Sew Mama Sew Giveaway!

Sew Mama Sew Giveaway Day

**The Giveaway is closed. Thank you for all who entered – the winners will be announced within the next day!**

**WINNERS!!! Stephanie (from the Quarter Inch) and Little House on the Dairy – Congratulations ladies!!!

Today is Giveaway Day (well – the start of giveaway week anyway)!

This is our first time participating in this giveaway and we are SOOO excited!

We have our first two patterns almost ready to be uploaded to our Etsy store so we are going to do two giveaways!
The first giveaway will be our George Washington Flag Quilt Pattern (can do a pdf version or a printed version – your choice!) along with some navy fabrics to get you started and the cream fabric for the stars.
blue and cream for washington flag quilt     washington flag sample quilt

*The quilt shown is the sample that was used for the pattern.  The quilt is not a part of the giveaway.
The second giveaway will be our Charming Cake Quilt Pattern and two V & Co. Color Me Happy mini charm packs to get you started with fabrics for the quilt.
color me happy mini charms     charming cake sample quilt

*The quilt shown is the sample that was used for the pattern.  The quilt is not a part of the giveaway.
There will be a few little goodies added to each package when we mail them!

Now – to enter – comment on this post with your favorite sewing tip/trick or your favorite quilt pattern.
Remember that the giveaways all close on May 16th at 5 pm (PST). The winner will be announced between then and Saturday evening on the blog – we will e-mail the winners as well!

Good luck and make sure you check out Sew Mama Sew for some other amazing giveaways this week!


What have we been up to?

It has been too long since I made a real blog post – things have been a bit crazy here – one of those seasons where you know you are burning the candle at both ends, but there is an end in sight!  My husband and I have a weekend getaway scheduled for June (this little vacation is long over due – over 3 years since our last one!), so we just have a few more weeks of craziness!  Things that have been keeping us and mom busy:

(Sorry for the dark photos – clearly mom and I create at night and then take our pics when there is no sunlight….we need to have an outdoor photo shoot one of these days now that it is getting warmer!)

1. Working on getting started building our new home – sooo excited and a bit nervous all at the same time!

2. Our little nugget turns 1 in a month…so I have been working on birthday invites and party plans – thankful for Pinterest!  Pretty happy with our invites and I was able to continue my tradition of some kind of rhyme – “Hungry for some birthday fun? JD is turning one! Crawl on over for lots of fun!”  I bought two of the fabric panels, but I haven’t made them in to anything yet – pretty sure I know what I am going to do so I will post pics once I finish them 🙂

invite cropped     very hungry caterpillar panel 1

3. Projects for our first festival – pouches are on the agenda for this weekend along with finishing up the Bartholomeow’s Reef Quilt 🙂

bartholomeows reef 1     jellyrolljam

4. Getting our first wholesale fabric orders together – we will have some special offers for precuts and some custom cut bundles soon!  The picture below is a sneak peak of a few of the bolts we got 🙂

Fabric Order

5. Filling orders

Baby Bird Quilt 1    Baby Bird Quilt cropped     flannel minky owl cropped     pink fabric pull

6. Finishing up my first two quilt patterns (anyone interested in pattern testing the second one???)

george washington flag angled pic     april showers throw

We did get to spend some time with family for Easter.  Mom and I went to her local quilt stores and got some fabrics for upcoming projects (there are two alphabet quilts in the future – hopefully done by the fall but if not Christmas!)  Loved the Moda Spell it With Fabric Blog Hop and can’t wait to make my own version of the Alphabet Quilt for some special little ones!  Of course we also bought a few more quilt patterns too….because we didn’t already have enough on our wish list 🙂  I love that we can share of love of all things crafty together!

byrds     Family Easter Sunday 2014


We hope you had a wonderful Easter!




Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today, I am enjoying a sinus infection – complete with losing my voice!  This no voice thing will be quite interesting with a 3 year old and an almost 9 month old!  Also, we are snowed in – this however, doesn’t bother me – an excuse to watch some movies and snuggle on the couch, along with time to sew, and I suppose do some laundry and other cleaning.  I am sure I will have to venture out with MJ in a little and let him play in the snow at least for a few minutes!

There are many projects going on here at our house – we are doing a small renovation in the boys bathroom, I am working on two quilt patterns (my first ones!!), I am mid-way through the first sample for one of the patterns, and I have another tutorial coming for you using fleece!

Pattern 2 Pattern 1

These pictures are from working on my patterns – the right one was especially fun since I was a high school math teacher before our boys were born.  I definitely enjoyed working with geometric constructions again!

In all of this though, I decided that I needed to take a small break and make this adorable mug rug – after all, I am drinking a LOT of hot tea right now, trying to soothe my throat!

Heart Mug Rug

You can find the tutorial at The Peony Teacup.  Since I don’t have an Accuquilt Go (yet – thinking this may be on my wish list but they were on sale on Black Friday this past year, so I will be waiting for a good sale!), these are my edits:

Mug Rug

*Need 8 half square triangles (HST), 2 print squares, 2 basic squares

Cutting for heart:

  • Cut 4 – 3 1/4 in squares from your print
  • Cut 4 – 3 1/4 in squares from your basic
  • Cut 2 – 2 1/2 in squares from your print
  • Cut 2 – 2 1/2 in squares from your basic


For your HSTs – take your 4 basic squares and mark on the back of them with a Quilter’s Magic Wand – I got mine at our local quilt store but if yours doesn’t carry them, you could order online – I LOVE it!  If you don’t have one – you can draw your diagonal from corner to corner and then sew 1/4 in seams on either side of your line.  I love this tool because it helps you to be very accurate.  Once you basic squares are marked – lay them on top of your print squares (right sides together – RST) and sew.  Then cut to make your HSTs.  Press your seams open and layout your pattern.

Follow the Peony Teacup tutorial for how to sew your squares together.

For the border, I measured my sides and then cut 1 1/4 in strips for the short sides and sew those on first.  Then press and measure so you can cut the fabric for your longer sides.  Sew those on and then press seams open.

Then I followed the rest of the instructions from the original tutorial.

**I looked at some of the other binding methods in the link they provided and decided to try one of the ones I found – I was definitely not a fan – I would follow her directions or if you are going to hand sew the binding then stitch it on to the front first and wrap to back and do your hand stitching.

Here are some fun Valentine crafts from our preschool group this past week in case you have some little ones and are looking for some inspiration:

Heart Tree Shape Robot

The heart tree was a craft from another mom and the robot idea was from Church House Collection – I added more shapes to him to go with our shape review for math.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!  I am off to sew and make an awesome peanut butter and chocolate ice cream cake for my Valentine!

A Hand of Hope Blankets

I wanted to share something that is near and dear to my heart.

I have started making flannel receiving blankets for the Moms working with A Hand of Hope Pregnancy Resource Center.  A few blankets have already been sent down and there is a stack of flannel in my sewing room just waiting to be made in to blankets.  If there is anyone in the NC area who would like to donate blankets, please let me know!  Also – I would like to challenge everyone who can sew to make a blanket or several for your local pregnancy resource center or shelter for women.  These blankets are something small, but it is a handmade gift that lets these Moms know that someone cares about them and their baby and that they are special.

These are a few of our blankies - I forgot to take a picture of the ones I sent.

These are a few of our blankies – I forgot to take a picture of the ones I sent.

My little guy enjoying one of his blankets.

My little guy enjoying one of his blankets.

You can check out the A Hand of Hope Facebook page as well and see some of the beautiful babies that have recently been born 🙂