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May 28, 2015

Pie Making Day Fabric + GiveAway

May 28, 2015
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Did you see the new line Pie Making Day by Brenda Ratliff for RJR Fabrics in any of the Spring Market coverage?  It's a delicious rainbow of color in vintage-y style prints. 
I was fortunate to work with this line for my latest pattern - and let me tell you, Brenda has hit the nail on the head.  This line feels like it was designed for quilters.  The prints are all small- to medium- in scale and are perfect for slicing up into lots of pieces, as we quilters love to do.  Below is a pic of my favs.  Orange is my new favorite color - and Pie Making Day has 5 orange prints to choose from.  That's not something you see every day.
This line contains a lot of tone-on-tone and tone-and-white prints.  It will make them extremely easy to mix and match into other things.  These are the type of prints I usually hand pick out of fabric lines to fill out my stash. 
Here is the Pie Making Day line in action in the Lacuna Sampler Pattern (PDF).  Print here
 
Pie Making Day will be available in shops in July 2015.  Be sure to check it out at your local shop then.  And for anyone who wants to win it before you can buy it, RJR Fabrics has been very generous to offer a FAT QUARTER bundle of Pie Making Day to GXQ readers!  (Psst...  This is the exact bundle you need to make Lacuna!)
 


If you would like a chance to win, enter the giveaway below. (Giveaway ends Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 11:59pm)
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May 22, 2015

Mini Granny Square Quilt Blocks

May 22, 2015
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My bee blocks from 2014 have been gathered.  I've laid all the pretties out and, of course, decided I can't make anything easy on myself.  So more work it is!
I've decided I need to sew another 36 mini Granny square blocks to go along with the bee blocks.  I plan to make a border out of the minis.
It's a perfect use for charms and mini charms.  I'm using scraps and a mini charm square pack of Cotton + Steel basics for the centers.  I've used quite a few Laura Gunn Painter's Canvas prints too.
I figure this is a good summer project when I'm trying to squeeze in little bits of sewing while the kids are off.  Below you can see the difference in scale of the original block (left) and the mini (right).  The originals are 13" and the minis are 7.5".
These are so cute!  If you like these blocks, Lori Holt has a whole book decided to the Great Granny block.  Those would be fun to make too. Pin It

May 20, 2015

Fun Summer Virtual Sewing Event "Camp Loopy"

May 20, 2015
Pin It Summertime is almost here!  Can't you believe it?  Only a few days left of my kiddos school year.  And that means it's time for summer projects!

Need some motivation to pick out a project or two this summer?  Check out Camp Loopy at the Loopy Ewe.  It's virtual camp that everyone can join in.  The shop hosts the camp in June, July and August.  There are challenges and themes each month with prizes and giveaways throughout.  Even camp t-shirts!

The Loopy Ewe has just added a few lines just in time for the camping fun:

 
 


Check it out if your looking for some summer fun sewing!
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