Free Fabric Friday

parallels fabric giveaway

It’s Free Fabric Friday! Leave a comment over on Instagram to win this six-yard bundle of fabric from my new Parallels collection for Kokka. The giveaway includes the six prints below — elephants and pandas in linen, hashtags and lines in double gauze, and cats and mice in flannel.

low-res-Elephants-black     low-res-Panda-blue

low-res-Hashtags-aqua     low-res-Lines-black

low-res-Mouse-green     low-res-Cats-purple



Rough Cut Giveaway

rough cut fabric giveaway

Head over to my Facebook page and leave a comment for a chance to win six yards of my Rough Cut fabric! I’ll ship anywhere in the world. Giveaway ends Sunday 2/21/16 at midnight eastern.

Modern Blocks Book Giveaway

Have you seen this book yet? Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers, compiled by Susanne Woods and published by Stash Books, is a wonderful resource for anyone interested in modern quilting. And I’m delighted to have a block featured in the book! The block below is called “A Twist of Lemon” and involves a simple folded pleating technique to add texture to a quilt.

There are some really interesting and innovative blocks in here, reflecting the diverse styles of the different contributors. And since you can change up a block by using different fabrics and turning blocks different ways, the unique possibilities are endless. You can see some more of the blocks over on the Stash Books blog.

Since I have an extra copy, I’d love to give you one! Simply leave a comment here by midnight eastern Thursday and I’ll choose a winner on Friday. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada only.

Stay tuned for more holiday giveaways all month long!

Photography & Felt (and a giveaway)

In the past, I’ve written about the  work of my friend Laura Malek, who took the photographs for 1, 2, 3 Sew.

You can see some of the book photos here and also on her website, but I wanted to show some of her other photography. As I was thinking about my personal favorites, I realized that I am drawn to the abstract quality found in many of her images. You can almost always discern the subject, but the image itself is more about color and texture, evoking a quiet, ethereal mood. Here are a few of my favorites that reflect that abstraction and remind me of the changing seasons.

And there’s a giveaway! In addition to being a talented photographer, Laura also makes small felt works of art for her Etsy shop, felt jar. Today she has offered the beautiful needle felted bird below, perfect for fall. As someone who has tried needle felting, I can tell you that Laura’s work is truly outstanding. She pokes each one of these little creatures thousands of times with a needle until the felt transforms from a puffy ball into a surprisingly dense object. Her wet felted acorns and rocks are beautiful too. You can see the influence of nature in both her felt and her photography.

To enter to win the little birdie above, please visit Laura’s Etsy shop or her website and then come back here to leave a comment about what you like. Please comment by midnight (eastern) Saturday night and I’ll choose a winner at random. This giveaway is open to residents of North America only. Thanks!

Kids’ Crafternoon Book Giveaway

I’m happy to be part of the blog tour for the new kids’ crafting books from Kathreen Ricketson of Whip UpKids’ Crafternoon Sewing and Kids’ Crafternoon Papercraft are published by Australian publisher Hardie Grant, but you can also find the books online in the U.S. from independent sellers through amazon.

Kathreen compiled and edited this series of books with many different contributors (including me), who developed 25 projects for each of the books. Two more books in the series will be available this fall — beading and felting. As with all of Kathreen’s kid projects, they seem to be “kid-tested, mother-approved”. My kids (six and eight years old) looked through the books and found projects they want to make and I love that the projects are at a skill level that is actually achievable for them. The books are hardcover with spiral binding, filled with charming photographs, clear and simple instructions and adorable illustrations (drawn by Kathreen’s husband).

Pictured above are the iPod Creature Cosy from Holly Keller, Jellyfish Pendant (my project), Wallflowers from Dana Willard and Kirigami Snowflake and Star from Elod Beregszaszi. The top two are from the sewing book and the bottom two from the papercraft book. Other projects in the sewing book include a pencil pouch, brooch, scarf, bag, checkers board, softies, pillows and more. In the papercraft book there are kites, puppets, pinwheels, a monster piñata, cards, paper toys and still more! The target ages are 7-12, but there is something for all ages and definitely projects that appeal to boys as well as girls. We’ll be making things soon!

Thanks to Hardie Grant, I’m giving away a copy of the sewing book for residents of North America. Just enter by leaving a comment below by Wednesday, August 10 at midnight eastern. I’ll choose a winner with the random number generator and announce it the next day.

And be sure to check out Kathreen’s digital kids’ craft magazine Action Pack. There are five in the series so far, filled with craft ideas, recipes, science experiments and all kinds of fun kids’ stuff.

Take a look at the previous and upcoming Kids’ Crafternoon blog tour posts here:

  1. 22 July Poppytalk
  2. 23 July Picklebums
  3. 24 July Little Eco Footprints
  4. 25 July Beaspoke quilts
  5. 26 July Maya Made
  6. 27 July Checkout girl
  7. 28 July The red thread
  8. 29 July We Wilsons
  9. 30 July Maggie Makes
  10. 31 July Mmm Crafts
  11. 1 August Domesticali
  12. 2 August Floating Ink
  13. 3 August Elizabeth Abernathy
  14. 4 August Mommy Coddle
  15. 5 August The Long Thread
  16. 6 August Hannah Fletcher
  17. 7 August Between the lines
  18. 8 August Go Make Me