Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The Lots to Celebrate Give-away - {Part 2}

It's time for another giveaway!  For all sorts of reasons I'm saying THANK YOU and celebrating with three baby themed  give aways!

 Up for grabs is TWO gorgeous Black Walnut wooden teethers by Bolamo Design Studio on Etsy.  The talented shop owner, Jaclyn, is a personal quilty friend of mine, and she loves to hand-dye fabric, collect all sorts of vintage goodies, and of course, sew and quilt! 

 Baby girl owns a pile of quilts made by her momma!  Too cute, no?

These teethers are finished with a food-grade non-toxic gloss that makes it super smooth for babies 
tender gums, and of course no danger of splinters! 
If you're having a baby, had a baby recently, or KNOW someone expecting any time soon - you'll want to be sure to enter to win one!  And TWO winners will chosen! 

 Jac is new to Etsy and the quilty blogosphere so show her some love! She is also generously offering 10% off everything in her shop!  
Just use the code:  YAY4TWINS  upon checkout.

Now here's how to enter:

1. Leave a comment telling me your FAV item in Jaclyn's shop, easy enough!

bonus entry:

2. Becoming a follower of the Bolamo Design Studio blog then come back here and leave a comment saying so.

International Entries Welcome!

Comments are now closed - and the two winners are #16....

Tanya said...
"I like the elephant teether. I have a 7 month old trying to cut her first teeth. Thanks for the chance to win."

and #20

Sara Amerine said...
The teething toys and the vintage quilt are my favorite.

Congrats to you both! I'm sending you an email momentarily!

Saturday, October 27, 2012

{a wonky table runner conversion}

Another first for me:
a quilted table runner!

I know I know... "you've been quilting and sewing for HOW MANY years, woman?!"

 Five years after learning to sew and quilt, after a new house, a "new thrifted" proper kitchen table I finally feel like our eating space deserves a little handmade love.

Cute turtle!

See the paint chip up there?  It was a Challenge given by my Columbus MQG.  We each blindly chose a paint chip and then the instructions were to create something QUILTED and WONKY using at least 2 of the colors on the paint chip, and we could add up to 2 more colors (I think.) I wasn't quite sure I liked the bright orange colors but by adding aqua it all turned out ok - and I even won the prize for "wonkiest design!"  Funny eh? My good friend Jac was another winner with her gorgeous Wonky Hippo Quilt!  "Viewers Favorite!" Adorable no?
 And then I got thinking...'s almost November! I need something Harvest-y on my table!  So I glanced through my stash and pulled out 1/2yd of this gorgeous fabric from Anna Maria Horner and deemed it Autumn-worthy and used it to back the wonky table runner. 
 Binding was a bit tricky so I used the tangerine/aqua scraps to go with the wonky side...  And after my Quilt Guild meeting, I came home and added a SECOND binding on top which went with the more muted colors of the backing, which I knew would be the "top" at least until after Thanksgiving.

For the harvest-y binding I made it slightly wider at 2.5" and used a longer stitch length to attached it to the wonky side... then hand-stitched it to the front so it can be easily ripped off later... come spring!

See the two layers of binding there?  Unconventional, but it works for me!
Why not make a double-duty table runner? Sort of like a reversible bag, or double-sided jacket!  
A Christmas table runner is coming near the top of my to-do list but non-Christmas fabric in green and red, most likely, will be used... and I'll be sure to use a fun backing that can be used for non-holiday seasons too!  

Now off to work on a minimalist quilt for QuiltCon! Not that I can attend, for good reason, but I'll be there in spirit, and hopefully two quilts! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

{a handmade pumpkin patch}

Who knew that a couple of hours with a crafty friend could yield such adorable Harvest decorations?  
The tutorial I used is from ps i quilt and it was soooo easy and fast to follow!  We whipped up 8 pumpkins in just two hours... my friend will be gifting the small ones to her sons preschool teachers - genius!  And so cute for a teachers desk!

 My fireplace mantle is slowly starting to look ready for Autumn - although its going to be 80 degrees today!  Ick!  I'm so ready for chilly weather!  

Monday, October 22, 2012

The Lots to Celebrate Give-away - {Part 1}

Welcome to Part 1 of the Lots to Celebrate Give-away
As I shared a week or two ago, we'll be adding TWINS to our family in the spring!  That's the majority of the celebration... but Pear Tree Stitching also has over 500 followers now... my Etsy shop hit 250 sales... and I just realized the page views turned over 200,000!  
LOTS of reasons to celebrate - and what better way to say thank you to all my lovely readers than by giving away a few fun handmade baby items?  

The first of 3 give-aways starts now!
And one of my very own custom made quilted stroller blankets are up for grabs!
 Here are just a few blankets I've already made... and they also double as a changing mat or burp cloth in a pinch!  They're washable to boot, and I kept one in my diaper bag until Eli was potty trained.  Modern, fun, and oh so useful!

 I'll let the winner decide what color (or colors) they want their made-to-order stroller quilt to be.  I aim to please :-)
Each stroller quilt measures about 18"x22".

