Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Scrappy Bee Blocks

Hi there!  Just stopping in to share something I've actually sewn lately! :-) 

I finished up some blocks for the May do. Good Stitches group that I am in.  I love that all these blocks go into quilts for people who are in need.  This month, Kelsey asked us to make some string blocks using gray, white, aqua and either yellow or orange.  Great color scheme ... especially for kids. We used this tutorial and it's super easy to do.  I actually only stitch to paper once and then move the paper out of the way to stitch the strips together.  My feed dogs aren't real friendly with paper.

Here are my aqua/gray/white/orange blocks ...

And my aqua/gray/white/yellow blocks (excuse the dark photo ... the sun went down before I finished!) ...

I love how scrappy these are and was glad to work in some scraps from a few shop fabrics, including the Gray Houndstooth, Tea Garden Sencha Blue (now sold out), Bella White, and Weekends Go By Bike Gray. :-)

Well, that's all for now! :-)  We got more shipping notices today, so we'll be adding some precuts from some new lines later this week!  Stay tuned ...

Happy Sewing :-)

Monday, May 30, 2011

New Patterns + Coupons

Happy Memorial Day, y'all! 

I am planning to get into my sewing room today and crank out some bee blocks.  I will be dreaming about using one of these great new patterns that we've added to the shop ...

We added three new patterns from Thimble Blossoms by Camille Roskelley, including Swoon (above), Little Ones, and In a Jiffy. Both the Little Ones and In a Jiffy include two different quilts in the one pattern.  A great deal!

We also added a fun jelly roll pattern called Twist 'N Shout from Cotton Way by Bonnie Olaveson.

Both of these are shown with the Ruby fabric that is due out in October.  We've ordered the whole line of this collection plus a few flannels! 

Today is also the last day to save on our entire collection of Just Wing It yardage, precuts, fat quarters, and coordinating perle sampler pack.  Check out Jennie's blog post for the coupon code.

We're also offering a "coupon for your thoughts."  As a "baby shop" (we're not even a year old!), we love hearing your feedback and use your input as we plan for the coming months.  We'd love for you to take a few minutes to complete a quick (8 question) survey to give us some input.  If you complete the survey by the 1st, we'll send you a special coupon code.  (You must include your email address in the survey to receive a coupon.  Coupons will be emailed by June 3rd.)  Just click on this link and enter "sewlux" as the secret word. (The survey is hosted through my personal educator account on Quia.com and your information will not be shared or sold.)  Thank you in advance for your thoughts.

Other things to note in the shop .... Flurry yardage is up and available!  Moda Cross Weaves now available.  And Punctuation, Spirit, Pure, and City Weekend are now $6.50/yard.

We've also added the ability for you to see our inventory availability on our sewluxfabric.com site when you add products to your cart.  This will make it easier to see if there is enough for your particular project without waiting for a custom listing.

Additionally, we've updated the Etsy shop listings with first class rates for international shipping.

Whew ... I think that is all the latest and greatest for now.  Thanks for making it this far :)

Happy Sewing! :-)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy Friday

Happy Friday!  I am so excited for the long weekend .... looking forward to catching some baseball, hanging out with friends and family, and (of course) getting some sewing time in.  How are you all spending your long weekend?

We met with our Moda rep last night, Kim.  She is the nicest lady and we loved seeing all the samples from the fall lines.  We ordered quite a few collections ... you can see the list of coming soon collections here

We've been cutting kits for the Stitch and Quilt Along with Clover and Violet and shipping out lots of perle sampler packs.  We're thrilled that so many of you are taking the plunge with us on this project. :-)  We've ordered more thread for sampler packs and have restocked the Just Wing It Flowers Turquoise (because it is just so lovely)!

Flurry by Kate Spain and a couple of Cross Weaves have shipped and will be here early next week - I'll be adding them to the shop tonight. 

The latest edition of the newsletter just went out -make sure to check it out!  If you missed it, you can subscribe from the link on the left, and we'll make sure you get a copy!

Don't forget that you have until Monday to take advantage of 10% off Just Wing It and Perle Sampler Packs with the coupon code Jennie shared on her blog!

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

May Giveaway Day Winner & Stitch Along Info

Happy Thursday, y'all!  :-) 

A couple things we wanted to share today ... first, thank you all for visiting our blog and saying hello on our May Giveaway Day post.  We appreciate you taking the time to stop by and visit. :-)  We chose a random winner and ... drum roll, please .... congrats to Leigh!

