Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Sew Sweetness Tula Pink QAL!

I just wanted to let you know about an event that I'm participating in, which runs September 24th - November 12th. It's the Tula Pink Sew Along! Every weekday through October 26th, you can find a show-and-tell of one of over 2 dozen Tula Pink quilts, along with a pattern review.  I am doing the Hushabye pattern on October 5th!

Here is the schedule of guest posts that will appear:

Sept 24 - Sara @ Sew Sweetness (Dream Weaver/book)
Sept 25 - Katie @ Katie's Korner (Beanstalks/book)
Sept 26 - Lisa @ That Crazy Quilty Girl (Cloudy Day/book)
Sept 27 - Becky @ My Fabric Obsession (Houndstooth/book)
Sept 28 - Caitlin at I Don't Do Dishes (Spiked Punch)

Oct 1 - Amanda @ A Crafty Fox (Alphabet)
Oct 2 - Michelle @ City House Studio (Fade to Pink)
Oct 3 - Marci @ Marci Girl Designs (Le Petite Salon)
Oct 4 - Katie @ There and Back (Field Study)
Oct 5 - Lorelei @ Mermaid Sews (Hushabye)

Oct 8 - Anorina @ Samelia's Mum (Pancakes)
Oct 9 - Jenna @ Sew Happy Geek (LOVE)
Oct 10 - Lindsey @ LR Stitched (Fairy Tale Lane/book)
Oct 11 - DeeDee @ mybricole (Any Which Way/book)
              Beth @ Plum and June (Cartwheels)
Oct 12 - Katy @ The Littlest Thistle (Crown Jewels)

Oct 15 - Colleen @ The Busy Bean (Shattered Glass/book)
Oct 16 - Kristen @ KD-Quilts (Stacks/book)
Oct 17 - Roseann @ Rosebud's Cottage (Shattered Glass/book)
Oct 18 - Emily @ Mommy's Naptime (Lollipops/book)
Oct 19 - Jeannette @ Gone Aussie Quilting (Honey Honey)

Oct 22 - Brenda @ Pink Castle Fabrics (Windswept)
Oct 23 - Bianca @ Sweet Diesel Designs (Stacks/book)
Oct 24 - Jessica @ Sew Crafty Jess (Snow Globes)
Oct 25 - Elizabeth @ Don't Call Me Betsy (Space Dust)
              Lindsay @ Lindsay Sews and Craft Buds (Cherry Pie)
Oct 26 - Kim @ My Go-Go Life (Kiss Kiss)
              Kim Munoz (Grand Salon/book)

You also have your own opportunity to make a Tula quilt, bag, dress, whatever! You have until Monday, November 12, 2012 to make something and be eligible for some outstanding prizes!! Here are the rules to be eligible for entry into the contest:

1. Join the Tula Pink Sew Along Flickr Group.

2. To be counted for entry into the contest, get sewing!! Sewn item must be made from a Tula Pink pattern (or from her book) *OR* made from at least 50% Tula Pink fabric (such as a bag, dress, etc.). If you are sewing from a Tula Pink pattern, the fabric does not need to be Tula Pink fabric.

3. If you will be adding an item to the pool to be counted as an entry, it must be sewn and photographed from September 24th through November 12th, 2012. Any items completed before September 24th are not eligible.

4. You may add up to 2 photographs per item.

5. You may add as many items as you want, as long as you made them each within the time frame. If you are making a quilt, the quilt top is adequate to be entered. Anything smaller (mug rug, mini quilt, bag, dress) should be completely finished.

Tula Pink Sew Along
Now how about some discounts?!?
Tula Pink has generously offered a 25% discount on all PDF quilt patterns when you use coupon code tulatroop in her pattern shop. This code is good now through October 31, 2012.
My lovely sponsor, Brenda from Pink Castle Fabrics, has generously extended a 15% discount on all Tula Pink fabrics in the shop using coupon code TULA15. This code will be good now through September 30th.
If you don't already have the book, Tula Pink's publisher is offering a discount code so you can pick up your own copy! Use code TULA2012 when you purchase the book from the Martha Pullen store. Support publishers and authors by buying direct!

Prizes will be announced soon, but here's a little sneak peak at the sponsors that have offered up their amazing products as prizes!
So let's get ready to sew!!! Join me and head on over to the Flickr Group and get ready for some amazing Tula Pink eye candy! I can't wait to see what you create!

