Saturday, December 5, 2015

December Monthly Giveaway!

WINNER: Shauna Adams Pope!
EEK! We are pretty excited about this month's giveaway! One lucky winner is going to get Lori Holt's 2016 Cozy Cottage Calendar AND a 10" Stacker from her Calico Days fabric collection that arrives this month!
To enter, find us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and look for the December Monthly Giveaway post! Also, enter here by leaving a comment regarding what you're Christmas wish is this year! We can't wait to hear from you! 

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Sweet Tweets

Have you seen this darling book by Erin Cox? You can find it in our shop here.
We are in love! Erin Cox uses free motion applique to create numerous simple, whimsical designs. The projects are fun and easy. If you're anything like me, I love applique but I am not a very patient person so I have a hard time actually completing anything I have to do by hand. Seriously, everything in this book is just simply adorable.
My personal favorite is the last one with the "love birds." I'm already thinking up ideas incorporating Sweetwater's newFirst Crush fabric collection.
Sew Pro Staff Member Trisha MacQueen used Erin Cox's techniques and created this adorable Christmas mini withHolly's Tree Farm fabric by Sweetwater.
The possibilities are limitless!

Monday, November 9, 2015

November Monthly Giveaway!

WINNER: Vonsewin
Here we are again, announcing our Monthly Giveaway! 
Have you seen the lovely First Crush fabric collection by Sweetwater Co.? Its full of lovely reds, blacks, whites and grays! We have some fun projects in mind for this collection and we can hardly wait for it's arrival this month!
We've already started our projects with these cute squares. Now, we are trying to decide between a table runner, pillows or a mini. Yet to be determined.....
Well, guess what!?! We are going to giveaway a Fat Quarter Bundle of First Crush to one lucky winner! To enter, we'd love to hear about your first crush OR your current crush in the comments below!
Also, be sure to visit us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter to get additional entries. Simply find our giveaway post and follow the instructions there. 
Good Luck!!

Monday, October 19, 2015

Sandee's Mini Charm Pack Challenge

We absolutely adore this beautiful Pineapple Mini created by Sandee with the Farmhouse Mini Charm Pack! Sandee is originally from Hawaii and we love that she chose a project that represents "home" for her.

Here's Sandee's write up for the Sew Pro Staff Mini Charm Pack Challenge:
 Pineapple Mini
 I was super excited to start my first project as a Sew Pro Staff member.  When I received my mini charm square pack in Farmhouse fabric I knew exactly what I would make. I had been gushing over the pineapple minis that I've seen all over Instagram. Brings back sweet memories of my home in Hawaii.
 Pineapple Mini Quilt - pattern inspired by Jackie Padesky quilts
Pineapple crown - 8 - 2 1/2" squares
White- 8 - 2 1/2" squares
Body of pineapple - 20 - 2 1/2" squares

If you take a look at my layout and follow along you can see that HST make up the crown and the top and bottom corners of the pineapple body.  This is the perfect project for mini charm packs, minimal cutting! Play around with fabric combinations to make it your own.

For my sashing I cut 2 1/2 inch strips x width and length of pineapple.  After I quilted the mini I cut the backing fabric saving 1" all the way around and used that as my binding.  I call it "cheat binding" but for a mini it works wonderfully!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Amy's Mini Charm Challenge

The Sew Your Heart Out Pillow created by Sew Pro Staff member, Amy Carrington is oh sew lovely! We asked, and she delivered with the Sew Pro Staff Mini Charm Challenge!

 What a perfect use of the Gooseberry fabric collection by Lella Boutique. We are loving the red's, the navy's and the aqua's!
Here's how Amy created this fun afternoon project:
The "ingredients" for the pillow are:
A mini charm pack
Fat quarter of background fabric
Fat quarter of backing fabric
16" square pillow
I laid out 30 charm squares and cut (16) 2-1/2" squares from the background fabric and made 10 Half Triangle Squares (HST's) and used the remaining 6 to complete the square.

(I pressed the HST seams open, but pressed the other seams to one side so they would nest when I sewed the rows together.)
Then I added a 2-1/2" border on all sides and trimmed it up to make a 16" square.  Then I watched MADE Everyday's tutorial to complete the back.

 Now, we know you can hardly wait to get started on your own Sew Your Heart Out Pillow so we've added kits in the shop just for you! 
The kits will include:
~ One Gooseberry Mini Charm Pack
~ One fat quarter of Gray Swiss Dot fabric for the background & border
~ One fat quarter of Moda Cross Weave in Graphite
Get your kit, grab a 16" pillow from your local craft store (or cover an old pillow) and Sew You Heart Out!
Oh yeah, don't forget to share your completed project with us! We would LOVE to see it!

Monday, September 28, 2015

October Monthly Giveaway!

Each month we give away a cute something from one of the new collections arriving in our shop. This month we are excited to show off the Prairie collection by Corey Yoder! It's simply stunning! The color combinations are beautiful! We especially love the grey!
To Enter:
Comment what you'd create with this beautiful bundle of fabrics! For additional entries, find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and enter there too! For additional information regarding our Monthly Fabric Giveaway visit us here.

Celeste's Mini Charm Pack Challenge Design

I know you are so excited to get your hands on Celeste's new table runner pattern after seeing her cute creation for the Sew Pro Staff Mini Charm Pack Challenge. She is so generous to share her pattern with all of us. Isn't this table runner just so fun, especially with the Dot Dot Dash collection?
The entire line of Dot Dot Dash arrives in October and we can not wait for these fun, bright and vibrant fabrics to arrive. Me & My Sister Designs did a wonderful job with this collection! No surprise there! We do, however already have a number of Dot Dot Dash Charm Packs in the shop from Sample Spree and we have created kits for you to make your very own Charming Mini Chains Table Runner. Get you kit here, your pattern here, and have fun sewing! 

Mini Charm Pack Challenge

The Sew Pro Staff Mini Charm Challenge has been so fun! Here's how it went down:
A couple of weeks ago we sent a different Charm Pack to four of our Sew Pro Staff members. They were invited to create anything that they wanted with their Charm Pack. The sky was the limit and boy did we get some darling results!
The Line up: Farmhouse by Fig Tree & Co., Gooseberry by Lella Boutique, Dot Dot Dash by Me & My Sister Designs and Prairie by Corey Yoder.
Each Sew Pro Staff member came up with something very different. It was so fun to see the variety and the creativity. 

Sandee created this darling pineapple mini quilt with the lovely Farmhouse fabrics.
Amy had fun with the Gooseberry fabrics and created this stunning pillow.
Celeste played with Dot Dot Dash and designed a brand new table runner pattern.
Trisha turned the Prairie fabric into an adorable zippered bag.
We could not have been more excited about each of the creations. It is so very fun to work with talented, creative people who have such a passion for sewing, quilting and creating. It's fun to see different personalities come out in different projects.
We know you are in love with these fun projects so we are going to share the "how-to's" with you. Stay tuned!

Monday, September 21, 2015

Zipper Pulls and Sewing Charms

We love cute new notions and we couldn't be more excited about the fun zipper pulls/sewing charms we've added to our shop! All of the charms are designed and manufactured by Watchus. 
Sew Pro Staff member Trisha, just created this darling zipper pouch and adorned it with the cute scissor zipper pull. It's the perfect little accent to the perfect little pouch.
From fall leaves, apples and jackolanterns to strawberries, cherries and watering cans, you'll find lots of fun uses for these zipper pulls and charms! We can't wait to see them on your cute sewing projects!

 Here's just a sampling:
Wouldn't the crayons charm look so cute on a little pencil pouch for school?