Leigh, please email us at sewlux (at) gmail (dot) com to claim your prize!

We also wanted to encourage you to stop by Clover & Violet today ... Jennie is giving more details about their Embroidery 101: Stitch and Quilt Along today - including a coupon code for our shop to help you get started!  You can save on the kit, coordinating fabric, and thread sampler pack.  There are a limited number of kits available ... please email us if it is sold out and you'd like us to try and put an extra one together for you.  And if you're new to embroidery ... don't worry!  Jennie will be teaching the basics as we go!  I'm looking forward to participating myself! :-)

Thanks again for stopping in to see us today!  We hope you're having a wonderful week!

Happy Sewing! :-)

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Get Ready for the QAL!

Hi again!  Don't forget to comment on the May Giveaway Day Post tonight... we'll post the winner here on the blog tomorrow!

Also, be on the lookout tomorrow morning for a post about the Embroidery 101: Stitch-and-Quilt Along series with our friends at Clover & Violet.  We've partnered with them to offer kits for the project, and tomorrow Jennie will be sharing the supplies list as well as a coupon code for our kits and coordinates to help you get started!
Thanks for stopping by! :)

Happy Sewing!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

New in the Shop!

Hello, hello and Happy Tuesday!  If you are looking for the May Giveaway Day Post, please click here. :-)

Just wanted to update you on some new items in the shop ...

Bella Charms in White Bleached (9900 98) and Snow (9900 11).  These just came off of back order and we are glad to be able to offer them to you!  (Check out this great charm project using white and Just Wing It charms.)

We have also added a Finca Perle Sampler Pack to coordinate with the Just Wing It collection.  This Sampler Pack is a great way to try out some Perle #8 for embroidery or hand quilting without making a big investment.  This also goes along perfectly with Clover and Violet's Embroidery 101: Stitch-and-Quilt-Along series that is starting up very soon.  You can read more about it here (and enter to win a kit!).

We'll have a limited number of fabric kits available for the project beginning on Thursday ... so stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Happy Sewing!

Monday, May 23, 2011

It's May Giveaway Day!

Hi everyone!  We're so excited to participate in the Sew, Mama, Sew May Giveaway Day. :-)

We've got a lot of things going on this week ... including new Bella charm packs coming in and the announcement of a great project we're partnering up on with Clover and Violet.  I have seen some sneak peeks of the project and you're definitely going to want to get stitching with us! :-)
But for today, we're offering up the opportunity to win a Just Wing It charm pack AND a yard of a coordinating Just Wing It print (winner's choice).  All you have to do is leave us a comment on this post.  Please tell us which Just Wing It print is your favorite.

Be sure to leave your comment by 11:59 PM EST on Wednesday, May 25th.  We'll choose a random entry and post the winner here on the blog on Thursday, May 26th. International participants are welcome to apply. :-)

We'll also be sending out the next edition of our newsletter on Friday, so make sure you've subscribed to get all the news first as well as exclusive subscriber coupon codes.

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

Happy Sewing :-)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Coming Soon: Ruby

Happy weekend!

I just wanted to formally introduce you all to Ruby ....

We saw pictures of Ruby by Bonnie & Camille after she was introduced at Quilt Market and loved the whole line!  We ordered the full collection as well as charms and jelly rolls.  Unfortunately, we have to wait until October! :)  Are you as excited about this one as we are?!  You can see more Ruby goodness on Camille's blog here.

Happy Sewing! :)

Friday, May 20, 2011

Customer Spotlight: Melissa from masibert

Happy Friday!  Got any big sewing plans this weekend?  I'm helping to host a baby shower on Sunday, so I will surely be whipping up some last minute gifts! :)  (Tell me I'm not the only procrastinator out there!)

Anyway, I wanted to share another Customer Spotlight today.  Melissa has ordered from us a few times and I spotted some of her creations in her Etsy shop - masibert.  She makes lots of gifty things, including bags, gift sets and handmade cards.  Here's the bag that originally caught my eye ...

I love the shape and Fandango is just a great fabric collection that can appeal to so many people.

Thanks, Melissa, for letting us share your project here on our blog!  If you have a project you'd like us to feature in a future Customer Spotlight, please send us an email.

Happy Sewing! :-)

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Coming Soon!

Hello, hello!

