We're so excited to have started our Anniversary Mystery Mini BOW today! If you're on board, you should have received your pattern by email this morning. We're getting started with the friendship star. :-)
It's hard to believe there's little more than a week left in October! The holidays will be here before we know it! That seems just crazy.
If you need some fun and easy projects for your handmade gifts list, check out the Holiday Hustle QAL. We have 7 great new kits in non-holiday prints as well as four holiday versions of this easy lap quilt. And ... they're on sale now through Sunday! Everything you need for the top and binding of a lap quilt for less than $30! Check them all out here.
I used an old b&w print that I had in my stash and cut it a little differently than the pattern layout suggested .... I did this mostly to maximize my fabric for how I wanted to use it. I am kind of glad I used a busier print since without the tie, the loops blend right in and are fairly unnoticeable.
I figured the b&w would be a great everyday and you can add a scarf or tie in just about any color. I thought this red chevron was too cute, though ... especially for a game day giving! :-)
I also lengthened the straps a little and interfaced the entire bag (except the bottom portion of the lining) with both SF-101 and a layer of duck cloth to give it a little more body and durability. After making my Super Tote, I really enjoy having a bag that I feel is tough enough for everyday.
We're thrilled to share our first Moda Bake Shop project with you all today!
Go check out the tutorial for this fast and fun quilt. (I literally made it in one day ... a fairly long day, but one day no less! :-) I'll show you how to machine piece hexies and all you need is 6 blocks and borders for this lap quilt!
We even have a few kits if you love it as much as I do!
October is half over - can you believe it! That just seems crazy!
I wanted to share some of my favorite (past) Halloween projects with you - I hope they inspire you to stitch up something spooky!
This cute little pumpkin trio mini is from a tutorial I did here. Super easy - charm square friendly, too!
Then I really love this Candy Corn Bunting. It's festive and quick to make. We even have some new kits for this tutorial featuring prints from Comma by Zen Chic. I have to make another one of these since a friend of mine stole, I mean, borrowed mine.
We're celebrating 3 years at Sew Lux Fabric and we're so excited about all of that and have YOU to thank!
To celebrate, we have designed a special mini quilt pattern that we'll be sharing as a BOW (Block-of-the-Week) from October 28th - November 18th. There are four different blocks that we'll be making to celebrate our love of sewing and friendship with you!
Are you excited?! The pattern subscription is available here. And guess what?! You can get the patterns free with any $25 or more purchase now through October 23rd. A free kit will be included with any order of $75 or more now through October 20th. If we still have kits available after that time, they will be made available for sale while supplies last.
Last month, I shared about my SURMA medallion along with some of my friends from Sew South, and the Christmas-themed center I made for mine.
I got a pretty amazing center from Tessa at The Sewing Chick. And when I saw amazing, its no joke ... check out this paper piecing ...
I decided to frame her New York Beauty blocks (read more about them on Tessa's blog here) with a border of polka dots (super shocking to anyone that knows me!) and then add some geese. Making geese doesn't bother me now that I have a Bloc Loc for them.
And here it is with my finished border added on ...
I love it and wished I didn't have to mail it on. I can't wait to see how these medallions turn out! (Speaking of which, here's a sneak of what just arrived for me to add to!)
Made a pretty awesome quilt with this fun kit ... and all in one day! Tutorial coming soon. :-) (And I'm pretty much wanting to hoard some of every Scrumptious print in my stash.) The aqua colorway is the prettiest shade of minty green-blue.
This time last Friday I was headed to my mom's house to hop in the car and make the trek to Waynesville, NC to spend the weekend sewing with friends at the Ponderosa Quilt Retreat Center. Kim, our Moda rep and owner of the retreat center, encouraged us to come and visit and we thought it would be fun to spend a weekend sewing with some other mother-daughter teams.
And it was really fun. :-)
Of course, we did a little fabric shopping at some local places in the Asheville area, ate lunch at the Veranda Cafe in Black Mountain (which was super yummy), and then headed over to the Ponderosa house.
I walked in and saw this ...
Sewing heaven y'all! Lots of space to spread out your sewing paraphernalia while still chatting it up with everyone. And do you see those bookshelves? Like every sewing pattern and book known to the crafting universe was there.
One of the things I loved about Ponderosa was that all the tools were there .... cutting mats, rulers, what seemed like every tool you could want, an Accuquilt with a nice selection of dies, several ironing stations, design walls. The list goes on. All you needed was fabric and your machine.
We took turns on meals to maximize our sewing time. The open floor plan let everyone stay involved in all the action even while prepping meals. :)
Truly, this was an awesome place to sew for the weekend! :-)
And in case you were wondering, the accommodations were nice too. /
(Sorry for the dark photos .... the sun was going down when I was running around the house snapping photos!)
And there is even a nice porch in case you needed a break from your machine.
We made a lot of stuff too (including my awesome Super Tote) ... check out Lee's and Nicole's recaps on our weekend. We're already planning to go back in a few months!
Barcelona just came in and is another great collection by Zen Chic. These prints and colors are bold and fun including dots, maps, and orange peels. I think this collection is perfect for guys and gender neutral projects too. :-)
We have several other new Curated Collections FQ Bundles now available as well. See them all here.
Last weekend, we had a mother-daughter sew down and I made it my business to make a Super Tote by Noodlehead. And I am so glad I did!
This bag was pretty easy to put together and one I would definitely make again. I also was fortunate to have Lee there to help me as she has made several. (Thanks, Lee!)
I used some Essex Yarn-Dyed linen for the sides and straps. All the other fabrics are from the gorgeous Sunnyside collection by Kate Spain. I used prints from the Shade and Opal color way and I love how it turned out. Like. really. love. it.
This tote is actually really quite large. I was surprised at how much stuff I could fit in it. I did make a few changes to the pattern. I only put one set of elasticized pockets on the inside.
I also top stitched over the straps at the top of the bag to hold them in place and keep the bag from rolling down. I also fully lined the front pocket and used extra interfacing in several places as well as a layer of cotton duck to help with the shape.
I really love how it turned out. Did I mention that already?!