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Jul 18, 2014


Jul 18, 2014
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I am the Mom.  I am behind the camera, not in front of it.  My photography experience includes shooting my 3 active boys and a plethora of still-life shots of quilted blankets.  I am by far not well versed in the "selfie".
When Fat Quarter Shop announced their #sewwhatselfie contest, I thought I'd join in.  Play along.  How hard can it be?  

Oh. My. Gosh.  Taking selfies felt utterly ridiculous even though I was alone during nap time.  It felt even more ridiculous than those times when I made my kids take pictures of me in the clothes I'd sewn for myself.  You know, when the neighbors spotted us on my front porch and I'm trying to pose all mysterious and aloof like a model.  For my 7 year old.

These were the good ones.  Out of.... well, let's just say..... a lot.  It is extremely difficult not to be super critical of yourself - even if I am taking a selfie in jest.
I thank my lucky stars social media did not exist when I was in high school and college.  Can you imagine the hairspray usage if we were prone to taking a picture at any moment?  Wowza. 

So here they are! Keepin' it real on GXQ with no make up.  :)  Are you a selfie?  Or behind the camera?
I'll leave you with this pic of my hubby.  Who informed me I was doing it all wrong.  I was missing the "duck face"....

To enter Fat Quarter Shop's #SewWhatSelfie contest, take a picture of yourself in their new FQS T-shirt and tag @fatquartershop with hashtag #sewwhatselfie on social media for a chance to win a $100 FQS Gift Card. They are drawing 2 winners each month from July through September.  Good luck! See the details on their blog here.

Disclosure:  FQS provided this shirt to me. The unfortunate selfies are all my own.

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Jul 15, 2014

Mustang / Cotton + Steel Giveaway

Jul 15, 2014
Pin It There is lots of excitement about the any-day-now release of the new Cotton + Steel fabric lines.  Some shops are shipping this week - with others soon to follow.  What I think is so clever about the C+S lines is how they are designed to coordinate together.

Last week I showed you the new tote I made with Mustang by Melody Miller.  What I love about her line is the unique border concept she has included in several prints.  There are many details in the border prints that can create unique projects.  A hint of metallic too.  :)

These are my favorite prints...

After showcasing the new Sidekick Tote I made with a few Melody Miller Mustang prints, RJR Fabrics has generously offered to giveaway a FAT QUARTER bundle of the Mustang line!  Aren't you dying to get your hands on the whole bundle?  A huge thank you to RJR for adding this fun giveaway to the week with collections arriving in shops.
If you would like a chance to win, enter the giveaway below. (Giveaway ends Monday, July 21, 2014 at 11:59pm)
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Jul 11, 2014

Sidekick Tote

Jul 11, 2014
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The week before we left on our family vacation, I HAD to have a new bag.  You know how that goes, right? Suddenly, it's the one thing I can't bear to travel without. And instead of all the packing and laundry that needed to be done, my new bag became top priority.
I'm glad I did.  I decided to make the Sidekick Tote by Anna of Noodlehead. My first Noodlehead pattern. I can see why her patterns are so popular.  It's in the details. Just look....
I made my own bias tape for the front pocket detail.
The zipper tab.
The strap is lined in a contrasting color.
A recessed zipper.  It's a roomy bag, despite it's frame.  I made the large size (of the 2 provided) and I was worried it wouldn't be big enough for the mom arsenal I still need to carry at times. I was pleasantly surprised that it is big enough to hold all I need it to.
Large front pocket - perfect for sunglasses.
I'm so happy I was able to take this bag on our trip to the beach.  It always feels so good to have a new bag - and of course, using Melody Miller's Mustang collection from Cotton + Steel was also a thrill.  Her whole line is just lovely!  All kinds of neat border prints to do fun things with.
Noodlehead Sidekick Tote
Outside - Mustang by Melody Miller for Cotton + Steel; Alexander Henry Heath Crosshatch.
Lining - Parisville by Tula Pink for FreeSpirit.
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