In our 2016 Sewing resolutions, we teased you a little bit about this new adventure. Our number one resolution was: To connect with YOU in even more ways. Today, we're pleased to announce one of the most exciting ways we'll be doing just that this year: the Sew4Home Sewing Escape sewing retreat. We've partnered with Janome America as well as some of our favorite providers of notions, fabric, and sewing tools to bring the Sew4Home experience directly to you in fun-filled, multi-day events.
We hope you've enjoyed our week of superb softness with three different blanket projects and a helpful Sewing with Cuddle how-to article. Our thanks to Fabric Depot and Shannon Fabrics for providing all the fabric as well as their expertise in working with this luxury plush fabric. To cap things off, we have a Great Giveaway designed to get you started on some soft sewing of your own. We have three Cuddle Cake bundles for three lucky Sew4home visitors. Each contains twenty 10" x 10" squares in a coordinated colorway.
It's time to regroup, revitalize, and reclaim your sewing ambitions. We've put together our Top Five goals for 2016, and we'd like to know yours. We're even willing to reward your sewing dreams with a Great Giveaway. We have a Beautiful (yep, that's beautiful with a capital B) thread box from Aurifil Thread to award to one lucky Sew4Home resolution-maker. One note: Finishing all unfinished projects does not count as a real resolution .
THIS GREAT GIVEAWAY CLOSED 01/10/16. THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED.
It's time (already!) for our year-end roundup of the 15 top projects from 2015 that caught your eye and got you running for your sewing machine. Does our list contain your faves or did a gem get overlooked by the masses? Leave us a comment below to let us know which projects you loved most this year. And, make sure to tell us if there's a project you're hoping to see in 2016. We're planning now with our wonderful friends and sponsors, and the editorial calendar is shaping up to be chockablock with great projects, products, and more!
And the 15 of 2015 winners are.....
She looked up from her sewing machine and stared out through the darkened window. The streetlights reflected the first flakes of a gentle snowfall.
The hour was late. The house quiet. But there was a project to be finished, and the mesmerizing quality of creating had once again allowed time to fly by.
This delicious sounding project is the last Shortcut Quilt of the year from the creative folks at Fat Quarter Shop (FQS). Shortcut Quilts is a semi-regular quilt program at FQS designed to make great use of pre-cut bundles. It features projects that are fast, simple, and cute-as-can-be! Jolly Bars are a FQS exclusive, named after owner, Kimberly Jolly. Each Jolly Bar pack contains 42, 5" x 10" rectangles, which are a perfect size to stack, tile, and angle into diamond patterns. We have all the information about the new quilt here, including links to the free FQS pattern. Plus, one lucky Sew4Home visitor will get to choose two Jolly Bar packs to make her/his very own No Bake Jolly Bar Quilt!
O-ver-whelm-ing / adjective / to have a strong emotional effect. See also: dumbfounded, bowled over, left speechless. We've been to Quilt Markets in the past, but mostly the Spring Market that moves around the country to various venues. It had been quite a number of years since we'd been able to attend the big dog: the International Quilt Market, which takes place each October in Houston, Texas. We got to preview the latest fabric collections, try new products, reconnect with old friends, and meet new creative powerhouses. We've put together a quick tour-in-pictures of some highlights from our Three Days of O-ver-whelm-ing.
We've said it before, and we'll say it again, "We have the best sponsors ever!" They are forever generous with fabric and notions for projects, giveaways, and more. When you support them, you support us, and everybody wins! Today, we're delighted to introduce you to brand new sponsor, Dinkydoo Fabrics. Not only do they have an adorable name, they also have a great site - especially for pre-cuts. We visited with owner, Alicia to learn a little bit about how it all started, what makes their shop unique, and why science-fiction aids in creativity.
If you or someone you know is heading back to school, the biggest must-have item is something to carry all the stuff you need. Books, electronics, supplies, lunch, and more - it all has to get from point A to point B. We picked a few of our favorite bag and tote projects to give you ten great ways to look cool for back-to-school.