Monday, September 24, 2012

Feathers and Flea Market Fancy

So, the Sewing Summit sewing continues.  I wanted to make a few zippy pouches to put my English Paper Piecing supplies.  I am slowing working on my Hexy MF quilt, and want to start a Spring Carnival Pillow at the Summit.  Even though I didn't get into Katy EXTREMELY popular class, she is willing to show people outside of class, she's a sweetie like that.  

So I took Katy's advice and made two large flat zipper pouches.  I used the Noodlehead Open Wide Zippy Pouch Tutorial, medium size, but just didn't box the bottoms (which is my least favorite part since I have a hard time matching up the seams).  I love how they turned out (although there was some major seam ripping happening with one of them because of late night sewing with wine!).

I used feathers by Martha Negley, which I purchased from a great Etsy shop run by the fabulous Amanda (A Crafty Fox) called Westwood Acres.  She's out of the feathers, but she said they are being re-printed!  If you have to have them now Tennessee Quilts still has them.  

I used coordinating seeds from Flea Market Fancy.  And then lined the pink with chevrons and the yellow one with Robert Kaufman Living Lattice in Marigold.  Two items for Sewing Summit down, a few more to go!  I CAN'T WAIT!!!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sewing Summit Tote

I am super excited to share my latest project.  A quilt as you go tote bag for Sewing Summit that I adore.  I was inspired by this one by Sew Take A Hike a long time ago.  After a long long work week last week, I decided to dive right in and make one for myself.  This bag has many firsts.  First time doing quilt as you go, and I LOVE it.  So much fun.

 It was also my first time putting in a top zipper and a zipper pocket.  I am so glad I took the extra time to learn how to do these things, because the finished product is just what I want in a bag.  I have the Bag Making Bible by Lisa Lam, and that book is awesome.  It walked me through installing both of these zippers with ease.  I highly recommend the book.

When making this bag, I decided to feature my blog logo, that I got a fatquarter printed at Spoonflower for $1 and the Melody Miller Typewriters.  Then, I just dove into my favorite fabrics.  I was a little nervous about taking bits and pieces from my precious collections and prints, but I figured I'd rather have them used in a bag than waiting forever to be used.

I incorporated so many things that I love, Tula Pink, Text fabric, Echino, Seed Catalog, Flea Market Fancy, Dots, Chevrons, Summersville, Kaffe.   

I decided to make the handles extra wide, since the primary function of this bag is to carry my laptop and work documents back and forth, and that stuff can get heavy.  I used another $1 Spoonflower FQ of the selvedge cheater print (that I had printed on linen canvas), and lined it with fusible fleece.  They are working out great with my heavy loads.

I am really happy with how it turned out.  I want to make lots more, it was so fun.  Sewing Summit here I come!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Let's Get Acquainted Blog Hop

Plum and June

Well, it is finally my turn!  My name is Lorelei.  I am a mother to a sweet little boy Damien who's turning 2 in October, a wife to an amazing man running an amazing nonprofit blueEnergy in Nicaragua, an attorney who works in San Francisco full time, and a lover of sewing, baking, crafting, cooking.  Given my job and family commitments, I most often can't start sewing or crafting until 9 p.m. or later, so I am often up until the wee hours of the morning sewing.  Thank goodness I don't need a ton of sleep!

I am new to this quilting and sewing business, but LOVE it, and have jumped in head first.  You can find me active on Twitter and Instagram (@MermaidSews), I just love hanging out there to chat with my on-line quilty and sewing friends.  No tutorial, sorry I still rely on tutorials for everything I do, but happy to share a little bit more about me and some of my completed projects.

A recent photo of me and my son, who looks nothing like me.

How long have you been quilting? Apart from a few simple patchwork quilts that were hand tied WAY back in high school, I started in January 2012.

My first quilted zippy pouch.

Favorite quilting tip(s)? Measure 2x or more before cutting and try to get that 1/4 inch seam perfected. 
A Melody Miller Typewriter Tote

Favorite fabric (or wish list fabric)?  I love it all - well, modern fabric that is.  Absolute favorite is probably Heather Ross' Mendocino Line.

My first Flickr Swap Item

Favorite quilting tool?  My 1/4 inch foot.

Just needs to be quilted!

Favorite music to listen to while quilting?  Katy Perry Pandora station.

A little quilted purse.

Binding - by hand or by machine?  Depends on how much time I have, if I am rushing, which I usually am, then machine, if I have time, hand binding.

First completed machine quilted baby quilt

If I'd only known - what you wish you knew about blogging before you started your blog?  It takes a lot of time!  
Some fun bean bags for my son

Please check out my fellow blog hopper mate Leoni from Strandkorbtraum.  And thank you Beth from Plum and June for putting together this hop.

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