Mats...

Happy Holidays, everyone! This is Teresa from Fabric Therapy! The strips and scraps have been FLYIN' in my quilt cave lately as I get last minute gifts ready in a flash!  I came up with a neat project to reduce my overflowing strip and scrap bins while making a useful and pretty gift.

I started with heaps and piles of strips and scrappy pieces. 

See?  Chaos does take over every now and then in my compulsively organized quilting area.  I have to get all the scraps out where I can touch and feel them.

First I made a lot of trees using green strips and scrappy chunks of backgrounds.

Then, in honor of Tonya's Ricucci 's new book, Word Play Quilts (hot off the press in December!), I decided to make some free-pieced letters.
 All with an exclamation mark to get the point across!
Then I put it all together to make casserole hot mats.  It seems that mug rugs are the number one cool gift to make for everyone this year, so I decided to make hot mats following the same basic ideas and using Insul-Brite batting. Ta da!!

 They are all sizes, most big enough for a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish.  
 I used some of my longer scrappy strips to border the crazy pieces.  They are thick! I machine quilted the little top to some Insul-Brite, then layered batting and a back, then used little scraps of prepared binding left over from previous quilts to finish them off. They are truly scrappy from start to finish.

When I got bored with trees, I experimented with a couple of different styles.

They are an awesome way to reduce those scrap bins while wow-ing your friends and family! 

Thank you to Madame Samm and all of you for letting me share a project.  I've been sharing organizational secrets of my stash with you lately and it was fun to pull things out, make a mess and a project, and share it with you (and, of course, clean up...I can only stand the chaos for so long before I start trying to find the tops of my tables!). 

May you all organize your sewing areas and manicure those stashes in the new year!!

In stitches,
Teresa  :o)

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Sewing for Christmas 2011

As I walk through the house, I see the remains of a lovely Christmas.  Needles from the tree are mixed with bits of ribbon from presents opened Christmas morning.   I smile as I'm reminded of the look on the faces of those who received handmade gifts from me and I am left wondering why I didn't create more special things this year.  I find myself in this place again, promising myself that in the New Year it will be different.  

My name is Renee, and I am a quilter, knitter, crafter and lover of all things vintage.  My blog is Sewn With Grace and I am so pleased to be with you today.  Thank you, Madame Samm, for this opportunity.  Stash Manicure is one of the blogs I visit daily to grab some creative fuel.  Many wonderful people share great ideas for using up their fabric stash.  I always leave feeling inspired.

I am on a mission to sew for Christmas each month in the New Year.   I want to give handmade gifts all year long, but especially at Christmas.  With blogs like Stash Manicure to inspire, I know this can be done.   I certainly can't say that I don't have enough fabric to do so...

Allow me to share with you some of my favorite ways to manicure my stash and create gifts.  If you are looking for something less time consuming than a quilt, one easy gift to make is a scarf...

About 1/2 yd. fabric for front of scarf
Scripture fabric at Shabby Fabrics

when you realize how easy that is, you have no choice but to keep going!

Bits of fabric, vintage trim, buttons and an inexpensive composition notebook make for one great journal...

or several!

Tiny bits of fabric don't end up wasted when formed into pretty flowers and attached to a $12.99 sweater from T.J. Maxx.

Lots of fabric can be used up to make table runners.  How about one for each season?  What a fun gift to receive!

With all of the great bag patterns available, who wouldn't love a little "junk" to add to their wardrobe? Especially one in pink!

The Junk Bag by Jackie Clark
pattern at Shabby Fabrics

Once a few of these items are made and tucked into a closet, gift giving will be a snap!  Instead of wondering why you didn't do enough next Christmas, you'll be satisfied with the work of your hands and will have given some handmade love to those you care so deeply for.  Let's pinkie swear we'll keep Christmas in our hearts and flowing creatively through our fingers in 2011.  Blessings!

Monday, December 27, 2010

My excitement certainly matches the winners today....update...can I just say, YOU are Totally AWESOME ....

First, did you all have a wonderful holiday,
break, time out, visit ?

I missed you all!

I did in fact take a break, and there is nothing
like getting back into a routine.
Sew now that the Holidays are behind us, 
I am ready to move forward..
How about YOU?

And goodness me, without 
further ado....we have a 
few winners 
to announce.
The response was overwhelming,
all of your comments were just a delight
to read. Some were a bit... can I say mushy and over
the top sweet...but ohhh  indeed many brought a chuckle.
The result was a heck of a lot of emails to read through
and I enjoyed everyone of them ...Sew from my heart
to yours...it spoke volumes...

 my software chose numbers 
each day that corresponded with your comment
and follower button...
If you note, winners from all over the world!

Congratulations to the following
Please be sure to send me your addresses
sew I can mail these all off before the 
New Year!

