Thursday, April 28, 2011

Style Stitches Monthly Challenge - Month 4

This month's bag challenge is actually a checkbook cover. Once again, I am not happy with the results. I'm using it, but it's not as nice as it could have been. I think I just get impatient and don't bother with exact measurements and seams. This gets me in trouble.  I mean, I do try...but I'm not there with the microscope making exaaaactly sure I've made a 1/2 in seam or cut on the 1/4 inch. So. My stuff comes out crooked. *shrug* I have a choice. Take the time to make sure my measurements are exact or be happy with non-perfect results.

I should take the time. If I do, I know that I will get better at it and it will go quicker.

Without further ado:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Style Stitches Monthly Challenge - Month 3

Well...this was a very challenging month for me in regard to my Style Stitches project.
I had decided to kill two birds with one stone on this.
I have a cyber friend coming into town on business and we are going to meet and hang out for the day, for the first time!!
We are both crafty types and we agreed that we wanted to make each other something. Jenn suggested a 'swap' and I was very excited to participate. The rules were, we swap some of our favorite fabrics and notions and the other person had to use those materials to make 'Something That Holds Stuff'. :) Soooo, since she is traveling for business quite a bit lately I decided to make her some travel bags that could be used to hold little essentials.

THEN I got her bag. I already pretty much knew what I was in for because I have seen her quilts and art and HOUSE, but..when actually confronted with the explosion of color and texture and 'Jenn-ness' of it all..I freaked. It is just so NOT ME. How the heck am I going to create something that she would like?? Nothing I do will be cool enough or beautiful enough or worthy enough of her items.

Then I got annoyed with myself and said, 'Just do it. It will work out'.

And here are the results:

All five bags 

Front of Xtra Small Bag. 

 Front of Mini Bag


Front of Small Bag (the bag has the same prints)

Butterfly on the zipper..also provided by Jenn. 

Front of Medium Bag


Front of Xtra Large Bag. Prints the same for the back, minus the fiber art.

*sigh* I dunno. Nothing that I would carry, just because it screams sensory over-load to me. It's too much. I need clean lines and matching prints and colors. But will Jenn like it??? Time will tell. She gets here next Monday. Will let you know! ;)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Modern Relief Quilt Raffle for Japan

I wanted to help spread the word about the Modern Relief Quilt Raffle to help Japan.

You can check out their web site HERE

  • Every Monday, (April 4th -May 16th, 2011) a new group of quilts will be featured on
  • To enter for a chance to win one of the quilts featured, you will click on the PayPal button that will be located on the top right column of their blog or at the bottom of any featured-quilts post. This will bring you to the Modern Relief PayPal account.
  • Donations are unlimited, so please feel free to give till your heart's content.
  • Every $10.00 donation gives you one chance to win any of the quilts featured during the ENTIRE raffle period (April 4th - May 16th, 2011)
  • Multiple wins by a single person will be allowed, so you do have the chance to win more than one quilt
  • Winners of the quilt raffle will be chosen by a random number generator after May 16th, 2011, and the list of winners will be posted here. We will also contact the winners at the email address listed on the PayPal account.
  • All donations received will be donated to Mercy Corps

There are going to be at least 75 quilts up for raffle. Wow!! This is really cool. I think I have a spare $10 or about you? Feel free to spread the word and good luck!