And the winner for our August Giveaway is………

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IMG_2597 (640x640)I asked our sweet girl to do the honor of picking a name out of a cup. Watch the video to see who won…

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It’s Giveaway Time!

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We’re now carrying Studio e Fabrics & Blank Quilting fabrics!

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We’re giving away this set of 18 Fat Quarters from the collection “Just Color” by Studio e Fabrics! These quarter cuts are 100% cotton and can be used in a variety of projects.  From quilting to embroidery (think how cute the browns & golds would be for hair), these are a must have!

To enter, comment below throughout the month of August, about how you discovered us and we’ll randomly pick a winner at the end of the month! This giveaway is open to anyone in the U.S. Comment now until August 31, 2015 to be entered.

Be sure and visit our shop online this month as we’ll be having some specials throughout August to celebrate our 2-year anniversary!

There’s still time to be a part of The Row by Row Experience of 2015 (H20)! – Participating MS shops

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There’s still time to be a part of The Row by Row Experience of 2015 (H20)! – Participating MS shops

This is the first year our shop has participated in The Row by Row Experience and I’ve been blown away at the miles people will travel to pick up a row! It’s been wonderful to meet so many new people from all over our state and others. I mean, we just had someone from Oregon in a few days ago! We’ve also had people from California, Arizona, Florida, Alabama, and more drop by to pick up a row pattern. If you are unsure what Row by Row is, check out the official website that explains the rules and how it all works.

If you drop by our shop, please keep in mind that we ARE located in a house. My husband and I converted our garage into a sweet little shop for our small area. I get lots of phone calls upon arrival making sure they are in the right place.

Our store hours are Thursday & Friday 11-5, and Saturday 10-2, but if you aren’t able to get to the store during regular business hours, give us a call to set up an appointment and we’ll do our very best to work out a time that will work for each of us. Call 662-549-4318 and if you get our voice mail just leave a message and we’ll get back to you ASAP as I normally check it several times a day.

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Below you’ll find all the Mississippi row pictures along with each store’s specialty license fabric-plate to help you in your travels. You can also find a complete list here of ALL participating shops across the county and even Canada!


Bernina Sewing, Etc.

665 S. Pear Orchard Rd. Suite 104

Ridgeland, MS 39157

www.berninasewingetc.com

(601-991-2120)

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4349 MS Bernina Sewing%2c Etc. • Ridgeland%2c MS CROOKD LTR QLTR_2_s


Block Therapy Quilt Shop

4353B Gautier VanCleave Rd.

Gautier, MS 39553

Store Hours:

TUES – FRI……10-5

SAT………………10-2

www.blocktherapyquiltshop.com

(228-202-1493)

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Coastal Sew and Vac

12100 Hwy 49, N, Suite 200

Gulfport, MS 39503

www.coastalsewandvac.net

(228-831-4771)

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Figg Fabrics & Studio

59 Old Swan Lane

Columbus, MS 39702

Store Hours:

THURS – FRI……11-5

SAT………………10-2

www.figgfabric.com

(662-549-4318)

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4841 MS Figg Fabrics %26 Studio • Columbus QUILTY PLEASURE_s


Heirlooms Forever

3112 Cliff Gookin Blvd.

Tupelo, MS 38801

www.sews.com

(662-842-4275)

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Sit N Rock Quilt and Sewing Shop

1502 W. Jackson Ave.

Oxford, MS 38655

www.sitnrock.com

(662-234-0800)

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Stitch-N-Frame

31 Willow Creek Dr.

Vicksburg, MS 39183

www.stitch-n-frame.net

(601-634-0243)

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3283 MS Stitch-N-Frame • Vicksburg QUILTIN CHICKS_s


The Cotton Blossom Fabric Shoppe

100 Depot Drive

Madison, MS 39110

www.cottonblossomfarm.com

(601-427-5214)

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The Fabric Dock

2118 S Azalea Dr. (Hwy 49)

Wiggins, MS 39577

www.thefabricdock.com

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4212 MS The Fabric Dock • Wiggins SEW %25 AWAY_s


The Stitchin’ Post LLC

5039 Old Hwy 11, Suite 2

Hattiesburg, MS 34902

www.kelleysquiltshop.com

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4522 MS The Stitchin%27 Post • Hattiesburg ALL STITCHED UP_s

Game Night was a success!

