I started writing my newsletter because I so enjoy the ones I receive from others in the sewing and crafting world, and because it's an opportunity for me to talk to all of you each month even when my blog might be a little lacking in big fancy finishes (this mom thing really devours my free time! ; )
Has the spring cleaning bug bitten you yet? It comes like clock work for me every April. This year's decluttering impulse was strong as I pare down before the next deployment (less clutter means less to clean up after by myself!) and clear space in my studio for the new direction my business is headed in. And since I have sooo much more fabric than time, I'm giving away TWO great FQ bundles in prints perfect for summer sewing. Enter below to win 30's Minis by Erin Turner, and then check out BBD on Instagram for a chance at Summer Song 2 by Riley Blake. Best of luck!
A few months ago Sarah Goer and I were discussing our kids' current sewing projects (we each have two eager littles who love working with us in our respective studios), and mentioned how we were certain to see them at their machines even more once school let out. I mulled over our conversation a bit, later proposing a project to her that they could all collaborate on, and then *poof* the Kids Quilt Round Robin was born!
If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen my posts about the teacher gifts I'm working on this spring. I'm sewing two very simple HST throw quilts for two very wonderful instructors, and this morning I spent some time in my younger daughter's class having the kids sign their quilt labels.
The good idea fairy thought a pieced block that mirrors the front design would be fun, and for antsy 6 year olds, distributing it as separate pieces meant not having to wait or crowd around to sign a single piece of fabric... this was good for the latter intent, but left me with a lot more piecing to do to finish the quilt back! Next week when I visit the older kids' class, I think they'll just have to sign one big fabric piece patiently ; )
P.S. Are you sewing any teacher gifts this year? Admittedly the throw quilts are a bit ambitious... I usually whip up an Open Wide Zipper Pouch if you're in need of a fast finish idea : )
Many may know Linette from the #honestcraftroomies Periscope hops & our amazing quilting community. We're working on a big quilt "hug" for her, and we'd love your help! For more information about the project, please read here. To participate & create a block for the quilt, follow directions below...
A friend invited me to an Eat, Drink, Stitch event in Lawrence KS and we had a blast! An evening of stitching with a side of good food & great company - my mom even joined us, since she was in town visiting : ) I made the adorable little unicorn above, which is a perfect gift for one of my daughters. (We're hosting a unicorn/donut themed birthday party for the girls this year, so... yeah, unicorn explosion over here!) I don't think embroidery will ever inspire me quite as much as quilting does, but I find it's the perfect hand project for bringing along to the playground!
Last fall I finished my girls' 3rd & 5th birthday quilts just a few years after the candles were snuffed.... BUT this year I have their birthday gifts done early - a whole month early! It's a borderline miracle!
If you've followed my blog for a while, you know I hate hand stitching. My binding is always machine stitched. My quilting is longarmed or domesticated. And I will never, ever handquilt a darn thing for as long as I live. Ever. Not even... um...... ok, boy was that crow surprisingly tasty! Folks, I TRIED IT. And I LIKED it! (A whole lot more than when my mom tried that trick with broccoli, too!)
This latest finished flimsy of mine is all about the voile - Heather Ross' new Sleeping Porch voile that is! Her prints are busy, but I like the overall aesthetic. The whirl of flora and fauna reminds me of running through a field of wildflowers. All those warm yellows, peaches, and greens evoke hazy days, dusty yarrows and the buzz of cicadas. Plus, the moths - that purple print is my absolute favorite!
My forgotten fall pre-order of Heather Ross' Sleeping Porch arrived this week... right along with the stack I *just* purchased last weekend! (Will mom-brain ever end??) But the beauty of this bonanza of fabric is that I now have one set to hoard AND one to play with. So I've been cutting and fiddling with layouts, and hopefully I'll have a pattern to share soon along with the finished flimsy. (Plus, there's a good chance some scraps will make an appearance in this month's Tuesday Treats giveaway! Check out IG or my newsletter for details. Wait, not a newsletter subscriber yet?? Sign up here and you'll get the next edition delivered straight to your inbox this Thursday!)
