Friday, July 20, 2012

Cell Phone Wristlet winners take 2 and I have picked new winners for the cell phone wristlet giveaway.

The new winners are:
January said...
I love love love this! Glad it is a pattern!!!


Spontaneous Threads said...
I love these as so what I need. I always need more than my phone and less than a purse. Nice pattern!!!

Congrats ladies.  You have been contacted. 

Thanks to everyone for playing and happy sewing!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

More summer napkin love ~ Crocheted style

Cool tone edgings
I've been having fun crocheting edgings on these napkins and also using up a bunch of stash fabric.

Seems like a fun summertime project...
  Crochet napkins ~ cool

 Most of the edgings are from this book.

Crochet napkins warm

I used fingering weight cotton from GarnStudio, Safran and also some Classic Elite . If you're interested in the details you can see my Ravelry post here.

I think we have enough napkins for now.  Happy Sewing!

Is your name Beth? or Corinne?

Trillium Cell Phone Wristlet Pattern Giveaway!
I'm still looking for the winners of the wristlet and pattern.

Winner 1 (Wristlet): Beth said... Adorable! I'd LOVE to win the pattern! July 13, 2012 7:12 PM

Winner 3 (Pattern): Corinne said... Really adorable! Thank you for taking the time to create the pattern. I know from experience how much work it is. Great job! July 11, 2012 3:51 PM

Please contact me at cascadeskids at gmail dot com to claim your prize. If I don't hear from Beth or Corinne by Friday morning, I will pick new winners. If you know these ladies, please pass them the info. Thanks!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer Sewing ~ Napkins

 It's summertime! Well officially anyway but in Oregon we are still kind of waiting for it to arrive. While I sit here drumming my fingers for that, I'm going to spruce up the patio table-scape with some fun new napkins. 
Summer napkins
The regular everyday napkins I made here are ok and holding up great after over a year’s worth of use. But I need brighter cheerier ones for summer.  So I've been on a mission to make some floral inspired ones for outside.  For these I used the Riley Blake fabrics from Millie’s closet which is a fun patchwork cheater print so I could make it single sided. Then I added a super wide border out of RB’s Chevrons.  These roughly follow Penny’s napkin tute except that mine have borders cut at 4.5” to make them wider so you can see more of the fun chevrons.  I cut the inside part of the napkin to 4 patches of the fabric which worked out to 11.75” and adjusted all my other measurements accordingly. I think they turned out pretty fun,
I double top-stitched them on the front to ensure that the turned-under edge in the back was completely secured.  I don't like to hand-stitch if I can avoid it and for heavy-use items such as these, I think the machine bound seam is more secure.

I made another set out of another patchwork cheater print, from Holly Holderman.  Increasing the border to 4.5" makes this a great stash buster project.  ;)



What fun summer projects are you working on?

Happy Sewing!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Winners! Winners!

Trillium Cell Phone Wristlet Pattern Giveaway!
Thank-you ALL for your great response to the new pattern.

Here are the results of the giveaway.   With the help of the winners are:

Winner 1 (Wristlet): Beth said... Adorable! I'd LOVE to win the pattern! July 13, 2012 7:12 PM

Winner 2 (Pattern): Jen said... Something like this is exactly what I've been wanting to make!!! July 11, 2012 12:57 PM

Winner 3 (Pattern): Corinne said... Really adorable! Thank you for taking the time to create the pattern. I know from experience how much work it is. Great job! July 11, 2012 3:51 PM

I will be emailing you shortly if I have your email. If you don't hear from me , please email me at cascadeskids at g mail dot com  so I can get your mailing/email address otherwise I will have to pick another winner.

Thanks and Happy Sewing!

Trillium Cell Phone Wristlet Pattern Giveaway!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Cell Phone Wristlet Pattern Launch and Giveaway!

Trillium Cell Phone  Wristlet Pattern

I’m excited to announce the launch of my very first pattern ~ the Trillium Cell Phone wristlet is now available! 
Trillium Cell Phone  Wristlet Pattern

As part of this pattern launch I am giving away this wristlet (made by me) to one lucky winner. Trillium Cell Phone  Wristlet Pattern
Two more lucky folks will receive the pattern for free. All you have to do is comment below.  Retweet or post the link on facebook and you'll get one additional entry per post/tweet.  Just comment below again to let me know that you tweeted/facebooked it. Winner will be chosen on July 16th. You have until midnight July 15th to get your entries in.  

My testers tell me that it was an easy bag to sew and their results were impressive.  You can check out their creations here. I loved all of their fun wristlets .

The wristlet is great for using up scraps because it uses lots of small pieces of fabric or you can buy 2 (or more) coordinating  fabrics, contrasting hardware, the creative possibilities are endless. It’s all up to you! 

The pattern is available for sale through the blog button up at the top right of the page or by clicking here Add to Cart , or on Craftsy and in my Etsy Shoppe as a pdf download.

I hope you enjoy it! Happy Sewing!

Monday, July 9, 2012

New Look, New Studio.

Houston, we have lift-off! Check it out! The blog look is new.  Thanks to Lisa Baldwin of Untitled for redoing my blog headers and background.  Didn’t she do a nice job? I thought the old look was getting a bit tired and I was never really thrilled with it anyway.  So usher in the new look with a new feel.  Thank-you Lisa! I love the new do!  If you want to contact Lisa, just click on the logo above or go here!

Along those lines, I have recently ushered in a new look in our home.  I have never had my own sewing room, I have always just been camped out here and there.  But now, thanks to hubby for letting me convert our in-home office into a sewing room, I now have my own studio. I am so thrilled about this  - having my own space has been a dream-come-true and it much improves the look of the room, because it looks like I’m supposed to be sewing in there.  Since I am no longer camped out throughout the house, it makes every room look better.  Yes I have retreated from the rest of the house.  All my mess will now be contained in this room.  Well, theoretically, but we all know how that goes!  Knowing how much I like to look at other peoples sewing spaces, I figured you might be interested as well.  So here it is.  
One side
New Studio

Other side 
This room has held our library of books for years, so it already had the shelving in place – Lucky for me, they hold fabric just as well. Untitled  
I had to jettison some of the existing furniture, but it’s been happily relocated elsewhere.  The cutting table is an antique that’s been in my hubby’s family forever and my sewing machines still sit atop an old armoire that hubby converted into a sewing area years ago.

Check out the cool ruler racks hubby made. They just blend into the shelving.  He is the best!    

Since I rearranged all the furniture this chair has suddenly seen a new life – my kids like to camp here while I’m sewing.
 Go figure! They never really visited me before.   I guess they like the new room to!  Plus the missing chair went into the living room which Hubby has now claimed as his own – everyone is happier! It’s a win win!  Of course, now I’m thinking the room might need a new coat of paint and some new pillows, maybe a bunting .... but that will have to wait for another day.

One thing's for sure, there’s nothing like moving and reorganizing all your stash to make you realize how much more fabric (trims, thread....) you don't need!   

Stay organized! Happy Sewing!