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IMG_5371Back in October I attended Quilt Market in Houston, TX. I’m still sorting out all the things I learned! One thing I knew I wanted to bring back with me was hosting a Game Night.IMG_5367 I love getting to know the sewing community and I think others do as well. I met the fabulous Teresa from Stitchin’ Tree Quilts who introduced me to Trader’s Dice. It’s a lot of fun and everyone leaves a winner. Not only can you trade quilt squares, but ANYTHING you can think of! And it’s not just for us grown ups…my kids even used them to trade out their halloween candy.

We looked over the calendar, and I thought what better way to celebrate National Quilting Day than find a way to bring quilters together? Boom. Done.


IMG_1485Getting closer to the event, I will confess I started getting a bit anxious as to whether or not I would be able to fit everyone in the shop area. I did have a plan b in case more showed up than those that signed up, but luckily we didn’t have anyone who I wasn’t prepared for. We had door prizes every little bit and everyone that came left with a prize and also a free table runner pattern to use with those 2.5″ squares!


It was the perfect amount for my space. Now I know exactly how to plan for the next one! Plan on having another one in May or June so keep your eyes open for more information to come on that!

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The big winners of each table won this braided table runner patter along with the fabric to complete the top. The pattern is a Judy Niemeyer pattern using fabric from her Reclaimed West collection.

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We also had a table full of goodies to snack on!

Food, friends, and fabric = FUN!

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The game is really easy to follow and it didn’t take the ladies very long at all to get the hang of it.

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After the game was finished there was extra time to shop! Everyone who came received a discount off their purchases and a few were just happy to be able to shop at night since I’m not usually open during that time. I got a little chuckle out of that one. The picture above gave me an even bigger chuckle! These ladies made me smile the whole time they were here. Thanks again for coming and I hope to see you at the next one!


Projects perfect for young sewists: Key Fobs

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Last week we talked about bookmarks, this week I want to show you how to make key fobs or fabric key chains.  These are super simple and make wonderful teacher gifts, christmas gifts, birthday gifts, or just an everyday “happy” for you or your child’s favorite person who has keys to keep up with!
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So let’s start with what you will need to get this project started:

Sewing Machine

Iron & ironing board OR ironing surface

Fabric scissors OR rotary cutter & ruler with grid

Cardstock – You will need this to make your pattern unless you just use your ruler to guide your fabric cutting. You will be making a rectangle shape cut so it’s up to you how you want to do it.

Thread – A coordinating all-purpose thread will work great!

Fabric – You can use just about any fabric here, but cotton, IMO is the best option.  It washes well and you can use either quilt-weight or a heavier weight cotton.  You will need a piece that you can cut down to 3″ x 10″, so dig out those scraps and find one big enough to cut down to this size!

Webbing – You will only need a small piece of poly (also called polypropylene) webbing – a 10″ piece.  You may even find an old canvas bag with webbing as the handles you could cut out and use.  If you aren’t familiar with what this is, it’s just a soft, flexible fabric of woven fibers used as tote straps, belting, and more.  I’m including a picture so you know exactly what you are looking for.  We also sell it in our store- you can find it here in white but we also offer a few other colors. Color doesn’t matter because it’s going inside the fabric to make it stronger.

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Key fob hardware & key chain – I prefer to use this as it’s specifically made for this project.  You can also use a variety of D-rings or a large O-ring if you would rather do that. You will have to do that last step differently if you choose the latter.

Pliers – If you are using the key fob hardware you will need a pair of pliers handy to secure it in place. Ask hubby or a friend to borrow some if you don’t have any in your own toolbox! You will also need to grab a small piece of scrap fabric or batting to use as protection so that you don’t scratch up your hardware from the teeth of the pliers.