I did it. I cut the Kona! I've debated for years while watching so many others take the plunge, but never wanted to break up the binder of color cards I have, since some lines aren't as easily cut-up-able. Then last week while trying - in vain - to decide on the perfect progression of blues for an upcoming project, I gave in. So I ordered a new (303 set) Kona card to have on hand, and I started snipping up my old (270) card.
Midway through snipping, I realized I needed a good way to store the chips to avoid chaos at the start of each use. Fortunately, I remembered that Silvia of A Stranger View had posted about this not too long ago, and after a quick skim of her photo feed, I found the answer: a Lego Minifigures Organizer by BoxBox. It has lots of slots for grouping colors, and it's thin (less than an inch in height) and light weight for storing. I'm going to slip it on the shelf right between my binders of thread and fabric colors : )
I added a few more purples for my Year 40 quilt: Violet Craft's House of Hoppington Orchid Haystack, L's Modern Basic Fuschia Infinite Kisses, and Studio M's Basic Mixologie Violet Breezy. (And later today I plan to sit down and order a little of Alison Glass' new Sun Print Overgrown in Plum!) I'm *so close* to having all forty fabrics for the quilt!
What color are you currently cultivating in your stash? After I finish this project, I think I might turn my sights toward green next and take advantage of what's sure to be a bloom of good true greens released on the heels of Pantone's Color of the Year.
Linking up with Molli Sparkles' Sunday Stash.
Do you ever get a beautiful fat quarter set in the mail and have absolutely no idea where it came from?? Well, apparently this happens to me! I gave the mailman a confused look when he handed me the package from Windham Fabrics, and then stood in my studio, still looking confused, with this gorgeous Curious Dream by Angela Pingel in my hand. In all the holiday chaos, I had completely forgotten about winning the Alice in Wonderland inspired fabric from Heidi at Fabric Mutt as part of the recent Curious Dream Blog Hop, but a quick skim of my recent correspondance cleared it up.
I love it! I need to think of a project for it. Any ideas??
Linking up with Molli Sparkles' Sunday Stash.
My sister just hit the big 3-0 and I had it on good authority that she'd love some throw pillows for her guest room as her gift. She and I tend to like the same things, and I love wonky stars, so a wonky star pillow is part of the set ; ) I'll share the finished project in a separate post, but in case you're new to "wonky," today I wanted to show you how to whip up a wonky star block that you can use for pillows, minis and quilts!
The past few years I've ascribed to word-of-the-year motivation, and it's worked pretty well. 2015 was all about focus, and I found better ways to keep my priorities on track despite how "squirrel!" our little kids/relocate often/frequent schedule changes life can be. 2016 was for creating a pattern, both in my life-flow and in quilting, and those goals are well underway. I tinkered with my schedule, and now I have a consistent routine for both home and work that still fits the flexibility I need when my husband comes and goes unexpectedly for his job. Plus, my first free quilt pattern will be out soon alongside my new newsletter, with a few other designs underway for 2017 release.
So what's my new word?
This was a productive month for quick holiday makes at our house. The elves who visit each December were kind enough to kick off the Christmas sewing with new pj pants...
Last week another mom in my daughter's Kindergarten class asked if in lieu of gifts for the teacher, we would instead send in donations for a family who had just lost everything in a house fire. The teacher is good friends with the family, and she had been very concerned about their ability to celebrate the holidays following such a huge loss. As tends to be the case in our community, the response was amazing - hundreds of dollars in gift cards, plus groceries and household items. And a quilt.
Welcome, everyone! Thanks for visiting for Sew Mama Sew's biannual Giveaway Day! New to Berry Barn Designs? I invite you to take a look around. My name is Sarah. I love quilting, sewing, teaching (and ice cream!), and lean toward quick projects I can finish between juggling life as a mom and milspouse. Here's what's been happening lately...
I have this habit of squirreling things away and happening upon them at just the right moment: strategic forgetfulness! It's a thing, right?! So while restocking fabric in my sewing cabinet yesterday, I noticed the coloring books I'd set aside for a future giveaway, remembered today would be the first Tuesday of the month... and voila!
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