Wednesday, May 30, 2012

WIP Wednesday: Keep Calm and Press on!

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

Samples, Pouches and the Post Office, oh my!
I am joining the fun over at the Freshly Pieced Blog's WIP Wednesday. Here is my list of things to do today:

1. Mail fabric to the Made with Moxie Denyse Schmidt Fabric Swap. DONE!
Denyse Schmidt Charm Swap

2. Mail my bumper sticker block for Design Camp [think outside the block] Camp 1: my first attempt at letters. It was super fun (and hard) and I have a new catch phrase to laugh about. DONE!
Keep Calm and...

3. Finish my pouch for my swap partner over at the Vancouver BC Modern Quilt Guild. She wanted something for her passport and iphone so I made this cute little passport cover and bag with a pocket for a phone. DONE!
pouch swap

4. Make my samples for the Sleep Over Camp at Modern Domestic (I had a dream about this last night so I'd better get to this one right away!).
fabrics for class samples

and lastly, take the dog for a walk, get some coffee and write a new blog post: I get to check that last one off the list!

PS I'm thinking of starting my own link party: How about a once-a-month "keep calm and press on" party where you tackle those difficult projects! I am thinking the second Saturday of each month. I know I need a little confidence booster now and then. Let me know what you think!

Friday, May 25, 2012

...and the winner is


and she wrote:
I'm a hot orange person! Thanks for the chance.
ButternutlakeMay 22, 2012 8:06 AM


And thank you everyone for commenting and participating in such a fun event. I am overwhelmed by how many comments and new followers have appeared over the past few days. And I am grateful to Sew Mama Sew for connecting all of us. I have learned about so many new fun blogs and been introduced to such interesting new folks from all around. I am looking forward to following many of your blog adventures.

Did I mention that you guys rock!!! If any of you are interested in participating in a modern monochromatic print fabric swap leave me a comment and if there is enough interest -- 32 peeps -- I will start it up!

Have machine, will travel.

PS I won a giveaway too over at More Like Home! I am looking forward to wearing this lovely three-strand green necklace with a red flower and black button accent and scarf made from a vintage sheet. Thank you More like Home!


Monday, May 21, 2012

Sew Mama Sew "Giveaway Day" Goodness!

Oh my goodness, oh my goodness -- so many giveaways on Sew Mama Sew! So much fun! This annual giveaway is not to be missed! Throw your name into the hat for a ton of fab giveaways! This event is open from May 21- May 25th. Just click on the link, enter a comment and you might win!

Now for the first official ever Design Camp Giveaway: drum roll please:

DC [Color outside the lines] button

One packet of thirty-two different
Modern Monochromatic Prints
5" x 10" cuts
in the Modern Quilt Guild's Quiltcon logo colors!

I will make an official spot in the Design Camp [color outside the lines] fabric swap for this giveaway and it will go to the lucky winner of this random drawing. That is 32 5" x 10" slices of 32 different monochromatic prints to inspire you to create a block for Quiltcon block challenge! The fabrics in this giveaway will be posted in the flickr group pool, so click on Design Camp [color outside the lines] fabric swap to see what you will win. Don't miss out! This is crazy fun!!!

Leave a comment and tell me which color group you most want to be 'sorted' into: Hot Orange, Lemon Lime, Sea and Sky or Cool Neutrals. I will draw a winner at random on May 25th at 8 PM EST. The winner will get eight fabrics from each color group: a total of thirty-two different prints - the survey is just for fun.
(US shipping only)

Bonus entry - follow my blog and leave me a second comment telling me you are a happy camper you will get two chances to win!

Good luck and thanks for visiting Design Camp!
Have machine, will travel.

ps - more information about the swap in this post

pss - the fabrics will be ready by mid July, so there will be a little wait to get your prize. It will be worth the wait though, I promise!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Design Camp [color outside the lines] Monochromatic Print Swap

DC [Color outside the lines] button
I have stash-envy. Or I should say, I have no stash and I dream of having a perfectly organized closet of carefully folded fabrics sorted by color and print scale. A girl can dream, can't she? I have yet to perfect the art of 'oh I must have that so I'll just buy a yard and save it for later,' as some of my fellow quilting friends do so effortlessly. I've been thinking alot about my lack-o'stash lately because I want to make a block for the Quiltcon Block challenge and I don't have any fabrics to use for that. So what's a stash-less girl to do? Why host a fabric swap, of course!

Here are the deets:
Design Camp [color outside the lines] Fabric Swap
Round 1: Monochromatic Prints
This is the first (of many, I hope!) color-inspired fabric swaps. This swap is open to 31 campers (32 including me).

Round 1 colors are inspired by the Quiltcon Block Challenge, which is based on the colors of the Quiltcon logo. Elizabeth Hartman, who is leading the Quiltcon Block Challenge, categorizes the colors into 4 groups: Hot Orange, Lemon Lime, Sea & Sky, and Cool Neutrals.

For this swap you be assigned to one of these four groups: that means there will be 8 campers in each group. Each camper will buy and cut up 1 1/8 yards of fabric into thirty-two 5" x 10" strips (A kinda half-slice of a layer cake...). They will mail that fabric to me with a SASE and will get back 32 slices of fabrics: 8 from each of the four color groups. Pretty cool deal, don't you think?

Here is a cutting guide I made (I like visuals!)
DC fabric swap cutting guide

I should add a little disclaimer here: part of the challenge is to pick your own fabrics. This swap is intended to be fun and inspirational and is not meant to dictate that these are the fabrics that should be used in your block. Please consider including, excluding and adding other fabrics if you are making a block for the challenge.

You can see the logo and read more about the colors here:

Read the Quiltcon Block Challenge entry rules here:

Visit the Quiltcon Block Challenge Flickr group here

I made a board for inspiration over at pintest here.

Pop on over to the Design Camp [color outside the lines] Fabric Swap and request to join if you want to participate.

I also want to give credit to Made with Moxie.
Denyse Schmidt Charm Swap
I recently joined her Made with Moxie Denyse Schmidt Charm Swap Round 2 and she had a link to a Ellison Lane Quilts fantastic tutorial for how to run a happy swap on her blog. I am excited to participate in this swap too and indulge my inner stash-collector. I have no idea what I am going to do with these charm squares and I'm okay with that!
PS I bought the Denyse Schmidt turquoise Posies from Sew Mama Sew.