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After you’ve gathered all of your materials, the first thing you’ll need to do is preheat your iron and set aside. Then, cut a piece of cardstock 3″ x 10″ to use as a pattern for your fabric.  You can also use a rotary cutter and follow the lines of your grid on your cutting mat and cut your fabric piece to that size instead of using cardstock.

Take the 10″ piece of webbing and cut fabric to your ironing station. If you hate pulling out your ironing board everytime, try using one of these Fuse N Press pressing sheets or Kandi’s XPress Mats (pictured below). The Fuse N Press has two sides: one side has your ironing surface and the other side is fiberglass for when you need to iron onto a non-stick surface.

Fold the fabric lengthwise in half and press.

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Place the webbing along the center fold line on the wrong side of your fabric. Fold the outer edge of the fabric onto the webbing and press. Do this again to the opposite outer edge. If you find your iron is too hot, you may melt the webbing so watch out for that.  You can always use an iron shoe or iron sleeve to help keep your iron clean and avoid these type of issues.  We carry both in our store and they are WONDERFUL!

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Fold both sides together and press again.

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Sew along all four edges, starting with the folded edge about 1/8″ from the edge.  Lengthen your stitch to about a 2.5 or 3 so that the stitches aren’t so small.

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Fold in half, shorten your stitch length back down to about a 2 and sew the short edges together about 1/8″ down from the edge. Stitch back and forth several times to reinforce this area.

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You’re almost done! Grab your scrap piece of fabric and fold several times.  Insert the sewn edge of your fabric piece into the key fob hardware, cover with scrap fabric, and then squeeze with pliers.  You will have to squeeze gently in several places before it’s completed secure.  Try not to squeeze too hard in any one area, or you will have dents in the hardware. After a few of these you’ll get the hang of it!

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Aaaaannnndd…you’re finished! You’ve created the perfect accessory to keep those keys easily found in your black hole of a purse.  Oh wait, maybe I’m the only one with a black hole of a purse? Probably not… If you have an embroidery machine, monogram your initials or name before you sew the short edges together to really personalize it!

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Projects perfect for young sewists: Bookmarks

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Looking for sewing projects for young sewists can be daunting.  It’s not so hard to find  them, it’s the sorting through that makes it rough.  Trust me when I say all you have to do is google Sewing projects for kids to see how many sites pop up. Something else I want to add is that when I say young sewists, I am talking about two groups.  First, young meaning actually young, youth, KID.  Second, young meaning beginner, rookie, NEW. Whether it be your daughter (or son) who wants to sew something, or your friend who calls thread “string”, I believe all of these projects are wonderful for getting started with sewing. The best part is most of these can be done with your scraps!

I’m going to share one project each week for the next few weeks.  This week I want to show you how to make bookmarks!

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With another school year quickly coming to a close, these aren’t only a quick and easy project, they’re also wonderful teacher gifts! My daughter made these bookmarks for her teachers last year and then made some for a few friends.  Everytime she’d bring one to a classmate, another classmate would request one.  She ended up with a waiting list and worked diligently to get them made for each friend who asked for one.  It was a great way to introduce her to sewing without a lot of stress and also sparked her creativity because I let her pick the fabric combinations and ribbon colors.  She thought hard about each one so that it would be meaningful to the recipient.

The first thing you will need to do is gather up what you will need:

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  • The basics: Sewing Machine, scissors, all-purpose thread
  • Fabric (2 small pieces about 4″ x 8″ in size.  These can be 2 of the same print, coordinating, OR, use two completely different prints or colors to make it “reversible” as my daughter would say)
  • Thread (any color, either coordinate to match fabric or use a contrasting color that will stand out)
  • Light-weight batting (if you are a quilter, you probably have small scraps you can use.  You will need one piece the size of your fabric pieces)
  • Ribbon, about a 7-10″ piece (I used 7/8″ grosgain ribbon, but you can choose what works best for you)
  • Cardstock to make your pattern
  • Ruler to mark straight lines
  • Point Turner
  • Straight pins
  • Lighter (if you are helping a little one, you will have to complete this step!)

