Bright Heart Giveaway

AB BH FQ closeLet’s end July with a celebration! Whether you’re sweltering through the dog days of summer in the Northern hemisphere or suffering through the heart of winter in the Southern hemisphere, a bit of fabric is always the right choice for getting the inspiration flowing. Thanks to Free Spirit’s generosity and as part of the One Fabric Nation program, I have two fat quarter bundles of Amy Butler’s Bright Heart collection to giveaway. Sweet!!!AB BH FQ topAs you can see on that label, there are twenty-eight fat quarters per bundle. Twenty-eight pieces of gorgeous fun and many, many happy hours of sewing and crafting. Before we get to the details of the sweepstakes aka giveaway, let me share a bit of Bright Heart inspiration.Chocolate Pot wallhanging from aboveI’m nearly done hand quilting this wall hanging with pearl cotton and big stitch quilting. I’ve managed to put together a free pdf so you can make one of your own. Click here or visit the Freebies section. These are raw edge applique designs so it goes together quickly. I’m contemplating some additional embellishments on those pots. Beading would look great, but so would some decorative machine stitches. Chocolate pot wall hanging closeup (754x800)I first fell in love with chocolate pots in Paris. We were there for three short days in 2001. Fourteen years on, and I can still vividly remember the thrill of the city and the fantastic window displays of the chocolaterie across the street from the hotel. Click here to visit my Chocolate Pot Pinterest board to see some of the dazzling pots that inspired the applique shapes.AB BH FQ stacksSo, without further delay, here are the details:

  1. Leave a comment on this post before the deadline to enter. Tell me your favorite Amy Butler print(s) of all time. (Follow that link if you need some visual reminders of Amy’s past collections.)
  2. One comment per reader. Duplicate entries will be deleted.
  3. You have until 12:00 midnight Pacific Standard Time on Monday, August 3, 2015 to enter.
  4. International entrants are welcome.
  5. Two winners will be selected by Random Number Generator no later than August 7, 2015. Each winner will receive one fat quarter bundle.
  6. Winners will be notified by email and will have 7 days to respond. If winners do not respond, a new winner will be selected by Random Number Generator and notified by email.

Good luck! I may not have time to reply to each and every one of you who comments. So, to everyone who enters, “Thank you!” I’m looking forward to reading about your favorites.

A Little Thing

pincushion JS Enchanted1Not everything has to happen on a grand scale to be satisfying. Sometimes, a simple thing will do. Like a new pincushion. Pulling from my lovely stash of Jane Sassaman’s Enchanted, I whipped up three in no time.pincushions JS trioIt’s easy to dismiss large personality prints like Jane’s when considering a small project. But as you can see from these simple pincushions, they can work wonderfully well. It’s a matter of choosing a particular element and letting it shine.

I added Jane’s Fiesta Stripe ribbon by Renaissance Ribbons as an accent for two of them. This narrow ribbon is a favorite of mine. It’s lively without being too bold. For the third pincushion, I used simple grid quilting and let the silhouette do its thing.

Pincushions are a great way to change up your sewing area. Make your own with my free pattern. Enchanted is in stores now.

Summer Lists

Pete in the shadeWhat a weekend! Lightning, thunder and lots of rain. In two days, we received more rain than we’ve ever had in the entire month of July in recorded weather history. Today the clouds are gone and the temperatures have dropped back closer to normal. The cats are also back to normal, seeking out shady spots and napping the day away.Stinka in reclinerSummer always seems to go by so quickly. Well, all the days do anymore, but summer still seems to be the quickest. I usually have mental lists of what I want to accomplish over the summer–house project lists, reading lists, sewing lists. For some reason, I don’t always get very far with them. Inevitably, stuff comes up. And then before you know it, it’s almost Market and Fall is here.

So, this time around, the mental list is simple. Just do what I can. It sounds ridiculously simple, doesn’t it? And totally obvious. Because really, I can’t do more than is humanly possible. So there are things I want to start that I don’t have time for. So there are stacks of fabric that I won’t be getting to anytime soon. It’s always going to be that way. And frankly, I don’t think I could handle it if I didn’t have a long list of things I want to make and create.Loominous stackI need to have those things and ideas waiting on the sidelines. Even if I never get to all of them. The newest thing on the sidelines–this gorgeous stack of Anna Maria Horner‘s Loominous. They are amazing. They make me think of shirts and aprons, kitchen towels and napkins. (Design note: these would mix well with Kaffe’s shot cottons and stripes.)

Another stack of pretty fabrics arrived recently, but I’ll save those for another post. Right now, I need to grab a glass of iced tea, sit back and enjoy a perfect summer evening. Maybe dream up a few more ideas for the non-list I’m keeping.