Several months ago, we tried to order some Bella charm packs in White and Snow, but they were backordered.  We got our shipping notice today and we expect these to be in the shop early next week!  These are great to pair up with a charm pack from your favorite collection ... less cutting = more fun! (See this great charming pinwheel quilt in the Bake Shop.  :)

We'll post an update here when they are available in the shop.

Speaking of the shop, we fell in love with wayyyyyy too many collections that were previewed at Market.  (We didn't make it to Market this go round, but we saw the goods in our rep's email.)  Wow!  We've ordered lots of great stuff for October, which means you'll be getting great deals as we make room for all the new loveliness.  In fact, we'll be adding 145 bolts from 10 new lines to the shop in the coming months.  I will share some sneak peeks with you soon.  :-)  We've already started making some great deals available ... Innocent Crush and Weekends are now only $6 a yard!

Thanks for stopping by today.  I'll be back tomorrow with another Customer Spotlight :)

Happy Sewing! :-)

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Prettiest Selvage ....

If you're into collecting selvages for a spiderweb quilt or other project to remember your projects, you may want to get a piece of Just Wing It ....

The cute flowers are the prettiest little things .... the more colors in the print, the more flowers.  :)

A fun Just Wing It announcement will be coming soon ... stay tuned y'all!

Happy Sewing!

Monday, May 16, 2011

New Favorites and an Update

Hi again!  I was mixing and matching collections the other day and decided that this is my new favorite combo ...

The Chocolate Houndstooth is such a great tone-on-tone prints.  And the Spirit Panache Stem is so much lovelier in person than the photos ... I didn't realize it had a cute little bee in the print until I started looking at the yardage.  And it goes great with the Essential Dots in Bubblegum.

So what do you think of this combo?  Don't these play so nicely together?  I think I will make some Keyka Lou pouches with them! 

Also, I wanted to share that we've moved all of our ready-to-ship handmade goods from our fabric Etsy shop to sewluxgifts.etsy.com.  We think it's best to keep those separate and just wanted you to know in case you went looking for something and couldn't find it.  :-)  We'll be adding more things to the gifts shop later this week, including our entire collection of dulcimer little quilts, as well as pouches, and other assorted items.

Happy Sewing!  :-)

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Just Wing It Bundles

Happy Sunday, y'all!  Hope you've been having a relaxing weekend so far. :-)

Just wanted to share that we've added some bundles for Just Wing It in the Etsy shop ... including fat eighths, fat quarters, and half yards bundles of our entire collection (18 prints). 

We also have charm packs still available for quick projects. :-)

Happy Sewing!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Revisiting Tea Garden

Hi everyone!  I hope your weekend is going well so far ... last week got away from me at work so it was really nice to have some time today to play revisit Tea Garden.  :)

I must admit I am terrible about starting lots of projects and leaving them in various WIP stages.  I guess I kind of have crafting ADD?!  Anyway, I picked up the Tea Garden Birdies mini quilt and got it quilted today.  Here's a look at it ...

I plan to bind it in Sencha Blue, but need to get another piece of that so that I don't have a bazillion seams in the binding ... so that is my excuse for not having it completely finished yet.  But I think this is turning out really cute. :-)  I did some outline quilting on the birdies, too.

If you think you'd be interested in a kit for this project, I'd be happy to write up the directions and put a kit in the shop ... just let us know in the comments if that might strike your fancy. :)

I also played around with the scraps from this project to make an Envelope Clutch from Keyka Lou Patterns.

This pattern was very well-written and it came together quickly.  I will definitely make this again and try the mini size as well.  :-)  Here are a few pictures of the clutch ...

The inside ....

And the back ... I centered the prints on the pattern and I'm so glad that I did.  :)

This little clutch is headed to my mom this evening ... we're celebrating her birthday! :-)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Sewing :-)

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Customer Spotlight: Kelly at Gone Doggie

Hi everyone!  We hope you are having a great start to the week and getting some sewing time in. :)

We love seeing the projects you make with our fabrics and recently, Kelly from Gone Doggie, shared a photo with us and she agreed to let us share it with you. She turned this great Hopscotch Pink print from Weekends by Erin McMorris ....

... into this SUPER CUTE collar!

If I had a pet, I would be all over ordering one of those :-)  Check out Kelly's shop here.  She's got dog and cat collars in various sizes and lots of variety in terms of fabrics.

Thanks so much for shopping and sharing with us, Kelly!