IMG_1384[1]IMG_1388Now that you have everything gathered up, grab your piece of cardstock and decide what size you’d like your bookmark to be. We made ours 2.5″ x 6.5″ but you can make it any size you want. I wouldn’t suggest going any smaller because it gets a little tough to turn out. Use a ruler to draw your preferred measurements on the cardstock and cut it out using your non-fabric-cutting scissors.

Next cut out your batting using the pattern piece and set aside. Now use the pattern to cut your 2 fabric pieces. You can also stack all three pieces together, lay the pattern on top, pin and then cut out. My daughter preferred to do it this way but smaller hands may not be able to cut that many layers at once.

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Sew along the edge with a 3/8″ seam allowance or let the edge of the foot be your guide along the edge of the layers.  Start on the top right edge, pivot at the bottom two corners, and then stop at the top left edge, leaving an un-sewn top edge.

Clip the bottom corners, then trim the sewn edges so it won’t be as bulky when you turn out.IMG_1408

Turn right-side out so that the batting is now on the inside.

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Use your point turner to push the corners to the right shape. Fold in the un-sewn edge.

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Take your piece of ribbon and fold in half, then tuck the folded edge into the open edge of the bookmark about 1/2-3/4″ down inside.  Pin closed.

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Sew along the pinned edge as close as you can. (Remember to take out your pins as you sew) Continue along the outer edge of all 4 sides. When you get back to the beginning you can either backstitch to secure it, or you can pivot again creating a maze pattern. Stop when you have no more room to go and backstitch to secure your stitching. This really helped my daughter to learn how to pivot at corners and reinforced stitching in a straight line, along with introducing her to quilting without her even knowing it!IMG_1418

Lastly, singe the edges of the ribbon so that they don’t frey with use. Be careful not to keep the flame too long in any one place or you will burn your ribbon, and maybe even your whole project! It may be important for you to know I always did this part for my daughter because I wasn’t comfortable with her using a lighter at her age.

ANDDDDD, that’s it! All done and ready to give out to a friend or tuck in your favorite book!

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This is fixin’ to get personal y’all

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First of all, I have THE BEST husband.  I don’t care what you say about yours, mines is better.  He just gets me.  I mean completely gets me.

Second, I don’t want to come off as a complaining negative person.  I really do try my best to be positive and see the good in things and I am blessed beyond measure – so just know that as you read on.

Two weeks ago, my husband and I sat down to re-organize my schedule.  We took an entire day and at the end of it I felt both motivated and numb.  He helped me figure out how to be more consistent with social media and also made me face some of the parts of business that give me anxiety.  Getting my calendar organized to know what I’m doing everyday has helped tremendously! It still takes me more time than I’d like to get everything accomplished like scheduling posts and such but it’s getting better each day.

A little wrench was thrown into my plans yesterday.  You may have met this guy. His name is Taxes.  Oh how I don’t look forward to meeting with him every single year! Unfortunately, it’s a necessary evil that really I should be thankful for since paying taxes means I live in a country of freedom, but that’s another story for another day. So where was I? Oh right – taxes.  Taxes alone isn’t a huge problem but because I’m now on this super cool schedule, it threw me off. Big time.  Maybe I just need to get my hormones checked but everything came crashing down internally for me yesterday.  Knowing everything would be thrown off, put me in a tailspin because I already have a packed week especially since I have my most wonderful in-laws coming for the weekend and the guest bedroom looks like this…

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And the kids rooms looks like this…

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And the bathroom looks like this…

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And the sink looks like this…

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And my bedroom looks like this…no, I’m not even going to go there.

I woke up this morning thinking about all the things I had to get done today to make up for lost time and started getting overwhelmed. I mentioned my concerns to my sweet husband over breakfast and he thanked me for letting him know and then loaded the dishwasher. Then he went to work on the laundry. Then he texted me we would go out to eat for dinner tonight before worship services.  Oh how he makes me smile.  Oh how the little (and big) things make me love him just a bit more. My stressful day just got a lot less stressful. Thank you honey for understanding exactly what I needed today!