And here's a quilted blanket in action - when Eli was just a little fella!

Let's see... to enter just leave a comment on this post giving your best piece advice for caring for newborn twins.  If you have no clue about that (which is very possible - as I have almost no clue myself!) just say your favorite twin names.  Easy enough!

And as a bonus entry to my followers, just leave a second comment saying you're a follower!
International entries welcome!

This give-away is open now through Fri, Oct 26th.  After that I'll update this post with the winner!

**comments now closed!**

And the lucky winner is....

Jodi  - Congratulations! How exciting! I do not have experience with twins, however my kids were 15 months apart so I often felt like I had twins, hehe. Since you've already had a little one you already know you need to sleep and get your rest when the baby is sleeping. I'll also say housework can wait and don't forget to take a few minutes for yourself.

Thank you for a super giveaway and a chance to win.

Jodi - I've emailed you for your pertinent info and what color(s) you'd like your stroller blanket to come in.  Congrats!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Infinity Scarf Love

An infinity scarf has been on my to-do list for ages now, and what better time than Autumn to give it a whirl?
I saw this tutorial by Anna Maria Horner a while ago, and just recently did a quick google search to see what else I could dig up on the subject... and FreshLemonsQuilts happened to make two scarves... one using a kit from AMH and one using Jeni's slightly altered version with just 1yd of fabric which caught my attention because I certainly did not have 72" of voile on hand... So I went with the longer thinner and more economical version and LOVE IT!

I fell in love with Amy Butler's Cameo in voile, so light and flow-y... may have to head back to Sew To Speak and grab more voile for a few certain someones on my Christmas List!  

Due to using 4 strips of fabric instead of just 2, there were two seams to close by hand, but it was easy enough!  Don't let that deter you from making one for yourself.
 In a short hour you can have a fun new accessory to keep you cozy this season!

Now off you go - whip one up!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Modern Boy Quilt - Finished!

 While Eli played at the park at Alum Creek Below Dam Area - I managed a quick little photo shoot!  Such a stinking gorgeous clear day!  And chilly - which is just how I like my October days!

 I don't remember play parks being this cool when I was a kid.  That's a huge rope climbing thing - man to be 3 again! (oh wait, no thanks!)

ANYHOW - back to the task at hand!  A finished twin sized quilt!

This is a custom order and the only request was to work in a specific shade of light blue-grey that is the color of her sons bedroom walls... so I grab my beloved Kona Color Card (although I should probably upgrade to the newest card that includes 28 new colors...) and ordered that exact blue, and then raided my fabric cabinet for coordinating prints that were masculine, fun, and modern.  I think the navy blue frogs by Alexander Henry are my favorite!

This quilt is a twin size and measures about 66" x 88"
I used 192 6" charm squares that I cut from my stash - more on that here.
I did a scrappy binding, as that's my favorite things about a quilt!

See Eli running down the ramp in the background?  He was a gem while I folded and re-folded and laid out and spread out this quilt for pictures.  What 2.5 year old wouldn't be at a park like this?!

 A minimal amount of straight-line quilting was just the ticket for the quilt as I wanted to keep it soft and cozy, not too stiff -but still hold everything together.  It's currently on its way to Toronto, Canada and I hope the little recipient loves it!

Friday, October 12, 2012

What the what? TWINS!

I've been trying to come up with a clever/deep/compelling/adorable/surprising way to announce this, but there really is no complicated way to put it.
We're expecting TWINS!
See the two little boogers in there?  They're in separate chambers which means they could be identical or fraternal.  If they're boy/girl then definitely fraternal, otherwise we'll find out once they're born!

I'm currently 13 weeks along, starting to get some energy back... and due around March-April.

So there's a fabulous reason to do another give-away - two babies, along with surpassing 500 followers (THANK YOU to all my peeps!) and over 250 Etsy sales... why not have three Fridays of baby themed items to give away?
  Look for the first give away next Friday and all your baby gift giving dilemmas could be solved!  They're all handmade items and you won't want to miss it!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

My own domain -!

Hello?  Bonjour?
Is this thing on?

Blogger finally cooperated and I was able to snag my own domain,!
My old name, Sew This is My Life should automatically be redirected to my new .com... seamlessly, I hope!  

It seems to be working, but I want to be sure that all my subscribers have transferred over and no content is lost!  Let me know if you come upon any glitches or oddities!

Eventually I'll update my Etsy Shop name too, but for now I have too many business cards that say Hazelnut Designs, hehe.

Stop by tomorrow - I have some majorly fun news to announce!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

{WIP Wednesday}

Machine binding:




...and OK, done!  Its being washed as we speak
I'll try to sneak in a few full view photos before I mail it out tomorrow.  

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

{A Quiet Day}

On a quiet day like today, why not document every Modern Quilt I've made?
... for... insurance purposes... yeah.

 Oh, and I made each quilt EXCEPT for the very top one which was a super special gift for baby Eli.

Speaking of baby Eli - he's a camera hog now-a-days.
I'm adding a "kid digital camera" to his Christmas List!

Have your days been quiet - or maybe not so quiet?
I'm all ears!