Day 1 Winner  ( have not heard from you yet)
#170 Jedoglec 
you have won the Jelly Roll. from Lissa at Moda
( from Poland)

Day 2 Winner ( yep heard from you, check lol)
#48 SkikStitches 
you have won Carrie's patterns, Carrie Nelson
( from England)

Lot's of extra goodies to you...
Layer cakes, extra patterns, notions,
cuppa cozie, thimble its ( love those)
...Value PRICELESS..!

Day 3 Winner ( yep heard from you too...check)
#37 Elly
you have won the Silks from Valerie Online Pastimes..
( from Northern Scotland)

Day 4 Winner ( heard from you, check)
#52 Sewn With Grace, Renee
you have won the pattern Love in Bloom from Cori Blunt
(from United States)

Day 5 Winner ( yep heard from her too, check)
#11 Felicity
you have won the Robert Kaufman bundle ( from R.K)
( from Canada)

Day 6 Winner
#43 mamacjt ( yep, ohhh I heard from her...lol, check)
you have won the Riley Blake fat quarter bundle ( Jina)
( from United States)

Day 7 Winner ( yep heard from her a couple of times..check lol)
#145 MommaRock
you have won the Home Pattern from Shabby Fabrics ( Jennifer)
( from United States)

Sew to all you WINNERS, I have to agree
with many of you who commented..we all win..
WE are united with our passion for Quilting...
( ohhh and there will be sew many more giveaways
you just wait and see)
And a huge Thanks to our SPONSORS
once again...xx

Ohhh and one of our SPONSORS
Jane got a NEW Look. 
* I had a wee giveaway of my own
yesterday...and she won..

Jane has a new RETRO look!

She went from this..
 To this...
she was pretty excited..she will tell you all about it...

cuppa cozie....
keeps your beverage HOT for up to 3 hours
Made from 100% goose down..
created by YOURS truly..
Madame Samm

Will be announced in the morning...
Sew return and check in...in the morning EASTERN TIME!

And that winner is 
#48 Christine
and she is from Australia....
( there you go, I think we toured the world)
Please connect with me ...
and congrats...

On a very personal NOTE:

I ask that you contribute comments-
SEW we get to know one another..
It really helps you know...

The BONUS for me, is I will
want to continue building this blog and working
with the Sponsors on your Behalf..
SEW thank you...your words MATTER...

I believe I saw something extra under the tree....

FOR ME? or YOU! 

Regular GUEST BLOGGING resumes in the MORNING
Thank GOODNESS! lol

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Our Holiday Giving comes to an end, with I Believe- there will be more Ü

Josh Groban I Believe

Come on say it, with me....


I believe this is the end of our GIVEAWAYS .....
for 2 weeks we had giveaways every day.
I BELIEVE our sponsors are over the top
the BEST.
I BELIEVE we have the BEST followers,
visitors, guest bloggers.
I BELIEVE, this is just a beginning to
a wonderful  New YEAR.
( in a few days)

Sew to end our most amazing 2 weeks,
I asked Jennifer Shabby Fabrics
to offer something that would
be sew appropriate to remind us all
that we are HOME...
( she is our sponsor every month
for our banner winner)

this Pattern is a wall hanging 41 x 41 
and it seems quite befitting 

HOME--- here---- with this delightful gathering
of the most amazing quilters...
that is why we come together...
I'm just saying!

Sew if this strikes your FANCY,
and you  BELIEVE it would be perfect for you...
Be a follower,
Leave a comment.
And I too believe YOU could win..

ahhhh Dec 27th, that is tomorrow..
all the winners will be announced...

And one of these days  is a BONUS
day so that winner will  also win the following...

a Jelly roll,
A pattern,
some notions,
a new pattern BOOK.
( plus their winnings for that day)

I'am just saying...do you BELIEVE?

Stay tuned for many delightful guest bloggers...
ohhh and a new look on January 1st...

Thank you for making this season one I will
never ever forget.

I'm just saying..wink!

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Day 6 of our Holiday Giving.. this Christmas Day, let's begin with this...

Andrea Bocelli, the Lords Prayer

Ahhh isn't this a nice way to begin our day...?
A prayer sung for us by Andrea

 in our Merry Sack today, Riley Blake
sent us this delightful fat quarter bundle
of oh's and ahhhhhhhhhhhhhh's

Again worth mentioning over and over again-
We have the BEST sponsors especially these past two weeks,
every day they offered something.
They brought along much Christmas cheer.
and made us realize why we love their goods sew much!

Sew if this is your Fancy, 
Be a follower, leave a comment,
and rest assured on Dec 27th all the winners will be announced.
( 2 more sleeps)

Mmmmmm and one of these days is a BONUS day.
That winner will win, lot's of extras...lot's...
I'm just saying ...

Everyone of these Holiday Giving posts
were prepared well in advance
sew I could spend some time with
family... Merry Christmas 
to all of you who have made
these past couple months
certainly worth my time and effort...

See you soon...you are all in for
some delightful surprises and much
more than what you would  ever expect under the tree
or in any Merry Sack...
and I'm just saying!

May you have a blessed day!
Happy Holidays
in every which way you come to celebrate