I've had this idea for a while and decided now is as good a time as any to host an X-Files craft swap. According to my social media feeds that David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson arrived in Vancouver to start filming Season 11, and this particular fangirl is pretty thrilled we're getting another season of a show I've loved for more than 20 years. This swap is going to be small and relatively short, only about 2 months and limited to 50 participants. It's open to all craft types and will require one medium and one small handmade craft, shipping on 10/13. You can find all the details and signup information here. Signups are open until August 10 or when we reach 50 participants.
I am hosting a quick (hopefully) holiday charm swap. This will be different from my usual charm swap in that it will be more of a grab bag, you’ll get back the number of charms you send, between 20 and 100. The goal is to build a fun, festive charm collection for hexies, patchwork and iSpy projects.
Signups open now through August 7. Fabric will be due to me by August 15 and back to you September 15. Details and signup information
It’s so cliche to start with “I can’t believe it’s August already”, but all summer I have felt like life is stuck in fast forward. I wrote “June” twice yesterday when signing forms at the doctor. I am glad I decided this summer to take a hiatus from my craft projects, sewing orders and swaps because my kids are here 24 hours a day, plus I actually like leaving the house in the summer. While my kids are happy to watch TV all their waking hours so I can work on projects,I do like them to see the sun occasionally. I signed them up for a bunch of small activities, all of which seemed to happen in the last three weeks. We have lived in the car and eaten a majority of our meals as picnics on park benches or en route to the next thing. Thankfully the bulk of the actives are wrapping up and they only have a few things left this summer, but we’re planning some family adventures for August, so I don’t know when I will get back to my sewing room. Continue reading “August News”
This is a kind of a big deal, I am even dusting off this old blog to announce that I wrote a book. It’s called #swapaddict and I am really proud of it. When I started doing craft swaps I searched Google and Pinterest and was not able to find much information to help me learn more about swapping, so I wrote one myself! After a couple years and several dozen swaps, I hope someone will find my experiences valuable. I have gotten so much from this online swapping community, I wanted to contribute too. This was a major undertaking and a lot more work than I expected, but it’s done and out in the world and I am doing a giveaway to celebrate!
The book includes chapters on swap basics, etiquette, hosting a swap and several links to templates to help you stay organized. It is available now for $2.99 from Amazon and Kobo, Google Play,iBooks and Barnes and Noble.
Like most people, I heard the news from Orlando and felt heartbroken and helpless. When something popped up in my Instagram feed about the Quilts for Pulse Donation Project the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild was organizing, I went through my scraps and started cutting. I had enough rainbow scraps to do 30 hearts without any repeating fabrics. I used a neutral grey, low volume fabric for the background. And backed it in a darker grey.
The suggested pattern is a Heart Block from Cluck Cluck Sew. It took longer than I predicted to put it together, I wanted to have it in the mail before July 1st, but it’s done now and as soon as it has a label, it will be in the mail to a new home. It’s not much but hopefully it will bring some happiness to someone who needs it. Thank you to the Orlando Modern Quilt Guild for organizing and facilitating this quilt drive. Knowing the online quilting community, I think they will get more than enough quilts to spread the love all over Orlando.
Well, here we are almost half way through 2016 and I am actually half way through my 52 Quilts in 2016 project! Most of the finished quilts have been mini quilts for myself or for swap projects, but I am pretty proud of the work I have completed this year so far. I am a pretty lackluster blogger though. I seem to be able to finish the projects but not remember to post about them. This one is more than a month old. Sorry for the delay.
I made this for a Parks and Rec swap earlier this spring. I love the show, but for some reason I had a really hard time converting the show into craft. I used this inspirational quote from Andy Dwyer and did a mini quilt with combined paper pieced letters and embroidered text.
I saw this raccoon fabric at the store and it cracked me up. If you have ever watched Parks and Rec there is a background joke that Pawnee, IN is overrun with Raccoons. I think it was a perfect detail, but then I sort of wondered what on earth anyone would use this photo-real raccoon fabric for if not for an ironic in-joke.
For the label I made a little iron-on talk bubble. Because, Talking Raccoon.
I used my Silhouette Cameo again for extras. I made a coffee mug that said JJ’s Diner, and a mason jar coin bank with “Treat Yo’ Self” on it,
The most recent swap I participated in was a short turn around but it was really fun. The theme was “Double Mini” meaning it was a mini quilt that also had miniature dimensions. It couldn’t be larger than 8” on a side. I used a charm pack of Tula Pink fabric and this free Prismatic Medallion pattern (reduced to 50%)
The hexagonal binding was a new challenge but I think the grey stripes is a fun addition.
I didn’t quite get it right the first time, it was too small. But I finished it (and another) anyway, since I had it already cut out. I gave one to a friend and the second is hanging in my sewing room on my Mini Wall.
There were enough scraps leftover to make a couple little pouches so I included one of those and some rainbow thread when I sent the package.