Do you have a project you'd like to share with us?  We'd love to see it and feature it on our blog.  Email us at sewlux (at) gmail (dot) com.

Happy Sewing! :-)

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day everyone!  Hope you all had a lovely day with your families.  :-)

We took my mom out to lunch and then played a round of Super Scrabble.  She won (as she often does!), although my mister provides her some tough competition!

We're extending the free shipping coupon code through Wednesday, 5/11!  (If you signed up for the newsletter this weekend, I just resent it out to the new subscribers.)

Happy Sewing!

Friday, May 6, 2011

It's Free Shipping Weekend!

Happy Friday!  :-)

We sent out the newsletter yesterday with updates and a free shipping coupon code through Sunday.  (Didn't get the newsletter?  Sign up and I'll make sure it hits your inbox!)  Did you know we have over 70 listings in our $7/yard or less category on Etsy right now?!  What a great time to stock up on some fabric.

Here's a few mixing and matching photos for you ... love seeing how so many lines can play nice together!

Here's a little "surf and turf" color scheme ... mostly Just Wing It with some Puzzle Pieces dots.

City Weekend Friends ... Sunkissed Raindrops, City Weekend, Bella 30's Pink and Blue.

Happy Sewing!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Punctuation FQ Bundle Winner!

Just stopping in to share the winner of our Punctuation FQ Bundle ... Congrats to Marcia W!

Marcia, please contact us so that we can get this lovely bundle of American Jane Punctuation on its way to you!

We really enjoyed reading about all the women who've influenced you in our craft!  It's teacher appreciation week and mother's day weekend ... I'd encourage you to thank all those women if you are able!

Happy Sewing!

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

You're Sew Nice

Hi y'all!  :-)

I am getting ready to mail off the sewing machine cover that I made for my Sewn Spaces swap on Flickr.  Some folks have made some pretty awesome covers.  I am pretty sure I've figured out which one is mine, but I will have to wait and see when a package shows up on my doorstep to confirm my suspicions.

I added some goodies to my partner's box, including the Hexagon block I made awhile back.  This was my first real hand quilting project.  Looks decent from the front, but we won't look at how the stitches on the back aren't perfect! haha  (I took this photo at night, so I apologize it is kind of dark.)

I also made a set of "You're Sew Nice" cards (y'all didn't know I can paper craft, too?!).  I thought I'd show you a picture that also has a peek into the "real world" over here .... that is the mess that is my sewing room! :)

In this picture you can also see stacks of fabric, the beginnings of what I think it going to be a great quilt pattern (coming soon!) and other assorted works-in-progress messes. 

I'm off to work on the newsletter ... see ya tomorrow with the Punctuation FQ bundle winner! :-)

Happy Sewing! :-)

Monday, May 2, 2011

April FQ Promo Winner & Shop Updates

Just stopping in to share that we drew a winner for the April FQ Promotion.  The winner is Anita! 

Anita bought a Fandango FQ set and check out the bag that she made with it...  Love!

You can read more about her bag on her blog here.  Thanks for sharing your project with us, Anita! :-)

We are expecting some Christmas fabric in this month ... Flurry by Kate Spain and Countdown to Christmas by Sweetwater.  It's my goal this year to spend December relaxing and not racing to finish projects, so I am looking forward to working on some Christmas projects early, like this tree skirt! :)

Also, I wanted to let you know that Sugar Pop and Sunkissed are currently on sale through the 15th.  Such pretty fabrics!

That's all for now ... see ya soon.

Happy Sewing :)

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Punctuation FQ Set Giveaway

Hello all!  Another weekend is coming to a close and I hope it has been an enjoyable one for you all!  We thought we'd do a little FQ bundle giveaway here on the blog.  Here's a look the prize that is up for grabs ...

These Punctuation prints are really fun.  As a teacher, I think the Alphabet ones are great for making a favorite teacher something sweet.  Maybe a mug rug, a list taker, key fob, lanyard, or pencil case.  Or how about a bunting?  :-)

To enter the giveaway, just leave us a comment on this post sharing who taught you to sew.  (If you are a self-taught sewist/quilter, you can share who your favorite teacher was.)  Please enter your comment by 11:59 PM on Wednesday, 5/4/11, and we'll post the winner here on Thursday!

The next edition of the newsletter will come out later this week - we'd love you to sign up using the link on the left! 

Happy Sewing!